egajdzis (5269) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 Poured a clear golden color with a very small white head, Aroma of oranges, peach, some yeast, and I finally figured out it was vanilla I was smelling. Taste was spicy, citrusy, and mildy hoppy. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with notes of sugar, pineapple, clove, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The usual Stone small/dying head and dullish body makes the appearance a little depressing, but the aroma and flavor balance are decent. As I worked my way through an 8oz pour, the syrupy sweet quality eventually became overbearing, so there's no way I could ever stomach an entire 75cl bottle of this.
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
citric, creamy, a wellcrafted tribute beer -- God bless Sawyer. A clean alcohol as it warms, very tiny bits of phenols. Very nice! singificant Stone-range hops. extra enjoyable with some great ratebeerians in ybor city -- thanks so much for the excellent tour of your fine town y'all!
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this sitting on an outdoor patio with some fellow RateBeerians - it was compliments of the very generous joet and the lovely jen. It was served, as Matt has described, at room temp (well outdoor patio temp). Had I not known it was the beer, I would have attributed the incredible aroma to the local night blooming jasmine or orange blossoms. My nose was rewarded every time I put it in the glass. Taste was sweet, clean and pure without the slightest hint of harsh edges or bitterness - just like Sawyer I bet. The texture was ceamy, buttery - slightly viscous. Knowing the circumstances surrounding this beer makes it almost un-ratable for me. Enjoying it with lovely people and thinking of its namesake and every other little boy who touches lives so deeply with thier brief time here was surely to be appreciated.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a brew that I thought was completely inexcusable to me but then JoeT and his wife come into town and bring the unexpected.
So we share a bomber of room-temp Triple, and I don’t think it could have been better at any other temperature. The appearance was a sunrise of golden copper hues, with a fluffy white toped whip cream head. The aroma and flavor are a mass of buttery notes, caramel and almond oils. I perceive hints of orange peal, papaya and orange blossoms, white pepper, pears and light notes of rosemary; it’s a very pleasant experience. Alcohol is apparent throughout the entire occasion, but in an agreeable and enhancing approach. Sweet but noticeably hoped in the finish.
I would certainly love to acquire another bottle for further examination, but I owe huge thanks to JoeT for bringing this to our tasting, Cheers boss!
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly hazy and brilliantly orange. Nose was sweet (fresh-baked pastries), yeasty and fruity. Mouthfeel was wonderful: thickish, velvety, creamy and silky, with a light carbonation. Malts were honey-sweet and biscuity. Hops were lightly herbal, spicy and aromatic. Fruity throughout, with notes of spiced apples, grapes (not the skin, just the inside), passion fruit, pears and cantaloupes. Very pleasant beer. Very painful story. (So as not to inundate him with trading offers, I won't mention his name, but thanks for the trade ... and thanks to all the southern Cali. people for making this beer accessible to those in other parts of the country.) This beer is a symbol of passion and heart in the human spirit.
BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange amber hue with almost no head or lace. Very fizzy initally. Aroma is the standard sweet fruity and spicy belgian style but seems to have a bit more hop kick than the traditional tripels. Alcohol is slighty noticeable on the nose. I found the taste to be quite different than most in the genre. This beer is very lively and as a noticeable hoppy bitter undertone beneath the fruity and malty tastes. Aromatic and grainy as well. The spices to tend to linger on the finish too long. Dry and a bit thin mouthfeel. This brew needs to age to gain a smoother and mellow approach and allow the characteristics to blend.
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden tangerine. Quick, dense white foam. Sweet, lacquer aroma with drops of passion fruit, honeydew, and spicy alcohol. Lightly meaty and leathery with flashes of fennel, lightly toasted grainy malts, and a fluffy yeast note. Very balanced and tightly estery. Firm mouthfeel. Lightly spritzy. Very quick to show its sharp alcohol, alongside a rich herbal blend and soft pale malts. Vague spicy hop presence, but not in the typical Stone fashion. Sweeping spicy alcohol and passion fruit notes. Very sweet finish with a touch of medicine, cracker, lemon zest, and honey-dipped noble hops. Pale malts are extremely subdued, but have enough girth to cut through the sweetness. Lingering grainy malts are enveloped by metallic, lacquery undertones and tangerine skin. It’s stupendously balanced, but lacking the finesse and of a world-class Tripel. On the other hand, the yeast is handled well, unlike most other Tripels made in this land.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I can't say I feel comfortable rating this beer considering the reason behind it. But, I believe the reason this beer was brewed has everything to do with it being such an outstanding brew. Hazy dark golden beer with a thin white head. Nose is yeasty and fruity. Flavor imo tends toward tropical fruit and spice.Medium full body. Some alcohol in the finish. An excellent beer brewed with everyones heart in it and it shows.
TChrome (1414) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome Abbey Tripel. Have been sitting on this bottle for about a week waiting for the proper time. Well the wait was justly rewarded. Ale pours golden with white head that competely dissipates. Aroma is delicious. Yeast, fruit, esters, a little spice. Flavor fullfills the promise of the aroma. Ripe fruit, spice, and candy sugar. This is a very special brew for a special cause for a special boy. Very sad story. Another huge winner from the best most accessible brewery: Stone.