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RATINGS: 775   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!


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3299) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
22 ounce bottle purchased for $4.99 at the Davis Food Co-Op. I dont understand why some places jack the price up to $6-$7...Aroma has some yeasty, fruity, esters with some banana aromas. A little bit of ethanol is also detected in the nose. Some light honey notes are there, too. Transparent, filtered golden-orange hued body with a VERY quickly dissipating fizzy yellowish head. Still, with no lacing. Looks like mead. A weird peppery astringency to start, which becomes very oily, chewy, and caramelly. Kind of burnt to finish with a little ethanol present. This is really oily and quite weird. Not very enjoyable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
22 oz bottle shared with a friend. Pour is a beautiful swirly copper color with wispy swirls of tight white bubbles. Aroma is overwhelmingly spicy. What is all this spice covering up? Flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, but I really don’t taste anything resembling Saison. This seems like a jumbled mess to me. The spices seem to cover up the disaster. Tripel mixes well with IPA, but apparently not with a saison.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Poured hazy amber with good tan head (into a tulip glass). The nose was cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger on a caramel base. Perhaps a touch of sour edge. Interestingly for a Stone beer, there was no west coast hop character at all (perhaps some Saaz or other noble hop spiciness hiding in there, though.) The taste was amazing like mild pumpkin pie with a very slight sour edge to prevent it from being cloying. The alcohol strength was well hidden in the medium body and it was very drinkable. I could still taste a bit of greeness and expect that it would mellow so I’ll be putting down a few of these for storage.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10440) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle from Party Source, KY. Poured clear copper color with medium fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma was complex sweet malty yeasty. Medium body. Medium fruity flavor with medium bittersweet with small alcohol bite finish. Good brew worth trying with some age.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Pours clear amber with a two-finger white head. Very spicy, musty aroma with a good amount of peach-apricot. Faint herbal hops and bitter rind. Flavor is sweeter, with a blast of pale malt to start things off. This is joined by a deep, almost cloying, fruitiness that gives way only at the very end to pepper and a light hop bite. The sweetness sticks at the back of the throat. A bigger yeast presence would have been an improvement, but good stuff nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4307) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Pours bright amber into a tulip. Fluffy off-white head with good retention leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Candi, banana, caramel and alcohol aromas. Sweet spritzy caramel upfront with a chewy fruit (orange, lemon and ginger) center and lasting finish that turns to an alcohol hop bite after a few seconds. Eventually leaves an unpleasant taste that lasts after the brew is finished.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2007
22 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a clearn amber with small off-white head. Nose is candy and spice. Taste is molasses, cardomom, ginger, orange, apricot, pineapple. pepper, earthy hops. There is a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish, although it isn’t hot. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Found a bottle before 7/7/7, but so did 67 other people. 13 months have passed and I’m immediately struck by the mellow nature of this year’s beer. Nothing about it is particularily strong, although now that I see the ingredient list I can understand why it seemed hard to grasp. VERY pretty beer, and very palatable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Looks and smells like apple cider- with a very large foamy head. Just a hint of hops in the aroma. Equally fruity flavor, with lots of plum and pear as well as apple. Rather smooth going down. This is quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Poured a deep tawny color with a gobby creamy head. Notes of banana found in some German Weiss brews. Fruity hops in the nose, too. Complex spice flavor that lingers and transforms as beer warms up. Citrus rinds and ginger quite evident in flavor. Usually I ain’t too fond of American brewers’ attempts at Belgian beer, but this one is prime! Yummy!


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