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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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BA SCORE
86
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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drseamus

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:29:34 | More by drseamus
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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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beertunes

Washington

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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deruiz10

California

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.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2009 02:10:48 | More by deruiz10
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 20:11:24 | More by bobsy
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albern

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 17:57:48 | More by albern
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Travlr

District of Columbia

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

Alesmith-Mikkeller-Stone. Bottle at Beerbistro in Toronto.
A: Cloudy orange/yelow with a rapidly disappearing white head that leaves a tiny rim of small bubbles.
S: Scent of citrus & cinnamon, an odd combo.
T: Tastes of lemon/citrus, orange and light spice, including black pepper and nutmeg.
M: Good body.
D: An interesting beer, but lacks complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 01:58:13 | More by Travlr
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aerozeppl

New York

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color with quite a few chunks of yeast floating in suspension. A little less than a finger of white head with decent lacing. Very little visible carbonation.

S: The nose is more musty than anything else. Really quite a tight nose on this one.

T: I think it is too well balanced. It goes down easy with nothing really sticking out. The yeast is muted and the grains come out a little bit. I am not really getting any esters which I am looking for.

M: Very nice crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is nice and subtle.

D: Probably a too many cooks situation. This is the most drinkable almost 9 percent beer you will ever have but nothing stands out. It falls short as a tripel and has none of the things I love about the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 00:44:22 | More by aerozeppl
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SkunkWorks

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange with some cloudiness. Very thin head with no retention and a very small amount of lacing. Holding it up to the light, you can see some spices floating in it. The aroma is sweetly malty with a hint of spices and a slight hint of alcohol but the aroma is pretty underwhelming overall. The taste is slightly hoppy and pretty sweet with a hint of some spices, but its not a very flavorful beer truth be told, especially considering how tasty Stone's other brews are.

Truth be told, I don't know if I'd recommend this one. I'm not much into Belgian beers, but I know enough about them to know that this isn't as good as others in the style and I've had enough of Stone's beers to know that they make much better beers than this. Might be worth a try but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 05:05:46 | More by SkunkWorks
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BetterDarker

Massachusetts

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

12 ounce bottle poured ino snifter

Appearance - Pale orange, thin white head with no retention, some lacing

Smell - Sweet malt, coriander? spice, noble hops. Smells great!

Taste - Delicious, sweetness balanced with the hops, no heat from the 8+ ABV

Mouthfeel - Despite it's lightness in color, this does not feel light on the mouth. Great carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable. Well balanced and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 01:45:18 | More by BetterDarker
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TheKingsOfHop

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into snifter glasses:

A: Very little head, but what can be seen is off white in color. The color of the actual beer looks like a pumpkin like orange with constant little bubbles rising to the top creating a nice flow of steady carbonation. Looks like a nice fall day...in a glass.

S: Crisp citrus y hops, with a grassy hint to it. Then there is a slight caramel smell towards the end. Not really that much going on hear, hope the taste is better.

T: Up front on the tip of the tongue is a gentle tingly feeling of carbonation, then a hint of stone fruit such as apricots, and/or peaches, lastly a very hidden taste of caramel, and than gone. The flavor goes as quick as it came, leaving you with a dry bitter taste left in your mouth. Not that impressive.

M: Thicker than we expected, with a decent amount of carbonation. Just okay though for a Belgian.

D: No more please... We've had way tastier, more complex Belgian beers, and you can too.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 23:39:43 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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flannelman808

California

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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cbutova

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:31:58 | More by cbutova
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laituegonflable

Australia

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

Pours slightly orangey but pale yellow mostly, slow bead with thin white crown of head. Lacing is decent, but thin and a bit patchy. Looks slightly cloudy as well. Not too bad - it's definitely steak, but it's not filet mignon. If that makes sense.

Nose is deliciously fresh and fruity, a lot of pineapple, banana and a tangy citrus hoppy character as well. Sweet and refreshing, smells quite like a pineapple soft drink. Not as spicy or phenolic as I would expect, maybe just a bit too sweet, but very nice.

Taste is more intense, with more phenolic bitterness throughout, quite bitter really. Tastes tangy at first, more of that tropical fruit character, helped by a nice pale malt sweetness, then becomes a lot more tart and astringent, quite a lot of citric character and elements of leather and lemon rind. Finish trails off a bit towards the back, but lingers gingerly with a slightly dank bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nicely textured, as full as it needs to be, leaves a little dry. All quite effective.

