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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

380 Reviews
THE BROS
74
okay

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Reviews: 380
Hads: 566
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 46
Gots: 149 | 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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Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opened June 2013.

A - Nice golden apricot body. Fine white head sits low with nice retention and lace.

S - Bright, floral nose. Great balance. Dandelion, honey, touch of tangerine, white grape, Chardonnay, macadamia nut.

T - Smooth apricot jam, honey, sour pear, white grape. Floral finish.

M - Silky, medium-light frame. Surprisingly creamy.

O - A floral take on the style with strong mead influences. Great integration and balance. (438 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in 10 oz snifter at the 2013 Most Arrogant Bash.

Remarkable orange-amber color; crystal clear with a small but partially durable head. Very little lacing.
The aroma is not promising, with too much suggestion of vinegar. Otherwise, a wild mix of spices over a fruity base. The flavor also has a suggestion of vinegar but, thankfully, this is much more subdued.
M: Still lightly hot, the higher ABV is not well hidden. Low carbonation works well.

O: At 6 years, probably the oldest beer I've had, and probably past its prime, even if specially delivered by Stone. Still, interesting, fun and enjoyable, if flawed and slightly challenging. (648 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12. Review from notes.

A: 7/7/7 was a golden orange with a small white foamy head that lasted longer than most of the other VEs. Again, minimal lacing.

S: Lots of ginger, lavender and cardamom as well as a surprising amount of citrus.

T: Lots of citrus rind, orange, ginger, lavender, and flowers/grass.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Liked it, didn't love it, but was impressed by how well this one held up. Held up significantly better than any of the older VEs. (522 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color with plenty of sediment floaters. Some white froth formed but dissipated quickly.

(S)- A zesty spice up front. The coriander and cardamon are obvious with bits of a grassy lemon and orange zest.

(T)- A zesty spicy orange and a clove/ginger kick. A yeasty profile overall just with an extra citrus and spice punch to it.

(M)- The carbonation level has held up nicely with still a crispness to it. The spices definitely liven things up. Does get a touch bitter for me as it warmed.

(O)- I like the play of spicy esters with the citrus. Perhaps the better of the "lighter" vertical epics at this point, but debatable. (722 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep golden copper, with frothy half inch cream head that dissipates into minimal lacing.

Ginger and citrus pith and sprite, of all things, form the aroma, with confectioners sugar pulling things together.

Almost herbal in character, lots of ginger, orange, and grapefruit pith complement the estery Belgian yeast character well. There's confectioners sugar sweetness and tea-like hops at the finish. Brown sugar sweetness dominates as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate to low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Fairly spritzy and herbal. Lots of ginger and tea flavor. I'm not a ginger fan. A bit too herbal. (648 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably got this at Discount Liquor, but who knows. Served in a tulip glass.

A - White foam settles to a collar, leaving behind spotty lace and wisps on top. Hazed golden body.

S - You can still smell the cardamom and citrus peel in this one, and there's a nice typical tripel-esque stone fruit malt backbone. This is the first of the series that doesn't seem crazy old.

T - The taste hasn't held up quite well unfortunately, as there are some fruity oxidized notes. Otherwise this is mostly caramel malts with a hefty citrus peel finish.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, dry finish, with a surprising tannic character. Perhaps a hint of alcohol warmth in this one.

D - Not particularly well suited to my tastes, as I'm not a huge cardamom fan, but it's held up reasonably well. I'd be willing to give a keg or refrigerated bottle a chance down the road. (868 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear with a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Small carbonation buttles rise from the center of my oversized wine glass with the occasional larger bubble rising from offcenter. The second glass was a translucent murky orange-brown.

The aroma of bright citrus wafts from the bottle, and after a hard pour, a very yeasty start--like proofing yeast for bread. This was followed quickly by some light metallics, then bubblegum, before morphing into overripe citrus, and finally apple in the end. Spicy Belgian yeast carries throughout.

The taste is almost vinuous at first. Rather dry with some tart citrus. Cardomom is eviedent, and the bite of ginger as well. The second glass tasted much sweeter on the first swallow, but settled down immediately. The saisson parentage is indicated by a definite earthiness. The bitterness of citrus peel was present here also.

Rather light in the first glass, with a nice bite of carbonation/ginger. By the second glas, the carbonation was gone...the bite was all ginger, and the feel was thicker. Oddly, the first glass seemed to leave more of a syrupy feel on the tongue. Very warming.

The carbonation was a bit light, and not surprisingly. The beer is over 5 1/2 years old. Still, it's held up well. It's very tasty and satisfying. Worthy of another purchase. But alas, it was only brewed once. I'll have to resort to the homebrew version. (1,418 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

had as part of a big VE tasting at the end of the world party, shared with many friends.

