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Belgian Tripel - The Defiant Brewing Company

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Belgian TripelBelgian Tripel

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very good

104 Ratings

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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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Photo of womencantsail


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:53:06 | More by womencantsail
Photo of r0nyn

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:24:00 | More by r0nyn
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 20:21:40 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:18:33 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of brandnew711

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 02:47:56 | More by brandnew711
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 21:29:18 | More by brentk56
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

1.8/5  rDev -55.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 06:12:01 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 01:19:55 | More by tdawgydog
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 23:33:20 | More by Naugros
Photo of Mora2000


3.9/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 02:39:38 | More by Mora2000
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.22/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 19:42:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of dasenebler


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:40:08 | More by dasenebler
Photo of gory4d

New York

3.9/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:52:57 | More by gory4d
Photo of mentor


2.17/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger head over a hazed light straw liquid. Smells brettanomyces. Woody dry with mild cherry, powdery mildew, and sour berry.

Tastes malt on the pull, but brett off-putting immediately afterward and throughout the duration. Woody, biscuit malt, bready, ginger zip, mildly of candi-sugar, powdery dry and sour from brett. Peppery zip at the finish accompanied by a tame and clean alcohol and a fine carb sting. I'm not at all fond of this beer at all. Md light body with strong and fine carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 04:43:56 | More by mentor
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brewery may be situated in New York state, but Defiant has earned the right to call this a 'Belgian' Tripel. The colour is a toasty golden, its light pressed haze lending it an organic and unrefined complexion. Its head is huge, spongy and patterned like honeycomb, it leaves a shroud of lacing so dense you can't see your finger on the other side.

Furthermore, the aroma is ripe with fragrant 'Belgian-esque' scents: yeasty spices resembling a mixture of thyme, coriander and white pepper as well as an ambrosial incense of orchard fruit (pears, apples, peaches). The grainy smell of wheat and a toasty note of baked breads are also noted, creating a perfect backdrop for all the spice and savoriness.

And it tastes like a spring garden! Lovely. We are consuming the Eden's Garden with every sip. Once again, directly on the palate this time, we note spices (clove, coriander, thyme grains of paradise and varieties of edible flowers I don't know the names of) as well as pear, apple and peach spread out over biscuity, honey-coated malts. It can't be rushed.

The U.S. really ought to have their own distinction in the guidelines when it comes to brewing Belgian styles, Tripels especially. Most end up tasting (for whatever reason) entirely different and nowhere near so mellow or complex as the authentic stuff. This, however, is an exception and it is likely the best American rendition of the style I've tried.

With this beer, Defiant Brewing definitely succeeds in their mission to 'challenge the conventions of mass advertised and mass-produced beers'; this isn't anything that will appeal to ignorant masses beckoning conformity and the ideals of lifestyle imaging nor to those who resort to inexpensive, meaningless respite from the world and its cares.

This is a beer for artisans, intellectuals, gourmands, those who understand, appreciate and support the importance of craftsmanship and diversity, those with a heightened attentiveness to the world, who acknowledge human effort and ingenuity, who recognize that beer is an expression of so many natural, cultural, and personal particulars.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 20:38:42 | More by biegaman
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a pale yellow with no head and little carbonation. Sediment evident.

s - Smells like your typical Tripel; lots of yeast, spices, maybe a little citrus and pepper.

t - Follows the nose; yeast, pepper, tiny bit of citrus, some other spices. Not bad.

m - Light to medium body with little carbonation. Some alcohol warmth to it.

d - A decent tripel but nothing special. Some typical belgian yeast and spices smell and taste. Warmth from alcohol hurts it a little. Not bad but wouldn't actively seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 02:08:47 | More by mdfb79
Photo of fragilemacabre

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been trying to review this for a good twenty minutes, but I keep drinking the beer instead of analyzing it. Never fear, this is a good thing. A very, very good thing, especially considering the DIY-ish label scared me off from this beer for a good long while.

I wasn't sure what to expect when its thin gold color graced my pint glass, but it smells like happy Belgian times, tastes like happy Belgian times, and is eminently drinkable.

