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 Scott2085
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
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 -31.7%
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 -30.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of beerking1
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Bdel34
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of rawthar
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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 moreyswig
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of gafferjohn
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Tucquan
3/5  rDev -22.1%
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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of aquatonex
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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 -16.1%
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 Willcourt
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of kayrex
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of athomasPSU
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of RBorsato
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -13.5%
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 -13.5%
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%
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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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 205 ratings