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He Said (Tripel) | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good
105 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
495
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
23.95%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
54
For Trade:
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He Said (Tripel)He Said (Tripel)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Beerlover on 10-03-2013

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

No label information. He Said is brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel with pumpkin and spices added. Available in 12 oz. cans alongside the other He Said (Baltic Porter) beer in the He Said canned 4 pack. Brewed in collaboration with Elysian Brewing, this is the second year this beer has been produced. I have kept a can from the first year to do a vertical test.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy butter white head over a golden amber body with mild haziness. Retention is good, lacing is light and streaked. 3.75

(Smell) The aroma is exactly like a Belgian Tripel with little to no mention of added spice nor pumpkin. Smooth wheat malt with a soft sweetness and a cidery, acidic yeast profile to match. Light spices of coriander and white pepper play true to the style, but at this stage, it would be difficult to pull pumpkin or additional spice beyond those generated from the yeast. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor of this beer is primarily a Tripel, and a pumpkin ale second. Fluffy wheat malt with a subtle sweetness and a spicy yeast profile joined by a spritely coriander. This beer finishes on a note of vegetal pumpkin rind and flesh with a slight edge of nutmeg on the finish for a subtle accent of pumpkin pie, but the beer is considerably more of a Tripel than a pumpkin ale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, smooth and modestly dry. Carbonation generates a medium brisk bite for a moderately crisp mouthfeel. The body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly spicy and dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) An overall enjoyable ale, although the pumpkin and spices only play a minor role in the flavor, this beer is much more of a Belgian Tripel than anything else, but it's a well-made Tripel nonetheless. A good beer for the conclusion of summer and transition into early fall. 3.75

Vertical Review:

2013 (1 Year aged): The appearance is slightly creamier, frothier buttermilk head that retains equally well, the body tone is a tone darker amber with more haze and light sediment in tow. The aroma does a much finer job at revealing the caramelized pumpkin flesh, ginger and nutmeg spices, which have met the potency of the Belgian Tripel notes to create a significantly more complex nose. The flavor also reveals far more pumpkin meat and body than the fresh batch, although the flavor altogether comes off as slightly more boozy and dry. The spice blend of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon come through much stronger as well. Body is slightly heavier than its fresh vintage, medium dry. I am fairly convinced that this beer changed recipe significantly over the past year, as this vintage tastes far more like a pumpkin ale and less like a Tripel. Regardless, it aged quite well and was equally preferable to the fresh batch.

21st Amendment Brewery's
He Said Belgian-Style Tripel
3.75/5.00

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Pours beautifully into a snifter. Looks like a good tripel should look. Nice head, lacing sticks to the glass. Pretty solid head. Golden elixir vibe entices you to your first sip.

S: Fruity notes waft up, along with some faint bubble gum. Some spice notes are there, but most of the nose is standard for a tripel.

T: I get a whole mix of fruit punch and tutti frutti flavors, inter mingled with the distinct belgian yeast character that one would expect. I'm not getting much pumpkin, but it could just be well-incorporated with the rest of the brew.

O: A good brew, but not quite so unique as I was expecting.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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!

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Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a goblet.

Pours a nearly clear light gold with a half finger white head that fades away to some thin lacing fairly quickly. Not really any lacing at all. Unimpressive for a tripel.

Aroma has loads of Belgian yeasty esters mixed with some unusual spices although I wouldn't exactly call it pumpkin. Some grass and fruit but the Belgian character sticks out more than anything.

The flavor very closely follows the aroma with Belgian yeast dominating and going heavy on the banana and clove. Nice shot of grassy hops along with just a light touch of nutmeg and cinnamon but it is kind of hard to tell they are there. Very light breadiness in the background leading to a somewhat sweet finish and some lingering bitterness.

Overall, I like the baltic porter better than this one. There just isn't much in the way of pumpkin character here and it ends up being more like a messy tripel. Still, it is a good beer but not really to style.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Okay, well, I got this for free from a friend. Yeah, somewhat of a close friend.
This was poured into a borrowed chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden amber to orange/ brown colored body with a fairly decent one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking and then sliding to a nothing.
There was a nice speckled /glossy citrus sweet to orange/clementine slightly spicy goodness just glossing over my nose in a nice sort of way.
The taste took those flavors and added a semi - light pumpkin spice to sticky sweet glossy weird but okay nice yet weird yeasty maybe breadiness.
The mouthfeel was about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was semi - sweet and smooth.
Overall, I say this was pretty good as I know I would have it again, but pumpkin, well I didn't really get it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles and some floating sediment. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and earthy Belgian style aroma with big hints of pumpkin, spices, and fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, coriander, and funk. Big scent of pumpkin along with hints of fall spices. Belgian fruit hints of green apple, banana, pear, and white grape. Sweet hints of Belgian candy sugar. Subtle hints of earthy and grassy hops. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a spicy, yeasty, and fruity Belgian style taste with good notes of pumpkin, spices, and fruit esters. Big mix of spices with Belgian yeast hints of clove, pepper, coriander, and funk. Big taste of pumpkin along with some fall spices. Sweet notes of Belgian candy sugar. Good presence of fruit esters with notes of pear, banana, green apple, and white grape. Light backing presence of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly prickly. Alcohol heat is mild.

Overall: A good twist on a Belgian style Tripel. Good pumpkin flavor that stands out but doesn’t bury the Belgian fruit esters. A nice unique brew.

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Photo of dakotaben
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A - very light honey look with a large big off white heat that dissipated fairly rapidly

S Malt and Bread with a bit of a spicy aroma. I cannot put my finger on the spice. I don’t really smell pumpkin.

T - Malt and spice flavor. I am having a tough time tasting the pumpkin, but it is there. A strong beer and you can taste it.

M - Fairly thick. Medium carbonation

O - While this was a tough beer for me to rate, I really like it. I am not big into strong pumpkin flavors, but I am very happy with this beer and would drink again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

This poured a deep yellow with plenty of yeast floating in it for haze. Fat head of cream colored foam that fell slowly enough and left a film on top and a ring. Nose is as brilliant as the shine form out of the body of the beer. Soft malt, biscuity , sweet with honey. Fruitiness and a bit of the pumpkin. Spice and floral. The drink is outstanding. A nice pumpkin and spice flavor lightly meshed with a stone fruitiness. Juicy sweet and has a taste of honey. The malt is a treat and it's supple. A good carbonation on a medium body and this finishes dry and with just a hint of booze. A wonderful tripel from these folks.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%

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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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%
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 +3.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +4.7%
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 -8.2%
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 -1.6%
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 +10.3%
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 +6.8%
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 +5.3%
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 +17.4%
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 +2.1%
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 -15.3%
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 -1.8%
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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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.