Third Base - Elevation Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 06-06-2013

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #001195

The aroma gives off a unique warm honey-like scent; touches of alcohol and some estery notes. The body presents a crystal clear, solid gold color with lively carbonation rising rapidly, building and maintaining a long lasting, thick and sticky white head. Low-level fruitiness and grain sweetness percolate beneath a biscuit-like malt backbone, making for an interesting flavor profile. Medium-light, soft, clean and semi-dry finish.

The aroma certainly comes across as strange but inviting but it's the taste that really shines through here. Light and delicate flavors abound with lots of depth and complexity. Based on the BA tripel style descriptions, I'd say this one is spot-on. A nice balance of bold flavors melded with a subdued mouthfeel make this a fine, fine beer overall.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 16oz chalice.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, pale golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of loosely foamy, sudsy off-white head, which leaves some streaky cloudlet lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, candy sugar-bolstered pale malt, apple pie, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more apple fruitiness, semi-sweet caramelized pale malt, banana chips, some middling winter confectionary spices, and a hint of untainted warming alcohol. Simple, and yet it actually works.

The bubbles are pleasingly frothy at their utmost, the body a decent medium weight, and surprisingly smooth, with a weird jab at creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the malt, fruit, and booze sweetness hard to keep reined in.

A pretty enjoyable tripel (and I don't say this very often), as the alcohol is so adeptly integrated, among other things. Big without seeming so - bravo!

Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at D&T in Houston, TX

A: Pours a nearly clear golden/yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second in no time. Light lace is left behind.
S: Phenolic yeast, light peppery spice, and lingering sweetness. Not much else, and fairly standard for an American version of the style.
T: Like the nose, just a standard American version of a Belgian style. Big phenolic yeast with a peppery spice. Almost a granulated sugary sweetness, which lingers on. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body that is not really as effervescent as I would like. Fairly smooth however. Easy to drink. The alcohol is fairly mute, and something that is easy to sip on.

Not bad, but certainly not the best Tripel that I have had. Several Texas breweries make fare better versions. Like Devils Backbone and Trinity Triple.

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Chill-hazed golden amber color in the Brugse Zot goblet with just a thin screen of lacing in the glass. Quite fizzy on the tongue. On the syrupy side but with a tart chaser. Aromas of yeasty, fermenting fruit with alcohol fumes.

This is so seriously sweet it's hard to think of it as beer. Tastes more like some kind of honey beverage. The fruity flavors are both sharp and candied. Some pear nectar and fruit cocktail. This just seems to be overly enthusiastic with yeasty flavors. The drying sensation even is overdone. Phenols and whacky fruit notes, but all so strong.

The 750 ml bottle was purchased at the King Soopers liquor store in Denver.

Photo of Domingo
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Might as well toss up a review (I stopped reviewing) since I enjoy this one so much.
Without going overboard, the best way for me to describe this beer would be "pineapple upside-down cake in a glass." The yeast notes are milder than most Belgian tripels, which appeals to me, since overbearing phenols tend to lose me in stronger beers. This one cranks up the fruity notes and bready characteristics instead.
The recipe has been tweaked to be slightly drier and spicier, but it still appeals to me in the same way that the 2013 version did...if not more.
This is probably my favorite beer from 2014 and I'm not even much of a tripel fan.

Photo of chugalug06
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Mild murkyness in the orange-yellow brew, two-finger head slowly rises to a thin foam. Moderate lacing.

Limey, light belgian spice with very mild banana, lemon, pepper, mild and smooth. Only hit is that the aroma may be too light...

Smooth, creamy, relaxed, orange, lemon/lime, mild sweetness, low(er) carbonation, heavy(er) spice and low detection of heat. Perfect drinkabaility!! Again, only maybe too light...

Another stellar brew from Elevation, highly recommended as are most of their other brews... Perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged 750ml poured to tulip

Pours medium gold with two big fingers of head, the head settles down and leaves a lot of lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. I'll deduct .25 for a slight haze, but frankly it looks perfect

Smell is yeasty with bready malts and some date and bearclaw.

Taste follows the nose: yeast, bread, dates, pecan, and maybe a hint of tobacco

Mouthfeel is thick and well hides the 9% abv... maybe not spot on for a tripel, but I like it.

Overall... this beer sneaks across the border between good and great to claim a spot on the great side. It will seem happily familiar to fans of some of the classic belgian tripels, the malt and yeast notes are generally spot on. I could name the beer I expect they were attempting to clone, but I won't (hint: TK). Excellent in it's own right, half the price of the beer being cloned, maybe could use a little coriander and bitter orange peel to bring it home and match the real stuff

Photo of denver10
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours see through golden yellow with a fizzy light brown head that is completely gone before the glass went to my lips. A bright but sweet aroma with some light banana, a touch of some agave, pear, orange, and a touch of some spice. Flavor seems cloyingly sweet and kinda syrupy; too much agave,banana, spice, and some pear. A thin but creamy mouthfeel, effervescence there but also a greater amount of flatness to it as well which seem paradoxical I know. Overall, this was the worst beer I have yet to try from Elevation. Everyone is allowed a dud and this is fortunately the only beer of theirs I have yet to try that I did not enjoy. Just wish I could have tried this on tap rather than wasting my money on an entire bottle. I ended up giving 3/4's of this away to my roommate or else this would have been a drainpour for me.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

new one from elevation. I don't know what it is about this beer, but it somehow got all of us really wasted pretty quickly, not a bad thing, but certainly unexpected. it pours a copper color, dark for a tripel, with a nice thick inch of white head. the nose is a little sweeter, indicative of the genre, with a nice Belgian yeast profile, a lot of woody size to it, and a warming honey sweet alcohol content. I pick up pils malts and candy sugar right off the bat, as well as a sweeter malt complexion. its got some nice toasty notes and even a touch of vanilla towards the end. the alcohol is sturdy without being poison, and the carbonation is just right for the style, airy and quick. elevation has been coming out with more and more new and delicious beers lately. I love the way they seem to forge ahead in a stylish new direction while tipping the cap appropriately to dictates of each style and to brewing traditions. this beers is a perfect illustration of that ethic, and why I keep buying beers from these guys.

Third Base from Elevation Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.