Belgian Tripel | The Defiant Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
127 Ratings
Belgian TripelBelgian Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company
New York, United States
defiantbrewing.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 06-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
15.31%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of rfritton
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

Worst Tripel I've ever had. Rough, rough, rough.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
1.85/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Before I even open it, it has a corkscrew type bottle. Reminds me of a champagne bottle. What a bitch it is to open! The cork screw has its cool logo on it, Defiant.

Appearance: A very smooth bubbly head that is pure white. The beer itself is a light yellow color. Bubbles look more spaced out but very present. The head sticks around for a while.

Aroma: very spicy hops are pronounced at first smell. It has somewhat of a boozy aroma. It does have ale characteristics to it.

Mouth Feel: quite bubbly with carbonation. Leaves a very dry taste in my mouth as if I was drinking a red wine.

Taste: at first sip a somewhat metallic taste. A very strong dry hop flavor that's bitter with spices. I don't know if I like it... No I found out I really don't. With each sip, I feel nausea coming on. It reminds me of a horrible champagne.

Drink Ability: very low. I'm struggling with getting through one third of it. Its very filling...

On the back it says, "We are always happy to have visitors." I'd be happy to be in bussiness with a crappy Ale like this. I feel horrible for pouring it out because its beer but yuck! I can't finish it! The only cool thing about this beer is

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Photo of mentor
2.19/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger head over a hazed light straw liquid. Smells brettanomyces. Woody dry with mild cherry, powdery mildew, and sour berry.

Tastes malt on the pull, but brett off-putting immediately afterward and throughout the duration. Woody, biscuit malt, bready, ginger zip, mildly of candi-sugar, powdery dry and sour from brett. Peppery zip at the finish accompanied by a tame and clean alcohol and a fine carb sting. I'm not at all fond of this beer at all. Md light body with strong and fine carbonation.

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Photo of Grizzynicky
2.36/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of ricoch3t
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of Cath
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

04/15/14 From bottle. I usually like Belgians, particularly triples, as long as they're not so strong they come with an ambulance discount card.

Unfortunately this let me down...twice. At first it looked great. Texture creamy, lovely clear color but the first taste was of corn. A cross between a corn flake & a cold popcorn kernel with no salt (or yummy caramel a la Cracker Jacks).

Things went from bad to worse when I poured the dregs, with the yeast, into the last glass. It held half the bottle so the concentration should have been reasonable, but I guess it was just too 'wild' for me. I prefer those bready heady things from Unibroue & not the unruly sour. I finished it (I always do) but once was enough.

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Photo of vonnegut21
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of JoeMans
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of bvlaminck
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of bsopko
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of OliverTweek
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden Brown, a little lighter than most amber Belgium beers. When held up to the light, it turns a nice orange/red color. The bits of yeast floating in the beer isn't nearly as appetizing as the label makes it seem, but they are barely noticeable when drinking.

Smell: A rich, summery smell, with hints of flowers. Very sweet, and to those that don't like this style of ale, might be too much. I for one however, found it quite pleasant. Finds the perfect balance between fragrant and overpowering. Almost bread like, but not the stale-bread smell many lower classed beers occasionally have.

Taste: Has many of the same characteristics that the smell displays. Has a surpassingly earthy taste, that almost seems to vary from sip to sip. The flower qualities of the smell are still there, but not as much as the odor would suggest. The sweetness is almost desert like, if I didn't know better I'd say is white-chocolate like, not to mention fruitish hints such as orange or banana. The alcohol is more present than one would think from a beer like this.

Mouthfeel: As said before, the alcohol is slightly overpowering. The carbonation is milder than other beers, but fits the light style Defiant is going for.

Other/Overall: A good beer. I think the yeast floating in it is a turn off, but doesn't affect the taste enough to comment on. These are my favorite types of beers, but this one is sort of run of the mill. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as memorable as I would have liked.

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Photo of heyden
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of goatgoat
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PEBKAC for the opportunity.

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy slightly honeyed yellow. A finger's worth of creamy white head sticks around forever. Plenty of carbonation continues to rise. Large sheets of lace. Nice looking brew.

In the aroma, there's the classic tripel notes: banana, fruit, bread and spice. But they're muddled and not really fully formed...

Taste is more engaging than the aroma. Flavors characteristics separate out, becoming more complimentary and enjoyable.

