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We're Only In It For The Money - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 215
Hads: 249
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-10-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of charlzm
2.24/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Consumed 11/27/08. Poured into a standard pint glass at 52 degrees fahrenheit.

Beer pours a clear medium golden. A nice head quickly forms then subsides to a thin layer of foam. Not much carbonation.

Aromas of bubblegum and copper penny. A lightly grassy hoppy smell fades away fast after initial pour.

Beer is thick and sufficiently carbonated despite appearance. A bit prickly.

Flavors are off: copper is a major flavor component. Some moderate to heavy spice (white pepper and coriander) and bitter orange. Some alcohol heat. Slight floral character as well, like honeysuckle.

This was a drain pour due to the too-strong metallic flavor.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Honey colored with a snow globe like amount of sediment. Head varies depending on the pour, but soapy consistency and disappears with almost no lacing.

Smell: Bananas and citric (lime) hops. Heavy malt backbone.

Taste: Wow it's... bad. Wiseman Nick thinks it taste like an IPA tripel; lots of hops, lots of sourness. Says it tastes like bananas, clove, alcohol, and hops. "I've had beers like this before; they CAN be good, this one is not."
Wiseman Justin: Much on the syrup, not so much on the tasting good; like beers should generally do. It starts out with a belgium fruit component, then hits you with a alcohol + fruit component.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with a medium carbonation. Tremendous mouth-warming going on.

Drinkability: Pretty high ABV and pretty strong flavor. On top of that, flavor isn't enjoyable. Pretty bad in our book.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly cloudy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with OK carbonation and minimal retention. Aroma of sweet notes is somewhat overpowering. Taste is a syrupy-like sweet malt base with no fruiter ester and noticeable yeast notes that usually accompany this style. Body has a syrup like texture with average carbonation but alcohol is well hidden. Not very good for the style, this brewery should stick to hops-centric beer IMHO - Nice packaging thought.

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Photo of Crosling
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange/yellow color with a long lasting head. Aroma shows notes of polish, fruits and alcohol. Very overly sweet, strongly flavored brew. Fruity, with peach and nectarine flavors that lead into a boozy finish. No finesse and about as unauthentic and blatantly American as a tripel can get, but it's still drinkable.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.66/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
September 11, 2008

Pours pale, not very cloudy, no head, very little lacing- Not an impressive look at all for a supposed tripel. When I buy a tripel I expect head foam out the nostrils. Very weak aroma for an abbey tripel, not much there. Tastes of a very Americanized tripel, the banana/pear, yeasty tripel taste is there, but there's a huge carbonation punch in here with some hop bitterness also. A nice try at an Americanized tripel, but this ultimately doesn't mesh well and falls far short of other tripels. There are better tripels out there, steer clear of this one.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Sandy Springs. Poured into a Koningshoeven goblet glass.

A: If not for the few bubbles that serve as what is meant to be a head, you would think it was a glass of apple juice.

S: A bit of a bubble gum yeasty aroma mixed with a bit of a spicy aroma. It seems appropriate but not exactly pleasing to me.

T: Quite a bit of bubble gum yeast flavor. You do not taste it very long before a medicinal like alcohol burn attacks your tongue with help from the totally over the top spicing. This just is not my cup of tea.

M: To say this one is prickly would be an understatement. It almost feels like its burning the inside of your mouth with the spicing and alcohol.

D: This one is a struggle for me.

This is the only Lagunitas brew that I did not at least enjoy on some level. I will continue buying their beers because they are a great value, but I hope there aren't anymore that are similar to this one.

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Photo of kmeves
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown with a small white head. The aroma is medium sweet caramel, fruity, spicy and a touch of hops. The flavors are caramel, bready, spicy, citrusy, light banana and dark fruit. Medium bodied, sticky texture. Finishes long, slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol.

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2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 1pt. 6oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours hazy medium amber with a thin head that leaves little lacing.

S:Apricot and malt.

T: Up-front flavors of buttery apricot. I get an unpleasant metallic sardine flavor on the back end. I hoped it would disappear as the beer warmed, but it just became more apparent.

M: Medium. Carbonation levels a bit lower than I would have liked which accentuated the syrupy feel.

