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Maple Tripple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Maple Tripple AleMaple Tripple Ale

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 395
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 366
Gots: 113 | 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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Photo of leftde18
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of Blueapollo420
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of JCHOPS
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

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Photo of parris
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Badliverglen
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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...

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Joeybones3 for this one. Shared with the local crew at an impromtu tasting on 8/10.
bottle 404 / 750 - bottled may 2012

a - looks like maple syrup. pretty still with very soft carbonation if any. really attractive amber maroon color, but still.

s - nice sweet smell. some maple and subdued booze. good brown sugar notes.

t - in a word...maple syrup. strong brown sugar. very tasty indeed, but not very beer like.

m - minimal carbonation but easy to drink. very soft and the ABV is invisible.

o - overall, VERY impressed. kind of like a braggot. different, but damn tasty!

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 1
Bottle Number: 176/374

A massive thanks to gn0sis for this bottle.

Appearance: Maple Tripple Ale pours out a beautiful burnished orange, with a back light revealing streaks of orange and red, as well as bright golden edges. A rough pour yields a slow forming off-white head that displays good retention for the Abv. and leaves a few small blotches of lacing.

Smell: Ah man, this smells absolutely amazing! Massive maple syrup notes dominate the nose (go figure), but it is far from one dimensional. Brown sugar, candy sugar, sweet caramel, brandy laced caramel sauce, charred oak, golden raisins, sweet cooked apple and a smidgen of candied citrus peel are all noted.
There is virtually no alcohol presence, even as the beer approached room temperature.

Taste: Mmmm, this stuff is absolutely delicious! As the nose promised, massive, sweet, sugary maple syrup dominates the flavour. Other notes include: Dark candy sugar, a note reminiscent of liquid malt extract, brandy laced caramel, a hint of vanilla toffee, light oak and a barleywine-esque fruitiness. Amazingly the 12% is almost completely hidden, with only a hint of warming present at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: As with the rest of this beer, the mouthfeel is right up my street - full, chewy, sticky body (although not quite as sticky as one might expect given the ingredient list); with a distinct sugary feel and a medium-low level of fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall: Maple Tripple Ale is a fantastic beer and certainly one of the most interesting brews I have had. I thought that the lack of water would make this a little too sweet and syrupy to enjoy in quantity, but I could easily have hammered a second bottle and maybe even a third had it not been mid summer! I will certainly be looking for another bottle or two of this to put away in the cellar.

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Photo of duchessedubourg
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a sampler. Wow. What a treat. Thank god for generosity and kindness. Pours a maple syrup golden brown with minimal head. The nose is all maple. Sooo lovely. The taste mirrors the nose entirely. Rich maple, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk. Could hold this in my mouth for forever. Top notch beer.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to starrdogg

Appearance: Very fall-ish looking, if that is even possible. Golden amber, more amber. a step away from translucent

Smell: Sweet and delicious maple syrup, bits of white oak and vanilla. Enticing.

Taste: Just sweet and delicious, makes you think of breakfast and pancakes. THe maple dominates, followed by oak and something a bit boozy

Mouthfeel: very full and sticky, not a surprise. Typically a negative but OK here given the rest of the beer

Overall: Very enjoyable, although I don't think I could do more than a few ounces.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of jmasher85
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a groom's bottle with the groom, officiant, and best man right before the wedding ceremony in Vermont. He figured there'd be no better way to commemorate the event and no better time to drink the bottle. I'd say he was right on both counts. Strong and rich, but less boozy than you'd expect (though not by much), the sweetness of the maple syrup really does disguise the alcohol burn pretty nicely. Considering the fairly minimal carbonation, this should probably be considered more of a maple syrup liqueur, ingredients aside. Mild yeast presence reminds you that it's still a beer, but if you've ever wanted to get drunk off almost straight fermented syrup, and ensure yourself a monster headache, get yourself a bottle.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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

Delightfully different beer. Almost tasted like a mead for me, but in a good way. Maple was very forward, only negative i'd say was the mouthfeel shouldve been thicker.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris (spycow)! Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a clear burnt orange color, small white head, some bubbles on top, and that's just about it.

S - The maple notes are outstanding and the booze is so perfectly smooth. Caramel, super-smooth booze, light fruity notes, and tons of maple syrup. So good!

T - Similar to the nose, but even better. Maple syrup, smooth booze, caramel, burnt sugars. Just so smooth, but definitely a sipper.

M - Medium, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Just simply excellent! The time in the bottle has definitely done this beer some good. The booze is so smooth and the maple syrup is the perfect compliment, without going over-board on the sweetness. Recommend!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A dark amber body with a thin white layer of bubbles on top.

S- Maple is there, with a lot of oak coming through from a malty body.

T- Nice malty oaky body followed by a huge rush of sugary maple syrup.

M- Thick and syrupy. A definite sipper that sticks to your mouth for a long time after each taste.

O- An innovative beer that cannot truly be categorized. There are very few beers that are "out there" and this is one of them.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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
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