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He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

415 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says Canned On: 09/09/13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before eventually becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick bubbly ring behind.

S- Aroma consists of pumpkin-related spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. A bit glassy-smelling with a hint of Belgian yeast that would be more complementary if the spices were toned down a bit. A bit boozy too.

T- Flavor is much better as the Belgian yeast shows itself much more and the spices are, as requested, more toned down. Not very sweet either which can be a big fault in some pumpkin beers. The yeast brings around some peppery phenols which work well with the spices. Notes of clove, chai and more nutmeg.

M- There's a slight milkiness, medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- There's something off-putting about the aroma but the rest of the beer works well. I like it much better than the Pumpkin Baltic Porter that makes up the other half of the 4-pack.

Photo of Hopscat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of jaltland
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz can dated 9-9-13. So created 1 week after I visited Elysian for the 1st time (and hopefully more)

A - Yellow, cloudy with 1 finger of head and some lace. Sediment and lots of bubbly floating to the top. Looks great!

S - Ohh...def a tripel! And pumpkin...lots of it. Smells perfect

T - A perfect mix of triple, belgian yeast, pepper, and pumpkin. Just perfect. Spicy finish

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O - Well, one of the better pumpkin brews I have ever tried combined with a great triple. Does not get much better than this one

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer. As a Tripel...meh!. As a Pumpkin Ale, one of the best I have tried this year. Poured a hazy light orange color into my Chimay goblet (I was expecting a Tripel here). Medium size white head, average retention and not much in the way of lacing.

Good pumpkin aroma. More pumpkin than most Pumpkin Ales. Some pumpkin pie spices as well - allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. The actual pumpkin aroma is what wins out though.

Flavor is good (as a Pumpkin Ale). Plenty of fresh pumpkin and some accompanying pumpkin pie spices. Not much of the traditional Tripel flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich and very smooth for a fairly high abv. beer. No alcohol burn, just a nice warming effect.

A very good Pumpkin Ale. If you are looking for a traditional Tripel, this does not do the trick.

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BKBassist
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of BradShook
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Chaney
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a "Game of Thrones" glass.

A: Poured clear as a bell, solid gold in color, and with a slight, off-white head.

S: Yummy spice bomb with more than a hint of coriander. It very much reminded me of DFH's "Sahtea." Interesting and unique.

T: Never had a Tripel with pumpkin in it before, but this totally works. Not much on the pumpkin front, but this totally screams Fall season. Nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and lots of Belgian funk.

M: Perfect carbonation bill for this style, a slight bit of lacing, mucho spice bitterness, and tempered sweetness.

O: My neighbor gave me a 4-pack of this stuff as a gift. Impressive!

Photo of dar482
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy deep pumpkin golden orange with a nice fluffy head.

The aroma has tons of spices of nutmeg, cinnamon along with some fresh pumpkin, a Belgian yeasty breadiness, some phenols.

The flavor follows with a big amount of pumpkin spice and then a bit of pumpkin follows. It wonderfully cleans off with some Belgian clove and tripel character, but mostly stands on itself as a seasonal pumpkin ale.

A fantastic brew.

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 Navalartichoke
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of KimenTshom
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of seangibbs60
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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!

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.