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MacTarnahan's Gran Luxe Tripel Ale - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Gran Luxe Tripel AleMacTarnahan's Gran Luxe Tripel Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2003)
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear orange-gold with a good white head. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and malty with some alcohol and a sweetness. It is a little too sweet and the body is a touch too full. There is a nice prickly carbonation and some fruity esters and some spiciness. Peppery alcohol is present in the slightly dry finish. A tasty beer by itself, but it is lacking a certain character for being a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 17:48:25 | More by ark57
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Braggadocio

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber in color, with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. Smells were yeasty, with caramel and notes of sour apple. Malt and yeast were the dominating flavors, yet not overpowering in the least. Malt was mellowed further by dry fruit flavors. The finish was capped with a heavy sour apple flavor and aftertaste. Great beer, too bad it is no longer made.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 01:26:24 | More by Braggadocio
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magictrokini

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a cream-colored head. Aroma is nice, full of candy sugar, yeast, and wheat. The taste is not great, but very good. Dusty yeast esters and clove, but mixed with a rather bland wheat-like tanginess. The alcohol is completely masked by the candied fruit and spices. Like all MacTarnahans beers, good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 21:25:08 | More by magictrokini
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rallison

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got scared after reading the last review, as I had just bought a bottle at Hollingshead's right before. Luckily, it seems I lucked out - it had not turned. Review below just got an infected bottle it would seem - bummer. Of course, had he not bought that bottle, it probably would have been the bottle I bought, so thanks for saving me! Anyway, on to the review...

A: Cloudy darker amber color with a 1/2 finger fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Slightly boozy with a caramel sweetness.

T: A good amount of caramel/toffee sweetness. Alcohol is not really apparent, but is nicely balanced back there (the 2+ years it's been aging probably doesn't hurt). Spices and any sign of spiciness is minimal, relegated to the end. Everything is pretty mellow, but also not very complex.

M: Relatively thick for a tripel, with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling lifeless.

D: Drinkable enough.

Overall, semi-recommended. It needs more complexity, but it's still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 05:13:09 | More by rallison
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

*** DO NOT BUY !!! CAVEAT EMPTOR *** SOUR
I couldn't find this on BA until I bought a bottle to try. darn!

Pours a dark red amber with no cap.

Scents told me immediamente that this one took a turn a lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng time ago. It's cooked. This is a Flemish Red! All sourness nothing left in the gas tank. Paid $6.99 at Irvine HollingsHead Deli and it is flat out gone!

Last swigs: Just a meager vestige of a triple here. It is sour and horrid. Experimental stage only. Pass me a Govornator.

Beer is usually good. Happy otherwise beering.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 06:48:32 | More by blitheringidiot
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DogFood11

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting appearance. Carbonation is highly active and well supportive of the flat silky head. Slightly unfilitered Orange hue.

Picked up a sweet and spice type smell and light fruits. Some acidic, sour notes as well.

Hoppy presence up front and turns slightly acidic. Some sweet light fruity taste balanced it out. As the beer warmed up the sweetness came out more and it improved. Big alcohol warming was not well hidden. It was a bit bold and harsh at times.

One I'll try again if the price is right but nothing I'll pursue.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 02:44:16 | More by DogFood11
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KoG

Nevada

2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with a pillowy white head. Laces nicely with puffy rings.

Smell is a bit odd. Musty with faint sweet malt and a touch of apple.

Taste is too sweet and a touch cidery. Finishes tart and just a bit odd, but still mildly drinkable.

Not the best tripel out there but one that I might have to get again and cellar to see if it improves. I hope it does.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 07:15:49 | More by KoG
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into the snifter a semi-hazy orange and yellow with a faomy white head that fades away quickly with no lace. Lots of carbonation bubbles screaming for the surface.
Aroma of cracked grain, pale malt and a really orangey and lemony twang of citric acid. In the background is some real psciy and citrusy yeast notes.
Flavors of lighter, but juicy citrus are the underpinnings with some
pale and grain malt interwoven into the fabric of the beer. Yeaat profile breaks through for a second but is quickly overwhelmed by the ever present juicy fruit.
Mouthfeel is tart and sweet through mid-mouth, hits a slightly spicy and yeasty end but overwhelming fruity falvors never real let the yeast take over and finish the spice. A little too sweet and transitions aren't are clean and defined as a Tripel should be.
Drinkability is good. Not quite to style with overarching sweetness, especially as it warms but a very smooth and easy drinking beer which hides the ABV well. Reduce the sweetness just a tad and this would be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 01:18:39 | More by CRJMellor
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden with an amber hue and a white head which rose slightly and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was sweet from a distance and more spicy the closer the beer was to the nose. The aroma contained spicy phenoics and aromas of licorice or anise. There was some fruitiness to the aroma, but mostly it was dominated by alcohol and spice.

