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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
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 dbrauneis
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +9.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +12.1%
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 +5%
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 -7.9%
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 -7.7%
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 +5.5%
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 -0.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.6%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of beertunes
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in tulip. Poured a mildly hazy honey gold color with about an inch of white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma had the basic yeast scent I look for, but there was something about the expected spice aroma. Turns out, for the second time today, I had ordered a Pumpkin beer without realizing it. However, the spices weren't overpowering, and complemented the base Tripel surprisingly well. The grain was very hidden under all else that was going on. Repeat the above for the taste. It definitely tasted like a Tripel, and not a Pumpkin beer.

The body was pretty typical for the style, medium and slightly sticky on the finish. Drinkability was OK, the spiciness accumulated over the length of the glass, and I was a bit tired of it by the end. Overall, one of the better P-beers I've had. I can't honestly recommend it, but I won't tell anybody to not try it either. If you like Tripels, and you like Pumpkin, you'll probably like this beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, pumpkin, some spices. Taste is fruity, Belgian yeast up front, some pumpkin and spices later. A bit unusual, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and pretty good beer.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good foam head, poured into 5oz tasting style glass. clear of sediment, carbonated pretty heavily.

smellis pumpkin and those sharp scents common of a tripel.

Taste is mostly tripel upfront, doesn't overwhelm with alcohol. Pumpkininess comes a bit later. pleasant, not overly pumpkin'd. A little thin, could actually benefit from a little more sweetness.

overall, a good pumpkin beer since the pumpkin doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked this 4 pack up at Giant Beer Garden and Eatery, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is deep marigold with slight chill haze but otherwise a perfect ecru head with veins of lace on the glass and very fine bead -retention is good and carbonation rises visibly in a steady pace upward. The smell is very good with lots of spice and some mild phenols from the yeast with a subtle floral/fruity aspect almost tropical with a nice toasted grain and clove -like accent. The feel is spicy and full with a medium carbonation level with gentle alcohol influence but increases as it warms with mostly dry and gently astringent finish.

The taste brings an odd herbal aspect with what I am guessing is a tarragon/ galangal but is also sort of floral with a gentle spiciness which augments the malt sweetness in a balanced way. The taste has a mild vegetal fullness with some mild alcohol which accentuates the spice after the swallow. As the beer warms more spice which has an earthy ginger-like taste which borders on medicinal with the phenols of the yeast. Overall I liked this but would probably not get it again based on the spice being a little forward for my taste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma dominated by pumpkin, clove and allspice, a hint of nutmeg and Belgian yeast. Flavor is pumpkin; nearly pumpkin pie filling in character with Belgian yeast and a combination of pie spicing (clove, cinnamon, light nutmeg) and classic tripel cardamom; nicely balanced. Medium bodied with light creaminess, satisfying. A well melded pumpkin ale that retains tripel character while presenting the pumpkin pie character nicely. Spicing is deftly handled. I either really love or hate pumpkin beers and it really hinges on authentic pumpkin flavor and a light, but distinct use of holiday spicing. This one scores on both fronts. A really enjoyable pumpkin beer and an unusual style for pumpkin that I will put into my fall rotation if it is made again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 9/9/13. 12oz can poured into a tulip.

Lifts a large eggshell head, that stays nicely. Slowly goes to to thick layer of gauzy meringue, leaving thick swathes of lacing. All riding on top of a heavily hazed dull apricot liquid below.

Nose is a mix of mild holiday spicing, sweet fruit juice as well as a hint of Belgian yeast. A lot going on...

The complexity of the nose is exceeded by the taste. More holiday spice, more sweet fruit juice, and again more notes characteristic of a "normal" tripel. This take on the style is not "normal"
Unfortunately the sweet notes are near cloying and fairly off putting for me.

Ambitious take on the classic, that misses the mark...one and done here fo sho

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Photo of thecheapies
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After a humble half-inch of head settled, a halo of translucent white tops a hazy light orange beer. Missing is a big fluffy head for a tripel.

A spicy nose with popping notes of coriander, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon and a striking semblance of toasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin-y spice and pepperiness pulls away from what could've been a more respectable chewy bread note. Nuances of apricot and sour orange and oily sunflower seeds. Some candi sugar evident. Really, there's a bigger nuttiness than a tripel would normally actualize on its own.

Sharply spicy with a burning zing from overactive carbonation--probably some booze mixed into that effect, also. A little more bready/biscuity now with salty cracker dryness. Tastes steeped of pumpkin seeds and light roast. Tangy vegetal notes remind me of inedible fruit parts (stems, leaves, seeds). Coriander and cardamom bright again with a little allspice mixed in. Cinnamon is even more muted, thank goodness. I was hoping this to be unique, and it is. You can tell Elysian handled the squash/pumpkin elements of this beer. Respectable, and one-of-a-kind, but not sold on the effort. Esters remind me a little bit of bitter orange and pear. Another too-spicy craft abbey ale. Overly spritzy, but the body is decently sculpted. Promotes hard water feel. Not minerally, just smooth and round.

All in all, this installment of the He Said duel is a good beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, hazy golden yellow with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very yeasty, floral and fruity, as a triple should. Lots of pumpkin and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, which complement the typical triple aromas of banana and clove.

Taste: Excellent! Backbone is all Belgian triple, yeasty with notes of banana, clove and freshly baked sourdough bread. Then there’s the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, all-spice, which beautifully complement the typical triple flavors. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.2%, there is a pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good triple! I really enjoy the addition of the pumpkin beer flavors to the typical triple flavors. I’m certainly getting this again.

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Photo of qchic
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a tripel-yellow gold with a slight white head coating the surface. Ripe fruit (apple, banana, pear, citrus) and spice (besides typical clove, nutmeg and cinnamon) in the aroma. Very dry with some fruit flavor in the beginning, then bitterness, ending in alcohol warmth with a touch of creaminess. Just a whiff of the pumpkin pie spices as I exhale after a sip, but not sure that I'd get that if I wasn't looking for it. Not a great example of a tripel.

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Photo of QuentinCall
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beer whose kindred spirit is Really Good Bran Muffin or Paper Rose -- a simple, approachable entity that the majority of those encountering it might not readily deem ... definitively stellar. That said, I WILL eat superior bran muffins with some frequency and paper roses are hella hard to make so, like, mad props, you know?

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.