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Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by morebeergood on 11-26-2007

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Reviews:
52
Ratings:
129
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
26.32%
 
 
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 129
Photo of doughanson78
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Twist top bottle. Didn't realize that until about 10 minutes after this review. Weird. Haven't seen that since my Bud Light days.

A: Hardly any head or lacing. Lots of carbonation. Nice golden color. Little haziness.

S: Stinky. Almost like skunk cabbage. Smells sour. Something I've smelled before but can't quite place. Almost rotten bananas. Sour fruit. Maybe doughy? Yeah uncooked dough, I think. Little grassy. Not liking the smell at all.

T: Very light taste at first. Very spicy after. Very mild bitterness. Sweet caramel, butterscotch towards the back of the tongue. Finishes with a 9% alcohol aftertaste.

M: Very fizzy. Tingly from the carbonation. Very light-bodied. Thin.

O: Not impressed at all. Was hoping for more as this is my hometown brewery. Live about 2 minutes from it. Never been there though. First Tripel so maybe after a few more I'll come back and re-review this. Won't buy again (for now).

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Photo of Hopswagger
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

P: Slightly hazed copper body with a topping if white thin milky head that fades rather fast and leaves a wet ring around the glass.

S: Starfruit, peaches, apricot preserves, pears, yellow apples, wheat grain, pineapple, artificial syrup flavoring and lime. Has almost a dairy character to it. Dry timidly musty yeast, and weeds. Aroma is dialed down.

T/M: Not like the fruity nose. It has an odd aftertaste of spoiled fruit and bitterness similar to bitting into kale. Butterscotch comes to mind for the weird after math. Artificial banana and an odd spice profile. Body is nice and sticky with a subtle dose of carbonation. Overall taste is off and cheap.

O: Not a fan of this beer but I didn't expect too much for such a cheap tripel offering. Nose is nice and body was well done. Taste is just not appealing.

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Photo of chumba526
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It appears hazy gold with a small white head.

It smells of apples, pears, pepper, and sugar.

It tastes initially slightly sweet, there is a mild peppery flavor a sweet citrus flavor. In some ways it almost tastes like a Belgian style malt liquor. There is some heat from the alcohol. There is also a bit of a metallic quality to the beer.

The carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is ok. It is light enough to have a few glasses of it though because of the alcohol percentage it would knock you on your ass.

Overall it is an ok beer but it is a little rough around the edges. Not my favorite but it is drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark yellow-hued body with a tall, eminently frothy, white head. Small smattering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Faintly bready, sweetish, and hinting of butterscotch with a tart fruitiness, slight floral aspects, and a thin, albeit cutting edge of fusel alcohol in there.

Taste: Clean-tasting pale maltiness at the beginning, then a bit of sweetness and alcohol heat. A very small curious hint of butterscotch sneaks in. Floral, faintly spicy hops and a low bitterness. Lightly fruity, hinting at apples, tart pears, and white grapes. A low level of earthy, dusty spice grinds down the seconds until the sweetish, slightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Far, far from perfect, it's just a rudimentary tripel at best. Tripel 7 is not one to savor or admire, so just shrug those shoulders and throw it back.

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Photo of nsabo
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The nose is fermented fruit - almost like a white wine - but this nose suggests a complexity that the rest of the ale doesn't delvier. This tripel is sweeter than it is spicy (and certainly no "funky" Belgian yeast to give it depth). Sweet, fruity malt: some apple juice, and hops have a twangy lemon spice. Mouthfeel is thin.
$8/6pk at 9% is quite rare, and Tripel style ales in a 6pk are rare, too (only New Beligum and Bells come to mind). This is not bad, it's got a lot to offer in terms of fruit, but it lacks the yeast and spice that makes Tripel's memorable for me.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy orange amber, white foamy head with okay retention. Yeasty and very lightly sweet aroma. Sweet fruit, light cherry and light bready finish. Lingers cleanly. Slick light feel.

Aroma is pleasant but subtle and not to complex. A nice easy flavor but very one-dimensional and very light. Really a very easy drinking beer but it’s really too easy. There’s no real flavor just high ABV and a bready sweet beer. Great for the uninitiated and for a bar serving a high ABV beer that’s easily accessible but not really one to compare against other tripels.

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Photo of brojas91
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Second beer tonight that doesn't taste like it should and that is disappointing.

A- Hazy gold with little head

A- apple, citrus, tropical fruits, really fruity.

T- really fruity like the aroma, don't taste the alcohol, taste more like a shandy or saison.

M- medium bodied, barely any carbonation, kind of taste flat.

