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Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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 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
Photo of MisterClean
4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Xtreme pizza.

A - Poured a deep mahogany, with a 2 fingered cappuccino head. Dissipates down to 1 finger stats around and leaves a little lacing.

S/T - Heavy notes of chocolate, light coffee, cinnamon, and roasted toffee. Bittering hops are there, but hardly able to taste them. Phenomenal.

M - The mouthfeel is full bodied and well-balanced despite the abundant presence of malts. The bitterness comes from moot hops.

D - I asked the owner to make sure this one stays on tap. Classic example of an old ale/Christmas bier style. Exceptional beer.

MisterClean, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Came in a tulip glass with a minimal beige head. Murky and cloudy purple/brown color.

Aroma was of plastic and alcohol with some sweet malt and a touch of earthiness.

Flavor was very phenolic. Plastic was right there. Bubblegum almost. Some dark fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Body was medium to bold and I didn't enjoy it that much.

Not among my favorites.
I'll skip this one next time.

Reagan1984, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Unfortunately, I have no idea of the bottling date.

The pour is a medium-dark brown with a tall tan head. Retention is decent, and there is some lacing.

The nose is definitely sweet with roasted malts, but there are hints of some cinnamon and dark fruits. Also present is a hint at the alcoholic content. I have to wonder about the age of my bottle since bitterness during the sip is low. Instead, my bottle seems to be a very malty with the roasted malts, cinnamon, dark fruits and a toffee/molasses taste. There is definitely a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay, but I think one bottle is enough for me.

I am almost certain that I have an old bottle. If I buy another of this, I will have to compare that taste session with this one. As it is, if this is the aged version, I like it.

CityBoy1986, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served at cellar temp (where it's been for about 16 months) in my Delirium snifter. Triple Exultation is a dark ruby with a dense,long lasting tan head that leaves heavy, foamy lace. I've always enjoyed the darker color of old ales, and the big head is very impressive after some age under it's belt.

Smell is sweet, dark cured fruits, gingerbread, with pretty strong alcohol vapors.

Taste is pretty rich and malty, there's some sweetness to it, tempered by a nice firm bitterness, although not much hop presence at this point. Alcohol and raisiny malt linger on the finish.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium bodied, nice creamy carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice robust, American style olde ale. Pretty smooth, tasty, decent depth. The strength is pretty overt, but I've got another one that should easily be able to run 2-3 more years at least.

ccrida, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very nice, deep, dark ruby/garnet color. Three-finger head of (very) light tan colored foam. Retention is really quite good. Lacing is solid and very sticky.

Big, sweet malts dominate the nose. A slight butteriness. Notes of tropical/citrus fruits. Butterscotch and toffee. A very slight whiskey-ness.

Caramel and molasses. Dates and plums. Big level of maltiness. Good level of graininess. Hints of dark fruits. Nice finish with a touch of hops spiciness.

This one is thick and creamy. Beautiful carbonation level. You can't ask for a much better body than this, in a beer.

At 9.7% ABV, and fairly easy to notice (not that it's overpowering), this is one that most people won't be slamming down by the case. I like it and would gladly drink it again, just probably not more than one per session.

coldmeat23, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle poured into Chimay glass. No bottling info is given. According to their rep that I spoke to at the Celebrator beer event, this should be the newest batch that was just delivered to BevMo. Comes in at 9.7%.

A-Pours a nice red with a 1/2 finger white head from a fairly agressive pour. Head leaves fairly fast with some puffy islands left in the middle surrounded by a ring of white.

S-Pick up a slight hop fragrance. Some stone fruit is detected and alcohol definitely sticks out. As it warms some faint oak can be detected.

T-Hops hit fast. Very sweet malt. Alcohol is definitely there and it feels hot. Raisins and sour cherries come through.

M-Quite carbonated. Medium bodied. Leaves a sticky mouthfeel and definite bitterness.

D-Booziness definitely limits this guy. I have a feeling this is a new bottle. Some age should help tone down the hotness of the beer. 12 ounces for an after-dinner drink would be an appropriate amount.

