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Infinite Wisdom Tripel - Upland Brewing Company

Infinite Wisdom TripelInfinite Wisdom Tripel

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BA SCORE
83
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%


Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2008)
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
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RickS95

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disappointing pour. Very clear nectarine shade of faded orange. A finger of white head that doesn't retain well. A swirl leaves a spotty lace.

Smell is pleasant enough with orange or orange rind, alcohol and possibly banana, strangely enough. If they used Belgian yeast, I'm not picking it up.

After the first two scores, the taste is a surprising success. Orange or orange and pineapple, some citrus fruit that's got a sweetness to it. Plenty of malt. Enough alcohol. Pepper and grape yeasty taste.

The sweetness really helps the score here. It's a bit malty, but the addition of whatever's giving it that sweet citrus taste works wonders. Still, a bit light bodied given the strength, but it still works. Very fruity, carbonated finish.

Overall, this beer ends up being really good. There's enough complexity in the taste and feel to make up for the slightly light feel. Despite it's hefty ABV, it's pretty easy to drink with smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:50:59 | More by RickS95
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Beric

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 5 oz sampler from Upland Production Brewery
Served: 26 October 2013

Appearance: A clear golden yellow with a nice white, soapy head. Good carbonation, but the bubbles are significantly bigger than Belgian versions of the style.

Smell: Compared to other tripels, this one didn't smell like much. I wasn't picking up the yeasty, banana-like esters I get from other tripels.

Taste: I had this one after the Upland Wheat Ale and it was a world of difference. Where the Upland Wheat had some weird spicy funk to it, this one was almost cloyingly sweet. It was not sweet. There were some funky notes as you would expect from a Belgian style, but much less pronounced than unfiltered tripels. I'm not sure why they filtered this one, since I think they yeast would make this one taste a lot better.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. Even though the bubbles looked a bit bigger than other Belgian style beers, this one had great carbonation and a nice silky texture on the palate.

Overall: I'm conflicted about this one-- it's good but it's only good compared to Upland's weaker offerings (which unfortunately are some of their most popular ones). Compared to these, this is a great beer; compared to other tripels, this one lacks in character and taste due to the overpowering sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 21:10:11 | More by Beric
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice pillowy head, went to a thick lacing after a few minutes. At first, it had a strong wheat/banana smell, similar to some of my homebrews. After it warmed up, it still had the wheat presence, but had more tropical fruits, some malt, very little hops. Taste was very malty, with an "alcoholy" finish, kind of had a warming sensation as it went down. No bad aftertastes, which is a plus in my book. Overall an alright brew from Upland.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 05:28:28 | More by JISurfer
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at MaSON lounge, Madison. Glad to have the chance to sample this on tap. Definitely has the tropical fruit of a tripel, but doesn't have the malt of one. I like this well enough. But couldn't be satisfied w/ what little esle is going on here

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 05:58:55 | More by martyl1000
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davey101

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on March, 2010. 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Light amber body, slightly hazy. Soapy three finger off-white head forms, dies down to edging with large bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S - Spices, cloves and cinnamon. Sweet biscuity malts. Lots of banana and citrus. Bit of grass on the finish.

T - Very banana heavy with cloves and really sweet biscuity malts. Slightly alcoholic and warming. Medium mouth feel, but its almost syrupy.

O - A tasty beer that has surprisingly aged well. Really doesn't stack up against the Belgian and Trappist tripels though.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:38:54 | More by davey101
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. Carbonation is visible.

S: Cloves, lots of banana, hints of alcohol and lemon.

T: Starts with a bit of wheat along with the cloves and banana. Finish is citrusy with a bit of alcohol warming.

M: Medium with above average carbonation.

O: Very drinkable for the strength. More banana flavor than I've noticed in a beer but I like how it works.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 22:33:44 | More by RunForYourBeer
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, notched bottle date of Feb 2010(almost 2 years old). Pours very hazy golden straw color with a fairly dense 1 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Slight bits of lacing cling to the glass. Good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big bread, lemon zest, pepper, banana, apple, light caramel, orange, spicy yeast and a bit of alcohol. Nice and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bread, apple, grape, tart graininess, candi sugar, and spicy yeast. No bitterness; with lingering notes of pepper, bread, citrus, banana, and spicy yeast on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that drinks quite easily but is still a sipper at 9%. No alcohol other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a surprisingly very nice and enjoyable Tripel. Good balance of flavors with smooth drinkability for the level of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:30:26 | More by superspak
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden yellow, the haziness of it only served to magnify the shine it gave off. Some light sediment in the bottle, but that was from me, as I like it. A towering head of white foam at least four inches high,

Lots of grains here with a touch of yeast in the aroma. Light banana and lemon. touches of grass and even the slightest bit of grape. light, and full of flavor, light notes of yeast and wheat, some light fruit backed in as well. Nice hints of peach and a touch of wine like alcohol, but very light and more of a subtle nice surprise then anything else. The flavor was good, and at times effortless. The finish was dry; almost a champagne like dryness to it with a long lasting flavo

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:03:15 | More by mikesgroove
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A dry dusty banana creme funk. Bits of honey.

