XXX Triple (2) | Brasserie Dunham

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XXX Triple (2)XXX Triple (2)
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XXX Triple (2)XXX Triple (2)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by duracell on 02-28-2013

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Burgundian bottle. The way the label looks on mine, this could also be called Triple XXX. Just sayin'.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, foamy, and fizzy melted marshmallow off-white head, which leaves a few swaths of chunky splattered lace around the glass as it very, very, very, slowly abates.

It smells of sharp, somewhat funky yeast, bitter grassy, citrus, and floral hops, musty free-range honey (?!), gritty and grainy pale malt, white pepper, and further dried tropical fruit (pineapple, kiwi, and blood orange). The taste is big on the Yankee-doodle hops right off the bat - bitter citrus, ethereal pine, and wet grass most prominent - before that funky yeast reasserts itself, on top of a grainy, and kind of dry crackery pale malt, and some nicely sweet, and thus sort of balancing fruitiness - banana chip, pineapple, and ripe pear. The elevated booze is pretty much integrated and barely even noticeable.

The bubbles are rather frizzy, but in a pleasantly soft manner, the body a gentle medium weight, and smooth without much caveat beyond a snooping yeastiness, and equally creamy. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness kicking the malt in the butt to finally get it going, and the American hop attitude lingers around, posturing like it's itching for a scrap.

A hoppy Tripel? Sure, why the hell not? I've only recently come around on that particular Belgian style as being worthy at all, and now it's being hopped to the nuts, like everything else. What makes this any different than yer average Belgian IPA, one might ask? Discuss, and get back to me, as I take my time enjoying the healthy remainder of this big-ass offering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very decent Belgium beer, thanks Josh R. More of a funky blonde. Boozy in the finish and also a tad astringent. Just OK drinkability.Good sized head. Average mouthfeel, understated carbonation. A little toasty, I do not think it works in the elements as presented.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in the CANbif from Peensteen. Thanks man!

Appearance. Pours a very hazy honey-orange with close to 3 fingers of white head that lasts forever and leaves some patchy lace behind.

Smell. Honey sweetness and floral/citrusy hops. There's some tropical fruits as well and a bit of spicy yeast and lightly toasted malts. Smells like a belgian pale with North American hops.

Taste. Floral hops with a little citrus and tropical fruit, some toasted sweet caramel malts, and spicy yeast. Again, more like a sweet Belgian pale, heavy on the hops. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. I guess this might be a trippel on the technical side of things, but it tastes like a nice hoppy imperial pale. Good stuff.

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Photo of Supergenou
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of booby_hill
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Caudalie
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of duracell
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a snifter.
A - A vigorous pour leads to a large, snow-white, and rocky head with large bubbles. Beautiful lacing and good retention. Orange, hazy body showing a moderate carbonation.
S - Massive citrusy and exotic hop character. I pick out some pineapple, mango, peach. Powdery notes from the yeast confirming the Belgian inspiration. Some malty sweetness.
T - Big aromatic hops and fruity flavors. Apricot, peach.
M - Medium, lively carbonation. Some candy sugar in the middle, to finish relatively dry with an medium-high hop bitterness blending nicely with the alcohol notes that add a spiciness to it. Medium to full body.
O - Another exceptional beer from Dunham, showing good balance and great complexity.

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Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of papposilenus
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle, served in a goblet.

Pours a beautiful, glowing golden-orange with a two-finger-plus pillow of soft, pouffy, ivory head. Gradually settles back to a silky cap with a fat collar and clumping lace.

Soft nose of white wine and rock sugar candy, apple blossoms, lilies and lilacs.

Taste is soft and subtle, fruity yeast and clean bready malt layered with rock sugar candy, bitter, grassy herbs, berries, melon and lemon peel. Finishes like a flowery, fruity sweet white wine.

Feel is soft and medium bodied, brightly carbonated and exceptionally clean drinking. I'm pretty sure I should be sipping this but the urge to gulp is powerful.

Overall, this is a very most excellent beer! I'm no expert on Belgians but, it seems to me, the basic bready malt body was right on point but then the flavour profile just took off in a completely different direction, totally in a good way. Mille mercis to TheDoctor for directing this my way!

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a 16 oz tulip. The beer pours a hazy golden yellow in color with 2 fingers of beautiful white head, Retention is fairly good. This looks like your classic Tripel.

Aroma - Immediately upon opening the bottle I was smacked with a really relaxing floral aroma. This aroma is even stronger when smelling the beer up close from the tulip. It is paired with punjent peaches some hay and a faint citrus on the back end.The overall aroma is fairly floral and tart all at once. Quite interesting.

Taste - Dry and floraly, The taste which immediately hits my tongue reminds me of salad mix. There is also definitely some hay still in there as well as a beautiful fluffy bakers white bread. There is also some lemon rind on the very back end to accompany the soft leafy bitterness. Again this is not typical of Tripels I have had in the past but I do find it more than satisfactory.

Feel - This beer is very medium in body with some soft carbonation just prickling on the tip of the tongue accompanying the floral leafy bitterness. it goes down feeling quite smooth and is rather east drinking overall.

Overall - This one surprised me but in a good way. When I first got into craft beer it was a tripel that got me hooked and I am always seeking out new tripels. Most have a very usual base. They usually have apple or banana with clove and some other fruits. Finishing off with a fresh bready taste from the Belgian yeast. This did not. This was leafy and floral with a lemon citrus and where it came back to being a Belgian style beer to me was that strong white bread from the flavor profile. I would suggest you try this one if you get the chance first of all because it is a great example of a clean beer and second of all because it is the perfect example of how much one can bend a style and still come out with something really good!

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of TheDoctor
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle

Pours a cloudy gold with a lovely 3+ fingers of whipped cream beige head that settles at a rocky half inch if left alone. Excellent retention; arches and spots of lacing. (4.25)

Frangrant floral smell even from a couple feet away. Unripe peaches, flowers tart white wine, citrus, hay, bisquit,pez, real underlying tart twing that kind of made me face twitch. Amazing. (4.75)

Dry 'n dusty. Hay, herbs, bread. dust, grass, underlying floral bitterness, lemon peel. (4.25)

Medium bodied with noticeable-but-soft carbonation; bubbly explosion in the mouth with a slight alcohol warmth that plateaus pretty well and lingers with a potpourri dryness. (4.5)

Absolutely excellent beer.
This is a great beer, although to be honest it just has a lot of things together that I love, so take my gushing praise with a grain of salt. It pours lovely and keeps a good head. It has seriously one of the best aromas of any beer I have ever had. It is ever-so-slightly tart (like Smarties--American ones, though hahaha) but also really prominently features some yeast and hops and booze. The flavor follows suit but ends up being just enough different (it isn't nearly as sweet as it smells) to make it a nice contrast. It feels like drinking velvet and is enjoyable on the whole.
Will look for from here on out; if you like interesting, well-made Belgians, seek this one out. (4.25)

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

XXX Triple (2) from Brasserie Dunham
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 20 ratings