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Otter Creek World Tour: Holy Otter - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-13-2006)
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Reviews by sponberg:
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New York

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Holy Otter, or as I like to call it when it's cold, H'otter. Brilliant gold, nary a sparkle of cloudiness, with a white head that dissipates pretty quickly to a few clouds of foam on the surface. For a beer that claims to be fermeted in the bottle, I see no traces of schmeg in the bottom and no cloudiness at all. Odd. A single bead of bubbles comes up from the center of the Duvel glass, which looks cool if nothing else. Aroma is biscuity-malty, with a slight sugariness along with some Belgian yeast esters and whiffs of pepper.

Starts pleasant enough, whith some biscuity sweet maltiness, hints of sugar, and a light bitterness coating the tongue... then the alcohol comes in, hot, loud, and proud. Depends on how you sip it - if you gulp it, it doesn't show so much. If you let it sit on the tongue, on the other hand... hot like a DFH Immort Ale hot. Finishes with lingering afterburn, along with some pepper, sweet candy malt, and a mild, indeterminate noble hoppiness. Reasonably creamy mouthfeel, but the drinkability is killed by the alcohols.

Wonder how this would be after sitting for a year. If I had a second bottle, I'd try that. Some of the flavors are there, but it tastes like it just needs time. or a lighter, I can't quite tell which.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 01:30:12 | More by sponberg
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

06-26-2013 23:55:36 | More by jaxon53
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -7.4%

04-29-2013 06:00:19 | More by Kelp
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

03-15-2012 19:50:59 | More by Varkias41
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

02-05-2012 18:08:02 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

12-02-2011 05:26:24 | More by rab53
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3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a hazy, dark gold with a small, white cap and medium collar that quickly fades. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy malt with a decent dosing of biscuit malt. Other aromas found are of roasty nuts, apricots, pineapple, yeast, and cane sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with estery, tropical flavors pulling through.
Mouthfeel is hot, medium bodied, doughy, chewy, fruity, with apricots sticking to the back of the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 02:20:05 | More by weeare138
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Rhode Island

2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance - Cloudy clear gold color. Poured with a head that decended, but now it looks flat. Some bubbles are present.

smell - Apples, swet floral smells.

taste - Has a sweet taste, almost like apple juice. Then it has this kick at the end, like brandy.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - I gave a A to another tripel, but noted that I couldn't finish it because it was sweet. This I think is bad, but I think I don't like them.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 00:40:25 | More by auxiliary
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4.35/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is at cellar temp and poured into a stemmed snifter. The beer gushes a little upon pop capping.
Beer pours a clear bright gold hue with soft bleached white head of 2 cm foaming up and fading to a sturdy surface layer with some tight lacing on the sides of glass.
Aroma is floral and fruity with white grapes and pear, some candi sugar and booze as well. The nose fits a tripel pretty much right on.
First sip reveals a light airy body and slightly watery body with very fine gentle carbonation. The beer has almost no weight to it while in my mouth.
Flavor is as expected, fairly sweet and boozy, I get white grapes, pears, some berries, floral hops, and again some candi sugar. I get a little wine booziness on the finish, that leaves a little warming in my belly. The beer is very easy to drink due to light body and mild and appealing flavor. there is some obvious booze on finish to increase sippibility but I think this is appropo for the style. I find this to be a yummy beer and enjoy this the most frmo the world tour beers Ive had recently.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 02:04:27 | More by sulldaddy
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloud, soft golden color with much less head than expected, which quickly dissapeared. Smell was a soft malty character, a little bit of alcohol on the nose, but what I came away with more than anything was the smell of apples. It was like smelling a vinegary apple juice. Once I started to taste the beer, I still couldn't get the apples out of my head. Not big sweet apples, like a fuji, but small, tangy crab apples. It also had the light sweetness of a tripel with alcohol present, plus a slight buttery quality to the taste. Malt presence, very little hoppiness. Average carbonation, medium-to-light body. Unique, worth a shot, but not the beer to try to get a classic sense of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 18:48:57 | More by micahgoldfus
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3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - On the darker side of golden, slightly darker than I imagined, but still light. Carbonation, on the other hand was verging on non-existant. And there's hardly any yeast in the bottle.

S - First smell was slightly "Belgian" - bananas and cloves that we think of. But after that, it basically smelled like nothing. And, smelling into the bottle, it smelled more like a macro lager.

