Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 578 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of nataku00
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass at the bistro's barrel aged beerfest. Dark orange, surprisingly clear, with a half finger of white fluffy head from the initial pour. The head dissipated quickly, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. Fairly easy to reform a bit of head from swirling, so carbonation is at a good level.

Nice aroma, complex mix of floral honey, light caramel, and vanilla. Despite all of these sweet aromas, it wasn't overbearing and was very pleasant.

Taste was slightly muted, but followed the nose. Malty backbone carries a nice floral sweetness, slight citrus acidity initially, but smooths out quickly. Not too much of an aftertaste. Oak is not present at all on the tongue.

Medium body beer had a good amount of carbonation for something aged this long. Not quite enough balance to the sweetness on this one, and further aging may only make it sweeter.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Darker amber color with a yellowish head. Head was nice and thick, lasted entire beer and had a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Spicy malt smell with hints of fruit and sweetness.

Taste: A sweet malt flavor with hints of spice, maybe hints of cinnamon or other sweet type spices. Flavors did not seem to be totally blended yet, slightly green. Sweet after taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and CO2 was just slightly weak.

A very interesting beer from Stone and I thought it was better than the 06.06.06. Can't wait to try it again in a few years.

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Photo of dickieb
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a deep bronze in color with a good amount of head, leaving above average lacing. The smell is strong with spice and belgian yeast, also a good hint of alcohol. he flavor is complex with a light malt backbone loaded with spices and hints of yeast, alcohol is apparent and warming, still pretty green. This is a sipper, but enjoyable, and will certainly mellow out and age well.

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Photo of smi69
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopswagger
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series

P: Slightly hazy golden body with active carbonation and nice tight layer of white head.

S: Lots of ginger, bubblegum, fresh grass, steeped green tea, citrus peel, jasmine, cardamom, lavender and stone fruit.

T/M: Floral flavors take the lead, followed by ginger, sweet malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal bitterness. Crisp dry body that has creaminess and finishes with herbal bitterness.

O: Well blended spices, stone fruits and aged nice. A light crisp and spicy beer for those warmer months. This more more like a Tripel in style.

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Photo of hophead247
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale poured a golden color with a big, soapy head that slowy faded away. Some light lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was yeast, orange peel, and other spices. The smell seemed to mostly resemble a saison. The flavor was also very close to a saison. It was made up of bread, citrus, and mild spices. The flavor seemed to be thrown off a bit by the different citrus peels that were used during brewing. It started out almost cloyingly sweet, then turned grapefruity bitter, leaving a lasting confusing aftertaste on the tounge. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I thought it was a decent ale. Hopefully the aging process will smooth out some of the rough edges.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/28/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark amber-reddish color, not cloudy at all. Small head, whitish, diminishing. Spicy floral aroma, some hops, but very spicy. Fruity, dark and a little musky. Spicy floral, sweet aftertase. White grapes, some muskiness. Hoppy floral taste. Very clean aftertaste. Very tasty light taste, but kind of watery.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - a hazy light golden brown color with very minimal head

s - yeast, lemon, and ginger seem to be the main aroma components

t - sweet up front with a lot of ginger and a hint of lemon, the yeast holds out all the way though the aftertaste. There is a decent amount of hops to balance out the flavor that kicks in towards the end

m - surprising amount of carbonation given the lack of head, medium light body

d - overall above average brew. it is light and something different, but it seems to miss something spectacular.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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 BrewMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted along with 08.08.08

Pours deep golden with an orange hue. Fluffy white head, fairly stable. Decent lacing.

Aroma has a mix of fruit and spice, with a hint of alcohol heat. Dried and candied tropical fruit, citrus, honeydew, some malt sweetness, no noticable hop aromaaside from citrus which is hard to tell if its from the hops or yeast.

Flavor is estery to spicy, with lots of yeast esters and fruitiness followed by a mild spice a la corriander. Some sourness bites at the sides of the mouth, and it has a nicely carbonated mouthfeel which helps break up the sweetness from the malt, of which there is a good deal. Hop bitterness is mild to moderate.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold. Nic creme head. Nice yeasty sugar laden nose. Decent flavor. More dough than I thought there would be. Yeast is noticeable. Decent feel. Smooth. The profile is unusual though, which knocks the drinking factor down a bit. Seems a bit out of balance, but still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm WEAK.... I know... I originally intended to cellar this for 5 years and taste it just as the label advises.... drink this in sequence with the other Vertical Epic selections from Stone on or about 12/12/2012.

But alas.... I'M WEAK.... Every time I would open my beer fridge, it would smile back at me, knowing that I wouldn't last the 5 plus years. So today, I caved.

I poured this into an oversized wine glass to produce a 1/2" head of off-white foam. This quickly disappeared to a thin cap leaving no lacing. The color is quite interesting.... almost a peachy orange with rose highlights. Just a little cloudy.

The smell reminded me of the few Belgians, I've had.... sweet malty with fruity/yeasty undertones.

The taste: Wow! Rather complex.... let's see if I can break this down.... initially, the typical Belgian tastes appear... like sweet malt, and fruity (plums and peaches) tastes prevail. Then, right at the finish, there's a little BITE....citrus fruit peel (orange and lemon).

Mouthfeel: Quite fizzy, like most Belgians... only maybe a bit less-so (which is good in my opinion). Good aftertaste, and mouthcoating.

