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Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel - Aviator Brewing Company

Devil's Tramping Ground TripelDevil's Tramping Ground Tripel

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BA SCORE
85
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 160
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%


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

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 03-24-2009)
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-12-2011 09:40:04 | More by tdm168
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KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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%.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2009 22:57:18 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a goblet
A: Hazy golden color with a 1/2-finger head
S: Malty with a good dose of Belgian yeast, banana and clove
T: Banana first and foremost, a bit of bubblegum, spice (mostly clove) and some Belgian yeast/malt
M: Medium-bodied, smooth. The alcohol is super hidden
O: Not so complex but super tasty in my book. I don't get the 85 average, to me it's much better. Balanced and pure flavors. Better as it warmed up, definitely will be a re-buy if I can find it

Serving type: can

02-26-2014 07:02:02 | More by ONUMello
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Florida Berliner Bash snifter.

A: Bright yellow with a faint haze. Forms a thin white head but with tons of active carbonation.

S: Fruity yeast esters (green apple, banana, and pear) with some pilsner malt and mild spices.

T: Follows the nose – fruit esters as in the nose, then pilsner malt with subdued sulfuric qualities show up, but dissipate under more fruit (especially green apple), cloves and light bubblegum flavor. The fruity sweetness lasts into the hang.

M: Light bubbly body, low alcohol presence, and a great amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This lacks something in the depth of flavor department from the best tripels, but it's far from offensive. Easy to drink, and pretty tasty. A reasonable quality tripel in a can! A nice surprise for sure.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 03:39:09 | More by macrosmatic
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RyanPoff

Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tripel, in a can. Never thought I'd see this, but here goes.

A: Poured a hazy golden with about a finger of head. Looked like sunshine with cotton candy on top.

S: The white fruits predominate. I do smell the yeast, but the pear and grapefruit are out front. Close to a white wine. Outstanding and very unique.

T: The fruits don't come out as much in the taste for me. An above average tripel that doesn't take any chances, but comes out very balanced with the yeast and malts. This is still a very sweet beer; I don't taste the hops like it says on the can, but this is kind of par for the course. Very good, but doesn't rise to the next level.

M: Spot on for the style, just the right amount of carbonation, weight, and no weird aftertaste. Great, but again, not absolutely rocking the world great.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 03:57:08 | More by RyanPoff
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2013 03:51:38 | More by dbrauneis
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cottonkoozie

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Little bit hazy, yellow-slightly golden color. Poured very little head and dissipated pretty quickly to a light lacy cap.

S - Sweet grain smells. Mostly notice how sweet it smells, and a little bit boozy, and a bit yeasty. Some light citrus notes.

T - I'm not getting a big flavor here. Sweet, and very light. Yeasty flavor comes through. Finishes with a hit of the alcohol content.

M - Very light, yet still full at the same time, good.

Overall not a bad beer, just not my kind of beer at all and I would not buy again, but I'm also not a big fan of the style. To each his own. I am not a personal fan of the sweetness, or tripels in general. The taste rating may be way off just because of personal preference but I tried to rate it to the style.

Serving type: can

11-26-2013 21:19:36 | More by cottonkoozie
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first tripel out of a can, ok, here goes:

Thanx Damien74Shensky:

No date anywhere, no worries, its 9.2%

Into a chalice:

A: hazy golden and somewhat bronze colored body with no head whatsoever, interesting, ok, well, no worries, lacing - uh.... not there either, ok, hmm... no worries, let's keep going

S: sweet Belgian candied notes with a fair amount of the Belgian yeastiness coming forward to pummel your nose, holy moley, this stuff is strong, good alcohol smell tells me its somewhat fresh

T: sweet alcohol Belgian yeastiness, light peppery and somewhat of a super light coriander flavoring very lightly in the background, iced pear aftertaste, somewhat of a dry finish

M: medium, not really sessionable, but hey, its a 9.2% tripel, so I say "so what?", carbonation seems just a tad smoother than most tripels I've had but I'm not arguing

O: well, I say this is a pretty good Tripel that I would definitely would welcome again if I saw it, but given where I live, I won't see this again unless I get this in a trade

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 05:12:52 | More by BeerKangaroo
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 15:02:49 | More by woodychandler
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:13:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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BullyBrewing

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light golden color with a mild-moderate head. Very slight haze to it.

