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Maple Tripple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 342
Gots: 108 | FT: 7
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: plaid75 on 07-26-2008

Enticing, rich and complex, this creation defies easy description. Our 'once-a-year beer' is brewed only during sugaring season with 100% maple sap from our friend Paul Marble in Fayston, VT. No water added! Just barley, hops, and ale yeast.
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Ratings: 357 | Reviews: 54
Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer reminds me of Sticky Ale, a maple beer from Lawson's.

Up front, sweet qualities, maple syrup, wrapped up by brown sugar and caramel. Just a pure maple candy treat. The ABV is well hidden under that sweetness.

Photo of JCHOPS
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this beer up in September at the Waitsfield Farmer's Market. Well, first I drove to the Mad Taco and waited on line to get a ticket that allowed me the possibility of purchasing this beer at said Market. Coming from New York, this was quite the beer geek journey, and well worth it.

The appearance is dark brown with little to no lacing. The consistency is truly amazing, considering there was no water used in the brew process. The smell is sweet and bourbon-like. The taste is excellent. A sugary maple taste, with notes of toffee and caramel. Just awesome.

Overall, just an outstanding ale, unlike anything else. Brewed by the very best!

Photo of Blueapollo420
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of this world! Best VT beer I've had to date! That is saying something. This beer is well worth the price of admission. Thank God above I showed up at the warren store on the right day!

Photo of Badliverglen
5/5  rDev +13.9%

this is maple beer crack.

you can taste the surgar crystals in your teeth.

How this is brewed with no water i cant even imagine.

science is awesome.....

its like drinking desert wine like an armeniac or etc... drink from a sniffer... share with buds...

and its strong.... Beware...

Photo of Ken_P
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

2013 bottle, poured into a large stemmed wine glass. Pours a deep transparent brown with a ruby tinge. Maybe a millimeter of head that settles to some khaki wisps floating on the top.

Smell is of maple, toffee, butter, caramel, peat. Very alluring!

Taste is sweet, semi-sugary. Maple forward followed by dark fruit flavor like prunes.and malty. Maybe a hint of bourbon. Almost a bubblegum-like flavor.

Expected to be heavier and syrupy in the mouth. Fairly medium bodied. No carbonation to speak of.

Overall this was a very interesting beer that I'm excited I got to try. I'm not always a fan of dark tripels so I was not wowed. Will try this again when I can get it fresh to compare to this almost year old bottle.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a great friend who lives in Vermont! Bottle 845 of 1500. Beautiful, slightly hazy dark mahogany pour with a two finger creamy beige head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is incredible with huge maple notes along with hints of brown sugar, caramel, brown bread, molasses, vanilla, and toffee. The taste is incredibly rich with the maple once again the star. Hints of raisins were a surprise, complemented nicely with sweet brown bread, oak, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, booze, and just a touch of chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with subtle creaminess, and a warming, somewhat cloying finish. Overall, while this is borderline too sweet, it's so full of flavor, and it's got just enough balance to compensate for any faults. Highly recommended!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 387/750.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, maple, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, maple, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell, but the flavors are slightly oxidized at this point.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle 1210/1500 from 2013
The beer pours a dark hazy amber (no chunks of yeast) with a thin halo of white head around the perimeter. The nose is sweet (unexpected notes of lactose-like dairy sweetness?), distinct maple and yeast, minimal alcohol, no bitterness. The taste is maple forward (as hoped) with a hint of fruit and yeast, and a slight bitterness in the finish (more woody than hoppy). The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy (some carbonation, generous sap sweetness), but not chewy, has smooth maple goodness, masked alcohol, and a slightly dry bitterness in the finish. This beer is fantastic to drink, especially if you're a maple fan, but I'll have trouble justifying the price again in the future.

Photo of Tmyhre802
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of the most interesting beers i've ever tried. Had the pleasure of getting the last glass on tap at the Lawson's 6th anniversary party. Ale's aren't my forte, but this takes you to another place.

A-Is maple leaf a color? If so that's what this beer is, absolutely beautiful to look at.

