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He Said (Tripel) | 21st Amendment Brewery

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85
very good
106 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
498
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
23.95%
 
 
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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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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 498
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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Photo of Chaney
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +13.7%
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 -5.3%
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 +2.9%
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 -3.7%
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 +1.3%
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 -15.5%
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 +16.8%
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 +6.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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:

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy light amber-orange color with a one finger pure white head. The tick and creamy head fades very slowly, leaving a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is overall very sweet. It is heaviest of a sweet apricot and peach and some lighter fruits of apple and pear. Along with these smells is a nice pumpkin pie smell with some pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice aromas all present. While at first thought the light fruit and pumpkin pie may not seem to meld well, they actually are very nice together, creating a combination smell of a pumpkin and apple/peach pie like smell. Rather sweet, fruity, spiced, and delicious

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet citrus flavor mixed with a rather doughty and bready taste. Some flavors of a non-roasted pumpkin flavor are present upfront, with them remaining relatively constant throughout the taste. As the flavor advances it sweetens even more with flavors of other lighter fruits of apricot and peach coming to the tongue. Along with these flavors comes some of the light pumpkin pie flavors that were detected in the nose. These spice flavors remain relatively light, but strong enough to exert their presence. The sweeter light fruit flavors of the brew grow rather strong at the end of the taste, mixing with the rest to leave a light fruit flavored, lightly pumpkin pie and very enjoyable flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to thicker side for a triple of 8.2 % with a carbonation level that rather low. The lower carbonation and slightly thicker body are actually quite nice for accentuating the pumpkin pie spice flavors of the brew allowing the lighter flavors to be highlighted all while not overwhelming the taste of the beer.

Overall – This was a rather enjoyable drinking brew. Just enough pumpkin pie to give the flavor, all while maintaining enough lightness to maintaining a very easy drinking and non offensive taste. Sweeter, fruity, and lightly pumpkin pie spiced with a very easy drinking and delicious taste.

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Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-a hazy golden color with two fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-pale malt, earthy pumpkin, and light pumpkin spices

T-interesting concept at first, pale malt backbone, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and Belgian yeast, but I'm becoming a bit tired of the pumpkin by the end.

M-medium body, spicy carbonation

Overall an interesting concept beer, but I would rather the two styles have been separated. Not sure I'll be revisiting this.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with an orange hue and a deep haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Spicy coriander and sweet pumpkin aromas with belgian yeast notes underneath. Medium bodied with smooth viscous feel and tangy semi-dry finish.Sweet pumpkin flavors and spices throughout. Tangy hop bite in the middle leads to a semi-dry finish. Much bigger pumpkin presence than I had expected. This was excellent. 

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Belgian Tripel brewed with pumpkin, tarragon and galangal (Thai ginger.)

Aroma: Mild banana and clove phenols from Belgian yeast. Mild herbal ginger character, but restrained. Some sugary sweetness present.

Appearance: Deep gold in color with a slight haze. White Belgian lace on the edges of glass, but fades soon after the pour.

Flavor: I get sweet malt and sugar up front. Nutmeg or clove flavors mixed with herbal allspice/or anise. Body is light to medium. This beer ends dry but not astringent. I do get some minimal pumpkin flavor/earthy finish as it warms. Spicing is very subtle in this one.

Overall: A nice tripel first. The quiet spicing plays well with the esters and phenols from the yeast. A well balanced and drinkable beer to pair with fall foods.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Hazy-clear gold. Light head fades quickly, but lacing is good.

S: Vaguely metallic, fairly heavily spiced. Merest whiff of pumpkin might be my wishful thinking.

T: No, there's definitely some pumpkin here. Along with indiscriminate cloves. Other than that, a slight Belgian flowery-spicy yeast thing is going on, with lightly sour fruit, and a mixed finish.

M: Crisp, spicy, compelling.

O: Overall, a disappointment, but not unpleasant. If you're really looking for pumpkin beers...

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from the can, it has orange color body with a small head. The aroma has a light smell of spice. The taste has a light spice to it, a little pumpkin but not much. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a little bite and overall has a good form or the belgium tripel.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of Smooth-Hoperator
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light yellowish-orange pale color and clear with slight carbonation rising from the bottom to a thin lacy white head.

S - Very fragrant smell of pumpkins, not a lot of spice.

T - Pumpkins. Not a lot of spice like other pumpkin beers, but a very light background of pure pumpkin. The beer is light and with light carbonation. Not a bad interpretation of the style.

M - Very light and not as carbonated as I would expect from a Belgian tripel.

O - I think it could be better. The smell is great but the taste and mouthfeel leave a little bit to be desired. Overall, I like that it's a lighter pumpkin beer and not spice dominated.

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Photo of Roland45s
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured like a traditional tripel with a heavy head (aggressive pour)
S: Smelled of nutmeg and spice, pumpkiny (if that's a word)
T: Tasted smooth with little bite and a nice medium bodied brew, not too much pumpkin flavor, kind of all in the smell, not much in the way of taste.

O: A cool concept providing two beers in a 4 pack, generally what I do when i create my own six anyways (two of each). I liked it, a great beer, but not a great pumpkin ale, for those of you who were looking for one.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clean dark gold pour with a finger of head which diminished into a soapy looking white ring. Smells of pilsner malt, bready, lemongrass, a hint of nutmeg, peppery yeast. The flavor is very mild on the pumpkin notes.. You get a nice nutmeg spice that blends nicely with a saison - like yeast. Lots of bready malt and a slight citrus zest.
Medium body high carbonation - a nice refreshing crisp beer.
I an really liking this beer - especially considering I'm not a fan of either tripel or pumpkin styles.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a light hazy lemon gold, pillowy white head retains at about a quarter inch for a good while.

Smells of light pumpkin, coriander, citrus, and a little nutmeg.

Tastes of lemon citrus sweetness with some candi sugar and coriander over grassy malts, all mixed in with a light pumpkin pie element derived from fresh pumpkin and light cinnamon and coriander.

Medium body with a light carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty decent brew, tends almost towards saison flavors, with a nice balance of pumpkin. The pumpkin actually feels a little weird with this style, so its good that they kept it subtle. This is worth trying at least once and I like it, but it's also strange enough that I'd consider it kind of a novelty. I prefer the porter out of the two of this series, but this one at least lives up to the pumpkin label more noticeably.

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.