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Maple Tripple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Maple Tripple AleMaple Tripple Ale

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94
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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 379
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 3.25%
Wants: 354
Gots: 115 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 379
Photo of SFLpunk
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (674 characters)

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. (707 characters)

Photo of Chincino
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of duchessedubourg
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (488 characters)

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Maple Tripple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
94 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.