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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/CollaborationBelgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HalfFull on 08-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 TheKingsOfHop
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
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 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.

The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased at From the Vine in Columbus, about $5 for 12oz. The beer is clear golden color, a little haze, with a thin wet head. The smell is bizarre for a tripel, this smells like a honey ale with flowers and herbs, the brewers seemed to put a lot of things into the pot. It's hard for me to say this, given the three breweries involved in this collaboration, but this beer just plain tasted bad. It went beyond where beer should go in terms of flavor, some things don't work. I don't mind the honey sweetness, it's the odd chalky after-taste that I object to, reminiscent of some medication I had to take as a kid, it just brought back bad memories. Less drinkability is hard to imagine, this ended up a drain pour.

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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 DefenCorps
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle received from JRS as an extra. Thanks, Josh!

A: Carefully decanted into my Chimay chalice, this tripel pours a clear bright yellow with a thin white head with rather poor retention. Within a minute, there's nothing left to cap the beer!

S: Mild sweetness to open things up, there's also some spice - pepper and clove. Tropical fruit character is present with papaya and some mango. Some alcohol as this warms up

T: Call me crazy but the first thing I taste are hops. Flavor hops, with plenty of tropical fruit sweetness, some bubblegum and some sharp bitterness. Thoroughly inappropriate for the style. Mid palate is rather hot and moderately solventy, finish is dry and rather stringent. This is more in the Belgian IPA category category than a tripel.

M: Light in body with a soft carbonation and a bitter, astringent finish. Not too good

D: Nope, I don't think I'm finishing this either.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The head is very creamy and thick, with about a finger width of it to boot. The beer is a deep red amber.

S- This is a very hoppy smelling Triple. I'm also picking up a slight funk which I can't put my finger on.

T- This is complex. It is hoppy and sweet, yet there is some definite cherry taste to it. The cherry flavor is kinda creamy and coats the tongue. This is kinda weird, I don't think its a Tripel, or at least what I consider a Tripel. In all honesty it reminds me of an antibiotic I had to chew up and take before I went to the dentist when I was a kid.

M- Feels good in the mouth, no complaints here.

D- Easy to drink, but I still don't think its a Tripel.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going off my notes, but this was a split at the table. Loved it or hated it. The pour is a mostly hazy golden to light amber color. A fizzy white head with limited retention and lacing.

The nose is off style. Funky yeast to start with. Some light Belgian notes with some minor esters and phenols. Some plum and cloves that don't mix with the slight butyric aroma. Some funk, almost a horse blanket but lacks that depth. Some lighter malt notes with a light grainy and biscuit notes. Not really distinct for a triple.

The taste is a bit better versus the nose. The malt comes out more with a sweetness up front with a light bready and biscuit notes. The yeast is really off setting though. Yeasty and butyric notes come out but not as offensive as the nose. Some better esters and phenols. A light banana, cherry, vanilla thing that blends with a lemony, herbal, hibiscus finish.

The body is moderate with a mid carbonation. Would like a bit dry for style. Overall Im note sure I would really call this a triple. There are some funk notes and limited fruity yeast notes, and more herbal/spice notes. Too hoppy for style and some noticeable off notes. IMHO, I think this is more on par of a golden strong but still missing something here.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown with a reddish hue. I didn't even notice that it wasn't black until I held it up to the light. Slightly hazy but mostly clean looking.

S: Molasses, currant, alcohol, cherry. More sugary and even more alcohol as it warms.

T: Very subtle flavor, which is odd given the lack of subtlety in the descriptions from the brewer. Sweet to fairly neutral up front followed by moderate sour and somewhat bitter, slight hints of eastern spices, and then more bitterness. Strong sour and bitter aftertaste.

M: Very creamy and smooth. It jumped right out at me well before the flavor. I love it.

D: Very interesting and complex, which compelled me to continue. However, I don't think I'll want another.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: 12 oz. bottle with seemingly no "bottled on" date. Poured into a snifter.

A: A course and very creamy white 1 finger head. The beer itself is a golden orange color that is very clear.

S: A hint of citrus and a signature hop smell. But a robust alcohol fragrance. This one initially reminded me of an imperial IPA.

T: A tinge of citrus in the beginning but the hoppy flavors soon take over and lingers through to the finish. It even leaves a hoppy aftertaste in the mouth which seems to be a trademark of Stone breweries.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation

D: Seemed strong and a little too hoppy for a Belgian style tripel which killed the drinkability for me personally. Though, that's not at all a knock against this version of the tripel.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifta, purchased in NY, for some reason these collaborations dont make it to PA.

A- This collab is a bright golden color with a minimal head. Some shades of bright orange and maybe some yellow depending on the light. The bubbles become a cap that comes up to a few centimeters. Minimal lacing.

S- This one comes from a few angles with some sweet tones as well as spice. Getting some earthy hops and a sweet malt base. A dark tropical fruit basket with mangos and the like. A spicerack with clove. A collaboration for sure.

T- A lot of hops in this one, with two west coast brewers involved it's expected. A slight bitterness plus spices and belgian yeast. Bready malts and some tropical fruits with pineapple and mango. Some bubblegum and candy, alot to process.

M- A bit to hoppy for a triple, this one is medium bodied and has a dull feel to it. The array of flavors did not sit well in my mouth. Perhaps some time could improve this but im not betting on it. Some carbonation and a spicy aftertaste.

