Chili Tripel
Midtfyns Bryghus

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Chile Beer
Ranked #48
Ranked #41,399
3.62 | pDev: 13.54%
Midtfyns Bryghus
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Jtee from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle served almost straight from the fridge at 10 degrees Celsius into a chalice. Best before date: 11.07.2016 – more than a year ago – ha! This beer has been aging for so long that I've forgotten when I got it. Definitely 24+ months.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant deep amber/light copper with no head hence no cap and no lacing and no retention and just a bunch of nope. Obviously a result from aging the beer for so long. Having said that, the colour is just gorgeous.

Smell: Strong and sweet. Sugary sweet malts with DMS and metallic notes developed over time. Honey, berries, and faint alcohol. All the hops have faded. Reminiscent of a barley wine which kind of boggles the mind.

Taste: Strong and sweet just like the aroma. Honey-like maltiness up front with strong chili hitting you mid-palate and carrying through to the finish which is long, strong, and sweet (thanks to the spicy heat!). No hops, definitely stale, and yet with many layers.

Feel: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Round and heavy with restrained alcohol and considerable chili spiciness.

Overall: After aging a beer for so long (and a year past its best before date), I didn't know what to expect – I'm not even sure I should be drinking this – haha! What has emerged is something super interesting and a drinking experience like no other. There are obvious off-flavours from DMS to metallic notes, but it seems like the potent chili has taken over and ends up masking so much of that. The brew is malty-sweet with considerable bite from the chili along with sherry-like notes. I really want to try one fresh right now... probably not going to happen though :) I struggled with assigning numbers to be beer since so much has gone off because of the aging. I ended up with a solid “try it” (4) because it's just so dang interesting. I don't know if that's the case with a fresh sample.

Aug 05, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 11 2016. A chile tripel? The combo was just too strange to not want to try. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a mostly-clear orange-amber hue. Visible flecks of stuff slowly flow throughout the liquid, which is capped off with one finger of dense-looking, creamy off-white head. It soon reverts to a frothy cap and collar, leaving behind some scant smudges of lace as it recedes. Mediocre-looking by tripel standards, but pretty good for a chile beer. Fortunately, I'm grading it as the latter. There is a detectable amount of earthy, peppery chile spice on the nose, but I would not call the bouquet very spicy at all, really. Instead, the aroma is dominated mostly by an overripe, fruity plum/prune sweetness, with a pretty big dose of caramelized sugar, too. Pretty neutral for such a bold-sounding brew, really; neither off-putting nor particularly enticing.

It took me a few sips to get the hang of this one. The malt bill takes the reigns right off the bat - a bit bready, with lots of brown sugar and caramel, soon being joined by ripe, dark stone fruit flavour. I'm also getting a hint of banana, with the chile remaining hidden until you near the finish. At that point, things get a bit more interesting -earthier, and a bit more peppery than true spiciness/heat - with a boozy, butterscotch sweetness joining in once you reach the aftertaste. Still, the heat on your tongue and in the back of your throat that builds with each sip is clearly chile-derived, and not from the burly alcohol content. Medium-full in body, with moderate carbonation levels that prickle the palate confidently, synergizing nicely with the mildly spicy flavour profile. More drinkable than something like this really should be, but still very much a sipper at heart.

Final Grade: 3.91, a B+. Chile beers are always a bit tricky, and it's very easy to understand why the grades for this one seem to be so polarized. Once I get past the fact that it's not a good example of a tripel, I'd still consider Midtfyns Chili Tripel to very much be a well-made chile beer. In fact, I might even purchase it again. But it's not the sort of brew I'd have much interest in drinking more than say, once a year, and it's definitely not the sort of stuff I'd put effort into tracking down. A neat novelty; if it sounds interesting to you and you happen to bump into it, then why not?

Apr 06, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Honey/copper hued body; thick, foamy head that soon fades to a thin wisp of large bubbles. Grass and green chili aroma; faint pepper and spice notes. Almost cloying sugary malt flavor; some astringency; occasional appearances of chili pepper heat. Medium body; somewhat coarse on the palate; semi-sweet finish.

Malt sweetness dominates things, a little too much. What's really missing is any significant chili pepper heat or flavor. What does appear is so faint and so far into the background as to be nearly invisible. The beer comes across rather one-dimensional and lacks balance, depth, and complexity.

