daleharshman (900) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from brewery ($6.00). Pours a cloudy amber-apricot color with a brief white-ish head that quickly disappears altogether. Aroma of Belgian yeast (a big surprise when you remember this is from Stone), sweet grains, hints of various fruits (banana, lemon, apple) and spices. Taste is very sweet right away with flavors of banana, bubble gum, light yeast, and a hint of spice. The hops eventually become noticeable and the finish is well-balanced, being neither too sweet nor too bitter. Alcohol is not detectable -- but then at 7.6%, this is a rather "light" tripel. This is the one Stone beer that falls quite firmly into the Belgian category (surprised that Stone did not hop this up a bit more as they have done in some of their "Belgian" hybrids). Altogether, a good tripel and for a good cause.
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden pour with no head. Aroma of bubble gum, mild citrus, melon and mild spice. Flavor is pretty similar, though the melon comes through a little more prominently than in the aroma. Very clean mouthfeel. Somewhat strange dry pilsner-like finish, but this actually works pretty well once you get used to it. A good, refreshing brew but not really an outstanding tripel.
bhops (428) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bman113ver. Pours clear apple juice color, minimal head. Aroma of belgian yeast, coriander, malts. Flavor of honey,fruit. Slightly sharp.
larryLSB (418) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 22 oz., courtesy of illidurit. Light golden in color with minimal white head. Nose of sweet candy and malt, dry and hoppy tasting with a bit of spice. Very nice.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice caramel color with an off white head. Sweet bubble gum and pepper aroma. Nicely balanced bubble gum flavor with a little hoppy bite. Medium carbonation. Nice.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle courtesy of illidurit. Gold with a white head. Lots of fruits in the aroma, with some melon, strawberry and orange; candy sweet and spice. The flavor is on the sweeter side with light spice and some orange. Medium bodied with a little less carbonation than I would like. Pretty solid, but lacking much to make it stand out.
illidurit (2130) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orangey gold color with a small, wet white head. Little if any lacing. Big bruised apple and banana aroma, very fruit salad-like. Flavor is very similar but there’s a light spiciness in the finish. No trace of alcohol but the beer is rather sweet which hurts the drinkability. Semidry finish, smooth.
nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Toronado for Belgian-Inspired beer dinner. Clear golden in color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, sugar, and west coast hops. Flavor is similar, with sweet pale malt and the typical hop profile of Stone beers. A little Belgian yeast. Almost like a Belgian IPA, with citrusy hops lingering on the finish. Medium-full body.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of yeast, apple, banana, and sweet crystal malts. Gold copper hue with an average white head. Flavor is sweet and yeast, typical tripel. Palate is medium full bodied and lively. Decent but not one I’d buy.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Beerlando for the bottle. Pours a clear yellow with aromas of yeast, grain and banana. Flavors are grainy with some banana. I think I’m a little biased against the style, now, and this was a pretty average Tripel.