Infinite Wisdom Tripel - Upland Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
01-18-2014 03:50:59 | More by RickS95
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
10-26-2013 21:10:11 | More by Beric
Infinite Wisdom Tripel from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.