T - Not impressed so far, based on looks and smell, but the taste is solid. It has all I expect from a Trippel - spicy, banana clove flavors; alcohol is present in a good way; hops are to style; sweetness is pretty good - maybe a little higher than some other trippels, but not too much.

M - Good mouthfeel - I'd call it medium. A bit dry, but rounded out by the banana sweetness. The carbonation feel is not as small as it looked on the pour. Slightly syrupy on the finish.

D - Great, as with all Trippels, considering alcohol content (which is annoyingly non-disclosed for this beer). I could drink this all night (which would probably be a short night with a Trippel).

I was not optimistic as I opened this bottle. I wasn't a fan of the Otter Kilter, and the reviews here at BA are...um...less than favorable, but I like this beer a lot!

Overall this beer is a great value buy! My 22-ounce bottle was $3.19 at Gordon's in New London, CT (GO THERE!) It may not exactly be Westmalle or Chimay, but it costs WAY less. As far as I've seen, the only way to get a cheaper Trippel is to make it yourself.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 22:45:07 | More by ksbrainard
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New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber for $3.99- figured what the hell. Have never really been impressed by Otter Creek but I gave this whole a try.

Poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- light golden yellow- foamy head- lots of bubbles from the carbonation.

S- Smelled of citrus fruits and things of the sweet nature.

T- My mouth was overwhelmed with hints of lime, lemon, orange, and citrus. VERY sweet also had a sour undertone. Alcocol was prevalent. Tons of spices

I was not really into this beer. For me it was too sweet, and not enough substance.

No ABV listed but was surely a strong brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 00:00:51 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber: This beer pours an almost crystal clear lighter golden (almost yellow) Mine had a small white head that dropped off quickly. Not the full head that you expect with a tripel. It smells like a tripel, but the aroma is incredibly weak. This didn’t bode well for the taste, and my premonition was correct. The taste was incredibly thin and weak. Good, but it seemed watered down. I’ve had more tasty Abby Ales than this, and this is supposed to be a tripel. I’m glad this is a one-of offering, because I wouldn’t buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 18:43:21 | More by Boto
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3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color a bubble here and there will let go and rise to the small white head before it falls rather quickly. No real lace left behind.

Aroma is bready/wheaty malts with hints of fruitiness, whats that in the background vinegar? Fruit is light green grapes, apricots, pear over all nice except for the strange not quite vinegar but thats what it is reminding me of aroma.

Taste is sweet bready malts dominating but touchs of wheat like presence, but not as strong as the nose indicated. Lingering fruits are present grapes, apricots that seem to blend into a fruity/floral hop presence that is light. Alcohol is noted in the finish along with earthy yeast and light subtle hints of the vinegar note in the nose, but not near as strong, thank God.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with lightly peppy carbonation but not over done. Mouthfeel is the one thing they got right here.

Drinkability is ok another average example from what I find to be an average brewery, I no others feel different. An way thanks go to Enola for tossing this bottle my way

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 17:46:34 | More by mntlover
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2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellowish color with a bright white headskie. Fruity spicey yeasty flavors are all up front, but the overall balance is lacking. Nothing special, really. Better fresh on tap as I recall which shouldn't be the case for a tripel. Mouthfeel and drinkability average. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 01:43:55 | More by scottum
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3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz, Part of the “World Tour” four pack. No date noted.

Pours a slightly hazy light straw color. High carbonation level, but little head retention. Aroma is characteristic Belgian tripel with some musty, spice but also sweet malt comes through as apricots. Taste is mellow… not sharp and alcoholic as most triples are (IMO). Well rounded yeast peppery spice and fruity apricots does not overwhelm. Taste barely lingers. Syrup coats the tongue and mouth. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel hurts the drinkability in this 22ozer. Invite a friend to split, and enjoy. Style wise, not dry enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 17:46:28 | More by sacfly
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber purchased at New Beer in NYC (just $3.99) pours cloudy, dull apricot, with moderate amounts of tiny bubbles rising to the top. A vigorous pour resulted in just a minor near white head, that clung to the sides of the glass and then left some scattered, long lasting and stringy tiny bubble lacing. After a few sips, I'm surprised at the low numbers this beer has been assigned by my fellow BAs. The nose is clearly of yeasty, spicy Belgian goodness, with white pepper coming to mind. Notes of tropical fruits, the ever appreciated “bubblegummyness”, more lemon and lime, slight gin and some more pepper. Drying with some resiny hop notes in the finish. Gotta love a Vermont/Belgian. (Two of my favorite places on the planet) and this one did not disappoint. Well worth a try IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 16:50:52 | More by Billolick
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light body, thinner looking than your normal tripel. A bid of yeast on the top, more floatng there than integrated beautiful normal Belgian head. Aroma is mildly pleasant yeast. Taste is tripel all right, but rather harsh at that. Not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 06:27:31 | More by Sammy
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2.08/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pretty uneventful looking beer. Tawny yellow body, a touch of chill haze and a few white bubbles emerge on top.

