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Tiberian Inquisitor - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 26.5%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Want to have your most hidden secrets torn from the dark recesses of your soul? Tiberian Inquisitor will do just that. This Belgian-style ale aged for one year in French oak is a beer to be reckoned with.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-16-2013)
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MV_CHI-NS

Illinois

5/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gorgeous Carmine/Auburn body with an Isabelline/Beige head.

Aroma: Caramel and toffee with hints of sweet berries and a strong cognac/bermet-esque backbone.

Flavor: Sour grapes and toasted wood siphoned through an old, rusty pipe that was lacquered with moonshine on the inside; notes of dark fruit and deep wood with a high-alcohol finish. Aftertaste settles into what I can best describe as 'rusty wine'.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, yet with a substantial amount of carbonation.

Overall: While this may not be one of Three Floyds' most popular beers, I absolutely love it, and I can say with unwavering certainty that hands-down, this is my favorite from 3F. Above, I have described it in terms which would make the average person (beer connoisseur or not) avoid this beer entirely, but these descriptions are what I love about this beer: dark, woodsy, and fruity with an overwhelming alcohol finish which makes it acrid to the point of thinking that this came from a ruined batch...and yet, I want more. In short, I love it and would recommend that everyone try this if possible.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 20:19:01 | More by MV_CHI-NS
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz. orange waxed bottle into a Three Floyds Brewing Company branded teku glass

Pours a hazy dark golden with heavy amber accents topped by a two finger off white head. Great retention, significant lacing. Oak and hints of wine on the nose. Plenty of oak, white wine, apple and pear, and Belgian yeast "juicy fruit." Finishes with oak and white wine accented booziness and a very mild tartness. Low carbonation, slick body. Lighter side of medium bodied. This brew certainly has improved with age. The barrel character was far too strong and dominating upon release last year, however it is much more balanced currently. Still not a stellar brew, but much more enjoyable with a little bit of age.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 04:23:38 | More by chanokokoro
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour brown sugar and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a slight sourness that is somewhat odd.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 00:07:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing all of the negative reviews for this beer, I almost felt like I needed to write a review and defend it a little bit.

A - Pours a bronze color with very little head. It appears thick and syrupy as it pours into the glass too. Not a whole lot to look at...

S - Bread, caramel, and lots of oak

T - You're going to have to really like the taste of oak (in my opinion) to like this beer. The first thing that hits you is a ton of that oaky barrel flavor. There's also quite a bit of heat from the alcohol present. There's also a sweet flavor there that reminds me of caramel.

M - Thick and chewy

O - Was this beer worth the $20 price tag? Honestly, I was glad that I tried it once. It wasn't the most balanced beer I've ever had, but I really enjoyed the heavy oak flavor and I can't say that I've had another beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 14:02:51 | More by cnbrown313
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RhyminBelmont

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Starts innocuously enough. A dark, brownish gold color. Pleasant looking off-white head, thick but fades quickly. An inviting appearance.

Things start to get iffy on the nose. Slightly rotten caramel apples, a bit of the dreaded acetone of which I heard tell. The chardonnay comes through and is not altogether unpleasant.

The taste is a bit of a problem. A bitterness like cheap wine, and a bit of acetone in the aftertaste. Unique, not terrible, definitely not FFF caliber.

It feels alright on the tongue. A little bit of warmth, a light tingle of effervescence, a little drying overall.

Honestly, with everything I heard, I expected much much worse. However with a twenty dollar price tag and the tie-in to my first DLD experience, I really wanted to like this beer. Oh well. They experimented, which I valued, but the result is lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:53:56 | More by RhyminBelmont
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Rope

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance-
Dark brown with a thin white head. Looks appropriate for chalice drinking.

Smell-
Smells like a sour ale, and then a yeasty sweet smells lingers in your nostrils.

Taste-
It does start like a sour ale, and then it goes almost to a mixture of dates and thick maple sweetness.

Mouthfeel-
Carbonation is low, and the sweetness really coats your mouth heavy.

Overall-
Not to say I would seek this beer again, but I am surprised at the hate levied towards this beer. It is worth a try, especially if your okay with sours.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 19:38:27 | More by Rope
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Chibeerguy1

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and from a bottle.

