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

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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 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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Photo of Dogbrick
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 36: They must have changed the name from Golden Rose to plain Rose somewhere along the way. After hearing so much about Adam I was not expecting too much from this, but this is a very good beer. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a thick and lasting off-white head. Mild lacing. Exceptional aroma of sweet fruit and candy. Nice tart fruity (apple?) flavor with a sweet almost honey finish. I don't know where the alcohol is hidden in this one, as it tastes like it has about as much ABV as a glass of Kool-Aid. $3 a bottle, but definitely worth it.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty copper color with a ivory head that diminishes quickly to a carbonation fed "cling ring". Extremely sweet aroma: apricot, raisins, honey. Very sweet syrupy taste with a definite alcohol warmth. Malty. High end of carbonation with a thick mouthfeel that left a coating on my tounge. Not my favorite style but I'm trying to expand my horizons.

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Photo of 49degrees
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Batch #35] A very enjoyable Belgian styled triple that pours with an very rich golden hue and a thick frothy white head. Head rises to about 1" before giving way to a mellow surface coat with reasonable lacing on the glass. Brew carries a moderate amount of sediment

A little sharp on the taste and aroma but has a very enjoyable and very long aftertaste that carries its hoppy emphasis. The hints of honey malts come through, but don’t get flattened like so many brews that try to blend out the offering with sugary malts. For once, this honey malt helps keep the harshness of the hops off their peak, but blend incredibly well under the bottle conditioned environment making for quite an enjoyable ale.

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Photo of Wildman
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that left some nice lace. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, citrus and some candy(?caramel). The flavor was sweet, with elements of hops, and some other fruit I can't place. Finish was sudsy due to the carb and had elements of the malt and traces of alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not the best rep. of this style.

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Photo of jreitman
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with very little head. Citrusy and "clean" aromas. Sweet malt underscore citrus (orange) flavors and a good, but not overwhelming alcohol kick. There was a surprisingly strong (for the style) hop bite, but it did not detract from the beer. A very interesting brew. Not my favorite Tripel, but definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of marc77
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear amber hue w/ aggregates of yeast dancing amongst the bubbles. Tremendously thick, dense, creamy, rocky off - white head leaves intricate lace. The aroma is comprised of honey, lightly caramelized sugar, nutty sweetness and a surprising hint of butterscotch. Mild clove and mustiness round out the aroma. Rich, caramelized sweetness is perceived in flavor at first, and quickly gives way to honey - drenched, candied green apple notes. Yeast esters are fairly subdued, but fermentation byproducts including light acetaldehyde and clove are well integrated into the flavor profile. Hop bitterness is expectedly mild, but prevents overbearing sweetness. Full bodied for a tripel, w/ a slick, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes w/ mellow sweetness slowly fading and a light alcohol warmth slowly fading. Rose is a delicious and full bodied tripel. It's relatively low strength but deep flavor profile lends superlative drinkability.

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

Batch 34.
Murky golden-orange body. Mountainous pale beige head slowly sizzles its way down to a substancial lacing.
Dough and candied sweetness on the nose. Sizable amounts of dark and tropical fruits as well.
Peppery taste off the bat. Then in come the fruits. Some pineapple and rum-soaked raisin sweetness. Some slight carmel and toffee notes. Turns bready and dough-like towards the middle. Alcohol rears back and roars. Slayed only by the grapefruit hops at the finish.
Full bodied and creamy, yet spritzy with the high CO2 levels. Quite delighful and interesting in the mouth.
Actually seems much stronger then the listed 6% ABW (7.2 ABV). As it is certainly a major player here, both in the taste and in the warmth it provides.
The more I drink this, the more I like it. Another winner from Hair of the Dog.

A big, rosey thanks to Bighuge

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Photo of Viking
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-orange beer. Head is initially huge and bubbly, but fades quickly. Still leaves a bubbly lace on top. Interesting smelling beer - doughy and fruity. Reminds me a bit of zany homemade bread. Malty flavor, with enough hops to keep the malt in line. Yeast and alcohol flavors blend with the malt in an oily finish. Overall, a damn interesting beer. Not my favorite Tripel or favorite from HotD, but it's still a winner.

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Rose from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.57 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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