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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: 50 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 466
Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%

Ah, pumpkins. I love them thangs. Actually, it was an acquired taste, but I do like it and have for several decades.

This is a most unique take on adding pumpkin. Take a nice, complex Belgian tripel and do some pumpkin to it. A great idea. I immediately went for the marketing (along with the Baltic porter pumpkin). Brilliant.

So this thing opens and looks like a tripel. A well behaved one, but those will do you in. It keeps giving tiny bubbles like a true gem of a brew. The aroma barely gives away the giant fruit to come.

And that giant isn't that huge in the taste either, but it is there, making things feel like ...unexpected. The pumpkin is real tasting, with just a little spice. Under that is a tame tripel. Tastey.

This is a winner. I expect to pick up more 4 packs unless I don't like the Baltic porter. Like that is going to happen.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow glass fails to hold much of a head, no lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices with some fleshy papaya esters. Spices notes at a good level that lets some grainy malt come through.

Taste: Pumpkin pie spices are firm, go a bit dry and powdery in the finish Balance is pretty good letting the malt, spice, ester flavors meld.

Mouthfeel: A bit flat, very dry, light body, almost watery

Overall: An enjoyable beer with a firm flavor. Not going to be fro everyone, but a nice sipper.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Hazy, golden yellow with a foamy, white head.

Clove phenols and lightly fruity esters from the Belgian yeast primarily, with lightly sweet and malty pumpkin and Belgian candi sugar notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

A well done Tripel with the pumpkin playing a light, pleasant role.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: A bright and clear golden yellow, with a delicate head that leaves no lacing.

Aroma: The pumpkin in this one doesn’t overpower the aroma. I get all those good tripel smells. There’s Belgian yeast funk with banana, clove, and citrus all over the place. The pumpkin sort of sneaks in at the end.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, with some alcohol warming, and that Belgian yeast up front. The pumpkin makes itself apparent as well, with cinnamon and clove spiciness backing it up. There is a slight bitter twinge that hits me rather well, and a nice dry finish.

Overall: I like this one better than the porter. The pumpkin and spice seem to add quite a bit more to the beer, and it balances out nicely. I never would have thought to make a pumpkin tripel.

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Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Legend_of_Troybrau
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz pour into a snifter

A) 4- Looks like orange jello with a light, soft head

S) 4-Smells like pumpkin, clove, sweetness, cardamom, orange peel, wheat and belgia.

T) 3.75- Crisp and bitter off the bat, candy, light pumpkin, more clove, light hoppy finish. Sweetens over the course of the drink.

M) 4.25- Big body, nice carbonation, nice sweetness, not overspiced. An interesting beer overall.

O) 4.25.... higher? possibly.

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Photo of n2185
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: A mix of Belgian and pumpkin spices with candy sugar and flora lavender notes following. There are some sweet bread and light fruit notes bringing up the finish.

T: Belgian and pumpkin spices are strong here with slightly bitter yeast flavors following. There are some subtle notes of candy sugar and fruits, but it's mostly spice and yeast.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly light and crisp except for the lingering bitterness.

O: A solid beer, overall. The mix of pumpkin ale and tripel works alright, though I wish there were a bit more depth in the flavor and less bitterness.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip goblet. Huge creamy white head (long-lived), nice honey color, clearly unfiltered/tremendous lacing. Very Belgian yeast smelling, apples/pears- smelled tart, a bit of leather/band aids as it opened up. Tastes of honey and Belgian yeast, lingering bitterness o the backside, which balances the sweetness of the beer nicely. Nicely carbonated with a medium-heavy body. This is an excellent beer. Would I have it again? HELL YES!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of angrybabboon
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Photo of Joerwat
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
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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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.