We're Only In It For The Money - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Thanks prototypic, as always. What else can I say for some of the best trades ever?
22oz + tulip = good
Pours very orange, very golden, with a bubbly white head that dissolves down to a thin patch and a nice ring.
Bready nose has notes of biscuit and cereal. A little citric acid astringency over mild tart unripe green grape. A touch of coriander.
Taste is filled with light malt full grain flavor and a little tart punch. A fumy alcohol finish doesn't help to leave things on a great note, but a very tasty beer nonetheless. Some coriander and light banana estery sweetness deepen the overall flavor. A touch of bitterness and bread yeasty taste also add nicely to the finish.
Somewhat astringent and alkali in feel, it lifts off the palate a bit and confuses the underlying body with fumes and a slick coating even before the swallow. While somewhat common for a triple, it doesn't seem to recover at the finish with quite enough presence. Not overly sweet, though it does leave a mild faintly sticky residue.
Despite a couple of criticism notes, I really find it overall very enjoyable. Drinks nicely, especially once it warms a little. Nice overall taste and a pretty well crafted beer. Alcohol is annoyingly present, but it has enough tasty qualities to counterbalance.
08-13-2008 22:02:49 | More by lightindarkness
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
Purchased at BevMo! in Brea.
A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours a bright golden-orange color with a brief effervescent head that immediately dissipates, leaving no head at all, even after a fairly aggressive pour. There are a few spots of lacing left after each sip.
S- Sweet malts with spicy aromas of Belgian yeast, pepper, and clove. The alcohol becomes fairly noticeable as the beer warms.
T- The taste is similar to the aroma, with the malty sweetness and spicy yeast flavors working together nicely. However, the dry finish leaves a slightly metallic and medicinal bitterness on the palate, but the initial flavor is good enough to offset this mild astringency.
M- A medium-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
D- The 8.2% ABV works well for this beer, and the taste is very good, save for the finish.
Overall, a solid effort from a solid brewery. Recommended.
08-13-2008 06:02:11 | More by Tdizzle
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
Golden orange color, mostly clear, with tons of streaming bubbles that just don't quit. The head is initially tall but falls rather quickly and leaves just a smallish whitish foam over the whole top of the beer. The lacing is quite intricate and involved. Classic appearance.
I didn't know the style until I put my nose in: tripel all the way home. Belgian-style sweet aroma of fermentation, balanced with white pepper and mild spicing, and some lemongrass for complexity. If it were a little stronger I'd bump it up.
The flavor is a step down from the spot-on nose, but it's still pretty tasty. The sweetness of the pale malts is high and just about right, but the bitterness is a little too in your face and the medicinal nature of the phenolics gets a little bold as it warms. The mouthfeel is south of full but not bad for style and for size. The carbonation is quite high, which lifts some of the cloying aspects of the flavor from lingering on the palate, but ideally the carbonation would be lower, the body a bit fuller, and the sweetness more in balance with the bitterness.
This is an enjoyable and well-made American tripel. Compared to its domestic counterparts it's top of the line, but it pales next to several Belgian varieties. For $3.99 a bomber, it's a lot of flavor. Well done.
08-12-2008 03:11:30 | More by BretSikkink
4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
$4.29 for a 22oz bottle. Seems like a pretty good deal. Belgian triple style. 8.2% ABV per the bottle. No specs on the website.
Pours out to a clear dark golden, as a triple should be. Forms a poofy sticky white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Not too strong like alot of actual Belgians that are just too fizzy for me. The aroma? Unibroue all the way, which is the way I like it. tropical fruits, cloves, bananas, spice, apples, and a clean ferment. Very niceley done. Thanks heavens there isn't that crappy burnt orange, asphalt smell and taste that's been going on with the Wyeast/Yeast labs culture that seems to have transmogrified over the last 2 years. The taste is great. Well balanced recap of the aroma with a nice bitterness level, a nice finish, good aftertaste, and no discernable faults. Slightly syrupy as a tripel should be, with a nice pleasant buzz. As good as any Unibroue I've had.
