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He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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96 Reviews

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 466
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on November 20, 2015. Smell is pumpkin and spice. Taste is pumpkin pie, banana, coriander with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Feel is medium in body.

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

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter. This tripel pours a lightly hazed yellowish amber with a moderate head of white foam that subsides to a thin pooling layer, modest ring, and light lacing. Nose of candy sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, light yeasty goodness, and subtle vegetable matter. Flavors follow the nose with pumpkin and cinnamon to the front, candy sugars rush in to help cut the spice with a touch of nutmeg on the back that melds with a light yeasty bread note. Very good for the style finishing a touch dry with good carbonation and a bitter spice aftertaste with a touch of herbal hops. Nice.


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

From the can dated 09/02/15. Sampled on October 30, 2015.

The pour is yellow-orange with a quick lasting white fizzy head.

The aroma is a bit different with Belgian bread esters, yeast, and a sort of pumpkin spice character in the mix.

Light to medium body typical for a Tripel.

The taste has a slight fruity bite but overall it leans more toward the nutmeg and other other pumpkin spices. Mild to moderate bitterness.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves splotchy lacing

S: Lots of pumpkin spices along with some yeasty notes consisting of fruits and spices. Some gourd/squash/vegetal pumpkin notes in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of the actual pumpkin notes up front along with the spices (cinnamon and nutmeg predominantly). Goes into a bit of yeasty esters before finishing with some bready maltiness and lingering spices

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An interesting take on the style with all the pumpkin spices thrown in there. They meld nicely with the spiciness of the yeast and esters, though, so it's not too different. Quite drinkable for 8.2%.
A good switch-up for those who enjoy pumpkin beers

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man, those pumpkin spices I'm smelling are not playing around! Unfortunate, for me. Massive notes of nutmeg and cinnamon almost bludgeon the nose, though additional notes of candied sugar, black pepper, and gourd also appear. As it opens up, the spices becomes less raw. Tasting it, I initially get a lot of spices. Black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg in particular (just like the nose suggested - what a novel concept!) While the spicing level is a little much, it's aided by a fairly short finish. I also taste a bit of candied sugar and white grape. The flavors are rather muddled, but it goes down reasonably well (though it could be lighter on its feet). I'm struggling to find good or bad things to say about this, it just kind of exists in spite of its unique twist. Hopefully the Baltic porter will be a bit better.

3.03/5: I said: It's alright

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, canned on 09/02/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. Belgian-Style Tripel, 'Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices', my first encounter with a pumpkin Tripel.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange body, lots of light sediment flecks floating around in the glass, with just under three fingers of frothy white head. Appears actively carbonated, with streams of bubbles lazily floating topside. Thin bubbly spotty lacing.

S - Funk jumps out at me initially, followed by notes of cola, cinnamon, spice rack, and a bit of Belgian yeast presence. Smells nice, but I probably wouldn't identify this as a tripel without knowing.

T - Taste follows the nose, but the Belgian yeast comes on more strong. No overt pumpkin / gourd flavor, but pumpkin pie spice / cinnamon is distinct.

M - Smooth, creamy, & fluid. Medium-full bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, decent enough and drinkable for the abv. I would be interested in trying more pumpkin beers within this style.

21st Amendment He Said -----3.5/5

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

L: nice, thick white head that seems pretty solid. Gradually dissipated into lacing covering the beer and glass sides. Beer is straw yellow with a tiny bit of haze.
S: Delicious! Some pepper, some funky zest/tang.Hints of pumpkin pie spices and earthiness.
T: Yas qween! Bright and lively, good amount of coriander up front. I'm not getting a whole lot of pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavor, but I'm not mad. This is delicious.
F: Perfect
O: Definitely my favorite 21st Amendment brew to date!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on: 9/2/15.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herb, earth, spice, yeast, and slight honey aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, earth, herb, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an herb forward smell, but there are definite pumpkin pie spice qualities in the taste.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of anohvc
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is light gold color with a thin head that recedes quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Another commenter said it's hazy, which I find to be completely untrue. No haze or sediment noted. The smell is not at all pumpkiny, but yeasty. You get the typical Belgian flavors up front, with pumpkin and spice notes at the back of your mouth. Feel is smooth and crisp. Overall a delicious Belgian tripel with hints of pumpkin aftertaste. Would definitely drink again!

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

Picked up a four pack of He Said after i tried a single of the Baltic porter which was really good. I was a little skeptical of the tripel but they surprised me yet again.
Poured light gold with a nice white head that receded to thin layer, good bit of sediment. Smells like spring and fall, flowery and pumpkin spices.
Taste begins with a flowery fruit followed by all the ingredients for a pumpkin pie.
Mouth feel is very pleasing, aftertaste is spot on, and alcohol is very well hidden.
Overall this is a great seasonal that i could see myself sipping on year round to remind me of a great fall night. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of their sweet four packs, the box was awesome btw, funny conversation between brewers. Will be seeking this next year for sure.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.