Maple Tripple Ale
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Maple Tripple AleMaple Tripple Ale
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #7
ABV:
12%
Score:
96
Ranked #447
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 7.95%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
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Maple Tripple AleMaple Tripple Ale
Notes: Enticing, rich and complex, this creation defies easy description. Our 'once-a-year beer' is brewed only during sugaring season with 100% maple sap from our friend Paul Marble in Fayston, VT. No water added! Just barley, hops, and ale yeast.
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scooped this up on a trip up north last month and just cracked it. WOW! It’s very smoothe. The maple is perfect. Maybe my favorite from Lawsons, it’s close with TS.

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, Jan 23, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this one brings immense maple flavor that is incredibly complex - it is sticky and almost sappy, sweet, boozy, and spicy but not overly so, a bit of oak character complimenting. the maple flavor is present and provides sweetness throughout but is never overbearing, its that authentic and delicious flavor of high grade maple syrup over buttery walnut pancakes, maple candies, molasses, toffee, maple liquor, caramel roasted nuts, hinting at dark fruity notes getting some candied cherry perhaps.

despite living in VT since 2015 this one has eluded me. as a maple enthusiast it sounds just too good to be true - replacing the water with maple in a triple and then letting the beer sit in maple bourbon barrels. for me this one lived up to my extremely high expectations - not ever beer has to be a wow beer, and sometimes subtelty is the greatest strength in a beer. this is not a subtle beer, it is bold, rich, and flavorful ... almost overbearing but its a beer that just feels right and apart from tasting amazing it manages to invoke a particular feeling - the feeling of decadent sweetness and warmth on a cold eve, sitting around a fire with family and friends, holidays.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Nov 17, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08/2018

L-The beer pours a dark amber with caramel accents in the light. The head is a minimal 1/4 finger of pale white foam which quickly recedes to a thin ring. There is no lacing.
S-Nose is well....maple with some sweet caramel. There is a bit of alcohol noticeable behind the sweetness. It smells like a fancy piece of adult candy.
T- This beer lives up to it's name. It's sweet, but not as sweet as the nose would imply. It's strong at 12% and the maple is natural, strong, and present. There is a clear maple candy type linger at the end of the sip.
F- Mouthfeel overall is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is very light. The mouthfeel being on the lighter side a benefit rather than a detriment to the overall drinkability. If it were thicker it might become a chore to drink. As is it's perfect in my opinion.
O- If you've ever bought a "maple" beer and failed to find any, than this beer is for you. It's an up front and in your face maple slap to the palate. It's going to be too sweet for some, but if you like maple and strong ales in general you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended for maple lovers. I'll be stocking up when it's released each year.

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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. never having a fresh one to compare to, i dont know how this aged. but it tastes very interesting! i'll have to find a 'fresh' one next month, huh?

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pkalix from California, Apr 13, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a moderately dark clear brown color, with a small head, and no lacing. I've been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now.

This smells like earthy maple sap, caramelized sugar, bready malt, molasses, brown sugar. This is just pure maple, it's its most complex and divine form.

The taste is the same. It's a maple bomb, but not a sweet maple bomb, interestingly. That's probably because it uses maple sap as water, rather than actually adding maple syrup. There's also dark and deeply caramelized sugar, light bready malt, brown sugar, and dark molasses. This is a malty rich dream.

This is medium bodied, a bit creamy, and not boozy at all. This is surprising due to the ABV here.

This lived up to the high expectations that I had for it. It's a truly unique and great beer.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Nov 19, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of those times when beer can be larger than life, like, this is something i have known about for a really long time, wanted for almost ever, and went to great lengths, as did my friends on my behalf, to acquire it. then it sat in the cellar waiting for an occasion as monumental as i knew this beer would be. finally curiosity got the best of me, we threw a maple beer night together, and this one was the centerpiece of it. when you dont have occasion, make one right?! well, part of me wishes i had the beer a year ago, its a little oxidized and takex on an english barleywine tone as a result of that, not a flaw for me, and i actually often enjoy this element in long cellared strong ales, but i feel like it takes away from the maple a little here, makes this less distinct than it actually is and should be, but thats my bad, and it really didnt diminish our appreciation of this at all. as much as i love maple, the idea that this is made with no water and just maple sap is so sexy, beyond appealing to me, and that aspect can be appreciated, the whole thing is candied and awesome, rich and earthy and complex and just the absolute essence of maple, which for me us unbeatable. toffee colored and smelling like a stack of good pancakes, thick and sticky but in such an authentic way. lawsons uses maple like nobody else, and this is the top of the heap. not at all boozy, but i do wish the oxidation was a bit less, its not a lot, but i cant help but feel like i a little bit missed the moment here, or at least its perfect moment. ill find this again for sure. a special special beer, as good as i hoped it would be all this time, and part of the reason beer still motivates me and turns me on the way it does. this is what its all about...

edit: i had the amazing good fortune to drink one of these a couple of years newer shortly after my first experience, a 2016 that has been refrigerated the whole time, and there is no oxidation in it at all, so it drinks like a totally different beer, way more sweet to me, but with that a lot more obvious earthy organic maple character, incredibly complex and sexy. based on these experiences, i would advocate drinking this one relatively fresh, although both experiences were sublime...

