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Brimstone - Boom Island Brewing Company

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very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boom Island Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sacrelicio on 06-02-2012)
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Reviews by PieOhMy:
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3.18/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured into snifter. No bottle date that I could find. Opened 10 months after purchase.

A Light, golden, transparent. Thick foamy head. Good retention. Lots of carbonation/fizz.

S Very bready. Yeast. Wheat. Slight hint of alcohol.

T Just like the smell, but add some banana, clove, and black pepper. The alcohol is too pronounced. Almost medicinal. Aspirin.

M Good full mouthfeel that's true to the style. Finishes a bit harsh because of the booziness.

O Man, I wanted to like this. I really did. Thought putting some age to it would be beneficial, maybe I should get some fresh, though I don't think that will help the flaws that it has. Rubbing alcohol and over-the-counter drugs are way too prevalent in the flavor. Needing a pair of pliers to get the cork out didn't help the overall disposition. Smelled damn good though.

02-22-2014 05:30:33 | More by PieOhMy
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-10-2014 02:32:18 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of bsp77


3.21/5  rDev -16.8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold with moderate, stark white head with tiny bubbles.

Smell: Banana, clove, pepper and fleshy fruit. A trifle mild.

Taste: Strong fleshy fruit with light yeast notes of banana and clove. Not as much pepper on the finish as expected, with a lingering fruit aftertaste that is off.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, a little syrupy. Finish is not dry at all.

Overall: Bad finish and aftertaste. Otherwise okay.

03-17-2014 00:17:13 | More by bsp77
Photo of deebo


3.04/5  rDev -21.2%

A 750 ml bottle with a ton of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Poured into a snifter the first pour of this beer clear golden with a fair amount of suspended yeast. Not much of a head, a thin white ring around the glass-no lacing.

Cold the aroma is yeasty with some spicy phenolic notes. Clean barley malt aroma. As it warms little additional aromas come out.

Initial taste is clean malt with a pleasant yeastiness to it with some white peppery phenolic finish. As the beer warms, vapory alcohol comes out a bit. Slight bitterness.

Light bodied for such a high ABV beer. Moderate to low carbonation for a tripel. Finishes a bit spicy but doesn't linger much.

Overall, this is a decent tripel. Not much complexity, but its clean and not hot so does the job. Probably my favorite beer so far from this new brewer. However, given its similar price to the Belgians I don't see why I'd come back to this one.

09-09-2013 00:53:53 | More by deebo
Photo of MattyG85


4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger off white head slowly fades into a thin layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast and cloves with a little coriander. Hints of citrus orange, white grape, pineapple, peach, and lemon. Good amount of candied sugars. Some bready malts with good hints of biscuit. Light earthy hops. Smells like a pretty solid Belgian.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a solid combination of spices, fruits, and bitterness. Belgian yeast up front with some clove and coriander spices. Solid citrus taste with notes of oranges, white grapes, pineapple, peach, and lemon zest. Solid bready malt background with a good taste of biscuit and cracker. Just the right amount of candied sugar. Light earthy hops add some bitterness. Very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Fairly drying. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very solid take on a Tripel here. Nice balance and fruity esters. Probably the best from this brewery so far.

08-06-2012 01:08:11 | More by MattyG85
Photo of sgttibbs


4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-23-2013 15:21:28 | More by sgttibbs
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-03-2014 01:47:15 | More by richkrull
Photo of ChopperSmith


4.01/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden color with a one finger creamy white head. Leaves a white cap throughout and nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with spices and banana. A little alcohol in the mix, but not overpowering. Smells like a welcoming Belgian ale.

Taste: Sweet and fruit with a nice little hops flavor that is quickly followed by spices of pepper and clove and sweet fruits. Finishes semi-sweet with a little alcohol tang.

Feel: Creamy and slippery medium body with low-to-medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good interpretation of the Belgian Tripel style. Some big fruity and yeasty flavors, with some spice and alcohol. I have bought this a few times, and will buy it again.

