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Stone / Mikkeller / AleSmith  Belgian Style Tripel AleStone / Mikkeller / AleSmith  Belgian Style Tripel Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Mikkeller Brewing and AleSmith Brewing

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 195
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BirdsandHops
2.57/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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


Pours a light orange with a thin white head.
Aroma is nice...belgian yeast, tropical fruits, some candi sugar and a bit of hops. Flavor is similar...some citrus, beligan yeast flavors, candi sugar and the hops balance out the finish. Decent mouthfeel a bit on the thin side, but nicely carbonated. Very drinkable the alcohol is hidden well and its fairly smooth

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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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at the BA Belgian Beerfest last fall. I fell in love with it and repeatedly visited the Stone booth, especially after hearing it was only distributed on California and my chances of ever seeing it were slim to none. Imagine my surprise when Dan at Marty's showed me that they just received in some of this brew.

This is really a nice looking beer. The gold color is so bright it appears to need batteries to maintain its glow. A foamy white head appears then fades leaving sticky while lacing all over the glass. Crystal clear and literally one bubble repeatedly making it's way to the top.

Aroma is yeasty, slightly spicy and also a little of pale sweet malt. ..

Light alcohol in the background. White pepper, lots of light fruit. White grapes, fairly assertive hop bitterness. Nice yeast flavors. Perhaps just a touch too sweet. Crisp Cracker notes as well.

Light refreshing body. Bright mouth feel

While it's not quite as special as the night at the beerfest (draft) it's still a very nice beer. I am quite happy to have had the opportunity to review it and enjoy it again.

Glad I have another bottle.

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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.

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Photo of kmeves
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light amber with a smallish white head that dissipates into a film. This is probably the clearest Tripel I have ever consumed. Aroma is medium sweet with banana, citrus, belgian yeast and light carmalized malt. Flavor is wheaty, doughy, cirurs and sweetness derived from candi sugar. Medium to full bodied, very Long citric bitter finish.

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Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant golden orange that radiates in the glass. The head is light and fizzy and quickly dissolves into a thin layer around the glass. The aroma has banana and clove upfront and is accompanied by spice, grain and just a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet malt upfront with a touch of grassy hops followed by touches of yeast and alcohol with a sweet semi-dry finish. Its a light to medium bodied beer that has a good amount of carbonation. I really enjoyed the aroma and appearance but felt it lacked a bit in flavor. Good beer though.

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Photo of Travlr
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.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jerz
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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Photo of natasharai
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a creamy silky off white head that dissipated leaving a nice, thick lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a yellowish-orange gold color, and completely clear.

Smell: Citrus hops, sweet pear, some white grapes, a light hint of peppery spice.

Taste: Some citrus hops, sweet fruit more apple in the flavor, some interesting peppery spice and a sweet caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body, small carbonation, somewhat smooth, and leaves the mouth feeling a bit dry.

Overall: Pretty good drinkability, some nice hop character up front that stood up over a few months quite nicely! The spiciness is a bit off, but not too bad.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Silenus89
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of rhinos00
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a golden maize with a fingers width of white head. Little to no lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- The beer revealed a mild, neutral aroma. Faints hints of spices and yeast mixed nicely with the abundant malts. Had a slight floral finish to it.

T- Followed the nose to a T.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- The high abv was pretty well hidden. Despite this, I really wasn't digging this one.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. It seemed to lacking a unique characteristic that made it memorable. Just seemed too bland for my taste.

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Photo of atremains
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of selecter70
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite some excitement exuded from me when I saw this on the shelf at Formaggio's...and it came home with me, needless to say. Three of some of the great brewers together to produce a lovely, artistic bottle with minute text on the back outlining the Mikkeller history from loving the pale yellow American macro-beers of the past. Odd, I thought, but poured away in anticipation. The first thing noticed was that it poured much like the "fizzy yellow" macro-beers mentioned; but this soon darkened a bit with a 1-2 finger white head that soon disappeared without a lace! Yet, a strong floral-hop aroma filled the room again raising expectations. The flavor was mild, without the abundant hop aroma promised; a velvety and kinda watery sub-par pale ale...a good cookout beer where taste is not too important. But at 9.5%, maybe not recommended. Definitely a bit weird and marketed oddly...I'd recommend that they can it for the summer.

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Photo of jstilwell
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 oz bottle from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a little bit of white head and some lacing on the glass.

S: banana, cotton candy, bubble gum, yeast

T: similar to the smell, fruity, yeasty, but a little bit of unwelcome alcohol taste just doesn't quite taste balanced

M: about standard for a tripel

D: if the alcohol taste were more mellow or fit in better, i'd score it higher here...but that damages how much of this i'd take down

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Stone / Mikkeller / AleSmith Belgian Style Tripel Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 195 ratings