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

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84
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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 9
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-10-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this Zappa tribute in the back of a cooler, hanging out by its lonesome. Picked it up and out poured an orange gold with bits of floating sediment with a thin line of basically no head.
Smells oddly and crisply of apple cider and faint prunes touched with some honey.
Sweet honey wine, mead, if you will, and caramelized white grape show up in the taste.
Notes of standard carbonation with a syrupy backbone creates a decent, but nicely drinkable, brew after four years.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jondeelee
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good Belgian-style trippel, with strong apple tastes and equally strong bitter, sour spices. The alcohol isn't as well-masked as I would like, leaving a wood-grain aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. Somewhere deep beneath lies a runnel of roasted grains, but you might have to search a while to find it. But at 8.2%, I somehow doubt you'll care.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a tiny 1/2 inch light orange head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random spots of lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of oranges, honey, grape juice, and some grains. Taste is of grape juice, honey, grains, and slight yeast. There is a medicinal quality of bitterness on the palate after each sip. Overall, the flavors seem a bit off. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and is crisp and clean. Overall, this is an above average American take on a tripel but nothing too great.

Photo of patm1986
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into oversized wine glass

Little to no head. at most, I got half of a fingernail's worth.
The color, however, is golden, bronze-ish. Dense coloration.

A swirl and unlocked is the scent of honey, full on. Followed by vanilla, oak wood, some white grape/pear, and alcohol that, proceeding those aromas, smells metallic; you know how metal smells, like cold metal? It's interesting.

This is very sweet tasting. It tastes more like a barleywine than a tripel. Very honied, sugary, and a bit of caramel. There's a small, very small, amount of smoke or burnt flavor on the very end with a light alcohol tinge in the aftertaste reminiscent of many in this style, but there is a metallic flavor that sneaks in at the end of the aftertaste that i can't shake.

It's a bit thin for something that smells and tastes like it does; that is, I'd expect more of a coating or residue left in the mouth from something that has such characteristics. It does, however, has a lot of pop in the carbonation area. A good bubbly.

I can take this bottle down well, which is where the similarities to a barleywine end. I wouldn't say more than two glasses would be ok, but it has enough thinness and carbonation to be refreshing enough to down the serving size. The multiple sugar flavors, however, make this a bit full; not chewy though.

This is nice. Lagunitas continues to rock the S with their strong minded and flavored ales. If you enjoy their wares for strength in flavor, "kick," and style-blending, this'll be interesting, too.

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow i found this beer hiding on the shelf of a less frequented store

pours hazy with lots of sediment amber copper orange with a 2 finger head that left lots of lacing

smells of over ripe bananas and booze

taste is a little sugary with sweet malts - banana booze and belgian yeast

mouthfeel is medium and so sweet it hurts my teeth - low carb with a smooth finish

drinkability is ok - enjoyed every sip but again this was the last bottle i was ever going to find

Photo of Khazadum
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This fantastic beer was the third one reviewed in my Blind Bombers series. Thank you so much Neorunner for everything up til now!

Vision
What a fantastic hat! Holy hell. I'd trade a kidney for the ability to wear a cap like this brew. Multiple bubble shapes ranging from snot to shaving cream to soda pop. All pure, unadulterated white. Creamy! The remaining collar is a bit unusual leading me to believe one side of my glass is tainted with some type of detergent. It has a point of capillary thinness rising to vein thickness.

The vital fluid is a dark amber color. It almost borders copper. Few streams of carbon dioxide are visible when held up to my front room lamp.

Bouquet
Very faint. This is an extreme effort to pull out the interesting notes. The life blood breathes a hint of fruit. Some type of sweetness that borders the more tart fruits, but nothing distinct. There is no malt or grain presence at all, minus an intermittent faint caramel. I want some hops. I want something else, but all I get is this dry ( really dry at times ) fruit ester mixture.

Flavor Profile
An explosion compared to the void that is the nose. The fruity esters now prove to actually be faint apples. There is a distinct order of procession much like the circulatory system. We have an explosion of tastes pressing against my tongue screaming apples dipped into ethanol! It quickly slows down as the liquid spreads across my tongue in diminishing pressure leading to the malt backbone.

