Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheHoppiest:
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Picked this up on a recent trip to Phoenixville, and purchased it direct from the brewery, so it should be quite fresh. The bottle bears a date stamp of 10/10/13.
There's a few clumps of sediment at the bottom of the beer, which is not surprising given that it is bottle conditioned. The cork pops off with a percussive thwop, allowing a bit of vapor to escape. The ale pours a luminescent golden honey amber color, with a bit of diffuse haziness and a minimal head that becomes a thin skim of wispy foam.
The aroma is fruity and sweet, with apple, peach and canteloupe smells mixing with a honey-floral sweetness that gives this some depth. Hints of banana and earthy malt are also present.
The taste is quite good; starts honey nectar sweet, with banana, honeydew melon, and kiwi, turning somewhat tangy as it reaches its finish. There's also a woody, grassy flavor mid-to-end sip that, for me, is the only real detractor from how this tastes.
Medium bodied, with a bit of a softer feel that is balanced by the tangy feel that alomst has a carbonated quality, though this does not appear to be a very carbonated beer. This tangy quality does start to dry out the tongue as you get further into the bottle.
A nice tasting tripel style beer, it is hard to believe this clocks in at 10.5% ABV. There's nothing in the taste to indicate this is a big beer; rather, its sweet and slightly fruity flavor could easily accompany a beer half as strong. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hand on this.
07-06-2012 02:04:12 | More by TheHoppiest
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4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
Nice brilliant yellow color with nice fluffy head,the aroma was sweet and alcoholic.Taste was nice and fruity with a powdered sugar undertone,with a spicey lingering finish.A pretty complex triple,very well made.I cant drink to much of it though a little heavy.
07-04-2003 17:32:32 | More by oberon
4.78/5 rDev +25.5%
Had this September 2003 batch alongside of some July 2002. God, this is such good stuff!! -only took notes on the '03 though!
Honey golden with a nice creamy white head that reduced down to a nice covering. Nice light amount of beading with the carbination. Warm champagne, honey, and spiceyness in the aroma... Tastes of alcohol and sweetness... bit of honey left on your tongue. Chardonnay and champagne grapes. Spicey/peppery finish with just a bit of a bite. Wonderfully thick mouthfeel, not creamy, not heavy. Just perfect body. Dry but not too dry. Such a great example of a triple. Just so good. Some ramble that the alcohol content makes this not a highly drinkable beer, but I just think the Incubus is so freakin nice that I can sit down for a few hours sipping away quite a happy girl...!
09-01-2004 02:53:38 | More by shapudding
3.25/5 rDev -14.7%
Poured into a tulip glass,a very mirkey golden color,a pillowy,slightly off-white head. could not see carbination thru the mirkeyness,only particles of yeast.
The aroma was clovey,fruity like overripe fruit,a hint of vanailla,and bannana,apple.Winey with evidence of alcohol presence.A very complex aroma.
The taste was sweet candy-like,of honey with hints of caramell.Very fruity.of ripened fruit,a big alcohol warming at the finish. The complexity was a bit overtaken by the constant presense of alcohol.
The mouthfeel velvety,prickley,a bit rough with the alcohol taste.
This is not a beer for the faint of heart.
Drinkability: Only for those not minding the taste of alcohol,in a beer.
All said a smooth feel,goes down fairly easy,could not drink more than 1 bottle at a time of this beer.This beer makes you feel warm all over.
A perfect winter warmer.
10-24-2006 02:32:40 | More by jcdiflorio
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Corked and caged bottle from Sam's in Binghamton. At $7.29, I had to go for it. I think this is my first Sly Fox brew too. Poured into a Brooklyn tulip.
I've been a bit down on domestic Tripels lately, since the style's clearly not easy to get right or interesting if you're trapped in the states. Or that's at least what most translate to.
Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a champagne-like bubbly head. Scraggly lacing like mini frothy paint balls all over the place on the glass.
Smell: Very sweet initially. Sweet herbal tea with tons of lemon and honey maybe. A bit of vanilla and soft banana. Some herbal Pils malt flavors and citrus. Big whiff of alcohol.
Taste: Yeast, candi sugar, lemon, honey, vanilla, some banana, a bit of peppery spice, and awesome very dry rind bitterness that you usually don't get in Tripels across the pond. Interesting take. Though it still is a bit sweet. This is definitely one to split with a few folks, which takes, somehow, the price down even more. Long sweeter finish, with oddly enough some leafy green hop oil bitterness presence.