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4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the 2016 release at MRG poured into snifter on NYE.

Pours deep copper/brown with a surprisingly vibrant tan head of big foamy bubbles. The head settles into ring around the glass.

Aroma is full powered real maple syrup with a hint of booze and dark fruits.

Flavor is smooth maple, rich and complex, dark fruits like fig, sweet toffee and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, bit of warmth, light carbonation that perfectly suits the brew.

Overall a treat, the perfect late night sipper on NYE. Enough sweetness to balance the alcohol and depth of flavors. A unique and special brew.

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Jan 05, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is such a unique "beer."
I mean, come on! No water?!?
Mr Lawson has given me some great drinking experiences, but this one is incredible.
It pours a brilliant new penny copper with a bit of orange fire blazing through. Tiny head immediately disappears. A sexy, graceful liquid that moves in the glass. No lacing. Almost like a sherry in the glass.
Aromas move between maple, bourbon, and some lite caramel and toffee peek in. Not overly sweet in any of these flavors but more of a warm, smooth sweetness.
Taste is awwww. I am watching friends try this with me. Eyebrows are arching. Glasses are slowly being lifted away from lips and lifted to the light again for a second glance. There is a mixture of smiles, head nods, one sick jawed friend just mutters "Wow, that is awesome."
The maple sashays forward, gives a warm embrace and then lets a creamy caramel flavor move in. Some bourbon, a very subtle spice note, and some warmth round this out. But this sweet drink never crosses the line into one-dimensional sweetness. never cloyingly sweet, rather a journey through the range of sweetness that high quality maple syrup can carry.
No carbonation. Smooth drinker. Think fireplace, smoking jacket, overstuffed chair. Alcohol warmth is pleasing and not at all hot.

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2beerdogs from California, Jun 07, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle #1372 of 1500 from June 2015, poured from a caged & corked 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark coppery brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, dark fruit, caramelized malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of maple, dark fruit and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with some alcohol sting. There are some flavors of oak and chocolate in the background. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance for a beer such a high ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, low-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, I’m thinking I should have aged this one longer, but it is still a very good beer to sip on.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, May 18, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing thick viscosity here, easily believe this is a beer made without water! Makes average head which is probably a feat given the lack of water used. Aroma from Lawson's maple is pretty much the best. Where are the pancakes?

Taste was sweet, mild citrus notes, super sticky caramel vibe, a tiny amount of wood perceptible. Cool in small quantities, wouldn't want to dome this all by myself though, had it 2-3 times, always enjoyable, doesnt seem to have the variation that bottles of the Maple barrel imperial stout does.

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Photo of Amity83
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Got to try this at the VT brewers fest and then brought a bottle home. It's loaded with VT maple character and is refreshingly different. Any maple strong ale is bound to have a touch of syrupyness to it(new word coined). Drinking it I was overwhelmed with flavor without simply felling like this was a beer someone simply poured a ton of maple into. The maple flavor tastes natural and brewed in rather than added afterwards. I could not get past the sweetness however natural it tasted though. I ended up trading my bottle for a 4 pack of Second Fiddle IPA from Fiddlehead... One of my favorite beers. For those who like maple and sweeter beers, you're in for a treat, but the rest of us will trade bitterness for sweetness any day.

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Amity83 from Connecticut, Oct 31, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super stoked for this. Pours out a brownish murky color. Smells like a Maple syrup piece of firewood. Taste is a maple oak bomb. Like pure candy. Thankfully the oak balances it out. Delicious.

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winningwes91 from North Carolina, Oct 31, 2015
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully different beer. Almost tasted like a mead for me, but in a good way. Maple was very forward, only negative i'd say was the mouthfeel shouldve been thicker.

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linnymtu from Michigan, Oct 25, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 2014 bottle, 500 ml, poured into a stemmed wine glass.

Pours a mostly opaque burnt caramel, quite appealing. Looks like a thinned out maple syrup (shocking, I know).

Smell is maple with a somewhat muted sweetness that is great.

Taste is similar to a bourbon barleywine at first, with notes of booziness, caramel, and toffee. The finish is straight maple syrup.

The mouthfeel is full bodied without being cloying.

Great beer to ring in the new year. Shanah tovah!

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Bsquirrelbrewer from Pennsylvania, Sep 14, 2015
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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a groom's bottle with the groom, officiant, and best man right before the wedding ceremony in Vermont. He figured there'd be no better way to commemorate the event and no better time to drink the bottle. I'd say he was right on both counts. Strong and rich, but less boozy than you'd expect (though not by much), the sweetness of the maple syrup really does disguise the alcohol burn pretty nicely. Considering the fairly minimal carbonation, this should probably be considered more of a maple syrup liqueur, ingredients aside. Mild yeast presence reminds you that it's still a beer, but if you've ever wanted to get drunk off almost straight fermented syrup, and ensure yourself a monster headache, get yourself a bottle.

