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Preservation Series: Tripel Tonnellerie - The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Tripel TonnelleriePreservation Series: Tripel Tonnellerie

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Tripel Tonnellerie is a 100% barrel fermented version of a Belgian Abbey Tripel. The base beer carries a classically clean maltiness, balanced by a fruity aroma and a dry, spicy mouthfeel. Extended fermentation in oak barrels inoculated with wild yeast allowed the beer to develop the rustic, earthy tones of a classic countryside biere de garde resulting in a uniquely flavorful beer, suitable for beer and wine lovers alike.
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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 20
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear light golden body. Big big white head. Thick chunky collar.

Smell - Woody and yeasty. The yeastiness is the slightest bit funky. Doughy malts.

Taste - It's pretty interesting. Sweet pale malt. Estery. Lightly fruity. Woody, too. A little bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - I thought this would be bad, but it's a decent beer.

Photo of IKR
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light golden- yellow color with a frothy generous white head that slowly faded. good looking Tripel.

Smell: Bready notes, mild fruity and mild funk notes dominate the nose.

Taste: The bready, fruity, and mild funk notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. The beer has a Tripel/Saison Hybrid taste. The typical Tripel notes are there but there is a faint Saison taste profile also present. The finish is more Saison dry than a typical Tripel.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Light bodied for a Tripel.

Overall: A unique twist on a Tripel. To me the fermentation with wild yeast lend a Saison taste/feel to the beer. I like the way the Bruery puts their spin on traditional beer styles.

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Thin pale apricot orange body. Lots of sticking cola carbonation bubbles. Two finger creamy head and not too much retention, a bit of soda pop crackle on the pour as well. Head leaves a thin white puck.

Interesting nose. Hints of toast grains, faint brett like heat and warmth, good amount of vanilla and woody tannins. Some sugary white bread and sensing bakery sweetness, peanut butter?! and classic sucrose. Really interesting nose but kind of all over the place.

Palate fills with more common tripel character. Light bodied wine fruit notes of orange and apricot, which are quickly taken over by a big huge husky note of thick dough and light grains. The body is just a bit too light, almost like cheap wine. Faint hint of dry yeast pepper on the finish, but doesn't really last through this malt sweetness.

It's got some of that wine flavor of a special tripel, but no depth, and is just filled with lots grain thickness. It's very odd. Interesting beer though.

Photo of SHODriver
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

A: poured into a snifter to a clear golden yellow with a two finger dense white head that is slow to fade and leaves some lacing
S: smells a little funky and fruity
T: taste is interesting with some barnyardy funk, a little tart, oak,some fruitiness. swallow is oaky, slight band aid, dry maltyness and lingering funk and fruit
M: this beer has a medium weight on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: Definitely not your standard tripel. very complex, very dry but pretty good

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

A-Cloudy orange-yellow, some carbonation, one finger fluffy head

S-Wheat, mild grass, slight lemon, oak is there and a little spice.

T-Wheat, spices, lemon, bit of grass, oak is there but could be more present

M-Lighter and well carbonated

O-A decent beer from the Bruery but it could have been better.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750mL bottle acquired through my Society membership. Bottled 4/4/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours hazy straw yellow with almost four fingers of fluffy white foam. The head lingers in the form of a hazy layer, leaving no lace to speak of.

Smells of soured grains, mild spice, skinned fruits and a hint of bread.

As has been stated elsewhere, this tastes like a blend of tripel and saison. Bread, grass, yeasty funk, apple skins, faint barrel, bitter fruit seeds, vague brett-fueled horsey notes and a light dose of alcohol. Drinks pretty easily considering it borders on double digit alcohol content.

Dry, medium feel with fairly sharp carbonation. Bready, funky fruit & vaguely spicy finish.

I guess it's good at being what it is but it is not what I'd reach for next time I want a tripel. If you're a fan of both tripels and saisons and are curious concerning a hybrid this would be a good place to start.

Photo of errantnight
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disappointing after the excellent Saison Tonnellerie and my general appreciation, if not passion, for Trade Winds.

Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a finger or two of head. Pleasant, but neither the warming glow or billowing head of great tripels.

First impression of aroma is excellent, fruitiness and a bit of earth and pepper. As it goes along, this dissipates and becomes a little thin and flat...both of which describe the flavor. Empty and thin, it's entirely inoffensive, although there is a gentle tartness and funk in the background that isn't entirely working.

I'd have no problem drinking more (and I've got another bottle), but this seems entirely pedestrian and forgettable, what little that's distinctive coming across as a nuisance instead of an exciting layer of additional depth.

Photo of ElSteve22
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at T-Philips in Glendora. Great clean bite with a light body & mouthfeel. Taste didn't linger too long. Citrus loaded up front with a little mellow oak on the back end. Subtle booozieness. I really enjoyed this beer on tap and picked myself up a bottle today. We'll see how it compares. I was a little surprised to see what a low rating this beer received on BA, but to each their own. I would recommend this Tripel just as much as I would something like St. Bernardus, Scaldis or delirium.


Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light fluffy fizzy head fades semi slowly due to rising bubbles decent lacing. clear golden chill hazed, honey color.

Nose brings nice farmhouse yeast, big funky farmhouse saison, light banana and spices, grassy, little lemon, zesty citrus, light creamy malt light creamy esters, a bit of phenols from alcohol. faint gristy wheat like malt base.

