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Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

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85
very good

295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-27-2006)
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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
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: clear dark amber-brown body with about 1/2 inch of thick foam that gently floats down to just a whit cream covering on top and a formidable sheet of lace lining the sides

s: sweet syrupy hops; some caramel; light grapefruit; some toffee; warm cider; sweet fruitiness

t: sweet toffee; light burnt caramel; sweet syrup; bitter zesty hop kick on th backbone that blends really nicely eith the warm sweetness of the beer;

m: smooth and creamy; maybe a little overcarbed

d: an interesting beer that really blends some of the sweeter toffee malt flavors with some of the sweeter and bitter sides of the hop; worth a try

Photo of wenkalman
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Deep golden color with a slight haze to it. Was able to get about 2 fingers width of head that was slightly off white. Head dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacing.

Smell - Very sweet smells of grapefruit and plum. Very little earthy notes that I was hoping it would have. Lacked the hop profile that I enjoy.

Taste - Was disappointed with the balance. The sweetness of the malt was very noticeable. Strong plum and date notes with very little back end bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Had the typical syrupy texture in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - This wasn't a bad beer, but I wouldn't sit down a drink more then one.

I would recommend this one only to beer fans looking to try new beers. But there are others out there that might be better choices.

Photo of shadow1961
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eel River Triple Exultation pours a bare finger of foam over a cinnamon-colored brew that collapses to a ring of bubbles pretty quickly. That ring is maintained by a very spritzy carbonation. The nose is clean toasted malts, herbal hops and notes of butterscotch. The flavor is pretty straightforward- sweetish, rummy malt with molasses notes stiffened up by grassy/herbal malts and a touch of alcohol sharpness. Mouthfeel is round and clean, trending dry due to the sharp hoppy aftertaste. Pretty decent, though I feel it's a tad hoppy for the style ( I was a little surprised, visiting their website, that they claim it's 100 IBUs). I must have gotten a pretty fresh bottle of the stuff- a little aging would take the edge off nicely, and at 9.7% ABV, you can let it sit for a while. Worth a try, and one of the few 100% USDA organic breweries out there.

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

Triple Exultation pours a cloudy, brownish-red. It's topped by a thin, sudsy, off-white head that leaves sheets of lace. The aroma is rich and fruity. Notes of dark fruit are dominant: rasins and dates. A slight acidity and woodiness make up the second layer of aromas that give this a nice complexity.

Initial malt flavors are fruity (dates and raisins) with a mild chocolate character. This moves through to a mild citric acidity in the center, which moves into a hoppy, and woody(?) finish. This beer is full-bodied, but has a dry astringency, and mild carbonation.

I thought this was a very tasty Old Ale, not quite to style, but very tasty.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a dark copper body in the glass with a sparkling burst of carbonation during the pour. The head is a lively cream-colored affair that fills a surprisingly large portion of the glass, retains moderately well (for a 10%er), and leaves some lace during the first half of the bomber. Not bad.

S: Starts off really bitter and lacking character, but as it warms up, both the smell and taste really open up. Caramel, toast, raisins, plums, brown sugar, and toffee work with a citrus hop bill to present a pretty solid bouquet, if a tad sweet.

T: Hoppy and bitter when cold; malty and sweet when warm. It becomes a pretty decent sipper as the malt bill manifests itself. Most of the initial flavors are fruity (raisins, plums) with the candy-like components coming in the mid-taste: brown sugar, caramel, toffee. The finish is toasty and it even has a slight hint of roast. The aftertaste is where the citrus hops manifest themselves most clearly. Complex, quite nice, but it needs some balance to avoid going into full-on sugar mode as it ages.

M: Lightly dry. Full-bodied; chewy, moderate carbonation. Definitely a sipping beer.

D: I'm not going to run out to the store and gush over this, but I found it enjoyable, and I will pick it up again.

Photo of kaseydad
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label is way cool with a Viking photo and a vintage anchor emblem.

Pint glass pour with a dark copper color and a creamy eggnog colored foamy head.

Sticky sweet candy aroma with a hint of hop goodness.

The taste is hoppy and sweet with a tangy spice on the swallow and a very noticable aftertaste...which is not distracting.

This beer at 9.7% hit me pretty hard as far as drinkability is concerned compared to stronger beers. It is definitely a sipping beer as I consumed a meal before I was even half way through the brew. This beer and a nice cigar would be a match made in heaven.

Definitely worth a try if you can find it....and it's organic to boot!

Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with good tan head. It smelled like honey wheat and caramel, with some spicy yeast and molasses. It tasted like a mix of spiced breads such as rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, and fresh wheat, along with some caramel and honey and copper hops. It was fairly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter metallic aftertaste. Overall this didn't taste like I expected, with a lot more spice and hops, and a lot less malty sweetness. It still tasted clean and was enjoyable, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was pretty easy to drink. It would be nice if age would provide a more prominent maltiness, but I think there is an equal chance the flavor would simply ending up fading over the years. Who knows. While fresh, this is a good and interesting beer, but certainly not the best old ale.

Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.