Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 129
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Review #2500!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam which leaves a thorough lace as it dissipates. Very nice indeed.

Smell: very sweet and malty aroma with just a touch of an orchardy pear-apple character. I rather like it.

Taste: very sweet with a nice malty character and a bit of a floral/soapy character as well. Not at all bad, but it starts to lose me on the soapiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body but with a huge carbonation yielding a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Outstanding!

Overall: a good tripel indeed, if you don't mind the floral/soapy character.

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Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is the hazy pale-medium yellow I expect to see, though lighter than some. The haze makes for an overall translucency. The head is a tight off-white one with some strength to it, staying and sticking well.
This is an interesting one, with the staples of a good Tripel, a bit of alcoholic warmth that doesn't kick a full 10+% with soft banana, cloves, and sweeter spice notes but opening up with a little bit of herb riding underneath and just the slightest touch of yeasty funk almost countering the sweetness. Soft pale fruits and a note of honey close it out as it all flows into the finish.
The body is light-medium but deep with lots of movement. The carbonation is heavier than expected, and it makes the firm crispness and the smoothness a little less easy to come by, though it isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of m_hall
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into a goblet, with a fizzy 3 finger head that quickly fell to a persistent thin layer on top surface. Color is a clear amber-gold, carbonation is medium and steady. Left light lacing on the glass as it was consumed.

Aroma is strong bread/yeast, with some underlying notes of banana and citrus. Very clean, no mustiness.

Taste is quite malty-sweet upfront, with very present spicy notes and a crisply dry finish. Fruit notes became more discernible as the beer warmed (pear most especially.) Rather more apparent hops than I was expecting in this beer, but this balances out the early flavors quite nicely. This is a fairly high ABV Tripel-style ale, and the alcohol is quite present- this isn't a beer that will sneak up on anyone, though it doesn't kick you in the teeth quite as hard as some might expect of a beer this brawny.

Mouthfeel is very rich and full-bodied, very pleasant on the palate.

Overall, it's been a while since I've partaken of a Belgian-style ale, and this was an extremely solid representative of the form. I don't think it's quite as good as some of Ommegang's offerings, but definitely superior for my palette to Duvel (which is still a fine beer, IMHO.) Should pair nicely with dark breads and salty/strong cheeses.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A standard pour yields three plus fingers worth of audibly fizzy billowing bone white colored froth comprised of huge chunky bubbles... Decent retention is shown around a finger's worth of froth before receding to leave a mostly full crisp layer of lacing on collar... The color is a vibrant golden honey... A moderate bit of carbonation, some of which is quick and remainder of which is a bit sluggish, that rises randomly throughout...

S - Lots of fruit notes... Fresh pear... Fresh apple... Some candied sugar as well... The Belgian yeast compliments the rest of the aroma rather nicely... A very subtle spice component lingers beneath the surface... Spot on for the style and rather intoxicating...

T - The flavors from the nose are all present, but they get a bit muddled... The Belgian yeast is kicked up a notch on the palate... This is followed by the pear and apple... The spice kick is next with the candied sugar bringing up the rear a bit... There is a surprising bit of euro hoppiness that burst onto the scene at the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Starts a bit lush before a subtle dryness lingers throughout... Carbonation is a bit prickly... A bit sticky on the finish...

D - A rock solid American interpretation of the Tripel style brewed right in my own back yard... The addition of German malts and hops adds a unique and rather refreshing dimension... A bit of a sipper that was easy enough to finish... World class aroma and average to slightly above average in all other facets...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from The Bottle Shop on Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Poured into a chalice, head presents nice and thick, bright white almost 1 inch thick; body color is transparent, nicely carbonated with a golden hue.

Smell is slightly subdued starting cold, nice pleasant malt base, some very solid sugar sweetness noted, slight phenols noted from the yeast.

