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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

545 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In this year’s edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saisons and Golden Triples. As such, the Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic has a deep, deep golden hue and the flavor is spicy, fruity, complex and refreshing. We used four different malts, and a subtle, yet distinct, blend of Glacier and Crystal hops to get just the right balance. Then, for the complexity, we added in some exotic spices --- including ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel (the latter three acknowledging our Southern California home) --- and a special Belgian yeast strain. All in all this is yet another case of us drawing from classic Belgian influences and cavalierly making it our own...San Diego style!

(Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007)
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-06-2013 20:17:12 | More by ROBSTARR
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bca115

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-06-2013 15:16:29 | More by bca115
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-03-2013 15:36:19 | More by FLBeerGuy
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

01-31-2013 01:36:39 | More by RandyBoBandy
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%

I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! At this beer Jeff started picking on me about taking notes, he is mean and just made the list ;)
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish off white head that sticks for a bit. The aroma is spicy and fruity with a huge hit of ginger that seems to dominate the aroma. The flavor is sweet with light sugar with a twist of orange and citrus. Ginger, allspice, coriander and pepper round out the spice palette in this beer. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. I liked this one its a weird mix between triple and saison, but from my wrecked full flavored palette this is a pretty decent saison.

01-27-2013 03:07:07 | More by johnnnniee
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-23-2013 22:24:40 | More by SPRichard
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-23-2013 05:06:47 | More by muchloveforhops3
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

this one absolutely got better with age. although its certainly changed the mouthfeel. pours hazy golden in color, not much carbonation left in this guy, some yeast floating around in clumps. the nose is belgian yeast and more hops remaining than i anticipated. some spice, although the ginger is hard to pick out. taste is very cardamom forward, which i like and which i do not remember. the alcohol intensity has also been mellowed quite a lot. still the yeast flavors are bold. bready and dense, seeded, toasted. the finish is long and probably not as complex as it used to be, but still full of citrus notes and that belgian yeast. low low carbonation hurts the cause, but that can be attributed to age. fuller body for a beer this light in color, and a candy sort of sweetness that doesnt last long in the finish. overall sort of an anti-climax. after all this time the beer has improved, but im not sure this one was worth the hassle.

01-22-2013 23:12:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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charlzm

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

Beer pours a cloudy, medium golden-yellow. No head or carbonation evident in glass.

Aroma is sweet grapefruit.

Flavor is a bit sweet and cidery with bitter citrus peel and a slightly powdery, sightly floral yeast note.

Mouthfeel is a little thick and could use some carbonation.

Overall, this was one of the more drinkable VE beers we shared.

01-21-2013 19:30:56 | More by charlzm
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Honey pear gold with a full finger of off-white carb... laces wonderfully with tons of activity below the head, which retains pretty consistently.

Yeasty sweet pear, lemongrass, pale grape skins, apple cider and lots of it... some lemon-lime notes, sweet grains, pretty mellow.

Apple juice, Belgian yeast, some mild citrus flavors... some spicy nutmeg type flavors surface in the finish. Overly sweet initially but it really does grow on you. Pretty good actually.

If you happen upon a bottle of this, go for it.

01-21-2013 01:36:48 | More by yamar68
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into a Vertical Epic Glass.

First pour is without yeast, didn't want to cloud the appearance. As such, it is a crystal clear golden straw yellow with only a ring of white lace around the glass.

Medium fragrance of tart fruits, especially tart cherries like that od kriek.

Taste includes strong yeast alcohol flavors common to many dubbles and triples. There is a light tartness and faint astringency.

Constant medium tingle that creates a creamy foam in the mouth. Also light tannin.

01-20-2013 19:26:01 | More by Doppelbockulus
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

01-20-2013 18:56:09 | More by orangesol
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.51/5  rDev -6.9%

A. The appearance is a dark golden color with very little head.
S. The aroma is really sweet, with some floral belgium notes. Some fruit notes of apple cider.
T.the flavor is similar, and finally some complexities from the yeast.
Mf. Maulty, decent carbination.
Overall, not bad for the style and age.

