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He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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284 Ratings

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | 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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a Stella tulip glass. A Pumpkin Tripel sounds too curious and intriguing to pass up, so giving this one a go.

AP: Nice solid golden colour, just a shade or two darker than straight up gold. Dark enough that my fingers are mere shadows on the other side of the glass. Head originally poured a good 1.25-1.5" that I couldn't pour the whole can into the glass and had to let it settle a bit before finishing the pour. Foamy fluffy head that finally fizzled down to 1/8" with good lacing on the glass.
AR: A nice whiff of pumpkin with baking spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) and Belgian yeast. Banana on the 2nd whiff along with candied fruits like pear, apple and peaches. This really smells like it should be damned delicious. I'll be buggered if this is a trick and the flavour doesn't match the aroma.
T: The pumpkin isn't as pronounced as it is in the nose, but it's there just enough. The spices follow and then I get a bit of pie crust as well, which is a welcomed touch. Then the flavours of a solid Tripel come into play from mid palate to finish, just as described in the aroma with the Belgian yeast adding a bit of soft herbal spice and a floral note. I'm not buggered, I'm chuffed to bits. This is almost as tasty as it smells, good enough for me.
M: Moderately carbonated, medium body, fairly creamy in the mouth, slightly crisp off dry finish. Decent, just not outstanding.
OV: This is a very enjoyable brew, wonderful aromas and a flavour that makes you want more. Might have been even better had the flavours of pumpkin/spices and the flavours of a Tripel blended more instead of coming in stages, but this is still a very solid and tasty beer. Nicely done from 21st Amendment and Elysian.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Oct 08, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

mrosenfeld32, Oct 28, 2013
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

dertyd, Oct 27, 2013
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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
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with not quite one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Nothing really surprising about the aroma. I get some Belgian esters and the pale malt. The beer has to warm up a lot in order for the spices to come through. Then I pick up some nutmeg.

Thankfully not overly adulterated by the spices as remarkable the Belgian qualities work with the pumpkin spice. The brewer struck a nice balance. Nice fruity esters comes out with vinous qualities. The spices are mild with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Good malt base brings the flavors together.

The can says the beer is brewed with pumpkin, and thankfully this beer does not exhibit the horrible texture that pumpkin beers posses. Smooth, non-clingy, and very nicely carbonated. Robust and well rounded.

I may finally be warming up to these pumpkin spice beers. Keep the actual pumpkin to a minimum, and I am generally happy.

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
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