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Mandolin - Blue Mountain Brewery

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very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CrellMoset on 04-06-2008)
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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

DRouth, Sep 03, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%

A more than excellent Belgian pale beer that highlights it's Belgian heritage without being overbearing.

Pours well, but not spectacularly, from the bottle with a soft foamy head.

Belgian yeast notes play a supporting role in the mouth, with a unique fruitiness (cherries and dark fruit) acting front and center. It's on the sweet side but it works.

For a Belgian tripel, this is amazingly well-balanced, with the Belgian yeast character of clove.and banana displaying a more refined character than some more overbearing representatives of the style. No bad alcohol notes or bitterness. This is great.

tkdchampxi, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear amber with a nice white head. Clings to the glass with a swirl.

Smell - Bready and sweet smelling. Caramel. Belgian yeasty aromas. Fruity esters. A touch of acidity.

Taste - Very sweet and yeasty. Fruity and floral. Bready. Strange, really. Some are tough to describe. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet with medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

Overall - It's got some strange flavors, not all of which are bad. They're not exactly good, either.

Alieniloquium, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

510a, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

dvmin98, Jul 27, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%

Aged for six months in my refrigerator before I finally decided to break it out to celebrate my (non-beer drinking) wifes birthday. Nice orange colour and good head with a sweet aroma that took me aback a bit. Very smooth and for a 9.5 abv felt light. A little on the sweet side but I paired with dark bitter chocolates which seemed to bring out the cherry notes. Once it warmed up enough it actually was a fairly complex beer that I greatly enjoyed.

chrisjduncan, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

kkmiller76, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

wrightst, Jun 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

st9647v3, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

hozersr, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bmur112, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Fusion7777, May 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

rmcnamee, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

aqualung23, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Sanchezrox23, Apr 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28%

whatname, Mar 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Camjmorton, Mar 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Aprice34, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

wisrarebeer, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

millerbuffoon, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

DustinSWB, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of RandomExile
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

A: pure translucent amber; scant surface film; little lacing (notably, this differs from many other reviewers, so I'm thinking it might be unique to this establishment)
S: yeasty, orange and floral, spiced, slightly earthy
T: Belgian, to me -- mainly that orange/coriander note, combined with the mouthfeel. Ever so slightly apple aftertaste, barely savory but clean. A sour/bitter tinge with some of the high abv peeking through.
M:Medium-bodied, coating, dry.
O: Strong Belgian-style Tripel. Maybe not showy on presentation (although other reviews differ: might be the venue and glassware), but As a note, Blue Mountain was present this evening and I got to spend some time talking to Ryan. The Belgian style is no accident, as they have a great deal of respect for the abbey brews, and brewed Mandolin using only barley, hops, and Belgian yeast, which is what conveys the sense of cloves and coriander, and their water is snow run-off from the Blue Ridge Mountains near Afton, Virginia, which gives their beers the crisp, clean, slightly mineral strength.

20oz / Pint Glass / VGP, MD

RandomExile, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jbaker67, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
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Mandolin from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.