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Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 122
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: morebeergood on 11-26-2007

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Photo of chris1919
4.48/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There are times when you want the high alcohol content (this one is 9%) without getting punched in the taste buds with it. I gave the taste a 4.5 because I have had Tripels with more flavor, but rated the mouthfeel a 5 because it is so smooth and easy. I was pleasantly surprised to really enjoy this beer. (306 characters)

Photo of JoeyD
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an enjoyable beer that was a pleasant surprise. Easy to drink, flavorful and not boring. The flavor didn't disappear after a few sips like some beers tend to do.

A - Reminds me of an unfiltered Hefeweizen--hazy gold with an off-white head.

S - Pleasant smell, like honey and banana.

T - In line with the smell, it's sweet up front with hints of honey and banana. A bit dry in the middle, with subtle spiciness. Finishes smooth leaving a pleasant aftertaste--like a mix of banana and cloves. Not too strong of a flavor, definitely subtle yet sweet and delicious. I could see myself drinking several of these in a session--not too bitter or sweet.

M - Low carbonation, smooth, drinkable

It might not be the best Tripel, but it was still a good drink. Will definitely buy again. It's relatively inexpensive with a high ABV that is well-hidden by its full flavor and drinkability. (894 characters)

Photo of dhannes
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sauternes Glass and allowed to warm up for a minute or two.

A=Moderate gold...not much different than most lagers around here, including the Summerfest from Sierra Nevada I had earlier today.

S=Strong presence of peaches.

T=Cream and floral with standard Belgian proflie; impressed initially, but flavor seemed to not develop. Some citrus (orange) aftertaste. Bitterness at first, but dissipated quickly. Tried to see if I could taste the butterscotch others noted but would describe it more like cream soda. Could not taste the alcohol. Finish had a hint of lemons.

M=Nice body, but a slight film presence noticed about half way through.

O=I don't drink many Belgian style ales; from what I have tried, this seems to be a lighter version of the style, both in body and flavor. (796 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold hue with a 1/4 inch head that remains constant due to the large amount of bubbles rushing to the top on the side of the glass. Great lacing.

S- A crisp nose with plenty of Belgian yeast notes plus a bready grain smell. Some hints of orange and pineapple.

T- Intensely sharp bite of yeast and alcohol upfront that cuts off to a juicy, somewhat bitter finish leaving a clean palate ready for more sips. It's like bang! Then "ooh." Then done. I don't know how they do that. Has sort of a mineral aftertaste. A bit spicy.

M- Creamy yet snappy. Leaves the mouth a bit dry after a while but it's worth it.

O- A very straightforward Tripel without too much going on. Still, unique in its own right. (790 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with a small white head of foam on a hazy gold body. Decent head retention, but little lace.

S - Bready malt with a little pilsner character and some pear and pineapple yeast notes.

T - Spicy yeast up front with notes of clove and anise. A bit of pear in the middle and an odd note of green tea. Light bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Surprisingly good, I had never heard of this brewery before and the reviews didn't seem promising, but it is actually a nice beer. The malt and hops are appropriate, but the complex yeast character really puts it over the top and makes for a nice tripel. (666 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – light amber color, a little hazy, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly. Kind of slow carbonation.

Smell – somewhat fruity, malty, but still a hop presence. Maybe some citrus elements.

Taste – definitely a citrus and clove type of vibe. Malty at the beginning, but the bite of the hops comes into play near the end of the middle. Clove finishes out the tasting. The abv bites a little bit in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – Not a bad brew at all. Good taste, and decently interesting to think about. (673 characters)

Photo of ssll1
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Okay, first of all, this is not a tripel. Nowhere near the complex and arresting flavors you will get with that style. But if you can get beyond that, this is a surprisingly delicious beer.

How to characterize it? It’s something like an IPA with Belgian yeast, but with a strong wheat ale influence as well. I like it better than Stone’s Cali-Belgique, for example, and although I do love IPA and Belgian beers (and make no mistake, I really enjoy all of Stone’s beers, especially Cali-Belgique, which is maybe one of the coolest beer names ever), I am even a bigger fan of wheat beers, so hopefully my preference in this case makes some sense.

I would have to guess many of those who have tried this beer and taken the time to review it online (admittedly a select, knowledgeable, and most importantly caring subset of beer drinkers, which is why I like to come to this site whenever I try something new) are likely thrown by the brew’s claim to be a tripel. On that basis, it clearly fails. But if you can consider it on what you encounter in the glass, whatever the brewers were shooting for, you may find it very good.

