He Said (Tripel) - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 44 | 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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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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Photo of beertunes
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -4.2%
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 -2.6%
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 -2.4%
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%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -1.6%
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 -12.9%
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 +1.1%
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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Photo of mdcflacal
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks cloudy. Golden to orange in color. Not much head. Lacks characteristic foam and lacing of a trippel but it's not a standard trippel either.
Some spice on the nose along with a bit of malt sweetness.
I like the mouthfeel. I like my pumpkin beers to have a bit of fullness to them.
The flavor of this beer is a little mixed. My feeling is that the flavors from the yeast are not suited for melding with the spices that were chosen.
Interesting beer, but not really working for me. Not bad, I just think it would need some revision with the spicing or malt selection to strike a balance with the yeast that would make it more enjoyable.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, cloudy, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pumpkin, cinnamon, and light Belgian spices

Taste: pumpkin, cinnamon, lemon, Belgian spices, and tropical fruit

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I appreciate the different take on the style. The pumpkin is more present at the beginning and meshes well with the tripel flavors. Creative..I would get this again.

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Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Collaboration with Elysian

Canned on 9/9/13. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden; small white head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of bubblegum and fresh pear. Lots of pear! There's some banana and cloves in the mix, but I'm not picking up any pumpkin spices. The flavors are pretty bitter. Lots of pear and more clove. The pumpkin spices are somewhat noticeable in the flavors, but they're extremely subtle. More banana. Very subtle cinnamon notes in the finish. Lots of grass. Very earthy flavors. Slightly spicy. Somewhat syrupy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slick; moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Interesting beer. It's basically your typical attempt at a Tripel by an American brewery. The pumpkin spices are barely noticeable, in my opinion. Solid beer, but nothing too exciting. I enjoyed He Said Baltic Porter way more.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden amber in color with a tall rocky head thats brilliantly white.
The aroma smells like banana ice cream. Wheat malts and yeast follow.
It tastes like a tripel but I don't get any pumpkin taste. Some yeast and malts and a bitter warming finish.
It's not bad, but not good either.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Solid 1/4 inch of head that sticks around as long as it can falling to a mild lace ring. Color is a bright hazy yellow.
S - Well it smells like a good Belgium Triple. Fruity with a mild chalky yeast smell but not alcohol is nice. Where is the spice or pumpkin?
T - Well it doesn't taste like your average triple it has a smooth butternut squash kind of flavor that reminds me of sweet potatoes. Spices take a backseat as a mild alcohol burn hits the tongue and finish with a mild bit of hops and fruity yeasts.Not bad at all!
M - Medium bodied kind of shows the ABV a bit but is relatively smooth.

Overall for $2,50 it was pretty sweet. I like smooth Triples that hide the ABV well so it's a winner for me. Very sweet vegital taste as well.

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

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a cloudy golden light-orange with a foamy, finger-and-a-half head.

Aroma: Sweet vanilla-y malt notes, pumpkin spices and Belgian yeast spiciness.

Taste: Follows nose, though pumpkin character is somewhat more muted. Finishes with that excellent, characteristic tripel spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-bodied.

Overall: Delicious, interesting beer. Both an excellent tripel and a refreshing departure from the more common pumpkin beer styles.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25


$2.50 for the can.. pours with a surprisingly short lasting off white head atop a fairly clear light orange brew.. decent lacing.

A weird mesh (mess) of spices.. something that isn't in all pumpkin beers though... I would guess some ginger and perhaps cardamom. anise?? Odd and the yeasty phenols and much lesser esters are present, but this is a trainwreck IMO.. Just don't dig it.

The body and carbonation are much more in line with a standard Tripel.

Just don't care for it... mostly a drain-pour.


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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Very slight haze on a dark yellow/gold color. Head is bright-white and creamy. Decent retention leaves a small collar and faint wisps of a cap. Moderate carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Pumpkin spice bubblegum. Layers of clove and nutmeg with a general pepper spiciness. Some hints of real pumpkin in there. Yeast is potent with a big estery push (see the bubblegum above). A bit sweet with something like allspice or even cardamom. Mostly pale malts with a touch of caramel thrown in for good measure. Candy and pumpkin bread. Canned pumpkin. A hint of hopping, mostly floral/grassy. Slight biscuity note as well. Pumpkin jumps a bit as it warms, but it's definitely Belgian-style first.

Taste: A blend of Belgian and fall spice. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, the gang's all here. Touches of bubbelgum on the finish. Light malt backbone is a bit sweeter than the nose indicated, but it helps. Cardamom. Squashy pumpkin lingers in the back. Canned pumpkin sweetness up front. Some grassy and floral notes. Spice levels are a bit high overall. A hint of buttery pie crust with some fruity esters. Belgian yeast is assertive and only becomes more so as it warms. Spicy pie.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to slightly above carbonation. Nice crisp snap on a slightly dry finish.

Overall: It's all about the he said she said...

Spice profile completely dominates this beer to the point that it's distracting. A lot of stuff going on with a nice, almost clean finish. It's a good take on the style, but leaves something to be desired in the long run.

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He Said (Tripel) from 21st Amendment Brewery
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