Feb 23, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tripels are typically yellow or gold but this one is a definite orange - if that's the influence of the chili peppers then I'm a little intimidated. It's also conventional for tripels to have a big, rocky head but, as we just covered, Midtfyns Chili Tripel is far from conventional. Clarity is in tact for now; sediment was stirred up from the first pour and looks ready to make its move.

Fermented with yeast strains naturally endowed with floral, fruity, and even spicy qualities, this is a style that needs no support in the aromatics department. Again, however, this is not your typical tripel; this aroma isn't perfumy or effervescent or surprisingly even spicy. Instead, it smells bready and caramelized, with dried and candied fruits in place of orchard or citrus ones.

I now know the culprit behind the amber colour: amber malts. Tripels are customarily made almost exclusively from pilsner malt. This different approach results in entirely different flavours: butterscotch, pear compote, and fruitcake are not taste descriptors I've ever used with the style before.

For better or for worse, the presence of the chilies is so restrained as to go virtually unnoticed; heck, I've had spicier tripels than this that weren't brewed with peppers! There is a small stinging sensation in the back of the throat but only from large mouthfuls (take small sips and you're fine). This mild and mellow caramelly character is fine in other beers but seems ill-fitted here.

My initial impression to this beer was "a chili tripel? What? Really? Why?". After having tried it a couple of times, that continues to be my opinion on it. Interesting idea - and one that could work provided the right food pairing - but overall it's simply a regrettable offering. The departure from stylistic guidelines doesn't bother me; fact is this recipe just plain isn't very good.

Jan 24, 2015
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

2.39/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a cloudy red/brown with a few cm of white fluffy head that dissipated quickly.

S: Smells of peppers, it's going to be hot.

T: Very hot, boozy with some fruits mixed in the lot.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. It was hot from the pepper, but also quite hot from the booze. Not extremely pleasing to drink

O: I like the idea, but I found that this tasted like a poorly made DIPA infused with chile, rather than a Tripel infused with chile.

Dec 24, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $7.50 CDN from the LCBO. A chile based tripel style of beer? Consider me intrigued.

Appearance - beer pours a very hazy honey brown cool with golden hues. Small half finger of head is poured and subsides to a small wispy thing pretty quick. Bottle swirl at the end added a touch of sediment to the glass.

Smell - sweet and spicy, something mysterious. A bit of the fruity notes normally associated with tripels but some spicy peppery notes and just a hint of the chiles. Nose isn't huge overall though.

Taste - starts sweet and fruity maybe some peach and pear, and then some spicy flavours shine through with some chiles. Heat lingers on the second and third sip, gradually warming the mouth. Not too hot but not too subtle either. Combine that with the contrasting sweetness of fruit flavours, this is really good. Booze is well hidden although I suspect the chiles mask that.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, full body, the beer might be on the syrupy side if not for the chiles which seem to cut through with the carbonation.

Overall - a delicious and dangerously drinkable big chile beer. Highly recommended for some innovation, and good flavor profiles with the striking contrast between a spicy tripel and the raw heat of chiles.

Dec 21, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a very modest head that does manage, however, to splash a lot of lacing around

Smell: Overripe stone fruit and Juicy Fruit gum

Taste: Honeyed stone fruit flavors and Juicy Fruit gum, up front, with a chile burn that develops by mid-palate; the sweet and hot flavors blend, after the swallow, and are well-balanced into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting idea, and I do like the chile combination with some beer styles but the Tripel isn't one of them

May 01, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer wasn't very strong with pepper at all. The smell was mostly like any other Tripel out there really. The taste of this was rather mild. I wasn't really picking but much spice at all in this beer. The flavors of grains and bready Belgian yeast were prominent in this one. The mouthfeel was decent but I felt like it was a little on the flat side. Overall this beer wasn't overly impressive to me, I felt as though it needed something a little more to put it at a better level for me. It was decent but wouldn't buy it again.

Mar 12, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Upon hearing of this beer's existence, I had to track it down and try it. A chile tripel? Let's dance: It pours a partly cloudy sunrise amber topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises black pepper, light white bread, light clove, and the lightest possible kiss of mild caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, but now the peppers come in, close to the finish, providing some spice and a decently small bit of heat. Honestly, the peppers really bring this thing together, rescuing it from general mediocrity. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, an interesting beer, one that doesn't necessarily win on all accounts, but it does generally satisfy.

Jan 20, 2012
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LinusBohman from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber in colour with a hardly noticable head.

