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Marin Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Marin Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-09-2002)
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Reviews by BeerRun13:
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage.

Pours a mostly clear golden orange. Creamy white head with superb lacing.
Malt, hops, and sugar in the nose. Some clovelike aroma as well.
Flavor is a touch malty, though mostly the sugar shows through. A nice touch of spice is in here as well. Cloves and fruit also present.
Lighter side of medium and well carbonated.
Good beer, one of the more enjoyable Tripel's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 19:49:45 | More by BeerRun13
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

05-18-2014 21:35:53 | More by ipa2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-12-2014 00:08:18 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Clear pale gold, decent lacing

SMELL: Juicy Fruit bubble gum, crackers, floral, phenolic, fennel, peppery, earthy, estery

TASTE: Slightly creamy, medicinal, mild bubble gum, bready, peppercorn, herbal, faint hop resin, taffy, banana peel, dandelions, bitter, star fruit, nutty yeast, warming alcohol, sherry; drying, grainy finish

Very complex with a very broad smattering of nuances to pick out with each sip. It could have used a bit more crispness but the lack of it did not make the beer suffer for it. Not the Tripel we were looking for but ends up being quite a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 18:10:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

08-05-2013 20:07:41 | More by hickmancase
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-10-2013 18:22:44 | More by GaryMarkle84
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

02-03-2013 18:31:29 | More by popery
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-11-2012 04:02:45 | More by GarretD
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-17-2012 06:00:44 | More by yokken
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3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seems almost more like a pale wheat beer than a tripel. It's a nice beer, the carbonation gives it a good refreshing feel. With in the flavor profile are some citrus, zest, doughy bread and white pepper. The breadiness comes and goes, as do some of the hops. Kind of grassy. Flavors are light, though. A tripel yeast profile seems lacking.

A nice beer for hot days, probably good with a salad.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 21:49:18 | More by Mebuzzard
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-25-2011 07:49:23 | More by Rollzroyce21
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2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

sorry, Tripel Dipsea, not Triple....

Pours a slightly hazy amber, about a finger-and-a-half of soapy head that disappears, leaving a short bandana at the rim, no real lacing to speak of. Aromas of sweet malt, some raspberry, banana and maybe cherry too. Something akin to light cinnamon in there also. Unique but not mind blowing. Interesting flavor. Lot of slick and chewy mouthfeel. Almost like a milkshake. Flavor is very malty up front, then morphs into some Belgian yeast and finally crawls through a banana-alcohol finish. The carbonation works well in here. The finish is short and carries a strange hoppy effervescence..almost tingly on the tongue. Not super-Belgiany by any means, and the finish kills this by being too short and tweaky. In the mid-price range for a bomber. I could not drink more than a bomber of this at a time.

What I like Most: Probably the aroma profile.

What I like Least: The strange, tingly finish.

Verdict: OK but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 20:06:14 | More by SolomonGrundy
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks to forgetfu for this one(!).

Appearance is orange gold with some thin white head. Nose reveals some bitter orange peel and orange oil, some faint hay and a little white pepper. Palate is crisp with a little acidity hiding in there, maybe a "funny" feast strain here? It adds a nice layer of complexity to a somewhat simple flavor profile of pale caramel malt and orange preserves. "Fruit leathers" come to mind and leafy greens as well. ABV is well hidden but has a nice warming affect in the throat.

An interesting brew. Decent and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:39:45 | More by SFLpunk
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the source. Pleasant clear golden copper. Served at the appropriate temperature with zero head, low carbonation.

Aroma is subdued sweet malts, light fruits, minor spices, possibly vanilla and no hint of alcohol.

Taste follows the nose, quite sweet. The alcohol stays surprisingly restrained even as it warms. This brew would actually improve with a pronounced peppery alcohol finish - I rarely think this. Slightly viscous mouthfeel.

A decent triple but the complexity is somewhat shallow. I would prefer a tad more yeast induced flavors and a little less sweet. Taste and aroma warm well. BA says abv is 9.1 but brewer says current batch is 10.0

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 17:32:54 | More by impending
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium 0,4L tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber hue with a nice creamy head that dissipates after a few sips but is there the entire beer with very nice lacing from start to finish.

S: Spicy vanilla fruitiness with a nice liquory maltiness and some hoppiness in there too . Real nice.

T: Not what I had anticipated based on it's appearance and smell. I thought it was too malty and sweet - much sweeter than your average Tripel style beer and no hop at all. I will say that the flavor definitely improved as it warmed up a little but just wasn't there for me overall.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy and just lightly carbonated.

