Smuttynose Short Batch #6 - Oak Aged Tripel With Brett | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style Tripel aged in a used J. Lohr Chardonnay barrel.

Added by TommyW on 07-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 10
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
The beer arrives with a frothy, pale, one-finger thick head. The color is red with gold tones to it. The aroma smells of orange flowers, vanilla, some woody notes and only a hint of oak spiciness. Honey-like malt aromatics combine with the orange notes to remind me of an orange-creamsicle (a mix of fruit and malt/sugar). Some spiciness is here in the nose as well with turpenes, pepper, a slight medicinal note and some ginger that all subtly influence the aroma. I really like the oak integration here in the aroma.

Much more oak character is noticeable in the aroma than it was in the nose; here it is quite spicy with notes of pepper, hot notes that accentuate the alcohol and an astringent finish with some light tannins. Big orange and vanilla flavors are also noticeable in the flavor and these mix well with sweet honey-like flavors. The texture is smooth, but has a peppery carbonation to it; the beer is on the thick side of the style, but this works with the oak notes and other flavors. The beer is quite well balanced between sweet and fruit notes with the oak character and fermentation derived spiciness. This is really quite enjoyable; the balance between the extremes really works here, if it hadn't this would have been unbalanced by either the too sweet / fruity or by the sharp / spicy / alcohol notes.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of syrupy light malts with good amounts of overripe pears. Also present are mild amounts of biscuit aromas and even lighter amounts of white grapes. As it warms the white grape aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the flavors don't work quite as well together. Sweet light malt flavors kick things off with hints of bready flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are sweet pear flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors dry up a bit with the addition of oak and white grapes. The oak and malt flavors carry through to a mildly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I had high hopes for this one after catching a whiff however the flavors didn't work together as well as I'd hoped. Still, it's a nice beer that's worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens.

Pours a copper/gold color witha thin off white head. Aroma is pleasant, hint of oak and a touch of sour accompany the elements of a traditional triple bouquet. Taste is a little light for the style, but still very very good. The tartness from the nose does not come through in the taste, rather the taste is more of amtradiional triple with oak. Mouth is pleasent, and overall this is a nice drinker.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and vanilla are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of candi sugars along with intense amounts of vanilla from the oak. No white wine is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming are present in the finish.
O: This is quite unlike any tripel I've had before as it is completely dominated by oaky and vanilla flavors. It is extremely drinkable because no alcohol is perceptible.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of TommyW
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

A- Dull, brown/gold body with an off-white to tan head that sticks a little.

S- Smell of oak, sweet and ripe fruits and developed sugars like caramel.

T- Taste has a nice mix of fruity and developed sweetness (prune, dates, raisins, pear, caramel all come to mind). The sweetness is balanced by an equally strong oak character that is very woody and manages to balance the sweetness.

M- Medium body with smooth medium carbonation.

D- Really nice sipping beer that combines the traits of an oak aged beer along with a triple. Really nice.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had over at Novare Res during their Christmas beer geek week, from my limited notes.

12oz pour, listed as 10.1% so I figured this was the correct Short Batch Oak Aged Tripel from Smuttynose.

Pours a golden/orange color, good sized head, no lacing and no cap on top.

Smell has a great woody oak aged aroma coming from it with a nice light malt backing, not picking up any alcohol in the nose which is surprising, hints of Belgian spiciness.

Taste has a good crisp carbonation, still can't pick up the alcohol at all, the oak really has a large presence in this beer, lightly spicy with the sweet malt, although the barrel aging has a larger than usual presence it really does help this beer from being overly sweet.

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Photo of rudzud
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its a shortbatch, its oaked, its a tripel, its super limited (only one barrel made, and its at the abbey!) While theres an oak tripel and a shortbatch entry, I felt due to the limited availability and just how this came to be it should get its own entry. After all, each shortbatch is going to be different (#6 should be distinctly different than #2, etc.).

So this stuff is 10.1%, super rare experimental beer. And only $7 per snifter? Yes please!. This tripel was aged in J. Lohr Chardonnay barrels for a whoppig TEN months!

A - A great two finger fluffy white head. Clear deep amber body. As the tripel is drunk there is nice , heavy lacing down the sides.

S - HUGE oak notes. The first thing to hit the nose is that deep, earthy wood aroma. Excellent. After the oak comes a hard hit of sweet, almost candy malts. The finish is a very light sour wine, almost indistinguishable.

T - Smooth and creamy. Like the nose there are distinct almost smokey oak flavors. Very earthy and woody, but in a great way! Those sweet malt flavors really work with this accented by that light, faint sourness at the very end.

M - Low carbonation due to aging, that being said this is NOT syrupy at all. In fact, its quite smooth.

D - Super interesting. This tripel has a ton going for it. Oaky, smooth but strong, mildly excellent example of a beer aged in wine barrels. I dont imagine to know how much it cost to get a chardonnay barrel from this fine vineyard in California but this would be amazing to drink from the bottle. I would pay top dollar for this!

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Smuttynose Short Batch #6 - Oak Aged Tripel With Brett from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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