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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

554 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 45
Gots: 141 | 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 hellcatsjg
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Boppar
2.1/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of mattster
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Dansting
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stephendr
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of maddogruss
4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atrus138
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of theopholis
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mountdew1
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Please note that this review is relative to the STYLE - which is chock full of great beers.

A: Slightly opaque, dark orange. Good initial head, but dissapated quickly without retention.

S: Pretty harsh alcohol smell greeted me. Some deep, ripe fruits with a hint of yeast helped to salvage the smell and make it interesting.

T: Fig or Raisin, deep malt, alcohol.

M: Warm alcohol - almost reminded me of a cordial. Rich and deep on the palate, with a slight tang at the end.

D: Not that enjoyable - too heavy for the style.

I'm generally a HUGE supporter of Stone, but was not a fan of this one. Bummer. **I have one remaining - if anyone thinks I should cellar #2 for a year, let me know**

Photo of nephlim
1.98/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I must preface this review by saying that Stone is probably my favourite brewery. The Ruination and Bastards are extremely well made beers; beers that I've converted BPR drinkers with. So, I expected allot from the Vertical Epic.

I poured it from a 1pt 6ox bottle into this nifty Samuel Smith pint glass (try to find one, they're nice). The colour was nice, looked on par for the style.

The smell was kind of, well, blah. There was spice, and alcohol. I couldn't make much out of it.

The taste and mouth feel were awkward. It felt thin, and hot. The alcohol was very forward, as were the spices. It also had an over "sour" taste, like it had been chilled, warmed, and then chilled again. It wasn't the clean taste I'd come to expect from Stone.

Maybe I just got a bad batch, but I expected much more.

Photo of BBM
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly cloudy golden blond into a tulip glass. The head was white and fizzy, but fleeting. Aroma was somewhat fruity, with hints of spice and earth.

I enjoyed the infusion of sweet fruits with the Belgian spices, it gave the brew a bit more depth and personality. Spicy up front, along with sweet malt and a subtle dry finish. Slight hints of alcohol. This is a perfectly delightful beer from Stone. Overall they did a nice job with this one.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber Poured into my Piraat glass.

A:Hazy orange color with MINIMAL head. Quickly retreated to the edge of the glass. Color is really nice.

S: Nice spicy yeast smell in line with the style. Some citrus as well

T: Sweetness up front with some honey and malt. Then it goes into a really dry wheat tone. Nice and spicy after that fading into a an almost musty aftertaste.

M: Thin body with a nice creamy feel. A little under carbonated.

D: While not killing you with the ABV this is still one to be respected. Very drinkable though. Definitely looking forward to the ones I have in the cellar. I think this one might get better.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this installment of the vertical epic series pours a light orange/brownish color with a thin cream colored head with plenty of carbonation to keep it alive

S - saison style spices and citrus peel dominate the nose with a yeasty background, the bottle says its a blend of a saison and a belgian, so far so good

T - more bitter and dry than i expected, almost a champagne like flavor like grapeskins, citrus is present but again more of a bitter citrus like the peels again, some cloying background spices especially cloves

M&D - dry mouthfeel, again like that of champagne, but not hard to drink, perhaps this could use to age more as is suggested

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sadly I missed the 02-02-02 through 06-06-06 but maybe they'll turn up somewhere.

A: A nice hazy honey color. Not much head, but some small bubbles going up the side of the glass.

S: Smells smooth and sweet with plenty of spices. Pepper, ginger and others.

T: The first taste is very sublte honey sweetness but quickly followed by a blast of spices. Pepper, citrus, ginger, and plenty of other stuff I can't even beging to identify.

MF: This really captures the Belgian mouthfeel well-light but very sharp. Spicy/peppery alcohol which combined with the carbonation makes this a biting beer.

D: I like this, but I think Stone took it a bit too far. The flavor is a bit too much for the style. The mouthfeel is the thing that really gets me, it's just a bit too sharp, almost hard to drink. Not bad, but I think others do this style better.

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bomber. The painted label gives an in-depth description of the ingredients. Oddly, no stream-of-consciousness ramblings from Greg on this one.

This VE is a striking, rich, golden-hued bier. There's some fine particulate suspended within, watching the steady stream of carbo shoot topside. Head was initially a good 1.5", then ebbed back to about 1/4". It is off-white and quite creamy, almost mousse-like, and leaves top-shelf lacework behind. Aroma has a lot going on. There's some candy-ish action; some spiciness; a bit of light fruit, like orange peel; and mild ginger. Interesting. Medium bodied, though a bit airy and bubbly on the tongue. Still, a decent mouthfeel.

As with the nose, the flavor is an interesting melange of different offerings. It has a little light, crackery malt sweetness to start. Ginger is more noticeable here than in the aroma. Very Tripel-ish, with some tropical fruitage and spicy action holding court. Quite dry overall, and 7-7-7 possesses a subtle saison-ish earthiness. Hopping is lightly present in the background, appropriate for the style. The more I drink, the more apparent the ginger and the rindy character from the peels become. I feel a distinct warming in the belly, the 8.40% abv doing its work (well, I might add!). There is a considerable amount of yeasty residue in the bottom of the bottle; a hard swirl and addition to the goblet gives the bier a foggy, orange glow (as well as a bit more of a spicy bite).

All-in-all, I like this one. If it were a regular, year-round bier, it might be my go-to Tripel. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A light haze to a honey colored brew. A large bubbly head with a bit of lingering lacing.

S - Honey, pineapple, papaya, coriander, hints of banana and a touch of horse blanket. In generally, it has a malty essence about it.

T - Initial hit is of a honey sweetness, then there comes a vague fruitiness and a more dominant musty hay flavor with some coriander. The flavor is very nice and well balanced. The aftertaste is a bit less pleasant, simply a lingering mustiness with some boiled bland bitter vegetables, though there is still a shadow of honey in the taste.

M - Thin, smooth, very refreshing. A touch warming too.

D - Pretty good, this is definitely worth a try. I have a generally negative view of Stone because the first few of their beers I had sampled were, IMO, overrated. But this, along with some other recent samplings (barring the RIS - which was nothing short of disappointing), continues to convince me that they are actually the brewery that their reputation makes them out to be.

Photo of dickieb
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a deep bronze in color with a good amount of head, leaving above average lacing. The smell is strong with spice and belgian yeast, also a good hint of alcohol. he flavor is complex with a light malt backbone loaded with spices and hints of yeast, alcohol is apparent and warming, still pretty green. This is a sipper, but enjoyable, and will certainly mellow out and age well.

Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep amber, brilliant orange color, with a 2 finger head. Great retention, heavy lace, and small bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass.

S- Complex, very interesting nose, filled with caramel malts, big spice and herbal component. Citrus hops, backed by ginger spice make a great combo. Honey shows up towards the back as well.... nice

F- Big time spice and herb flavors. Cardamom and citrus seem to dominate the flavor, but thyme and basil seem to be in there too. Beautiful spicy yeast strain, with lots of phenols. Ginger hits on the finish, along with a touch of honey sweetness. Fantastic.

M- creamy, oily, and thick.

D- quite good, but a slight alcohol burn after a few sips.

Overall, a great beer. Like many of the other vertical epics, I can't really see this lasting another 5 and a half years. We'll just have to see how the spice holds up. I guess we'll see in the future. Either way, pick one up if you can still find some.

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.