Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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85
very good
577 Ratings
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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:
577
Reviews:
382
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
146
For Trade:
11
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Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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 BlissJunkie
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, amber/orange with a 1" white head that falls fairly quickly to a thin cover with minimal lacing.

The smell is yeasty and a bit tart with a mild toffee aroma plus grapes.

The taste is much more interesting than the aroma with a lot going on. There is yeast first then cloves followed by grape like sweetness. There is, also, a very mild tartness like tart apples.

Mouthfeel is medium and tending toward syrupy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Time seems to have done some peculiar things to this beer though I don't recall having it fresh but may have. I like that there is some interesting things in this beer that are pretty tasty but the sweetness is a bit over the top for me. I like the beer but one full glass would have satisfied me.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap for the VE tasting (beers 07.07.07-12.12.12) at Pacific Coast Brewing Co. during SF Beer Week. All reviews are from my notes. I liked this enough that I got it in an 8oz flute glass after the first tasting.

Pours a pale amber, perhaps even bronze-like color with literally no carbonation or bubbles to speak of. There was a slight ring upon it as it arrived, but that quickly vanished and left this behind. Not sure at all how this looked fresh, let alone on tap (2007?? I wasn't even into beer then!), yet I'm certain it must have modified over time to appear more hazed and darker. Very viscous liquid, almost to the point of appearing syrupy. Indeed, it looks a lot more like brandy than actual beer at this point. Definitely has held up well after nearly 6 years, with or without bubbles.

At the nose, there definitely is a spiced aroma as advertised, although it's huge on the grapefruit/citrus peel department. Explosive, in fact, to the point where the alcohol and candied sugar has pretty melded together to create a flavor that smells a lot like grapefruit/lemon hard candy. There's a lot of underlying lemon peel as well, which sets a zesty, grassy aroma all around. Other notes I picked up included woodiness, truffles, and wild yeast, to the point of being tarty.

The flavor consists of more dried yet sweetened candied grapefruit peel flavors, combined with big yeasty honey notes. Vetted green apple cider aromas meld with the grapefruit to create an interesting sensation, and the yeast and faded malts make it similar to a nicely spiced saison. However, with age, the sour astringency seems to have really faded with the yeast holding the fort between the zest and the spices. It's far tartier on the tongue than at the nose here, yet it seems to really work with all of the citrus peel flavors and candied sugar finish that this is offering. Aside from being thick, it's still crisp and bright, and contains a near succulent flavor overall.

At this point of aging, this is pretty much unclassifiable. Is it a saison/tripel hybrid? A citrus/candy sugar Belgian pale ale? Hard to say, but I do think that aging has done very nice things to this beer. I wish I could go back in time and buy a few bottles of this, as this VE worked pretty favorably with me. Not all are winners, but this one definitely has its notable characteristics, especially for fans of tripels, cider, and citrus focused drinks.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, this was good. Had this in their 22 oz bottle and man was this good. A great murky amber appearance a thin to medium head. Very well carbonated, I can hear the fizzing. The smell alluring: thick fruity malt aromas with big hints of spice and sugars. The taste had a wicked good, smooth aftertaste. Pretty sweet and dragged out flavors. A fizzing carbonation, like previously mentioned, helped make this pretty refreshing but please enjoy this beer without a meal; it should be enjoyed all on its own. Very nice.

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Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of webmanspidey
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber I picked up a few days ago poured into Duvel tulip glass.

Golden amber color... very fizzy with lots of head.

The smell of this one is really funky... apples, pears, grapes, Vernors ginger ale, lemon.

Initial flavor is very sweet and "fresh", some kind of spearmint with pears and maybe rosemary or thyme. Finish is strong alcoholic flavors and a hint of metallic influences. Very strange and unique, but I don't know if its something I really enjoy. Despite the strength, it isn't that overpowering but the odd flavor takes some getting used to. Mouthfeel is very fizzy.

A strange colleciton of spices for a beer but not terrible. Worth trying, but I probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of jarrgal
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of neonbrown82
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the better Vertical Epics I've had, but that being said, I haven't really been a huge fan of any of them so far (and I've had 04 to current). The bottle says that it is a mix between a saison and a tripel, and I think it is just as advertised.

The beer pours to a nice golden blonde color with a nice medium collar of slightly off-white head. Slightly hazy. Lacing leaves something to be desired, but a little bit sticks. Retention is good.

