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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: 138 | 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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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-17-2013 01:34:23 | More by pathman
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

It's 7/7/07 and I am excited. Poured into a snifter.

Beautiful deep golden color with pillowy white head.

Smells of green apple, lemon, some musty/earthy barn notes, a touch of vanilla.

Starts with some caramel and orange blossom honey and then works is way into brighter honeydew, lemon pulp and orange rind estery flavors. Finishes with spicy hops, earthy yeast flavor and some heat from the alcohol. Assertive bitterness.

Slight syrupy mouthfeel with some carbonation bite that cleanses the palate. Overall an excellent brew that should age gracefully.

07-08-2007 04:16:47 | More by bosco7
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

11-20-2011 03:18:04 | More by brandoman63
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-29-2012 18:08:37 | More by cbnz
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linnymtu

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

11-05-2013 01:15:28 | More by linnymtu
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DavidRose

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-24-2013 22:07:46 | More by DavidRose
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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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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-29-2012 02:27:28 | More by iL0VEbeer
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JoelClark

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-03-2014 15:25:24 | More by JoelClark
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Pencible

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-15-2012 13:50:57 | More by Pencible
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Appearance - A nice honey/bronze color with 2 fingers of white head. Mild retention and lacing.

Smell - Major notes of apricot, oranges, banana, and spices (especially pepper).

Taste - Some mild citrus hops come on the tongue first. Soon after the spices appera to balance the citrus flavors. There is some ginger which helps cleanse and tame the palate for the barrage of wonderful tastes.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with little carbonation. Gl;ides down the tongue effortlessly. The hops keep everything dry.

Drinkability - Definitely will try out subsequent years of this. Have a few aging and hopefully they turn out well. This is a nice mix of saison and belgian double/tripel. Recommended.

06-23-2007 22:15:50 | More by stereosforgeeks
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MiScusi

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

A- golden with light shades of orange. Clear. White fluffy head develops that dissipates pretty fast. Foamy head is very easily generated upon swirling.
S- belgian yeast (fruit/must) mixed with earthy hops.
T- Starts out with a little bite, then fruit rolls in, followed by earthiness in the end.
M- Carbonated generously, light-heavy body.
D- Easily drinkable. Better at its more colder temperatures in my opinion.

07-18-2007 04:45:50 | More by MiScusi
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

10-14-2008 01:08:57 | More by Stinkypuss
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DoubleJ

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

I've been keeping a bottle of 7*7*07 since it came out, but because I want to save my other beers in the fridge, this one gets the call for tonight. On to the beer:

It's love at first sight, a clean bright gold body with an edge of amber. Too bad the head retnetion is mediocre. Lots of spice in the aroma, reminds me of pumpkin pie spice. The taste is also heavily spiced, but not over the top. If you don't like spiced beers, this isn't for you. As for me, I'm enjoying this as I type. It's bubblegum in the begining before making way for spice. I dig it.

02-20-2008 04:33:11 | More by DoubleJ
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ccrida

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a St. Feuillien goblet, the 07.07.07 is a clear orangish bronze with a 1 finger eggshell head that quickly subsides to a thick collar and skim, leaving scattered lace. Not pale, and an uninspiring head, this reminds me of all the failed, malty US takes on the style. However, I hesitate to dock it much on the color, as the label cites it's a mix of tripel and saison (my two favorite styles BTW), which I afford a wider range of color.

The nose is strong, yeasty, spicy and sugary sweet. I might have guessed I was picking up on coriander, but it's not listed on the label with the other spices, although the phrasing of 'including' hints that it may not be an inclusive list. If it is, maybe it's the cardamom, or just the Belgian yeast. I also found the ginger really reveals itself as it warms. Inviting and complex, I'm impressed.

The taste is a bit thick but nice. Lots of Belgian yeast spiciness, clean candi sugar, and a noticeable bit of alcohol. Also, there's a nice punch of the citrus mentioned on the label, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel, although I couldn't detect it on the nose, but enjoy it's presence here.
I've had a few mediocre US made BSPAs lately, and it's nice to have a decent one again. However, I question just how well this would hold up over the next 5 1/2 years. I don't generally think BSPAs are made for the long haul, and I assume that the citrus I really enjoy here will quickly fade. Also, I found it odd that there was no yeast on the bottom of the empty bottle, and both pours were clear. Still, this is good enough that I'll get a few more, to enjoy on the short term as well cellar. I'm guessing this will peak between 6-12 months...

