ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Sweet floral wine aroma that pours out clear and golden yellow with almost no head. Sweet fruity flavor that reminds me of a wine cooler, too sweet almost candy like. Very thin mouth feel and metallic aftertaste. I can honestly say this is not my favorite offering from the Stone Brewing Company. altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
Interesting tripel. Definitely has a strong banana flavor that is slightly sweet but not overpowering. Slightly spicy too. Good stuff and a rare find too! htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Pulled out of that magic fridge at the Hampton after the Dark Lord release. I don’t know if my palate was fried or what, but I got very little out of this. Pleasant enough fruity aroma. Watery mouthfeel. I really had to search to find the flavors here. Very subtle fruit thing going on. I still can’t find the hops. I’m a fan of triples, just not this one :( Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Strong aroma of citrus when poured. Had a taste of fruit at the front, then a slight bitter finish. Largiari (10) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. Color is beautiful, golden orange hue, with good cloudiness. Almost no lacing, like a string of dental floss rimming the glass. Huge nose, like dried apricots and prunes, and a little nutty. Taste is big time Belgian Triple, spicy, sweet and a little hoppy. My only dissapointment is the finish, there is’nt much of one. Most true Triples tend to linger in the mouth for a while, I havent found this beer to do that. Overall, a very tasty brew from Stone.
contagion (9) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010 does not count
Beautiful golden color and vivacious scent. Slight sweetness characteristic of Tripel style, but not overpowering. Pronounced Eastern aftertaste - ginger, nutmeg, jasmine, but these are most apparent when the beer is fresh from a tap. Delicious. flieger (2) - USA - OCT 15, 2003 does not count
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! waxhell (2) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2009 does not count
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass:
Appearance - Yellow with a moderate white head. Looks like a "fizzy" yellow beer, as per Stone. Nothing to write home about, and other Tripels have a better appearance. Good amount of lacing.
Smell - Nose is slightly floral and fruity with the typical Belgium yeast undertones. Banana is the first distinctive flavor to hit me. The other flavors are mixed together, with a blend of spices (almost like Christmas spices, but not really) as the only other smell that stands out. Not much of a nose, especially when compared to other Tripels.
Taste - Slightly sweet tones, Finishes with a significant banana aftertaste. The taste definitely has fruit undertones to match the taste. The spice flavor is most distinctive during the finish, with strong nutmeg flavors. The nutmeg flavor is quite good, but still pretty low-key. The flavors are straightforward and muted.
Mouthfeel - The sugars come out in the mouth feel, sticking to your tongue. The lingering aftertaste definitely has a banana tone to it, and sticks to your mouth/tongue like a banana. Not bad, but not great. Significant amounts of carbonation, but not excessive.
Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Decently high ABV, but noting special. Could be a sessions beer, but that would be somewhat pushing it.
Overall -- A little overkill on the banana (which is not my favorite flavor), which is a shame, because some of the other flavors and tones would be much more interesting if they came out stronger. Would definitely prefer a Belgian Tripel over this. Compared to other Stone beers, I’d definitely recommend something else from their strong selection.