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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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In this yearís 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!


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2007
22oz bottle. Orange/gold color with white head that fades quickly. Very balanced nose of spice (canít say I know cardamom real well, I get fresh nutmeg) and citrus peel, with some faint yeast underneath-- Christmas in July! The citrus peel is very distinct and fresh, quite nice. A yeast bite comes through in the flavor and balances the finish nicely. Smooth and creamy, with the alcohol making itself known in the background. Shows remarkable restraint for a Stone brew. Man, this is tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Clear light amber gold with no head after 10 minutes. A spice sweet ginger with good measure of alcohol. a bit of cinnamon with just the slightest hint of apple. Very clean, not too complex. Very subtle body with low carbonation and a bit of thickness. Strong ginger flavor with some cinnamon. Sweet. Unclear, though clean, esters--a bit of banana maybe? Alcohol and sweet light malt. a lingering strawberry tartness maybe? Clean beer, but uninspired.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4507) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Well, I like this. Has the faint subtle spice aromas of saison with a little creaminiess in the head. The flavor is spicy and smooth, with a full finish, but never letting the alcohol dominate. One of the best of the series so far. Great.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfume/orange, apricot, clove. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, apricot, clove, some perfume, light grassy. Very dry finish. Medium-full body, some acidity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bought at Hegedorns for 7 dollars on 7/7/07. Consumed right out of the bottle in celebration of Mike Agnelloís birthday, which also happens to be 7/7/07. Though I didnít actually see the aesthetic appreciations of this beer, it will receive points for its bottle design. Aroma is very powerful; seemed to change smells as the liquid quantity decreased. First sniff was of tons of fruits and alcohol. At other points throughout the consumption, it almost smelled like an exotic flower. Nonetheless, very unique. Taste was ultra sweet, full of what the aroma pointed at; fruits, citrus, a little bit of banana. The taste was very complex as everyone who sampled had a very different reaction. However, everyone was doubly impressed after drinking Labatts and Yuengling... The feel of the palate started off very thick and chewy, then glanced off into a bit of bitter dryness (alcohol or hops?). Became a little hard to swallow near the end of the bottle because it almost overrode all other senses. Needless to say, this beer was most certainly an epic beverage for an epic night.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 7, 2007
22 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY (June 2007) consumed at cellar temperature from a Dieu du Ciel! tulip. Bright, very clear, slightly oily apricot color, moderate-to-large fluffy white head which decays faster than any of the old bottles (?? weird) and leaves just a few traces of lacing....complex aroma of sweet fruits, spices noted in the description -- especially the cardamom -- and dry, earthy saison-like yeast; seems a bit sweet, and the melding of the disparate elements doesnít quite work, but itís reasonably inviting....the body really offers quite similar traits, mixing huge sweetness and hard, dry, earthy mineralic components but not really doing so organically: the first touch of the tongue is heavy sugar, and just as youíre getting used to that youíre hit with this dry loamy mouthfeel that gets almost chalky by the finish....rather rough at the end, very full if not too full, quite tart and cidery....alcohol more prominent than in any of the other years....really a mess that I would hope will improve because itís not terribly good right now. I wasnít sure that tripel and saison would mesh well together before this, and I am less sure now. Unquestionably the least impressive in the series at this point for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 22oz Bomber - Gravity Beer Store Olympia, WA
Jeff an awesome owner hooked me up with this nectar from the gods. A great Belgian ale. has some subtle spices and off flavors I am sure this will hold well for years. Happy 7-7-7 to all. Thanks Jeff. See you all Next Year at 8-8-8

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Sampled at BevMo with a 22oz. Had a very nice pour with a frothy head that lingers. Has a dark amber hue and palate is very smooth. lots of spice and a real essense of fruit peels. Very very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2451) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bomber enjoyed on 07/07/07. Head is medium statured, sorta fizzy with a fair retention that settles into a thin whispy covering. Lacing is minimal at best. Lightly hazy, light copper hued ale, nice appearence. Nose is pleasent, invitingly fruity, lightly tropical, pineapple, mango and just juicey, some caramel malts backin,em up. Body is med/light fairly slick and oily on the palate, coating. Sorry, i,m a Stoner, juicey, spiceyflavors, citrusy, lemony, sweet malts, light breadyness, Peppery, a bit tart and just a juicey fruity sumbitch. Finish is medium sweet and fruity. I think this one will age well. Just another highly enjoyable VE from our boys at Stone. Many, many thanks to dirty_martini for hookin me up with this bomber! You rock bro! Lookin forward to aging a few of these.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (5960) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: A clean golden hue topped by a big fluffy white head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of sugar cane, wild mountain honey, sweet bread malts, Special B, ginger, cardamom, light orange zest, massive classic Belgian yeast esters, and a hint of dirty cave funk. Noticable phenoilc activity which is common for a young big beer.

The taste starts with an extreme sweetness with an equal extreme spice overtone. A beautiful hint of what appears to taste like kaffir lime shows in and around the tongue. A BSA on roids without a doubt, I am really feeling stoopid now. Whatever hops are in the mix are punch drunk and sent to the corner to cry. If this was bottle conditioned I could see this beer becoming a great work of art, but alas I donít see the balance improving any time soon. In the end the sugary nature of the brew becomes just too much to handle, oh it is also just too hot and boozy at this time. I will give credit where due for this is a indeed a mix of spiced imbued Saison and Trippel sugar smack down and yeast overtones in full force.


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