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RATINGS: 790   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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!


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2007
22 oz. .. copper pour with lots of particles. lt white/tan head. .. Fruity aromas - belgiany w/ plum, peach, apricot. Some hops in there but not much.. .. Carmelly malty flavors with sour and spicy (cardamom?) notes. .. Medium body, med carbonation. .. Very interesting and tasty beer. Iíd definitely rate this as one of the better Belgian style beers Iíve tried.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
Bottle from a secret source. Pours with a traditional hefe look with a cloudy golden hue. The nose is incredible, ripe banana, clove and ginger pop right out of the bottle. The flavor was fantastic with insane malts working in unison with the hops for a perfect balance. This one is a winner, and the best part of all is Iíve got 6 more that Iím gonna keep in the cooler for a few years, then they should be even more kick-ass! NICE BELGIAN STONE

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chadje (207) - California, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Pours a golden color with a nice head. Aroma is stong with citrus and spices. A dry and sour/citrus tasting. Can taste the spices in there as well. A good belgium style beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - SEP 1, 2007
bottle. nice glowing amber pour. minimal head produced. spices come through. malty nose. medium body, lingering aftertaste. stong.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2009
From bottle shared with awiseman and bro Eric. Pours golden orange with a thin white head. Taste is more cloves than I thought you could get in a beer along with a good amount of cinnamon. Taste more like a cider beer. Very smooth. Even my non beer drinking girlfriend liked this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed on 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Slightly hazy golden body with active carbonation and nice tight layer of white head. S: Lots of ginger, bubblegum, fresh grass, steeped green tea, citrus peel, jasmine, cardamom, lavender and stone fruit. T/M: Floral flavors take the lead, followed by ginger, sweet malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal bitterness. Crisp dry body that has creaminess and finishes with herbal bitterness. O: Well blended spices, stone fruits and aged nice. A light crisp and spicy beer for those warmer months. This more more like a Tripel in style. Serving type: bottle

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours medium yellow and clear. Aroma is of spice, bread, and vinilla. Flavor is cloeing sweet and over the top spicy. Cinnimon and cloves, corriander and others? and alcohol. Once again an american brewery thinks a belgian style of beer should be sweet and spicy. Better luck next year.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haggis03a3 (197) - Orinda, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Gold color with a white head. Malty-wheat, sweet aroma with citrus, spice and Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet with all of the aroma elements and hops making for a complex brew. There is quite a bit of body as well.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
This one pours a deep orange with a clean white head that fades fast. The nose comes across as a typical beligian with cloves, candy sugar, and some noticeable spices such as coriander. and maybe some orange peel. I was expecting something else, so this is kind of a shock. Itís not bad, but I can get a kasteel somewhere anytime and I think the Kasteel would be better. Itís very good, and nothing to be ashamed of, but Iím not sure if this one will age as well as the 6-6-06, but we will see

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Thanks to Bartzilla! Copper colored with thin white film on top leaving some lacing. The aroma grows as the beer sits, abundant at first but more intense as it warms. I noticed this as I drank the entire bottle over ah hours period. Fresh flowers and peach and orange aromas. 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 a blend of fruits, spices, malt and yeast. Sugary with light malt paired with some mild hops. Was there a hint of ginger, maybe. A yummy Belgian Strong Ale that would, if there were supple supplies, make well for daily drinking.


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