Brother Tim's Triple - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev +2%
I had this beer with bad results about 3 years ago - let's try again...
Pour is hazy golden color...a bit chill hazed for style. Nice frothy white head, beautiful lacing.
Pear, honey, alcohol on nose.
A rather harsh hit up front on palate - biting bitterness. Honey maltiness, ripe fruits, the bite hangs on. In some ways this reminds me of some of the non-trappist tripels.
The bite is just too much to overcome. Taste is quite good until mid-mouth when the astringent bite takes over and never lets go.
Was undrinkable last time - glad to see it has become a better beer for this fine brewery.
12-16-2009 04:26:00 | More by sweethome
3.23/5 rDev -7.2%
12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a clear golden color with a bit of amber mixed in. two fingers of tight, off-white head top it off with good retention and solid lacings.
aroma is of light belgian yeast and fruit with a light breaded note in the background. well put together with fruit ntoes of citrus, apple and some apricot along with a bit of wheat malt.
taste follows the nose with a light fruit quality and some begian yeast with a light spice upon finishing. a light bite on the back end kills the smooth character, but works oddly well with the flavors.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth presence on the palate and a light bite on the back end.
drinkablity is decent. a somewhat course tripel that needs a bit of refining to be of note, but still worth a try.
09-22-2009 18:37:55 | More by botham
2.7/5 rDev -22.4%
Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was a turbid butterscotch color. Minimal head.
Smell was Belgian yeast and booze. Brown sugar, stewed fruit, and over-baked wheat bread.
Taste was earthy Belgian yeast. Booze. Butter. Malty. Not especially "Tripel-like".
Mouthfeel was low in carbonation and pretty smooth. Medium to full bodied.
04-18-2009 13:48:58 | More by Cresant
2.8/5 rDev -19.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden body with a small, white head.
Smell: Sweetish, honeysuckle nose with a hint of fruit and a clear, nostril-flaring waft of booze fumes.
Taste: Sweet, honeyed maltiness with a sip of fruity peach juice and cotton candy extract. Faintest spiciness. Even fainter bitterness. Coarse alcohol all the while. Pinch of dried herbs on the sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: No thanks. Unnecessarily sweet and comes across as needless boozy. The lack of adequate carbonation really allows the unpleasantness to languish on the tongue.
01-09-2009 21:47:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
A: A straw, clear yellow. With almost no head.
S: Coriander and maybe a little yeast in there. Smell light and refreshing???!!!!
T: A little plain at first then some of the yeastiness come through followed by a hop bitterness. Fairly nice!
M: Unfortunately the bitterness lingers a bit too long. BUt it does make you go for another drink to have that intial flavor back.
D: It's ok, worth trying, but maybe not a go to local tripel.
12-13-2008 22:44:38 | More by madtowndmb1
3.6/5 rDev +3.4%
From a 12oz bottle - Pours a clear pale color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells sweet with a nice bitter hop presence and yeasty notes. First sip is sweet and smooth with fruity hops and Belgian yeasts. Very nice, very drinkable. Excellent bitter finish.
11-02-2008 02:30:44 | More by ATLbeerDog
3/5 rDev -13.8%
Poured a simple golden yellow with no head or lacing.
Nice coriander aroma with cloves and some light fruits as well.
Initial swigs seem to be a bit unbalanced. One factor seems to be a bit overpowering, the cloves maybe? Slight alcohol tinge on the aftertaste.
Light mouthfeel, kind of watery actually. Low carbonation.
Overall this beer seems to be an unbalanced mess. Nothing really flows together smoothly. Worth a try of course but wouldn't get again.
10-10-2008 20:06:07 | More by Zadok
4.3/5 rDev +23.6%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a light apricot color with a thin white film that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a sea of tiny bubbles making up the carbonation.
S- The soft sweet perfumed flower smell with a light praline note and a faint green herbal note in the finish. There is a light yeasty hint to the sweetness that comes through as the beer warms.
T- This beer has as soft perfumed sweetness with an apricot note and a balanced green bitterness from hops and a soft peppercorn spice at the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.
D- This beer has great subtle flavors and a great balance between the sweetness and the spicy notes. This beer goes down very quickly.
