AleSmith/Mikkeller/Stone Belgian Style Tripel Ale
From thefullpint.com: This is a very hard to come by beer made by Alesmith Brewing Co., Mikkeller (A very popular brewery in Denmark) and Stone Brewing Co. Because there wasn’t enough brewed for wide distribution, this beer didn’t receive tons of press from all parties involved. Luckily and handful of us beer geeks got a hold of some, and the results were pretty much the same across the board: The Stuff Rocks!
Alesmith/Mikkeller/Stone Belgian Style Tripel Ale. 12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium beer glass. 9.5% abv. Acquired through a great man named Chris Cochran!
Appearance: Vibrant yellow with a sudsy 1/4 inch head.
Aroma: Not so pungent Belgian yeast, followed by mangoes, peaches, and pineapple. After the fruit, you can clearly smell cloves.
Taste: Cloves, pineapple, bitter hops and tangy citrus.
Mouthfeel: Smooth yet sticky that ends with clean dryness. A fair amount of tickling carbonation.
Overall: I go either way with Belgian Style Tripels or plain old Belgian Tripels. I like them or don’t like them. I put this in the I like it category, because the yeast isn’t too funky, and I don’t get that crazy pencil shaving flavor in my mouth. While I don’t know what a Mikkeller beer tastes like, my wild imagination can pickout the Alesmith and Stone characteristics. I taste the Stone hoppiness and spiciness, and I get the smooth, silky mouthfeel I can attribute to an Alesmith beer. I would love a 22 oz bomber of this if this was ever made again.