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Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9° - Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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BA SCORE
88
very good

271 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Straffe Hendrik / Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atis on 02-12-2009)
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curasowa

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper color with some fairly large particles floating about and one finger of off-white head that fades slowly with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Bready, ripe fruit, toasted malt, some yeast

Taste: Candy sweetness, toasted malt, honey and some yeast funk up front, then some herbal bitterness leading to an estery, brown sugar sweet finish.

The Rest: A really good triple, nice body and mouthfeel, just a tad on the sweet side and too much sediment to keep it from being fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:44:13 | More by curasowa
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A) Pours with a two finger thick, white head. Golden body color with visible sediment. Head slowly settles. Tight, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Clover, banana, orange peel, and floral
T) Malty sweetness pairs with subtle caramel, some banana and citrus notes, and some apple.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Fairly smooth. Alcohol warmth in the finish with a subtle tannic feel.
O) A delicious brew! Besides the visible sediment this is a fantastic beer, making it easy to overlook the aesthetics.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:43:51 | More by u2carew
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Pokal glass @Homo Sibaris (Barcelona). Deep amber color. Clear appearance. Off-white froth creates a so close, foamy & lasting crown. Wide lacing rings are left on sides. Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, candy sugar & spiced aromas. Mild toasted sweet mal flavors & biscuit notes. Medium to full body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Dense texture. Warming & harsh alcoholic sensation & spiced palate. Long sweet/subtle bitter finish. Ripe peach & apricot on the aftertaste. Nice & easy drinkable Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:35:47 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in Brugge by Purplecloud's parents. Thanks for sharing, bro!

A: amber color, great rocky head
S: medium nose, yeasty, a bit sweet
T: clean, dry, malty, with nice yeastiness and surprisingly bitter hop finish
M: full, rounded, creamy
O: well-made beer

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 22:08:24 | More by wisrarebeer
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argock

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a goblet at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC). Reviewed from notes.

A: Orangey-golden with healthy 1-finger white, tightly bubbled head with good retention and a nice formation of foamy lace.

S: Slightly solventy alcohol, with some candylike sweetness, and light herbal, grassy noble hops. Some light banana yeast esters.

T: The flavor is unfortunately dominated by sweet and solventy alcohols that leave a berry, candy flavor. The hops are minimal, a bit of bitterness and some light grassy notes. The maltiness is fairly crisp. There are a few fruity yeast esters as well. The alcohol character increases with warming. Pretty disappointing.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and light with appropriate high carbonation.

O: Not a disaster but too much sweet, candylike alcohol which overwhelms the rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:14:06 | More by argock
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden/light brown color with three fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Triple-like aromas of yeast, malt, citrus, caramel and spices. I get floral aromas from hops, some sweet aromas from crystalized sugar, some citrus aromas of oranges and grapefruit, plus spices of black pepper, coriander, clove, ginger, finally, malty aromas of buttered bread.

Taste: Malty upfront, followed by some citrusy notes of grapefruit and. There’s some good sweetness from what I’m assuming is crystalized sugar, and some subtle hoppy bitterness too. Finally, there some good spiciness to this beer, not spiciness as in hot, but spiciness as in spices. I get black pepper, coriander, some clove, and a touch of ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the tastebuds. With an ABV of 9%, there’s a very pronounced, and pleasant alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This beer is fantastic!! I love how well balanced it is, between the bready malts, to the floral and citrusy bitterness of the hops, to the beer’s inherent sweetness. It’s excellent!!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:38:49 | More by Jeffreysan
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear and gleaming gold. Big, pancake head. Very tall and stiff. Good lacing too.

S-Yeast isn't as aggressive as most Tripels. I get a ton of apple juice. Not complex. Pretty straightforward.

T-Apple juice. Pears. Juices. Light yeast and honey. Different than most Tripels I have tried. This one seems cheaply crafted.

M-Booze burps up a bit. Soft carbonation. A bit creamy.

O/D-Not in love with this one. Would not go after this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 23:57:17 | More by VelvetExtract
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ACinSC

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel 9* ... poured into a glass like any regular beer when I realized this was a bottle-conditioned one, and that I had just poured several ounces of brewer's yeast into the glass with the beer.

Appearance is orange-red and sparkly, or would have been without all the yeast.

