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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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Hopdog: Poured a deep clear golden color ale with a super huge bubbly white head with average retention but great lacing. Aroma of candi sugar is dominant with some warm alcohol with some subtle but enjoyable note of cloves and wheat. Taste is somewhat a mess with way too much sugar and alcohol that covers the cloves and wheat aspect of the beer. Body is thin and too filtrated to be enjoyable but carbonation is just perfect. This one was just definitely too hot for my liking and not something I will seek again.

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Photo of dublife1
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my Duvel Tulip. Two finger head that lingers awhile. Looks very promising to start. Smell is sweet with notes of citrus and honey. Taste is where it all goes wrong. I can't understand how this beer got such high reviews. The taste is far too sweet and stays that way from beginning to end. Overbearing and artificial are the only way to describe it. Not good and honestly I had to pour half the bottle down the drain. Mouthfeel was average and drinkability was very low. I would not recommend this triple to anyone.

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Photo of haazer
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle shared with the girlfriend. Poured my half into a tulip.

A- A well carbonated apple juice looking beer pours out. A beautiful gold color with orange highlights. The head is about one finger thick of white bubbles, but dissapates quickly.

S- Smell opens up with banana and cloves. Then it paves way to a barage of spices. Deffinitely some white pepper, and a spicy Belgian yeast.

T- WHOA, did I mention a "barage of spices" in the nose? This is overwhelming in the taste. Strong white pepper and cinnamon, spicy yeast, and basically any spice you'd find in your kitchen blended together. Some clove in here but just way too much spice. Not good.

M- The mouthfeel is a plus actually if you can get past the spice onslaught. It's creamy and smooth for a tripel which is different from others in the style. Medium bodied and decent carbonation.

O- Well I thought this was going to be better, but perhaps the worst tripel I've had. Too bad I didn't tick their saison, royal weiss or rt. 113 ipa because I enjoyed those while at the brewery. This although different for the style, just too much too handle. Don't recommend.

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Photo of beerking1
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured great, with a crystal clear, golden color, and a big fluffy, snow-white head.
Unfortunately, that is where the real enjoyment ended. Overall, it was a clean flavor, but it had a very cloying, somewhat saccharin sweetness.
The sweetness was overpowering from beginning to end. I hope it was better on draft.

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Photo of rawthar
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

As a Phoenixville boy I practically grew up on Sly Fox, back when they were just a microbrewery, not necessarily a craft brewery.

A- That muddy trippel gold, clouded by fine sediment, with a white merange head that tells us loud and clear that it's going to stick around for the long haul.

S- Intense Belgian sours on top of a malty sweet backbone with hints of autumnal fruits, like apples and raisins.

T- Wow, real heavy on the sweets up front, with burnt caremals getting immediately pushed off the stage by a sour assault. Hints of root vegetables, the kind with high doses of beta carotene. Alcohol pokes its head through a bit too. Overall, really just too sweet for my tastes, which may be a result of some unintentional aging.

M- Very creamy, and the alcohol comes through to burn the roof of the mouth in a nice way.

D- The intensity of both the sweetness and sourness makes this tough to put back.

Wish I could provide a better grade for my first Sly Fox review, but this beer wasn't really my style. Maybe when I review 113 IPA.

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Photo of Tucquan
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2011-10-17 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly-clear straw with a 3-finger white head and lots of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Head fades quickly and leaves scant lacing.

S - Sweet lemon grass and mild belgian yeast smell. Not overpowering but pleasing.

T - Very sweet like a Sprite soda with a few spices, a twist of lemon and some mild hops stirred in. It helps to initially disguise the alcohol.

M - Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Syrupy. Not refreshing.

O - This one didn't do it for me. I think it could be enjoyed by folks looking for a safe way into a high ABV brew but I need a richer palette of flavors if I'm going to spend my calories on a high ABV brew.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite Tripel, but still drinkable...

Pours translucent light medium gold with a moderate thick head. Lacing is good. Nose is mostly alcohol-y but has some fruitiness and funkiness there as well. Taste is decent, didn't taste like a 11% but wasn't too far off. The balance of alcohols, fruits, and malts were a bit off imho. The first glass went down a bit harsh but after that who cares with a 11%! Altogether a passable Tripel.

