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%
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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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4.4
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with almost no head. Syrupy thick body. Fruity aroma with some hops, malt and candy. Hoppy bitter taste giving way to an amazingly flavorful sharp fruity taste. Sweet malty and spicy notes. Absolutely amazing. Warm thick body with a great lingering taste, makes my mouth water.

4.4
wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Pours an orange color with white minimal head. There is some sediment. Primary aromas of ginger and orange peel. Secondary aromas of mango, white peppercorn, apricot, and coriander. Very fruity on the palate. Apricot, peach, orange, and ginger. The aftertaste is dominated by pineapple. The body is medium, but the overall feel is bright, due to the weighty carbonation. The aftertaste is medium length with pineapple and ginger. Overall, this is a really fun beer. Rather complex on every level, and worthy of aging even longer.

4.3
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours a golden amber with a foamy white head. Aroma dominated by citrus scents such as lemon and orange peel and grapefruit. Also, hints of spices like cinnamon and hops. Very smooth drinking beautifuly balanced peel. Flavor of citrus fuits like grapefruit, lemon and orange, alcohol, apple, grape, pear, and spicy ciniman with a slightly dry hoppy finish. Excellent!

4.3
hoptimus (50) - Grand Island, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2008
22 oz. Bomber (trappist glass). Pours a cloudy honey-amber color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Has notes of bananas, clove and cinnamon...it sort of resembles a hefe in a way. Smooth and silky on the palate. Has notes of apricot, ginger, and some hop character. Fruity and spicy. I thought there was some raisin in the finish. No alcohol present, and has a nice finish. Fantastic.

4.3
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
Bottle from a secret source. Pours with a traditional hefe look with a cloudy golden hue. The nose is incredible, ripe banana, clove and ginger pop right out of the bottle. The flavor was fantastic with insane malts working in unison with the hops for a perfect balance. This one is a winner, and the best part of all is I’ve got 6 more that I’m gonna keep in the cooler for a few years, then they should be even more kick-ass! NICE BELGIAN STONE

4.3
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
drank in early 09. copper/amber with no head. nice sweet aroma with a bit of spice and orange rind. smooth and mellow after 2 years.

4.3
TonyDiUlio (679) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is a nice clear orange with lacing white head. Aroma is nice pine hops. Flavor is butter hops with nice floral tastes. Sweet brew.

4.3
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Poured from 1pt. 6oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Tulip glass. The color is cloudy orange/amber with two and half fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing. The smell is a good Belgian type aroma, something like a triple would be. It also has a nice spicy aroma that smells a bit like fruit flavored candy like sweet tarts. The taste has a nice citrus kick at first with some nice Saison spice flavor. There is a nice grainy flavor that is keeping the flavor well formed. The texture of this beer is pretty interesting and seems to lay on your tongue for just the right amount of time. It is smooth and very well balanced. This beer goes down well and is refreshing with a slight bite.

4.3
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Hazy golden pour, lots of citrus and some yeast notes on the nose. Flavor is citrus peel and candied ginger with notes of honey coming through as well. This one was very drinkable, the abv was very well hidden, and the flavors were well balanced and complex. Delicious. Props to Sloth and StFun for hooking me up with this series!

4.3
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.


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