I swear i smell strong apple cider, but tastes nothing like apples. Very oak forward taste slightly alcoholic but good. I can understand why people criticize this one, the aroma is nothing like the taste and it just seems to tingle your taste buds, but something about it kept drawing me in! I still have a couple of bottles, I cant wait to try it with a little more age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 22:05:42 | More by Chibeerguy1
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure who shared this at Aniela's birthday, but no thanks to you! Served in a taster glass, as I knew better.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacing. Hazy unfiltered amber body.

S - Big vinous notes, some green apple, a ton of dry oak. Quite rough, with very little of the base beer apparent; perhaps some nebulous fruity yeast. Odd, but not entirely terrible.

T - The taste is a weird mix of white wine and wood. There's some under ripe stone fruit in the mix suggesting that this was a beer at some point in time, but the barrel has pretty much overwhelmed Tiger Jelly (I believe that was the base?). Not good, but not at the gag-inducing level of Biggs' 'stache or Bully Guppy.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, dry and tannic, with a surprisingly large amount of warming alcohol. I didn't get a ton of booze flavor-wise, but it's here in spades, particularly in the finish.

D - Not a very good beer, but not so terrible that it warrants mythical status like some other 3 Floyds 'experiments'. Hard to drink in any sort of meaningful volume and definitely not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 16:19:48 | More by MasterSki
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a nice clean amber pour with a finger of white head which dissipated quickly. smells of belgian yeast, slight sourness to it, vanilla, caramel. a flavor profile mainly based off of vanilla and raisins, some charred notes giving a slight cocoa taste, caramel.. this is basically just a sweet treat! the more it warms up the more the charred flavor comes up, making this a very fun drinking experience. medium in body with moderate carbonation.. a sweet finish.

this isn't really a mindblowing beer or anything, compared to some of the other FFF beers i've had, but it is a decent BA beer.. not too strong on the barrel flavors, nice and sweet, with a high abv to get the job done!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:31:39 | More by facundoCNB
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TheCuriograph

New York

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured into a snifter

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber with a slight head that subsides into a lacy halo. Glows copper against the light.

S - Boozy waft, like a bourbon-aged ale. Maple, caramel, tofee, with an edge of pineapple. There's also a spicy overtone, like cinnamon and white pepper. A bit of apple.

T - Tangy and woody, with the sweet smokiness of a Belgian Pale Ale chased with a shot of whiskey. The sweet booziness is calmer than something like Doom, and the passion fruit and caramel is more pronounced. Still, the taste is sort of inconsistent, wavering between watered down fruit and sugar/spice.

M - Medium light, pretty insubstantial.

O - Not awful, as many have attested. I'd not turn this away, but it's definitely the weakest 3 Floyds offering I've had. There's an occasional wiffs of wood-backed BPA assurance, but they are fleeting. Don't feel too bad if you miss this one.

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Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:15:38 | More by TheCuriograph
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Fcolle2

Illinois

1.99/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours amber in color with a slight red tint. 1 finger off white head that has decent retention.

Wow smells like something went horribly wrong. Smells similar to the cheap Marsala cooking wine that spoiled in my pantry. Slight oak and tons of funk.

Taste follows the smell. Funk and tons of booze. I don't know if this was intentional or what but it is not good.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 00:49:39 | More by Fcolle2
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity. Shared with BFD at The Mohers house. Hazy medium gold with a smallish quickly dissipating head. Smells of leather oak vanilla caramel and a bit of funk. The flavor follows the aroma. Not what I expected and a bit out there with flavors. It grew on me as I sampled it, but its not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:18:10 | More by johnnnniee
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Symphoni

Florida

2.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Amber orange hue with light white head.

S - Oak, tart aroma, agree w/ previous reviewer (magic marker odor).

T - Taste of a cider, oak, apple.

M - Begins heavy, light finish, definitely some tartness (to be expected)

O - Swing, and a miss! Not sure what the intent was with this one. Guess if you've spent the time aging it in barrels, you're probably not going to wash it down the drain. Instead ~ wait until Dark Lord day and dump the inventory! I've always been a fan of 3F, but this one was a fail.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 22:12:48 | More by Symphoni
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Pours an opaque amber orange color with an off white and generously sticky lacing ring.

S - Tons of green apples, cider, white grapes, tart apple, green.

T - Lots of green apple, fusel alcohol, cider, mead, Chardonnay, and some oak.

