Island Reserve: Tripel - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
02-12-2014 05:09:07 | More by superspak
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
01-19-2014 22:13:30 | More by puboflyons
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-05-2013 04:19:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.86/5 rDev +2.7%
I wanted to like this Tripel, but there were some inconsistencies that will require further review. There were at least two kegs tapped and the first one went by quickly. The second tap started with two pitchers-full of head, and the bartender had to scoop the head off before filling the glass--in part it's the bar's fault for not providing proper (and larger) glassware, but head retention in the second keg was simply remarkable, so there was really no workaround. The review is based on three tastings--sample from the first keg, and two full glasses from the second, with the second one having rested for about 15-20 minutes. (Both kegs had been filled from the same very fresh batch at the brewery.)
Poured hazy medium amber with ample head. Second batch was cloudier and had substantially more head which remained for a few minutes. Nice lacing, but that's hardly remarkable.
Floral and fruity upfront, with clear malt aromas. Boozy vapors follow in the second batch. Light notes of spice (coriander and cloves, but otherwise unclear) and caramel.
The pours from the second batch both opened bitter and boozy, but the bitterness subsided in the rested glass. The glass that was consumed immediately retained some bitterness throughout, but it far less bitter toward the end. Big yeast wallop to start. Clear spice and caramel malt notes, but the bitterness was not from the spices and likely not from the wheat. These were followed by briny sweet citrus with lingering slight acidic pucker on the tongue.
Medium bodied beer but seemed lighter than most Tripels. Big carbonation and very boozy--some might like this and consider it a feature, but I would prefer it to be better masked. Bottled version is likely less boozy.
Overall clearly a representative of the style, but not as sweet as earlier reviews had suggested. I was somewhat disappointed with the full glass after the initial taste was much more promising (I chose a different release to try first). Two things might have happened with the second keg that affected the beer--the yeast remained active longer than expected and were stirred up considerably more than usual during transport and tapping. The former would explain excessive head, carbonation and booziness, while the latter would account for the bitterness and its later disappearance. There are likely better Tripels on the market within the same price range and with greater availability (Ommegang, Unibroue and Boulevard), but this one should have a chance to be quite good from the bottle, especially after a bit of aging. I will try it again at a later point and will update the review then.
08-01-2013 07:35:06 | More by VictorWisc
Island Reserve: Tripel from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.