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Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of Premo88
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of heyden
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of westyrun
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So good I left myself a voice memo on my iPhone, to discover the beer again several months later.

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2.36/5  rDev -40.4%

Photo of rfritton
1.5/5  rDev -62.1%

Worst Tripel I've ever had. Rough, rough, rough.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4%

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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

04/15/14 From bottle. I usually like Belgians, particularly triples, as long as they're not so strong they come with an ambulance discount card.

Unfortunately this let me down...twice. At first it looked great. Texture creamy, lovely clear color but the first taste was of corn. A cross between a corn flake & a cold popcorn kernel with no salt (or yummy caramel a la Cracker Jacks).

Things went from bad to worse when I poured the dregs, with the yeast, into the last glass. It held half the bottle so the concentration should have been reasonable, but I guess it was just too 'wild' for me. I prefer those bready heady things from Unibroue & not the unruly sour. I finished it (I always do) but once was enough.

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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.