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Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.44%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | 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 wizo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jhfinn420
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of OliverTweek
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Tim.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a short-lived white head.

S: A very fruity aroma. Lots of pears, apples, bananas, and even some lemon zest. A nice sweet malt and sugar character and there is just a hint of tartness to it.

T: Sweet for the most part, but there is a hint of tart fruit. Apple, banana, pear, orange peel, and lemon are again present and there is a light floral note to the beer.

M: Somewhat light in body for such a big beer, but I'm not complaining. Medium in carbonation.

O: Despite being a 9% beer, this was really easy to drink and fairly light.

Photo of r0nyn
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into my Chimay chalice. Shared with a fellow beer lover.

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with seriously sticky lacing. Big off-white head that recedes gradually. Particles of yeast can been seen suspended in the liquid. Smell is mildly sweet with a lot of the advertised brewer's yeast and not very much else. Maybe a little bit of clove and spice at the end. Doesn't have that fruity bouquet I get out of most tripels.

Taste is full of that brewer's yeast and lots of it. Little hint of some funky sourness, but it goes away quickly. Subtle nuances of banana and a very slight bubblegum zing. Tiny bit of fruitiness makes an appearance on the palate after the beer has washed over. Lightly bitter on the back end, with some bready notes. Alcohol is mildly detectable at this point as a fleeting boozy warmth. Mouthfeel is effevescent, with a slick feel. Finish is very drying with a light crispness and medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good. Defiant really has crafted a quality brew here right in my back yard. I think I've definitely been spoiled with regards to tripels, because their take on the style isn't as good as some of the others I've sampled, but this is by no means a knock on this beer. It's a solid, drinkable Belgian style ale that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle into a wine glass.

A- pours a very cloudy orangeish yellow with a one finger white head. The lacing is fantastic

S- the nose is a lot of Belgian yeast, and I'm getting a little bit of banana in there as well

T- oh my. Really flavorful, with lots of Belgian yeast, orange peel, banana coming to the forefront.

M- it's pretty thick

D- very rich beer, and a little boozy...a good example of a tripel

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - pours a bright glowing clear pale straw color. A puffy fingers worth of white foam develops on top. Good lacing.

S - big aroma. bready malts. Belgian yeast is dominate. Hints of clove, white pepper, and fruit notes like pear, orange, and lemon.

T - very dry on the palate. Tons of yeast flavors. Mostly notes of fruit like pear and citrus fruits as well as a spicy balance.

M - a soft, light body and a fairly high efervesence.

D - no hint of alcohol heat. Insanely drinkable for such a strong beer.

Photo of brandnew711
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is exceptional. Being from the town this beer is brewed in, I can tell you it is well received in the area. Several restaurants in the area feature it on their menu. For such a strong beer it is relatively drinkable. It goes great with dinner. Overall a solid beer and the staple of Defiant's brewery.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a massive head; the head retains well and leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Pale malt with a floral, grassy hop character; hints of bubblegum and thyme

Taste: Fruity elements lead off the flavor parade, with banana, apple, pear and lemongrass tones; bu mid-palate, grassy hops and herbal spices (white pepper, thyme and coriander) add balance; after the swallow, hints of bubblegum and candi sugar add some sweetness and a slight hint of alcohol appears in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Criticism by other reviewers that this is not to style are not unreasonable; call is a Saison or a BSPA if you prefer, but I really like the complexity and subtle flavor elements that this beer displays

Photo of 9InchNails
1.8/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Before I even open it, it has a corkscrew type bottle. Reminds me of a champagne bottle. What a bitch it is to open! The cork screw has its cool logo on it, Defiant.

Appearance: A very smooth bubbly head that is pure white. The beer itself is a light yellow color. Bubbles look more spaced out but very present. The head sticks around for a while.

Aroma: very spicy hops are pronounced at first smell. It has somewhat of a boozy aroma. It does have ale characteristics to it.

Mouth Feel: quite bubbly with carbonation. Leaves a very dry taste in my mouth as if I was drinking a red wine.

Taste: at first sip a somewhat metallic taste. A very strong dry hop flavor that's bitter with spices. I don't know if I like it... No I found out I really don't. With each sip, I feel nausea coming on. It reminds me of a horrible champagne.

Drink Ability: very low. I'm struggling with getting through one third of it. Its very filling...

