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Triple Exultation - Eel River Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Eel River Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mattmaples on 05-27-2006

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, poured into snifter:

Pours dark ruby with a thick head that settles to a lasting cover, leaving web-like lacing.

The smell is raw-ish alcohol, some fruitiness and some caramel.

The taste is of bitter leaves and fruitiness with boozy, though not too sharp, alcohol and caramel. There are plenty of hops - something I would normally be very pleased with (though I wonder if it is just too hoppy for the style), but they are leafy bitter and slightly metallic, though there is some citrus. Sweet malt comes through more as it progresses, but not in a particularly complex way.

This one has quite a bit of carbonation, giving an effervescent-like quality when I swirl it over my tongue. That gives it a certain creaminess but puts a bit of a dent in the full-bodied quality I would expect from the style.

Even after a 22 ounce bottle, I have some mixed feelings - began very drinkable, but didn't sustain enough depth and balance (too bitter) for the style. Even though alcohol is noticeable it's not too sharp. There is a metallic characteristic going on. Still, there's enough to it to make it be fine to sip on a 22-ouncer. I don't know that Old Ale would have come to mind, maybe a DIPA? But, it would have been in my first few guesses, I suppose. They tried to add a hoppy character to it while maintaining sweetness, I assume. Works well enough, but not to any great degree, IMO.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, Eel River is definitely the best organic brewer I've yet encountered, and the only one making really interesting beer styles (their Raven Eye is a RIS and this is an old ale). This beer had a nice presentation, and a very alchol-y and sweet cerealness that suited the style and I enjoyed.

I feel with other organic beers I've tried, concessions are made...they're organic but just not up for comparison versus their non-organic counterparts. This beer pours a brilliant copper color, with nice head formation. Aroma and flavor are sweet, a bit grainy, and boozy. Mouthfeel is dry and astringent, which you might expect from a 9.7% ABV. All-in-all, pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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

Poured out of the bomber into my glass a true, deep brown color with maple highlights when held to light. Modest retention and a considerable amount of the pleasant looking gold/tan head. Aromas enjoyable, malty and semi-sweet like oiled leather, ripe fruit and some alcohol (it's a wallop at 9.7%!). Lost of flavors competing for attention, malted chocolate, caramel, dates, very little hops. Noticeably sweet and it lacks balance. Still, this is a filling brew, medium/heavy body with a silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable and sessionable for a Certified Organic. Even more sessionable for being an Old Ale style brew. Dangerous in this regard. Think 'my lover is f-ing my best friend and I'm gonna drink!' kinda beer.

Overall Score: 91 of 100

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westy glass a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, with some dark fruits/dark chocolate notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with dark/chocolate/fruit notes. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden pretty well with this one. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, highly recommended.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"Triple Exultation is the Ozzy Osbourne of Old Ales."

--Eel River website

"I got rabies shots for biting the head off a bat. That's okay, the bat had to get Ozzy shots."

--Ozzy Osbourne

Darkest cranberry red with bright tangerine edges. This beer, like all beer, looks best when backlit with sunshine. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a golden ecru colored cap that doesn't have much character. It's just tacky enough to lay down scattered sheets of sudsy lace.

Keeping in mind the considerable overlap between the two styles, the aroma is more American barleywine than old ale. Each sniff is rife with boozy cherries and assorted other fruit, none of it especially dark. In spite of the brewery's claim, it smells like significantly less than 'a ton of hops' is present.

Triple Exultation tastes like a first attempt at an old ale by a beginning brewer. It's far from horrible, but there's precious little depth and no complexity. On the other hand, there is plenty of alcohol. Harsh heat... not good.

The Ozzy Osbourne comparison was made because Eel River supposedly hopped this ale to an IBU count of 'about 100'. The beer is harshly bitter, but it's probably because malt sugars are so few and far between. Hop flavor is on the low end too. There will be no exultation from this reviewer.

Specifics include cherry cough syrup, bitter orange, a double shot of Jagermeister and a single shot of lower shelf vodka. Have I used the word 'harsh' yet? Somewhere around ten year's worth of aging would have been the way to go. If I had another bomber it wouldn't be opened until 2018.

Although the mouthfeel isn't bad, it's on the thin end of the style spectrum. It's also too carbonated, which is the kiss of death for any beer, especially beer of this style. My tongue feels like it has sipped its way through four fingers of 101-proof bourbon. The cheap stuff.

I expected Triple Exultation to be at least as good as Raven's Eye Imperial Stout, a beer that was mucho enjoyable. Instead, it's about the same level of quality as the rest of Eel River's lineup. In other words, it's average to below average and isn't worthy of a repeat purchase. Ozzy deserves to be compared to much better beer.

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, dark chestnut with steady streams slowly rising of the mild beige cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and caramelized pears.
Taste is of the same mentioned aromas with a nutty flavor coming through and light earthiness with candied yams and marshmellows.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, sugary, boozy, with flowery bitterness in the finish.

Photo of Lothore
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice deep, murky brownish hue with a 1.5 finger, beige head which sticks around for quite a while.

S- Smells just like an old ale should ... deep caramel and candied fruit notes, very sweet with hints of alcohol.

T-Taste is a little bit of a let down from the smell. Roasted malt with lingering caramel, dark fruitiness and a hop kick finishing out the taste. A little too roasty for my taste and the caramel and dark fruit could have been more well pronounced.

M- At first I thought it was a tad thin but there was definitely a thick resiny quality to it that coats the mouth and sticks around for a while.

D- All in all an excellent old ale. The smell wrote a check that the taste couldn't cash but it still ended up being a bit better than average.

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
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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.


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

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

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).

damn.. mighty fine. worth checking out.

paired nicely with some Madrigal cheese.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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...

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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
4.41/5  rDev +17%
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
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.11/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.