Infinite Wisdom Tripel - Upland Brewing Company

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Infinite Wisdom TripelInfinite Wisdom Tripel

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2008

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus fruit, Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar. The flavor is alcohol, sugar, oranges, flowers and yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty nice, straightforward tripel.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of jsh420
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of n2185
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from my partner in crime, Ditmier... Eric pulled this one out late in the evening so we could have a parting gift... Thanks homeboy.

Pours very clear lite gold with a darker eggshell head.... great lacing and retention.

Nose is spicy and malty... slight citrus zest ... more white peppercorn.. somebody mentioned "banana", I'm not getting it.. a fair amount of EtOH... all the components seemed pushed together and never comes together.

Flavor shows the bones of a good triple, yet needs to be dialed down... plenty of pale malts combine with yeasty phenols.. esters speak more of bubblegum, but now I get the banana.. some pear shows too ... pretty hot toward the finish ... too sweet for the style... doesn't really dry out enough.

Body is a bit thick.... carbonation seems about right, yet pretty "big bubble".

Ehhh.... I wish I had taken better notes... I have a harder time on "okay" brews. This is a bit of a mess when looked at as a whole, but again, the bones are there.... some tweaking will do wonders.

4.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Cool brew Eric... Thanks for sharing.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery on 03.07.09. Served in a snifter.

A: Typical tripel color with a minimal head, although the lacing clings throughout.

S: Slight hints of alcohol with fruity smells throughout--sort of reminded me of a hefewiezen.

T: Sweet for the style, but in a very good way. Again, reminded me of a hefeweizen-tripel cross. Slight hunts of bubble gum.

M: Very smooth. Slightly creamy, and little indication of the 9.0 abv.

D: Very drinkable. If not for the high abv, I definitely would have had more than one. Hopefully this will be released in bottles, as this is the first Upland brew that I have been very impressed with, although this is not to say that the others are bad by any means.

Photo of HosP
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Attended a brew tasting in Broad Ripple. Spoke with a Upland guy who recommended it, so picked one up the other night.

A- Poured lighter color, almost golden with little haze. Very little head and no remains of lacing.

A- Strong citrus and clove aroma.

T- First thought was sweeter than expected. As I drank it seemed to mellow a bit. Couldn't taste the higher ABV which was refreshing. A good taste after a hot day by the pool!!

M- Very little carbonation. Medium body. Like I said, pretty sweet taste.

D- Good tasting beer that was very easy to drink.

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – dark yellow. Like a farmhouse or a saisson. No head at all.

S – fruity, a lot like blue moon (no offense). The alcohol is noticeable.

T – Immediately sweet, tastes like Mead. I’d swear there’s oranges in here. I almost thought too sweet, but it’s growing on me. It is softly layered, with the slightest hint of bitter at the end. You have to really taste for any bit of Hops. It’s nicely strong in flavor, a lot of tripel’s seem watered down, not this one. This one is almost syrupy…

M – thicker than most beers. Plenty of sweet aftertaste … and if you really look for it, a bit of hops.

O – I couldn't drink a six pack of this. It’s thick, and too sweet for my preference. That said, it’s got a nice layer of heavy mead opening, and a softer slight tinge of hops after. As for it being supposedly “Belgian Style”; I can’t find it. None of the classic Phenolic yeast taste that you’d get in a normal Trappist or another high end Tripel. While this beer is a good sweet sipping beer, I was disappointed not to taste any of the acidic layers that I seek out Belgian beer specifically for.

Photo of sweemzander
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Photo of martyl1000
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of davey101
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of vitrael
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of JISurfer
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of urwithdave
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one Brian! Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- Pours a hay straw looking pale yellow. A very small head that was off white in color. No real retention. Minimal lacing left.

A- Yeast and wheat up front. Some banana up in the mix.

T- Follows the nose really. A yeasty wheat profile runs the palate. There is a sweetness present also, I'm thinking it's honey. There are also hints of banana and clove. No sign of the abv at all.

M- Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Finishes rather sweet. With a bit of a yeasty aftertaste.

D- It was really easy to drink. I found it pretty refreshing on a hot muggy night.

Photo of JamesS
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent golden color, but with no head and just a little bit of lacing. Very nice scent, very sweet with a nice spiciness to it. Good flavor; a lot of malt sweetness along with a very nice dark spiciness at the end, along with just a bit of hop bitterness. Goes down well, although there is a bit of roughness from the spiciness.

Photo of stompilator
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice.

A - Poured a clear gold, frothy head.

S - Pale, bright grain, peppery spice, ground sage.

T - A chaos of spiciness bursts from the front, easing in and letting some very buttery, bready malt notes shine, with a sweet, creamy, almost funky yeast spice fading in and hanging on in the aftertaste.

M - Medium, creamy body body, bubbly carbonation without being aggressive.

O - With the yeast had a little more character, but overall a nice, sweet Tripel.

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Infinite Wisdom Tripel from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.