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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
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 180
Photo of travolta
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: No lacing, a clear cranberry juice in color. Head retention is good with a cloudy formed khaki head.

Nose: Burnt carmel, minimal dark candied fruit, some faint hops at the end.

Taste: Hot sake and carmel. Cheap vodka on the tongue, with a malt foundation.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- cloudy red caramel. Full, think head tinted almond.

Aroma- caramel, grapefruit hops, and ocean air.

Taste- a rich hoppy complex brew. Starts like a rich, strong, and dry Belgian ale, moving into a cake and hops middle (imagine eating coffee cake and drinking an imperial IPA) finishing with a tame dry hoppiness leaving a clean hoppy aftertaste.

Poured from bomber (650 ml bottle) into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MrLacinak
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mhaugo
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 9.7% ABV. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature. Certified organic.

Appearance: Deep chestnut, moderately bubbly with a decent beige head, and brilliantly clear (4/5).

Aroma: Mmmm… nice. Dried stone fruit and jammy grapes. Brown sugar and caramel. A touch of oxidation, but an acceptable level. In fact, it adds an additional layer to an already beautiful and complex aroma (4.25/5).

Taste: Surprisingly hoppy with a bitterness that lasts. There is a little woodiness from what I am assuming is some degree of barrel aging, with a little vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of tobacco. There is also some staling, but again not inappropriate. It would be interesting to know if that was intentional or just a “benefit” on sitting on a big box liquor store shelf for several months. The bitterness steps back a touch toward the latter end of the pint as the beer nears room temperature (3.5/5).

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation. There is a light warmth from the alcohol and a puckering quality from the hops. There is also an interesting “thickness” that develops when the beer warms that feels almost chalky. Not a negative note; more of an interesting observation (3.75/5)

Overall: This is a very nice beer, but the flavor comes across a little dramatic. I would love to have this same beer dialed back about twenty five percent in both the bitterness and the alcohol. 80 IBUs seems to be a bit much here. The aroma is incredibly inviting, but once it hit my mouth it became a little obnoxious. But in the end I am impressed (3.75/5).

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of katybee
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber, with minimal, quickly dissipating head, looking a bit like a whiskey in the glass. A bit more like a whiskey or brandywine, especially when the minimal carbonation stilled, it is really only the malty bready richness, smooth on the tongue, which reminds the drinker that this is still a beer. A fine sipping beer for me, but hard hitting and not very subtle in character...perhaps some dried fruit notes, molasses sweetness, but not true 'esthers' as in a barleywine, and a slightly metallic alcohol edge although the creaminess covers this... Not bad, but a little too direct for me, LOL.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruby red body and an aggressive pour gives me a frothy cherry tinted white head. I guess its bottle conditioned? Because my second pour of the bomber into the glass leaves the body murky while it was originally a clear red.
Rich dark fruit aroma. Barely wine characteristics.
The flavor has some dried fruit leather taste, quite bitter though simultaneously. The high ABV is obvious as this is quite a sipper as time goes by out of the fridge.
Mouthfeel is fine, but high alcohol makes the back of the tongue know it.
Overall solid beer. It's a big old ale.

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at many places around Houston. Most recently at Witchcraft Tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Toasted malts, baked bread, caramel malts. Chocolate and toffee aromas. A bit of solvent like alcohol in the very back.
T: Like the nose, a big malt bomb. Toasted malts, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Light baked bread. Solvent alcohol at the end lets you know this is +9% ABV.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation that is smooth and creamy. There is some solvent like alcohol here. Which is expected and warming. Like a camp fire. Very welcoming, and a nice sipper.

A well made and almost classic example of the style. Something I always enjoy when I have it, and always wonder why I don't order it more often.

Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the darkest copper hue with creamiest three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is burnt toffee,caramel,ripe fruit and candied figs,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of candied figs,fresh plums,burnt toffee,brown sugar and finished with a roasted maltiness and caramel bittersweetness and overall a nice old ale that would age well cheers.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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