This is fairly pleasant, but a bit more bitter than I think it needs to be. Quite boozey as well which is good for the style but needs more of a spicy Belgian character to balance it. Ultimately this does feel just a bit off-balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 06:26:16 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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ADZA

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Im stoked i can try a beer from this brewery even tho it is a collaboration but ive got nothing but good things to say about mikkeller and heard good reviews on these other two so looking forward to it,it pours a very light honey hue with decent carbonation that leaves a one finger head with sporadic lacing,the aroma is floral hops,apricot,bananna and a nice belgian yeasty aroma too,it has an average mouthfeel for the style almost syrupy and has tastes of yeasty bread,citrus and of course a pleasant floral hop finish with the alcohol well hidden,this is definately an easy beer to drink and if it didnt cost $18(Aus) i could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 10:32:50 | More by ADZA
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kegger22

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden color with little to no head that quickly reduced to the barest of collars. Aroma was carried by the hops, though not strongly, a little banana too. The taste was a little bitter, a little sweet, a little citrus and a little alcohol. But too little of everything. Feel was light bodied, as expected, and adequate carbonation. Drinkability: OK for an 8.70. I tend to rate beer on it's qualities, and not punish for being disappointing or over priced. So the numbers are the same for everyone. But my review is where I vent my spleen. Considering this was a collaboration of three of the big names in craft brewing and the hefty price tag, this beer was a failure. Not a terrible beer, and if it had Schlitz on the label and sold for a buck a bottle, I'd have some more. This was just above average and not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 21:25:51 | More by kegger22
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Highly carbonated orange body with little head.

S: Smells highly hopped, with a touch of fruit from the Belgian yeast. Blends well with the citrusy hop aromas. Touch of alcohol as well.

T: Very much like the aroma, hoppy and fruity. Lighter than I expected, but it is a tripel after all.

M: Fairly dry, crisp. Nothing to complain about for the style.

D: Strong yet slightly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 22:04:36 | More by 51mmz0rz
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asabreed

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip split between four friends on my balcony. One of the "last hurrah" bottles of the night, as my wife and I are moving to New York in exactly one week from Virginia.

Appearance: Nice mildly hazy and cloudy darker yellow with hints of orange. Not much lace or retention at all that sticks around though.

Smell: Very clean and balanced, with big fruit esters going on, along with some banana, clove, pepper, and mild cream. Good, though I expected it to be more complex, or at least hoped.

Taste: Clean fruit estery backbone with an interestingly bitter hop profile, more earthy and root-like than citrus. Finish is nicely bitter, and though quality and good, it seems to be a bit one-note to me. Maybe some age, mellowing out the bitterness, will let some good flavors come to the surface that aren't here now?

Mouthfeel: Big and mildly syrupy, but it still seems a little water and not bursting with quality and full carbonation like good Tripels usually do for me.

Drinkability: A quality Tripel, but I guess I expected more, from both the collaboration and the around $5 price tag. I wonder what cellaring will do. Worth splitting with a friend or two to try it, but nothing I'd go out of my way to try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 19:22:40 | More by asabreed
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atremains

Massachusetts

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

Pours a nice golden color with a small amount of head that recedes to a ring. The smell is fruity, pears, apples, with some peppery notes and Belgian yeast. The taste is similar with the pepper dominating the finish. Feel is creamy and delicious, refreshing. Definitely a very drinkable tripel, though there are some better ones out there of course.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:19:32 | More by atremains
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:32:23 | More by sholland119
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a snifter.

First off, awesome bottle, awesome idea. Getting brewers to work together to make super beers is great.

Pours a cloudy golden color with basically no head. Had a nice sweet yeasty aroma, very pleasant for a tripel.

Taste is great! One of the cleanest Belgians I've had, it's not too spicy, which although is part of the style is not my favorite part. Nice and drinkable. Good kick at 8.7% but you really can't notice it.

Keep it up stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:22:48 | More by kingcrowing
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dukew456

Oregon

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip

Pretty decent looking beer with nice cap of head that leaves lacing. Deep golden with amber highlights.

Smell is of pear and apple, with a biscuity malt flavor coming through. Slight Belgian yeastiness coming through, and also something remeniscent of honey.

Taste follows closely to the aroma of this beer; very subdued yeasty qualities up front, but this is nice with the fruity aroma. A sweet, rich maltiness comes through in the middle with a more tart finish. A heavy-medium mouthfeel coupled with the sweet and tart fruitiness of this beer makes it fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 01:55:54 | More by dukew456
Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration from Stone Brewing Co.
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