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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 stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice spicy tripel, just a touch of tanginess, some floral notes, clear golden body with active carbonation. Decent fluffy head shrinks to small lasting head. A tripel with a little bit of bite.

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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 flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Review #2500!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam which leaves a thorough lace as it dissipates. Very nice indeed.

Smell: very sweet and malty aroma with just a touch of an orchardy pear-apple character. I rather like it.

Taste: very sweet with a nice malty character and a bit of a floral/soapy character as well. Not at all bad, but it starts to lose me on the soapiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body but with a huge carbonation yielding a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Outstanding!

Overall: a good tripel indeed, if you don't mind the floral/soapy character.

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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 m_hall
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into a goblet, with a fizzy 3 finger head that quickly fell to a persistent thin layer on top surface. Color is a clear amber-gold, carbonation is medium and steady. Left light lacing on the glass as it was consumed.

Aroma is strong bread/yeast, with some underlying notes of banana and citrus. Very clean, no mustiness.

Taste is quite malty-sweet upfront, with very present spicy notes and a crisply dry finish. Fruit notes became more discernible as the beer warmed (pear most especially.) Rather more apparent hops than I was expecting in this beer, but this balances out the early flavors quite nicely. This is a fairly high ABV Tripel-style ale, and the alcohol is quite present- this isn't a beer that will sneak up on anyone, though it doesn't kick you in the teeth quite as hard as some might expect of a beer this brawny.

Mouthfeel is very rich and full-bodied, very pleasant on the palate.

Overall, it's been a while since I've partaken of a Belgian-style ale, and this was an extremely solid representative of the form. I don't think it's quite as good as some of Ommegang's offerings, but definitely superior for my palette to Duvel (which is still a fine beer, IMHO.) Should pair nicely with dark breads and salty/strong cheeses.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A standard pour yields three plus fingers worth of audibly fizzy billowing bone white colored froth comprised of huge chunky bubbles... Decent retention is shown around a finger's worth of froth before receding to leave a mostly full crisp layer of lacing on collar... The color is a vibrant golden honey... A moderate bit of carbonation, some of which is quick and remainder of which is a bit sluggish, that rises randomly throughout...

S - Lots of fruit notes... Fresh pear... Fresh apple... Some candied sugar as well... The Belgian yeast compliments the rest of the aroma rather nicely... A very subtle spice component lingers beneath the surface... Spot on for the style and rather intoxicating...

T - The flavors from the nose are all present, but they get a bit muddled... The Belgian yeast is kicked up a notch on the palate... This is followed by the pear and apple... The spice kick is next with the candied sugar bringing up the rear a bit... There is a surprising bit of euro hoppiness that burst onto the scene at the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Starts a bit lush before a subtle dryness lingers throughout... Carbonation is a bit prickly... A bit sticky on the finish...

D - A rock solid American interpretation of the Tripel style brewed right in my own back yard... The addition of German malts and hops adds a unique and rather refreshing dimension... A bit of a sipper that was easy enough to finish... World class aroma and average to slightly above average in all other facets...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from The Bottle Shop on Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Poured into a chalice, head presents nice and thick, bright white almost 1 inch thick; body color is transparent, nicely carbonated with a golden hue.

Smell is slightly subdued starting cold, nice pleasant malt base, some very solid sugar sweetness noted, slight phenols noted from the yeast.

Taste is surprisingly sweet upfront, solid candi sugar profile of taste, fruity, malt is there and some hints of toast; yeast flavor is on the cleaner side, a little biting as it finishes the quaff. Slight esters noted and hints of the booziness, but hard to believe it clocks at 10+. Had to edit my review, as it warmed the more subtle yeast flavors expressed themselves nicely, solid clove and light banana

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for a tripel, this one is a bit sweeter in its taste and lingering flavor; flavors start on the tongue and distribute through the mouth, slightly drying as the flavors end.

Overall, a solid tripel, a little sweeter than my preferred take, but it is tasty and has a clean profile.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours hazy and a light golden color with a faint orange hue. There is steady stream of bubbles rising up through the middle. The head is delicate, white and creamy and fell to a film and a ring of loose bubbles.

The nose is deeply rich and sweet. At first you can smell a strong bit of yeast but then the fruits take over. Pear, apple skin and a tart apricot. There is plenty of earth in this nose and spices that make it woody and deep. Candi sugar and sweet soft bread. Gentle clove and orange with a sweet green grape as it warms.

Taste is very rich as the fruits and the rich sweet bread combine on the palate with a surprising and welcome light tartness from citrus. The spice brings a depth to the drink that is earthy and woody and adds clove & coriander. Honey. There was no alcohol on the nose but there is a bit of warmth and that's terrific as this is a big beer at 10.5 %.

This beer was brimming and overflowing with succulence from fruit flavors and a sweet deep malt that stayed soft. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation provides a slight tickle. It finishes dry . Hops are flowery and and it develops a little pepper in the finish too.

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, apricot, grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, grape, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid tripel style. Good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and fairly smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An enjoyable offering to sip on slowly.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale orange amber, and a bit hazy but with a nice slow rising carbonation in the middle coming up. Head is a nice simple two fingers and creamy white with good pinhead sized bubbles. Some staying power but settles to a thin puck.

Fairly basic nose, slight orange sweetness maybe even a little tart in the background. Warming cream sensations as well, with some candy like senses. Not bad but nothing too exciting.

Interesting palate. First sip doesn't provide much, but the back of the palate and swallow seem to provide much of the flavor. Good finishing fruity sweetness and crisp carbonated body. Pear and sweet white grape with some lingering cream to match. Effervescent somewhat quality on the mouthfeel, with some nice sugars finishing on the aftertaste.

