Maple Tripple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 355
Gots: 109 | FT: 11
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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 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 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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a late night, after dinner or cold evening treat. Was lucky enough to make it up to Vermont for the release of this beer and have always wanted to try this.

No head and not supposed to be. A nice autumn brown/amber color with excellent clarity. Based on the look, you are more likely to check for legs vs. lace.

Shocking that this smells like real maples syrup.. I’m not talking about Aunt Jemima or Log Cabin.. but the real stuff. I’d also say some brown sugar as well.

Wonderful and very different. Doesn’t feel like a beer, doesn’t drink like a beer, but still wonderful. A kicked up Maple liqueur with a kick. The brown sugar notes are here as well. A nice subtle bitterness just below the surface that balances what could be some overbearing sweetness.

Definitely bold in body and a touch sticky.. Just a slight touch of carbonation..

Just a pretty cool beer… Well done sir.

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 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!

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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 HopHead84
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of justforrazors
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage poured into a Lawson's Snifter 10-10-13

A- Pours a red-copper with good clarity and a very small 1/4 inch beige head. Some carb bubbles rising throughout.

S- Booze, vanilla, maple syrup, some caramel. This smells strong, although perfect for a cold fall night.

T- Oak, vanilla, bourbon, maple syrup, caramel. Absolutely delicious. Very interesting, unlike any other beer I have consumed.

M- If i didn't know this was made with maple sap, I would probably compare it to that anyway. It has an almost syrup consistency- very sweet, and a lingering hard liquor bite on the end.

O- Definitely a solid offering from a great brewer. A bit too boozy in my opinion. I was lucky enough to have an older vintage ( I want to say 09?) at three penny back in may, and it was a lot less boozy than this one. Still solid, but not as great as that one.

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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 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 koopa
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

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 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 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 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!

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate The Great tulip a nice clear maple amber with a thin white sudsy blanket of a head that faded to leave minimal lacing.

S - Nice aromas of maple syrup and Belgian yeast esters. Not bad, maple isnt too sweet.

T - Taste has TONS of maple syrup notes, just huge huge maple. It almost over powers the light belgian notes/esters. Soft caramel and toffee as well.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the lower side for me but its only slightly boozy. Not bad, would like abit more carbonation.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad tripel. Like Jared said its almost as if they dumped a bunch of maple syrup into a bear and couldnt figure out what else to do so uhhh...belgian yeast?

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 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 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 Sarlacc83
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375mL courtesy of an in-person trade. Thanks! #63 of 750.

A: Pours a murky headless brown. Looks almost flat except for some bubbles. Would be a bit nicer in the presentation if it had some foam.

N: Maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, and heavy biscuit. Caramel and vanilla - very similar to bourbon. Mango, papaya, and candied pineapple.

T: Very palatable. Quite sweet but not cloying. A slight bitterness here to balance and some moderate saltiness. Very much like a barleywine.

M: Lots of alcohol. Very sticky, and could use some carbonation. You’re going to feel the alcohol on this. Body can be dry and choppy.

O: Reminiscent of bourbon Fred/Maple bourbon Fred. Missing a few components to take it over the edge for me - namely some better carbonation and a touch more smoothness. Still worth trying.

Maple Tripple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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