M - Heavy light body with some puckering tartness.

O - As much as I love FFF's, it 's big, but avoid this beer. (Sorry to say.)

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:48:46 | More by jzeilinger
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Auracom

Illinois

2.19/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I tried to avoid reading much about this one, because initial impressions of this one were not going well. 10 oz. on-tap in Munster, poured into a tulip on May 30th, 2013.

A - Dark murky toffee coloring, with minimal head, lacing, and retention. Pretty close to bourbon Fred FtW's appearance.

S - Big time green apple, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and dark resinous fruit. This smells... okay.

T - Spoiled espresso beans, raisins, band aid, and some other unappealing sweetness. I couldn't find the right verbage to describe how weird this tastes. It's so completely different than the aroma, like an entirely different style. I'm not sure how FFF even managed this disconnection.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, dry finish. Probably the best part of this.

D - This had to have been a fucked up recipe to begin with, so I can only assume they forced it into oak to try and salvage it. That really didn't work.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 15:11:33 | More by Auracom
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Now that's new...

Let's get the appearance part of this review out of the way: Dark gold, nearly bronze with strong haze. Firm ivory foam retains well and laces intricately on the glass- blah, blah, blah. Glad that's done, now...

Brandy, wine, port, and bourbon strike the nose with a seriously unexpected scent of vinous-soaked wood, wood spice, and savory, almost-meaty aromas. Cider, cedar and saw dust wrap around mild balsamic notes for a crazy melange of tart, mature, and distinct booze scents. Never experienced an aroma like this before- kinda nervous about the first sip...

Red wine, white wine and rose wine all inherit the taste buds. Even more so than beer- the taste is deeply vinous and ripe with concentrated port, sherry, maple and vermouth. Savory, salty and sweet, there's something of mesquite, fragrant wood, leather, and fresh-cut tobacco that throws a lot of intangible taste at the mouth. Peppery with wood spice, dry cider, sandalwood, and acetone- the flavors seem endless but the taste is effortless on the palate- Its an incredibly eccentric ale that stops just shy of souring.

Surprisingly light on the palate, the short-lived sweetness turns to tart vinous action in a hurry. Powdery, spicy and warm to finish- its easy to use more of the wine lexicon to describe this beer that that of actual beer. Strong wood tannin and mild astringency are more associated with oak-aged white wines than that of beer.

Its incredible flavor profile has gone away from the Belgian Pale Ale that's buried underneath and toward the long-lived barrel. I absolutely love the mature "aged" flavors of this ale but the barrel seems a bit much- at times I wonder, "where's the beer". Could they write an '80's style commercial about this? ...but the beer is kinda all-over-the-map. Gotta argue that when everything stands out, then nothing stands out.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:09:38 | More by BEERchitect
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a Ranger IPA pint glass. Wow booze, apples, grapes, caramel.

This shit intense. The booziness is very powerful. Seems more like a 12% cider.

Glad I tried this one, but I'm one and done. I love Three Floyds but this will knock you on your arse.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 21:52:41 | More by dvmin98
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Three Floyds does not make many dumpers, but this is a dumper that they should be ashamed to bottle. The appearance was nice enough with a golden copper color. The aroma was the first hint of a problem as it smell like rubbing alcohol. There was really nothing attractive about the smell. On the initial taste, I felt as though I were drinking nail polish. Trying to be more positive, I tried to start over and image what the brewers were going for. I noticed grape skin, tart apples, but the nail polish kept coming back. The mouthfeel was thick enough to make me believe that this once was a Belgian Strong before sitting in barrels and going wrong. I could not finish the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 02:31:07 | More by JohnnyHopps
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chris for sharing! Served in a small snifter glass.

Sanguine dark reddish amber color, a thin layer of parchment tinged foam on the surface. Okay clarity, looking straight down the meniscus of the glass is visible. Surface skim parts quickly, minimal spotty lace when swirled.

Fusel aroma at first, after awhile it becomes very sweet with a fig and plum character.

Tastes very sweet like a mead, honey, figs, plums, dessert wine. Booze is overt, there's a little bit of tartness that seems appropriate with the fruit character. Very potent in small doses... A little harsh and boozy. Seemed to improve slightly after sitting out for 15 minutes, allowing the fusels to dissipate. Glad this was shared a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 00:55:38 | More by emerge077
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Pidzik12

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip at 3floyds.

