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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Added by mattmaples on 05-27-2006

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Ratings: 334 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of MisterClean
4.97/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Xtreme pizza.

A - Poured a deep mahogany, with a 2 fingered cappuccino head. Dissipates down to 1 finger stats around and leaves a little lacing.

S/T - Heavy notes of chocolate, light coffee, cinnamon, and roasted toffee. Bittering hops are there, but hardly able to taste them. Phenomenal.

M - The mouthfeel is full bodied and well-balanced despite the abundant presence of malts. The bitterness comes from moot hops.

D - I asked the owner to make sure this one stays on tap. Classic example of an old ale/Christmas bier style. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Came in a tulip glass with a minimal beige head. Murky and cloudy purple/brown color.

Aroma was of plastic and alcohol with some sweet malt and a touch of earthiness.

Flavor was very phenolic. Plastic was right there. Bubblegum almost. Some dark fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Body was medium to bold and I didn't enjoy it that much.

Not among my favorites.
I'll skip this one next time.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Unfortunately, I have no idea of the bottling date.

The pour is a medium-dark brown with a tall tan head. Retention is decent, and there is some lacing.

The nose is definitely sweet with roasted malts, but there are hints of some cinnamon and dark fruits. Also present is a hint at the alcoholic content. I have to wonder about the age of my bottle since bitterness during the sip is low. Instead, my bottle seems to be a very malty with the roasted malts, cinnamon, dark fruits and a toffee/molasses taste. There is definitely a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is okay, but I think one bottle is enough for me.

I am almost certain that I have an old bottle. If I buy another of this, I will have to compare that taste session with this one. As it is, if this is the aged version, I like it.

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Photo of ccrida
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served at cellar temp (where it's been for about 16 months) in my Delirium snifter. Triple Exultation is a dark ruby with a dense,long lasting tan head that leaves heavy, foamy lace. I've always enjoyed the darker color of old ales, and the big head is very impressive after some age under it's belt.

Smell is sweet, dark cured fruits, gingerbread, with pretty strong alcohol vapors.

Taste is pretty rich and malty, there's some sweetness to it, tempered by a nice firm bitterness, although not much hop presence at this point. Alcohol and raisiny malt linger on the finish.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium bodied, nice creamy carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice robust, American style olde ale. Pretty smooth, tasty, decent depth. The strength is pretty overt, but I've got another one that should easily be able to run 2-3 more years at least.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very nice, deep, dark ruby/garnet color. Three-finger head of (very) light tan colored foam. Retention is really quite good. Lacing is solid and very sticky.

Big, sweet malts dominate the nose. A slight butteriness. Notes of tropical/citrus fruits. Butterscotch and toffee. A very slight whiskey-ness.

Caramel and molasses. Dates and plums. Big level of maltiness. Good level of graininess. Hints of dark fruits. Nice finish with a touch of hops spiciness.

This one is thick and creamy. Beautiful carbonation level. You can't ask for a much better body than this, in a beer.

At 9.7% ABV, and fairly easy to notice (not that it's overpowering), this is one that most people won't be slamming down by the case. I like it and would gladly drink it again, just probably not more than one per session.

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Photo of mjl21
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle poured into Chimay glass. No bottling info is given. According to their rep that I spoke to at the Celebrator beer event, this should be the newest batch that was just delivered to BevMo. Comes in at 9.7%.

A-Pours a nice red with a 1/2 finger white head from a fairly agressive pour. Head leaves fairly fast with some puffy islands left in the middle surrounded by a ring of white.

S-Pick up a slight hop fragrance. Some stone fruit is detected and alcohol definitely sticks out. As it warms some faint oak can be detected.

T-Hops hit fast. Very sweet malt. Alcohol is definitely there and it feels hot. Raisins and sour cherries come through.

M-Quite carbonated. Medium bodied. Leaves a sticky mouthfeel and definite bitterness.

D-Booziness definitely limits this guy. I have a feeling this is a new bottle. Some age should help tone down the hotness of the beer. 12 ounces for an after-dinner drink would be an appropriate amount.

