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Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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 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.

mithrascruor, Feb 10, 2010
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.

ommegangpbr, Jan 29, 2010
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.

Boto, Jan 22, 2010
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.

jeffjeff1, Jan 18, 2010
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.

Pahn, Jan 13, 2010
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.

srandycarter, Jan 11, 2010
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.

Flightoficarus, Jan 09, 2010
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

hoegaardenhero, Dec 28, 2009
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.

wenkalman, Dec 18, 2009
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.

shadow1961, Nov 20, 2009
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.

EPICAC, Nov 16, 2009
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.

Arbitrator, Nov 03, 2009
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!

kaseydad, Aug 29, 2009
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.

Pencible, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to a wine glass.

pours a murky dark with a thin head

smell is vinous and sweet. hard to find the malt.

taste is big alcoholy malty with a biscuity finish.

for the abv the drinkability is very high. good mouthfeel.

nice nd of the night beer. not much hop feel but a good english barleywinish beer.

aubuc1, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Medium muddy brown. Pours into a 3 finger, frothy, brownish-white head. Form little craters and caverns as it slowly settles leaving dry sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of spider web lacing remains as you drink.

S: Sweet syrupy malt. Smells like a raisin bread. Kind of a pungent, sweetness. A little yeast in there too. Pine or cedar is present.

T: Really pungent malt flavor. A subtle sweetness almost like an unsweetened chocolate. Pine nuts int there. Bitter. Nice hop presence too.

M: Thick, heavy, and syrupy in texture (not in flavor). Biter aftertaste. Strong alcohol. Dry finish.

D: Very nice. Great flavor, great feel. This is a savoring beer.

Great atmosphere first off. Really great appearance, and very pleasing, full-service nose. Flavor does not disappoint. Full, hearty, and robust, with great complexity. Good balance though, nothing overwhelms. Overall, this is a really great quaff.

bmwats, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what I was expecting by the name. Based on others' notes, is an Old Ale.

Pours with a thick tan head, leaves lace on its way down the glass.

Aroma is hops with a nice malt backbone.

Taste is much the same with citrusy hops followed by the malt finish.

Coats the mouth with each sip.

Would go back for more, but also worth trying after a little cellaring.

Overall a good beer.

JamnesCameron, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into a nonic Imperial pint glass. This old ale appears a hazed deep crimson walnut color with an inch of foamy head. Nose and flavor are of dark fruits such as cherries and prunes, dark brown sugar, quite sweet, slight citrus note as it warms, and a noticeable dose of alcohol. Just above medium bodied with adequate carbonation for it's style. Glad to have had the chance to try it.

ClockworkOrange, May 28, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

GRG1313, May 25, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of dry fruit with some nice sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by sweet barley malt with nice notes of dry fruit, some sugar and some lightly fruity ester. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with enough complexities but also keeping a nice drinkable profile.

Phyl21ca, May 10, 2009
Photo of wryepicures
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours dark brown with copper highlights, medium white lacy head. poured in a goblet.

S: piney hops, malts, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, copper, wood. Smells a bit hoppy for the style.

T: Malty up front, then honey vanilla sweetness (smell more than taste any fruits), which turns to a hoppy but smooth finish. Smells more complex than it tastes. Strongly alcholic on the way down.

M: Nice big mouthfeel as to be expected with decent carbonation. Turns a buit slick after a few tastes and coats the tongue a bit with the bitter/honey combo.

D: If it didn't turn slick, I'd give it a higher score but I'm not sure how often I could drink this one.

wryepicures, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear mix of ruby and amber colors. Very quick head, ok bubbling, and no lacing or stickage. The aroma is an even blend of spicy orange hops and sweet toasted bread mlts. Too much hops in the aroma of this old ale. The taste starts with mildly sweet, almost candy like toasted bread malts. The spicy, somehwat peppery and definetly orange peel hops. This beer is balance, but not enough of the malt is allowed to shine through. I like old ales for their maltiness. This palate is a touch to spicy and bitter for my taste.

scruffwhor, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Nick3
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my Kapittel Watou chalice. Dark chocolate brown in color with a ruby hue, beer forms a 2 finger light brown head that dies quickly. Intricate lacing weaves itself across the glass. Nose is subtle with hints of molasses, oatmeal, candi sugar, and dark fruit. Taste is a bit disappointing after the opening, but it's still above average. Some malt sweetness and caramel up-front, but nothing too complex. Finish has a bit of late touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with the right amount of carbonation and medium body. A pretty good beer from a brewery I know nothing about. Overall, it was a pleasant surprise. One note, many stronger beers get better as they warm but this one had the opposite effect for me.

Nick3, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A nice red brown offering with good lacing. I smelled malt, yeast, and a little caramel.

I found it to be a lightly sour bitter malty taste with hints of what I could only describe as apricot. Same goes for the after taste.

The 9.7% ABV works well with this brew as its not overpowering.

Its a good brew, recommended for sure.

IRONRakkasan, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from the first batch into the chicago area. yay for new breweries. into the over sized snifter.

A- this one pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges of my glass. the head is small and khaki colored, but sticks around for the entire beer. the lacing is wall-like.

S- it smells very sweet. lots and lots of dark fruits coming from the malts. cherries, plums, pears, apples, and grapes. a moderate amount of alcohol too.

T- the taste is dominated by the alcohol. the malts come through muted compared to the smell. not as sweet as i was expecting, but the fruits are there if you go looking for them. cherries and pear are the easiest ones to decipher.

M- thin and kind of watery. lots of warming from the alcohol as it makes its way down.

D- this one was a let down for me. not one i would grab another one of for a long time. maybe with some time in the cellar the malts will come out more and make this alot more interesting and easy to drink. ill check back in 2-3 years.

jwinship83, Apr 07, 2009
Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.