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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration - Stone Brewing Co.

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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/CollaborationBelgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration

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BA SCORE
87
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 nickd717
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.

Photo of uturn
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.

Photo of thagr81us
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.

Photo of Duhast500
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 for a 12oz. bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee

A: nice amber colored, clear beer - very little head that dissipated quickly, definitely could use more carbonation
S: mild nose, traditional tripel with yeast qualities prevalent
T: not a bad tripel, somewhat cloying but not to a detriment, alcohol noticeable in finish, good overall
M: nice, could be a bit better with more carbonation but all-in-all decent with warming alcohol and rounded Belgian-style qualities
D: good drinkability, no off flavors although combination of sweetness and EtOH doesn't make it a multiple pint beer

Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear orange body full of minute particulates that remain in suspension throughout; the head is just a finger of frothy white foam that displays average retention and lace. Nothing remarkable about this one.

S: Bold, intense, and sweet. Lots of brown sugar and candied fruit, backed up with a touch of clove spice. Pretty one-dimensional, but it's a hugely enjoyable dimension.

T: Toffee malt sweetness starts things off, soon joined by some fruit esters that give a distinct impression of a caramel apple. Spice and bitterness finish things off fairly cleanly, considering the strength and sweetness. Light alcohol on the aftertaste. Almost tastes like a Tripel/Barleywine hybrid, and I'm loving it.

M: Soft medium body with light carbonation. A bit more life would have been welcome.

D: Not bad at all, but not nearly on par with some other examples of the style.

Notes: Tasty beer, but pales in comparison to the St. Bernardus Tripel I had last week. I really dig its sugar & spice duality, but in the end the sweetness wins out just a bit too much. Not quite equal to the sum of its parts, but by no means a bad beer. Glad I got to try it.

Cheers!

Photo of corby112
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.

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 mondegreen
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Achel goblet.

Attractive hazy orange. Not much head. Smells of sweet fruits and yeast bread. Belgian candy sugar is on full display. Taste is nice and mellow, straightforward triple flavors. Lots of spicy yeast phenols. Warming alcohol/bitterness on the back end. Finishes dry, with a lingering warmth. Mouth is crisp, solid medium bodied beer. Drinkability is very nice, not abrasive like some heavier tripels.

Photo of jlindros
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pick up this collaboration brew with high hopes. This triple poured a clean amber color with very little head. I would almost say it was under carbonated. I was pleased to see floating strings of yeast in the body. This collaboration triple smelled hints of slightly funky Belgium yeast, along with apples. The taste can be described as tart, crisp, and bready. A smooth booziness warms the mouth and works with the other elements. A good tasting triple. The mouth feel is smooth but not to thick which begs the taster to have more. The drinkability of this triple is excellent, a real smooth and drinkable triple that did not taste like any othe triple I have had.

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

Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Complex spicy citrus and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation and thin particles. Medium citrus balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing standout beer.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear coppery gold, topped with a finger of bright-white head. Retains with a thin, yet creamy layer of forth, that leaves a big foamy cascade of lace behind. The aroma is sweet overall with sugary bread, orange zest, and some yeasty banana. Clove and peppery spice adds some extra sharpness to all of that sweet tang, while some herbal hop gives this some light earthy notes.

The taste is pretty much the same, being sticky with sweet malts, orange citrus, banana, and some fleshy pear. Spicy clove is fairly strong here, mixing with some earthy hops to give this a sharp zippy bitterness. Spice and dusty yeast completely dries the back of this out in a big way, completely parching the mouth after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium, maybe a touch fuller, with a mellow creaminess to the carbonation that sits on top of a thicker alcohol feel underneath. Definite hefty warmth to the body but it never gets overly stinging, mostly just sticking to the feel and finish, while avoiding the flavor.

Totally serviceable Tripel here but it's over all nothing really earth-shattering either. I appreciated the hop forwardness of this at times but I find it hard to believe these 3 breweries together couldn't come up with something a little more complex.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
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

Photo of Jesstyr
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Whole Foods in NYC (downtown) and enjoyed with chinese food in a tulip glass.

The first thing I notice is that this beer reminds me of white wine - the nose is remarkably similar to a chardonnay, with undertones of orange/apricot and other citrus. The look is cloudy orange, but lacks any significant head - which is a bit of a ding for me.

The first thing I get from the taste is orange, with lemon, peach and maybe even grapefruit - quite a bit of citrus. What it has in flavor it lacks in balance and fullness. I almost felt like I was drinking a hard lemonade. This is quite drinkable though - the alcohol is not overwhelming.

Not my favorite tripel, but a nice adaptation of the style.

Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear orange/gold colour with a fine, off-white cap. Lots of chunky lace, good head retention. Aromas of mandarin oranges, white bread crust, sweet tart candies, aspirin, and a bit of clove and bubblegum. Moderate bitterness with a citrusy bite (lemon and orange). A bit sugary and medicinal with some spice towards the end. Light alcohol flavour and warmth. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, a bit dry. It felt a little heavy, maybe due to the carbonation level. Pretty good overall though.

Photo of drseamus
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a triple karmeliet glass right to the top. Amber colored body, fairly clear with some chunks of yeast in there. Very small white head. Aroma has both malty-sweetness and some hop aroma with a touch of bitterness; not overly cloying at all. Some sweetness at first then fades into a touch of bitterness with a small amount of hop flavor. Aftertaste is bitterness with a touch of almost cloying sweetness. Not a bad beer but a bit expensive for what it is.

Photo of John_M
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.

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of deruiz10
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a 12-oz tulip glass.

A - Pour is a clear pale gold and orange with a one-finger off-white head. The head fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - A sweet and sour scent of yeast, cider, and some spicy hops.

T - A slightly sweet blend of yeast and grassy malts, oats, flowery hops with a mild bite, fermented apples and a hint of alcohol.

M - Little carbonation and slightly creamy, but it's slick and crisp.

D - A tasty brew which is certainly refreshing, but not as complex as I was expecting.

Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration beer between Stone, Mikkeller and AleSmith.

Pours a light gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention and some nice lacing. Huge floral aroma, mixing in with some honey. This carries through in the flavour, which leads off with the floral and then transitions to a lightly sweet, honey-accented middle, and a slightly dry, grainy finish. Medium body is softly carbonated and pleasurable to drink.

A stand up tripel.

Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a slightly odd and uncharacteristic Tripel. It pours a slighly hazy orange amber color with a nice creamy white head, not much lacing, some retention. The nose is typical for the style, with lots of yeastiness, fruitiness and floral aromatics, a touch of ABV in the nose as well.

The taste is a bit sharp in the finish, more than the typical peppery snap. This one has a citrus acerbicness towards the finish that isn't quite right. It does have the coriander, lemon, yeasty fruitiness, and a warming ABV, but the tartness in the finish diminishes the beer to an extent. The beer is a bit light bodied for the style, and lacks the syrupy creaminess and smoothness for the style. It doesn't have the efforvescent snap in the body either. It's a decent, enjoyable, fruitish strong ABV beer, but it lacks some of the qualities that I would expect in the style. The mouthfeel is a bit more drying, although the aftertaste is quite mild, than what I would expect too.

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