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Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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87
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mdagnew, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Snikwad1020, Jun 11, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

tigg924, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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 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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 26, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ChadA83, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

ggaughan, May 22, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Andragos, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, May 22, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

tempest, Jun 01, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

PaBeerLover, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Beertracker
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Beertracker, Sep 24, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JamLand, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

PCampbell, Jul 03, 2011
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3.88/5  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...

philbe311, Apr 19, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 18, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 08, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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

NittanyBeerFan, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

JamnesCameron, Aug 06, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DrinkSlurm, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

ShanePB, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

spinrsx, Jun 04, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

IBUnit63, May 09, 2009
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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.