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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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380 Reviews

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Reviews: 380
Hads: 569
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 17.2%
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 msubulldog25
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As the one-year mark approaches on the 07.07.07, I thought I'd open a bottle to see how this one is doing. This has been kept in a dark cellar closet since last summer. A puff of soft carbonation hisses from under the cap and into the La Chouffe tulip glass it goes.

A: Hazy orange-honey color, shows plenty of rising carbonation. With a brisk pour, cracking eggshell white head builds to just over a finger. A noisy crown of multi-sized bubbles knit loosely together, but fades away after just a couple minutes. No lace and, once the head disappears, looks a little lifeless after a while.

S: Big aroma of apples, green raisins and dried (berry) fruit wraps. Musty blend of yeast and 'Belgian' spiciness. Malty and sweet, balanced with citrusy hops.

T: More green apples, cinnamon/nutmeg spice with a burst of tangy-sweet tangerine citrus. Ripe berries, earthy yeast. Mushy pear and some booze, a little like brandy.

M: Satiny smooth thickness, sizable mouthfeel with a soft carbonation and some lasting coating. Though generally sweet and fruity, the finish does dry out (medicinal/chalky). Alcohol heat is now a pleasant 'warmth'; earlier tastes of this last summer were unpleasantly 'hot' for me. The mellowing over these months has improved the mouthfeel.

D: After my last (disappointing) try of this (August '07), I vowed to revisit at some point. Given time, this has improved in most aspects; many of my scores adjusted a .5 point upwards. I like the creativity of a Belgian Tripel/Saison hybrid and would say this leans toward the Tripel, both in terms of appearance/flavor and the elevated ABV. A good one to sip on, interesting enough to ruminate over. Glad I saved a few of these for later. Recommended.

Thanks, Metalmonk, for posting the review that 'reminded' me to give this another try...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty copper, somewhat murky, tonds of thick near white head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Spicy. Belgian yeast and spice are about all I get.

T - Like when you use too much salt, there is no way home. Too much spice in this beer. Overpowering.

M - See taste, balance can't be achieved for me on this one.

D - See Taste and Mouthfeel, and obviously, not sessionable for me.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured during a 06-10 VE tasting.
Poured to NB globe.

A: golden, autumnal with little bubbles. Excellent clarity. Can agitate a transient head. No lacing.

S: Wow, complex beer here. Dominated by ginger, there can also be lemon peel, oak, mint, cardamom, other spice flavors. Very, very complex. Sweet. Further, the characteristics change and interweave as temp changes and beer breathes. So complex.

T: Ginger, and again, complex. The spices in here almost taste like a mulled compilation. The yeast finally makes an appearence here with bananas, belgo yeastiness. Would like to try again, warmed.

M: medium body with lower carbonation. Leaves mouth dry.

D: This beer is a sipper for sure. I wouldnt be able to drink more than an 8 oz pour of this one. Definitely the most complex of the group.

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Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright gold color with a large white head.

Aromas are intense and spicy. Bubblegum, grapefruit, and bananas all noticed on the nose.

Tastes spicy, but not overdone. Tastes of citrus fruits, bananas, pepper, and bubblegum. There is a general overall creaminess character to the flavor, slightly sweet, and very malty.

Mouthfeel is full and really supple. Creamy, smooth, and thick.

Interesting beer. Not quite my favorite of the epics, but it's a well made, and is enjoyable to taste and drink.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even if you wanted to, you couldn't pour this without getting at least an inch-thick of fluffy whiteness. The head is very Belgian in that its made of a zillion impossibly small bubbles and stays put for the duration, coating the sides of the glass with each tilt and return. Color is rusty autumn orange.

Smell is exotic spices, ones I can't name, plus heavy ginger and anise, also a little bit of nutmeg. There's a good yeast presence, and the malts seem to have produced a predominantly sweet backbone.

Aromas detected come out assertively on the tongue, with a hint of cinnamon in there as well. Grapefruit adds a little twang/tang in the background. Basically you're getting a complex melange of exotic spice and fresh citrus fruit basket. A hint of yeast comes through, especially with warming, and the alcohol makes for even more boisterous behavior on the tongue. While it's incredibly complex, it somehow leans a little to one side, without having a strong malty base to add balance. Malts are like raw sugar-cookie dough, but could've been pushed up a little further. It certainly is delicious enough without having any major problems. I even dig the alcohol heat, seems to work for the flavors that are present. A blindfold taste-test would probably have most Belgian aficionados swearing this was from the Beer Paradise itself. Kudos.

