True South Ninkasi's Angel
True South Brewery

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3.33 | pDev: 6.91%
True South Brewery
Retired (no longer brewed)
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnished orange colour, quite bright with slightly off-white crown of foam. Lacing disappoints me. I am not overall disappoint though.

Smells very earthy, phenolic and spicy. Slight fruit tang - orange and a touch of banana midway but a good belt of star anise, cloves and red pepper. Has a gruity edge to it, like it smells more like a custom spice mix than a beer.

Taste amps up the aromatics a bit more. Fruit is more distinct, with orange peel on the front evolving into tangerine and kiwi on the back. Midway the spices are all present - touch of star anise, clove ester but also a pinch of nutmeg. Late-mid has an unfortunately astringent, but insubstantial flavour which mars the smoothness of the palate. Certainly not bad, but I've had tastier.

Decent body to it; doesn't quite have enough body but there's a nice texture as it goes down. Quite dry on the back.

Not exceptionally drinkable, because of the slight sour, vegetative character form the spice. Maybe more proper phenolic bitterness on the back could smooth it out and more sweetness upfront could help the balance. The spice should just pop out rather than smother the rest of the beer.

Apr 07, 2013
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bylerteck from Canada

3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottles of this in the fridge of Beer Deluxe have been tempting me for a while. The concept is interesting and Triples are usually a worthwhile time investment for my tastebuds.

A - Pours dark gold and bright. One finger of soapy white head on top. Mild carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Some interesting spice and orange. Chamomile tea, mint, floral. After reading the ingredients list I can definitely pick up the pepperberry as well.

T - Alot of the same. More spice is there and a little floral. Chamomile is pretty strong I find. Pepperberry is pretty strong. A little alcohol. Spice really dominates the flavour.
Very little yeast/hop/malt character as all the flavour is really dominated by added spices.

M - Fairly mild carbonation, medium body and a spicy finish.

O/D - Quite a letdown. Less a well-crafted Tripel than a over-spiced Belgian-style without substance. Drinkable but it's gonna take some work to finish the bottle.

May 06, 2012
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle brewed by "the women of Australian Craft Beer" with profits supporting the McGrath Foundation. Brewed on site at True South, hence the filing of it here.

Pours a lovely bright, but very clear amber-golden colour, with a firm, fine but subdued head of pure white. Lacing is meshed where it forms, leaving some speckled streaks down the glass. Body is full and fine, persisting with some wonderfully fine bubbles. Looks very good, and spot-on stylistically.

Nose is also good stylistically, with round, soft Belgian notes coming through pleasantly, along with some spicy vanilla pod and orchid characters. There is a noticeable hint of booze to it as well, which could have been hidden better, but otherwise quite fine.

Taste is softer, lighter and a little less enticing. Some light, lilting vanilla flower characters waft through the centre of the palate, with a bitter peel bite and a rather dry and empty finish. Boozy astringency gives a bitterness on the finish, but there's actually not much heat to it—it sits rather light and flat on the palate at the back.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but it suggested that it was going to be a Belgian tripel to finally rival the Belgians, and ended up losing its complexity and falling out of the same class. It's a shame, because there was plenty of promise to it.

It's still a very decent beer, however. Its pedigree just suggested it could be phenomenal.

Mar 31, 2012
True South Ninkasi's Angel from True South Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 3 ratings