Triple Exultation | Eel River Brewing Co.

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Triple ExultationTriple Exultation

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of ksimons
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a red amber with a small amount of white lace around the top

S-a large mix of roasted malt and floral hops, spices, cherries, and some booze

T-the taste starts out pretty malt heavy but by the end is mostly bitter. The taste is a nice mix of malt, cherries, spices, caramel, and hops. It is a little on the hot side.

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation, maybe a little too much carbonation for the style

Overall it isn't a bad beer, and it might improve with time. I liked it well enough.

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Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jay864SC
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been drinking a lot of this beer since it came on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It's one of the better old ales I've had in a long time and one of the few I've seen in a while.

Appearance is a very deep, dark brown. Brown carbonation. Not too hazy but nonetheless impossible to see through.,

Smell is of roasted malts and dark fruit. Some hops comes through but really a very little bit.

Flavor is strong but well balanced. A little hot on the tongue at first and then the flavors of the fruit and hops come through. Surprisingly easy to drink given the abv.

Overall I like this beer and have been glad to enjoy it as much as I have. Get it if you see it.

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Photo of ItsHammerTime
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wine glass. Cloudy, brown-to-auburn with an inch of persistent tan head. Appears unfiltered - I see no markings on the bottle to suggest bottle conditioning, but I gather that that is the case.

The aroma is malty and candy-like; caramel, toffee, butterscotch, perhaps a bit of dried fruit. Bitter dark chocolate on the back end that nicely cuts the sweetness. I'm really intrigued!

The sweetness of the aroma carries over to the first sips, but is tempered by the alcoholic warmth - almost rummy. It then immediately dries to a very bitter, boozy finish. No noticeable hop flavors to speak of, in spite of the powerful bitterness at the end. Certainly not trying to hide its 9.7%, but still very enjoyable.

Nicely carbonated, not syrupy or cloying. Medium bodied.

Overall a nice, drinkable Old Ale. At first I thought it would be too sweet for my liking, but the sweetness drops off so quick that it really was no problem. Still a bit hot; I think another year cellaring would much improve the flavor of this beer. I've never had much opinion either way on organic ingredients, but this beer prides itself on being certified organic, so if anyone is looking for that in a beer, this is a decent choice.

The upside: A very drinkable, powerful Old Ale
The downside: Not much in the finesse side. Huge sweetness, huge bitterness, huge alcohol, not much attempt to blend them together. "[They] would use a bulldozer to find a china cup" - Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours and somewhat clear brown orange with a huge tan/beige head that faded away after 5 minutes. Medium lacing throughout.

S- More or less smells like barleywine. Sweet malt, caramel...but with a tad more bitter hops than I prefer.

T- Difficult to describe. Semi-sweet, immediate change to bitter with an odd, creamy aftertaste in between.

M- Light to medium carbonation. feels smooth and creamy, but there is something here I just don't get??

O- I want to like it, but can't rate it any higher. Have had way better barleywine...and certainly have had worse.
I'm gonna say this rates just slightly below "middle of the road". Potent. Does pack a punch. Guess that I have no idea regarding "Old Ale".

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Photo of beerman33
2.51/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Hangar 24 2nd Anniv tulip.
A - maple and slightly unfiltered
S - bit weak, bread, apple
T - malt followed by dried fruit. The hop bitterness comes through to attemt to round out the beer but seems to fail. I normally like a booze feel, but this is too overwhelming for me for the style.
M - consistency but really just overwhelmed by booze so it loses me
D - Just did not do it for me. I am not looking for a sessionable beer when drinking Old Ale, but you should want to finish the glass. Not this time.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, semi-hazy orangeish amber with just a thin cap of off-white head that immediately became just a ring with no retention or lacing.

The aroma was malty sweet with a hint of hops. On the tongue the beer was sweet and sticky with a noticeable alcohol burn. The body was fairly typical, full and smooth. Drinkability was OK, the alcohol was a bit hot, that might ease with some time.

Overall, a decent, in not special, example of the style. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of yesferro
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a Backwoods illegel brew tasting, somewhere in MS, bomber.

