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Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 129
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 129
Reviews by bheilman:
Photo of bheilman
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance with a golden hue and a decent head for such a strong beer. The smell is spot on to most Belgians. Sweet, caramel undertones in the scent. The taste is a bit off. It's a little too sour making me think of a sour. It still has the overall flavor to make you think tripel. Overall, the initial flavor is sweet , but it follows extremely bitter. I'm not sure if this is an influx of hops (doesn't really taste like it) or because of some unusual yeast (definitely has that wild flavor to it). Aftertaste follows the sour flavor. Its not so drinkable, but I'd like to try a draft or fresher version to see if something is wrong with the one I got. I'm a Sly Fox supporter, but I must say I'm disappointed with this one.

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Photo of jcrane07
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Snikwad1020
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of briandaube
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a cloudy honey golden orange glow forms a thick off white beige cram heead that leaves fine uneven lace all around the chalice I'm imbibing off of. Aroma is heavy on alcohol and overly ripened fruit notes with honey rich sweetness blende with tropical fruit notes including pineapple and mango...in addition tart green apples and mild spicing with some evident coriander come through with added herbal hop highlights. Taste...alcohol is not hidden as well as most Belgian tripels but this one kicks it up a notch across the board with spicy alcohol and raw syrupy fruit tones it's not very well melded together like most Belgian versions of this unique high octane style rough mix but I'm still pickin' up tart apple, pineapple, and sugary layers of added sweetness. Mouthfeel...carbonation is not effervescent like most Belgians it's body is medium and carried rough along this wave of heavier syrupy flaws. Drinkability is mediocre compared to other great versions of this style full of flavor and enjoyable but no where near as put together as most other tripels I've tasted in my day.

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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 ChadA83
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Served from a 750 ml bottle. I popped the cork with no real champagne cork popping action. The beer poured a deep golden color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. The aroma was very sweet, bananas and a bit bready. The taste is very pleasing. Malty and bready a bit of spice and banana in the taste. The beer is very deceiving as you don't really get the 10.3% abv which makes for a very drinkable beer. The body is medium with some active carbonation. I am glad to see that Sly Fox has started to bottle this beer that I heard so much about when it was only on draft.

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Photo of Andragos
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incubus poured carefully from a well-stored bottle delivers a perfectly clear, deep-golden body with yellow highlights beneath a full head of rocky off-white foam. The head retention is quite good; and the lacing is very nice as well, with walls of solid, creamy lace left about the goblet.

The nose is fresh and beckoning, with bright yeasty notes of vanilla, banana, clove, black pepper and mineral & mild earth atop a sweet and candyish malt.

The flavor is cookie-dough sweetish as the nose implies, but far from over-done. There's a sweet maltiness at its heart, but it's really the yeast that gives it its character with gentle fruit (soft, sweet apple; banana; and mild plum), as well as some very spicy (clove and black pepper) and subtly smokey phenolics that round it out. A splash of alcohol and some hops (that are floral and leafy but also appear minty due to the sweetness of the malt) help as well.

It's surprisingly well-balanced, with a big arch of sweetness that shoots right up, rises to its epicenter at mid-palate, and then descends gently - tempered by its alcohol and underlying bitterness - into a peppery and mildly leafy finish that lingers with just a mild residual foam from the receeding tide of candyish malt. The alcohol is pretty well cloaked throughout, and there's more than enough character to keep it interesting without hitting you over the head with it.

Very nice! Superbly done! And somewhat original!

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the Bowery Whole Foods for $9. Why have I not drank this beer before? It's a well-made Belgian that's delightfully fresh thanks to being brewed so nearby. The beer is properly light and drinkable, and also dry and spicy. The malts also provide a gentle golden raisin and mild berry punch taste before more dry biscuit malt and a peppery finish. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Beertracker
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Incubus starts off with a big bang theory and pours lively creating a pillowy white head that sits atop a bright sunset-deep golden body. The complex aroma is fruity (apricot, pear, peach) with lots of spiciness (black peppercorn, coriander, paprika) and some floral/perfumey (orange flower, violets) aspects. Moderate maltiness. Strength noted. The flavor starts of with some candied maltiness, but gives way to a spicy bitterness that takes control to deliver a slightly cloying, fruity, spicy, cheek warming finish. Good complexity. This medium bodied Tripel is creamy with ample carbonation, but a drier finish would balance better. Overall, a fine hand-crafted Tripel from the Sly Fox. Don't let Incubus seduce you!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 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 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 mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another new one to try on a very hot Easter afternoon. This one was opened right before dinner and split between me and my brother in law. He really seemed to take to this one and found it to be his favorite of the day. I thought it was good, but not bowled over the way he was. Served chilled and split into snifters, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was very nice, and fairly typical for the style. Nice golden amber in color with a decent amount of cloudiness to it that wrapped around the glass. Big head of white then came up and over the top, settling down and producing a good amount of lace throughout the glass but leaving the top bare after a few brief moments. Moving forward we get a musky, almost bready aroma at first before notes of figs and apricots come through, plums and a touch of a sour pear thrown in, but I am not really blown away by how it all comes together, seems to be a bit to much for me to be honest and does not seem to work on the level that I was hoping for, Same follows over from the flavor as I really just was not feeling it. Bready malts and hints of herbal grass notes are leading the charge here but nothing really great going on. Seems to be too much as the fruit is not complimenting the flavor but rather distracting from it. Carbonation and overall feel is done pretty much dead on and it had that classic triple approach, but just seemed to be a miss with the flavor.

Overall it was decent, but I have had much better. It looked and felt the part but did not have the flavor profile to back it up. You cannot win them all and they have done a fair amount to impress me in the past and enough to keep me coming back to them again.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden amber pour into a tulip glass that leaves beautiful lacing down the sides of my glass.

S: smell is largely of yeast and dry malts...just like any good tripel should!

T: Very complex taste. Initial taste is yeast that melds beautifully with cloves and pepper. Immediately following the yeast is the dry malted feel that takes over the palate. The finish reveals a delicious balance as grapefruit hops sneak their way onto the tongue just before you swallow.

M/D: Perfectly carbonated with a medium texture, the flows right over the tongue and slides down the throat during the finish

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from chefmonty in the Portrait of a Brewery BIF. Thanks Stephen!

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours with a thick white fluffy head on top of a golden hued brew. Head shrinks from about an inch to an eigth over a few minutes.

Aromas of apple, pear, and hard candy.

First sip is prickly/spicy with hints of tobacco, thin apple juice. Alcohol burn comes in after a few minutes of warming up.

Mouthfeel is medium. provides a good coating over the inside of your mouth, but not thick or sticky.

Very drinkable triple. Hits the nail on the head for style. Good rival to many belgium imports. I'll have dreams about this one.

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Photo of diddith
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.