Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity by Stone Brewing

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Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity by Stone Brewing is a 7.4% ABV Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with Hibiscus Flowers and Orange peel.

Label:
STOCHASTICITY
STO-KAESTI-CITY
There is no happenstance or coincidence. Dumb luck is a fallacy and randomness a commonly accepted mistruth. Much of what seemingly falls into place and seems so natural is a result of Stochasticity, a concept embraced and exalted by this special and unpredictable series of beers, where exotic notions, ingredients and ideas coalesce at an interesting and often unexpected endpoint.

Stone Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity
In pushing the beer envelope, we aim to advance imbibers’ options for something far beyond run of the mill with this immensely thirst-quenching alternative. As original as the tongue-twisting name we coined for it, this robust Belgian-style ale is brewed with wheat, hibiscus and orange peel, bringing forth floral and citrus notes against a brilliant pink hue.

HOP VARIETIES: Magnum & Sterling

MALT VARIETIES: Pale Malt and Wheat malt

SPECIAL INGREDIENT: Orange Peel

SPECIAL INGREDIENT: Hibiscus Flower

==Introduction==

Stochasticity Project has been an ongoing project by Stone brewing for a while where they release special experimental beers or in some cases beers that were draft only once but now see public release. Almost like from the book of Monkish, this beer uses hibiscus. However, Monkish brewing makes a saison with Hibiscus and chamomile called Floraison. Makes me wonder what just orange peel will do for this one. Either way, I’m open minded to try it and I love Jamaica/Mexican Hibiscus Flower punch as well so this beer could possibly hit the right spot. Let us see what this one is about.

Aromas:
Oranges, citrus, hibiscus, floral hops, honey, citrus blossom honey, biscuit bread, wild bee honey, apples, lemons, caramel, vanilla, stone fruits, raspberry hints, brown sugar and cinnamon hints.

Flavors:
Oranges, Hibiscus flower punch/Jamaica, citrus blossom honey, wild bee honey, biscuit bread, lavender, grapefruit, lychee, stone fruit apricots, peaches, mango hints, apples, lemons, caramel, vanilla, raspberry notes, floral hops, green tea hints, cinnamon hints and mild white grapes.

Aftertaste:
Orange, hibiscus, honey, vanilla, stone fruit hints and floral hops. No alcohol in the taste, crimson light to medium body, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, easy to drink.

Overall:
This one is very good indeed. While I like the Floraison better, this is very damn refreshing and delicious. Still a great beer that many people will find tasty. This would of made a great beer in the summer if I had tried it then. Either way, it still a great beer now and worthy the buy. Lots of good flavors here that I definitely recommend it.

Anime Corner:
Original samurai character was used in this pairing to represent the bad assery of the beer but also the crimson and rose pink colors that are represented by the label, hibiscus flowers, beer color and flavors. Stone is always making bad ass beers so I figure another bad ass artwork was called for in this instance of the pairing.

Sources:
http://souzanurafrianto.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/konachan-com-73976-gray_eyes-japanese_clothes-kimono-original-red_hair-scarf-short_hair-sword-weapon.jpg

Stochasticity Project QUADROTRITICALE by Stone Brewing

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Stochasticity Project QUADROTRITICALE by Stone Brewing is a 9.3% ABV Belgian Quadrupel brewed with triticale grain.

Label:
STOCHASTICITY
STO-KAESTI-CITY
There is no happenstance or coincidence. Dumb luck is a fallacy and randomness a commonly accepted mistruth. Much of what seemingly falls into place and seems so natural is a result of Stochasticity, a concept embraced and exalted by this special and unpredictable series of beers, where exotic notions, ingredients and ideas coalesce at an interesting and often unexpected endpoint.

Stone Stochasticity Project QUADROTRITICALE
Trappist ales as we know them have a proud lineage dating back nearly a century. Rather than follow the footsteps of the monks who forged the quadrupel—the warmest and darkest of monastery offerings—we aimed to test its inherent makeup. In doing so, we added triticale, a hybrid grain combining the pleasant flavor of wheat with the elemental durability and spice of rye, to breathe new life into the malt bill. Because of this, this reimagined brew comes across differently than its classic Belgian predecessors, and beautifully so. Lower in sweetness, but rich with flavors mirroring dried fruit, it’s a modern interpretation of one of the most historically sacred styles on Earth.

Malt Varieties – Pilsner Malt & Flaked Triticale
Belgian Yeast – Ardennes Strain
Special Ingredients – Dark Candi Sugar
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A Stone Quadruple?! YES PLEASE!! I never say no to my quads, on of my favorite styles of Belgian beers. This guy I picked up at Ramirez Liquors on Olympic Blvd near Downtown in East LA. Something tells me I really will enjoy this. I am not sure If I have had a Quad with Triticale, but let’s see how this one goes. Now I have never had this grain, at least to my knowledge but it was something that was used in Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10. A fun note for the Star Trek fans was that quadrotriticale was the name of a 4 leaf clover hybrid grain composing of wheat and rye which was used in the episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” and also had a blueish color. This one you can definitely get as it will see national distribution. So yeah, come get this one and cheers!

Aromas:
Bananas, Clove spice, bubble gum, dark fruit raisins, currants, plums, figs, dates, rye bread, herbal notes, peppercorns, molasses, papaya, dark cherries, Belgian chocolate, candi sugars, brown sugar, coriander, anise, nutmeg and kiwis.

Flavors:
Rich Bananas and dulce de leche caramel, rye bread, notes of Belgian yeast phenolics, Dark fruits like raisins, figs, plums, raisin bread pudding, grapes, dark cherries, Belgian chocolate, brown sugar, candi sugars, peppercorns, tropical fruits like papaya, kiwis, persimmon and dragon fruit notes, molasses, anise notes, coriander spice, blackberry preserves on rye and hints of port wine.

Aftertaste:
Belgian phenolic bananas, cherries, peppercorns, dragon fruit, rye bread, raisins and dulce de leche caramel linger for a little bit but then ends kind of dry. No alcohol in the taste. A moderate drinkability beer with full mouthfeel even if the beer is dark but clear. There is also a smooth component to it which makes it drinkable too.

Overall:
A damn great beer that I enjoyed more than expected. It is a quad with a variety of flavors and more fruitier than caramel based really which is pretty awesome. It ain’t no Forgotten Island but it is definitely a delicious little quad and dangerous too. I can definitely drink several of these but it would be bad as I would get wasted. I think the beer may age despite the clearness and really the ABV will make it so. This beer also reminds me of the Dogfish Head Sah Tea too, interesting. Highly recommended especially since it will be distributed to all Stone chains, you have no excuse not to try this one!

Anime Corner:
Original Artwork by NKMR8 or Nakamura Eight was used in this pairing for several reasons. I wanted to capture the bad assness of a quad beer as well as the fact that some of the Stone beers I have paired, especially Arrogant Bastard, have been bad ass Samurai, Ninjas or Demons of sort. A quad by Stone is something I have never tried before so I really wanted to pair with something that would pair with the fruit flavors, the colors of Star Trek’s Quadrotriticale and the overall badassness this beer brings. The aspect of the Abbeys and Trappist may not be very visible at first but just like when I did Stickee Monkee, honor and commitment is part of what monks do. The Samurai follows the code of Bushido and are very honorable members of society. While their ideas of the spiritual beliefs may differ from other monks, the Samurai meditates as well and prays to serve society.

Source:
http://static.zerochan.net/NkmR8.full.1420609.jpg