Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration | Stone Brewing

Belgian Style Tripel Ale/CollaborationBelgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration
194 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HalfFull on 08-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick mouthfeel on this one. The aroma is a bit boozy, yeasty, grainy, even beery (cheesy). A small but significant white head on a light brown coloured body. The taste is initially licorice with other spices behind it, in the finish I get bitterness and yeastiness, not too sweet. Quite a fine trippel. Found at Merchant's Warehouse Cleveland.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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 BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an unimpressive head by Belgian standards, but one that does the job and laces nicely

Smell: Cracker malt with yeasty phenolics; a touch herbacious, with coriander and sage, and a touch sweaty

Taste: Opens malty, with an herbacious lemony flavor developing by mid-palate; grainy flavors emerge as well; after the swallow, to my surprise, the sweeter flavors that I normally equate with a trippel, start to emerge and blend in very nicely with the bitter and herbacious flavors that I had previously detected

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: This isn't one of your over the top trippels, with loads of candi sugar and fusel alcohol and that is what I like about it; very drinkable with plenty of complexity - but you have to look for it because it is not going to knock you upside the head

Thanks, Jeager, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a generous pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry European hops also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some sweet Belgian-style malt with a dry hoppy finish. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this was very enjoyable, it definitely lacked some fruity ester or a spicy peppery yeast.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bananas, citrus, light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is spicy and fruity up front with flavors of citrus, clove & bananas. Then a strong hops presence for the style comes in with some bitterness. The Belgian yeast and malt characters are both a bit thin and there's a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer that is a little different from most Tripels but there are other beers that I would pick first.

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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 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.

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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 smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head that dies to a single tight layer of bubbles. Nearly no lace. Slightly hazy with a light golden color. IMHO, the weakest part of this brew.

The smell is not at all what I was expecting. Instead of the typical Belgian yeast aroma, I'm met with a balanced smell of lighter malts and balancing hop. If I were blindfolded, I'd guess that this is a pale ale.

Ah, the Belgian yeast shows up in the flavor, along with a notable level of alcohol (without the oiliness)--it's still deceptive. Still, this is a story of a well-balanced malt/hop brew. The beginning is completely malt (and yeast); the swallow is the hop showing up, ending in a hoppy finish. Rich body with an equally high level of carbonation.

This is very different from most Tripels I've had--lots more hop, lack of a yeasty nose. But all of these differences are a positive change. It retains some of the Tripel character, but this is its own brew...and I applaud that.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Joey for getting me one of these great bottles. I had the chance to grab this one out of the cellar tonight after dinner for a nice little taster. Served right out of the cellar and poured into a snifter. This one was consumed on 10/05/2008.

The pour was decent, though admittedly nothing spectacular. Deep hazy light yellow in color with a good amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Light head of maybe a half an inch in height came up from the bottom of the glass and settled down rather quickly before dropping ome decent side glass lace along the way.

The aroma was light, hoppy, but light. Some nice notes of light orange, lemon zest, peaches and a good all around light, grain liek yeast aroma. Some nice touches of apricot wandering around as well, but all was rather light. Same carried over into the flavor, which just did not bowl me over in anyway. Light hints of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, and peach were all subtely hinted at alongside a grain and light bread like base. Perhaps a touch of light, green apples as it warmed, but just barely noticeable. The feel was better though, light with good carbonation it felt alot lighter then the ABV would have otherwise hinted at. Easily sippable this bottle went through alot quicker then I would have otherwise thought it would have.

Overall while I thought this one was good, it was by no means mind blowing in anyway. To be honest I expected a bit mopre out of this collaboration as it was just a really good effort and I would have thought with the three of them getting together it would have been inspiring, not just good.

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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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap a the BA Belgian beer fest yesterday, and reviewed from notes. Pours very clear, lighter amber, long lasting near white head and then leaves plenty of nice looking lace behind. Nose for me was all about fresh fruits, Belgian spice/yeast. Another collaboration of Belgians and Americans and I found the results to be quite pleasurable. Plenty of lime, quinine, gin and yeasty interest adding to complexity. Hops lurk in the rear, resiny and astringent. Huge fan of Stone, and Belg/USA collabs. This one doesn't rise to the level of the heavy hitters of the style, but still well worth a try. Another beer I'd love to see available in bottles in the local area.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a thin creme head that doesn't linger. Nose is dough and perfume. Minor spices. Flavor brings much of the same. I mean it's there, btthere really isn't much complexity at all. A slight touch of burn on the back of my mouth from alcohol. Feel is a bit slick on the liquid and the carbonation bites my tongue a bit. Overall an okay tripel. I can't say I'm really blown away by it. But it's decent enough.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/10/08- Had on tap at Stone Bistro Gardens.

Presentation- 8oz pour into a half pint glass via the tap.

Appearance- Mid range to paler yellow color. Very slight 1/4 inch head if that. Leaves some light spots and streaks behind.

Smell- A mixture of light hops, fruited spices and a notes of toasted malts. Not hugely outgoing though.

Taste- Not sure what style this beer tastes like. It certainly doesn't feel like almost 10% though. Good amount of citrus twang, hops are not huge as in most stone beers though. Malt is toasted and fairly sweet. Combines nicely together though.

Mouthfeel- Sharp, crisp and clean with a medium carbonation level. Light semi-bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- I wouldn't mind trying another sample of this. Easy drinking....10%???

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

Picked up a bottle while at Discount Liquors. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - A half-finger of quick-dissolving foam that leaves a little bit of lace. Hazed peachy orange-yellow with a few bubbles and some chunks of sediment at the bottom. Looks like a tripel, but a nicer color than usual.

S - Smells more like a Belgian IPA - must be that Stone/Alesmith influence. Citrus zest and tropical fruit-flavored hops, Belgian yeasts, spices, some bready malt. The nose isn't huge on this one but it's definitely not your standard tripel.

T - Much more yeasty and tart, some alcohol comes through. There's still some hoppy zest, but not nearly as much of the pineapple/mango stuff that I really liked in the smell. There's also a lot of black pepper spice to it. Again it's a little muted and not all that intense. The yeast and pepper really linger in the aftertaste, which is unfortunate.

M - Thin, with plenty of carbonation. Crisp an dry, with only a touch of residual stickiness on the tongue. Very appropriate for the style. There's some nice warming action to it.

D - The ABV is high, the aftertaste lingers, and it's just not a super-interesting brew. I was glad I got a chance to try this, but for $7 I'll probably never get it again.

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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 194 ratings
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