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Tripel Wit | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer experience with a true distinction, our Triple wit is a unique bottle conditioned Belgian style ale. Made from two row barley, white wheat and rolled oats. To compliment the satiating taste only found by using a traditional top fermenting yeast, coriander and oranges are added. This addition during the brewing process lends to the delicate balance of flavors between the malt hops and yeast.

Added by Guzzler78 on 02-08-2009

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by mikennat:
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear golden, good lacing

SMELL: Coriander, orange zest, faint phenols, yeast, herbal hops, esters, tropical fruit, earthy

TASTE: Strong corriander, smooth, whole crushed oranges, bready, chalky yeast, estery, medicinal herb, dry spicy finish

Was not sure at first but this ended up being pretty damn good. Nice smash up of the two styles and does not get cumbersome from spicing nor alcohol. Certainly worth a visit.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this beer.

Pours a dark straw color with a white head. The aroma is strong coriander with some orange peel. The flavor is more of the same with the coriander and orange peel mixing well. A more intense flavor than in standard witbiers, but it works out nicely. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ( this is a beer Fred
Eckhart would love listening to ) & semi-hazed apricot with a pinky of cream colored head. Never clears up completely, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Orange peel & coriander, very rich, also grassy notes, some wispy boozey notes as well

T: Follows the nose, nice hints of honey, tangerine & orange syrup ( think canned mandarin orange, but not quite that sweet ) up front. Peppery yeast mingles with more orange & orange peel as this warms, some white pepper notes also, as well as more coriander. Finishes with orange peel bitterness, a touch of candy orange slice sweetness, more grassyness, a hint of pineapple juice, to include some acidity. One the verge of 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, semi-boozey edge, low carbonation, fairly smooth body from the oats added. You get a bit more boozey edge once this is warm.

A nice tripel with some interesting twists. This is well executed, recommended

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of longbongsilver
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grocery stop to get milk on the way home, just happened to pass the beer aisle & see this. No, seriously. Quit laughing.

Fills my mug orange & highly fizzy, head is a blink-and-you-missed-it affair. Citrus smells, not just orange but a bit of lemon, the wheat is more background. Taste is no surprise considering the style, with the only hint of the alcohol being slight heat in the first couple sips. Goes down lighter than I expected, but still with substance, not cloying at all.

This is a case of a good beer being a bit TOO obvious about what you get. Overall it works, just could stand being a bit less predictable for the style.

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Photo of mwclark2
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

V: Cloudy, golden straw color with thin cream-colored head. Head dissipates almost immediately. I expected more here.

A: Wheat and coriander very evident. Sweet floral notes are also present. Just a hint of cloves.

T: Very bright dry citrus flavor up front. Bubblegum Belgian yeast is next, then a touch of peppery alcohol. Finishes with a sour tang, which intermingles and lingers with floral notes.

M: Silky medium-light body. Refreshing despite the beer's size. Very fine carbonation bubbles tickle the tongue.

D: A good offering. The taste and mouthfeel belie the beer's strength, creating a very refreshing, drinkable, yet very strong ale. The sourness at the end of the flavor was a bit much for me, and the slight alcoholic flavor was not welcome. The aroma was very nice though, as was the front and middle of the flavor profile.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was a lot of local hype and I love everything I have from this brewery/winery so far and this was no exception. Everything was great except the appearance. There was no head and alright lace. The body was average with a bronze color. It smells of citrus and malt. Lots of orange and lots of grain. Very sweet both styles truly come trough in this beer. Just the right spices and right amounts. A little bit of a heavy mouthfeel.

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Photo of foundersfan1
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft pint in St. Louis at the Flying Saucer, another local offering.
Clear, orange gold with a thin, white head. Some minor retention and thin lace.
Smell is typical wit: yeast, spice, orange, wheat malts.
Taste is quite light, lots of orange peel and light peppery spice. Wheat malt, ends with a touch of banana. Alcohol remains well hidden.
Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouth feel.
A pretty clean and refreshing tripel, lots of wit beer character.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a Duvel tulip, and the beer produces very little white head, and what is there goes away in a heart beat. The body is copper in color and is quite hazy.

The aroma is of orange, vanilla, corriander, and a mild rose trait.

Taste wise it's of vanilla, orange rind, slight original flavored bubble gum, and a mild metallic quality.

For a strong beer, this is medium in body, mildly carbonated, and not much of a warmth in the end. Goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a peachy orange tone with the thinnest of white caps. You want lacing? None to be found here.

Aroma is earthy with orange and lemon, fruit cocktail, Belgian yeast, and bubblegum.

