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Batch 300Batch 300

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Halcyondays on 07-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

8.2% ABV, one time release that I received thanks to me trustee Andrew.

Mildly hazy orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk leaving some lace. The nose is solid. Very fruity with a blend of stone fruits with peaches and nectarines quite prominent, along with some citrus hop character and yeasty banana. The malt character is rather simple, even for a tripel, with a mildly dull honey aroma. Oak is rather noticeable, a little overhanded IMO.

The palate opens with a blend of fruits, with citrus, a mild orange peel bitterness as some white peach. The mid palate has the malt which tastes too simple and clean, almost like it's all pale malt used as base. The oak is noticeable as well, with some tannins and vanilla. The oak is also very raw and harsh and the finish is a little more bitter than I'd like. The yeast is rather spicy, with some clove, which doesn't really work with the oak. Medium-light in body with moderate body, this beer is quite bitter on the finish with the oaky vanilla prominent. The booze really grows as it warms up, making this worse. Decent, a little too sweet , a little too oaky and a little too simple on the malt. Not offensive, but significantly better examples exist.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml capped bottle, 8.2%abv listed on the label and..for sale in CA only? Really? Really??

I have the best cap remover I've ever seen and it was a tough job getting the cap off. A good thing, me thinks.

It pours a light gold with a small, about a half inch, of foam. No lacing that I can see. Strange thing for a Tripel.

The smell is lightly yeasty, lightly hoppy, has a very mild hint of oak..pretty nondescript for the style.

The taste starts off hoppy which I can only describe as bitter; I don't taste any grapefruit, grass, or pine. Just bitter. There's an ever so slight hint of some tartness, and I can barely taste any of the oak influence. Some hint of spice..err. this beer seems to have a lot of hints and that's bugging me. No single flavour wants to stand out and say, here I am. Sorry but I'm not impressed.

It is pretty light bodied for the style with light carbonation. Not too drinkable for me at all. The flavours just don't mesh well with *my* palate. A miss for me but The Bruery does make some brews that tickle my fancy.

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Photo of Verecund
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

September 14, 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy dark tangerine with two fingers of thick, lasting white head.

Quite a bit of that sweet-tart citra citrus/tangerine/tropical fruit, bitter orange peel, yeasty banana, and some buttery oak. A muted floral undertone is present as well.

Huh. Pretty sweet and mostly devoid of any particular accented flavors on the front to mid palate - candied sugar, light orange sweetness. (As I get further into the bottle, this flavor/feel on the front of the palate is almost watery.) This gives way to spicy/peppery and buttery oak and some pithy bitterness on the finish. Still fruity, but not as pleasant as on the nose. In fact, it's a bit harsh and messy.

A creamy medium body with just over medium carbonation. Fairly sweet, though mildly dry and tannic on the finish.

I dug the citrus on the nose, but those citrusy, tangerine notes don't come through on the palate and the bitterness and tripel base don't harmonize particularly well. Maybe I missed the window on this one.

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Photo of craytonic
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slighly hazy peach-apricot-orange with s smallish white head

Smell: Somewhat like a tripel, spices, banana, malt, sugar, citrus and yeast. A bit boozy

Taste: A bit too sweet, some citrus hops that are somewhat nice and a yeastiness. Too much booze.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, aggressive carbonation

Overall: Not a very good example of the style.

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Photo of Philousa
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opaque orange in appearance, with medium white head and some lacing. Very citrusy in the nose, mostly orange, fresh hops, and a slight hint of spices. Citrus up front in flavor, followed by pale malt. Oak really hits with bitterness, strong and lingering. The oak overtakes the alcohol flavor/burn. The mouth feel is middling and the carbonation fits the flavor.

This beer = hops and OAK. I'm a bit surprised by the overpowering oak flavor in this beer, as the Bruery knows how to age a beer in barrels. Maybe they wanted a strong oak flavor. If so, they achieved it, and I'm not as big a fan as the brewmaster. That said, it's interesting and I'd still have it again, but I wouldn't get too excited. The Bruery has made better.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of RS membership. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazy apricot color with a medium-sized white head with a bit of light lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a bit of Citra and spice, plus quite a bit of alcohol. Alcohol is more prevalent in the flavor with some yeast spice and some slight tropical and citrus notes. Light-medium body with ample carbonation. Dry finish and alcohol warmth. Too boozy, but an interesting brew.