The smell is quite spicy. Smells mostly like lemon and lime with banana and clove notes. I can also pick up the cardamom and ginger listed on the bottle, though not as much as the lemon and banana. Hints of candi sugar and/or malt sweetness with an undertone of alcohol.

The taste is good. Lots of interesting spice. Lemon and banana most prominently, followed by clove, white pepper, cardamom, and ginger. Slightly bubblegummy. Sweet malt and candi sugary belgian flavor. Just a hint of alcohol.

The body is fairly thick with a subtle carbonation, lending a creamy feel. Would be easier to drink if it was a little less alcoholic and spicy. Very good though. I would be very interested to find out how this fares at 12.12.12, but I only had a single bottle.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of axeman9182
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, allowed to warm just a little bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Stone's 07.07.07 Vertical Epic pours a mildly hazy burnt copper, surprisingly dark, with three fingers of frothy white foam filling out the top of the glass. Head retention is decent, but lacing is very spotty. The aroma is a very nice blend of citrus (with not one among the orange, lemon, and grapefruit peel dominating the others) and the ginger and cardamom. The flavor profile carries over those characteristics, and adds more to present a fantastically layered beer. Some brief, peach centric, stone fruit sweetness leads things off, followed by the ginger and cardamom (with the latter probably just a hair more intense than the former). The same complex citrus profile comes through next. If I think "lemon", "orange", or "grapefruit", that seems to be the dominant player, but the reality is they all have an equal say in the matter. A subtle black pepper flourish completes the picture. The body is just a little bit too chewy and substantantial, but it is paired with a great, lively carbonation. The 2007 offering in the Vertical Epic series is one of my favorite Stone brews, I'm actually bottling a homebrew clone of this as I drink it. A tripel that's held up phenomenally over five years.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
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**

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Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber to BMS mug...

3-finger, cream-colored head with chewy texture and pronounced pour seams bordering translucent natural honey-colored body. Natural carbonation is plentiful. Despite how enticing this may sound, the look of the entire package isn't awe-inspiring.

Beautiful Belgian aroma of banana ester, sweet ginger and malt-carbonation brings tingle to the nose. Vanilla and butterscotch complement the...ummm..."nasal viscosity" of the offering. With warmth, slight citrus and zest emerge along with subtle spices that are tough to place.

Sweet and silky texture of deep malt character a fair amount of banana with a modest alcohol burn; citrus and zest (with a little yeast) emerge has helped by the carbonation. Slight supple leather taste - tanginess and alcohol mix on back of palate. Stewed malt - maybe cherries - on the finish.

Even-keeled mouthfeel - relatively balanced and well-craften. Minute alcohol burn. Complex yet extremely subtle; even though I can read the ingredients on the label it's difficult to pick them out.

This is a well-made effort that could probably use some more time downstairs, and perhaps a little extra warmth in the mug. For now it's pleasant to sip pensively at night. I gotta admit, as a next-nigh worshipper to the gargoyle that encompasses Stone IPA, Ruination and the Bastard (single and Double), I would have expected a little more out of these guys. This is good, but borderline commercial. Let's get back on track, yeah?!

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Photo of joepais
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this Bomber into my Duvel glass because it just seemed right. This brew looked great in the glass big white head that trails off to a thick lace. The color of the body was a clear brilliant orange.

Smells like a Belgian, tons of yeast and spices, along with a big citrus bite in the end. The aromas are great on this and even gets better as it warms the spices become more evident

Flavors of this mimic the nose a lot I can see how cellaring this thing might tame some of these spices. Glad I have one more to try in a few years

Treat this brew like a sipper and you will be rewarded it gets better as it warms and the alcohol will sneak up on you if drink it to fast.

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

capped 22 oz bottle bought at Somerviller Supersaver (2007)

*this review is from an older book of notes*

A- Hazy gold/orange color with an off white cappuccino head.

S- Spicy. Malty and a bit fruity. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

T- Cinnamon, raisons, apple, nutmeg, all spice, pepper, yeast, roasted malts, bittersweet hops, molasses, dates.

M- Almost grainy, but not thick.

