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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
hmmm. not an attractive beer by any means...the color is slightly hazy rose copper and the head disappears quickly. aroma of yeast and spice. Kind of tastes like a rip off of a saison i brewed 5 or so years ago...one of my first homebrews, i was quite proud of that beer...and this is similar.. Very floral yet very hot...This will actually age well, I believe . as the alcohol and malts mature and the floral hotness subsides, it will be interesting. Right now, the mouthfeel is slightly metallic and harsh, but i think that it will get creamier with age.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2007
22 oz. bottle - my first vertical jump onto the epic bus; pours clear and gold with a slowly fading white head; some lacing; aromas are sweet and very spicy; first taste comes off bitter and not very smooth; looking forward to aging the other two i picked up

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Beautiful orange gold . Quickly dissipating white head. aroma of pear, apple and spice.Smooth and slight bitter on the tongue. Flavors of fruit and belgian style yeast. Long complex finish. More like a saison slash tripel. Whatever excellent once again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 another note (added a couple of days later) this beer is better straight from the fridge. My first tasting I let it open up for 10 or 15 minutes. Drink it cold, it’s very nice This poured a peachy/apricot color with a large, quickly disappearing white head. The nose is of wheat and spices. The flavor is some candy, with spices. The finishes is very nice citric and spicey

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Poured a copperish color with an average white head but the head dissipated quickly and left the glass with beer that almost looked still. Aroma was really spicy and had a light alcohol to it. Flavor had a good amount of spiciness to it. I was expecting this to be very sweet for some reason but it actually wasnt that bad at all. A little dryer and this would be quite excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2007
22 oz bottle: Pours a copper color with a thin , quickly disappearing head. No lacing in two glasses. The The aroma has hints of clove, spice and orange. The overall flavor is unexceptional unfortunately. Maybe it’s too early to rate this since it’s officially 07-07-07. Not the best Vertical in my opinion, possibly the weakest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
apple juice looking body with a small white head that fades fast.the nose is of coriander,sage,cinnamon,hay,yeast,and pineapple.flavor is dusty hay,pineapple concentrate,black liquourice,and belgian candy.i must say the alcohol is not detectable at all.well....its different for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2007
22oz bottle pours bright amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of orange, pineapple, yeast, and some corriander. Flavor is orange, corriander, yeast, bread, and a touch of ginger. Good soft palate and the alcohol is covered well. Nice full flavor. A unique brew!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Pours beautiful golden orange color, smellsof Belgian yeast, very fruity, subtle spice, tastes fruity, tons of orange peel, cidery, peach, slightly sweet, finish in almost completely dry, the apple-peach-orange-bitter orange peel flavor lasts, this beer seems to be all about the yeast, niether hops nor malt make a big impression. The body is medium-light, this beer is refreshing, it has none of the heaviness that some sweeter Belgian strong ales have. The alcohol is practically invisible. A little bit of tartness emphasizes the citrus flavors beautifully.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Bomber(8.4%) from BevMo. Medium amber color upon pouring. Lightly sweet aroma with a bit of spice. Some yeastiness. Very smooth spiced flavors. A good earthy quality, somewhat saisonish. Full flavored. Very nice BSA. Well hidden alcohol.


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