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He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

423 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beerlover on 10-03-2013

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Ratings: 423 | Reviews: 89
Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A belgian tripel with pumpkin and spices. Sounds odd, but actually works well. The floral belgian yeast compliments the pumpkin and spice nicely. Clean undertones of the pumpkin and spice make it work, instead of being big and overwhelming. A well done beer with a unique twist.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good starting head but it settles quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. I see a couple of rings of lace, but not after every sip. The color is surprisingly light--dirty gold. Moderately hazy.

Semi-sweet with a creamy, alcohol aroma. There's an unusual, but subtle spice of clove and oregano.

Pale malt flavor start. The swallow is creamy with an all spice bite. There's a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste has cream, nutmeg and cinnamon notes. With the sugar, it works. Decent alcohol warmth on the back of the throat. The body and carbonation are quite good.

Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into a chalice, canned on 9/9/13

A- pours a clear golden-orange color with a one-finger creamy white head that reduces to a film floating on top, short lace left behind. Some floaties moving around as well.

S- pumpkin pie spice aroma up front with cinnamon, clove and and nutmeg. The base triple provides the banana esters, which mixes wight he pumpkin spicing to provide an aroma of whipped cream and pie crust. This mixture also brings forth aromas of banana pudding. Some spicy Belgian yeast aromas follow, finished with light musty phenols

T- pumpkin spicing is subtle but noticeable up frontal picking up more nutmeg and clove than anything. Following, are sweet malty notes that give the flavor vanilla wafers and graham cracker. Spicy Belgian yeast kicks in with flavors of banana and clove with spicy phenols on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a dry, slightly warming finish

O- the pumpkin spiced triple is a style that I hadn't seen before this, but I like it. The pumpkin spices seem to complement the base triple flavors & aromas quite nicely. I'd like to see more of this combo tried in the future

Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this blend of pumpkin, nutmeg and normal triple essences. Lots of spice in the aroma. Initial foamy head subsides rapidly. Taste comes alive with lots of butter, coriander, floral notes. Velvety smooth, nice spicy finish.

Photo of mitch3114
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Sampled on 10/4/14 at annual pumpkin tasting party, reviewed from notes:

Poured from can into tasting glass

Much like the Baltic Porter that was found in the four pack with this can...a great offering from two solid breweries. A great entry in the triple category. But, again, the addition of pumpkin really didn't contribute much of anything in this brew.

Great effervescent, yeasty floral and fruity aromas and tastes...but where is the pumpkin? ELYSIAN, WHERE IS THE PUMPKIN? Come on, you guys are one of the best when it comes to pumpkin beers. Give me something here.

A great tripel with a lack of pumpkin taste that loses points but still stays strong as being to true to its overall style.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a whole lot of quality canned Belgian styles, so this is a treat. A hazy and heady bright blonde beer, it definitely looks the part. Sweet candy sugar and wheat malt nose is really intensely Belgian, with pear and apple and winter spice notes from the yeast, big no doubt too, with a little booze showing through. Floral at first sip, yeast meets hops, and I immediately the hop dosage here, more than other examples of the style and it's a success. Yeasty too, heavy from it despite ample carbonation, and more sweetness than I care for usually, but that's more a commentary on the style, not necessarily this specific beer. Fruity and spicy both, this yeast is gnarly. Grainy texture is cool, but one is enough. I like what these guys are doing for canned beer, cool to have this as an option, although I prefer their IPA.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. He Said is brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel with pumpkin and spices added. Available in 12 oz. cans alongside the other He Said (Baltic Porter) beer in the He Said canned 4 pack. Brewed in collaboration with Elysian Brewing, this is the second year this beer has been produced. I have kept a can from the first year to do a vertical test.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy butter white head over a golden amber body with mild haziness. Retention is good, lacing is light and streaked. 3.75

