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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

Added by HalfFull on 08-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 173
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 pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a grapefruit rind yellowish orange. Maybe a fingers worth of white frothy head with decent retention. Good lacing.

S: Tons of fruity esters. Good dose of grapefruit along with pineapple, red grapes, lemon, and mango. Some spicy yeast and alcohol play in the back. A bit of soap like quality.

T/M: More of the big fruity notes. Yeast is very spicy with strong phenolic notes. Alcohol is definitely strong but tasty. Sweet malts with a healthy candi sugar backbone. Bitterness is assertive with added citrus to the fruits. Body is about medium with strong, lively carbonation.

D: 9.5% is up there but it's relatively easy drinking as I needed to pace myself. Very tasty and a good collaboration.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, pale gold, with a quarter inch head of white.
Lacework is meager after the thin head fades to a placid surface.

Aromatics lead off with peaches, apricots, and light malt. Some faint peppery, citric notes follow through along with some clove and bubblegum.

Light to medium bodied, with a crispish and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Lush tropical fruit start the palate. Mangoes, apricots, peaches, and melons. A firm bitterness steps quickly forward as well as some drying gypsum-like character.
Warming alcohol, light malt, and a peppery afterthought follow through.

Finishes with lingering ripe fruit, drying bitterness, and a warmth on the throat.

Tasty. Loads of Amarillo and Simcoe fruitiness, and the beer drinks scarily easily. My only gripe is that this beer should no way be filtered. Too clean and light on the carbonation.

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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 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 Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Intriguing, most intriguing.

Pours a golden orange, almost no head. Just the thinnest of white films. Smells overpoweringly of yeasty and spices ... and maybe some lemon.

Taste is very sweet, some tropical notes, a ton, ton, ton of spices (pepper? Coriander?) and that same yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy. Interesting.

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Photo of Pehlman
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says ABV is 8.7%

A: Very light color. Almost blonde. Very low head with light lacing and lots of bubbles.

S: Very nice spices. Almost a potpourriilike aroma with a slightly grainy undertone.

T: Very smooth! Alcohol slightly present but sits quite nicely along with the spices.

M: Again, very smooth. Coats the mouth very well. Almost an oily feel. Which I like.

D: I could drink this often but probably with food! Probably would pair well with a nice juicy hamburger!

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Bright gold with a dense and foamy white head. Little lacing.

S: Strong mixture of spices followed by estery/fruity/citrus qualities.

T: Much more subtle then the smell indicates...there seems to a nice balance of spices and malt sweetness that makes the beer very smooth.

M: Extremely light body (similar to a pilsner) with light carbonation that tickles the tongue. No dry finish, which makes it a great thirst quenching beer.

D: Just about as good as it gets.

Overall: Very impressed by the great balance this beer possess. Perfect for almost any beer drinking occassion you may encounter.

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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 Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. on-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a golden yellow with a firm medium white head which leaves a good amount of lacing, average head retention for the style.

S: Definitely get some yeast esters typical of tripels, some grapefruit hop character showing its West Coast influence, nice nose.

T: Candied pears and yellow apple are there right of the bat, and definitely have a dry quality, not to sweet. Hop presence is subtle but it is there, but the Belgian character dominates, this is a real good representative of style.

M: Smooth, quite light for the high alcohol, but still has a light solvent character.

D: Liked this more than the Cali-Belgique, more of a traditional beer than the former. This is a really good tripel, I'd doubt any Belgian fan wouldn't enjoy this, get it while it's available.

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a clear, light golden color. There's some nice, little chunks of sediment floating about that adds some character. The head is foamy and vanilla colored. It's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was pretty good, but a light coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: The nose is sweet smelling and a little fruity initially. It features candy apple and pear fragrances. Light spices are notable, but unidentifiable (to this nose). Hops are a little citrusy and more prevalent than expected. It does have a nice yeasty aroma to it. Definitely Belgian in character. Malts are notable. Smells like mostly the pale variety. It is a little earthy and grainy. Alcohol is noted, but it's blended pretty well and presents itself as relatively mild.

Taste: This is a pretty well done Tripel. It is sweet and fruity up front. Candy apple and pear seem to be the primary elements here. Hops kick in and are mostly citric in charcter. They're not exactly bitter, but do liven the party. They are more vibrant than in most Belgian Tripels. It is a little spicy, but the spices play a more complementary role. I couldn't tell you exactly what spices are here. Suffice it to say they're well done. Pale malts add more sweetness to the mix. The Belgian yeast flavor is excellent and adds an element of authenticity. Alcohol is blended pretty well, but has a warming effect. I'll note here that my bottle lists the abv as 8.7%, rather than the 9.5% listed above. Finishes sweet and a little spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a really nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is dialed down just enough to give it a silky, creamy feel. Drinkability is good, but it does feel a little heavy and is best consumed at a tempered pace. At first I questioned the 12 oz. bottling, but it's clearly preferable to a 22 oz. or a 750 after trying it.

Wow. Stone, Alesmith, and Mikkeller brewing together. Frankly, I was hoping to be blown away by this beer, but it only attains "very good" status. I do like the hoppy character of this beer. Perhaps it couldn't be any other way considering the SoCal influence. But, at the end of the day, this one's just a step below some of the top Tripels out there. Nonetheless, it's always nice to kick back and enjoy a SoCal/Scandinavian treat. How often does that happen? I'm certainly glad I had the opportunity.

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

12fl.oz.brown Stone longneck with screened label and a description of the colaboration in micro-type on the back. It poursa light amber-gold into the tulip, with a finger plus of white froth. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving some decent lace and ample carbonation for a Triple.

To the nose comes a healthy dose of citric hops, bubblegum and some yeast of Belgian sort. Smells very sweet.