This drags asses as it coalesces back into the finish which is mainly alcoholic without being overwhelming. This is one of those few times that I find a highly alcoholic ( assuming ) beer to be quite enjoyable. The alcohol actually plays a part as a flavor, who would have thought that could happen!

Oral Sensations
Ooo, what a chewy beer. This comes through as a minorly carbonated, chewy beer. For being full of body, the finish leaves only a minor residue of deliciousness around. My lips, my tongue, my palate, and my... oh everywhere! Its thin and very faint when I lick it up, but always welcomed. If I had to describe that, I'd put it somewhere between apple tootsie rolls and cotton candy.

Conclusions
This beer is definitely drinkable. I finished this bomber quite easily by myself, but unfortunately I can't drink anything else tonight! I enjoyed the flavors, I loved the mouthfeel, and I can't get enough of the alcohol for once. If I had to guess style I'd put it somewhere around the Barleywine category. Sweet, alcoholic, faintly malty and little hop presence for this particular one.

Photo of JRed
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent pale orange in body with white head. Smells of booze, hop resin, some citrus, and kiwi. Flavors of booze, hop resin, light fruit towards the finish, kiwi, vague strawberry aftertaste. Light in body with light carbonation. A boozy concoction of light fruit concentrate that could make a hummingbird drop dead. An unbalanced, only slightly enjoyable drink.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep honey golden hue with a nice sized white head, fine even lacing surrounds the chalice with each sip. Samm specks of yeast are suspended in the bright white foam. Aroma has tropcial fruit esters a nice bready pale malt backing with sweet honey drizzled on buttered toast., spicy yeast note arise with some banana/clove spiciness. Flavor is a bit one dimensional sugar coated spices weigh heavy in the first few sips, with a mix of honey glazed over ripened tropical fruits including banan/pineapple/and a touch of mango. Alcohol burns in the back end but doesn't ruin the experience for me. Mouthfee is medium bodied with a way different carbonation than your average Belgian tripel makes this a bit cloying with residual sugars I realy haven't had many well attenuated American brewed triples. Again warming alcohol and spice balance out the sweetness of the malts and belgian candi sugar. Drinkability was solid not the best or most dead on version of the style, but I felt the creativity and flavors especially those tropical fruits made this a worth while experience.

Photo of RDHerm
3.08/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. I know this isn't exactly fresh, so hopefully it will have aged well. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with pretty much no head at all. There is a small amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, the brew smells like apples, Belgian yeast, bananas, bready malt, and candi sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, with a little bit of hoppiness and alcohol noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. Not a bad tripel, but it's not a great one either.

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.

Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a good solid Tripel. An sizable off white head sits atop a faintly cloudy, honeyed amber brew with decent glass decoration and a light covering after a gentle fade. Smell is toasted malts and a nice dollop of clover honey. Light hop florals cut through with a touch of sweet pine. A faint sweet alcohol wafts through. Taste follows the nose with a nice white pepper and faint herbal facet. Finish is very clean with more pepper and spice and a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon. French bread lingers with a nice pine hop flavor and dry oiliness. More spices. Alcohol is well integrated and while noticeable it does not speak loudly. Feel is full and slightly slick with a good carbonation to break it up and keep it flowing. Quite drinkable for the abv. Smooth and flavorful with a seductive texture. It is starting to take on sharper qualities with age and add new compexities. Not necessarily a bad thing, just becoming a dryer drinking experience than when young. If you like Chimay White pick up a couple of bottles. While not the same beer or on the same level it's on sale and it evokes the dryness and complexities of that benchmark brew.

Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a very thin fizzy bubbly white head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing behind.

Crisp fruity Belgian yeast aroma with hints of sweet cherry, apple and strawberry as well some alcohol presence.

Nicely balanced medium body with a lot of sweet fruity Belgian yeast notes, spice, candy sugar, hops and subtle malt backbone. Hints of apple, cherry, strawberry, plum and blueberry. Although the fruit presence is strong and there is a good bit of candy sugar, it isn't too sweet with a nice amount of alcohol heat, subtle malt and dry hops balancing things out.

We're Only In It For The Money from Lagunitas Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.