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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

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258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atsprings on 03-24-2009

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Ratings: 258 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, this beer has a bold nose that is perfumey, fruity, yeasty, and a little alcoholic. The body is a little hazy and the white foam does look nice following a good pour from the can.

This beer offers a taste about in- line with expectations for the style. The taste is yeasty, with some banana, bubble gum, clove, and candy- like character. Orange, citrus, and dried fruits can be detected as well and the pale and Vienna malts offer some stability as the beer hits you with the taste of alcohol, yeast, and fruit.

This is a decent representation of a Belgian triple and it has all of the characteristics one expects from this style. The alcohol flavor and candy- like character make it less than ideal as an everyday consumption type of brew, but it does seem like a good effort overall. Just beware of the alcohol if you consume- it can really catch up with you.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a honey golden with a sticky white head that settled slowly into a soapy looking mass.Pilsner malt,leafy/medicinal hops,and spiced phenols in the nose,the hops are a major factor here.Leafy and herbal hops and pilsner malt flavors the hops really give of a herbal kick as it warms,phenols in the form of spice in the finish.A well made tripel it's true to form with yeasty flavors but a decent shot of leafy hops made it more enjoyable for me.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass on-tap at the Aviator Brewery (in the hanger!!)

Ruddy gold in color with a slight cloudiness. Nice 2 fingers or so of dense white foam that was relatively persistent, leaving behind some respectable lace.

Aromas were fairly clean with plenty of bready sweet spicy malts. If you are familiar with trippels, this carries a familiar scent.

A fairly vibrant push of flavor comes forth immediately as it rolls over the tongue, some light malt sweetness, a little bit of yeast, some fruit zest & coriander, all staying pretty tight through the experience. The finish was relatively quick but with a touch of warming to remind you that it's no lightweight. The linger carries a bit more of that spicy fruitiness. Pretty nice.

The carbonation was decent on this but I thought it was a bit course. I nice light persistent carbonation would add a much needed creaminess to this brew and enhance the mouthfeel. The overall drinkability was very good in my opinion and I thanked the brewer personally for not making it too sweet! Nice brew and great people at the brewery. Definitely check it out if you get the chance!

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This golden colored tripel has a decent head and lacing. The rather floral aroma features fruity Belgian yeast with, perhaps, a bit less banana/clove and a bit more wheat than usual. The taste is relatively bitter and tart with some sweet balance; more tart than sweet or bitter. Complex. Near medium body; smooth with low (a tad too low?) carbonation.

O: a decent tripel with well hidden alcohol.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very pale, a light yellow with active bubbling rising to the top to continue building up a strong fluffy, creamy pure white head. Retention is good, and it falls quite slowly from just over one finger to a heavy billowing foam. Lacing is left pretty thickly in both patches and heavy spotting in plenty.
The nose is light, but I get mostly spicing over some pale fruits and a hint of banana sneaking out.
A little peppery spice, banana and clove are strong and, as a pleasant surprise, some floral and herbal hops bitterness come out strong.
The body is light and the carbonation is moderate. The crispness up front stays all the way, and there's a good smoothness alongside it. The finish leans dry as hops pull out the rest of the way.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with half an inch of head with good retention. Smells a little musty with clove spice and Belgian yeast coming through. Taste is yeast, clove spice, and mild fruitiness. Lighter than expected, crisp, and dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

From the nose to the finish, this Tripel's profile is pretty mild. Overall though, the right flavors come through however mild, and it's highly quaffable.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost a honey like sweetness from the raw alcohol flavor. Not to hoppy ,light but strong.

Photo of Kbang720
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite local beer, just don't drink to many

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass from growler. Straw colored and slightly hazy, head was almost non existent and left quickly. Smells of sweet fruity malt, a little spicy. Tastes sweet and a bit lemony. Mouthfeel is medium with not too much carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink for being 9.2%.

