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Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

Triple ExultationTriple Exultation

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very good

263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.87%

Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-27-2006)
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Photo of Catracho5


3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip stem glass.

Appearance: Looks nice in the glass, dark brown with a creamy head with lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipated fairly quickly, some lacing on the glass. Looks great in the glass.

Smell: Getting some toffee, vanilla aromas upfront, then the malts on the backend. The is the strongest aroma that I have smelled in an organic beer. I am getting some bourbon or rum smell up front as well, sweet smell that fades into a malt character. This is the first Old Ale that I have tried and I am not quite sure how to describe the sweetness, toffee, vanilla, rum, bourbon, it all smells there.

Taste: Sweet taste upfront similar to the smell, then some bitterness blending into a malt flavor, nice flavor. This is a nice sweet maltiness flavor in the beer, great taste, getting some bitterness but not overwhelming bitterness. I am surprised, this sat in my refrigerator for about 3 months before I tried it.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Overall: Admittedly, I am surprised, I have had several Eel River brews, Raven's Eye is my favorite, this is second. I am going to pick up at least another bottle to age. This is a beer that is well balanced, the sweetness though prevalent does not overwhelm the malt and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:34:01 | More by Catracho5
Photo of travolta


2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: No lacing, a clear cranberry juice in color. Head retention is good with a cloudy formed khaki head.

Nose: Burnt carmel, minimal dark candied fruit, some faint hops at the end.

Taste: Hot sake and carmel. Cheap vodka on the tongue, with a malt foundation.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:49:18 | More by travolta
Photo of utfiero


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- cloudy red caramel. Full, think head tinted almond.

Aroma- caramel, grapefruit hops, and ocean air.

Taste- a rich hoppy complex brew. Starts like a rich, strong, and dry Belgian ale, moving into a cake and hops middle (imagine eating coffee cake and drinking an imperial IPA) finishing with a tame dry hoppiness leaving a clean hoppy aftertaste.

Poured from bomber (650 ml bottle) into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:42:23 | More by utfiero
Photo of mhaugo


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 9.7% ABV. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature. Certified organic.

Appearance: Deep chestnut, moderately bubbly with a decent beige head, and brilliantly clear (4/5).

Aroma: Mmmm… nice. Dried stone fruit and jammy grapes. Brown sugar and caramel. A touch of oxidation, but an acceptable level. In fact, it adds an additional layer to an already beautiful and complex aroma (4.25/5).

Taste: Surprisingly hoppy with a bitterness that lasts. There is a little woodiness from what I am assuming is some degree of barrel aging, with a little vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of tobacco. There is also some staling, but again not inappropriate. It would be interesting to know if that was intentional or just a “benefit” on sitting on a big box liquor store shelf for several months. The bitterness steps back a touch toward the latter end of the pint as the beer nears room temperature (3.5/5).

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation. There is a light warmth from the alcohol and a puckering quality from the hops. There is also an interesting “thickness” that develops when the beer warms that feels almost chalky. Not a negative note; more of an interesting observation (3.75/5)

Overall: This is a very nice beer, but the flavor comes across a little dramatic. I would love to have this same beer dialed back about twenty five percent in both the bitterness and the alcohol. 80 IBUs seems to be a bit much here. The aroma is incredibly inviting, but once it hit my mouth it became a little obnoxious. But in the end I am impressed (3.75/5).

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:11:53 | More by mhaugo
Photo of katybee


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber, with minimal, quickly dissipating head, looking a bit like a whiskey in the glass. A bit more like a whiskey or brandywine, especially when the minimal carbonation stilled, it is really only the malty bready richness, smooth on the tongue, which reminds the drinker that this is still a beer. A fine sipping beer for me, but hard hitting and not very subtle in character...perhaps some dried fruit notes, molasses sweetness, but not true 'esthers' as in a barleywine, and a slightly metallic alcohol edge although the creaminess covers this... Not bad, but a little too direct for me, LOL.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 21:39:36 | More by katybee
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruby red body and an aggressive pour gives me a frothy cherry tinted white head. I guess its bottle conditioned? Because my second pour of the bomber into the glass leaves the body murky while it was originally a clear red.
Rich dark fruit aroma. Barely wine characteristics.
The flavor has some dried fruit leather taste, quite bitter though simultaneously. The high ABV is obvious as this is quite a sipper as time goes by out of the fridge.
Mouthfeel is fine, but high alcohol makes the back of the tongue know it.
Overall solid beer. It's a big old ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 02:42:44 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of champ103