Taste brings light malt, grainy grist malt and faint wheat, mostly dry, touch of alcohol that fades but leaves light phenols. More light farmhouse funk, plenty lemony and light saison spices, light banana, quite fruity with a tartness, mild bitterness. Finish is dry, mild bitterness, more tartness, faint booze, fruity esters and mild phenols and gristy malt.

Mouth is great, booze hidden well, great carbonation, med soft bod.

Overall quite nice. I really feel like the age helped mellow this out and let the great yeast and funk components come through.

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle shipped with my Preservation Society membership.

Nice looking tripel with a very thick three finger head. Earthy aroma followed with very light spices and grains. Not picking up any of the barrel or funk.
Taste is very much the same as the nose but more malts. Drinks almost like a light beer. Not a lot of flavor besides the malts and a little herbs. Not really sure what to make of this brew. Body is too light for me. Not as heavy as most belgians. I will say it's very smooth for the ABV, but the Bruery seems to be able to mask booze very well.

I'm gonna give my preservation society membership one more quarter. This one was pretty much a letdown, except the chocolate rain.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Bottle opened on 6.18.14

Belgian yeast, lots of nuts, canned corn?

Photo of cvm4
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden body with a two finger eggshell head. Okay lacing and retention.

S - Sour lemon, green apple, funk, definite oak, Belgian yeast and a bit of sweetness to wrap it all together.

T - Whoa... The nose is like an amplified version of the taste, which the latter seems like a letdown now. Orange citrus forward, sweet, mild funk and little to no tartness. The Belgian character is there along with a bit of oak.

M - On the heavy side of light bodied with medium carbonation.

O - The look and smell are spot on, but the taste is a bit of a letdown. I'd still take this over may tripels, so I can't discount that in my rating.

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +9.6%

The purpose of this review is simply to question the low reviews for this beer. It is good (not great) tripel. The "wild yeast" component of it is pretty minimal, but it is an enjoyable beer. I can't understand the low reviews unless it is simply that not everybody is a big fan of tripels? Anyway, this is not a beer to work at seeking out, but it is a nice beer to drink if you come across it.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with RaulMondesi. 750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 4/4/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, peach, apricot, pineapple, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Very minimal oak presence. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, peach, apricot, pineapple, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light funk, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, peach, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light oak/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, light oak, and pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, light oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Poorder's Society, served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Hazy orange body, thin head and OK lacing.

S - Almost mustard, pickle, funk with the slightest hint of tartness/oak.

T - I first note the residual sweetness, more than I was expecting. Follows up with a touch of fruit belgian yeast esters, and big notes of brett horse blanket funk and lingering oak after that.

M - Light and airy with a linger funk/oak finish.

O - Super complex BSPA, well hidden alcohol and crushable. could see it developing well in a cellar.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slight sourness that works well with all other aspects of the beer.

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

A - Awesome carbonation through hazy blonde body. Perfect, chunky head pours four fingers high with great retention and lace.

S - Interesting farmhouse notes. Lavender, pear, hint of sour funk, touch of granny smith apple, yeast, old firewood, honey.

T - Super smooth plantain, banana, pear, peach, oak, vanilla cream, and silky booze. Touch of delicious farmhouse funk on the finish.

M - Outrageously smooth, creamy, medium body. Surprisingly light carbonation considering the fireworks in the glass.

O - An outstanding example of the style. Triples should showcase the lighter, white fruit flavors that can be coaxed from yeast - in contrast to the darker fruits of doubles and quads - and this beer delivers those flavors in spades.

4.12 Tripel Tonnellerie
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.50 4.50 4.25 4.55 4.25 ------- 4.41 10% 0.44
S - 3.60 4.10 4.00 4.10 4.00 ------- 3.96 20% 0.79
T - 3.70 4.50 4.00 4.75 3.50 ------- 4.09 40% 1.64
M - 3.80 4.00 3.80 4.50 4.50 ------- 4.12 10% 0.41
O - 4.00 4.25 4.10 4.75 3.80 ------- 4.18 20% 0.84

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear golden hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave light wisps and halo.

S - Aromas of funky farmhouse, citrus, faint banana, no booze. Very pleasant aromas, lightly phenolic with nice Belgian esters.

T - Taste is lightly tart, phenolic, Belgian esters, really funky, tart, lemon like, fruity. Kind of odd, almost lager like. The alcohol shines more in the back end. Unusually fruity for a tripel, banana takes a back seat. Really odd...Not necessarily bad just different.

M - Mouthfeel quite good, alcohol hidden incredibly, nice carbonation.

O - Overall this was nicely done. The eight months of age did this well as things have mellowed out nicely. Surprisingly good.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got 1 bottle of this in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of apples, citrus hops , lemon, oak, brandy, bready malts, grains, wheat, Belgian yeast, and fruity malts. Light sweet, nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus, bready malts, yeast, grains, spices, earthy notes, apples, fruity malts, barnyard notes, oranges, and light perfumey and floral notes. Taste has little more fruit than the nose, little but better in my opinion.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; I was surprised to see the scores were so low. I thought this was a simple, yet very well done, tripel, and I liked it better than the Saison Tonnellerie last year. Looking forward to their new brand and new saisons next year.

Photo of sbangs
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer advocate is forcing me to write a review of this beer because apparently I like it excessively compared to the average. Loved the 2014 Tripel Tonnellerie, it went very well with my raclette dinner.

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Preservation Series: Tripel Tonnellerie from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.