Midtfyns Chili Tripel | Midtfyns Bryghus

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Midtfyns Chili TripelMidtfyns Chili Tripel

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Midtfyns Bryghus

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2011

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of christinelovesbeer
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jtee
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.

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Photo of Jtorstrup
4.71/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ikidunot
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LinusBohman
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of SadMachine
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
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?

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Photo of elHeron
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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Photo of Ropowers3
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of HeyItsChili
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of Long813
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.

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Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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