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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration - Stone Brewing Co.

Belgian Style Tripel Ale/CollaborationBelgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a fluffy white head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: Lots of sweet fruit notes, particularly of the tropical variety (mangos and pineapples). Plenty of sweet malts and candi sugar as well, and some spicy yeast esters.

T: Sweet malts and candi sugar dominate the flavor and subtle yeast contributions are right behind those. Mild coriander flavor and some of the same sweet fruits as detected in the nose.

M: The body is medium with a smooth carbonation that is quite nice.

D: About as good as I remember this one being, though I haven't had this in quite some time. Still worth drinking, I would say.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2010 03:38:42 | More by womencantsail
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New York

2.15/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad

A - Apple juice, clear, thin white head diminishing to nothing quickly. Looks rather still. 3.0

S - Some pilsner malt, pears, light citrusy tang, yeast. Whiff of alcohol too. How bland. 3.0

T - Cidery, boozy, and an alcoholic mess. Very little citrus and yeast character, nearly all engulfed by an ethanol bomb. 2.0

M - Thin bodied, highly carbonated. Lacks the smoothness and sweet body with a dry finish that a true Tripel needs. 2.0

D - No thank you. 1.5

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 04:50:56 | More by DmanGTR
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of surprised (albeit in a good way) to see this on tap at the Green Frog in Bellinghan.

The beer pours a solid gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get some honey and cherry, coupled with a considerable amount of hoppy, citrus bitterness. The nose of the draft product was pretty much identical to what I recall smelling in the bottled version. As good as this beer smells, it's really a very tasty, easy to appreciate beer. As with the bottled version, the beer has no more then moderate honey sweetness, which quickly dovetails into a considerable amount of hoppy goodness. This beer would be a ringer for a fine Belgian IPA/DIPA, as there really is a lot of hoppy citrus to cut the honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good length and finish. Alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, making drinkability really pretty good.

While there are some qualitative differences between the draft and bottled version of this beer, it's pretty minimal. In either format, this is solid, well made domestic version of a Belgian tripel... albeit one decidedly on the hoppy side.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 16:52:53 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the Stone Rep (he's a salesman , it's his job to hype) this is the only keg that has come to Washington, or ever will.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured the expected golden straw color, with the expected fluffy, white head, which had zero retention or lacing. Even after a couple in the same glass, the visual aspects were what was expected, not better.

On first sniff the aromas were what I expected for the style. Upfront, the flavors were the same. Not exceptional, but good. The yeasty flavors were sharp and crisp at the front, but all the typical flavors weren't as bold as I expected from these Arrogant Californians. The front end taste was a pleasant surprise, but by the end of the glass this brew was typical.

Body was what I expected from one of my favorite styles, as was drinkibilty. Overall, there were only a handful of kegs produced, so this is absolutely worth a shot if you see it. But not among the best tripels you've had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 15:56:32 | More by beertunes
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on draft at najas place...

Pours a bright straw yellow almost green color. Has white head w large bubbles.... Dissipated pretty fast and not very much lacing going on.

Smells estery I get a tropical (sculpin like) aroma. A little bit of steel on the nose too.

it has a Rolling mouthfeel almost milky but there is enough carbonation to prick the tongue a little.

On the palate I het metalic fruit and a dry bite. Some buttery biscut flavor is happening too. Pretty good... Different... Dry finishing for sure.

Somewhat drinkable but I'm all set after one

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 22:02:12 | More by flannelman808
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 00:57:29 | More by BEERchitect
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 02:42:56 | More by glid02
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/10/08- Had on tap at Stone Bistro Gardens.

Presentation- 8oz pour into a half pint glass via the tap.

Appearance- Mid range to paler yellow color. Very slight 1/4 inch head if that. Leaves some light spots and streaks behind.

Smell- A mixture of light hops, fruited spices and a notes of toasted malts. Not hugely outgoing though.

Taste- Not sure what style this beer tastes like. It certainly doesn't feel like almost 10% though. Good amount of citrus twang, hops are not huge as in most stone beers though. Malt is toasted and fairly sweet. Combines nicely together though.

Mouthfeel- Sharp, crisp and clean with a medium carbonation level. Light semi-bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- I wouldn't mind trying another sample of this. Easy drinking....10%???

