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Mandolin - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
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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Reviews by brentk56:
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"2" on the cork - this beer has been in my cellar for at least three years

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a inch of foam that pancakes, raising large bubbles and leaving a film of lace

Smell: Caramel forward, with stone fruit, banana and honey elements

Taste: Caramel forward, with an herbal character that has fruity elements; in the middle, the honeyed sweetness builds though, after the swallow, there is a woodsy element to the beer with just a hint of mandarin orange in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Age has done this beer well, toning down the rough edges and blending the flavors; overly sweet for my palate, but I often find that to be the case with tripels

brentk56, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

whatname, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of zaphodchak
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall pour for a thin head, white, which dissipates into fine surface character. Color shifts impressively from red-amber to golden in the light. Laces finely.

Smell is Belgian yeast and coriander.

Taste is quite pleasant, a good saison and not too bitter nor too spicy, but the pepper is there. Quite sweet, faintly lemony, lingering light malt. Faint, faint vegetal notes.

Mouthfeel is nice, faintly prickly.

Overall, Blue Mountain does it again, spot-on for the style and a good Belgo-Flemish-Saison mix. Tastes like all of these, but it's a good fusion and not a clash. Well-recommended.

zaphodchak, Jul 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

hyoung41, Dec 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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4/5  rDev +5%

tanner1980, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zillo043068, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Swift989, May 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

dvmin98, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Fusion7777, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

VeganUndead, Oct 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Sanchezrox23, Apr 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +6%

DRouth, Sep 03, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

chalice at the brewpub

a: served in a chalice at the brewpub, mandolin is a honey golden in color, with a bone white head showing light retention

s: pale and caramel malts create a malty sweet aroma, joined by yeast and associated spice, sweet pear and fruity esters, a nice dose of citric hops, candi sugar

m: carbonation rides the line between light and moderate, with a body around medium

t: pale malts and a good deal of caramel sweetness form the foundation, with a big yeasty flavor, some spicy output, sugary pear, candi sugar, grassy hops

o: a nice enough tripel - a touch rough around the edges but carrying some enjoyable aromas and flavors, maybe a little sweet for me, drinks well

blackie, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

beerdave, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this one for a little while, and just finally picked up a bottle today

A: The bottle for this is a beauty. It's come up in discussion at least 3 or 4 times now, and adds to the initial 'outward appearance' before even seeing the brew. Three Floyds bottles are fun that way, too. The beer itself is something of a golden clay colour, with a reasonably nice looking head of average retention.

S: The scent of this is quite nice and promising... a clean fruity yeast aroma, a note of spiciness, and almost a honey-like sweetness. A little bit of a banana and clove like quality floating around in there. A nice little medley of aromas, and one of the better that comes to recent memory.

T: Big, without being huge, the flavours swirl around quite harmoniously with a nice complexity. Many of the same flavours as noted in the aroma... a honey and spice over a banana/fruit flavour. It doesn't go overboard on being sweet at all, and a little bit of alcohol warmth follows up to finish.

M: Another positive... a rich, sparkling mouthful with the flavours spreading over the tongue and slipping away gradually, leaving a pleasant, savouring post-finish.

D: The alcohol kick is here, as with any other Tripel, so that can't really take away from it a great deal. I am very pleased with the flavours and overall experience with this bottle. I'd put it up there with Unibroue in terms of North American quality with the style, and being a young brewery, it's a very promising hint of what may come. It might be a LITTLE hot, but this is also quite fresh, so a little time aside should smooth that out nicely for those who are feeling a little wary. Excellent ale, a keeper of a bottle, and definitely recommended.

Proteus93, Apr 07, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

st9647v3, Jun 08, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear amber-orange in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge; the head eventually completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of fruits.
T: The taste is rather similar to the smell and has a strong base of malts and candi sugars along with notes of fruits.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the fruity flavors in this beer as it made the smell and taste a little more interesting. It also hides its alcohol rather well.

metter98, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kkmiller76, Jul 03, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent orange to pale amber with a 2 finger tannish head that recedes quickly.

Sweet and fruity with subswtantial spiciness. Very nice.

Not as well rounded as the aroma, but pleasant. Light sweet malt with a bit of spice and some laid back alcohol and moderate bitterness.

Moderately light bodied. Not really sticky, but it clings nicely to the tongue. Some light carbonation is noticable, and there's a definite
warmth from the alcohol.

My experience is nowhere near comprehensive, but this is the best Virginia beer I've tried yet. It's attractive, smooth, and easy drinking.

obywan59, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fireworks Pizza, Leesburg, VA.
Pours a golden straw with a thick head. Smells of fruity sweet belgian yeasts. Taste is dominating fruity, almost apple or pear and banana, belgian yeasts and malts.
Really smooth, full of flavor but somewhat overly sweet for my palate. Overall, nice brew.

DrinkSlurm, Mar 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Syracuse12, Jun 09, 2013
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Mandolin from Blue Mountain Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.