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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

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

750ml capped. Served in a tulip.

Pours a brilliant clear golden orange with a big three finger off-white head. Some cascading bubbles. Settles to a medium-sized ring. Medium amounts of lacing left behind. Yeast doesn't cloud things up until you get to the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma has a strong vinous quality, they're not kidding on the label. Citrusy hop aromas. Earthy oak. Sweetness. An odd sour note that reminds me of the recent "Faster, Bigger" collaboration with Dogfish Head. Maybe from the yeast?

Very sweet initial flavor. Fruity apple notes emerge along with citrusy hops. Vanilla oak notes are subtle, but are there. Peppery spices emerge as well. Finish dries up a bit.

The mouthfeel is pretty soft on this one. Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. Almost feels like you're drinking juice.

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Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice brew. I let the bottle warm some out of the fridge. Then I poured a huge, off-white, foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy head that slowly settled down and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy gold amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, malt, caramel, fruit, bread dough. Flavor is similar to nose, but with a distinct hop on top then bittersweet, followed by the other stuff. Body and carbonation really are faultess. Finish is hop, some resin balanced with malt, of good length and satisfying. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review this is the #39 top Tripel on the best of lists. Served in a Bruery tulip because I can. Beer is orange / hazy / amber with a nice white head, small bubbles, some lacing moderate to low carbonation. Some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, mildly oaky, a little vanilla, a little pineapple, smells nice.

Beer is thin and sweet with this nice fruitiness on the midpalate of the beer that rounds out nicely to a decent finish. The back palate isn't bitter or dry, just a thin finish. I really enjoyed this beer, a nice little hoppy tripel.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a massive white head with a straw colored clear body with a slight haze.

S: green grapes, belgian yeast, citrus, oak and vanilla

T: Taste of bittered green grapes and citrus along with a heavy oak. Slightly overbittered for my preferences, but will probably become more subtle with some more age. This beer is still green IMO. Lightly caramelized sugars , honey and white pepper and a hint of booze.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a slick mouthfeel

O: A sweet and bitter Tripel. Overall pretty good, would drink again but not quite as well rounded as some others. Maybe slightly too much going on in here.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An appropriate beer to drink while watching game 6 of the 2011 world series.

The beer pours a rich, dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex and attractive in this beer, as I pick up honey, light grapefruit, apricot, light bananna, light clove and hints of white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I'm impressed by the depth of flavor I'm getting in this beer. The flavor profile is dominated by honey, cherry and vanilla, though the sweetness is nicely countered by a goodly dollop of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Although this beer is fairly rich and sweet, that sweetness is never over the top, and it seems to blend well with the grapefruit flavor I'm picking up. There's really a lot going on in this beer, and both the flavor and aroma profile seemed to change considerably as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a smooth, fairly sweet, lightly bitter finish. There's a hint of alcohol in the finish, but it in no way mars or otherwise detracts from the quality of this beer.

Impressive. Another excellent effort from the folks at Bruery.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750-mL bottle into a tulip glass on 8/12/11.

A: Pours a hazy, straw-color with white head that recedes. You can see good carbonation, as bubbles migrate toward the crown.

N: Funky (almost musty) with fruity-esters that waft up from the lager-yeast.

T/M: Crisp orange/lemon citrus notes come first. There is a nice must that follows in the middle from the yeast and oak, which becomes more evident as the beer warms. Medium-bodied, which seems a little heavy for the style.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. It has very delicate flavors that are very well layered and complex. Really glad my buddy Dee suggested I try this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dixonian for bringing this beer back to Texas from one of his trips to Southern California. I love Trade Winds Tripel and am really looking forward to this one.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very nice and very hoppy for a tripel. I get a lot of apricot and resinous pine notes, with some bread and Belgian yeast notes mixed in. Definitely not your classic tripel aroma.

The flavor is also unique and very nice. I get a lot of Belgian yeast and pepper, as well as some biscuit and bread from the malt. There is also a lot of flavor from the hops. The hop notes I get are mainly orange and apricot, but there is a little pine thrown in for good measure. Another very good aspect of the flavor is a subtle oak character which compliments the other flavors very well. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of litheum94
4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed 10/5/11.

Golden body with a thick and giant, bone white head. Big bubbles pop slowly, and the whole head takes its time settling, leaving very nice lacing along the way.

Dominate aromas of citra hops. Loads of grapefruit, with some pine, and a bunch of fresh cut flowers. Whisps of oak and Belgian yeast. One of the best smelling beers I've ever encountered.

Earthy at first, with Belgian yeast and oak. Moves into that classic citra flavor, grapefruit and peach. Some spice in the midst of the hops. The oak becomes more evident on the finish as the session goes on. Some alcohol pops up, but not consistently.

This may not fall with in the style guidelines because of all the hops, but I don't give a damn. This is the first beer that has blown me away in a long time. I loved every second of drinking this beer. Citra hops for all tripels!!

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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 phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: golden/straw color. Pours about 1 inch of creamy white head that slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Floral, citrus, hoppy, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, hint of funk.

