Twenty Knots Belgian Style Tripel Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Twenty Knots Belgian Style Tripel AleTwenty Knots Belgian Style Tripel Ale

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86
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smakawhat on 04-04-2013

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date, but this is being opened about a year after purchasing. Poured into a snifter

A- pours a bright and slightly hazy golden color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a small layer, no lacing left behind. Not the typical big foamy head expected from the style

S- powdery belgian yeast gives subdued aromas of sugar candy, banana and clove, toasty malt with grainy notes, light phenolic note. All of the aromas are there, but seems to be held back

T- sweet malty notes up front with some belgian sugar, clove and sweet banana. Faint phenolic notes kick in before finishing slightly sweet with a hint of alcohol

M- medium body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, just a touch of abv warmth at the end, alcohol is hidden well overall

O- Easy drinking triple, doesn't rival the world class example but worth a try

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours into a large tulip glass a honeyed orange color with a smaller head than expected.Mild yeasty spiced esters and light tropical fruitiness in the nose.I like the flavors they don't punch you in the palate but give nice restrained fruitiness and yeasty notes,it's actually very easy to drink for the style.You would never know this was 10% alcohol here.

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger plus of quickly receding plush light khaki colored froth with a bit of an audible fizz... Once faded there is a lopsided half crescent of thin lacing and a thin collar.... The color is a slightly hazy light bronzed peach color... Still with no noticeable carbonation... The aroma is quite exquisite albeit a bit timid... Belgian yeast and honey dominate... There is a slight candied sugar sweetness... Dried fruits, namely apricot... Big flavor... Lots of fruity notes... Honey... A big boozy characer as well... Medium to full bodied... Starts a bit lush and finishes with a slightly intense dryness... A rock solid offering from Williamsburg Alewerks, a brewery that I've grown quite found of over the years... I can recommend this with clear conscious...

Photo of jfmorey
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whole Foods in Vienna, VA

Poured a yellowish, slightly cloudy amber. Head is adequate, thin lacing

Smell is not pronounced, ok

Taste includes plenty of funk, the boozy alcohol expected from a 10% brew, but well balanced. Some banana and flora notes in the aftertaste

Overall a good example of the style

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A muted apricot orange, opaque, with lots of fast rising cola large bubbles at first. Settles to some slower carbonation along the edges. Head is creamy white makes only a bare two fingers tall, but settles to a creamy thin puck.

Nose has a nice spicy sense, with matching Belgian candy like sucrose. Clean, a little bit of fruit of apple and pear slightly. Fairly solid and good, some warmth gives some spritzy orange soda sweetness which is really nice.

A good solid palate. Nice rich orange fruit fills the mid palate with sensing sweetness of sugars. Wine like sort of character a bit, but the malts give a lot of depth. Not much aftertaste on the finish, with a moderate carbonated body. Good hint of booze but still in control.

Pretty solid go to tripel, I am not blown out of the water on this one, but it's worth a repeat visit and is pretty much to style.

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good American take on a Tripel. Poured into my Chimy goblet. Clear orange color. Minimal delicately bubbly white head with average retention. Little lacing.

Big aroma of light fruit...apples/pears/apricot and Belgian yeast

Flavor is solid as well. Rich, fruity, plenty of yeast presence

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. No alcohol presence beyond a little warming.

Well worth trying...more than once.

Photo of mhbarber
2.41/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not very close to a tripel

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light orange body with decent head and lace thanks to some lively carbonation. The first thing that hits me in the nose is some white grape aromas, like wine, then this gives way to a more pronounced tropical fruit aroma like pear or mango and there is some grainy hop bitterness and spice. Body is light and crisp, not too sharp from some orangish-citric hops and spice, the fruit flavors are really good here (again I want to say white grape) with pear, mango, maybe even pineapple along with good touches of candi sugar sweetness. The balance is there but only knocks on this triple is lack of complexity (it's really just some sweetness from fruit and sugar) and at times the alcohol bled into my drink and gave off a real boozy finish.

Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is getting awesome reviews so far.

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Crystal clear orange color with almost no head at all. I watched the sucker melt before my eyes.

S: Really nice Belgian component with some citrus sprinked in as well. Overall, this was like a nice bowl of corn flakes.

T: So, so smooth. Seriously, this is one of the best tripels I've had in a while, which is a admittedly a tough sell for me. Not too sweet, just pure Belgian yeast strain with a very fresh disposition!

M: Low carbonation, but I guess this brew is all about that. Absolutely no booze detected and no upfront sweetness.

O: Totally surprised here. Alewerks knows how to shock the living hell out of folks quite often.

Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours an fairly hazy yellow-orange. Head is creamy white, thick at the edges with wisps on the surface. This pour was to the top, so couldn't tell volume of head.

Nose is a tad hard to detect, do get some banana, pear, and maybe peach esters. Also get impression of pineapple in some whiffs. Hard to be confident with the exact fruits, but the beer has sweet fruity notes mainly, and these are what I detect.

Taste isn't unexpected from the nose. What is a bit surprising is the level of sweetness in this beer. Banana, pear, red delicious apple - all with a candied nature to them. There is an orange rind and farmhouse earthy taste that comes on after the initial malt blast, but it never takes hold. The end brings back the pulp fruit tastes of apple and the lightest bite of spice.

Carbonation is good, but the sweetness gives a bit of coating feel to counter that pretty well.

Some nice flavor behind the sweetness, but you have to get over it. It's not really a sugar bomb as much as a sweet fruit forward beer. It mellowed a tad with some warmth, but not that much.

Twenty Knots Belgian Style Tripel Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.