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jmasher85 from Maryland, Aug 05, 2015
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3.61/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Amberish in color. Looks like maple syrup for sure.
S - Sweet maple syrup and a little bit of oak.
T - Sweet maple syrup with oak. Also get flavors of dates in there as well. light oak presence to it.
M - Not as thick as I expected it to be. Sits on the tongue nicely.
O - A sweet maple beer with a nice dark fruit presence that adds some complexity. Beers of this type aren't my style as the sweetness is a bit too much. Glad to try it though.

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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts, Jul 24, 2015
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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer reminds me of Sticky Ale, a maple beer from Lawson's.

Up front, sweet qualities, maple syrup, wrapped up by brown sugar and caramel. Just a pure maple candy treat. The ABV is well hidden under that sweetness.

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dar482 from New York, Feb 24, 2015
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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this beer up in September at the Waitsfield Farmer's Market. Well, first I drove to the Mad Taco and waited on line to get a ticket that allowed me the possibility of purchasing this beer at said Market. Coming from New York, this was quite the beer geek journey, and well worth it.

The appearance is dark brown with little to no lacing. The consistency is truly amazing, considering there was no water used in the brew process. The smell is sweet and bourbon-like. The taste is excellent. A sugary maple taste, with notes of toffee and caramel. Just awesome.

Overall, just an outstanding ale, unlike anything else. Brewed by the very best!

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JCHOPS from New York, Dec 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of this world! Best VT beer I've had to date! That is saying something. This beer is well worth the price of admission. Thank God above I showed up at the warren store on the right day!

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

this is maple beer crack.

you can taste the surgar crystals in your teeth.

How this is brewed with no water i cant even imagine.

science is awesome.....

its like drinking desert wine like an armeniac or etc... drink from a sniffer... share with buds...

and its strong.... Beware...

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

2013 bottle, poured into a large stemmed wine glass. Pours a deep transparent brown with a ruby tinge. Maybe a millimeter of head that settles to some khaki wisps floating on the top.

Smell is of maple, toffee, butter, caramel, peat. Very alluring!

Taste is sweet, semi-sugary. Maple forward followed by dark fruit flavor like prunes.and malty. Maybe a hint of bourbon. Almost a bubblegum-like flavor.

Expected to be heavier and syrupy in the mouth. Fairly medium bodied. No carbonation to speak of.

Overall this was a very interesting beer that I'm excited I got to try. I'm not always a fan of dark tripels so I was not wowed. Will try this again when I can get it fresh to compare to this almost year old bottle.

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Ken_P from Massachusetts, Nov 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a great friend who lives in Vermont! Bottle 845 of 1500. Beautiful, slightly hazy dark mahogany pour with a two finger creamy beige head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is incredible with huge maple notes along with hints of brown sugar, caramel, brown bread, molasses, vanilla, and toffee. The taste is incredibly rich with the maple once again the star. Hints of raisins were a surprise, complemented nicely with sweet brown bread, oak, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, booze, and just a touch of chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with subtle creaminess, and a warming, somewhat cloying finish. Overall, while this is borderline too sweet, it's so full of flavor, and it's got just enough balance to compensate for any faults. Highly recommended!

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3.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 387/750.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, maple, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, maple, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell, but the flavors are slightly oxidized at this point.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Jun 03, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle 1210/1500 from 2013
The beer pours a dark hazy amber (no chunks of yeast) with a thin halo of white head around the perimeter. The nose is sweet (unexpected notes of lactose-like dairy sweetness?), distinct maple and yeast, minimal alcohol, no bitterness. The taste is maple forward (as hoped) with a hint of fruit and yeast, and a slight bitterness in the finish (more woody than hoppy). The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy (some carbonation, generous sap sweetness), but not chewy, has smooth maple goodness, masked alcohol, and a slightly dry bitterness in the finish. This beer is fantastic to drink, especially if you're a maple fan, but I'll have trouble justifying the price again in the future.

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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of the most interesting beers i've ever tried. Had the pleasure of getting the last glass on tap at the Lawson's 6th anniversary party. Ale's aren't my forte, but this takes you to another place.

A-Is maple leaf a color? If so that's what this beer is, absolutely beautiful to look at.

S- WOW, the maple is not overwhelming which I like but overall the smell was one of my favorite parts.

T- A subtle maple taste, but it has almost a maple-liquor which I hope is taken as a compliment.

M- The strong taste was a tad bit overwhelming but perfect (if that makes sense)

O-The most unique beer i've tasted to date, loved it but love everything they do at Lawson's. Another homerun by Sean!

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Tmyhre802 from Vermont, Apr 21, 2014
Maple Tripple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 456 ratings