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Maple Tripple Ale | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Maple Tripple AleMaple Tripple Ale

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Ken_P
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ish mL bottle shared by Mr. Starr.

Pours a clear, viscous burnt amber color with a trace amount of white head with no retention or lacing. Nose is caramel and maple, sappy and sticky, with light dark fruit and some traces of oak. Some alcohol heat, but not distracting. Syrupy body, low carbonation, sticky and dense on the palate. Raw maple and burnt sugar sweetness hits the front of the palate and persists throughout. Finishes dries out a little with light oak and pleasant warming alcohol. For such a big, unusual beer, this never veers to becoming cloying or too boozy. A novelty, but surprising well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml? bottle

Pours a beige head. Color is a golden amber.

Aroma: Maple syrup and spices. I smell notes of bourbon. Very sweet. Some fruits. Coriander and bananas.

Taste: Maple syrup, bananas, coriander, cloves. Tons of maple syrup. A lot of spices. Very sweet. I get oak and vanilla flavors. I swear I get hints of bourbon here.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, creamy, and a little dry. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a fantastic beer. One of my favorite tripels. Very drinkable and very unique. This was a real treat!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've actually had this before, but I'm just getting around to reviewing it now, as I brought out a bottle to share at SS'14. This is truly one of the most unique beers in existence. Pours a deep bronzed amber color, not really hazy, but "glossy," if that makes sense...like looking through a thick piece of colored glass. A small yellow-tan head sinks to a ringlet and a swirl leaves some legs on the glass. Rich, dark sugars in the aroma, caramel and maple sap, woody and slightly boozy. Luscious taste reflects the nose, caramel, maple, some vanilla sweetness, some woodiness, and a stiff boozy kick, but that component melds well with the rest of the flavors, giving a sensation of a maple liqueur more than any other kind of booze. Medium-full body, mouthfeel is smooth and slick, syrupy, and can be on the hot side. Previous versions I've had have been a bit more hot with booze, but this particular bottle--aged only a few months after I bought it--was really nice and smooth, and the alcohol heat was toned down. I seriously could've easily conquered this bottle by myself with no problem. The price tags on these bottles are on the higher side, but it's understandable considering the recipe, and it's also worth every penny.

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Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kegatron for sharing this expensive bugger with me. Bottle 360 of 374 poured into a matching snifter. The brew appears a clear copper orange color with a yellow tint around the edges. A tan cap slowly fades leaving spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The aromatics are strong with a scent of bunt sugary quality. Some vanilla, caramel and maple-like candy all take their turn showing off their sweet residual character that entices and makes you salivate. A trace hint of alcohol is felt tingling the back of the nose.

The taste starts off reminescent of caramel then more vanilla with suggestions of maple syrup. A mild amount of oxidation and solvent booze break up the profile with some herbal hop aspects and a bit of dry earthiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This was a very nice dessert-like brew that was downright crushable. For 12%, this brew drinks at an alarming rate. I think I killed half my glass before composing a single thought and writing any notes. The price point on this is a bit rough but christ, after having it I would not be able to say no to buying this if the opportunity presented itself. Thank you Heath for sharing this with me!

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First in a long night of tasting, but oh so memorable. Bottle 204 of 347.
Light copper gold color with no head whatsoever. Theres evidence of a decent amount of carbonation judging by the bubbles floating up the sides of the glass, but actual amount was just right. I found it amazing how this beer was not overly thick based on the use of maple syrup, moreso how it was perfectly viscous. It was sweet enough to let you know what the ingredients were, but not so overbearing that you couldnt drink it. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever of the ~10 ABV, merely a pleasant sweet heat. i wish i had more of a serving, but glad i got to share with a few appreciative folk. Absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle of the 2013 vintage, generously extra'd to me and Doug by FleetwoodMatt. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 12/4/2013.

Pours what I expected a maple syrup beer to look like. Amber brown, clearish, with a relatively effervescent white head measuring some 0.5-1cm that disappears quickly. When the head is gone, this really looks just like maple syrup, like Aunt Jemima or something.

Smells phenomenal. It's sweet, but in an unique way. It definitely evokes maple syrup, but in a different way. Its more like if you had maple-flavoured candy- its sweeter than maple syrup, but has that maple character to it. Its very strong in the nose and very unique. I am really digging the nose.

The taste of this beer itself is actually quite interesting. Very sweet so its a sipper, but its sweet in an unique way that doesn't really have an exact correlation in my tasting dictionary. It's sweet in a syrupy way, but its not maple syrup sweet. It could be a malted barley contribution. There isn't much bitterness in this one at all, either. Very unique but not a profile I could drink more than once a month.

