Marin Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale - Marin Brewing Company

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Marin Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gusler on 12-09-2002

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by rallison:
Photo of rallison
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body was a beautiful, thick, hazy orange that screamed Belgian Abbey Tripel. The head was pure white and came up nicely but went down rather quickly.

Smell – The alcoholic orange peal came on strong, as did the huge Belgian spices. I could pick up some nice, white pepper along with a few other usual suspects. This one had a particular yeast malt base that I found appealing.

Taste – Man, this was good. The alcohol came on noticeably, but it was the wonderful yeasty base, ordinary hop balance, and big, Belgian spices that won my heart over. This is a beautiful concoction of very complex flavors all coming together into one amazing Abbey Tripel.

Mouthfeel – Much bigger than medium in the body but not full, this one was rightly carbonated; fluffy yet serious. The finish was slightly dry and the belches went on all night.

Drinkability – This was American Abbey Tripel at its finest. What a wonderful effort by one of my favorite breweries. Cheers to Marin Brewing!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Dmann
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good stab at the tripple style. The beer looked nice out of the bottle and into my 22oz Arrogant Bastard glass. A nice copper color, nice fluffy white head and pretty little carbonation bubbles made this a great looking beer. The smell was hard to detect but it had a good frutiness to it that smelled of mango and pinapple and also had a bit of peppery spice in there too. The taste was good if not a little understated. The fruitiness was there in the beginning but the flavor just did not explode in my mouth like it does in the better tripples. Aside from that, the taste was very good with a nice sweet maltiness and a very slight hint of the 10%abv. I will agree with some of the other reviews in that the carbonation level and overall mouthfeel of this beer could use some serious work. If there were a bit more carbonation, I think the flavors would jump out a bit more and the sweetness would not be as cloying as it is. Aside from these complaints, I would still recommend to try this beer and judge for yourself.

Photo of magictrokini
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Unusual tripel. Pours clear tea with a tan head. Aroma is nondescript. Some yeast, some fruit and spice, some hops, but nothing stands out. The taste is malty with a lot of apricot. Very light mouthfeel. Not a beer I will seek out in the future.

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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..

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this one up about eight months ago and, after reading the initial reviews, decided to lay this one down in my "cellar" for a while. With a 9.1% ABV, I figured it could tolerate it.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a chalice, this spin on the tripel style showed off a yellowy orange color, scrawny white head that quickly faded to a wispy cap, and some fairly vigorous carbonation.
A couple quick sniffs and I was rewarded with a alcohol slap on the nose, like a puppy caught chewing a slipper. Strong fusel alcohol notes dominated the nose, with much milder tropical fruit aromas also present. An easily discernible cidery apple aroma vied for attention over the alcohol. Some light toffee and malt notes finished off the variety of scents.
The taste was rather brutal, to be honest, and not all that tripel-esque. A harsh alcohol bite scorched the tongue before some of that cidery apple flavor cooled things off some. Pineapple and mango bits also came out but any spices such as coriander or white pepper were muted to the point they were undetectable. The malt aspect was also supressed. The feel was medium-bodied, rather slick, and a touch oily. Surprising, given the carbonation.
Overall, this was an unimpressive attempt at the style, IMO. Putting a little age into this one didn't make it any better. Too bad, as I've liked most Marin brews I've had in the past.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside in March, 2006 for $4.49 (not bad for a Tripel!).

2006 vintage.

Seems a pretty standard tripel all the way around. It is golden with minimal carbonation/head. It is honey/sweet/yeasty/spicy in aroma and flavor. It has a citrus character, but in the Brach's candy Orange Slices sense moreso than in a fresh slice of a ripe tangelo. Good mouthfeel, rich and full.

Overall, not a bad tripel at all, drinkable and tasty, but very middle-of-the-road.

Photo of lou91
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2001 edition in 2004. This beer poured really alive with a bright white head on a yellow/golden body. There was some sediment in small pieces. Definite alcohol nose and alcohol warmth in the initial taste. The taste was soft and well balanced with crisp clean subtle flavors of Belgian sugar, yeast and drying hops on the palate. A nice attempt but not distinct or exceptional.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.52/5  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.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

13th Anniversary version (2002): Pours clear amber, the head modest in size, brilliant white in color, but erodes quite quickly leaving a fair to middling lace to coat the glass. The nose dominated by malt, fresh and clean; with the front also malt heavy while the top has medium mouth feel. Finish is bitingly acidic, the hops apropos for the style. Has aged for some 6 months, and cannot say I like it a whole lot better than I did when I tried it some 171 days ago, maybe a bit mellower and a bit more of a “Tummy Warmer” than I remember, or my notes state, still quite ordinary.

Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown orange-with quickly disappearing head-no hop aroma.Candy sweet taste with a little bite in the finish-though candy sweetness dominates the taste-it isn't overwhelming. Carbonation is low which lends itself to light to medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is good-however, for me having more than one would be hard, as it is for any belgium tripple.

Photo of audiojon
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather pedestrian tripel, not very complex, but a bit refreshing. Easy to drink, but there is nothing here I would seek out again. Very few American breweries can do a tripel right, this just isn't one of the great ones. I can't recommend this, even at $4.00.

Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Edition, 22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold brew.

Smell is malty and sweet with a melon scent. Apple, banana and camel also there in the scent.

Taste is sweet with a strong fruit flavor. Lots of apple, flowers and melon flavor. After a bit some bittering hop flavor appears.

Mouthfeel is good.

A sipping brew, very drinkable for Abbey style brew.

Photo of RunDWP
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There's no date on the label, so I can't be sure what vintage this one is, but I reckon it's either 2007 or 2008. Whatever year it was, it was a good one as far as I'm concerned.

I poured it into my tulip glass to produce a slight, wispy white head and a nice golden orange color. Couldn't really detect much aroma in this one, a bit of a musty fruity scent. It got better from there, with a strong fruity flavor of apricot and banana and a yeasty spicey kick with clove and maybe some coriander notes. Some moderate sweetness. Possibly a brandy or cognac note in there. I really liked the fruit-spice balance here, with not a lot of detectable malt or hops. Mouthfeel OK, but I found this really very drinkable, and the alcohol barely detectable.

Take the dip!

Photo of hopdog
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade. 2005 vintage (16th Anniversary). My bottle lists this as 10.1%.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, fruity (apples), caramel, spices, and a little bready. Tastes of spices, the same apple fruitiness, and yeasty. For over 10%, well hidden. Lightly sweet.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a litely chilled bottle in a tulip glass. Bottle courtesy of Watermelonman.

It is the 16th anniversary edition from 2005

The beer pours a clear amber color with some blush highlights.
A fluffy white head of 3 cm foams up and fades gradually.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with pears and peaches, toffee and some honey. Just a hint of grassy hops buried in there.

First sip reveals an average body with very smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is very fine and bubbles up incredibly when swished in my mouth. Slightly sikly texture.

Flavor starts sweet and caramel with some fruit right away as well. Pears again come through strongly with some candy sugar as well. The beer gets a little warm on the swallow and leaves a slight bitter alcohol burn in back of my throat. I also pick up some spice after the swallow. I think it is anice which I dont care for too much. It is mild and only on the finish, but does linger. Unfortunately this gives drinkability a hit.
Other than the anice the beer is enjoyable and fun to drink. The fruits mesh well and are not overly sweet. This is a well made beer that I would recommend for sure. I just dont like anice, if you either like it or dont mind it you will probably really dig this beer!

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger white that does leave some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation, medium body, Fruity nose. Starts with some sourness, sweetness is there but not much. Quite drinkable but not what I was expecting for a Belgian triple. $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA. Current ABV for their 2006 version is 9.2%.

Photo of dfillius
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Partly cloudy, delightfully golden, though it had very little head, which dropped its appeal and smell.

Smell: very little smell. Candi sugar? As it warms notes of orange blossom, coriander and isopropyl alcohol come out.

Taste: Sweet, almost cloying

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant and smooth

Photo of mzwolinski
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange in color with a dissapointing head -- very low carbonation led to hardly any head formation at all, and what little there was quickly faded. Quite clear -- no apparent yeast in the bottle (or in the flavor, for that matter). Aroma was a bit weak -- mild honey-like malt, with a candi sugar sweetness. Flavor has much of the same characteristics, with a decidedly fruity charatcer, and a moderate floral/citric hop finish. The mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated, which led to the beer seeming a little too much on the sweet side, and which also led the alcohol to manifest itself a bit too strongly. I may have drank this a bit too young -- only 4 months since brewing. But as it is, it's on the whole a bit disappointing, though drinkable.

