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Scratch Beer 82 - 2012 (Belgian Style Triple) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 82 - 2012 (Belgian Style Triple)
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83
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The term “Triple” was popularized by Trappist brewery Westmalle to describe its brawniest of strong pale ales. Well, we assure you that this is indeed one brawny Triple! Brewed with 450lbs. of local PA honey and Westmalle yeast, our latest Scratch Belgian Style Triple is subtly sweet and quite earthy. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the honey, which gives the body a robust and almost chewy texture. The honey also bolsters the alcohol content without coming across as too warm or boozy. But take heed of the lofty 8.1% ABV. Triples are known to be stealthy brews, and Scratch #82 is no exception. You have been duly warned!

(Beer added by: justintcoons on 12-08-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a Westvleteren chalice.

Pours a wispy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear bronze that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is spotty with decent cling. Average.

Nose is Belgian yeast, clove, sweet ripe green fruit and honey sweetness. Moderately aromatic. Appropriate for the style.

Opens musty fruit. Honey, sweet green grape, clove, and bread. Big malt body throughout. End is more Belgian yeast, spice, and sweetness. Like someone dipped a sugar/cinnamon cookie into the beer. Finishes sweet honey with a yeasty, fruity aftertaste.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Filmy and spritzy in the mouth and goes down bubbly with some booziness. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. I wish this had a touch less body.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. This was served at the proper temperature but still, it seems a bit heavy for the style. The body prevents this one from being memorable offering. Decent overall though.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of crisp tightly packed light khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full rich veil of lacing and a slightly froth moderately thick collar... The color is a deep rich amber with a slight reddish hue... A mix of moderate paced carbonation with some random bubbles and some streaks along the sides of the glass...

S - A strong Belgian yeast component is first to great the nose... The honey component is also present... Perhaps some light orange zest notes as well... There are some distant grainy notes... A very subtle spice kick as well...

T - The palate is true to the nose... The honey is slightly amplified, but far from overpowering... The Belgian yeast component is dominant throughout... The finish displays a bit of pepper... The flavors are all present, but seem to stand on their own and don't compliment one another as much as I would have expected...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... A bit thicker than anticipated... The carbonation is a bit on the fizzy side... The finish is a touch dry...

D - A respectable Tripel from the fine folks at Troegs, even if it is a bit rough around the edges... I bet this one will age well for a couple of months and additional depth and complexities are likely to emerge...

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle to tulip. Sampled 03FEB14.

[A] Chunks of yeast sediment float around the bottom of the bottle, prompting a careful pour into the tulip, and the last inch of the bottle to be saved for the final pour. A half finger high, bright white head is produced on the pour, which remains for quite some time. The finishing gravity on this beer must be high, because the bubbles are rising very slowly to the top. Bright orange, honey colored beer. Decent clarity. Load of lacing.

[S] Very neutral yeast profile (the Westmalle strain). Slight alcohol, modest honey and a creeping oxidized note that kind of adds a bruised apple scent. Esters and spicy phenols are low. The banana, clove bubblegum that other Tripels sometimes include are not part of the aroma (or flavor).

[T] The honey feature is more noticeable on the palate. Still not a huge component, but it plays a nice part. Fruit accents of apple, pear, & orange rind. Light alcoholic heat.

[M] Modest carbonation. Thick body and chewy mouthfeel, especially for a Tripel. Finishes more sweet than dry.

[O] A lot of what was said above did not apply a year ago, when this beer was first released. I loved that beer. And thought it was a nice departure from most the Tripels that I had had recently. (I credit the Westmalle strain for that.) This beer was a bit over the hill. Still enjoyable, but it is a shadow of it's former self. Blindly, I would have never guessed that this beer was a year old version of itself. I would have happily given a 4.3 on the fresh bottles. Luckily, I only aged one.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Belgian yeast spice dominates with a strong malt sweetness. Notes of dark fruit. Strong herbal notes as well.

Taste: Quite sweet with caramel notes and some dark fruit. There is a lot of Belgian yeast spice here as well. The finish is sweet like candy sugar.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: The beer was a bit too sweet in my opinion, but I thought it was nice enough otherwise. I don't think I need more in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with lots of lively carbonation. About one finger of white fluffy head that has ok retention.

The scent is very light, some citrus, bready malt, honey, and some sweet fruit.

The taste is also kind of light for the style, sweet fruits and notes of sugar, bready malt, notes of honey and yeast.

Light body, very crisp and prickly feel, high carbonation.

This was an average tripel, it was drinkable but there was a lot to be desired.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber to yellow in the glass. Decent head at pour that disappates to non-existent by the end of the glass. Little lacing on the glass. Smells fruity - lemon citrus and some other lighter fruits. Taste is light for a triple - fruit on the front side and spices on the back through the finish. Spice lingers well.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Golden amber with 3 fingers of off-white head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Low-moderate carbonation.

Nose
Honey, wheat bread, lemon, barnyard and hay.

Taste
Tons of honey. Pears, wheat bread and notes of sourdough. Lemon juice, nectarine and peach. Light notes of barnyard, hay and clove from the Westmalle yeast. A touch of coriander and pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, oily and sticky.

Overall
Big, sticky and mead-like. Tastes like Mad Elf had a baby with Westmalle Tripel. Although big and sweet it finishes fairly dry. Just an awesome beer overall.

