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Rose - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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168 Ratings

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally known as 'Golden Rose' - discontinued in 2005.

"Rose is inspired by the Belgian Tripel style. It is a top fermented ale which has a deep golden color with a light refreshing body. The beer has a subtle hop profile using the Northwest's finest whole hop flowers. We use Aromatic and Honey malts along with Candy Sugar to give it a unique and fruity character. It is 6% alcohol by weight (7.5% by volume)."

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-27-2002)
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Photo of taez555
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an off white head with a translucent orange tan body. There was a huge amount of fine carbonated bubbles rising up as well.

The nose was a big mix of garbage and yeast. Some fruit, diactyl, sour fruit and garbage, but in that good Belgian sort of trash way. There were big wafting whiffs of alcohol as well.

This beer had a huge thick body. Milkshake thick. Big and rather bitter. Fruit, bitter hops, malt, wheat, garbage, diactyl, manure, earthy hops, dirt, yeast, tropical fruits. A strong alcohol punch that really drives it’s way through. Not a whole lot of fruit flavor in this beer, it’s really dominated by this classic farmhouse sort of Belgian beer flavor.

I wish I could say more about it, it’s just a big thick Belgian triple/farmhouse sort of beer. The weird part is that I think this is the first beer I’ve ever been surprised by the alcohol in the opposite direction. It says it’s 7.5% but tastes more like 15%. It’s really just so one sided. The huge alcohol, malt, garbage and bitterness so overpower any other flavors it doesn’t have as much complexity as you’d normally find in a triple. A decent beer, I probably wouldn’t try it again.

taez555, May 29, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 37 - It pours a clear orange gold with a voluminous head that won't quit. The aroma is yeasty with candy sugar and a peppery spice. The taste starts off fruity with some honey notes. The body is light and the carbonation is creamy yet forceful. There is then some esters (apple) and phenols. The finale is a peppery alcohol bite. There is some hop character to this, but not much. It is not a bad beer, but not what I would say is a top notch Tripel.

ark57, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of alexgash
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch number 38.

Looks like chaduvel and I forgot to drink this during the beer-soaked powder vacation of two weeks ago.
Marcellar's had just gotten HOTD in and I was anxious to try this tripel.
Pours a brilliant hazy peachy orange with a victorious, fluffy white head. Nice. Smell is of perfumey, candy apple malts with a spicy floral hop accent. Oh, and plenty of yeast. Taste: tangy, not sweet malt up front. Followed by a strong spicy yeast and hop wallop. Some floral notes, but a little more bitter than tasty. Alcohol is fairly noticeable as well. Finish is yeasty, with lingering cloying maltiness. The pungeant yeast is a little strong throughout. Interesting take on the style, but not my favorite.

alexgash, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 37.
Pours with a phenomenal, bulbous, rocky head. The color is dark golden, approaching light brown, with considerable yeast floating about. Thick tufts of foam cling to the glass all the way to the bottom. Aroma is estery and spicy, and you can pick up the sugar as well. Fruity, slightly banana-like, and bubble-gum smells mix with malt and sugar. Taste is sweet…rasins and plums…with a peppery spiciness follow-through. Considerable yeast flavors. Full and creamy mouthfeel. I found this one to be a warming, relaxing, well-made beer.

Suds, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Foxman
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a hazy, honey gold, with a hellacious light tanhead that simply explodes and retains forever, like a batch of white chocolate mousse. Delicate Belgian lace adorns the inside of the glass.

A sniff delivers sugary citrus strains wafting forwards along with notes of berry and spice. There's a considerable sourness that mixes with the yeast's doughiness.

In the flavor, an unexpectedly toasty malt sweetness lunges out of the gates, establishing a veritable grain presence. Alcohol makes a marked impression about midway, never totally surrendering from there forward. The finish is soundly bested by dual prongs of bitter and sour, providing a distracting and rather inept conclusion to a very basic performance.

Medium bodied, it coats nicely. The bitterness takes the tongue hostage and leaves a strong ascerbic glow behind.

See, I mistakenly grabbed this bottle instead of Adam, and I'll admit, I'm disappointed. There's never any real balance, just a push of malt, the kick of alcohol, and the shove of the bitter/sour onslaught. The ABV works against it more than it might otherwise, because the flavor just doesn't make drinking another a worthwhile endeavor. While not without its merits, there's nothing here to make it stand out and convince me to buy it again.

