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Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum

Tripel NovaTripel Nova

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BA SCORE
86
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%


Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-21-2006)
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?)

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 22:12:35 | More by martyl1000
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znichols

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clean yellow color with a one inch deep white head. The head dissipates rather quickly but the lacing hangs around. This beer looks simple, but u can tell it looks like it packs a quiet punch.

S- old straw, spice, and light banana dominate the smell. Absolutely smells belgian. The aroma is very crisp with just a hint of booze.

T- sweet yeasty notes of aged bread and lemon start it out. Alcohol makes an appearance in the middle with just a little bit of belgian spice. The lingering flavor is of unripened banana and sweet bread. This is a tasty beer very much in tune with the tripel profile.

M- crisp and light. A clean bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

O- I enjoy this tripel. I would recommend this to someone as their first trappist ale because it has the full iconic flavos of light straw and banana clove, but it isn't over the top and its pretty drinkable for the abv.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 04:08:30 | More by znichols
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Ale Asylum (Madison, WI) on 8/9/10. Served in a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a thin covering of bright-white foam. This retains with some foamy edging that throws a fizzy cascade of spotty lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of apple juice and sugary breads (with the apple in particular coming out very strongly) along with some softer fruit accents as well. Overall this is pretty straightforward with fruit and malt but I was looking for maybe a little more spice from the yeast to be present. The out of control apple scent seems to be covering most of it up. Not warmth here in the nose to speak of.

The taste is bread, sugars, and fruit, with a fruity back of apple and pear notes. The sweetness definitely stretches the whole way through. There's a slight bitterness to this, along with some peppery spice, but there isn't a whole lot of dryness to this profile at all. Mostly residual fruit and sugars linger, as the finish is pretty clean of any extra yeastiness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a creamy smoothness up front that then prickles more as it's going down. There's a touch of warmth on the backend but otherwise, this is handling its rather substantial ABV rather well.

I personally prefer much more dryness in my Tripels but if you like em' sweet and juicy, then this is your guy. Despite the heavy sweetness, some complexity is still there and this does drink mighty fine for a 10% beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 19:37:32 | More by Kegatron
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botham

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub in Madison, poured into a chalice. pours a clear golden color with minimum head that stays at a soapy rim for a few minutes.

aroma is of belgian yeast and fruit with a light character and a mild citrus note and a very light spice from belgian yeast.

taste is of light belgian yeast and some light fruit tones of citrus and a very light apple note. very crisp on the back end. goes down very smooth with a light spice after a bit of warming.

mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly effervescent on the palate with a smooth and mildly crisp finish with only a bit of residual fruit.

drinkability is decent. for 10% APV, the brewers did an excellent job of covering it up. goes down smooth with a warming character and a satisfying finish that leaves the palate with a very fufilled aura. a well put together tripel that can stand beside the best belgian examples. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 18:12:18 | More by botham
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness (bananas and pears), spices, and some yeast. Tastes of fruitiness and spices. Light to medium sweet (not the overpowering nor cloying). Alcohol well hidden.

Notes from 7/23/07

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 01:53:36 | More by hopdog
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It sits in the goblet a silty goldenrod as the white lace fades in no time, leaving it bald apart from a few nebulous swirls.
Overripe melon and apricot aroma, along with some tarter kiwi and elderberry notes. There's a yeast-rich breadiness that acts as a canvas, but this is primarily fruity. Allspice-like phenols and alcoholic heat come out more as it warms.
That same fruitiness is strewn out on the yeasty malt blanket into the mouth. It's a veritable sweet-sour punch made of Papaya, plantain, kiwi, berry, melon, lime sorbet, limestone, yeast cultures (or old socks) apple juice, clove, allspice, lemongrass hoppiness, and booze.
This is constructed more along the lines of a plodding, heavy syrup US version of a Tripel than the sparkling, more effervescent Belgian takes. This stops short of being cloying, and at least part of that is due to the drying rasp of alcohol at the swallow.
It's a bit taxing with its assertive flavor and notable strength. But all told, it's quite enjoyable in modest amounts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 07:26:00 | More by cokes
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Sconnie

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A really nice tripel from Ale Asylum. Standard cloudy gold color. Tastes of orange peel and citrus, with a bit of spiciness. Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice dryness. Really a great local tripel. With beers like this, why does Ale Asylum bottle Hopalicious and Gold Digger? I'd rather see this in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 14:28:31 | More by Sconnie
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delivered to the bar with a short lid of bright white foam atop a hazy golden body, the head almost immediately dissipated, parting like curtains before a theatrical play. Not much more than a few tiny spots of lace were left behind.

The nose offered an unusual display of fruit that I took as over-ripe apple, under-ripe blackberry, apricot, melon, and some other tropical fruit character that was clearly due at least in part to the noticeable alcohol.

In the mouth it was not as crisp as expected, but the alcohol clearly cut through whatever malt was there. I'd say "smooth", with the exception of the heat and spice.

