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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from recent Maine trip. More of a triple than a Belgian IPA, it marries a smooth orange citrus and Belgian yeast tastes. Nicely drinkable, and not showing the alcohol at all. Orange colour and slight orange and malty aromas.Nice balance though a bias as expected on the sweet side.

Sammy, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

djrn2, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nmann08, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, honey, spices, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, spices and honey come in along with some tart fruit flavors as well. There’s a significant alcohol bite and sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little 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, it’s a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, May 17, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of jlindros
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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!

jlindros, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
bottles 4-2012
A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a swirling microcarbonation supporting a thick beige film of head. The head last a long time and sticks to the glass, lacing its way back to the beer.

S- The floral dry yeasty esters have a faint hint of banana to it with a clove phenolic coming through also. The finish has a circus peanut candy that leads to a fresh dry caramel malt note in the finish.

T- The dry candy ester has some circus peanut candy and caramel malt hints with a slight white plastic hint. The estery flavor lingers in a slightly dry finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a thick creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a great yeasty profile with a soft hop note and some nice malt hints supporting it. The mouthfeel was a bit to big filling the finish. Very drinkable especially at 9%ABV.

rhoadsrage, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light fruit nose and flavor is Belgian yeast, caramel, some tart fruit, higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $10.04 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Kelp, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.6%

dmorgan310, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

PEIhop, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled May 2012.

Orange with some redder hues, thick white head and really nice retention and lacing. Nose has a spicy sweet malt character, pears, lots of yeast character, leafy and fruity hops, hopping is American with some tropical suggestions. Taste is spicy, malty, yeasty. Herbal bitterness - almost has a bit of Duvel character in some regards. Medium body with a heavy, bubbly carb. Mild sweetness and slice lasts. A pretty good tripel all around.

liamt07, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, opaque, copper-orange coloring with a filmy, sparse surface coating of white, with a filmy build up of a ring around the surface. Aromas of jasmine, bubble gum, cotton candy, clove, lemon grass, toffee, and bread. Very layered and very rich/dynamic. Opens up the more it warms. Flavors are bready and toffee in the backbone, with a tangerine/citrus overlay heavily spiced with coriander, clove, and all spice, and a heavy dose of Belgian yeast characters too numerous to name. Very tasty, and very palatable. The increased ABV is very well blended in this beer. Smooth, and somewhat light bodied, with a slow building warmth into the spiced and rich aftertaste. The finish is spiced, effervesced, and clean, with a Belgian funk linger. Good beer.

GarthDanielson, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed orange/golden color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second to a tiny rim. Very light lace. Wish there was a bit more retention. Though I am going to assume my St. Bernardus goblet is a bit dirty.
S: This is an amazing nose. That Belgian yeast basement like funk. Wonderful fruity esters like banana, apples, and lemons. An awesome sweetness that is the perfect complement to the esters. A vanilla like sweetness. Excellent.
T: Everything that was in the nose is here, but a bit muted. Still very enjoyable though. Belgian, yeast/funk, fruity esters. Banana most prevalent along with the sweetness. Vanilla again. Very good, but the sweetness just boarders on cloying. Not the amazing balance in the nose. A small gripe.
A: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, and a great Triple to sip on.

This is excellent, and a great example of the style. Something I really enjoy, and would recommend.

champ103, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Durge, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

puboflyons, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Griffith, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rather shiny copper hue. Dark for the style. Head is respectable. Foamy and dirty white. Mostly transparent.

S-Nose is dripping with yeast. Apples and pears. A bit earthy. Too yeast-forward for my liking. Spicy too.

T-Taste is pretty legit. The yeast is well incorporated with a solid malt base and some juicy fruits. Belgian spice and some light grassy hops. Cloves bubblegum too.

M-Full bodied but the carbonation really lightens it up. Boozey. Takes a while to put away. Dry and dry.

O/D-Slumbrew's take on the Tripel is a success. I didn't love it...at all. But I can decipher the craftsmanship. A nice up and coming brewery. This isn't my favorite from them but I can tell it was made with care.

VelvetExtract, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: hay, tangerine, and banana

Taste: big tangerine, banana, hay, bread, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight alcohol bitterness, medium-heavy bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A solid tripel that drinks almost like a very tangeriney pils. I do like other tripels better, but would not hesitate to pick this up again.

tigg924, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of jfcaa193
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

jfcaa193, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

cbutova, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

LoveStout, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

donkeyrunner, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Davepoolesque, May 11, 2013
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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.