S- WOW, the maple is not overwhelming which I like but overall the smell was one of my favorite parts.

T- A subtle maple taste, but it has almost a maple-liquor which I hope is taken as a compliment.

M- The strong taste was a tad bit overwhelming but perfect (if that makes sense)

O-The most unique beer i've tasted to date, loved it but love everything they do at Lawson's. Another homerun by Sean!

Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've actually had this before, but I'm just getting around to reviewing it now, as I brought out a bottle to share at SS'14. This is truly one of the most unique beers in existence. Pours a deep bronzed amber color, not really hazy, but "glossy," if that makes sense...like looking through a thick piece of colored glass. A small yellow-tan head sinks to a ringlet and a swirl leaves some legs on the glass. Rich, dark sugars in the aroma, caramel and maple sap, woody and slightly boozy. Luscious taste reflects the nose, caramel, maple, some vanilla sweetness, some woodiness, and a stiff boozy kick, but that component melds well with the rest of the flavors, giving a sensation of a maple liqueur more than any other kind of booze. Medium-full body, mouthfeel is smooth and slick, syrupy, and can be on the hot side. Previous versions I've had have been a bit more hot with booze, but this particular bottle--aged only a few months after I bought it--was really nice and smooth, and the alcohol heat was toned down. I seriously could've easily conquered this bottle by myself with no problem. The price tags on these bottles are on the higher side, but it's understandable considering the recipe, and it's also worth every penny.

Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle of the 2013 vintage, generously extra'd to me and Doug by FleetwoodMatt. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013.

Pours what I expected a maple syrup beer to look like. Amber brown, clearish, with a relatively effervescent white head measuring some 0.5-1cm that disappears quickly. When the head is gone, this really looks just like maple syrup, like Aunt Jemima or something.

Smells phenomenal. It's sweet, but in an unique way. It definitely evokes maple syrup, but in a different way. Its more like if you had maple-flavoured candy- its sweeter than maple syrup, but has that maple character to it. Its very strong in the nose and very unique. I am really digging the nose.

The taste of this beer itself is actually quite interesting. Very sweet so its a sipper, but its sweet in an unique way that doesn't really have an exact correlation in my tasting dictionary. It's sweet in a syrupy way, but its not maple syrup sweet. It could be a malted barley contribution. There isn't much bitterness in this one at all, either. Very unique but not a profile I could drink more than once a month.

Fantastic, full bodied mouthfeel that actually is resinous as I would expect a maple syrup-based beer to feel like. Its so damn sticky and drinkable. I was surprised to see that it is a 12% ABV beer because there is zero indication of it. Really, really well-crafted in this regard.

Such an unique beer, the concept behind it is really cool. Authentic Vermont maple syrup used to make beer instead of water. Its sweet and syrupy on the mouthfeel, which is what I expected. This is a really cool novelty that I don't think I would want more than 6-8 ounces of every year.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle!

500ml bottle number 677 of 1500.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Murky brownish/orange copper colored beer with thin white cap that quickly drops to ring around the glass.

Smell: A malty beer with lots of maple. It smells sweet, but it is not as robust as I was expecting.

Taste: Really sweet beer. Caramel, butterscotch, wild honey, and light oak barrel. Hint of bready malts. Massive maple flavor on the backend of this beer which really is an incredible! The maple taste is absolutely stunning and does not taste artificial at all. This is really a tasty treat!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer almost full bodied. Low carbonation levels. Sticky, syrupy, and even a little oily on the palate. Really smooth beer; it drinks more like its an 8% beer!

Overall: Fantastic use of maple in a beer. I really liked this beer alot. Another winner from Lawsons!

Photo of justforrazors
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage poured into a Lawson's Snifter 10-10-13

A- Pours a red-copper with good clarity and a very small 1/4 inch beige head. Some carb bubbles rising throughout.

S- Booze, vanilla, maple syrup, some caramel. This smells strong, although perfect for a cold fall night.

T- Oak, vanilla, bourbon, maple syrup, caramel. Absolutely delicious. Very interesting, unlike any other beer I have consumed.