The flavor didn't vary much from the aroma except that it was fuller and much more spicy and phenolic. The odd fruit combo was there, dancing the night away in three-quarter time, and if a bit unusual, it was still certainly very compelling! As a sipping beer, there's a lot of complexity to it... except for the fact that the alcohol will eventually take over the senses. It finished spicy and lingering with honey and heat.

Not for the faint of heart! If you're looking for a 'Wisconsin' winter warmer, this will work well to take the chill off the wind from the lakes. OR, it will certainly do its damnedest to get you all 'social-lubricated' up in warmer weather - just be careful with it!

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2007 14:40:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I recall of my sample tray....

Not a style I'm overly familar with...

A: A nice light golden color, somewhite hazy, thin white head.

S: Moderate clove aroma, hefeweizen like, also moderately fruity, and a little alcohol.

T: A very complex brew. Initially there is the flavor of clove and maybe cinnamon, toward the swallow apple and pear become evident, and at the finish every so slightly dry with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

M: Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: I could drink a few, but that might be dangerous, this one tastes and advertises a punch.

Overall: The taste of this beer is amazing, especially how many different flavors come out at different points. While, not my favorite style, I will order this again. A well done brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2007 00:53:33 | More by uwmgdman
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was on tap at Maduro Cigar Bar in Madison. The bartender poured this into a large wine glass.

Poured golden orange & yellow. Bubbles were apparent and had very little head.

Smell was quite active with sweet, yeasty and tropical fruit smells.

Tasted like sweet fermented fruit. The alcohol is apparent here, and sort of reminds me of the bite you can get from cheap yellow wines. Don't worry, this is much, much better. It is beer, after all. Forget about lemons and oranges, this more like passion fruit or melons.

I wasn't given a big pour at this location. I was in a long conversation with some friends, and basically was sipping this beer. Not that there is anything wrong with that. However, I would have really liked to have more to see the drinkability of the flavor and alcohol content.

I had this tripel after having Urthel's Tripel. Sadly, this doesn't even compare, and was too sweet for my palette.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2006 18:57:34 | More by terrabyte
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this several times at Capital Brewery's Cheers to a Cure. Here's a cheers to the Ale Asylum.

Appearance: Thick golden orange with lemon highlights. A little lacing on top of the glass. No real visibility. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Bready hints of banana, toffee, raisins with a slight kiwi and vanilla draft in the finish. Faint yeastiness. Impressive smell.

Taste: Raisins, toffee, big melon with some orange juice and lemon rind. Anise notes in a slightly boozy finish that is actually a little refreshing after the complex front palate.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than other tripels I've had, which isn't helped by some of the boozy drafts. But for the most part, enjoyable and smooth.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable for a heavy beer. Doesn't necessarily have the grace of a Belgian tripel or the easy-drinking quality of a Lake Louie, but pleasant nonetheless. I feel like some more energetic fruits would be truer to style, but this remains a nice take on a tripel nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2006 03:37:15 | More by expatsteve
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stopped in to the ale asylum for the first time tonite on my way back from business in la crosse

appearance: first off, bravo on the glassare...a nice tulip-esque glass. pours a golden orange-yellow, nice and bubbly, light white foam head that dissipates rather quickly with no lacing

smell: very tropical, fresh citrus, big and yeasty, touch of alcohol, honey, apricot, melon, banana, well spiced

taste: tropical and passion fruits abundant, melon and honeydew, yeasty, lemon flavouring, alcohol (9.9 ABV if anyone wants to enter that in somehow), well spiced, corriander, light banana...good tripel!

mouthfeel: very lively carbonation - almost too much, medium body...closest out of all the categories to a 3.5, but i must break the tie

drinkability: pretty good considering the high abv level

impressed by my first ale asylum brew

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2006 02:04:18 | More by dirtylou
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly on-tap at the Angelic here in Madison. Nice to see some Ale Asylum brew available downtown for those of us unable to make it out to the Airport with any ease.

Served in a 10 or 12 oz elongated pilsener/tulip hybrid glass, pours a light golden yellow, clouded with yeast and without much of a head, a few sparse white bubbles here and there. Nose is rough and rowdy, dominated by juicy bubblegum, banana smoothie and fruity yeast with a hint of that canteloupe/melon that DaPeculierDane mentioned. Taste is almost as unpolished, complex, and interesting as the nose, with notes of musty yeast, spicy coriander, sweet banana-melon, bubblegum and an overall floral bouquet. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is lively. I would imagine this in the 8-9% abv range as the effects could certainly be felt, even with the smaller portion size. By no means a textbook example of the style, this is a bold, flavorful, perhaps sacreligious American interpretation that doesn't always succeed, but avoids the sickly sweet and sticky mess than many stateside tripels become. A solid opener for Ale Asylum. Gotta love the expanding Madison beer scene.

