He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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85
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424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Beerlover on 10-03-2013

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Ratings: 424 | Reviews: 90
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Very slight haze on a dark yellow/gold color. Head is bright-white and creamy. Decent retention leaves a small collar and faint wisps of a cap. Moderate carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Pumpkin spice bubblegum. Layers of clove and nutmeg with a general pepper spiciness. Some hints of real pumpkin in there. Yeast is potent with a big estery push (see the bubblegum above). A bit sweet with something like allspice or even cardamom. Mostly pale malts with a touch of caramel thrown in for good measure. Candy and pumpkin bread. Canned pumpkin. A hint of hopping, mostly floral/grassy. Slight biscuity note as well. Pumpkin jumps a bit as it warms, but it's definitely Belgian-style first.

Taste: A blend of Belgian and fall spice. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, the gang's all here. Touches of bubbelgum on the finish. Light malt backbone is a bit sweeter than the nose indicated, but it helps. Cardamom. Squashy pumpkin lingers in the back. Canned pumpkin sweetness up front. Some grassy and floral notes. Spice levels are a bit high overall. A hint of buttery pie crust with some fruity esters. Belgian yeast is assertive and only becomes more so as it warms. Spicy pie.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to slightly above carbonation. Nice crisp snap on a slightly dry finish.

Overall: It's all about the he said she said...

Spice profile completely dominates this beer to the point that it's distracting. A lot of stuff going on with a nice, almost clean finish. It's a good take on the style, but leaves something to be desired in the long run.

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 TruePerception
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A Belgian-style Tripel brewed with pumpkin and spices.

Appearance: A slightly green yellow that appears faintly orange down the center of the glass. Starts with a little over a finger of head, but fades down to a thin line.

Smell: Light, but creamy pumpkin scent. A little nutmeg.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is not so good. Sorta like I would imagine the shell tastes like. A bit bitter, with with a sickly sweet back note. A bit of acidic burn feeling as it sits on the tongue and a bit of salivation under the tip of the tongue seem to indicate acidity, but I don't taste any.

Hmm. I had some hopes for this one. Hopefully the Baltic Porter won't disappoint like this one did...

Drank from a pint glass. Comes in a 12 oz. can

Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Collaboration with Elysian

Canned on 9/9/13. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden; small white head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of bubblegum and fresh pear. Lots of pear! There's some banana and cloves in the mix, but I'm not picking up any pumpkin spices. The flavors are pretty bitter. Lots of pear and more clove. The pumpkin spices are somewhat noticeable in the flavors, but they're extremely subtle. More banana. Very subtle cinnamon notes in the finish. Lots of grass. Very earthy flavors. Slightly spicy. Somewhat syrupy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slick; moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Interesting beer. It's basically your typical attempt at a Tripel by an American brewery. The pumpkin spices are barely noticeable, in my opinion. Solid beer, but nothing too exciting. I enjoyed He Said Baltic Porter way more.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for all the He Said She Said bull$#!t

Consumed 11/27/13

Appearance: Pours surprisingly clear, dark gold with a lot of orange - medium sized, fluffy, off-white head - fades to a small, nearly solid cap - nice webs of lacing - doesn't exactly look like a stellar Tripel, but lumping into the Tripel category may not make the most sense here

Smell: Bubblegum, Band-Aids, and pumpkin spice - the Belgian yeast strain here is rather large and in charge - lots of sweet bubblegum, bananas, Band-Aids (big phenols), pepper, and clove - pumpkin pie spices are also rather prominent, with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger - in a word, spicy - some raw pumpkin flesh as well - some pale malts, undercooked pumpkin bread, and some easily detectable booze

Taste: Kind of like a liquid, spicy, banana-pumpkin bread - big yeast and pumpkin pie spices - Belgian yeast weirdness including bubblegum, banana, pepper, and clove - more clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and something almost coriander-like - pale malts and light bread - not much pumpkin flavor in the taste, just the spices - tastes boozier than 8.2%

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes with some booze and some Belgian yeast

Overall: Tripel + pumpkin + great brewery + great brewery = meh?

This is not a great Tripel. It's not a great pumpkin beer, either. But it's better than the sum of its parts. At the very least, it's consistently interesting, and worth a try.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA ). 9.99/ 4 pack. Canned 9/9/13. Served in a Pumpking goblet.

Pours hazy near opaque straw yellow with a finger and a half white head. Decent retention and a fair bit of lace.

Pretty straightforward nose of pumpkin pie spice, candy sugar and yeast.

