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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

551 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 551
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Canada_Dan, Jun 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

WanderingFool, Nov 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ajzy, May 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Falcone, Dec 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Adamostella, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of xgrigorix
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Burnished gold colour, clear. Thin white head leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

Spicy nose - cardamom leaps out.

The spices control this beer. Cardamom and subtle notes of ginger. Hints of citrus lead to an off dry finish and slight warming of the throat.

Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Over spiced and under attenuated. Really kind of one dimensional.

xgrigorix, Sep 29, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sample June 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear (and I mean brilliant), full copper color that has tons of streaming bubbles coming up from the bottom. The bubbles support an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The nose is quite spice driven, with ample notes of ginger, clove and a fair amount of citrus notes (leaning towards lemon zest and orange peel). In the finish is a hint of something cola like, which makes me think of cardamom. Despite the spices, the aroma is quite clean. It does have aromatic notes of toasted grain & biscuit malt towards the end. At times the aroma reminds me of a spicy ginger ale, though it is not quite so piquant.

Fairly sweet up front with a fairly thick body; I would characterize it as being medium full. It finishes with an earthy spiciness reminiscent of clove, green coriander and cardamom. Light flavors of lemon zest and a note somewhat like pears or green apples add a hint of fruitiness. The spice flavors are not over the top here, yet somehow they seem to dominate the flavor profile. This could also be a mix of hop character & spices, interacting in ways that one is not used to in a Belgian-style beer. I am not enjoying the mix of flavors here, but I think that this might actually improve considerably with some age; perhaps a year or so would be good. As my palate gets used to some of the sharper, more earthy spice notes a bit more citrus character becomes noticeable; it starts to move towards notes of orange peel. The earthy ginger flavors still are prominent though, even lingering on in the finish.

This is not drinking all that great right now, and I am hoping that it will get quite a bit better with some age on it. It is definitely too clean & needs more yeast influence, hell even a bit of yeasty haze would have been beneficial. The body is a bit too thick for me as well. This should still be at least as drinkable as it is now by 2012.

Gueuzedude, Jun 25, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

nrbw23, May 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

LoveStout, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a Stone bomber into an Orval glass for me and St. Bernardus chalice for her. The beer is a light copper color, just a touch hazy, with a very thin head. The aroma is a little pepper spicy, kind of tripel-like, it has a Belgian-esque yeast quality. The flavor is reminiscent of some American tripels such as Golden Monkey or Final Absolution, but with a noticeable alcohol bite. Maybe it will mellow out as it ages towards 121212, but for now this is among my least favorites from Stone. On the plus side, my wife likes it. But she's got a taste for raw alcohol...

TurdFurgison, Jul 13, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

djrn2, Jul 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

tommyguz, Aug 07, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden-amber to the eye with strong reddish hues against the light. Crystal body; heavy carbonation but not visible sedement. Two-finger creamy eggshell head.

S - Lemon zest, candy malts, rosemary?

T - Heavy, heavy alcohol burn disguises what amounts to very grassy & citrusy hops that finish too phenolic for my taste.

M - Thin, little carbonated bite.

D - Definitely not ready to drink. The bottle recommends aging for 5 years, which will be quite the feat, given the impressive resume it boasts on the back (cardamom, various peels, etc.) - so I just had to try it. Hopefully the aging will mellow out the alcohol burn (8.4% abv, and definitely not hidden) and allow the more subtle flavors to pull through. Cellar it.

yourunclewalt, Jul 18, 2007
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3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely loved the 08. Found a few of these in a nameless liquor store and was very happy about it.

Very dull orange color. White head.

Smells of spices over oranges. Very unique, oddly pleasing. I've never smelled anything like it.

I get a big bite of cloves, which happens to be one of the few spices I can identify, and bananas. There is definitely more going on though. Spicy, fruity.

Pretty damn thick fluid too. After a glass or two, the spices become just too damn overbearing. Decreasing the enjoyment considerably. This is a one cup wonder.

Overall: I have some extra for trade

PatronWizard, Oct 27, 2008
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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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extra from Eric way back when. Thanks!

A: Light copper-red color with a thin ring of head. Some sediment floating in the glass.

N: Ginger comes through very clear. Orange is also present. Hints of lavender, peppercorn, some malt and whiskey, and cola.

T: Nicely sweetened with ample citrus flavor. Slight oxidation.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

O: Still very aromatic, and this was actually one of the favorites of the tasting amongst non beer geeks. Definitely would drink this one soon.

Sarlacc83, Sep 12, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color, lightly hazy with a small egg shell head that falls fast and leaves no lace.

Aroma is tart citrus fruits, lemon and orange mostly with some good spice thrown in. Ginger is dominates along with some yeasty notes all on a decent malt base. Aroma is nice gets your hopes up anyway.

Taste is malty orange to start moving more to tart lemon then lots of spice, again mostly ginger. Taste is a little too unbalanced tart and sweet combo along with too much spice. Just a good thing Stone didn't start out with the verticals or we wouldn't have them around today.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with mellow carbonation level, but it seems to be peppy also must be the kick from the spice.

Drinkability is avg. not great by any means, want be buying anymore until the 08 hope they get it right eventually.

mntlover, Aug 27, 2007
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I gotta say, I love me some transmogrification. A + B definitely equals more then a C.

Pours a nice golden color. Foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Very sweet and citrusy nose.

Very very sweet 1st taste. it is spicy at the end, but the sweetness definitely carries. Mostly malt, with hints of honey. There is a definite tartness in the aftertaste, not sure how to classify it. Spicy, has some kick and the alcohol adds a kick and a chewy mouth feel.

Decent body, pretty good tastes makes this worth a try. Interested to see how this ages

PSUDREW, Jul 30, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Deep golden with a spritzy head.

Aroma is fruity, apple, banana, peppery, ginger. Light notes of cardamom spice.

Ginger and cardamom are prominent in the flavor with light notes of citrus peel.

Finishes a bit sweet, and the ginger and cardamom are a bit heavy for my liking right now, we’ll see how it ages out.

Padron4KM, Jul 02, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7/22/2007 $6.55 22 oz. 8.40% Best by 12/12/12.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear medium brown with pink highlights. Little to no head, with just a fringe of tan around the rim.

Aroma:

Highly spicy, with loads of ginger leading the way along with a nice cherry juice aroma.

Taste:

Rather weak mouthfeel, with lots of citrus peel flavors dominating the palate. Mild hints of ginger with a buttery cherry finish. By far the most ho-hum of the Vertical Epics. Very little complexity present in this one, and I'm worried that this might not be able to go the distince until 2012, though my fingers are crossed.

cbl2, Jul 23, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm almost a full two months late in reviewing this one!

07.07.07 is a beautiful orange, well carbonated, and headed only minimally. Aromas of cinnamon-spice and alcohol, both of which stand out in the taste as well. The flavor is a jumble of non-distinct spices, a dry middle, and a strong alcohol bite in the finish.

I like the heftiness of this beer across the tongue; the spices have a nice interplay that reveals slightly different combinations of sweet and dry in each sip; unfortunately, it's hard to know what flavors are at the root of those impressions. The alcohol finish detracts from the overall impression and makes this a sipping beer.

Too strong for a saison, too spicy for a golden, 07.07.07 is an innovative hybrid that may be just a tad too forward and jumbled to really be anything at all. Mixing those two styles, I would have hoped for something that better balanced the spiciness of a saison with the sweet finish and (well-masked) strength of a Belgian golden beer.

Worth a look, but only one.

benito, Sep 08, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.