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Maple Tripple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 343
Gots: 106 | 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: 358 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by jaasen64:
Photo of jaasen64
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Lawsons snifter. Brewed in 2011, bottled in May 2012, purchased at Lawson's farmer's market release in August and cellared since then. Hard to read but looks like bottle #672 out of 750. Consumed on Christams day, because what other occasion would I open a $30 bottle?

A- Pours a translucent reddish brown copper mahogany, no head, fairly low carbonation but consistently rising bubbles, pretty much no lacing to speak of.

S- Maple Syrup, candied sugars, sweet malts, some oak, maple liquor. Nicely aromatic, fairly sweet and a little bit sugary but in a good way, unique, appealing, and a nice maple syrup presence that you can tell is pure VT maple syrup.

T- Maple syrup, belgian candied sugars typical of a triple, finishes with more maple syrup and some oak maple liquor that gives it a slight alcohol taste that blends well. Sugary aftertaste of light maple. Nicely balanced, very flavorful, and very well crafted.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the heavier side, slightly syrupy, fairly low carbonation, smooth especially for abv.

O- This was an interesting, unique, and well crafted offering from Lawson's. I have pure Vermont Maple Syrup pretty much every week and you can definitely tell that this was crafted with it. Pure Maple syrup is very sweet and sugary, but this beer had a nice balance of it that coupled well with the Belgian yeasts used. It was very sweet and sugary, but not overly so that it was unappetizing. It did have a tiny bit of heat to it, but I felt like it went well with the beer a nice slight maple liquor feel to it. Definitely a sipper, especially considering the price. I definitely recommend checking this out, but it's probably not something I would drink all the time. I can see this aging very well although probably not improving significantly

More User Reviews:
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 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 kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml corked and caged bottled, 2011 vintage.

Pours a deep ruby color with a very small light amber ring of foam. Nose is malty and rich, a bit sweet and maple.

Wow, taste is very maple and sweet, it isn't cloying or syrupy though which is nice and makes it surprisingly drinkable. Mothfeel is very rich and full with light carbonation, quite good!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As usual, thanks to jh1982 for bringing this out to the disc golf-pool party-ufc silva/sonnen II Saturday.

Pours out looking like well, maple syrup would if it was a little more viscous. Decent head and retention given that there is no water added to make this beer. Crazy. Aroma, everything Lawson's does that I've had is top notch, and their/his maple is the cream of the crop. No different here. Instead of harsh band aid-medicinal belgian yeast, this smells like breakfast.

Tastes nothing like any tripel I've ever had either. Sweet. Mild orange peel, this shares more in common with gran marinier than it does a tripel. Sticky-caramel, carbonation helps that a little, but hey, given what went into the beer, pretty understandable. Minimal oak/wood notes, this is all about the maple. As usual, tastes nowhere as big as it really is.

A good beer for sharing, I dunno if I would drink 12oz all to myself, but I'd be down to try, but its a gem more worth sharing, so thanks for sharing james! My favorite tripel, if it counts as a tripel. . .

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 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 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 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.

Photo of duchessedubourg
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle with Sean L. at a local radio interview on pairings. Goes killer with Bayley Hazen Blue cheese, BTW!

Deep amber color - exactly that of Grade A Medium Amber syrup. Aroma is of maple and a certain woody scent. Sean claims no wood-aging involved to contribute that. Nicely balanced between sweet & dry; hops are very low-key. Flavor is all maple & wood, with toffee & caramel notes. Not astringently dry like many sap beers. Finish is long and of maple candy - but not sweet, thankfully. As with many sap & maple beers, there can be a flavor of wood that imitates maple wood aroma - but very subtle. An utterly captivating beer.

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 plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle maple sugar with some yeast esters.

The taste was clean with a subtle maple sweetness due to the use of 100% maple sap in the mash and a secondary infusion of maple syrup.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty ale. Not the maple experience I was expecting and a bit of as far as the style goes, but good nonetheless.

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 ChrisPro
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to spycow.

A - looks like maple syrup. 'nuff said.

S - amazing maple notes, touch of oak and a little bready yeast

T - Holy maple! At first it just seems one note like I'm drinking maple syrup, but there's definitely some vanilla (from the wood?) and an awesome biscuit flavor on the finish. Not insanely complex, but this taste is just phenomenal. Tons of residual sugar really works for my palate.

M - Very full bodied, light carb and a touch of heat. Seems to have subsided from some of the earlier reviews and it's pretty solid.

O - For what it claims to be, it's incredible. Others said they wanted to just sip a few oz., but with my sweet tooth, I'm pretty sure I could put away a whole bottle. To get that much maple flavor into a beer is an incredible feat. Get this!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to starrdogg for sharing this bottle. Served in a snifter.