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Photo of grub
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of BC2. thanks jay!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled dec 31/07.

after fighting with the cork for a while i finally resorted to a corkscrew. pours crystal clear golden amber with a huge rocky tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. crackers and white bread. bit of grain. hint of clove. orange peel. alcohol.

taste is nice. light caramel sweetness. bit of alcohol. orange peel. medium-low bitterness level. grain. white bread. a bit too sweet, throwing it out of balance slightly.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium-light body feels a bit heavy for the style.

drinkability is ok. the sweetness throws things out of balance and actually turns me off more as i approach the end of my glass. a good attempt, but just doesn't hold up against true belgian tripels.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass,a very mirkey golden color,a pillowy,slightly off-white head. could not see carbination thru the mirkeyness,only particles of yeast.
The aroma was clovey,fruity like overripe fruit,a hint of vanailla,and bannana,apple.Winey with evidence of alcohol presence.A very complex aroma.
The taste was sweet candy-like,of honey with hints of caramell.Very fruity.of ripened fruit,a big alcohol warming at the finish. The complexity was a bit overtaken by the constant presense of alcohol.
The mouthfeel velvety,prickley,a bit rough with the alcohol taste.
This is not a beer for the faint of heart.

Drinkability: Only for those not minding the taste of alcohol,in a beer.
All said a smooth feel,goes down fairly easy,could not drink more than 1 bottle at a time of this beer.This beer makes you feel warm all over.
A perfect winter warmer.

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Photo of Buggies
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow orange. Thin fizzy head with a small ring of lacing. Very mild aromas. Smells like caramel and fruit.

Tastes a little funky to me. My bottle is almost a year old, so it's not the freshest. Really sweet up front. With a spiciness to it. Some sort of weird sweet fruity notes rides through to the end. Warms the throat too. Slight bitterness in the finish as well.

Overall, I'll pass on this one again. It will be hard to finish the 750ml bottle. The carbonation seems lacking a little to me. Almost seems a little flat like it's past its prime. But, like I said, I won't buy more of this.

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Photo of chimaychimaynot
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this bottle at the Phoenixville location two weeks ago.

Pours a bright honey-amber, with a creamy off-white head of foam that clings to the sides of my tulip.

Aroma is tinged with honey and caramel, traces of spicy hops, citrus fruit, and white pepper. At first, I caught a whiff of diacteyl, but this blew off as the beer was exposed to air.

Enters with a trace of diacetyl, then a sweet, caramelly body, with notes of stone fruit, citrus, honey, flowers and spice. Finishes with a lingering hint of sweetness, with notes of peaches in cream.

Medium bodied, a bit cloying, with low CO2 - doesn't have the lightness or effervescence that a good triple should have.

Overall, a good, flavorful triple, though a bit too sweet and heavy - underattenuated(?), and low on CO2 - reducing drinkability.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is slightly hazed golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, spices, yeast, bready malts, and a light alcohol burn. Very sweet.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Bananas, cloves, sweet fruits, some yeast and bread with a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with spices and light booze.

Overall, not a bad tripel. A bit above average I'd say. Nothing out of the ordinary, but enjoyable with a decent drinkability.

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Photo of ms11781
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NitannyBeerFan. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge 3 finger, fluffy white head. Head eventually reduces to a about a finger but sticks around for the duration.

The nose has a lot going on but none of it lingers to long. Some light fruits, apples and pears with a slight banana presence. Cloves and spices are here as is a noticeable amount of alcohol.

The first impression of the taste is that it is surprisingly sweet and fruity. Green apples and ripe pears are here. The banana, cloves and spices that were in the nose show up again. Unmistakable Belgian yeast and some bready malts are present as well. There is a hint of bitterness from some hops in the back end but they seem to provide just the bitterness and not much else.

Highly carbonated with a light body. The carbonation can give the beer a bit of a bite at times, perhaps making this finish a bit rough, and there is a warming from some alcohol as it warms.

The appearance and aroma are just ok but the taste is surprisingly good. It doesn't really match up with the rest of the characteristics but that's not a bad thing at all. The high alcohol definitely comes through more as the beer warms but overall it's still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a cloudy honey golden orange glow forms a thick off white beige cram heead that leaves fine uneven lace all around the chalice I'm imbibing off of. Aroma is heavy on alcohol and overly ripened fruit notes with honey rich sweetness blende with tropical fruit notes including pineapple and addition tart green apples and mild spicing with some evident coriander come through with added herbal hop highlights. Taste...alcohol is not hidden as well as most Belgian tripels but this one kicks it up a notch across the board with spicy alcohol and raw syrupy fruit tones it's not very well melded together like most Belgian versions of this unique high octane style rough mix but I'm still pickin' up tart apple, pineapple, and sugary layers of added sweetness. Mouthfeel...carbonation is not effervescent like most Belgians it's body is medium and carried rough along this wave of heavier syrupy flaws. Drinkability is mediocre compared to other great versions of this style full of flavor and enjoyable but no where near as put together as most other tripels I've tasted in my day.

