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Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company

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Belgian TripelBelgian Tripel

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very good

48 Reviews

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 123
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 25.06%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 06-01-2008

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 123
Photo of jtmartino
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful pale golden color with a healthy microbubble head showcasing the bottle conditioning.

Smell is bready with some citrus, spicy hop and funk. Did not realize this beer had some wild yeast in it.

Taste is lighter than I had expected. Bready wih some citrus and a hoppy bite. Hides the alcohol well, and finishes with a light funkiness that is actually pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel is excellent...well carbonated and a little thickness that comes from the alcohol.

Overall this is a great beer. Lighter than other Belgians, almost like a beer de garde with the wild yeast funk. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been trying to review this for a good twenty minutes, but I keep drinking the beer instead of analyzing it. Never fear, this is a good thing. A very, very good thing, especially considering the DIY-ish label scared me off from this beer for a good long while.

I wasn't sure what to expect when its thin gold color graced my pint glass, but it smells like happy Belgian times, tastes like happy Belgian times, and is eminently drinkable.

I can't stress enough how amazingly easy to imbibe this is. I want it around as my standby beer the way other people want PBR.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As pain in the ass as this was to open I was hoping for a good beer.
Upon pouring, I was pretty sure I was going to like it. Upon tasting it I was very pleased.
Very pale and clear gold. An easy choice as a champagne replacement. Light, dry, yet spicy Belgian flavors on the nose. Not bold but pleasing. I could score the scent higher.
Dry, dry, dry on the palate. Again, could pass for champagne. Some apple notes, orange peel, and toast.
As a beer this is crazy easy to drink for something 9% strong. Pretty refreshing but still with a depth of flavor.
Yes. More, please. Thank you.

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Photo of farrago
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin, initially fluffy head of white tiny bubbles, the final thin surface coating continually renewed, the lacing forms a solid sheet on the glass side but no stickiness, just slides down into the liquid. Pleasing light haze to the bright yellow hued liquid, warm sort of opacity, strong beads of thicker bubbles percolate throughout. The nose has an unassuming sturdiness, tightly weaves together the tart orange citrus, yeast, clove, honey, floral water, peach to apricot to fig fruit, too clean for real earthiness, pinch of white pepper, for all its freshness has a syrupy texture in your nostrils, decent lift for its heft. Medium-bodied, somewhat hyper carbonation, nowhere near excessively foamy but makes it harder for the flavors to settle in. Clove, nutmeg, cardamom, then a blast of lemon, blood orange and grapefruit, great cut without being too dry nor puckering. The yeastiness is fresh and fuels a country bread to baguette character. Yes, there is a bit of banana and bubblegum there but really there’s a lot more basic apricot, peach, pineapple, green apple fruit. Honey much lower, much higher florality. Gives you the textbook array of the style while maintaining a clean profile which increases drinkability. A good food beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 750ml bottle last week in West Milford NJ and popped it last eve, after a hard day of work and a good bike ride...

After a struggle with the cork, I poured some into a small tulip. It was a bright, yellow-golden color, with a bit of haziness. There was plentiful fine carbo swirling about, and the head was a creamy, smooth layer of white foam. Lots of weblike lacing was left behind. Aroma was enticing, with tropical fruit and a doughy character present. It was quite easy going down, with a medium+ body and a solid smoothness.

Lightly sweet in taste, it had a touch of toastiness to it. Then came some fruit action, with suggestions of mango, pear and green apple mixed in with a hint of honey. The finish is rather dry, and it is there that it became somewhat spicy and peppery.

A bit on the pricy side for frequent consumption, but a damn good Tripel, in my opinion. Prosit!!

4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits (particularly apple), sweet tarts, bubblegum, and lots of spices (clove and pepper). Flavor of sweet malt, some corn notes (tortilla chips?), and a sweet fruity and spicy finish (chiles?). Interesting for sure and super tasty. I really like this one! Solid triple, great beer. I really need to get more of this...

