1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Triple ExultationTriple Exultation

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

302 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 302
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-27-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 180
Photo of MisterE
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a 25 ml pilsner glass (not all at once)

A: medium copper color with a thin head and subtle lacing that soon disappears

S: sweet dark fruit and gentle pine hops mixed with doughy notes

T: solid roasted maltiness and hop finish - slightly medicinal and somewhat more bitter than the smell would indicate

M: sharp edge with mild carbonation and serious alcohol presence

D: I was only planning to have this one, and I don't regret that decision.

Perhaps it was the name that got my hopes up, but I've tasted much better brews from the folks at Eel River. Maybe it would have been better to let this one age a year.

Photo of bruachan
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

advertised as the Ozzy Osbourne of Old Ales, thanks to its heavy hopping rates. from that i think i should expect an american strong ale, right?

very nice deep garnet, with a respectable head (best i'll ever see in an old ale, i'm sure. ringlets i'd expect from a belgian yeast

sweet darkfruity as well as piney hops aromas. date sugar and some heat. plwnty of hops

a heavy dose of a flavor i would describe as "brown". it's roasty to the point of bitter but not at all rich. tons of coarse bitterness,. i suppose the question is, "without heavy hopping, what kind of old ale would this be?" the answer is, i believe, "too roasty". i would anticipate more vinous character, though the fruit and brown sugar/molasses is well at home. brown sugar

a burning question persists: does an old ale crammed full of hops (and thus resembling a different style) get to call itself an old ale?

Photo of alkemy
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really deep amber/ruby color with a short but sticky off-white head. Smell is really sweet and dominated by dark, dried fruits (mostly fig) and caramel. Despite the sweet and malty aroma, the taste has a good bit of hoppiness to it. Alcohol is hidden very well. Definitely not the sweet malt bomb that the scent suggested. The fig appears on the tongue as well, along with plums, toffee, and a hint of coffee. You also get a molasses that seems to appear after a few swallows. Rich and creamy feel. This goes down very nice. I'm pretty impressed with this offering.

Photo of beagle75
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft pour into a 10 oz. pilsner glass at the Eel River pub in Fortuna.

A: Deep reddish-amber color with slight haze. Thin off-white foam head diminishes to a ring. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Weakly sweet with some earthiness far back in the shadows. Not complex or interesting.

T: Begins with caramel-like malt, giving way to abundantly juicy flavors of dark and tropical fruit. These fruit flavors are definitely pronounced, but difficult to label individually. Taken together, they remind of Hawaiian Punch. Booziness emerges in the middle as sweetness recedes. Rounded, earthy bitterness persists in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity, light carbonation--but the presence on the palate is fairly clean.

D: While this beer does not offend the palate--it goes down pretty easy for a "big" beer--it lacks the subtle complexities and refined character that should be present in an English-style strong ale. I would look for an opportunity in the future to taste this beer with some age on it, for the sake of comparison, but I'm not rushing to add a bottle to my own collection. Not surprisingly there are some similarities to North Coast Old Stock, although this beer still seems to have the training wheels attached.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark copper/burgundy color with a one-finger, light brown head with some big bubbles. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet, sweet malt with hints of booze. There were mild floral aromas.

T - It had a spicy kick upon first sip with some grassy bitterness. It was sweet with a burnt toast and caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice old ale. A really good brew from Eel River.

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 mostpoetsdo
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark and murky ruby brown, solid head and lacing.

S: Strong caramel and dark fruit, maybe a hint of cocoa in there.

T: Very sweet and super malty. Even more so than the nose led on, and it's quite tasty. Robust roasted sugars make its way through. Not too boozy at all.

M: Pretty heavy, but very smooth and enjoyable.

D: This is very tasty, but watch out for the ABV. Easy to polish off a bomber.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Very dark orange in color, it almost goes into brown territory. Head retention is good, and there's some pretty lacing left in the glass. Sweet and resiny in the nose. Sweet caramel, burnt sugar, and tropical fruits to smell, with a little astringent grain. Very intense in the mouth....enough resiny hops to go around, yet you still get a lot of malt flavor to remind you that this is an old ale first. Lots of residual sugars, alomg with pineapple, tropical flavors, toffee, and hops. As the beer dries around your lips, it gets very sticky....I like sticky. It's a heavy beer, but I didn't expect the ABV to be at 9.7% beacuse I couldn't taste much of it.

An old ale that goes up to 100 IBU's? That's crazy. Eel River manages to pull it off without creating a mess.