The flavor was not well done at all. The flavor was winey and vinous and not in a terribly good way. The bittering was balanced well, but the malt backbone was missing. The complexity of spice in the aroma did not carry into the flavor and the winey flavor just was not pleasant.

The finish was grainy and winey flavors that lasted long and not plesantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium or perhaps just a bit less.

22 ounce bottle. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 20:23:02 | More by GCBrewingCo
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recently revisited a bottle of Gran Luxe that I’d stashed in my basement for a year. A fair guess might place the beer near 18-20 months old. Perhaps I agitated the bottle a bit upon retrieving it from the cellar, for when I paused to examine it, a substantial flurry of yeast clusters floated about like snowflakes in a wintry water bauble, while the floor of the bottle was dusted with soft gray yeast.

Upon pouring, I was greeted by a fruity, cidery smell. I watched furious carbonation swirl upwards, creating a mad turbulence among the yeast flurries. It almost seemed as though the bubbles struck the bottom surface of the head with such force that they bounced slightly downwards again. The head was lumpy, creamy, and sustained. Breakaway clumps formed sporadic lace.

My Gran Luxe tasted more like champagne than any beer I’ve ever known – yes, even moreso than Miller High Life, the champagne of beers. Seriously, it was dry yet fruity with tannic notes resembling apple and pear. The color, derived from candi-sugars, was like pennies in a bright, shallow pool. Shiftless yeasts marred the visual appearance, but my Gran Luxe on the whole was mellow and succinct with pleasant, rounded contours earned from a year of thoughtful seclusion.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 04:05:05 | More by RedDiamond
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served into a tulip glass. Pours an actively carbonated, bright orange body with a large, rocky, ivory head. Excellent retention and considerable patchy lace.
Aroma is complex, with coriander and white pepper, earthy yeast, sweet candy sugar, some fruity banana, and an unexpected note of caramel malt that seems out of place in a Tripel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Taste begins with a fruity sweetness which lingers most of the way through. Earthy yeast is assertive in the middle, as well as some mildly bitter hops. The fruity sweetness is reminiscent of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. The taste becomes more dry toward the finish, and some ethanol creeps in, as well, but this one is well balanced, overall.
This is a very good execution of the style, but somewhat overly sweet which detracts from drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 11:24:02 | More by merlin48
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gran Luxe was served from a silkscreened 22 oz. bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a slightly hazy rich orange, and was topped by a white head that died away too quickly. The nose was rich and well done, with an orange-zest pear fruit maltiness that was spiced with coriander, pungent black pepper, and alcohol. On the palate, nice and spicy apple-pear tinged sweetish malts opened up with some coriander, lemon peel, and peppery notes in the transition to a lightly bittered, spicy coriander finish that let off a good wisp of alcohol. The finishing flavors cleared out too quickly though, leaving little parting pleasantries. The body was appropriately full for the style, but the carbonation was lacking, as was hinted at by the early head collapse. Overall though, a decent, nicely spiced tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 02:13:39 | More by HiroProtagonist
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color's a cloudy orange, with busy bubbles darting about, and a fine, 1/4" head of off-white foam.
Aroma: sugar & spice, with just a whiff of musty sourness as well. Peach and apricot blended with a bit of pepper, straw, hay, lemon and ginger, ...pretty nice.
Taste: oooh, tart! Not expecting that in this one, citric and sour right off, quickly mellowing, and turning dry, with a lingering fruitiness. The tartness is in full control of the flavor, where I guess I anticipating more sugary sweetness, as in many tripels.
Hmmm, after reading other reviews, perhaps something went awry with this bottle?...it certainly doesn't taste like some of the other writers describe it.
Alcohol felt hidden halfway through the bottle, but now starts seeping into my brain, as it is wont to do, and despite the differences in perceptions, and altered expectations, I'm liking this a bit more as I finish it.
(Perhaps it's the alky-holic influence...yeah, it's got a kick!)
More flavors unfold, apples, tangerine, more spices, great, big hoppiness at the fore, full mouthfeel. Very intriquing. I'm almost wishing I had a second bottle, for it took me so long to get into it!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 09:32:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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maxpower

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color, with a thin white head that doesn't last very long, not much lacing either. Bubble gum yeasty aroma, sweet and malty, thick yet carbonated mouthfeel, warming alcohol taste and a nice spicy clove flavor, not a bad tripple.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 19:43:32 | More by maxpower
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after escaping the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in the Belgian Triple glass a crystal clear amber color with a smallish white head that dissipate quite quickly, the residual lace a thin sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has a cotton candy like sweetness, hints of banana and maybe cloves, fresh and appealing at any rate, start is also quite sweet with a decent malt presence, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is decently acidic, the hops quite mild and the 9.3 percent alcohol quite evident in the very dry aftertaste and the belly warming sensation, drinkable, but not near as good as most Belgian Triples.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 00:21:47 | More by Gusler
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beerinator

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden Orange. Super clear beer with nice bubbles.