Overall a decent tripel, not mind blowing but one I can get into.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange-yellow color with a tiny white head. The head fades quite fast leaving a thin film of white fizzy foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is a biscuit and bready smell mixed with a whole lot of citrus and yeast. The yeast brings with it some smell of spice with coriander, clove, and white pepper. Some musty grain smells are mixed in there too, as well as some light candied sugar and banana.

Taste – The taste begins with a candied sugar flavor base with a large amount of citrus and yeast. The yeast is rather potent and after the initial hit on the tongue is joined by spice flavors of coriander and clove. Other more subtle spices of cinnamon and cardamom pile on the clove and coriander creating a highly spiced taste. In the end a huge dose of banana hits the tongue along with just the slightest bit of pepper and alcohol, leaving a somewhat thicker, heavily spiced, sweet and fruity tripel flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is full with many tiny carbonation bubbles. The thick feel is fantastic for the sweet fruit and malty flavors of the brew, while the higher carbonation suits well the spice flavors of the brew and maintains a very easy drinking feel. Quite nice.

Overall – This was a rather nice and tasty tripel. Lots of spice and fruity flavors of banana and orange with a rather wonderful feel. This is one that is well worth a try.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa tasting group

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Green grapes, yeast, clove, woodiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste grapes, apples, and yeast. There is also a bit of a woodiness and something astringent/medicinal. It ends with a dry aftertaste.

Overall – Pretty good stuff here. The booze was well hidden and the beer was very drinkable given the ABV. It was a touch on the dry side which left the beer less 'refreshing'. Still a good beer worth trying.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good domestic Tripel. Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Good color...hazy orange, minimal head, barely a covering of the glass with limited retention and lacing is limited to a light film on the sides of the glass. Smell is Tripel all the way. Light fruit, Pears, apricots, candi sugar sweetness and some peppery spiciness. Nice!!!

Taste has everything a Tripel should have except a strong yeasty aspect. Some of the best Belgians have an almost cheese-like flavor with the Belgian yeast. That is the only thing missing. The big, sweet fruit profile and the spiciness are very inviting.

Mouthfeel is rich. There is a bit more harsh alcohol taste here than many Belgian Tripels have, but this is a big beer.

Definitely worth while. A good Tripel, worth seeking out

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, best by 23/10/13
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color. Half finger of bright white head. Lots of carbonation. Streaming off bottom of glass. Slight lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S: Belgian yeast character. Spice. Coriander. Orange peel. Some breadiness.

T: On the tip of the tongue, lots of spice from that Belgian yeast. Coriander and clove and orange peel. Some light breadiness from the malts. The finish is fairly dry and mouth watering.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a mostly clear golden wheat color, coarse white head at a half inch retains indefinitely.

Smells of citrus, fresh grains and bretty yeasts.

Tastes of light lemon citrus, bret, sweet fresh grains and a hint of clover honey. Slightest whisper of hop in the aftertaste.

Feels is moderate to full with light but sharp tingles of carbonation.

Really good tripp, not the very best I've had, but among the best from outside of Belgium. Though it's not groundbreaking, it's hard to find a fault. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of fruit, malt, and yeast. A typical tripel.

T: Tasted of citrus (orange), malt, Belgian yeast, and some spices (pepper). A nicely done flavor, even it is a bit on the acidic side. A little harsh, but good.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a vibrant, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, interesting, American version of Belgian beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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

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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 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 jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a fizzy head with a hazy carrot yellow orange color.

Nose has light Belgian golden malts, light spices, light citrus, a bit effervescent.

Taste has sweet golden malts, light spices, hint of orange peel with bitterness, bit creamy and toasty, Belgian malts. Finishes a bit bitter and drier, hint of booze.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carbonation, bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, typical tripel, no off flavors, nice malts and light spices, light citrus.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. I'm actually surprised I've never sampled this one from such a local brewery. And, with Tripels being one of my favorite styles, let's see how this matches up against the competition.

A: Golden bronze, fairly clear body with a constant stream of carbonation bubbles coming to the surface. Creamy and well retained white head with outstanding lacing. This overall SRM might be a bit darker than more traditional Tripels but it's still nice and vibrant.

S: Alcohol esters, Belgian spicy yeast and a mild hint of bubblegum are most evident. A very nice and balanced caramel malt backbone comes through to tie everything together. Fairly complex and this does have the defining notes you'd expect for the style.

T: A warming alcohol burn is immediate but it's nothing overwhelming by any means, just noticeable. Spicy yeast, mild clove and wintergreen are in the mid palate. The finish is nice and creamy without any lasting off flavors. Maybe a hint of malt sticking around just for a second.

M: Lower carbonation but prickly and smooth. I'm not sure how they did the balance but it gives this an incredibly smooth mouth feel while still having good carbonation on the palate.

For being such a big Tripel at 10.3% they hid the alcohol fairly well. It is noticeable but plays well in the bigger picture of the flavor profile. I'm pleased this is available quite readily to me and this is easily one of the more stand out offerings I've had from Sly Fox.

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Photo of PCampbell
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Saved this about 3 months after purchasing it. Pours a medium gold/orange, with a thick head, that dissipates into a thin, light white head that keeps a tiny bit of lacing on the edges.

On first smell it gives off a very yeasty/spicy aroma that includes cinnamon, pepper, banana, and clove, among others. The flavor picks up with a good Belgian yeast taste to it. Has a nice bready quality to it. Tastes of light pepper, green apples, oranges and lemons. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and slightly sweet.

A well-made beer that is quite enjoyable. A good beer to try if you are a fan of the style.

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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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