Mouthfeel: This is a pretty huge beer, as you can imagine with the sweetness and the ABV. But it does a good job balancing the hugeness with a creamy carbonation that's neither too much nor too little.
Drinkability: This would've been bumped up to a 4, but even though I should've finished it anyway, one bottle ended up being very sweet by the end to finish in one sitting. One of the simultaneously better, cheaper, and more aggressively hopped domestic Tripels I've ever had, even though it is a bit sweet also. For the price tag this is a no brainer. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.
08-25-2009 22:51:04 | More by asabreed
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
A tasty Belg, though not complex its very drinkable above-average mouthfeel, yeast and other malting (pils) makes it an interesting Americanized version with some herbal grassiness. Understated carbonation, spices include cinammon, sweet fruit, goes down easy.
09-16-2007 06:14:05 | More by Sammy
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
Smooth abbey style tripel. Golden and light in color but had a nice mouthfeel and taste to it. The beer is light and not overpowering but does have some distinct flavors which tend towards the sweet end but not a sweet as some Abbey Triples. A nice beer to ficnsh the night with due to its ABV.
04-07-2003 13:57:22 | More by bierman2000
2.58/5 rDev -32.3%
Bottle courtesy of Hopdog: Poured a deep clear golden color ale with a super huge bubbly white head with average retention but great lacing. Aroma of candi sugar is dominant with some warm alcohol with some subtle but enjoyable note of cloves and wheat. Taste is somewhat a mess with way too much sugar and alcohol that covers the cloves and wheat aspect of the beer. Body is thin and too filtrated to be enjoyable but carbonation is just perfect. This one was just definitely too hot for my liking and not something I will seek again.
12-01-2006 17:59:28 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours the color of 14K gold with a pillowy whote head that leaves a little lace.
Aroma of some musty funky hay and grass as well as some layers of citrus fruits, grains and Belgian candi sugar.
Flavors of citrus melons, oranges, apples and lemons with some clovey/banana, almost Hefe characteristics. As it warms releasing a small grainy alcohol pop and the sweet Begina candi sugar shines through.
Mouthfeel is true to style and thirst quenching. Little too powerful on the fruity tones and not quite cut enough with pale malts and grains but still a pretty tasty brew.
Drinkability was fairly high. Grainy alcohol makes you aware of the ABV but the overall flavors are very pleasant and enjoyable.
06-14-2006 19:38:55 | More by CRJMellor
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
A- very hazy light brown, almost no head at all.
S - not very aromatic. very subtle musty, not unpleasant, aroma.
T- nice, has a good bit of lactic bite, and not at all boozy for a high alcohol brew. Would like to have seen more funk.
M - great mouthfeel, nice and thick, tho carbonation was low.
D - nice brew, it was fun to take my time with it, let it change as it warmed a bit, good stuff overall.
08-26-2010 16:20:54 | More by Throckmorton
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
ark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.
Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time
11-02-2011 02:46:39 | More by mikesgroove
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours into my tulip with a gargantuan head, off-white in color and nicely thick with a medium bead. Beer is a dark golden-yellow with some cloudiness. Aroma is vinous, floral, and estery. Tastes vinous notes, citric, acidic, also with bubblegum, clove, and earth. Finish is tangy and malty. Medium bodied with a fizzy-creamy feel. Kind of interesting beer here, a bit acidic, doesn't taste genuinely Belgian.
04-09-2010 22:09:01 | More by vacax
4/5 rDev +5%
At our Monday night gathering on 1/3/05, we were treated to a 2002 750 ml bottle of Sly Fox Incubus. This is a wonderful Tripel and the age in my opinion has treated it well.
The brew by compariosn with the on tap version was much smoother. Incubus on draft also has a touch of an alcohol burn where this old bottled version provided a sotthing warmth.
The color was light straw and a touch on the hazy side. Head was all but missin but giving it a swirl or two revealed a nice amount of carbonation. The taste was killer. Sweet malty with a touch of honey, up front almost like a mead for a milisecond.
Very good, if you have one of these bottles, drink it it is great.
