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Maple Tripple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Maple Tripple AleMaple Tripple Ale

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%


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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 07-26-2008)
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 21:29:00 | More by tobelerone
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leftde18

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 16:31:05 | More by leftde18
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HopHead84

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/2/2012

Bottle #236 from batch 1.

A: Hazy dark gold with a small white head.

S: A rich blend of maple and brown sugar. Notes of candied caramel meet soft orange and apple aromatics. Oak is light and there's a touch of booze in the nose.

T: Caramel and toffee meld with prominent maple syrup notes and light oak. There's a little brown sugar in there. Booze is evident but not detracting, and there's a lower moderate earthy bitterness. There's some warming in the candied maple finish.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with alcohol warming.

Overall: I'm glad I was able to try this. I'd never heard of this beer but it's interesting, enjoyable, and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 22:39:57 | More by HopHead84
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 04:29:03 | More by craytonic
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ish mL bottle shared by Mr. Starr.

Pours a clear, viscous burnt amber color with a trace amount of white head with no retention or lacing. Nose is caramel and maple, sappy and sticky, with light dark fruit and some traces of oak. Some alcohol heat, but not distracting. Syrupy body, low carbonation, sticky and dense on the palate. Raw maple and burnt sugar sweetness hits the front of the palate and persists throughout. Finishes dries out a little with light oak and pleasant warming alcohol. For such a big, unusual beer, this never veers to becoming cloying or too boozy. A novelty, but surprising well balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:11:23 | More by yourefragile
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 12:17:16 | More by Thorpe429
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 00:41:03 | More by ChrisPro
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 19:21:23 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this rarity. April 2011 release, bottle #301 of 374. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a thin ring, wisps, and tiny spots of lace. Even with small volume, the head retention is very good with bubbles lingering throughout the pour. Mildly hazy brown body with light transparency to it.

S - Smells like a maple liqueur. Oak, booze, caramel, and an absolute ton of maple syrup.

T - The taste is interesting, as it's heavy on maple syrup and sugary malts, but somehow manages to be less sweet than the aroma - I appreciate that it avoids being cloying. Some mild alcohol presence, but nothing inappropriate for the style.

M - Full body, chewy, syrupy, with low carbonation. A bit dry and tannic in the finish. Some nice warmth to it.

D - A definite sipper, but highly enjoyable stuff with a nice blend of sweetness, warming alcohol, and barrel flavors. Don't open this without a few people to share, as it's more of a 4oz after-dinner kind of drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:45:26 | More by MasterSki
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml? bottle

Pours a beige head. Color is a golden amber.

Aroma: Maple syrup and spices. I smell notes of bourbon. Very sweet. Some fruits. Coriander and bananas.

Taste: Maple syrup, bananas, coriander, cloves. Tons of maple syrup. A lot of spices. Very sweet. I get oak and vanilla flavors. I swear I get hints of bourbon here.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, creamy, and a little dry. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a fantastic beer. One of my favorite tripels. Very drinkable and very unique. This was a real treat!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:14:58 | More by mothman
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 19:43:27 | More by Retail1LO
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:50:16 | More by kingcrowing
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koopa

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml April 2011 12% abv bottle purchased 1 month ago from the Warren Store.

Appearance: Pours "Grade A Dark Amber" maple syrup colored with a 1/2 finger white crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: Very nice maple syrup presence, a hint of alcohol, and a whisper of orange. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Taste: Same as nose but with less orange, the same alcohol, some oak and a huge finishing blast of maple syrup....yum!

Mouthfeel: Thick side of thin bodied and not and fairly (but not overly) dry with moderate carbonation.

Overall: For a 12% brew aged in an oak soaked liquor barrel it drinks very well! Glad I picked up a few bottles as this one should be fun to age for a few years!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 21:34:14 | More by koopa
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for generously sharing this brew. 500ml bottle - #353 of 374. Served in a chalice. Pours a hazy amber with a quarter inch, loose, khaki-colored head that dissipates into a skim. As to be expected, the nose has a huge maple syrup presence, but it's not overly cloying. There's also a bit of citrus and a light boozy quality somewhat characteristic of a cordial. Taste consistent with nose - not quite as sweet as maple candy, but it's really quite sweet nonetheless. A subtle citrus acidity cuts the flavor a trace. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an easy carbonation, a slight acidity and a texture that falls just short of oily. This is really an interesting beer; however, it could definitely be bottled in a 7.5oz format similar to what was done with the Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial. We split this amongst three and had to revisit it between other offerings. That said, this beer is at its best as it warms to room temperature. A 2.5oz pour would have been perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:16:07 | More by Jwale73
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 126 of 374 shared with sleepnbballrlife. 12% ABV.

Pours super clear brownish amber with some crackley head that leaves no trace.

Aroma reminds me of Vin Santo...a lot. Nose is super boozey, liqueur-like. Orange and cognac (Grand Marnier) perhaps.

Palate is rather hot with alcohol, but also quite sweet. Orange liqueur is big midpalate and then it fades on out into something like a maple sugar candy. White grape (props) and plum wine (props) also come to mind. There are some odd alcohol flavors and aromas here, but the beautiful maple sugar notes on the finish make it all worth while. As it warms the midpalate starts to show more classic Tripel notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 03:24:43 | More by SFLpunk
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:48:10 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I attended a beer info session with Sean Lawson at the Vermont Brewer's Festival in Burlington, VT this past July 2010. At the session, Sean Lawson gave out samples of his Maple Tripple Ale which he stated was brewed with 100% pure maple sap. The beer sample was paired with a gorgonzola cheese. The beer was an amber color and had a strong aroma of maple which overpowered any other scent coming from the beer. The alcohol was well-hidden with this beer. The beer was a bit thick to the taste and was sweet, but not as sweet as the strong aroma of maple would imply. The taste was very unique and very good. It is quite the beer treat and I highly recommend trying it if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 03:09:33 | More by Chincino
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duchessedubourg

Vermont

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 19:44:25 | More by duchessedubourg
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ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:08:03 | More by ManVersusBeer
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plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2008 19:50:19 | More by plaid75
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Maple Tripple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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