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Tripel - Legend Brewing Co.

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86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Six Months of aging brings a soft smoothness to this sweet, complex ale. The result is a “sipping beer” that doesn’t seem like one. By this we mean that Legend Tripel is a deceptively strong beer to be shared with friends and family in celebration and moderation. Legend Tripel is brewed on a Belgian abbey style yeast strain which imparts combinations including banana, clove, apple, pear, even bubblegum. Serve with mild cheeses, roasted pork or turkey.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-23-2003)
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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Legend

Tripels are probably my least favorite style of beer, so I usually approach with caution. This one was not bad. Hazy light amber pour with a small white head. Aroma of pale malts, Belgian yeast, light fruity esters, Bazooka Joe. Taste of pale malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, pear, banana, green pepper. Light-medium body, and okay overall. Nothing I'd go back for.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had several good American Tripels. This is one of them, Pours a hazy golden amber color into my Chimay goblet. Delicately bubbly white head, average retention for a Tripel, no lacing to speak of.

Aroma has all the basics. Light fruit, grapes and pears, cloves, pepper, a little candi sugar and good Belgian yeast.

Tastes very good. The light fruit from the aroma is joined by some banana in the taste. Sweetness is up front. Spices are just right.

Tripels are known for hiding the alcohol behind a rich smoothness. This one is no exception. A little alcohol burn...very mild. The rest is a sweet, spicy, yeasty delight.

Very good take on a Tripel. I would drink this one again, any time.

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Poured out of a bottle into a snifter.
A: pours yellow-amber with a moderate head. Saved the last to collect the yeast. Nice and cloudy with a little carbonation.
S: smells sweet but not overpowering. Some banana.
T: starts sweet and full but ends with some zip, some tang.
M: smooth, some lingering light bitterness.
O: I really like this beer. The high ABV doesn't come through when drinking. Will probably hit me later. Very nice belgian style.

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After seeing several reviews for this noble quaff I feel compelled to comment. First, this is a seasonal brew from a local (and well-established) brewpub. As such, an all-inclusive review is not appropriate. Like any seasonal, some years are better than others.
My first encounter was in 2007, and the beer was amazing. Crisp, with a fruity nose and palate. Not much bitterness, and the alcohol was evident only if sought. Head was minimal (the tap draw or an emergent property of the beer?). What sold me on this brew was that the brewmaster held back a keg or two until the following year, affording me the opportunity to taste a year-old aging. Maybe the best beer of this type I have ever tasted! Any sharpness or edge had mellowed over the year. I buy it every year, and it always performs well. I still have a bottle from 2009 awaiting the right moment. The most recent vintage (2010) was commensurate with that first tasting. But I'm saving some of those as well.
And by the way, I believe they spell it "Tripel".

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Tripel from Legend Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.