O- When i bought it I thought i was buying a tripple, and still thought so when I first tasted it, after realizing it was a Belgian Ale, I wasn't that more impressed, it is overly fruity which is not what I typically look for in beers. Even in a Belgian this is a little too sweet.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a semi-hazy amber color with a fizzling flash head and no real lacing. Smells of medium amounts of Belgian yeast with peppery garnishes and plenty of clove and booze. Tastes of pear and bananas with the same light peppery garnishes as the nose, but gets rather harsh and boozey from the mid-sip onwards. Texture is somewhat thick and syrupy as well due to some undercarbonation. Not the best Belgian-style Tripel I've had, but I do appreciate the effort given.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a soft golden amber color with a head that easily dissipates. Smell has a fruity, spicey mixed with the Belgian yeast with alchohol lingering. Taste is sweet n sour, spicey with a bit of alchohol that cloys after going down. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A fair shot at the style, but lacks in body and flavor.

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Photo of tzolandz
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

this was actually a very tasty beer. lots of nice banana notes and a slick mouthfeel.

ratings reflect the fact that it isn't well reflective of a tripel at all. it did not have any of the crispness or spice that i would have expected and the hops seemed a bit heavy handed. as others have said, this seems to lean more toward a belgian-style IPA (and a good one at at that) than a triple.

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Photo of ccrida
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Tripel 7 is a dark golden orange with a chestnut center and small white head that settles to a steadfast skim and tight collar. Not a fan of these dark tripels.

Smell is off, a little vinegar, butterscotch...not good. As I work through the beer, I try not to smell it. The diacetyl dissipates some after given time to breath, but the apple cider vinegar irritatingly remains.

Taste, as scared as I was with the dark murky appearance and unappealing aroma, was not to bad. Caramel, spicy esters, drier finish. Buttery diacetyl and no phenols. Satisfying and rather smooth, with a very slight mineral, metallic bite on the finish. There is a very distinct cream soda taste that is rather pleasant but totally inappropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, with a bit of a flat feeling to the large bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is not to bad, the lighter body and taste gives is a quaffable brightness and hides the ABV very well. Very smooth, it drinks more like a light dubbel. Still, there's just to much diacetyl.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark golden color, a little hazy, but zero head and lacing. Not very impressed.

S - Pretty faint for what is normally a quite aromatic style of beer. All the aromas are very light and there are subtle hints of candied sugar, a little orange, and some biscuit. Again, could be a heck of a lot stronger.

T - At least the taste isn't so bad...everything leading up to the initial taste leads one to believe that this beer is a complete flop. There are nice sweet flavors of Belgian sugar, a nice lemon/orange taste in there, and it finishes sweet. Not nearly the best Tripel out there but it tries to save face a little.

M - Body is a little thin for me and the carbonation could use a little ramping up. No hint of alcohol though. Aftertaste vanishes quickly as well.

Overall not too impressed, the base work for a solid Tripel is there but the overall product is lacking. On the positive side it cost me $4 for a bomber.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scuttlebutt Tripel pours with a light haze. Golden blonde in color with a thin cap of white foam. Offers sporadic lacing and moderate retention.

Aroma is pleasant though sweet, and with some light yeast contributions. Tripel 7 lacks finesse in a Belgian sense but doesn't overwhelm with sweet notes either. Spice notes are light however.

Sweetness does reveal itself in the taste for this brew, becoming slightly cloying as the carbonation settles. Touch of lemon citrus and a bit forced in nature.

Overall a bit bland though acceptable. And that's not really saying much for a preferred style. Which this isn't really. Yeast character is way too understated for a tripel in my opinion.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the 22 oz. bottle a slightly hazy orange color with the standard 3 finger Belgian head. Typical high carbonation, there
s an almost champagne-like cascade of bubbles in the glass. Aroma is a muted blend of citrus, straw, and honey. 1st sip has some soft citrus notes, with a dryness I can't quite put my finger on. Mouthfeel is bright & sparkly from the carbonation, but with a modest heft. Overall, a pretty average tripel. Nothing to get too excited about, i'm afraid.

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Photo of jdense
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle obtained from West Richland WA Wine and Beer, consumed in chalice 9.21.12.

Clear orange/gold body, several small streams of rising carbonation under pure white head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Yeast is pretty prevalent in the nose, dry, malt-driven, a wee bit of floral hops. Taste mirrors the nose, a little bit of curacao orange notes, but the malt bill is so dominant that its hard to pick up on much else, including the floral hop notes. Mouthfeel is just on the light side of medium, decent effervescence. Could have used a bit lighter hand with the malts. Pass

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer. Gotta love the abv (9%). Which is well hidden. But the finish is a bit strange. Maybe too sweet. Certainly worth a try. However, you probably won't love it. There are better Belgian ales out there.

