Incubus | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 longdivision
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a honey golden color. Clear with streaming carbonation. Decent head that took a while to dissipate

S - Smelled like a typical tripel. Slightly sweet, spicy.

T - The taste was more impressive than the smell. A great example of the style. More sweet than normal with an emphasis on that banana flavor. Slightly sour yeast note on the finish too.

M - Pleasant to drink, effervescent but with substance.

Overall, I tasted this next to 3 other tripels, and this won hands-down. I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A corked 750ml bottle purchased at the Royersford location in the spring of 2006. Plucked from the cellar, uncorked, and poured into my Maredsous chalice. The tripel appears a cloudy bright golden yellow color with barely a finger of bubbly white foam. Nose and flavors consist of candi sugar, honey, quite sweet, and still a bit of alcohol heat, notes of green grapes, apple skins, spicy yeast, some tropical fruits. Prickly and lively carbonation with a medium to full body. This one held up really well and could have sat longer.

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

Ap. A lovely cloudy coppery gold color with a grothy white head of 2 fingers or so. Nice amount of lacing and just really pretty.
Sm. A citrisy orange maybe. Something I can't quite identify...OK, but there's a background memory that's not altogether pleasant.
Ta. Citrisy tangerine or orange, with a stronger sweeter caramel coming up after it warms up a bit. It's good.
Mf. Not so much to talk about. Good carbonation, filling.
Dr. No problem finishing 1 pint 9 oz. Very good, but I probably won't seek it out.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Brass Rail Deli, Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/amber/orange body with no noticeable carbonation bubbles and a billowy tw-finger bright white head that settled into a quarter inch ring around the surface and deposited spotty lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Spicy yeast with citric notes, honey sweetness and green tea-like hops with a subtle waft of alcohol. A hint of must and basement notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Initial flavor is spicy and yeasty with hints of clove, pepper and coriander. Malt character is bready and accompanied by a honey sweetness and slight bubblegum notes to balance the spicy attributes of this Tripel. Hints of licorice appear throughout. Some citric notes add a bit of bitterness, which later emerge into a more spicy, leafy tea-like character.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation, though not too prickly overall. Sweet on the palate but with enough spiciness to keep it from becoming cloying. Finishes with a hint of bitterness on the tongue.

D - Great example of a Tripel and one of Sly Fox's best brews, in my opinion. This is a great representation of the style.

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Photo of asabreed
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle from Sam's in Binghamton. At $7.29, I had to go for it. I think this is my first Sly Fox brew too. Poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

I've been a bit down on domestic Tripels lately, since the style's clearly not easy to get right or interesting if you're trapped in the states. Or that's at least what most translate to.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a champagne-like bubbly head. Scraggly lacing like mini frothy paint balls all over the place on the glass.

Smell: Very sweet initially. Sweet herbal tea with tons of lemon and honey maybe. A bit of vanilla and soft banana. Some herbal Pils malt flavors and citrus. Big whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Yeast, candi sugar, lemon, honey, vanilla, some banana, a bit of peppery spice, and awesome very dry rind bitterness that you usually don't get in Tripels across the pond. Interesting take. Though it still is a bit sweet. This is definitely one to split with a few folks, which takes, somehow, the price down even more. Long sweeter finish, with oddly enough some leafy green hop oil bitterness presence.

Mouthfeel: This is a pretty huge beer, as you can imagine with the sweetness and the ABV. But it does a good job balancing the hugeness with a creamy carbonation that's neither too much nor too little.

Drinkability: This would've been bumped up to a 4, but even though I should've finished it anyway, one bottle ended up being very sweet by the end to finish in one sitting. One of the simultaneously better, cheaper, and more aggressively hopped domestic Tripels I've ever had, even though it is a bit sweet also. For the price tag this is a no brainer. Looking forward to trying more from these guys.

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Photo of IrishZombie
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up from the local grocery store have heard rave reviews of the Sly fox Brewery so decided to try it out for myself.

It pours an exceptional mellow yellow coloring followed up by a orange haze with an extremely frizzy white head. Not to mention the airy pop that came from the bottle.

The smell of this tripel is quite vigorous with a nice airy sweetness that comes from it maybe of honey and citric fruits. The alcohol is not nearly as hidden as I thought it would be however the taste second guesses you. The fruits used of citric and spicy nature is very complimenting to the pallet.

Taste was sweet from the fruits as well as kind of nice kick of spice from the hops with a wonderful balance in my opinion of this tripel. The alcohol is well hidden and for it being of an ABV of its level impressed all around. This beer is very smooth for 11%.