Not bad, not outstanding. A decent price point for how strong it is($6.29 before tax/CRV). Would like to revisit this beer once it has at least a year on it.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A-Lightish red-copper beer, pretty clear. A frothy tan head topped it off, which reduced slowly to a nice, consistent layer of bubbles.

S-A large hop character took hold of this beer's smell. Resiny and crystaline. Some fruitiness plays with a moderate amount of sweet/semi-sweet malt aroma.

T-A medium-high bitterness is apparent right away, with a complimentary resinous hop flavor. Much more hoppiness than I had expected for an old ale. The malts under all of this extensive hoppiness were semi-sweet and very rich, with other flavors of dried fruits and sweet bread.

M-Full bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. This beer made its presence in my mouth known when I took a sip.

D-OK drinkability. I remember when I purchased this bottle, the salesman at Heritage commented about how this brew was different than so many other old ales, in that it had a huge hop presence. I think I enjoyed this interpretation of the style, and I'd definately enjoy this one again.

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Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice solid off-white one finger head of mixed bubble sizes, nothing dramatic about it, steady presence with good lacing. Deep murkiness to the red-brown clay color, complete opacity, an orange aura sneaks in around the rims. Unctuously thick nose of scotch whiskey, molten caramel, butterscotch, carob coated raisins, ginger cookies, barley, plum/prune, not crisp enough to seem toasted but it's all malt and no hops. Full-bodied, more of that alcoholic rum or whiskey action, no burn but "heady" to say the least. Caramel, toffee, molasses, all the standard descriptors, oats and barley, mulled prune juice, dates, milk chocolate, orange juice. The carbonation makes a good faith effort to rev things up but ultimately can't. So, better just relax and accept the steamroller of sweetness flattening your tongue. The hoppiness does not truly show strength except as aftertaste. It's flavorful and easily gives pleasure but it's kind of like trying to eat a whole fruitcake yourself.

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Photo of waldowin
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber, with hints of carbonation. Nothing lasting, no ring, and no lacing.

Smells of taffy, hard candies, and raisins, with a hint of grass. Smells very sweet, tastes even sweeter, with a hint of sherry and a very slightly salty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, though not "big".

Between the heavy sweetness, and 9.7%ABV, a 12oz would have been about the right size. 22oz is almost a bit much of it.

It's not a *bad* beer, but it's not astonishing.

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Photo of illidurit
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark amber color, a little light for the style, with a creamy beige head. Nice lacing. Aromas of alcohol, fruity esters, alcohol, caramel, and fusel alcohol. Flavor is malty with a thinnish mouthfeel. Solid bitterness. Again, lots of booze. Dark and red fruits and a burnt character. High carbonation, too much alcohol, not very drinkable, however it doesn't have a bunch of absurd off-flavors like most organic beers. Not recommended.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another organic bomb. Pours a murky reddish-brown, with no head. Reminiscent of rusty water. Ethyl alcohol, caramel, and the smell of burnt sugar. Viscous, soilid mouthfeel has me looking up, maybe the taste will redeem this one. Nope. Raisins, prunes, and malt doused in alcohol and molasses. This is like one of those nightmarish Christmas homemade candied plums. Boooo.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Certified Organic... //007!!!11

Pours with a certain thickness into my glass. Pretty much no head whatsoever. It also appears to be unfiltered as it looks like pond water. Not so good looking to be honest. However, I smelled it as soon as I began the pour. Smells like fusel alcohol with a ton of hops and nutty grain to try to cover it up. After you get past the boozy smell you begin to notice more subtle notes of vanilla and raisin. I guess it smells a little like North Coast Ole Stock Ale, but much less body and malt backing and more heartburn-inducing booze. (Rum I think...)
As far as taste.
It is burning hot with alcohol. My first thought is: How can North Coast make an old ale that looks better, smells better, and tastes smooth and rich that is also 3.55% ABV MORE than this beer? (the '06 was 13.25% ABV)
This needs to be laid down for a few years and revisited when the more complex alcohols have time to think about what they've done...
I know that the flavor potential is in there but the heat from the alcohol is just too much to bring it out. I shouldn't have to try this hard to taste a beer.
Drinkability suffers as well as taste. Double whammy Eel River.
Take you triple exultation and stick it-- a cellar for a couple of years before drinking it.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super deep brown in color with red highlights. Some head that quickly went away.