D- Not sessionable, but one will do anyway. The flavors are just not hitting it for me, perhaps to many hands in the pot at once. I very much enjoyed the stone/jp/nogne winter warmer, but this style maybe could be done again in the future with different brewers.

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Photo of becktone
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 2-12-09

Eye: Countless carbonation bubbles endlessly raise to the top of this clear, yet dull, golden ale. Head formation and retention are both weak, yet seem perfect in this Chimay goblet. The head (as it is) is a thin white creamy film that barely covers the top of the beer. In spots it is thicker in others thinner revealing the color of the brew underneath. The only thing this one could use is some work with the head I think, sparkling clarity is not an issue.

Nose: Sweet malt characteristic of tripels and belgian strong pales comes through. Hop aroma is quick to follow, citrus notes. Really not too much more going on in here than that. All in all I find that it is a little on the hoppy side for a tripel, but then again, perhaps thats the whole point....I'd really like it if the aroma were more pronounced and if it had a bit more going on.

Tongue: Alcohol shows itself and adds some character to this beer, spiciness and warmth that gives some depth to an otherwise dull beer. Hop bitterness is very forward tilting this beer to the bitter side and taking away from the charater of the malt. Hop flavor is also present, citrus being easy to pick out. Really not impressed with this one, it lets me down quite a bit. Was hoping for something much more complex.

Feel and Drinkability: This one has a dry finish which compliments the overall hoppy and bitter flavor of this beer. Carbonation is low and given the presence and forwardness of the alcohol is appropriate. Nothing special about the feel. This is one that I'll finish drinking but won't be looking for it again. It was a great disappointment. There's just no depth to this beer. I'm glad I got to try it but I'll tell you right now that it wasn't worth the $6 I paid for it. Its a one dimensional beer that I think there is absolutely nothing special about. Actually for what it is I wouldn't even go so far as to say that it is good. Rather it is drinkable. Had I ordered this at a bar I'd not be ready to get another pint, I'd go with something thats got more complexity, which sad to say is a great many other beers. This one is dull and one dimensional.

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Photo of weeare138
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to zrrbrrt for this...
Appears a transparent, light gold with a small white collar. No traces of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon, pumelo, coriander, herbs, and flowers.
Taste is of dandelions, lemony citrus, oranges, herbs, and coriander.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, with dandelion flavors smacking the palate. The one good thing I can say is that the 9.5% abv was hardly noticable.
I had high hopes for this one based on the breweries that worked on this beer but I was let down. I thought it was an average beer, perhaps a little better than average at best.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a mild creamy head that quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is yeasty must with an underlying sugar sweetness, lemon grass, and unidentifiable spice.

Taste is light and sweet. Malt is surprisingly grainy. Lemon grass and a touch of noble hop. Finish is musty and minerally.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall a drinkable mild triple. Flavor is unified, but I had expected a bigger flavor profile and mouthfeel for a triple.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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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 Mauerhan
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a bottle from stone brewery yesterday. poured into a pint glass. nice golden color with a two finger off white head, that stays for a minute or two then fades fast and leaves a small film up top. pretty decent lacing.

smells of sweet belgian yeasts.

tastes sweet. smooth. with a little dry bitterness at the end. not really thrilled on this one. but then again im not huge on belgians. it is worth it to try though.

mouthfeel is watery and thin. subtle carbonation.

its not impossible to drink, but its not the best beer ive had. like i said worth it to try a collaboration of three great breweries.

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Photo of selecter70
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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 rhenning
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, purchased for 3 USD and poured into Allagash chalice glass.

It poured a hazy amber color, with thin viscosity and just under one finger of white head that faded quickly.
Aroma of yeast, with sour citrus and pear skins. The initial bitterness of hops gave way to yeast and citrus fruits with a finish of pear and the return of the hops. Lingering flavors of pear, grape and hops.
Mouthfeel was thin and light with a lot of carbonation.

Overall not too bad and not offensive but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another. The aroma may have been a bit overly yeasty for my taste.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.41/5  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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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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 younger35
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from Eyebrews. What a guy, sends me some homebrews to try AND sends extras. Seriously? How fucking generous is that? Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a surprising light yellow with a small half finger head that quickly recedes to nothing. No cap or collar are left after a few minutes and obviously no lacing.
Smell- Very lightly fruity with a bit of lemon zest and peach before the yeast pokes it head in. Bright at times with a grainy/biscuity malt character and a very slight caramel sweetness. A teeny tiny bit of floral (lilac mostly) and something very honey like.
Taste- Starts with some yeasty tones and a bit of honey like maltiness. It has that sort of dry, almost pucker like qualities that I get from the use of honey. Slightly sweet with a sort of flowery/herbally quality that is fleeting, but definitely present. Lemon peel, some orange zest and something resembling lilac all are noticeable. The sweetness is light and unlike most Tripels I've had but I'm not the style police. A light bit of something resembling chap stick on the finish.
Mouthfeel- Lighter feel for the style with a slick sort of feel and crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Ehhh... Not bad. I like how the sweetness is subdued a bit for the style but the overall flavor is sort of lacking. I guess it's just sort of dull for my liking. Ah well, still probably worth trying. Thanks Jack!!

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Photo of JDV
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thickerfreakness for sharing this bottle! Pours a nice orange golden color with a whitish head. Smell is fresh hoppiness and candi sugar maltiness. Taste is fresh, malty base with some spicy yeasty malt and a nice clean fresh hop flavor. Some banana and pear like fruity flavors with a light lingering bitter finish. Very good for the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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?

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration from Stone Brewing
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