D: It's a decent drink for it's high alcohol content. Glad I tried it but won't be revisiting it in the future. Just average overall outside of it's appearance and smell.

Side note - my bottle (which looks much different than the one displayed above) is 9.2% ABV not 9.1% as listed above.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 05:23:54 | More by DeanMoriarty
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a wine glass, the Dipsea pours golden with a hint of haze, and sports a half inch of short lived foam. Reduces to a light film and offers light lacing. Overall a bit deep in color and a bit short in retention for a favorite style.

Nose offers a moderate yeast sense and is balanced by a somewhat deep malt presence. Somewhat sweet and cloaking yet not so much as many an American Tripel. Yet alas, where are the yeast complexities? Nowhere to be found apparently.

Flavor becomes richer and richer as the beer breathes. I like a good Tripel to sit for a while and breathe as it warms. Here it just gets sweeter and simpler over time. ABV is hidden well, yet the viscosity of this beer easily exceeds what is required. In the end a viscous concoction that offers an occasionally interesting nose and a flavor that is light and clean though rather boring.

An interesting Tripel with some good genes and worth a look, though could use some refinement. Improves in flavor with warming and offers an increasingly complex nose and flavor with warming. Nice though not epic..

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 06:18:39 | More by HalfFull
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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey color with a small white head which dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is of sweet malt with a bit of a floral presence.

Taste is somewhat muted, but balanced. Sweet malt and caramel, without much of a yeast presence and despite the ABV, no sign of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was slightly on the thinner side, but not too much so. There was a nice smoothness and just about the right amount of carbonation.

This is not a beer that has any attributes that jump out at you, in either a positive or negative way. It's got a way to go to be ranked up there with the top Tripels, but then again it's not an expensive brew and I felt it was worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 00:21:38 | More by JBogan
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trouble with Triples at $9 a bomber is you have to compare them with Unibroue offerings at $6 a bomber ( in BC). This is a pleasant offering that develops as it warms but the end result is that it lacks real complexity and finish. It felt like it should be bigger and have more finesse for the style. Will try some of their other beers since I like Moylans so much but this is a one time buy

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 16:36:22 | More by canucklehead
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light honey / dark straw, somewhat murky. Not much head, leaves to ring fast. Some cling lace.

S - Funk, barn, typical Belgian yeast notes.

T - Full flavored, nice clean solid malt, not too sweet, accompanied by sharp funk and barny type flavors.

M - Medium bodied, pretty good balance considering the strength of the flavors.

D - Nice beer, good to try, but one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 03:54:24 | More by srandycarter
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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an ok beer. I have had better but it's ok.

Appearance- amber color, transparent

Smell- sweet malt, fruit

Taste- sweet malt, fruit

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It's ok, might drink it again but pretty much average and that's it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 20:01:20 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear pale gold with a wet white head. Bruised apple aroma, some mealy wheat notes. Fruit salad flavor with apples and bananas, maybe pears. A little underattenuated and no real spiciness. Finish is dry and malty. A typical mediocre American tripel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 06:03:10 | More by illidurit
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1.5/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I think that I may have gotten a bad bottle of this beer. Little to no carbonation as I opened and poured. Good color, OK smell....sweet and hoppy a bit. I've never had to pour out a beer before, but as I struggled through half the bottle of uncarbonated sweet malty crapness...I decided that I would dump it. Two things I just don't do are 1)Pour out beer and 2) walk out of a movie. NO MATTER HOW BAD I THINK THEY ARE. This tells you just how bad I thought this beer was.

I will however give it another chance given the other positive reviews on here, I may have just gotten a real bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 21:57:03 | More by therealmcclurg
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: cloudy dark gold color, thick foamy head settles to respectable half-finger thickness, slow bubbles trickle up the sides, thick lacing
s: very sweet malts with belgian yeast, fruitiness and spices underneath -- yummy
t: again, very sweet malts and fruits dominate until finish with slight mix of phenols and bitter hops, alcohol mostly well hidden; nice thing is the finish isn't as offensive as many other in this style
m: thinner side of creamy with light carbonation that finishes with a slight burst
d: a smooth tripel with a nice balance of characteristics but the alcohol starts to hit hard halfway through; still a nice interpretation

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 03:24:43 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a rather decent 1 finger white head.

Estery in the nose with lots of banana and some spiciness. Taste is slightly bready with a nice spicy quality and ample carbonation to keep it light. Reminiscent of tropical fruits. Alcohol on the back end.

Rather one dimensional, yet still rather enjoyable for me. At $5 for a bomber, I can't complain.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 04:12:05 | More by rallison
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