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Three Chopt Tripel - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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88
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KurtBinVA on 10-02-2013

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by macrosmatic:
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3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter.

A: Pours an orangish amber, very hazy, with a half-finger of white head and low visible carbonation.

S: Not a lot of aroma overall. When you really dig in, there's nice sweet fruity yeast esters (apple, and banana to a lesser extent) and a bready malt background. But it sure doesn't punch you in the face.

T: Fruity Belgian yeast esters (apple and banana, with hints of strawberry and bubblegum), yeast and bready malts, and some ethanol sweetness right before the swallow. Sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol is fairly noticeable, especially given the relatively tame ABV (for style) that's listed.

O: The alcohol presence detracts here - it ends up taking away from the other flavors. It's not an offensive beer, and perhaps worth a try, but honestly I didn't find it to be a particularly good tripel.

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Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

An opaque an interesting real nice peach colored orange and yellow. Looks like a big peach and apricot fruit bowl, but a little murky with barely any carbonation, but kind of looks like graperfruit juice. Pours very lifeless, virtually no head formation except towards the end where a pencil thin puck manages to reside. Collar still remains to get populated but fairly thin. A mix of bad and good qualities appearance wise.

Real nice fruit tones on this, does hint at some peach and a little bit of citrus zest. Slightly peppery a bit too, almost some saison like character hiding around. Not much malt or sweetness or hints of Belgian like tripel quality, but smells like a thick saison to some degree. Interesting, not sure where this is going.

Very odd animal. Palate comes off a little thick, sludgy, but really flat. Big fruit tones and flavors in the middle but with a thick syrup like quality. Peach and apricot finish and more of that almost peppery saison quality that comes out larger than on the nose, but also with large amounts of hop unexpected fruity bitterness. Juiced hop body, which comes off kind of weird for a Belgian, and hinting towards some non traditional fruit flavors, but with some mixed sugars to complete.

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Pours a brown to slightly orange brown or rosy brown in color with a 3 finger full white head that leaves light lacing. It's translucent and resembles a tropical punch when held up to a bright light.

Fruit (from the lime zest and Motueka hops) and spice (from the Sterling) on the aroma. Definite lime, and maybe lemon, with other tropical fruit as well. Mango, and perhaps a hint of pineapple. The oak barrel comes through with just a hint of tequila.

Lime is even more clear in the taste as are both the tequila and the oak. Spectacular spice from the Sterling, but the tropical aspects of the Motueka are not as evident here as in the aroma. An overlying bitterness from the hops and the lime zest is matched by the sweet caramelly malts. The taste of alcohol is pronounced but not ovewhelming.

Moderate in body with a light sting of carbonation. Slightly drying with a bit of sticky syrup on tongue and lip, and a bit warming.

The aroma was amazing from the start, and the taste matured as the beer warmed. I like everything I've tried from Lickinghole, but this is definitely the best so far.

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Three Chopt Tripel from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.