Triple | McKenzie Brew House

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McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by pbrian:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with big, loose champagne-like bubbles that settles into a nice little layer. Smelled sweet, spicy and a bit yeasty. Alcohol vapors warned you of its heft. The taste reminded me of what a belgian triple would taste like when they were first being brewed. Not as refined as today's versions, but had balls. Cooler it was a little sweet, but that mellowed as it warmed. Sharply spiced, mildly funky, and a nice kick. What's the ABV on this puppy? Style nazis might be apalled with this beer, but I loved it, though maybe another couple months in the bottle (it was bottled in June) would have cut into the initial sweetness a bit.

Thanks to "Mr. Evil" himself for having the momentary lapse of kindness and sending me this unique beer.

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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. brown bottle dated 7-5-03 and cellared for 8 months. A slightly hazy, golden body rests beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam. The head retention is excellent and it initially leaves solid walls of lace about the goblet. The nose is rich with sweet, honeyish and candy-like malt that's peppered with a delicate yeasty spiciness and a quick waft of alcohol. The body is surprisingly full for the style (medium-full), but it's very fine, natural carbonation is still able to lend just enough crispness to balance it in the mouth. The flavor is just as rich and full as the nose suggests with its honey-drenched, candyish malt and a splattering of yeastiness right up front. Alcohol steps in at mid-palate just as its tropical fruitiness begin to rise. The spiciness and alcohol cut throught the malt but it still finishes with a coating of powdery sweetness at the back of the mouth. It's definitely warming but the alcohol isn't distracting. More balance should come with time. If only I'd known, I'd have given it another 4 to 6 months in the cellar.

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Photo of nomad
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle, aged approximately 6 months

Immediately, wow - this beer is an unreal color, a spectacle of angel-singing, eye-shining golden beer. Has carbonation of all sizes flying up underneath a spare head. Displays the definition of delicate lace and stain. Man, that color is resplendent, remarkable, and memorable.

While pouring this beer into a chalice from an arm's length away the smell was leaping out of the glass, hitting my nose with some long distance love. Zings of sharp pale malt, a tart wheat edge, and austere Continental hops exuding dizzying floral scents wrapped around light honey esters. Exhale - whoo. Develops grain scents with snappy edges, similar to fresh ground corn meal while opening to, altogether separate, sweet dough scents. A beautiful mix of esters and hops, creating a brewer's perfume. Heavenly, like a good tripel should be.

Tastes of a malty body of complexity (oats in there?) wrapping multiple shades of pale malt flavors. In fact, it tastes like what a Pinot Grigio should, with a near-puckering dryness, ingenious butter notes, and the thinnest grape flavor giving a paradoxical plenty of subtle fruitiness. Has caramel notes toward the end, then a low-laying bitterness and French soft cheese rind flavors in the finish. Just textbook delicacy, balance, and depth.

By subtle, and not-so subtle, differences, more than a step or two better than the Bell's tripel I recently tried, but not yet at that Westmalle level. (Sorry, it is the originator and pinnacle!) Looking at other reviews it seems you should age this one a little to let it come together.

Three Belgian bottle-conditioned beers from McKenzie's brewmaster Scott Morrison, and three not good, not very good, but near excellent experiences. "The Dude" has got it, dude. Phenomenal.

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Triple from McKenzie Brew House
4.37 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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