I can't stress enough how amazingly easy to imbibe this is. I want it around as my standby beer the way other people want PBR.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 07:56:38 | More by fragilemacabre
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As pain in the ass as this was to open I was hoping for a good beer.
Upon pouring, I was pretty sure I was going to like it. Upon tasting it I was very pleased.
Very pale and clear gold. An easy choice as a champagne replacement. Light, dry, yet spicy Belgian flavors on the nose. Not bold but pleasing. I could score the scent higher.
Dry, dry, dry on the palate. Again, could pass for champagne. Some apple notes, orange peel, and toast.
As a beer this is crazy easy to drink for something 9% strong. Pretty refreshing but still with a depth of flavor.
Yes. More, please. Thank you.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 07:26:16 | More by ommegangpbr
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A little lighter than I expected, nice clear pale yellow though. Nice white foamy head that laced down the glass.

S - Delicious bready, malty aromas. Less alcohol presence than I'd expect from a 9%.

T - Where did that malt go? Ok, it opened up as it warmed slightly, but the tastes a bit more watery than I expected, a little unpleasant bitterness lingers behind.

M - Quick, clean, crisp. Sticks around a little more as it warms, improving the mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable for a big, strong beer. True to style, but missing a little something I can't quite place.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 20:40:49 | More by njbcmatt
Photo of Jason


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown magnum.

Pours out a pale golden colored brew, virtually crystal clear. Big towering white head leaves rings of lace on the glass. Smells of short bread, apricots, peppercorn, hint of bubble gum, lemon zest and a touch of clove. Very smooth with a deep set carbonation. Flavors comes in smacking of fresh cut granny smith apples, pancake batter, peppercorn, lemons, faint tropical fruit and a little herbal in the back. Alcohol shows its warmth with some estery action. Yeast stay neutral for the most part. Finished dry with a fruity spicy mix that lingers for a while.

Not the cleanest Triple around but probably one of the most complex while still staying it a delicate form. Seriously good beer here.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 04:46:53 | More by Jason
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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a surprise gift from my wife. From a corked bottle, it pours a light, mostly clear, golden color with a tall white head. The retention could be a little better, and there's just a slight haze. Still, very attractive. The aroma is estery...bubblegum, a little spice, alcohol, sugar, and pale malt. The taste is fairly dry, with a decent warmth and belgian peppery phenols. Spicy, dry, and enjoyable. A decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 19:04:19 | More by Suds
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits (particularly apple), sweet tarts, bubblegum, and lots of spices (clove and pepper). Flavor of sweet malt, some corn notes (tortilla chips?), and a sweet fruity and spicy finish (chiles?). Interesting for sure and super tasty. I really like this one! Solid triple, great beer. I really need to get more of this...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 17:36:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL poured into an Orval chalice

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a bit under a finger of white head. Citrus, some banana, and a good dose of spicy, peppery phenols. Taste is a bit more complex than the aroma. There is a soft malt character throughout. Citrus esters again dominate (lemon-zest is most prominent) but some very light pear and banana esters are also present. Phenols are again present but are a bit less prominent and more peppery than spicy. Mouthfeel is good with medium-light body and about high carbonation. Drinkability is ok. This beer while not simple or scattershot didn't seem to be quite as complex and well-rounded as I would expect from the style. That said it's not as if I didn't enjoy this beer, I just really wanted more.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 23:52:34 | More by mnj21655
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PEBKAC for the opportunity.

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy slightly honeyed yellow. A finger's worth of creamy white head sticks around forever. Plenty of carbonation continues to rise. Large sheets of lace. Nice looking brew.

In the aroma, there's the classic tripel notes: banana, fruit, bread and spice. But they're muddled and not really fully formed...

Taste is more engaging than the aroma. Flavors characteristics separate out, becoming more complimentary and enjoyable.

Nice creamy light feel.

Not necessarily a brew I'd go out of my way to seek out again... but it's a solid, respectable effort.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 02:55:51 | More by goatgoat
Photo of JVEyck309

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz bottle conditioned bomber corked and caged poured into a tulip

A- HUGE head even after a very slow pour, climbing out of the glass and never really diminishing. Its an opaque dark and hazy golden orange.

S- citrus and lemon, my nose has been stuffed up though... some pepper in there too

T- banana cloves pepper lemon and for some reason I keep thinking apples.. reminds me of a more crisp and alcoholic hefeweizen. Alcohol is warming and not so well disguised

M- pretty full mouthfeel which was a bit unexpected for the style.. carbonation was good..enjoyable

Drinkability - This was a sipping beer, no need for another, warming alcohol (9%ABV) Not the best tripel but being that it is brewed locally (15 mins away from me!) I would proudly buy again. Happy to have this relatively new brewery so close to home!!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:57:44 | More by JVEyck309
Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.