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Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-01-2008)
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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Johnny_Muir, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of dvanhandel
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

dvanhandel, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

ElijahRivera, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

spw109, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of hkyplyr73
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

hkyplyr73, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Max578
4.2/5  rDev +5%

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

Max578, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

superspak, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of timc13
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

timc13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Ron860
5/5  rDev +25%

Ron860, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Gregwa, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Skibum211, Sep 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

SFC21, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Bustersuess, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -6%

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.

MasterSki, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

SadMachine, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

JerkyMcgurky, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

JC333, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -6%

Bottle: Poured a bright slightly hazy yellow color ale with a rather large white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with sweet candy notes is quite nice. Taste is a good mix between some fruity ester with candy-like residual sugar with medium Belgian style malt backbone. Body is about average with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. More fruity then I was expecting but very well enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

zillo043068, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

bsopko, Feb 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Christopper, Feb 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Guinnsslvr, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 17, 2013
Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.