Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-27-2006

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Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this bomber at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. Ive had the bottle in my cellar for about 6-8 months.
The beer pours a clear deep mahogany with garnet tints and a fizzy yet soft beige head of 1.5 cm. The head fades fairly rapidly to a sturdy edge layer.
The aroma is hinting of a large robust beer, I get brown sugar and molasses, maybe some raisin as well, no hops, no caramel, but not really fusol booze or heat either, just big malt.
First sip reveals a fine and very tingly carbonation that is a little prickly on my palate. Body is average with some swete sticky texture on my lips and coating my tongue.
Flavor is sweet malt as expected, brown sugar and some toffee notes with a bit of warming booze on the finish. The beer is very tasty but doesnt mislead you into drinking too many. I enjoy this beer and will be purchasing it again in the future. Plus it is certified organic, bonus!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Yackmo360
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Might rate higher if it was my type of beer. That being said. Pours very dark with a lasting head.
Can smell the alcohol through a blend of brown sugar and molasses. Very sweet and hearty. Taste
too much of the alcohol and it becomes a distraction from the other flavors.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich deep amber with a little mahagony tint a larger creamy off white head atop that never totally subsided,a great mix of citric resiny hop and malty dark fruit and caramel in the nose after it warms a little a light sweet acohol note shows through as well.This is an American influenced old ale no doubt on the palate a big dose of piney citric hop really hits up front with some sweetich dark fruit and a even a little nuttiness in there as well just well balanced the alcohol does creep a little and you do feel it after a bit.Started out a little prickly in the mouth but it subsided after awhile,a very nice sipping brew I enjoyed it.

Photo of RoyalT
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a nice if flat brown in color with a good dingy-brown head.

Smell - The aroma is very tight and at first smells like an ABW, but as the beer warms and opens up there are some nice malty wood notes. Later as it closes in on room temperature the raw sugar and dark fruit open up nicely.

Taste - The wood flavors are big at the taste almost like one of those oak-aged or barrel-stored beers. The malt has a natural darkness, meaning that the grains are dark but don't taste like they have been heavily roasted, and the sugars are again tight but very solid. I particularly enjoyed the date and raisin flavors needed to offset the robustness of the malt.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied if not quite full with an almost punishing bitter finish and some surprisingly active carbonation.

Drinkability - This is definitely a sipper but well worth the effort and is a wonderful candidate for cellaring though I drank mine fresh off the shelf.

Update - I thought this was a little tight back in early May so kept one in the cellar and popped it five months later.

First off the head was so much better. I don't know that this had anything to do with cellaring but it was thick, creamy, and left globs of lacing. The aroma was still tight but the flavors opened up a lot more, especially the sugars. Overall a huge improvement and will even get better over the next six to twelve months.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, w/o bottling/freshness date, sampled in a tulip. Pours dark,dark cherry tinged amber, under a quick to thin dark tan cap, leaves ringed froth and leaves plenty of lace. Pungent nose of sweet smoke, dark cherry and layers of maple malt. Rich and tasty, notes of more cherry, bourbon, light smoke, rum soaked raisins, chocolate covered cherries, plenty of sweet malts, some alcohol. Quite dry with resiny hops late. Thicker, smooth mouth feel. a lot going on here, and its all good. Surely one of the better offerings among Eel River's organic lineup.* I would suspect that this one would improve with with 6+ months in the bottle to mellow a bit and to allow the flavors to mingle together.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another organic bomb. Pours a murky reddish-brown, with no head. Reminiscent of rusty water. Ethyl alcohol, caramel, and the smell of burnt sugar. Viscous, soilid mouthfeel has me looking up, maybe the taste will redeem this one. Nope. Raisins, prunes, and malt doused in alcohol and molasses. This is like one of those nightmarish Christmas homemade candied plums. Boooo.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very much a high alcohol barleywine reminiscient of Bigfoot under the old ale title. This is a bit hoppier than your standard old ale. Dark ruby body with a thicket of khaki tan head, this thing pours pretty viscous for the color. Aroma has big earthy piney notes with big ripened fruits, plums, raisins, and tart apples. Malt sweetness is layered between caramelized sugars and toasted malts, with interwoven layers of big ripened fruit...more raisin, plums. You could definitely lay this big bruiser down and not worry about it's aging potential, you know this thing is going to get better. Mouthfeel is full bodied a bit tamer with hop bitterness than your average Bigfoot release, finishes balanced between hops and big malts. Moderate carbonation carries things extremely well, doesn't become cloying or harsh despite the big malt/hop action going on, highly excited to try this beer...much better than any other organic offering I've come across.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite style...made available through a trade with msubulldog25..
Pours a dark amber with only a hint of reddish glow where the light can penetrate in the glass.
Very large two finger craggy head of tan bubbles melts ever so slowly to produce a sticky lacing.
Aromas of dark fruits like raisins, dates, and prunes, with sugary sweetness like dark brown sugar fill the senses.
Taste is unusual for an Old Ale in a very good way. Rather than being lots of sweetness, the tongue gets hit initially with roasted, toasted dark amber malts giving a bit of bitterness to the brew. This is followed with a hint of the dark candied fruits, then some burnt or toasted dark brown sugar and finally a brief wisp of hops adding bitterness to the finish and drying to the mouth rather than leaving it full of the candy sweetness.
Alcohol warmth is very slow to follow letting you forget that it is there, but it is so be warned.
Wow...this is a very enjoyable Old excellent rendition of the style. I love it...thanks so much to msubulldog25 for this trade.
(the best part is I traded him for two bottles so I have another in the cellar to enjoy at a later time...woo hoo)