The taste is bright and fruity with orange peel, banana, yeast, and candy sugar. The 9% alcohol is well hidden.

Lighter bodied, dry, and lightly carbonated.

A nice take on a Belgian-style witbier but a bit thin on the taste. Many folks outside of St. Louis may never get the chance to try this one. That's too bad.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color and cloudy. One finger head dissipates into thin film and doesn't leave much lacing. A pretty color to be sure but otherwise not outstanding. A few soft bubbles rise along the sides of the glass. Lots of sediment in the bottle, so pour carefully.

Very heavily yeasty, strongly fruity, with some typical wheat beer aromas too. Sweet. Apricots, pears, some oranges round out the fruity aromas.

Seems a bit undecided between tripel, witbier and wheat beer, lol. Nice tasting tho, a very tasty beer. Very, very sweet. Heavy yeast. Heavy fruit flavors, all light fruits - Apricots, pears, tangerines, peaches and apple all come to mind.

Feels quite nice going down. Very wet and sweet with a lovely aftertaste that lingers like you're eating an all-fruit lunch.

Drinkability for a 9% ABV drink is stupendous. Would drink several but probably should only drink one.

Very good and all around interesting brew. Could maybe use a touch more carbonation to give it a little head, but it's still a fine brew.

After a second drinking and a re-review, I have decided not to change anything rating wise, and that I still like this beer. It's really tasty, packed with great flavor, and my favorite from this brewer so far.

Even on a third re-review, I still like this beer. It's becoming my twice a month bomber treat from Charleville.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange/copper color. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of coriander, strong yeast characteristics, orange, all spice, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with average carbonation level. Tastes of coriander up front, then orange, yeast characteristics, alcohol, and all spice. Overall, a full bodied beer, but the alcohol and orange are almost too prevalent.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six month old four pack of this at neighborhood liquor store for $7.50. Went back and bought two more after trying!

A very tasty brew. I like this more than most tripels, which isn't my favorite style. Very mellow for a 9%er. Highly recommend if you can find it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with little to no head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of tons of yeast. There were notes of orange peel and some wheat.

T - It tasted yeasty and of mild citrus notes - orange and lemon. The wheat flavor was pretty mild. There is a slight alcohol flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied beer that has a dry finish.

D - This is an okay brew. It seems a little confused like a blend of a witbier and a Belgian tripel.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wages
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber bottle into an Ommegang fluted glass.

appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours with a tiny head that disappears completely in about a minute. Beautiful golden color. You can read through the beer clearly. Lots of little bubbles floating from the bottom up.

smell - 5/5 - Strong aroma of citrus and coriander. Hint clove somewhere inbetween.

taste - 4.5/5 - Delicate sweet flavor followed by a relatively faint ester-y "Belgian flavor" and a hint of coriander. The more I drink, the more the clove esters become present.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Given the alcohol level, it has a surprisingly light body with low-medium carbonation. Most of the flavors clear out upon swallowing leaving only a warm sweet residual flavor in the mouth.

overall - 5/5 - Quite an impressive Belgian brew that I can see me drinking again, but I think it will be quite accessible to non-beer drinkers who like "sweet stuff".

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Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First ever triple wit pours a hazy amber with a tan head that not surprisingly dies quickly - not much in the way of lace either. Bottle from Randalls in STL.

Now for the aroma - massive infusion of banana and clove. Bit of soapy wheat.

Sweet quaff of the same, even a bit of balancing hops to help settle it down - but the bubblegum and sugar cane really push this towards cloying. No taste of alcohol - only the label lets you know for sure that this is a booze bomb.

Another solid brew from da boys down south - I'd have no problem ordering their brew in any restaurant. And I have, the Hoptimistic has been on tap recently.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top w/attractive label and no date

Appearance: Cloudy orange-candy hue w/some yeast in suspension, poured so that this would have a large head, but it was completely gone before I'd even rinsed the bottle out.

Smell: Like a boozy Blue Moon...lots of vibrant, sweet orange, with a bit of boozy alcohol in the back, and some spicy coriander as well. Maybe a touch of light caramel malt.

Taste: More wit than tripel here; fairly hefty body, probably from the wheat and the oats. Lots of sweet, heavy orange and spicy coriander. This really is like a 'double' Blue Moon. The flavor is all amped-up wit, with the slight burn of a tripel. I'm not sure how I feel about this really. Light pale malt and a tiny touch of caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy and smooth

Overall: I'm not at all sure the whole 'double wit' thing works. This is the second take on the 'style' I've had and I just think that trying to 'imperialize' this kind of beer ruins all the things that make a traditional wit so great

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Tripel Wit from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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