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Incubus - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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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 Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of rawthar
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

As a Phoenixville boy I practically grew up on Sly Fox, back when they were just a microbrewery, not necessarily a craft brewery.

A- That muddy trippel gold, clouded by fine sediment, with a white merange head that tells us loud and clear that it's going to stick around for the long haul.

S- Intense Belgian sours on top of a malty sweet backbone with hints of autumnal fruits, like apples and raisins.

T- Wow, real heavy on the sweets up front, with burnt caremals getting immediately pushed off the stage by a sour assault. Hints of root vegetables, the kind with high doses of beta carotene. Alcohol pokes its head through a bit too. Overall, really just too sweet for my tastes, which may be a result of some unintentional aging.

M- Very creamy, and the alcohol comes through to burn the roof of the mouth in a nice way.

D- The intensity of both the sweetness and sourness makes this tough to put back.

Wish I could provide a better grade for my first Sly Fox review, but this beer wasn't really my style. Maybe when I review 113 IPA.

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Photo of Tucquan
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2011-10-17 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly-clear straw with a 3-finger white head and lots of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Head fades quickly and leaves scant lacing.

S - Sweet lemon grass and mild belgian yeast smell. Not overpowering but pleasing.

T - Very sweet like a Sprite soda with a few spices, a twist of lemon and some mild hops stirred in. It helps to initially disguise the alcohol.

M - Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Syrupy. Not refreshing.

O - This one didn't do it for me. I think it could be enjoyed by folks looking for a safe way into a high ABV brew but I need a richer palette of flavors if I'm going to spend my calories on a high ABV brew.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite Tripel, but still drinkable...

Pours translucent light medium gold with a moderate thick head. Lacing is good. Nose is mostly alcohol-y but has some fruitiness and funkiness there as well. Taste is decent, didn't taste like a 11% but wasn't too far off. The balance of alcohols, fruits, and malts were a bit off imho. The first glass went down a bit harsh but after that who cares with a 11%! Altogether a passable Tripel.

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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 Buggies
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of chimaychimaynot
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this bottle at the Phoenixville location two weeks ago.

Pours a bright honey-amber, with a creamy off-white head of foam that clings to the sides of my tulip.

Aroma is tinged with honey and caramel, traces of spicy hops, citrus fruit, and white pepper. At first, I caught a whiff of diacteyl, but this blew off as the beer was exposed to air.

Enters with a trace of diacetyl, then a sweet, caramelly body, with notes of stone fruit, citrus, honey, flowers and spice. Finishes with a lingering hint of sweetness, with notes of peaches in cream.

Medium bodied, a bit cloying, with low CO2 - doesn't have the lightness or effervescence that a good triple should have.

Overall, a good, flavorful triple, though a bit too sweet and heavy - underattenuated(?), and low on CO2 - reducing drinkability.

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

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at42 degrees into a snifter
Aroma weak, fruity, lasts
Head average (Five cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/creamy, diminishing to irregular frothy eight to twenty two mm ring and heaped island
Lacing good – partial curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium yellow, murky
Flavor fruity and spicy with kind of a cumin taste, finishes with a plastic taste; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate Medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, Pa w/ tenderbranson69. Served cool in a goblet.
A - A clear golden w/ amber highlights and a thin white head that rides the rim and leaves a film of lace.

S - An alcoholic odor that belies the 10.3%, malty and sugary candy-like aromas.

M - Viscous and dense, a meal of a feel w/ sweet, almost cloying malt and a bit of alcohol in the feel. Finishes w/ a spice essence.

T - Deeply potent and flavored w/ a spice that has hints of pepper. Fruit and warmth in flavor w/ candy sugar in alcoholic form. A bit tough to take in small sips, yet a slow drinking ale. More of a strong golden, than a Tripel to me, but nice and full flavored w/ dry spiced notes and a taste that doesn't hide the strength.

D - This is a quality brew that is not a carbon copy Tripel, more American in character w/ big alcohol and 1 seems to suit for a session at the strength that it is. I would definitely order this again and recommend it, it is a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of IrishZombie
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from the local grocery store have heard rave reviews of the Sly fox Brewery so decided to try it out for myself.

It pours an exceptional mellow yellow coloring followed up by a orange haze with an extremely frizzy white head. Not to mention the airy pop that came from the bottle.

The smell of this tripel is quite vigorous with a nice airy sweetness that comes from it maybe of honey and citric fruits. The alcohol is not nearly as hidden as I thought it would be however the taste second guesses you. The fruits used of citric and spicy nature is very complimenting to the pallet.

Taste was sweet from the fruits as well as kind of nice kick of spice from the hops with a wonderful balance in my opinion of this tripel. The alcohol is well hidden and for it being of an ABV of its level impressed all around. This beer is very smooth for 11%.

Now for Drink ability this is my first from Sly fox, but I am defiantly impressed and I could only drink a few being not only the high ABV but not a good session beer. It is a dangerous drink that needs to be made aware of for a beer. I would defiantly pick up another one of these and try it on tap for sure. I am converted to try more of sly foxes beers after I have tried Incubus.

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a spicy, pale malt and candy sugar scent that is earthy with some nice yeast aromas. The taste is decent. It has a very spicy flavor that is dry at first, but sweetens in the finish. It's a warmer with some excellent yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good tripel, but there are plenty better on the market. All in all, not bad.

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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 DaggerEyes
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head comprised of tight small bubbles of carbonation. The nose had some yeasty funk in the front as well as some honey, candied sugars, sweet grain and grapes...at times smells a bit like a white wine. Taste not as complex as I would have thought, fruity notes of apple some grapes, mixed with honey and candied sugars. A good mouthfeel with tight carbonation, prickly on the tip of the tongue goes down easy, fairly dry finish. A suprisingly easy drinker but watch out for the ABV!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A corked 750ml bottle purchased at the Royersford location in the spring of 2006. Plucked from the cellar, uncorked, and poured into my Maredsous chalice. The tripel appears a cloudy bright golden yellow color with barely a finger of bubbly white foam. Nose and flavors consist of candi sugar, honey, quite sweet, and still a bit of alcohol heat, notes of green grapes, apple skins, spicy yeast, some tropical fruits. Prickly and lively carbonation with a medium to full body. This one held up really well and could have sat longer.

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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 Throckmorton
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Poured a dull hazy yellow color with massive frothy, chunky head.
Smell is notable for some fruit (apricots, peaches) and a touch of spicy cloves.
Taste brings more of the summer fruit, combined with spice and belgian candy sugar.
Finishes strong in the mouth with the alcohol definitely evident.
A good beer, but a bit too strong tasting for my liking.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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. 

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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of maybrick
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of lehows
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of hero27
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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