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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #518
Ranked #40,383
3.62 | pDev: 16.3%
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Notes: 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)."
Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 179
Photo of watermelonman
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived as a bright and clear red. It had just a ring for a head but still left some lace.

The smell has strong spice and peppers with pale malts. The taste brings a mild sourness and light esters. The mouthfeel was unique, being slightly tart. The drinkability was pretty good.

Hardly a conventional tripel, this take on the style came out fairly well.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle of batch #41, poured to a Chimay goblet.

A: A silty copper-reddish color with a trace of white head that quickly dissipates to film. Because of the etched design (fleur-de-lis) in the bowl of the goblet, the wispy film developed a lovely star-shaped pattern. The bottle credits ingredients such as hibiscus flowers, beets & pink peppercorns for the "rose" complexion. Interesting...

S: Earthy, herbal/floral, trace of wood, trace of spice, prevailing yeasty sour/tart twang...little of the sweetness expected from a "Belgian Tripel Style Ale". Hmmm...

T: Oddly, despite the fact that this is an atypical take on this style I like it well enough. Unfortunately, some of the tartness from the aroma is present. However, I like the highly floral flavors in this beer; also I enjoy it's dryness and restrained spiciness.

M: Slick and pretty watery. The sourness lingers with a touch of the herbal/floral.

D: As much as I love other Hair of the Dog beers, I'm not a big fan of this one. I'll try it again and will experiment with one a bit more mature - as mine was from the most recent batch, I wonder how much of a factor more age would be?

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Photo of kmudrick
1.74/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Poured thin with a slight swirl of thin froth that didn't seem to go away.
Appearance is murky but pleasant and inviting - almost Granny Smith apple juice-colored. The scent, however, is... not right. I'm picking up flows of tree bark? It's kind of like a moldy, grain-alcohol-soaked caramelized cardboard smell. The taste is flat and pungent with a hint of something like vegemite or marmite combined with a disgusting medicine that completely overpowers any fruit that may have been tossed into this thing. The mouthfeel is light for a tripel, but then again, this makes Golden Monkey taste amazing. My mouth would be happy servicing this all night, but only if my taste buds were completely wrecked. By far, this was my worst reaction to a beer. I wonder if maybe the Foodery got a bad batch, like what happened with the HOTD Ruth?

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Photo of bwyker
1.22/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a musty beige-brown with a thin off-white head. Nothing in appearance can prepare you for what you are about to smell. Fermented cardboard and wet socks, rust, maybe some composting leaves. I almost poured this down the drain before taking a sip. I wish I had. First sip, dirt, rotten greens…I’m not even kidding here. Mouthfeel, well, I wanted to spit it out, so I’m not sure how fair I can be on that. Drinkability, I took maybe three sips and the rest is going down the drain. I think I’d rather drink Bud Light after it had been sitting out open for a day. Most disgusting beer I’ve ever had, hands down.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber with an off-white low persistent head which left traced on the glass.

The aroma was fruity and estery with a bit of banana and some light pepper notes. A low bit of vegetal character was notable as well. Some Belgian yeast spice was present and caramel malt was apparent in the aroma.

The flavor was mostly comprised of caramel with a bit of a corny flavor (DMS). Some spice presence made up the flavor, but for the most part it was malt and a bit of alcohol. The flavor was also lightly vegetal as was noted in the aroma.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of light peppery spice and a very slight vegetal flavor into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium with a fairly low carbonation level. Nothing complex at all about this one, dunno why they call it a tripel, too dark, and it really doesn't resemble one at all.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was a hard one to rate for me. I actually had an old predecessor of Rose, called "Golden Rose", Batch 32, bottled in about 1997. Poured to a cloudy burgundy color, with suspended particles, and absolutely no head or lacing. Aroma was a very sour dark fruit, mostly plums and grapes. The flavor was very tangy and almost like vinegar. Finish was also sour and tangy, reminded me of apple cider that had been kept too long. I think this may have been a better beer in its day, and so I gave it some benefit of the doubt, but this particular one was past its prime...this was actually more like rating wine.

