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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

Finding new zymological expressions is a noble dedication of the craft beer enthusiast. For those committed to the adventure of seeking new styles, beer destinations and breweries, we applaud you and dedicate this golden Belgian-style trippel ale.

This smooth and alluring Belgian golden ale is full of complex fruity pineapple flavors set against a spicy finish. Dried jasmine flowers added in the boil work with a higher alcohol level to augment Belgian pilsen, caramel and honey malts. Hop character is distinctly Chinook with an aromatic peppery finish that comes from Motueka hops grown in New Zealand.
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cute bottle art - there's a backpack on a chair with various patches from various "treks" i.e. ME, OR, VT etc, including the symbol for Star Trek. Cute.

Bright, glowing orange with what looks like a very sticky head. Head quickly sinks into a crescent and only sticks a little.

Smells like honey, green apple, fuzzy peach skin and yeasty Belgian spice. Not complex, alluring Belgian spice, more like homebrewed Belgian spice...if that makes sense.

Tastes honey sweet in front but then finishes with a bitter sweet lump in back and ends with a bitter, cloying aftertaste. Not bad but not pleasant either. I think 6 months in the cellar really did a number on this beer and not in a good way.

I like a like a light and fluffly trippel and this was too sweet and too heavy. Boo.

Photo of jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, pasting my notes in and I'm fairly certain I had a completely different experience than the other two reviews, but I had what I had so I have to do this.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, bit of lacing, very clear golden tan color.

Nose has some off flavors, some acetylaldehyde and solventy paint thinner and glue, some phenols, and some esters that should be there. Light golden malts, booze, hint of floral spices and fruits. That off green apple, light sweetness, light spicy hop.

Taste is better but not great. Big sweet malts, golden malts, kick in right away, with some booze and light phenols. Then light oily diacetyl, and green apple acetylaldehyde again. There are hints of that solventy light glue but not a lot. The good flavors bring more belgian malts, light spicy hops, and light floral spices. Finish is dry and gritty, light golden malts and belgian fruit, light phenol.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, light oily diacetyl, and some warming tingly almost feusel alcohol.

Overall just bad. By far the worst beer Slumbrew has made and I'm very surprised they even put it out. Maybe this was a bad batch and got recalled and I happened to get stuck with it or something, or I just got a bad bottle. Every other beer I've had from then has been good, but this is terrible, full of off flavors and even more aromas, an overall unhappy beer and my unhappy senses. So far leaning towards drain pour but I'll see how far I can go. Note I got about halfway before I finally just dumped it and moved on to whisky to burn the flavors out.

Edit: Noticed the other two people who reviewed it and gave it good reviews... one has only reviewed this beer, the only beer he's ever done on BA; and the other has reviewed this and one other beer, also a Slumbrew which makes me very skeptical about both reviews!

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Eh. This is kind of a clogged-up beer. Too bready and yeasty with citrus tones getting in on the mix. Doesn't really stand out how a tripel should with some degree of interesting character. Honestly, it tastes like some homebrew that turned out pretty good. No offense. Eh. Could have done without this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 1, 2014.

The pour has a pleasant looking amber color - about the color of an aged whiskey, with a short-lived of-white head and some carbonation.

The nose does bring out some of the Belgian sugars, pale malts, and yeast I expected but there is also a definite sharp bite in there too. Maybe earthy hops.

Light to medium body.

The taste tends to bring out a bit more caramel malts than the aroma would imply. That is offset by a somewhat bitter finish that roars through my senses.

Photo of Homebrew25
3.32/5  rDev -14%

Photo of asaharyev
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour: Crystal clear amber in color, with about a half inch of fluffy off-white head.

Aroma: Some green apple, clove, bready malt, somewhat phenolic. You can pick up a bit of alcohol, but mostly just get sweet malt, a bit of spice, and platic bandages.

Taste: More of that plastic phenolic flavor, likely from the pilsen malts behind the Belgian yeast and big alcohol warming. Sweet, overripe fruit like pineapple and green apple, as well as a touch of jasmine tea. There is a slight bitterness that lingers, though I’m not sure it adds to the flavor. A good beer, but thrown off a bit by that lingering bitterness in a tripel.

Overall: Ultimately, a bit disappointing from Slumbrew. A decent beer, but there’s a bit too strong of a plastic phenolic flavor, and the bitterness that lingers doesn’t really compliment the rest of the beer.

Photo of dasenebler
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slumbrew Trekker Trippel 6/30/12

22oz, no date.

Reading the label tells me that this is a non-traditional Tripel brewed with Chinook and Motueka hops. I also discover that Slumbrew is contracted out to Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, MA.

Pours a deep, rich gold, pretty dark for a Tripel. Modest head for a Belgian-style ale, retains well and laces nicely.

Aroma has notes of honey, toffee, pear, apple and rubbery phenols. Grassy, woody hops in the background.

Flavor is rich and candy-like without being overly sweet. Lots of caramelized malt flavors and cookie-like maltiness. Yeast flavor comes through with a slightly spicy and clove-like character, but it needs more breadth of yeast. Bit of stone fruit. Finish is pretty dry and alcoholic. This beer is on the big end for a Tripel, without being undrinkable. Hops don't come through so much though. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Needs more effervescence.

A decent stab at the style. My issue is that this beer neither sticks to tradition nor sets out into new, uncharted Tripel territory. Too sweet and malty to be a traditional Westmalle-style Tripel, but also not hoppy or nuanced enough be be a game-changing Tripel. If you're going to make a Tripel with Chinook and Motueka then let the hops shine through! You'll still get enough Belgian character from the yeast so as not to make the beer unrecognizable as a Tripel.

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3.44/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fresh Slumbrew four packs in the area, a perfect time to review their standards.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a snifter with a fairly hazy, orange-amber body. Fizzy head builds to around a finger but immediately starts falling to a ring. Thin, frothy ring leaves a spot or two of lace.

S- Mainly Belgian yeasty and spicy aromas. Strong notes of citrus zest, clovey phenols and spice are flanked by hints of banana, raisins, light cracked grains and flowers. Seems to fade out a lot for this style.

T- Spicy yeast makes up the bulk of the flavor as with the aroma. Citrus peel esters and a dried fruity note of spiced raisins, grapes, apples or even apricot are strong with hints of peppercorns and phenols complimenting it. Some malt flavors forms a backbone for the spicy yeast. Some spicy alcohols in the finish.

MF- Fairly dry with some help from the alcohol level in a moderately thick bodied brew. Somewhat creamy texture with agitation of the high end carbonation. Finishes fairly warm with cooking spices on the palate.

Just doesn't have the balance of it's Belgian counterparts. Just a tad too spicy and fruity but still a brew I wouldn't scoff at. It is almost maddening how fine the difference is between great and average Belgian style ales.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.