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Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company

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Belgian TripelBelgian Tripel

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very good

111 Ratings

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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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

sirsteve42, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

mendvicdog, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

halo913, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of djkman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

djkman, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of farrago
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

farrago, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of patburke36
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

patburke36, Sep 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

t0rin0, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

acurtis, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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


Bierman9, Aug 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

soulembrocation, Jul 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

zonker17, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

flagmantho, Jun 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

ricoch3t, May 16, 2012
Photo of jtmartino
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

jtmartino, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

JxExM, May 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25%

bvlaminck, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

gshackles, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

PorterBoy14, Apr 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

CopperTopBrews, Feb 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

wizo, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Vylo, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25%

jhfinn420, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

RoryOMoore, Nov 22, 2011
Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.