Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by taez555 on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
578
Reviews:
382
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
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47
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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance - It pours a yellow-orange color that is very clear with some carbonation activity visible. The head builds slowly as you pour, and dissipates fairly quickly, settling at a thin half-finger cap of rough head. There is some lace left as you drink, but not much.

Smell - Definitely some strong notes of cloves and fig (your typical aroma for the Belgian style). There is also a rich malty aroma behind this.

Taste - Lots of really fresh clove and ginger flavor up front. This flavor eventually gives way to some slight souring and an interesting tropical fruitiness in the middle. The dark fruit flavors are actually not as present as I would have expected from the smell. As it finishes, there is a powdery yeast flavor and some hints of citrus essence. There is moderate alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation bite, which lends to the refreshing quality of this beer. It does not take away from it as with some other beers. The beer is quite smooth beyond the lively carbonation. It has a medium body.

Drinkability - The spice and herb flavors in this beer may be somewhat rich for some people, but I quite enjoyed them! Other than that, this beer is perfectly drinkable considering its style.

Overall, this is another great Vertical Epic. The added spices really add a great character to this beer. Also, these additions were done with the thought in mind to add to the beer's flavor. Many spiced beers are simply over-spiced and it takes away from the beer's base flavor. This was well done and compliments the beer overall. Well done again, Stone!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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

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!

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. A 2007 properly cellared bottle poured in 2012. Pours a medium coppery golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, apple and peach juice with light cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom. The Belgian trippel and golden ale influence is evident. Flavor follows with light fruit juice; apple, pear, apricot. Belgian spicing of cardamom, ginger and light cloves. A slight diacetyl buttery component, but fits in well with the other flavors. Finishes with sweet fruit. The years have created a pleasant medium creamy body, giving a nice mouth feel. I was unable to taste this fresh, but this aged ale is quite good and probably has a nicer body than when fresh. Another Vertical edition that I wish I had been able to cellar a few of. The last year I need to purchase before trying my own cellared bottles starting with 08.08.08. I have to admit I was unconvinced that these beers would be good ageing candidates, but both 06 and 07 are quite nice.

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Photo of obywan59
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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

Reviewed from notes taken a few nights ago.

Pours a deep amber with orange highlights and a two-finger pillowy off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap and sticky ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell is great: lots of orange peel and grapefruit rind, ginger, Belgian yeast, and a touch of caramel.

Taste starts off spicy with some ginger, along with some bitter orange peel and grapefruit rind. The Belgian yeast kicks in with a faint mustiness. There is an underlying sweetness, but is largely overshadowed by the spice. Finishes very dry with more ginger flavor.

Medium-bodied, extremely carbonated mouthfeel.

Nose is awesome and the taste is great, but the carbonation is a bit distracting and the spice is a bit much at times.

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Photo of session1979
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Setting/Pairing: I got a call from a buddy while I was in Vegas letting me know that the 07 Vertical Epic had hit the shelves in Denver and last night I had a chance to visit my shop and snag a few. I poured it into my Riedel snifter and enjoyed the first half on the patio with nothing but a cool breeze and the second half on the couch with my wife watching a movie.

Appearance: This is presented in the classic Stone bottle and print. It pours a cloudy orange/bronze hue with a creamy 2 finger head and moderate retention and lacing.

Smell: Big Belgian yeast, spices, Fruit and lots of it - apricot, peach and citrus. Sweet bubblegum and grapefruit are here as well.

Taste: Very complex, mild citrus hops hit the tongue first and then some spices - dates and figs, fruit and funky Belgian yeast. Tons of malt characteristics, you can tell they used several different varieties here. The minty Belgian flavor is there but it fades a bit to the background as the beer warms, wonderful sweet flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very round and smooth, nice big body.

Drinkability: I had no problem hammering this bomber in a sitting. It is bottle conditioned so it has only light carbonation but it has so many flavors that the alcohol fades into the distance and is soon forgotten.

Final Comments: I will try to keep the fact that I am a Stone whore out of equation and just say that this is a good beer with wonderful potential. It is distinct in its Belgian characteristics so if these are things you do not enjoy you may not care for this beer. I was highly anticipating its release and I was not disappointed. I plan to enjoy many more as it is a perfect beer to share with friends on a summer evening. My advice is to buy 3 or 4, enjoy a couple over the summer and lay at least one down until 2012 for the vertical tasting. Enjoy!

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

Poured from bomber into Duvel Tulip glass. Had before when first released, but never reviewed. Hoping things might have settled down a bit.

Looks-Pours with about 1 finger head that doesn't hang around. A little darker and orange than I expected. No lacing.

