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Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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very good

45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 04-07-2003

This Abbey-style Tripel, famed for its powers of seduction. Brewed with German Pils malt and German hops. Golden in color, dry and spicy.
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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jcrane07
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of shapudding
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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...!

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Photo of Snikwad1020
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: hay,citrus, and wheat

Taste: bread, honey, grass, and citrus

Mouthfeel: sour/semi-bitter, light bodied with high carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: A very dry and semi-sour tripel. An above average beer for me that is most likely one and done as Sly Fox has better offerings.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is awesome and is one of the best smelling tripels I have had. I get a ton of juicy oranges and lemons with some yeast and a little bit of tartness.

The flavor is tart green apples, oranges, lemons and some Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure if this beer is meant to be slightly sour, but it works very well and makes the beer very enjoyable.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of briandaube
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a cloudy honey golden orange glow forms a thick off white beige cram heead that leaves fine uneven lace all around the chalice I'm imbibing off of. Aroma is heavy on alcohol and overly ripened fruit notes with honey rich sweetness blende with tropical fruit notes including pineapple and mango...in addition tart green apples and mild spicing with some evident coriander come through with added herbal hop highlights. Taste...alcohol is not hidden as well as most Belgian tripels but this one kicks it up a notch across the board with spicy alcohol and raw syrupy fruit tones it's not very well melded together like most Belgian versions of this unique high octane style rough mix but I'm still pickin' up tart apple, pineapple, and sugary layers of added sweetness. Mouthfeel...carbonation is not effervescent like most Belgians it's body is medium and carried rough along this wave of heavier syrupy flaws. Drinkability is mediocre compared to other great versions of this style full of flavor and enjoyable but no where near as put together as most other tripels I've tasted in my day.

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Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is the hazy pale-medium yellow I expect to see, though lighter than some. The haze makes for an overall translucency. The head is a tight off-white one with some strength to it, staying and sticking well.
This is an interesting one, with the staples of a good Tripel, a bit of alcoholic warmth that doesn't kick a full 10+% with soft banana, cloves, and sweeter spice notes but opening up with a little bit of herb riding underneath and just the slightest touch of yeasty funk almost countering the sweetness. Soft pale fruits and a note of honey close it out as it all flows into the finish.
The body is light-medium but deep with lots of movement. The carbonation is heavier than expected, and it makes the firm crispness and the smoothness a little less easy to come by, though it isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of ChadA83
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml bottle. I popped the cork with no real champagne cork popping action. The beer poured a deep golden color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. The aroma was very sweet, bananas and a bit bready. The taste is very pleasing. Malty and bready a bit of spice and banana in the taste. The beer is very deceiving as you don't really get the 10.3% abv which makes for a very drinkable beer. The body is medium with some active carbonation. I am glad to see that Sly Fox has started to bottle this beer that I heard so much about when it was only on draft.

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Photo of Andragos
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of asabreed
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incubus poured carefully from a well-stored bottle delivers a perfectly clear, deep-golden body with yellow highlights beneath a full head of rocky off-white foam. The head retention is quite good; and the lacing is very nice as well, with walls of solid, creamy lace left about the goblet.

The nose is fresh and beckoning, with bright yeasty notes of vanilla, banana, clove, black pepper and mineral & mild earth atop a sweet and candyish malt.

The flavor is cookie-dough sweetish as the nose implies, but far from over-done. There's a sweet maltiness at its heart, but it's really the yeast that gives it its character with gentle fruit (soft, sweet apple; banana; and mild plum), as well as some very spicy (clove and black pepper) and subtly smokey phenolics that round it out. A splash of alcohol and some hops (that are floral and leafy but also appear minty due to the sweetness of the malt) help as well.

It's surprisingly well-balanced, with a big arch of sweetness that shoots right up, rises to its epicenter at mid-palate, and then descends gently - tempered by its alcohol and underlying bitterness - into a peppery and mildly leafy finish that lingers with just a mild residual foam from the receeding tide of candyish malt. The alcohol is pretty well cloaked throughout, and there's more than enough character to keep it interesting without hitting you over the head with it.

Very nice! Superbly done! And somewhat original!

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the Bowery Whole Foods for $9. Why have I not drank this beer before? It's a well-made Belgian that's delightfully fresh thanks to being brewed so nearby. The beer is properly light and drinkable, and also dry and spicy. The malts also provide a gentle golden raisin and mild berry punch taste before more dry biscuit malt and a peppery finish. Definitely worth a try.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Beertracker
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Incubus starts off with a big bang theory and pours lively creating a pillowy white head that sits atop a bright sunset-deep golden body. The complex aroma is fruity (apricot, pear, peach) with lots of spiciness (black peppercorn, coriander, paprika) and some floral/perfumey (orange flower, violets) aspects. Moderate maltiness. Strength noted. The flavor starts of with some candied maltiness, but gives way to a spicy bitterness that takes control to deliver a slightly cloying, fruity, spicy, cheek warming finish. Good complexity. This medium bodied Tripel is creamy with ample carbonation, but a drier finish would balance better. Overall, a fine hand-crafted Tripel from the Sly Fox. Don't let Incubus seduce you!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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4.12/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bierman2000
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.