Fantastic, full bodied mouthfeel that actually is resinous as I would expect a maple syrup-based beer to feel like. Its so damn sticky and drinkable. I was surprised to see that it is a 12% ABV beer because there is zero indication of it. Really, really well-crafted in this regard.

Such an unique beer, the concept behind it is really cool. Authentic Vermont maple syrup used to make beer instead of water. Its sweet and syrupy on the mouthfeel, which is what I expected. This is a really cool novelty that I don't think I would want more than 6-8 ounces of every year.

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Photo of Chincino
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I attended a beer info session with Sean Lawson at the Vermont Brewer's Festival in Burlington, VT this past July 2010. At the session, Sean Lawson gave out samples of his Maple Tripple Ale which he stated was brewed with 100% pure maple sap. The beer sample was paired with a gorgonzola cheese. The beer was an amber color and had a strong aroma of maple which overpowered any other scent coming from the beer. The alcohol was well-hidden with this beer. The beer was a bit thick to the taste and was sweet, but not as sweet as the strong aroma of maple would imply. The taste was very unique and very good. It is quite the beer treat and I highly recommend trying it if given the opportunity.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this rarity. April 2011 release, bottle #301 of 374. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a thin ring, wisps, and tiny spots of lace. Even with small volume, the head retention is very good with bubbles lingering throughout the pour. Mildly hazy brown body with light transparency to it.

S - Smells like a maple liqueur. Oak, booze, caramel, and an absolute ton of maple syrup.

T - The taste is interesting, as it's heavy on maple syrup and sugary malts, but somehow manages to be less sweet than the aroma - I appreciate that it avoids being cloying. Some mild alcohol presence, but nothing inappropriate for the style.

M - Full body, chewy, syrupy, with low carbonation. A bit dry and tannic in the finish. Some nice warmth to it.

D - A definite sipper, but highly enjoyable stuff with a nice blend of sweetness, warming alcohol, and barrel flavors. Don't open this without a few people to share, as it's more of a 4oz after-dinner kind of drink.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a late night, after dinner or cold evening treat. Was lucky enough to make it up to Vermont for the release of this beer and have always wanted to try this.

No head and not supposed to be. A nice autumn brown/amber color with excellent clarity. Based on the look, you are more likely to check for legs vs. lace.

Shocking that this smells like real maples syrup.. I’m not talking about Aunt Jemima or Log Cabin.. but the real stuff. I’d also say some brown sugar as well.

Wonderful and very different. Doesn’t feel like a beer, doesn’t drink like a beer, but still wonderful. A kicked up Maple liqueur with a kick. The brown sugar notes are here as well. A nice subtle bitterness just below the surface that balances what could be some overbearing sweetness.

Definitely bold in body and a touch sticky.. Just a slight touch of carbonation..

Just a pretty cool beer… Well done sir.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of snifters. April 2011. #360/374. Pours copper with a thin white head. Leaves back light spotty lace that slowly drips down the sides. The aroma is SWEET! I’m talking maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, sugary dough and fruit. I’m pleased to find that is isn’t cloying in the nose however, as the complexity keeps things very interesting. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, very sugary on the palate but with more help from those fruity esters and some extra boozy sweetness from the ABV. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and quite chewy on the tongue. This feels about 12% but doesn’t sting, as those aforementioned flavors eat up a lot of the booze presence here. I really liked this. I initially thought the sweetness was going to get to be too much at first but the overall complexity of this really grew on me the further I got into the glass.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Maple Tripple Ale, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours a hazy caramel brown with a minimal head. Lacing is smaller but apparent and sticks to the side of the glass. Resembles maple syrup more than beer but not hideous looking.

Smell - Blast of maple syrup to the face, rich and glorious. Nuts and darker fruity sweet malt underneath.

Taste - Pure maple syrup sweet with a hearty strong ale body. Fruitiness/nuttiness creeps in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Sits sticky and slightly warming. Surprisingly this is not too boozy for 12%, but it is definitely warm in the mouth and belly. The sweet makes this one a sipper, but a grand sipper.

Overall - This is a great brew that any fan of maple should try, this is more like a maple wine or something, a hybrid of sorts. Great brew.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A dark amber body with a thin white layer of bubbles on top.

S- Maple is there, with a lot of oak coming through from a malty body.

T- Nice malty oaky body followed by a huge rush of sugary maple syrup.