(Smell) The aroma is exactly like a Belgian Tripel with little to no mention of added spice nor pumpkin. Smooth wheat malt with a soft sweetness and a cidery, acidic yeast profile to match. Light spices of coriander and white pepper play true to the style, but at this stage, it would be difficult to pull pumpkin or additional spice beyond those generated from the yeast. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor of this beer is primarily a Tripel, and a pumpkin ale second. Fluffy wheat malt with a subtle sweetness and a spicy yeast profile joined by a spritely coriander. This beer finishes on a note of vegetal pumpkin rind and flesh with a slight edge of nutmeg on the finish for a subtle accent of pumpkin pie, but the beer is considerably more of a Tripel than a pumpkin ale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, smooth and modestly dry. Carbonation generates a medium brisk bite for a moderately crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly spicy and dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) An overall enjoyable ale, although the pumpkin and spices only play a minor role in the flavor, this beer is much more of a Belgian Tripel than anything else, but it's a well-made Tripel nonetheless. A good beer for the conclusion of summer and transition into early fall. 3.75

Vertical Review:

2013 (1 Year aged): The appearance is slightly creamier, frothier buttermilk head that retains equally well, the body tone is a tone darker amber with more haze and light sediment in tow. The aroma does a much finer job at revealing the caramelized pumpkin flesh, ginger and nutmeg spices, which have met the potency of the Belgian Tripel notes to create a significantly more complex nose. The flavor also reveals far more pumpkin meat and body than the fresh batch, although the flavor altogether comes off as slightly more boozy and dry. The spice blend of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon come through much stronger as well. Body is slightly heavier than its fresh vintage, medium dry. I am fairly convinced that this beer changed recipe significantly over the past year, as this vintage tastes far more like a pumpkin ale and less like a Tripel. Regardless, it aged quite well and was equally preferable to the fresh batch.

21st Amendment Brewery's
He Said Belgian-Style Tripel
3.75/5.00

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Pours beautifully into a snifter. Looks like a good tripel should look. Nice head, lacing sticks to the glass. Pretty solid head. Golden elixir vibe entices you to your first sip.

S: Fruity notes waft up, along with some faint bubble gum. Some spice notes are there, but most of the nose is standard for a tripel.

T: I get a whole mix of fruit punch and tutti frutti flavors, inter mingled with the distinct belgian yeast character that one would expect. I'm not getting much pumpkin, but it could just be well-incorporated with the rest of the brew.

O: A good brew, but not quite so unique as I was expecting.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Great pumpkin beer with a little funk. Smooth and different from typical pumpkin beers. Love it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Deep golden yellow color in the body I expect a bit of haze in a tripel, this one has some herbal vegetal pumpkin earthiness off the bat. Fine creamy head with nice patterns of lace. Aroma has a bubblegum note,, with honey coated biscuit malt, and spice with pumpmkin flesh. Flavor a bit too sweet and cloying for me. Spices although subtle just don't mesh well with this 8.2% abv Belgian style tripel, comes off cloying after the first few sips. I can feel the alcohol in this one, way more well hidden booze notes in the dark baltic porter, the tripel seems a bit fusel. Mouthfeel doesn't burn with alcohol but the warmth hits me, carbonation is not effervescent enough spices linger and don't belong in this style but each sip stays on the palate. Overall, I want a straight up tripel but pumpkins and spice sell in this season!

Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a goblet.

Pours a nearly clear light gold with a half finger white head that fades away to some thin lacing fairly quickly. Not really any lacing at all. Unimpressive for a tripel.

Aroma has loads of Belgian yeasty esters mixed with some unusual spices although I wouldn't exactly call it pumpkin. Some grass and fruit but the Belgian character sticks out more than anything.

The flavor very closely follows the aroma with Belgian yeast dominating and going heavy on the banana and clove. Nice shot of grassy hops along with just a light touch of nutmeg and cinnamon but it is kind of hard to tell they are there. Very light breadiness in the background leading to a somewhat sweet finish and some lingering bitterness.

