Rose | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally known as 'Golden Rose' - discontinued in 2005.

"Rose is inspired by the Belgian Tripel style. It is a top fermented ale which has a deep golden color with a light refreshing body. The beer has a subtle hop profile using the Northwest's finest whole hop flowers. We use Aromatic and Honey malts along with Candy Sugar to give it a unique and fruity character. It is 6% alcohol by weight (7.5% by volume)."

Added by Mitchster on 02-27-2002

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Photo of merlin48
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch# 36, 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow-gold, with an enormous offwhite head that you could stir with a fork. Head lasts forever and leaves abundant lacing down the tulip glass. Lots of yeast particles present, which eventually settle at the bottom. Aroma is promising, with sourwood honey, several fruits, and some floral hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium to thick bodied. Very creamy. Taste is of candied malts, some caramel, and hints of mango and grapes. Aftertaste is vinous, and alcohol makes its presence known. Not a bad example of an American Tripel, but it seems to lack some balance. It's an interesting experience to watch the yeast particles dance around at the bottom of the glass, while a few of the buggers try to make it back to the top of the glass. I would like to try another one of these, but not this month.

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Photo of jtfest
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strikes me as another winner for Hair of the dog -- if you take it for what it is. Pours a hazy orange with red highlights. Be careful when you pour, there's gonna' be a HUGE light tan lasting head. Full of carbonation, it actually fizzes in your mouth. The feel is full, and the taste is good -- it's not what I'd grab if I wanted a Triple, but if I wanted a flavorful malty, kinda' grassy ale with honey tones, I could down a couple of these. The aroma is kind of 'green' and pasture-like, but, like most HOTD's, Rose is a unique and flavorful brew. Now, if they could only do something about Ruth ...

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Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark orange color with a thick creamy head. The aroma was full of yeast, grass, malt, and very earthy. The malt and yeast were the main flavors, honey and some candy sweetness rounded it out. The head lasted through the drink, and beatiful lacing developed onthe glass.

Very smooth on the tongue, and the flavors ride long into the aftertaste. The alcohol is noticable, but not enough to destroy the drinkability. Overall an extremely tasty brew that will make your taste buds happy.

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Photo of BierReise
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz Bottle of Batch #37. Poured a nice orange-gold color with a huge off white head that seems super charged with carbonation. Has a great spicy Belgian like aroma except with notes of fruit,cinnamon and lots of maple. Mouthfeel is very effervescent and lively. Flavor is a fruity malty one with a bit of maple and spices. Alcohol also slightly noticable in the finish. Overall a really good Tripel.

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Photo of clvand0
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #35. Pours an orange color with some floaty stuff in it and has a moderate head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma had caramel, yeast spices, and a nice bit of hops in it. The alcohol was apparent in the taste, but it blended well. The flavor has a lot of hops - starts out sweet with peppery spices and finishes more dry with the alcohol bringing itself forward. Nice banana character in this one. Drinkability is good and the body is right where I want it to be.

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Photo of Jon
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 32. Rose pours a flat, yet brilliant auburn haze. Spiced honey notes are present in the aromatics with trace notes of hops and yeast. Vinous, honey, herbal and fruity notes are most prominent flavor-wise, along with a commanding sweetness. The finish features zesty citrus, green apple, and alcohol notes. Smooth, mellow mouthfeel is quite appealing, but doesn't do much to overcome the shortcomings of the flavor. Even still, this is a mellow, drinkable beer that has aged decently. Certainly not similar to the most traditional renderings of this style. While it lacks some character, it's not a bad beer in its own right.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep orange color with two fingers of head. Lots of yeast floating around in the glass, a bad pour on my part. There is a bit of lace left on the glass. The smell is very fruity with white grapes and apples. There is also a good dose of alcohol to the smell. The taste is very malty and sugary, with some buttery diacetyl as well. The alcohol is very present in the taste too. The mouthfeel is fairly good, but the drinkability suffers due to some cloying and the large alcohol taste.