Not bad, not outstanding. A decent price point for how strong it is($6.29 before tax/CRV). Would like to revisit this beer once it has at least a year on it.

mjl21, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A-Lightish red-copper beer, pretty clear. A frothy tan head topped it off, which reduced slowly to a nice, consistent layer of bubbles.

S-A large hop character took hold of this beer's smell. Resiny and crystaline. Some fruitiness plays with a moderate amount of sweet/semi-sweet malt aroma.

T-A medium-high bitterness is apparent right away, with a complimentary resinous hop flavor. Much more hoppiness than I had expected for an old ale. The malts under all of this extensive hoppiness were semi-sweet and very rich, with other flavors of dried fruits and sweet bread.

M-Full bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. This beer made its presence in my mouth known when I took a sip.

D-OK drinkability. I remember when I purchased this bottle, the salesman at Heritage commented about how this brew was different than so many other old ales, in that it had a huge hop presence. I think I enjoyed this interpretation of the style, and I'd definately enjoy this one again.

CHSLBrew, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice solid off-white one finger head of mixed bubble sizes, nothing dramatic about it, steady presence with good lacing. Deep murkiness to the red-brown clay color, complete opacity, an orange aura sneaks in around the rims. Unctuously thick nose of scotch whiskey, molten caramel, butterscotch, carob coated raisins, ginger cookies, barley, plum/prune, not crisp enough to seem toasted but it's all malt and no hops. Full-bodied, more of that alcoholic rum or whiskey action, no burn but "heady" to say the least. Caramel, toffee, molasses, all the standard descriptors, oats and barley, mulled prune juice, dates, milk chocolate, orange juice. The carbonation makes a good faith effort to rev things up but ultimately can't. So, better just relax and accept the steamroller of sweetness flattening your tongue. The hoppiness does not truly show strength except as aftertaste. It's flavorful and easily gives pleasure but it's kind of like trying to eat a whole fruitcake yourself.

farrago, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of waldowin
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber, with hints of carbonation. Nothing lasting, no ring, and no lacing.

Smells of taffy, hard candies, and raisins, with a hint of grass. Smells very sweet, tastes even sweeter, with a hint of sherry and a very slightly salty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, though not "big".

Between the heavy sweetness, and 9.7%ABV, a 12oz would have been about the right size. 22oz is almost a bit much of it.

It's not a *bad* beer, but it's not astonishing.

waldowin, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of illidurit
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark amber color, a little light for the style, with a creamy beige head. Nice lacing. Aromas of alcohol, fruity esters, alcohol, caramel, and fusel alcohol. Flavor is malty with a thinnish mouthfeel. Solid bitterness. Again, lots of booze. Dark and red fruits and a burnt character. High carbonation, too much alcohol, not very drinkable, however it doesn't have a bunch of absurd off-flavors like most organic beers. Not recommended.

illidurit, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

magictrokini, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Rudgers73
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Certified Organic... //007!!!11

Pours with a certain thickness into my glass. Pretty much no head whatsoever. It also appears to be unfiltered as it looks like pond water. Not so good looking to be honest. However, I smelled it as soon as I began the pour. Smells like fusel alcohol with a ton of hops and nutty grain to try to cover it up. After you get past the boozy smell you begin to notice more subtle notes of vanilla and raisin. I guess it smells a little like North Coast Ole Stock Ale, but much less body and malt backing and more heartburn-inducing booze. (Rum I think...)
As far as taste.
It is burning hot with alcohol. My first thought is: How can North Coast make an old ale that looks better, smells better, and tastes smooth and rich that is also 3.55% ABV MORE than this beer? (the '06 was 13.25% ABV)
This needs to be laid down for a few years and revisited when the more complex alcohols have time to think about what they've done...
I know that the flavor potential is in there but the heat from the alcohol is just too much to bring it out. I shouldn't have to try this hard to taste a beer.
Drinkability suffers as well as taste. Double whammy Eel River.
Take you triple exultation and stick it-- ...in a cellar for a couple of years before drinking it.

