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3Tail | Freetail Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wagenvolks on 03-16-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freetail 12 oz. $6.50 goblet 6.8.12.

Deep gold body chill haze thin broken layer of head. Big waft of orange peel in the nose a bit of cardamon no discernible hop aroma a bit floral if anything. Taste is a bit on the sweet side wee spice . Mouthfeel medium finish dry but a bit sticky. Needed more spice to offset the sweetness. Note thid batch ABV listed ad 8.5%.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Freetail and Real Ale barrel-aged festival.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is citrus, grain and some Belgian candi sugar. The flavor is alcohol, sugar, orange, cherry, grain and some spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In a trade awhile back from jefferz5000.
Corked and caged 750 into 6oz wine glass split 3ways.

Darker than golden, closer to orange pour, burnt colors, uneven or feathered in the glass with an offwhite head.

Aroma of roast malt, fruit, burnt tangerine and yeast. There is good deal of booze in the nose and it is more evident in the taste.

Malt forward flavor, but complex and full flavor with the yeast and fruit notes well blanced. I found the carbonation to be mild and the mouthfeel to be lighter than I was expecting for the style. While I felt it was a bit maltier than anything else, there really are very nice fruit flavors and a good bit of booth boozyness and alcohol bite.

I found this to be greater than the sum of the parts. Certainly an enjoyable brew but one that lets you know exactly how stong an ale you're enjoying.


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Photo of Magery
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spaceycasey
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from caged and corked 750ml bottle into Chimay chalice

A - clear golden with huge fluffy white head that left beautiful lacing. The quintessential Tripel pour

S - Green apple, honey, malt sweetness, slight alcohol. The aromatics fromt the yeast drift away from phenolic and more to estery which is a refreshing change from a lot of recent Tripels

T - Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Moderate hop flavor with low hop bitterness provide some balance before the alcohol comes through

M - Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation.

D - Above average for a Tripel. Best if shared.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter glass a glowing orange hue with a fair amount of haziness. Tough to comment on the foam as it was brought pretty damn full.

Nose is creamy honey-butter with some green apple and apricot. Lightly malted, so the fruitiness really stands out and even has some Sweetart candy aromas. Some citrus tangerine is in there as well as some doughy bread.

Tastes a bit like an alcoholic fruit smoothie. Maybe some high fermentation temps were used here to create a plethora of fruity yeast esters. The low amount of specialty malts are evident here as the heavy alcohol is tough to hide. Not that I mind a nice warming alcohol presence, but this seems a bit rough around the edges. Spicy black peppercorn flavors only accentuate the heat. Overall, it is still a tasty sipper, but I think it would be much better aged for a year-ish...it's drinking a bit hot right now.

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of hiikeeba
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served in a smaller snifter type glass. Clear orange with little or no head and filled all the way to the top.

S - Smells of plums or apples. No alcohol

T - Smooth with a nice malt sweetness, with a hint of apple in the background. Alcohol is mild, and will sneak up on you.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation

D - Very drinkable

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an effervescent and clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Funky yeast up front that is really nice. Lightly tart fruits. Lemon, orange peal, and zesty spice. Dry biscuit malts as well.
T: Follows the nose, funk and zesty spice up front. Lightly tart fruits. Dry biscuit malts. Lightly soapy hops in the finish as well.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

An excellent Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Another hit from Freetail. Highly recommended if you ever come across it at the brewpub.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Ted
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Radome
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery, 5 Aug 2010.

This was listed as a Tripel, but seemed to me more like a strong golden ale. Either way, it was a delicious beer.

It was served in a snifter and was a clear, orange-to-gold color. There was little head and the carbonation feel was low as well.

The smell was a nice malt-sugar mix. The taste was complex malt with candi sugar, Belgian yeast and lots of alcohol.

This was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but nothing too special.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It’s landed! This pours a light golden yellow, like concord grape juice. Exceptional clarity and crispness in the glass. Intriguing aroma, with a distinct tartness that’s immediately present, rounded, musty and citrusy. One of Freetail’s barrel-aged alchemic creations. Tastes sour, tart and really funky. There’s a light effervescence to it that coats the mouth followed by a pleasing finish with a flavor reminiscent of white wine or a champagne. Mildly tart and tannic, with a dry finish—until you realize around the edges there’s a rounded sweetness that makes it all the more interesting.

[review expanded and revisited 6/2012]

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