Aroma: Very grapy. Super fruity up front. Syrupy sweetness from caramel in the aroma.

Taste: Sweet caramel and sweetness strike up front. Finish is nice and dry. The beer seems to thin a bit in the mouthfeel. This beer is very decieving to the taste considering it's 9% abv.

Notes: Nice dry finish. Very clean beer for a triple, slightly thin in the mouthfeel, but that helps give this beer a nice clean dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 11:14:04 | More by beerinator
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RootedFool

California

4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Fast rising inch tall -- or a little over -- head, bright white, fine bubbles, poured into my spacious Duvel tulip glass. The body is copper-tinged amber.

The nose is spicy sweet. Bananas sprinkled with pepper and cinnamon. Buttered croissants. The finish is caramel and an alcohol itch. A round and solid aroma.

Taste opens sugary sweet and buttery, becomes fruity (mango, banana, some coconut milk splashed on the edges) as it approaches the middle where a bitterness rings out high above the sweetness -- these two characteristics, the sweet and bitter, levitate above one another, and in the finish they coincide masterfully. Also in the aftertaste an almost nutty buttery sweetness comes through. Delicious. Mouthfeel is creamy, airy, and plenty carbonated.

Loving it. One of the best American tripels I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 04:25:08 | More by RootedFool
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Zorro

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid clear golden brew.

Smell is sweet with malt and banana, and a mild floral scent.

Taste is sweet and creamy with a lot of maltiness to it. Tastes more like a blonde bock beer than a Belgian trippel. A Good strong ale, but not a Belgian.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Doesn't really qualify as an Abbey Tripel. It IS a good blonde bock though. As a super strong ale this does work.

ADDENDUM:

I read through some of the other reviews here, seems like most everyone got a different beer! My bottle was very sweet with no spiciness or fruitiness that I would expect from a Belgian beer. This isn't even close it is just sweet and powerfully alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 07:00:57 | More by Zorro
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As other reviewers have noted, it is unusual to see a brewery like MacTarnahan's offering up a Belgian tripel-style ale, but make no mistake, they are up to the challenge. This beer has all-good properties but of course lacks the magic of some of the best Belgian-made brews. It's still very fine and appealingly local. Some folks have paid upward of 6 or 7 bucks for this, but I was able to go to the brewery loading dock and pick up a box of 12 bombers for under $30. A handsome luminous gold with rising head that eventually disappears, but a swirl of the glass brings it right back. Minimal lacing. Impressive aroma with fruit-like characteristics: apple, peach and a light wisp of alcohol. The malts are substantial, and effortlessly sweet with flavors of bread crust and aforementioned fruit. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but doesn't get in the way, and gives the beer a tantalizing kick and spiciness. A spritzy mouthfeel cleanses the tongue and the finish is crisp and refreshing. The perfect way to finish this sunny, springlike day whilst listening to an old Zombies album.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 02:18:18 | More by Thrasher
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Mangus

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicate golden liquid pour with a nice white frothy head that settles down to a thin lace.

A smorgasbord of aromas and smells provide hints of light fruit, and fresh yeast.

Beautiful mouthfeel, with smooth yeast, malt and fruit overtones. It ends with a smacky dryness and leaves me reaching for the next sip.

Very nice belgian style tripel from out friend's out in Poertland.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 23:23:25 | More by Mangus
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marc77

