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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)

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Added by HalfFull on 08-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. 12 oz bottle into a Corsendonk Christmas ale glass. Stunning clarity on a clear golden orange body. Crackling head retains well and offers a bit of lace.

S. Yeasty belgian funk nose with strong scent of hoppy, resiny, grassy euro hops. Some barley is in there as well. Hint of raisen.

T. As I dip in the first word coming to my mind is luscious. Strong earthy hop bitters make their prescence known, and that is complimented by an equally sweet and tangy belgian ale edge. Muted apple and banana notes, with just a whiff of alcohol. Malt is sweet and mead like at times, working with the hops to achieve palate salvation.

M. Spritzy carbonation, yet still medium bodied and chewey, with a dry, champagne like finish.

D. A delicious beer. Not as in your face as I would expect, but this tripel is very well done. I wish I had another one to cellar away for a while.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orangeish gold color with a white head. Head is pretty thin, that becomes a thin layer of bubbles on top of the brew.

S- Smells of fruity, bready, yeasty and some earthy hops.

T- Taste starts of with some yeasty and a bit of maltiness. Some hops come through with the flavours of lemon and orange.

M- Medium to full in body, and fairly light on the carbonation.

D- Very balanaced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/05/2009. 22 oz. bomber. Pours a semi-cloudy orange with hardly any head. Aroma of sweet yeasty malt, melon, apple, and sweet fruit. Flavor of sweet light fruits and yeasty/bready malts. Some harshness in the palate but otherwise quite nice.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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 WanderingFool
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Belgian Style Triple Ale pours a slightly hazy golden color with flecks of yeast in suspension and a small, thin white head on top. The foam fades down to a thin sheet on the surface leaving behind spotted lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is mild with notes of alcohol, pepper, lemon and candy sugar. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, dry and soft on the palate. A mild carbonated fizz tingles the tip of the tongue.

The flavor is sweet malt, with fruity notes of apple and raisin. Blended in are spicy flavors of pepper and coriander. It finishes with a touch of grassy hops and alcohol. Once gone some alcohol, malt sweetness and a touch of spice lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with a well balanced flavor. It's not as spicy as other Belgian style triples I've had. A good intro beer into this style of ale.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear looking, with a bit of floating sediment. Golden hue, with thin and wispy, white foam. The aroma is lightly floral and perfume-like, with a bit of citrusy coriander. Nice.

I thought the malt would be a bit cloying but it's not. There is some tangy/tart fruit chracter, and light spice in the mix. The hop balance is decent, bringing a solid bitterness into the finish. Overall not too intense in its flavors, which was refreshing. Moderately bubbly on the palate.

This brew was not too bad, but for all the hype and being a collaboration it wasn't overly impressive. Worth a try...

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Beers of Europe, a UK-based beer shop providing excellent on-line shopping service. The back "label" gives a lengthy, detailed (but mostly uninformative!) account of why this is a collaborated attempt at a Belgian style ale b/w Denmark's Mikkeller's, American Stone and AleSmith breweries. The real story or recipe is not revealed due to concerns with commercial secrets, I guess? No freshness info. is provided on the bottle, either; served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: lightly murky, light amber in colour, coming with restrained and healthy dose of tiny carbonation, topped with a thin white head fast settling to a rim.
S: light banana-ish and mango-ish fruit esters and typical spiciness of a Belgian pale ale (mineral, white pepper and coriander seeds spring to mind) are in a harmony with the citric, juicy lychee-ish and flowery US hops, on top of a liquid-sugary maltiness as the backbone; less like a Belgian Tripel than an American Pale on the nose, perhaps due to the strong influence of US hop aroma, but still very pleasant and complex indeed. The overall maltiness is not as complex as in the Anglo-American fashion, though.
T: the foretaste is soothing, clean, breezy on the palate even, full of ripe white peaches and white-grapefruit like juicy hops, light banana-orangey fruit esters, on top of a clean entry of mild pale malts; the bitterness level comes initially light, increasing a bit with time but always only faintly chewy in contrast with American pale ales. A fine touch of restrained alcohol is revealed in the end, where a bit more chewy spicy yeastiness, musk-like fragrance and ripe lychees' skins linger nicely to add to the overall complexity.
M&D: the palate is superb - softly carbonated yet quite refreshing, helping to elevate the weight of 8.7%abv. The upper hand of this American+Danish take on Tripel is the more pleasantly hoppy yet cleaner finish as compared with most Belgian Tripels (usually "tainted" by the lively yeasts), whereas the much less dry finish fails to stand up to the mission. To be frank, I can't see why this beer has to be called a "Belgian Tripel Style Ale", since this is a lovely hoppy ale in itself without the astringent bitter level of a more common US Pale Ale, albeit more simplistic in the overall composition with just an additional touch of yeasts reminiscent of a slightly more estery Belgian counterpart. Without this branding I'd say this is a marvellously drinkable and enjoyable hoppy ale, clean and delicate enough to be a good companion to fine fish dishes.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a golden color.

S: Some spicy yeast in the nose, grainy notes as well.

T: A straightforward tripel, a little disappointing. A bit of light fruit finished with some white pepper.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: A decent tripel, not something I would seek out again though.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a small white head that disappears rather quickly. Smells of citrus, herbs, typical yeasty notes, and cascade hops. Overall slightly sweet and a bit fruity. Strong herbal flavors of anise and coriander. Some light citrus, bubblegum, and a hoppy, dry finish. Medium body. Interesting take on a tripel.

