Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel | Aviator Brewing Company

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Devil's Tramping Ground TripelDevil's Tramping Ground Tripel
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Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by atsprings on 03-24-2009

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Reviews:
67
Ratings:
333
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
28.12%
 
 
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 333
Photo of n2185
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Belgian spices with a lot of bubblegum and candy sugar up front. The finish has aromas of sweet breads and some steamed veggies.

T: Belgian spices with candy sugar here as well. The yeast is a bit more present here with sweet bread flavors. There is also a steamed vegetable quality here as well.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit watery.

O: A pretty mediocre tripel overall. The steamed veggie quality is a bit much and it's otherwise a bit watery and bland.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy yellow with white head. Aroma has grains, quite cloying yeast character and booze. Taste starts sweet and malty with some sugar and yeast notes. Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. Not really my type of beer.

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Photo of GJ40
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled in a standard pint glass from a can purchased the same day at the brewery.

Light golden (almost yellow) with decent clarity next to no head. Pretty lifeless. The aroma is green apple and cider. The flavor follows closely with an apple cider quality and little more. It's way too sweet for me and the low carbonation doesn't help. The alcohol is well hidden.

The brewery isn't far from me so I really wanted to like this one but I'm not sure I'll get through the four pack.

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Photo of Radome
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 12oz can into a wine glass. Moderately cloudy with very little head. Aromas of sharp, slightly skunky noble hops. Flavors are more pleasant than aromas, with low Belgian yeast playing over tripel maltiness; however, there is still a green, funky hop flavor that is not good. Mouthfeel is light, with a low carbonation. Overall, not a great example of the style.

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Photo of ttroha
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Can shared. Pours hazy gold color with white head. Aroma is sour, fruity, yeast and booze. Tastes like a tart, sour green apple, with a sweet aftertaste. The sweetness increases the more you drink. It’s too sweet for my taste. Not my favorite.

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Photo of hman43
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear light golden in appearance.

Aromas of spice, some yeast and a bit of leather.

Flavors of pepper, other spices, sweet fruit and creamed corn with alcohol.

It has a spicy bang on the palate combined with a smoother finish and alcohol warming.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours to give a straw colored body with loads of wheat debris floating throughout, along with a soapy head that decays very slowly to nothing. The scent is very sweet and floral and lacks many of the complexities I would expect of a tripel. The taste comes up strong in added sugar and rosewater, I feel I could really just eat a traditional Turkish delight and get a better experience. The beer is very smooth, with carbonation in between that of champagne and a nice white wine. Overall there are better tripels, and frankly I am disappointed by this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real brass golden body, dark lemon and clear with a little bit of haze. Small column of rising carbonation in the middle but wit a bit of a slow crawl. Head is fluffy white with about two and a half fingers and makes a thick soapy collar. Pretty inviting, and solid.

Bouquet is peanut butter sensing, and a good hint of sharp clove like spices. Small hinting Belgian sweetness.

Palate hits with a good amount of booze and fusel tasting alcohol. Sharp palate of drying alcohol heat, which doesn't let much of anything flavor wise come out. Light sweetness with a somewhat vinous palate. Decent enough malt backbone and body to carry the flavors.

Overall it's drinkable, but way too noticeably hot and boozy, which kills the ability to detect anything else on the palate.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw colored with scattered lace left behind from a solid 1" head.
Smell is hoppier than expected with a hint of floral & sweetness.
Taste hops first quickly followed by grape-like sweetness & a bit of funk. Odd combo.
Medium plus body, light carbonation. Warming. Sweetness lingers but aftertaste is reminiscent of a farmhouse beer. Interesting but not enough for a second.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This local Belgian is now available in four packs of cans, which is kind of cool. Prettty sweet looking devil on the label as well, which doesn't hurt. Pours a honey color with little head after the initial rush. Nose is Belgian yeast and a touch of spice. Sugar and alcohol also color the initial whiff.

The first sip is a bit thinner than I anticipated, and the texture reminds me of grapeskin. Fruit and yeast are initially the major players and decent balance is provided by noble hops. This is a little bitter and sour, and could stand a dose of complexity. Its a serviceable Belgian but nothing fantstic.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This golden colored tripel has a decent head and lacing. The rather floral aroma features fruity Belgian yeast with, perhaps, a bit less banana/clove and a bit more wheat than usual. The taste is relatively bitter and tart with some sweet balance; more tart than sweet or bitter. Complex. Near medium body; smooth with low (a tad too low?) carbonation.