(T)- Very sweet and sugary. Bits of lemon, yeast, and banana cream.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Extremely sweet and sugary almost to the point of off-putting.

(D)- Very sweet; tons of candi sugar in this. Tastes good, but not that easy to drink/ enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 16:36:46 | More by sweemzander
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EnJeiBee

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy pale yellow, with a 2-finger head that quickly thinned out

S - Very light aroma of sweet pale malt combined with a very faint belgian funk you would expect

T - Candi sugar and bready malt flavors are present upfront, but truly dominated by how hot the brew is. Unfortunately, the alcohol really dominates the flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied and softly carbonated with a slight alcoholic burn

O - I was slightly disappointed with this. I have a hard time deciphering whether the flavor profile is lacking or the alcohol is taking over. Either way, I think this brew would benefit from toning down the alcohol and letting the ingredients shine a little more.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 03:06:43 | More by EnJeiBee
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cjacobsen

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sixthglass for getting this to me in a trade.

(A) Pours a straw yellow color that is dominated by a golden hue. Not much of a head and it sits with a slight haze.

(S) Smells of light malts and a sweet cereal. Sugars. Almost has a faint tart aroma.

(T) This is big on belgian candi sugar. It's a very sweet beer that has a lot of sugars in it. There are some citric notes in the taste but mainly dominated by the lighter malts and residual sugars.

(M) Kind of tart and acidic. Lighter body and a bit grainy.

(O) I must not be a tripel fan. I haven't had one that really stands out as being a good one. Most of them are too sweet and don't have a really good balance, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 14:00:06 | More by cjacobsen
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid tripel, and my first sample of this brewery's effort at a Belgian style - they appear to be on-track. Bright and sharp up front, almost a bit cutting, with a somewhat acidic front. Lively carbonation. Some candy sugar and restrained yeasty funk. ETOH is a little raw toward the end, with a clean, lingering bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 13:58:15 | More by Brent
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jsh420

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear golden yellow with a 1 finger tight bubble head that had decent retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of alcohol lemon some pepper and hints of latex

tastes of sweet malt lemon orange banana peppery spice - some heat from the booze

mouthfeel is medium light body with low carbonation almost flat

overall - good flavor just the mouthfeel was lacking - they fix that and we have a very solid tripel

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 03:46:29 | More by jsh420
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up on one of my many trips back to the Midwest. Hell, my family lives there....

A: I got a mild haze on the peppery orange color. The carbonation was visible and was definitely prominent. Little floaties and then some.

S: Soggy breakfast cereal, mild on the nose, maybe some diluted citrus, but not much more.

T: Diluted candy sugar, a tinge of booze, but not much. I really appreciated that this Tripel was not a coriander, spice bomb.

M: Thick and sugary-syrupy, but that was part of its charm. The lacing was splotchy at best.

O: Good Tripel, glad I had it, but moving on now...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 02:50:06 | More by Chaney
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$8.99 for a bomber. Bottled on March 2010.

A: cloudy, orange color with decent head that slowly dissipated
S: extremely mild nose, slightly cloying, nothing special
T: tripel qualities are definitely there but the beer is quite hot, I would prefer a few less percentages of alcohol, the spritzy quality can't come through with the alcohol, cloying
M: rounded but a ton of EtOH
O: decent but could tone it down a bit on the alcohol

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:13:43 | More by wisrarebeer
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled in April 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet and fruity, it smells like candi sugar, pears, citrus, peppery spice, cloves and bananas. The brew tastes like citrus (oranges, lemon peel), bready malt, cloves, pears, and peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit slick and dry with good carbonation. I think it's a nice, enjoyable overall brew. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 21:54:04 | More by bluejacket74
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep lemon yellow body with that is clear with strands of microbubbles trailing to the surface and a white foam that is bubble around the rim.

S- The soft yeast esters have a hint of pear to them with a soft fusel note with the dry spun sugar note.

T- The soft dry sugar flavor fades to a mellow fusel alcohol bit in the finish with a soft hop bitterness that grows as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that eventually burns in the aftertaste as the beer opens.

O- Age might help the alcohol heat in this but the soft ester and sugar notes might fade aswell. There are more hops in the second glass as it warms and the alcohol taste mellows a bit but the burn grows.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 21:01:58 | More by rhoadsrage
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dragonWhale

New York

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, courtesy of my man Peesie, had the splendid fortune of being pitted up against my first homebrewed attempt at a tripel. While my beer was delicious and also around this 9.6% mark, my care for my making of the candi sugar resulted in a beer that looks more Belgian red than the creamy gold of a tripel.
This beer possesses that golden clarity, a bit of curtseying up on the lap of my glass. Glorious.
The nose is all phenol, peppers and pears, with the slightest bit of fusel background. A little floral hop character.
Peppery flavor, a little bitter, slightly fruity, but overall quite dry and very delicious. Prickly carbonation brings the phenols forward quickly and sharply.
A well presented and delicious beverage. A great gift from the package and something for my next attempt to aspire to.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 04:19:08 | More by dragonWhale
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n2185

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

April 2011 vintage

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing. Even after swirling the bottle before pouring, it's still pretty clear--no bottle conditioning here?