Taste is surprisingly sweet upfront, solid candi sugar profile of taste, fruity, malt is there and some hints of toast; yeast flavor is on the cleaner side, a little biting as it finishes the quaff. Slight esters noted and hints of the booziness, but hard to believe it clocks at 10+. Had to edit my review, as it warmed the more subtle yeast flavors expressed themselves nicely, solid clove and light banana

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for a tripel, this one is a bit sweeter in its taste and lingering flavor; flavors start on the tongue and distribute through the mouth, slightly drying as the flavors end.

Overall, a solid tripel, a little sweeter than my preferred take, but it is tasty and has a clean profile.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours hazy and a light golden color with a faint orange hue. There is steady stream of bubbles rising up through the middle. The head is delicate, white and creamy and fell to a film and a ring of loose bubbles.

The nose is deeply rich and sweet. At first you can smell a strong bit of yeast but then the fruits take over. Pear, apple skin and a tart apricot. There is plenty of earth in this nose and spices that make it woody and deep. Candi sugar and sweet soft bread. Gentle clove and orange with a sweet green grape as it warms.

Taste is very rich as the fruits and the rich sweet bread combine on the palate with a surprising and welcome light tartness from citrus. The spice brings a depth to the drink that is earthy and woody and adds clove & coriander. Honey. There was no alcohol on the nose but there is a bit of warmth and that's terrific as this is a big beer at 10.5 %.

This beer was brimming and overflowing with succulence from fruit flavors and a sweet deep malt that stayed soft. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation provides a slight tickle. It finishes dry . Hops are flowery and and it develops a little pepper in the finish too.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, apricot, grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, grape, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid tripel style. Good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and fairly smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An enjoyable offering to sip on slowly.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale orange amber, and a bit hazy but with a nice slow rising carbonation in the middle coming up. Head is a nice simple two fingers and creamy white with good pinhead sized bubbles. Some staying power but settles to a thin puck.

Fairly basic nose, slight orange sweetness maybe even a little tart in the background. Warming cream sensations as well, with some candy like senses. Not bad but nothing too exciting.

Interesting palate. First sip doesn't provide much, but the back of the palate and swallow seem to provide much of the flavor. Good finishing fruity sweetness and crisp carbonated body. Pear and sweet white grape with some lingering cream to match. Effervescent somewhat quality on the mouthfeel, with some nice sugars finishing on the aftertaste.

Overall a decent tripel, not mind blowing but one I can get into.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange-yellow color with a tiny white head. The head fades quite fast leaving a thin film of white fizzy foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is a biscuit and bready smell mixed with a whole lot of citrus and yeast. The yeast brings with it some smell of spice with coriander, clove, and white pepper. Some musty grain smells are mixed in there too, as well as some light candied sugar and banana.

Taste – The taste begins with a candied sugar flavor base with a large amount of citrus and yeast. The yeast is rather potent and after the initial hit on the tongue is joined by spice flavors of coriander and clove. Other more subtle spices of cinnamon and cardamom pile on the clove and coriander creating a highly spiced taste. In the end a huge dose of banana hits the tongue along with just the slightest bit of pepper and alcohol, leaving a somewhat thicker, heavily spiced, sweet and fruity tripel flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is full with many tiny carbonation bubbles. The thick feel is fantastic for the sweet fruit and malty flavors of the brew, while the higher carbonation suits well the spice flavors of the brew and maintains a very easy drinking feel. Quite nice.

Overall – This was a rather nice and tasty tripel. Lots of spice and fruity flavors of banana and orange with a rather wonderful feel. This is one that is well worth a try.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa tasting group

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Green grapes, yeast, clove, woodiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste grapes, apples, and yeast. There is also a bit of a woodiness and something astringent/medicinal. It ends with a dry aftertaste.

Overall – Pretty good stuff here. The booze was well hidden and the beer was very drinkable given the ABV. It was a touch on the dry side which left the beer less 'refreshing'. Still a good beer worth trying.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good domestic Tripel. Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Good color...hazy orange, minimal head, barely a covering of the glass with limited retention and lacing is limited to a light film on the sides of the glass. Smell is Tripel all the way. Light fruit, Pears, apricots, candi sugar sweetness and some peppery spiciness. Nice!!!

