Belgian Trippel | South Street Brewery

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South Street Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by philipt on 12-14-2003

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 6
Photo of PreacherBrewer
2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden color with no head at all.

S - Smells clean and yeasty.

T - Bubblegum and fruit. Very sweet. Too sweet for my taste. A yeasty mess. where are the hops? malt is syrupy and sloppy. I don't even bother to finish or try to figure out what off flavors I'm tasting.

M - light and minimal carbonation.

O - A Belgian Trippel FAIL! Stay away from this brew...far far away.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

South Street's Trippel, 22 IBUs, 7.0% abv, served in a traditional American pint glass at the brewpub.

Appearance: Comes a clean, filtered, nice orange-amber hued body, capped by a relatively fast-fading, fluffy, off white head. There's almost no carbonation in this one, which is unusual for a tripel, and the head leaves only faint, sparse blobs and flecks of lacing and a faint collar as it fades.

Aroma: Very faint, practically nonexistent, lending only slightly honey like overtones and a few stray, faint, light estery fruits.

Taste: Very sweet - unusually so, in fact - with lots of citrus, pears spice, faint banana notes, a few honey overtones, pears. Probably this beer's best attribute - it's reasonably authentic, and pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Sort of flat - again, lacking in that traditionally big bodied, fluffy, crisp tripel mouthfeel. The body itself is pretty medium and even, though.

Drinkability: Almost went w/ a 3.5, but given that it's relatively tasty and surprisingly low in alcohol for a tripel (as most of South Street's brews are), I'm gonna knock it up to a 4.0. It's worth trying, definitely.

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Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Honey-amber with thin cap of head and no lacing.

S: Tart apple, pear, banana, and yeast.

T: A solid Trippel with good malting with sweet candy sugar and pale malts and a nice tart finish. Proper glassware might help this beer somewhat.

M: Smooth and very easy to drink with low-medium carbonation. Yeasty but short aftertate.

D: A good Trippel but I would go with their APA or strong ale, especially if on-cask.

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Photo of philipt
4.6/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK...this is getting ridiculous. I'll try to be unbiased in my review, but I doubt I can. I believe South Street Brewery's current offerings are untouchable by any brewery. I was prepared for the Absolution Ale and the 420 Stout and what do they have on tap? A Belgian style tripel. Life could not have been better.

A deep, rich gold color with a true to form large white head. Incredible "Belgian" lace action going on. Subtle fruit and yeast aroma with just a hint of alcohol. Incredible taste; comparable to North Coast's Pranqster ale. Quite fruity, notably banana. Some apple and a touch (I mean intriguing) of nuttiness. Supposedly, this beer is brewed using the same strain of yeast used in two Belgian abbeys. A good hop balance creates a nice spicy finish. Incredibly easy to drink which I found out first hand (but that's another story altogether). The alcohol is mostly hidden, but it's in there. Great beer.

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Belgian Trippel from South Street Brewery
3.34 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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