05-23-2014 21:05:43 | More by ChopperSmith
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-20-2012 06:51:44 | More by GRG1313
Photo of yamar68


4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

Classic strong Belgian appearance... dark gold, clear as a bell, swelling white head retains and laces wonderfully. Loads of beading.

Citrus, pine, muddy yeast notes, more smooth than spicy, tons of banana and clove, more yeast... damn smooth.

A liquid banana split... sweet malts overpowered by pale fruits, coconut, the yeast waits until the finish to really show itself, drying up the palate in the process... again, incredibly smooth.

Give it a go if you're interested.

12-30-2012 01:24:35 | More by yamar68
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-14-2013 23:27:58 | More by drop6301
Photo of blakelive784


3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky honey yellow color with a thin, white one finger head. Retention is awful. Generic and uninviting.

S - Light citrus, floral hops, bready yeast, and pale malts. Balanced and lively. Good enough.

T - Yeasty throughout. Fruity esters throughout. Citrus is prominent. Floral hops make an appearance near the end. Balanced and easy drinking.

M - Oddly thick and smooth. Not ideal for the style.

D - Incredibly easy drinking for the high alcohol but pretty bland and uninspired. Probably won't have it again.

01-01-2013 03:22:24 | More by blakelive784
Photo of gatornation


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

on tap at george and the dragon

A=pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a 1 finger head that recedes quickly
S-lemon zest pale malts sweet bread
T-citrus and lemon grass yeast aromas of banana and wheat sweet candi malts
M/O-low carbonation with sweet malts hops take a back seat

11-09-2013 23:00:39 | More by gatornation
Photo of Boomstick


5/5  rDev +29.5%

02-09-2014 20:25:04 | More by Boomstick
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-12-2014 06:54:22 | More by Danegerous123
Photo of womencantsail


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a hazed yellow color with a white head. Heavy on the banana and yeast aromas. A nice spiciness, pale malt and bread, maybe a little candi sugar. Sort of watery, though. The flavor is a touch watery, but the flavors are still good. Spices and banana along with yeast and sweet bready malt. A bit of pear and sweet apple in there, too.

08-07-2012 21:48:49 | More by womencantsail
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

05-16-2013 02:06:39 | More by Showboat66
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-02-2013 02:57:08 | More by sparx1100
Photo of kojevergas


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%

Bottle into nonic glass in Fort Collins, Colorado.

A: Body colour is a pale yellow-copper. Head is two fingers, beige, fairly thin, without much cream at all but of good retention for the ABV. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, lemon citrus zest, lactic notes, and grassy notes. Not great for the style. An above average strength aroma.

T: Pale malts, lemon citrus, some grassy notes, more citrus zest, and maybe clove from the yeast. A fairly simple beer in the style. Decently balanced. Unimpressive. Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Good thickness. I wouldn't call it refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV, but underwhelming. I wouldn't get this again. A passable tripel, but nothing unique or special.


01-01-2013 03:21:21 | More by kojevergas
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-05-2013 05:22:01 | More by joh02034
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-14-2013 22:10:32 | More by br3wmeister
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

05-29-2014 12:28:00 | More by Richardbcoffin
Photo of Ross_Haddow


4.91/5  rDev +27.2%

This beer is one of my all time go to beers. It is a deceptively easy beer to drink for 9.5%. The bottle condition creates great effervescence in the glass which adds to the presentation. I get notes of banana and clove in the nose and initial tasting and it has a nice crisp finish.

07-07-2013 15:53:08 | More by Ross_Haddow
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-14-2012 21:27:52 | More by Hopstout
Photo of sacrelicio


4/5  rDev +3.6%

This is their best beer so far. It smells of citrus, cotton candy, pineapple, and faintly like spice. The taste is similar, with some booziness. The mouthfeel is great. Overall, a satisfying beer, they are starting to get the hang of it. This is the bizniss.

06-02-2012 17:52:58 | More by sacrelicio
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Brimstone from Boom Island Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.