Photo of SethB2
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle (17th anniversary - 2006) into a Duvel Tulip. Beer pours a rich golden brown color with a small sticky head. Nice looking brew. Smell wasn't what I was expecting. The fruity yeasts that I was expecting were very subdued. I picked up a slight hop to it, but I overall, I wasn't impressed with the nose. Taste is very, very spiced. Clove and cinimon dominate, follewed by ripe fruit and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full, thick, and has a syrupy quality to it that isn't all that pleasant. Warms going down, which is OK. Drinkability is below average. Nothing I would seek in the future. I have another couple of bottles that I'm going to age for a bit. Need to see if some of those spices settle down a bit, because they are a bit overpowering as is.

Photo of DogFood11
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour this baby with some aggression as its laid back compared to its sister brews. Mild carbonation supports a white head with sporadic lacing, yellow to copper body.

musky hops in the nose, some bananna, exotic fruits.

Taste is similar although the sweetness really drives home the point, especially as it warmed a bit. somewhat chalky and a spicy medicinal finish. Carbonation is a quick sharp flash lending way to a sweet watered ending. I did like the fact that this tripel attempts to become less cloying but it still ends up cloying.

Notes: I don't know man....one of those beers that I can see alot of folks liking, but for me in this style it comes up short.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**17th Anniversary - 2006**

Presentation: 22 fluid ounce brown glass bomber with a yellow printed decal on both the obverse and reverse. The Front Label states “Tripel Dipsea Belgium Style Ale, 16th Anniversary 2005”. The back of the bottle describes this as “A golden-colored monster of an ale. Complex with fruit and spice flavors derived from 3 Belgian Yeast strains and 3 additions of noble European hops. Designed to imitate famous “Tripels” brewed by Trappist Monks in Belgium. O.G. 1.084”. Sealed with a ‘California Brewed’ crown cap. Listed at 9.2% ABV on the front.

Appearance: Hazed marmalade body with a milky stance. Feint rising streamers hunt in packs all the way to the underside of the creamy head. Retention is very good but the head is thin, barely maintaining a thickness of 1/8” but always unbroken nonetheless. Gentle swirl keep the head alive and each swig builds up the Belgian lacing.

Nose: The nose is very nicely rounded. Tangy tangerines, olfactory oranges, soft Satsuma’s and some fleshy apricots and peaches add texture. Spiced yeasts meld with black peppers, cloves and mashed bananas.

Taste: The citric element from the ranging hesperidia adds a lot to this brew. The candied spices seem to be yeast like in nature, whilst the peppery nature cuts across the middle which has some toasted malts and feint honey coated biscuit imparting a crisp caramel edge. Finish has a strong powerful bitterness that is intensely fruity. The balance has improved, but it is still heavy towards the orange end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning is average but neatly supportive. The orange aspects can be high, but the spices seem to be accentuated by the carbonation which assists in deflecting the high alcohol.

Drinkability: The reduction in alcohol has certainly aided the Drinkability when compared to previous year’s samples. The balance in the taste profile also makes for a much easier drinking offering in 2006.

Overall: I always keep an eye out for this annual release, for it seems like it changes recipe and strength each year. Well the 14th Anniversary 2003 Edition was rather horrid, but the 16th Anniversary 2005 Edition, which rose in strength to 10.1%, seemed to have improved but still fell short. Well it’s nice to report that the 17th Anniversary has taken a few steps further. The ABV has fallen by nearly a whole degree, down to 9.2%, but the profile is far more attractive, yet it could be better. Still, if you haven’t tried this one to date, maybe this is the year to do so.

Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/03/06- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA.

Presentation- Year 2005, 16th Anniversary version. 22oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light orange colored pour, nice and cloudy with yeast flakes here and there. Full one inch head with excellent lacing.

Smell- Smells like a tripel. Has the nice spicy and peppery scents. Clove and banana for sure plus a cobination or fruits.

Taste- Tastes like a tripel, but with some odd flavor I can't describe. Has lots of banana, clove and powdered sugar. Maybe the taste is a combo of tropical fruit flavors? Maybe a bit medicinal.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and sugary. Very smooth and medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very different taste, odd, but interesting and tasty all at the same time.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Marin Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale from Marin Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.