Incubus | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Abbey-style Tripel, famed for its powers of seduction. Brewed with German Pils malt and German hops. Golden in color, dry and spicy.

Added by NeroFiddled on 04-07-2003

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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Limenitis
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic triple. Perfect combination of crispness and taste. If you're into PA beers, this certainly outcompetes the Golden Monkey or Merry Monks in terms of triples. In terms of bottle conditioned triples this definitely is better than the Merry Monks, though I must recommend the Quad by Weyerbacher since I'm slamming the Merry Monks. Remember, always drink local!

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Photo of jcrane07
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of shapudding
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this September 2003 batch alongside of some July 2002. God, this is such good stuff!! -only took notes on the '03 though!

Honey golden with a nice creamy white head that reduced down to a nice covering. Nice light amount of beading with the carbination. Warm champagne, honey, and spiceyness in the aroma... Tastes of alcohol and sweetness... bit of honey left on your tongue. Chardonnay and champagne grapes. Spicey/peppery finish with just a bit of a bite. Wonderfully thick mouthfeel, not creamy, not heavy. Just perfect body. Dry but not too dry. Such a great example of a triple. Just so good. Some ramble that the alcohol content makes this not a highly drinkable beer, but I just think the Incubus is so freakin nice that I can sit down for a few hours sipping away quite a happy girl...!

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Photo of ski271
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From an attractive corked 750 ml bottle. Very slightly hazy medium golden-amber with a large, white, pillowy, slowly diminishing head. Smells sweet and fruity with some light Belgian yeast. Clove, honey, butter, banana, pear, strawberry… a little reminiscent of a white wine in some ways. This is marvelously complex. The taste is a bit sweeter than expected. Hay, herbs, cassis, vanilla, soapy yeast, swirling alcohol esters, grape and some bubble gum and spice on the finish. It has a medium body and an effervescent textured due to its lively carbonation. Wow! That was an impressive beer. Wonderful, complex, and I found it to be dangerously easy drinking considering its high abv. This is my kind of tripel! I highly recommend trying this one!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: yellow/amber orange color, slight haze with dense rocky head that kept it all the way
S: medium nose, traditional tripel nose with malt and yeastiness and fruitiness, slightly cloying
T: full-bodied, nice rounded malt with slight but noticeable bitter finish, spicy
M: well-balanced, clean, dry, yeasty, fruity, very good

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from chefmonty in the Portrait of a Brewery BIF. Thanks Stephen!

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours with a thick white fluffy head on top of a golden hued brew. Head shrinks from about an inch to an eigth over a few minutes.

Aromas of apple, pear, and hard candy.

First sip is prickly/spicy with hints of tobacco, thin apple juice. Alcohol burn comes in after a few minutes of warming up.

Mouthfeel is medium. provides a good coating over the inside of your mouth, but not thick or sticky.

Very drinkable triple. Hits the nail on the head for style. Good rival to many belgium imports. I'll have dreams about this one.

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Photo of diddith
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My comments on this beer would sound like the ramblings of a lunatic, so I will keep it simple. I LOVE IT!!!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow orange with a big white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel with hints of bread and apples yeast and vanilla, this beer is quite enticing. Bring on the salivating!

Taste: Caramel apricot vanilla fruit-salad bread and a healthy dose of spices, weave a well integrated complex, absolutely magnificent flavor. It is dominantly sweet (I like that) and subsequently spicy with a bit of alcohol warming going on as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth gentle easy! Nice moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This is as drinkable as you would expect from a beer over 10% ABV.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of cleanneon98
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this twice now and it was my first Craft Beer so it's kind of special to me.

Appearance: light in color, like a mix of beer, white wine, and champagne.

Smell: sweet and sugary, but not a ton of either, you can still feel the alcohol tickle your nose

Taste: the most unique beer I've had, tastes like white wine, champagne, and beer, all mixed in one, and let me tel you it's DAMN good.

Mouthfeel: bubbles in your mouth a lot, combined with the taste it almost feels like drinking some bubbly. Doesn't really bite hard though being 10+ABV, but that's a good thing cause when you're done the bottle and get up, you won't understand why you fell (I did)

Drinkability: great, very easy to drink, I liked it so much the first time I got another bottle, definately worth the money.