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Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Some light spice and candy sugar notes up front followed by strong chardonnay-like aromas. Woody tanins, fermented fruits, and a slight buttery presence bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some Belgian spices and candy sugar flavors at first. Chardonnay, woody tanins, and fruit follow with a slightly yeasty finish.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little thick and under-attenuated for a tripel, but it's not surprising considering the barrel aging.

O: A solid beer overall, and while the barrel aspects are nice, they overwhelm the tripel aspects a bit too much. Still, it's enjoyable.

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Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden, light amber color with a finger of thick white head. There is a good amount of retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: There is a fruitiness that overpowers the Belgian yeast, but the herbal yeast notes show up. The beer is sweet with some alcohol in there as well.

Taste: Sweet from the malt with less of the fruit notes from the smell. There are some herbal yeast notes, with some bitter alcohol heat in the finish. I'm not a huge fan of the finish, but I enjoy the overall taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild and tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This beer is really close to being fantastic. The finish is a bit harsh. I wish the fruity notes from the nose were a bit stronger in the taste.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Nanoslug for sharing this one. Served in Lost Abbey teku glass. Second crack at this review as the site went down for maintenance minutes before I submitted the previous one.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body. Most beers look shitty in this type of glass, so this is pretty impressive.

S - Cereal grains, vanilla, oak, mild orange citrus hops, light Belgian yeast, and some cloying sweet sugary malts, particularly as the beer warms up.

T - Taste is a thankfully a bit less sweet, with citrus and stone fruits prevailing over the oaky vanilla and brown sugar flavors. Hops are less present here, and there's very low bitterness present.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower carbonation, juicy and sugary texture, and well-hidden alcohol. By far my favorite aspect of this beer.

D - To sweet for my tastes. Some spicy, estery, or phenolic yeast flavors might help cut the sweetness to a more balanced level. Perhaps it was better when it was fresh, but the mild hops and overly sweet malts makes this tough to drink in large quantities.

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Photo of raveskdr
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Thanks to Chris (radagast83 on the other site) for bringing this bottle.

A - Right in the zone for a tripell.

S - Yeasty with some Belgian funkiness. You also get slight spiciness.

T - Pretty average tripel. Belgian funk and spiciness that follows the nose.

M - Nice full mouthfeel. Taste doesn't linger.

O - Average. Well, slightly above. Not something I would ever drink again. Everything about this beer screamed "okay".

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. At the time, consumed blind.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head, on the sudsy side. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Decent aroma, not overly exciting. Lots of Belgian yeast and spice. Some breadiness and cloves. Not as much citrus as I would have expected, doesn't come off like a typical tripel.

T: Slightly oaky, but very doughy/bready with hints of fruit. There is also a little bit of spice mixed in, but nothing overly special.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drank rather easy.

O: Not knowing what the beer was (even though I knew it was Bruery), I probably would not have guessed Batch 300. It was ok, but a little bit too bready for my liking.

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Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Wheat-colored and slightly cloudy. Two fingers of pillowy white froth set up camp atop the liquid, dense and pillowy. It descends slowly, leaving behind thick pockets of lace.

White pepper, red apples and a bit of spicy, grassy hops offset fresh oak and a hint of funk. Alcohol is also pretty noticeable.

In the flavor, banana, clove and pepper are behind a blend of apple and pear. Touches of fruity yeast and old grain. I also get a little bit of citrusy hops, but they’re barely noticeable behind the big alcohol and a dry, funky finish.

Fairly viscous, sugary medium body and light, electric carbonation. Some boozy heat blazes through the nostrils. Clean, dry finish.

Batch 300 is an interesting if run-of-the-mill example of a tripel. A little too boozy, and I don't get enough from the oak.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Purchased at Bruery Provisions). Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. Has a bit of lacing. Aroma has fruit, peaches, wheat and some grass. Taste is sweet with some peppery notes and a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied with a dry finish. A pretty nice trippel that has some elements of a saison. I like it.