D: I'll give it another try to be sure that the off flavors I experienced weren't just a fluke.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours and Amber orange with decent staying power
S: Overpowering of bubblegum and Candy sugar sweetness
T: The sweetness carries over in the taste with more orchard fruit like apples and grapes, but the syrupy sugar sweetness is quite overpowering in this offering.
M: lots of carbonation with an almost abrasive alcohol sting on the mouth
D: I love a good tripel, but I wasn't a fan of this, and probably won't be seeking this beer out

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Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a foamy head that scatters a decent amount of lace around

Smell: Big aroma of candi sugar, bubblegum, coriander and alcohol; an unusual herbal element is also present

Taste: Grainy, with sweet candi sugar and bubblegum, up front, but by mid-palate, a bitter medicinal flavor appears - acetone, perhaps; after the swallow, the bubblegum and coriander flavors join with a citrusy hop element to add a new dimension, but the finish has an acetone element that is off-putting

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer just doesn't come together for me and adds one more count to the relatively long list of failed attempts by domestic craft brewers to brew in the Belgian style; for some reason, the tripel is where most of them flounder

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Photo of unclejimbay
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We're Only In It For The Money
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: Tripel, ABV: 8.20 %
5/2/09 @ home, 22 oz bottle > pint glass
$4 22oz @ Broudy's

A 3.0 - Light orange/copper in color. Okay 1.5 finger head w/ lacing. Appeared clearer and higher carbonated than expected.
S 3.0 - Hop notes are present, clove in backgroud.
T 3.0 - Tastes follow the smells. Some sweetness and boozyness present.
MF 3.0 - Medium+ in body, high carbonation, some alcohol warming sensation
D 3.0 - This is just okay in my book for Tripel, it is a bit off style and much more hoppy that I expected. It is a unique brew for sure with a one of a kind label and name. In two words "hoppy tripel"....

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle tried 4 Sep 2008

Small tight white head. Well carbonated. Clear bright burnt orange color. Smells of yeast, ethanol, caramel and clove. Starts quite sweet, with molasses, cider spices. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol seems stronger than 8%, some burn in the throat. Finish is of unripe stone fruit.

Overall a decent tripel but not my favorite from Lagunitas.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I sort of forgot that this was a Tripel, I thought I was buying a Double IPA or Stout, oh well, still good to support a craft brewery. Cool Sgt. Pepper type labeling on this bomber. Decanted in to a Duvel glass, color is hazy amber, with some small bits of yeast floating around. Heading is decent, with about a fingers worth. Very sweet nose up front, I get lots of honey and candied fruit from this. Same thing goes with the taste, but with some dryness in the finish. It also gets a bit cloying at times with all of the sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the medium side. Drinkability is decent at best. Although I finished off the bottle, this will most definitely be the last time I buy this beer. Overall this is one of Lagunitas' more unimpressive offerings. Fans of Tripel may enjoy it, but for me it feel a few strokes below par. Cheers

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Photo of RDHerm
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with abundant yellow highlights. Very thin white head.

Very faint aroma. Solid notes of malt and fruit, with a bit of a light floral smell.

Taste is bittersweet. Initial taste is fruity, primarily citrus, with a nice flavor of malt. Follow up is a bit hoppy, with notes of coriander.

Light body, with good carbonation. Feels surprisingly thin.

Smooth and light. Goes down easy, but not something I would drink more than one of, if only because it's not particularly spectacular.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"This falls within that spectrum of not so pale, pale ale, or not so dark, dark ale. Heavyweight's Lunacy, Unibroue's Maudite, etc and so forth....
Not my favorite style... or interpretation of styles.
Reminds me of apple juice all in appearance and taste; slightly champagney in mouthfeel and smell which is enjoyable.
This is pretty good for what it is but it is a bit difficult for me to be objective with this kind of flavor profile."

I wrote this review about Pranqster almost four years ago and just about all of that applies to this beer for me. Though from Lagunitas I was hoping for and expecting something more exciting, or if anything, hoppy-er.
Not for me.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange with very little head.
The aroma is slightly fruity but with hints of honey malt.
The flavor begins with a citric hop bitterness that quickly segues into the honey malt flavor with a bit of a toasty almost breadlike malt flavor as well. Dry in the finish the esters linger a bit with a warming alcoholic burn in the stomach. Not a bad beer but not amazing either. Excellent for the price! I got mine for 3.99

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A hard pour summons forth a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is brilliantly clear with a bright, amber hue as it sits on my desk, but shows a more shiny copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a sweet maltiness to it up front (similar to an herbal / grassy honey varietal) that is quickly dominated by a mix of fruity / spicy esters and phenols. Hints of tropical fruit and melon mixes with white pepper notes, a touch of ginger and a clove note that comes on strongest in the finish. Further inspection isolates aromas that seem a cross between green, under-ripe melons and a light herbal, sort of grassy, kind of vegetal note. Sticky malt notes definitely linger in the background of the aroma. The aroma is a bit to sharp and vegetal, the higher alcohols also seem to adds some harshness to the nose as well.