This is good stuff. I would buy this again for sure, but I'm a little loaded up with my current beer stock. Recommended!
08-11-2008 21:59:57 | More by Mitchster
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
22oz to tulip glass, who can argue with lagunitas offering this for cheap! $4 a bomber :D
pours a golden brown, deep, good carbonation, foamy, cream colored head
smells of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, apples, yeast
tastes of malty heavy carbonation, sweet bitterness is nice, citrus, banana/clove yeast, light alchohol heat
mouthfeel is a little too highly carbonated which doesn't suit me, i could just let it sit out to get rid of some, but hey.. good weight and flavors, quite drinkable overall
08-11-2008 18:07:42 | More by drxandy
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
A: Pours a light golden yellow with a nice foamy head. Retention is good, with spotty lace noted.
S: Nice sweet malt aromas with hints of yeast, and banana.
T: Nice cane sugar sweetness with notes of white pepper. Some banana and Belgian yeast notes as well. Rater tasty.
M: Medium in body, nice and smooth.
D: Not bad, I like it.
08-10-2008 19:25:50 | More by tpd975
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
22 oz. bottle, the newest in the Frank Zappa series, drank it while watching In Bruges, how appropriate,
A: Pours a mild orange-yellow with a medium white head which leaves nice lacing.
S: Light Belgian scented malt, sourdough bread, apple.
T: Definitely has a bready taste, like rich pound cake. Belgian character is there, you get the yeast esters, but still quite bready, light pear and cherry, real tasty.
M: Medium carbonation, bit of tangy feel to it, light acidity, creamy.
D: A nice tripel, doesn't have the great complexity of the Belgian greats such as Westmalle, but still a nice American example, a solid beer compared to the Lumpy Gravy which I wasn't a fan of.
08-08-2008 06:27:30 | More by Halcyondays
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
Into a Chimay chalice
A - a nice hazy, golden amber body with a thin white head which dissipated somewhat quickly
S - a fruity aroma with banana seeming to stand out. Hints of spice, cloves, a bit of citrus, and some yeastiness
T - again, some sweet fruit, but less so than the aroma. Still definitely there. Maltiness and yeast seem more present than in the nose. Sort of a dry yeasty finish
M - medium bodied with a fair bit of carbonation present it seems. Goes down well
D - this isn't my favorite Lagunitas, but they've made a good effort here. A pretty drinkable tripel. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again
08-07-2008 23:38:55 | More by ruckzuck
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
This was a nice surprise to see! Start off with a average size head with no lacing. The nose is faint bannana and yeasty aroma. The taste has much more fruits such as apple,peach, and bannna wih a light clove aftertaste. The mouthfeel is average but there is a hint of fig on the dry yeasty finish. Thanks to Lagunitas for making the Zappa collection.
08-07-2008 03:32:11 | More by athensbeermaster
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a golden color with slight haziness that evens out. Smallish but decent head.
Smells of fruits and citrus, wonderful to inhale.
Tastes of fruits... hints of banana and stone fruits. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is good, not to heavy but not too bubbly either.
Drinkability is quite good. Goes down easy for an 8.2%.
Overall a great beer to drink on a hot day. Nice and refreshing considering the high ABV.
08-07-2008 01:59:06 | More by revkibosh
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
pours just a little hazy, orange in color with a small creamy egg-shell head, excellent lacing.
smell of roastiness, caramel, nuts, dark fruits.
taste is smooth and creamy, apricot, prunes, raisins, some caramel, spice, toasted puff cakes, touch of citrus, nice bitter ending, oily mouthfeel.
08-07-2008 00:56:56 | More by froghop
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
Dark golden ale, with a large tightly packed bubbly head..good carbonation. Green apple/crab apple aromas, spicy but not over so some apricot aroma too. Very spicy ina Belgian way, sweet after taste, candy sugar, some hops, slight lemon taste, and sweetness again. Palate is OK, but becomes cloying near end of 22 0zs. Overall not a bad attempt at a Belgian ale at thsi price point. But in reality for me near the bottom of the Lagunitas beer. Needs tweeking.