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Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 36...foamy, a big 1/2 inch head on a careful pour into a 6 oz festival tulip glass. Hazy sedimented dull orange-gold color. Aroma is quite yeasty with some elements of nutmeg. Actively carbonated and complicated by heavy hops that lean on a balsamic quality -- but there's other things going on as well. If you could mix sweetened lemonade in a charred wood bowl with dark caramel, that would approximate the flavor impression. Finishes with heavy bittering. Big and interesting, but not incredibly nice to my tongue. Adventure seekers should try it, its different.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of Popsinc
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A really murky and cloudy brownish pour. A very thick and rich looking tan head sits atop this beer making it look like big thick mess of delicious goodness. The bottom of the bottle is caked and thick with yeast sediment.

Smell: Just a huge nose with a big malty sweetness. Lots of molasses and brown sugar jumps around the nose and there is a decent drop of spice as well with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. It just looks and smells like a heavy and complex beer.

Taste: Rich and creamy right off the bat. Roasted malt and plenty of hoppiness is obvious and the brown-sugary and molasses flavours are present here as well. The creaminess almost turns fluffy inside the mouth and the spicey sweetness turns toward a very warm, obvious alcohol finish. Somewhat a a dry, slightly woody & port like quality near the end althought it doesn't jump out at you. A very complex beer with alot of different flavours and smells floating around.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy to start with and the mouthfeel moves towards a fluffy and fullness. A very big beer.

Drinkability: Definitley a cold weather beer for me. Fall/winter is when i would hit this one most often but with the sweetness and high alcohol, i wouldn't want more than a couple. A very good beer but i do prefer "Fred"....atleast based on memory.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sweet triple poured a dark golden colour with an ample, off-white head. The aromas were of belgian yeast, candy sugar, spices, alcohol, and more. The taste was suprisingly hoppy, sweet, marshmallow-y, and more. The mouthfeel was thick, but not too thick and the drinkability was good for this higher abv beer. This reminded me of their FRED a lot though...still good.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #33. Bottle stated %ABV was 6.0%, not 7.6% as listed. Will touch on that later. Rose has a deep murky golden color with a monstrously fluffy off-white head and nice lacing.
Smell was a dusty, earthy aroma. Had hints of honey, spice, and sugar plus a heady alcohol note.
Taste was pretty sweet, of apples and pears plus sugar. Also a rock candy sugary flavor and spicy, kind of peppery taste. Lightly hopped finish with a noticeable alcohol punch.
Rich and creamy feel with a real tingle on the tongue and a warming alcohol bite.
O.K., this beer can't be 6.0%ABV. 7.6%, yeah - 6.0%, no. Rose is like drinking a spiced Jolly Rancher. Dipped in alcohol. Actually, the too-prominant alcohol was a real distraction. Not a beer I'd get again real soon.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle of batch #34. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Murky orange color with little yeast floaties in it. Barely adequate light beige head with somewhat decent retention. Ok lacing.

Smell: Heady aromas of honey and caramel malts. Yeasty and bready, too. Alcoholic presence on nose with hints of clove and other spices.

Taste: Sweet, brandy-like malts. Heavy alcoholic taste and feel. Lingering honey and yeasty tastes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Very warming. Alcohol is not masked at all.

Drinkability: Interesting, definitely not as masterfully done as some other non-Belgian tripels (Unibroue and Allagash come to mind). The lack of alcohol masking hurts this. I probably not buy this one again, unless I make a mistake.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice beer with an incredible head that just didn't quit. The body is a cloudy amber that has a head too large to describe except that it just overflowed the glass. Huge, thick billowy ivory foam that stayed the full glass and produced incredible lacing effect. Marvelous.

The aroma was of sweetness - malt, honey, candy, and a bit spicy as well. The taste is sweet with and overload of astringency. Little hop noted here as this is about the malts and the honey and candy sugars. Very full mouth with a creamy and rich feel, actually a bit over the top limiting the drinkability. It would be like eating to much cotton candy at a fair or carnival - too much. Alcohol bite kicks in a the glass empties.

