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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

549 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | 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 SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

"As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle-conditioned* ale is chapter six, and is specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy it in a "vertical" tasting along with its ten Stone Vertical Epic series bretheren. Each one unique to its year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plot line. Each one released one year, one month and one day from previous year's edition. To remind you, the release dates are: 02.02.02 03.03.03. 04.04.04 05.05.05 06.06.06 07.07.07 08.08.08 09.09.09 10.10.10 11.11.11 12.12.12.

"In this year's edition, we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saison 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 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 Belgain influences and cavalierly making it our own...San Diego style!"

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Orange juice with grenadine colored beverage with a slightly brown muddled head. Slightly hazy in appearance.

Aromas are filled with ginger and citrus fruits. More ginger and fruit peel in the flavor as well. This tastes almost like a spiced/holiday ale to me. The ginger and citrus peels are a really nice flavor. Crisp and refreshing.

This was a nice Stone beer. Maybe one of my top two or three so far. I am not sure if aging this will make it better, in my opinion. I think this should be had fresh and fruity and citrusy.

SaCkErZ9, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

Oh man, this was good. Had this in their 22 oz bottle and man was this good. A great murky amber appearance a thin to medium head. Very well carbonated, I can hear the fizzing. The smell alluring: thick fruity malt aromas with big hints of spice and sugars. The taste had a wicked good, smooth aftertaste. Pretty sweet and dragged out flavors. A fizzing carbonation, like previously mentioned, helped make this pretty refreshing but please enjoy this beer without a meal; it should be enjoyed all on its own. Very nice.

fitzy84, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

Deep golden in color with a thin white head. Aroma of cloves, nutmeg, coriander, maybe a touch of ginger, and other spices mixing with farmhouse sour yeast, citrus, clean herbal hops and sweet Belgian sugar.

Complex on the tongue -- more spices, more sugar, more yeast, more sour, and tangy alcohol in a tart, clean, potent brew. Deliciously balanced, with a nice crisp kick of hops and some alcoholic warmth as well as some astringency and tartness.

This is a winner. If only I could buy it at home...

RockyTopHeel, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a perfectly medium straw/golden color. As this wasn't a full bottle pour, it is very clear through with a good half inch pillowy white head, very Belgian-like so far. Wow, aroma really reminds me of my own homebrewed saison, lots of Belgian funk, wow I wonder if they used the same yeast strain! Quite a bit of spice in the nose as well, some wheat notes, a faint citrus. On the palate, it really spreads out. The saison like flavors hit you first with some herbal hop notes, a lot of crystal malts and finishes more like a tripel with high alcohol/sweet malt notes. You can still taste the American in this beer much like all American Belgian versions. It still has the cleanness and the finish is vaguely pale ale like. Still, this is an interesting and unusual beer. It seems previous verticals have been better, but since this is my first, I look forward to trying the rest.

dreadnatty08, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of ChillMike
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Found a few of these buried away at my local generic "Liquor Store" and realized I hadn't properly reviewed it yet.

A: Pour a light amber color with a smaller head that fades quite quick but does leave some nice trace of lacing around the glass.

S: Very light on the hoppy scent that's oh so typical from the guys at Stone. That being said it has a nice spicey Belgian nose, with hints of clovesi, bubblegum, banana and I swear a smell a hint of strawberry in there. This is all capped off with a nice mellow caramel malt scent.

T: Very spicey initial taste that leads way to that caramel malt that was present in the aroma. A bit of an orange spice flavor is hidden in there, and then it finishes up with a nice sweet bubblegum flavor. Again not much hop presence (compared to other Stone brews of course). Pretty good tasting beer.

MF: Sharp is the first word that comes to mind on this one it really hits your tongue very quickly, but then subdues a bit, I don't remember while drinking the others but this one seems just a wee bit flat....again though I'm not sure if it's just this bottle or not. So if it sounds off, ignore my rating on this part.

D: Above average for sure, it's a very pleasant beer to drink and does hide the alcohol percentage quite well. I might have to go pick up a few more!

Cheers Stone guys!

