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RATINGS: 774   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!


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gez (44) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick white head. Aroma is strong spices, cloves, ginger, and orange. Very smooth and dry. Flavor is cinnamon, spices, citrus, and gingerbread.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle: Pours a hazy orange with sediment throughout.Smells of ginger and candied fruits,Taste is of hops,more ginger somewhat grassy.Palate was smooth and full.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultracake (42) - salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2009
22 oz bottle, i picked this up at a small beer store spring of 09. at first i was determined to wait to 2012 but then i got scared of waiting thinking i was going to ruin a 6 dollar bottle of beer. Well it is still very good, cant taste the alcohol lots of spice but very easy to drink. a great beer

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
22 oz Bottle. Tastes like the usual Belgian style ale but has the classic stone kick to it. Easy to drink at 8.4%, but too much Belgian style is not my favorite. Nice to try but I had a laugh when I saw what outrageous prices people were paying for this on ebay.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
Pours a cloudy light amber with a white head. Fruity, spicy aroma. Taste like oregano, ginger and been there, done that, wont drink it again. Big fan of stone but this ones not for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2007
From a bottle. A very good Belgian beer. Nice spice and citrus flavors. Would have liked a bit less malt and a bit more hop. I am going to hold a couple of bottles until 2008 and revisit. I like this beer but just a bit too sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2007
22oz bottle. Goblet. Pours a brilliant orange amber, with light wisps of carbonation clinging to the glass. The aroma comes across intially sweet with candy sugar, pepper, wheat, clove, muscat grape, lemon, citrus zest-- a lot in there to ponder, as to be expected with these Epics. The initial sip bemoans a thin Tripel, wihich takes a unique, spicy, earthy twist, before finishing with alcohol warmth, sweetness, spice, and lingering, bitter tartness that hits the back of the throat. Good yeast... Fun beer- Should be even MORE fun in a year or two.. or 5(!)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stryk (30) - Farsta, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2009
Had this in Chimay glass, 65 cl bottle. nice mix of a Belgian tripel and saison but not really all persuasive. Nice clear golden elegant appearance. Lots of Belgian yeast flavor here. A lot of citrus, caramel and coriander will hit your nose and along the road gentle tones of apple, pear and seville orange will follow you all the way. The taste in my mouth was like a mixture of an orange effervescent tablet and grapefruit with light hints of almond, apple and lots of coriander. This beer has a light sweet initial flavor with an acidic, moderate and pretty long bitter finish. This one would go nicely with white meat like chicken and lots of sunshine.. Sadly I drank it during the Swedish wintertime, ha. Anyway, its good but I had much better saisons and much better tripels. I hope they keep it up, I know I will. Cheers.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LeviathanIPA (30) - chula vista, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
pours a hazy orange color with a foamy white head, sweet bitter taste, overall nothing special

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ux04 (30) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Amazingly spiced. I could go on repeating what everyone else has said about the spicy malt finish and blah blah blah but you know what...it doesn’t matter this beer is great and gets you loose after a pint.


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