Taste: citrus, floral, hoppy, vanilla, oak as it warms. Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A good trippel. Vanilla and a hint of oak. Very drinkable. Complex.

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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 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 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 Nashvillain
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing smells like wood, with a slight hint of ethers.

Pours like a Tripel, smells like a barrel.

Taste is just like the smell, a barrel with slight hints of ethers and fruits. I like it though, it's pretty good.

Overall I'm not sure that this is a masterpiece, but it's definitely a good beer. The barrel is so evident, I like the fact that it shines through so well.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A- The beer is a hazy, orange, amber color. A rather conservative pour results in a two finger, rocky, snow white head. The foam recedes leaving a thick coaster and some very nice lacing.

S- Starts out fruity. Aromas of apricots, tangerines and peaches, backed up by a Belgian yeast presence. The oak is quite evident in the nose.

T- Stone fruit at the outset. Peach, and apricot predominate. Yeast characteristics impart some banana flavors. Big oak presence throughout. Spicy, bitter hops dominate the finish.

M- The beer is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation which works quite well here.

O- Another very nice offering from The Bruery. Refreshing enough for a summer afternoon, but with enough body and heft to enjoy on a cool, fall California evening on the back porch, which is what I'm doing right now.

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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 IKR
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow color with some faint orange overtones. Has a fairly generous white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Pine and citrus notes from the hops are upfront like an IPA. the nose is different from traditional style Tripels.

Taste: The pine and citrus notes that were present in the nose come through in the taste. There is also a sweet orange flavor present as well. A hop bitterness also comes through in the taste.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: I liked this one. If someone were looking for a traditional Tripel this wouldn't be the beer for them, the hop presence is similar to what would be found in an IPA, and the body is heavier compared to more traditional examples. For those seeking a unique spin on a style it's worth a try.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

white foamy head crowns over the top of the glass, easily coating the sides with thick globs of foam. Hazy and bright golden in color. After a few moments it settles down, but still it was a really well done example of the style.

Aroma is bright, really nicely done again here. Hints of light woody notes lay upon a touch of funk and light notes of grassy hops and grains. A touch of light fruit now coming forward as well. Light banana and clove at first gave way to a smooth and comforting sour toasted that rolled into a nice blend of earthy oak notes and hints of grassy flavor. Rich and very subtle at the same time. What actually impressed me the most was the lack of high abv in the flavor. Really well done here

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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 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 DovaliHops
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is heavy with citra hop aroma and floral notes. There are all some spicy aromas along with oak. Taste is sweet oak flavors with a nice balance of Belgian yeast and American hops. There is a presence of vanilla toward the end, as this beer finishes with bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is one worth trying and definitely something I would purchase again.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Haven Gastropub, Orange, CA 25 cl pour into generic tulip, $6, 8.11.11.

One finger white head small bubbles, clear deep gold body, medium dissipation with some carbonation visible and good lacing retained. Beer was served much too cold, was patient to allow aroma and flavors to develop. After warming fairly prevalent floral hop aromas for the style, some sweetness in the middle, minimal curacau and coriander notes, subsumed to the hops. Taste is fairly typical tripel up front then an onslaught of slightly bitter hops, lingering hop finish. Taste was well rounded, the use of wine barrels for a hoppy tripel was interesting. Medium mouthfeel, dry finish from yeast. Pretty drinkable once it warmed. I thought this was a very interesting beer, hybrid of Belgian IPA and a Tripel. Worth a try.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA triple? Brilliant! The best of both world stuffed into a great beer. Citra hops provide a crisp, bitter front with sweet yeasty sweetness rounding out the finish. Enough hops for the IPA lover and smooth enough for the Belgian coinesseur. Thank you Bruery for another great brew.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle sent to me by Scott (smarcoly), thanks again! Split between my girlfriend and I who are both fans of anything and everything Tripel. Poured into two Bruery tulip glasses.

A: Soft copper / golden colored body reminiscent of a rustic sunset. It starts a bit cloudy but as the beer warmed up, the clarity improved. A white billowy and sudsy head is atop that settles into a thin patchy retention ring with minor lacing.

S: Oak wood dominates the nose but it's reserved and somewhat muted in a sense. A touch of spicy yeast, hay, clove and bitter orange peel all come through once you can get past the oak notes.

T: As with the nose, the oak is evident upon first sip but again is not overpowering. It does, however, seem to be the focus of the beer which is a nice additional dimension to a standard Tripel. A touch of sweet yeast, dough and some pale malts are mid-palate. Finishing are hints of orange oils with no off lingers other than a slight woodiness.

M: Lower carbonation than most Tripels, very creamy on the palate but I feel this leads to a slightly messy body. I wish it were a bit more bubbly and prickly for a cleaner finish, like most traditional Tripels are.

Aging this beer on oak cubes is definitely something you don't really ever see for this style. There's no denying it added another dimension to the beer that, perhaps unfortunately overpowered most of the traditional Tripel qualities. Oak forward it was, but the base of the beer seems to be all but lost.

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