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Mandolin | Blue Mountain Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CrellMoset on 04-06-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
130
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
19.47%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews by RandomExile:
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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pure translucent amber; scant surface film; little lacing (notably, this differs from many other reviewers, so I'm thinking it might be unique to this establishment)
S: yeasty, orange and floral, spiced, slightly earthy
T: Belgian, to me -- mainly that orange/coriander note, combined with the mouthfeel. Ever so slightly apple aftertaste, barely savory but clean. A sour/bitter tinge with some of the high abv peeking through.
M:Medium-bodied, coating, dry.
O: Strong Belgian-style Tripel. Maybe not showy on presentation (although other reviews differ: might be the venue and glassware), but As a note, Blue Mountain was present this evening and I got to spend some time talking to Ryan. The Belgian style is no accident, as they have a great deal of respect for the abbey brews, and brewed Mandolin using only barley, hops, and Belgian yeast, which is what conveys the sense of cloves and coriander, and their water is snow run-off from the Blue Ridge Mountains near Afton, Virginia, which gives their beers the crisp, clean, slightly mineral strength.

20oz / Pint Glass / VGP, MD

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Photo of tigg924
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky, amber, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is complex: stone fruit, Belgian spice, light oaking--possibly cedar, slight caramel, and light lemon. The oaking adds a level of complexity that exceeds my expectations for the style. Different, but a good tripel that I would get again.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of whatname
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall pour for a thin head, white, which dissipates into fine surface character. Color shifts impressively from red-amber to golden in the light. Laces finely.

Smell is Belgian yeast and coriander.

Taste is quite pleasant, a good saison and not too bitter nor too spicy, but the pepper is there. Quite sweet, faintly lemony, lingering light malt. Faint, faint vegetal notes.

Mouthfeel is nice, faintly prickly.

Overall, Blue Mountain does it again, spot-on for the style and a good Belgo-Flemish-Saison mix. Tastes like all of these, but it's a good fusion and not a clash. Well-recommended.

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Photo of hyoung41
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear amber with a nice white head. Clings to the glass with a swirl.

Smell - Bready and sweet smelling. Caramel. Belgian yeasty aromas. Fruity esters. A touch of acidity.

Taste - Very sweet and yeasty. Fruity and floral. Bready. Strange, really. Some are tough to describe. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet with medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

Overall - It's got some strange flavors, not all of which are bad. They're not exactly good, either.

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Photo of tanner1980
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Swift989
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Fusion7777
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Gregaroo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DRouth
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

chalice at the brewpub

a: served in a chalice at the brewpub, mandolin is a honey golden in color, with a bone white head showing light retention

s: pale and caramel malts create a malty sweet aroma, joined by yeast and associated spice, sweet pear and fruity esters, a nice dose of citric hops, candi sugar

m: carbonation rides the line between light and moderate, with a body around medium

t: pale malts and a good deal of caramel sweetness form the foundation, with a big yeasty flavor, some spicy output, sugary pear, candi sugar, grassy hops

o: a nice enough tripel - a touch rough around the edges but carrying some enjoyable aromas and flavors, maybe a little sweet for me, drinks well

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Photo of beerdave
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this one for a little while, and just finally picked up a bottle today

A: The bottle for this is a beauty. It's come up in discussion at least 3 or 4 times now, and adds to the initial 'outward appearance' before even seeing the brew. Three Floyds bottles are fun that way, too. The beer itself is something of a golden clay colour, with a reasonably nice looking head of average retention.

S: The scent of this is quite nice and promising... a clean fruity yeast aroma, a note of spiciness, and almost a honey-like sweetness. A little bit of a banana and clove like quality floating around in there. A nice little medley of aromas, and one of the better that comes to recent memory.

T: Big, without being huge, the flavours swirl around quite harmoniously with a nice complexity. Many of the same flavours as noted in the aroma... a honey and spice over a banana/fruit flavour. It doesn't go overboard on being sweet at all, and a little bit of alcohol warmth follows up to finish.

M: Another positive... a rich, sparkling mouthful with the flavours spreading over the tongue and slipping away gradually, leaving a pleasant, savouring post-finish.

D: The alcohol kick is here, as with any other Tripel, so that can't really take away from it a great deal. I am very pleased with the flavours and overall experience with this bottle. I'd put it up there with Unibroue in terms of North American quality with the style, and being a young brewery, it's a very promising hint of what may come. It might be a LITTLE hot, but this is also quite fresh, so a little time aside should smooth that out nicely for those who are feeling a little wary. Excellent ale, a keeper of a bottle, and definitely recommended.

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Photo of st9647v3
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear amber-orange in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge; the head eventually completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of fruits.
T: The taste is rather similar to the smell and has a strong base of malts and candi sugars along with notes of fruits.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the fruity flavors in this beer as it made the smell and taste a little more interesting. It also hides its alcohol rather well.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent orange to pale amber with a 2 finger tannish head that recedes quickly.

Sweet and fruity with subswtantial spiciness. Very nice.

Not as well rounded as the aroma, but pleasant. Light sweet malt with a bit of spice and some laid back alcohol and moderate bitterness.

Moderately light bodied. Not really sticky, but it clings nicely to the tongue. Some light carbonation is noticable, and there's a definite
warmth from the alcohol.

My experience is nowhere near comprehensive, but this is the best Virginia beer I've tried yet. It's attractive, smooth, and easy drinking.

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