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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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 69
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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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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 GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ski271
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

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Photo of weeare138
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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.

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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 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 Boto
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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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 Jarod
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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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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Photo of pezoids
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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