Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
The first pour was a clear gold with a small, pure white head. My first reaction was very smooth followed by a pleasant malt-fruit-spice experience that was slightly sweet. The head faded quickly. It is 11/08 now and the hops seemed to have faded, but hey this brew was meant for aging. A Belgian that is true to style. By the last pour the brew was cloudy and there was sediment in the bottom of the glass.

nickd717 (5094) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle thanks to Evil Jason. Had this before but didn’t rate. Clear golden with a nice white head. Aroma is very herbal, thyme, ginger, cardamom, some citrus and Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet and malty, honey, tangerine, lots of herbal notes. Medium-full bodied with average carbonation. Decent.

Hoprider (815) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours hazy dark golden N: clay, ginger, lactic tartness. Odd T: taste works better than the nose at this point. Sweet sirupy and yeasty taste. In the aftertaste the ginger shows again and makes it weird again. Funny but odd..

Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Clear copper of color with a off white head. An aroma of spice, sweets, mead and orange. Oxidixed aroma. A flavor of spice, honey, mead, sweets and orange.

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DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 3.0 A: Murky, light orange color. Not much of a head formed. 3.5 S: A pineapple entered the fighting ring, got beat up, put on a bunch of band aids, and jumped into the fermenter. Super fruity with mango, orange, and papaya backing up the pineapple. Peppery spiciness. Despite the band aids, it’s not bad. It smells like an old tripel. 3.5 T: Like the nose. Stale pineapple with all the other fruits mentioned. Peppery spiciness, light banana, and peach. Lots of fruits and quite spicy. 3.5 M: Medium body. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Nice here. 3.0 D: Reasonably tasty. Not bad for an old beer. ★ 854 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

jandd1983 (4764) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle. It poured a deep copper color with a white head. The aroma was of yeasty spices, ginger, cinnamon and sweet caramel maltiness. The taste was similar to the aroma with more spices, ginger, some fruitiness and yeastiness. Good stuff.

tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Like the Saisan flavor. Lemony, peppery, slight belgian banana, honey. Pretty good shit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
Aroma: Intense, concentrated bouquet of candied ginger and herbs, orange and orange peel. Palate: Full body Flavor: Honeyed ginger, herb--cardamon, floral citrus, more honey. Long, long finish. Comment: Great integration and full flavor and mouth feel, Though I have never tried a young version of this, I imagine that the fruit and sweetness has dried out considerable and it a good way.

ryanfolty (2662) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2015
August 5, 2015 - bottle via trade. Brownish orange pour with nice amount of head that lasted a bit. Aroma was fruity, spicy, yeast and malt. Taste was fruity and sweet initially and then moves to the yeast and spice. Finish was a touch dry and maybe a splash of alcohol as well.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle: Thanks Jeff. Over 5 years old. Murky, swampy brown sludge, strange jaundice yellow tint. Opaque. Looks like ass. Big, bubble eggshell cap. Aroma is... fucken weird. Tomato juice, bubblegum, spicy Belgian yeast, vinegar, hefty ginger, sour cardamom, cooked vegetables. Like a fucked up, spiced V-8 Splash. Smells gross, tastes nearly as bad. Heavy vegetal flavors, tomato, celery, ginger, strange sourness, heavy handed cardamom, mild toasted bread, clove, orange peel in the finish. Very tough to finish. Pretty damn wretched.

fraternie (1034) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Shows freshness at this old age, but borders on cloyingly sweet and shows heavy alcohol. There’s some tart grapefruit and lemon citrus that add a sour hint and subtle spice is still present, but this isn’t the best Vertical Epic offering.

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