Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration - Stone Brewing Co.

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HalfFull on 08-21-2008)
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Photo of wyllder
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, it seems some of the reviews I'm seeing for this might be for the Winter Warmer instead (the bottles are almost identical in appearance), but the Tripel is a distinctly clear golden color, with nothing redish or murky about it.

The triple pours a clear golden amber with minimal head if any. The nose is at once spicy and sweet, with a slight metallic tang.

Taste is fantastic. It has the spicy hop profile of an APA counterbalanced with a some fruity and funky notes from belgian yeast. My bottles say 8.7%, but it's well hidden and these are extremely drinkable.

After nearly killing myself with 2 of these late in the evening at the bar, I acquired 12 more and wrote this review while drinking one without the two beer starter course I had on my first encounter. I wasn't disappointed and am just as impressed on my second encounter with this brew.

For fans of golden tripels, this is a beer you cannot afford to miss.

Eric

Photo of neenerzig
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass. This beer pours a cloudy medium golden color with a copper tint. The white head is about an inch thick when poured, settling to a nice thick white ring lining the inside of the glass and a decent surface coating about 5 minutes after being poured. Good lacing. Has a sort of funky, spiced and fruit aroma. Has a a sweet, toffee, caramel malt flavor upfront, followed by some subtle spices, juniper and sage, and is rounded out with some nice citrus hop bitterness that is found in Stone IPA and Ruination. The 9% ABV is well masked indeed. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and creamy, yet also oily, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. I almost want to say this is too easy to drink for a beer of this caliber. Very drinkable in all the right ways. Wow! I am very impressed. This is a great fucking beer!

Eric

Photo of srandycarter
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw, light apple juice, just small white head leaves fast. Not much lacing.

S - Bubble gum and banana. Can't really discern the hops.

T - Oh, there they are! Wow. An interesting beer. Taste enters very Belgian, then malty hoppiness like an IPA mixed with it, followed by this creamy, almost viscous, slight sweet to neutral end. The finish has some type of almost candy feel that is exceptional as it warms!

M - Big volume on coating. Creamy as all get out. Good carb.

D - I love this beer. This is not a style that I would usually really love, but it's so different and done well.

Big high 5, guys. Just gets better and better as it warms.

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle

Stone/Mikkeller/AleSmith

Pours a nice golden color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight yeast, with some hops, licorice and spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some licorice notes, slightly spicey. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very different tripel, very tasty. Highly recommended. Thanks Eric.

Photo of Douglas14
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy, light-golden color with a nice, white, fulffy head that has poor retention and appearance for the style. The haze also somewhat hurts the appearance score. The aroma is full of lemon and other citric fruits. The the citrus is very mild and well blended. There is a slight spiciness. The taste has a wonderful balance of sweetness and bitterness. I think that the bitterness is enhanced by some of the citric flavors rather than just bittering hops. It has a super light body and finishes very dry...almost like a saison. One of the best finishing Tripels I have had. Because of the perceived light body, the drinkability of this beer is relatively high.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed as part of the East / West Throwdown at Pazzos Pizza Pub, Lexington KY.

Again, Stone blows my socks off with this collaboration with Alesmith and Mikkeller. The beer pours a very pilsner-like straw with very active carbonation, good head formaiton of stark white foam and solid lacing, retention. A good look but not the high efforvescence or rocky head as displayed by authentic Belgian Tripels.

Surprising aromas of spicy phenols blended with those super smooth citrus hops With the fruity esters swirling about the bright citrus character of California hops, this beer proves to be extremely complex and not normal!

Pilsner malts provide a crisp and clean base to showcase the fruity and spicy yeast character and to display the onslaught of flavor hops. There's a lot going on with the slightest of cotton candy sweetness that becomes dominated by hop bitterness and flavor foremost and a more timid peppery note later.

Super clean and malty mouthfeel becomes dry and evaporative by mid-palate and fades with a whisper of citrus and spice for an effortless drinking session. I could drink this all day, or at least while concious.

Photo of GJ40
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Light golden with a slight haze and a small off white head.

S - A wonderful combination of Belgian spiciness and west coast fruity and floral hops.

