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Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

93 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.37%


Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-01-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by wizo:
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-07-2012 00:02:43 | More by wizo
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krampert11

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-12-2014 20:46:25 | More by krampert11
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

04-10-2014 21:19:15 | More by Ralphs66
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DanE

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

03-10-2014 10:57:50 | More by DanE
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lazydayspoiler

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-07-2014 23:16:19 | More by lazydayspoiler
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-21-2014 16:27:52 | More by BrokenStones
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Ego

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
foam tastic, huge foam and this has been sitting in my cellar for some time, the head rises around a fist high and settles quickly, super pale yellow with tons of carbonation, very cloudy (no chance of meatballs), lacing is sloppy but apparent, this really glows, nice looking
glass of the suds

nose...
heavy deep farmhouse must, heavy grass, buttery bright dough with slight lemon tinge, definitely can sense the sweetness lying underneath, this smells big and strong without a note off, this really gets the juices flowing and I have been averse to Tripels generally for a long time

taste etc...
bright carbonation almost frisky, mild doughy flavor, mild bitterness, mild sugars, everything is right in the middle, decent musty flavor, no sense of the alcohol whatsoever, with the yeast added I get a better sour note that adds some complexity

verdict?
very middle of the road, superb mouth feel and drink ability but the flavor is a bit lacking for me

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 05:31:31 | More by Ego
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motothrillz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

02-02-2014 22:03:12 | More by motothrillz
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I served this at the 2014 Asbury Park Beerfest. As such I sampled it prior to serving so I could get an idea of what to tell folks. Sample size was "2 ounces" with super heavy air quotes.

WHOAAAA!!! I thought my local NJ brewery River Horse made a nice tripel (they do). This thing is out of the park. I'm not gonna waste your time with notes and flavors and noses, just find this and drink it with friends and family.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:05:45 | More by Johnny_Muir
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dvanhandel

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-19-2014 23:34:26 | More by dvanhandel
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ElijahRivera

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-04-2014 04:50:43 | More by ElijahRivera
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spw109

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-30-2013 18:40:10 | More by spw109
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hkyplyr73

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-28-2013 20:12:08 | More by hkyplyr73
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Max578

New York

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

filled a growler at Westmere Beverage Center. 10.99 for a half gallon? yes please!

Pours a hazy golden with a finger and a half white head.

light fruits and yeast dominate the smell, with a malty finish. smell is simple and mouth watering.

taste is incredibly fruity and yeasty much like the smell. lemon, apple, with a peppery hint. a bit sour to finish. malts build as this warms

perfect amount of carbonation for this style. super light and dry mouthfeel, and goes down as smooth as they come. the nine percent alcohol is NOWHERE to be found.

overall, this is a great beer. super drinkable, and not overwhelming in any aspect. super smooth, could drink this all day, although the abv would sneak up quick. definitely would like to try more from these guys

Serving type: growler

12-10-2013 04:45:49 | More by Max578
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, pear, apple, lemon, apricot, light banana, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, candi sugar, herbal, floral, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, peach, pear, apple, apricot, pineapple, light banana, wheat, honey, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, lemon, peach, pineapple, wheat, honey, candi sugar, clove, herbal, floral, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast esters and malt flavors; with a near perfect malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel style! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the high ABV. A top notch offering for the style, especially for being an American representation.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:21:47 | More by superspak
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timc13

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-24-2013 05:26:24 | More by timc13
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Ron860

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-17-2013 01:27:45 | More by Ron860
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-13-2013 02:47:26 | More by jaydoc
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

09-22-2013 22:12:28 | More by Gregwa
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Skibum211

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

09-22-2013 03:51:16 | More by Skibum211
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SFC21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-23-2013 01:42:32 | More by SFC21
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Bustersuess

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-21-2013 17:07:13 | More by Bustersuess
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Jason I think. I'd never heard of this brewery before. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and minimal lacework. Transparent white peach-colored body with some suspended sediment visible; pour carefully.

S - Dry, spicy and peppery yeast, grains of paradise, light phenols, and perhaps a tad vinous as well; not sure of the age here. As it warms up the malt asserts itself a bit more, imparting stone fruits sweetness.

T - The taste is a tiny bit sweeter, although it's still quite heavy on the yeast, with notes of grains of paradise, clove, fruity esters, and so forth. There's a hint of bubblegum mixed in for good measure.

M - Pleasant carbonation, medium body, and a dry, grainy texture. Some alcohol warmth that isn't excessive for the style.

D - I appreciate the attenuated sweetness on this one, as I find most American Tripels to be sweet and cloying. I also didn't notice much in the way of wild yeast like some of the other reviewers note; perhaps it's a batch-to-batch issue. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 17:10:05 | More by MasterSki
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-12-2013 05:16:03 | More by SadMachine
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Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.