edit: Finally made it to the pub, got the second pour off a new keg and the appearance is completely different. Cloudy yeast makes me think I'm drinking an orange banana smoothie. Still as tasty as the former pour, but that extra yeast mellows it out a bit. A fun, American tripel that I can respect.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 21:28:05 | More by Golden2wenty1
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed yellow-orange gold with a thick and lasting white plop of cream. Strongly above average. While this isn’t a Tripel Karmelit this is certainly no crap ass Golden Monkey. Oddly, cantaloupe is the primary flavor here. I’m not used to it but it ain’t bad. Aroma is musk melon followed by honey dew followed by cantaloupe. Finish is spicy and strong. ABV is unapparent in the flavor but slightly noticeable in the feel. This is not as sweet as most American triples but this is not authentic. Still, it looks great, it smells uniquely of melons. I am quite pleased and will try a few more pints of this before expanding on this review. Oh, and like most of the Ale Asylum's first batch of beers, it has way too much banana in the nose and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2006 06:20:38 | More by DaPeculierDane
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear, mid-amber color, poured with big bubbles that dissipated
S: deep, full, rounded nose with strong cloying quality, more like a grand cru, a bit too sweet
T: full taste, cloying Belgian qualities but too sweet
M: sweet, needed more spritzy quality
O: overall, just an average beer

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:11:45 | More by wisrarebeer
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womencantsail

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The pour is a pale golden yellow color with a finger of white head.

S: Quite sweet and heavy on the toffee and bread. A definite booziness as well as some apple cider. Some musty straw and maybe a bit of spice and yeast.

T: A little bit of banana, bubblegum, and some bready malt. Heavy flavors of straw and apple (and apple cider). Some straw and a light mustiness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not a very good tripel. Weird flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:48:16 | More by womencantsail
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip, Tripel Nova pours a hazy orange though it still has a good degree of clarity. Swirling generates a thin wispy skim that spins in the center. Not much lace, a thin ring around the edges is all that's left after a little while.

Sweet apricot aroma, marshmallow, fruity and yeasty with a note of alcohol as it warms. Mild banana and clove phenols.

Sort of boozy, but not overtly so. Fruity with a bit of fruit cocktail, pear syrup, and clove/pepper spice. Body is a little bit syrupy, not as effervescent as it could be. Hits the palate a bit lifeless after the first few sips. Easy enough to sip one, probably worth trying again when absolutely fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:59:15 | More by emerge077
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked up during a visit to Madison.

Pour is an incredibly pale yellow, clear, with almost no head. Nose runs Belgian, fruity, pears, sugary sweet.

Tripel Nova walks well-trod paths; this is about as standard of a tripel as you'll find. Sweet candy sugar, check; sweet, check; yeast of the Belgian varietal, check. A brief snap of an almost saison-like funk mars the aftertaste.

A forgettable beer. Not bad, not good. Just beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:10:49 | More by maximum12
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Slightly hazy golden color

S-Overripe (almost spoiled) cantaloupe, and honey dew melons, rhubarb and strawberries with an underlying doughy, yeasty maltiness

T-Not as assertive as the taste....the doughy malt is there as is the overripe fruit but not as strongly. A little bit of white pepper spice to this as well.

M-A little sticky...feel about right...not as much booziness/spiciness as I prefer.

D-This is an OK trippel but lacks special qualities

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 05:30:13 | More by ZAP
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daledeee

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Very bright yellow with some cloudiness. Head was not that big but lacing was pretty good.

Nose is yeast with tart citrus and sugar.

Taste is very nice with some oranges, spice, bread(yeast) and Belgian hops. Well balanced flavor. Easy to drink with no alcohol over bearing taste. Pretty strong by the label but not by the taste!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:40:11 | More by daledeee
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
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
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Chimay Chalice a golden color with a mere trace of suds on top and a ring around the edge. It does produce some fair lacing however.

Tons of fruit in the nose. A little belgian yeast, but the light and sweet fruit in the forms of apricot, peach, banana and golden raisin are the highlight.

Matches up well with the smell. Quite sweet and fruity. Golden raisin dominates, but notes of honey, clove and apricot are also present. Very tasty.

The carbonation is nearly perfect. It's soft and smooth. Very dry finishing beer with some warmth from the alcohol. I would call this a bit more than medium bodied.

This drinks very well and is yet another awesome brew cranked out by Ale Asylum. I have to say that I am a big fan of this hidden gem brewery. A really nice example of the style and an all around enjoyable Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:26:31 | More by jera1350
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PurpleCloud

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: Translucent golden orange with almost no head.

S: Sweet with a hops nose.

T: Full bodied for an ale and sweet to the palate, hints of orange and maybe lavender.

M: Very smooth, low in carbonation.

D: A bit heavy for an ale but still good.

Overall: Tripel Nova is pretty good! The color was fairly average, but still typical of an ale. Smell was good too. The taste is GREAT. Sweet at first but very pleasant. It seems like a complex beer given the multiple fruity flavors. I liked it a lot!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 23:54:09 | More by PurpleCloud
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robbyc1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light yellow orange, with a decent head and lace.

Nice nose of banana's, other esthers, soft nose.

Taste is soft and nice, deep feels of malt and nice spices.

Mouthfeel is medium, under carbonation but good, soft feel and an easy drinker, just not a great one. Hard to think this has close to 10% abv, well hidden, one to savor.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 19:13:54 | More by robbyc1
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Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
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