Stone Stochasticity Project boldly goes where no brewery has gone before with a Belgian quad called Quadrotriticale that contains a wheat and rye hybrid grain known as triticale. Quadotriticale is a term that was coined in the original Star Trek television series, during the Trouble with Tribbles episode 15 of the second season. Tribbles are a Star Trek alien species named after the trilling purr they make. One was given to Lt. Uhura as a pet at Deep Space Station K7 by space trader Cyrano Jones. Unfortunately, once removed from their natural habitat the Tribbles reproduced asexually at an alarming rate, threatening to overpopulate the Enterprise. In this episode (spoiler alert!) the Quadrotriticale was unfortunately poisoned by the Klingons. The “aha” moment of the episode is when the crew opens the grain storage room on the ship, and dead Tribbles pour out of an overhead compartment, completely engulfing Captain Kirk.
So now I know why Stone didn’t put the Star Trek reference on the bottle — nobody wants to think the beer is poisoned. This beer showcases the triticale grain nicely. At 9.3%, this robust Belgian ale is sweet and rich, with a bready sour note from the grain and the yeast. The flavor lingered on the back of my palate until I went in for more! Totally delicious! We paired this awesome California beer with Alaskan Halibut tacos!
If you get a chance to buy one of the Stochasticity Project beers, I recommend trying it! I don’t think Stone will continue making them in the future. It’s a one-time shot, just like the original Star Trek!