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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 bashiba
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy hazy off white color with a thin soap ring.

Had a light slightly sweet smell with a hint of yeast and bubblegum.

Has a big tropical fruit flavor with pineapple, mango, and bubblegum all present. Quickly becomes dry and grassy with a bit of wheat and yeast.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a long dry finish.

Very solid tripel.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color and clear with a small head and champagne like lace.

The aroma of fruit notes,yeast,apples with a decent dose of malts.

The taste is sweet,full of fruits with yeast hints and malts. Then a bit spicy with an ample of hops and a small trace of alcohol.

The feel was soft,light to medium in carbonation. Medium in body with great balance and some warmth.

Notes: Rally good brew with a complex taste and feel. I liked it for the smoothness and how easy it was to drink. It was Belgian style so I did not expect the authentic Belgian interpretation. It was unique in it's own way. The night I had it I only had Triples and it stood up quite well against the brew from Belgium.

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Photo of jgap
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last glass of a growler:
Pours a hazy orange with a good amount of head that fades to a nice lace. Smell is a good Belgium spice with a considerable amount of coriander and a bready yeast. Taste is an easy sweetness that quickly turns to Belgium spices. Lots of coriander and a hoppiness. Alcohol is well hidden in the aftertaste of biscuit yeast. Pretty good, a little too much spice and the lively carbonation when the growler was fresh added a lot but definitely not a bad brew. Reminds me a lot of the Cali belgique (sp?) but with a little less hop and much more spice!

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Photo of natasharai
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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 merryjoulton
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a great tight head that laced down the glass. Smells of sticky piny citrusy hops, maybe a slight hint of spice but maybe I'm looking too much for the Belgian influence. Taste is right on par with all of Stone's brews, high on the bitterness and followed close behind with clean malts. Drinkability is great. I'm just not sure I can taste how this is a Belgian Triple and not a DIPA.

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Photo of gregc
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a chalice.

Hazed orange/gold color with a short white head that remains a cloud as carbonation bubbles continually rise from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet citrus with a malt backbone that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The taste is complex, as it changes with each sip. Sometimes candy sweet and other times bitter and spiced. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Way to easy to drink for a beer close to 9% abv, so take it slow.

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Photo of smithflipper
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a lovely pale golden.

complex aroma, vannilla, cloves, some fairy floss/sugary notes witha dash of citrus.

taste, bit of spice added to the aroma flavours. suprisingly bitter for the style. slightly dissapointed with the flavour.

Bare in mind this bottle has traveled around the world to get to me. a bit undercarbonated. palate is a touch thin.

Interesting without being great. to be sure tis a well made beer. but there are better tripels availible to me for a lot less money

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Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a small white head that disipated into a light ring. The aroma is light, some tropical fruit from the hops, sugary, and a bit of zest from the yeast. The taste is kind of subtle which suprises me. A slightly bready honey malt, grassy hops which give a bitterness to the flavor, and a light sugary tropical fruit, not sure if they used candi sugar or not. The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation, well balanced between the sweet and bitter, each seems subdued, no cloying flavors. The good balanced makes this brew damn drinkable. Again no off flavors or nothing cloying, nice carbonation, ABV well hidden, thus drinks easy. Doesn't live up to other tripels or Belgian IPAs, needs more flavor but damn drinkable.

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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 vrazionale
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. beer at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Bright, golden color with a head that started strong but faded quickly. The head reacts when I swirl the beer, but it quickly fades back.

S - I get bananas, sweet bread, pineapple, stone fruit, raisins, papaya, and orange. Very fruity and sweet-smelling.

T - Very nice complement to the nose. Malty and sweet with a long, lingering finish. Good hop character.

M - This brew is chewy and supple. The sweet, bready, complex flavors mesh very well together, but almost by necessity this beer is big-textured.

D - A very enjoyable brew. This is one of those beers that you could sip slowly while savoring each sip, or you could distractedly drink quicker than you should at a bar with some friends. I would love to drink this beer with food - mac and cheese or pizza. Maybe I just enjoy the idea of drinking good beer with greasy food. Give this beer a try, if you like sweeter, chewy, big Belgian ales.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mattster
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a nice creamy white head of 1" that holds a slow death. Brew is a mostly clear light amber with good bubbles in suspension.

Smells of malts and Belgian yeast. Light fruit aromas please the olfactory nerves. Taste follows through with nose and that typical "banana" taste that is common from Belgian yeast.

Mouth-feel is great: filling but not overwhelming. Bubbles seem a bit high at first, but subsequent taste are quite pleasant. Nice slow drink; I wish I'd have poured this in my Snifter.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.
A - Light gold with white head that pretty quickly falls to a thin skim and ring.
S - Pretty big nose. Very sweet bready malt I get some tropical fruit, some yeastiness as well as some bitter hops.
T - The taste does not follow the smell. It has some sweetness up front but the hops quickly bring in some bitterness with some spiciness from the yeast. Dry finish.
M/F - Medium body with a carbonation that is in the lower scale but the carbonation prickle is rather high.
D - This beer was alright but certainly not worth the $7 per 12oz. bottle that I paid. I'll go for a 750ML of a decent Belgian instead next time for two more dollars.

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Belgian Style Tripel Ale/Collaboration from Stone Brewing
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