As for appearance, nothing special there, amber color, tiny bit of head, having it out a sampler glass didn't help me judge there.
Smelled beautiful, like candy, and butter, and more sweet candy!
The taste didn't disappoint, liquid butterscotch with a hint of alcohol in the end, as I sipped on it a bit longer I got more hops in the aftertaste too but overal it's malty sweet goodness.
Bit fizzy for my liking but not over the top.

This is a style I usually shy away from, but if I ever see this on a shelf, I'll by another one!

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Average appearance for an ale, slightly hazy with an unfiltered appearance.

Smell: Semi sweet and caramely in smell, nothing overwhelming, very blah.

Taste: A semi sweet caramel like the smell, nothing to write home about, very average/below average for an ale.

Mouthfeel: Semi mild and peppery, finishes with a warm "hot" feel.

Overall: ABV saves the beer, It does pack a punch and is a decent overall, but Eel River doesn't really do much for me, they are a good decent brewery with their heart in the right place. This beer is a slightly better one of theirs.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper-orange with a good sized orange-tan head. Slow to dissipate, it has a tight bubble structure. Great lacing remains.
Smell is kind of weak with notes of apple, malt and wheat. A tinge well sourness as well.
Taste is better with a strong maltiness, a fairly strong whiskey note and a touch of sourness(?), hops and oak.
Full-bodied with a sharp initial effervescence that drops in the middle. A dryness in the finish but relatively rich at the fore and continuing throughout. Nicely warming from the get-go. A bit more nose and flavor would really make this a great beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet to dry candy sugar. In the taste, dry fruit, candy sugar, and a small yeasty presence. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. OK, but average.

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Photo of telecomz
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - cloudy, brown and unfiltered
S - caramel, malty-bready, aroma of bourbon barrel aging. you can 'smell' the sweetness
T - expected caramel and brown sugar. very slight hints of dried fruit. hop bitterness is pronounced but not unwelcomed. at 9.2 abv not too hot. the hotness is fairly pronounced on the first few tastes but receds to the background. a good beer.
M - consistency and feel one would expect of an old ale.
D - easy to drink but old ales aren't session beers. drinkability is average for the style.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- caramel, sweet malt flavors, the malt component comes out as the beer warms

color- dark amber

clarity- clear

smell- caramel, flowers, cheese (gruyere) exhibiting earthy, nutty characteristics, rubbing alcohol in the second stage

body- prickly bitterness at the front of the mouth, medium length finish, creamy mouthfeel, sticky hop oil

appearance- rusty brown foamy head with average lace retention, great creamy/foamy carbonation when agitated in the glass

overall impression- liked it better on tap, didn't translate as well for me in the bottle, has a good caramel malt backbone

notes and comments- this was billed as a barleywine at the toronado, i don't think so

beer spy- bevmo, walnut creek ca, february 2011, $7.99, 22oz.

glassware: tulip

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Photo of Thanby
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice umber color with a luxurious beige head that settles into a sheet after a few minutes.

The nose is full of rich caramel barley malt, brown sugar, pear, fig, a little clove and molasses. Quite enticing and fits the traditional old ale style, it is full and complex.

First taste is a mouthful of hops followed quickly by the malt sweetness, the hops were a little surprising because I couldn't really smell them, but they are mellowed by the malt flavors. The malt is as complex and exciting as it smells, very well balanced. The hops linger through the whole experience and mingle with some brown sugar and molasses.

Smooth and thick and mellow, this is a pleasure to drink. My first experience with Eel River, I think I will pick up a couple more of their brews.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, opaque, murky brown color shot through with foggy burnt orange. Head is off-white or dirty white, and doesn't last long, but it makes a solid and lasting crown.

Ah, this is very much a classic "old ale" smell...that certain something that sits between Barleywine and American Strong Ale. Dark fruits (grape/raisin especially) are juicy and succulent; there's a good bit of brown sugar in there; there's a musty, almost peat-like presence (like a Scotch ale); there's toffee-like malt and just a bit of alcohol lurking in the background.

I'm not surprised by the taste, but I'm delighted all the same. Brings in everything the aroma offers -- dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, peat, alcohol -- and adds a smidgen of mint and a handful of cocoa nibs. Complex enough, bold for sure, a really nice hybrid sort of flavor, which is usually what I get from old ales anyway--part Scotch ale, part Belgian dark ale, part barleywine, part American strong ale. I like a beer that keeps the taste buds guessing yet lacks no definition of its own.