ChillMike, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a modest head that fades quickly but leaves some nice patterns of lace

Smell: Yeasty and peppery, with some cardomam and candi sugar

Taste: Opens with a bit of tropical fruit, ginger and candi sugar; joined by yeast-laden phenols at mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeastiness builds along with some of the spices (cardomam and clove) that linger in the finish; various citrus peels hang around the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: While I respect the complexity, the blend doesn't do a whole lot for me; just not crazy about the spice blend

brentk56, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of medic25
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours a hazy orange with a frothy big white head. Nice aroma of Belgian yeast. Taste is delicious; quite complex, with sweetness, lemon/citrus, spices, with a little aftertaste of hops. Goes down very smoothly, with a very clean mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable; another fantastic Stone offering.

medic25, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%

A- light copper in color, active brew with constant bubbling, some sediment floating, tiny head that doesn't hold well, but falls to a tiny foam ring that hangs out through the drinking period

S- malty with fruity esters, spicy yeast and phenolic

T- toasted grain and fruit from malts, some citric rind at finish, spicy throughout even more so at finish

M- medium body, spicy and hot(alcohol), dry finish

D- drinkable but not something i enjoyed, and probably wont drink this again until the series completes in 2012

tonistruth, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of chileman13
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

a-poured a nice light unfiltered golden with 1 finger of cream head that quickly moved to a ring.
a- smells very spicy and sweet. Reminds me of a spiced ale.
t-strong alcohol flavour with spices. cardomon and citrus are the main flavours.
m- light creamy mouthfeel.
drinkable -Yes! I should have bought more.
BTW- this would have never lasted to 12-12-12

chileman13, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

Nice beer sent my way by HimerMan from the NoBSultra BIF – many thanks!

An easy pour produces a mattress of ivory head on top of a clear amber brew. Good lacing rounds it out.

Yep, plenty of of Belgium yeast and sugar cane in the aroma. Spicy too.
Quaff has these classics, but with a bit of a soapy aftertaste that distracts for the overall goodness of the brew. Spicy fruit – apple and fig, help provide flavor.

A tad disappointed in this one – but that’s because of my high expectations for Stone.

Vancer, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Deep Orange brew with a slight head that doesn't last. A good amount of carbonation is present and stays active for a good while after the pour.

Smell: Sweet fruits, citrus, and a big bread smell are present.

Taste: Malty up front. Gives way to a sweet fruity, citrusy flavor. Finish is warm and spicy and goes very well with the maltiness that is still lingering.

Mouthfeel: Nice smoothness and nice, creamy thickness. Leaves a nice warming feeling in the mouth and a good, complex aftertaste.

Drinkability: Good beer. Not the most complex Belgian style beer out there, but it has a good, inoffensive flavor to it. Will revisit sometime after 2012 to see how it ages.

hellcatsjg, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Boppar
2.1/5  rDev -44.3%

Bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours luscious deep gold. Honey, amber and tawny highlights. One inch of creamy white head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Smells decent, but not great. Strong aromas of esters and Belgian yeast. Some faint spices are evident.

T: The first sip is bold malty tones, as well as fruity sweet notes like in a Tripel. Spicy ginger notes arrive mid-palate, followed by other spices (cinnamon and cardamom). Then catastrophe strikes. The cardamom is much too strong, and it leads to an absolute train-wreck of a finish, which left me feeling like I had cottonmouth. Surprised, but undeterred, I tried another sip. Same thing. I tried still another sip and noticed to my dismay that everything I disliked about this beer was becoming more pronounced the more I had it.

M: I forced myself to have another couple sips so that I could evaluate mouthfeel. It was overly carbonated and sharp.

D: I poured this one out.

I'm glad that they only brewed this once.

Boppar, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

Opened 22oz Bomber and poured into snifter.

Nice foamy light tan head forms atop a vibrant amber brew that is hazy.

Smells quite aromatic. Some hops, some spice. Nothing distinguishable. Taste is weird at first, but after a few sips, it becomes very palatable. Nice bitterness. Good hoppy taste with light citrus and ginger. Really great beer.

Has a really nice body and nice mouth feel. Very drinkable, but it definitely not a chugger. Sip like fine wine.