O: a decent tripel with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Little bit hazy, yellow-slightly golden color. Poured very little head and dissipated pretty quickly to a light lacy cap.

S - Sweet grain smells. Mostly notice how sweet it smells, and a little bit boozy, and a bit yeasty. Some light citrus notes.

T - I'm not getting a big flavor here. Sweet, and very light. Yeasty flavor comes through. Finishes with a hit of the alcohol content.

M - Very light, yet still full at the same time, good.

Overall not a bad beer, just not my kind of beer at all and I would not buy again, but I'm also not a big fan of the style. To each his own. I am not a personal fan of the sweetness, or tripels in general. The taste rating may be way off just because of personal preference but I tried to rate it to the style.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Can from tipples. Definitely my first canned tripel. Pours clear golden colored with a creamy half finger head on top. Dusty funky aroma, some light banana esters, yeasties, dry. Flavor is sweet banana esters, some pears, maybe a hint of spice, honey, and light yeast funk lingering on the palate. The 9.2% shows on this, with low plus carbonation. Was not expecting that until I took a sip as the nose is very much traditional dry dusty Belgian tripel, but the taste is very much like other overly sweet American attempts at the Tripel. Not bad but a little heavier than I want in this style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold with half an inch of head with good retention. Smells a little musty with clove spice and Belgian yeast coming through. Taste is yeast, clove spice, and mild fruitiness. Lighter than expected, crisp, and dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

From the nose to the finish, this Tripel's profile is pretty mild. Overall though, the right flavors come through however mild, and it's highly quaffable.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, a touch of sweetness. Taste is malty, spices, light fruits, alcohol is present throughout, very mild hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of L0GlC
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden coloured tripel, with a small amount of carbonation. Nice 1cm thick head that slowly dissipates into thin foam layer on top. Smells sweet, a piney smell with herbs and spices. Complex taste profile, caramel and chocolate mixed with herbs, has a dry malty finish and a slightly stringent after taste. Doesn't mask the high alcohol content. A thick mouth feel with a small amount of carbonation. Overall a tasty beer but the stringent after taste made it a bit unpleasant. The low carbonation makes it stand out against other tripels.

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Photo of MAB
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Affligem chalice. It's nice to have these things sitting in your cupboard.

This is a case where the overall combination of the scores raises my final rating.
I felt that it fell down a bit on smell and mouthfeel, but the appearance and taste more than made up for that.

To me, this was more bitter than most other Tripels that I've had, yet my wife claimed that she only tasted a honey sweetness. Weird; I got some sweetness but far more bitterness.

A nice Tripel, but I've had better.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, this beer has a bold nose that is perfumey, fruity, yeasty, and a little alcoholic. The body is a little hazy and the white foam does look nice following a good pour from the can.

This beer offers a taste about in- line with expectations for the style. The taste is yeasty, with some banana, bubble gum, clove, and candy- like character. Orange, citrus, and dried fruits can be detected as well and the pale and Vienna malts offer some stability as the beer hits you with the taste of alcohol, yeast, and fruit.

This is a decent representation of a Belgian triple and it has all of the characteristics one expects from this style. The alcohol flavor and candy- like character make it less than ideal as an everyday consumption type of brew, but it does seem like a good effort overall. Just beware of the alcohol if you consume- it can really catch up with you.

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Photo of mchegash
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Bright orange, with a tinge of golden-yellow to it. About a finger of off-white head. Fairly hazy, can't see through it.

Smell - 3.5/5
A little bit of Belgian yeastiness, along with a tiny bit of spice. Slightly malty, slightly metallic.

Taste - 3.5/5
Moderately sweet. A moderate amount of belgian yeastiness and spice. The Belgian aspect is much less prominent here than in most Belgians. Overall a decent beer, but I felt like the Belgian-ness was much too less consdering this is a Tripel

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Crisp and refreshing, moderate-full body, with slightly more than moderate carbonation level.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay Tripel, could use some work though.

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Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: served in a small chalice, the tripel is medium-golden in color with a yeasty haze, low to no head (probably a serving thing) and light retention

s: sweet light malt body, moderately yeasty, some citrus and mild spice notes, fruit - melon and such, papery hop aroma

m: carbonation on the upper side of medium, with a light-medium body

t: light malts create a sweet body with some lightly spicy yeast, some honey and soft fruits, spice, low hops, not a refined tripel flavor but adequately tasty

d: drinks well enough for the abv, but a pretty tame tripel overall

draft at Brixx, Raleigh

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Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My friends, or in this case, fiends, from North Carolina brought this for me on their latest visit to PA in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM) and all I CAN say is, It pays to advertise! My work wife, Spike, is currently teaching Dante Alegheri's "The Divine Comedy aka The Inferno" and she tells me that El Diablo resides in the 9th Circle of Hell. Man, I'll bet that he throws a rollicking party down there.