The mouthfeel is outstanding, with a clean, buttery lightness, a great creamy roundness, and just a touch of carbonation which amplifies the spicier elements.

I love Saisons and I love Tripels...this is a hybrid of the two. And it's Stone. How could it fail? It's not your typical Stone ale, but what is a typical Stone ale but something atypical in the first place? This is worthy of the brewer's reputation, and a worthy addition to the "Vertical Epic" series. The only reason I wouldn't rate drinkability even higher is because all that citrus/spice just sticks with you and sticks with you, almost to the point of overload. Kudos again, Stoners...

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Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Six year old Seven poured with a light caramel color and a fizzy head of lively bubbles.

The scent had a tinge of alcohol with a flowery perfume of lavender.

The flavors were sour with a flower, licorice, potpourri and carbonated water taste. The finish was genuinely tea like with a real herbal leaf flavor.

The feel was very carbonated but it had a good crispness.

Torn on this one as it had a natural perfumey flower and herbal tone but had little malt character to really round it out.

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

Picked up three bombers back at the end of June for $5.79 each.

Beer poured a reddish orange with a minimal white head. Nose is very pleasant, quite fruity with spices, and some belgian yeast hints. Taste is unique, it truly blends the dry qualities of a Saison with the spicy and slightly peppery qualities of a Trippel. Mouthfeel is good, somewhat spicy and peppery with a medium body. Drinkability is good. This brew has improved since the first one i tried. It is definitely more smooth this time around. I'll save the third bottle for next summer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's in El Segundo

Poured into a large mug and let sit for a while

Half inch head that faded away pretty fast

Golden color like a saison

Smell was taken over by oranges, but taste had hints of banana

Not a bad beer and I cannot wait to see what happens to my other bottles while they age

My friend had a 2003 VE the other day and said it was amazing after aging for 4 years, way better than its intial tastwe

Try now and save one for later

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Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a small white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is wheaty malts with some spices and a little fruit and alcohol and some grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet malts, spices (clove, ginger) with some fruitiness. It has a grassy bitter finish. As it warms, the sweetness and ginger become a little cloying. The mouthfeel is medium and watery with low but sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent Belgian, but not too striking to me. The blend of overwhelming flavors don't balance out really well.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with an insta-vanish white head. Springtime-y light malt, lightly spicy aroma. Tastes delicate and fruity - peach and golden pear fruit with golden malt. Spicy like a Fuji apple.

From the reviews I've read this is better now than it was when it was released.

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Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color . Nice white head that fades fast. No lacing.
Nice Belgian smell. Yeasts, astringency, spiciness.

Taste is good. A great, heavy duty astringent Belgian beer. Spicy, alcohol masked well. Very tasty. There is a pear like and perfumy aftertaste that could probably get annoying after a while, but fine for the first bottle!!!!

Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious. Drinkability is good for the abv, maybe downgrade it a bit for perfuminess.

All in all a really good representation of this style!!

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Photo of Overlord
2.31/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, I'll give this a pass, for now, as apparently it is a beer that's meant to be aged.

Not impressed at the moment. Flavors were sharp, but didn't blend well, and it was exceedingly raw. Almost seemed like it had been mixed from other beers....hard to describe.

I'll give it a year or two and try another bottle.

**I had another one recently. Somewhat impatient, I know, but given just how much I've enjoyed other Stone offerings, I had to try this again. It has not improved. I'm actually lowering my score a notch. The flavors do not sit well together, and I don't know what crazy spice after-taste they were going for, but I simply "Do not want."

***the next time I have this beer, it will be when it's aged five years. If anything, it is less drinkable now than it was when I initially had it, probably as my tastebuds and palate have grown a bit more discerning in the intervening year. Spicy, hot with alcohol, just an unpleasant mess. So atypical of Stone.

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Photo of mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, pale, semi opaque fiery amber color. Poured with a nice off white head with a fluff to it that fades quickly into some slight, highly carbonated lacing.

Noce is full of fresh tropical fruit and clove with an afterthough of bubblegum. Pineapple and mango and moderate banane lead into a citrusy orange pear. RS seems like it may show it's face. Some floral hopping as well. Bright and lively acidity.

Again very fruity. With a large undermining of clove. Carbonation seems to be a little flat for this beer especially compared to the bottled sample I tried. Pear, peach, and orange, with less tropical activity than the nose. Still hints of banana and pineapple. A dry finish that is a little misleading considering the amount of fruit. Even a hint of corriander? A more acidic backbone with slightly more carbonation would have greatly benefited this brew. Still a sticky creamy mid palate and a beer I could drink one or two of.

