Triple Exultation | Eel River Brewing Co.

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Triple ExultationTriple Exultation

Brewed by:
Eel River Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mattmaples on 05-27-2006

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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brownish colour with enormous off-white head that was bubbly and lacey. Funkey aroma. Brandyish taste, that was both a soft caramel mouthfeel but also sourish.Well, silly me. Thought it was going to be a triple Belgium and thought it was of. In fact, as an old ale well yes. And all me super-beer geeks did not also get it so I don't feel so bad.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage.

Pours a murky super dark crimson-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, dark fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and earth bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of caramel, fruit, and earth qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initially tasted February 2009 and didn't here review it. Initial impression: Dark red/brown with a thick white head; very light, almost nonexistent candy nose; thin body, lack of any distinguishing flavors; light malt; light hops; no real character. Not to try again.

HOWEVER, without realizing it, tried again today, 5/25/09 - much better - glad I tried again.

Dark amber brown with nice quick fading tan head. But, again, almost no nose - very plain and simple with just hints of malt-really no nose to speak of.

Flavors are actually pretty good this time around. Creamy mouth feel of wheat cereal with coffee and malt. Actually tastes like Wheatina with coffee which is different but pleasant. Big roasted wheat flavors. (While label indicates that the beer is certified organic, it is not identified as a wheat beer. Has the characteristic and taste, nonetheless.)

Very bold and long coffee finish. A beer where the grain used really comes through, which I think is a good think and a character that I liken to the issue of "terroir" with wine (i.e., wine tastes or has character of the soil; here, the beer really does have the character of the roasted grain).

Probably good with some BBQ or flavorful meats, maybe even a roasted chicken. My initial tasting of this beer was a big zero. This second tasting warrants the review and I'm glad I went back to it. Solid burnt grain character provides depth and interest.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin collar on the surface.
S: There are sweet aromas of malts in the nose along with notes of molasses and hints of fruits. A moderate to a strong amount of alcohol is present.
T: The taste has flavors of alcohol along with some hints of alcohol and black currants. There is a light amount of bitterness and notes of alcohol persist through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little alcohol burn in the finish. As the beer warms up, it also becomes a little syrupy.
O: This beer really tastes similar to an American Barleywine because it is quite hoppy for the style. It would have been nicer if the alcohol was better masked from the smell and taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark copper/burgundy color with a one-finger, light brown head with some big bubbles. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet, sweet malt with hints of booze. There were mild floral aromas.

T - It had a spicy kick upon first sip with some grassy bitterness. It was sweet with a burnt toast and caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice old ale. A really good brew from Eel River.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head that holds its foam well and laces the glass

Smell: Boozy burnt caramel with some dark fruit and a surprising degree of bitter notes

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel flavor that generates some fruity notes, mid-palate; after the swallow, the alcohol shows up and joins with the bitter flavors, the finish is a bit rough

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting a bit more fruit and a bit less bitter flavor, frankly, but this is a decent enough Old Ale

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of dry fruit with some nice sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by sweet barley malt with nice notes of dry fruit, some sugar and some lightly fruity ester. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with enough complexities but also keeping a nice drinkable profile.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich deep amber with a little mahagony tint a larger creamy off white head atop that never totally subsided,a great mix of citric resiny hop and malty dark fruit and caramel in the nose after it warms a little a light sweet acohol note shows through as well.This is an American influenced old ale no doubt on the palate a big dose of piney citric hop really hits up front with some sweetich dark fruit and a even a little nuttiness in there as well just well balanced the alcohol does creep a little and you do feel it after a bit.Started out a little prickly in the mouth but it subsided after awhile,a very nice sipping brew I enjoyed it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium sized, light brown head with little lace. The body is medium amber-brown with decent clarity.

S - Raisins and alcohol with dark malt and caramel. There is just a hint of hops and a bit of chocolate as well.

T - Malty with lots of caramel and some chocolate. Moderate hop and malt bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but kind of a weak old ale. The aroma is quite nice, but the flavor really falls flat.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/brown with 3+ fingers of tan head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Cakeyness, dark fruit & some leafy hops

T: Cakeyness, leafy hops, brown sugar & a bit of piney hops up front. Plums & raisins, brown sugar, with minty & leafy hops, caramel & some dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with herbal & leafy hops, plus brown sugar. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, warming & skews hoppy

Drinks pretty good for the ABV & style. The hop mix isn't exactly my cup of tea, but a solid Old Ale all in all

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown body with a wispy, cream-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of caramel malt with a touch of cocoa and strong notes of dark fruit. Hint of spice.

Taste: Mild caramel malt presence with a reserved sweetness. Juicy date fruitiness and more of that light chocolate quality from the aroma. A citric hoppy flavor grows throughout and leads to a profoundly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Warming and has a slight stickiness to it.

Drinkability: With it's sharp, punchy bitterness, this one's definitely an Americanized old ale.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy golden burnt orange to caramel brown color with a thin layer of a white head. Once the head died down, there was some light stringy lacing here and there. The smell had some light burnt raisins along with some caramel malts. There’s a light brown sugar trying to make an effort to flow forth but it mainly stays subdued. The taste was mainly sweet but had an element of sour sweet candy which was the same aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a tad of sessionability about it. The carbonation was subdued but still good for its style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good old ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"Triple Exultation is the Ozzy Osbourne of Old Ales."

--Eel River website

"I got rabies shots for biting the head off a bat. That's okay, the bat had to get Ozzy shots."

--Ozzy Osbourne

Darkest cranberry red with bright tangerine edges. This beer, like all beer, looks best when backlit with sunshine. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a golden ecru colored cap that doesn't have much character. It's just tacky enough to lay down scattered sheets of sudsy lace.

Keeping in mind the considerable overlap between the two styles, the aroma is more American barleywine than old ale. Each sniff is rife with boozy cherries and assorted other fruit, none of it especially dark. In spite of the brewery's claim, it smells like significantly less than 'a ton of hops' is present.

Triple Exultation tastes like a first attempt at an old ale by a beginning brewer. It's far from horrible, but there's precious little depth and no complexity. On the other hand, there is plenty of alcohol. Harsh heat... not good.

The Ozzy Osbourne comparison was made because Eel River supposedly hopped this ale to an IBU count of 'about 100'. The beer is harshly bitter, but it's probably because malt sugars are so few and far between. Hop flavor is on the low end too. There will be no exultation from this reviewer.

Specifics include cherry cough syrup, bitter orange, a double shot of Jagermeister and a single shot of lower shelf vodka. Have I used the word 'harsh' yet? Somewhere around ten year's worth of aging would have been the way to go. If I had another bomber it wouldn't be opened until 2018.

Although the mouthfeel isn't bad, it's on the thin end of the style spectrum. It's also too carbonated, which is the kiss of death for any beer, especially beer of this style. My tongue feels like it has sipped its way through four fingers of 101-proof bourbon. The cheap stuff.

I expected Triple Exultation to be at least as good as Raven's Eye Imperial Stout, a beer that was mucho enjoyable. Instead, it's about the same level of quality as the rest of Eel River's lineup. In other words, it's average to below average and isn't worthy of a repeat purchase. Ozzy deserves to be compared to much better beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 336 ratings