Lightly sweet, almost as much from alcohol as from any residual sweetness. In keeping with this the body is actually fairly light bodied, though it definitely has a certain viscousness to it than can be a bit sticky at times. The finish has an almost sharp mix of hot alcohol, bitterness, turpene phenols and peppery spiciness. The finish can be very dry with an almost acetone sort of component that lingers on the palate. There is a touch of grassy grain and a light, pale malt toastiness that provides a bread like flavor to this beer; the malt is more noticeable towards the finish. Other flavors of clove (fairly noticeable), vegetal ginger, some solvent notes and fruity with a mix of bitter pear a touch of apple and a touch of under-ripe melon; this beer is really more fruity smelling than is manifest in the flavor.

Nothing jumps out at me here as being wrong or bad (each of the components can work in a Tripel), but still this beer just doesn't work for me. A bit to harsh in its mix of components and it just comes off as not being all that well integrated.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of FrognutUnl
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and orangish in color with minimal head that leaves not a trace of lacing as it quickly depletes. The nose is nice and yeasty, almost like fresh baked sweet rolls with a goodly amount of spice. Notes of crisp fruit (think pears and/or apples) waft in and out. With regards to taste, the Belgian yeast is certainly doing its thing. Very bready and spicy offset by a fair amount of sweetness with notes of apples. The 8.2% abv is barely detectable in the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky and warming, medium bodied. Overall, I think it is a steal at $3.99. That said, there certainly better tripels out there.

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Loved the album but was not as amoured with the beer. It looked good, a medium yellow with a bit of white head. The aroma had yeast, malts, and hop. The taste was rather not getting it. Now I did not know in advance it was a tripel, but it was not a great example of the style and not so tasty nor drinkable with lunch.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Mothers We're Only in it for the Money poured a clear reddish brown with thin head and not much lacing.

The smell was nice and was of banana and yeast.

The taste was yeasty with an odd aftertaste I could not grasp. It had a crisp finish and was well carbonated. I found it a very pedestrian Tripel with not much depth to it.

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Photo of Kraken
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has been sitting my fridge for a while. I figured it was time. Poured for a 22oz bomber into a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields one finger of off white head rocky head. Pours a dark golden amber. Head has nice staying power, beer looks highly carbonated. Moderate lace.

Smell- Alcohol, hops and some of the familiar Belgian yeast.

Taste- First sip is highly metallic in taste. Slight sweetness, lots of malt in my opinion for a tripel. Nice bitter finish. Very dry, slightly cloying. Metallic taste continues through out. Slightly bready. Alcohol throughout. Bitter grapefruit in finish.

Mouthfeel- Very dry, slightly cloying.

Drinkability- Decent. Don't think that I could drink another.

Not a bad beer but I was hoping for more.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Total Wine

A - Pours golden-copper, with a light head, which dissipates slow.

S - Peach esters, flowery hops, honey and caramel.

T - Peach esters, caramel, and bitter hops.

M - Fairly bitter. The saaz or similar hop took over.

D - Probably good for most drinkers, but I hate the earthy, acrid taste of the saaz. Lagunitas went a little overboard. I still feel strongly that Kill Ugly Radio has been the best of the FZ series.

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Photo of illidurit
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Unibroue goblet. Tangerine color with a nice firm 2 finger head, somewhere between tan and white. Good lacing and retention.

Aromas of fermenting apples, clove, orange peel, cantaloupe, and a slight metallicness.

Flavor is peppery and phenolic, with accents of apricot and mango mid palate and a long vegetal bitter finish. Very unripe cantaloupe, herbs, and spices.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but not in the fine, smooth way that real Belgian tripels are. This beer is just overcarbonated and burpy. Body is just about right and surprisingly I don't taste any booze. Unfortunately, what I do taste is an improperly high amount of spiciness.

Decent beer, but it's not going to challenge many authentic abbey ales.

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Photo of Kendo
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a Chimay goblet. Body is clear, bright golden-orange with a 1-finger ivory head that leaves behind some occasional splotchy lace.

S: Sweet fruit -- think ripe apples -- and honey with a touch of alcohol.

T: Fruity, sugary and bubble-gum sweetness is dominant on initial sip, then it finishes with a strongly metallic or minerally taste. After a few sips that metallic flavor seems to go away, however (or I just got used to it). A pale, bready malt is evident underneath the sweetness, and there's a mediciney-type alcohol presence, along with a bit of spice.

M: Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel to it.

D: Not-so-good. Too sweet for me to finish the bomber by myself; I poured the last 3-5 oz I'd guess.

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Photo of sholland119
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head and some lacing. A little more orange in color than I would have expected.

S-Malty but without the bready yeast notes I would expect from a tripel.

T-Not all that exciting really. Some Belgian yeast is present but, as in the nose, more malt than I would like or expect in this style.

M-Medium bodied and crisp.

D-Not so much for me. Half a bomber was more than enough.


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We're Only In It For The Money from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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