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Photo of cokes
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brassy, clouded honey-orange with a compact eggshell head. Lacing is moderate.
Grainy nose, with powdered sugar and banana and lemon fruity squeals. Toastier and breadier as it goes with some noted alcohol.
It begins in the mouth with a toasted dinner roll maltiness, and never goes very far. Wheat predominate. A faint pepperiness is gleaned from the yeast, but moreso a wet paper bag. Hops add a continuation of the pepper, and also the wet brown things...only leaves here. Alcohol is low and in the back.
Medium full bodied with a sagging carbonation. A tickle of it stays the course, and it doesn't feel overly fattened or sticky.
It's a failure as a tripel. This is essentially a fat American Wheat. Bland and base and boring. As such, it's not all together condemnable. The ABV is well-hidden and its fouls aren't flagrant, and it retains a decent about of drinkability. It's just misses its mark and is not interesting at all.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A slightly opaque body, somewhat glowing with a nice peach orange character and color and a good middle rising column of carbonation. Head is white and somewhere between foamy and creamy, doesn't really form very well off the pour but manages a good puck.

Nose smells more like saison, salty, wild yeast a bit, orange and pear on the nose.

Tasty apricot chew, with tartness. Some good malt backbone and grain, but bringing that fruit forward. Mouthfeel is about spot on giving some good body. No sweetness in this.

Why is there tartness/sour in a tripel? This really doesn't nail one of my favorite styles at all. If this were just an ordinary pale ale, or just some other Belgian style deserving of fitting I would actually score this much higher. But this is not a tripel by any means.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At OBF.

A - Poured copper with a 1/2 finger of white head. Dissipated immediately leaving no lacing.

S - Honey and some light caramel.

T - Honey, light caramel, some belgian funk, and light bitterness.

M - Light bodied and malt dominated.

D - Average, but the alcohol is well hidden. Could improve with more complexity and a more profound hop character.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a glowing goldish orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Bananas, light clove, candy and green tea

T: Started about a bit murky on flavors, managed to get some banana, clove and candy with a booze sting

M: Feels a bit young, gassy almost like the beer has not fermented completely

O: Average

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Photo of froghop
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy orange with a thin white bubbly head that goes away quickly, not much lacing.

smell of fruit, spice, pepper, roasted nuts, and some malt.

taste is creamy, carbonated, spice, sweet fruit, some caramel, and some roasted nuts, ends a tad bitter.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow-orange color. The beer appears to have been filtered to a degree; this is relatively bright and clear for a tripel. A medium-sized off white head forms with a frothy/foamy texture. Some foamy patches of lace do stick to the glass.

S: Some sweetish notes up front. Tart and somewhat spicy yeast esters are evident. It's more fruity than phenolic, with definite notes of pears and golden apples. Perhaps a light berry aroma as well. Alcohol seems to be hidden pretty well.

T: Some sweetness from pale malts up front. Actually rather grainy, at least for the style. Fruity notes are prominent, again featuring pear, golden apple, and light berry. Lesser notes of spice, with faint clove character. Hop bitterness is low but detectable, with faint grassiness. Light alcohol presence works reasonably well with the rest of the flavors.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is medium, but this beer is a little less effervescent overall than many other tripels. A bit of alcohol warmth. The finish isn't nearly as dry as I would have liked from this type of beer.

D: This isn't a bad beer, or a bad tripel, but it's got some flaws. It's a pleasant, drinkable brew that falls on the tame side. For the style, it's got a fair amount of residual sweetness and lacks the bracingly dry finish you might expect.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$1.89 for a 9-percenter? Okay, I'll try it.

Poured a clear orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of loose white head. Fairly strong, sugary aroma with plenty of banana and clove.

Moderate carbonation and a light, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Bready malt up front followed by sweet banana and a touch of spice on the finish, which has a slightly metallic quality.

Nice aroma, but a little thin on flavor. Would have never guessed this was a 9% brew, though -- very light for a tripel.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a medium yellowish-amber almost strawlike in color with a large bellowing creamy white head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was strong of caramel malts, flowery hops and an earthy yeast with notes of banana, pears and a mild alcohol tinge. It tasted lightly sweet with hints of banana and pears at first then became slightly bitter with a strong yeast presence and a slight warming sensation after the swallow. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and extremely creamy in texture with a very soft carbonation. Overall a mild tasting belgian ale that is very appealing and quite easy to drink, considering the high alcohol content that you never taste.

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Photo of billab914
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured orange amber in color with a spotty white lacing scattered around the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some banana and clove like spices coming out of the Belgian yeast. It has a pretty big bready, sweet maltiness to it. A little bit of a citrusy, orange flavor is there as well.

The taste has more of the sweet, bready, candied malts to it up front. The finish is where more of the Belgian yeast starts to add banana and clove spices. It has a little bit of a candied orange like flavors to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being below average for the style. Overall it was a pretty decent and drinkable beer, but it wasn't one that really stood out in the style. Not a bad American version though.

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Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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