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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 790   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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!

   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.

   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.

   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(!)

   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DickDunnigan (26) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Hazy, light orange color. Yeasty, sweet aroma. Very Belgian-like taste, with some malt and faint hop flavor. Kind of a paradox, very sweet but also very dry at the same time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricDanger (23) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
Lots of spices and hops in the belgian style. Very citrusy nose and great head. Lots of POP when it hits the mouth. From a bomber, in a pint glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at Lord Hobo - guess they aged a keg of this bad boy - woody, grape, Belgian yeasty nose; dark hue with consistent lacing; body coats tongue with red wine, brown sugar; tannins sit in the back and the flavor lasts. This aged well. Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Surly (20) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Nice golden color, slightly hazy with minimal carbonation. Very little head or lacing. Subtle citrus hop aroma. I’d expect this look from an IPA, I also expected a hop explosion up front... and it was a pleasant surprise to have a great change of pace. To me this is a wonderful easy drinking beer, but for a beer lover. Meaning there is bountiful flavor, hops, citrus, fruit (I even want to say strawberry?). Very good beer, light and yet has a ton of flavor without seeming watered down. Very nice.

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