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Photo of stephendr
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown color – sharp quickly dissipating white head - nose of honey , cream , sour red cherries , hay / grass , cobwebs , and malts - taste of sour red cherries , grapefruits , orange peels , malts , brown sugar , citrus ( both lemon and lime ) , and chocolate - medium body semi acidic and bubbly - aftertaste of sour acidic red fruit , malts and grapefruits

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rusty orange with a thin head that quickly dissipated. Strong, bready aroma changing to viniferous. Taste is green apple sour choking off a bit of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is about right for a tripel, and drinkability improves as I get acclimated to it. Not interested in another one.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.20 for a 12oz bottle. Not sure if that was worth it, but we'll find out. Batch 38.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with slight orange highlights. One finger white head has some retention. Very fizzy and bubbly as its pouring into the glass. Good lace.
S: Spicy notes with soft floral aromas coupled with sharp fruit notes, such as peaches, pears, or nectarines. Abv is slightly noticeable.
T/M: Big spicy notes with a chalkyness to it. Nice fruit notes also come through after the initial taste. Very pale tasting tripel with a lot of spice. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. At first, soft and light on the palate, followed by a grittyness that can be felt on the tongue.
D: Drinkable, but I'd pass on this one again. Rose didn't do it for me.

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Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/30/2005 $4.29 12 oz. 7.50% No best by date.


Pours a hazy orange with mild carbonation that leads to a thin white head which has decent retention.


Brewed with hibiscus and pink peppercorns, this has a semi-sweet aroma coupled with an intense spicyness that is both vegetative and peppery.


This is a tongue tingler, with a peppery zest that wraps itself around a mild sweetness that intensifies as the brew warms in the mouth, also revealing a healthy dose of alcohol. I served this a bit too cold, and it does improve as it warms, though the overriding flavors are a dry pepper quality.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch number 40

Poured a reddish brown with a faint head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is mostly of hibiscus tea with some earthy funkiness in the back.

Taste is very unusual. Somewhere between an oud bruin and a lambic, but its no trick of the yeast- the separate flavor components are very distinguishable- first a strong hibiscus flavor and sourness, then some nice earthy hop flavor followed by a distinct but subtle peppercorn flavor. This is not a spicy flavor, but an interesting aromatic from the pink peppercorns that is more rounded than a black peppercorn with a hint of fruit. Even though the separate components are identifiable, there is quite a nice integration of the various tastes, with each flavor seemlessly transitioning into the next and with the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

The mouthfeel gets better as the beer sits, eventually resulting in both a wonderful creaminess, and a tartness from the hibiscus. Really nice.

This beer grows on you. I kept nudging the scores upward in my mind as I continued to drink, and as the beer integrated more through breathing. It is definitely an unusual beer, best appreciated by those who like lambics- though its not near as tart as a real lambic. I think I would continue to fall in love with this beer as I continued drinking.

If you suck this beer down quick, you'll miss the beautiful creaminess and integration that occurs as it breathes.

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Photo of beckje01
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First beer opened with my new BA opener.

Batch #40

A- Redish hard to see through, with alittle activity but no head.

S- Slightly floral but very faint.

T- Lots of beet taste with a strong kick of peppercorn at the end leaving a small bite of alcohol.

M- Very active on the tounge alittle harsh for the style

D- I think this could be a very drinkable beer but for me the tastes just dont do it not what I'm looking for from a Tripel but worth a try if you see it around.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy lemon with an effervescent white head. Smell is a nice blend of citrus, lemon peel and faint alcohol. Taste presents itself with a touch of malt on the fron that is quickly followed by a citrusy burst that finishes with a lightly bitter quality. Mouthfeel is mainly dry, except for the initial malt notes. Very easy on the drinkability scale. If you like a dry quality as I do, you will like this brew.

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Photo of loren01
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy reddish color. Large red hued head.
S: Smell is awesome, very fragrant. Smells sour, fruity. There is a strong beet smell. Faint alcohol smell also. Very complex.
T: Again strong beet taste, very interesting. Sweet, and slightly peppery aftertaste.
M: Mouthfeel is dry but slightly sweet.
D: Interesting flavored beer. Would definatly drink again. Would be awesome aged for a while.

