Bombed Blondeshelle Tripel | Watch City Brewing Co.

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Watch City Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UncleJimbo on 05-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by dherling:
Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy amber/orange color with a foamy white head. The nose offered some herbal hops notes, malt, and citrus. The taste started off with malty sweetness, some citrusy fruit, and then gave way to the hops. It had a creamy mouthfeel, with a long alcoholic burning finish.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a thin layer of foam on top.

S: Some floral hops, some sugary sweetness come through.

T: At first, it was pretty decent, opening with some nice floral hops, and a bit of yeast and sweetness. Quickly though, a stronger amount of alcohol came through than one might want. While not wholely unpleasant, it's not what I wanted in the flavors.

M: Smooth and creamy, with lots of heat from the alcohol.

D: This is worth a try, but it's not something I would go back to again.

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Photo of rpaine
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of skullsplitter
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a 14oz snifter.

I was at Watch city last night and figured I would give this a whirl as a nice after dinner drink. I couldn't completely see the color because they had the lights dimmed unbelievably low but it looked good from what I could tell.

The color was a dark brown with what seemed like a tinge of Orange. It reminded me of Orval except not as pretty looking. The head was minimal and the retention was poor for this supposed tripel. There was a light lacing on the glass which dissipated more and more as I drank.

The smell was quite good. It was served just a little too cold I think. The longer I let the drink sit the more complex it became. I wasn't blown away but I could tell there was alot more going on than I originally thought. The most apparent smells were caramel, malt, and fruit particularly banana.

The taste was slightly better than average. The real killer was it was too sugary. I think this would be a better beer if the alcohol content was toned down a bit. As I said before the longer the drink sat the better the aroma. The only down side to this is it seemed to get sweeter and sweeter. This really killed the drinkability.

It has potential. I agree with the other reviewers that this could use some aging.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

31 IBU, WLP-500 Yeast Trappist; 92% Bel. pale malt, 8% Bel. Wheat; Styrian Gold and Saaz hops.

This tripel poured a cloudy, orange-amber color with tall white foam. The smell was lightly malty with a strong dose of piney hops and hints of orange (though no orange was used in the brewing). The taste was sweet, slightly fruity, with good floral hop flavor, and some taste of alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, and the body was relatively full. The piney hops added to the mouthfeel. This was nicely drinkable.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

note: sold to me as a belgian strong ale, recorded on beer advocate as a tripel...

appearance is a hazy orange and aroma is floral hops and again candy-sweet malts. yeast and skunky wheat form backbone of flavor, but powerful alcohol overwhelms both. 10% plus was too much for this brew...

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Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quaffed at the stellar AOBF event last night! Certainly a different version of a Tripel, that's for sure. The color was a very murky, cloudy brown, almost like an apple cider. The head was thin and fine, with a little lacing action. Nose was comprised of lots of fruity aspects, especially apples, and some candi-sugar sweetness was also evident. This bier had a medium body, and about middle-of-the-road smoothness on the tongue. Taste was sugary, fruity (more apple as well as a bit of pear flavor) and a touch tart. As it warmed it improved, bringing out more subtle fruity notes. I rated it well due to a fine taste for me, personally, though it really didn't display a lot of typical Tripel traits, like a spicy and/or peppery aspect as well as any yeasty characteristics. Still, quite enjoyable, especially when allowed to warm somewhat. Skol!!

overall: 4.25
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of purplehops
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bombed Blondeshelle poured a turbid orange/brown with a thin off-white head that left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was malty with notes of caramel, pears, apples, coriander, herbs, and honey. Taste started with plenty of candi sugar flavor up-front. Other flavors of caramel, apple, coriander, allspice, banana, orange peel, and herbs slowly started to develop as the sugar rush subsided to a background flavor. The finish had an increase of malt flavors along with notes of cedar and alcohol. Aftertaste was a resurgence of sugar and an increase of alcohol to the detriment of all the other flavors. Mouthfeel was chewy from the tubidity and the body was medium heavy.
Overall a disappointment. IMHO this ale was way to young. There were no off or bad flavors or aromas. The complexity of flavors were there but had not matured enough to balance that syrupy sweet candi sugar taste. Longer aging would also help clear some of the turbity and build a bit more carbonation. If they bottle this ale I would most definitely by a few bottle to cellar for two or three years.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Bombed Blondeshelle Tripel from Watch City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 9 ratings