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Photo of TheNapkin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let this beer warm up, and it becomes slightly saison-ish with a mild sour/lactic funk, not unlike Fantome original. There is a bit of cloying sweetness initially, but you get accustomed to it and as it warms the funk marries nicely with the sweetness. The yeast comes through strongly in the aroma and the taste, so bonus there, as the yeast is a great Belgian strain. Finishes mildly dry with hints of pineapple and kiwi. A little sweeter than Weyerbacher Merry Monks, but a good alternative.

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Photo of PCampbell
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Saved this about 3 months after purchasing it. Pours a medium gold/orange, with a thick head, that dissipates into a thin, light white head that keeps a tiny bit of lacing on the edges.

On first smell it gives off a very yeasty/spicy aroma that includes cinnamon, pepper, banana, and clove, among others. The flavor picks up with a good Belgian yeast taste to it. Has a nice bready quality to it. Tastes of light pepper, green apples, oranges and lemons. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and slightly sweet.

A well-made beer that is quite enjoyable. A good beer to try if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: hay,citrus, and wheat

Taste: bread, honey, grass, and citrus

Mouthfeel: sour/semi-bitter, light bodied with high carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: A very dry and semi-sour tripel. An above average beer for me that is most likely one and done as Sly Fox has better offerings.

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Photo of vacax
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my tulip with a gargantuan head, off-white in color and nicely thick with a medium bead. Beer is a dark golden-yellow with some cloudiness. Aroma is vinous, floral, and estery. Tastes vinous notes, citric, acidic, also with bubblegum, clove, and earth. Finish is tangy and malty. Medium bodied with a fizzy-creamy feel. Kind of interesting beer here, a bit acidic, doesn't taste genuinely Belgian.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, apricot, grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, grape, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, light pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid tripel style. Good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and fairly smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An enjoyable offering to sip on slowly.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at42 degrees into a snifter
Aroma weak, fruity, lasts
Head average (Five cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/creamy, diminishing to irregular frothy eight to twenty two mm ring and heaped island
Lacing good – partial curtains of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium yellow, murky
Flavor fruity and spicy with kind of a cumin taste, finishes with a plastic taste; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate Medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemmed Tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed golden color with a ½" white head that persists for a fair amount of time leaving some speckles of lacing on the glass, a layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves scattered lacing for much of the beer and the ring of foam lasts quite a while.

Smell: The aroma is fruity sweet with a touch of peppery spice. I'd say the fruits are things like apricots and peaches.

Taste: The flavors are sweet and peppery with some nice fruity character that includes apple and some tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation that persists for much of the beer. The finish begins with light honey sweetness and fades into dry spiciness with some hoppiness showing.

Drinkability: While this isn't the best Tripel I've tried it is a very nice one that drinks easily with one sip leading naturally to another. I'm sure that I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, best by 23/10/13
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold color. Half finger of bright white head. Lots of carbonation. Streaming off bottom of glass. Slight lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S: Belgian yeast character. Spice. Coriander. Orange peel. Some breadiness.

T: On the tip of the tongue, lots of spice from that Belgian yeast. Coriander and clove and orange peel. Some light breadiness from the malts. The finish is fairly dry and mouth watering.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice spicy tripel, just a touch of tanginess, some floral notes, clear golden body with active carbonation. Decent fluffy head shrinks to small lasting head. A tripel with a little bit of bite.

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Photo of bheilman
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance with a golden hue and a decent head for such a strong beer. The smell is spot on to most Belgians. Sweet, caramel undertones in the scent. The taste is a bit off. It's a little too sour making me think of a sour. It still has the overall flavor to make you think tripel. Overall, the initial flavor is sweet , but it follows extremely bitter. I'm not sure if this is an influx of hops (doesn't really taste like it) or because of some unusual yeast (definitely has that wild flavor to it). Aftertaste follows the sour flavor. Its not so drinkable, but I'd like to try a draft or fresher version to see if something is wrong with the one I got. I'm a Sly Fox supporter, but I must say I'm disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Procured at the brewpub. Pours a beautiful translucent golden-orange with a half inch bright white head. Delicate strands of lacing are exposed as the head gradually recedes. Nose expresses clove, candi sugar and light fruity esters. Taste is consistent with nose; however, a bit more muted. A medicinal quality also comes out towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all a solid domestic tripel. Can't wait to pop the Quad I bought.

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