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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

561 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 140 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007

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!
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3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/23/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone Veritcal Epic glass. Opened as part of my 2 day, 06-06-06 through 12-12-12 tasting.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast, mint, orange, peppermint, spices, pepper. Nice citrus but the mint is a little weird.

t - Tastes of citrus, lemon, oranges, pepper, mint, bready malts, Belgian yeast, fruit malts. taste is very slightly weird, with lots of pepper and mint. Not bad but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol heat, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice beer, though I preferred 07-07-07 and 09-09-09. This one is completely different as a tripel, with a lot of citrus and spice, probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

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3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series

P: Slightly hazy golden body with active carbonation and nice tight layer of white head.

S: Lots of ginger, bubblegum, fresh grass, steeped green tea, citrus peel, jasmine, cardamom, lavender and stone fruit.

T/M: Floral flavors take the lead, followed by ginger, sweet malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal bitterness. Crisp dry body that has creaminess and finishes with herbal bitterness.

O: Well blended spices, stone fruits and aged nice. A light crisp and spicy beer for those warmer months. This more more like a Tripel in style.

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4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served on draft at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a golden honey coloring. No head was present, and only specks of white lacing were left around the glass. There was a faint haze to it, with light sediment. Carbonation appeared light. The aroma gave lemony hops, cardamom, ginger, and stark wheatiness, much like your robust wit. With warmth came deeper caramel malts, syrupy honeys, fig and apple fruitiness, nutmeg and light gingerbread spice, and raw rootiness alongside that original ginger bang. Our first impression was that there was excellent, robust flavoring, but it was kept very light and drinkable throughout. As we sipped, all of the aromatics and florals from the nose hit first, against a backdrop of lightly toasted pale and caramel malts. It tasted like a blooming Spring garden. Citrus hit to the peak, with pale malts, grassy lightness, and a light phenolic flash. The finish came with soured pseudo-oak, flashes of citric hops, apple sugars, and the fusel fire of booze. The aftertaste breathed of chalky dryness, toasty pale malts, crushed cherry sugars, earthy dirtiness, mineral, and the warming woodiness from a depth of malts. The body was lighter but airy, while the carbonation felt light to medium. There was decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth. Initially the mouth was coated with light oils, but this crisply dried with chalky astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the flavoring. Each element danced and skirted around the tongue airlessly, as if on little ballet slippers, but without first executing a full breadth of floral earthiness and nectary sweetness. The nose and the feel carried much in this same vein, keeping things light and super drinkable. All of the advertised flavors and aromatics were there in full, and this guy is a real treat for anyone who can find it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1661st Review on BA
Bottle to VE Glass
22oz

Split with StarRaptor, Callmecoon & Smarcoly

App- This was the same color as liquid butter mixed with gold in the glass. A bit of an aggressive pour yielded a nice and bubbly head. The lace was okay. A bit of a semi dense center but like colored water with the way it looked.

Smell- A good amount of aromatics remained on this one. A bit more alive than the older bottles. More yeast came out and then a bit of a lemon malty balance. A bit of the spice is gone, but I do get some of the ginger. A nice nose but nothing aggressive.

Taste- When you take a sip on this one, it was a bit of a wheat like saison with a bit of a floral taste. Floral, light and airy. A bit of the spice is there but not much. A little bit of the malts come out and not much. A good amount of flavor still remains on this one.

Mouth- A nice medium bubbly body with a bit of a thicker medium carbonation. A bit slick and flavorful. Residual floral malts combine to leave a bit of a meadow feel.

Drink- A very nice and tasty beer. Holiding up quite well. I would like one more of these to sip on at some point. Glad I got to try all the beers. Now to wait till the drop the variants at an event to catch up!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer was served to me hazy yellow in color. There really wasn't much head at all, and a similarly small level of bubble activity as well. 3.5

The first hint I get from this beer is sadly medicinal. There's a base of some booze, and spice, but I can't get passed that initial aroma of medicine. 2.5

The medicine hits the taste as well. It's just like that cough syrup you didn't want to take as a kid. That, mixed with some clove that rests on the palate is not what I would call pleasant. 2.5

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I really just wasn't a fan of this one. I think that, perhaps, it's a bit too old at this point. 2.5

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4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lord Hobo's Vertical Epic Event on 12/12/12. 5oz serving served in a flight glass part of flight "B" (06, 07, 08).

A- Hazy slightly translucent yellowish orange with a thin head that recedes at an average pace and leaves some light lacing, not much carbonation.

S- Tangerines, clementines, very citrusy, fairly floral, some saison-qualities balanced nicely with some triple qualities, fairly aromatic.

T- Tangerines, clementines, floral notes, some light spices that accentuate the floral/tripel aspects, a little bit of a tangy finish. Very flavorful, lots of citrus notes without providing any bitterness or too much acidity.

M- Medium bodied, a hint of syrup, fairly low carbonation, very easy drinking.

O- The 07 was one of my favorites of the series. It was an interesting beer that held up very well with age retaining a nice fruitiness and exactly what I'd expect from a citrusy tripel/saison hybrid.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. A 2007 properly cellared bottle poured in 2012. Pours a medium coppery golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, apple and peach juice with light cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom. The Belgian trippel and golden ale influence is evident. Flavor follows with light fruit juice; apple, pear, apricot. Belgian spicing of cardamom, ginger and light cloves. A slight diacetyl buttery component, but fits in well with the other flavors. Finishes with sweet fruit. The years have created a pleasant medium creamy body, giving a nice mouth feel. I was unable to taste this fresh, but this aged ale is quite good and probably has a nicer body than when fresh. Another Vertical edition that I wish I had been able to cellar a few of. The last year I need to purchase before trying my own cellared bottles starting with 08.08.08. I have to admit I was unconvinced that these beers would be good ageing candidates, but both 06 and 07 are quite nice.

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22 oz bottle, allowed to warm just a little bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Stone's 07.07.07 Vertical Epic pours a mildly hazy burnt copper, surprisingly dark, with three fingers of frothy white foam filling out the top of the glass. Head retention is decent, but lacing is very spotty. The aroma is a very nice blend of citrus (with not one among the orange, lemon, and grapefruit peel dominating the others) and the ginger and cardamom. The flavor profile carries over those characteristics, and adds more to present a fantastically layered beer. Some brief, peach centric, stone fruit sweetness leads things off, followed by the ginger and cardamom (with the latter probably just a hair more intense than the former). The same complex citrus profile comes through next. If I think "lemon", "orange", or "grapefruit", that seems to be the dominant player, but the reality is they all have an equal say in the matter. A subtle black pepper flourish completes the picture. The body is just a little bit too chewy and substantantial, but it is paired with a great, lively carbonation. The 2007 offering in the Vertical Epic series is one of my favorite Stone brews, I'm actually bottling a homebrew clone of this as I drink it. A tripel that's held up phenomenally over five years.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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