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Photo of bucko
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch #40. Purchased and drunk because I'd heard that Hair of the Dog would be disappearing from Minnesota shelves in due time. This beer pours a hazy copper color, looking almost like apple cider. The aroma is rich with notes of fruit, maybe plum and definitely reminiscent of port. Very nice, but you KNOW that the alcohol is comin' to getcha'! The flavor is earthy, fruity and very dry on the buds. Like a party on the tongue. Very complex, combining everything fun from beer, champagne and port into one nice drink. Great, and very drinkable... if you only have one. This may only be 7.6% ABV but it packs a punch. Actually, I could probably share this if I weren't so f'n selfish.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.77/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle is at least 4 years old. Batch 34.

Although I was careful, sediment worked its way into the glass. Not that big a deal to me, but to prevent more from getting in there I had to leave a small amount of liquid in the bottle. Shame. But it looks great, with a dark amber/copper color under a modest creamy head that retained for a good while. Not much lace though.

Smells are fantastic: sweet, floral, musty, even a bit pungent in an Orval sort of way.

The flavor is excellent. Or I should say, the flavors, plural, are excellent. Bringing the aromas into the mouth, this has all elements listed above, with a pronounced earthiness and heightened fruit/spice tangle as well. Banana, pear, melon and plum elements mingle with hot pepper and clove. All the while the boldness of wild yeast hangs right in there, reminding a little of those great Flemish Primitive ales from Belgium. There's a lot going on here, and I appreciate what the aging has done for this tripel.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, hefty, with a good bit of carbonation zing to balance out the weight.

Right up there with Ommegang in terms of nailing something with its origins in Belgian beer artistry. But this is far from mimicry. Rose is something a little left-of-center from the usual tripel, one with its own beguiling personality. I am on the hunt for more from this brewery, starting NOW.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens chalice. The bottle showed the name as "Golden Rose", batch 24. I bought this from the Stuffed Sandwich in LA. It wasn't listed for sale, they brought it out of storage. Turns out it lost almost all of its carbonation. As a result it had the consistency of flat pop.

The appearance was murky copper with no head. It smelled barley winey, like all Hair of the Dog beers I've had. The flavor was also similar to other Hair of the Dog beers (Adam, Fred). Not very tripely.

Not as good as I'd hoped.

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Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #40, tried at Volo. Pours a hazy red/brown, very strange colour, medium thick off white, almost pink head, nice lacing and excellent retention. Smell is sweet champagne, honey, some citrus, very vinous and fruity. Taste is sugary, sweet cherries, citrus and spice, almost kriek like. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and refreshing. Definately an interesting beer, with beets, hibiscus flowers and pink peppercorns, but I definately feel it was worth the shot, and would try it again.

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Photo of Roguester
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from the 12 oz bottle. Fluffy white head, with strange brown patches that appear occasionally. Strange... Smells quite nice, smell of hops and fruit. Tastes very sweet, has a distinctive beet flavor, which I guess was used in the beer for coloring and spicy character, according to the label. Not a terrible beer, but tastes a bit too much like beets. I am somewhat dissapointed, Rose is named after the Rose City (Portland), but given the variety and quality of Portland beers the name deserves to go on a much finer brew.

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Photo of hanco005
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up because I may not have access to it in MN for much longer. 12 oz bottle of batch number 40, poured into my St. Bernardus glass. The bottle said to pour slowly to allow sediment to remain in the bottle. I did just that and it is:

A—cloudy burnt orange, rust color with no head whatsoever, thin, wispy bubbles are sparse on the top, no lacing either. The lack of head and lacing is probably due to the was I poured it…very….very…very…slow.

S—fruit and caramel jumps out right away, faint alcohol, plums, some spices, but not sure what they are, mildly sweet and floral

T—like drinking fresh flowers, also spicy, some sweet honey and caramel notes, starts mildy sweet like candy, then sucks all of the spit out of your mouth with its dry, perfume like finish. Not bad, mind you, but not something I am used to.

M—dry, man is it dry, light/medium bodied, lots of carbonation that is hidden until you sip it

D—enjoyed it, but one is enough of this style. Glad I tried it, but not so sure that I would seek this out again…

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"The sweetest flow'r that grows,
You may search ev'rywhere,
But none can compare
With my wild Irish Rose.

My wild Irish Rose,
The dearest flow'r that grows,
And some day for my sake,
She may let me take
The bloom from my wild Irish Rose."

