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RATINGS: 780   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2101) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2013
Found a bomber of this at the back of the cellar, realized I had never rated it, and its a strong belgian ale so what the heck. Opened with a lot of carbonation and poured a hazy dark amber with a very generous off white head that settles down to a thin layer. Initial aroma is like a glass of cola that has been left in the fridge overnight, then as things are allowed to breath a bit of apricot and mango peel sneak through, a bit of alcohol and some candied Belgian sugar and yeast. Moderate body and high carbonation, slightly sweet but then becomes quite dry and more biter yet very balanced. Torn on this one - the cola aroma is odd but it reminds me of those cola 5 cent candies that you probably stole from 7/11 when you were in grade 5 (without the smell of fear)..and the rest of the beer is pretty good. Not sure if that is your thing but if so open a bottle now.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (522) - Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Copper reddish orange like color..1/2 finger head..surprisingly active carbonation after many years..aroma of lemon..some citrus from grapefruit peel..honey sweetness..hybrid of a saison and Belgian triple with the triple being dominant..spices come up on palate candied ginger..cinnamon..ok slightly oily mouthfeel..slightly sour lingering on finish with a vinegary presence....probably a bit past its prime..ok..

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2148) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Served in 10 oz snifter at the 2013 Most Arrogant Bash. Remarkable orange-amber color; crystal clear with a small but partially durable head. Very little lacing. The aroma is not promising, with too much suggestion of vinegar. Otherwise, a wild mix of spices over a fruity base. The flavor also has a suggestion of vinegar but, thankfully, this is much more subdued. M: Still lightly hot, the higher ABV is not well hidden. Low carbonation works well. O: At 6 years, probably the oldest beer I’ve had, and likely past its prime. Still, interesting, fun and enjoyable, if flawed and slightly challenging.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5856) - 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 (244) - 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 (66) - 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 (3717) - 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 (259) - 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 (110) - 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.


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