On the back it says, "We are always happy to have visitors." I'd be happy to be in bussiness with a crappy Ale like this. I feel horrible for pouring it out because its beer but yuck! I can't finish it! The only cool thing about this beer is

Photo of tdawgydog
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my last trip to halftime. Supporting local NY brewers. Excellent representation of this Belgian style. One of the better us Micro brewed triples that I have had.

A: it's bottle conditioned which means that there is plenty of healthy goodness at the bottom of the bottle. Pours cloudy golden in color with extra "taste" at the bottom of the bottle.

S: not a ton of scent, maybe a little fruity but I don't enjoy a beer because of it's smell anyway.

T: Sweet and to the point. a true representation of this style, very well done.

D: goes down smooth. Hard to believe this carries a 9% abv.

M: perfect body and carbonation, one of the better beers that I've had in quite some time.

This beer has warranted a trip to the Defiant brewery which is only abbot 35 min. From my house. Looking forward to it.

Photo of Naugros
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really pale and cloudy. I'd describe as maize if I had a box of Crayola crayons. The best part about this beer's appearance is the amazing head it raises and maintains for a lifetime (or at least until you drink it). It starts off thick and falls back into itself in the middle while the edges stick to the glass. Many heads have been described as meringue-like but this is so much like a true meringue in texture and movement. Even the lace left behind looks like the meringue stuck to the plate after having a slice of key lime pie.

The smell is a bit funky, so you know they used Belgian yeast. The lemon, banana and cloves also give that away. There's even a bit of acidic bite in your nose, so I'm expecting a bit of sour tang in the taste. Did they infect this beer? I'll need to look it up after I finish reviewing it.

Yep, it's got some sour to it...lemony sour to be exact. My wife was completely taken by surprise by that (if only she had been reading my review as I wrote it). She doesn't like sour. There's also a metallic bite that I think comes from the alcohol. This takes away from the sour, but that flaw gets washed out by gritty malts and some floral hops in the back and the finish. Still, the flavors don't mesh well and it's a bit of a mess. The mouthfeel keeps changing from sour to biting to gritty. It's an adventure and one that will leave you with a headache for sure. Yet, I still like this beer and I am certainly willing to try more that this brewery has to offer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some yeast, lemons and salt. The flavor is some fruit (lemons and oranges) as well as some yeast, wheat and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not too bad.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours down a clear, lightly-hued gold body with a tall, looming, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pils malt, perhaps a smidgen of wheat, with sweetish honey tones and an ambiguous tanginess. Pinch of spices. Sliced orchard fruits spritzed with alcohol. Even a couple pieces of individually-wrapped bubblegum.

Taste: A golden sweetness of emboldened pale barley and pilsner malts slathered in clover honey. A brief flirtation with some floral aspects, then, it's cut down by a spicy pairing of coriander and pepper. Fruity flavors of pear and McIntosh apples. Even some noted bubblegum carrying over from the nose. Minor bitterness. Sparse creaminess to the drying mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel has a faint stickiness to it.

Drinkability: A pleasant surprise. I mean, have you heard of Defiant Brewing? No, neither had I. But yet here I am enjoying a solid Belgian-style tripel from them. Delightful!

Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 750mL bottle, this Tripel pours a clear, deep golden hue with a modest head. Good retention and lacing though.

Aroma is nice and pungent, with notes of strawberry, apricot, caramel, alcohol and a bit of funk, actually.

The flavor is very complex. There is sweet, ripe fruit flavor that seems to hit first, but this is countered by a rindy, almost brett-like bitterness and tart, dry finish. Has some Saison-like characteristics with the acidity, and also the woody, spicy and peppery notes. Doughy malt sweetness. Pretty decent amount of hop flavor as well. Kind of intense and bitter for a Tripel, but I dig it. The mouthfeel was chewy, but the carbonation was low, maybe too low for the style, I feel.

Satisfying, if somewhat untrue to style. With the huge flavors and noticeable alcohol, I would take my time with this one.

Photo of gory4d
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice enough interpretation of the style. The head is voluminous and white. The smell is toffee, straw, tree bark, maple sugar, herbal funk. The taste is maple syrup diluted in black tea, tannic bitterness, a little milkfat, wood sorrel sourness in the finish. It's thick but not meaty, well carbonated. Rather big and chewy to drink easily, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.