T.H.R.E.E. (Tangerine Heated Rare Evil Edition) - Bourbon Barrel Aged | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 08-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.56%
 
 
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Where the alcohol and fruit notes of Belgian Tripel Ale are already front and center in the style, they are further pushed to the fore ground with additions of tangerine and bourbon for an even more intense tasting experience.

Uncommonly golden and bright, the ale gleems with its honey-like appearance. Straw and amber peak through nearest the edges as a mild haze sets in. Also uncommon is the dainty veil of creme that skirts the surface- its certainly less heady than traditional Belgian ale, but it begins to unleash its secretes within.

Its bold fruit and alcohol dichotomy does this "Fred & Ginger" audition that begins with the nose and chases throughout the session. Bright oranges, apricots, mangoes and peaches is woven together with the spicy bourbon notes that's tamer than expected but reveals caramel, vanilla, oak and cherry as it warms. Floating on a bed of honey and biscuit malt, the sweeter impressions are also balanced with notions of white pepper and coriander.

Its sweeter balance is lead with honey and caramel with wafer-thin threads. Its citrus and tropical fruit flavors heighten its sweetness even though a mild reprieve from its wine-like acidity is much needed. Pepper and booze further balance the sweetness with wood spice, white pepper, straw and unmistakable bourbon. Its mid-intense display is careful not to overtake the natural fruit and spice balance of the Tripel in order to finish with spicy bitterness and semi-dryness.

Medium-full in body, its raised viscosity is attributed with slight attenuation of sweetness, bourbon and fruit sweetness and lighter carbonation- all cause the beer be become much more cordial-like rather than a "drinkable" ale. Its warm and spicy finish replaces vinous white wine and earthen dryness and makes you slow down a bit.

Sure, the additions to the beer change it up a bit and it gets away from what Tripels do best; with their high effervescence, spicy lead and lighter texture- as the sweetness and weight upsets that relationship. But it does so in such a wonderful and tasty way!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller bar in SF. From notes. Reviewed 10 August 2013.

A: Clearish, no head. Dark amber in color.

S: Boozy Belgian sweet yeast. Grain and bourbon. St. Germain.

T: Really sweet. Pushing cough syrup. But it still works. Lots of sticky caramel splashed through with fruit and candy sugar and Belgian spice. Sweetness is the name of the game.

M: Grain-thick and bland.

O: Too sweet for general consumption, but a welcome change to be sure. I like BA tripels.

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4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington.

Beer is dark caramel in colour with a minimal white head- almost nothing. Still looks nice.

The nose is surprisingly faint given that this is a monster of a beer. The tangerine sticks out a bit, as well as some bourbon and sweet malt.

Taste contains caramel, bourbon, light fruits (the tangerine is there!), oak. Booze. A touch of cinnamon in the end? Very sweet, and a bit hot, but very tasty.

Full bodied, low carbonation, a but sticky. Chewy.

Overall, very good. A real mash up of flavours. You have to have a taste for sweet beers, but if you do, this is very tasty.

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2.27/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A batch of this was specially made for the organizer of the Zeebra festival last year. The label says MvG. Big cheers to Mark for giving one of these to everyone who volunteered that day. It was a beauty event man.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter.
12 months on Wild Turkey barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, fizzy, off-white head with mediocre retention. Clear burnt orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a half wisp and ring. A slight wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the sides. Average for the style.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel and toffee with butterscotch on the nose. Green apples, grapes and some white wine from the underlying triple. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Horribly, horribly boozy. Triples can be boozy, but this is almost insulting. Bourbon and lots of alcohol up front with notes of caramel, white wine and green grape sweetness through the middle into the boozy and alcoholic finish. Notes of oak and coconut from the barrel with sweet green apples and white wine try to peek through all this booze that just lingers and lingers on the palate. Empty up front with way too much wine flavor and alcohol. Rough going.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Lighter on the palate, slightly prickly, goes down okay with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes sticky. Burn and heat lingers. Alcohol. Harsh.

OVERALL: Some styles shouldn't be barrel aged, and an offensively harsh, boozy, prickly triple fits right in there. This one is an alcohol bomb and the Wild Turkey doesn't really do too well in the flavor profile. This was hard to drink and I wouldn't recommend bothering with this one. Too bad this beer doesn't match how great an event Zeebra really was. Thanks again Mark! Hopefully 2014 will rock just as hard.

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T.H.R.E.E. (Tangerine Heated Rare Evil Edition) - Bourbon Barrel Aged from De Struise Brouwers
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