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RATINGS: 777   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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ home.
[ Trade by yespr ]. Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, spicy, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and spicy ginger / peppery bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20090611]

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2007
1 pt. 6 fl oz, thanks to Papsoe. Pours golden yellow, clear, with a white lacing head. Dried fruity and slight herbal/spiced. Flavour is heavy spiced, ginger. Some minor citrus fruity notes are present, but it all drowns in ginger. Finish is slight cloying. Not good. Well crafted, I just don’t like ginger.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2008
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet amlty with notes of peaches, citrus, and spicy notes of especially cardemomme. The flavor is sweet matly with spicy notes of cardemomme, lemon peal, and cinnamon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of boboski. Hazy, pale golden with an off-white head. Sweetish aroma of fruit and caramel - and quite some yeast also. Quite full-bodied, sweetish fruity and very spicy - I detect some ginger. Dry and fairly hoppy finish with also the alcohol showing some muscles. Quite interesting and well crafted. 280907

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy golden coloured with a white head. Sweet and spicy aroma of citrus, bubble gum and fruits. Flavour of fruits, spices, citrus, yeast and hops. Dry hoppy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20295) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2007
Bottled. Deep golden colour, not much head. Aroma is really spices, lots of clove, ginger, orange peels, cinnamon and some slight hoppyness. Flavour is really spicy, mainly same as in aroma. Wellbalanced, refreshing and pleasant. Long spicy aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19309) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2007
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear amber, average head. Aroma of coriander and winegum. Sweet and estery, very fruity. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel and evident crystal malt character. A fairly streamlined, highly spiced beer, typical American-Belgfian style. Lots of flavours, but not so much depth. Finishes slightly stick. A drinkable beer for it’s size, but it leaves me rather unimpressed. Perhaps I’m not worthy?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2007
Bottle. Thanks Markus (bu11zeye) for this bottle. Pours a clear pale amber color with a small white head. Sweet malty spicy yeasty aroma with some waek hints of ginger and hops. Sweet malty warming spicy yeasty flavor with some fruity hints. Long warming malty spicy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2010
31st July 2010. ChrisO’s ’Raise The Roof’ tasting. Hazy amber beer with a big off white head. Sweet malt - a little spicy. Honey, pepper and other spices. Finishes and dry and soft. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
Hazy copper color; compact head, big. Herbal aroma (rosemary, heather…). Good body, sweetish malt, a bit herbal too. Peculiar, but not special.


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