TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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 (1448) - 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.
beerguy101 (5358) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is fruity and spicy (coriander and pepper?) Orange and apricots. Bready. A medium bodied Belgian Style Ale. Not sure if it really a triple but its definitely has pure Belgian roots. Malts are very fruity and spicy. Carbonation is bright and lively. Its hoppy for a Belgian ale, but what else would you expect from Stone? Very nicely balanced. Extremely drinkable. I realize that this was a special brew, but do you think you could make more of this beer? Maybe sort of an annual thing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to jcalabre for this beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tragic circumstances surround this beer, but I'm gald I was able to help the cause by purchasing (trading for) a bottle. It pours a rich golden with a thin layer of white head. Has nowhere near the amount of carbonation of some tripels I've had, but this is a good thing. Aroma of sweet bready Belgian malts, authentic Belgian yeast, and a touch of spice. Nice thick syrupy body with some small bubbled carbonation throughout. Light fruity flavor and a very mild bitterness. Clean, crisp warming finish. Very true to style. It's nice to see Stone branch out and succeed at it too. Thanks jcalabre!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2003 A very slight haze to this, but otherwise pellucid amber color. Average head and lacing comes through. Aroma is dominated with a banana/clove & bubblegum. The flavor is lightly sweet but well balanced. This lacks the citrusy flavors that usually are present in tripels. This could pass as a german wheat with no problems.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy gold pour with small head. Lazy bubbles rise in the beer. Aroma of spices, some candy. Flavor of bannanas and cloves. Very smooth palate. Good beer, but it almost reminds me of a german wheat moreso than a trippel.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crystal clear golden and sparkling. Small white head with very slow rising small bubbles. Nice lacing. Yeasty fruity aromas with some hop notes. Very nice aroma. Sweet and spicy. Candi sugar and fruit. Hops are surprisingly pronounced. Body is medium and the finish is dry and crisp but not overly so. An excellent beer produced for a worthy cause.
flieger (2) - USA - OCT 15, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a superb beer! The aroma is superb, the flavor is outstanding, and the 7.6% alcohol is really not noticed; it's that "light" tasting, even though it has a spicy hop flavor!
This is one fine brew...and it really finishes nicely!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a beautiful sight, a big golden pour with a head that stands right up in your face, but slowly backs down with time, receding into some nice lacing. The aroma is spectacular, with whiffs of fruits ranging from banana to apples. A quite yeasty beer, bith some big flavors that are very pronounced, some slight candy undertones with a little bit of salt water taffy and bubblegum. Finish is light and spicy.