He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 426
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (964 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,345 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay cans.

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. (1,530 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,171 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (335 characters)

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (687 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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! (839 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

O: (1,051 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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! (1,497 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (708 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (904 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (613 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, honey-gold coloring with only a very thin, sparse coating of white head. Aromas of subtle pumpkin sweet, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, apricot, clove, and bubblegum. Rich, sweet, and spiced, all together in a balancing blend. Flavors are pumpkin sweet and cinnamon and nutmeg spiced on the forward tongue, with a more heavily spiced character on the tail end, more typical of the Belgian styles, with some fruity sweet notes, as well. Coriander and clove join the pumpkin spices, leading to a moderately spiced, tangy sweet aftertaste. Mid-bodied and very crisp, with a linger of spices in the tangy sweet finish. Solid brew. (686 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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 (532 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma dominated by pumpkin, clove and allspice, a hint of nutmeg and Belgian yeast. Flavor is pumpkin; nearly pumpkin pie filling in character with Belgian yeast and a combination of pie spicing (clove, cinnamon, light nutmeg) and classic tripel cardamom; nicely balanced. Medium bodied with light creaminess, satisfying. A well melded pumpkin ale that retains tripel character while presenting the pumpkin pie character nicely. Spicing is deftly handled. I either really love or hate pumpkin beers and it really hinges on authentic pumpkin flavor and a light, but distinct use of holiday spicing. This one scores on both fronts. A really enjoyable pumpkin beer and an unusual style for pumpkin that I will put into my fall rotation if it is made again. (905 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 09/09/13. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like pumpkin, bready malt, cloves, Belgian yeast, and some peppery spice. It tastes like pumpkin, pumpkin spices, peppery spice, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and some mint and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. To me it's more of a pumpkin ale than a tripel, but I'm not complaining. I liked this brew, definitely worth a try especially if you like pumpkin beers. (625 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Solid 1/4 inch of head that sticks around as long as it can falling to a mild lace ring. Color is a bright hazy yellow.
S - Well it smells like a good Belgium Triple. Fruity with a mild chalky yeast smell but not alcohol is nice. Where is the spice or pumpkin?
T - Well it doesn't taste like your average triple it has a smooth butternut squash kind of flavor that reminds me of sweet potatoes. Spices take a backseat as a mild alcohol burn hits the tongue and finish with a mild bit of hops and fruity yeasts.Not bad at all!
M - Medium bodied kind of shows the ABV a bit but is relatively smooth.

Overall for $2,50 it was pretty sweet. I like smooth Triples that hide the ABV well so it's a winner for me. Very sweet vegital taste as well. (745 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice cloudy golden hue with suspended particulates throughout. There was a one finger head that faded almost immediately to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of caramel, esters, clove, wheat, faint pumpkin, candy sugar, light bread.

T - Taste is interesting, a pumpkin ale crossed with a tripel. Light pumpkin, ginger, belgian yeasts, candi sugars, clove, light spice notes. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the sharper side, higher carbonation. Not much alcohol.

O - Overall, this was an interesting combination. With there was a bit more pumpkin in this one but overall, quite tasty. (682 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,301 characters)

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
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