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Incubus | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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3.85/5
Very Good
204 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,854
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
204
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 superspak
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 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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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 jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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 oberon
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +2.6%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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 mango...in 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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 204 ratings
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