Stone Symposium Ale

Stone Symposium Ale

Rated 3.450 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Belgian Ale

7.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Specially brewed for the 2004 AOB Craft Brewers Conference held in San Diego, CA. This ale is the result of a collaborative effort between three San Diego County brewers and breweries. Peter Zien of AleSmith Brewing, Tomme Arthur of Pizza Port Solana Beach /Port Brewing, and Lee Chase of Stone Brewing all gathered together and brewed this celebratory ale up at the Stone Brewing Co. This Belgian-style strong golden ale was brewed with multiple yeast strains, a pretty substantial amount of Czech Saaz hops, and a touch of lemon grass.

ID: 10580 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank4217
Overall Percentile91.1
Style Rank84 of 1079
Style Percentile92.2
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.600
Weighted Score3.450
Standard Deviation0.559

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  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    When I tasted this, I really thought it was supposed to be something light. I’m a bit surprised to find out that its a Belgian Strong ale. Odd. Kind of like a wheat wine, but not that big. Vanilla, caramel, nice clean malt. The vanilla is real enough that I wouldn’t have been surprised if they had actually used vanilla. Light flavor and body are quite tasty, actually.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottle: Poured an hazy golden color ale with small head with minimal retention. Aroma of coriander is clearly evident. Taste is very Belgian-lie with lots of coriander, Belgian yeast and some distinctive Stone hops. Body is way too thin for my liking and maybe is a bit oxidized. OK, but I’m sure those three brewers have produced better things in the past.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 4.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    A very special limited-edition beer, to coincide with the 2004 National Craft Brewer's Trade Show and Conference being held here in San Diego this week, that was only available at O'Brien's. It's a shame, too, since who knows when (if?) it will ever be released in a more common/easy-to-obtain format.

    Puublican Tom Nickles quietly ushered this into the pub around 6:30 last night, but everybody at our ussual table watched with keen interest as the keg was setup. Finally, after two of the guys went up there to scout it out, goblets of this were produced. :)

    Like most other Belgian-esqe offerings from Stone, the appearence isn't spectacular -- perhaps someday they'll figure out the proper protein-mix to get that "just-right" billowy head of foam, eh?

    But where the appearence could use some improvement, it's all "thumbs-up" from there on-out, IMO. Hints of spice and the rumored lemon-grass in the aroma -- all quite nice.

    But where this beer comes into it's own is also where the "rubber' meets the road", so to speak. That is to say, the flavor profile.

    Nice and quite firm in the front-end, letting the malt and spicey twang shine. A nice alcohol bite in the middle, and fairly clean in the finish. The lemongrass addition was also an interesting change-of-pace for the style, that gave this beer some interesting dimensions to an otherwise solid Duvel clone.

    Very much a distant relative to Stone's other Belgian offerings (esp. the so-so VE02, and the slightly more interesting VE04), but with a bit more "Stone-like boldness" than those two beers put-together.

    Along those same lines, I wish that this recipe would be resurrected some time in the future, as either a standard offering (unlikely), or maybe as one of the Vertical Epic beers. Either way, this is a winner in my book, that I hope is still on-tap when I stop by OB's this Saturday after volunteering at the Craft Brewer's Trade Show and Conference... ;^)

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Orange gold color. Slightly hazy. Medium white thick foamy head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity, with orange, peaches and lemons being the most prevalent flavors. Bright yeasts and lots of them, the lemon grass really compliments the yeasts. Very smooth taste. This would make a good session beer, but at 7.5% alcohol, it makes it a little dangerous for that purpose. Very nice beer. I hope that we will see more collaboration between the Big Three San Diego Brewers. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 4.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    (bottle from Stone). Pours a perfectly clear, beautiful golden color with a frothy white head. Lots of champagne like bubbles. The appearance of this beer is excellent. Yes, it does look a bit like a pilsener. The flavors are slightly complex: it starts of feeling thick, sticky & sweet on the tongue but finishes dry and smooth. The taste reminds me of the Celis (TX) Grand Cru that used to be made. This is an excellent beer.

  • SASSY 154 reviews
    rated 3.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Was expecting a Belgian Strong Ale...really? Anyways, this is a good beer -- golden, citrusy, lightly hopped -- but was not what I was expecting at all after all the hype. Stone DOES make much better!

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Is this really Stone that made this? This is simply the worst beer they make! Yellow appearance with a moderate head. Some honey and citrus flavor is present. Very watery and bland.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 3.4 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Poured a golden color with a nice off white head and lacing as well. Aroma of yeast, citrus, and light sweet malt. Taste of banana and citrus fruits, yeast, and some alcohol on the way down.

  • VAC 2186 reviews
    rated 3.6 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This belgian ale pours iwth a light orange gold body topped by a medium thick white head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet mostly bitter, salty and yeasty with slight banana notes, a touch of nutmeg, a slight grassiness and a hint of lemon. The flavor is slightly sweet but mostly salty with a slight maltiness, a touch of banana, a bitter grassiness, a touch of nutmeg and a hint of lemon. Light bodied, crisp and dry.

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