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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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very good

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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick mouthfeel on this one. The aroma is a bit boozy, yeasty, grainy, even beery (cheesy). A small but significant white head on a light brown coloured body. The taste is initially licorice with other spices behind it, in the finish I get bitterness and yeastiness, not too sweet. Quite a fine trippel. Found at Merchant's Warehouse Cleveland.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 22:41:29 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Polished pieces of eight with a wonderful whirlwind of yeast that eventually settles into suspended animation. The rich cream colored crown isn't quite Belgianesque in terms of size or texture, but it still looks damn good and is beginning to decorate the glass with attractive sheets of sea foam lace.

The aroma is classically tripel-like, which means that there are no oddball ingredients in this collaborative brew. That's fine with me, because beer of this style doesn't need anything other than malt, hops, yeast and candi sugar. Golden orchard fruit, along with clove and white pepper, is appreciated. This should be a more than solid effort.

Mikkeller-Stone-AleSmith Belgian Style Tripel Ale is good beer. That said, it doesn't compare with the world's finest tripels... nor did I expect it to. Three brewers of primarily American-style ales aren't likely to shock the world with a gobsmacker of a Belgian-style ale the first time they put their heads together, no how matter how talented they might be.

In spite of the fact that this bottle is almost 10 months of age, it tastes like there's more bitterness and more hop flavor than beer of this style usually sees. Flavors include pears macerated in Poire Williams, pineapple, lemongrass, and a zesty amount of ground clove and white pepper. I'm feeling better about the flavor now that the glass is almost empty, but it still doesn't deserve the next highest score.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style and isn't as creamy or as voluminous as the best versions. The alpha acids and the sparkly carbonation add quite a bit of tongue tingle, which is all kinds of enjoyable from a sensory standpoint.

If Stone is looking to release a Belgian-style ale on a regular basis, I'd suggest going with Cali-Belgique. Belgian Style Tripel Ale is good too, so I wouldn't be upset if they chose this one instead. Bottom line: authentic, delicious and impressively drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 14:48:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Joey for getting me one of these great bottles. I had the chance to grab this one out of the cellar tonight after dinner for a nice little taster. Served right out of the cellar and poured into a snifter. This one was consumed on 10/05/2008.

The pour was decent, though admittedly nothing spectacular. Deep hazy light yellow in color with a good amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Light head of maybe a half an inch in height came up from the bottom of the glass and settled down rather quickly before dropping ome decent side glass lace along the way.

The aroma was light, hoppy, but light. Some nice notes of light orange, lemon zest, peaches and a good all around light, grain liek yeast aroma. Some nice touches of apricot wandering around as well, but all was rather light. Same carried over into the flavor, which just did not bowl me over in anyway. Light hints of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, and peach were all subtely hinted at alongside a grain and light bread like base. Perhaps a touch of light, green apples as it warmed, but just barely noticeable. The feel was better though, light with good carbonation it felt alot lighter then the ABV would have otherwise hinted at. Easily sippable this bottle went through alot quicker then I would have otherwise thought it would have.

Overall while I thought this one was good, it was by no means mind blowing in anyway. To be honest I expected a bit mopre out of this collaboration as it was just a really good effort and I would have thought with the three of them getting together it would have been inspiring, not just good.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 10:53:26 | More by mikesgroove
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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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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an unimpressive head by Belgian standards, but one that does the job and laces nicely

Smell: Cracker malt with yeasty phenolics; a touch herbacious, with coriander and sage, and a touch sweaty

Taste: Opens malty, with an herbacious lemony flavor developing by mid-palate; grainy flavors emerge as well; after the swallow, to my surprise, the sweeter flavors that I normally equate with a trippel, start to emerge and blend in very nicely with the bitter and herbacious flavors that I had previously detected

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: This isn't one of your over the top trippels, with loads of candi sugar and fusel alcohol and that is what I like about it; very drinkable with plenty of complexity - but you have to look for it because it is not going to knock you upside the head

Thanks, Jeager, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 18:39:32 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a generous pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry European hops also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some sweet Belgian-style malt with a dry hoppy finish. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this was very enjoyable, it definitely lacked some fruity ester or a spicy peppery yeast.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 17:54:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 00:57:29 | More by BEERchitect
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden that is slightly hued in a light orange/apricot color. Decent white head; not much lacing.

S: Plenty spice and a good amount of Belgian yeast, but nothing substantial.

