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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 790   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Orange, lemon, grapefruit, corriander in the nose. Oh man it will be a shame to lose this beautiful nose when it has been aged until the end of the epic in 5 years. But at least the flavors will mellow more. No head. Medium body. Lightened yellow-amber color. Slightly sweet, but well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Pours golden copper with a big lasting head. Big belgian yeasty aroma. Aroma of orange and spices. Flavor is sweet. Mouthfeel is very creamy and round. Very good example of a belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle shared by mreusch at the csbosox tasting 7/3. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. The nose is a peppery/spicy apples and citrus, while the mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick with a spicy dry finish. The flavor is a sweet, yeasty and peppery pear with a gueuze-like tartness and dry finish. I rather liked it. Thanks again for bringing this one, Matt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2007
A nice saison x2 ale here. Darker than one would expect for a tripel or saison, aroma however is similar to a peppery saison -- mouthfeel is not -- too sticky. I feel this is a bit too much of a sludge beer -- perhaps needs some mellowing time?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours copper with a very small head that disappears quickly. Aroma of yeast, banana, spices. Taste is citrus, some ginger, tutti fruity gum and some more yeast stuff. Turns bitter and dry towards the finish with a little lingering citrus. Interesting brew, I likes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Clear dark golden. Small quickly disappearing head. Aroma of ginger and citrus. Taste is more of the same, but with a nice subtle sweetness. Stays sweet throughout. I really enjoy this. Slightly bitter finish and almost no trace of alcohol. Easily the most I’ve enjoyed a VE thus far. Keeps coming back to the trace of ginger. I’ve had a few ginger beers, and this is the perfect amount.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2007
7/7/07: Bottle.
Bright orange body. Nose is very yeasty with a bit of spice. Flavors include citrus, nutmeg, clove, yeast and bubble gum. Tingly mouth-feel and a slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2007
No better day than 07.07.07. Clear golden amber body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet heavily spiced aroma with some cardamum and nutmeg. Sweet caramel and mild spice flavor. Rather light body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Interesting but a little overwhelming with fruit and spice flavors in this beer. It pours a nice amber color with a white head. Heavy fruit and spice nose. Strong citrus fruit flavors battle it out with a variety of spices. Intense!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2007
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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