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Belgian Tripel - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Belgian Tripel
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88
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Traditional Belgian-style golden ale with complex aroma and flavor of plums, spice and bananas with refreshing balanced bitterness.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 05-20-2008)
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Reviews by HugoGrim:
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Served in a stemmed glass. No head, though some nice lace. A bit of a lacy film skims to top of the beer.

Notes of yeast and hints of alcohol are noticeable.

Quite spiced. Sugars, some hops, pepper, plum, and other fruits. Alcohol becomes noticeable in the flavor as it warms.

07-10-2009 14:07:40 | More by HugoGrim
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

This bottle is simply called tripel, and was bottle conditioned but originally on tap, purchased at WIlmington. It is a good tripel, have I ever met a bad one? It has spice and sweetness from a good work at yeast. Not exceptional to its style to the point of commanding a high premium price. Nice cloudy orange colour and yeasty head.

09-17-2006 02:11:41 | More by Sammy
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

Served in a 12 oz. goblet at the bar with a 1.5 finger white head. Immediately smells of bubblegum. Definitely bubblegum. There are golden grains and soft spice behind that. The gum dials back in the flavor, with more of the sweet, candy grains coming through. Overall the flavor seems relatively clean, but at the same time the alcohol is very well hidden. I would have guess this was a lower 7 or 8 percent. Basically a good tripel, but not quite my cup of tea.

01-09-2008 14:51:01 | More by tempest
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-03-2012 03:00:55 | More by troegaarden
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KMcG

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-27-2011 15:25:33 | More by KMcG
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

This was another nice seasonal from Iron Hill and was just recently tapped so there should be plenty left to sample.

It pours a light orange colour with a medium sized head that is sticky and fairly creamy.

The aroma is a nice blend of banana and other fruit, clove and other spices, some candy sweetness and a bit of yeast as well.

The flavour is more of the same with a nice sweet sugary candy tone throughout. The fruit flavours are mixed in nicely and spices are the most noticeable at the finish, where a hint of alcohol can also be noticed. The body is medium and well balanced overall.

This was a tasty brew and a nice seasonal to have on at this time of the year.

03-27-2006 21:13:22 | More by SixpointJMH
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

01-12-2013 19:44:32 | More by salthemonster
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

'05 bottle bought for $19 at the Media store but brewed & bottled at Wilmington...
Appears a dense haze of golden orange with a lush white head that slowly fades out into a mild collar.
Smell is of light caramel, & tropical fruit with apricot and peach being standouts in a doughy Belgian yeast mix. Jesus God...why has it taken me so long to get into this?
Taste is of a pils malt base built up with sugary, caramel highlights, mild citrusy hops, and tropical fruit highlights, again showing flashes of the peaches and apricots and perhaps a touch of banana in the background.
Mouthfeel is sweet, chewy, medium bodied, and semi dry much to the ranking of an excellent champaigne. Mmmm, mmmm!
I don't care what anybody says. This is one of the best friggin American Tripels that I've ever had, if not the best. If it wasn't for the hefty price, this would be in my fridge at most times...unfortunately, it's only for special occasions right now. In fact, I broke this open with my father in law to celebrate the birth of my new baby daughter. If you like Golden Monkey and are willing to spend a little more to get a little more, do it.

08-15-2006 23:30:42 | More by weeare138
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jmann40

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-25-2013 14:55:33 | More by jmann40
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kernalklink

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Very clean tripel- poured a dark orange with bubbly head and some lacing. Sweet yeasty aromas with some spice and fruit esters overflow from the glass. Not too sweet like some of the style- very well balanced and satisfying. Bananas, cloves, bready sugary malts dominate the taste and the brew finished dry and bubbly like a good tripel should. Not heavy and the ABV is well masked by the flavors.

01-15-2007 15:04:25 | More by kernalklink
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Bikeboy1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-17-2014 04:23:26 | More by Bikeboy1
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

01-27-2013 14:20:11 | More by Thorpe429
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Perfect! A tulip glass full of this one, except for the finger-and-a-half of bone white head with medium retention resulting in good lacing. Color was a hazy honey-lemon yellow. The yeast causes a very fruity favor to be evident on the tongue, like taking an entire roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers and allowing the whole shebang to melt on the tongue. Ah youth ... Coconut, lime, mango, pineapple. Wow! Finish was slightly dry, definitely yeast-driven. Man, let's call this a night.