The mouthfeel is maybe a tad heavy, but there's enough effervescence to keep it from getting syrupy.

This was quite drinkable, because it was really pretty tasty. While it didn't blow me away with the first sip, I was really loving it by then end. A little less heat and more digestibility would make this a 5, possibly for the taste as well. But I really enjoy the SoCal twist on the style, appreciate the dominance of the yeast, and the depth, yet subtleness of the spices.

06-29-2007 02:29:30 | More by ccrida
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

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.

01-31-2008 19:25:54 | More by dreadnatty08
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Boto

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

22oz bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, darker golden color. There was a bit of white foam on the top that settles down to a thin layer . The nose is nice. Yeastiness, breadiness, spices, earthiness, there is a lot going on here. Boy, this is smooth. A hint of effervesence on the tongue. Spicy taste, with some of the breadiness in the background. Nice body. Very Nice!

07-08-2008 21:44:13 | More by Boto
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

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.

02-05-2008 00:01:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a brilliant orange amber color, very pleasing to the eye. Head is generous at first but dissipates to a thin rim of white lace.

Nose is candy like, fruit candies, like apricot and orange maybe, and some peppermint sugary aromas too.

Palate is somewhat viscous with syruppy sweetness, in a good way, with a big spiced warmth at the end. Somewhat prickly on the palate too as alcohol is evident.

Finish is long with lingering fruit and malt sweetness.

06-22-2007 23:43:30 | More by yemenmocha
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +11.7%

Huge cap of thick foam that I wasn't expecting from a beer over 5 years old. Cloudy, pale copper color. Slightly musty aroma, but underneath the yeast some hints of citrus and spice. Flavor is a bit subtle, but comes on stronger in the middle with a bitter finish at the back. Most of the flavor comes from digging in instead of sipping. I have no problem with that. Still plenty of carbonation that makes for a fairly light mouthfeel. I was kind if apprehensive with this one, expecting it to be past its prime, but was pleasantly surprised.

11-20-2013 09:51:59 | More by Sixpack595
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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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abfraser

California

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

10-07-2008 03:51:53 | More by abfraser
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BlackJeremiah

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Dark golden-amber, almost orange. Hazy, mild streamers, thick white head reduces to a thin layer with slight rockiness.

S: Fruit esters, citrics, some eastern/Earl Grey-type scents (orange, bergamot), spicy, but not dark and clovey like the '06. Lighter and subtler, with some hints of sweet pastries and piquant Belgian yeastiness.

T: Highly disparate spice and citric profiles. The advertised four malts run the gamut from bready to sweet and almost doughnuty. Grapefruit, orange, candied sugar, ginger, pepper, and Earl Grey tea all jump in the pool and blend somewhat well. Needs time in the cellar (duh, it's a VE), but very promising.

M: Light, slick, barely effervescent and somewhat cloying on the hard palate.

D: The most drinkable of the four VEs (04-07) that I've tasted. A nice Tripel/Saison blend. Refreshing at first, but ultimately too cloying for more than two glasses' worth in a sitting.

06-23-2007 07:28:52 | More by BlackJeremiah
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and refreshing pale malt scent along with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It's also loaded with a wide array of spices and fruit peels. The ginger stands out to me while the fruit rinds are present, but more of a background aroma. The taste is good. It has warm pale malt taste that is complimented with ginger and fruit peel flavors. The orange and grapefruit peels really stand out in the finish. They provide a layer of complexity that blends well with the Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great beer. It's interesting to say the least and a wonderful beer for marking a special occasion.

09-27-2007 21:40:34 | More by WesWes
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

From notes

A - crystal clear, rich honey color with very little head. 3.5

S - hint of pear mead, caramel, and amber malt. Bit of alcohol as well. Fruity and light bouquet. 4.0

T - rich grape/raisin flavor with some sour apples. Slight bitterness of hops gets masked by lots of fruitiness and a warm finish. 4.5

M - medium bodied, well carbonated. Crisp and warming. 4.0

D - quite drinkable. I enjoy this thoroughly. 4.0

I was glad MacGregors had this on tap along with the 08 and 09. A cool vertical, even though it's not the same beer each year.

02-10-2010 14:26:23 | More by DmanGTR
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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