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RATINGS: 788   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13218) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Strong ginger, cardamon, citrus aromas. Almost burns the nostrils. Golden amber color with a beige head that actually lasts awhile. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. The first impression is ginger. The second impression is ginger. Thinking about this, there is some pale or caramel hop flavor. There’s even some hop bitter. However, the ginger is helping clear the sinus. Reminds of Blandford Fly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12736) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfume/orange, apricot, clove. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, apricot, clove, some perfume, light grassy. Very dry finish. Medium-full body, some acidity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of orange/grapefruit peel, coriander, peach, apricot, ginger, and clove. Flavor of orange peel, yeast, coriander, light ginger, cardamom, grass, and other herbs. Age has probably done this one some good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (12142) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Bomber poured a clear copper with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of fruitiness, spice, carmel and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of fruitiness, pepper, carmel and spices with a crisp lingering sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a disappearing white head and amber color. Aroma is spicy, wood, some medium malt-caramel, yeast. Taste is plenty of spicy-clove, wood, some medium malt-caramel/rock candy, citrus, yeast, alcohol. Interesting. Occasional, sipping. OK effervescence. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for picking this out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11739) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
cloudy orange, small white head. dry malty, spicy aroma. well balanced. hint of mustard? flavor is spicy, fruity, dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11728) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Systembolaget, Malmö.
[thank you, Myrup]
Pours lightly hazy golden with an impressive, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is soft, nots of liqourice and peppermint, oranges, light alcohol and sweet biscuity malts. A touch of pineapple in the end. Super nice, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is lightly spicy, some coriander, ginger and vanilla. Sweet and lightly grainy, doughy malts.Some apples. Wow, this is really nice and soooooo greatly balanced.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bierkoning (11675) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2007
3rd LCRBM. Golden color. Ginger aroma. Lemon aroma and flavor. Sweet flavor in which pineapple esters are present. Disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small frothy white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (barnyard, earth), with notes of alcohol, peach and coriander. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.


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