Photo of jmz62565
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark mahogony with a giant tan foamy head that leaves great lacing, a very good looking beer. The smell is sweet with dark fruit, candy sugar,mollasses,bread yeast,and alcohol. The taste is much like the smell with roasted malt,candy sugar,alcohol,dark fruit,and chocolate. The m/f is strong with all the flavors mixing pretty well. A strong beer that's not bad,but not as good as other Old Ales. Still, if you see give it a try.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, opaque, murky brown color shot through with foggy burnt orange. Head is off-white or dirty white, and doesn't last long, but it makes a solid and lasting crown.

Ah, this is very much a classic "old ale" smell...that certain something that sits between Barleywine and American Strong Ale. Dark fruits (grape/raisin especially) are juicy and succulent; there's a good bit of brown sugar in there; there's a musty, almost peat-like presence (like a Scotch ale); there's toffee-like malt and just a bit of alcohol lurking in the background.

I'm not surprised by the taste, but I'm delighted all the same. Brings in everything the aroma offers -- dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, peat, alcohol -- and adds a smidgen of mint and a handful of cocoa nibs. Complex enough, bold for sure, a really nice hybrid sort of flavor, which is usually what I get from old ales anyway--part Scotch ale, part Belgian dark ale, part barleywine, part American strong ale. I like a beer that keeps the taste buds guessing yet lacks no definition of its own.

Carbonation is on the higher side for the style, but it's offset well enough by a sticky, slick sort of oily side. Straddles that line well enough.

This is a bold beer, and proves that organic beer can be great in the right brewer's hands. I don't know about Eel River's other stuff, this is my first, but I like what they've got going on here. Probably a little demanding for a higher drinkability rating, but yeah, this is definitely recommended.

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish colour with enormous off-white head that was bubbly and lacey. Funkey aroma. Brandyish taste, that was both a soft caramel mouthfeel but also sourish.Well, silly me. Thought it was going to be a triple Belgium and thought it was of. In fact, as an old ale well yes. And all me super-beer geeks did not also get it so I don't feel so bad.

Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A smallish tan head diminishes quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, fruity hops, and more than a little alcohol. Palate is rich and malty, with a little bit of a port wine character. Dark sweet fruit (raisins, etc.) and a touch of toffee flavor come through mid-palate. Finish is sweet and a bit hot from the alcohol. Body is thick, a tad sticky, and occasionally foamy if you're not careful. A tasty beer, very assertive and flavorful, but a little rough around the edges.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, cracked during the first round of week 2 nfl games...lugged back from portland last fall i believe

appearance: poured into a bells tulip, dark ruby-mahogany body with a creamy tan head and a light cream retention

smell: very rich aromas...hearty hop bouquet, candied sugar, sweet caramel malts, lots of booze

taste: a pretty well rounded old ale that is perhaps just a hair on the hot-boozy side...a strong hop bitterness rings throughout eventhough this beer is anchored by a strong syrupy malt core with notes of caramel, almond, cedar, and brown sugar - nothing too extraordinary but a nice ale

mouthfeel: strong hop bitterness, lingering booze kick

drinkability: ok

Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head.   

S- The aroma is malty with dark fruits and a hint of caramel and alcohol. 

T- The taste starts out malty with some dark fruits with a good amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish along with some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Triple Exultation is a pretty solid Old Ale. At 9.7% it is definitely a sipper. Worth a try.

Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of telecomz
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - cloudy, brown and unfiltered
S - caramel, malty-bready, aroma of bourbon barrel aging. you can 'smell' the sweetness
T - expected caramel and brown sugar. very slight hints of dried fruit. hop bitterness is pronounced but not unwelcomed. at 9.2 abv not too hot. the hotness is fairly pronounced on the first few tastes but receds to the background. a good beer.
M - consistency and feel one would expect of an old ale.
D - easy to drink but old ales aren't session beers. drinkability is average for the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Cakeyness, dark fruit & some leafy hops

T: Cakeyness, leafy hops, brown sugar & a bit of piney hops up front. Plums & raisins, brown sugar, with minty & leafy hops, caramel & some dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with herbal & leafy hops, plus brown sugar. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, warming & skews hoppy

Drinks pretty good for the ABV & style. The hop mix isn't exactly my cup of tea, but a solid Old Ale all in all

Photo of ncfrey
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into New Belgium glass. Grabbed this one for around $7 at the Quarters on Yale. Good selection, but much of their beer is unrefrigerated.

a - a pleasing sort of tawny-ruby color that reminds me of a port or sherry. A fairly aggressive pour yields a dense, medium, light-khaki head with decent retention that leaves some thin, clumpy lacing.

s - Very barleywine: loads of sticky toffee, caramel, and dark fruit, including fig. Some faint hop bitterness, but much more subdued than in a lot of west coast barleywines.

t - The hops come in a little more strongly here, acting to balance out the sweetness from start to finish. Toffee and caramel still prevalent, with some toasty/biscuit flavor as well. Getting some fig and raisin, along with some other, less distinct fruitiness, but it's a little more subdued than I'd like. Has a long, bitter (but not too bitter) finish.

mf - medium body, very creamy, light carb. I'd prefer it a little more chewable.

d - High for the style, due to good hop/malt balance (a good thing) and light mf (a bad thing).

This was worth the money, but it definitely won't be a regular purchase. I might pick up one bottle once winter rolls around again, but overall I'd much sooner grab a 4-pack of North Coast's Old Stock Ale

Photo of GRG1313
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initially tasted February 2009 and didn't here review it. Initial impression: Dark red/brown with a thick white head; very light, almost nonexistent candy nose; thin body, lack of any distinguishing flavors; light malt; light hops; no real character. Not to try again.

HOWEVER, without realizing it, tried again today, 5/25/09 - much better - glad I tried again.

Dark amber brown with nice quick fading tan head. But, again, almost no nose - very plain and simple with just hints of malt-really no nose to speak of.

Flavors are actually pretty good this time around. Creamy mouth feel of wheat cereal with coffee and malt. Actually tastes like Wheatina with coffee which is different but pleasant. Big roasted wheat flavors. (While label indicates that the beer is certified organic, it is not identified as a wheat beer. Has the characteristic and taste, nonetheless.)

Very bold and long coffee finish. A beer where the grain used really comes through, which I think is a good think and a character that I liken to the issue of "terroir" with wine (i.e., wine tastes or has character of the soil; here, the beer really does have the character of the roasted grain).

Probably good with some BBQ or flavorful meats, maybe even a roasted chicken. My initial tasting of this beer was a big zero. This second tasting warrants the review and I'm glad I went back to it. Solid burnt grain character provides depth and interest.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours out a very dark ruby with a frothy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is a mix of dark toffee malts, citrusy hops, booze and a touch of diacetyl. Taste starts off with some dark malty sweetness but is interrupted by some harshly bitter hops (which give flavors of citrus and lots of aspirin), out-of-place butter, and medicinal alcohol. Finishes sweet like drinking a piloncillo syrup. Mouthfeel is full, slick, and oily. This could use a decade or so to rest. Heavy handed, to say the least with no subtle nuances at all. Nearly a drain pour, but I want to get my buzz on.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, burnt amber-orange with a 2 finger, frothy light beige head that lasted nearly to the end of the drink leaving a spiderweb lacing. Visible carbonation was moderate and steady.

S: slightly disappointing, and very faint with no real strong yeasty aroma or spicing. Digging deeper the best I could detect was some cinnamon and caramel.

T: The flavor more then made up for the lackluster aroma. A sweet caramelized malting hits the tongue immediately with ripe fruit (pears, apples) and a very good alcohol warming and spiciness of cinnamon and light cloves. There is some warm apple cider notes and as well some nutmeg and a black pepper spiciness. The bitterness is astingent and leaves its calling card on the tongue long after the swallow. The beer finishes dry, with a bitter alcohol (whiskey) and dry spiciness (nutmeg) with dried fruit (prunes, raisins) and a residual sour coating on the tongue.

M: lighter then expected light-medium in fullness, slightly oily, with a big dry warming alcohol spiciness.

D: A great dark and sipping tripel that was boozy and alcohol fueled. Halfway through the drink you start to warm up to it and becomes much easier to handle and enjoy.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a large lasting head.
Nose shows golden syrup, booze, fruitcake, figs, brown sugar and cognac. Lovely.
Similarly rich flavours. More booze though, a little hot. Loads of golden syrup, bordering on a bit too sweet.
Lovely creamy carbonation and rich body.

Photo of Flyer
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Papago Brewing in Phoenix. This was absolutely delicious. Notes of vanilla and pear over a great, intense, wonderfully sharp classic American strong ale taste. CA caramel malt backbone holds it all together. This has a perfect balance. Highly recommended.

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Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.