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a typical Belgian Tripel, but that's not a bad thing. It poured with a cloudy yellow/orange haze that made the " unfiltered" obvious. Typical banana and clove notes on the aroma it has a pleasant, smooth clovey flavor. Not overpowering, it's nice tasteful and sweet, I enjoyed this Tripel from beginning to end.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Photo of JasW
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of n2185
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Belgian spices with a lot of bubblegum and candy sugar up front. The finish has aromas of sweet breads and some steamed veggies.

T: Belgian spices with candy sugar here as well. The yeast is a bit more present here with sweet bread flavors. There is also a steamed vegetable quality here as well.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit watery.

O: A pretty mediocre tripel overall. The steamed veggie quality is a bit much and it's otherwise a bit watery and bland.

Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real brass golden body, dark lemon and clear with a little bit of haze. Small column of rising carbonation in the middle but wit a bit of a slow crawl. Head is fluffy white with about two and a half fingers and makes a thick soapy collar. Pretty inviting, and solid.

Bouquet is peanut butter sensing, and a good hint of sharp clove like spices. Small hinting Belgian sweetness.

Palate hits with a good amount of booze and fusel tasting alcohol. Sharp palate of drying alcohol heat, which doesn't let much of anything flavor wise come out. Light sweetness with a somewhat vinous palate. Decent enough malt backbone and body to carry the flavors.

Overall it's drinkable, but way too noticeably hot and boozy, which kills the ability to detect anything else on the palate.

Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Slightly effervescent wheat aroma with some yeasty undertones and a bit of spice. A touch of banana.

T- Flavor has more banana than the aroma with a hint of bubble gum and more spice. Tangy, slightly fruity. Alcohol is decently hidden.

M- Milky in texture with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- An all-around good tripel that I actually like better out of the can than on-tap.

Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: served in a small chalice, the tripel is medium-golden in color with a yeasty haze, low to no head (probably a serving thing) and light retention

s: sweet light malt body, moderately yeasty, some citrus and mild spice notes, fruit - melon and such, papery hop aroma

m: carbonation on the upper side of medium, with a light-medium body

t: light malts create a sweet body with some lightly spicy yeast, some honey and soft fruits, spice, low hops, not a refined tripel flavor but adequately tasty

d: drinks well enough for the abv, but a pretty tame tripel overall

draft at Brixx, Raleigh

Photo of daliandragon
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This local Belgian is now available in four packs of cans, which is kind of cool. Prettty sweet looking devil on the label as well, which doesn't hurt. Pours a honey color with little head after the initial rush. Nose is Belgian yeast and a touch of spice. Sugar and alcohol also color the initial whiff.

The first sip is a bit thinner than I anticipated, and the texture reminds me of grapeskin. Fruit and yeast are initially the major players and decent balance is provided by noble hops. This is a little bitter and sour, and could stand a dose of complexity. Its a serviceable Belgian but nothing fantstic.

Photo of rjak774
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A sweeter then normal tripple. Goes down smooth and is very deceptive. Don't drink too many. One of my favorites.

Photo of ttroha
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

Photo of jmisiewicz
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint apricot highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of Belgian yeast, clove spices, and light fruits (white grape, pear, and peach) as well as a very light hint of banana.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of pale malts with moderate to strong flavors of light fruits (white grape, pear, and peach all stand out). That is followed by strong flavors of Belgian yeast and a light amount of clove spiciness. Hints of banana towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not overly intense for a tripel but definitely an enjoyable brew. A little sweet for a lot of people's tastes (that enjoy the style). Definitely worth having again.

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friends, or in this case, fiends, from North Carolina brought this for me on their latest visit to PA in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM) and all I CAN say is, It pays to advertise! My work wife, Spike, is currently teaching Dante Alegheri's "The Divine Comedy aka The Inferno" and she tells me that El Diablo resides in the 9th Circle of Hell. Man, I'll bet that he throws a rollicking party down there.