Foxman, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in the usual HotD brown 12 oz bottle "Batch 37".
Poured into my Chimay Chalice..it looks like i got a bad one..the bubbly white head is way over the top , taking up half the glass..out of control.Below the foaming head the beer looks a nice golden amber,,hazy and inviting.
The aroma is pleasant enough but rather weak for a tripel..you can certainlly pick up the coriander..and some sourness also.
Taste os "OK"..mostly sweet malts and spicy coriander..you can notice the alcohol too..
Its ok in the mouth a little too carbonated.
THis is an average Belgian style tripel..its drinkable but very exspensive for what it is..i can get New belgiums for cheaper and its way better.

Reidrover, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a cloudy golden orange color topped in a massive off-white head that sits up there forever. The aroma is big and loaded with fruit. A yeasty character also hits the nose followed by a little hit of alcohol.

There is a lot of tingly carbonation, almost too much. The yeast provides a lot of flavor which can either aid in the complexity or be a bit too much depending on how you look at it. I liked it for the most part. There are some nice burnt flavors in the finish. There is a very strange character to this beer, almost meaty. The fruit flavor covers it up most of the time, but it is very odd. Alcohol will warm a bit, and it is pretty well masked.

ElGuapo, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Uh..you sure this is a tripel, because I think we have a case of mistaken identity here. Pours a hazy, murky, yeasty brown with perhaps the most impressive head I've had in a long time. Almost whip cream thick and it's not budging. Smells gumdrop sweet with a hint of yeast.

This tastes very strong old ale like to me. Big mouthfuls of spice and a huge medicinal wave of pepper and alcohol. Sure doesn't taste like 6% ABV. Mouthfeel is a wee bit thin and a hair overcarbonated. Bit of funky aftertaste. Not a bad old ale, but not a good tripel

yankeeheel, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch# 36, 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow-gold, with an enormous offwhite head that you could stir with a fork. Head lasts forever and leaves abundant lacing down the tulip glass. Lots of yeast particles present, which eventually settle at the bottom. Aroma is promising, with sourwood honey, several fruits, and some floral hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium to thick bodied. Very creamy. Taste is of candied malts, some caramel, and hints of mango and grapes. Aftertaste is vinous, and alcohol makes its presence known. Not a bad example of an American Tripel, but it seems to lack some balance. It's an interesting experience to watch the yeast particles dance around at the bottom of the glass, while a few of the buggers try to make it back to the top of the glass. I would like to try another one of these, but not this month.

merlin48, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of jtfest
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strikes me as another winner for Hair of the dog -- if you take it for what it is. Pours a hazy orange with red highlights. Be careful when you pour, there's gonna' be a HUGE light tan lasting head. Full of carbonation, it actually fizzes in your mouth. The feel is full, and the taste is good -- it's not what I'd grab if I wanted a Triple, but if I wanted a flavorful malty, kinda' grassy ale with honey tones, I could down a couple of these. The aroma is kind of 'green' and pasture-like, but, like most HOTD's, Rose is a unique and flavorful brew. Now, if they could only do something about Ruth ...

jtfest, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a thick creamy head. The aroma was full of yeast, grass, malt, and very earthy. The malt and yeast were the main flavors, honey and some candy sweetness rounded it out. The head lasted through the drink, and beatiful lacing developed onthe glass.

Very smooth on the tongue, and the flavors ride long into the aftertaste. The alcohol is noticable, but not enough to destroy the drinkability. Overall an extremely tasty brew that will make your taste buds happy.

Gavage, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of BierReise
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz Bottle of Batch #37. Poured a nice orange-gold color with a huge off white head that seems super charged with carbonation. Has a great spicy Belgian like aroma except with notes of fruit,cinnamon and lots of maple. Mouthfeel is very effervescent and lively. Flavor is a fruity malty one with a bit of maple and spices. Alcohol also slightly noticable in the finish. Overall a really good Tripel.

BierReise, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #35. Pours an orange color with some floaty stuff in it and has a moderate head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma had caramel, yeast spices, and a nice bit of hops in it. The alcohol was apparent in the taste, but it blended well. The flavor has a lot of hops - starts out sweet with peppery spices and finishes more dry with the alcohol bringing itself forward. Nice banana character in this one. Drinkability is good and the body is right where I want it to be.

clvand0, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Jon
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 32. Rose pours a flat, yet brilliant auburn haze. Spiced honey notes are present in the aromatics with trace notes of hops and yeast. Vinous, honey, herbal and fruity notes are most prominent flavor-wise, along with a commanding sweetness. The finish features zesty citrus, green apple, and alcohol notes. Smooth, mellow mouthfeel is quite appealing, but doesn't do much to overcome the shortcomings of the flavor. Even still, this is a mellow, drinkable beer that has aged decently. Certainly not similar to the most traditional renderings of this style. While it lacks some character, it's not a bad beer in its own right.