Now for Drink ability this is my first from Sly fox, but I am defiantly impressed and I could only drink a few being not only the high ABV but not a good session beer. It is a dangerous drink that needs to be made aware of for a beer. I would defiantly pick up another one of these and try it on tap for sure. I am converted to try more of sly foxes beers after I have tried Incubus.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange peach with a very fluffy white head and good lacing.

S-Sweet pineapple, honey, white grapes and nice spicy hoppiness.

T-Oh, yeah. Very nice honey sweetness in the front, then some sweet raisin and grape, dissolving into a sharp hop finish. Alcohol is hidden remarkably well.

M-Light to medium bodied with zippy carbonation. Alcohol finally makes its presence known on the tongue.

D-That is one tasty high ABV tripel. Glad I can get this locally anytime.


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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 thain709
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy golden body...a very small head forms...settles into a small ring and leaves light lacing

S - Typical smell...bread, fruits, honey, and spices

T - Right off the bat you are hit with's brought to you by the sweet honey and few fruits (bananas, oranges, grapes?) it rolls into the yeast/bread and that gets mixed with your peppery spices

M - Medium bodied...dry

D - One bottle of this was delicious and just the right ABV...another solid beer from that wonderful Sly Fox

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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 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 IBUnit63
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Something else from the excellent Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. 750 corked & caged into an Ommegang chalice with only a faint pop of the cork. Tried one the week before but wanted to sit down and analyze this one so here goes...

Pours a relatively clear honey color meshed with pale grain. Not too huge of the head at first pour (more like yeasty wisps) - 2nd pour brings a tight, 1/2 finger head. Ample carbonation rises quickly through the viscous body.

Nice bread dough yeasty component. There is raw grain and yeast electricity balanced by thick malt sweetness and mild ginger-clove spice. Just a touch of booziness and maybe a taste of honey. I'm also getting a little of that Saaz silage hop presence but it's nothing to piss on the fish over.

Oooh...this has a nice viscous complexity. The ginger and cloves emerge with leathery raisins and figs even...maybe some dates...and honey. Lots and lots of honey. Plenty of raw nubile grains mesh with a mellow booziness, creating a gentle warm finish. Carbonation cuts the sweet heft of it all rather nicely...even with a first hint of saltiness.

Mild spice breaks up the moderate booze component - the ginger and clove are quite prevalent with a mild date backbone. Very silky and velvety on the back end with a nice stewy malt finish and a fair Saaz-ish hop presence to toss in a little more balance.

This drinks a bit more heavily than expected. Still it's an all-around solid Tripel. Lately I've been veering away from this style and more towards Dubbels and Quads for their dark fruit components...something about Tripels (maybe it's the Saaz thing) are tossing me off course. Another solid corked & caged offering from Sly Fox.

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Photo of Limenitis
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic triple. Perfect combination of crispness and taste. If you're into PA beers, this certainly outcompetes the Golden Monkey or Merry Monks in terms of triples. In terms of bottle conditioned triples this definitely is better than the Merry Monks, though I must recommend the Quad by Weyerbacher since I'm slamming the Merry Monks. Remember, always drink local!

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Photo of sliverX
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a bright gold first glass had no head second and third had a slight ring of bubbles around the edge
smell is all I can think of is juicy fruit slight tinge of alcohol but not in a bad way
taste is sweet again with the juicy fruit thing, again alcohol not bad way kind of pick up a corn flake sweetness too... seems similar to other Tripels had
mouthfeel is medium bright and very highly carbonated on the tongue
drinkability nice flavor and feel but at 10%+ will sneak up on you and kill you

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

A: Hazy golden amber pour into a tulip glass that leaves beautiful lacing down the sides of my glass.

S: smell is largely of yeast and dry malts...just like any good tripel should!

T: Very complex taste. Initial taste is yeast that melds beautifully with cloves and pepper. Immediately following the yeast is the dry malted feel that takes over the palate. The finish reveals a delicious balance as grapefruit hops sneak their way onto the tongue just before you swallow.

M/D: Perfectly carbonated with a medium texture, the flows right over the tongue and slides down the throat during the finish

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Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for bringing this out along with Ichor last night. Two good beers by Sly Fox.

A: Pours a semi-hazy gold with a nice one finger fluffy head. Tons and tons of floaties all throughout the glass....looks great! This one is opaque from the haziness.

S: Smell is very sweet with light candi sugar, orange, lemon, overly sweet bananas, clove, and pepper. Overall, very complex smell.

