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RATINGS: 780   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!


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokephibroke (293) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pours straw gold with a thick, diminishing rootbeer like head. Ginger, citrus yeasty bubblegum like aroma. Taste is not so good - bitter a bit, flowery a bit with ginger a bit. Palate is unremarkable, Not a good effort from one of my favorite brewers....

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet amlty with notes of peaches, citrus, and spicy notes of especially cardemomme. The flavor is sweet matly with spicy notes of cardemomme, lemon peal, and cinnamon.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Rich golden coloured body with bright orange highlights and a dense off-white head. Aroma of apricots, fresh hops, alcohol and some light citrus notes. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep bready tastes with yeast, alcohol and coriander seed coming through most. Aftertaste shows a lot of wheat, citrus and a ton of alcohol. Overall, a too strong and potent version of a tripel, without the good characteristics and complexities of a Saison. A good attempt, but not great. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in San Francisco (4th Ave), California on 12-June-2010 in a quadruple vertical tasting (06-09) of Vertical Epics with Phil (haddon90) at home in Manassas, VA.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
peteinSD (1406) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle. Stored in my fridge since release. Pours clear golden color no head. Aroma is slight clove and a faded citrus/spice character which presents as slightly off. Taste is yeast character up front followed by sweet, thinnish malt, various spices which have gelled into a bit of an off flavor, and some lingering malt sweetness. Thin mouthfeel. Although I stored this bottle under ideal conditions this beer just did not do well.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a white head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass. S: A ton of cardamom and citrus zest. Some fruity alcohol notes as well with just a touch of sweet toffee malt. T: Some candied grapefruits with a some spicy yeasty. A little bubblegum with some big cardamom notes. Light caramel malts. A ton of zest with bitter citrus peel. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Spicy and zesty on the finish. O: Definitely one of the better ones of the nights, but I like cardamom and bitter zest. The beer was either liked or hated at the tasting mainly due to the cardamom. Serving type: bottle

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (834) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Thanks to drowland for the awesome share. Hard to separate age and taste in this one. Murky orange pour. Nose of orange, banana, esters, candy sweetness, yeast. Taste slightly musty and oxidized. Orange and fruit throughout. Dulled sweet alcohol. Unsurprisingly low carbonTion, but not bad mouthfeel considering. Interesting but likely past prime.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (1990) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy yellow. Spices. Coriander. I don't like. No head. Yuck.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, honeydew gold color with a medium layer of firm white head. The head disappears rather quickly, leaving behind a splotchy layer of filmy residue. Decent lacing and head reformation, but it doesn’t want to hold itself without encouragement. Lots of coriander immediately present in the nose, creating a muddy herbalness layer in some bandagey yeast phenols. Digging a little bit deeper reveals some more pleasant scents of pineapple, ginger, banana, and spice, but the initial bouquet is mostly coriander and bandage. If it’s not coriander, than its certainly a lightly bitter herbal hop variety. Light bodied, thinly carbonated mouthfeel. Too sweet on the palate, but not too heavy or sticky. Lots of spice, with ginger and loads of orange peel mostly noticeable. Lots of coriander flavor as well, but adds more herbal, almost vegetal quality rather than a refreshing hop bitterness, which is barely detectable on the palate. Sweet orange finish, with some dusty yeast lingering. Disappointingly sweet without the signature belgian style effervescence. The spices seem to be overdone too, and I feel as though they are battling it out with the yeast on the palate to see who can dominate more, rather than working subtly together to add more depth. There’s a lot going on with this beer, but it doesn’t seem to be presented well in a balanced, eloquent fashion. I’m not interested to see how this one ages, although the novelty of doing future verticals will make saving it worth while.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shadey (1913) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
22 oz bottle shared with a friend. Pour is a beautiful swirly copper color with wispy swirls of tight white bubbles. Aroma is overwhelmingly spicy. What is all this spice covering up? Flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, but I really don’t taste anything resembling Saison. This seems like a jumbled mess to me. The spices seem to cover up the disaster. Tripel mixes well with IPA, but apparently not with a saison.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of spices, yeast, and some fruit. Faint aroma. Poured a golden-amber (apple juice) color with a small, off-white head that diminished. No lacing. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of spices, cardamom, clove, coriander, cinnamon, sweet sugary malts, yeast, and a little citrus. Medium body. Dry, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Dry, sweet, clove finish. Overall, below average and disappointing.


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