Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +11%
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.
10-12-2012 01:37:39 | More by farrago
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
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
08-23-2012 15:41:37 | More by Bierman9
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
06-26-2012 17:42:20 | More by flagmantho
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
05-06-2012 01:10:58 | More by jtmartino
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
A: cloudy/bubbly straw, trace head,
S: yeast, mild citrus, hint of spices
T: yeast, orange peel, floral, mild sour/bitter
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!
11-20-2011 21:22:21 | More by BeerLover99
4.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-05-2011 19:48:31 | More by Gavage
3.65/5 rDev -9%
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!
08-13-2011 03:56:30 | More by SFLpunk
Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.