Aroma's are sweet and almost grapeish. Fruity esters are present which complement nicely.

Sweet and sugar tasting through and through on this one. Hides the 9.2% abv amazingly well.

Body is light to moderate. Carbonation is a bit light imo, but allows for a smoother drinkable beer that can get you into lots of trouble if you are not paying attention!

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 16:17:27 | More by BullyBrewing
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 04:32:13 | More by BryanCarey
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GJ40

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled in a standard pint glass from a can purchased the same day at the brewery.

Light golden (almost yellow) with decent clarity next to no head. Pretty lifeless. The aroma is green apple and cider. The flavor follows closely with an apple cider quality and little more. It's way too sweet for me and the low carbonation doesn't help. The alcohol is well hidden.

The brewery isn't far from me so I really wanted to like this one but I'm not sure I'll get through the four pack.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 00:54:46 | More by GJ40
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Surprisingly light beer for the abv, but pleasant enough if undistinguished. Soft and somewhat creamy in the mouth, and somewhat subdued flavors of Belgian yeast- cloves, banana, and in this case they are joined by bright citrus notes. Maybe not classic in style, but the citrus works and is also prominent in the nose. Pours very pale and with a thin head. Not bad, and a nice option in a can, but for me the high abv isn't worth the game.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 23:22:03 | More by Georgiabeer
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n2185

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 01:38:11 | More by n2185
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hobartlg

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm new at this sort of beer, which makes it risky for me to order them. This beer was a risk worth taking, very smooth for a high volume beer.

Enjoyed in a tulip alongside Buffalo Chicken at The Village Draft House in Raleigh. Would definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 03:36:14 | More by hobartlg
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fatmcb1

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with white, 1 finger head.

Fruity esters are dominant. Orange peel, lemon, and an odd hint of banana. Peppery spice in the background.

On the sweeter side, with plenty of belgian candied sugar. Fruit is light, and there is little bitterness. Also the alcohol is very well masked at 9%.

Nice chewy body with the right amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:36:40 | More by fatmcb1
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Brenden

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 06:00:46 | More by Brenden
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 21:08:44 | More by chinchill
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 06:43:02 | More by BEERchitect
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

mostly clean, slightly hazy golden/yellow in color with a finger of foamy white head which dissipated quickly but gave off some great lacing. sweet herbal scents of grass, tea leaves, sugarcane, lemongrass. a funky bitter flavor up front, almost mushroom-like, lots of sweet sugary bready malt, grassy bitterness throughout, pretty heavy on the booze presence. medium body with high carbonation, a nice warmth builds up in the chest.

this is a decent tripel. balances out the typical sweetness with lots of grassy/herbal hops nicely.

Serving type: can

04-24-2013 00:37:28 | More by facundoCNB
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color of this beer is a light-golden that pours with a solid, 1 inch head and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

The smell is wheaty and malty but still light and airy.

Taste is wheat and nuts heavy followed quickly by a honey and sugar malt. It has a lemon flavored citrus taste and leaves an interesting taste on the tongue. A hint of heavy alcohol is present but that is to be expected considering the brew is 9.2% ABV.

The mouthfeel is heavy but refreshing. The heavy, wheaty flavor mixes with the high alcohol content but since it has very little carbonation the beer comes off very light and smooth.

Overall this beer is good but not great. Tastes good and is easy to drink. Worth a try but may not become a favorite for you. It did not for me but it was worth drinking.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 22:38:23 | More by PhantasIPA
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:12:33 | More by smakawhat
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-02-2012 23:44:21 | More by KYGunner
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 01:46:50 | More by daliandragon
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Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel from Aviator Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.