GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
22oz bomber thanks to OldStyleCubFan! I’ve never even heard of this beer. So what’s the story with it? Anyway, pours blonde with a decent white head. Not much retention or lace. Aroma is laden with cloves, overripe bananas. Taste is very sweet, loads of candi sugar, bananas, red apples. Dry, powdery, messy finish. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle from Stone’s World Bistro and Gardens. Pours a DIPA-cloudy orange, with very little head for a tripel. Aroma is right on - pungent, with caramel and bubble-gummy sweetness offsetting a significant grassy/citrus hop load. Flavor is really too sweet - this one is off-balance. Needs more hops, more yeastiness, and more carbonation - it ended up too still, as well. Smelled nice, but this one was a bit of a let-down. jbruner (5121) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Pours a clear golden brown from the bottle with minimal lacy off-white head. Aroma is loads of caramel and honey. Taste follows with a hint of yeast and booze. Definitely not a good Belgian, but not a bad beer. adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2003
I think this is an all-around good beer, as definitely has Stone's character, but it isn't one of their best. Fruity notes in the nose and tongue, but the flavor and aroma just needed a little extra "oomph." daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2003
Light bright lemony golden color. Maltesers chocolate nose, alcoholic and fruity. Big alcohol kick at the front, quite sweet, hints of banana. Nice aroma, but overall too sweet and somewhat boring for a triple.
Ungstrup (38215) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
An amber beer with a small white disappearing head. The aroma contains notes of alcohol, peach, and fruit. While the falvor is sweet and dominated by alcohol and yeast. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 29, 2005
Pours a golden yellow color, small white head. A little bit of sediment floating around. Aroma of apples, pineapples and a little wheat. Flavor is bananas, cloves, coconut and apples. Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bomber from the original 2003 batch (or the only batch if it wasn’t re-brewed). Poured bright and vibrant lighter orange with a wispy dusting of white head. The aroma showed some age and deterioration, but in the grand scheme of things it held up very well.. paler malts and much less lighter fruit supported dry, dusty cracked pepper and plenty of yeast. The flavor was centered around tacky pale malts with peppery, banana, and spicy yeast overtones.. the hops broke down, leaving a bit of cardboard.. finished dry and spicy over the emergence of light vanilla. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate, unfortunately a little empty right on the back. This was undoubtedly better a few years back. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow with white head. Aroma is fruit and alcohol. Taste is a fruit and yet also dirty socks. Not overly impressed by this beer. 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.