12-30-2007 16:11:01 | More by rhoadsrage
3.13/5 rDev -10.1%
I had never heard of Lake Louie until about a month ago, but it sounded like they had some good stuff, so I had a friend who was going to WI pick this up for me.
Not much head, but I think I poured it a little too smoothly, so that may have had something to do with it. The color is a hazy orange-amber - pretty standard for a triple, if not a little on the cloudy side.
The smell is pretty appealing: fruitiness with a little peach, sweet candy sugar, and an enticing hops presence that is gives me a sense that this might be a nice little treasure.
Pretty average. Maybe this needs to gather some time, but the alcohol was a little strong on it without adding much. It's pretty complex, with significant sweetness, but somehow it just comes up short - it's just a little too sweet, without giving much other than just sweetness, and a maybe a touch of sour. It lingers well, but, again, just not much there except sweet a alcohol.
This is probably a one and out beer. I probably won't get another 6er, especially at $13. It's certainly not a bad beer, but there are a lot of brews that I would prefer over this guy.
10-13-2007 03:22:51 | More by zealot
4.05/5 rDev +16.4%
From notes. Poured from a 12oz bottle a deep golden amber with an inch of creamy white head and spotty lacing. A bit dark for a tripel but looks good in the glass overall. Aroma of a nice spicy fruitiness ala citrus & spice. A bit of sourness in there too. Mellow graininess with lingering lemon zest and pepper notes.
First sip brings a smooth light graininess that's quickly complimented by a mix of peppery spiciness and mellow citrus, apple and fruit flavors. Flows down a bit bready with a light bitterness to contrast the sweetness. Overall, a tasty interpretation of the style.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light and arid. Goes down easy with no alcohol presence at all. A tasty brew that I could see myself going back to soon if it was more easily available.
06-12-2007 23:18:58 | More by orbitalr0x
3.55/5 rDev +2%
A: Vibrant pumpkin color and quite cloudy. Not much head to speak of except for an off white rim around the glass.
S: Tangerine, honey, coconut, dried hay and banana peel.
T: Begins with allspice across the tongue. Moves to clover and honeysuckle with some nutmeg and orange rind following suite. Buttery saison like taste comes next with spicy yeast finishing it out. Finishes spicy and somewhat sweet.
M: Medium body, smooth carbonation with just a hint of fuzzy carbonation.
D: Not bad. Good drinking. Sweet but not cloying.
01-16-2007 01:29:48 | More by Westsidethreat
3.55/5 rDev +2%
Ripe pumpkin orange; not quite dark enough to be called burnt. Within the beer can be seen a Belgianesque amount of carbonation. It's too bad that the head isn't Belgianesque as well. It's orangish ivory in color and is soft and frothy rather than sticky and rocky. I'm not anticipating much lace... and don't get much.
The nose is a decent attempt at a Belgian triple, but is ultimately a pale imitation of the real thing. That doesn't mean that I don't like it, just that it's going up against some pretty tough competition. Orange and peach fruit lightly sprinkled with clove spice greets my every sniff. Unfortunately, it's too simple and is underpowered to boot.
There are no major flavor revelations on the palate. It's a carbon copy of the nose, more or less. I've become pessimistic about the prospect of any brewery (not named Allagash) being able to create a domestic version of my favorite Belgian style. Lake Louie is a fabulous brewery, but they couldn't quite work their magic here.
There's enough pale malt, and probably candi sugar, to give the beer a sugar cookie-like sweetness. Apricot and peach nectar flow along uninterrupted and a splash of alcohol makes itself known as well. Part of the problem is that it tastes like a less than stellar yeast strain has been used. Clove spice is next to absent.
The mouthfeel is actually very nice. It's a hollow victory though, since the flavor profile isn't exactly wowing me. I like the medium-fullness, the slick finish and the laid back amount of carbonation.
I love Lake Louie beer and consider them to be one of the best brewers in the Midwest... of the standard 'American' styles. Brother Tim's Tripel Belgian (as the neck label reads) isn't exactly a failure, but neither can it be considered a success given the abundance of stupendous tripels that are being brewed right now. Thanks to terrabyte for the bottle.