An interesting blend of flavors. Gourd, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, bannana, yeast, pepper and a bit of booze. Nothing stands out as particularly good or bad.

Medium bodied with fairly sharp carbonation. Semi bitter aftertaste with pie spice and more yeast.

Not bad and perhaps a smidge better than the Baltic Porter but lackluster. I appreciate the effort to brew something different but this just didn't quite deliver.

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 mdcflacal
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks cloudy. Golden to orange in color. Not much head. Lacks characteristic foam and lacing of a trippel but it's not a standard trippel either.
Some spice on the nose along with a bit of malt sweetness.
I like the mouthfeel. I like my pumpkin beers to have a bit of fullness to them.
The flavor of this beer is a little mixed. My feeling is that the flavors from the yeast are not suited for melding with the spices that were chosen.
Interesting beer, but not really working for me. Not bad, I just think it would need some revision with the spicing or malt selection to strike a balance with the yeast that would make it more enjoyable.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

rb

$2.50 for the can.. pours with a surprisingly short lasting off white head atop a fairly clear light orange brew.. decent lacing.

A weird mesh (mess) of spices.. something that isn't in all pumpkin beers though... I would guess some ginger and perhaps cardamom. anise?? Odd and the yeasty phenols and much lesser esters are present, but this is a trainwreck IMO.. Just don't dig it.

The body and carbonation are much more in line with a standard Tripel.

Just don't care for it... mostly a drain-pour.

3.75/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.25

Photo of beertunes
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in tulip. Poured a mildly hazy honey gold color with about an inch of white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma had the basic yeast scent I look for, but there was something about the expected spice aroma. Turns out, for the second time today, I had ordered a Pumpkin beer without realizing it. However, the spices weren't overpowering, and complemented the base Tripel surprisingly well. The grain was very hidden under all else that was going on. Repeat the above for the taste. It definitely tasted like a Tripel, and not a Pumpkin beer.

The body was pretty typical for the style, medium and slightly sticky on the finish. Drinkability was OK, the spiciness accumulated over the length of the glass, and I was a bit tired of it by the end. Overall, one of the better P-beers I've had. I can't honestly recommend it, but I won't tell anybody to not try it either. If you like Tripels, and you like Pumpkin, you'll probably like this beer.

Photo of qchic
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a tripel-yellow gold with a slight white head coating the surface. Ripe fruit (apple, banana, pear, citrus) and spice (besides typical clove, nutmeg and cinnamon) in the aroma. Very dry with some fruit flavor in the beginning, then bitterness, ending in alcohol warmth with a touch of creaminess. Just a whiff of the pumpkin pie spices as I exhale after a sip, but not sure that I'd get that if I wasn't looking for it. Not a great example of a tripel.

Photo of n2185
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: A mix of Belgian and pumpkin spices with candy sugar and flora lavender notes following. There are some sweet bread and light fruit notes bringing up the finish.

T: Belgian and pumpkin spices are strong here with slightly bitter yeast flavors following. There are some subtle notes of candy sugar and fruits, but it's mostly spice and yeast.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly light and crisp except for the lingering bitterness.

O: A solid beer, overall. The mix of pumpkin ale and tripel works alright, though I wish there were a bit more depth in the flavor and less bitterness.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Hazy-clear gold. Light head fades quickly, but lacing is good.

S: Vaguely metallic, fairly heavily spiced. Merest whiff of pumpkin might be my wishful thinking.

T: No, there's definitely some pumpkin here. Along with indiscriminate cloves. Other than that, a slight Belgian flowery-spicy yeast thing is going on, with lightly sour fruit, and a mixed finish.

M: Crisp, spicy, compelling.

O: Overall, a disappointment, but not unpleasant. If you're really looking for pumpkin beers...

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from the can, it has orange color body with a small head. The aroma has a light smell of spice. The taste has a light spice to it, a little pumpkin but not much. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a little bite and overall has a good form or the belgium tripel.

Photo of Infiniteingest
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Generally: A pumpkin flavored Belgian Tripel is literally the least exciting string of words I can imagine. Something involving "torture" might rank higher. BUT I like this beer, this time of year. Brewers can get away with mad shit during the holidays, but this ale isn't trying to get away with anything. It's honest. It's a Belgian Ale that tastes like pumpkin.

The Pour: Very nice honeyed hue.

Face in the glass: All I Can smell is the yeast. Maybe some minor notes of honeysuckle.

Temperature: Began at 44 and ended at 50. Frankly, I prefer it colder.

With Regard to Taste: Sweet, hoppy, yeasty. The pumpkin is crystal. I'm not at all excited about this beer, though I would be really proud to have made it.

