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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty Belg, though not complex its very drinkable above-average mouthfeel, yeast and other malting (pils) makes it an interesting Americanized version with some herbal grassiness. Understated carbonation, spices include cinammon, sweet fruit, goes down easy.

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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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle traded for at DLD 2009, courtesy of mday. Trade worked out quite well. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a nice white head and sticky lacing, though not as much as many of the style. The nose brings some light fruits, pear, clove, banana, spice and booze. The taste is a bit sweet with some grain as well as spice and banana. Feel is quite nice with a good body and carbonation. Drinks well; I'd like to try more from them.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice brilliant yellow color with nice fluffy head,the aroma was sweet and alcoholic.Taste was nice and fruity with a powdered sugar undertone,with a spicey lingering finish.A pretty complex triple,very well made.I cant drink to much of it though a little heavy.

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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 jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for cracking this.

Pours a fizzy head with a hazy carrot yellow orange color.

Nose has light Belgian golden malts, light spices, light citrus, a bit effervescent.

Taste has sweet golden malts, light spices, hint of orange peel with bitterness, bit creamy and toasty, Belgian malts. Finishes a bit bitter and drier, hint of booze.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carbonation, bit of warming booze.

Overall not bad, typical tripel, no off flavors, nice malts and light spices, light citrus.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York, Pa w/ tenderbranson69. Served cool in a goblet.
A - A clear golden w/ amber highlights and a thin white head that rides the rim and leaves a film of lace.

S - An alcoholic odor that belies the 10.3%, malty and sugary candy-like aromas.

M - Viscous and dense, a meal of a feel w/ sweet, almost cloying malt and a bit of alcohol in the feel. Finishes w/ a spice essence.

T - Deeply potent and flavored w/ a spice that has hints of pepper. Fruit and warmth in flavor w/ candy sugar in alcoholic form. A bit tough to take in small sips, yet a slow drinking ale. More of a strong golden, than a Tripel to me, but nice and full flavored w/ dry spiced notes and a taste that doesn't hide the strength.

D - This is a quality brew that is not a carbon copy Tripel, more American in character w/ big alcohol and 1 seems to suit for a session at the strength that it is. I would definitely order this again and recommend it, it is a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LtDan (RB) for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a cloudy goldenrod color with a fluffy white head, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweet and malty and sugary like you might expect from a Belgian beer. But, there's a nice fruitiness of apple, pear, and banana, along with some spice and yeast.

T: The flavor is slightly tangy with notes of green apples and pears. There's a bit of a sugary flavor but the beer retains a nice dryness. The alcohol comes out a little as the beer warms, but is fairly well hidden.

M: The body is medium with a full and tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I was surprised to find out that this beer is a little over 10% as it definitely doesn't taste anywhere near what I would describe as boozy. However, the beer is a bit sweet for my taste and the mild tartness didn't quite cover that up.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's a very light haze. Lots of chunky lace. The head starts well but it settles quickly. Golden color, bordering on amber. 

Notable yeast aroma on an otherwise pale malt aroma.  Some creaminess to the nose.

Great Belgian flavor. Really represents a true Trippel. There are elements of coriander and oily pale malt. Strong alcohol presence. The body is spot on. 

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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 RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first bottle ever suggested to me by Harry at New Beer Distributors. Pours a slightly fogged gold with a minimal white head. Nose is a nice yeasty funk. Flavor is pretty spot on. Thick sweetness from sugar with a minor funk. Definitely even and consistent. A bit too sweet though. Feel is standard. Drinkable, yes. But like I said, a bit too sweet really. Overall a good one to try. (And probably better to share) Thanks, Harry!

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cage-corked 750 ml bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours golden with a rich, white head. Some trailing lace slides down glass, with some stickage.

The smell is caramelish, slightly husky, floral/hay-like, earthy spiciness, a touch of bubblegum, light apricot-like fruitiness. Quite the complex one.

The taste is herbal/medicinal, slightly tinny, earthy, caramelish. Black pepper dominates at first, but eases as it progresses. As it progresses, it becomes like orange marmalade. Medicinal/peppery becomes orange sweeetness. All is not lost, but the taste does not follow the nose, and is not nearly as complex and inviting.

Nice carbonation level - almost effervescent, but with a creaminess.