If you haven't tried it and have a chance to, do it, I've had a few other tripples since then and they aren't quite the same, even if you're not a tripple fan, this one tastes unique.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ppoitras
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" actively bubbling white head over the clear golden brew. Head actually grows initially, eventually settling down after a long while, with tons of frothy sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly spicy, and has an alcohol tinge to it. Taste is the same pale malt sweetness touched with spices, but just the right amount of both. The alcohol is more of the warming type, and hardly noticeable tastewise. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the style, which can sometimes be overwhelmed by sweet and/or spice. Very nice.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incubus poured carefully from a well-stored bottle delivers a perfectly clear, deep-golden body with yellow highlights beneath a full head of rocky off-white foam. The head retention is quite good; and the lacing is very nice as well, with walls of solid, creamy lace left about the goblet.

The nose is fresh and beckoning, with bright yeasty notes of vanilla, banana, clove, black pepper and mineral & mild earth atop a sweet and candyish malt.

The flavor is cookie-dough sweetish as the nose implies, but far from over-done. There's a sweet maltiness at its heart, but it's really the yeast that gives it its character with gentle fruit (soft, sweet apple; banana; and mild plum), as well as some very spicy (clove and black pepper) and subtly smokey phenolics that round it out. A splash of alcohol and some hops (that are floral and leafy but also appear minty due to the sweetness of the malt) help as well.

It's surprisingly well-balanced, with a big arch of sweetness that shoots right up, rises to its epicenter at mid-palate, and then descends gently - tempered by its alcohol and underlying bitterness - into a peppery and mildly leafy finish that lingers with just a mild residual foam from the receeding tide of candyish malt. The alcohol is pretty well cloaked throughout, and there's more than enough character to keep it interesting without hitting you over the head with it.

Very nice! Superbly done! And somewhat original!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.

Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped a 750ml bottle and filled up a tulip glass before sticking a wine-saver in the bottle and putting it back in the fridge. I'll deal with that later ;-)

Beautiful clear golden color, with an eggshell colored head that started thick but faded quick. Still a nice film over the beer and some pretty-to-watch bubbles pouring up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of baked sugar-encrusted pears, some tutti-frutti, pilsen malt and some light spicy hops. Nice. Taste is fairly sweet, like over-ripe pears, some bready malt, a little bubble gum, alcohol soaked raisins and the return of the gentle hop spice. Interesting and complex.

Medium bodied, smooth and highly drinkable, a sip at a time. I like this Belgian style Tripel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the '02 aged vintage edition that was special on tap on 2/3/06...
Appears a hazy light gold with a a small white head that slowly fades. Tiny bubbles slowly crawl to the top of the glass. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of warm vanilla, peach, apricot, and fresh bread. Perhaps a touch of spiciness and banana way in the background. Very mellowed out though compared to the newer batches.
Taste is also of the aromas. Nice little yeastyness touch to it that picks up that Belgian breadiness that makes this a winner.
Mouthfeel is sweet, warming, yeasty, fruity, and slightly prickery.

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Photo of dfillius
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a goblet

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of fizzy off-white head. Clear light-gold almost looks like a pilsner with better head retention. It's a lighter yellow with more head. The final pour included the yeast.

S: Baker's yeast, honey, wheat, pears, apple, spicy hops - Saaz?

T: Sweet and fruity, with a clover honey tang late in the game.

M: Syrupy and smooth. Fizzier mouthfeel when the yeast entered the glass - It was better before this.

D: High. I would buy this again, and redeemed Sly Fox in my mind. I did not like the Weisse, Phoenix Pale or Pikeland Pils, this beer convinces me they can do good things.

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Photo of m_hall
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into a goblet, with a fizzy 3 finger head that quickly fell to a persistent thin layer on top surface. Color is a clear amber-gold, carbonation is medium and steady. Left light lacing on the glass as it was consumed.

Aroma is strong bread/yeast, with some underlying notes of banana and citrus. Very clean, no mustiness.

Taste is quite malty-sweet upfront, with very present spicy notes and a crisply dry finish. Fruit notes became more discernible as the beer warmed (pear most especially.) Rather more apparent hops than I was expecting in this beer, but this balances out the early flavors quite nicely. This is a fairly high ABV Tripel-style ale, and the alcohol is quite present- this isn't a beer that will sneak up on anyone, though it doesn't kick you in the teeth quite as hard as some might expect of a beer this brawny.

Mouthfeel is very rich and full-bodied, very pleasant on the palate.