Smell: Tart apples, a bit of sourness on the nose, a brief hint of vinegar.

Taste: Pretty bad, unfortunately. Very sour and tart. Some spices linger but is mostly dominated by sour fruit, mostly apples.

Mouthfeel: Barely any carbonation.

Drinkability: Actually, a drain pour. Unfortunate as this is to do, neither I nor my two friends could drink this one. I fear from the lack of carbonation and the sourness that this may have been a bad bottle. But then again, I review the beer in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 04:41:19 | More by jslot38
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3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Villa Spirits, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the clear golden brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, which are largely focused around the rim, with plenty of slow-falling lace. Aroma is minimal, but provides sweet and grassy notes. Taste is moderately sweet and spicy malts, which linger but diminish through out the remainder fo the experience. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Another reasonably nice brew from Otter Creek in their Worls Tour series.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 02:32:04 | More by ppoitras
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber, courtesy of Artied2.

Pours a light golden, hay-like hue. Clear within, with miniscule bubbles slowly meandering upwards. Head is quite thin, white and fine, mostly clinging to the edge of the chalice, with some lacing left behind. Has a bready, grassy nose, giving me thoughts of both an OFest and a Pils, oddly enough. Pleasant, but not too Tripel-like. Medium bodied, and fairly smooth, in general. Light on the carbo; solid mouthfeel.

Has a nice sweetness to it, and is a touch toasty as well. A little bit of a candyish flavor comes through, with a hint of light caramel. I get, too, a bit of a spicy character plus a mild tinge of a green-apple like fruitiness. Some pepper is evident at the end, and the abv is quite well hidden. Most haven't praised this bier, but I enjoyed it and felt it went down well.


overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 20:13:41 | More by Bierman9
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North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at the Sawmill Tap Room in Raleigh. typed up from notes.

Poured a pale yellow color. Similar to Bud but thicker and slightly hazy. Nose was stale sugared candy with just a bit of lemon.

Flavor has a wierd sour, candied apricot thing oing on. Lots of sugary malts. Tasted like a lemon drop too. Just a bit of grapefruit. Mouthfeel was fairly dry and the lingering flavor was akin to cardboard. The alcohol is nicely concealed by this sickly, fruity sweetness but the flavor is just too off to be enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 19:19:54 | More by MuddyFeet
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3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had been off on a vacation, when I found this funny labeled triple on a supermarket shelf. It poured like one the famed Belgian triples with the cloudy orange and cream flow.

My first sense of the Otter was that it smelled good and the first taste a just a little off of what I was expecting. Of course, I kept trying after I had filled my favorite 50cl glass. I liked the malty taste that reminded me of the fabled St. Bernadus Triple.

I was uncertain what this might go with, but I tried grilled chicken with bbq sauce with some success.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 05:29:49 | More by bonbright7
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek- Holy Otter

Appearance- Bright yellow with a small soapy head.
Smell- Sweet, sugary sweet with hints of fruit ( grape, lemon, orange)
Taste- Sweet. Big hints of spicey fruit come through. Alcohol is present in the end.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and alcohol dominates in the end.

Overall- Not bad, at all. I think it needs to be aged to tone it down a bit!?! It was just too sweet and alcohol was to dominate. Otherwise it was a nice sipper!!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 03:04:48 | More by NJpadreFan
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New York

2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11/26/2006 $3.25 22 oz. N/A No best by date.


Pours a hazy pale yellow adorned by large foamy bubbles that settles almost instantly into a thin film resting on the surface.


Odd sweettart/starburst citrus aroma, perhaps more along the lines of sprite lemon/lime.


Something about the carbonation and flavor combination in this remind me of pop rocks. Somewhere there is a tripel in here, but much like their Otterbahn, it misses the mark for which it aims. There is some odd citrus sensation going on, and an even odder yeast presence. Bye-bye beer, though at $3.25/bottle, it's not that big of a waste.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 00:03:01 | More by cbl2
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Otter Creek World Tour: Holy Otter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
76 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.