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RATINGS: 783   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!


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, it’s 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 (969) - Carlsbad, 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 year’s edition will age very nicely. I’ll 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 (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. 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 (2214) - 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 didn’t 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Pours a clear amber with nice small head. aroma of yeast, candied spice, bit of citrus as well, very complex. very crisp mouthful with all the flavors standing proud and a small hoppy finish. so much going on here... but enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Pours clear amber wtih a soft white head. Very fruity aroma, lemon candy, orange peel, faint ginger, and faint herbal note. This is probably the best fresh vertical epic so far. Very refreshingly crips flavor, dry in the finish, perfectly balanced, without much excess alcohol like the last two years when they were fresh. Just a really well built beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
650 mL bottle. Hazy golden amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma of grapefruit, lemon, and yeast. Sticky sweet palate. Sweet citrus taste followed with a big spicyness transitioning to an orange taste in the finish. It reminds me of bright summer days playing in the neighbor’s orange groves as a child.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Aroma was sweet, wheaty, spicy, with some metallic notes. Appearance was golden in color. Initial flavor was dominated by metalic notes, wierd since it was in a bottle. As it warmed more complex spiciness emerges. Some mild wheat, clove, bannana notes are accompanied by citrus... mainly lime flavors. A pretty complex brew that is very pleasant to drink.


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