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Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Incubus
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85
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%


Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Abbey-style Tripel, famed for its powers of seduction. Brewed with German Pils malt and German hops. Golden in color, dry and spicy.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 04-07-2003)
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
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...!

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2004 02:53:38 | More by shapudding
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From an attractive corked 750 ml bottle. Very slightly hazy medium golden-amber with a large, white, pillowy, slowly diminishing head. Smells sweet and fruity with some light Belgian yeast. Clove, honey, butter, banana, pear, strawberry… a little reminiscent of a white wine in some ways. This is marvelously complex. The taste is a bit sweeter than expected. Hay, herbs, cassis, vanilla, soapy yeast, swirling alcohol esters, grape and some bubble gum and spice on the finish. It has a medium body and an effervescent textured due to its lively carbonation. Wow! That was an impressive beer. Wonderful, complex, and I found it to be dangerously easy drinking considering its high abv. This is my kind of tripel! I highly recommend trying this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 19:23:39 | More by ski271
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 06:51:48 | More by Phatz
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: yellow/amber orange color, slight haze with dense rocky head that kept it all the way
S: medium nose, traditional tripel nose with malt and yeastiness and fruitiness, slightly cloying
T: full-bodied, nice rounded malt with slight but noticeable bitter finish, spicy
M: well-balanced, clean, dry, yeasty, fruity, very good

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:31:33 | More by wisrarebeer
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:46:39 | More by mikesgroove
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2006 19:40:44 | More by weeare138
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dfillius

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a goblet

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of fizzy off-white head. Clear light-gold almost looks like a pilsner with better head retention. It's a lighter yellow with more head. The final pour included the yeast.

S: Baker's yeast, honey, wheat, pears, apple, spicy hops - Saaz?

T: Sweet and fruity, with a clover honey tang late in the game.

M: Syrupy and smooth. Fizzier mouthfeel when the yeast entered the glass - It was better before this.

D: High. I would buy this again, and redeemed Sly Fox in my mind. I did not like the Weisse, Phoenix Pale or Pikeland Pils, this beer convinces me they can do good things.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 20:11:32 | More by dfillius
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me a yellow gold color that had highlights of orange all through it. The head was white in color, but fairly faint and non lasting which left a small skim on the top and a light ring on the edges. There was no lace. The aromas that came from the glass were of sweet fruits (oranges), sweet malts, alcohol, and a slight hop bite as well. The taste was of alcohol soaked oranges and other fruits, sweet malts, some spices, light hops, and more alcohol. This was more complex then I would have thought. It was full bodied and left a great feeling in the mouth. To be honest IMO, it reminded me allot of Victory’s Golden Monkey. Not a clone, but had allot of similar aspects. This is on my list to get as a growler next time I am at Sly Fox. Very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2003 13:57:58 | More by Jarod
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Brass Rail Deli, Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/amber/orange body with no noticeable carbonation bubbles and a billowy tw-finger bright white head that settled into a quarter inch ring around the surface and deposited spotty lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Spicy yeast with citric notes, honey sweetness and green tea-like hops with a subtle waft of alcohol. A hint of must and basement notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Initial flavor is spicy and yeasty with hints of clove, pepper and coriander. Malt character is bready and accompanied by a honey sweetness and slight bubblegum notes to balance the spicy attributes of this Tripel. Hints of licorice appear throughout. Some citric notes add a bit of bitterness, which later emerge into a more spicy, leafy tea-like character.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, though not too prickly overall. Sweet on the palate but with enough spiciness to keep it from becoming cloying. Finishes with a hint of bitterness on the tongue.

D - Great example of a Tripel and one of Sly Fox's best brews, in my opinion. This is a great representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 20:26:29 | More by ffejherb
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2003 13:57:22 | More by bierman2000
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange peach with a very fluffy white head and good lacing.

S-Sweet pineapple, honey, white grapes and nice spicy hoppiness.

T-Oh, yeah. Very nice honey sweetness in the front, then some sweet raisin and grape, dissolving into a sharp hop finish. Alcohol is hidden remarkably well.

M-Light to medium bodied with zippy carbonation. Alcohol finally makes its presence known on the tongue.

D-That is one tasty high ABV tripel. Glad I can get this locally anytime.

