ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz bottle at stone bistro a couple months back. let me start off by saying that no matter what my rating says a beer brewed for charity that supports childhood illness gets a perfect 5. no argument. but i will rate it as well because it’s a damn tasty beer. pours a bright gold with a big, rocky, bright white head and tight lacing. aroma is great with huge spice notes of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg with fruity lemon zest, banana esters, and doughy yeast. flavor is delicious as well, uniquely spicy, with sweet, biscuity yeast, clove, cinnamon, and light cedar with light citrus fruits and wet grass and floral hops on the back end. palate is medium bodied, effervescent, and nicely bitter. overall, a damn good beer for an even better cause.
wchesser (1319) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice shot at a tripel style from Stone. Definitely more Belgian than Stone’s hop backed other efforts...sure they had to restrain themselves from going more the Cali Belique route. Nice golden color, full body, terrific belgian aromas, mostly honey. Nice clean finish with a full palate..peters out a little earlier than expected, but that’s about my only complaint.
marcus (7085) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours clear yellowish gold with a thin white head and a huge fruity aroma. There is a standard tripel flavor with some banana ester and a peppery finish.
bhensonb (11908) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours yellow/amber with an offpwhite foamy head. aromas of celery, kandi and yeast/spice. Med. body with some carbonation. Rather dry? - though kandi, with fruits of the lighter sort and a little pepper. Nice.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured a light amber color with a small amount of head. Nice light spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
VertBaconStrips (2137) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Brad. Pours out a more than hazy apricot brew, decent white cap that fades. Scents of solid medium strength yeast, apricots, fresh, mild spice, ginger, dough, very appealing and a touch different. Excellent drinking. Fits the style. Yeast is mild, bread, very mild caramel, oranges, apricots. Medium bodied, velvety smooth, finishes nicely.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark gold / copper color that shows a faintly hazed, rich gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of creamy fruit somehow, it reminds me of sugar sweetened pears, some melon like notes, lots of cotton candy, some lightly musty phenolics, a touch of clove towards the finish, perhaps a touch of over-ripe almost rotting fruit, accentuating honey-like malt and a touch of cracker like grain. The aroma is really over the top fruit / sugary smelling, not bad, but a bit unbalanced.
Sweet tasting and it carries through from the aroma that sugary, fruity, somehow creamy note. This is quite floral (the aroma is too, I just didn’t associate it until after tasting the beer for the first time) and reminds me of some big, sweet, but sort of stinky tropical flower. Fruit flavors of pear, floral melon, fake-fruit flavored cotton candy, sugar laden sweet pale malt and some honey-like notes are here. The beer finishes with a touch of herbal, perhaps hop derived character that is quite subtle and there is only a touch of hop bitterness here. The finish also has quite a bit of clove character that is hiding just underneath the up front sweet fruit flavors. This hits the body of a Tripel just about on the nose, the sweetness makes it seem a bit richer than it actually is, but it is quite quaffable for its strength.
Interesting, it severely lacks the complexity, both yeast and malt derived, that should be part of a really good Tripel. On the other hand this isn’t half bad, and given that Stone doesn’t really do Belgian Styles, is about what I was expecting. I am quite happy to be drinking this beer though, and you certainly have to salute the cause.
drowland (6575) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/6/10. Big thanks to Byron & Angie at Liquor Loft/Proof for bringing this back from Stone for me to share with the Tally crew! Nice fruity aroma with hints of dry grain. Wonderful Belgian flavor with hints of fruit, bubblegum, and dry grain. Very clean and very nice.
SudsMcDuff (6448) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice tripel, Pours a medium gold, with fantastic foam, and lacing .. . light for the style but just as complex- light yeast, cider, honey, and dry apricots .. . light bitter finish that leaves you wanting more, good stuff. .. Can you tell me where the pube fair is?
TimE (3628) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
light amber color, oranges, all spice, peppery, grains of paradise. Very well balanced, full bodied. Alcohol well hidden. Fairly bready. Bready finish.