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Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel | Aviator Brewing Company

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Devil's Tramping Ground TripelDevil's Tramping Ground Tripel

Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With Belgium at heart, the full complexion of this Belgian-styled Tripel Ale is of its fruit and spice balance that plays out over a raw doughy taste.

Golden-straw in color, It's light haze shows full carbonation that fuels a strong creamy head. Slightly off white, the ale leaks a strong lacy collar in true Belgian form

The beer is all fruit and spice in the nose: banana and clove charges in; taking on Hefeweizen-type aromatics. A rebuttal of white pepper and soft wheaty back the grassy hops before concluding with pilsner grain scent and is modestly white wine-like.

Medium-sweet to the early palate, the beer promotes a part-grain and part-malt taste that's rich with fruit: apricot, mango, lemon, banana and apple. Spicy with clove, white pepper and herbal, stemmy hops that are delicately grassy and floral to balance the malts and offer complexities of all their own..

Medium-creamy at the onset, the mouthfeel puts forth a careful dryness; carrying a complex residual sweet tone. But the rich slightly candied character retains the beer's structure while providing effortless drinkability and semi-dry warmth in finish.

Where the taste of banana and clove are common in Tripel Ales, the height of their proportions are much more of German Hefeweizen than of Tripels. Its fuller body and bready taste also pulls the ale toward classic German wheated ales than the more zesty and wine-like dryness of Tripels. Style critique aside, the beer brings satisfaction easily to the taste buds, stomach, and mind.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a golden-infused straw color; the head was impressive and left plenty of lace

Smell: Honey-drizzled banana, clove and grassy hops

Taste: Up front, all of the elements in the aroma make an appearance, with the sweet banana, clove and grassy hops all taking the beer into different regions of the palate; the grassy hops step up in the middle, with the finish bringing in some yeasty phenols

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice take on the style - Old World with a significant nod to the American palate

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, day 5 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - it looks like the rep's shit packaging job continues with this one. Oh, and nice to get a state tick without actually having to go there, at this stage in the game.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just lazily bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ocean swell lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of grainy, doughy caramel malt, free-range candy sugar, subtle apple and pear fruity notes, white pepper and clove, earthy yeast, and a peppy leafy, floral, and above all perfumed hoppiness. The taste is more bready, grainy caramel malt, sweet banana chip and some further white grape juice fruitiness, muddled savoury spice, a slight toasted biscuity thing, subtle and yet gritty yeast, and leafy, weedy, and kind of soapy hops - the booze minding its manners, for the most part.

The bubbles are quite tame in their generally supportive and thus taciturn frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, that as yet hovering alcohol measure starting to get just a wee bit jumpy. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt doesn't falter, rather the rest of its co-stars keep a stiff and lingering upper lip.

Overall, one of the better iterations of this style that I've come across, and in a can, at that. Easy to drink, sure, at least until that last sip from the glass, where one comes to the realization of a veritable 18+ proof warming. Decent stuff.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a honey golden with a sticky white head that settled slowly into a soapy looking mass.Pilsner malt,leafy/medicinal hops,and spiced phenols in the nose,the hops are a major factor here.Leafy and herbal hops and pilsner malt flavors the hops really give of a herbal kick as it warms,phenols in the form of spice in the finish.A well made tripel it's true to form with yeasty flavors but a decent shot of leafy hops made it more enjoyable for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aviator Brewing Co. "Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel"
on tap at the Distillery, Savannah, GA 21 Dec 2014

Appearance: Clear deep gold body beneath a short head of bright white. Decent head retention. Nice spotty walls of lace.

Aroma: Fruity with apple, pear and some citrusy pith; sugary malt, light spice/clove phenols. Peppery. Grassy.

Flavor: Sweet malt. Somewhat bready. Green apple. Clove-like phenols. Spice. Peppery. Alcohol is well hidden. Moderate bitterness of under 40 IBUs, but somehow pulled together. Delicately herbal, grassy, and floral. Finishes drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'm not sure that it quite lives up to the name unless the devil is a fat, sweet sissy. Decent enough though.

