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.

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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 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 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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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, last round (x2) with lunch on 03JUN11 was Incubus. The 10oz small chalice offering was $4.00 per...

Light golden colored, with a touch of haze. A creamy, frothy, white head sat atop, lasting well with good stick. Aroma was subdued, with some tropical fruit rearing its head. A medium body was present, and this Tripel was decently smooth.

Some sweetness is evident, courtesy of te crackery malt. Tropical fruit also comes into play, with a smidge of honey accompanying mango and pear in the flowery hoppage. Could be more complex, but tasty nonetheless.


3.68 rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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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 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 TheKingofWichita
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade from BA, G311.
Pours a nice clear golden color with the smallest hint of a head and a little lacing. Smells of funk and all sorts of spices. Tastes of allspice, cinnamon, clove, banana, orange, pineapple, and pepper.
Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is mild. Overall, it is the best Sly Fox beer I have tried to date and I think if all of their beers were of this same quality they would be highly sought after in BA circles.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clear straw golden color, crop of frothed white head, decent filmy retention, some patchy lacing.

Nice banana and clove mix in the nose with plenty of spice, cinnamon and pepper.

A rush of floral hops with some soft fruit sweetness. Banana with clove and spice. Cinnamon with some peppery heat. More sticky sweetness, finished with some boozy warmth and dryness.

Nice medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Solid flavor, booze is under control, one of the better Slyfox offerings.

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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 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 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 ktrillionaire
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to G311 for this one.

A - Looks golden bronze, with about an inch of persistent white head. Looks like what BMC makes their stuff look like in commercials.

S - Tripel, slightly sweet, in the vein of a mellow Karmeliet. Some fruity aspects in the nose that I would expect in a Hefeweizen.

T - Quite nice. Good all around, not great in any aspect though. Lots of bread, banana and pear, alcohol and green leafy hop flavor. Too much sweetness by the end of the bomber.

M - Lighter-bodied and slightly slick.

D - Not the best Tripel, but even a bad Tripel (which this is not) is better than many decent examples of other styles.

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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 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 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 Throckmorton
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- very hazy light brown, almost no head at all.

S - not very aromatic. very subtle musty, not unpleasant, aroma.

T- nice, has a good bit of lactic bite, and not at all boozy for a high alcohol brew. Would like to have seen more funk.

M - great mouthfeel, nice and thick, tho carbonation was low.

D - nice brew, it was fun to take my time with it, let it change as it warmed a bit, good stuff overall.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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 JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 wcintula
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Verrrry enjoyable beer.

I poured it into a straight glass because it's all I had available. The beer had a thick frothy head with nice lacing that stuck to the sides. The body has a golden color, somewhat foggy.

A strong strong sweet smell I noticed prunes. Maybe this is the explanation for the purple label or just coincidence? The Belgian yeast is also prominent in the smell.

This is a sweet fruity baby. It tastes as though sweetened with honey. Incubus has a mouthfeel that almost coats and is sweet the whole way down. The high %ABV is hidden well by all the sweetness and yeast flavor.

I'll drink this until I hit the floor. Sweetness may be an aversion to some but I welcome it with an open mouth. Bring me more.

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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 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 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 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 cleanneon98
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of gromis
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very enjoyable beer. It has a lovely head and great wispy lacing.

Has a semi citrus nose to it, pleasant on the nose.

Taste is a spicy citrus and has a sweet citrus fade.

Carbonation lasts a long time. After sipping on a glass for 30 minutes, there were plenty of little bubbles still growing on the sides of the glass.

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Incubus from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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