Pours a deep golden color with a nearly-non-existent off-white head and a few bubbles on top. The nose carries strong notes of maple and plenty of malty sweetness. Not much depth, but the maple presence is quite nice. The flavor follows the same pattern -- smooth maple with a bit of heat through the back-end. So much maple it tastes a bit woody. Medium-full syrupy body with low carbonation and a touch of booze. Well done, but hard to have more than a few ounces of.

Photo of leftde18
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 Release of 2011's brew. Bottle #1 of 750 poured into a snifter.

A-crystal clear dark amber, with a small tan head that dissipated quickly.

S–a bouquet of maple sweetness and alcohol.

T–the Maple Tripple dances on your entire pallet, engaging every taste bud. Maple sweetness is joined with slight malt and yeast flavors and the beer finishes with a hint of relative bitterness. It was very sweet, but never cloying. It was extremely complex, but never muddled. A display of incredible brewing finesse.

M–A perfect viscosity, that coats your tongue long enough to savor each sip. It wasn't syrupy or heavy though.

O–By far the best beer I have ever had. It is most similar to Avery's 2011 Beast but it somehow avoids all of that beers small imperfections. The beauty of the beer is the complexity that comes out of its simplicity. It has 4 ingredients (concentrated maple sap, barley, yeast and hops) and they come together in a way that surpassed my very high expectations

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with rudzud

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly head with a super aggressive pour light head covering that fades fairly quickly but if lacing over fairly hazy maple brown color.

Nose brings nice maple sweet syrupy maple candy and light molasses like, maple creams, light triple like Belgian malts and light esters, light booze and big malt sweetness.

Taste Starts sweet with lots of maple, maple candies and creams, caramel candies, syrupy but not sticky. Nice maple, but lighter triple flavors, some esters and light booze with a hint of heat, light bitterness and hint if spices, hint of bitterness too. Nice candy finish, lots of maple and maple creams, still a bit sweet, light triple bitterness, slightest hint of citrus.

Mouth is thicker syrupy and sweet, decent carb, just a hint of booze.

Overall nice, more like they threw in a ton of maple and couldn't figure out what to call it, so they threw in a few Belgian triple malts and yeast flavors to call it a maple triple, but fairly tasty.

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 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 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 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 Kkottonmouthkngz
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First in a long night of tasting, but oh so memorable. Bottle 204 of 347.
Light copper gold color with no head whatsoever. Theres evidence of a decent amount of carbonation judging by the bubbles floating up the sides of the glass, but actual amount was just right. I found it amazing how this beer was not overly thick based on the use of maple syrup, moreso how it was perfectly viscous. It was sweet enough to let you know what the ingredients were, but not so overbearing that you couldnt drink it. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever of the ~10 ABV, merely a pleasant sweet heat. i wish i had more of a serving, but glad i got to share with a few appreciative folk. Absolutely worth seeking out.

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 ManVersusBeer
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 76 of 200 after letting it age for about eight months.

There is a maple leaf on the bottle so I poured it into my Allagash chalice which also happens to have what looks like a maple leaf on it.

The pour is smooth and easy, leaving a solid off-white head which dissolved into a small covering of froth atop the golden orange color of the beer, like the inside of a sweet potato. Not much lacing forms as I drink.

Smell is sweet of maple syrup which probably comes from the fact that it is brewed with maple sap and without adding any water. There is also caramel and buttered toast with an orange marmalade lingering on the nose.

Each sip is honeyed maple and caramel with a slight resiny bite. An almost nutty bread comes through with the yeast character followed by a slow hop burn. It's like taking a fine sourdough bread and spreading a maple sugar butter all over it.

The carbonation is mild, but leaves a sticky, lip smacking feeling though quite mellow for the alcohol content. Could I drink more than one of these in a sitting I ask myself? No I could not as the sweetness eventually overcomes the palate. However, it is quite sippable and warming and just the right dessert for a cool, calm, easy-going night in Boston.

Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and dark golden, no head to speak of; legs trail slowly down the sides of the glass. Looks pretty much like pure maple syrup. Aroma follows suit. Before tasting I know this will be the most heavily maple-flavored beer I’ve ever had and it sure is. Hard to call it beer, almost. Flavor of mildly boozy maple syrup. Not many other flavor notes discernible. Brown sugar, caramel maltiness, very faint floral hops which contribute a subtle bitterness. Thick, chewy, and slightly cloying, a bit sticky, quite sweet, totally unique. What can I say? I loved it. If you are a maple fan this is hands down the one beer you have to try. If you don’t like sweet beers or maple flavor you should steer far clear.

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Maple Tripple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.