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Photo of dmarch
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 34, not sure how important that is, but I'll mention it anyway. Despite leaving the last half inch or so in the bottle, I still saw quite a bit of sediment floating around in the orange-amber beer. There was an enormous amount of yeast and it definately showed up in the taste. The taste was fairly tart, but quite sweet. Sweeter that I expected a tripel to be. A lot of alcohol flavor in here as well. I've come to expect that from hair of the dog and I've enjoyed it is some of their beers, but it's not as desireable in this brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #35. Cloudy dark-amber with flecks of sediment, forming a large white head atop small bubbles with very good retention and lacing. Aroma has notes of delicate clover honey, candi sugar, a metallic burn barrel that has gotten rained on, wheat husk, husky carapils or munich malt, and delicate perfumy hops. Taste is of light husky mults, light candi sugar, a ruddy sweetness, floral hops and yeast, lingering sweetness, distant toast, and a hint of orange. Nice. Metal in aroma, but not in taste. Mouthfeel is flittery at first, then moderately smooth with a perfumy, light finish. There is a hint of alcohol towards the end.

Re-review 11-03-04:
Brewed with Aromatic and Honey malts, as well as candy sugar. 17 IBU's. 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a murky dark caramel (much too dark for a tripel...even the bottle says it's a deep golden color, which it very clearly ain't), barely able to form a small scum ring of bubbles, despite vigorous swirling. Bottled conditioned. Obviously no lacing or retention. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is close to a barley wine experiment gone awry...raisins, dates, amoxicillin urine, the dirty pillowcases from your uncle's hunting cabin, and fetid gym socks. No bananas or cloves. Mouthfeel is syrupy and cloying with a medium-dense body. Begins with bizarre rotted fruit yeast esters, followed by raisins and prune juice, a very wierd smoked metal sourness, and ending with syrup and soggy rye bread dough. Bitterness is very mild. Wierd liquid smoke lingers in the aftertaste with a faint suggestion of grain husk. Alcohol is lightly perceptable in the vapeure on the breath. Wierd wheat astringency in the aftertaste. As it warms, the cloudiness thinks starch haze, despite being bottle conditioned. As it warms, it takes on a stinky rotten apple juice thang, which ain't as bad as it sounds.

This TOTALLY misses the mark as a tripel. It's an "interesting" beer in it's own little world...that is, if you don't mind copper-covered raisins stewed in smoked friendship cake starter. Shame on you Dog...go back to your cage. Rated within the generalized "beer" category...certainly not as a tripel (in which it would fail the bastard red-headed son of a zymurgist afflicted with scrapie). One of the more intereresting beers I've had in awhile...One hell of a wierdo. If it said "St.Bernardus" on the label, BA's would be eating this up in droves.

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Photo of Loki
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 34. Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Poured an opaque amber with a small white head and incredible lacing. I did pour it to fast and got lots of sediment. (The bottle says to pour slowly and leave the sediment in the bottle. DOH!)

Sickly sweet aromas of candy, honey, candied malt, yeast, dough, and more candy. Way, way to sweet for my tastes. Not appealing.

The tastes is not as sweet as the nose, but it is still very sweet. Tastes of candy, caramel, malt, yeast, and honey. Very sweet. Medium to medium-light body with not much carbonation.

Verdict. Way to sweet for my tastes. Maybe I should have let it age longer, or maybe it was over the hill.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold color, medium head. Very malty. Deep intense malt sugars. Very smooth taste. Lighter taste. Very smooth taste. Lighter body, full flavor. Subtle hop profile. Complex taste. Lots of flavor from the malt sugars as well as the added candy sugars. Mouthfeel is full, round and smooth. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet. This is a very interesting beer, as per usual for this brewery. A very nice Belgian Tipple. This brewery strives to make different beers, or as they say, "we are dedicated to providing the beer lover with new and unusual beer styles". They have once again succeeded with this and their other beers.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Beautiful cloudy orange color with a giant head that wouldn’t go away.