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at many places around Houston. Most recently at Witchcraft Tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Toasted malts, baked bread, caramel malts. Chocolate and toffee aromas. A bit of solvent like alcohol in the very back.
T: Like the nose, a big malt bomb. Toasted malts, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Light baked bread. Solvent alcohol at the end lets you know this is +9% ABV.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation that is smooth and creamy. There is some solvent like alcohol here. Which is expected and warming. Like a camp fire. Very welcoming, and a nice sipper.

A well made and almost classic example of the style. Something I always enjoy when I have it, and always wonder why I don't order it more often.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 23:36:49 | More by champ103
Photo of ADZA


3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the darkest copper hue with creamiest three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is burnt toffee,caramel,ripe fruit and candied figs,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of candied figs,fresh plums,burnt toffee,brown sugar and finished with a roasted maltiness and caramel bittersweetness and overall a nice old ale that would age well cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 06:02:22 | More by ADZA
Photo of YieldToNothing

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bomber into a tulip
pours a copper brown with a creamy beige head of about two inches.
smells of caramel and toffee. kinda of like a subdued quad. smell definitely does not overwhelm, but is pleasant nontheless.
bitter kick in the aftertaste with hints of vanilla.
this is not a style that i'm all too familiar with, but this is a very enjoyable beer. abv is well hidden.
glad i tried t. would definitely drink again but not sure i'd seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 04:35:46 | More by YieldToNothing
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle cellared for 2 years. Pours a slightly hazy, light mahogany with little to no head, with some spotty lacing as I swirled.

Aromas begin quite dark fruit forward with lots of raisins, currants, dates and a predominant dark cherry sugary sweetness. As it warms you get more of the caramel and brown sugar maltiness. A little too sweet and sugary; the alcohol becomes more prevalent as is warms as well.

The taste begins with waves of dark caramel maltiness with raisin juice quickly followed by lesser brown sugar and toffee notes. You get the fruitiness more in the flavor as it warms with dark cherry, currant and more and more rum raisins. Alcohol flavors become a tad too prevalent towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick, with adequate carbonation. Alcohol presence/bite makes this difficult to truly enjoy to its full capacity but helps to dry out the palate.

Overall this was a very good beer although it is still not a mind blower in the old ale spectrum. The flavors are a bit too alcohol heavy, preventing complete enjoyment/savoring. The flavor profile is good but lacks the true greatness of say Kuhnhenn 4D.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 23:58:17 | More by claspada
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was dark brown in color, hazy that produced a nice white head. The aroma was of dark fruits, alcohol and maybe brown sugar for that hint of sweetness. The beer was pretty malty sweet with that hint of dark fruit and alcohol, but the taste was certainly big. As others have noted the beer felt more like a Barleywine, very heavy. Overall, I got to say that I am not into the darker beers with the dark fruit flavors, but the beer was good and I enjoyed it, but doubt I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:15:38 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of DRyan


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Ranger Creek Tulip.
Not sure how old this bottle is, I got it from a friend a couple of months ago and he had it for a couple of months, so probably 6 mo. old at minimum, but I can't seem to find any marking on it that shows its age.