S: Lots of bubblegum and bananas with a touch of cloves and spice. There is surprisingly little yeasty aroma.

T: Again some cloves up front followed by candy sugar and bubblegum. Some bready flavors come next with a surprisingly strong alcohol burn. The alcohol really dominates the flavor, though leaves an aftertaste of bread.

M: Fairly light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't too thick and sweet but the strong alcohol burn keeps it from being light and crisp.

O: While it's not a bad beer, the strong alcohol presence is surprising for the style and really holds it back. Maybe with some age, this beer would be better.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:10:24 | More by n2185
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, on-tap
A. Clear translucent straw gold. Not really any head to it at all.
S. Clove spice, heavy starfruit and white grape juice. Minor green apple side notes but unfortunately very heavy boozey hotness to smell.
T, M. Everything in the nose is what you get in the mouth, including the unfortunate boozey hotness. Really extremely sweet. The mouthfeel has some strange oily slickness to it that I don't care for.

This is not meant to be consumed fresh. Some time in the cellar would most likely balance this out into something more approachable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 20:14:06 | More by WastingFreetime
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vitrael

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold with a suspension of yeast, tiny bone-white head and no lacing.

S: Extremely fragrant. Fruity and spicy, crisp citrus hop smell, and alcohol.

T: Sweet malty flavor with medium body, the sweet boozy flavor of candi sugar evident. Crisp hop flavor that is, if anything, slightly lacking. A little biscuity at the end.

M: Great carb and medium-light body. Extremely drinkable.

Tasty. I will definitely get another bottle or two for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 01:02:26 | More by vitrael
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden orange color. Two finger white head shows medium retention. Head ends up just capping the beer. Some medium size streaks on the sides of the glass.

S- Belgian galore as far as yeast presence goes. Banana and clove are front and center with a little citrus hops. Some light belgian candi sugar sweetness tingles the nose along with a heavy dose of alcohol. Some light bready malts in the middle to ending aroma.

T- Big bold flavors from the Belgian world. This opens up with a bready sugary sweetness that has hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Middle of the flavor profile hints toward some more of the caramel malts and light alcohol. A nice begian yeast comes through in the ending with a ton of clove and banana toward the very end with a blast of sugary alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Belgian yeast left on the palate. Aftertaste is sweet alcohol, yeast, and bready malts. Heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were well blended for the style with no off flavors present.

D- This beer was good. I had it on tap and from the bottle both. The bottle I thought was more flavorful than on tap. The ABV makes this one a couple of glasses before switching to something else. Upland seems to be a hit or miss and this one is a hit I thought.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:18:05 | More by alleykatking
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

When I popped the cap there was very little hissing noise and I feared no carbonation. On the pour this comes out a very hazy deep golden straw color with some orangy tones around the edges. A bone white paper thin head was barley floating on top of this this ale. When I hold it up to the light there is no yeast chunks, and as I give a swirl there is a medium amount of lacing creeping down the walls of the glass.

Smell:

A sweet bouquet of orange blossom honey and freshly baked biscuits, lemon peels, bananas, and prominent aromas of white grape juice. I can't pull out any hops presence or alcohol heat.

Taste:

Very sweet, almost on the verge of being cloying. This really reminds me of having Welches white grape juice or a sweet white wine. There are lots of funky phenolic flavors like apples, cloves, and esters to round out all the sweetness. Only in the finish I can pull out the 9% ABV which slightly burns a little bit.

Mouthfeel:

Very good and not overly thick and super dry like some. The carbonation is perfect and easy to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 17:14:36 | More by Bmoyer0301
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aasher

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened this bottle that I'd been cellaring since I received a free bottle from an Upland rep when it was first released. It poured a pretty thin light orange with a one finger creme colored head. It was much clearer than it was the first time I tried this. It's missing the cloudiness that I love from my Tripels. The aromas are pretty blase. There isn't as much going on as you'd like. It's slightly yeasty with some light hops. It didn't possess any sweetness or alcohol. The taste is just decent and nothing spectacular. It's not very strong and nothing in particular stands out. It drinks pretty light and doesn't have the fuller body that I prefer either. It's just ok. It is pretty drinkable for the higher content but overall it doesn't really impress in any category. This was much better the first time I had it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 03:59:29 | More by aasher
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mdfb79

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a clear golden color with 2 inches of white head.

s - Smells of pepper, spices, yeast, and light citrus.

t - Tastes of spices, cloves, and pepper. Light citrus. Not a lot jumps out here.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok tripel that was heavy on the spices. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 22:01:05 | More by mdfb79
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Infinite Wisdom Tripel from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.