Hair of the Dog Rose has nothing whatsoever to do with Ireland (it was named for Portland, Oregon, the 'Rose City'), but what the hell, it's St. Patrick's Day and we Irish-Americans love our songs. Erin Go Bragh.

Glitteringly carbonated ripe pumpkin. I expected to see a little pink (rose?) since the beer is brewed with beets, but I can't detect even a hint. The pale orange-tinted white cap of foam was large initially, but is deflating fairly quickly. It still maintains itself at a fat one finger and is easily rejuvenated with each subsequent pour. A respectable amount of sudsy lace is being laid down and contributes to what is a good, although not a very tripel-like, look.

I'm not overly impressed with the nose, either in terms of its strength or its personality. Part of the problem is that it's so different from anything that I've experienced. Brewing with hibiscus flowers, beets and pink peppercorns will do that. I don't appreciate any of those ingredients per se, but it is flowery and spicy, to use broad, general terms.

Like the only other HOTD beer that I've had (Ruth), this is one strange and wacky brew. Take all preconceived notions of what a tripel should taste like and throw them out the window. Without having a style to moor my impressions to, I'm finding it hard to write this review.

Rose is impressively malty and reminds me, in some ways, of a maibock. There are all sorts of interesting flavors careening this way and that, but it's beyond my ability to accurately describe them all. Just like the nose, floral (especially) and peppery-spicy lead the way. It tastes like hibiscus flowers were dumped in by the barrelful. This isn't a beer that I could drink much of, but it's incredibly interesting and is enjoyable for that reason alone.

The mouthfeel is generously medium, edging toward full, and has a slickness on the finish that is enjoyable. It's pretty vigorously carbonated, as noted on the initial pour, and is the better for it.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Actually, the aroma is the only feature of this beer that I don't find compelling. It looks like Hair of the Dog has hitched its wagon to the 'original at all costs' philosophy. In Rose's case, at least, they've succeeded.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 40: Cloudy reddish amber with a thin white head. Minimal lacing. Very floral aroma with sweet alcohol, caramel, fruity esters, and light breadiness. There's an odd sweetness in the flavour, mild maltiness, low bitterness. A bit floral as well, with a hint of toffee and slight spice. Mild acidity and citrus. Drying finish, but with a distinctive sweetness as well. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation (the bottle foamed a bit after opening) and a bit sticky. This a strange brew with a very complex flavour. I'll have to get another sample of this one...

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Photo of tom444
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber, with a fairly thick head. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is fruity, with a bit of yeast, some sweetness, and just a bit of alcohol.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. Some malty sweetness, with some fruity ester flavors and a bit of spiciness. A little fruity, and some alcohol on the finish.

Overall, a bit weird, and not quite what I was expecting from a tripel, but not necessarily bad either. I'm honestly not sure what to think of this one, but I wouldn't mind grabbing another.

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Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 40. A most unique and striking piece of work which left me slightly dumbfounded. An over-excited pour which left behind a great lacing. An almost pink colour, quite the site. Now: the near impossible task of describing its aroma and taste. Both would contain a wild orgy of flavours, a most diverse and eccentric profile. Coriander and orangy notes were in the nose, along with strong hoppy presence. The taste was well full of the hibiscus flower, beats (and/or other fruity notes) perhaps - only perhaps - apparent on the way down. A long finish with good resonance. Neither sour nor sweet, who would have thought such a bold mouthfeel would be this incredibly hard to place? Very estery but distinct from fruity. A strong overcoating of flower-like notes. I'm surprised this beer doesn't get a little more respect. Certainly a long way from the typical tripel. A wild bit of something.

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Photo of isubsmith
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Red/orange cloudy-but-not-entirely-opaque. White foamy head.

Nose: Hmmm. Very curious. Not all-together pleasant. Soury notes. Grass. Heavy duty yeast. Sweet.

Taste: Sweet. Not what I really expected from a tripel. Some citrus notes. Some sour notes. As it warmed, I found myself liking it less. Crisp carbonation. Medium body.

Drinkability: If you keep it overly cold, it is more drinkable. As it warmed up to a reasonable serving temperature from the ABV, I found myself liking it less.

Definately not what I was expecting from a tripel.

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Rose from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 179 ratings