S: This is a malt bomb. Whiskey is in there as well but in a very subtle way. Molasses. Hints of dark fruit as well. A little bit of pine tree in the back as well. Nice nose.

T: Very malty. Big taste with some hints of whiskey again. Very grainy as well. Almost like eating grains straight from the mash. Dark fruit is there as well.

M: Heavy malt laden body. Very low carbonation that works well for the style.

D: I have been hearing about this brewery for a while now. Not bad and it did not have that organic commonality so many organic beers have. I have another bottle in the cellar and I think it might benefit with some time but it is enjoyable now.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson AZ
This beer arrives, too cold, but at least in a room temperature tulip glass, with a frothy, finger-and-a-half thick head that comes up to the rim of the glass. The head is a pale tan color and the beer is a dark amber, brown color that shows a fairly opaque, lighter amber color when held up to the light. This smells rich and malty with an almost bourbon like back-note / alcohol spiciness to it. Concentrated, toasted, not quite roasted caramel malts play a big role in the nose. Dark fruit notes of concentrated raisins and a touch of prune couple with a browned toffee and brown sugar like character. This has quite a hoppy edge to it as well that can't quite hide behind the malt character; aromas of pine, some herbal character and a hint of citrus character are definitely noticeable as well.

The flavor has a rich, toasted malt character to it that is quickly balanced by a fair amount of hop character that provides a pine like bite, some herbal notes and a lingering bitterness. The flavor is more malt focused than hop oriented, but the hops certainly don't play second fiddle here. While I like that the dominant crystal malt character has a toasted, fairly grain oriented edge to it (along with the caramelized grain notes that are more typical), it still seems a bit too dominant here. The beer is actually pretty sweet as well, this is mostly perceived up front though as the beer finishes with a nice, biting hoppiness that really helps to provide a bit of drying character in the finish. A touch of sweet citrus peel character seems to peek through at times, though the herbal and pine notes from the hops are definitely a bit more prominent. The body is definitely pretty rich; this is most definitely a sipping beer.

As the beer warms up some hemp like aromatic notes start to become noticeable in the nose. The flavor too becomes a bit more balanced between the malt and hop character. In fact the hop notes get quite a bit more aggressive, with quite a sharp, herbal edge to it as the beer warms up. The malt picks up a hint of roasty character as it warms up as well, though this is pretty subtle. This ends up being a nice beer to be drinking in the colder months of the year. The rich malt plays the leading role, but it ends up being nicely balanced out by a biting hop character. Despite this balance, the beer ends up not as well integrated as I would prefer. Not bad, but it could be beer; perhaps a bit of age might help with this.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this bomber at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. Ive had the bottle in my cellar for about 6-8 months.
The beer pours a clear deep mahogany with garnet tints and a fizzy yet soft beige head of 1.5 cm. The head fades fairly rapidly to a sturdy edge layer.
The aroma is hinting of a large robust beer, I get brown sugar and molasses, maybe some raisin as well, no hops, no caramel, but not really fusol booze or heat either, just big malt.
First sip reveals a fine and very tingly carbonation that is a little prickly on my palate. Body is average with some swete sticky texture on my lips and coating my tongue.
Flavor is sweet malt as expected, brown sugar and some toffee notes with a bit of warming booze on the finish. The beer is very tasty but doesnt mislead you into drinking too many. I enjoy this beer and will be purchasing it again in the future. Plus it is certified organic, bonus!!

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear brown color with a decent head and nice belgian lacing. The flavor is of rich malt with a very apparant alcohol bite aftertaste. The aroma is a light roasted coffee or maybe even a sweeter toffee. A really good beer to warm up next to if you are looking for a sipping beer, not one to quaff down fast.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a dark red, like black cherries, with a short tan head. Laces in a pathwork, kind of oily fashion. Smells of well roasted, almost burnt sugar, caramel malts, some smokiness. Flavor is somewhat fruity, with dates and cherries. Sweet malt and an obvious ethanol flavor/warmth grow on the tongue. Smokey, rauch notes. A bit underdone overall though in terms of the flavor...everything seems a bit muted (except the alcohol). Im a little disappointed with this one, which is a shame because i love old ales and their incarnations are so few and far between.

