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Infinite Wisdom Tripel - Upland Brewing Company

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Infinite Wisdom TripelInfinite Wisdom Tripel

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83
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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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cjacobsen

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

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...

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

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -19.9%

$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

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

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

(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.

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

New York

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9%

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.

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

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -9%

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.

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

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

09-16-2010 22:01:05 | More by mdfb79
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

09-15-2010 00:02:31 | More by tavernjef
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

08-03-2010 23:15:15 | More by mothman
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JamesS

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

07-30-2010 23:25:24 | More by JamesS
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HosP

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

06-30-2010 02:14:05 | More by HosP
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

06-27-2010 21:41:37 | More by drpimento
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urwithdave

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

06-18-2010 20:13:53 | More by urwithdave
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

06-07-2010 03:48:35 | More by Mora2000
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.55/5  rDev -3%

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.

05-26-2010 09:26:18 | More by JohnGalt1
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mynie

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

05-22-2010 05:39:57 | More by mynie
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

04-19-2010 23:59:10 | More by SirSketch
Infinite Wisdom Tripel from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.