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Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brewery may be situated in New York state, but Defiant has earned the right to call this a 'Belgian' Tripel. The colour is a toasty golden, its light pressed haze lending it an organic and unrefined complexion. Its head is huge, spongy and patterned like honeycomb, it leaves a shroud of lacing so dense you can't see your finger on the other side.

Furthermore, the aroma is ripe with fragrant 'Belgian-esque' scents: yeasty spices resembling a mixture of thyme, coriander and white pepper as well as an ambrosial incense of orchard fruit (pears, apples, peaches). The grainy smell of wheat and a toasty note of baked breads are also noted, creating a perfect backdrop for all the spice and savoriness.

And it tastes like a spring garden! Lovely. We are consuming the Eden's Garden with every sip. Once again, directly on the palate this time, we note spices (clove, coriander, thyme grains of paradise and varieties of edible flowers I don't know the names of) as well as pear, apple and peach spread out over biscuity, honey-coated malts. It can't be rushed.

The U.S. really ought to have their own distinction in the guidelines when it comes to brewing Belgian styles, Tripels especially. Most end up tasting (for whatever reason) entirely different and nowhere near so mellow or complex as the authentic stuff. This, however, is an exception and it is likely the best American rendition of the style I've tried.

With this beer, Defiant Brewing definitely succeeds in their mission to 'challenge the conventions of mass advertised and mass-produced beers'; this isn't anything that will appeal to ignorant masses beckoning conformity and the ideals of lifestyle imaging nor to those who resort to inexpensive, meaningless respite from the world and its cares.

This is a beer for artisans, intellectuals, gourmands, those who understand, appreciate and support the importance of craftsmanship and diversity, those with a heightened attentiveness to the world, who acknowledge human effort and ingenuity, who recognize that beer is an expression of so many natural, cultural, and personal particulars.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - pours a bright glowing clear pale straw color. A puffy fingers worth of white foam develops on top. Good lacing.

S - big aroma. bready malts. Belgian yeast is dominate. Hints of clove, white pepper, and fruit notes like pear, orange, and lemon.

T - very dry on the palate. Tons of yeast flavors. Mostly notes of fruit like pear and citrus fruits as well as a spicy balance.

M - a soft, light body and a fairly high efervesence.

D - no hint of alcohol heat. Insanely drinkable for such a strong beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown magnum.

Pours out a pale golden colored brew, virtually crystal clear. Big towering white head leaves rings of lace on the glass. Smells of short bread, apricots, peppercorn, hint of bubble gum, lemon zest and a touch of clove. Very smooth with a deep set carbonation. Flavors comes in smacking of fresh cut granny smith apples, pancake batter, peppercorn, lemons, faint tropical fruit and a little herbal in the back. Alcohol shows its warmth with some estery action. Yeast stay neutral for the most part. Finished dry with a fruity spicy mix that lingers for a while.

Not the cleanest Triple around but probably one of the most complex while still staying it a delicate form. Seriously good beer here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours down a clear, lightly-hued gold body with a tall, looming, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pils malt, perhaps a smidgen of wheat, with sweetish honey tones and an ambiguous tanginess. Pinch of spices. Sliced orchard fruits spritzed with alcohol. Even a couple pieces of individually-wrapped bubblegum.

Taste: A golden sweetness of emboldened pale barley and pilsner malts slathered in clover honey. A brief flirtation with some floral aspects, then, it's cut down by a spicy pairing of coriander and pepper. Fruity flavors of pear and McIntosh apples. Even some noted bubblegum carrying over from the nose. Minor bitterness. Sparse creaminess to the drying mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel has a faint stickiness to it.

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise. I mean, have you heard of Defiant Brewing? No, neither had I. But yet here I am enjoying a solid Belgian-style tripel from them. Delightful!

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Photo of Max578
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of dasenebler
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 750mL bottle, this Tripel pours a clear, deep golden hue with a modest head. Good retention and lacing though.

Aroma is nice and pungent, with notes of strawberry, apricot, caramel, alcohol and a bit of funk, actually.

