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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

552 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 45
Gots: 140 | FT: 13
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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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow golden color with little to no head, but with plenty of carbonation racing from the bottom of the glass. This beer is completely see-thru, no sediment floating around. Smell is viny, and saison like. I get coriander, lemon zest, and some spice coming through as well. The mouthfeel is bubbly and it is very easy drinking. The cellaring potential on this one is huge. Can't wait to taste this gem at 1 year intervals.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a beautiful hazy prange color with a nice thhree finger head and sticky lacing
S= yeast spice, with some apples and cherry odors as well
T= very nice yeast that's balanced with a strong malt character. Tasty notes of apple and cherry as expected. Aged very well.
M= crisp and stightly smooth that you can tell is from time
D= pretty good, one of the best of my least favorite styles but it's growing on me a lot and this beer is helping. Thanks to johngailt for this one of course.

jjanega08, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/28/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark amber-reddish color, not cloudy at all. Small head, whitish, diminishing. Spicy floral aroma, some hops, but very spicy. Fruity, dark and a little musky. Spicy floral, sweet aftertase. White grapes, some muskiness. Hoppy floral taste. Very clean aftertaste. Very tasty light taste, but kind of watery.

jujubeast6000, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of sweet with dark fruit flavors and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Some yeast traces in the nose as well as the taste. Impressive neverending head and sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation in appearance, but not so much in the taste thankfully. Nice clear amber hue. Semi-chewy mouthfeel. Touch of grapes in the nose as well as the flavor.

Probably the best take I've had so far on an American version of this style. I'm not sure how much different this would have tasted fresh, but it seems that a couple of years has done some good to this. I would seek this out again. The fruit definitely outweighs the yeasty taste, which leaves a good impression. For $6.50, I feel that I got a great deal on this beer.

Trappissed, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an orangish copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of fruit yeast and spice notes

T - Follows the smell citrus fruit with yeast and spice

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This was a good Belgian style beer thats pretty easy to drink wish I had more than the one bottle to save for a vertical

armock, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked a bottle of this open last night. Pours a copper orange with almost no head. Smell is primarily citrus with a mixture of spices blended in. Taste starts off very similar to a witte beer and finishes with a complex number including grapefruit, spices, and malt. I was hoping for a little more carbonation in the beer, but it suffices. Overall, another fantastic offering from Stone.

jdubjacket, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a brandy snifter and let decant for about 20 minutes at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A beautiful orange color with a nice amber hue. The clarity of the beer is hazy and there is particles in the bottom of the snifter. The head is a nice rocky foamy white and is two finger and slowly dissipated down to a nice ring around the brandy snifter.

Nose: A nice ripe pear, and orange with a nice fruity ester. There is a nice toasted malt that is nice biscuit aroma.

Taste: There is wonder balance between hops and malt. There a very smooth malt character with an orange and pear flavors. A nice subtle spiciness that is blended well in the beer. There is a biscuit and a toasty hints and a nice sweetness at the end.

Overall: Wow. is all I could say for the first sip. The mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. The finish is slightly acidic and bitter leaving a pleasant finish on the palate. This is why I am Stone Brewery fan. The beer is awesome. The Alcohol is well hidden within the make up of the beer. The beer is well made and I think I found a new favorite style of beer beside Imperials. The balance is so delicate and fine.

colts9016, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at Stone Night in Burlington this beer was a bright orange-amber color in my goblet. The head was short lived but as a thin cream-colored collar it left scattered lacing and stuck around quite a while. The aroma was surprisingly light, floral and citrus hops, light spiciness and hints of honey. The flavors, however, were monstrous compared to the bouquet. The flavors were a nice arc that started with a semi-sweet note that then went spicy before going to a bitter finish. Bright hops added lemon and grapefruit, tangy orange peel, and white grapes. The alcohol nip was present and Belgian yeast added complexity and a 'twang' at the finish that I had mixed feelings about. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy, the body full and the carbonation still quite active.

thekevlarkid, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber thanks to my first trade with Redwood21. Served this puppy up in a snifter and I hope it hasn't experienced any negative effects since I forgot it was there.

A: Pours a pretty nice orange honey color. Held to light it has a lot more orange character to it. The intial pour yielded a nice cream colored finger of head. The head diminishes rather quickly to a thin ring that rests on top. The ring does produce some decent lacing.

S: Whoa. At first smell I get a ton of brandy type smells coming out. Really knock you on your ass, brandy. As it warms, this smell subtles out. Some really nice pickled ginger comes out later along with some anise seed? Very interesting. There is also a nice malt presence that has a touch of orange sweetness mingling in there.