I plan on purchasing more of these as it is quite worthy. Very recommended.

mattster, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

22 oz. bottle, bought at Seagate in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark orange, with a medium white head, some lacing, nothing special.

S: The smell, however, is outstanding. Very fragrant fruit, citrus, and spice.

T: An interesting mix of flavours in this one. Esters of peach and orange are the main flavours offset by the peppery spice. Some green apple in there as well, quite sugary and sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, with some ethanol in the end, medium-bodied.

D: An complex and interesting beer at the moment, will be interested to see how this develops by 2012.

December 2012 Edit - Pours a murky burnt orange. Smell is still good, orange Creamsicle, lots of flowers, Asian spice. Good flavour, lots of orange and spice, a tad cloying. Sweet as it was fresh. Good beer. Pretty much I like it the same as '07, but in a different way.

Halcyondays, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Dansting
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle. Poured a murky orange color with a lot of sediment and a slight white head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is very fruity with a lot of apricot to it. A lot of spices in this, maybe some ginger and cinnamon. Alcohol is very present in its finish. A very nice beer.

Dansting, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of stephendr
3.58/5  rDev -5%

Tasted on 7/12/07 -22 oz. glass bottle- color of honey gold, with a medium eggshell colored head - nose of yeast, spice, nutmeg, lime, and citrus zest – taste of yeast, allspice, honey, citrus zest and orange- body is medium, dry, and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of gummy, and orange zest- too much citrus will be a much better beer in a year or two

stephendr, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%

This is an excellent example of a good Belgian Ale.

A: Pours a golden body with a small head that dissipates after a few sips but a solid lacing is evident that hold thorughout the whole beer.

S: An excellent, sweet malty smell. Also, ginger, cardamon, grapegruit all seemd ot be evident in the smell as well.

T: The taste was just as exquisite. A nice, sweet malt taste with the spices noted above evident but not overbearing. The alcohol was barely noticeable except for in my bloodstream. Smooth, banana esters were present in the aftertaste that did well did balance the other spices and the malts.

M: A crisp, smooth mouthfeel that was bot anjoyable and refreshing.

D: A very drinkable beer. Good taste, great mouthfeel. The alcohol was barely noticeable and the beer was just fantastic overall. An exceptional brew.

maddogruss, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
4/5  rDev +6.1%

22 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Beautiful copper color that's crystal clear with a nice white head that stays for a while.

S - Sweet citrusy smell with a hint as to the alcohol to come.

T - Smooth, citrus and yeast flavors. Really smooth. There's a little hint of the alcohol in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer.

jeffmonarch, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of atrus138
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured this from a bomber into a tulip glass. Beautiful. Hazy orange color, though the light that shined through it threw red on my hand. One finger head that dissipated into a bit of froth on top. Smelled fantastic! Citrus fruits dominate - grapefruit, lemon, orange. Smell was comparable to the finest Belgians that I've had. Taste was disappointing after the wonderful smell. The smell was very sweet, but it tasted bitter and sour. Actually, the taste is pretty appropriate, since it tasted like unripened fruit. Medium, yet confident mouthfeel. This is the the first of the Vertical Epics I've tried and I wasn't very impressed. Definitely the weakest offering I've had from Stone. However, it was designed to be enjoyed five years from now and I noticed huge potential from the aroma. I'll definitely pick up another of these to age until then.

atrus138, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours clear gold. Nic creme head. Nice yeasty sugar laden nose. Decent flavor. More dough than I thought there would be. Yeast is noticeable. Decent feel. Smooth. The profile is unusual though, which knocks the drinking factor down a bit. Seems a bit out of balance, but still a pleasure to drink.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of theopholis
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Appearance- Nice, slightly orange. Nice, white head with some retention and a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma- Wonderful mix of orangy cirtris, Belgian yeast and a hint of earthiness. Just enough hops in there so you know you're not sniffing fruit juice. Smells very inviting.

Taste- Again, quite citrusy. Tastes great. Just a hint of yeastiness. Not much taste on the front of middle of toungue. Nost of it is on the rear as you swallow. Very interesting. A hint of candy sweetenss in there, and you get a feel for the alcohol as you drink it, but it's not over-powering.