The flavor is very complex. There is sweet, ripe fruit flavor that seems to hit first, but this is countered by a rindy, almost brett-like bitterness and tart, dry finish. Has some Saison-like characteristics with the acidity, and also the woody, spicy and peppery notes. Doughy malt sweetness. Pretty decent amount of hop flavor as well. Kind of intense and bitter for a Tripel, but I dig it. The mouthfeel was chewy, but the carbonation was low, maybe too low for the style, I feel.

Satisfying, if somewhat untrue to style. With the huge flavors and noticeable alcohol, I would take my time with this one.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark hazy orange almost dark brown, leaves about two fingers of head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass as you sip away.

S- Citrus and lemon, a bit of honey, and spice, wild Tripel

T- Alcohol is hidden on this one, a bit of bitterness up front, slight taste of sweet fruits and honey.

M- Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, had this one on poker night was not dissappointed. Would definitely have it again. Perfect balance for a Tripel.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: beautiful light-gold hue with a nice haze that gives the body a matte finish. There's a strong effervescence and three fingers of creamy white foam atop. Lovely.

Smell: sweet aroma of light malt and hints of orchard fruit. Basic, but appealing.

Taste: sweet malt with a mild fruity character which accents the malt. There's also a floral character to this beer which is interesting. Alcohol is a bit on the hot side, but it's not harsh or anything. Bitterness is perhaps high for a tripel, but it's smooth and welcome here. Pretty tasty, if a bit hot on the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation. Creaminess is massive and mouth-filling. I like it a great deal.

Overall: this is a very good and satisfying tripel, although a little more fruitiness and a little less alcohol in the flavor would be awesome.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my last trip to halftime. Supporting local NY brewers. Excellent representation of this Belgian style. One of the better us Micro brewed triples that I have had.

A: it's bottle conditioned which means that there is plenty of healthy goodness at the bottom of the bottle. Pours cloudy golden in color with extra "taste" at the bottom of the bottle.

S: not a ton of scent, maybe a little fruity but I don't enjoy a beer because of it's smell anyway.

T: Sweet and to the point. a true representation of this style, very well done.

D: goes down smooth. Hard to believe this carries a 9% abv.

M: perfect body and carbonation, one of the better beers that I've had in quite some time.

This beer has warranted a trip to the Defiant brewery which is only abbot 35 min. From my house. Looking forward to it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a massive head; the head retains well and leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Pale malt with a floral, grassy hop character; hints of bubblegum and thyme

Taste: Fruity elements lead off the flavor parade, with banana, apple, pear and lemongrass tones; bu mid-palate, grassy hops and herbal spices (white pepper, thyme and coriander) add balance; after the swallow, hints of bubblegum and candi sugar add some sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol appears in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Criticism by other reviewers that this is not to style are not unreasonable; call is a Saison or a BSPA if you prefer, but I really like the complexity and subtle flavor elements that this beer displays

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy golden yellow color with a short one finger head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: fruits, yeast, and some earthiness rise from the glass and into the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile here. Golden apples, pears, honey, lemon zest, pepper, and a it of yeast flavor come through the most. The bitterness is nicely balancing and not overpowering. Alcohol is warming but well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is long as the fruitiness and spicy yeast linger on the tongue for a while.

Overall: this beer does a nice job reflecting the style. Very pleasant and enjoyable, but it is a slow sipping beer that can creep up on you as the alcohol is barely noticeable.