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Photo of zep9865
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Time for a smooth belgian in this tasting with aasher.

Poured into New Belgium snifter with three fingers of white foam head and streaky lacing. Color is an orange/honey/gold variety.

I smell a slight hint of citrus, honey, and banana bread. Alcohol is slightly detectable.

Taste is similar to the smell. A little bit of citrus up front with a refined not overly sweet malt on the backbone. I taste honey, coriander, and belgian yeast without that crazy fermentation aftertaste.

Carbonation, levels of sweetness and bitterness, and different taste notes make this beer fun with every sip

It takes a lot for me to give ultimate praise to a belgian and this one is no exception. Worth the purchase though because it is crisp and makes you think about the elements of it.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy strawberry blond with orange highlights with a thick foamy two fingers of head that leaves thick curtains in its wake. The nose smells exactly like a well made ipa, and i do not really pick up any belgian yeast notes. Bitter citrus peel, guava, mango, and bready malts, with slight hints of spiced coconut and pineapple. You really can smell the hoppy bitterness. Where i loved the nose the taste let me down a bit. The majority of those flavors are there but it is extremely muted and thin. Oddly it is somewhat watery and yet i can still detect the alcohol. Really stoked on this beer until it hit my lips im hoping it improves as it warms - opened at about 43 degrees.

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Photo of nbree00
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Really nice lacing on this one. Pours a beautiful orangish-honey color with a good cloudiness.

S: All Citra hops in the aroma here. Nicely herbaceous with notes of fresh cut pine, berries, bread pudding and caramel. Well constructed sweet yet aromatic nose.

T: This beer really drinks like an imperial IPA for me, not to far off from something like Sculpin. Flavors of pine, cheese cake, strawberries, raspberries, a little honey and possibly a hint of fennel.Just a gorgeous balance of flavors on this beer.

M: Fantastic texture on this one. Very lush and full bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of creaminess. Don't get much oak, but seems like it would be very easy to over oak a style like this, so I'm happy with the subtleness.

O: Overall really a great beer. More of an IPA than a tripel in my opinion, but if you can get passed that I would recommend trying it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a big white head.

S: Smells "Belgian" at first. Lots of banana and spices coming through. There is a nice bit of sweet bready malt and candi sugar. A fair bit of citrus and even some mild vanilla. A bit of yeast in there, too.

T: Sweet malt and candi sugar really dominate the flavor. There is some citrus to the beer, but not as much as I picked up on the aroma. Somewhat bitter, especially for a Belgian beer. Lots of different fruit notes as well as some light yeast.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high.

O: I really liked the aroma of this beer, but the flavor didn't do as much for me. The bitterness really threw me off.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a transparent orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated quickly and was not present while drinking. Medium active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Citrus notes of orange peel and coriander jump out right away. Buttery, biscuity yeast body provides a pleasant warm feeling. Oaky undertones even out the peppery spiced notes.

Taste: The oakiness of this brew is much more potent on the taste when initially hitting the palate. Lighter fruity tones of tangerines and oranges dance on the front. Heavier yeast tones take over on the second half of this brew and leave a dry texture on the palate which allows some lingering fruity tones to shine through. Oak and lingering spice character also makes itself known entire time while drinking.

Mouthfeel: Bright front which gradually fades to a darker, moderately dry finish. Carbonation was low but could be from the age of the bottle.

Overall: Included as an extra in a deal and I didn't realize that this baby had this much age on it. Carbonation was certainly pretty low but plenty of interesting flavors and aromas still present. Oakiness seems to be winning out at this point.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle thanks to JRSD. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Batch 300 pours a hazy tangerine, and the snow white head comes up past three fingers in height. Head retention is decent, and the foam proves to be fairly sticky, though it doesn't completely coat the glass. The nose is chock full of juicy pale fruits (mango and peach), along with a slight citrus edge. Not much in the way of phenols to distinguish it as a tripel, or the advertised oak, but the nose is still killer. The flavor has that same great fruity/citrusy presence from the nose, but brings in some other elements on the back end. There's a subdued, yet definite peppery yeast presence, and a similarly mild woody note from the oak. It's still a bit too unbalanced towards the fruity side to be a great tripel, but it's at least a bit better than the nose. The body is on the light side, but a little too slick for its own good. I'd chalk it up to slightly lackluster carbonation. Were I not reviewing to style, Batch 300 would have a bit of a better review, as I love the combination of Citra hops and a Belgian yeast strain, and a beer in this vein is definitely now on my homebrewing "to do" list.

