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 HopJack
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tjkinate
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting for awhile to get a chance to try the "number one rated brew pub" in Texas's beer.

A: A deep golden yellow body that is slightly opaque, topped off with a one finger off white head that dissapates quickly and exibited no lacing.

S: Smell of honey is largly present mixed in with a bit of citrus and sugar. I also detected hints of floral and notes of spice.

T: Sweet beginning from those malts, hops due shine through farely quickly with a surprising spicy bitter aftertaste.

M: Typical tingles from the medium carbonation.

O: I was really excited for my first beer from Freetail and after hearing/reading such good things this beer kinda let me down. This is a good, but by no means great brew that is worth a try even if only once.

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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 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 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 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 pwsoldier
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cloudy copper with a rich off-white head that shows great retention. Lacing is moderate.

S - The aroma is filled with an enticing mixture of floral, sugary, and fruity notes. Green apple, white grape, and a hint of lemon make for a very complex nose. Some alcohol is present as well.

T - A kiss of hop bitterness up front quickly gives way to a sugary/malty sweetness. White grape, sweet apple, and a bit of cherry are met by honey and alcohol to create a flavor profile that is predominantly sweet without being too overbearing.

M - Full-bodied with a thick, creamy finish.

D - Abv is definitely noticeable, and the sweetness gets old after a while. This is a good beer overall, but I think I'm going to pass on the 750 ml bottles in the future and just enjoy the 12 oz. servings on tap.

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