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Mandolin - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%


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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Reviews by JayQue:
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JayQue

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper color with a small, fast-fading bubbly head from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. No lacing to speak of.

Mild smell of light fruit (apples and pears), a little hoppines but primarily Belgian yeast "funk"

The primary flavor is the yeasty funk with some pepper and possibly coriander as spices. There is a little sweet fruit here as well. This is a pretty tasty beer....don't really remind me of a Tripel. Some reviewers were calling it a Saison, which seems to be closer, especially because of the funky, earthy taste and aroma.

Mouthfeel is rich. The hoppiness and pepper andd a nice touch to the tongue. There is a little alcohol bite as well but it is well mannered. This is a fine light sipping beer.

I like this beer. Well crafted, if not a standard Tripel. More like an "American Saison" to me. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:42:09 | More by JayQue
More User Reviews:
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-23-2014 08:45:55 | More by Sanchezrox23
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whatname

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28%

03-31-2014 02:34:37 | More by whatname
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Camjmorton

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-23-2014 04:03:20 | More by Camjmorton
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Aprice34

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-02-2014 11:47:33 | More by Aprice34
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-28-2014 00:28:17 | More by wisrarebeer
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-22-2014 19:30:52 | More by millerbuffoon
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DustinSWB

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

02-20-2014 03:06:23 | More by DustinSWB
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RandomExile

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 23:55:07 | More by RandomExile
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-18-2014 14:22:24 | More by jbaker67
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-09-2014 13:42:38 | More by Griffith
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-29-2013 17:11:17 | More by KevinGordon
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seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-29-2013 17:17:44 | More by seanchai
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Jenna

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-28-2013 23:50:37 | More by Jenna
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-06-2013 13:12:06 | More by stephenjmoore
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-04-2013 05:11:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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StoutSeth

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-24-2013 21:23:56 | More by StoutSeth
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-12-2013 23:42:44 | More by bbeane
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-26-2013 20:22:25 | More by DrunkinYogi
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-21-2013 12:41:13 | More by greg4579
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.

Appearance - Golden amber brown/tan with a nice 2 inch creamy, foamy head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet yeasts, grapes, lemon, pineapples, oranges, loads of spices, a funky sour note. A little malt backbone at the finish.

Taste - Very sour bite of apples, pears and grapes mix with a yeasty and malty backbone. Sugars add a little sweetness to tone down the sour fruits. Malts have a caramel flavor but are a little mute. Spices add a peppery feel and flavor. Finish has a lemon and apple tart bite.

Mouthfeel - Sour notes coat the tongue along with some sweet yeasts. Palate gets more fruits, malts and spices. The aftertaste is bitter, sour fruity and a little dry.

Overall - Interesting, the fruits are feature are sour and bitter, which makes this beer a little bit to get used to. Not a very balanced beer, the sour fruit flavor overpowers everything, masked the sugars and malts btu you can still get some of the flavor. Its still a nice beer, just a little different. Would like to see some more sweeter fruits come out but its still solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 20:08:49 | More by wvsabbath
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-06-2013 17:40:54 | More by JohnK17
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-27-2013 04:50:15 | More by bmjivi221
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber brown color with a full, creamy head. Head has good retention and leaves chunky lacing behind.

S: Yeast, malts, hops - not much else to say but very nice.

T: Clove, funky, mild for a triple - more like a strong dubbel but really good flavor and balance. Slight sour taste throughout.

M: Heavy, but not too much so. Creamy on the tongue.

O: Alcohol disguised well and a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:17:25 | More by Oakenator
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Msh2960

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-17-2013 19:38:49 | More by Msh2960
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Mandolin from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.