Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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85
very good
578 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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 rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber was acquired in a recent trade from BA TexIndy. The Duvel tulip I had selected for the pour has held many Belgian Strong Pale Ales before, but this was the most orange looking beer that I have seen calling itself one. The head atop was disappointingly quite small. The aroma was laden with a lot of floral and spicy smells, and felt enticing but one-dimensional. The taste was also spicy, with ginger being predominant, followed closely by orange peel. The malt backbone was too bland to provide much counterpoint. Body was dry and crisp, which was a departure from the generally overly sweet American interpretations of the style. Quite smooth in the mouth, delicate even. I find it hard to believe that this one is a part of the Vertical Epic series. Without the alcoholic heft of a Tripel, or the earthy complexity of a Saison, two styles which this claims to be influenced by, I don't see this improving much over time. It is a good one to drink for now though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spicey yeast aroma is great. Cloudy yellow with substantial lace. Orange, pineapple, and malty, ginger, cloves,some citrus peel, and much sweet finish.Smooth drinking. Medium mouthfeel and suitable understated carbonation. Good Belgium strong and good break from so many other chocolate and coffee ales.

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Photo of McMatt7
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of cjgator3
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color with a fizzy off-white head.

S- The aroma is light fruity esters (apple and pear) with some spices, orange peel and Belgian yeast. The nose is pretty solid, the spices in particular make it rather interesting.

T- The taste features much of the same flavors that were present in the aroma. The apple/pear combo is enhanced with a good amount of spices in the taste. Reminds me more of a Tripel than a Saison, but does have characteristics of both.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Not too bad, not a session beer by any means but it is a nice drinker.

Overall, Stone Vertical Epic 07.07.07 is another great beer from this outstanding brewery that is recommended.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with crap suspended within the beer itself. The smell isn't actually as bad as I had thought that it might be. The aroma is mainly of a mixture of sour and the typical belgian yeast characters (banana, clove, etc.). The flavor, while not nearly as sour as the nose had lead to believe, tasted like a mixture of belgian flavors and pumpkin spices. It was an odd marriage that only kinda worked. Oddly enough I must say that I really didn't pick up any distinct saison or tripel flavors, just generic sour and generic banana. It was a decent beer, but glad I didn't try for the entire vertical, due to the fact that my experience with these has been less than exciting.

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

The nicely roasted toffee malt palate features a rich clovey herbal character that is accompanied by a clean, spicy ginger note and some definite coriander. Firm toastiness in the finish.

Nice, especially if you’re in to spice-laden Belgians. But, I wonder if several years of aging will do that much good for this one?

Recommended…

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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 Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my 500th review before I joined BA, This was drank in Feb of 2009. This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a decend white head on top. Not too much lacing but a little bit. The smell of the beer was a little boozy and had some Belgian yeast aromas to it. The taste of the beer was actually giving off a slight peppermint flavor I thought, very interesting. The mouthfeel was still pretty well carbonated and had a medium body to it. Overall this beer was a good one to have for the monumental moment of marking my 500th brew. Glad to have had it.

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

22oz Bomber Poured into my Piraat glass.

A:Hazy orange color with MINIMAL head. Quickly retreated to the edge of the glass. Color is really nice.

S: Nice spicy yeast smell in line with the style. Some citrus as well

T: Sweetness up front with some honey and malt. Then it goes into a really dry wheat tone. Nice and spicy after that fading into a an almost musty aftertaste.

M: Thin body with a nice creamy feel. A little under carbonated.

D: While not killing you with the ABV this is still one to be respected. Very drinkable though. Definitely looking forward to the ones I have in the cellar. I think this one might get better.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a burnt orange color with a one-finger head, no retention or lacing

s - lots of maltiness and clove, a pronounced alcohol presence in the aroma as well

t - big maltiness up front with some orange and lemon citrus, lots of clove and other more subtle spices, finish is more spice and a decent amount of alcohol, still a bit hot

m - light-to-medium bodied, good deal of carbonation, moderately dry finish

d - the hotness of the alcohol limits drinkability somewhat, but I'm sure it will become less pronounced with a little age, nice Belgian that has an interesting taste

Decent Belgian style ale from Stone, but definitely not what they do best. I'd like to taste this one in a year or two to see how the alcohol has toned down.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color. One finger head lingers around a while. Some spots of lace developed during the session.

Smell: big spiciness and some citrus tones are pleasant and enjoyable on the nose.

Taste: citrus is quite dominant with this in its young age. Ginger, oranges, lemon zest, and a yeast spiciness is balanced with a decent maltiness and a good hop bite. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp on the tonge and a touch of dryness finishes it out. Medium bodied beer. Long spicy and citrus laden aftertaste.

Drinkability: decent but this needs to mellow a bit. Definitely buy a few of these so you can try it over time.

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Deep amber orange color with a super thin head.

S: Rum raisin booze smell.

T: Apricot, molasses, clove, and honey flavors.

M: Sweet and slightly drying.