Photo of pennywhistle
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty, dark ruby colour. It smelled strongly of bourbon/liquor, but it didn't have too much of a kick to it. It was very sweet and pruney, slightly like raisins. It was very smooth, and very tasty. Quite drinkable, but a little high in the ABV to have too much.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a nice dark amber/red. A finger of off-white head hangs around for a minute before settling down to a splotchy but mostly full cover. A few strands of lace were generated and a decent collar might do a little more work as we go. Actually did a pretty nice paint job on the glass.

Aroma - some candied, fruity scents. Hard to identify beyond a general raisiny smell or maybe a fruitcake with all those candied colorful fruits. Smells nice enough though.

Taste - sweet malts are a touch grainy but seem robust. As the alcohol vapors start to make their mark, so do the hops. A slight grapefruit rind tang grabs the palate for a few moments before the alcohol pushes in some warmth. The hops persist, but now they are a bit brash and rough. Palate drying ensues and this one ends dry and with a rindy bitterness, even a touch mediciny.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness, and plenty of crispness. A good sized body to carry the 9.7%.

Drinkability - worth trying. No real issues for me but not distinctive enough to take note.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber of the 2007 vintage. Pours a fairly clear, deep reddish brown color with a creamy, short-lived tan foam. Lacing is poor.

Nose is sweet oxidized malts with a significant amount of dark fruit. Pretty one-dimensional, toffee and burnt caramel maltiness dominate the nose.

Flavor is much nicer than the nose led on...has a rich, almost pudding-esque sweetness and thickness. Some oxidized malts are present, but it has held up pretty well for being 3 years old. Has a toasty and mild hop finish. Alcohol is a bit much and is in the forefront and on the back end of tasting. It does have a nice, full creamy mouthfeel and some pretty nice flavors going on. Vanilla and maybe even some bourbon characteristics come out as it warms. Some nutty malts are there as well. Pretty smooth...I like it, albeit a somewhat simplistic Old Ale.

Photo of ryanonline
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty amber red color. Nice tan head, a little thin and disappears quickly. Leaves very little lacing.

Smells citrusy fruity and slighlty Hoppy. Very pleasant nose, yet very different.

Taste is very different from the smell. Bitter like a barleywine. Slight resin like flavor. No real sweetness to be found. Dry.

Mouthfeel is tingly and full bodied and very dry in the finish.

Moderate drinkability.

Interesting but not what I was expecting at 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 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 hopmonkey
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy copper

Smell - caramel, figs, a bit of funk

Taste - Great combination of sweet and fire. The 9.7 ABV keeps it honest. Definitely malty, but enough bitterness on the finish to keep it from being cloying.

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, maybe a bit heavy.

Drinkability - deceptively easy.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9.7% abv. Pours a hazy copper color with a good looking off white fluffy head. Very good head retention.

Sweet candied fruits, figs, toffee in the nose. A bit of alcohol in the nose. Fruity notes continue, adding a nice complexity. Maybe some citrusy and earthy hop aroma. Wonderful smell.

Caramel, toffee and a bit of fig. Some darker fruits, but not as much as in the nose. Finishes with an earthy fade.

The body is really light for the style, and the carbonation is a bit high. Alcohol is felt, although not overly hot. Overall a nice beer. The aroma was awesome, but it went a little downhill from there.

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a huge fan of sweet beers with a good source of alcohol that are all part of a well balanced diet.. I mean beer. this beer delivers.

L - it pours a dark caramel color with an dark amber look to it. Very little head to this one

S - I get lots of sweet caramel with a little alcohol.

T - The look and the smell all come through with a strong taste of caramel that finishes with a little alcohol kick. There isn't a alot of carbonation to this one.

Overall I enjoyed this one, Although the Old Stock Ale by North Coast may be my favorite in this area. A Solid second though!

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Dark Amber, a little to light to be brown but darn close. Very clear. good head retention

S- boozy, dark charries, sweet, definitely some woody/earthy smells as well. Very nice.

T- dark roasted carmel black charries and some nice grapefruit hops that linger. Very impressive. PLUM

edit: Plum! I read the reviews after and I saw someone mentioned plum and that is a good word to use. Gotta remember the descriptive fruits after all.

M- A little heavy on the pallet and a bit of alcohol burn. But at 9.7 that is expected.

