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RATINGS: 777   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!


2.7
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
LearninBeer (376) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Drank on July 7, 2007. Really looking forward to this beer, bought four bottles to try every two years. The aroma was moderate yeast with the banana/bubble gum smell. The head was creamy, off-white in color and mostly diminishing. The body was amber in color. The initial flavor was a light acidic, a light bitter and a little sour. The finish was acidic and sour and long. The body was light to medium, the texture was watery and the carbonation was flat. The finish was metallic and a light alcoholic.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2892) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Poured a golden color, weak initial head, ample carbonation. The aroma is strong cinnamon and ginger. The flavor was like a stinkin’ imperial pumpkin ale, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sweet malts, honey, slight wheat, not really appealing. Mouthfeel was moderate for the style. Not a winner Stone brew for me, although the verticals from 04 on up haven’t done wonders for me as a whole.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours medium yellow and clear. Aroma is of spice, bread, and vinilla. Flavor is cloeing sweet and over the top spicy. Cinnimon and cloves, corriander and others? and alcohol. Once again an american brewery thinks a belgian style of beer should be sweet and spicy. Better luck next year.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2008
Poured a very hazy golden color from a 22oz bottle. The head was moderate and disappeared quickly. Aroma was fruity with a hint of spices. The taste was fruity with a hint of ginger and other spices. I didn’t really enjoy the combination of spices.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pilsnerrogge (2498) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle:
Pours deep golden with a slight haze. Head is quite weak. Big citrus aroma. Flavour has lots of citrus and a quite a lot of spices; cardamom seems to be the main spice. Quite sweet and chewy.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle shared with BeerGestapo. POurs a honey color with a small, quickly diminishing head. The smell is all ginger with a slightly sweet edge. The flavor had ginger, cola, and some Belgian yeasty esters. Wasn’t too impressed. Reminded me of an unsweetened Coke.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (5812) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy deep orange. Malty aroma with oxidation, honey, some fruitiness (a bit of orange peels)m some spiciness and a bit of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor, oxidized, honey-ish and spicy with some fruitiness, finishes spicy and alcoholic. Medium-bodied.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (6038) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Rating #5800! 1/12/13. 22oz bottle thanks to Homer321! Hazed amber orange pour with a small khaki head that cuts to a small ring and laces mildly. Plenty of oxidation in the aroma, that papery aspect that always reminds me personally of a weird mintiness. Also hints of fruitiness, yeast, and very light spice. Oxidized flavor, orange peel, paper, mint, caramel, etc. Glad to try this one, but the age is definitely showing.


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