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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States
scuttlebuttbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
129
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
26.32%
 
 
Wants:
3
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22
For Trade:
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 129
Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger rapidly dissipating head. Staw with golden hues and murky.

S: Sour cider, some butterscotch and wheat/bread

T: Honey and toffee notes. Mostly bready with a dry and somewhat sour finish.

M: Smooth but finishes dry. Light to medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable and decent price. Not one of the better Tripels I have had but a nice reprsentative of the style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with a small white head of foam on a hazy gold body. Decent head retention, but little lace.

S - Bready malt with a little pilsner character and some pear and pineapple yeast notes.

T - Spicy yeast up front with notes of clove and anise. A bit of pear in the middle and an odd note of green tea. Light bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Surprisingly good, I had never heard of this brewery before and the reviews didn't seem promising, but it is actually a nice beer. The malt and hops are appropriate, but the complex yeast character really puts it over the top and makes for a nice tripel.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scuttlebutt Triple 7 Belgian Style Ale
22 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness dating
$3.99 at Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE
Great looking label!

Appearance: Obviously at least somewhat filtered, it pours a clear amber body beneath a very short-lived head of white foam. A decent collar remains, along with a partial surface covering. A swirl of the bottle brings up some yeast for subsequent pours that are much more hazy. The head retention and lacing are both limited. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily streaming upwards.

Smell: The nose is limited, revealing only soft grainy malt and delicate spice.

Taste: Its soft and sweetly grainy malt is gently bready and a touch caramelish. Vanilla notes are imparted by the yeast along with a delicate spiciness and gently fruity notes of apple and pear, backed by more subtle peach and strawberry. It starts malty (bready, doughy) and becomes spicy (white pepper, clove) across the middle. The fruitiness becomes apparent mid-palate as well, and all of its components combine going into the long-lingering, semi-sweet finish. Some grassy hop notes appear, but they're not really noticeable upfront; and it's just moderately bitter. It's very nicely balanced, and although the alcohol never shows itself clearly (you do know it's present in the background), it does its part for dryness and lends a little bit to the spiciness as well. Really well-done!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge and gently bristling fine-bubbled carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A very pleasant and rich-but-not-overly-complex Belgian ale that's easy to drink. The grainy maltiness is superbly balanced by the yeasty spice and fruit, and it's moderate hop character and bitterness. Superbly rounded; and well-brewed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome amber brew with plenty of foam in the Kasteel chalice. I look back at the decade-old scores and I think this has improved considerably in the last few years. It's still a flabby and malty bloated beast, but the meaty taste and the silky drinkability make it decent enough.

So wheaty and rich. Moderately sweet but the Belgian yeasty flavor is seductive and it dries out just enough for the aftertaste. Not as clear a flavor as the typical sharp fruity Tripels, but this doesn't taste of alcohol either. An interesting and respectable addition to the Washington beer scene, even if it's made by Scuttlebutt. From the six-pack of 12 oz bottles purchased at The Market in Anacortes.

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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 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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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 LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and massive lacing. Light aroma of Belgian yeast, cloves, sweet malt, slightly buttery. Flavor of caramel malt, cloves, Belgian yeast, light citrus. Finishes with a much lighter flavor with a slightly astringent bitterness from hops and spicing. Medium bodied. A decent American tripel, but somewhat light on the finish and flavor progression.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is about what I expected from a tripel. I get a lot of orange and other citrus notes, as well as some wheat, yeast and Belgian candy sugar. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of Belgian yeast character, as well as some candy sugar, oranges, pears and wheat. A fruity, yeasty saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: nice slightly opaque tawny golden color with almost no head; what head there was dissipated quickly.

Smell: quite subtle; malty and very slightly tart and fruity. Not bad, but I would have liked more of it.

Taste: smooth malt flavor with a little bit of toastiness/biscuitiness to it. Not much in the way of fruit or ester flavors; it's not bad, but it could be a lot better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little creaminess to it. Again, not bad, but not particularly exciting.

Drinkability: for all its mediocre qualities, it's still a perfectly reasonable tripel and is quite drinkable despite its ABV.

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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 Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold hue with a 1/4 inch head that remains constant due to the large amount of bubbles rushing to the top on the side of the glass. Great lacing.

S- A crisp nose with plenty of Belgian yeast notes plus a bready grain smell. Some hints of orange and pineapple.

T- Intensely sharp bite of yeast and alcohol upfront that cuts off to a juicy, somewhat bitter finish leaving a clean palate ready for more sips. It's like bang! Then "ooh." Then done. I don't know how they do that. Has sort of a mineral aftertaste. A bit spicy.

M- Creamy yet snappy. Leaves the mouth a bit dry after a while but it's worth it.

O- A very straightforward Tripel without too much going on. Still, unique in its own right.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical clear amber-yellow with a thick white head - nothing to text about, but still acceptable. Aroma is fairly strong and mainly fruity with a malty underpinning. Flavor is fruity and malty, the former being mainly apple and pear, with a hint of honey but not too much sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly tingly, leaving behind a faint but pleasant fizz on the tongue. Giddyap, sea horses!

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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 Boto
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a hazy orangish/dark golden color. There was some head and only a little lacing. The aroma is a little light for a triple. Actually some pineapple on top, followed by some wheat and citrus. The taste is good, but a little light like the aroma. Some typical tripel notes, but a little light on the spices. Some wheat, citrus and pineapple flavors. Not bad, but could be better.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed the taste of this ale, which was built along classic Belgian lines - casually sweet with spiced accents and a light ashen finish. And there was no undue heat or harsh candi alcohol. But the lack of carbonation, body, and lather were difficult setbacks to overcome. And the aroma was buttery with a dash of pepper spice. I sense there's a fine ale lurking here somewhere, but it was repressed by a few peripheral issues, perhaps related to bottling.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the fourth beer that my wife brought back for me from Seattle. Poured from a bomber into a Belgian style tulip glass. Developed a decent sized, frothy head. The color was a dark golden yellow. The taste was better than I expected from this small brewery. If someone told me this was a tripel from a Belgian brewer, I would have been fooled. As a fan of tripels in general, I thoroughly enjoyed this offering and wish that more American versions of Belgian beers were this authentic.

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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 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 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 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 RJLarse
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bomber of Triple 7 in a bottle store. Poured into a Saxo tulip glass.

Pours a rich gold color, clear with a bit of chill haze, and a creamy white head.

Smell is a soft sweet scent. Pear and melon aromas.

The taste is also typically Belgian, soft sugary fruit flavors, with a mild dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall not a bad Belgian ale. I'm not much on the style, and I'm sure I have had better, but this is good.

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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 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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