HV

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 01:53:50 | More by sholland119
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:15:11 | More by sulldaddy
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight aroma in a tulip glass. Nice pale malt, sugar sweet, yeasty spice all blended very nicely into an enjoyable, if somewhat faint aroma. The alcohol shows periodically.
Brilliantly clear gold with small head for style (opened with a decidedly unimpressive non-pop). Decent lacing for such little head.
Really pleasing sweetness up front with a combination of honey, soft fruit, sugar flavors blending very nicely. The alcohol comes and goes throughout the drink, sometimes a little hot, at other times lending a spicy kick. Dryness is refreshingly light as is the bitterness (which I'm thinking I'm liking not having too much dryness).
Body is moderate with less than effervescent carbonation, but there is enough to offer a softness to the drink. This is really quite rich, leading me to think that finishing off this bottle on my own may be quite a chore (a tasty one, but an endurance contest nonetheless).
I really do enjoy the malt, sweet flavors of this tripel. The alcohol is not blended well enough consistently and it could use some more carbonation. Nonetheless, a very nice job and an enjoyable experience.
I suppose I could have sat on this awhile the use by date was at least 6/10 (it was a little indistinguishable).
Thanks S.H.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 02:32:22 | More by garymuchow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2003 17:32:32 | More by oberon
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was sampled at the Brewery. The color was a golden, light orange with a very small head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is heavy with sweet malt sugars and an almost cordial fruitiness. The beer is full bodied, heavy and complex tasting. A good sipper in my opinion, but would be hard for me to have a lot of this. Fans of the style should be pleased with it. A decent and well made Belgium-style tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2003 12:21:51 | More by pezoids
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Boto

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: I finally made it here on a first Friday to have some of this brew. It pours an almost opaque golden yellow color. There was a small white head to it. The aroma was somewhat sweet, yeasty, with hints of clove and banana. It had a nice fruitness and yeatiness to the taste, as well as some spiciness. A decent tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2004 20:54:48 | More by Boto
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 19:38:55 | More by CRJMellor
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mentor

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Provided by BeerBeing as part of BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity. Nearly impossible to get the damn cork out of the 750 ml bottle. Pours a one finger white head over a semi-cloudy gold yellow liquid. Smells light aromaed. Funky is mild, clean clovey. Green melon, apple, hay.

Tastes belgian candy sugar. Wet sweet throughout with a phenolic clove edge that dries the finish. The edge ties in quite well with an alcohol sting, the two blended very well. The wet sweet is quite ester. Honey, peaches, a dab orange. The orange could be from hop flavor. Caramelled grains, almost a bit toasty. Bready. Mouthfeel is thick and dextrinous...causing the sweet malt to hang on the tongue. Mild carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 03:23:02 | More by mentor
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a white frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to try and lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a nice candy sweet aromatic. The spice was lightly peppery and had a nice fruity character.

The flavor was well done with a light spice, again peppery with a Belgian yeast twist, and a slightly sweet personality as the beer first contacted the palate. The sweetness gradually faded with a light taste of alcohol and a growing fruity character.

The finish was dry with a lasting light impression of spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was high enough to give a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol warming after consumption was high on this beer. The aroma and flavor both contained alcohol which warns you that this one packs a powerful punch. A nice tripel albeit a very alcoholic one.

750 ml bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 22:06:50 | More by GCBrewingCo
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hero27

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750ml bottle.

Golden-orange with a fairly small head of somewhat fizzy foam.
Orange peel & lemon aroma..some spices & cloves thrown in the mix.
Pleasant yeast flavors, fruity (banana) esters, and cloves make up the major flavor profile.
Heavy body holds the flavors well and actually goes down pretty easy. This is more like a hefeweizen on steroids than a tripel, but i'm not complaining.
Is this stuff really 10+%? Woulda never guessed it. Very little alcohol noticed. Overall, I gotta say I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not the most authentic tripel as far as the Belgian-style goes, but still very good in it's own way.

Thanks go out to ski271 for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 03:58:18 | More by hero27
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lehows

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 18:34:00 | More by lehows
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 02:04:12 | More by TheHoppiest
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maybrick

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 15:28:42 | More by maybrick
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's a very light haze. Lots of chunky lace. The head starts well but it settles quickly. Golden color, bordering on amber. 

Notable yeast aroma on an otherwise pale malt aroma.  Some creaminess to the nose.

Great Belgian flavor. Really represents a true Trippel. There are elements of coriander and oily pale malt. Strong alcohol presence. The body is spot on. 

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 12:25:04 | More by smcolw
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Capone's the other night.

The beer pours a brilliant, solid gold color, with decent head retention and lacing. The beer smells sweet and spicy, but there is also some pepper in the nose as well, undoubtedly from the hops. In fact the beer is quite sweet, excessively so in my opinion. The flavor profile includes sweet melon and cherry syrup, but with some bracing hoppiness (thankfully) in the finish. The beer is medium bodied and is not at all heavy, though you can tell the abv. is up there. I wouldn't describe this beer as extremely drinkable and a small glass after dinner would be all I can do. Still, this is a pretty impressive effort from Slyfox, one of the better efforts I've had from them.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2007 14:41:50 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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