Body- Quite slick. Slides down the gullet very nicely. Perfect level of CO 2 for the style. Okay, maybe a hair more would be nice. It's tought to put a finder on it. Body is medium for the style.

Drinkability- It's delicious, but not very sessionable. If you are just getting into Belgian ales, this is a very good starting point.

theopholis, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Clear amber color, slight , off-white head.

Aroma speaks citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and many spices...like a candied orange slice dipped in ginger. sweet, but dry.

Taste: more of the same all over the mouth, very slick and supple, easy drinking, despite the 8% abv, just plump full of juicy fruit, hops, yeast, ...some tartness, some mild astringency, a bracket of bitterness, but overall sweet fruit, some bitter, and spice is the order of the day, some cardamom, ginger, coriander...now and again, it feels hot, too, there's a fierce hop and booze heat that only squeaks up for a bit, before bowing...

A tasty brew, kind of in between a wit, a saison, and a Belgian golden ale, or even a tripel, sort of a mix of those, but delicious and good drinking!

feloniousmonk, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium amber. head was several fingers and seemed to be slightly pink in color. The head left a thin layer on the top of the beer that lasted the entire time. Aroma smells earthy, with touches of lemon and white chocolate. Taste reminded me of gingerbread, slightly spiced. Felt good in the mouth, not to sticky, and just slighly carbonated in the mouth. Very easily drinkable, didn't notice the alcohol until too late. Was slightly warming which was nice.

mountdew1, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%

Edit Cellar Review from 2/15/13:

Still hazy orange brew... great retention and lacing...

Nose is a big boned BSPA with too much residual spicing and sweetness .. citrus zest and cardamom are still the big players.. but much more integrated than my 1st review.

Flavor is still very sweet.. and the "sweet spices" only bloom an out of bounds brew.. Belgian qualities are still cast in the shadow of too much spice.... I bet this was well done without the spice cabinet. Tastes like a stomach ache.

Much more drinkable with all this age.. but that also has magnified a sugary burpy carbonation that makes it difficult to get more than a half a glass down easily.

4/3.25/3.25/3.25/3.25

***
22oz picked up at New Vintage in Meridian for about $6... shared with a coworker.. still listening to the Cowboy Junkies. Poured into a big red wine balloon.

Beautiful hazy orange.. very orange.. lite haze. Good head that goes away quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is spices.. Belgian yeast and otherwise... citrus across the board but there is more ... ginger and cardamom (I would not know what cardamom smelled/tasted like had a local brewery not used it in their rye). Spices dominate... all kinds of citrus .. not noticeable hops... sorta a mismash of everything... big fruity kick with a sweetness that only sort of binds thing together.. Flavor is the same but MUCH BIGGER. Great body while still having a prickly tongue. Candy sweetness and alcohol become much more evident as it warms... so does the citrus.

I've had probably a dozen of the 777's at this point, and they seem to be getting better... at first, my notes use the word "trainwreck" quite liberally... tastes like an overspiced saison with a bigboned triple as the base brew. This is the first VE I've reviewed and won't be the last. I enjoyed this one from the beginning, but more because of how I see it aging. I predict this one gaining some serious props in the cellar.. it needs a bunch of time to meld.... but it is still very interesting and whole heartedly unique at this juncture. The citrus is already much more muted than fresh... My only real concern, I worry the cardamom won't diminish... too much cardamom!

This is the first VE I've had reckless ability to try.... I have a case in the basement and will buy more... It is only going to get better... Now, somebody needs to hook a brother up with a 333, and I will sell family members to get a 222... seriously... no joke... you can have my brother at cost... $50 and he's yours.

JohnGalt1, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours with a small head, minimal retention some lacing. Has a clear golden color ( becomes hazy once the sediment is added).

Smells of spices, sweet malt, fruits and some of that horse barn(yeast?) smell that I love so much in Orval.

Tastes of fruits, malty, some funkiness and spices. I think a little bit of aging will do this beer justice.

irishkyle21, Dec 03, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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