Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

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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:
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(Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-27-2006)
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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep clear mahogany brown with a decent big bubbled tan head and better lacing. The aroma is a coffee malt with toffee elements, warm and inviting. The taste is a malty mouthful with a certain warming alcohol that is obvious but not all that distracting. It is aqueous but it shows a nice viscosity, almost resinous, plenty of maltiness here and plenty of alcohol. This sometimes almost seems like a "malt" liquor, not Colt 45-like, but a liqeur of malt. There's a sweet Dr. Pepper quality about it and the bitterness is pretty steep, dry and perhaps herbal. It's drinkability is probably minimal due to the alcohol presence.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to barefootbrewer for this via trade! english barleywines, old ales, it's all good! 2007 release hand noted on the bottle

A - dark brown color with a ruby tinge on the sides. Nice light tan head that hangs in there quite a long time.

S - dark fruits, raisins, caramel, booze.

T - light piney hop note, dark ripe fruits, raisins, caramel, roasted grains, noticeable abv.

M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, residual roasted aftertaste.

D - drinks smooth and easy for a sipping strength beer.

a touch roasty and hoppy to call it an old ale in my book, with about a year or so of age on it this is coming around nicely. I'd consider throwing a case in the basement and letting a few years elapse to enjoy this down the road.

Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark coppery brown w/ ruby highlights. Thin light tan head dissipates to a thin ring, leaves decent lace.

S-Big sweet caramel malts, dark fruit and a nice blast of citrus and earthy hops.

T-Big malts with a healthy hop dose. Nice hints of dark fruits, cocoa and brown sugar.

M-Medium body with a so much sweet roundness it slides down the throat. For a beer so sweet it never becomes cloying. Nice.

D-Very nice....not sure if this is really an old ale or a malted up DIPA. Lots of malt and hops keep this big boy going. A nice beer and my fav Eel River brew to date.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Foothills pint.

Triple Exultation pours a murky, amber-mahogany hue into the glass, forming a decent off-white head that retains well. Yeast adds a bit of cloudiness. Aroma is rife with dark, overripened fruits, caramel candies, and some earthy, dank hops.

For an old ale, this is one of the more enjoyable taste-wise. Rich, thick notes of caramel candies (think "melted Sugar Daddy") balance well with brown sugars, raisin, plum, and resinous hops. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium, and the body is smooth--not exactly creamy--but chewable. Finish is sweet caramels and some pine, with the alcohol note very well masked. Overall, Triple Exultation is a winner, just like Eel River's Ravens Eye Imp. Stout...they're 2 for 2 in my book. I'd definately seek this out again.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 goodbyeohio
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

old ale.. this strikes me more as a confused belgian strong, but wtf ever.

22oz

dark pour, brown and creamy. nose of maple and molasses.. and earth with a woody bite. wafts indicating a sharp heat. the beer is cool, approaching room tempishness and the flavor of the first sip is indistinguishable over an everclear-y crunk shock. there is certainly something indicated in the internal aroma.. before it hits the sense receptors, that prepare your body for something of a belgian ilk... the sense that what you're about to drink should taste of rich, ripe dates and slightly chocolaty malt sweetness.. but it just bombs your palate with straight up b00ze, yo! taking a break to let this warm. the time now is 707.

ok, now it's 713. i watched some documentary about pizza and a terrible sunroof commercial with the pink panther in it. now this beer smells like avery reverend with a butterfinger in it. what the fuck.

it's still very boozy despite being clearly warmer. it's got some good flavors in there, i can tell. i really want to like this, as it aspires to be something individual. it commits beer suicide by trying to be overly imperial. probably won't try it again.

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

eyes...
chestnut amber hue, head raises up 2 fingers and recedes with ample lacing, good amount of carbonation, simple but well executed.

nose...
heavy dark caramel tone, nougat, notes of dark chocolate mixed in with a hint of woodiness, the aroma is rich and deep, no real hint of the ABV lurking, very nice.

taste etc...
really smooth, the carbonation makes you think it is going to prickle the tongue but then it fades into fluff giving this a nice creamy body, so mild and easy to drink. I am getting a touch of vanilla, some really mild cherry, and maple syrup. this would be a nice digestifs on a cold night (like tonight).

verdict?
damn.. mighty fine. worth checking out.

paired nicely with some Madrigal cheese.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown, almost mahogany, with a tan head that only sticks around for a second before disappearing into a ring. Not much lacing.