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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a golden brown coloring. It held a one finger head of tan bubbles, showing okay retention. Rings and spots of lacing were visualized along the glass. There was a fading chill haze, no sediment, and active carbonation. The aroma gave vodka booziness, pale and sweaty malt saltiness, Belgian coolness of clove and vanilla, warming black peppery spice, orange flesh, apple sugars, and with warmth, more earthy metallics and yeast. Our first impression was that there was nice syrupy honey sweetness to the flavoring. As we sipped, simple pale malts and honey sweetness started things off. The peak came with the plastic bite of phenolic bitterness, lightly roasted caramel malts, corny adjuncts, metallic yeast, drying generic graininess, and earthy hop bitterness. The end was tannic, with borderline adjuncty grain, and more phenolic bite. The aftertaste breathed of big tea tannins, lemon flesh, and a variety of citric, herbal, and lightly soapy hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was full. There was big froth and cream to the lip, with nice finishing pop and smack. With a swirl came huge froth to the palate as well. The coating was light and crisp, with equally as soft dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the nice variety of hops through the flavoring, which was not entirely expected. The big Belgian yeast was rather lost throughout both the nose and the flavoring, so we did miss that character, which would have made it seem much more “tripelish”, and more bready and warming to the spirit. Otherwise, this was a tasty offering, and we’re glad to have finally sampled something from the “Scratch” series.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Josh!

A: Pours a dark iced-tea brown with a minimal off-white head that quickly faded into a fuzzy collar leaving spotty lace.
S: Very sweet nose with boozy notes of cloying honey, pear, golden delicious apples, leather, tobacco, apple cider, plums and black pepper.
T: Thankfully not as sweet as the nose. Pear, apple cider, and honey dominate, with spice, leather, tobacco, golden apple, and bready yeast bring up the rear. The aftertaste is full of honey, leafy hops and tea.
M: Full body, soft and frothy carbonation, slick and sweet mouth feel but it’s not syrupy at all.
O: Definitely a honey forward beer with a good spicy earthy quality. Not the best tripel, but a pretty enjoyable beer. Thanks again Stormking47!

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of orangesol
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving little to no lace down the glass. Nice color but it goes a little flat.

S - Smells of honey sweetness, orange marmalade, dull belgian yeast and some alcohol. The honey sweetness and booze only grow as it sits in the glass. It is a little one dimensional but it works pretty well.

T - Starts off with a TON of honey sweetness slowly giving way to hints of dulled fruity yeast, orange marmalade and even some fresh zest. The booze is ever present, only growing stronger as the sweetness completely takes over. Finish is best described as sweet heat, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Sweet, boozy feel from start to finish. After about half a glass I really started to struggle with this one.

O - I like the concept for this one but the honey really took it over the top. Dial back some of that sweetness and I think this one would be much better. As it stands its a decent beer but I doubt I would get it again.

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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a matching Troegs cervoise. The brew appears a perfectly polished color of golden copper. Around the edges, the brew shows a bit of lighter almost yellowish coloration. About 2 fingers worth of yellowish froth appear atop supported by a constant stream of bubbles. As the cap fades, it leaves some patches of lacing effect sticking to the glass. A swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained froth back to the surface.

The aroma includes a bit more citrus character than I was expecting with notes similar to the zest of oranges. There is a very familiar fresh grainy backing that is somewhat bready to biscuit-like. A mild alcohol ester emerges mixing with the faintest inclusion of belgian yeast aspects that are a bit spicy. There is a mild fruity hint of pear or apple that blends into a backend sweetness that is similar to honey but it isn't full blown and obvious. The more I smell it, it has a bit of a medicinal touch about it. Once you get the thought of honey in your head, it is hard to shake it and I swear all I smell midway through is orange blossom honey.

While I really dig the nose, the taste doesn't really pull through and be nearly as enjoyable. A big medicinal front of alcohol is the first thing to greet your sip. It is a bit herbal and bitter from the hops and that clashes with the dried fruit notes of the yeast. There are faint fruity esters present that fade into a bit of solvent alcohol. There is almost an herbal tea-like astringency present which throws it's own awkward inclusion into the mix. At times, I feel like I am tasting a faint honey inclusion, again like orange blossom honey more than anything as that hint or orange zest is felt a bit in the profile here. The aftertaste seemingly lasts with a hop bite that doesn't go away and is very atypical for the style.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I honestly feel like the honey might have been a bit overdone in this. Also the expected belgian yeast inclusion was a bit lacking here. I know westmalle isnt the most phenolic of strains but this is a very yeast neutral offering. Instead of providing a hint of complexity and alcohol boost, the honey addition has turned this into a very thin feeling brew with an assault of alcohol for being just over 8%. The lack of body and malt backing doesn't help as there is nothing to hide the abv at all. When having this on tap with my friends, I jokingly said this seemed like a stale version of nugget nectar or perpetual blended with naked elf... now that I am sitting here picking this part in my glass, that smartass joke/exaggeration doesn't seem that far off.

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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Catching up on my reviews.

A - Served with a glowing golden body with just a bit of haze and lots of carbonation bubbles...the head stood about one finger tall and was white in color...it fell to a ring and left some lacing towards the top of the glass

S - There is a subtleness to the nose...the sweet honey is present and gives the nose a sweetness to it...the yeast strain is present and provides a bit of spice

T - I'm surprised that the honey doesn't jump out as much as I expected...it slowly comes through, providing sweetness, as the beer warms...with first sip there is a slight citrus presence, but that is quickly cut down by the yeast...the yeast also isn't as strong as I expected, but it still provides depth and subtle spiciness...the finish becomes thick and the alcohol level really opens up

M - Medium bodied...bordering on being thick, some stickiness, slightly sweet with a big alcohol kick

O - I was excited for this one, but it didn't do too much for me...I liked the inclusion of the honey but I wanted more of the flavor...I feel it got hidden in the yeast and alcohol

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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Scratch Beer 82 - 2012 (Belgian Style Triple) from Tröegs Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.