Taste has everything a Tripel should have except a strong yeasty aspect. Some of the best Belgians have an almost cheese-like flavor with the Belgian yeast. That is the only thing missing. The big, sweet fruit profile and the spiciness are very inviting.

Mouthfeel is rich. There is a bit more harsh alcohol taste here than many Belgian Tripels have, but this is a big beer.

Definitely worth while. A good Tripel, worth seeking out

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, best by 23/10/13
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color. Half finger of bright white head. Lots of carbonation. Streaming off bottom of glass. Slight lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S: Belgian yeast character. Spice. Coriander. Orange peel. Some breadiness.

T: On the tip of the tongue, lots of spice from that Belgian yeast. Coriander and clove and orange peel. Some light breadiness from the malts. The finish is fairly dry and mouth watering.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a mostly clear golden wheat color, coarse white head at a half inch retains indefinitely.

Smells of citrus, fresh grains and bretty yeasts.

Tastes of light lemon citrus, bret, sweet fresh grains and a hint of clover honey. Slightest whisper of hop in the aftertaste.

Feels is moderate to full with light but sharp tingles of carbonation.

Really good tripp, not the very best I've had, but among the best from outside of Belgium. Though it's not groundbreaking, it's hard to find a fault. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of fruit, malt, and yeast. A typical tripel.

T: Tasted of citrus (orange), malt, Belgian yeast, and some spices (pepper). A nicely done flavor, even it is a bit on the acidic side. A little harsh, but good.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a vibrant, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, interesting, American version of Belgian beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a fizzy head with a hazy carrot yellow orange color.

Nose has light Belgian golden malts, light spices, light citrus, a bit effervescent.

Taste has sweet golden malts, light spices, hint of orange peel with bitterness, bit creamy and toasty, Belgian malts. Finishes a bit bitter and drier, hint of booze.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carbonation, bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, typical tripel, no off flavors, nice malts and light spices, light citrus.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. I'm actually surprised I've never sampled this one from such a local brewery. And, with Tripels being one of my favorite styles, let's see how this matches up against the competition.

A: Golden bronze, fairly clear body with a constant stream of carbonation bubbles coming to the surface. Creamy and well retained white head with outstanding lacing. This overall SRM might be a bit darker than more traditional Tripels but it's still nice and vibrant.

S: Alcohol esters, Belgian spicy yeast and a mild hint of bubblegum are most evident. A very nice and balanced caramel malt backbone comes through to tie everything together. Fairly complex and this does have the defining notes you'd expect for the style.

T: A warming alcohol burn is immediate but it's nothing overwhelming by any means, just noticeable. Spicy yeast, mild clove and wintergreen are in the mid palate. The finish is nice and creamy without any lasting off flavors. Maybe a hint of malt sticking around just for a second.

M: Lower carbonation but prickly and smooth. I'm not sure how they did the balance but it gives this an incredibly smooth mouth feel while still having good carbonation on the palate.

For being such a big Tripel at 10.3% they hid the alcohol fairly well. It is noticeable but plays well in the bigger picture of the flavor profile. I'm pleased this is available quite readily to me and this is easily one of the more stand out offerings I've had from Sly Fox.

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Photo of PCampbell
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Saved this about 3 months after purchasing it. Pours a medium gold/orange, with a thick head, that dissipates into a thin, light white head that keeps a tiny bit of lacing on the edges.

On first smell it gives off a very yeasty/spicy aroma that includes cinnamon, pepper, banana, and clove, among others. The flavor picks up with a good Belgian yeast taste to it. Has a nice bready quality to it. Tastes of light pepper, green apples, oranges and lemons. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and slightly sweet.

A well-made beer that is quite enjoyable. A good beer to try if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Procured at the brewpub. Pours a beautiful translucent golden-orange with a half inch bright white head. Delicate strands of lacing are exposed as the head gradually recedes. Nose expresses clove, candi sugar and light fruity esters. Taste is consistent with nose; however, a bit more muted. A medicinal quality also comes out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all a solid domestic tripel. Can't wait to pop the Quad I bought.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, last round (x2) with lunch on 03JUN11 was Incubus. The 10oz small chalice offering was $4.00 per...

