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Island Reserve: Tripel - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russwbeck on 04-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 20
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. Appearance: Cloudy gold to amber, 2” white foam cap, excellent lace. Smell: fruity, spicy nose, Taste: rounded malt, fruit, some caramel, no clove but a suggestion of banana, some citrus, lemony orange, faint cardamom, lingering pepper on the finish. Dry finish with a medium bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Very creamy smooth, dry, not sour. Alcohols are soft, no heat or warming. The Body is much lighter than you would expect from a 9% abv beer or from the beer’s presence.

Photo of rjak774
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good tripel. It's not bad to try.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a uniformly translucent golden yellow hue. Pours with a small soapy white head that fades quickly to a very thin collar and very little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Apple, peppery spice, pear. The nose is rather soft and delicate.

T- Hints of spice upfront with a delicate light apple and bready background, The spices intensify slightly for the finish but are never overdone as just a subtle alcohol warmth lingers on with spices and light fruit. There is a bit of alcohol astringency that comes through for the finish as well.

M- Medium amount of soft carbonation and a lightweight, delicate body.

O- Overall this is a very nice tripel. Pretty classic in presentation and flavors. It does seem to be just a bit spicier than others. I like this beer and I am glad to have tried it. Not sure how old it is but Im pretty sure I picked it up at a bottle shop in ME or VT over the summer.

Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Smell of citrus. Taste is orange, pineapple and banana. Weird beer but ok

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big peach, pear, apricot, apple, light banana, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of peach, pear, apricot, apple, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice tripel style. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 19, 2014.

The appearance is typical of a Tripel with its pale yellow color and full white head with an overall hazy look.

On the nose I pick up some bready malts mainly followed in short order by some yeast, citrus, and apple.

The body is about medium with a moderate astringency in play.

Like most Tripels, this does have a carbonated champagne kind of feel to it with a nice dose of breaded malts, yeast, pepper and spice, and vaguely butter at the end. There are better Tripels out there but this is not bad.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, esters, apples, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of Belgian yeast and hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from spices, caramel, apples and other fruits. There’s a strong estery bite. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, overall it’s a solid beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Island Reserve: Tripel from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.