T - Crisp, clean and mostly dry with a nice balance of Belgian spice and west coast citrus. Very flavorful and nicely balanced. You barely notice the 9.5% alcohol.

M - Silky smooth with a low to moderate carbonation. It leaves your mouth content but wanting more.

D - I can't think of many better or more drinkable beers. Well done guys!

Photo of magictrokini
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a short white head. Spicy aroma of pine, pepper, caramel, and candied sugar. Smooth taste. Malt and hops up front, more peppery than citrus, with the trippel flavors shining through in the back. Bubblegum, lots of clove, some orange peel; altoghether a really nice beer.

Photo of ATPete
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
8.7%

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a large 2 inch head that dies rapidly and leaves a 1/4 inch web of lacing across the brew and on the glass. Nose of sweet malt, Belgian candy sugar, cake-like yeast, citrus fruits and coriander spice. Piney in initial flavor, lots of hops, sweet malts, cinnamon, spice, cake batter and orange peel. Im very impressed, a little more carbonation and this would be an A+

Photo of SFLpunk
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top. No date.

Appearance: A hazy orange/amber with a thin, bone-white head that recedes quickly leaving some light spotting.

Nose: Lots of pine-y hops right off the bat! Some medium-sweet wheat notes come through and a faint fruitiness. I get a lot of mixed citrus as the hops and the "Belgian" parts meet.

Palate: Medium-bodied and clean. There's the traditional tripel notes here with white peach, earthy/bark notes, and is framed out by a nice hop bitterness and flavors of dried pine, grapefruit and leaves.

Notes: This is a seriously good beer! I particularly enjoy how the hops give the beer a frame for the flavors. The keep the tripel from being sweet or overly fruity. Nice work and please brew this one again!

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-ish copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells hoppy first and fruity second. Citrus and floral aromas joined by bananas and pears.

Tastes very good. Sweet light fruits kick things off, then the hops take over with mild citrus flavors and a clean bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit thin but a good amount of grainy carbonation makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is a really tasty beer that goes down very easily. The hoppiness is not overdone and it's crisp.

Overall I was a fan of this beer. It's not as well-balanced as some of the higher rated Belgian IPA's on here such as a'Chouffe's, but the hops certainly didn't go overboard. This is worth a shot.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone, Mikkeller & Alesmith....too many hands in the fire?? let's see.

12 0z. bottle > mini snifter

A glowing godlen color with some orange hues in the middle with mild carbonation. a robust-looking thick-lacy white head iactive and bubbly, dissipates pretty fast.

The aroma has a very spicy yeast right up-front. Green veggies, slightly fruity, with red fruits, various spices and herbs, a mild heat tingle, big-bad-ass aroma.

The flavor has a light and crispy herbalized spicy yeast and hop up-front, big time herbs that mutates into a fruity hop, currents of red fruits ride in and then take a back seat to the big peppery yeast edge, yes, the yeast is very complex and gives this brew it's charm. The malt is light and crispy, just enough to keep the herbs and spices in-check. A nice, woody alcohol heat rides in but does not cut through th flavor or throws of the nice balance of flavor's.

I love this wonderful Belgian style, and it's always nice to see American (and co.) brewer's doing it right!

Photo of jstilwell
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw it on the shelf for $3 and reached for it. This is an interesting collaboration and the result is a standard looking Belgian Triple. It is a medium/dark shade of gold with a hint of orange and amber. The small 1 finger head quickly disappears. The scent is flowery yeast, light fruit and sweet cream. The alcohol is also apparent. Taste reminds somewhat of a weizen with slight banana and clove but bolder with some cream and a crisp bitter (just the right amount) finish. This is a balanced offering without a doubt. The mouth is smooth but a tad on the light side, drinkability is high. Even though the 9% alcohol warming is felt, it is not overwhelming. If I wanted a tripel and no St. Bernardus were available I would gladly reach for this again.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome extra from Beerloco.

Pours a nice urine yellow with a small white head. Smells of Citrus Hops, Booze, Bread, and Spicy Belgian Yeast. Tastes Sweet, Spicy and Bitter, theres a hint of Apples. This really reminds me of Houblon Chouffe. Light, Amazing, and Drinkable for the 9.50% ABV. For the two breweries involved, I'm definitely impressed.

Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden with hints of orange as it sits in the glass. The white head is small but lingers as bubbles rise to the top for a while and leaves almost no lacing. The aroma is sweet with banana and some spices on top of lots of Belgian yeast and caramel. Hops were not nearly as prevalent as I expected with only a hint of floral hops in the nose. The taste starts out similar to the smell with lots of sweetness up front - bubble gum, caramel and bananas. The backbone is mainly Belgian yeast and some bready malts, but it's the finish that finally brings in the hops, with a bit of citrus and floral hops, especially lemon and some grassy notes. The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with only a little bitterness in the finish on top of some pretty aggressive carbonation. I enjoyed this beer and the flavor was certainly complex but still very crisp, making this a great summer beer. Recommended.

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear honey gold with a little bit of white head that subsides to a sticky ring.

S-Peppery, earthy hops, sweet malt and some tropical fruit sweetness with a yeasty zing as well.

T-Sweet malt in the front, passionfruit and some honey with a nice earthy hop finish. Nicely yeasty as well.

M-Medium bodied and a bit slick.

D-I was a big fan of this one. A very nice tripel.

HV

Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, pale gold, with a quarter inch head of white.
Lacework is meager after the thin head fades to a placid surface.

Aromatics lead off with peaches, apricots, and light malt. Some faint peppery, citric notes follow through along with some clove and bubblegum.

Light to medium bodied, with a crispish and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Lush tropical fruit start the palate. Mangoes, apricots, peaches, and melons. A firm bitterness steps quickly forward as well as some drying gypsum-like character.
Warming alcohol, light malt, and a peppery afterthought follow through.

Finishes with lingering ripe fruit, drying bitterness, and a warmth on the throat.

Tasty. Loads of Amarillo and Simcoe fruitiness, and the beer drinks scarily easily. My only gripe is that this beer should no way be filtered. Too clean and light on the carbonation.

Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine goblet

Honey colored and hazy with a half inch head

Floral and fruity aroma with very subtle hops and coriander

Taste-Fruity and very smooth with some nicely balancing hops to give it a little edge, but pleasantly so. A nice, warming finish.

Overall, very smooth and dangerously drinkable for 9.5abv. The alcohol is very subtle and well-hidden; so take your time and enjoy.
Definitely worth a try!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was received in a recent trade with dqderrick (thanks man.. much appreciated) ... I also received a bottle from Numbeercruncher as part of another recent and awesome trade. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

1/2" head dies back almost immediately... no real lace.. descent enough cap.. the brew is crystal clear golden.

The nose is a fairly complex mix of lemon zest.. subtle cloves.. and some lite anise... a little fresh cut grass too.

Flavor is on the light side ... good standard triple flavors out of the gate.. but sorta trails off. spicy and citrus zest.. fruitiness mid palate through the finish is light .. green apple and pear essence.. fairly dry at the end. Body is on the light side for the style... zippy carbonation... very drinkable.. no hint of alcohol.

Really pretty good.. a more subtle version of a triple... I like it alot... Big props to Derrick and Matt.. thanks guys.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of prototypic
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a clear, light golden color. There's some nice, little chunks of sediment floating about that adds some character. The head is foamy and vanilla colored. It's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was pretty good, but a light coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: The nose is sweet smelling and a little fruity initially. It features candy apple and pear fragrances. Light spices are notable, but unidentifiable (to this nose). Hops are a little citrusy and more prevalent than expected. It does have a nice yeasty aroma to it. Definitely Belgian in character. Malts are notable. Smells like mostly the pale variety. It is a little earthy and grainy. Alcohol is noted, but it's blended pretty well and presents itself as relatively mild.