The beer is very, very fruity and yeasty, like many Belgian tripels. The flavor profile might have been a little different if I hadn't included most of the bottled yeast in my pour.

I tasted some dates, sour apple, walnut and some malt.

Hoping to try this again with a better pour in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:08:21 | More by ACinSC
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REDAMI

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Hazy with a slightly rusty orange color. The lacey, pale ivory head vanishes quickly.

S - Bitter citrus like orange and grapefruit come to mind. Some definite estery funk.

T - Vaguely sweet, the orange and coriander are on the forefront. A little bit of grapefruit hops. Taste is almost reminiscent of fresh orange juice rather than orange peel. Very bread-like aftertaste.

M - The alcohol is hidden well. Not overly heavy, very clean, like having a piece of fresh fruit.

A very nice tripel, leaning more on the fruit side rather than the spiced. Refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 19:38:07 | More by REDAMI
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel pours a model golden-amber colour with a ball of white head as large as a cloud (and dots of lacing as numerous as stars in a night's sky). Neither entirely clear nor entirely cloudy, there must be a fair sized serving of protein in this glass.

A lot of Belgian styles are the beer equivalent of dark piano sonatas or chamber music, but Tripels tend to have the fireworks of a pop concert; fiery yeast spice impresses oregano, pepper, grains of paradise and who's to say what other spices onto a sweet cereal grain base.

The taste makes a warm first impression with soft floral qualities and a tasty, biscuity maltiness. The classic apple/peach/pear orchard fruit combo comes to dominate in no time, although honey-nut cereal and oats keep the taste firmly grounded in grainy maltiness.

This is a Tripel that delivers on all fronts; not only does it have the bulging yeast spice and subtle orchard fruits, but it also drinks like a bowl of delicately sweet, lightly milked oats. It is substantial without getting too goopy (partly the aid of double-digit horsepower bubbles).

Straffe Hendrik Brugse Tripel is a highly under-appreciated offering; it's just as good or better than many brands closely associated with the style (i.e., Chimay, St. Bernardus, Maredsous, etc). If you like Tripels and you're already familiar with the usual names, definitely give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:49:08 | More by biegaman
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RCane1

California

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall, a very drinkable "light" triple. Great for a warm day when you still want something robust but without too much sweetness. Has the characteristics of a good triple but a bit more suitable for big gulps. A kinder, gentler triple that would be a great dinner beer.

A nice hazy orange, with negligible head. Looks flat at a glance. Not much for the nose but a nice, light, slightly sweet, triple taste. The alcohol nips rather than bites. Does have a gentle fizz in the mouth and goes down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 21:50:06 | More by RCane1
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an orangish golden body with one finger head that left minor lace on top of a yeasty, citrusy (orange) aroma, complete with some sharp spice and a hint of candi sugar and breadlike malt. First impressions on my tongue are that this beer has both a grainy, cracker/bready malt base and a sharp carbonation and touch of pepper to it which leads to a somewhat chewey, medium-bodied beer that finishes with a snap. Touches of sugary sweetness give minor counterpoint, not exactly balance, tropical (pineapple or pear, something along those lines) and citric (orange) fruit notes. Good balance, nice flavors, not my favorite but it's not watery or rip or anything negative.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 12:20:13 | More by clayrock81
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a deep orange body that is slightly hazy with a swirling microsea of big bubbles. A light eggshell colored head breaks up soon.

S- The dry cidery hit leads to a dry candy ester hint in the finish. Otherwise the aroma is pretty clean.

T- The dry candy note leads to a soft dry pine bite of hops with some alcohol heat in the finish. There is a slight sweetness in the finish as it opens up and some cidery notes grow in the finish.

M- The big scrubbing fizz leads to an alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This is a bit sugary but not much of the classic Tripel yeast profile that is hard to capture but delicious. There alcohol and fizz with some sweetness makes it ok to drink but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 11:55:29 | More by rhoadsrage
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kristenspaintings

California

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straffe Hendrik makes a good product. I fell in love with their style of beer making when I toured their brewery in Brugge, Belgium. They have an intimate knowledge of hops and how to use them to their fullest advantage.

This triple is an amber color and smells fruity. The generous head leaves a lovely lacing on the glass and has a nice mellow taste.