08-06-2008 17:09:57 | More by Reidrover
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
A- Darker golden colored liquid, with a thick and fine foamy head. Slight haze in the beer.
S- Nice fruit smells, with a hint of banana. Smells very similar to some Hefes I've had.
T- Sweet fruit flavors, goes well with this hot weather. There is a bit of a slight soapy after taste.
M- Feels good on the mouth, except the soapy after taste.
D- Easy to drink.
08-06-2008 03:37:41 | More by Wetpaperbag
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
22 picked up at the coop today for about $5.... poured into my Chimay goblet.
Aggressive pour reveals a short lasting 2 finger head atop a polished dark straw/gold colored brew... fairly pretty lacing lasts forever.
Aroma is light for a tripel.. but it gets quite a bit better as it warms... lite white peaches and a little apricot.. subtle white pepper and a little cardamom.
Flavor is again a little light.. pretty much the same as the aroma but with a little coriander and citrus.. a little flat tasting... not too sweet which is a good thing.. sorta a yeasty dry finish... with a lingering spiciness or that may be hops.. not sure really. Viscosity is pretty much medium.. carbonation is smooth but ever present.. drinkability is pretty high for a glass or two, but I probably won't find myself reach for one for a while.. that said, I will pick some more to have when I feel the urge... Also, you can't beat the value.
08-01-2008 06:29:45 | More by JohnGalt1
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
I really dig this beer.
Pours a nice golden copper orange with a thick head and the foamy lacing is sticking around really good even on top not just the sides of the glass. It reeks of sweet fruits in a grand refreshing way with no sour twinges that some poorly made tripels have. it has a somewhat flat taste though, lacking the taste to back up the scents. It carries with it some citrus fruit tastes and finishes with an almost cinnamon bite very slightly. it feels good in the mouth and has suprised me with it's drinkability. i've never been able to really drink tripels in any sort of quantity. this one is superbly done. none of the sour bitterness that many tripels carry with them. it's a good summer brew to end your long evening with, if served very cold. i dig it!
07-31-2008 07:24:41 | More by idResponse
2.63/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
07-30-2008 14:59:48 | More by Crosling
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
07/28/08- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. It is, however, a summer 2008 release. Poured into my Pilaarbijiter tulip.
Appearance- Lightly clouded darker golden pour. Very slight 1/4 inch head which leaves a slight bit of froth for the rest of consumption. Leaves light lace spotting.
Smell- Mostly spices including corriander and maybe clove. Some citrus and seems like an off yeast scent.
Taste- Not as sweet as some american made tripels. This one has mild sugar flavor with a heavier note on corriander, orange and lemon peel. It doesn't have that authentic belgian yeast flavor though. This one also has a decent hop punch as well.
Mouthfeel- Rather highly carbonated with a slight bitter and dry hoppy aftertaste.
Drinkability- Decent for an american made tripel. Fails to reach flemish standards though.
Drinabkle and refreshing. Decent output from Lagunitas.
07-29-2008 15:30:02 | More by GClarkage
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a small, tight, white head.
Smell: Delicate pale maltiness with a sweetish scent of candi sugar and notes of over-toasted spices and a blend of peach and pear juices.
Taste: Light pale malts with a flourish of candi sugar followed by a balancing surge of spices. A sip of juiced fruits. Hint of bitterness, but only a hint, mind you. Slight underlying sour yeastiness creeps into the otherwise sweetish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: An admirable attempt at a tripel from the folks over at Lagunitas.
07-28-2008 21:44:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
I was suprised to hear that the next zappa beer would be a beglian tripel. not only that, but (from what I remember) lagunitas' first release of a tripel.
I poured it into a half pint glass, and a light white head formed left shortly after. Sents of banana and spices hit the pallet. You can get a good aroma as your sipping it. The flavor hits your nose just as quickly as it hits your taste buds. So far, this seems to be a pretty standard tripel. I've had a few american tripels, my favorite beening Anderson Valley's Brother David, and this one seems a bit more mellow than other's I've had. All the flavors are there, just not as intense as one would expect from a tripel, and it's suprisingly mellow for a lagunitas beer. This beer is heavy but doesn't taste as heavy. It goes down very easy.
