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Maple Tripple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 341
Gots: 109 | FT: 6
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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: 353 | Reviews: 54
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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!

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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!

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -37.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 05/2012. Thanks for the bottle SneezyAchew! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours near flat, caramel colored liquid with basically no head.
S: Super sweet smelling with huge notes of caramel and maple.
T: Similar to the nose with hints of leather, vanilla and extremely sweet barrel aged wooden syrup. More straight up maple flavor than any maple beer I’ve had. Sweet but delicious.
M: Medium-full body, very sugary and slick mouth, super low carbonation. The double diget alcohol is hidden extremely well.
O: Perhaps this could have used a bit more age but this is a mighty fine dessert sipper right now. If you love sweets you love this. Thanks again Michael.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

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Maple Tripple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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