Infinite Wisdom Tripel - Upland Brewing Company

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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 RyanPoff
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Carmel Upland tap room.

A: Clear medium gold with about a finger of solid white head. Very good.

S: Candy like esters, bubble gum, coriander, light spices.

T: The esters and gum come out at first, particularly as the beer warms a tad. The alcohol is there, but muted for this high ABV. Tripels are great for that almost candy like flavor and this hits it perfectly without introducing unnecessary oddities.

M: Medium bodied and very fresh from the tap. Excellent.

One of my favorite Tripels.

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 mynie
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn Dark Lord Day. So much happens and yet I always remember so little. I met and hung out with Upland cellarmaster--forget his name, but remember what he looked like. He broke out a bottle of barrel aged something or other (maybe this, maybe?) and it was stellar, made me want to try some of Upland's high octane brews.

This pours kind of pale for a tripel. I know it's listed as a Belgian Strong on here, but it says Tripel right on the bottle and that's what I am grading it as. Honey colored with a smallish white head. Not bad looking, not at all, but not that great for the style.

Smells lightly spicy, solidly like purple fruit, and very lightly yeasty alcoholic.

Tastes as it smells: a solid approximation of a style that usually eludes American brewers. Starts on very light nodes of cloves and allspice, and this move quickly into a long middle of very ripe berries and prunes, and ends on a lightly burny yeast.

Trouble here is that the brew is caught in between styles. It's a bit too fruity to be a regular belgian strong, but not nearly fruity, yeasty, burny, or vinous enough to be an exceptional tripel. It's a smooth beer, no off nodes and immensely drinkable for its strength.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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 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 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 tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous peachy gold hue with a glowing glaze of glare to smear out the body from being clear. Small and tight capping of yellowed ivory foam slips off quickly to keep a solid collar. Ultra thin patchy stringed lacing is placed sporatically across the goblet.

Soft airy aroma that's slightly white grapey with a fingerprint of peach, banana, and starfruit squeezed in as is a bit of fresh clove spice and citrus zest. Yet seems overall like a fruity suited warmth.

Taste is mildly sunken into a dullish citrusy core of peach, starfruit, pear, banana, and a fraction of orange. Warm toned, moderately beefy and tenderly sweet with the citrusy stuff backed with light bready doughyness and light hoppy dryness appearing in the finish along with a good standing influence of candyish yeast and a pinch of clove-like spice.

Solid medium body wrapped with a bold touch of effort to a welcomed warmth in each sip. Smooth, soft, with a firm carbonation. Dully sweet, even more dully citrusy, with a small tuft of drying yeast, spices, and hops in the finish to wrap up the warming citrusy sweetness.

A pretty solid Tripel from Upland that I found to be far too drinkable and the bomber was hollow much quicker then expected. Ummm...BTW - that's a good thing.

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 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 mothman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF

Served in a tulip.

Served with 1 finger of thick white head. Leaves some decent lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Fresh crisp hop aroma with lots of spice and Belgian yeast. Bananas and cloves show.

Taste: Big spice flavors. Coriander, cloves, lemon zest, and orange peel. Lots of Belgian yeast. Bananas and fruit flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a lot of spice flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, a good representation of a trippel. A touch boozy making it a sipper but I was pretty happy with this one.

Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Got a growler of this at the brewery a while back.

A - Nice rich golden color. Medium white head with fine bubbles. Quite clear for a Belgian beer.

S - Lots of the typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) predominant. Just underneath that is a nice maltiness and alcohol. No hops to be found.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malt and a strong booziness. It's pretty complex beer but it is hard to get over the amount of alcohol that the beer puts underneath the Belgian yeast. It is mostly crisp with a malt character and some alcohol but no bitterness.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. A pretty drinkable beer with a lighter body for such a high alcohol beer and no bitterness

Overall, a pretty good beer. Though it isn't as smooth or complex as Chimay Tripel I did enjoy it. The heat from the alcohol and Belgian spice tends to subside and after two pints of this hefty beer you don't even have any problems in the world (except if you have to drive home!) If you haven't tried this I would recommend it but I don't expect you to enjoy it more than other Tripels out there.

Glass- Shaker pint

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 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 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 katan
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml into a tulip

A - Pours a deep, dark golden color. Very clear, looking to be more of a filtered belgian ale. Light head formation, pearly white, breaks down to a film.

S - Orangey, lightly sweet. Some pilsner malts, yeast notes, and a very light phenolic tone. Clearly has a sweet base.

T - Starts off with a bright sweet, light amounts of coriander. Mid-stream gets more yeasty, pretty sugary. The spicing is very interesting - hard to identify - perhaps clove. Finishes sweet, no hopping. Some of the pilsner malts show up in the aftertaste.

M - Very thick, creamy, sticky. Little to no carbonation. At times a little too rich.

D - Incredibly potent ABV. Flavors are a bit overwhelming, almost too sweet at times. Not filling due to the uncharacteristically restrained carbonation.

A hard to analyze beer - simple, but complex (yes I know that is a copout).

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 Lukafer
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, awesome label art!

Pours a light gold with minimal head. I smell yeast, some fruits like banana and apples and alcohol. Tastes sweet with bananas, yeast and some alcohol. To me, it is very drinkable. I can see how some people may be done after a glass, but this is really refreshing and I could drink more. A really good showing by Upland.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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 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 drpimento
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not bad. Poured with a fizzy off white head that doesn't last and no lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is malt bananas, a little citrus yeast. Flavor is still a little banana caramel malt grain more sweet than bitter, but enough bitterness to keep it decent. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium long length. Could maybe have another.

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 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.

Photo of SirSketch
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - When poured, an inch of light, fluffy foam rises that is bright white in color. The beer itself is very translucent and a hay-yellow color.

S - Spicy and peppery notes were the first thing that I noticed. Belgian yeast, for sure, and a subtle hop character.

T - A lot of the pepper in the aroma comes through in the taste. It was a very clean malt profile. Somewhat fruity as well with slight hints of apple and peach.

M/D - A little heavier mouth than expected and leaves little aftertaste. A decent attempt at a tripel, but it is lacking in many ways. I have high hopes that this beer will improve over time as Upland tweaks this new recipe.

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