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

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle.

pours deep golden yellow, not quite orange, with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. orange peel. clove. bit of cinnamon. corriander. cracker malts. bit of grain. alcohol. light phenols. the alcohol is almost harsh and burning the nose, but not quite.

taste is nice. warming alcohol followed by sweet tangerine and oranges. low bitterness level. spice isn't as strong as the aroma, but still quite present. bit of clove and cinnamon. corriander. cracker malts. light grainy character. phenols and regular alcohol. warmer than i expected, but this one is made to age for another 5 years until the 12.12.12 so that's ok. neat blend of saison and tripel, with the spice from a saison but the flavour closer to a tripel. no saison funk, and not quite the bitterness of a tripel.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation feels a touch low, but works ok. medium-light body fits well.

drinkability is ok. the alcohol is pretty warm right now, but i can see this one mellowing nicely. a bit too sweet right now too, which might mellow and mesh nicely with time. i expect the rating on this one to rise with age.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip. The beer pours a crisp pale orange with a decent head that slowly diminishes to a ring. The aroma is sweet orange, citrus and spice. The beer is a wonderful blend of sweet malts, orange, citrus, spice, and just a hint of yeast. This is one of the best American Belgian styles I've ever had! The beer is light to medium bodied and the alcohol is somewhat well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer, but definitely a sipper.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice orange color with a slight foamy head. Very clear though a fair amount of floaties in there. Nice aroma though a fair amount of pumkin pie type spices which I wasnt expecting. Malty flavor with a decent level of spiciness. Good orange/pepper spice going on. Trace of alcohol bite. Decent body-I was expecting more abv for the overall impression. Very nice and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my trust Duvel tulip. The ale appears a hazed crimson tinged amber color with at least two fingers of creamy bone white foam. I can smell this beer from at least an arms length away. I'm smelling and tasting notes of apricots, ginger, citrus such a oranges, lemons and grapefruit essence, ripe peach, subtly spicy peppery yeast, sweet candied apples. Dry finish with still a bit of alcohol coming through. This ale is about medium bodied with more than ample carbonation. Can't wait to see how this one develops even further.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Cellar clearance yadda yadda. I purchased one of these locally and acquired another from tprokop7. Thanks Todd.

A: Pours a clear, glowing orange body with huge, fluffy off-white head that fills the Duvel tulip and threatens to overflow. It takes its sweet time retreating into a moderate collar, but it leaves no sticky lace in its wake.

S: Smells like a saison at first. Orchard fruits like apples, pears, and orange find their way to my nose. They're spiced by a nice blend of cardamom and clove.

T: Banana, apples, pears, orange peel. There's a light bitterness that accentuates the semi-dry flavor of this beer. The finish brings out cardamom, clove, and ginger -- the spice blend reminds me of a pumpkin ale, actually. Pretty tasty.

M: Light-medium bodied; fizzy. Semi-dry with a spicy warming effect.

D: I see some of the earliest reviews of this beer were... unfavorable. It seems the beer has improved since then. I find it drinking quite well, and seeing now that it's intended to be a saison-golden ale hybrid, I think it hits the mark pretty well.

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

Fairly clear decanting job, golden side of orange. The head is much lesser than I thought, as styles like BSPA, Golden Triple, and Saison were in my head. White soapy bubbles, leaving some okay lacing.

Quite spicy aroma, and a little weak. I didn't get much that suggested saison, while ginger, white pepper, and some fruits stole the show.

I rather enjoyed the juxtaposition of sweet candied tripel and spicy saison ale flavors. Slightly citric, as well as herbal and spicy, with a hint of vanilla; actually quite appropriate for the upcoming spiced ale seasons.

Finishes dry with a little lemon tartness. Gets to be a little much as it warms to room temperature, but certainly very interesting. Worth a look back in a couple of years for sure.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at Stone Night in Burlington this beer was a bright orange-amber color in my goblet. The head was short lived but as a thin cream-colored collar it left scattered lacing and stuck around quite a while. The aroma was surprisingly light, floral and citrus hops, light spiciness and hints of honey. The flavors, however, were monstrous compared to the bouquet. The flavors were a nice arc that started with a semi-sweet note that then went spicy before going to a bitter finish. Bright hops added lemon and grapefruit, tangy orange peel, and white grapes. The alcohol nip was present and Belgian yeast added complexity and a 'twang' at the finish that I had mixed feelings about. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy, the body full and the carbonation still quite active.

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Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.