01-13-2007 15:34:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.8/5 rDev +9.2%
appearance: Pours a one inch, off white colored head that slowly falls back. The bottom fed layer and ring that are left have good retention. The beer is a slightly hazy golden amber in color.
smell: Smells really good, with a nice blend of pale malts, papery hops, and Belgian yeast upfront. That about explains it pretty accurately, except for a touch of citrus aroma and sugared green apples.
mouthfeel: The carbonation is a higher medium and smooth, composed of small bubbles. Lighter in body without being thin.
taste: Light malts with yeasty notes upfront and a touch of lemony citrus in the background. Some lighter fruits, maybe apple. Light hop flavor and a moderate bitterness lingering just after some ethanol and spice. Not sure what's missing here...maybe a touch more malt character. Seems a little bland or watery at points.
drinkability: quite easy
single 12 oz. bottle from dirtylou
12-13-2006 04:00:47 | More by blackie
4.28/5 rDev +23%
Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. A two and a half finger off-white head pillow fights with a slightly cloudy dull amber brewski. Lots of small bubbled trails arm the flanks of the body of the beer. The head tumbles quickly to about half its height when it stalls, thick and heavy, fighting back against gravity. Eventually the liquid consumes the foam, but its present will never bee forgotten as its beautiful lacings scar the surface of liquid and sides of the glass.
Nose: Nice and strong and tart and candi like with some funky leather smells (is horse blanket what we call it on BA?). Lots of berries: cherry, raspberry & blackberry (see, I told you). This stuff puckers me right up (no comment here). More fruits (no pucker puns intended) with some apple pie (yes, warm) and cinnamon. This smell goes on forever (get your mind out of the gutter, damnit!) with a(n obvious) bitter end.
Mouth: A lot less sweet than the anticipation the aroma would inspire, and slightly less complex. Fresh granny smith apples up front. Even after the first sip, the longer I sit here the warmer my throat gets... it feels great! Apricot flavor further back. Slightly cloying and chewy along sides of tongue, not completely undesirable. Strong carbonation stays good all the way back. Swallow's got a more bitter flavor not unlike the aftertaste of a dried apricot, with touches of grass and farm as the hops finish out the experience.
11-14-2006 23:40:16 | More by clickpush
3.25/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a clear orange color lots of bubbles rising to a white ring that fell from a small head.
Aromas is fruity esters, alcohol hints, bready malt background some earthy yeasts. Also noted light hints of vinegar or what smells like vinegar.
Taste is fruity and malty with noted alcohol presence which in and of itself is not distracting. Finish is earthy yeasts and that vinegar flavor that was in the smell. Don't know what it is and it is not really a negative here not by itself anyway. This Triple just doesn't seem to mess well together. As no one else has noted vinegar notes I am not really sure what I am sensing.
Mouthfeel is a good medium nice level of carbonation.
Drinkability is ok, worth a try anyway. Hard style to nail down and make well. Thanks go to dirtylou for this sample.
11-12-2006 18:42:40 | More by mntlover
3.78/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours light brown and orange. Very little head, very little lace.
The only thing I could smell was orange and little bit of yeast.
The taste is very busy, very enjoyable. It has some sweetness, and has a welcome bitterness in its aftertaste.
It has a creamy and slightly fizzy feel.
This is my first tripel (that I know of) and very enjoyable. I'll have to read up on the style, maybe I'll find out why this was $12 for a 6-pack. I found this very drinkable, but probably a bit sweet for me to drink too many. Probably one of the more unique beers I've had lately! Yet another enjoyable Lake Louie brand!
09-28-2006 22:59:10 | More by terrabyte
3.73/5 rDev +7.2%
Considerably darker than the average tripel with a nice orange color, plenty of carbonation, but just a hurricane patterned thin skim for lace.
Aroma contains bread, lemon, some spice, banana but all are light.
Taste is flavorful banana and bread. There is also come citrus, spice, toast, and apricot.
Mouthfeel is very warming. Alcohol is noticeable. Body is medium to strong. Carbonation is less felt then viewed.
Drinkability is decent.
Not one of my favorite LL beers but not too shabby by any degree.