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 16:08:30 | More by GClarkage
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Pure Luck, Los Angeles 10.7.08
Served in a chalice at $7 plus tax

I think it was served a bit cold, so I let it warm up a tad. It was a colored as a darker pilsener with not much head. It smelled of pear, cider, some nutmeg of and even a little bit of pepper. The flavors of Belgian yeast and candy paired with the pear and cider characteristics. As it warmed the flavors intensified.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 21:33:21 | More by sloejams
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap a the BA Belgian beer fest yesterday, and reviewed from notes. Pours very clear, lighter amber, long lasting near white head and then leaves plenty of nice looking lace behind. Nose for me was all about fresh fruits, Belgian spice/yeast. Another collaboration of Belgians and Americans and I found the results to be quite pleasurable. Plenty of lime, quinine, gin and yeasty interest adding to complexity. Hops lurk in the rear, resiny and astringent. Huge fan of Stone, and Belg/USA collabs. This one doesn't rise to the level of the heavy hitters of the style, but still well worth a try. Another beer I'd love to see available in bottles in the local area.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 00:12:29 | More by Billolick
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. on-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a golden yellow with a firm medium white head which leaves a good amount of lacing, average head retention for the style.

S: Definitely get some yeast esters typical of tripels, some grapefruit hop character showing its West Coast influence, nice nose.

T: Candied pears and yellow apple are there right of the bat, and definitely have a dry quality, not to sweet. Hop presence is subtle but it is there, but the Belgian character dominates, this is a real good representative of style.

M: Smooth, quite light for the high alcohol, but still has a light solvent character.

D: Liked this more than the Cali-Belgique, more of a traditional beer than the former. This is a really good tripel, I'd doubt any Belgian fan wouldn't enjoy this, get it while it's available.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2008 00:11:56 | More by Halcyondays
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Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap friday evening at the brewpub, hard to go wrong with this collaboration!

Pours a clear amber, thin white head forms, and slowly creeps to a thin ring, drops a nice bit of lace. Smell is nice, lots of bubblegum, caramel, floral hops, bread and biscuits, bit of yeast, very fresh aroma, light spiciness is interesting. Taste is similar, big bready malts, bubblegum, floral, honey, biscuit, with a spicy alcohol finish, goes down smooth though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth. A pretty nice tripel, not the best but certainly drinkable although I would have expected maybe something a bit whackier from these three.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 20:12:02 | More by Viggo
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

8 ounce glass at Stone Bistro for four dollars on Sunday, also a twelve ounce bottle that was three dollars in the compnay store the next day, just to clarify this is the triple collab between Alesmith, Mikeller, and Stone

A-Golden yellow color with some light orange, slightly hazy, small 1/4 inch somewhat creamy white head that goes away quickly, not much retention, minimal lacing
S-Pale malt, Belgian yeast, citrusy hops, apples, earthiness, candied sugar but not very sweet, maybe a hint of booze
T-First taste was hoppiness, the middle had a bit of a chewy feel, but faded quickly into more hops, not the traditional Belgian tripel that is much sweeter and reliant on its fruit character, nicely balanced and did not get too boozy or sweet once it warmed, liked how the hop profile stood its ground and was there until the very end
M-Dry, tangy, and slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, really enjoyed the level of carbonation, taste lingers nicely too
D-Could not drink too much more of this mainly because of its strength, does have a tendency to be a little heavy on the stomach though, smooth for the most part, alcohol hidden nicely

I did not think this was out quite yet and was surprised to see it at the brewery, hoppier than most tripels out there which shows Stone and Mikkeller definitely had something to do with it, hopefully this stuff makes it out into full distribution but there is not too much of it so we will just have to wait back and see, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2008 15:57:06 | More by Floydster
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone. Poured into one of the tiny 8oz shaker glasses that I hate. Pours a pretty clear, maybe ever so slightly hazy light gold/yellow. The smell comes across as mostly funky/earthy.... basically a real sweaty smell... maybe like farm animals... I dunno. Taste had a bit of that plus a slight fruitiness. I thought it was a bit overcarbonated though... something about it just didn't hit the tongue right. Nice to drink, but don't think I would seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 07:35:56 | More by MiScusi
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in an 8 oz. 'high gravity' glass at the Stone Bistro for $4. Pours a relatively clear golden color with light head and lacing.

Smell is a complex blend of Belgian yeasts and pale malts and offers a light touch of sourness. Taste is equally pleasant yet certainly not in the Trappist style given the malt structure. A nice semi-sour brew that holds its ABV rather well. Hope to try again without the trip to Escondido. I did see that this was recently bottled into 12 oz bottles but may be bottle conditioning at this time.

Currently on tap at the Bistro and to be distributed soon, though I believe that it was a single batch (120 BBL) brew run, so it won't get very far. Labeled as a Belgian Tripel IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 08:26:24 | More by HalfFull
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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for gifting me this one.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-bone head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, spice, and some oxidation aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, honey, and oxidized flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is showing a fair amount of oxidation and is very honey forward at this point.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:59:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2008 vintage

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with less than a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some light Belgian spice notes up front followed by candy sugar and sweet orange citrus aromas. Musty graham cracker aromas follow, suggesting some oxidation.

