He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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85
very good

399 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with not quite one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Nothing really surprising about the aroma. I get some Belgian esters and the pale malt. The beer has to warm up a lot in order for the spices to come through. Then I pick up some nutmeg.

Thankfully not overly adulterated by the spices as remarkable the Belgian qualities work with the pumpkin spice. The brewer struck a nice balance. Nice fruity esters comes out with vinous qualities. The spices are mild with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Good malt base brings the flavors together.

The can says the beer is brewed with pumpkin, and thankfully this beer does not exhibit the horrible texture that pumpkin beers posses. Smooth, non-clingy, and very nicely carbonated. Robust and well rounded.

I may finally be warming up to these pumpkin spice beers. Keep the actual pumpkin to a minimum, and I am generally happy.

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3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose: roasty, with just a hint of pumpkin, spices are almost not there.

Palate: fairly dry roastyness, mouthfeel is what I'd expect from a baltic porter. The pumpkin is still just barely there, and hte spices are almost nonexistant

Finish: Now the pumkin shines as the roastyness is soon overshadowed. inds with a nice length, a slightly spiced finish.

Overall: a beautifully balanced beer, the pumpkin appears as just a hint, with the spices even less. This is a beer first with the pumpkin second, which I, for one, strongly appreciate.

Mixed with the Tripel He Said: a far more balanced nose, spices play with pumpkin to a nice backdrop of roast. Mouthfeel is fuller than either alone, and the taste is again more balanced; it's as though one only tastes the best parts of both brews. The finish is shorter, again perfectly balanced, but at the very end becomes almost too vegetal. I'd rate the mix at 4.85, it is so close to the perfect pumpkin beer.

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.