From the CAN: "Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel pours golden and finishes a bit sweet. Devil's Tripel has a light taste from the addition of sugar. We add just the right amount of hops to balance out the sweetness. The Devil's Tramping Ground is a North Carolina folklore legend. Legend says that this is the very place the devil himself [CAN] rise from the depths of fiery hell, and come to earth. Check it out at ...avitorbrew.com/dtg"; "MALTS: Pilsner and Vienna"; "HOPS: Saaz and Hallertau"; "IBU: 31 SRM: 5".

The Crack was loud and the room filled with a scent of burning sulfur, so I got out a Westmalle chalice and performed an exorcism in the form of an inverted Glug. I managed only a light skim of bone-white head that disappeared in the same puff of smoke that transported me to the 9th Circle of Hell. I was face-to-face with El Diablo and I could think of no other recourse than to raise my glass in a toast. He looked at me, threw his head back, laughed and raised is glass in return. My beer was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 5 and again, I am not going to argue, but instead use it as a calibrator), but none of my boys, King Midas, Croesus nor Mammon were around. My host informed me that they were otherwise engaged at the moment. Nose had a saison-like funk that cut through the malodorous stench of the place. Mouthfeel was medium and the black pepper and coriander taste was beautiful. A red serving wench showed me to a seat and asked me to sit down and lean back as she plied me with beer. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw my host picking his teeth with his trident and smiling the most evil grin ever. Man, this was smooth and I was enraptured as the wench sat on my lap and began to grind at me. The relatively high ABV was lost in the mix and I was really running through this beer and although I knew better, I just could not help but suck it down. Finish was dry and it may have been from a simple lack of oxygen, but I was really starting to gasp. We uncoupled and his Satanic Majesty whisked me northward, to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina and we parted company as strains of the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" could be heard on the wind. Shee-wit! You CAN bet that I will not be tempting fate with another one of these. YMMV, but you have been warned.

Say, my review numbers are wrong! It should be 6.66, NOT 3.66!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear yellow with a decent white head that leaves some good lacing. Strong aroma is mainly yeasty and fruity with a hint of butterscotch. Malty flavor has fruity and butterscotch notes plus yeasty and fishy hints and a noticeable, if not ferocious, alcohol bite. Smooth texture has good firmness and a strong, if not persistent, tingle. Go ahead, party with this Devil!

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Photo of JackieKu
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Canned 2015-04-14

A: Clear. Gold. Poured with 1.5 fingers high of head, and soon disappeared.
S: Tangerine. Slightly grainy.
T: Tangerine. Grape. Clove. Moderate sweetness. Low bitterness. Dry and medium finish.
M: Full bodied. Low carbonation.
O: The flavor was good. But I'd like to have somewhat higher carbonation for refreshing mouthfeel, which I think this style should do.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz can into a tulip. date on bottom of can is 031915, which i take to be a canning date. so a tad over a year old.

pours a slightly syrupy hazy yellow with a small head. despite the smallness of the head, it does leave some interesting lacing.

not getting much on the nose, possibly due to age. kind of a sweet mustiness, but not unpleasant.

taste is quite sweet, faint hint of banana, but little in the way of clove. feel is a solid medium, with a weak finish.

overall, an not unpleasant beer. of note is the 9.2abv which kinda sneaks up on you. it's not front and centre at all.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into tulip 19/12/15

A very bright golden yellow, some sediment and a couple chunks being moved around by lots of fast tiny bubbles that keep a finger of foam going for ages but only leaving a few patches of lace

S coriander hits me first, lots of spice, maybe some pepper, faint bubblegum, dried grass and hay, some honey lemon and bread

T tastes very grainy and sweet, cereal with sugar, still has some spice and most of what the nose had but a little booze added to the mix and a step backwards from the nose

M silky, soft from the bubbles, a little heat going down, slick on the palate, weird grainy finish and a little sticky on the lips

O a little sweet for the style, nice nose but didn't follow through, decent triple but a few tweaks could bump it up a couple notches

I'm pretty sure this is my first triple from a can so some style points there and I can't recall ever having a NC brew either so maybe state tic for me at the same time
I checked and I've had a couple from NC, no state tic today :(

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Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel from Aviator Brewing Company
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