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

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Added by wagenvolks on 03-16-2009

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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 corby112
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewpub in San Antonio.

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow color with pale yellow hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades to a lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Estery light frut aroma with subtle malt resence and sweet alcohol. Floral and perfmuny with hints of apricot and peppery spice.

Medium bodied and sweet with a prominent estery light fruit character along with some peppery spice, subtle hops and sweet alcohol. Hints of apple, apricot and orange with a slightly buttery malt presence. The sweetness makes it a but more quaffable but there is a bit too much alcohol heat for my liking.

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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 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 jheezee
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Photo of wagenvolks
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4 oz. sample at the Freetail Brewpub outside of San Antonio.

3Tail pours an attractive, lemon-blond hue with a fair level of haze. The off-white head retains well, and rises effortlessly upon a quick swirl of the sample glass. Great aroma to this beer, nailing the Belgian qualities of fruity yeast esters (mango, papaya) and lemon zest. Floral hops and biscuity malts add a nice balance, while the booziness lurks in the background.

The beginning of the sip starts out with an unsuspecting sweetness of Belgian malts, spice, and yeast. Then comes the alcohol, laying a thick kiss of warming booze across the back of the palate while the hops add a dash of bitterness. Truly a complex beast! Mouthfeel is chewy and slightly viscous, with a nicely carbonated body that finishes on the dry side. Overall, a BIG beer that's full of complexity, but the 4oz sample was almost over-bearing. I love my big Belgian beers, but I doubt I could make it through more than a pint of this one.

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Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

750 mL bottle tried 12 Aug 2010. Courtesy of jefferz5000, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Medium sized very tight light tan head. Well carbonated. Hazy rosy amber color with a peach blush. Yeast, citrus, alcohol, clove and candi sugar in the aroma. Lots of fizziness and fruitiness to start. Yeasty, tangy, pineapple, melon, grapes. Warming ethanol finish with a fruity and tart aftertaste. Lingering yeastiness. Medium body.

Need to get back to San Antonio...

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JGlitz87
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3Tail from Freetail Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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