Trifecta Belgian Style Tripel | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mcallister on 02-28-2007

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

Pours a murky orange brown with no head and no lacing. Smell is pretty straightforward with grains, spices, and yeast. Taste is of grains, spices, yeast, and some citrus juice flavors. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good tripel but it's somewhat juice-like and acidic.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of brentk56
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber, with a golden tinge; the head fails to last and quickly becomes a series of floating islands and a ringlet; decent lacing, though

Smell: Just not very much going on aromatically; a deep whiff provides a hint of the candi sugar alcohol tinge of a tripel but that is about it

Taste: The taste is not much better than the aroma; there is a slightly sour, citrusy tone, up front, with the candi sugar sweetness starting to challenge, in the middle; after the swallow, the sweetness is subsumed, leaving a fruity and slightly sour finish; the aftertaste carries just a hint of banana and sugar

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An aged bottle, from a long ago trade, but a tripel should have more staying power than this; a good Belgian is hard to brew

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illidurit
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy photomike. Pours clear gold with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is a little cheesy, along with notes of banana pith, cloves, and peppery alcohol. Pear/apple/banana fruitiness comes through in the flavor but not very strongly. Accents of bubblegum and spices. Boozy. Dry finish. Not enough depth in flavor to justify the alcohol here.

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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mjl21
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 11%. Red line is in the box where they put the bottle number and year.

A-Pours a semi hazy light peach color that reminds me of grapefruit juice. When held to the light it has some visible orange glow. It has a one finger off white head with so-so retention.

S-Lots of the usual tripel aromas. I get lots of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, sweet fruit, and some grain.

T-It starts out with a slew of various flavors. Belgian yeast, candy sugar, banana, and rum soaked raisins impart a definite sweetness. In a lot of ways it tastes like a really good tropical drink. As it warms I get some vanilla/marshmallow. Perhaps they use some oak chips to mellow the booze?

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated to style.

D-The booze is somewhat hidden, but will definitely catch up fast. I felt splitting this with my cousin was the perfect serving size.

Another good beer from FiftyFifty. Nice to see this one in bottles. Worth checking out.

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Photo of photomike
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It should be noted that this is the fourth review (out of 7) from one bottle.

Pours a shockingly clear pale gold color with almost grey soft lacing.

Slightly spicy and yeasty aroma with an odd savory note. Almost like rosemary.

Spicy and lightly fruity yeast flavors with a hit of alcohol. Almost like a cross between a Belgian Strong Pale and a Trippel. Not very well integrated.

Mouthfeel is hot and crisp. Very interesting, and it worked for this particular beer. Not very trippely.

Not particularly tasty or drinkable. Won't buy again.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler fro the brewpub. This beer seems to have changed from when they started brewing it. The alcohol is higher--11% now, and it is dryer than earlier reviews indicate. Opague orange in color with a lasting frothy white head. Orange, clove, and peppery alcohol aroma. The flavor is dry wit peppery alcohol, herbal hop flavor, light doughy malt, bubble gum, and some banana pith. Finished quite dry. A dry, spicy, and alcoholic tripel. Good elements for the most part, but I think this would be better if it was a couple points down in alcohol. The heat just gets too in the way of drinkability.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bought at the brewery on vacation. Nice silkscreened bottle, #158-2008.

Cool bright orange color with a neat yellow fade at the top. Thick white head drops to a thin layer.

Sweet candi sugar smell with a bit of honey. A bit of malt in there too. Despite all the sweetness, it smells quite good.

Sweet malt with honey, but not cloying. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Despite all the sweetness, the hops cut through it in the end. Pretty damn tasty.

Pretty light mouthfeel, apparently as intended.

Good all the way around, but not particularly memorable. Definitely worthy, although there are better values out there than the $10 price tag on this one. I'd highly recommend the brewpub though...

Tasted on 4/22/08.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was an unopened 7 year old growler that's been hiding in the back of my fridge. let's see what we've got here..

Turpentine and vinegar on the nose. Yeesh.

Stale leather, vinegar on mouth.

Soft, yet appropriate carbonation levels.

Overall this is not good. I'm guessing it's due to the age, but I heard rumors that this beer was rough at release too.

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Photo of bret27
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of photomike

S: Little cheesiness to it. Light malts.

A: Completely clear yellow. Avg. head w/ok lace.

T: Don't get the cheese in the taste luckily. Little fruity sweetness. Little boozy finish.

M/D: Avg. Not too boozy, fairly thin and dry. Fairly simple and balanced.

Overall: Not too much happening in the flavor dept.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of joe_sf
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cinderbike
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

On tap at the brewery, poured into a very small 8 oz goblet. $5 but and 8 oz glass is a lil steep.

A: foggy light yellow. white head that didn't last long.

S: fruity, bright and subtle

T: Very bright and fruity. banana, citrus, with some weird funkiness

M: Light, smooth undemanding but kind of boring.

O: Not for the 5 bucks for such a small glass but was very enjoyable and tasted different than most tripels Ive tried.

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Photo of mszuch
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing taste, and brewed with a honey, that gives it an extremely smooth, albeight sweet taste. Very similar to Chimay Reserve.

With 9 percent alcohol, this one will sneak up on you fast! Excellent example of a Belgian Trippel from someone who hasnt done it before.

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Trifecta Belgian Style Tripel from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 21 ratings