M- If i didn't know this was made with maple sap, I would probably compare it to that anyway. It has an almost syrup consistency- very sweet, and a lingering hard liquor bite on the end.

O- Definitely a solid offering from a great brewer. A bit too boozy in my opinion. I was lucky enough to have an older vintage ( I want to say 09?) at three penny back in may, and it was a lot less boozy than this one. Still solid, but not as great as that one.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch, poured into a KtG tulip

A- pours an auburn, amber color with a thin wisp of a head, has some legs to it

S- Like some sort of crazy Vermont candy, maple, toffee, caramel

T- Very sweet, lots of maple flavor with some more caramel, toffee, some oak and the heat of a young 12% brew. Easily the most maple forward beer I have ever had.

M- Sticky, a touch syrupy but just enough carbonation to help try to move everything along

O- This is a great beer if you like maple, I think some age could help it all along for sure, will probably keep a bottle to try again in another couple of years.

Photo of parris
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, although I get the feeling it was named "maple triple" because "maple quad" didn't have as good of a ring. A 2012 bottle, enjoyed in 2013.

Pours an opaque brown, with a tan head - not huge, but poured into small glasses.

Beer is 12%, but it's as smooth as maple syrup (rimshot please). It's big bodied, and has light but sufficient carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, malty, think prune, raisin or date.

Tastes of molasses, figs, raisins, caramel, hints of maple, hints of chocolate. The best way to describe this is that it tastes like the perfect trappist quad - but not as bubbly as westy.

Mouthfeel is smooth an full, some lingering sweetness, but no booze or astringency.

This beer is well worth the $25 price tag.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375mL courtesy of an in-person trade. Thanks! #63 of 750.

A: Pours a murky headless brown. Looks almost flat except for some bubbles. Would be a bit nicer in the presentation if it had some foam.

N: Maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, and heavy biscuit. Caramel and vanilla - very similar to bourbon. Mango, papaya, and candied pineapple.

T: Very palatable. Quite sweet but not cloying. A slight bitterness here to balance and some moderate saltiness. Very much like a barleywine.

M: Lots of alcohol. Very sticky, and could use some carbonation. You’re going to feel the alcohol on this. Body can be dry and choppy.

O: Reminiscent of bourbon Fred/Maple bourbon Fred. Missing a few components to take it over the edge for me - namely some better carbonation and a touch more smoothness. Still worth trying.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Maple Tripple Ale, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a hazy caramel brown with a minimal head. Lacing is smaller but apparent and sticks to the side of the glass. Resembles maple syrup more than beer but not hideous looking.

Smell - Blast of maple syrup to the face, rich and glorious. Nuts and darker fruity sweet malt underneath.

Taste - Pure maple syrup sweet with a hearty strong ale body. Fruitiness/nuttiness creeps in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Sits sticky and slightly warming. Surprisingly this is not too boozy for 12%, but it is definitely warm in the mouth and belly. The sweet makes this one a sipper, but a grand sipper.

Overall - This is a great brew that any fan of maple should try, this is more like a maple wine or something, a hybrid of sorts. Great brew.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 6.9.13
Bottle ???/750
Thanks bstyle

A - Pours a clear, dark amber-red with a small tan head that slowly fades.

S - Sweet sugary caramel, wood, vanilla cream. Lovely!

T - Caramel candy, a touch of wood and heat, but just tons of maple-caramel.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet caramel and maple candy-like and very tasty.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - Deep amber. Some bubbles and a light ring around the edge.

Smell - Maple. Lots of maple. Booze. One-note, but maple does smell good.

Taste - Maple and toffee. Sweet, but not as much as I expected. Creamy then dries out very quickly.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and tasty. Not really boozy in the flavor. Creamy until the end.

Overall - Maple is beer magic, but there's no way I could drink more than a few ounces of this.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle 555 2012

Pours a tawny, coppery color with an off white near finger of head. Aroma was rich, sweet caramel and maple nuts and dark malts. Similar taste, sweet, maple-y, caramel, sweet nuts. Full bodied, not too thick, not cloying either, though inherently rich and decadent. Would like to get another bottle and age it longer. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of jeonseh
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle

A - Golden with orange hues that looks like a cognac with a thicker and syrupier body. No carbonation at all.