O: Nice tasting but the mouthfeel seemed out of whack.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear light orange colored beer, Inch and a half foamy white colored head faded over about two minutes. Carbonation in very average streams. Watery sheet of lace.

Apple and plum fruit aromas abound. Malt is faint behind the fruitiness, but has a yeasty scent attached to it. A strong alcohol profile pops strongly on the nostrils.

Apple presence transfers nicely from the scent to the taste, but leaves the plums behind. A spiced, mostly pepper, flavor also is quite pronounced. Warming alcohol taste.

Nice thickness on the tongue. A carbonation effect slightly above normal, but not unpleasant.

A very decent choice. Nice beer to pair with seafood pasta dish. Cheers to Stone for another winner in the series. A beer almost everyone can find enjoyable.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle spices, and alcohol. The flavor was of red wine spices, subtle malt, and sweet hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was quite nice. The red wine spices were something I was not expecting in this one, but it wasn't a dealbreaker either. This one is drinking quite nicely currently in my opinion.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a chalice.

A - Pours Orange with a half inch head that quickly settled to a whispy ring around. No lacing.

S - Spicy/Fruity. Bit of ginger.

T - Spicy/Fruity/Sweet. Alcohol in the finish.

M - Dry finish. Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - Good.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sadly I missed the 02-02-02 through 06-06-06 but maybe they'll turn up somewhere.

A: A nice hazy honey color. Not much head, but some small bubbles going up the side of the glass.

S: Smells smooth and sweet with plenty of spices. Pepper, ginger and others.

T: The first taste is very sublte honey sweetness but quickly followed by a blast of spices. Pepper, citrus, ginger, and plenty of other stuff I can't even beging to identify.

MF: This really captures the Belgian mouthfeel well-light but very sharp. Spicy/peppery alcohol which combined with the carbonation makes this a biting beer.

D: I like this, but I think Stone took it a bit too far. The flavor is a bit too much for the style. The mouthfeel is the thing that really gets me, it's just a bit too sharp, almost hard to drink. Not bad, but I think others do this style better.

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Photo of genog
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted today on 07.07.07.

Poured into my tulip glass. Pours golden straw color with a thin white head that disappears.

Smells of belgian yest and spices. Clove? Nutmeg? Cinnamin? I don't know for sure, I'm not quite good at this yet.

Taste is strong spice, coriander. Might be a little hot right now with strong spices, but I liked it. Not everyone else in my group did.

Moutfeel is bubble, duvel like. Toward the end looses carbonation becomes very sweet and strong mouthfeel

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Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! At this beer Jeff started picking on me about taking notes, he is mean and just made the list ;)
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smallish off white head that sticks for a bit. The aroma is spicy and fruity with a huge hit of ginger that seems to dominate the aroma. The flavor is sweet with light sugar with a twist of orange and citrus. Ginger, allspice, coriander and pepper round out the spice palette in this beer. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. I liked this one its a weird mix between triple and saison, but from my wrecked full flavored palette this is a pretty decent saison.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

had as part of a big VE tasting at the end of the world party, shared with many friends.

Pours a light fizzy head, murky hazy sediment, reddish orange color.

Nose earthy malts, sweet malts, Belgian like, light citrus and fruit, apple, hint hops, light booze esters.

Taste has aged malts, light oxidation, Belgian golden malts and esters, booze, light tea chamomile like, light spices, phenols, booze, light apple like fruit, raisin, etc.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb for the age at least.

Overall decent Belgian beer, aging took it's toll but still a fairly decent beer overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winey ale full of Belgian flavors.

Rich with malt and funky with yeasty flavors. Hops are not the feature but taste buds slowly awaken to the bitter edge. Very sweet with plain sugar taste. Maybe it's the color but it makes me think of golden raisins. All the flavorings make for an indecipherable fruit salad, but it's pleasing, like a good fruitcake.

I think this is one of the most "liqueur" tasting beers I have had. The sweetness mixed with the intensity of the Belgian flavors makes this good for a short pour in a big chalice to take it all in.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep golden copper, with frothy half inch cream head that dissipates into minimal lacing.

Ginger and citrus pith and sprite, of all things, form the aroma, with confectioners sugar pulling things together.

Almost herbal in character, lots of ginger, orange, and grapefruit pith complement the estery Belgian yeast character well. There's confectioners sugar sweetness and tea-like hops at the finish. Brown sugar sweetness dominates as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate to low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Fairly spritzy and herbal. Lots of ginger and tea flavor. I'm not a ginger fan. A bit too herbal.

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Photo of chaz01
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass.

A: Medium amber color, a bit cloudy with a nice foamy white head.

S: Anise, licorice and pepper, very spicy in the aroma.

T: Heavy ginger flavor with a citrus fruity notes. Lots of spiciness, which I'm guessing is the cardamom, but the ginger dominates the flavor.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Picking up the orange peel and citrus flavors in the finish.

D: Very spicy beer, reminds me of the 04.04.04. Still less than 2 years old, but holding up well with time.

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