Honey Crisp
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #253
ABV:
13.02%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,272
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.14%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
59
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: Farmhouse tripel aged atop 600lbs of honey crisp apples.
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3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could have used more carbonation and barm for the style. Aroma is fine, ordinary smells of esthers and clove with a little sweetness from the honey. Taste is long the same line, has all of the traditional notes with an added sweetness, but nothing really gels and pops out. Mouthfeel is a little slick but fine. Overall a solid beer

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Apr 24, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brownish color with honey edges. The most prominent note is the nose was that of over-ripe apples. The flavor was heavy on the classic Belgian funk.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Nov 18, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum West. I've been enjoying a blend of Mackensey's spiced cider & Weihenstephaner Hefwiessbier (20/80) for a few years, so I`m no stranger to the cider w/the dry of hops, but this comes across as a bit over the top. Honey crisp, IMO, is the premier apple available today. They have an amazing amount of sweetness & a hint of spice in their natural state & it comes through here but merely as a blush. Unfortunately I feel the sweet that a triple adds is not a good match. Something with more of a dry element would lend a much more sophisticated nuance. This is big plus big.

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seedyone from New York, Jan 31, 2016
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3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on draft in a tulip. More of a wine (or perhaps a cider) than a beer, but my serving wasn't very carbed, so perhaps that affected it. Quite apple-y, and the 13% is well-hidden, so they hit the mark for what they were trying to do (I assume), but just not really my thing. Reminded me much more of an apple wine than a beer.

That said, it was easy drinking, and not overly sweet. I think wine drinkers would really enjoy this, but I'd be interested in a review of it from someone who would typically order a white wine versus a beer.

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pajeff from Pennsylvania, Jan 12, 2016
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3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy and medium golden orange in color in the body of the beer. A small, one finger thick head forms and retains fairly well, but does hang around as a touch of film that laces ok.

S- Spicy notes hit the nose first. Coriander and black pepper are the main components of the spice in the scent. A touch of the apples come in during the middle of the drink and give a touch of juiciness, but not much. Belgian style yeasty and wheat scents end the drink.

T- Starts off with a traditional Belgian trippel flavor of yeast and spicy flavors. The coriander and pepper from the scent are still present in the taste. The apples have a very mild presence in the middle/end of the drink. The apples get increasingly juicy and fruity as you get closer to the end, but never become the dominant flavor. The end of the drink is dominated by moderately bitter alcohol and more spicy and grainy trippel flavors.

M- This beer is smooth and has a low to medium level of carbonation and is dangerously smooth. Other than a touch of alcohol bitterness in the taste, there is very little to no evidence of the 13% in the feel of this beer.

Overall, this beer is not as much of a juicy honeycrisp apple as I was expecting. It is a very good trippel however, and the little bit of apple flavor that is present is a good addition.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A fairly voluminous light khaki colored whipped froth comprised of big chunky bubbles and with bit of a rocky top... Decent retention gives way to a full mostly full creamy lacing and moderate collar... The color is a slightly hazy honey... Mostly still with some sluggish carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass... The nose displays the apple at the forefront... Somewhat sweet... Somewhat tart... Some honey and candied sugar notes add to the sweetness as well... A very light Belgian yeast component as well... A bit muddled, but still quite pleasant... The flavor profile is not quite what I was expected... Bursting at the seems with white wine tannins... It almost tasted like a glass of chardonnay with a touch of apple... The honey crisp and Belgian tripel components are very subtle and buried way beneath the surface... The mouthfeel is dry in on the lighter side of medium bodied... Some prickly carbonation... Interesting to say the least... I'm pretty sure I like it, but it certainly was not what I was expecting (a sweet Belgian Tripel)... Sort of challenges the senses in a good way... Kudos to Pizza Boy for continuing to push the limits and challenging conventions...

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philbe311 from Pennsylvania, Jan 18, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orangey light gold. Aromas of sappy sweet wine flavored apples. The taste is crisp, bitter, light, fruity, green, sweet, white wine characteristics, and a light honey sugary finish on the back end. The mouthfeel has a bit of a high carb with a sweet, crisp, dry, clean palate.

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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kirb for sharing this growler with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew initially appears a clear golden color but additional pours get a bit hazed. A white head initially forms and falls back to a thin film with spotty lace. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma opens up smelling lightly of apples with some yeasty spice addition smelling of earth, pear and straw-like grains. There is only a mild touch of alcohol considering the strength and at times it kinda feels like a saison, just ravaged by cider.

The taste is again, faintly like a saison with some mild spice like yeast notes almost clove-like and earthy before getting fruity with apple/pear skin. The alcohol is really masked here outside of a slight warmth after the swallow. It gets progressively more cider-like once warm which I wasnt a huge fan of but what do you expect with this many apples added.

This is a medium to thinner bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It had a booze kick to it but not nearly as warming as you might expect for 13%. Interesting idea, just not something I would return to since it has quite a cider feel to it. If ciders are your thing, you will probably dig this.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Feb 10, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the outer edge, leaving small beads of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of crisp apples, funky saison yeast, banana, light spice, dash of citric fruit and only the faintest hint of booze. Pretty complex yet rustic aroma.

T - Starts off with a quick hit of funky saison yeast quickly being joined by tart honey crisp apples, light spice and some chewy fruit skin. Booze is nearly non existent, a triumph for a 13+% beer. Finish is earthy with some mild sweetness, not lingering overly long after consumption.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, earthy feel with some backing tartness from the apples.

O - Not too bad all things considered. The booze is hidden extremely well and it packs all of the intended flavors. I just can't get into this style as hard as I try, either way it is worth a shot if you are into Belgian beers.

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orangesol from Pennsylvania, Feb 01, 2014
Honey Crisp from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 59 ratings