And as a postscript, it is ridiculously smooth and deceptive for 9% ABV. Be careful with this one, especially the first time out. It might talk softly, but it carries a big stick. (1,313 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scuttlebutt Triple 7 Belgian Style Ale
22 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness dating
$3.99 at Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE
Great looking label!

Appearance: Obviously at least somewhat filtered, it pours a clear amber body beneath a very short-lived head of white foam. A decent collar remains, along with a partial surface covering. A swirl of the bottle brings up some yeast for subsequent pours that are much more hazy. The head retention and lacing are both limited. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily streaming upwards.

Smell: The nose is limited, revealing only soft grainy malt and delicate spice.

Taste: Its soft and sweetly grainy malt is gently bready and a touch caramelish. Vanilla notes are imparted by the yeast along with a delicate spiciness and gently fruity notes of apple and pear, backed by more subtle peach and strawberry. It starts malty (bready, doughy) and becomes spicy (white pepper, clove) across the middle. The fruitiness becomes apparent mid-palate as well, and all of its components combine going into the long-lingering, semi-sweet finish. Some grassy hop notes appear, but they're not really noticeable upfront; and it's just moderately bitter. It's very nicely balanced, and although the alcohol never shows itself clearly (you do know it's present in the background), it does its part for dryness and lends a little bit to the spiciness as well. Really well-done!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge and gently bristling fine-bubbled carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A very pleasant and rich-but-not-overly-complex Belgian ale that's easy to drink. The grainy maltiness is superbly balanced by the yeasty spice and fruit, and it's moderate hop character and bitterness. Superbly rounded; and well-brewed. (1,753 characters)

Photo of postalroger
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a golden orange color with minimal head or lacing.

S - The smell is subtle, but orange is present along with the Belgian yeast.

T - Refreshing, the spice is evident, citrus comes through, very enjoyable

M - Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, smooth

O - Excellent beer, I will definately be having tthis again. BONUS - the wife likes it!!! (361 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a hazy orangish/dark golden color. There was some head and only a little lacing. The aroma is a little light for a triple. Actually some pineapple on top, followed by some wheat and citrus. The taste is good, but a little light like the aroma. Some typical tripel notes, but a little light on the spices. Some wheat, citrus and pineapple flavors. Not bad, but could be better. (404 characters)

Photo of hogrider
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into oversize wine glass, yellowish ale resembling a lager; fizzy head that quickly disappears leaving a spotty lacing in the glass. My nose reveals a fruity mix of mangoes, bananas and a hint of pineapple. It goes down easy and smooth leaving a sweet aftertaste. I like it! Will be getting several bottles next time...and folks don't forget to support your local brewery DRINK BEER. HOG (394 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger rapidly dissipating head. Staw with golden hues and murky.

S: Sour cider, some butterscotch and wheat/bread

T: Honey and toffee notes. Mostly bready with a dry and somewhat sour finish.

M: Smooth but finishes dry. Light to medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable and decent price. Not one of the better Tripels I have had but a nice reprsentative of the style. (398 characters)

Photo of blackc5
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber at abour 48F.

A - Fairly plain in that the head is minimal, the color the expected (nothing wrong with that) and little in the way of lacing.

S - Lots of toasty and grainy malts backed with subtle spicing and Belgian yeast and tart apples.

T - About as it smells, but better. This is nicely balanced and quite enjoyed the level of spiciness and yeast, the mild tart citrus fruit, and the peppery kick.

M - Overall, light and smooth, but lacking in carbonation.

D - Despite the lower than normal carbonation, this is a good tasting beer and fairly value priced. I enjoyed it overall. (613 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bomber of Triple 7 in a bottle store. Poured into a Saxo tulip glass.

Pours a rich gold color, clear with a bit of chill haze, and a creamy white head.

Smell is a soft sweet scent. Pear and melon aromas.