Drinkability: Well, I've finished the only bomber I had.... I wonder if I'll try to score the other Vertical Epic series beers (and try them as recommended on or about 12/12/2012)? I've never considered patience as a strong suit for me.... I doubt that I could buy a beer and let it sit for 5 years.... but, we'll see.... people change... beers change...

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, bottle conditioned.
Served cellar temp in a Duvel glass.
Poured a bright gold. Plenty of big bubbled carbonation. Head dissipated quickly. Deep malt aroma, with some Belgian spice as well as some other hard to pin down spice, a little bubblegum as well.

Full bodied with lots of malt sweetness. Some spice from the yeast as well some other subtle spice flavors (ginger?) There is a slight hoppiness in the middle. Nice mouthfeel. Some warming from the alcohol. Quite drinkable even on a hot summer day. Nice American interpretation of a Belgian style.

My first Vertical Epic. Didn't really knock my socks off, but I enjoyed it.
I plan on saving a bottle for at least a year.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with a half inch white head. The aroma is sweet and spicy (mostly spicy). It smells like pepper, cloves, coriander, ginger, yeast, apricots and citrus fruit peel. The taste starts off very spicy, mostly cloves and pepper. Then a sharp fruity/hoppy/spicy bittersweet taste kicks in and it leaves a long-lasting aftertaste. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of zippy carbonation which doesn't hurt the beer at all. Drinkability is good, but I think aging the beer would help mellow it out some. Still, I think this is a good brew.

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Photo of enelson
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of irishkyle21
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small head, minimal retention some lacing. Has a clear golden color ( becomes hazy once the sediment is added).

Smells of spices, sweet malt, fruits and some of that horse barn(yeast?) smell that I love so much in Orval.

Tastes of fruits, malty, some funkiness and spices. I think a little bit of aging will do this beer justice.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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 lifebeer
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a. pours a golden/orange, but cloudy-straw under the light, half-finger of head that doesn't last nearly long enough, minimal lacing

s. nice combination of citrus and apple, bread, coriander being the highlight

t. overwhelming rush of salty-metallic lemon, bread-maltiness and coriander, finishes with some alcohol

m. medium malty round

d. not the most drinkable, unless coriander is your favorite flavor, begins and ends with coriander

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Photo of illidurit
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing pour into my Duvel tulip results in liquid halfway up the Duvel emblem and gorgeous fluffy white head to the brink of overflowing. The beer is a dark orange color. The head reduces to a nebulous cap, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell is dominated by clovey phenols, reminiscent of organic chemistry where we had to isolate eugenol from cloves. Very spicy and sweet aroma.

Banana and clove phenols are prominent in the taste as though this beer was made with wheat. Peach, doughy yeasty bread, a ton of spices that I can't identify.

Great carbonation, very smooth. The finish is a bit tannic, making it pretty refreshing. I think this beer is underrated.

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Photo of xav33
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
22oz bomber
Moderate pour in a chalice.
Recent brewing, enjoyed 07/07

Poured a clear amber brown with a moderate fizzy mostly diminishing white head.

Smelt of strong tutti frutti with moderate oranges, sweet cake, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, anise. Smells like a very sweet shiny sweet bread. Lots of fun spices happening here!

Taste was upfront strong sweet bread and oranges and moderate bitter spices and caramel bread followed by more of the same, but with an accent on the bitter kick of spices.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy and velvety, softly carbonated, lightly astringent and moderately alcoholic.

Overall, this is a great beer to smell. Stone is having fun with this beer and it shows. A little rough looking and rough on the palate though. Not enough thick fluffy rocky belgian head and too viscous on the palate. Very interesting hybrid nonetheless!

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, capped. Pours a hazy, deep amber color with a ruby hue. Frothy three-finger white head shows decent retention and leaves some sporadic strands of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by spicy, peppery, yeast undercut by apricot and berry notes. The flavor follows, along with tangy citrus and creamy banana, along with some vanilla and some candy.

It's pretty light in body, and without being aged, lacks a bit of complexity. But stick this in the cellar and I'm sure it will be a gem--and is still quite enjoyable now.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light golden with an orange tone and a 2 finger, fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. A few tiny particles fall out of suspension in the bottom of the glass. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tropical fruits with notes of orange, pear, vanilla, peaches, grapefruit, cardamom, and mild spices and phenols.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with hints of a saison but leaning more towards a Belgian Gold with spice additions.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy up front, mildly sweet, enticing, and dry on the finish.
A youngling that will do better with some aging. Definitely nice enough to drink now though for those who can tolerate complex yeast phenols, along with spices.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Stone anual that will surely improve with age. The beer opens with a burst of carbonation, loosely knit heat retention and a bright straw color. Aromas of sweet pilner malts and heavy grains swirl with fruits of pears, peaches, appricots, and apples. All with a swift kick of alcohols. Tastes as fruity and sweet as the aromas suggest with a sharp peppery, tart, earthy / musty flavor, adding complexity and variety. Feels moderately heavy and slightly oily despite an evaporative dryness late. Alcohols and tartness linger into the aftertaste, while remaining sweet and dry. Age will surely be kind to this brew, but a bit fusal and green at this point.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Beer rating: 62.8% out of 100 with 578 ratings
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