Taste: This is a pretty well done Tripel. It is sweet and fruity up front. Candy apple and pear seem to be the primary elements here. Hops kick in and are mostly citric in charcter. They're not exactly bitter, but do liven the party. They are more vibrant than in most Belgian Tripels. It is a little spicy, but the spices play a more complementary role. I couldn't tell you exactly what spices are here. Suffice it to say they're well done. Pale malts add more sweetness to the mix. The Belgian yeast flavor is excellent and adds an element of authenticity. Alcohol is blended pretty well, but has a warming effect. I'll note here that my bottle lists the abv as 8.7%, rather than the 9.5% listed above. Finishes sweet and a little spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a really nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is dialed down just enough to give it a silky, creamy feel. Drinkability is good, but it does feel a little heavy and is best consumed at a tempered pace. At first I questioned the 12 oz. bottling, but it's clearly preferable to a 22 oz. or a 750 after trying it.

Wow. Stone, Alesmith, and Mikkeller brewing together. Frankly, I was hoping to be blown away by this beer, but it only attains "very good" status. I do like the hoppy character of this beer. Perhaps it couldn't be any other way considering the SoCal influence. But, at the end of the day, this one's just a step below some of the top Tripels out there. Nonetheless, it's always nice to kick back and enjoy a SoCal/Scandinavian treat. How often does that happen? I'm certainly glad I had the opportunity.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. 12 oz bottle into a Corsendonk Christmas ale glass. Stunning clarity on a clear golden orange body. Crackling head retains well and offers a bit of lace.

S. Yeasty belgian funk nose with strong scent of hoppy, resiny, grassy euro hops. Some barley is in there as well. Hint of raisen.

T. As I dip in the first word coming to my mind is luscious. Strong earthy hop bitters make their prescence known, and that is complimented by an equally sweet and tangy belgian ale edge. Muted apple and banana notes, with just a whiff of alcohol. Malt is sweet and mead like at times, working with the hops to achieve palate salvation.

M. Spritzy carbonation, yet still medium bodied and chewey, with a dry, champagne like finish.

D. A delicious beer. Not as in your face as I would expect, but this tripel is very well done. I wish I had another one to cellar away for a while.

Photo of Silenus89
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a golden color a little hazy. Small head that dissipated quickly.

S. Belgian yeast, malts, citrus hops, and earthy smell to it.

T. This is a well balanced brew, could taste a lot hops to it and sugar

MF. Medium bodied and good carbonation. Leaves a wonderful taste in the mouth.

D. This is a drinkable beer with more hops than a usual triple which i liked and would definitely drink again.

Photo of headlessclown
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into Chimay glass

A: Pours golden/amber with a slight head that quickly dissipates.

S: Mmm, the classic Belgian tripel aromas beckon me to take a sip. Estery banana peel type smell.

T: Wow. I'm in Belgium again. Estery/yeasty. Not unpleasant. Hops make an appearance in the back end. No hint of alcohol despite the 8.7%. Amazing example of the style.

M: Medium carbonation. Just the right amount. Does not get in the way.

D: Probably where this beer is the weakest. It's great beer but it's also an expensive beer.

Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel like this one has mellowed out since it came out, its been quite a while. Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a fairly fizzy one finger head that dies down pretty quickly. Not a creamy head as the style calls for. White blankets of carbonation in random patterns sit on top of the beer. Very light lacing is left behind on my Dogfish Snifter. The smell contains belgian yeast and spices behind a huge fruity nose, definitely pick up some pineapple smell in here. Alcohol bites the nose as it warms up but the fruit is still apparent. Taste is a great balance between heavy fruit/esters and belgian yeast and spices. Pale malts are obviously present in the taste too. Some hoppy bitterness can be found on the tongue in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, light bodied with great carbonation and some good tripel alcohol warming. Drinkability is good. The only thing taking away from this is the alcohol that will certainly take over after a while. The price was OK, probably won't buy it again because of this though. No real off flavors in this one, Stone wins again.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color and clear with a small head and champagne like lace.

The aroma of fruit notes,yeast,apples with a decent dose of malts.

The taste is sweet,full of fruits with yeast hints and malts. Then a bit spicy with an ample of hops and a small trace of alcohol.

The feel was soft,light to medium in carbonation. Medium in body with great balance and some warmth.

Notes: Rally good brew with a complex taste and feel. I liked it for the smoothness and how easy it was to drink. It was Belgian style so I did not expect the authentic Belgian interpretation. It was unique in it's own way. The night I had it I only had Triples and it stood up quite well against the brew from Belgium.

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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.