R- Probably my least favorite beer from Stone yet. I wasnt crazy about it but my buddy loved it. To each his own i guess.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. The appearance is a dark golden color with very little head.
S. The aroma is really sweet, with some floral belgium notes. Some fruit notes of apple cider.
T.the flavor is similar, and finally some complexities from the yeast.
Mf. Maulty, decent carbination.
Overall, not bad for the style and age.

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Photo of bobhits
2.17/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

07 epic

I recall this being the worst stone beer ever, but hey now 4 years old, lets give it a shot again. Poured into a stone vertical epic glass.

Pours golden amber with far more carbonation than a 4 year old beer should ever have. A small thin white head forms that doesn't hold or leave lacing.

Fruity esters, pine apple, white grapes, cloves, bananas, and a lot of spices are all meningeal well in this beer. I think there's also some chi tea notes in this one. Still the spicy triple that stone first released, but this has taken on some subtle enhancements.

Fruity white grape juice that's turning to wine with spices scattered about. That's really the best way to describe what's come of this beer. Unlike fresh this beer now definitely is taking on some saison like flavors. A certain hop funk that I didn't notice before seems odd to be here now, but it certainly is here. This beer however is still a bit more a spice bomb than I'd like and the malt is strong enough and powerful enough to keep the funk from being the show case.

This beer tries to drink crisp and clean, but the body and the weight of it are just too dense. I suppose stone had to boost the abv to the 8.4 level for aging, but it doesn't work well here.

I know I need more of the 09 epic because I can see that one aging for YEARS to come, but otherwise the 06, 08, and 10 that I've had were far better fresh (or in the 10's case as good as a bad beer can get). It seems the 07 late in life has started to go the right direction. I'll be interested to see what comes of it on the epic date.

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Photo of Goliath
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange color with an inch and a half of slightly yellowed head. Decent retention but no lacing.

The aroma is great. Some nice big notes of citrus, a little bit of spice, and kind of yeasty. Really delicious.

The taste is ok. Definitely some citrus going on with a decent amount of spicing. The yeast comes into play nicely, and finishes kind of malty. As it warms I get some more herbal and minty qualities. Really diggin it even more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor is ok, but fairly aggressive. With the alcohol being moderately high in addition to that, it starts to limit this brew a bit.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Off-white head is a bit frothy, later becoming a film.

Smell: Aroma is a bit sweet, with yeast, peaches, and a bit too much bubble-gum.

Taste: Seems rather difficult to identify particular flavors here, as the carbonation is the most noticable thing on the tongue. But I'm able to get some orange and more of that bubble-gum. And there's a good and enjoyable layer of earthy spices. Spicy alcohol taste at the finish and aftertaste. These 3 main groups of flavors seem a bit separated; it's not as complex as I'd like, and too little yeast.

Mouthfeel: There's a bit too much carbonation here. It's medium-bodied and smooth, but with a bit of alcohol sensation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is more noticable than I'd like and the carbonation gets a bit tiresome.

Hardly amazing, and with some issues, though it has it's good points too. Not sure if this is something I'd get again, but it's worth giving it a try.

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Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed Christmas Eve from bottle split with my brother (whose birthday is July 7th)

A- Clear rich amber pour with two fingers of soapy eggshell head. Quarter inch cap remains after several minutes and leaves chunky sticky lacing.

S- Cinnamon, cardamom, candy cane, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, grapefruit toffee and alcohol.

T- Ginger, cardamom, brown sugar, alcohol, yeast cinnamon and orange rinds.

M- Medium bodied, excellent carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth.

O- Really didn't know what to expect for a 5 year old beer. I did not like the 08.08.08 so when I cracked this and got my first whiff I was very happy and excited!

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Photo of kkipple
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cracked out during 2007 to see what all the fuss was about.

A. Semi-clear light gold. Light carbonation, very few visible bubblies. Small head that hits the edges of the glass. Poor retention.

S. Ginger, sweet toasty malt. Citrus hops, floral. Appealing, but a little "flat".

T. Sweet and sugary with a ginger wallop and a tripel-like pepper flavor. A little toasted and caramel malt are a welcome addition here; the hops are citrus and a tad spicy. Finish is lightly tart with a lingering sweetness and spice and is very reserved.

M. Light, thin, lowly carbonated.

D. Decent, but nothing spectacular. Too thin and lacking in fizz for my tastes. Needs more of that elusive "oomph" -- especially if this is going to hold up another 5 years!

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 577 ratings.
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