Nice creamy light feel.

Not necessarily a brew I'd go out of my way to seek out again... but it's a solid, respectable effort.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of spw109
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Had on 3/6/10 at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a pale yellow with no head and little carbonation. Sediment evident.

s - Smells like your typical Tripel; lots of yeast, spices, maybe a little citrus and pepper.

t - Follows the nose; yeast, pepper, tiny bit of citrus, some other spices. Not bad.

m - Light to medium body with little carbonation. Some alcohol warmth to it.

d - A decent tripel but nothing special. Some typical belgian yeast and spices smell and taste. Warmth from alcohol hurts it a little. Not bad but wouldn't actively seek out again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a Growler (thanks for the gift Pebcak) Pours cloudy, dull apricot amber, under a minor near white, tiny bubble film/head that leaves just a slight amount of spotty lace. Minor fruity nose, with a hint of light pepper. Seems to be on the low side of the carbonation scale. Not really to style in that regard. Notes of light pepper, Belgiany yeast and ripe fruit. Spiced up hops dry thing out in the finish. Not bad stuff, but nothing truely special going on here, seems more like a saison or wit beer to me. Doesn't really show the sizzle and flavorful snap of a Triple...

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Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a surprise gift from my wife. From a corked bottle, it pours a light, mostly clear, golden color with a tall white head. The retention could be a little better, and there's just a slight haze. Still, very attractive. The aroma is estery...bubblegum, a little spice, alcohol, sugar, and pale malt. The taste is fairly dry, with a decent warmth and belgian peppery phenols. Spicy, dry, and enjoyable. A decent beer.

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Photo of Nickls
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Light hazy gold color, with a thin white head. Nothing off par for the style

S - Citruisy and spicey aromas, that are more lemon-like than anything

T - The citrus notes, and a heavier banana flavor come through. A bit more like a German wheat than a triple in taste. It wasn't bad, but not what I would expect from the style.

M - Would expect it to be a bit more crisp and pop with the carbonation. Pretty full MF for the style

D - Not overly drinkable, as it was not as complex as a Triple or as refreshing as a Wit or even Weiss.

Overall, I didn't think this was the best interpretation of the style. Not a terrible brew, but nothing too great either.

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Photo of Boto
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, golden color. There was a thin white head that didn’t linger or leave any lacing. An interesting aroma. It doesn’t smell much like a tripel at all. A little light. It has a little of a chardonnay feel to the nose. Some peppery spices. The taste is OK. It had a bit of a lighter feel to it for a tripel. A touch of a spiciness, faint wheat, some faint fruits. Not a leading example of the style, nor does it earn any real points for being something creative.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ralphs66 for this bottle! $11 price tag. 750mL brown glass cork & cage, no date.

Pours a pale, hazy orange with 1 finger of bright white head that leaves lots of spotting.

Let's discuss the nose, shall we? First whiff tells me this beer has wild yeast in it. It's infected, and other BA notes confirm this. But the question is, is it SUPPOSED to be infected? Lots of tropical fruits, mangos and papayas, blend with bitter orange and juicy sour lemon. A suggestion of plantain too.

Palate is tart for sure, but not full on soured. The mid palate goes a little watery which makes me think question again if this was intentionally funked. Sour tropical fruits and citrus give way to banana meringue and custard, some light grain notes and finishes off with a touch of pine board.

Notes: Well, I don't rightly know what to say about this, not knowing if it's supposed to be funky. If it is, then it's pretty good - if it's not then I'd really like to try a clean bottle please!

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Photo of JVEyck309
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz bottle conditioned bomber corked and caged poured into a tulip

A- HUGE head even after a very slow pour, climbing out of the glass and never really diminishing. Its an opaque dark and hazy golden orange.

S- citrus and lemon, my nose has been stuffed up though... some pepper in there too

T- banana cloves pepper lemon and for some reason I keep thinking apples.. reminds me of a more crisp and alcoholic hefeweizen. Alcohol is warming and not so well disguised

M- pretty full mouthfeel which was a bit unexpected for the style.. carbonation was good..enjoyable

Drinkability - This was a sipping beer, no need for another, warming alcohol (9%ABV) Not the best tripel but being that it is brewed locally (15 mins away from me!) I would proudly buy again. Happy to have this relatively new brewery so close to home!!

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Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
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