Brown sugar and caramel with a earthy woodiness. A pleasant fruity bitterness from the hops helps balance the delicious malty backbone. Hints of dark fruits come through as well. At almost 10%, it is very well hidden. Mighty tasty.

Starts out smooth then a little bite as it goes down, leaving tannins sticking around for the long haul.

Dangerously smooth and easy to drink, but with plenty of body. I would visit this one again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz "Certified Organic" bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $7.99...
Heard a lot of good things about this particular brew, so I was eager to give it a shot...
Nice, mahogany-brown, dark, ruby-red, auburn appearance with a modest half-sized head that quickly dissipated and left a fair amount of lacing...
Malty, thick, slightly medicinal aroma with noticeable cinnamon and sugar nuances...
Crisp, clean, clear, sweet, thick taste with a nice amount of flavor dominated by rich malts, hearty caramel, a touch of vanilla, candied sugars, barley, oats, and licorice...
Nice, satisfying, filling mouthfeel with all the right flavors...
For an "Old Ale" this one was certainly on-point and much better than the brewery's Organic IPA that I recently sampled without any notice or distinction...
Easy drinkability without any sign of the hefty 9.7% ABV that resided in this one...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy dark reddish orange color with a 1" fluffy head that lasts. Nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of yeast.

Taste: caramel, hints of cocoa, pepper, red grapes, plums, and a bit of a earthy yeast flavor. Alcohol is noticeable and hearty bitterness brings the sweetness into check.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp throughout. Short aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth a bit.

Drinkability: decent overall beer worthy of a try. Slow sipping beer but alcohol creeps up on you.

Photo of NJBeerguy
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well this is an interesting beer. The look upon first pour is picture perfect as a postcard, fine color with a substanial beige head, like clouds looming overhead. The head disapates a bit with each sip but leaving an almost perfect ring of lace on the inner surface of your glass. There is a real sweetness early as each sip rolls over your tongue. I get a real taste of candi sugar, that come to a quick halt, taken over by the alcohol burn. The alcohol while not harsh or an off flavor but is pronounced enough for me to quickly think about laying a bottle of this brew down. My bet is one will find time will be a real friend to this beer. The finish is balanced by a west coast hop finish very apparent with a lasting drying out effect, that precedes a lingering carmel aftertaste. While so far, I've found some ups and downs with Ell River beers all will be revisited to confirm my taste. This one; I will look forward to with much antisapation, perhaps 2 to 3 years down the road (from that aged bottle) when the alcohol and hops have found an even better marriage.

Photo of jletts
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very attractive beer: clear, clean ruby-amber with a strong frothy head and tons of lacing. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, and citrus emerged in the nose. The flavor included lots of hops in this one, and much of it right up front. Notes of light brown sugar, prunes, and some coffee made appearances. Very bitter on the back end and the alcohol is well hidden. Less malty than some Old Ales I've tried, but I liked the extra hop punch. Overall this beer was not as complex as I expected, but I bet it would age nicely.

Photo of Reidrover
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking ale, the colour is so neat. Its dark,smoky brown with a hint of purple through it, its hard to describe, but beautiful, lovelly medium sized tan head.. Aromas of dark maltiness, prunes, figs, demerara sugar, dark 70% chocolate. Taste is thick and bitter smooth malts, toffee, ,extra strong black coffee, pipe tobacco , ashy and a hint of marzipan, all finished off by noticable ,yet pleasing alcohol. Great palate on this one, I relished the feel of every sip. Over all a very nice ale. Good one ,Eel River!

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

This beer poured a nice dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick off white head which disappates slowly. Great lacing. The smell was malty sweetness with roasted smells as well. The taste was roasted malt with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation with strong alcohol taste present. Overall great beer. I would prefer this during the winter months.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep dark brown with a thin tan colored head. The aroma is sweet with malt, raison and molasses characteristics. The taste is malty and not as sweet as the aroma would have suggested. It has a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full with the alcohol definitely noticeable. This is above all a great smelling beer. The flavors do not follow, but I’d love to cellar this for a while and review again in a year.