T: A little bit spicy, and some of that tripel characteristic taste with the yeast and spice layered together, but it tastes a little bit hot for the style, even given the high abv.

M: Relatively hot. Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.

D: Not quite what I expected, especially from three breweries of this caliber. A little bit of a disappointment--I'll have to save my other bottle to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 00:39:58 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear and golden with a only a bit of head
S: Lots of aromas of fruits and spices along with hops
T: Complex flavors with some malty sweetness
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation
D: This is one to sip and appreciate all of the flavors. Put it in a nice glass that can capture the smells for your nose.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 17:47:03 | More by metter98
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle while at Discount Liquors. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - A half-finger of quick-dissolving foam that leaves a little bit of lace. Hazed peachy orange-yellow with a few bubbles and some chunks of sediment at the bottom. Looks like a tripel, but a nicer color than usual.

S - Smells more like a Belgian IPA - must be that Stone/Alesmith influence. Citrus zest and tropical fruit-flavored hops, Belgian yeasts, spices, some bready malt. The nose isn't huge on this one but it's definitely not your standard tripel.

T - Much more yeasty and tart, some alcohol comes through. There's still some hoppy zest, but not nearly as much of the pineapple/mango stuff that I really liked in the smell. There's also a lot of black pepper spice to it. Again it's a little muted and not all that intense. The yeast and pepper really linger in the aftertaste, which is unfortunate.

M - Thin, with plenty of carbonation. Crisp an dry, with only a touch of residual stickiness on the tongue. Very appropriate for the style. There's some nice warming action to it.

D - The ABV is high, the aftertaste lingers, and it's just not a super-interesting brew. I was glad I got a chance to try this, but for $7 I'll probably never get it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:07:45 | More by MasterSki
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, citrus, light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is spicy and fruity up front with flavors of citrus, clove & bananas. Then a strong hops presence for the style comes in with some bitterness. The Belgian yeast and malt characters are both a bit thin and there's a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer that is a little different from most Tripels but there are other beers that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:32:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sharing this beer at thirdeye11's recent tasting.

This is beer No. 1,400 for me. The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus, Belgian yeast and hops. The flavor is citrus hops and Belgian yeast. Not very complex, but pretty tasty. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 23:38:03 | More by Mora2000
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light fizzy head that fades pretty quickly over super hazy and murky golden wheat orange yeasty chunked beer.

The nose has some nice golden malts, Belgian style malts, with some sweetness, a little wheat, hint of citrus, fruit like apple and a touch of lemon, and a touch of booze.

The taste is similar, with plenty of nice malts, a definite tripel style flavor. Plenty of Belgian golden malts, some wheat, a slight syrupy sweetness, and overall somewhat sweet, with a hint of booze warming and tingly. A little more fruit again, slight apple, pear, and citrus. It finishes with a slight sticky feel, but dries off a lot, with lingering malty flavors, and hints of the fruit.

The mouth is medium bodied with hints of warming booze and good carbonation.

The drinkability is so-so, with a little warming booze, a little hotter than I expected, but it dries pretty well. A slight lingering sticky feel and some late bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:18:25 | More by jlindros
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A moderate pour produces a three-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a clear, rich copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of spicy phenolics, ripe fruit and pale-toasted grain notes. Aromatic notes of clove, a touch of herbal anise, toasty cracker like malt, a touch of sweet honey-like grain, some herbal hop notes, sweetened lemon zest, . As the beer warms a soft cracker like malt character becomes more noticeable as does the warming alcohol notes and some citrus zest character.

Sweet, but more from fruity esters than overly sticky malt. The malt does contribute some sweetness that mixes in with other notes to produce an herbal honey like character. Overall this beer is fairly light bodied (when considering the strength), but does have some viscous heft to it. The beer finishes with a spicy, herbal, bitter finish that is a mix of hops, phenolics and lightly warming alcohol. Fruity notes of melon, green apple, a touch of pear, raisin and some lightly tart plum are found up front & in the middle and help to balance the spicy finish that this beer has. The spice character has touches of young ginger, at times woody black pepper and some lemon zest character that is lightly sweetened.