T: Belgian spices up front with some candy sugar flavors. Faint fruit and citrus flavors follow before a strong and slightly bitter yeast flavor kicks in. The finish has some of that musty graham cracker flavor from the oxidation.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit too thick and under-carbonated.

O: Unfortunately I do not think time has been kind to this beer, though it was fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 22:05:29 | More by n2185
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Pretty good Tripel and a lot of interesting collaborators. However, based on the bottle design and printing, I suspect that Stone was more involved in the beer than the other two brewers.

Appearance was a light straw, plenty of carbonation, nice lacing and very hard to see through, in spite of its light color.

Aroma was of banana's, esthery yeast, very nice and inviting.

Flavor was good. Very dry and well balanced. Fruit, biscuit, some hops.

A very good beer. Would love to see it on draft sometime.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:11:41 | More by david18
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a pale orange amber color with a thin, bubbly head scattered across the top.

The aroma has a crisp, slightly tart fruit component to it with some notes of apple and a little grape to it. A decent amount of Belgian yeast spice is there as well as some sweeter, malty notes. Pretty decent aroma overall for the style.

The taste also shows some crisp, apple like flavors mixing with some cinnamon and clove like spices of the Belgian yeast. A little dry, tartness comes out in the finish along with a little bit of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. The crisp fruits flavors really mixed well with the yeast spice. Pretty flavorful and nicely balanced beer overall. Not quite as good as some of Belgian's best, but pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:26:20 | More by billab914
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice. Released in Sept 2008, so it is over 3 years old now. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retnetion that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Fair amount of lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big lemon, orange, clove, pepper, candi sugar, light fruits, grains, bready/spicy yeast, and alcohol esters. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of lemon, orange, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, apple, pear, herbs, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of pepper, clove, light fruits, bread, and spice on the finish for a while. Nice balance of flavors, with no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, only a warming on the finish noticed. Quite smooth to drink, but it is still a sipper. Overall this is an excellent Tripel collab, especially at over 3 years old. Glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:43:25 | More by superspak
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



A: Transparent dark gold with a small white head.

S: Bake bread with notes of apple, candi sugar, and pear. Light peppery phenols.

T: Lightly spicy up front, with pepper and floral hops. Malt is bready and sweet with accompanying candi sugar. Fruit is reminiscent of apple and pear. Finishes sweet and bready with a light bitterness.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice Tripel. This has held up well.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:59:58 | More by HopHead84
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review dated 6/9/2009. Tap at the Ginger Man in NYC.

Slightly hazy bright golden color with a white head. Aroma of pale malt, yeast, citrus, green apple, and mild hops. Flavor is more of the same with light fruits and some west coast hops on the finish. Dry, crisp palate with medium body. Excellent tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:34:33 | More by nickd717
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz capped bottle poured into a Petrus glass.

A: This beer pours a deep gold with a 1 finger head which dissipated quickly and left a thin lacing on my glass.

N: The nose had notes of lemon, spices, sweet malts/candi sugar and Belgian yeast.

T: The taste started off sweet from the malts and candi sugar, then was followed with spices like cloves and coriander and ended dry and bitter.

M: This beer had a crisp mild to medium mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation.

D&O: The drinkability was smooth and easy. Pour me another please.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 20:36:53 | More by uturn
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to a74gent for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Poured a very slightly hazy yellow-orange with a one and a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange zest, earth, grass, fruit, and nutty notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, nutty, citrus hop, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I wouldn't go as far to say that it was my favorite Tripel I have ever had, but it wasn't bad either. The aroma was overwhelmed with organic and earthy notes. Almost reminded me of cutting grass back in high school to earn an extra dollar or two. The flavor was pretty good as well, but the nutty aspect just seemed a little out of place for my liking. Worth trying if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 11:12:23 | More by thagr81us
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured froma 120z. bottle into a Chimay challace.

The color is a hazy orange with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little boozy with some malty flavor that is holding me back for a bit and keeping me guessing. There is a bit of horse blanket aroma and that is making me worry that there may be some brett in here as well.

The taste is sweet and hits with a very tart citrus flavor. Some sugary character makes me pucker a bit. There is a real zing in the flavor that carries this beer all the way down with a slight touch of bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a little bite. It has a drinkable feel to it but can push away some drinkers that are not used to the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 07:40:17 | More by Duhast500
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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration from Stone Brewing Co.
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