S: Pepper and bitterness, a bit like a young woman ;)

T: The first thing that comes to mind is the pepper. But when that fades there´s a sweet caramel taste with a nutty hint and with a backbone of bitterness.
After the sip has migrated down to the intestines it leaves a chili afterglow with a honeysweet twist to it.

M: Quite thick and quite carbonated. Medium to full bodied with other words.
Feels nice on the palate, smooth.

O: Quite special taste to it but still very drinkable, nice one to open an evening with. I haven´t really tasted anything like this one before.

Jan 16, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Mike, apparenlty the Bros of the Alstrom variety really liked this beer, me? not so much. Served in a tulip.

Beer is yellowish and mostly clear with a white head of decent lacing, some carbonation, nice head, decent retention.

Aroma is yeasty, sweet, malty, a little spice.

The chilis in this beer show up late to the game, only in the dry finish do I get them, the spice is real though, the forward of the beer is a little boring, not great, just OK. I don't hate it I just don't understand it or care enough to drink it again.

Jan 12, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of Blind BIF 6. Thanks to Brez07. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a slightly-hazy orange-copper color with a bubbly white head and a touch of sticky lacing. The nose is fairly-sweet with a good amount of fruit and some light booze. Touch of light diacetyl. Flavor again has a good amount of fruit and some light fruitiness. A bit of booze in the background. Medium body with low-moderate carbonation. A bit of a harsh dryness to the finish. Something I can't quite pin but don't care for. Guessing some sort of barleywine, likely American as there is a bit of bitterness in the finish and not the traditional heavy sweetness as an English Barleywine.

Reveal: Wow. Midtfyns Bryghus Chili Tripel. So far off. I guess chili is what I thought the booze was. Don't get anything remotely resembling a tripel in this one.

Jan 07, 2012
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avalon07 from South Carolina

2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. A good amount of sediment. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing at all.

S: A very muted aroma, consisting mainly of malt. Didn't smell the chilis.

T: Tasted of malt, a little sugar, and some chili in the finish. Mainly, this beer had a thin, one-dimensional flavor without any real dynamism.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the worst beer I've ever tried, but it's certainly forgettable.

Dec 31, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I let this warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a smallish, off white head that quickly settled down to a small island and no lace. Color is an orange honey medium dark amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, malt, bandages, toffee, astringent, minerals. Flavor is similar to nose, yet doesn't yield the chili straight up; the bandages are prominant along with sweetness. Chili heat comes in quite mild later. Body is ok and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and even with the heat, not that good. Don't want any more. Cook with it???

Aug 19, 2011
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AmericanGothic from Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of off white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet fruity esters, a little banana.

T: Nice fruit up front with spice on the finish. The chile flavor emerges as part of the finish after the first few sips, but never gets out of balance. The tripel on its own is good, and the chile finds a spot to fill that makes it part of the whole.

M: Medium body and quite creamy. The chile also makes itself known as a prickly sensation on the end of the tongue.

O: This beer is quite enjoyable. The chile works quite well to complement the style-- somebody really thought the taste combination through, and it shows. Well done.

Jul 18, 2011
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a small head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: Malts, citrus, butter, chili, light banana and some flower hops
Taste: Initially quite sweet; toffee, caramel, banana, malts and spicy. The beer has an exquisite chili touch, which tingles the tongue in the aftertaste. Alcohol is warming. crisp beer.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light body
Overall: Very special brew, nice!

Jul 07, 2011
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HeyItsChili from South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy mix of amber and ruby with a smaller light khaki head.

S - Some caramel, malt, and white pepper.

T - The taste is just out of this world. It has the rich, toffee-like, belgian candi sugar sweetness of a tripel. A very similar dark fruit, prune, spicy component akin to a triple or even a winter ale, this warm spiciness blends expertly with the chili heat that attacks the edges of the tongue and holds on through the finish.

M - Barely less than medium bodied, smooth.

Feb 19, 2011
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Chilies and Tripels, two of our favorites. Score! Crackling lace; cloudy amber color. Peppery aroma from the alcohol and chili pepper, also with kiwi and taffy. Crisp and slick medium body, the caramel maltiness fades. The chili heat grows to an even warmth. A little chewy malt, taffy and dried grass. Light hop bitterness. Alcohol is strong but not reckless. Finishes with the chili warmth, alcohol vapor and some malt remnants. At first, the taste buds ask where the chili is, but sip after sip it becomes more prevalent--a darker Tripel that's more refined than extreme. An exciting ride.

Jan 11, 2011
Chili Tripel from Midtfyns Bryghus
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 55 ratings