11-20-2009 02:15:03 | More by woodychandler
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -16%

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Poured light golden, slightly hazy with a small white head. Bready and malty aroma, with floral and fruity notes. Light malts in the taste, sweet fruits and subtle spice. Yep, it's a tripel. Light to medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable, though perhaps a little sweet for casual drinking.

05-11-2011 23:09:17 | More by Rifugium
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours yellow with a creamy white head. Head lingers well - shows finer carbonation. Smell is sweet - some banana, spices and orange and/or lemon peel. Taste is good - more banana and clove but has more alcohol presence than expected. Starts and finishes sweet. Again fine carbonation more present on the back end with the mouthfeel.

12-30-2012 22:57:39 | More by Oakenator
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cwelder

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-01-2012 07:17:28 | More by cwelder
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -1%

A very nice tripel on the sweeter, spicier side of the ledger. Cloudy gold with a small cap of white foam. Good retention and lacing. Strongly aromatic, lots of banana, spices, and dark fruits, malt and syrupy sugar. Flavor features banana prominently, more than you’d expect for the style, with raisin, plum, prune, spice, and a hit of booziness only emerging in the finish. Bigger bodied and smoother, with lower carbonation than is typical of the style. This perhaps detracts a bit from the overall experience, as there’s not a lively enough mouthfeel to cut through the formidable sweetness. Still, I enjoyed this one, perhaps in part because I’d taken a long break from tripels after drinking a ton of them a few years back.

On tap at Iron Hill Media.

03-07-2012 16:52:19 | More by tobelerone
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Boppar

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6%

On tap at the Iron Hill in Wilmington.

The beer itself is a rich coppery color, with some pleasant orange hues. Unfortunately, there almost no head, which is a really part of the charm of a tripel. There is a very small patch of lace that persists, but I was looking for a big, fluffy head.

Smells of fruity esters and Belgian yeast. Maybe a little spiciness.

Taste-wise, this brew is stuffed with yeasty goodness. There are fruity esters, bananas, a strange hefeweizen-clove taste, and a whole lot of malty sweetness. Some alcohol burn which is fairly well hidden, but not as much as tripels are infamous for. But more than anything, there is a big ol' yeast presence. Dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is thicker than I had expected, and also it felt sticky.

In terms of drinkability, this is definitely a sipper. And you're not going to be sipping more than two of these.

I enjoyed this beer, and it's an interesting take on the style. All things being equal, I could've done with a little less sweetness, but other than that, it's a solid offering.

05-13-2007 04:10:57 | More by Boppar
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-24-2014 12:52:11 | More by InspectorBob
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6%

10-01-2012 01:16:51 | More by KAP1356
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

09-23-2013 00:08:01 | More by mquinn919
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Dbot

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-16-2014 22:09:24 | More by Dbot
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

I had this seasonal on tap recently at the Iron Hill Brewpub at College Row in Lancaster, PA.

Served slightly colder than cellar temp in a goblet.
A - A gently hazed (from temp) Golden w/ 1/2 inch of bone white w/ a rocky, foamy appearance. The ale looks great in the glass w/ sweat glistening on the goblet. The head collapses to a film w/ microsized beading like pin points slowly floating heavenward

S - Mildly funky and yeasty in the nose w/ a sweet scent of pils malt and honey like floral notes, pear and white grape. The aroma has subtle herbal scents like sweet grass.

M- Sweet w/ a rush of carbonation causing a very creamy layered feel w/ the spice effect on the tongue, prickly and then malty w/ relatively full feel. The malt presence is there and the light toasted grain comes in as the sip is swallowed adding the dimension of yeast spice that rounds out the crisp effervescent dry notes that make this superb to my palate

T - Very pleasant w/ a dry note of malted barley and subtle pils that becomes sweeter w/ a more spicey taste backing it and the yeast has a subtle twang of belgian essence and almost fruit -apple-like crisp flavor. The taste has hints at alcohol, but only in large gulps, this Tripel has a subtlety and gentle nuance w/ a fairly decent flavor, yet not mind blowing- Very good in the realm of American style Belgians.

D - Fantastic effort from Iron Hill Lancaster. I could drink more of this than most PA Tripels - (Golden Monkey Abbey Tripel etc.) and it has the things you expect w/out going over the top or pushing the envelope to far. The taste is full and I could handle this as a Growler to share, very nice.

05-20-2008 14:57:16 | More by Slatetank
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-17-2013 21:19:35 | More by vfgccp
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George2744

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-26-2012 17:09:26 | More by George2744
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Belgian Tripel from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.