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RATINGS: 777   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!


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Cloudy golen pour with very little head. Belgian yeast smell with some pepper. Very peppery/spicey flavor lasts throughout the taste. Some Belgian malt/yeast flavor. Low carbonation. Hopefully the pepper flavor tames over the years because itís a liitle overpowering right now not letting much else to taste.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rocbyter (1896) - 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
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bomber on 10/24/07
Small-to-medium-sized white head shows moderate retention, light lacing. Clarity is high, with plentiful carbonation in the bronze-straw liquid.
Spicy in the nose, but oddly, not nearly as offensive as the (unspiced) Weyerbacher muse. Some sweet vanilla and ginger notes give it an almost ginger-ale-like nose, which is joined by light caramel malts and white pepper phenols from the yeast. Fair enough Belgian flare, though itís certainly not going to be mistaken for a beer from Belgian. Hoppiness is surprisingly apparent, though Iím not sure the leafy, slightly pungent and minimally citric crystal and glacier hops are best suited here. Probably some real hallertauer would have suited it just find. Medium strength of aroma, with some definite citrus quality on the finish and a fairly well-concealed alcohol.
Sweet and with somewhat too loose a carbonation, giving the malts a slight mushiness. Caramel, some breadiness and vanilla mix together, with strong ginger notes and ending with moderate acidity from the yeast but mainly the citrus peel. Fruitiness dosent overwhelm, but throws itself in to the mix, further unfocusing the beer. Too much sweetness and ginger; moreso than the 040404, which I enjoyed more. Hopefully this one dries out and improves like that one did. Alcohol under control. Medium-full body.

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 (3258) - 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 (6568) - 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 (6259) - 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. Mightíve been good at the outset, but itís difficult to enjoy now.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DalzAle (1973) - 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 doesnít quite work, but itís 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 youíre getting used to that youíre 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 itís not terribly good right now. I wasnít 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, weíll see what happens when all of them are popped together.


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