The beer itself has a beautiful toasted malted hop flavor that's not too intense but varied and interesting, a velvety cream mouth feel and has a second life in its aftertaste.

This is a very enjoyable beer to drink slowly and savor with a nice pastry, fries or maybe mussels.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:30:44 | More by kristenspaintings
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kojevergas

Texas

2.74/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served on-draught into beerfest stemware (Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend 2011). Reviewed from notes taken in summer 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head of lovely cream nice thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a clear gold. Appealing.

Sm: Slight cream accompanied by bland floral hopping. A light strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt, malts evoking nuts on the fringe, floral hop character, and a full bodied barley foundation. Fairly complex, but not special. Well balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour profile decently. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: A higher ABV beer that drinks pretty easily. Decent quality. I wouldn't pay over 2 euro for it again.

C-

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 20:47:21 | More by kojevergas
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4000qtrap

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Source/Serving: 22oz, bottle cellared 3 years

S: Lots of bright caramel/toffee with a seamless, juicy orange-floral-herbal twist. Not peppery or spiced at all, but everything else. Compelling, distinctive nose for a trippel.

T: Unusually sweet upfront for the style, quite a load of staightforward caramel malts. Blends effortlessly with a lot of complex floral and yeast notes which are distinctive, hard to describe, and tasty. Definitely not spicy at all. Edges of orange are pleasant and herbal hops are faint. Sweetness is ever-so slightly balanced by a bit of alcohol and hops, keeping it from being too-too sweet. But, its sweet. More body than a typical trippel by a load too, but very drinkable. Classic Belgian un-interpretation twist to a style, which I like, with this baordering on a lightly hopped Belgian pale ale I'd say. However, since this bottle is 3 years old, it could just be the hops have faded.

Notes: A malty trippel that isn't spicy, but is complex, interesting and floral-orange-y.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 06:16:13 | More by 4000qtrap
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Arno


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a nice golden color colored beer. Not too much foam, but nice sugary lacing. It reminded me a lot of Duvel, but a tad more sweet and possible more tasteful. It has a almost wheaty, white beer, base with some banana bread like etc ... More sweet and heavy then you're regular white beer, without having that big alcohol taste. Quite nice.

Apparently the bottle has a bit more bitter to it. On tap it's a tad more mellow and sweet. So might be worthwhile to have a try from the bottle as well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 01:35:38 | More by Arno
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip. After tsting this fresh from the tap at the Brewery I thought i'd buy a bottle

A - Pours a clear golden honey colour with a decent two fingered head that retains very well and laces.

S - Pronounced aromas of spice, malt and citrus.

T - Up front some nice spicey malts, followed by some banana and some sticky sugars. Booze is well hidden.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Really like the balance in this beer. A little sticky in sugar but the ABV is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 13:19:49 | More by eric5bellies
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml w freshness date. Pours a huge towering light tan head, which has amazing retention and lacing. Colour is a relatively dark honey colour. Quite hazy also.

Nose has an upfront yeastiness, a light floral element and a nice toasty malt. Quite fragrant, light but really nice.

Taste has a great sweet honey creaminess, with floral, mineral notes, apple, clove, yeast comes through strong on end. Tons of strong flavour comes across and pretty good complexity. Hops are well balanced, this is a bit robust, but has a bit of the flavour seems a bit stale. Finish is mildly briney, mineral character.

Mouthfeel has a quite big body, balanced with a nice carbonation. A bit heady, but it is quite refreshing. Altogether a bit bittersweet on the palate, a bit cloying, but works well enough, big.

Nice example for a belgium tripel, comes across a bit robust for the style, has a lot of flavour, but doesn't work as well as some others I've tried. I would still recommend this as a very good beer. It works pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:47:11 | More by mick303
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a stemmed goblet.

A= This ale poured a deep/dark gold color with a slight haze and a 3/4" snow white head. The head dropped quickly and did not leave behind much in the way of lace.

S = I picked up alcohol, some pils malt sweetness, and a big soft note of pear and pineapple.

