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Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel | Aviator Brewing Company

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Devil's Tramping Ground TripelDevil's Tramping Ground Tripel

Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by atsprings on 03-24-2009

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear yellow with a decent white head that leaves some good lacing. Strong aroma is mainly yeasty and fruity with a hint of butterscotch. Malty flavor has fruity and butterscotch notes plus yeasty and fishy hints and a noticeable, if not ferocious, alcohol bite. Smooth texture has good firmness and a strong, if not persistent, tingle. Go ahead, party with this Devil!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz can into a tulip. date on bottom of can is 031915, which i take to be a canning date. so a tad over a year old.

pours a slightly syrupy hazy yellow with a small head. despite the smallness of the head, it does leave some interesting lacing.

not getting much on the nose, possibly due to age. kind of a sweet mustiness, but not unpleasant.

taste is quite sweet, faint hint of banana, but little in the way of clove. feel is a solid medium, with a weak finish.

overall, an not unpleasant beer. of note is the 9.2abv which kinda sneaks up on you. it's not front and centre at all.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden, fluffy white head and noisy carbonation

Smell is wet grass. A certain old muggy dampness. Sweetness of the malts which translate to bubblegum and cloves. Getting some white grapes and bananas.

Very sweet and doughy upfront. Nice bananas and bubblegum come through. Not much hop or bitterness presence detectable. Maybe some very light citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little silky with a subtle burn going down.

Taste is rather one dimensional, doesn't really keep up with the awesome aroma. Not bad.

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Photo of Stakebone
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure gold color and clear. Very low bitterness from hops or yeast. All about the sweet malt spiciness. Some hop flavor too. Nice add without the bitterness. If I golfed this is the beer I'd bring. Great NC beer and there are a lot these days!

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is mostly malt, bread and some spices (coriander). The taste is an excellent malt rush. The ABV is fairly well hidden.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage, so score set to current average.

Aroma is dominated by green apple and pear, with a soft candi sugar sweetness and clove and floral notes.

Flavor is less intense initially, with fairly sweet caramel malt dominating, but muted green apple tartness and pear come through, accompanied by banana. Clove and white pepper linger in the aftertaste. A bit heavy, perhaps due to age, but tasty.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into tulip 19/12/15

A very bright golden yellow, some sediment and a couple chunks being moved around by lots of fast tiny bubbles that keep a finger of foam going for ages but only leaving a few patches of lace

S coriander hits me first, lots of spice, maybe some pepper, faint bubblegum, dried grass and hay, some honey lemon and bread

T tastes very grainy and sweet, cereal with sugar, still has some spice and most of what the nose had but a little booze added to the mix and a step backwards from the nose

M silky, soft from the bubbles, a little heat going down, slick on the palate, weird grainy finish and a little sticky on the lips

O a little sweet for the style, nice nose but didn't follow through, decent triple but a few tweaks could bump it up a couple notches

I'm pretty sure this is my first triple from a can so some style points there and I can't recall ever having a NC brew either so maybe state tic for me at the same time
I checked and I've had a couple from NC, no state tic today :(

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Photo of MAB
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Affligem chalice. It's nice to have these things sitting in your cupboard.

This is a case where the overall combination of the scores raises my final rating.
I felt that it fell down a bit on smell and mouthfeel, but the appearance and taste more than made up for that.

To me, this was more bitter than most other Tripels that I've had, yet my wife claimed that she only tasted a honey sweetness. Weird; I got some sweetness but far more bitterness.

A nice Tripel, but I've had better.

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Photo of L0GlC
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden coloured tripel, with a small amount of carbonation. Nice 1cm thick head that slowly dissipates into thin foam layer on top. Smells sweet, a piney smell with herbs and spices. Complex taste profile, caramel and chocolate mixed with herbs, has a dry malty finish and a slightly stringent after taste. Doesn't mask the high alcohol content. A thick mouth feel with a small amount of carbonation. Overall a tasty beer but the stringent after taste made it a bit unpleasant. The low carbonation makes it stand out against other tripels.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Day 5 from the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: Hazy yellow with a solid finger of white head to it. With a small amount of carbination rolling up the side of the glass.

S: Wheat and coriander with a slight spicy pepper smell to it. A slight citrus smell to it as well, orange lemon and a little bit of lime.

T: Tangy with a slight spice to it. Has a coriander taste to it with a tangy citrus taste to it, doesn't taste like a typical trippel tastes more like a Belgian white beer.

F: Light bodied with a nice amount of carbination.

O: My favorite beer in the Craft Beer Advent Calendar so far and it has started to get better every day since the first :)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, day 5 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - it looks like the rep's shit packaging job continues with this one. Oh, and nice to get a state tick without actually having to go there, at this stage in the game.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just lazily bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ocean swell lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of grainy, doughy caramel malt, free-range candy sugar, subtle apple and pear fruity notes, white pepper and clove, earthy yeast, and a peppy leafy, floral, and above all perfumed hoppiness. The taste is more bready, grainy caramel malt, sweet banana chip and some further white grape juice fruitiness, muddled savoury spice, a slight toasted biscuity thing, subtle and yet gritty yeast, and leafy, weedy, and kind of soapy hops - the booze minding its manners, for the most part.

The bubbles are quite tame in their generally supportive and thus taciturn frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, that as yet hovering alcohol measure starting to get just a wee bit jumpy. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt doesn't falter, rather the rest of its co-stars keep a stiff and lingering upper lip.

