He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.74/5 rDev -0.3%
A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color but has lots of particulates floating in suspension and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas that somewhat resemble ginger are present in the nose, which I presume are from the galangal. Notes of pumpkins also become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of ginger along with stronger notes of pumpkins, Belgian yeast, candi sugars and spices. Little if any alcohol is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be a rather nice blend between a Tripel and a Pumpkin Ale. It's a nice treat for the fall season if you like pumpkins but want a beer that's a little different compared to the rest.
01-16-2014 03:27:55 | More by metter98
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-02-2013 23:02:59 | More by NeroFiddled
4.05/5 rDev +8%
This is the second in the series I am trying here.
Love the nose on this. Airy and slightly sugar toned with a hint of pumpkin tone to things. Flavor is smooth. Nice balance of sweetness and consistent accents of pumpkin. Very smooth feel as well. I can tell that I like this much more than the Baltic porter version. Very nice beer.
11-24-2013 05:46:34 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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
11-11-2013 04:48:42 | More by Jason
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
picked this 4 pack up at Giant Beer Garden and Eatery, enjoyed chilled in a teku.
The color is deep marigold with slight chill haze but otherwise a perfect ecru head with veins of lace on the glass and very fine bead -retention is good and carbonation rises visibly in a steady pace upward. The smell is very good with lots of spice and some mild phenols from the yeast with a subtle floral/fruity aspect almost tropical with a nice toasted grain and clove -like accent. The feel is spicy and full with a medium carbonation level with gentle alcohol influence but increases as it warms with mostly dry and gently astringent finish.
The taste brings an odd herbal aspect with what I am guessing is a tarragon/ galangal but is also sort of floral with a gentle spiciness which augments the malt sweetness in a balanced way. The taste has a mild vegetal fullness with some mild alcohol which accentuates the spice after the swallow. As the beer warms more spice which has an earthy ginger-like taste which borders on medicinal with the phenols of the yeast. Overall I liked this but would probably not get it again based on the spice being a little forward for my taste.
10-31-2013 21:25:25 | More by Slatetank
3.74/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a nice creamy 1+ finger fluffy head that fades at a med pace but with lots of nice soapy spotty lacing, fairly hazy but clear looking golden honey colored.
Nose is loaded with spices, allspice, clove, perhaps a little cardamom, pumpkin pie like spices and some vegetable gourd pumpkin like aroma, a fleshy spiced pumpkin pie without the crust or sweetness, although there is a little toasty grainy bready malt and some golden malts, mild ester profile, and hint of phenolic booze.
Taste starts with more pumpkin pie like flavors, again that vegetable gourd pumpkin, a little bit of cooked vegetable though, and plenty of spiced, not overpowering luckily but enough of allspice, clove, cinnamon, others... not really sure the whole blend. A mild overall sweetness with some golden malts, into a little bready toasty grainy malt as well, little crust like but not a lot, so at least it has enough beer flavor to overpower the pumpkin and spices and seem like a real beer. Mild esters come through with the phenolic booze, a decent yeast addition profile. Booze is a little warming and tingly. Finish is a bit bitter with mild bitter spice and hint of spicy hop, little more pumpkin pie spices and grainy golden malts, hint of phenolic booze warmth.
Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, nice carb, mild warming tingly booze.
Overall not bad, pumpkin and spices get a little much but still kept in check, spices eventually get overwhelming, but still tastes like a beer so not too bad, nice malts and booze profile.
12-18-2013 02:33:53 | More by jlindros
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
12-02-2013 17:21:22 | More by woodychandler
3.6/5 rDev -4%
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
10-31-2013 03:31:21 | More by Billolick
3.89/5 rDev +3.7%
I used to live in Seattle and I was an avid attendee of the Elysian Pumpkinfest every year- such great beers, not just by Elysisan of course, but they always had an amazing six or eight different varieties of pumpkin beers they brewed themselves, and most were very good, and they surely were creative. I was excited to see that Elysian was involved in this. This pumpkin tripel is not bad at all, but perhaps a tad on the sweet side. Nicely spiced with fall spices, and with a touch of pumpkin creaminess. I'd like a bit less sweetness and a bit more pumpkin- not just the spices, still I enjoyed it well enough.
11-17-2013 22:37:37 | More by Georgiabeer
3.79/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Pours a hazy glowing golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some golden + straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, slightly sweet fruity and pale malts and finally a lightly chalky yeast.
T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale and slightly sweet light fruit (apple) malts and moderate flavors of pumpkin. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and some peppery yeast. Slightly chalky with hints of clove and coriander towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light to moderate amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.
11-23-2013 01:53:12 | More by dbrauneis
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from the can into a tulip glass.
Pretty decent looking brew, with a brass golden yellow if a little hazy body. Nice middle column of carbonation rises continuously. Head is a soapy but a bit fluffy white as well, slowly settles giving a creamy top. Solid looking tripel.
Pumpkin spices as advertised, lots of clove and nutmeg sensations. But not much pumpkin aroma which is great for me. A bit of a slight sharp soapy phenolic hit as well.
Decent on the palate but a very jarring sharp alcohol hit. Light bodied with a sort of cola flat carbonation but the palate fills nicely and coats evenly. Somewhat juicy fruit but a stinging dry clove action. Hints of burnt alcohol and nearly fussel like finish, but some candi sugar sweetness really takes the edge off and makes it softer.
Overall quite nice, and I like the fact it's not very pumpkin forward, does feel like a spiced tripel. Good job.
11-22-2013 00:12:18 | More by smakawhat
He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.