Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
578 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay
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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%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
146
For Trade:
11
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

1661st Review on BA
Bottle to VE Glass
22oz

Split with StarRaptor, Callmecoon & Smarcoly

App- This was the same color as liquid butter mixed with gold in the glass. A bit of an aggressive pour yielded a nice and bubbly head. The lace was okay. A bit of a semi dense center but like colored water with the way it looked.

Smell- A good amount of aromatics remained on this one. A bit more alive than the older bottles. More yeast came out and then a bit of a lemon malty balance. A bit of the spice is gone, but I do get some of the ginger. A nice nose but nothing aggressive.

Taste- When you take a sip on this one, it was a bit of a wheat like saison with a bit of a floral taste. Floral, light and airy. A bit of the spice is there but not much. A little bit of the malts come out and not much. A good amount of flavor still remains on this one.

Mouth- A nice medium bubbly body with a bit of a thicker medium carbonation. A bit slick and flavorful. Residual floral malts combine to leave a bit of a meadow feel.

Drink- A very nice and tasty beer. Holiding up quite well. I would like one more of these to sip on at some point. Glad I got to try all the beers. Now to wait till the drop the variants at an event to catch up!

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ZX6Chris
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting with my friend Armand. Unfortunately 07-09 were my least favorites.

A-Peach colored, great almost white head, tight bubbles great lacing.

S-Ginger, cardamom, citrusy.

T-Spicy in the tongue that dissipates quickly leaving a ginger flavor behind. The hops are still very present, especially for a 3 year old beer.

M-Great, unfortunately that's the only note I took.

D-Too fresh for me, I liked the others because the hops had faded and let the malts shine through, this hasn't happened yet on this one. Maybe I'll try it in another year and see where it's at.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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

Picked it up because it looked interesting

A. translucent light gold. Light carbonation, very little head mostly on edge of my snifter, and lasted 1 minute.

S. Ginger, Citrus, maybe some cinnamon, not very distinctive.

T. If you like fruit + ginger you've found a beer. Sweet and tart, with little aftertaste.

M. Light... Tiny Bubbles

D. Not really my gig, but I think the wife will like it. Hides the 8.4% well. It's worth trying if you have access to it, but I wouldn't go out of my way unless you LOVE ginger and/or citrus beers.

It's not bad, but it's also not Epic.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Part of a '06 - '10 vertical

Pours a golden bronze with a 1/2 finger head. The nose is very sweet with sweet grains and a bit of mint / herbal tone. It's taste was similar, sweet grain malt was dominant with a nice herbal sweetness too it as well. Fruity yeast added to the mix as well. The smooth bodied ale had low amounts of carbonation. This was really good and very interesting. One of the more unique beers I have had, especially for the style.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

A - Poured an orangish copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of fruit yeast and spice notes

T - Follows the smell citrus fruit with yeast and spice

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This was a good Belgian style beer thats pretty easy to drink wish I had more than the one bottle to save for a vertical

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

22 oz. bottle with jhamel poured into a Palm tulip.

Nice glowing amber color with a pillowy head. No lacing. Suspended sediment.

Citrusy sweet malt smell with a tinge of alcohol. Smells more like a saison than a triple.

Soon after pouring tasted very saison like with a nice dry finish. After warming, alcohol astringency/bitterness became more apparent. Possible that citrus peel also contributes to bitter finish.

Full bodied with lively carbonation.

Very drinkable for 8.4% abv.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Had on the Total Tap Takeover Tour at Rattle n Hum in NYC. It was served in a flute glass.

Look: greenish, golden with a little haze and a little orange with a thick white head. It left lots of lace behind.

Smell: lots of spice in here along with some grapefruity hops. You can also smell the yeast.

Taste: very hoppy, which surprised me since its been aging for 3 years now. Lemon and orange flavors come out through the hoppiness.

Feel: light in body. Very crisp because the carbonation is pretty high.

Drink: very drinkable. If I didn't want to try everything on the tap list, I would've had a few rounds of this with no problem.

Overall, a good beer worth a try. In my limited experience with Belgians, I'd say this is a decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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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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