T: Wow we put some ginger in here did we Stone? Lots of crazy ginger flavor coming out here. Then comes some nice orange and grapefruit flavors that I imagine are the hops presence. Still nicely sweet and enjoyable. The malt is thick and just the right amount of sweetness coming from there. There is also just a spice rack of spices going on here and it seems that a different flavor comes out from each sip. Other notable tastes are clove, yeast, and mint. Nice.

M: Pretty nice medium bodied brew on the heavy side. This brew has some decent sticky qualities to it. ABV is light in the feel, lighter than the nose would lea you to believe. The aftertaste is mostly some nice citrus fruit and sweet malty goodness. Carbonation is medium but this is not exactly crisp.

D: This brew is pretty nice. It has its high points and low points in each category. Overall, I would say this was enjoyable but it wasn't all that easy of drinker. Not bad and sure as hell solid.

everetends, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with an orange glow throughout. Head froths up nicely, then recedes to a gentle layer of white foam on top. Smells of orange peel, maybe coriander or other spice permeates. Very nice smell to it. Taste is filled with notes of orange and spices. Layered taste of the spices with cake like fruit notes. Quite enjoyable taste, with good carbonation to scrub the booze off the tongue. The alcohol is quite well hidden.

jpaltan, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Aug 31, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale is a rather clear amber ale with tiny particles swimming around in it. The white head mostly recedes, yielding a soft, thin white film that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and very yeasty. There are notes of orange, apricot, cherry and bubble gum. It has a medium (medium-light) body that seems a bit watery. It has a lively, sharp carbonation and a slightly chalky finish. The flavor starts sweet and turns spicy. The citrus flavor at the beginning seems a little at odds with the rest of the flavor. A tenor malt tone takes over and rolls smoothly into bitterness. The aftertaste is of black pepper. It's not bad, but I've come to expect more from stone. This obviously needs some cellaring. Good potential once the flavor and texture smooth out.

yesyouam, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figure one year was all I could wait til I cracked open this bottle and shared it with my brother.

Poured a nice amber color with a thick white head. You could see the carbonation rising to the top rapidly and the ale left good lacing throughout the drinking period.

The aroma was of oranges and grapefruit.

The taste was similar to many Belgian tripels. There was a strong grapefruit flavor, rich malts, and a medium body to it. Not much in the way of hops, but I don't mind!

There was no heavy aftertaste on the palate other than the lingering presence of the alcohol, which was evident in the first taste.

This ale is very drinkable if it weren't for the high abv, but it's so good it would be a shame not to make a night out of it.

davexisxrabid, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/30/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy deep orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of vegetable stew (I think that's the ginger), pepper, and light citrus. Flavor of Belgian yeast and just tons of ginger, which really dominates the beer. Unfortunately none of the fruity notes really come out in this beer. I don't know if it's the age or not, but something went wrong here. It's not bad certainly, but a little too 1 dimensional.
7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color with a fizzy off-white head.

S- The aroma is light fruity esters (apple and pear) with some spices, orange peel and Belgian yeast. The nose is pretty solid, the spices in particular make it rather interesting.

T- The taste features much of the same flavors that were present in the aroma. The apple/pear combo is enhanced with a good amount of spices in the taste. Reminds me more of a Tripel than a Saison, but does have characteristics of both.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Not too bad, not a session beer by any means but it is a nice drinker.

Overall, Stone Vertical Epic 07.07.07 is another great beer from this outstanding brewery that is recommended.

cjgator3, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on falling in love with VE'08 at the recent Belgian Beerfest, my buddies and I set out to find a couple bottles of previous VE's Cheer's to Jimmy J for getting his hands on a couple bottles of VE'07. Major props for dropping me an extra bottle. I think I'll be aging that one to see how it evolves...

I have to say this, the '07 version is just not as good as '08... It's not bad, but clearly a step below this year's classic.

There was a foamy white head that formed atop the slightly cloudy golden beer. Like a very light honey. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma was sharp and fairly complex. Green Apple, spices, yeast and some citrus fruits.

Flavor did follow the aroma fairly closely. There was a lot of stuff going on here.
Again, green apple was present along with ginger, lemon and yeast notes. The beer finished with a note of mint. Very interesting.

Mouth feel was fairly light and this is a very drinkable beer.

As I mentioned, not as good as '08, but still a nice beer.

Reagan1984, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely loved the 08. Found a few of these in a nameless liquor store and was very happy about it.

Very dull orange color. White head.

Smells of spices over oranges. Very unique, oddly pleasing. I've never smelled anything like it.

I get a big bite of cloves, which happens to be one of the few spices I can identify, and bananas. There is definitely more going on though. Spicy, fruity.