S - Sweet maple syrup with light oak and lemon. This is a sweet nose but not a maple bomb

T - Sweet maple syrup with light oak presence to it. There is also a slight fruitiness presence to it as well as it has some light dates and berries near the middle. The finish is maple syrup with a light oak presence to it.

MF - Actually not as thick as I'd expect. It is a thick beer but it's not too syrupy or sticky. The finish has a light oak spiciness to it.

O - A sweet maple beer with a nice dark fruit presence that adds some complexity. This really wasn't as sweet as I expected it to be when you hear a beer that is essentially fermented maple. This is an interesting one that I was happy to try; however, I thought it was only OK and didn't really impress me too much.

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fun Lawson's beer from jbeatty. Cheers for the beers man!

From a 500ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter
Bottled May 2012
Brewed using malt, hops, yeast, and concentrated maple sap

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, white head with decent retention. Burnt umber in color, slightly hazy, with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a wisp and creamy ring. A light wisp remains until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Maple sugar for sure, with caramel, oak and vanilla notes from the wood aging. Some alcohol in there. Nose is mild yet complex, and advertises a sweet tasting beer to follow.

TASTE: Maple syrup and caramel up front with a good dose of booze and alcohol at the swallow. Oak, vanilla, toffee sweetness and more maple sugars linger nicely in the bold and persistent aftertaste. A belly of booze reminds you of the ABV. This is flavorful, enjoyable and surprisingly well balanced.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This was way different than I'd expected. It is definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum with maple syrup flavors for sure, but it is not a maple bomb by any means. Nicely balanced and quite complex with the oak barrel adding a level of flavor to the brew. An interesting and enjoyable ale, though the nose would need to be more impressive for top marks here. Definitely one I'd jump at again if given the opportunity. Thanks again jbeatty!

Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing this expensive bugger with me. Bottle 360 of 374 poured into a matching snifter. The brew appears a clear copper orange color with a yellow tint around the edges. A tan cap slowly fades leaving spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The aromatics are strong with a scent of bunt sugary quality. Some vanilla, caramel and maple-like candy all take their turn showing off their sweet residual character that entices and makes you salivate. A trace hint of alcohol is felt tingling the back of the nose.

The taste starts off reminescent of caramel then more vanilla with suggestions of maple syrup. A mild amount of oxidation and solvent booze break up the profile with some herbal hop aspects and a bit of dry earthiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This was a very nice dessert-like brew that was downright crushable. For 12%, this brew drinks at an alarming rate. I think I killed half my glass before composing a single thought and writing any notes. The price point on this is a bit rough but christ, after having it I would not be able to say no to buying this if the opportunity presented itself. Thank you Heath for sharing this with me!

Photo of mdaschaf
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Paul for sharing this one!

A: Poured a copper/red/pink color with a small off--white head. Minimal retention and head. Not entirely surprising.

S: Definitely sweet, some maple syrup, caramel and brown sugar dominate the aroma. It has a bit of candy sweetness with faint raisins.

T: Similarly sweet, candied sugar and maple syrup. Slightly estery with a little bit of booze.

M: Medium bodied, moderate retention. The 12% abv is well hidden.

O: A very interesting beer. I applaud Lawsons being innovative using maple sap/syrup instead of water. Quite drinkable for the abv with a nice flavor profile.

Photo of Kegatron
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of snifters. April 2011. #360/374. Pours copper with a thin white head. Leaves back light spotty lace that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma is SWEET! I’m talking maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, sugary dough and fruit. I’m pleased to find that is isn’t cloying in the nose however, as the complexity keeps things very interesting. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, very sugary on the palate but with more help from those fruity esters and some extra boozy sweetness from the ABV. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and quite chewy on the tongue. This feels about 12% but doesn’t sting, as those aforementioned flavors eat up a lot of the booze presence here. I really liked this. I initially thought the sweetness was going to get to be too much at first but the overall complexity of this really grew on me the further I got into the glass.

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Maple Tripple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.