Epitoma: Buy the 4 pack for the Baltic Porter, and drink this Tripel when you need to get some autumn in your mouth.

Note:

Serving type:

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 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 taylor714914
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent companion to the Baltic Porter He Said.

Classic tripel flavors mixed with a soft pumpkin, not so much pumpkin pie, but more of a pumpkin shortbread cookie. The heavy pie-like flavors were absent. I feel the flavors balance nicely. Nothing to write home about, but also nothing to pass on when at the store. with 2 cans of this and 2 of the baltic porter costing a mere 9 bucks, check it out.

Photo of RandomExile
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A:orange/amber, hazy translucent; scant head becomes a surface ring; scattered lacing in webs, runs, and spots
S: pumpkin spiced, yeasty, coriander, faint orange
T: distinctly pumpkin, like pumpkin bread; metallic; sweet; heavily spiced
M: medium-bodied; well-carbonated; slightly savory
O: A little too spiced, or not heavy enough for the spice. One the better second-tier pumpkin brews.

12oz / Tulip Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  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

Photo of micromaniac129
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden amber in color with a tall rocky head thats brilliantly white.
The aroma smells like banana ice cream. Wheat malts and yeast follow.
It tastes like a tripel but I don't get any pumpkin taste. Some yeast and malts and a bitter warming finish.
It's not bad, but not good either.

Photo of thecheapies
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After a humble half-inch of head settled, a halo of translucent white tops a hazy light orange beer. Missing is a big fluffy head for a tripel.

A spicy nose with popping notes of coriander, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon and a striking semblance of toasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin-y spice and pepperiness pulls away from what could've been a more respectable chewy bread note. Nuances of apricot and sour orange and oily sunflower seeds. Some candi sugar evident. Really, there's a bigger nuttiness than a tripel would normally actualize on its own.

Sharply spicy with a burning zing from overactive carbonation--probably some booze mixed into that effect, also. A little more bready/biscuity now with salty cracker dryness. Tastes steeped of pumpkin seeds and light roast. Tangy vegetal notes remind me of inedible fruit parts (stems, leaves, seeds). Coriander and cardamom bright again with a little allspice mixed in. Cinnamon is even more muted, thank goodness. I was hoping this to be unique, and it is. You can tell Elysian handled the squash/pumpkin elements of this beer. Respectable, and one-of-a-kind, but not sold on the effort. Esters remind me a little bit of bitter orange and pear. Another too-spicy craft abbey ale. Overly spritzy, but the body is decently sculpted. Promotes hard water feel. Not minerally, just smooth and round.

All in all, this installment of the He Said duel is a good beer.

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, pumpkin, some spices. Taste is fruity, Belgian yeast up front, some pumpkin and spices later. A bit unusual, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and pretty good beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Of course I am getting it in the CAN! My local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped these off for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM) and I am happy to add them to my ongoing madness.

From the CAN: "Belgian-Style Tripel Ale Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices".

I LOVE these new CAN-shaped glasses that better allow me to CANduct an inverted Glug following the Crack! I was given an Anderson Valley one by Tony Knipling of Vecenie's following our co-lecture on CANs back in June and I recently scored a Schlafly CAN Sessions glass at State Line in Elkton, MD on Veterans' Day, which I am using now.

The Crack! and inverted Glug went smoothly, resulting in two dense, rocky fingers of eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) and the Guess Who were back on a reunion tour. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it was Croesus, Mammon and King Midas, all fighting for a sip. I am not sure how I feel about the nose. It has a mustiness from the yeast that seems to be at odds with the spices. It is kind of evocative of pumpkin pie, but at the same time it smells odd. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and it feels like a glob in my mouth and on my tongue. There is also some alcohol heat going on, giving the spices a real opportunity to be experienced. Phew! I have yet to try Crime and/or Punishment, but this may be as spicy as I would like. Finish was dry, really dry, dry to the point that I may need my inhaler later. Phew! This is no-playin'-around beer!

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, glowing orange color. Well formed head. Most Tripels have bigger heads.

S-Pumpkin is noticeable. Belgian yeastiness. Fall spice as well as Belgian spice. Some light crackery notes.

T-The flavor is quite pleasant. Belgian yeast and pumpkin muffin. Spicy and juicy. Almost like pumpkin infused apple cider.

M-Booze hidden well. Pretty drinkable. Feel has some depth but it's not super full.

O/D-Really surprised to find that I like the Tripel He Said more than the Porter He Said. It's pretty neat. The pumpkin works surprisingly well with the Tripel style.

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
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