T: Sweet. Incredibly sweet, but somehow it gets pulled off. Overly ripened sweet bananas come to the forefront followed close by sweet light candi sugar, clove and orange. I like my tripels dry, but this one still works for me.

Overall, an incredibly sweet tripel that is fairly complex and mighty tasty.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight aroma in a tulip glass. Nice pale malt, sugar sweet, yeasty spice all blended very nicely into an enjoyable, if somewhat faint aroma. The alcohol shows periodically.
Brilliantly clear gold with small head for style (opened with a decidedly unimpressive non-pop). Decent lacing for such little head.
Really pleasing sweetness up front with a combination of honey, soft fruit, sugar flavors blending very nicely. The alcohol comes and goes throughout the drink, sometimes a little hot, at other times lending a spicy kick. Dryness is refreshingly light as is the bitterness (which I'm thinking I'm liking not having too much dryness).
Body is moderate with less than effervescent carbonation, but there is enough to offer a softness to the drink. This is really quite rich, leading me to think that finishing off this bottle on my own may be quite a chore (a tasty one, but an endurance contest nonetheless).
I really do enjoy the malt, sweet flavors of this tripel. The alcohol is not blended well enough consistently and it could use some more carbonation. Nonetheless, a very nice job and an enjoyable experience.
I suppose I could have sat on this awhile the use by date was at least 6/10 (it was a little indistinguishable).
Thanks S.H.

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Photo of dfillius
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a goblet

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of fizzy off-white head. Clear light-gold almost looks like a pilsner with better head retention. It's a lighter yellow with more head. The final pour included the yeast.

S: Baker's yeast, honey, wheat, pears, apple, spicy hops - Saaz?

T: Sweet and fruity, with a clover honey tang late in the game.

M: Syrupy and smooth. Fizzier mouthfeel when the yeast entered the glass - It was better before this.

D: High. I would buy this again, and redeemed Sly Fox in my mind. I did not like the Weisse, Phoenix Pale or Pikeland Pils, this beer convinces me they can do good things.

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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 aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was in the cellar for a long time. I think it was from 2005 but I might be wrong.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a finger and a half of white head. Some lacing.

S: Funky. I have had this fresh and it was not nearly as funky. The fruit is there but this bottle was more earthy. Over ripe fruit. Just a hint of horse blanket.

T: This is more like a hybrid of a saison and a tripel. The sweetness from the tripel is there but the yeast is right there giving it a nice earthy funk. A little bit of horse as well.

M: Very crisp mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Really surprised this was as good as it was. I am going to have to grab a few more bottles and throw them away for a year or two.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Incubus starts off with a big bang theory and pours lively creating a pillowy white head that sits atop a bright sunset-deep golden body. The complex aroma is fruity (apricot, pear, peach) with lots of spiciness (black peppercorn, coriander, paprika) and some floral/perfumey (orange flower, violets) aspects. Moderate maltiness. Strength noted. The flavor starts of with some candied maltiness, but gives way to a spicy bitterness that takes control to deliver a slightly cloying, fruity, spicy, cheek warming finish. Good complexity. This medium bodied Tripel is creamy with ample carbonation, but a drier finish would balance better. Overall, a fine hand-crafted Tripel from the Sly Fox. Don't let Incubus seduce you!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped a 750ml bottle and filled up a tulip glass before sticking a wine-saver in the bottle and putting it back in the fridge. I'll deal with that later ;-)

Beautiful clear golden color, with an eggshell colored head that started thick but faded quick. Still a nice film over the beer and some pretty-to-watch bubbles pouring up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of baked sugar-encrusted pears, some tutti-frutti, pilsen malt and some light spicy hops. Nice. Taste is fairly sweet, like over-ripe pears, some bready malt, a little bubble gum, alcohol soaked raisins and the return of the gentle hop spice. Interesting and complex.

Medium bodied, smooth and highly drinkable, a sip at a time. I like this Belgian style Tripel.

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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 Iceman77
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Incubus pours a crisp golden yellow, the carbonation I could actual hear as well as see which led to a fairly quick recession of the head and minimal lacing. The aromas are strong, up front is a citrusy lime mixed with the malts and hops, as well as a candy-like sweetness. The aromas come back in the taste, a combo of bitter citrus mellowed by the sugary sweetness, also a hint of the alcohol content. The mouthfeel was expected based on the pour, very crisp on the carbonation side however not unpleasant. There is a nice warmth from the alcohol in the aftertaste, which is clean. Agree with other reviews that there is something a little "off" about this tripel, but not necessarily in a bad way. It's def a solid brew and a good offering from Sly Fox.

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