01-19-2013 02:36:14 | More by TKEbeerman
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

01-14-2013 22:53:02 | More by BlissJunkie
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MordorMongo


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-13-2013 23:36:50 | More by MordorMongo
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.88/5  rDev -23.6%

22 oz bottle.

Pours a hazed golden copper with a thin white head. Medicinal and soapy aroma with bubblegum malt and tobacco. Flavor is less offensive than the nose but still overly sweet. Caramel and bubblegum with citrus candy. Syrupy body with low carbonation. Difficult to drink.

01-13-2013 19:08:17 | More by yourefragile
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer appears dark orange and hazy with a small head. The aroma brings candied oranges, peppermint, malt. Sweetness makes its presence felt immediately. Spice character more evident in the flavor than the nose. Citrus soaked in alcohol. Fairly straightforward and one dimensional. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I like orange candies so it's entirely possible that I enjoy this more than the rest of the guys. Overall, Ok.

01-12-2013 21:45:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%

Bottle that I bought at Norm's in Vienna right around the time this beer was released. Back in the day, there used to be a 2-bottle limit on this stuff. Wow.

The first pour is clear copper/amber with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a thin disk leaving some lacing. This does look nice. The nose, however, is worse for the wear (I think). Honey, some oxidized/stale sugary malt character, potent spice character, surprisingly so for the age of this beer, are present. Green cardamom, allspice and mace are most noticeable, as is some crystallized ginger. A little bubblegum as well. Decent.

The palate opens moderately sweet and with quite a bit of ginger. This is more of a Belgian braggot than a cross between a saison and a tripel IMO. Sweet, candied ginger, cardamom, sugar, syrup and honey are all present. Medicinal, I can't say I get much yeast character, at least from this clean pour. Alcohol appears on the finish, adding some burn. Medium-light in body, this beer is highly carbonated and this lends a scrubbing, carbonic acid character to the finish. Despite its heavy-handedness and lack of subtlety, this beer is moderately enjoyable, more so than my notes would lead you believe.

01-07-2013 05:41:46 | More by DefenCorps
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Thanks to JLindros to sharing. Did a 07-12 vertical.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a crystal clear light copper hue with a half finger head that faded quickly to leave a nice thin halo and no side lacing.

S - Aromas of tons of yeast esters very tripel-es.

T - Taste is nice with lots of caramel, banana, and light Belgian esters. Very enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel is very solid with a sharp, prickly mouthfeel.

O - Overall I was impressed by how this held up. Very nice Belgian pale. Sweet.

01-06-2013 23:03:21 | More by rudzud
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

01-05-2013 23:12:40 | More by chefduff2
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tetu

Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

01-05-2013 20:39:55 | More by tetu
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

A: half finger head with some lacing and minimal retention on a golden orange head with floaters in it.

S: candied orange, bubblegum, lavender, juniper, caramel and light belgian yeast.

T: more candied oranges, artifical lemon, floral notes, some yeast, moderate amunt of booze, and ginger.

M: oily, semi dry with medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: interesting beer to have stored for over 5 years. not too sweet, borderline boozy even for its age. For the style it isnt that great but for what it is and the length of time it has aged I was surprised how much I liked it.

01-04-2013 02:21:57 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

At our 2013 vertical epic tasting...

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A spicy, sweet aroma of malt, toffee, ginger, carsamom, and citrus.

T - Sweet, sugary malt up front with some phenolic yeast notes. Toffee, and candied ginger in the middle with a finish of pepper, lemon, clove, and a touch of sherry.

M - Medium body, slightly ow carbonation, and a bit of a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it has held up surprisingly well for a five year old, light colored beer. The aroma is very nice with lots of fruit and spice and seems almost fresh. The flavor is a little flatter with kind of muddy Spices and lower carbonation than it should have. There is also a touch of vinous, sherry like character it he finish where the beer begins to show its age. Overall it is still a nice beer.

01-04-2013 02:18:42 | More by nickfl
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hagbergl

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-03-2013 17:54:28 | More by hagbergl
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Timman87

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-03-2013 05:22:22 | More by Timman87
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.