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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jgb9348 (6581) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Rich golden coloured body with bright orange highlights and a dense off-white head. Aroma of apricots, fresh hops, alcohol and some light citrus notes. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep bready tastes with yeast, alcohol and coriander seed coming through most. Aftertaste shows a lot of wheat, citrus and a ton of alcohol. Overall, a too strong and potent version of a tripel, without the good characteristics and complexities of a Saison. A good attempt, but not great. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in San Francisco (4th Ave), California on 12-June-2010 in a quadruple vertical tasting (06-09) of Vertical Epics with Phil (haddon90) at home in Manassas, VA.

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peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle. Stored in my fridge since release. Pours clear golden color no head. Aroma is slight clove and a faded citrus/spice character which presents as slightly off. Taste is yeast character up front followed by sweet, thinnish malt, various spices which have gelled into a bit of an off flavor, and some lingering malt sweetness. Thin mouthfeel. Although I stored this bottle under ideal conditions this beer just did not do well.

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rdixon77 (3106) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Thanks to drowland for the awesome share. Hard to separate age and taste in this one. Murky orange pour. Nose of orange, banana, esters, candy sweetness, yeast. Taste slightly musty and oxidized. Orange and fruit throughout. Dulled sweet alcohol. Unsurprisingly low carbonTion, but not bad mouthfeel considering. Interesting but likely past prime.

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BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy yellow. Spices. Coriander. I don't like. No head. Yuck.

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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

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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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michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of spices, yeast, and some fruit. Faint aroma. Poured a golden-amber (apple juice) color with a small, off-white head that diminished. No lacing. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of spices, cardamom, clove, coriander, cinnamon, sweet sugary malts, yeast, and a little citrus. Medium body. Dry, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Dry, sweet, clove finish. Overall, below average and disappointing.


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