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
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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Jason I think. I'd never heard of this brewery before. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and minimal lacework. Transparent white peach-colored body with some suspended sediment visible; pour carefully.

S - Dry, spicy and peppery yeast, grains of paradise, light phenols, and perhaps a tad vinous as well; not sure of the age here. As it warms up the malt asserts itself a bit more, imparting stone fruits sweetness.

T - The taste is a tiny bit sweeter, although it's still quite heavy on the yeast, with notes of grains of paradise, clove, fruity esters, and so forth. There's a hint of bubblegum mixed in for good measure.

M - Pleasant carbonation, medium body, and a dry, grainy texture. Some alcohol warmth that isn't excessive for the style.

D - I appreciate the attenuated sweetness on this one, as I find most American Tripels to be sweet and cloying. I also didn't notice much in the way of wild yeast like some of the other reviewers note; perhaps it's a batch-to-batch issue. Good, but not great.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright slightly hazy yellow color ale with a rather large white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with sweet candy notes is quite nice. Taste is a good mix between some fruity ester with candy-like residual sugar with medium Belgian style malt backbone. Body is about average with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. More fruity then I was expecting but very well enjoyable nonetheless.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thin, initially fluffy head of white tiny bubbles, the final thin surface coating continually renewed, the lacing forms a solid sheet on the glass side but no stickiness, just slides down into the liquid. Pleasing light haze to the bright yellow hued liquid, warm sort of opacity, strong beads of thicker bubbles percolate throughout. The nose has an unassuming sturdiness, tightly weaves together the tart orange citrus, yeast, clove, honey, floral water, peach to apricot to fig fruit, too clean for real earthiness, pinch of white pepper, for all its freshness has a syrupy texture in your nostrils, decent lift for its heft. Medium-bodied, somewhat hyper carbonation, nowhere near excessively foamy but makes it harder for the flavors to settle in. Clove, nutmeg, cardamom, then a blast of lemon, blood orange and grapefruit, great cut without being too dry nor puckering. The yeastiness is fresh and fuels a country bread to baguette character. Yes, there is a bit of banana and bubblegum there but really there’s a lot more basic apricot, peach, pineapple, green apple fruit. Honey much lower, much higher florality. Gives you the textbook array of the style while maintaining a clean profile which increases drinkability. A good food beer.

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Belgian Tripel from The Defiant Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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