The taste is very sweet...honeysuckle, bubblegum, white grapefruit, candi-sugar and yeasty spice. Medium bodied with a warm punch of alcohol to the finish, especially as it warms up.

Interesting and enjoyable..."Triple the Breweries." - "Triple the Brewmasters." - "Triple the Beer." and perhaps, triple the hype.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 12oz bottle at SouthBay Drugs and Liquor, thanks Joey for holding a bottle for me.

Pours a semi-dull orange color with an inch of foam that quickly settles to a ring, not much lacing to talk about. Looks pretty flat after a few minutes.

First I picked up some toasted malt and spices then I got some yeasty aromas, pepper, a slight metallic aroma, peach, apricots, orange, apples, brown sugar, ground pez candy, Belgian candy sugar, and some wild flower honey. Not bad but the sweet, ground, candy aroma comes off a bit chalky. I'm also getting some bubblegum near the end of the glass.

Taste is similar to the aroma, starts off with quite a bit of toasted malts and a bit of biscuit as well; then the fruitiness, citrus, and spices take over for the second half and a slight bitter and alcoholic, warming, finish. Comes off somewhat chalky and a bit metallic too, not so much to it being overpowering but enough to be noticed. A little more peppery and spicy, it has a spicy bitterness in the finish. Not bad. The slight metallic flavor seems to disappear as it warms up even more...a little grainy in the finish though. A little more malt and fruitiness shines through as the temp increases. Gets a little better as it warms.

Decent mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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 gford217
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden with hints of orange as it sits in the glass. The white head is small but lingers as bubbles rise to the top for a while and leaves almost no lacing. The aroma is sweet with banana and some spices on top of lots of Belgian yeast and caramel. Hops were not nearly as prevalent as I expected with only a hint of floral hops in the nose. The taste starts out similar to the smell with lots of sweetness up front - bubble gum, caramel and bananas. The backbone is mainly Belgian yeast and some bready malts, but it's the finish that finally brings in the hops, with a bit of citrus and floral hops, especially lemon and some grassy notes. The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with only a little bitterness in the finish on top of some pretty aggressive carbonation. I enjoyed this beer and the flavor was certainly complex but still very crisp, making this a great summer beer. Recommended.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw, light apple juice, just small white head leaves fast. Not much lacing.

S - Bubble gum and banana. Can't really discern the hops.

T - Oh, there they are! Wow. An interesting beer. Taste enters very Belgian, then malty hoppiness like an IPA mixed with it, followed by this creamy, almost viscous, slight sweet to neutral end. The finish has some type of almost candy feel that is exceptional as it warms!

M - Big volume on coating. Creamy as all get out. Good carb.

D - I love this beer. This is not a style that I would usually really love, but it's so different and done well.

Big high 5, guys. Just gets better and better as it warms.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap friday evening at the brewpub, hard to go wrong with this collaboration!

Pours a clear amber, thin white head forms, and slowly creeps to a thin ring, drops a nice bit of lace. Smell is nice, lots of bubblegum, caramel, floral hops, bread and biscuits, bit of yeast, very fresh aroma, light spiciness is interesting. Taste is similar, big bready malts, bubblegum, floral, honey, biscuit, with a spicy alcohol finish, goes down smooth though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth. A pretty nice tripel, not the best but certainly drinkable although I would have expected maybe something a bit whackier from these three.

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Photo of Floydster
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

8 ounce glass at Stone Bistro for four dollars on Sunday, also a twelve ounce bottle that was three dollars in the compnay store the next day, just to clarify this is the triple collab between Alesmith, Mikeller, and Stone

A-Golden yellow color with some light orange, slightly hazy, small 1/4 inch somewhat creamy white head that goes away quickly, not much retention, minimal lacing
S-Pale malt, Belgian yeast, citrusy hops, apples, earthiness, candied sugar but not very sweet, maybe a hint of booze
T-First taste was hoppiness, the middle had a bit of a chewy feel, but faded quickly into more hops, not the traditional Belgian tripel that is much sweeter and reliant on its fruit character, nicely balanced and did not get too boozy or sweet once it warmed, liked how the hop profile stood its ground and was there until the very end
M-Dry, tangy, and slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, really enjoyed the level of carbonation, taste lingers nicely too
D-Could not drink too much more of this mainly because of its strength, does have a tendency to be a little heavy on the stomach though, smooth for the most part, alcohol hidden nicely

I did not think this was out quite yet and was surprised to see it at the brewery, hoppier than most tripels out there which shows Stone and Mikkeller definitely had something to do with it, hopefully this stuff makes it out into full distribution but there is not too much of it so we will just have to wait back and see, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone. Poured into one of the tiny 8oz shaker glasses that I hate. Pours a pretty clear, maybe ever so slightly hazy light gold/yellow. The smell comes across as mostly funky/earthy.... basically a real sweaty smell... maybe like farm animals... I dunno. Taste had a bit of that plus a slight fruitiness. I thought it was a bit overcarbonated though... something about it just didn't hit the tongue right. Nice to drink, but don't think I would seek it out again.

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

Served on tap in an 8 oz. 'high gravity' glass at the Stone Bistro for $4. Pours a relatively clear golden color with light head and lacing.

Smell is a complex blend of Belgian yeasts and pale malts and offers a light touch of sourness. Taste is equally pleasant yet certainly not in the Trappist style given the malt structure. A nice semi-sour brew that holds its ABV rather well. Hope to try again without the trip to Escondido. I did see that this was recently bottled into 12 oz bottles but may be bottle conditioning at this time.

Currently on tap at the Bistro and to be distributed soon, though I believe that it was a single batch (120 BBL) brew run, so it won't get very far. Labeled as a Belgian Tripel IPA.

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