Pretty damn thick fluid too. After a glass or two, the spices become just too damn overbearing. Decreasing the enjoyment considerably. This is a one cup wonder.

Overall: I have some extra for trade

PatronWizard, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a chalice.

A - Pours Orange with a half inch head that quickly settled to a whispy ring around. No lacing.

S - Spicy/Fruity. Bit of ginger.

T - Spicy/Fruity/Sweet. Alcohol in the finish.

M - Dry finish. Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - Good.

tedpeer, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT during the "Stone Extravaganza."

Pours a clear orangish gold color with a 1/2 finger white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Great mix of aromas lead by ginger and sweet citrus with spice, fruity yeast and alcohol. Up front ginger flavor, not too much but definately ginger, then a mix of banana, clove, pepper, vanilla, sweet orange and an alcohol warmth. Medium carbonation, medium body, a very dry beer. All your taste buds are awakened with this beer.
Incredible flavors! If you see this being poured at any festival or can find a bottle, definitely a must try!

scottg, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Back story: Purchased in an undisclosed location, can't believe they had it. Most places don't even have the 8/8/08. Got it on my birthday, split with my father.

Bottle says its a cross between a saison and tripel. We'll see.

A. Poured into a snifter glass, hazy cloudy orange with a bit of off-white head that recedes to nothing.

S. Raisens and currents, belgian style yeast. A bit of hops as well. Pickled ginger too.

T. Wonderful layers of flavor. Tart barnyard elements characteristic of a saison. The belgian yeasty fresh apple pie/ soft banana goodness of a tripel. Also Im definately picking up some plum. Hops are tea like, herbal and balance well. Bourbon like alcohal prescence that doesn't take away from the experience.

M. Smooth and a bit creamy. Finishes slightly dry.

D. This is a good dessert beer. Had it towards the end of a big meal. A delight, and an oddity.

Stinkypuss, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased ay Wine Expo in Santa Monica
Poured a light orange color w/ a dirty white head. Nose was yeast, spices and some citrus.
Taste was a nicely hopped brew with good malts. Well balanced. Hints of orange peel some spiciness. Lots of Belgian yeast. Overall pretty drinkable and good.

barleywinefiend, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear with a copper color and tall off white head.

S - Spice, grain and more spice.

T - Spice and grain.

M - Thin and unremarkable.

D - Limited due to the fact the spice is too much for me.

This may be a fantastic beer for some of you out there, but for me there is too much spice. I would try to distinguish what spices are causing the unpleasant taste for me but I just want to get this one over with. Anything that says Stone and Belgian is off limits for me from now on.

bifrostguard, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Deep golden, copper under a big white head. Some nice lace and nice retention.

S: Smells fruity and spicy. A bit of apple and pear mixed with some sage, a bit of ginger and maybe some pepper. Perhaps a little saison-like hay character as well.

T: Sweet throughout. Spicy and fruity again, with some drying alcohol in the back end. Sage plays the biggest spice role, again mixed with a bit of apple. Saison-like hay is more noticeable in the taste.

M/D: Very nice mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied, carbonation is just right. Body might be a bit too slick for my liking, but that is nit-picking. Excellent drinkability. Overall, a very excellent bear.

NCSUdo, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange with light red hues

S: What a spice box; ginger, five-spice, tropical fruit, cardamom, some cotton candy like aromas

T: Spice, honey, malt. I like. This is very different than any of the 5 we tried tonight.

M: Acidic, medium-bodied

D: Very drinkable, almost like a Xmas beer with all the spice

Finished second. A good beer, seemingly brewed with a holiday cheer in mind.

abfraser, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of waltonc
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: gold/copper, little haze or head

S: ginger, cardamom, citrus, spice. Reminds me of a Christmas beer.

T: Again, a lot of ginger, cardamom, citrus, etc. Ginger stir fry in a bottle. Really interesting, unusual brew. The only other beer I can recall boasting of ginger is Dogfish Pangea.

M: Medium body, not a lot of carbonation.

D: Very good, but I wouldn't want a ton of it at once.

waltonc, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought I had entered this one, but I guess not... better late than never, I suppose. Had this one at the end of August, courtesy of dkachur. Thanks, Dan!

A: Golden pour... nice, kinda fluffy, white head. Leaves a sheet of thin spottiness, which reminds me of continents.

S: Sticks of spearmint Trident??? Minty, candi sugar, some barky residues. Herbal, and a touch of citrus.

T: Some strange menthol flavours, while rather fruity in essence. Strange, a little fumey, did I say strange? A bit spicy on the finish.

M + D: Moderate carbonation, medium body... a bit syrupy, but lighter in that regard. A sipper, for sure, and a decent all around brew.

Proteus93, Sep 29, 2008
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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