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Photo of brandnew711
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is exceptional. Being from the town this beer is brewed in, I can tell you it is well received in the area. Several restaurants in the area feature it on their menu. For such a strong beer it is relatively drinkable. It goes great with dinner. Overall a solid beer and the staple of Defiant's brewery.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle picked up in March during the 2011 East Coast Instructor's Seminar. Served in a white wine glass. Pours a hazy, golden orange with a loose, bright white half inch head that quickly dissipates into a broken skim. Nose expresses light, fruity esters (apricots, citrus, tropical fruit), a hint of funk and trace of rind. Taste consistent with nose; however, the impression is that this beer is a bit more delicate than your average tripel (which is not a bad thing). There is also a slight citric acid presence throughout that adds a pleasant balance and brightness to the flavors. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light), with an even, mild carbonation and a trace of acidity. All and all, this is a solid and quite drinkable tripel. Much more delicate, although no less complex, than most examples of the style I have tried, with an exceptionally well-hidden abv and less of the sweet and cloying character you tend to encounter. Well worth your time if you have the opportunity to sample this one.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Mondial 2008. Yeasty aroma, its like a geuze in appearance and carbonation with cloudy yellow and small white head. Above average mouthfeel, some lemon taste.All of this imparts a light bitterness, some candy sugar and otherwise good malting. Lovely on a Summer day.A natural; carbonation. Unknown ABV but seems to be in 8-9% range.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged, unlabeled bottle courtesy BA EPSeja at BCTC 2008. Thanks! Not sure if this is the standard "Triple" from Defiant or the "#3".

The cork wiggled itself most of the way out before removal. A loud pop and an extremely carefull, slanted pour released over five inches of spongy, white foam.
The porous head settled quickly to a partial skim coat and plenty of dotted lacework. The body is perfectly clear and golden.

Aromatics lead off with bright citrus notes, bannana, cloves, and lightly husky malt.
A bit earthy and phenolic, with hints of bubblegum and lemon zest following through.

Light bodied and very crisp. Highly snappy, with a mildly creamy mouthfeel in the finish.

Light malt, zesty citrus fruit, and honey-drizzled lemon start the palate. Hints of lemongrass, crushed mint, white pepper and coriander follow through.

Finishes with light malt, earthy hops, and warming alcohol.

Plenty fresh with an abundance of noble hops.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy/bubbly straw, trace head,

S: yeast, mild citrus, hint of spices

T: yeast, orange peel, floral, mild sour/bitter
semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, big tongue pricky
bubbly mouth, semi-dry mouth

O: My 1st Defiant offering.
Love Tripels and Belgian style
beers, but this seems a little too
light in the mouth/body.
Great newbie to BEL beer offering.


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Photo of Premo88
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68 oz. bottle poured into small snifter
courtesy of @TongoRad vis NBS BIF No. 1

L: gorgeous clear light yellow-gold with only a few floaties in it (I tried to leave the yeast in the bottle and almost pulled it off); solid head of white to off-white foam, maybe 1/2-inch tall, not much sticking or lacing but a cool 50/50 skin and good collar ... the color is amazing -- it's very similar to light lager yellow but has just a hint of darkness to it

S: sour grapes, white wine, dry white wine ... it's getting almost past tart into sour range; now some sweetness, sweeter grapes, maybe a hint of banana, clove or all-spice -- but only a hint ... it's seems a bit like a witbier but only seems because a big sugar sweetness comes in like a radio signal going in and out, and that sweet fully masks any spice note ... very interesting

T: witbier-like at first with some definite spice notes thrown into the tart/sour grapes, slight banana sweet flavor ... boy is it good as we go, gets a good bit of that abbey ale-candi sugar flavor, but like the monks do it: not too much, just enough to taste; drinking the final 1/8 from the bottle with all that yummy yeast is a treat, a bit hefeweizen-like with good yeast/wheat-like twang of banana.

F: dangerously drinkable like a good tripel should be ... at times it feels maybe a bit soft, but, man, that could be looney talk because I'm sucking it down like water and the carbonation is very good -- "soft" here might actually be just a bit of weight

O: the best American-made tripel I've tried so far; it's not a super-fruity, over-the-top sweet tripel, which is what the other USA-brewed versions often come off as; the brewer here didn't panic and toss in a bunch of candi sugar at the last second to be safe; Defiant's tripel has a very wide range of smell and taste notes, and the tart white wine/sour grapes playing off a good banana-like sweetness are my favorites.

thanks to @TongoRad for this one -- and I must say, if Defiant can brew a tripel this well, it makes me wonder what other goodies they might be brewing up

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Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.