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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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!


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2007
I was rather disappointed in this one. it smelled rather good, but the taste killed it for me. It was missing what i have come to expect from a belgian strong and stone for that matter. maybe some age could do this beer some good.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUN 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2010 22 oz. bomber bottle. Poured out a deep orange color, with a thick tan colored head. Aromas are of band aids, funky Belgian yeast, and Chlorophenols. Major funk in the aromas. Flavors are not much better. Hot tasting, phenols, kinda nasty right now. Leaves a burning sensation in the back of your throat. Needs some serious aging. Bottled way too young, IMHO. Maybe itíll age gracefully. 2010 update. This beer has aged out quite a bit of itís original hotness & burning. It has blended into a potent Belgian style ale, with lots of fruit in the background, but lots of pepper in the flavor. Still somewhat hot on the palate.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Speckled golden with a peach cast. Fairly vigorous pour raises a thick white head which unfortunately fizzles into a thin covering within 1-2 minutes. Strong presence of minty alcohol permeates the nostrils, along with green banana, honeycomb, clove, lightly toasted grains, and cardamom. Natural carbonation pricks the palate before blanketing the tongue with an unpleasant fuzziness. Mild tang of acid initially curtails the alcoholic warmth. Crispy phenols coincide with some equally snappy malts, but the borderline-grainy malt assaults, rather than soothes, the palate. Juicy notes of peach, honeydew and orange exude at the center, but the alcohol begins to burn the throat and obscure much of the brightness. Ginger lacks restraint and poignancy, and generates sufficient heat which intensifies the alcoholic heat and sweetness. Bubblegum is fairly vivid and quells the sweetness a bit while complementing the suppler baked-apple qualities. Malt is far too shallow and short lived. Finishes fairly muddled, with cardamom clashing with the alcohol, along with clean, but vague, leafy hop bitterness fused with assorted notes of citrus and tropical fruits. A nice effort, and thankfully itís not as yeasty (but it is quite wet and underattenuated) as I expected, but the alcohol is poorly concealed in both aroma and flavor, and the beer sorely lacks distinct character. Also way too much honeyish sweetness and spice in the nose, not enough yeast-derived nuances. Serviceable, but uninspiring.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2007
I was surprised that I just couldnít get into this one. Pours an attractive deep gold with copper highlights, clear except for a faint haze on the final pour, small but lasting head. Aroma was quite spicy and yeasty. Flavor had an element of bubblegum in the malts, followed by a big spice note, with cardamom leaping out. Somehow the ingredients evoked cinnamon in my mind as well. In the end, simply too much spice for my delicate palate. Could improve significantly with aging depending on which way the spices go in the mix. Not a fan at the moment, but have to keep perspective that this was designed to lay down for a while.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9034) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle: Amber, high carbonation, spritsy. Strong nose with the yeast and spice, lots of cardamom leads to a medicinal and estery smell. Spicy and hot. I made a homebrew with cardamom and eucalyptis once that tasted a lot like this. I donít care for it really, hard to put my finger on it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Amber, orange ale with a fruity, flowery aroma. The light amber head disappears. The flavor is a bit medicinal, unfortunately. It is interesting, but a bit odd.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 5, 2007
This draft brew from the Oregon Brewers festival poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were and left behind a transparent typically carbonated dark orange colored body. The funky saison like complex aroma was floral. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of complex fruity sour and lambic like. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2007
22oz bomber. Aroma had sweet yeast and spice notes confuse the nose. Gold body with white head. Flavor was a mix of sweet citrus, yeast, soapy and a spice ginger bitterness that would be good if you had a cold. Sour bitter on the palate. More like a triple than a saison to me.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
waolsen (1338) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
bottle. hazy copper pour with almost no head. apricot, orange, perfume, hop oil, herb and spice aroma. rich matls, apricot, strange combination of herbs and spice. strange bitterness. odd.


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