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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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williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
07/2007: The color is a crystal-clear, light amber/orange color. Thin layer of head, along with some lace at the top. It looks to be pungent, yet there isn’t that much carbonation. The telltale smell is there of a spicy Belgian/saison. Sour champagne smell. Also some orange peel that goes along with the spicy flavor. There is an initial sweet orange flavor, followed by a heavy alcoholic taste. The flavor is Belgian/sour. Some ginger ale and champagne. A distinctly perfumey aftertaste. There is a sweet undercarriage which salvages an otherwise harsh flavor. The feel is bubbly at first, then smooths out. It’s a heavy, harsh swallow. It gets a bit creamier as the carbonation bubbles out and it mellows, but it’s still fizzy. It’s heavy, bubbly, fizzy, sour, champagney, alcohol-fueled and saison-esque.

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chinchill (5397) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Served in 10 oz snifter at the 2013 Most Arrogant Bash. Remarkable orange-amber color; crystal clear with a small but partially durable head. Very little lacing. The aroma is not promising, with too much suggestion of vinegar. Otherwise, a wild mix of spices over a fruity base. The flavor also has a suggestion of vinegar but, thankfully, this is much more subdued. M: Still lightly hot, the higher ABV is not well hidden. Low carbonation works well. O: At 6 years, probably the oldest beer I’ve had, and likely past its prime. Still, interesting, fun and enjoyable, if flawed and slightly challenging.

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evanlarkin (315) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours a hazy orange, smells tropical and pruny. Tastes like pineapple and orange juice. Punchy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours a clear orange, minimal head. Citrus hop aroma, lots of grapefruit, some lemon taste. Not really sure about this, but it wasn’t bad.

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ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 3. ’12 Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a stone pint glass. A: Simple straight-forward nose with apple spice notes, like a cider. A: Pours an orange color with a 3-fingers head. Dissipates slowly. T: Follows the nose, for the most part, with apple spice flavors. A mild alcohol burn presents towards the finish. P: Medium body with heavy carbonation and a little alcohol burn. O: A spiced apple beer. Not ultra-exciting, but not terrible. Will try again in December ’12.

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ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Here’s the second in my vertical, a bomber bought in Bloomington on release, dusty but anticipated. Nose beautiful golden malt with rich, sweet overripe fruit (plums, cherries, red berries, peaches) and the suggestion of a reduced sauce that contains some alcohol -- a polished olfactory glaze. Dark golden with orange and red highlights but ends up much closer to brown than golden, very fizzy soapy head that quickly works its weight off. Sharp taste, sweet but spicy, dries somewhat as it works its way across the tongue, the fruit mentioned above melding with generic yeast before receding and allowing the orange and lemon forward. Cardamom and ginger are very, very light, certainly exhibit no heat, but the spicy influence on the aftertaste is perhaps strongest of all (has light coriander and nutmeg undertones, as well, and they’re next to faint grapefruit rind). Thin but persistent bitterness, faint tang but clean and intentional. Weak malt underdeveloped and really underfocused, and the fullish mouthfeel is ruined by far too aggressive carbonation. I don’t mind the downtick in quality from the previous year’s release, as this is, after all, still quite drinkable, but the recipe clutters the palate and the yeast character here is decidedly inferior.

They were aiming for a Saison/Tripel hybrid and ended up with more of a hoppy imperialized Wit; not much of a difference, I guess, save for the spicy slapdashery.

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nickd717 (4999) - 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.

3.1
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
22oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a hazy, yellowish-orange color; off-white head that quickly fades. Brown sugar and chewy esters in the aroma, slightly dry and spicy. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: esters and plenty of warm spices (white pepper, coriander) and candy sugar; a bit too sweet right now, and unsettled; this should balance out with some age (one would hope). Lengthy, sugary and brown sugar finish.

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Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Pours a deep amber with a one finger white head. Very spicy and and sweet one the nose. Taste of tons of spice, including, ginger, orange, lemon and maybe coriander? Finish is spicy and sweet. Not crazy about this one.

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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfume/orange, apricot, clove. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, apricot, clove, some perfume, light grassy. Very dry finish. Medium-full body, some acidity.


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