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He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

347 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beerlover on 10-03-2013)
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Reviews by Beerlover:
Photo of Beerlover
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden yellow with half inch quickly dissipating foamy white head.
S: very similar too many other tripels I've had, heavy on the yeast and clove with a noticeable wheat aroma, the pumpkin spices are not apparent to me at all...until it warms a bit, even then very faint.
T: again very similar to a lot of the tripel styles I've had, the 8% a.b.v. is masked very well, i'd guess it to be just a wheat bear or a Belgian style, no booziness to speak of, taste otherwise is just like the smell to the t. even when it warms the pumpkin flavors a very light.
M: very pleasant in my opinion, not being a fan of highly carbonated beer myself but know that this is a trademark of most Belgian beers (heavy carbonation) this though a higher/low carbonation - low/medium.
O.A.: a good beer from a great brewery, I love these guys and will try just about anything they do, especially their brews that are more on the wild/different side, to have a four pack with 2 each of two separate style of beers is genius! keep up the good work 21st a.!!

Beerlover, Oct 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

MattyG85, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev +6.1%

MadScientist, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DaftPatrick, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +6.1%

csmartin6, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JakerLou, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a freshness date on the bottom.

This beer smells like pumpkin pie ... seriously. No idea what the floaties were but I did not pay them any attention and kept on sipping, perhaps some proteins settling out? This beer is kickin with a lot of complexities to deal with, yet another great pumpkin ale to come out ... good timing as I had just about given up on the style.

LOOK: Sticky and sudsy, clear but turbid ... odd

SMELL: Spiced pumpkin puree, floral alcohol, peppery, faint honey

TASTE: Medium body, very smooth, stone fruit, dry maltiness, stodgy pumpkin, pie spice, peppery alcohol, mild phenols, leafy hop, clean alcoholic twang, lingering spicy finish, lands dry

Jason, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 9/9/13. 12oz can poured into a tulip.

Lifts a large eggshell head, that stays nicely. Slowly goes to to thick layer of gauzy meringue, leaving thick swathes of lacing. All riding on top of a heavily hazed dull apricot liquid below.

Nose is a mix of mild holiday spicing, sweet fruit juice as well as a hint of Belgian yeast. A lot going on...

The complexity of the nose is exceeded by the taste. More holiday spice, more sweet fruit juice, and again more notes characteristic of a "normal" tripel. This take on the style is not "normal"
Unfortunately the sweet notes are near cloying and fairly off putting for me.

Ambitious take on the classic, that misses the mark...one and done here fo sho

Billolick, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, cloudy, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pumpkin, cinnamon, and light Belgian spices

Taste: pumpkin, cinnamon, lemon, Belgian spices, and tropical fruit

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I appreciate the different take on the style. The pumpkin is more present at the beginning and meshes well with the tripel flavors. Creative..I would get this again.

tigg924, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

lostandwandering, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +6.1%

juicebox, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +6.1%

briandaube, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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!

WVbeergeek, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +6.1%

mrosenfeld32, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -20.4%

goast8127, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of justme
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

justme, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Brenden, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, hazy golden yellow with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very yeasty, floral and fruity, as a triple should. Lots of pumpkin and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, which complement the typical triple aromas of banana and clove.

Taste: Excellent! Backbone is all Belgian triple, yeasty with notes of banana, clove and freshly baked sourdough bread. Then there’s the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, all-spice, which beautifully complement the typical triple flavors. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.2%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good triple! I really enjoy the addition of the pumpkin beer flavors to the typical triple flavors. I’m certainly getting this again.

Jeffreysan, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of DCHritz
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

DCHritz, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.1%

tdm168, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

dertyd, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Brewery, "He Said" Tripel
12 oz. can, "canned on 09/09/13 1545"

Nice appearance. Hazy gold-orange body beneath a full head of frothy white foam. As the head dies down it leaves streaks and spots of lace about the glass, and the head becomes creamy.

Aroma is spicy but not overdone. It's somewhat non-descript to a certain extent, kind of like all-spice, but then it makes me think of Indian food, maybe cardamom & coriander. Some yeasty phenolics (or is that clove?). Some hops that are floral/herbal, and perhaps a bit spicy - but who can tell what's hops and what's spice?

In the mouth it's medium-full and crisp, gently bristling with carbonation and alcohol bite.

The flavor is quite solid. I didn't find "pumpkin" in the aroma, but I find a quick flicker of pumpkin-pie right up front. That doesn't last as it's quite bold. It's spicy followed by a kick of alcohol with a white pepper bite, then soft candyish malt, and then minty, and spicy again in the finish. I keep thinking coriander but then I know that's not right. Interesting. The very dry, spicy finish lingers for minutes. Solidly bitter as well.

Overall I'm quite impressed. I like the boldness of it, and the brash slap of alcohol. The spice is interesting, and I like the way that it's dotted with short notes of sweetness, and finally mint. Quite unique.

NeroFiddled, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Damian74Shensky, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Bierleichen
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Bierleichen, Sep 22, 2014
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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.