Emanation-Sour apples and plums with belgian esters around. Alcohol is also present, like most Stone's brews. Spicy.

Taste- Apples, plums, and alcohol with hints of spices(possibly corriander). There is so much going on in ths brew that each sip changes. The alcohol is very prevelant, again a Stone's staple.

Ralph Mouth- Numbing. Good carbonation.

Drink Me- This is a hot brew, hotter than it really is if that makes any sense. I'll probably finish the bomber, but probably shouldn't being so big with a few before hand. An OK brew, but expected something else.

Cheers,
shertz

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

thanks to johnmichelson for sharing this.
Poured into a standard pint cool.

A - Golden higlights on copper w/ no head and lace is nil

S - Smell is mostly spice. A rush of cardomom sweetness and spice. Honey like earthy odors are also at play here.

M - Spicy, fruity, woody w/ nutty and warming aspects.

T - A real spicey and lively tasting ale with great complementary hops and spice w/ woody accents.

D - Goodness the pungent aroma is enticing. It is very peculier, and it allows the cardomom to dominate the nuttiness. A unique ale that impressed me as sort of barleywine-like w/ added spice. This is not one I would drink often, but full of flavor and pleasant. I am a fan of spice flavors in beer and you get a good dose of that here.

*Edit*- sample again 11/23 poured chilled into a goblet A-4 S-4 M-3.5 T-4 D-3.5

A - A ruddy amber w/ thick smooth foam of ecru, lace clins effortlessly w/ tiny bead supporting + chill hazed

S - A mild citrus + pepper note w/ mild ginger and citrus peel w/ slight clove-like aroma and mild fruit ester from yeast

M - A dry highly carbonated and mildly sour feel w/ acidic elemnent and slight malty, boozy finish

T - The taste has a crisp citrus -lemony taste w/ ginger's clean astringent note. The falvor has an earthy almost soapy clean taste w/ a mild caramel malt flavor and woody hop tinge w/ candy sugar and mild wheat in the middle. The taste has hints of orange peel and bitter tea w/ mild biscuit in the background. The flavor seems almost gin-like when you get into it and it warms slightly w/ botantical earthy elements from the spices and peels - lemon, orange and grapefruit. I found the grapefruit peel to emerge more toward the end of the taste w/ mild herbal notes and alcohol flavor in the finish

D - A strong saison, or Belgian strong pale ale as it is listed here, but it probably should be aged for more than 2 years to give it ample time to smooth out with the candy sugar sweetness still slightly cloying and I consider the drinkability just slightly above average at this point

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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

Sampled at... well, that's classified...

Poured a nice golden color with a rocky white head.

The aroma of the beer was very nice. A healthy dose of fruity Belgian yeast esters. Apples, pears, some pineapple too. Peppery spices and citrus notes were there in the background.

The flavor of the beer was slightly sweet with a very light maltiness to it. The beer was pretty alive with summer fruit flavors - a bit of a fruit cocktail if you will. And I mean this in a good way. The hops were fresh and floral. They mixed well with the citrus flavors in the beer and things finished a nice spicy note. Although the bottles reads as if this beer is a hybrid of many styles, the ester profile most closely resembles a bright saison. The sweetness and maltiness is much like a tripel.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was dialed in just right.

This is one of the better Vertical Epics I've had in recent years. This is a solid beer and a nice departure for Stone.

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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 macster
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bomber a slightly hazy amber-orange color under a 1/4" bone white head. Just a slight wisp of foam retention with no apparent lacing as chalice drains.

Aroma is that of plunging your nose into a bowl of fresh cut fruits sprinkled in spices. Nice once you acclamate yourself to it, but a bit weird and distracting at first. Very different from what you would expect from the aroma profile of a Belgian Strong. Smells of fresh cut orange, mango, lemon, cherry, hard fruit candies and honey, along with ginger, cinnamon, bubblegum and a touch of clove are noted.

Palate is full, smooth and adequetly carbonated to the style.

Taste is much like the nose; quite fruity and spicy but seems a bit tamer and balanced. Lots of orange, lemon drop candy, ginger, cherry, black pepper, come to the forefront backed by some faint honey sweetness, clove, wheat bread and Bazooka Bubblegum. Alcohol is quite subtle and overall easy going down.

Although not a world-wide classic, gotta give Stone a lot of credit for creating some tasty Verticals throughout the years. Well worth seeking out.

