Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

In this year’s edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: saisons and golden tripels. As such, Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale 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!

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale Homebrew Recipe

July 7, 2007
Belgian Strong Ale
8.4%
20-25
Glacier & Crystal

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Deep gold, some hazing, subtle carbonation
Aroma
Ginger, lavender, jasmine, cardamom, strong fruit, citrus peel
Taste
Ginger, very floral, some citrus, a little botanically bitter, sweet, spices, hint of yeast
Palate
Dry, bitter, some creaminess, smooth
Overall
Aged nicely, spices are more dialed in and well-blended, great summer beer

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Lime & coconut shrimp, apricot and chicken bruschetta, bone marrow
Salads
Waldorf, Citracado, arugula, pear and goat cheese
Entrées
Potato pierogis, paella, roasted chicken, monkfish
Desserts
Peach cobbler, citrus panna cotta, orange sorbet, fruit trifle
Cheeses
Humboldt Fog, Castelrosso, Bijou, Petit Billy
Cigars
Macanudo Cafe Hyde Park, Helix Blue Tubular