Jon, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep orange color with two fingers of head. Lots of yeast floating around in the glass, a bad pour on my part. There is a bit of lace left on the glass. The smell is very fruity with white grapes and apples. There is also a good dose of alcohol to the smell. The taste is very malty and sugary, with some buttery diacetyl as well. The alcohol is very present in the taste too. The mouthfeel is fairly good, but the drinkability suffers due to some cloying and the large alcohol taste.

SheepNutz, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 36...foamy, a big 1/2 inch head on a careful pour into a 6 oz festival tulip glass. Hazy sedimented dull orange-gold color. Aroma is quite yeasty with some elements of nutmeg. Actively carbonated and complicated by heavy hops that lean on a balsamic quality -- but there's other things going on as well. If you could mix sweetened lemonade in a charred wood bowl with dark caramel, that would approximate the flavor impression. Finishes with heavy bittering. Big and interesting, but not incredibly nice to my tongue. Adventure seekers should try it, its different.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A really murky and cloudy brownish pour. A very thick and rich looking tan head sits atop this beer making it look like big thick mess of delicious goodness. The bottom of the bottle is caked and thick with yeast sediment.

Smell: Just a huge nose with a big malty sweetness. Lots of molasses and brown sugar jumps around the nose and there is a decent drop of spice as well with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. It just looks and smells like a heavy and complex beer.

Taste: Rich and creamy right off the bat. Roasted malt and plenty of hoppiness is obvious and the brown-sugary and molasses flavours are present here as well. The creaminess almost turns fluffy inside the mouth and the spicey sweetness turns toward a very warm, obvious alcohol finish. Somewhat a a dry, slightly woody & port like quality near the end althought it doesn't jump out at you. A very complex beer with alot of different flavours and smells floating around.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy to start with and the mouthfeel moves towards a fluffy and fullness. A very big beer.

Drinkability: Definitley a cold weather beer for me. Fall/winter is when i would hit this one most often but with the sweetness and high alcohol, i wouldn't want more than a couple. A very good beer but i do prefer "Fred"....atleast based on memory.

Popsinc, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sweet triple poured a dark golden colour with an ample, off-white head. The aromas were of belgian yeast, candy sugar, spices, alcohol, and more. The taste was suprisingly hoppy, sweet, marshmallow-y, and more. The mouthfeel was thick, but not too thick and the drinkability was good for this higher abv beer. This reminded me of their FRED a lot though...still good.

francisweizen, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #33. Bottle stated %ABV was 6.0%, not 7.6% as listed. Will touch on that later. Rose has a deep murky golden color with a monstrously fluffy off-white head and nice lacing.
Smell was a dusty, earthy aroma. Had hints of honey, spice, and sugar plus a heady alcohol note.
Taste was pretty sweet, of apples and pears plus sugar. Also a rock candy sugary flavor and spicy, kind of peppery taste. Lightly hopped finish with a noticeable alcohol punch.
Rich and creamy feel with a real tingle on the tongue and a warming alcohol bite.
O.K., this beer can't be 6.0%ABV. 7.6%, yeah - 6.0%, no. Rose is like drinking a spiced Jolly Rancher. Dipped in alcohol. Actually, the too-prominant alcohol was a real distraction. Not a beer I'd get again real soon.

Boilermaker88, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle of batch #34. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky orange color with little yeast floaties in it. Barely adequate light beige head with somewhat decent retention. Ok lacing.

Smell: Heady aromas of honey and caramel malts. Yeasty and bready, too. Alcoholic presence on nose with hints of clove and other spices.

Taste: Sweet, brandy-like malts. Heavy alcoholic taste and feel. Lingering honey and yeasty tastes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Very warming. Alcohol is not masked at all.

Drinkability: Interesting, definitely not as masterfully done as some other non-Belgian tripels (Unibroue and Allagash come to mind). The lack of alcohol masking hurts this. I probably not buy this one again, unless I make a mistake.

ManekiNeko, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice beer with an incredible head that just didn't quit. The body is a cloudy amber that has a head too large to describe except that it just overflowed the glass. Huge, thick billowy ivory foam that stayed the full glass and produced incredible lacing effect. Marvelous.

