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RATINGS: 780   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!


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 (5040) - 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 (2533) - 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 (6155) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (919) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2007
I smell orange peel, lacquer (less unpleasant than other settings) & cotton candy. clear orangeish gold with ephemeral head flavor of apricots, caramel, alcohol & lemon. quickly warming, slightly sour finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bomber, consumed on 07.07.07. Pours an orange-tinted gold with sizeable ivory head. The aroma has banana, corriander, lemon, and up to this point Iím thinking it resembles a tripel; then come notes of bread, ginger, honey, caramel, citrus, and herbal tea. The flavor is very spicy up front; cardamom is wailing on my palate almost immediately, and never goes away. Banana and various citrus flavors come out afterwards, along with a sort of dark sweetness. Some tart woody tones emerge, too (cedarlike, but not as fruity), and some light leather tones come further toward the finish. The finish itself is very spicy, with some more yeasty spiciness mixed in. This would be a pretty good brew if the cardamom were less overwhelming. Perhaps by 2012 it will mellow out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottled, thanks Ron! Poured a clear medium caramel with lots of rising carbonation and a white head that settles rather quickly. The aroma was powerfully spicy with white pepper and cloves representing.. some citrus zest as well.. there is some sweetness beneath, perhaps banana and toffee-based, but itís down there deep. Lightly-toasted banana sweetness with some grapefruit meat at the flavorís core.. surrounded by more than ample spices (lemon and grapefruit zest, white pepper, and cardamom among others).. very long, spicy finish. Heavier-bodied with a decent flow (bit syrupy at times).. bit too heavy on the spices. Solid overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle: Poured a hazy orange gold in color with a big white head. Aroma, spices, yeast, bready malts. Flavor, yeasty, cloves and other spices, bready chewy palate. I thought it was a bit over spiced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2007
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma is light yeast, banana, esters, and spice. Flavor is sweet malt, banana, and spice. Has a slight lingering cloy aftertaste. Medium body. Alcohol is noticeable. A good beer.


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