From the CAN: "Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel pours golden and finishes a bit sweet. Devil's Tripel has a light taste from the addition of sugar. We add just the right amount of hops to balance out the sweetness. The Devil's Tramping Ground is a North Carolina folklore legend. Legend says that this is the very place the devil himself [CAN] rise from the depths of fiery hell, and come to earth. Check it out at ...avitorbrew.com/dtg"; "MALTS: Pilsner and Vienna"; "HOPS: Saaz and Hallertau"; "IBU: 31 SRM: 5".

The Crack was loud and the room filled with a scent of burning sulfur, so I got out a Westmalle chalice and performed an exorcism in the form of an inverted Glug. I managed only a light skim of bone-white head that disappeared in the same puff of smoke that transported me to the 9th Circle of Hell. I was face-to-face with El Diablo and I could think of no other recourse than to raise my glass in a toast. He looked at me, threw his head back, laughed and raised is glass in return. My beer was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 5 and again, I am not going to argue, but instead use it as a calibrator), but none of my boys, King Midas, Croesus nor Mammon were around. My host informed me that they were otherwise engaged at the moment. Nose had a saison-like funk that cut through the malodorous stench of the place. Mouthfeel was medium and the black pepper and coriander taste was beautiful. A red serving wench showed me to a seat and asked me to sit down and lean back as she plied me with beer. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw my host picking his teeth with his trident and smiling the most evil grin ever. Man, this was smooth and I was enraptured as the wench sat on my lap and began to grind at me. The relatively high ABV was lost in the mix and I was really running through this beer and although I knew better, I just could not help but suck it down. Finish was dry and it may have been from a simple lack of oxygen, but I was really starting to gasp. We uncoupled and his Satanic Majesty whisked me northward, to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina and we parted company as strains of the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" could be heard on the wind. Shee-wit! You CAN bet that I will not be tempting fate with another one of these. YMMV, but you have been warned.

Say, my review numbers are wrong! It should be 6.66, NOT 3.66!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, vibrant, straw-gold coloring with a thin, whispy, white filmy ring on the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, cotton candy, butter, clove, and all spice. Very low profile aromas, but very well balanced and enticing. Flavors are tangy and roast initially, with a fruit overtone forward, followed by a bready and lemony blend, tangerine notes, bubblegum, and a hunk of spices, including nutmeg, clove, and all spice. Very balanced, but also remaining subtle throughout. There are no traces of this being a higher ABV beer. Smooth, robust body, but with rounded edges. The aftertaste is tangy sweet, with bubblegum and citrus notes in the forefront. A spicy linger, semisweet, smooth finish. Very tasty, easy drinking beer.

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright, golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of fruit, yeast, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of light fruit (bananas especially), some malt, a little bit of hops, spices (pepper), and yeast. A subtle, yet vibrant flavor that's oddly pleasing.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have a few rough spots, it's still very enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With Belgium at heart, the full complexion of this Belgian-styled Tripel Ale is of its fruit and spice balance that plays out over a raw doughy taste.

Golden-straw in color, It's light haze shows full carbonation that fuels a strong creamy head. Slightly off white, the ale leaks a strong lacy collar in true Belgian form

The beer is all fruit and spice in the nose: banana and clove charges in; taking on Hefeweizen-type aromatics. A rebuttal of white pepper and soft wheaty back the grassy hops before concluding with pilsner grain scent and is modestly white wine-like.

Medium-sweet to the early palate, the beer promotes a part-grain and part-malt taste that's rich with fruit: apricot, mango, lemon, banana and apple. Spicy with clove, white pepper and herbal, stemmy hops that are delicately grassy and floral to balance the malts and offer complexities of all their own..

Medium-creamy at the onset, the mouthfeel puts forth a careful dryness; carrying a complex residual sweet tone. But the rich slightly candied character retains the beer's structure while providing effortless drinkability and semi-dry warmth in finish.

Where the taste of banana and clove are common in Tripel Ales, the height of their proportions are much more of German Hefeweizen than of Tripels. Its fuller body and bready taste also pulls the ale toward classic German wheated ales than the more zesty and wine-like dryness of Tripels. Style critique aside, the beer brings satisfaction easily to the taste buds, stomach, and mind.

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Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel from Aviator Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.