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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 Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, w/o bottling/freshness date, sampled in a tulip. Pours dark,dark cherry tinged amber, under a quick to thin dark tan cap, leaves ringed froth and leaves plenty of lace. Pungent nose of sweet smoke, dark cherry and layers of maple malt. Rich and tasty, notes of more cherry, bourbon, light smoke, rum soaked raisins, chocolate covered cherries, plenty of sweet malts, some alcohol. Quite dry with resiny hops late. Thicker, smooth mouth feel. a lot going on here, and its all good. Surely one of the better offerings among Eel River's organic lineup.* I would suspect that this one would improve with with 6+ months in the bottle to mellow a bit and to allow the flavors to mingle together.

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Photo of Flyer
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Papago Brewing in Phoenix. This was absolutely delicious. Notes of vanilla and pear over a great, intense, wonderfully sharp classic American strong ale taste. CA caramel malt backbone holds it all together. This has a perfect balance. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scottoale
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with certified organic all over the label. No visible bottling/freshness date or code. This beauty pours a deep ruby-copper color with a thick, creamy two-finger long lasting tan head. Sticky lace clings to the glass while the carbonation bubbles along...really nice looking brew.

The smell is very subtle at first, all I could get out of it was a dark, malty, nutty, faint aroma. As it warmed some alcohol surfaced and some roasty dark malts became stronger. A bit of hop in the way back. Nice smell, very organic like?

Mildly sweet and roasty darker malts dominate the flavor with some nuttiness. Toffee, tobacco, leather and treacle pave the way in this rich, malty elixer. The alcohol and hops pull through to keep things in check...nicely balanced.

Big, girthy body to this oldie, complimentary carbonation and rich flavor keep things rolling right along. A very tasty and strong ale thats a pleasure to consume, and hey, it's organic!

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Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/reddish color with fluffy head that lasted a little while. Aroma was malty and had hints of dark fruit. Taste is similar to the smell with some nice hops bitterness to balance it off. Mouthfeel was very pleasant. Drinkability for a beer of this abv was not too bad. Good stuff that I would have again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bronze pour results in a fluffy tan head. Retention is adequate and a smattering of lacing is left to and fro around the glass. Smell is a bit subtle at first, with some grapes, malts, taffy and hops floating around innocuous.

Tastes of taffee up front with a very surprising essence of roasted malts mixed somwhere deep within. Beyond all of that lie some dark chocolates and raisins, which oddly enough leave the palate perhaps a bit perplexed, but also satisfied. A good hop bite lingers deep down in the throat in the aftermath, and an astringency is left behind that is not completely welcome. As the session progresses, it becomes annoying.

Mouth-feel leans toward the heavy end, and tended to sit a bit heavy on my stomach as well. This is a unique brew, to say the least, and not to be taken lightly, as the 9.7% alcohol is hidden just enough, due to the other complexities, that you may forget what you're dealing with.

That being said, this one could keep you occupied for a while as you sip the night away knowing you're going completely organic, if that's your thing.

As for me, my taste buds aren't completely sold.

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Photo of WesWes
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice, warm burnt toffee scent along with roasted, almost raisiny aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a super smooth, malty flavor that goes down with ease and finishes warm and dry. It has the most intense burnt toffee flavor I've ever encountered. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a full bodied beer with just the right amount of CO2. This is an exceptional beer. I can't say enough about the malt character as well as the mouthfeel. It's incredibly drinkable for 9.7%.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights. Thin bubbly off white head that leaves spotty lacing on the way down. Aroma of caramel, figs, sugar, and a bit of spicy hops, smells like it will be sweet. Taste of caramel and burnt sugar, followed by some spicy hop bitterness and a bit of roast. Finishes with a bit of alcohol and a lingering hop bitterness. Nice tasting old ale. Medium body with a crisp bite of carbonation. Great Old Ale! I wish I could get them here, I'd like to try more of their stuff.

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Triple Exultation from Eel River Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 334 ratings