Overall, one of the better iterations of this style that I've come across, and in a can, at that. Easy to drink, sure, at least until that last sip from the glass, where one comes to the realization of a veritable 18+ proof warming. Decent stuff.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day four of my Craft Advent Calendar. I was pleasantly surprised to find this style of beer, from a brewery I have long wondered about, in a can! The appearance and nose is akin to sparkling pear juice. The taste and overall package, however, equates to a lovely Tripel. Notes of spice, clove, and pepper make this a sweet mouthful. The high alcohol is nicely masked, but makes a subtle ass-kicking appearance midway through the glass.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours to give a straw colored body with loads of wheat debris floating throughout, along with a soapy head that decays very slowly to nothing. The scent is very sweet and floral and lacks many of the complexities I would expect of a tripel. The taste comes up strong in added sugar and rosewater, I feel I could really just eat a traditional Turkish delight and get a better experience. The beer is very smooth, with carbonation in between that of champagne and a nice white wine. Overall there are better tripels, and frankly I am disappointed by this one.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Canned 2015-04-14

A: Clear. Gold. Poured with 1.5 fingers high of head, and soon disappeared.
S: Tangerine. Slightly grainy.
T: Tangerine. Grape. Clove. Moderate sweetness. Low bitterness. Dry and medium finish.
M: Full bodied. Low carbonation.
O: The flavor was good. But I'd like to have somewhat higher carbonation for refreshing mouthfeel, which I think this style should do.

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Photo of hman43
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear light golden in appearance.

Aromas of spice, some yeast and a bit of leather.

Flavors of pepper, other spices, sweet fruit and creamed corn with alcohol.

It has a spicy bang on the palate combined with a smoother finish and alcohol warming.

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Photo of gopens44
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty "meh" pour, as fizzy momentary head sits atop this stark yellow beer. Looks like ample carbonation, for good or bad.

Nose is right away a touch soapy and buttery. This isn't foreshadowing anything good, but we'll delve further.

So the taste. Things are looking up actually. Nice sharp banana wrapped clove that rolls into a malty "ish" finish that's actually sorta hot. Nice heat in the back of the throat.

Glad I didn't judge this book by its, well, smell. Pretty decent I say.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aviator Brewing Co. "Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel"
on tap at the Distillery, Savannah, GA 21 Dec 2014

Appearance: Clear deep gold body beneath a short head of bright white. Decent head retention. Nice spotty walls of lace.

Aroma: Fruity with apple, pear and some citrusy pith; sugary malt, light spice/clove phenols. Peppery. Grassy.

Flavor: Sweet malt. Somewhat bready. Green apple. Clove-like phenols. Spice. Peppery. Alcohol is well hidden. Moderate bitterness of under 40 IBUs, but somehow pulled together. Delicately herbal, grassy, and floral. Finishes drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'm not sure that it quite lives up to the name unless the devil is a fat, sweet sissy. Decent enough though.

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Photo of mchegash
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Bright orange, with a tinge of golden-yellow to it. About a finger of off-white head. Fairly hazy, can't see through it.

Smell - 3.5/5
A little bit of Belgian yeastiness, along with a tiny bit of spice. Slightly malty, slightly metallic.

Taste - 3.5/5
Moderately sweet. A moderate amount of belgian yeastiness and spice. The Belgian aspect is much less prominent here than in most Belgians. Overall a decent beer, but I felt like the Belgian-ness was much too less consdering this is a Tripel

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Crisp and refreshing, moderate-full body, with slightly more than moderate carbonation level.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay Tripel, could use some work though.

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Photo of JasW
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a quickly dissipating two finger head from a 12 ounce can into a Spiegelau tulip. Musty nose. An overarching tart, lambic-like sweetness lays all over a mild yeasty undertone, with notes of coriander and clove. Mouthfeel a bit understated for the style. There are better tripels out there in the U.S., but this is nonetheless a solid effort, even if the sweetness may seem somewhat off-putting. Having a tripel in a can is a huge plus, though.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. Pours hazy gold color with white little head. Aroma is sour, fruity and boozie. Tastes like a tart, sour green apple, with a sweet aftertaste. LOVE this beer. Despite the high alcohol content, you don't really taste it. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of jmisiewicz
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew. Traditional beir d'tripel. C'est tres bon! Fruity front end with a smooth middle followed by the signature Belgian finish. Estery and figgy. Reminds me a lot of Lucifer.

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Photo of ttroha
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Can shared. Pours hazy gold color with white head. Aroma is sour, fruity, yeast and booze. Tastes like a tart, sour green apple, with a sweet aftertaste. The sweetness increases the more you drink. It’s too sweet for my taste. Not my favorite.

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Photo of RexBanner
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Straw yellow color, hazy, medium head, bubbly, nice lacing.
Smells of spices. Cloves, peppercorn, yeast, corn molasses.
Taste followed the nose somewhat. Sweeter taste than a traditional tripel. The combination of spices, esters and carbonation gives this the mouth feel and taste of a sparkling cider.
Don't know how I feel about this beer. I thought it was refreshing, tasty and satisfying but I didn't feel as if I was drinking a Belgian tripel. The flavor profile was closer to a hefeweizen. Short of the grape must this beer tasted pretty darn close to DFH Midas touch. Nice summer time brew, I guess.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Total Wine & More in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 16, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, straw, semi-hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head. No bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass initially, but then came up after a few sips. Sporadic spots of foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled banana, cloves, sugary Belgian spices, kiwi, green grapes, faint all-spice, honeycomb and light cinnamon. Nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted real close to the nose, but better in all aspects. Very nice. The sugary sweet Belgian spices dominated here. Also cloves, banana, green grapes, kiwi, caramel, all-spice and sugary honey notes. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, astringent finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was a very good Tripel. I wish I had a 6-pack. (Overall - 4.00)

4.09 | 91 | A-

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is malty, spices, light fruits, alcohol is present throughout, very mild hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel from Aviator Brewing Company
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