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RATINGS: 777   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2354) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Itís kinda strange with Stone because as time has passed Iíve liked their beers less and less. Iíve had very low expectations for everything they make and expect it all to be overrated. I honestly enjoyed this one though. Clear orange with a moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is yeast, lighter and citric fruits, grass, spices, pepper, sugar. Medium bodied with a slightly sweet alcoholic (in a good way) finish. I was so worried this was going to be overly sweet, but itís not. Very drinkable and the first new Stone beer I enjoyed in a REALLY long time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Pours deep reddish amber with light white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, apple, pear, citrus, and golden raisins. Sweet with nice body. The fruit and spice flavors are nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2007
This was fairly interesting. Orange colour with a nice tall white head. Clove, a few other spices, and a surprising hop aroma for the style. Lemon and coriander, slightly sweet with some belgian yeast tones. There is a noticeable hop presence that was welcome and complimented this beer nicely. A lot going on here and possibly one of my favourite VEís yet.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 First smell makes me think Belgian tripel, first drink makes me think of some witbier and saison weirdness. Candy sugar, lemon zest, and some coriander and cardamom in the nose, sweet and spicy melons and pears as well. Flavor is sickly sweet melon fruit and coriander spice and ginger... quite good but it seems a bit too thick and sickly. A really good experiment I think. I wouldn’t mind drinking more of this, so along with 04 and 05 it’s one of my favorite VE recipes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 A blend between the Tripel and Saison styles as interpreted by Stone, a fairly complex bomber that kept me interested until the last sip. Reddish copper in the glass, but it looks more golden when being poured. Thin white film on top leaving some lacing, coupled with a steady carbonation. The aroma grows as the beer sits, abundant at first but more intense as it warms. Fresh flowers and lots of fruity aromas like peach and orange. Slightly yeasty and sugary as well. Medium-light body, very crisp and sweet on the tongue. The alcohol melds well and it almost feels like it evaporates in the finish. Flavor is an inviting blend of fruits, spices, malt and yeast. Sugary with light malt paired with some mild hops. Orange, lemon, peach and faint cherry flavors are mixed in. Real spicy like nutmeg, cinnamin, and perhaps some clove and ginger. This beer is fresh and it definately tastes fresh, itís already well blended. Delicate and very floral. Great now, not sure what years of cellaring will ultimately do to this fine treat.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a golden color and some haze. Aromas of dough, grapefruit and some caramel even. As it warms some more yeast aromas develop that are a little bit off, so deductions there. Flavors of Belgian yeast some spices, and some berries. Alcoholis well hidden, not sure it will stand up to 2012.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (931) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Picked up 2 bottles recently, one for a tasting now, and the other for the recommended aging process. Lovely appearance on this one, great dark golden color and a decent vanilla head. Aroma is thick with the ginger and orange peel, along with yeast notes. Sweet initial flavor that slides into peppery spices and slight acidic tones of more ginger and grapefruit. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, with a nice alcoholic finish. I can imagine that this yearís edition will age very nicely. Iíll tuck away my other bottle for a few years, then come back to re-rate. Re-rate on 12.13.12 some noticeable oxidation has set in but the notes of ginger and citrus flavors are still evident. Still has a dry finish with good bitterness after 5 years. Very enjoyable, it will be missed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Initial nose was very spicy. Currently, the beer is rather light in flavour and depth. I think this definitely will help with some shelf time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours coppery/orangy with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of spice, clove, caramel malt, funky yeast, some hops. Tastes white peppery and clovey at first, with mid-palate malt, candi sugar, apricotty fruit, yeasty esters, and some funk notes. The palate is rich, smooth, fairly dense. Another winner from Stone, and this one should age well.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Only my friends know how happy I was to see this on the shelves on time. Thank God San Diego didnít get it after the rest of the country which occurred in prior years. I had been counting down the days on my calendar. The aroma on this sucker is a strong delivery of authentic Belgian yeast overloaded with spices, ginger, and clove. I also found a banana background that made me go bananas to take my first sip. The ale pours as a firm golden elixir and creates medium amount of soapy foam but that will quickly flat line out. Now going on to the flavor part of this ale, it was a quite tart at first with strong presence of alcohol apparent along a lot of usage of spices. The spices ranged from pepper, clove, ginger and oddly enough a dash of paprika. The banana became less subdued in the flavor but left a sweet aftertaste that was very pleasant. Almost reminds of me the vertical epic 2004 with its heavy spices and fizzy mouth feel. I will be sure to tasting this out periodically.


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