Smell of oak with a lot of caramel apple.

Darker ruby red in color with a light head that holds up.

Tastes of oak with a lot of apple and chardonnay. I see many people in the site giving it poor reviews but in my opinion, the beer tastes fantastic. It's so different that it's addicting. I expected a lot of oak and got it. Overall I've been to the brewpub 6 times and made sure to get it every time. Its so addicting. And delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 18:54:34 | More by Pidzik12
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WankelEngine

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass

This was a bizzare beer. I'm just making a few notes after the fact because I have one to age as well. The beer had an aroma of candied apple and sweet caramel, along with an earthy acetone. Unfortunately, the acetone flavor was even more potent on the palate than the nose. I think this was an effect of the chardonnay barrel, because it seemed somewhat vinous. Light Chardonnay and oak flavors as well as caramel apple. The acetone pretty much ruined the beer for me, though people who tried it were very divided. Some people thought it was amazing and some found it gag-worthy (None of these people were BAs, it might be worth noting... they were equally astounded by the bottle of Stone Espresso IRS I also had.) I ended up only having a few sips. Hopefully the nail polish flavors dissipate with some age. If this ages gracefully, it could be a unique, delicious beer. If not, it could be even more of a monster than it is now. I will try again in about 18 months.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 20:29:09 | More by WankelEngine
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is this meant to age? Waxed BPA?

A - Pours golden amber in color with an off white head. Everything seems normal.

S - Fruity sweetness with a dry wine character. Sour apple? Candied apple?

T - A little tart to start off that transforms into caramel and oak with a white grape finish.

M - Light bodied and high carbonation. Really lets you swish the flavors around to taste them.

O - Not one I'd want to seek out again, but it holds up to other sour/tart beers, IMO. Being 3F, people must have been expecting a hop bomb or something. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:31:25 | More by cvm4
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This poured out as a golden colored brew with a good sized white head on top. The lacing and retention of this beer were good. The smell of this reminded me of a Sharpie Magic Marker. It smelled acidic and wooden, very pungent on the nose. The taste was also pretty harsh with the French oak and souring agents in there... I can't say I want to ever have this one again. The mouthfeel is pretty basic, nice carbonation that's about all. Overall it's not a great beer at all. This one took me a while to drink because of the flavors it had. It was fun to try At aleast

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 07:15:09 | More by Knapp85
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Ncpogs

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought the beer first, then read the reviews and got scared. I thought this was going to be Bully Guppy all over again. It does remind me of that on the nose a little but not nearly the acetone scent from the Guppy. Fortunately, most of the reviewers were harsh. Definitely something odd and off about the beer, but much better than expected.

One review likened the smell to Carmel apples and I can see that. It has a sweet/fruity scent mixed with Chardonnay. Personally I kind of like it.

The taste is nowhere near what you'd expect from a pale ale. There is no hop feel or bitterness in is beer. It has a sour funky Belgian thing going on, but again not in a bad way.

Personally, I'm glad I bought a bomber and was able to try it. I would suggest aging something like this in a different type of barrel next time. But it was an interesting experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 23:58:41 | More by Ncpogs
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pmoney

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Three Floyd's on 5/4/2013

A: Served in a tulip glass. A slightly murky copper color with a finger and a half white fluffy head. The head receeds fairly quickly leaving a white rim with a little lacing.

S: It literally smells like a caramel apple. Unlike any beer I've ever smelled. Loads and loads of apple and caramel aromas. Really interesting!!

T: The taste follows the smell very closely. I get tons of apple skin, dry oak barrel, a little vanilla, and lots of caramel on the finish. I can tell the wine barrels definitely dryed the beer out, but the sweet caramel kicks in on the back-end. For a 9.5% beer, I don't get any detectable alcohol. Again, very interesting and very unique.

M: A fairly standard Belgian mouthfeel, although it is definitely dry.

O: I don't see where all the hate comes from honestly. I told the server I'd try it out of "morbid curiosity" because I had heard so many bad reviews. But I was definitely pleasantly surprised. It is unlike anything I've ever had before, and I'm very happy I tried it. I can't stress it enough - it smells and tastes just like a caramel apple.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 17:41:46 | More by pmoney
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Tiberian Inquisitor from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
74 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.