Overall, it's been a while since I've partaken of a Belgian-style ale, and this was an extremely solid representative of the form. I don't think it's quite as good as some of Ommegang's offerings, but definitely superior for my palette to Duvel (which is still a fine beer, IMHO.) Should pair nicely with dark breads and salty/strong cheeses.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is Belgian yeast, apples, light malts, some spices and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with the bready flavor of Belgian yeast, sweet flavors of caramel, apples and citrus, plus some complimentary sourness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence. The alcohol peaks through a little bit but not as much as some other high-powered Tripels. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good high-octane Belgian-style beer to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of Jarod
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me a yellow gold color that had highlights of orange all through it. The head was white in color, but fairly faint and non lasting which left a small skim on the top and a light ring on the edges. There was no lace. The aromas that came from the glass were of sweet fruits (oranges), sweet malts, alcohol, and a slight hop bite as well. The taste was of alcohol soaked oranges and other fruits, sweet malts, some spices, light hops, and more alcohol. This was more complex then I would have thought. It was full bodied and left a great feeling in the mouth. To be honest IMO, it reminded me allot of Victory’s Golden Monkey. Not a clone, but had allot of similar aspects. This is on my list to get as a growler next time I am at Sly Fox. Very good beer.

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Photo of number1bum
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My contribution to NEPA BC split #5.

750ml corked n caged pours into a tuplid glass a nice honey golden color with a bright white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly leaving just a touch of lacing and not a lot of stick. Smell is sweet malts, honey-like, as well as yeast and some spice. There's a hint of alcohol present, as well.

Taste has a fantastic candy and malty sweetness from start to finish. Nice honey and caramel malt flavor, with a bit of spice and alcohol present, as well. While the taste is delicious there is a strange resiny aftertaste that sort of puckers the's almost medicinal. That's my only complaint and the only thing keeping the taste from a 5, and contributes to a lower mouthfeel score, as well. Otherwise the mouthfeel is full-bodied, slick and creamy. Just not terribly crisp in the finish; a little bit cloying.

This is a great American craft tripel. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pops opens producing a yeasty fresh bread smell. Pours an orange gold with a moderate head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving clouds of lace.

Aromas of bready malt, tropical fruits, brown sugar, spices.

Tastes malty up front and sweet, followed by orange flesh and peel, with notes of papaya and kiwi. As it warms, I am getting some ripe pineapple. There is a load of coriander spice (or what I taste as coriander). This is a pretty sweet tripel.

Body is medium, kind of sticky with all the sugar, and carbonation is low, giving it a flattish mouthfeel.

This is an interesting tripel, definitely on the sweet side, but that is backed up by some really exquisite fresh fruit flavors. Don't know if it is all from the yeast, but the fruit is tasting and smelling exceptional. Sweet and with a high ABV punch, this will take you under uquick. I like this a lot, it packs a wallop of flavor, but the lack of head retention and the extra sweetness--kind of lollipop-ish actually--takes some points off. I'd just prefer this a little drier, but it might pair well with a sweet confection. I'd choose this as a nice tripel fro brunch.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a mostly clear golden wheat color, coarse white head at a half inch retains indefinitely.

Smells of citrus, fresh grains and bretty yeasts.

Tastes of light lemon citrus, bret, sweet fresh grains and a hint of clover honey. Slightest whisper of hop in the aftertaste.

Feels is moderate to full with light but sharp tingles of carbonation.

Really good tripp, not the very best I've had, but among the best from outside of Belgium. Though it's not groundbreaking, it's hard to find a fault. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Brass Rail Deli, Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/amber/orange body with no noticeable carbonation bubbles and a billowy tw-finger bright white head that settled into a quarter inch ring around the surface and deposited spotty lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Spicy yeast with citric notes, honey sweetness and green tea-like hops with a subtle waft of alcohol. A hint of must and basement notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Initial flavor is spicy and yeasty with hints of clove, pepper and coriander. Malt character is bready and accompanied by a honey sweetness and slight bubblegum notes to balance the spicy attributes of this Tripel. Hints of licorice appear throughout. Some citric notes add a bit of bitterness, which later emerge into a more spicy, leafy tea-like character.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, though not too prickly overall. Sweet on the palate but with enough spiciness to keep it from becoming cloying. Finishes with a hint of bitterness on the tongue.

D - Great example of a Tripel and one of Sly Fox's best brews, in my opinion. This is a great representation of the style.

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Photo of BBM
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox month at BoBBiQue, so they had this on tap. It poured a very light yellow with a hint of cloudiness. Small white head atop it. Aroma was sweet and slightly citrusy, with hints of cloves.

Very well balanced and smooth, this is a hell of a sneaky beer at nearly 11%. Honey, cloves, and bubblegum all are present, as well as a very subtle alcohol warmth. Honestly this is one of the tastier American tripels I've had. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Dangerously drinkable, highly recommended.

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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 205 ratings