This is definitely a depature from the first three zappa beers, all which I like. But this one has to be my favorite, just because I haven't seen lagunitas suprise me like this in a while. Hopefully the brewery has decided to branch out and try a few new styles. If so, they're off to a good start.
07-28-2008 21:20:20 | More by 100floods
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass, I had no idea it was a tripel at the time, and assumed it was another random hoppy lagunitas brew. From the first slurp of the head however, which started to overflow with my vigorous pour, I realized why it was a golden copper with a creamy, off-white head that left very heavy Bussels lace. Good looking tripel.
Smell is fruity esters, bananas and clove, also very floral, with sweet honey but a rounded softness.
Taste is unmistakably spicy tripel, not as sweet as the nose but firm, with very clean alcohol and no real phenols or fusels, very nicely done. Still has a touch of brassiness that apparently unavoidable for most any microbrewed take on the style, but is on the lighter side, making this worth revisiting while it is available. Cheers to Lagunitas for switching it up and coming through with a tasty tripel.
Mouthfeel is creamy, slick, sugary oily malt, with a spicy, dry alcoholic finish and fairly high level of digestibility, from the bit of mineral like spritz.
Drinkability is high, this is a nice little trippel, flavorful but not to strong, and value priced to boot.
07-28-2008 04:10:56 | More by ccrida
4.47/5 rDev +20.5%
There I was, just tripping through the Haight yesterday, when something about a local liquor store caught my eye. I bought this and SN Southern Hemisphere there and it seems like a solid expenditure.
Where to begin? The huge, finger's worth of rocky, off-white head with low retention but great lacing? The golden-yellow color with NE-quality clarity? The banana-ester nose? The big, thick, syrupy, viscous mouthfeel witth a taste like a banana split sprinkled with black pepper? The finish that was yeasty, banana-like, and absolutlely mind-blowing?
d. Stop reading and buy a bottle for yourself.
Answer: "d" for "Doh!"
I had another set of review notes in a notebook that I am now transcribing, so here goes:
My pour produced a finger of light-tan head with passable retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a peppery spiciness along with a yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a yeast-driven spicy kick on the tongue. Finish was dry, lingering with a black pepper aftertaste.
07-27-2008 22:14:58 | More by woodychandler
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Served at cellar temperature (55 degrees) this poured a deep orange with some haze and raised a big foamy head the was more light yellow than white. The lacing looked like a crocheted table cloth. Overall very attractive. The nose was of ripe fruit with hard to identify spices in the background. Very rich mouthfeel, almost greasy at first but clean on the back of the tongue. Flavors are fairly complex, with citrus and ripe fruit, and the finish is surprisingly dry. Hides the alcohol well. Overall very nice to drink. I am glad I have a second bottle.
07-23-2008 19:47:56 | More by rkuhnel
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Was really looking forward to this beer. Finally found it. So now I drink.
Pours with a one finger head that leaves ring around the collar as you drink it down. A coppery yellow, a little darker than you would expect, but nice looking. This water did not turn black.
Smells fantabulous. Sweet, fruity, yeasty, peppery, spicy, complex and pleasant. Smells like a catholic girl.
Tastes really good too. Fruity taste, not as champagney as other tripels. Sweetness and hops do take their clothes off when they dance in this beer.
Finishes dry with a sweet crispness. Carbonated but not bubbly. You never taste the alcohol. Watch out where the huskies go, dont you eat that yellow snow.
Overall a solid offering. Who needs the peace corps when you have this beer?
07-22-2008 03:41:52 | More by Murchmac
4.47/5 rDev +20.5%
On draft at Toronados Birthday - color of clear deep red, with a thin head - nose of resin, good hops and clean taste of good hops, resin, and good malt backbone - body is medium, dry, and with medium carbonation aftertaste of hops, and some malts
08-12-2007 19:45:07 | More by stephendr
We're Only In It For The Money from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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