09-17-2006 00:17:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.68/5 rDev +5.7%
12oz single, bought a 6 pack at Star Liquor...This is the 2006 edition which accoring to Tom Porter is a modified recipe from in prior years (which I have not sampled)
appearance: pours into a la chouffe tulip...very dark golden-orange, probably the darkest body I have seen on a tripel, small controlled foamy beige head with good lacing
smell: hmm aroma is extremely faint in comparison to a lot of tripels i have sampled...bready, lemony, light yeast, toasted grain, various citrus
taste: This isnt a bad beer but it doesnt really hold up to some of the great tripels out there (allagash, westmalle). Flavor dominated by toasted malt, yeast, a grassy lemon taste, apricot, citrus, grain, light booze, honey. Its just not as bold and explosive as I would like, but oh well
mouthfeel: medium body, very active, moderate carbonation, nice
09-13-2006 23:35:06 | More by dirtylou
4.22/5 rDev +21.3%
I've been waiting impatiently for the fall release of this beer, so I was thrilled to find out the Golden2wenty1 had a bottle to share (though he was heard to say "from my cold dead hands" when I asked about the bottle of Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale).
Appearance: Cloudy golden/orange color that still picks up the light nicely. Big 1 inch head that leaves thick lacing. Low clarity and medium viscosity.
Aroma: Honey, lemon rind, and a subtle peach hint over a sourdough malt finish. Pretty pleasant.
Taste: Slightly fizzy malt front palate. Interesting bready bitterness. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest, but sweet nonetheless. As it warms, develops honey, raisins, ginger and citrus notes.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, light with a bitter edge to the aftertaste. Creamy, with low carbonation that balances the fizz in the flavor.
Drinkability: I'm yet to have a Lake Louie beer that isn't ridiculously drinkable, and this is no exception. While it doesn't have all the complex sweet/sour flavors of some Belgian tripels, I don't think it needs them - this is a well-built, drinkable beer that does an elegantly simple justice to the style. Drink it by the bottle or the case; just be sure when the fall comes around to drink it.
07-10-2006 02:37:36 | More by expatsteve
4.22/5 rDev +21.3%
Picked up a single at Steve's on University maybe 7 or 8 months ago.
Pours a light amber, golden yellow/orange with a nice finger of white foam that laces nicely.
Nose is a nice mix of citrus, peach/apricot, grainy malt and caramel.
Taste is grainy, almost dopplebock malt, with fruity esters of citrus and apricot (expatsteve insists on peach...only cuz he's schwasted).
Mouthfeel is superslick, syrupy almost but super-palatable. Carb is nice and medium.
Per usual, this is a tasty as hell, drinkable as hell, all around weel-made beer. Authentic? Belgian? To style? Probably not, but why should I care when it tastes so good and goes down so easy? Tom Porter, I salute thee.
07-08-2006 21:24:53 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.6/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to hopdog for this
Appears a light golden orange with a small white head and spotty lacing that is left in the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, maple, and apricot.
Taste is of caramel, vanilla, with mild bits of the Abbey Ale yeast coming through.
Mouthfeel is yeasty with caramel lingering that is slightly too sweet.
03-31-2006 21:45:15 | More by weeare138
2.15/5 rDev -38.2%
12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark copper color - very dark for a triple. The aroma is very odd. It's like pear juice and mint. The flavor is much too sweet. There's a terrible corn flavor. Sort of an herbal taste as well. This is almost entirely undrinkable. Sticky mouthfeel. So apparently Tom Porter is human. This is by far the weakest Lake Louie beers I've had. I've loved most of his other beers. Thank the maker I'm not stuck with an entire growler of this!
10-17-2005 04:41:56 | More by beveragecaptain
4.2/5 rDev +20.7%
Pours a light brown sugar/honey colour. Healthy off-white head springs up nicely, then recedes slowly, leaving wet lace behind.
The smell is fruity and yeasty, with just a touch of spice and an ashy quality.
The flavour is fruity, woody, and smoky all at the same time. Very complex....very interesting. There's a bit of citrusy spice on the finish.
Mouthfeel is just a bit oily, wth some tight carbonation at the end.
This one is rather complex, and a bit different than expected. Not bad, though- and I do find it rather drinkable.
10-14-2005 03:41:45 | More by UncleFlip
Brother Tim's Triple from Lake Louie Brewery Company
80 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.