Overall, I like the baltic porter better than this one. There just isn't much in the way of pumpkin character here and it ends up being more like a messy tripel. Still, it is a good beer but not really to style.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Okay, well, I got this for free from a friend. Yeah, somewhat of a close friend.
This was poured into a borrowed chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden amber to orange/ brown colored body with a fairly decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking and then sliding to a nothing.
There was a nice speckled /glossy citrus sweet to orange/clementine slightly spicy goodness just glossing over my nose in a nice sort of way.
The taste took those flavors and added a semi - light pumpkin spice to sticky sweet glossy weird but okay nice yet weird yeasty maybe breadiness.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was semi - sweet and smooth.
Overall, I say this was pretty good as I know I would have it again, but pumpkin, well I didn't really get it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles and some floating sediment. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and earthy Belgian style aroma with big hints of pumpkin, spices, and fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, coriander, and funk. Big scent of pumpkin along with hints of fall spices. Belgian fruit hints of green apple, banana, pear, and white grape. Sweet hints of Belgian candy sugar. Subtle hints of earthy and grassy hops. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a spicy, yeasty, and fruity Belgian style taste with good notes of pumpkin, spices, and fruit esters. Big mix of spices with Belgian yeast hints of clove, pepper, coriander, and funk. Big taste of pumpkin along with some fall spices. Sweet notes of Belgian candy sugar. Good presence of fruit esters with notes of pear, banana, green apple, and white grape. Light backing presence of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly prickly. Alcohol heat is mild.

Overall: A good twist on a Belgian style Tripel. Good pumpkin flavor that stands out but doesn’t bury the Belgian fruit esters. A nice unique brew.

Photo of dakotaben
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

A - very light honey look with a large big off white heat that dissipated fairly rapidly

S Malt and Bread with a bit of a spicy aroma. I cannot put my finger on the spice. I don’t really smell pumpkin.

T - Malt and spice flavor. I am having a tough time tasting the pumpkin, but it is there. A strong beer and you can taste it.

M - Fairly thick. Medium carbonation

O - While this was a tough beer for me to rate, I really like it. I am not big into strong pumpkin flavors, but I am very happy with this beer and would drink again.

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into my new Deschutes tulip.

Appearance: medium gold hue with virtually no haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of creamy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates.

Smell: sweet with a nice orchardy fruit character and a bit of alcoholic heat. There is a light phenolic character here which does detract a little from the experience, I think.

Taste: quite sweet with a good malty flavor and just a hint of fruitiness. Not bad, although I feel like it could be cleaned up a little.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and a good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: not an outstanding tripel, but a perfectly serviceable one.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

Finally a 21st amendment beer that I like.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +5.5%

It's a pretty clear yellow color. Has a spicy smell and taste. Lots of carbonation. Pretty good spiced triple!

Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

This poured a deep yellow with plenty of yeast floating in it for haze. Fat head of cream colored foam that fell slowly enough and left a film on top and a ring. Nose is as brilliant as the shine form out of the body of the beer. Soft malt, biscuity , sweet with honey. Fruitiness and a bit of the pumpkin. Spice and floral. The drink is outstanding. A nice pumpkin and spice flavor lightly meshed with a stone fruitiness. Juicy sweet and has a taste of honey. The malt is a treat and it's supple. A good carbonation on a medium body and this finishes dry and with just a hint of booze. A wonderful tripel from these folks.

Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%

Ah, pumpkins. I love them thangs. Actually, it was an acquired taste, but I do like it and have for several decades.

This is a most unique take on adding pumpkin. Take a nice, complex Belgian tripel and do some pumpkin to it. A great idea. I immediately went for the marketing (along with the Baltic porter pumpkin). Brilliant.

So this thing opens and looks like a tripel. A well behaved one, but those will do you in. It keeps giving tiny bubbles like a true gem of a brew. The aroma barely gives away the giant fruit to come.