This is definitely a tasty, interesting beer. One of the better, and more in style, Belgian-styled beers that Stone has made. I like how the fruit and honey malt are well balanced by spicy fermentation notes and some touches of noticeable hop character.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 04:40:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a thin creme head that doesn't linger. Nose is dough and perfume. Minor spices. Flavor brings much of the same. I mean it's there, btthere really isn't much complexity at all. A slight touch of burn on the back of my mouth from alcohol. Feel is a bit slick on the liquid and the carbonation bites my tongue a bit. Overall an okay tripel. I can't say I'm really blown away by it. But it's decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 05:50:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head that dies to a single tight layer of bubbles. Nearly no lace. Slightly hazy with a light golden color. IMHO, the weakest part of this brew.

The smell is not at all what I was expecting. Instead of the typical Belgian yeast aroma, I'm met with a balanced smell of lighter malts and balancing hop. If I were blindfolded, I'd guess that this is a pale ale.

Ah, the Belgian yeast shows up in the flavor, along with a notable level of alcohol (without the oiliness)--it's still deceptive. Still, this is a story of a well-balanced malt/hop brew. The beginning is completely malt (and yeast); the swallow is the hop showing up, ending in a hoppy finish. Rich body with an equally high level of carbonation.

This is very different from most Tripels I've had--lots more hop, lack of a yeasty nose. But all of these differences are a positive change. It retains some of the Tripel character, but this is its own brew...and I applaud that.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 23:42:14 | More by smcolw
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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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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale is a clear golden yellow color, apple juice with a bit of water added to lighten it up. A small head left only wisps of dried foam.

S: The ale has a pepper and candi sugar nose with a significant hop presence. The hops are earthy, herbal and strong.

T: The taste is somewhat flat. Candi sugars lead the way briefly before dull hop bitterness. Some citrus emerges from the hops, lightening up the bitterness a touch. Boozy heat is mild but present. Decent but not earth-shattering.

M: The mouthfeel is muddled, bitter and sharp. Booze and candi sugars aren't enough to save things.

D: Like many Tripel/IPA hybrids, this one amuses and angers me. One sip is complex, making me want more while the next sip is dull and bitter. I like this confusion.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 00:31:50 | More by akorsak
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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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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light but bright golden colour, with a minimal head of white foam. The head is certainly a disappointment given the style, but otherwise it looks quite tasty.

Some pleasant sweet phenols on the nose, a little sharpness, some spiciness, and a good hint of savoury Belgian yeast character. It doesn't wallop me in the nose, but it's very true to style and very pleasant.

Very smooth and quite phenolic on the palate, but it has a huge amount of creamy sweetness that washes in and around, seemingly filling in all the gaps in the flavour. Not dry on the back at all, which is a little out of character, but it is very pleasant. Mouthfeel is quite light, good for the style.

A very smooth, and exceptionally drinkable tripel. It seems just a tad too light on character to me, but it's pretty close to true, and the places it deviates from the style, it deviates with forethought and purpose. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 08:23:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Clear pale amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose. Flavor is honey, malt and some bitterness from the hops. Decent. $3.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 23:01:43 | More by jdhilt
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 06:17:32 | More by Wasatch
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a hazy light golden orange color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a thin foamy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy aroma with hints of pepper and coriander as well as some alcohol sweetness and sweet fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and citrus peel. Subtle hops.

Spicy and very hop forward for the style. Prominent zesty peppery flavor that is countered and nicely balanced mid-palate by citrus peel and crisp light fruit notes, most notably orange, apple and pear. Full bodied for the style with a nice balance of bitterness, spice and estery sweetness. The bitterness from the hops is stronger here than in any tripel I've had and they linger throughout into a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 18:40:27 | More by corby112
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How appropriate is it to have a collaboration of three breweries make a triple style beer? A story from Mikkeller brewer Mikkel Bjergso adorns the back of the bottle on how he got inspired by American craft beer. Into a tulip this goes, and on to the beer:

There's a little bit of head on top this pale gold colored brew. I wish the head retention was better. The aroma is very tame for what it is. Somewhat sweet with ground clove, faint pinneapple, a bit of oxidation (cardboard). The taste...well, there are a lot of flavors. It's light in the mouth with an easy carbonation. It tastes like peppermint, pepper, and clove in the begining. The spice makes way for some sweetness (tastes like corn syrup to me), more hot spice in the finish (ginger). The peppermint-like flavor comes back and leaves a medicinal flavor in the finish.

The selling point to this beer is the fact it's a collaboration beer. The beer itself is a bit of a letdown given the caliber of these three breweries. Maybe a hoppy beer would have been better suited for these guys?

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 05:02:16 | More by DoubleJ
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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.