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Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

09-09-2012 22:28:06 | More by acurtis
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-04-2012 22:43:58 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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

1490

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 15:41:37 | More by Bierman9
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soulembrocation

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-17-2012 20:07:10 | More by soulembrocation
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zonker17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-13-2012 03:36:06 | More by zonker17
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flagmantho

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 17:42:20 | More by flagmantho
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ricoch3t

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

05-16-2012 00:53:05 | More by ricoch3t
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jtmartino

California

4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 01:10:58 | More by jtmartino
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JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-03-2012 01:28:10 | More by JxExM
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.4%

05-01-2012 00:36:59 | More by bvlaminck
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gshackles

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-30-2012 00:57:37 | More by gshackles
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PorterBoy14

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-17-2012 12:48:32 | More by PorterBoy14
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CopperTopBrews

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-22-2012 03:51:12 | More by CopperTopBrews
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-17-2011 14:48:23 | More by Vylo
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jhfinn420

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-11-2011 18:01:18 | More by jhfinn420
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-22-2011 08:08:06 | More by bob727
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2011 01:13:53 | More by RoryOMoore
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

QUITE NICE, BUT NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 21:22:21 | More by BeerLover99
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 18:46:28 | More by JRod1969
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:48:31 | More by Gavage
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ralphs66 for this bottle! $11 price tag. 750mL brown glass cork & cage, no date.

Pours a pale, hazy orange with 1 finger of bright white head that leaves lots of spotting.

Let's discuss the nose, shall we? First whiff tells me this beer has wild yeast in it. It's infected, and other BA notes confirm this. But the question is, is it SUPPOSED to be infected? Lots of tropical fruits, mangos and papayas, blend with bitter orange and juicy sour lemon. A suggestion of plantain too.

Palate is tart for sure, but not full on soured. The mid palate goes a little watery which makes me think question again if this was intentionally funked. Sour tropical fruits and citrus give way to banana meringue and custard, some light grain notes and finishes off with a touch of pine board.

Notes: Well, I don't rightly know what to say about this, not knowing if it's supposed to be funky. If it is, then it's pretty good - if it's not then I'd really like to try a clean bottle please!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:56:30 | More by SFLpunk
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 15:51:15 | More by Jwale73
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 13:42:40 | More by thedoubler55
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OliverTweek

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden Brown, a little lighter than most amber Belgium beers. When held up to the light, it turns a nice orange/red color. The bits of yeast floating in the beer isn't nearly as appetizing as the label makes it seem, but they are barely noticeable when drinking.

Smell: A rich, summery smell, with hints of flowers. Very sweet, and to those that don't like this style of ale, might be too much. I for one however, found it quite pleasant. Finds the perfect balance between fragrant and overpowering. Almost bread like, but not the stale-bread smell many lower classed beers occasionally have.

Taste: Has many of the same characteristics that the smell displays. Has a surpassingly earthy taste, that almost seems to vary from sip to sip. The flower qualities of the smell are still there, but not as much as the odor would suggest. The sweetness is almost desert like, if I didn't know better I'd say is white-chocolate like, not to mention fruitish hints such as orange or banana. The alcohol is more present than one would think from a beer like this.

Mouthfeel: As said before, the alcohol is slightly overpowering. The carbonation is milder than other beers, but fits the light style Defiant is going for.

Other/Overall: A good beer. I think the yeast floating in it is a turn off, but doesn't affect the taste enough to comment on. These are my favorite types of beers, but this one is sort of run of the mill. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as memorable as I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 14:38:03 | More by OliverTweek
Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.