01-04-2005 15:28:42 | More by maybrick
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
On tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, LI. Poured a transparent golden color with a fine pure white head. Sharp sugary aromas are noticeable immediately. Wow! For an 11% beer, this is very smooth. The dominating flavor here is sweet almost honey or buttery bread. The sweetness didnt bother me that much but I wouldn't want to drink more than a pint or two because it does become cloying after a while. Very fine carbonation and slick mouthfeel. Overall another good beer from Sly Fox.
03-05-2008 18:34:00 | More by lehows
4.4/5 rDev +15.5%
This was the '02 aged vintage edition that was special on tap on 2/3/06...
Appears a hazy light gold with a a small white head that slowly fades. Tiny bubbles slowly crawl to the top of the glass. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of warm vanilla, peach, apricot, and fresh bread. Perhaps a touch of spiciness and banana way in the background. Very mellowed out though compared to the newer batches.
Taste is also of the aromas. Nice little yeastyness touch to it that picks up that Belgian breadiness that makes this a winner.
Mouthfeel is sweet, warming, yeasty, fruity, and slightly prickery.
02-06-2006 19:40:44 | More by weeare138
4.55/5 rDev +19.4%
My comments on this beer would sound like the ramblings of a lunatic, so I will keep it simple. I LOVE IT!!!
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow orange with a big white head.
Smell: Sweet caramel with hints of bread and apples yeast and vanilla, this beer is quite enticing. Bring on the salivating!
Taste: Caramel apricot vanilla fruit-salad bread and a healthy dose of spices, weave a well integrated complex, absolutely magnificent flavor. It is dominantly sweet (I like that) and subsequently spicy with a bit of alcohol warming going on as well.
Mouthfeel: Smooth gentle easy! Nice moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: This is as drinkable as you would expect from a beer over 10% ABV.
Hope this is helpful.
09-01-2006 06:51:48 | More by Phatz
3.58/5 rDev -6%
Served in a stemmed Tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed golden color with a ½" white head that persists for a fair amount of time leaving some speckles of lacing on the glass, a layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves scattered lacing for much of the beer and the ring of foam lasts quite a while.
Smell: The aroma is fruity sweet with a touch of peppery spice. I'd say the fruits are things like apricots and peaches.
Taste: The flavors are sweet and peppery with some nice fruity character that includes apple and some tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation that persists for much of the beer. The finish begins with light honey sweetness and fades into dry spiciness with some hoppiness showing.
Drinkability: While this isn't the best Tripel I've tried it is a very nice one that drinks easily with one sip leading naturally to another. I'm sure that I'll be having this one again.
05-19-2010 00:01:52 | More by drtth
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Light orange straw beer with small medium frothy head.
S: Smell presents phenols and ester of dark fruits.
T: The taste is sweet and phenolic with strong esters of figs, grapes, and sarsaparilla (or however you spell the root beer root), with a slight astringent finish. Well disguised alcohol.
M: The mouth feel is heavy medium with a thick syrupy texture and medium carbonation.
D: Goes down well for high alcohol beer but the syrupy sweet maltyness demands to be savored slowly.
Notes: Especially malty for a tripel, comparable to Golden Monkey. Very nice beer.
01-16-2008 01:25:54 | More by BeerLover729
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow orange. Thin fizzy head with a small ring of lacing. Very mild aromas. Smells like caramel and fruit.
Tastes a little funky to me. My bottle is almost a year old, so it's not the freshest. Really sweet up front. With a spiciness to it. Some sort of weird sweet fruity notes rides through to the end. Warms the throat too. Slight bitterness in the finish as well.
Overall, I'll pass on this one again. It will be hard to finish the 750ml bottle. The carbonation seems lacking a little to me. Almost seems a little flat like it's past its prime. But, like I said, I won't buy more of this.
04-19-2011 22:30:47 | More by Buggies
4.21/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper hue with some blush highlights when held to the light. A bleached white surface layer of tightly packed head remains after a 2 cm foam up.
Tight lattice on the sides of the glass after each sip.
Aroma is white grape and some booze, mixed with candied sugar notes and general fruity sweetness. I think some black pepper is buried in there too.
First sip reveals an average body with fine fizzy carbonation, a sticky texture coats my lips after each sip.
Flavor is sweet and fruity with pears and white grapes and a dry black pepper finish with some hits of booze as well. A nice complex beer that is a good drinker considering the ABV.
A well made tripel if that is your thing. I enjoyed this beer and would buy another bottle.
09-23-2013 03:15:11 | More by sulldaddy
Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.