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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 dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint apricot highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of Belgian yeast, clove spices, and light fruits (white grape, pear, and peach) as well as a very light hint of banana.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of pale malts with moderate to strong flavors of light fruits (white grape, pear, and peach all stand out). That is followed by strong flavors of Belgian yeast and a light amount of clove spiciness. Hints of banana towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not overly intense for a tripel but definitely an enjoyable brew. A little sweet for a lot of people's tastes (that enjoy the style). Definitely worth having again.

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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 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 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, vibrant, straw-gold coloring with a thin, whispy, white filmy ring on the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, cotton candy, butter, clove, and all spice. Very low profile aromas, but very well balanced and enticing. Flavors are tangy and roast initially, with a fruit overtone forward, followed by a bready and lemony blend, tangerine notes, bubblegum, and a hunk of spices, including nutmeg, clove, and all spice. Very balanced, but also remaining subtle throughout. There are no traces of this being a higher ABV beer. Smooth, robust body, but with rounded edges. The aftertaste is tangy sweet, with bubblegum and citrus notes in the forefront. A spicy linger, semisweet, smooth finish. Very tasty, easy drinking beer.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly light beer for the abv, but pleasant enough if undistinguished. Soft and somewhat creamy in the mouth, and somewhat subdued flavors of Belgian yeast- cloves, banana, and in this case they are joined by bright citrus notes. Maybe not classic in style, but the citrus works and is also prominent in the nose. Pours very pale and with a thin head. Not bad, and a nice option in a can, but for me the high abv isn't worth the game.

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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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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage, so score set to current average.

Aroma is dominated by green apple and pear, with a soft candi sugar sweetness and clove and floral notes.

Flavor is less intense initially, with fairly sweet caramel malt dominating, but muted green apple tartness and pear come through, accompanied by banana. Clove and white pepper linger in the aftertaste. A bit heavy, perhaps due to age, but tasty.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Slightly effervescent wheat aroma with some yeasty undertones and a bit of spice. A touch of banana.

T- Flavor has more banana than the aroma with a hint of bubble gum and more spice. Tangy, slightly fruity. Alcohol is decently hidden.

M- Milky in texture with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- An all-around good tripel that I actually like better out of the can than on-tap.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright, golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of fruit, yeast, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of light fruit (bananas especially), some malt, a little bit of hops, spices (pepper), and yeast. A subtle, yet vibrant flavor that's oddly pleasing.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have a few rough spots, it's still very enjoyable and drinkable.

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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 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 Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very pale, a light yellow with active bubbling rising to the top to continue building up a strong fluffy, creamy pure white head. Retention is good, and it falls quite slowly from just over one finger to a heavy billowing foam. Lacing is left pretty thickly in both patches and heavy spotting in plenty.
The nose is light, but I get mostly spicing over some pale fruits and a hint of banana sneaking out.
A little peppery spice, banana and clove are strong and, as a pleasant surprise, some floral and herbal hops bitterness come out strong.
The body is light and the carbonation is moderate. The crispness up front stays all the way, and there's a good smoothness alongside it. The finish leans dry as hops pull out the rest of the way.

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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 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 KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a typical Belgian Tripel, but that's not a bad thing. It poured with a cloudy yellow/orange haze that made the " unfiltered" obvious. Typical banana and clove notes on the aroma it has a pleasant, smooth clovey flavor. Not overpowering, it's nice tasteful and sweet, I enjoyed this Tripel from beginning to end.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devil's Tramping Ground has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, bubbly, burnished-gold appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of strong, sweet barley, yeast, and straw. Taste is of sugary, strong, alcoholic malt, some horse blanket, mild hop bitterness, and white bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Devil's Tramping Ground finishes medium dry and boozy.


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