D- Very drinkable for such a high abv. Really like this beer. Man what a step up from the amber (which was not good at all) Surprised that the two beers are even made by the same brewery. I would put this one up with Hibernation. Maybe not as balanced as Hibernation but man it has a great flavor. If you like Ole Ale's I highly recommend this one. I bet it would be killer in a year.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color. Tan/yellowish head is a couple fingers thick, very dense, and slowly dissipates to a thick film and laces the glass.

Smell: Somewhat sweet malts, a bit of caramel, and a hint of alcohol. There's a slight spicyness to it as well.

Taste: Strong malt flavor with some sugars and caramel; alcohol is definitely present but balanced. Slight nutty (walnut) taste and a bit of vanilla. Nice hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Pretty smooth, and with a menthol-like sensation (you know, that cooling, evaporating feeling) in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Despite being nearly 10% ABV, and the alcohol being present, it doesn't hit you like with other beers. Tastes nice too.

A quite nice old ale. While I generally prefer this style to be a bit heavier (and slower drinking), they did a nice job here. Some hints of a barleywine here too. An enjoyable drink.

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

Imagine my surprise when I see "Triple" on the label and pours something very un-triple like. Thanks to Beer Advocate, I know what a tripel tends to look and smell like, and thanks to Beer Advocate I know that this isn't supposed to be a tripel at all!
Plenty of smooth, malty goodness going on here. Smooth is the first word that comes to mind when taking a sip and it's something I associate with the style.
Alcohol is noticeable but not quite relative to its 9.7% alcohol strength. Well used and well concealed on the whole. Some raisiny flavors pop up.
Not quite what I was gearing up for when I opened the bottle but good stuff nonetheless. Makes me interested in other offerings from Eel River.

Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours an amber-brown color that is fairly opaque. There was a bit of a frothy dark tan head on it, but it dropped away quickly and left no lacing. Interesting aroma. Spicy, woody, some alcohol on top. Caramel malts begin to punch through rather quickly. Interesting taste. Definitely some alcohol up front. It subsides quickly and is followed by smoky, woody, caramel. Some roasted flavors and spices also. Wasn't sure I liked it on the first sip, but it grew on me as I drank more.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago.

Appearance- brownish color, thin head

Smell- malt, sweet cake smell

Taste- not like the cake smell lol, some fruit, bitterness

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I would drink it again. I liked the smell and flavor a bit.

Photo of Pahn
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours dark, opaque amber with minimal fizzy head (more of a foam ring). Leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Sugary malt, caramel, cake. Alcohol comes out as it warms. Smell changes into different things around the area of toffee/vanilla/sugar/bread over time, which is nice.

Taste: First sip was very sweet and malty, with a somewhat fruity ending. There's some smoke in the flavor, as well as some spice and toffee. It's mildly boozy, with some warmth at the end. Like the smell, the taste is very dynamic. It's occasionally soapy, occasionally musty, occasionally biscuity. There's also a sourness there, and a bitterness that builds up as I get through the bottle. Complexity without balance or harmony, but, for the most part, tastes very good.

Mouthfeel: Paradoxically watery and sticky at the same time, with decent carbonation. It's not as full-bodied as the flavors seem to suggest. Decent, but not great.

Drinkability: The 9.7%ABV isn't hiding, but it's an okay sipper. Enough happens in the taste to get me to buy another of these and enjoy nursing it for a few hours.

Triple Exultation is a good beer. I think if I were in the mood for this kind of thing, 9 times out of 10 I'd opt for Great Divide Hibernation Ale, which has a better mouthfeel and (for me) a better taste. 1 time out of 10 though, I'd take this somewhat more complex but less refined old ale.

Photo of srandycarter
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours Murky dark amber, ring lace, some sticky lace.

S - Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. Huge nose of malt, hops.

T - NOT Arrogant Bastard :) Bitter and cloying at the same time.

M- See Taste - Good coating, not good balance. Carbonation ok.

D - See Taste and Mouthfeel.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle into goblet

A - Pours a amber-brown, with not much head from the pour, and leaves a thin layer of lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet fruit/candied malts. Caramel. Citrus fruits, alcohol.

T - Not quite as sweet as the smell suggests. The fruity/caramel flavors are there, but there's a pretty pungent hop bitterness to it. There's a bit of chocolate in the taste too, and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but well subdued enough.

M - Heavy, full bodied and creamy. Moderately carbonated.

D - Pretty intense for sessioning, but makes a good sipper.

Overall - This is a solid beer, but not something I'm overly blown away by. This is the first old ale I've tried, and it might not really be my thing so much, but I still respect a well made brew, and this is definitely one of those.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.