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RATINGS: 775   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!


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rocbyter (1886) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 12, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Sweet and fruity malt aroma. Cloudy orange color with a large white head. Tangy malt taste with a spicy cinnamon finish. Slightly stick palate.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Brewed in the USA... Courtesy of AFI96, thanks Waylo. Pours orange in color with a thin foamy white head. Aroma of ginger, malts and nutmeg. Taste is also of ginger, spices, yeast and bubblegum. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a flat soda finish. Something is really missing here?

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
tepid, lightly transparent amber color, no head. Nose of melon, banana, caramel, oxidation, bit peppery and bitter. Flavor is also sweet, bubblegum and banana and dirty wheat most common. Overly fizzy.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has ripe fruit with grass and a bit of musty grain. Flavor has notes of apple with a bit of grass and musty grain backing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (5942) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of oranges, perfumes, a little spicy fruits, and other spices. Flavour of apple cider, various spices (ginger, cardamom), grapefruit and some oranges. A little oxidized, not standing the test of time. Might’ve been good at the outset, but it’s difficult to enjoy now.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Clear peach colored pour, plenty of carbonation, light lemony hop aroma. Flavor is heavy cardamom and grapefruit with a sweet and and artificial lemon aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 7, 2007
22 ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY (June 2007) consumed at cellar temperature from a Dieu du Ciel! tulip. Bright, very clear, slightly oily apricot color, moderate-to-large fluffy white head which decays faster than any of the old bottles (?? weird) and leaves just a few traces of lacing....complex aroma of sweet fruits, spices noted in the description -- especially the cardamom -- and dry, earthy saison-like yeast; seems a bit sweet, and the melding of the disparate elements doesn’t quite work, but it’s reasonably inviting....the body really offers quite similar traits, mixing huge sweetness and hard, dry, earthy mineralic components but not really doing so organically: the first touch of the tongue is heavy sugar, and just as you’re getting used to that you’re hit with this dry loamy mouthfeel that gets almost chalky by the finish....rather rough at the end, very full if not too full, quite tart and cidery....alcohol more prominent than in any of the other years....really a mess that I would hope will improve because it’s not terribly good right now. I wasn’t sure that tripel and saison would mesh well together before this, and I am less sure now. Unquestionably the least impressive in the series at this point for me.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Bomber purchased at discount liqour in Indiana from a very kind Indian man. No 070707s were on the shelf but he once he saw I was from Chicago he kindly enough gave me one from behind the counter that was from his personal stash and refused to sell to anyone else. Clear, orange/amber with small white head. Doughy and yeasty. Flavor is spice, big sweet, dough, but soapy. Filmy med. body, big carb. Pretty nice aroma, but not the greatest taste, unfortuante, we’ll see what happens when all of them are popped together.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Do I have the patience to wait five years for the second bottle? Probably not. Both bottles from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours a light amber with small head and minimal lacing. Yeasty aroma, but sadly it takes on the character of that fruit cocktail crap from elementary school. Taste is very strong pineapple with some background spice. I’m not loving this. Guess that will make it easier to wait 5 years!

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2009
Aroma was very winy and cake-like. Very sweet. Looked very clear with decent beading and a thin foam head. Flavourwise it was very viny and alcoholic. A bit on the thin side with regard to mouthfeel. Decent but not my mug of ale.


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