Tres Vaqueros
Lonerider Brewing Company

Tres VaquerosTres Vaqueros
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #286
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,302
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 7.51%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
15
From:
Lonerider Brewing Company
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Spring
Wants
  1
Gots
  7
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Tres Vaqueros is our Belgian Style Tripel. Made with German and Belgian malts, this high ABV, low hopped ale is oak aged to give it even more complexity.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 15 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of brocktune
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden clear color, no head. Belgian aroma with a little funkiness, hint of banana and apple. Tastes is of light Belgian yeast, light malt, green apple, with a little sourness funk. Medium body mouthfeel feel, with a little cloying bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of mac31
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle Belgian flavors up front. Belgian fruits are golden raisin and grapes. Malts are pale and partially sweet in nature. Light caramel, a touch of brown sugar and the oak give this traditionally lighter flavored beer some weight and depth. I get some stone fruit and buckwheat honey. The beer softens up as it warms, which is pretty terrific. Hops are earthy with mild, delicate spiciness along with a hint of citric brightness. The yeast profile adds a spicy, phenolic component to the beer. The finish is semi dry and lightly tannic. There are slight floral notes in the finish as well. Body is thinner. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, especially as the beer warmed. Carbonation is on the softer side, which I appreciate given that it's a barrel aged offering and a 9.5% heavy hitter. Alcohol is well covered. This is definitely an interesting take on a Tripel. I would call this a Tripel that is a bit on the "dark" side. I don't know how long this beer was aged for prior to bottling but it would interesting to see what another 6-12 months would do for it. It's a good beer. Worth trying if you like Tripels/Belgians.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film surrounded by a medium thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted oak and vanilla with lighter aromas of light fruits (apricot, grape, and apple) with light aromas of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with moderate amounts of caramel, honey, and light fruit (apricot, white grape, and apple) sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of banana and slightly spicy Belgian yeast. Moderate flavors of toasted oak and vanilla are present. Light amounts of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a light amount of lingering sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Definitely an interesting tripel - I like barrel aged tripels and this one with pretty good. Nice aspects of barrel aging in the flavor and the aroma with more subdued notes of a traditional tripel. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and this is an enjoyable drink, though more of a slow sipper.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a deep orange/copper color with an off white head. The nose is complex with banana, toasted oak, caramel, vanilla and a sweet spiciness. The taste is all of these things with the ripe banana giving way to the oak and sweetness at the end. The finish is slightly spicy and sweet. This is a really nice version of a Tripel and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly darker tripel but still a nice clear light amber. Definitely has that boozy yet fruity aroma to it. Taste is a mix of a solid tripel and the barrel aging that I think comes off blended well, not to strong either way. Bought it because of that barrel aging and I am glad I did. Unique and still tasty, can't beat that. Finishes a bit dry surprisingly with the extra booze from the aging not lingering too long but gives that subtle warmth to the back of your mouth. Try it if you like Tripels or unique barrel-aged offerings.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a clear deep copper color with a thinner frothy head atop,it does leave one full ring of lace behind.Toasted oak and vanilla stand out in the nose most,it's pretty light in the aroma dept.,although as it sits dome more fruitiness comes into play.Deeply fruity on the palate with a decent amount of alcohol and spiced phenols,the barrel lends mild toast and vanilla wich really stands out in the finish.As I drink more the alcohol becomes more prevalent.....wich it should i think,anyways good but not great from a really good brewery.

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Tres Vaqueros from Lonerider Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 15 ratings