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Photo of nataku00
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Took a while to dig this up from a box and drink it. Beer pours a golden yellow, hazy, with half a finger of soapy bubbly white head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar and a patch of bubbles. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is light citrus, lemon and orange, light fruity esters that bring up green apple flavors, bread malts, a light oak flavor, and a light spice.

Taking a sip, the oak presence is much more prominent, and is the first thing hitting the tongue, along with an orange zest bitterness. Some ester flavors come through as the beer warms on the tongue, but the beer is pretty citrusy hop flavor and oak dominant where the only reason I would think it's a tripel is because of the mouthfeel.

Medium body, and creamy due to the fine carbonation. Pretty interesting beer, but I think the oak is a bit too prominent now that this bottle has seen some age.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours hazy orange with about an inch of fluffy eggshell white nhead. Leaves minimal spotty lacing.

S-Citra hops, citra hops and more citra hops. Citric aroma similar to frozen orange juice concentrate. A faint hint of oak.

T/M-Citra hops are really the dominant flavor here. Very little about this beer reminds me of a tripel. There's some slick Belgian yeast mid-palate, and a bit of funk on the back end, but otherwise this drinks like a slightly peppery, citric double IPA. Almost no oak presence. The finish is warming and estery.

O-Though this may technically be a tripel, it drinks like a double IPA. Normally this would be a problem. However, it's a really good double IPA.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light hay color with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty damn complex. At first I got were big whiffs of belgian esters, honey, and a bit of vanilla in the background. After it sat a bit I picked up some citrusy hops which were a very nice surprise.

T: The taste is a bit different though. The first thing I detect is a good amount of citrusy hops along with the typical belgian yeast esters and some vanilla. There's also a grainy flavor that seems just a bit off from what a good Tripel should be.

M: The feel is crisp yet oily..very interesting. I think the extra hops are adding that oily feeling.

O: The aromas were complex and the flavors were decent but the flavor didn't quite live up to the smell. I still enjoyed this and will definitely see what this is like in a year or two.

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Photo of aasher
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a box a couple months ago. Another thank you to Brian, as this was on my wants at the time!

This beer pours a hazy tangerine orange in color, medium in body with a one finger soapy white head that laces my snifter. It smells of faded hops, oranges, slight butter, pale malt, and Belgian yeasts. Interesting concoction but nothing overly impressive. The flavor consists of faded citrusy hops, pale malts, light butter, oranges, and dandelions. After the flavor I'm convinced that the butter is due to the oak barrels noted on the label as being local chardonnay barrels. It's nothing crazy, but it's there. It drinks very smoothly and you don't get any of the 8.2% at all. Overall this is a unique tripel, but worth a try. I just wish I knew which barrels they used.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

850th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml


Thanks to GuruDel for this one

App- A glowing orange with a 2 finger head. A semi-fast receding one at that. Pure white in color. A lot of spider web cling and lace. It was very see through orange as well.

Smell- A good bit of oak with a medium density yeast aroma and a small touch of bitter. A little citrus and a bit of vanilla. It was good on the nose.

Taste- A different take on a very Belgian style. It's a triple but more hoppy but a bit dryer and oaky with a small amount of vanilla. A little sugar. A very lollipop like taste.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit yeasty, citrusy and vanilla.

Drink- Pretty damn tasty. As the 4 says. Its good. It had some oak flavors, some yeast, vanilla and some deep citrus. Well rounded and different. I would like another bottle of this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone Brewery Bistro and Gardens. Hoppy and a bit funky aromas. Not a triple. Hazy grapefruit coloured. Well hopped, dry finish. Somewhat complex and unique. Bit above average mouthfeel offset by some astringency, orange rind. More of a sipper.

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