M- Thick and syrupy. A definite sipper that sticks to your mouth for a long time after each taste.

O- An innovative beer that cannot truly be categorized. There are very few beers that are "out there" and this is one of them.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris (spycow)! Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a clear burnt orange color, small white head, some bubbles on top, and that's just about it.

S - The maple notes are outstanding and the booze is so perfectly smooth. Caramel, super-smooth booze, light fruity notes, and tons of maple syrup. So good!

T - Similar to the nose, but even better. Maple syrup, smooth booze, caramel, burnt sugars. Just so smooth, but definitely a sipper.

M - Medium, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Just simply excellent! The time in the bottle has definitely done this beer some good. The booze is so smooth and the maple syrup is the perfect compliment, without going over-board on the sweetness. Recommend!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Lawsons snifter. Brewed in 2011, bottled in May 2012, purchased at Lawson's farmer's market release in August and cellared since then. Hard to read but looks like bottle #672 out of 750. Consumed on Christams day, because what other occasion would I open a $30 bottle?

A- Pours a translucent reddish brown copper mahogany, no head, fairly low carbonation but consistently rising bubbles, pretty much no lacing to speak of.

S- Maple Syrup, candied sugars, sweet malts, some oak, maple liquor. Nicely aromatic, fairly sweet and a little bit sugary but in a good way, unique, appealing, and a nice maple syrup presence that you can tell is pure VT maple syrup.

T- Maple syrup, belgian candied sugars typical of a triple, finishes with more maple syrup and some oak maple liquor that gives it a slight alcohol taste that blends well. Sugary aftertaste of light maple. Nicely balanced, very flavorful, and very well crafted.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the heavier side, slightly syrupy, fairly low carbonation, smooth especially for abv.

O- This was an interesting, unique, and well crafted offering from Lawson's. I have pure Vermont Maple Syrup pretty much every week and you can definitely tell that this was crafted with it. Pure Maple syrup is very sweet and sugary, but this beer had a nice balance of it that coupled well with the Belgian yeasts used. It was very sweet and sugary, but not overly so that it was unappetizing. It did have a tiny bit of heat to it, but I felt like it went well with the beer a nice slight maple liquor feel to it. Definitely a sipper, especially considering the price. I definitely recommend checking this out, but it's probably not something I would drink all the time. I can see this aging very well although probably not improving significantly

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle!

500ml bottle number 677 of 1500.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Murky brownish/orange copper colored beer with thin white cap that quickly drops to ring around the glass.

Smell: A malty beer with lots of maple. It smells sweet, but it is not as robust as I was expecting.

Taste: Really sweet beer. Caramel, butterscotch, wild honey, and light oak barrel. Hint of bready malts. Massive maple flavor on the backend of this beer which really is an incredible! The maple taste is absolutely stunning and does not taste artificial at all. This is really a tasty treat!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer almost full bodied. Low carbonation levels. Sticky, syrupy, and even a little oily on the palate. Really smooth beer; it drinks more like its an 8% beer!

Overall: Fantastic use of maple in a beer. I really liked this beer alot. Another winner from Lawsons!

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Photo of linnymtu
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of jmasher85
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of ChrisPro
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to spycow.

A - looks like maple syrup. 'nuff said.

S - amazing maple notes, touch of oak and a little bready yeast

T - Holy maple! At first it just seems one note like I'm drinking maple syrup, but there's definitely some vanilla (from the wood?) and an awesome biscuit flavor on the finish. Not insanely complex, but this taste is just phenomenal. Tons of residual sugar really works for my palate.

M - Very full bodied, light carb and a touch of heat. Seems to have subsided from some of the earlier reviews and it's pretty solid.

O - For what it claims to be, it's incredible. Others said they wanted to just sip a few oz., but with my sweet tooth, I'm pretty sure I could put away a whole bottle. To get that much maple flavor into a beer is an incredible feat. Get this!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and dark golden, no head to speak of; legs trail slowly down the sides of the glass. Looks pretty much like pure maple syrup. Aroma follows suit. Before tasting I know this will be the most heavily maple-flavored beer I’ve ever had and it sure is. Hard to call it beer, almost. Flavor of mildly boozy maple syrup. Not many other flavor notes discernible. Brown sugar, caramel maltiness, very faint floral hops which contribute a subtle bitterness. Thick, chewy, and slightly cloying, a bit sticky, quite sweet, totally unique. What can I say? I loved it. If you are a maple fan this is hands down the one beer you have to try. If you don’t like sweet beers or maple flavor you should steer far clear.

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Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of beerdrifter
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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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