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

A mildly dark and slightly hazy amber with a big wispy head that faded in a flash. Little lacing left behind. The smell is really sweet, spicy with a hint of banana from the yeast. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is smooth yet adequately carbonated. The flavor is similar to the smell with a tingle of bitterness to the tongue and an extra shot of the coriander spice after the finishing breath. A nice beverage. The 8.4% ABV is well integrated.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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

On cask at Stone World Bistro & Gardens on 7/10/09.

A - Hazy amber/orange body with thin off-white head that receded to a patchy film, then finally nothing, leaving behind only thin strands of lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel malts and aged citrusy and hemp-like hops combine to create a very mellow, subtle nose. Hints of toffee, sugar and orange also emerge, followed by a waft of alcohol.

T - Sweet malty flavor with caramel and toffee at the forefront. Hop character is muted, suggesting hints of citrus fruit. The brew possesses a subtle boozy alcohol warmth, though it is not harsh at all. Flavor is very mellow overall.

M - Very smooth, mellow mouthfeel with a syrupy texture. Finishes with a mild alcohol warmth and scant hop bitterness on the palate.

D - This Vertical Epic transformed into a very subtle, mellow brew due to a bit of aging and cask conditioning. Quite tasty overall.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A good beer. I was not expecting it to be nearly as fruity as it was, though. When it is first poured, it looks amazing, very dark golden color, solid head. As it sits for a few seconds, and only a few, it looks, as one previous reviewer remarked, very much like apple sauce. When you drink it, you might be tasting an apple as well. The beer is also very sweet. These are not the traits that I love best in a beer, they are, however, unique, and entirely drinkable (quafable?). I don't spell. Anyway, I like to reward beers for being unique, and this one, if not in appearance, certainly is. it loses point because there is only so much fruityness I can handle, but it is none-the-less a good beer, and I recommend it.

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Released and reviewed a bit early...but what the hey! 22fl.oz.brown bomber with silk-screened label resembling the previous V.E.'s. It pours a very bright golden amber with a thick creamy finger of white froth. Plenty good carbonation with the head settling to a solid 1/4" with staying power, leaving some interesting lace behind.

Smells like a Belgian...very sweet and spicy in the nose. I had to bump the smell up .5 as it improved with some warming. Nice and fruity with some yeasty aspects, peppery notes...sweet citrus and more rotten fruit...nice!

Subtly complex flavor wise, as this brew is only young and will no doubt age well, it still offers a great rep for it's style and also shows how an ale brewed with spices can add some dimension to the brew. The taste is like the smell, but a bit better...can't wait till it ages some as the overall mouthfeel will definetly benefit with this factor.

Nothin wrong with this brew right now...I'm enjoying it very much...the alcohol is very well hidden in the taste and nose but it certainly creeps up on you before the bomber is empty.

Good stuff that age will make better IMO...who's next?

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Photo of Torps
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Reidel O series cab glass.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber with red highlights. Massive white head with minimal lacing. Appearance is very appetizing.

Lots of aroma emanating from the head. Honey, apple, peach, spice and yeast. I sensed a bit of piney hops, but couldn't revive the aroma when the head dissipated.

This is very much in the belgian strong ale style. Lots of fruit, citrus though the ABV is very apparent. The carbonation danced feverishly on my tongue.

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Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a honey glazed golden hue with a large white head leaving speckled lacing behind very impressive look to it. Aromatics contain delicate floral hops ginger spiciness mild background sweet and tart while grape tartness mild pineapple and pear fruitiness very aromatics like an insense candle burning slightly perfumey hop component going down. Flavor citrus peel viscosity tannin like character with a ginger finish, complex alcoholic swetneess honey tinged spicy notes good flow here but I see some age will help mold this one. Mouthfeel has a slightly syrupy character strong fortified carbonation, stay on your palate pretty unrelenting. Drinkability, definitely still young and a bit abrasive good thing it needs to last until December 12th, 2012. I really enjoyed the blend of the citrus and ginger here I could definitely take on some sushi with this complementing my dinner.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's an very light golden color (has a bit of an orange tint to it). Head is foamy and about one and a half fingers. Retention was a bit short and a light coat of lace remained.

Smell: Definitely has some Belgian qualities. It's most citrus sweetness blended with various spices. Citrus scents are pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and even a mild banana twist. Definitely has a nice malt presence.

Taste: This is pretty well done for a Belgian style brew. It's very spicy. Mostly peppery with some other herbal spices in the mix. Citrus flavors come through very nice and provide a sweet taste. A bit of caramel malt is noticeable, as well as a mild yeasty taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very well carbonated. Drinkability is good though I'd probably limit myself to one bomber. Overall, it's a nice offering from Stone. It'll be interesting to see how it ages.

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Photo of MASPuros
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 578 ratings.
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