A decent stab at the style - better than some American versions of the style, but not as good as others. Not in same class as some classic interpretations. If taste followed nose more, the story would be quite different.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Pale orange amber, and a bit hazy but with a nice slow rising carbonation in the middle coming up. Head is a nice simple two fingers and creamy white with good pinhead sized bubbles. Some staying power but settles to a thin puck.

Fairly basic nose, slight orange sweetness maybe even a little tart in the background. Warming cream sensations as well, with some candy like senses. Not bad but nothing too exciting.

Interesting palate. First sip doesn't provide much, but the back of the palate and swallow seem to provide much of the flavor. Good finishing fruity sweetness and crisp carbonated body. Pear and sweet white grape with some lingering cream to match. Effervescent somewhat quality on the mouthfeel, with some nice sugars finishing on the aftertaste.

Overall a decent tripel, not mind blowing but one I can get into.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. I'm actually surprised I've never sampled this one from such a local brewery. And, with Tripels being one of my favorite styles, let's see how this matches up against the competition.

A: Golden bronze, fairly clear body with a constant stream of carbonation bubbles coming to the surface. Creamy and well retained white head with outstanding lacing. This overall SRM might be a bit darker than more traditional Tripels but it's still nice and vibrant.

S: Alcohol esters, Belgian spicy yeast and a mild hint of bubblegum are most evident. A very nice and balanced caramel malt backbone comes through to tie everything together. Fairly complex and this does have the defining notes you'd expect for the style.

T: A warming alcohol burn is immediate but it's nothing overwhelming by any means, just noticeable. Spicy yeast, mild clove and wintergreen are in the mid palate. The finish is nice and creamy without any lasting off flavors. Maybe a hint of malt sticking around just for a second.

M: Lower carbonation but prickly and smooth. I'm not sure how they did the balance but it gives this an incredibly smooth mouth feel while still having good carbonation on the palate.

For being such a big Tripel at 10.3% they hid the alcohol fairly well. It is noticeable but plays well in the bigger picture of the flavor profile. I'm pleased this is available quite readily to me and this is easily one of the more stand out offerings I've had from Sly Fox.

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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 tempest
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from the Bowery Whole Foods for $9. Why have I not drank this beer before? It's a well-made Belgian that's delightfully fresh thanks to being brewed so nearby. The beer is properly light and drinkable, and also dry and spicy. The malts also provide a gentle golden raisin and mild berry punch taste before more dry biscuit malt and a peppery finish. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear light orange in color with a one finger head that lasted quite a while. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: yeast, earthiness, and some apple sweetness are easily detectable. Some spice notes are soft.

Taste: nice malty brew here. Yeast, golden apples, pears, pepper, clove, decent bitterness, and mild warming alcohol tones make up a nice tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors stick to your tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this tripel is enjoyable and easy to drink despite the high alcohol content Pick some up.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a spicy, pale malt and candy sugar scent that is earthy with some nice yeast aromas. The taste is decent. It has a very spicy flavor that is dry at first, but sweetens in the finish. It's a warmer with some excellent yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good tripel, but there are plenty better on the market. All in all, not bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is awesome and is one of the best smelling tripels I have had. I get a ton of juicy oranges and lemons with some yeast and a little bit of tartness.

The flavor is tart green apples, oranges, lemons and some Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure if this beer is meant to be slightly sour, but it works very well and makes the beer very enjoyable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Review #2500!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze and a nice effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam which leaves a thorough lace as it dissipates. Very nice indeed.

Smell: very sweet and malty aroma with just a touch of an orchardy pear-apple character. I rather like it.

Taste: very sweet with a nice malty character and a bit of a floral/soapy character as well. Not at all bad, but it starts to lose me on the soapiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body but with a huge carbonation yielding a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Outstanding!

Overall: a good tripel indeed, if you don't mind the floral/soapy character.

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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Capone's the other night.

The beer pours a brilliant, solid gold color, with decent head retention and lacing. The beer smells sweet and spicy, but there is also some pepper in the nose as well, undoubtedly from the hops. In fact the beer is quite sweet, excessively so in my opinion. The flavor profile includes sweet melon and cherry syrup, but with some bracing hoppiness (thankfully) in the finish. The beer is medium bodied and is not at all heavy, though you can tell the abv. is up there. I wouldn't describe this beer as extremely drinkable and a small glass after dinner would be all I can do. Still, this is a pretty impressive effort from Slyfox, one of the better efforts I've had from them.

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