Rudgers73, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super deep brown in color with red highlights. Some head that quickly went away.

S: This is a malt bomb. Whiskey is in there as well but in a very subtle way. Molasses. Hints of dark fruit as well. A little bit of pine tree in the back as well. Nice nose.

T: Very malty. Big taste with some hints of whiskey again. Very grainy as well. Almost like eating grains straight from the mash. Dark fruit is there as well.

M: Heavy malt laden body. Very low carbonation that works well for the style.

D: I have been hearing about this brewery for a while now. Not bad and it did not have that organic commonality so many organic beers have. I have another bottle in the cellar and I think it might benefit with some time but it is enjoyable now.

aerozeppl, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson AZ
This beer arrives, too cold, but at least in a room temperature tulip glass, with a frothy, finger-and-a-half thick head that comes up to the rim of the glass. The head is a pale tan color and the beer is a dark amber, brown color that shows a fairly opaque, lighter amber color when held up to the light. This smells rich and malty with an almost bourbon like back-note / alcohol spiciness to it. Concentrated, toasted, not quite roasted caramel malts play a big role in the nose. Dark fruit notes of concentrated raisins and a touch of prune couple with a browned toffee and brown sugar like character. This has quite a hoppy edge to it as well that can't quite hide behind the malt character; aromas of pine, some herbal character and a hint of citrus character are definitely noticeable as well.

The flavor has a rich, toasted malt character to it that is quickly balanced by a fair amount of hop character that provides a pine like bite, some herbal notes and a lingering bitterness. The flavor is more malt focused than hop oriented, but the hops certainly don't play second fiddle here. While I like that the dominant crystal malt character has a toasted, fairly grain oriented edge to it (along with the caramelized grain notes that are more typical), it still seems a bit too dominant here. The beer is actually pretty sweet as well, this is mostly perceived up front though as the beer finishes with a nice, biting hoppiness that really helps to provide a bit of drying character in the finish. A touch of sweet citrus peel character seems to peek through at times, though the herbal and pine notes from the hops are definitely a bit more prominent. The body is definitely pretty rich; this is most definitely a sipping beer.

As the beer warms up some hemp like aromatic notes start to become noticeable in the nose. The flavor too becomes a bit more balanced between the malt and hop character. In fact the hop notes get quite a bit more aggressive, with quite a sharp, herbal edge to it as the beer warms up. The malt picks up a hint of roasty character as it warms up as well, though this is pretty subtle. This ends up being a nice beer to be drinking in the colder months of the year. The rich malt plays the leading role, but it ends up being nicely balanced out by a biting hop character. Despite this balance, the beer ends up not as well integrated as I would prefer. Not bad, but it could be beer; perhaps a bit of age might help with this.

Gueuzedude, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of sulldaddy
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
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!!

sulldaddy, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of bigbelcher
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear brown color with a decent head and nice belgian lacing. The flavor is of rich malt with a very apparant alcohol bite aftertaste. The aroma is a light roasted coffee or maybe even a sweeter toffee. A really good beer to warm up next to if you are looking for a sipping beer, not one to quaff down fast.

bigbelcher, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a dark red, like black cherries, with a short tan head. Laces in a pathwork, kind of oily fashion. Smells of well roasted, almost burnt sugar, caramel malts, some smokiness. Flavor is somewhat fruity, with dates and cherries. Sweet malt and an obvious ethanol flavor/warmth grow on the tongue. Smokey, rauch notes. A bit underdone overall though in terms of the flavor...everything seems a bit muted (except the alcohol). Im a little disappointed with this one, which is a shame because i love old ales and their incarnations are so few and far between.

aforbes10, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium sized, light brown head with little lace. The body is medium amber-brown with decent clarity.

S - Raisins and alcohol with dark malt and caramel. There is just a hint of hops and a bit of chocolate as well.

T - Malty with lots of caramel and some chocolate. Moderate hop and malt bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but kind of a weak old ale. The aroma is quite nice, but the flavor really falls flat.

nickfl, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Billolick, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Flyer
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Flyer, Dec 10, 2008
Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.