Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum
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Reviews by Bighuge:
4.68/5 rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Slightly hazed golden. Thin ivory white head that leaves a surprisingly large amount of lace as I drink. Aroma is hugely bready and doughy and cakey. I love it. Very yeasty. Almost like smelling a WYeast packet right after opening it. Underlying citric aromas as well. Flavor follows suit with big yeasty, doughy, cakey malt flavors. A little lemon pepper and citrus as well. Slight bitterness. Fairly dry. Alcohol is really held in check nicely for 10% and melds in perfectly with the flavor. Carbonation is moderate and the body is medium. This is really good. Ale Asylum is really impressing me on the rare occasions that I get my hands on some.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2010 04:27:31 | More by Bighuge
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
[Previous review, 7/21/13, 4.45).
On tap at Side Door Grill. Totally enjoyed this. It drinks like an American barleywine -- hop-forward with a massive undergirding of malt sweetness.
The aroma: Wish it came in a snifter, but Side Door serves all its 10 oz. pours in these little flared out glasses that are like a mini-pilsner glass. So the aroma was almost completely lost to the light breeze of the patio. I covered the glass with my hand a few minutes and produced a pretty complex aroma, fruity, heavy sweet sugar and sulfur and cream. A handsome pour, though, to be sure, a tasty-looking copper haze, with a soft head w/ sticky lacing.
In the mouth the flavor is much more complex. Even w/ the bulldozer hops up front, there's a banana-taffy sweetness and a bready malt, with an alcoholic brightness bridging the two warring sides. And despite the nice sharp carbonation, there's sort of a creaminess too (or is that just the seriousness of the malt?)
Aye-yay-yay! This beer is too sweet. I'm having to re-review this brew b/c my current experience with it is so different from my previous review (7/21/13, 4.45).
Wow. I'm amazed at how much one's taste buds can change from day to day. I respect my
previous reading of this brew, no matter that my current perception is pretty much "yulkh!"
The aroma is classic tripel. Good show on that score, Ale Asylum.
However, dang, I can't get past the cloying sweetness.
I'm gonna have to have some friends try this. . . .
Serving type: on-tap
06-02-2014 01:08:33 | More by martyl1000
3.33/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a HUGE, dense, white head that has good persistence and laces nicely. Sweet malt and floral hops combine with a slightly banana/clove yeast aroma. Radiant, crystal clear color . Starts with a sweet, sweet maltiness and rich booziness. Builds into a nice estery, booziness, a touch of hop bitterness as this all peaks, and then it smooths (still boozey) into velvety malt.
Overall, not bad. MINE HAS NO YEAST, so that REALLY dings the flavor. I've had this in the years before, with the yeast, and it's great. I had it at the brewery this year, with the yeast, and that was great, too. The same problem hit Bedlam. I had talked to someone at Ale Asylum who said it is that the new tanks are bigger, so apparently this results in way less yeast in all their brews this year. Bedlam was also yeast-free when I bought bottles...[grumble]. A huge knock to the flavor.
I will re-review this once I get a bottle with yeast in it...
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2013 01:46:11 | More by TheSSG
Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.