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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5333) - Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bomber to taster (thanks brew3crew). This was a GUSHER! Looks good; a hazy orange with white lacing. Smells tart and floral. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2013
This is a very good beer but it’s definitely over hyped. Like many of Stone’s beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ironicmedic (60) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Shared a bottle in 6/13. Pours golden in color, a little tart taste, almost wineish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3404) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Sample from bottle at Hopfest 2013. Pours golden orange with a decent biege head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, ginger, cloves,malt, and yeast. Very interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BazookaJoe (235) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours golden orange with a tart sour aroma. Strong flavor of citrus and tart apple. Finishes smooth and sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwmiller16 (93) - Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2013
22 oz bottle from State Line! Slight cloudiness, tart aroma. Tart Belgian yeast very pronounced on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bomber from Keg N Barrel near SDSU. Pours a cinnamon-hued ruddy amber. LOTS of foam and bubbles racing up the sides of the glass. Aroma is richly malty sweet, with hints of citrus zest and spice evident already in the nose. Taste is spice forward, followed by alcohol, belgian funk and malt, and then more spicy ABV burn. Interesting... maybe a little cough syrupy and over-aged, certainly more on the sweet, spicy, and hot side than on the herbed side, but me likey. Not a brilliant beer, but interesting enough while still retaining some classic cidery-funky belgian saison-meets-belgian-tripel qualities to make it really unique. Yes, I say, yes.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours yellow to brown with a small head, aroma of lemon candy, radler, malt, marmalade, orange and lemon, flavor is spiced with clove, nutmeg, cardamom, malt acidty, medium bodied

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (6300) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of oranges, perfumes, a little spicy fruits, and other spices. Flavour of apple cider, various spices (ginger, cardamom), grapefruit and some oranges. A little oxidized, not standing the test of time. Might’ve been good at the outset, but it’s difficult to enjoy now.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Tournament Liquor. Pours bright amber with a white soapy head that settles to a sudsy film and little lacing. Aroma has strong cardamon, ginger with hidden citrus that wants to come out, but the spice is too strong. Taste is somewhat different with the citrus being noticed along with spice of ginger and cardamon, there is some fruitiness to this along with some muted dulled hops and yeast. Palate is medium with holding decent carbonation and finishes dry. The spice is a little over the top for me and if it had been less could have been real nice. Still was fun to get a chance to try this.


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