Pours a light fizzy head, murky hazy sediment, reddish orange color.

Nose earthy malts, sweet malts, Belgian like, light citrus and fruit, apple, hint hops, light booze esters.

Taste has aged malts, light oxidation, Belgian golden malts and esters, booze, light tea chamomile like, light spices, phenols, booze, light apple like fruit, raisin, etc.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb for the age at least.

Overall decent Belgian beer, aging took it's toll but still a fairly decent beer overall. (584 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap for the VE tasting (beers 07.07.07-12.12.12) at Pacific Coast Brewing Co. during SF Beer Week. All reviews are from my notes. I liked this enough that I got it in an 8oz flute glass after the first tasting.

Pours a pale amber, perhaps even bronze-like color with literally no carbonation or bubbles to speak of. There was a slight ring upon it as it arrived, but that quickly vanished and left this behind. Not sure at all how this looked fresh, let alone on tap (2007?? I wasn't even into beer then!), yet I'm certain it must have modified over time to appear more hazed and darker. Very viscous liquid, almost to the point of appearing syrupy. Indeed, it looks a lot more like brandy than actual beer at this point. Definitely has held up well after nearly 6 years, with or without bubbles.

At the nose, there definitely is a spiced aroma as advertised, although it's huge on the grapefruit/citrus peel department. Explosive, in fact, to the point where the alcohol and candied sugar has pretty melded together to create a flavor that smells a lot like grapefruit/lemon hard candy. There's a lot of underlying lemon peel as well, which sets a zesty, grassy aroma all around. Other notes I picked up included woodiness, truffles, and wild yeast, to the point of being tarty.

The flavor consists of more dried yet sweetened candied grapefruit peel flavors, combined with big yeasty honey notes. Vetted green apple cider aromas meld with the grapefruit to create an interesting sensation, and the yeast and faded malts make it similar to a nicely spiced saison. However, with age, the sour astringency seems to have really faded with the yeast holding the fort between the zest and the spices. It's far tartier on the tongue than at the nose here, yet it seems to really work with all of the citrus peel flavors and candied sugar finish that this is offering. Aside from being thick, it's still crisp and bright, and contains a near succulent flavor overall.

At this point of aging, this is pretty much unclassifiable. Is it a saison/tripel hybrid? A citrus/candy sugar Belgian pale ale? Hard to say, but I do think that aging has done very nice things to this beer. I wish I could go back in time and buy a few bottles of this, as this VE worked pretty favorably with me. Not all are winners, but this one definitely has its notable characteristics, especially for fans of tripels, cider, and citrus focused drinks. (2,435 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a white head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: A ton of cardamom and citrus zest. Some fruity alcohol notes as well with just a touch of sweet toffee malt.

T: Some candied grapefruits with a some spicy yeasty. A little bubblegum with some big cardamom notes. Light caramel malts. A ton of zest with bitter citrus peel.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Spicy and zesty on the finish.

O: Definitely one of the better ones of the nights, but I like cardamom and bitter zest. The beer was either liked or hated at the tasting mainly due to the cardamom. (684 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Along with the 06, having this for the first time with quite a bit of age on it. This one is ~ 5 1/2 years old at this point. Thanks to Cam once again.

Pours copper orange with some haze. An off-white head retains well.

Very musty scent, oxidized caramel, ginger, light fruits.

Taste is luckily alot better. Big citrus flavor here sticks out the most, along with grapefruit and lemon, surprisingly bright fruit tastes here for how old it is. Some farmy saison notes, toffee and buttery malts, and hints of ginger. Some old caramel malts there as well but not too much age noticeable.

Well-carbonation with a pretty full body, not much booze presence at all.

Very fruity, doesn't come off as very Belgian, though it has held up pretty well, better than the 06 anyways. (773 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (766 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (940 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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. (416 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (515 characters)

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (494 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (302 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (283 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (480 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (490 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (589 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (891 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass.

A - Pours a golden tinted orange color again with good clarity but marred slightly by the fine suspended particles. A small white head forms briefly and manages to leave behind some traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet oranges stick out immediately in the aroma with some lemons coming thru also. A bit phenolic and alcoholic on the aroma with some spices. Gives a sweet and fruity overall impression.

T - Soft and smooth flavors of sweet oranges...a bit boozy with some peppery spiciness. To me this is what Grand Marnier would be if it was a beer.

M - Syrupy, sweet, citrusy, medium body with low carbonation.

O - Super citrusy - seriously, this really made me think of a slightly thinned out shot of Grand Marnier...which I happen to like, so this beer worked out rather well for me too. (846 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (860 characters)

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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