Light golden colored, with a touch of haze. A creamy, frothy, white head sat atop, lasting well with good stick. Aroma was subdued, with some tropical fruit rearing its head. A medium body was present, and this Tripel was decently smooth.

Some sweetness is evident, courtesy of te crackery malt. Tropical fruit also comes into play, with a smidge of honey accompanying mango and pear in the flowery hoppage. Could be more complex, but tasty nonetheless.


3.68 rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of haazer
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle shared with the girlfriend. Poured my half into a tulip.

A- A well carbonated apple juice looking beer pours out. A beautiful gold color with orange highlights. The head is about one finger thick of white bubbles, but dissapates quickly.

S- Smell opens up with banana and cloves. Then it paves way to a barage of spices. Deffinitely some white pepper, and a spicy Belgian yeast.

T- WHOA, did I mention a "barage of spices" in the nose? This is overwhelming in the taste. Strong white pepper and cinnamon, spicy yeast, and basically any spice you'd find in your kitchen blended together. Some clove in here but just way too much spice. Not good.

M- The mouthfeel is a plus actually if you can get past the spice onslaught. It's creamy and smooth for a tripel which is different from others in the style. Medium bodied and decent carbonation.

O- Well I thought this was going to be better, but perhaps the worst tripel I've had. Too bad I didn't tick their saison, royal weiss or rt. 113 ipa because I enjoyed those while at the brewery. This although different for the style, just too much too handle. Don't recommend.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade from BA, G311.
Pours a nice clear golden color with the smallest hint of a head and a little lacing. Smells of funk and all sorts of spices. Tastes of allspice, cinnamon, clove, banana, orange, pineapple, and pepper.
Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is mild. Overall, it is the best Sly Fox beer I have tried to date and I think if all of their beers were of this same quality they would be highly sought after in BA circles.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clear straw golden color, crop of frothed white head, decent filmy retention, some patchy lacing.

Nice banana and clove mix in the nose with plenty of spice, cinnamon and pepper.

A rush of floral hops with some soft fruit sweetness. Banana with clove and spice. Cinnamon with some peppery heat. More sticky sweetness, finished with some boozy warmth and dryness.

Nice medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Solid flavor, booze is under control, one of the better Slyfox offerings.

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Photo of ms11781
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NitannyBeerFan. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge 3 finger, fluffy white head. Head eventually reduces to a about a finger but sticks around for the duration.

The nose has a lot going on but none of it lingers to long. Some light fruits, apples and pears with a slight banana presence. Cloves and spices are here as is a noticeable amount of alcohol.

The first impression of the taste is that it is surprisingly sweet and fruity. Green apples and ripe pears are here. The banana, cloves and spices that were in the nose show up again. Unmistakable Belgian yeast and some bready malts are present as well. There is a hint of bitterness from some hops in the back end but they seem to provide just the bitterness and not much else.

Highly carbonated with a light body. The carbonation can give the beer a bit of a bite at times, perhaps making this finish a bit rough, and there is a warming from some alcohol as it warms.

The appearance and aroma are just ok but the taste is surprisingly good. It doesn't really match up with the rest of the characteristics but that's not a bad thing at all. The high alcohol definitely comes through more as the beer warms but overall it's still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: hay,citrus, and wheat

Taste: bread, honey, grass, and citrus

Mouthfeel: sour/semi-bitter, light bodied with high carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: A very dry and semi-sour tripel. An above average beer for me that is most likely one and done as Sly Fox has better offerings.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is awesome and is one of the best smelling tripels I have had. I get a ton of juicy oranges and lemons with some yeast and a little bit of tartness.

The flavor is tart green apples, oranges, lemons and some Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure if this beer is meant to be slightly sour, but it works very well and makes the beer very enjoyable.

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