The taste is also typically Belgian, soft sugary fruit flavors, with a mild dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall not a bad Belgian ale. I'm not much on the style, and I'm sure I have had better, but this is good. (452 characters)

Photo of HerculesRM
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled glass, has a small head of fine bubbles. Clean aroma. Tastes of spice and subtle candied apricots with pleasant amount of bitters that linger on the tongue. Full body, great mouthfeel. I rarely drink tripels, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Well done, sirs! (282 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: cloudy yellow; little head; decent carbonation; no lacing (!)
S: very inviting; white chocolate, melon, honeydew
T: very good Belgian-style ale; pear; not sweet; not bitter; rather boozy, so a good ride; but it lacks the refinement of a classic Belgian tripel
M: viscuous; needs better clarity

Overall, a decent solid beer; not the finest example of its style, but a fine beer nonetheless (424 characters)

Photo of ckornmannn
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a hazy amber. Good smell, sweet, bread, coriander, fruit. Not very effervescent, but I think for me personally it helps because a lot of tripels are too bubbly and strong on the coriander for my tastes. Overall a good beer, I would buy it again. (269 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the fourth beer that my wife brought back for me from Seattle. Poured from a bomber into a Belgian style tulip glass. Developed a decent sized, frothy head. The color was a dark golden yellow. The taste was better than I expected from this small brewery. If someone told me this was a tripel from a Belgian brewer, I would have been fooled. As a fan of tripels in general, I thoroughly enjoyed this offering and wish that more American versions of Belgian beers were this authentic. (491 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical clear amber-yellow with a thick white head - nothing to text about, but still acceptable. Aroma is fairly strong and mainly fruity with a malty underpinning. Flavor is fruity and malty, the former being mainly apple and pear, with a hint of honey but not too much sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly tingly, leaving behind a faint but pleasant fizz on the tongue. Giddyap, sea horses! (406 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is about what I expected from a tripel. I get a lot of orange and other citrus notes, as well as some wheat, yeast and Belgian candy sugar. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of Belgian yeast character, as well as some candy sugar, oranges, pears and wheat. A fruity, yeasty saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (443 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and massive lacing. Light aroma of Belgian yeast, cloves, sweet malt, slightly buttery. Flavor of caramel malt, cloves, Belgian yeast, light citrus. Finishes with a much lighter flavor with a slightly astringent bitterness from hops and spicing. Medium bodied. A decent American tripel, but somewhat light on the finish and flavor progression. (460 characters)

Photo of erikm25
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick honey gold with some light orange tints. Head is white and relatively minimal. There is a little lacing that clings to the edges. Sits in the glass a little cloudy and hazed.

S: Subtle honey aromas and hints of light fruits like banana and peach. Dash of coriander and even a pumpkin like smell. This was a little one dimensional and it would have been nice if the aromas were amplified since it has some pleasant aromas hidden in there.

T: Taste is much like the aromas in that there is some good stuff that is not as pronounced as it should be. Honey and spices with a strong butterscotch candy taste. Some citrus tang with candy toffee and bready roundness. Finish leaves a slight peppery kick but overall it is very buttery. The alcohol is not noticeable and as this warms some of the flavors become a little more pronounced.

M: Decent mouth feel with prickly carbonation.

D: This drinks fairly nice. Has a bit of a kick. This is was a commendable effort and I thought the price and quality were very reasonable. I look forward to getting out the brewery in the future. Good way to start a Sunday evening full of food and loud tunes. (1,158 characters)

Photo of hellobeerz
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - A golden looking Belgian beer, perfect color.

S - You get a sugary sweet smell like any other triple.

T - The 9 percent alcohol is well hidden for the most part. You get the sugary bubblegum fruity taste with a dry semi-bitter finish.

M -Drinkable, very clean and crisp. You can drink a 6 pack of these and still ask for another.

O - I picked up a 6 pack for only 7 dollars at my local total wine. And this is honestly a STEAL. Go pick this up, it has a low price, high drinkability, and a high ABV. hahaha. You wont be disappointed. (541 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: nice slightly opaque tawny golden color with almost no head; what head there was dissipated quickly.

Smell: quite subtle; malty and very slightly tart and fruity. Not bad, but I would have liked more of it.

Taste: smooth malt flavor with a little bit of toastiness/biscuitiness to it. Not much in the way of fruit or ester flavors; it's not bad, but it could be a lot better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little creaminess to it. Again, not bad, but not particularly exciting.

Drinkability: for all its mediocre qualities, it's still a perfectly reasonable tripel and is quite drinkable despite its ABV. (660 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed the taste of this ale, which was built along classic Belgian lines - casually sweet with spiced accents and a light ashen finish. And there was no undue heat or harsh candi alcohol. But the lack of carbonation, body, and lather were difficult setbacks to overcome. And the aroma was buttery with a dash of pepper spice. I sense there's a fine ale lurking here somewhere, but it was repressed by a few peripheral issues, perhaps related to bottling. (458 characters)

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Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.