A: Pours a very dark copperish-purple that is pretty clear, with a light tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing.
S: Malt, sugar, dark fruits, toffee, vanilla.
T: Very classic "old ale" flavor, bordering on barleywine. Has some malty backbone and a decent hop presence, but not overly done. There is a strong aftertaste; I think this would go well with a plate of extra sharp cheddar or other strong cheese.
M: Smooth and a bit velverty, but not too thick. Def not in the stout range of mouth-feel, but a lot thicker than your average IPA or Pilsner.
D: Pretty easily drinkable for a near 10% beer, it hides its alcohol well. Drinking this makes me wonder why organic beer can be so good and so many organic foods can be so bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 23:50:55 | More by DRyan
Photo of metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin collar on the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of malts in the nose along with notes of molasses and hints of fruits. A moderate to a strong amount of alcohol is present.
T: The taste has flavors of alcohol along with some hints of alcohol and black currants. There is a light amount of bitterness and notes of alcohol persist through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little alcohol burn in the finish. As the beer warms up, it also becomes a little syrupy.
O: This beer really tastes similar to an American Barleywine because it is quite hoppy for the style. It would have been nicer if the alcohol was better masked from the smell and taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 17:29:12 | More by metter98
Photo of Fux


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange / brick in color, the head, off-white in color, is huge and creamy, it lasts quite long.
S: The nose is quite heavy, reminding a bit of a barleywine, but rich, with caramel malts, chocolate, a bit boozy, some dark fruits behind.
T: Taste is fruiter than expected from the nose, still with an impressive malty backbone, but more fruity (citruses, red fruits, and some dark fruits on the finish). It does however not lack of complexity.
M: Mouthfeel is quite creamy, a bit light but it's a very refreshing beer for the style, pretty much drinkable.
O: A nice beer, it is interesting how the palate differs from the nose, offering something refreshing and easily drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 17:13:16 | More by Fux
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, brick red color with a white head. The aroma is fairly sweet. I get some molasses notes as well as some dark fruit. There is also some sherry, alcohol and caramel malt thrown in. The flavor is full of alcohol and brown sugar, with a little bit of dark fruit (mainly cherries, grapes, dates and raisins). There is also a strong, sweet malt backbone as well as a little bit of resinous pine. A big, flavorful and alcoholic American Barleywine that is fairly easy to drink, but I wish it came in a 12 ounce bottle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 03:03:20 | More by Mora2000
Photo of RickS95


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a rich man's beer with it's dark brown, hazy appearance. Zero clarity, looks full of richness. Head is thin and white, and doesn't last long but it's got a nice look to it.

VERY malty with some ripe, rich, dark fruits to it. Has a slight leathery smell to it. Some alcohol is the last scent out of the glass.

Tastes like a barleywine, minus the extreme bitterness. Very malty with dark fruits like in the nose. The alcohol is more pronounced.

Sweetness up front before the heat takes over, but the sweetness never goes away, it just lessens a bit. It's never cloying, just malty during the whole trip. Full bodied, it almost feels heavy in the glass and in your mouth. Dry, almost dirty feel in the finish.

It's a strong manly beer, there's just not getting away from it. For the most part, it's an easy sipper (definitely something you sip), it's just very strong and aggressive. It never crosses the line, but it stands defiantly on the line. I've got about 19 more ounces to go from the bomber I bought and I'll surely be sleeping well tonight.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:21:53 | More by RickS95
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with tan head that sticks around for longer than I was expecting. Mega caramel & molasses character to the nose and taste. Really sticky sweet. Not particularly a fan of the stickiness, but it comes with the flavor (more or less). Other old ales I've tried - most notably Curmudgeon - have been a little lighter in color and texture. I prefer the style that way. It was nice to try in any case. The old ale is kind of underappreciated.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:50:43 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange brown amber with a two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, earthy with some nuttiness. Flavor is understated nutty, caramel malt up front with a big hit of alcohol and hops. Interesting spicy wood flavor middle and hop finish. Nice job. The alcohol is a little hot, but the flavor progression is good and malty. A nice old ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 23:11:55 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eel River Triple Exultation has a medium, beige head and a somewhat hazy, peach color, with some streaming bubbles and decent lacing. The aroma is of strong, sweet, overripe peaches, stinging malts, and syrup. Taste is of caramel, milk chocolate, peaches, bitterness, sugar, light molasses, and monkey bread. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and Triple Exultation finishes semi-dry and heavy. Overall, this is most excellent.


Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 14:49:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of jmbranum


4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ooo this beer is good.

Bought in a 22 oz bottle from Stevie's Discount Liquor in Oklahoma City. On sale for $6.99 and worth every penny.

Pours a rich dark slightly orangish brown with a MASSIVE tan head that lingers forever and ever.

Aroma is heavenly. Lots and lots of malty richness. Flavor is a mouthfull. Lots of rich and sweet malt but also a fair amount of hops in the background. The hops are a good counter-point to keep this beer from becoming cloying. I am reminded of caramel, with a tinge of chocolate, red wine and maybe a good port. Raisins and some dark wheat bread. Lots of toastiness too. Sweet but not too much so.

Mouthfeel is nice and full and a little bit oily.

Overall, an amazing beer. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 20:31:06 | More by jmbranum
Photo of jera1350


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010:

Amber colored. Massive dense head of oatmeal colored foam that has excellent retention and lacing. Gobs of thick lace cling to nearly the entire glass.

Grainy, fruity and grassy hop nose. Moderate amount of sweetness.

Very barleywine like, but without as much malty sweetness. Grass and solidly bitter from the hops, fruity caramel, earthy. More strong bitterness at the end to go along with some alcohol.

Close to a full body with a bitter drying out of the palate at the end.

Nothing to really keep me interested here. A decent beer, but nothing stands out and really makes me want to drink more of it. The look is outstanding, but the overall beer lacks real character.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:05:31 | More by jera1350
Photo of DocJitsu


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, deep amber color with a two finger light tan head. The head retains relatively well. Sticky foam laces the glass as the head attenuates. Butterscotch cream up front. The mouthfeel accentuates the finish, which is a little to bitter for this style. The alcohol warmth that appears at the end further exacerbates the unappealing finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:47:05 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly clouded brown color with big, frothy khaki head, little retention. Scent leads with nice notes of brown sugar, vanilla, roasted nuts, hint of dark fruit, booze. Taste leads with a little bit of booze, which is my only knock with flavor, eases into nice notes of vanilla, booze soaked cherry, brown sugar and faint splash of oak. Medium bodied, a touch light for the style. A decent Old Ale that opens up and becomes better as it approaches room temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 15:06:26 | More by rfgetz
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Triple Exultation, bottle bought at New Beer in Manhattan for $3.95. I assume this is old/aged.

Appearance: One finger of very carbonated head that lasts and leaves significant lacing. Classic Old Ale looks- a dark hazy auburn with impressive appeal.

Smell: Peat whiskey, wood, raising, wet basement. Toffee, Toblerone, cheap-but-delicious chocolate. I dig it. It's all you expect from an Old Ale, and reminds me of Smutty Really Old '08 (also bought at New Beer).

Taste: Complex and beautiful, with chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, coconut shavings and lotsa caramel. Dusty-dry finish, booze kick.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor, medium body and carbonation, great balance. Not too dry, not too sweet. I can drink this without water and that is saying something!

Overall: I've had this before and was not impressed. A little age has served this brew so very well. Drinks quite beautifully, considering the strength. Superb taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 02:42:43 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of flagmantho


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber hue with a large amount of haze and two thick fingers of rich, creamy tan foam. Retention is good. For some reason I find this a very pleasing-looking beer.

Smell: rich malty aroma with an alcohol tinge. Not bad, but not particularly complex.

Taste: big malty flavor with a suitably thick dankness. A musty dustiness includes big dark fruit flavors like raisins and plums, along with a bit of dried tobacco. The alcohol bite is pretty unrelenting, though. Bitterness is relatively strong toward the end, but hop flavors are not really present. Overall, a good tasting and complex old ale.

Mouthfeel: big body with a decent level of carbonation. Creaminess is pretty nice, though not over-the-top.

Overall: quite a tasty brew. There's a pretty big alcohol bite along with the strong bitterness toward the end, so it's not hugely drinkable, per se. Still, a good sipper on this, a cold snowy day.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:00:06 | More by flagmantho
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Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.