Carbonation is on the higher side for the style, but it's offset well enough by a sticky, slick sort of oily side. Straddles that line well enough.

This is a bold beer, and proves that organic beer can be great in the right brewer's hands. I don't know about Eel River's other stuff, this is my first, but I like what they've got going on here. Probably a little demanding for a higher drinkability rating, but yeah, this is definitely recommended.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer as a gift from my wife's cousin... thanks Annie & Mike!

Poured the bottle of (what I believe to be) a 2010 release into a tulip glass.

A: Thick beige head dissipates slowly leaving thick lace atop the amber opaque body.

N: Honey and apples/applesauce.

T/M: Boozey biscuit from malt with a touch of plum and spice (cardamom) with a hint of banana. Medium bodied--not too thick, but definitely a bit chewy. A bit of pine note on the back with alcohol burn.

Overall, not that complex but it has a good clean flavor.

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Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 22oz. of this to enjoy at Whole Foods..

- Dark cloudy caramel viscous pour... creamy light tan head.. couple fingers down to a steady thin pillow. This stuff looks scary! Quite bubbly... slow rising... thick..

- Big toffee and caramel aromas... cane sugars.. brown sugars.. raw bitter grassy hop, some fruitiness, ester... candy..

- Great smooth caramel and sugar-like qualities... big on toffee and roasty aromas... a very nutty like hazelnut quality blended in with the malts as well... hides the alcohol well too. This would be smooth and perfectly drinkable after only a few months in a cellar I bet.

- Bit chewy and sticky, medium bodied, great carbonation..

- Drinks very well... is very well balanced.. and for a sweet brew.. it really has enough other balanced flavors to make it not seem so much like a malt power punch to the gut. Great brew.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle
Pours with a fluffy head, over a murky brown-reddish colored beer. Looks and smells like a barleywine. I remember really liking this beer, but at the moment I find it to be a little acidic, and a touch boozy. It has a very sweet barley flavor to counter the ABV content. The flavors change as I sip on. Pretty complex malt character.

It is a bit syrupy and the alcohol is quite prevalent. Good and drinkable though. Would probably age very well. Haven't a clue how long this sat on the shelf for. I picked it up from a place I don't normally go:
Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville MA.

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Photo of chumba526
2.18/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appears brown with a sizeable tan head.

It smells strongly of caramel, toffee and sugar. There is a strong raw alcohol smell to the beer as all. The smell is not giving me a strong feeling of joy.

It tastes sweet and malty as hell. A strong sweet flavor comprised of caramel and toffee comprises the sweet flavor. The sweet flavor is a bit rough to handle. The sweetness is slightly balanced by a bit of a citrus flavor provide by hops. The citrus flavor takes away some of the overbearing caramel flavor. there is a slight bitter taste in the finish.

The carbonation is around medium.

The drinkability is not very good. The sweetness effects the drinkability is a negative way. I made it through the beer but it was not enjoyable.

Overall I find the beer to be overly sweet and rough around the edges. This was not undrinkable but it was not very good.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, the body is a thick coppery color augmented with some reddish tints when held up to the light. Moderate carbonation rises to the top keeping the head at a thin layer of off white sandy coloration.

The smell is very malty, a dense alcoholic smell emanates to give a slight singe to the nostrils. Brown sugar, caramel, honey, and even fresh wildflowers come to mind.

The flavor is great, it's sweet but not overly so, the malty brown sugar continues on and imparts more of a sweetbread type of flavoring. I also pick up some backround fruity flavors from the hops which balance the malt very well. Mild citrus, pineapple, and mango which adds a refreshing quality and nice rounding to it. The hot alcohol in the end is a nice burn too which I love about these old ales.

The mouthfeel is solid for sure, I mean whenever you have a high alc brew it's tough to go wrong here especially with the palate I have. It's extremely smooth, crisp, refreshing, and alcoholic all at the same time.

Definitely a sipping brew, and quite good to be sure although I still would prefer some old stock over this one.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, hops, sugar and a bit of booze.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, brown sugar, some hops, and a little dark fruit. This beer's flavor gets better the more you drink it.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an uneven beer, but still oddly drinkable.

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Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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