And that giant isn't that huge in the taste either, but it is there, making things feel like ...unexpected. The pumpkin is real tasting, with just a little spice. Under that is a tame tripel. Tastey.

This is a winner. I expect to pick up more 4 packs unless I don't like the Baltic porter. Like that is going to happen.

Photo of HardTarget
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow glass fails to hold much of a head, no lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices with some fleshy papaya esters. Spices notes at a good level that lets some grainy malt come through.

Taste: Pumpkin pie spices are firm, go a bit dry and powdery in the finish Balance is pretty good letting the malt, spice, ester flavors meld.

Mouthfeel: A bit flat, very dry, light body, almost watery

Overall: An enjoyable beer with a firm flavor. Not going to be fro everyone, but a nice sipper.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer takes some time to settle, lots of roiling activity continuing well after the pour is finished. It finally settles a clear gold-orange with what appear to be some yeasty floaties swimming around. The head is creamy and tight, just slightly tinted, and drops slowly to a solid foam. Lacing consists mostly of patching mixed with spotting.
With the spicing, some sweet and mostly the less sweet kitchen variety, and the pumpkin flesh, it does bear a resemblance to pumpkin pie. Some of the spicing and the earthier tones may be the Belgian yeast and, while there's a subtle sweetness, there's not as much as the style can give. That's not a bad thing, and it works for this beer. Lots of peppery spiciness and floral hops lend complexity to its overall character.
There's a bit more fruitiness in the middle of this beer, and the alcohol's a bit hotter. It's still mildly sweet and very spicy, lots of pepper biting, earthy and, with the leafy hops, leaning much dryer into the finish. It gets quite a bit sweeter as it goes, downright juicy at one point. Pumpkin flesh works pretty well in the midst of it all, though not as well as the nose altogether.
The medium body offers a nice, creamy smoothness off a light crispness. The overall effect is clean, even as it dries out into the finish.

Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Hazy, golden yellow with a foamy, white head.

Clove phenols and lightly fruity esters from the Belgian yeast primarily, with lightly sweet and malty pumpkin and Belgian candi sugar notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

A well done Tripel with the pumpkin playing a light, pleasant role.

Photo of asaharyev
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: A bright and clear golden yellow, with a delicate head that leaves no lacing.

Aroma: The pumpkin in this one doesn’t overpower the aroma. I get all those good tripel smells. There’s Belgian yeast funk with banana, clove, and citrus all over the place. The pumpkin sort of sneaks in at the end.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, with some alcohol warming, and that Belgian yeast up front. The pumpkin makes itself apparent as well, with cinnamon and clove spiciness backing it up. There is a slight bitter twinge that hits me rather well, and a nice dry finish.

Overall: I like this one better than the porter. The pumpkin and spice seem to add quite a bit more to the beer, and it balances out nicely. I never would have thought to make a pumpkin tripel.

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice cloudy golden hue with suspended particulates throughout. There was a one finger head that faded almost immediately to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of caramel, esters, clove, wheat, faint pumpkin, candy sugar, light bread.

T - Taste is interesting, a pumpkin ale crossed with a tripel. Light pumpkin, ginger, belgian yeasts, candi sugars, clove, light spice notes. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the sharper side, higher carbonation. Not much alcohol.

O - Overall, this was an interesting combination. With there was a bit more pumpkin in this one but overall, quite tasty.

Photo of Legend_of_Troybrau
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz pour into a snifter

A) 4- Looks like orange jello with a light, soft head

S) 4-Smells like pumpkin, clove, sweetness, cardamom, orange peel, wheat and belgia.

T) 3.75- Crisp and bitter off the bat, candy, light pumpkin, more clove, light hoppy finish. Sweetens over the course of the drink.

M) 4.25- Big body, nice carbonation, nice sweetness, not overspiced. An interesting beer overall.

O) 4.25.... higher? possibly.

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.