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3Tail - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 03-16-2009)
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AndyD

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-10-2012 17:54:40 | More by AndyD
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illy0sis

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

06-17-2013 01:19:00 | More by illy0sis
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Radome

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery, 5 Aug 2010.

This was listed as a Tripel, but seemed to me more like a strong golden ale. Either way, it was a delicious beer.

It was served in a snifter and was a clear, orange-to-gold color. There was little head and the carbonation feel was low as well.

The smell was a nice malt-sugar mix. The taste was complex malt with candi sugar, Belgian yeast and lots of alcohol.

This was a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 05:27:50 | More by Radome
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BJasny

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-04-2013 01:01:43 | More by BJasny
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served in a smaller snifter type glass. Clear orange with little or no head and filled all the way to the top.

S - Smells of plums or apples. No alcohol

T - Smooth with a nice malt sweetness, with a hint of apple in the background. Alcohol is mild, and will sneak up on you.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation

D - Very drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 22:06:03 | More by hiikeeba
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champ103

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an effervescent and clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Funky yeast up front that is really nice. Lightly tart fruits. Lemon, orange peal, and zesty spice. Dry biscuit malts as well.
T: Follows the nose, funk and zesty spice up front. Lightly tart fruits. Dry biscuit malts. Lightly soapy hops in the finish as well.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

An excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Another hit from Freetail. Highly recommended if you ever come across it at the brewpub.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:23:29 | More by champ103
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elNopalero

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It’s landed! This pours a light golden yellow, like concord grape juice. Exceptional clarity and crispness in the glass. Intriguing aroma, with a distinct tartness that’s immediately present, rounded, musty and citrusy. One of Freetail’s barrel-aged alchemic creations. Tastes sour, tart and really funky. There’s a light effervescence to it that coats the mouth followed by a pleasing finish with a flavor reminiscent of white wine or a champagne. Mildly tart and tannic, with a dry finish—until you realize around the edges there’s a rounded sweetness that makes it all the more interesting.

[review expanded and revisited 6/2012]

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 21:34:34 | More by elNopalero
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 12 Aug 2010. Courtesy of jefferz5000, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Medium sized very tight light tan head. Well carbonated. Hazy rosy amber color with a peach blush. Yeast, citrus, alcohol, clove and candi sugar in the aroma. Lots of fizziness and fruitiness to start. Yeasty, tangy, pineapple, melon, grapes. Warming ethanol finish with a fruity and tart aftertaste. Lingering yeastiness. Medium body.

Need to get back to San Antonio...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 16:54:15 | More by htomsirveaux
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spaceycasey

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from caged and corked 750ml bottle into Chimay chalice

A - clear golden with huge fluffy white head that left beautiful lacing. The quintessential Tripel pour

S - Green apple, honey, malt sweetness, slight alcohol. The aromatics fromt the yeast drift away from phenolic and more to estery which is a refreshing change from a lot of recent Tripels

T - Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Moderate hop flavor with low hop bitterness provide some balance before the alcohol comes through

M - Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation.

D - Above average for a Tripel. Best if shared.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:30:46 | More by spaceycasey
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Freetail and Real Ale barrel-aged festival.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus, grain and some Belgian candi sugar. The flavor is alcohol, sugar, orange, cherry, grain and some spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 05:53:17 | More by Mora2000
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-14-2012 16:48:46 | More by jheezee
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-16-2013 04:30:06 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-24-2011 18:55:27 | More by Exiled
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ChrisKuhns

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-15-2012 17:30:40 | More by ChrisKuhns
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HopJack

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-16-2012 02:59:19 | More by HopJack
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wtkphoto

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-13-2013 02:29:26 | More by wtkphoto
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CooperEllis

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In a trade awhile back from jefferz5000.
Corked and caged 750 into 6oz wine glass split 3ways.

Darker than golden, closer to orange pour, burnt colors, uneven or feathered in the glass with an offwhite head.

Aroma of roast malt, fruit, burnt tangerine and yeast. There is good deal of booze in the nose and it is more evident in the taste.

Malt forward flavor, but complex and full flavor with the yeast and fruit notes well blanced. I found the carbonation to be mild and the mouthfeel to be lighter than I was expecting for the style. While I felt it was a bit maltier than anything else, there really are very nice fruit flavors and a good bit of booth boozyness and alcohol bite.

I found this to be greater than the sum of the parts. Certainly an enjoyable brew but one that lets you know exactly how stong an ale you're enjoying.

(79)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 22:54:33 | More by CooperEllis
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4 oz. sample at the Freetail Brewpub outside of San Antonio.

3Tail pours an attractive, lemon-blond hue with a fair level of haze. The off-white head retains well, and rises effortlessly upon a quick swirl of the sample glass. Great aroma to this beer, nailing the Belgian qualities of fruity yeast esters (mango, papaya) and lemon zest. Floral hops and biscuity malts add a nice balance, while the booziness lurks in the background.

The beginning of the sip starts out with an unsuspecting sweetness of Belgian malts, spice, and yeast. Then comes the alcohol, laying a thick kiss of warming booze across the back of the palate while the hops add a dash of bitterness. Truly a complex beast! Mouthfeel is chewy and slightly viscous, with a nicely carbonated body that finishes on the dry side. Overall, a BIG beer that's full of complexity, but the 4oz sample was almost over-bearing. I love my big Belgian beers, but I doubt I could make it through more than a pint of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 04:41:12 | More by wagenvolks
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pwsoldier

Texas

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cloudy copper with a rich off-white head that shows great retention. Lacing is moderate.

S - The aroma is filled with an enticing mixture of floral, sugary, and fruity notes. Green apple, white grape, and a hint of lemon make for a very complex nose. Some alcohol is present as well.

T - A kiss of hop bitterness up front quickly gives way to a sugary/malty sweetness. White grape, sweet apple, and a bit of cherry are met by honey and alcohol to create a flavor profile that is predominantly sweet without being too overbearing.

M - Full-bodied with a thick, creamy finish.

D - Abv is definitely noticeable, and the sweetness gets old after a while. This is a good beer overall, but I think I'm going to pass on the 750 ml bottles in the future and just enjoy the 12 oz. servings on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 14:23:03 | More by pwsoldier
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dumptruck81

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-20-2012 18:09:20 | More by dumptruck81
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JGlitz87

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-08-2013 19:52:53 | More by JGlitz87
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-01-2013 03:17:47 | More by drewone
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Ted

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-25-2013 18:45:23 | More by Ted
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-10-2012 18:43:48 | More by kjkinsey
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jl28r1

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-16-2012 19:57:50 | More by jl28r1
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3Tail from Freetail Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.