The aroma was of sweetness - malt, honey, candy, and a bit spicy as well. The taste is sweet with and overload of astringency. Little hop noted here as this is about the malts and the honey and candy sugars. Very full mouth with a creamy and rich feel, actually a bit over the top limiting the drinkability. It would be like eating to much cotton candy at a fair or carnival - too much. Alcohol bite kicks in a the glass empties.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of dmarch
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 34, not sure how important that is, but I'll mention it anyway. Despite leaving the last half inch or so in the bottle, I still saw quite a bit of sediment floating around in the orange-amber beer. There was an enormous amount of yeast and it definately showed up in the taste. The taste was fairly tart, but quite sweet. Sweeter that I expected a tripel to be. A lot of alcohol flavor in here as well. I've come to expect that from hair of the dog and I've enjoyed it is some of their beers, but it's not as desireable in this brew.

dmarch, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #35. Cloudy dark-amber with flecks of sediment, forming a large white head atop small bubbles with very good retention and lacing. Aroma has notes of delicate clover honey, candi sugar, a metallic burn barrel that has gotten rained on, wheat husk, husky carapils or munich malt, and delicate perfumy hops. Taste is of light husky mults, light candi sugar, a ruddy sweetness, floral hops and yeast, lingering sweetness, distant toast, and a hint of orange. Nice. Metal in aroma, but not in taste. Mouthfeel is flittery at first, then moderately smooth with a perfumy, light finish. There is a hint of alcohol towards the end.

Re-review 11-03-04:
Brewed with Aromatic and Honey malts, as well as candy sugar. 17 IBU's. 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a murky dark caramel (much too dark for a tripel...even the bottle says it's a deep golden color, which it very clearly ain't), barely able to form a small scum ring of bubbles, despite vigorous swirling. Bottled conditioned. Obviously no lacing or retention. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is close to a barley wine experiment gone awry...raisins, dates, amoxicillin urine, the dirty pillowcases from your uncle's hunting cabin, and fetid gym socks. No bananas or cloves. Mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying with a medium-dense body. Begins with bizarre rotted fruit yeast esters, followed by raisins and prune juice, a very wierd smoked metal sourness, and ending with syrup and soggy rye bread dough. Bitterness is very mild. Wierd liquid smoke lingers in the aftertaste with a faint suggestion of grain husk. Alcohol is lightly perceptable in the vapeure on the breath. Wierd wheat astringency in the aftertaste. As it warms, the cloudiness lightens..me thinks starch haze, despite being bottle conditioned. As it warms, it takes on a stinky rotten apple juice thang, which ain't as bad as it sounds.

This TOTALLY misses the mark as a tripel. It's an "interesting" beer in it's own little world...that is, if you don't mind copper-covered raisins stewed in smoked friendship cake starter. Shame on you Dog...go back to your cage. Rated within the generalized "beer" category...certainly not as a tripel (in which it would fail miserably...like the bastard red-headed son of a zymurgist afflicted with scrapie). One of the more intereresting beers I've had in awhile...One hell of a wierdo. If it said "St.Bernardus" on the label, BA's would be eating this up in droves.

Mitchster, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Loki
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 34. Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Poured an opaque amber with a small white head and incredible lacing. I did pour it to fast and got lots of sediment. (The bottle says to pour slowly and leave the sediment in the bottle. DOH!)

Sickly sweet aromas of candy, honey, candied malt, yeast, dough, and more candy. Way, way to sweet for my tastes. Not appealing.

The tastes is not as sweet as the nose, but it is still very sweet. Tastes of candy, caramel, malt, yeast, and honey. Very sweet. Medium to medium-light body with not much carbonation.

Verdict. Way to sweet for my tastes. Maybe I should have let it age longer, or maybe it was over the hill.

Loki, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold color, medium head. Very malty. Deep intense malt sugars. Very smooth taste. Lighter taste. Very smooth taste. Lighter body, full flavor. Subtle hop profile. Complex taste. Lots of flavor from the malt sugars as well as the added candy sugars. Mouthfeel is full, round and smooth. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet. This is a very interesting beer, as per usual for this brewery. A very nice Belgian Tipple. This brewery strives to make different beers, or as they say, "we are dedicated to providing the beer lover with new and unusual beer styles". They have once again succeeded with this and their other beers.

beerguy101, Aug 21, 2003
Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.