Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration | Stone Brewing

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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/CollaborationBelgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HalfFull on 08-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of n2185
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
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 david18
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 uturn
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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 woosterbill
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.


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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of headlessclown
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jorg2619
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
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

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration from Stone Brewing
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