Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
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 bjohnson
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to warriorsoul for dropping this on me. Can't wait to try it as it's been sitting in the cellar for about six months.

Pours a bright clear amber color with lots of bubbles rising to the surface. One finger off white colored head looks creamy and thick. Holds nicely in place through the session and leaves rings of lace down the glass. Sweet aromas fill the nostrils. Sugar coated dark fruit notes along with grapes, apples, berries, and cloves aromas.

Smooth and extra creamy on the palate. Soft and velvet like mouthfeel. Sweet sugar flavors combine with fruit notes of mango, berries, grapes, and apples. Slight cloying effect with the apples notes, but it reminds me of fresh squeezed apple juice. Cloves and a touch of cinnamon round out the flavors. The taste almost reminds me of fall. Sugar residue is left on the lips and leaves a stickiness in the mouth. Faint bitterness detected on the roof of the mouth in the aftertaste. An interesting triple from Sly Fox and one that I'm glad I got to try. Would like to see how this fares on tap versus the bottle as it's been bottle conditioned. Hefty abv warms the chest but other then that goes undetected.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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 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.

Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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!

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Photo of PCampbell
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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...

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My comments on this beer would sound like the ramblings of a lunatic, so I will keep it simple. I LOVE IT!!!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow orange with a big white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel with hints of bread and apples yeast and vanilla, this beer is quite enticing. Bring on the salivating!

Taste: Caramel apricot vanilla fruit-salad bread and a healthy dose of spices, weave a well integrated complex, absolutely magnificent flavor. It is dominantly sweet (I like that) and subsequently spicy with a bit of alcohol warming going on as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth gentle easy! Nice moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This is as drinkable as you would expect from a beer over 10% ABV.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Something else from the excellent Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. 750 corked & caged into an Ommegang chalice with only a faint pop of the cork. Tried one the week before but wanted to sit down and analyze this one so here goes...

Pours a relatively clear honey color meshed with pale grain. Not too huge of the head at first pour (more like yeasty wisps) - 2nd pour brings a tight, 1/2 finger head. Ample carbonation rises quickly through the viscous body.

Nice bread dough yeasty component. There is raw grain and yeast electricity balanced by thick malt sweetness and mild ginger-clove spice. Just a touch of booziness and maybe a taste of honey. I'm also getting a little of that Saaz silage hop presence but it's nothing to piss on the fish over.

Oooh...this has a nice viscous complexity. The ginger and cloves emerge with leathery raisins and figs even...maybe some dates...and honey. Lots and lots of honey. Plenty of raw nubile grains mesh with a mellow booziness, creating a gentle warm finish. Carbonation cuts the sweet heft of it all rather nicely...even with a first hint of saltiness.

Mild spice breaks up the moderate booze component - the ginger and clove are quite prevalent with a mild date backbone. Very silky and velvety on the back end with a nice stewy malt finish and a fair Saaz-ish hop presence to toss in a little more balance.

This drinks a bit more heavily than expected. Still it's an all-around solid Tripel. Lately I've been veering away from this style and more towards Dubbels and Quads for their dark fruit components...something about Tripels (maybe it's the Saaz thing) are tossing me off course. Another solid corked & caged offering from Sly Fox.

Photo of cleanneon98
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this twice now and it was my first Craft Beer so it's kind of special to me.

Appearance: light in color, like a mix of beer, white wine, and champagne.

Smell: sweet and sugary, but not a ton of either, you can still feel the alcohol tickle your nose

Taste: the most unique beer I've had, tastes like white wine, champagne, and beer, all mixed in one, and let me tel you it's DAMN good.

Mouthfeel: bubbles in your mouth a lot, combined with the taste it almost feels like drinking some bubbly. Doesn't really bite hard though being 10+ABV, but that's a good thing cause when you're done the bottle and get up, you won't understand why you fell (I did)

Drinkability: great, very easy to drink, I liked it so much the first time I got another bottle, definately worth the money.

If you haven't tried it and have a chance to, do it, I've had a few other tripples since then and they aren't quite the same, even if you're not a tripple fan, this one tastes unique.

Photo of BBM
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox month at BoBBiQue, so they had this on tap. It poured a very light yellow with a hint of cloudiness. Small white head atop it. Aroma was sweet and slightly citrusy, with hints of cloves.

Very well balanced and smooth, this is a hell of a sneaky beer at nearly 11%. Honey, cloves, and bubblegum all are present, as well as a very subtle alcohol warmth. Honestly this is one of the tastier American tripels I've had. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Dangerously drinkable, highly recommended.

Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Gary's in Madison for $7.99... purple logo sticker with obvious sediment on the bottom of the bottle... Pours a clear, lucid, apple-juice color with strong rising carbonation and a puffy white head that exhibited some staying power... smell was loaded with a combination of malts and hops and a noticeable sweet citrus aroma presented itself along with fresh fruits and vanilla... taste strongly complemented the smell with grapefruit, caramel, vanilla, esters, slight alcohol, and sweet, candied sugars... the taste is extremely sweet and rich for a Triple... one of the more sugar-laden depictions of the style that I've encountered... a very rich and flavorful mouthfeel with decent drinkability... the 10.3% ABV struggles to be noticed behind a sweet combination of rich flavors and smells... a very rich, sweet-tasting triple... good stuff from Sly Fox... Recommended...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is Belgian yeast, apples, light malts, some spices and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with the bready flavor of Belgian yeast, sweet flavors of caramel, apples and citrus, plus some complimentary sourness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence. The alcohol peaks through a little bit but not as much as some other high-powered Tripels. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good high-octane Belgian-style beer to sip on for a long time.

Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cage-corked 750 ml bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours golden with a rich, white head. Some trailing lace slides down glass, with some stickage.

The smell is caramelish, slightly husky, floral/hay-like, earthy spiciness, a touch of bubblegum, light apricot-like fruitiness. Quite the complex one.

The taste is herbal/medicinal, slightly tinny, earthy, caramelish. Black pepper dominates at first, but eases as it progresses. As it progresses, it becomes like orange marmalade. Medicinal/peppery becomes orange sweeetness. All is not lost, but the taste does not follow the nose, and is not nearly as complex and inviting.

Nice carbonation level - almost effervescent, but with a creaminess.

A decent stab at the style - better than some American versions of the style, but not as good as others. Not in same class as some classic interpretations. If taste followed nose more, the story would be quite different.

Photo of ppoitras
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" actively bubbling white head over the clear golden brew. Head actually grows initially, eventually settling down after a long while, with tons of frothy sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly spicy, and has an alcohol tinge to it. Taste is the same pale malt sweetness touched with spices, but just the right amount of both. The alcohol is more of the warming type, and hardly noticeable tastewise. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the style, which can sometimes be overwhelmed by sweet and/or spice. Very nice.

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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.