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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 550
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 beermanbrian
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Golden color with a tint of red. Fine bubbled head that drops to a thin lacing cap. Smell is spicey and drifts slightly to a alcohol note as it warms. This isn't necessary bad, but there is no hiding that this one has some kick to it. Taste somehow comes accross as somewhat bland, some spice, sugar sweetness, with an alcohol finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Not an overly drinkable beer. I bought a case of these when it first came out and i still have 9 left. It's mellowed somewhat over time but I'm hoping a little more aging improves this one some more. I'm a huge fan of Stone but this one has to be my least favorite of their offerings to date.

beermanbrian, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of elmore
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle into a Trois Pistoles chalice. A golden color with a brownish hugh - darker than most belgian pales. My first pour yielded a very thin head and translucent liquid. I let the last 10oz sit for 1.5 hours and warm, which produced a much thicker, creamier head and the yeast sediment gave it a much more opaque Trappist-like feel. The second pour yielded some nice sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

Very spicey complex smell. Citrus rind, coriander, yeast, sweet biscuity malts, juicy fruit. Taste was similar. A very full tripel. Bold citrus flavor - more aggresive than most Belgian pales. A very bitter hops aftertaste - a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is moderate. Carbonation is very fine, champagne-like - good for the style. Pretty good drinkability.

I have real passion for Belgian ales and this is no exception. A very adequate, big, bold beer. Thanks to Stone for this one - alot of fun. I bought a few of these - will be interesting to see if they mellow a little bit with age. It will be fun to try these in 2012.

elmore, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $7.99...
Bright orange, tangerine hue with noticeable foamy head that soon receded, leaving lots of lacing around the top of the glass...
Great smell of fresh fruit, nectarines, pears, apple, honey, clovers, and grapefruit...
A very sweet-aroma bursting with freshness and character...
Equally great taste that strongly complements the aroma, with sweet, sugar-laden flavors dancing around the tongue...
Great thick, rich, creamy mouthfeel...
Perilously drinkable with the hefty 8.4% ABV struggling to be noticed behind ultra-rich and sweet, unique flavors and well-balanced with fruity caramel malts and citrus hops...
This is very different from the usual Stone brews that I've encountered...
With Stone, I'm used to sampling very aggressive and in-your-face beers, while this one, although full of plenty of flavor, was more subtle and easy-going...
Very good depiction of the style... Highly recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

22oz bomber poured into a chalice

Pours a hazy orange amber with a very small head that bubbles up and disappears rather quickly.

Scents of grapefruit, candied fruit, honey, ginger, and coriander. More broad than deep, rather appealing.

A citrus ginger flavor pops you in the jaw and then leads way to a spicy clove finish. There is a consistent lemon flavor throughout the experience. A nice clean, refreshing flavor, not as sweet as the nose lets on, slightly bitter.

Medium bodied and refreshing with a crisp, dry finish. A nice alcohol warmth rears its head on the backside.

I can see where some people might struggle with the spiciness of this bad boy, but I like it.

Going to need to stash one of these guys away for safe keeping, maybe it will make it until 2012.

ColForbinBC, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Update: 2 years later (16 Mar 10)

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, spicy, nutmeg, some nice yeast notes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, some malts/yeast, lots of spices, nutmeg, and some caramel tones. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, and much better than the first time I had it.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, spicy, nutmeg, some yeasty, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, some malty/yeast, lots of spices, nutmeg, and some caramel tones. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, but could live without it.

Wasatch, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of lifebeer
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

a. pours a golden/orange, but cloudy-straw under the light, half-finger of head that doesn't last nearly long enough, minimal lacing

s. nice combination of citrus and apple, bread, coriander being the highlight

t. overwhelming rush of salty-metallic lemon, bread-maltiness and coriander, finishes with some alcohol

m. medium malty round

d. not the most drinkable, unless coriander is your favorite flavor, begins and ends with coriander

lifebeer, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +18%

Golden honey colord body, excellent clarity, mild carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of tight white foam.

Notes of zesty pepper hit the nose from a foot-and-a-half away as it pours. Up closer, a strong assertive lemon rises above the spice.

Surprisingly lightly, it rolls across the tongue. While described as a mix of saison and trippel, it also seems a bit witish. A light sweet taste, generously fruity, with a sprinkling of spice. Tangy and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, it dances across the tongue, but also with some body to it. Spices well integrated and not dusty.

Drinkability is another surprise. While I sometimes have struggled with trippels, this goes down so smooth. Winds may be howling this night, but I could see this as a summer nightcap out on the deck.

This was more of "take a shot" purchase than most, but it paid off well. Another winner from Stone.

RonfromJersey, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a suprisingly orange color, clear with some head, but lacks alot in retention and fluffiness. Smell is strong, and of belgian yeast and saisonishness. Taste is very very spice filled with good yeast flavors and some mellow barnyard funk. Some hops on the finish, but very subtle. Spice flavors linger on the aftertaste. mouthfeel is nice, kind of thick and a bit soupy for the style. drinkability is good, but nothing to really be marveled at. a good brew, but certainly not the best of the Vertical Epics. Maybe it will be better in 2012!

AKBelgianBeast, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.2/5  rDev -41.6%

Creamy golden color with fluffy head. Smell is like Chimay and basically every belgian beer ever with the very obvious belgian yeast smell. To be specific, maybe some cardamom gingery clove type sweet spicy smells. Taste is oddly sweet and belgian-y. Alcohol at first at least is only slightly detectable, but it is slightly warming in the chest as it goes down. I don't care for this beer or the style. I'm sure its good if you like belgians, but the second I smell that typical belgian beer yeast smell, its all downhill from there.

JDV, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of CWiggins
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

Purchased at Grape & Gourmet in Virginia Beach back in June of '06. I couldn't pass it up, as Stone has no distributor in North Carolina and I've heard many good things about their products. Yes, the bottle states this beer was designed to be aged until 12/12/2112; I just can't help myself! I put this bottle in my fridge a few weeks back, and tonight's the night.

It pours a dark orange/medium amber into my cute little Tremens glass. A thin head of off-white foam developed, but it wasn't sustained for long and eventually settled into a rim lacing for the duration. Aromas of citrus, bubble gum, cardamom, and light malts waft up from the brew during each inhalation. It's a complex nose; be sure to take your time and explore its many nuances. The flavor is equally complex: it begins with a tart and tangy sweetness, followed by dark malts and bitter citrus peels, and finishes with a long-lasting combination of hops, bitter peels and sweet bread. It's a truly wonderful combination, and I feel quite privileged to have gotten hold of one. Enjoy, if you can find it!

CWiggins, Feb 05, 2008
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
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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