T = Started off with a hint of malty sweetness before moving into a nice spicy phenolic note. This was followed by a burst of fruity ester that was more like pears in the beginning but as the beer warmed it became very tropical...with pineapple and mango coming to mind. Hops were subdued and had a character to them that makes me think this bottle has some age on it. Alcohol was there but not overpowering. Finished mostly dry but with a kiss of sweetness.

MF = Medium body felt very creamy, likely due to the carbonation level which was significant but tiny bubbles made it feel soft.

D = Really drinkable. The alcohol stays pretty well hidden and the flavors are interesting yet easy to move through. I will be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:31:38 | More by spointon
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Douberd

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml brown bottle, poured into a tulip.
I poured it very slowly as not to disturb the yeast on the bottom, but nevertheless, I got a huge head of four finger, off-white in colour, slighty froathy in texture. After a while half of it is gone, leaving quite a lace around the glass. The remaining half of the foam has an excellent retention. All that on top of a deep orange, copper-like coloured beer, and while tiny bubbles are finding their way to the surface.
Aroma is fruity, with notes of yeast, wheat, alcohol, some orange peel maybe and spices.
Taste is also fruity, mostly citrus fruits and mainly on the finish. Alcohol is notable. Bubblegum and apple notes
Medium to full body, average carbonation and very dry on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 22:57:14 | More by Douberd
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with some yeast particulate matter churning about. One finger of dense head forms and sticks around for a long time. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

Not the most intense aroma but still has nice qualities of caramel, pears, tropical fruit, with some herbal hops. Seems to have an equal proportion of malt and yeast esters.

Very enjoyable flavor of malt and yeast esters. Notes of caramel, light fruit that gives the beer a vinous quality. The label claims there are toasted malts in this beer but I fail to detect them. More than a slight alcoholic flavor and warmth in the finish. Semi-sweet flavor.

Well done bottle conditioning. Medium body with nice carbonation. My personal tastes would of liked the carbonation to be just a tad more spirited.

Very well done tripel. Will not replace St. Bernardus but still a worthy contender.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 23:29:19 | More by morimech
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this 0.33l bottle on 05Oct12 at a great little bottle shop on the Belgian-Holland border. Quaffed it in my room Maastricht on 06Oct during a break between shopping and drinking. Cost was €1.52, fwiw.

Had a lovely, medium golden color, with a very slight haze. Carbo was plentiful and steady, and the head was healthy, off-white, foamy and fine. Lacing? Top shelf! Had a lovely nose which combined spiciness and tropical fruit. Had a medium body, with a light, prickly airiness.

Was a touch crackery, with some candi sweetness. A little more tropical fruit was present here, which segued into a dry, peppery finish. Quite nice! This really hit the spot! Prosit!!

4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1522

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 19:53:32 | More by Bierman9
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a dark orange color which is quite dark and clear to a Tripel. Beautiful, anyway. Forms a huge white to yellow colored head with great retention and a lot of lacings left around

S: Caramel malts backbone with strong notes of dark fruits, toffee and candy sugar. Quite sweet indeed. Quite bready too with strong notes of Belgian yeasts. Mild notes of flowery hops. A bit of alcohol in the very end. Less spiced than a classic Tripel but excellent anyway

T: Follows the nose. Very malty and bready beer. Notes of dark fruits, mainly plums and raisins. Toffee, candy and caramel malts. Upfront is sweet and end is considerable bitterness which is slightly citrus. Well balanced

M: Heavy creamy molasses body. Good carbonation and the classic Belgian bittersweet aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. An excellent Belgian Tripel specimens with strong personality

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 19:47:39 | More by eduardolinhalis
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.

A real nice golden and clear orange amber body, and nice slow rising thin carbonation creeping up, plus a big fat rising column of fire in the middle. Head is rocky, thick white and clumpy with good retention, and clings real nicely to the sides. Really good looking tripel here.

Very clean smelling, with airy malt, and a nice candy sweetness. Hints of peppermint and menthol. Some sweet pear and apple fruits. Really nice smelling.

Palate hits with a very solid body. Nice malts roll and coat the palate with a nice candy sweetness. An interesting hop bitterness angle something between pine and matching spritzy fruit on the nose of pear. Lost of carbonation, and a little gaseous but controllable. Not boozy either.

Overall pretty solid, and it does have a nice menthol action to it on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:41:55 | More by smakawhat
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