Smell – Malt and fruit come out at first, then are overwhelmed by the alcohol. There also seems to be a very ripe peach or something in there, like the meat of the fruit right at the pit.

Taste – The malt didn’t offset the strong alcohol as well as some of the other 10.0 ABV HOTDs. I got that peach again though on the tongue along with maybe a hint of banana and a lot of heavy spice. The finish is back to that deep, reddish peach center again and some type of bitter or tart ingredient that threw off the Abbely Tripel theme.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated but not very smooth. This one was clumsy and gave in to the alcohol, slightly stinging the cheeks and gums as it went by.

Drinkability – Not something you could enjoy except at “ultra sip” mode.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on Groundhog's Day 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
A big, frothy head led to a some what different tasting beer.
As others have noted, it has a candy sugar taste. In fact, to me, it doesn't resemble
other trippels I've had. Also, judging by the wide range of comments, it either doesn't live long on the shelf,
or they have a consistency issue.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch #32. There was no head with this beer when it was poured into my glass. The body was carbonated, cloudy and there was some yeast observed. The hue reminded me of the hue of cider. The nose was that of alcohol and vinegar and the flavor was sour and also of alcohol. The mouthfeel was tingly, thin and watery. I could definitely taste the alcohol in this beer and it is a beer to be sipped and not guzzled in my opinion.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured HAZY straw...HUGE head...settled down but a nice layer remained an hour after pouring...
Aroma sweet fruit and gum? a very sweet yet tantalizing smell sweet fruit...the more it warmed up the more spice and clove came in...Very nice mixture...I would have to say #1 or 2 on my belgian scale

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby brown color with a thick, chunky, tan head. The aroma is super fruity with plums and raisins, caramel malts, and sweet candi sugar. The flavor is sweet, malty, with the fruity raisin and date flavors. It has just a slight hop bitterness. It is medium-full in body, with a sweet finish. A tasty brew.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color, with a small head which quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Aroma is fruity, undergirded by a sweet caramel malt -- so far in both color and aroma it has seemed to me more like an English Pale ale than a Trippel. The flavor is honey-sweet, sugary. Hops are mild, but balance the flavor and lend a gentle bitterness to the finish. Medium bodied. A bit of an odd flavor, and a somewhat low ABV for the style. Not bad in and of itself, but not what I expected from a HotD Trippel.

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Photo of purplehops
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 34
Rose pours a deep orange-amber with an off white head that stays around for a while and leaves plenty of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is candi sugar, alcohol, star anise, caramel, mace, pear, green apple, green grape, and raw grain with a hint of nutmeg. The taste has an astringent start that quickly gives way to candi sugar and malt flavors with orange and coriander notes. The finish is fruity with apricot and pear flavors blending with spice flavors of mace and pepper and a touch of alcohol. Aftertaste is malty with citrus and coriander flavors trying to hold back the alcohol and grain flavors. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation roughness to it.
Overall a very nice ale. It would be a great ale if they could balance the flavors as well as they have balanced the aromas. The smell of Rose is pure heaven IMHO.There are better Triples out there but something about Rose keeps bringing me back to it (and it's not easy to get it in Maine). Perhaps it is the hope that one day it will all come together like their other beers (Fred & Adam).

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah another “Dog” for an “Old Dawg”, Its nice also to have a source for Hair Of The Dog that is local. The beer pours a refulgent orange, and is a tad hazy to boot. Head is modest in size, frothy in texture, and off white in color and as it evanesces quickly, the lace is suspect. Large malt nose, citrus crisp and clean, a respectable sniff with the start a bit sweet, lots of malt and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is strikingly acidic, hops are perky in their spiciness and the aftertaste dry and lingering, a fine drinkable brew ‘tis true.

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Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.57 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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