River Rat Triple (previously River Piraat) | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is the old River Piraat. Same beer, new name.

Added by Kegatron on 06-13-2011

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TCgoalie
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of StarryNight74
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy golden color with about one finger of white fluffy head that disappears quickly.

The scent is spicy, with sweet fruit, and some bread.

The taste is of sweet fruits and sugar, some citrus, yeast, and some present alcohol.

Medium body, smooth, soft feel, moderate carbonation.

This is one of the tastier tripels I've had, the very much disguised alcohol makes this a very easy drinker.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Poured a hazy pale yellow with a small foamy white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma of bready malts, yeast, fruit esters, boozy presence. Taste is pretty hot with booze actually, with an almost hefe-life influx of banana and spice, followed by pale malts, spicy yeast, and a light herbal hoppage. Medium body, quite a lot going on, boozy but still drinkable.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

48hr old growler poured into a tulip

Pours a golden yellow with some orange highlights. Due to this being in the growler for 48hrs, it is noticeable that the carbonation has been compromised. A small bubbly white cap rises and falls quickly.

The aroma is of juicy tropical fruit, solvent, ethanol, spice, and herbal notes. A very hoppy tripel, but not so much that it overwhelms the palate. There is an aggressive subtlety to this beer.

Juicy tropical fruits sweep the palate first, before spice, fruity yeast, and dry herbal notes. The finish is of juicy fruit gum, dry herbal notes, spice, and ethanol. Complex, yet soft and inviting.

The feel is a little compromised due to the growler age, but this guy has a medium body with a bit of a prickly feel.

A very solid tripel. Loads of flavor and bite packed into an unassuming golden yellow body.

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Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of thain709
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a hazy, dull, golden-yellow body...the head stood one finger and was white in color...it feel to a wispy cap and left behind some lacing

S - A very sweet nose...sweet malts, underlying hops, light spice, some yeast, and alcohol all have a part in the aroma

T - The flavors do not come across as sweet as the nose would suggest...fruity flavors start off...big banana and some light orange...the hops never jump out and smack you in the face but they do let you know that they are there...they keep to the background but you can pick them up with every sip...the spice is the same way, underlying...there is a slight alcohol warming effect as the beer continues to warm

M - Medium bodied...unbelievably creamy, smooth, slightly spicy, and a quick hop bite

O - I like SGB's Stealth Tripel and this one does not let you down as a hoppy Tripel...I'm liking this more than a good Belgian IPA

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled on 28-Jul. This is the remnants from IPA Day last night celebration. The solution to duplicate entries is re-naming, it seems, so I'm putting this review here.

A: The growler is showing its multiple openings, lacking any kind of head. The ale is a darker, dried leaf color, like a dunkelweizen but translucent.

S: The Belgian IPA, and let's be honest it is a Belgian IPA, has a fantastic nose, rustic and spicy. The tripel aromas are sweeter and fortified; the IPA is spicier with herbal aspects.

T: Very sweet, the tripel aspects dominate with pale candi sugars (lending sweet fruits) and white pepper. Ample booze comes with the tripel side. The sweetness comes, I think, from the hops also. The fiery herbal hops have settled out to leave only the sweetest of the bitter oils behind. Pale malts add a bit of heft. The sweetness is surprising, lingering with a sugary body that hides the bitterness. A week on, this beer takes on a whole new dimension. Paint me pleased.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and fruity, plenty of candi sugars and hop oils. The herbal, floral hops shine through late in each sip, leafy even. The lack of carbonation concentrates the sweetness; I'm not sure of how I feel about that.

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Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of bready yeast, light spice, clove, and lots of juicy fruit. As it warms up more and more sweetness creeps into the picture. Only the faintest trace of the alcohol creeps in toward the end.

T - Starts off with a big sweet kick to the teeth but never getting to the point of being cloying. Once the initial sweetness dies down you begin to get hints of oranges, apricot, chewy Belgian yeast, light spice, and just the faintest hint of some hop bitterness. Finish is mostly candied sweetness, lingering for a short time. Not too bad, but I still prefer the stealth.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, sweet, feel carrying through to the finish line. It is soft, yet aggressive.

O - I still think I prefer their stealth triple but this was very nice none the less. I am not the biggest fan of "chewy" beers and this one straddled the line very well. It had just enough flavors to offset the chewy feel, leaving it nearly perfectly balanced. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of stakem
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at SGB served in a goblet. This brew appears a hazed golden orange color with a thick frothy cap of white head that sticks all over the glass with thick patches of lace. As the experience continues, the lacing effect turns into an entire wall that coats the glass.

The smell of this brew is like orange marmalade. It is strikingly reminiscent of a jelly my grandmother use to make. It is lightly spicy with belgian yeast imparting a light character of clove and spicy phenols, stretching a bit to find the typical banana aroma. I cant get over how orange-like and fruity in character this brew smells. As it gets warmer it gets somewhat candy like with it's sweet smell. Very pleasing and atypical brew here.

The taste is just like the aroma indicated. I keep thinking orange marmalade. It has a distinct orange flavor that is somewhat candied in character with mild belgian spices and faint alcohol esters that accents the fruited quality of this brew. Just as the aroma indicates, this brew is sweet, almost candy-like but not at all cloying. There is a solid belgian yeast character here but it is much unlike what I am use to.

This is a very different offering than what I have experienced in a triple at SGB before. I dont know what yeast was used here but I sure do like what I am having. It is medium to full bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. The candy-like sweetness beneath the brew does an impressive job of completely masking the alcohol. For 9% this beer is dangerous, the only evidence of alcohol is a warmth that creeps in the back of the throat. A very solid offering from SGB that warrants a taste.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the SGB on 6/12/11. Served in a stemmed goblet. This is a jacked up version of their already powerful Stealth Triple recipe (featuring a new yeast strain as well I believe) and is brewed in honor of the Susquehanna River and all who enjoy it!

Pours a hazed golden copper with 1/2 finger of bright-white head. This retains with some nice looking sudsy edges, leaving back some thick swathes of sudsy lace. The aroma very fruity and sweet, with notes of honey, bread, and a LOT of juicy citric fruit flavors. There is maybe a touch of spice here but it definitely sits in the background. Alcohol adds some fullness to the nose but there is barely any warmth detected here at all.

The taste is similar, being very sweet overall with honeyed grains and a soft juicy fruit character. I'm getting a good bit of orange, apricot, and maybe even a touch of mango here. Luckily this doesn't get cloying though, as there is a hop profile with some strength here but it becomes more subtle depending upon just how much of that sticky sweetness comes out with each sip. Like the nose, the spice here is very secondary, mostly coming out in the finish, where is combines with that alcohol and bitterness to really dry the finish on this out. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a mellower creamy prickliness to the carbonation. The high alcohol gives this an overall sweet boldness in the mouth that helps intensify those flavors but there is barely any warmth here, much less any stinging alcohol, and the whole package is just coming off a incredibly smooth in the mouth. Very impressive. They listed the ABV at the brewpub as 9%+, so who knows just how high this ultimatley came in at.

This was a different beast than their regular Stealth Tripel from here, with a ton of sticky malt and fruit character in place of the bold hops, spice, and tarter fruit of that beer, yet this was no less flavorful and incredibly drinkable for the size. It's hard to believe that the ABV is even higher here yet this seems even smoother than the Stealth! Any way you cut it, they've definitley got two of the best American made Tripels that I've ever had available here. This is another dangerous drinker. Watch out!

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River Rat Triple (previously River Piraat) from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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