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pellucid light copper hue when decanted off the sediment. Loose, dusty yeast aggregates are introduced with latter pours. Tall, fluffy head recedes slowly and yields rough, frothy lace. Tepid bready yeast with musty hints waft to the nose initially. Ensuing are notes of honey dipped pilsner malt with a bright nectar like fringe. Cloveish phenol are present at a trace. Swirling releases pure ethanol warmth with banana ester hints. Tame but pleasant aromawise. Nearly equally clean in flavor, notes of soft, but sugary sweet lavender honey are prevalent. Offsetting upfront sweetness are subtle, but zesty black pepper and citric lemon hints. Ester presence is indeed mild, with mellow ripe banana hints. Minute notes of bubblegum surface as the beer breathes. Sweetness tapers steadily over time and finalizes as a lightly sweetened angel food cake and sugared almond impression. Phenols become discernible when the brew has nearly reached room temp and remain blurred, lightly herbal and a hair shy of tangible (ie. clove) Soft on the palate, with a well calculated, dextrinous mouthfeel that is both brisk and satiating. Finishes with a snap of black licorice, but otherwise with lingering, simple, sucrose and vanilla hints. Gran Luxe is a tripel that improved as it breathed and grew on my palate. Intially it's almost bland, but wakes up in flavor and aroma quite agreeably. One strength is its dangerous drinkability. Certainly recommended if you can get it in your area, but I'm not sure if it's worth a mailorder.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 01:58:12 | More by marc77
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok after days, weeks even, of indecsision I purchased this today ..last one in the store too.
Comes in a plain brown bomber with gold screen printed label..nice and simple yet classy.
Lot of carbonation released when bottle is opened..nice looking beer in the Chimay chalice..light chesnut/honey brown, small pure white head..great swirls of small carbonation bubbles.
Lovelly smooth yet spicy aroma..very aromatic..also great malt scents too..blackberrys and other wild fruits come to mind..nice
Lovelly smooth tasting brew to start..then the spices heat up the middle of the taste..alcohol warmth takes over at the end..but very pleasant smooth alcohol.
Nice and creamy smooth on the palte//alcohol is balanced just right.
Very drinkable tripel ..with 9.3% its never going to be a session beer..but I can drink this very easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 05:46:42 | More by Reidrover
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Spied on a recent visit to Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, I have to admit to my shallow consumerism and say that the bottle design immediately grabbed my attention. A standard Bomber, or as the fancy Gold & White screen printed is listed “22 FL OZ, 1 PT 6 FL OZ, 650ml” Mmmm, I wonder how many cubic inches that is? A superman shaped Gold Shield on the front has the words ‘Gran Luxe’ in white italics with the words ‘Tripel Ale’ prominently below it. Listed as 9.3% Alc./Vol.
Smart looking bottle.

Appearance: Dark golden color with a russet hue as it sits on my desk late in the darkened evening reflecting the light from several lamps. The head was an impressive slightly off-white affair that was comprised of bubbles of all sizes yet still nevertheless looked smooth in nature. The head soon settled to a decent ½” and it lasted for some time. Good conditioning, a quick swirl assists head retention. Perfectly lucid at first, but the last two ‘top-up’ pours from the bottle most certainly awoke the sleeping sediment and some yeast particulates accompanied the last full Glass giving a protein haze appearance which was not detracting in any way.

Nose: Deeply inhaled, this has a very Tripel-esque nose. Spicy hops with some grainy pilsner malts and a sweet-candy aroma at times. Cloves and sweet mushy Banana’s are released in force when vigorously swirled.

Taste: There is a wide spectrum of flavors in this Tripel, and they vary throughout the drink, and wax and wane depending on whether it is finished “mit yeast” or not. Starts with some sweet banana-like malts with a clove influence. Peppery spices prickle the hoppy middle, but more traditional spices poke the bitterly astringent back end. Fruity at times, apples are detectable. The last yeasty glass had a coarser feel and took the edge off of the sharp hops but it lends a nice pleasing smooth finish. Nicely done and quietly impressive.

Mouthfeel: The dissolved carbonation certainly assists in detracting the senses from the 9.3% alcohol, which is there in force make no mistake. Overall it has a medium to light feel at times, but when the alcohol does breaks through, usually in the latter third once the carbonation subsides, it has a “big-ass” feel that reminds you it is most certainly a Tripel, and one that is not that far shy of double figures.

Drinkability: I had a Bomber all to myself, and the yeasty particulate matter in the last glass added a nice pleasing twist to finishing the bottle. I would recommend a careful pour at first and a swirl to finish the bottle, quite the experience of a large flavor profile.

Overall: I have had some awful beer from MacTarnahan’s (Oregon Honey – Yuck) and some good stuff (I like the Oak-Aged IPA and I love the MacFrost). So I was hesitant as to what to expect here. I’m glad to say that the fancy bottle holds up well when compared to the Ale inside. A US Tripel that found favor with one Belgium lover.

Glad I let my emotions run wild and I did a “fancy bottle” purchase on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 02:13:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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beerguy101

California

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold color. Medium head. Aroma is bubble gum, Belgian yeasts, spices and a touch fruity. A medium bodied triple. Malts are fruity and spicy. Banana, clove, coriander, and orange peel plus all the other spices and flavors one expects from a Belgian Ale. Very bright yeast, spicy with a touch of hop bitterness. Well balanced. Smooth taste. Hides the 9.3 % alcohol very well, only noticeable as a slight peppery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and right. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, with a touch of alcohol bite. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 00:53:43 | More by beerguy101
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Florescent orange in color with almost no head. It looks like orange Kool-Aid.

Smell – The orangish-malt comes out quickly. The bready yeast and citrus flavors give this one a wonderful nose. There are some secondary aromas from light fruits like melons and peaches.

Taste – This is orange syrup concentrate. The yeast is equally large. These two flavors dominate the ale.

There’s a plethora of complimenting flavors here as well. More fruit abounds such as cherries, some banana, and a touch of cranberry.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied. The alcohol is more of an undertone than a partner.

Drinkability – I had a great time closing the night with this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 01:29:29 | More by RoyalT
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MacTarnahan's Gran Luxe Tripel Ale from Portland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.