Photo of fartingdog
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Early 2007 release, reviewed 12/11/07

A- dark brown w/ ruby hints when held to the light. Head dissipates to a thin ring.

S- Dark fruit, sweet tea, malt.

T- Malty, slightly astringent, black tea, pit fruit, hints of cocoa.

M- Seems slightly thin for an old ale. Astrincy lingers on the pallate.

D- Pretty good- never took notes on a fresh bottle (tho i do remember rather enjoying it), so I can't recall if the astringcy/black tea (which i find a little 'off') is a result of age/oxidation, or if more time will reduce it.

Photo of CWiggins
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I unexpectedly came across this beer while searching for something new at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham, NC. My store sells two of Eel River's offerings, so this one intrigued me from the start–especially considering I've only tried one other Old Ale, Fuller's Vintage.

This one pours a very dark brown into my Sam Smith pint glass. A brief head appeared, soon replaced by a lean lacing of bubbles at the point of surface tension and scattered on top. The aroma is mainly of dark malts and a slight brown sugary sweetness, and just a little alcohol.

I really dig the intense flavor of this beer. When the first sip pours across your tongue you notice the creamy mouthfeel; this is followed by the flavor of malts, with vanilla, whiskey, and something resembling sweet potato not far behind. (It's not sweet however.) I was surprised by the dry, hoppy finish; this reminded me of IPA style, but the flavor is too far removed from that to get them confused. Also, I wouldn't have guessed the ABV would be 9.7% from the flavor.

Great beer; I'm ecstatic that I haphazardly chose this one to try.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Muddy brown, sort of like when you add cocoa to coffee. Extremely opaque and dense. The head is full and creamy, a good inch of dense khaki bubbles.

S: Piney hops, caramel cubes, apricot, raisins and some chocolate. Pretty good so far.

T: Starts off with a solid malt base…sort of roasted but also substantial chocolate and woody bark definition to it. Little bit of citrus hops at the tip of the tongue transition to a more earthy bitterness after the swallow. Soothing sweetness sweeps across the center of the tongue, bringing with it marshmallow, caramel and more cocoa. Finishes mildly bitter with apparent alcohol and more earthy aspects.

M: Full body and thick

D: Big, huge brew. Reminds me a lot of HOTD Adam but just not as complex. This too would be a very nice cigar beer. And this beer barrel aged would probably be quite a treat.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown body with a wispy, cream-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of caramel malt with a touch of cocoa and strong notes of dark fruit. Hint of spice.

Taste: Mild caramel malt presence with a reserved sweetness. Juicy date fruitiness and more of that light chocolate quality from the aroma. A citric hoppy flavor grows throughout and leads to a profoundly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Warming and has a slight stickiness to it.

Drinkability: With it's sharp, punchy bitterness, this one's definitely an Americanized old ale.

Photo of g00ey
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark coffee color. Small tan head, tightly packed bubbles. Smells good, tastes good, at first, but oh that aftertaste, quite bitter. Hits the back of the tongue hard and stays there. A verystrong hoppy ale, nothing subtle or nuanced about it. A bit syrupy going down the throat too.

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

Dark red bordering on brown with a minimal head ringing the glass. Smell is good and taste is chewy caramel toffee with some bitterness at the end. This is delicious and does not remind me at all of a barleywine (I have trouble differentiating the two styles). I bet the barrel-aged version is a tasty beer.

Photo of acrawf6
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky dark brown with a small tan head.

Smell. A lot of earth tones, under that is a little sweet toffee.

Taste. I am surprised on how bitter this is to me...it's certainly not a hop bomb, but more than i expected. More earthyness with a little leathery taste to it, and a touch of bitter chocolate. But overall the taste is very dry. The aftertaste is nice with a decent amount of heat coming from the alcohol, with a flavor that is just slightly like a dry dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Body is full, but not as heavy as i was expecting. Carbonation is at a good level.

Overall, a good and drinkable old ale. If i buy another bottle of this, it will be for cellaring.

Photo of goochpunch
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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