We're Only In It For The Money | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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We're Only In It For The MoneyWe're Only In It For The Money

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bitterbill on 07-10-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 250 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of 103stiga
4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer was delicious with aBelgian Yeast Strain flavor. But even better The Bottle pays homage to The Mothers Of Invention's 3rd album.I believe it to be their finest. Buy this beer and go buy this album. As Zappa always said "Kill Ugly Radio"

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"i'm only in it for the beer."
- me

"you drank beer, you played golf, you watched football, we evolved!"
- FZ

A- nice creamy ivory colored head over a brilliant hazy orange/grapefruit colored brew. head retention is ok, but it falls within minutes to a thick milky ring and a translucent membrane of froth.

S- huge tropical and orchard fruit aroma, banana, pear, melon, white grape, apple, peach, plum, pineapple, mango, delicate yeasty clove, floral and perfumey as well with the scent of fruit blossoms and rose. some pale malt in the background and juicy fruit gum but simply put, this is an excellent fruity smelling tripel. only the slightest trace of alcohol.

T- tart at first then quickly mellowing out and goin through phases. fruity is next with all the above mentioned fruits, especially banana, pear, plum and melon. there's an abrupt transition into the malty facet. i guess its malty-faceted. eh heh. pale and lightly toasted grains and banana/clove yeast and sandalwood with an earthy spiciness along side. retro-olfaction makes me think of cedar, dried apricots, and old spice cabinet. hops emerge beautifully in the finish with a crisp noble zest, very clean aside from some lemon grass resins. alcohol is detectable swirling in some mineral water and is aromatic as in a perfume, and is much more noticeable when you burp. if you burp. finish is a groovy dry culmination of all the flavors on some trip to outer space, toned down and all buzzing at the same frequency until with lightly toasted malty guidance they fade off into oblivion.

MF- a little over medium fizz doesn't do much to stand in the way of what i'll assume is a little candy sugar. not cloying whatsoever, the $$ achieves a near brut champagne dryness without becoming displeasing. silky and resinous feeling but with a pleasant fruity toothpaste feel.

D- i'm glad i came across this one but i wish i had another to cellar. extremely drinkable for a tripel, i have to resist my urges to take bigger sips than necessary. i would absolutely have this one of a kind tripel on hand at all times if that were possible. maybe those stoners with make this a full time brew. sweet ganja i hope so.

"the mind is like a parachute, it doesn't work if its not open"
- FZ

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Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There I was, just tripping through the Haight yesterday, when something about a local liquor store caught my eye. I bought this and SN Southern Hemisphere there and it seems like a solid expenditure.

Where to begin? The huge, finger's worth of rocky, off-white head with low retention but great lacing? The golden-yellow color with NE-quality clarity? The banana-ester nose? The big, thick, syrupy, viscous mouthfeel witth a taste like a banana split sprinkled with black pepper? The finish that was yeasty, banana-like, and absolutlely mind-blowing?

d. Stop reading and buy a bottle for yourself.

Answer: "d" for "Doh!"

I had another set of review notes in a notebook that I am now transcribing, so here goes:

My pour produced a finger of light-tan head with passable retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a peppery spiciness along with a yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a yeast-driven spicy kick on the tongue. Finish was dry, lingering with a black pepper aftertaste.

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Photo of stephendr
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Toronado’s Birthday - color of clear deep red, with a thin head - nose of resin, good hops and clean – taste of good hops, resin, and good malt backbone - body is medium, dry, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of hops, and some malts

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Photo of Fitwitchik
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a long lost bottle found at a "brew" store. Happy to have since we were fortunate to have had a couple bottle of Reuben & the Jets in the past year couldn't pass this puppy up.

Nice caramel beverage with thin to almost no head. Lacing does not exist.

The smell of fruit grabbed me. Apples, apricot, raisiny scents. Bready malt smell made this a beaut to breathe.

Taste is excellent for a 4 year old tripel. The fruity booze works.

Very low carbonation almost flat though that does not take away from it's great flavor.

Overall totally not disappointed with this beer. Happy to have stolen it from its owner. Only paid $4.99 for it. BOOM!!!!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$4.29 for a 22oz bottle. Seems like a pretty good deal. Belgian triple style. 8.2% ABV per the bottle. No specs on the website.

Pours out to a clear dark golden, as a triple should be. Forms a poofy sticky white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Not too strong like alot of actual Belgians that are just too fizzy for me. The aroma? Unibroue all the way, which is the way I like it. tropical fruits, cloves, bananas, spice, apples, and a clean ferment. Very niceley done. Thanks heavens there isn't that crappy burnt orange, asphalt smell and taste that's been going on with the Wyeast/Yeast labs culture that seems to have transmogrified over the last 2 years. The taste is great. Well balanced recap of the aroma with a nice bitterness level, a nice finish, good aftertaste, and no discernable faults. Slightly syrupy as a tripel should be, with a nice pleasant buzz. As good as any Unibroue I've had.

This is good stuff. I would buy this again for sure, but I'm a little loaded up with my current beer stock. Recommended!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-8-08

Pours a very clear amber-gold color, with a fizzy head and clean but thick lacing.

Smell is awesome, very Belgian with lots of white grape and biting hops. The alcohol is in there too, and adds a great wine feel.

Taste is big fruitiness at first, followed by a great subtle hop bitterness to even things out. The finish is very dry and slightly boozy, with a very clean and enjoyable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very good, the carbonation is low to suit the style.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, the alcohol is there, but is very tasty.

Overall, an outstanding beer in a style that is sometimes very hit-and-miss.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tripel from Lagunitas you say? Yes, it is true. Pours a light amber hue with ample fine-bubbled creamy head.

Smells like an imperial wit on steroids. Is that coriander I detect? Definitely get the Belgian yeast and typical Lagunitas hoppyness. Hints of white bread and watermelon.

A hoppy tripel, what a novel concept! Very interesting beer. Quite tasty. Tastes of green apples, lasagna noodles and oh-so-sweet yeasty goodness. The high hop content lends a nice dry finish as well.

Highly recommended, an awesome beer. A fine offering from Petaluma...in fact, I ran out and got a few more bombers of this!!

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Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent tripel with its rather high ABV very well hidden. This is dangerous stuff. The beer is a nice orangy amber color with a thick syrup like pour and consistency. The beer is liqueur like in its presentation and the nose is very sweet malts, very Belgianesque. The beer is low carbonation, full bodied, thick with lots of candied sugars.

The taste is just grand, lots of Belgian sweet malts and yeastiness, bursting florals, complex flavors such as coriander, rind, citrus, all fermented with candied sugars. The beer goes down way too easily and is dangerously deceptive. The mouthfeel is a touch thick, sweet, oily, maybe a tad syrupy. The aftertaste is warming and sweet. This one is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear orange (not soda orange) with a very light tan head like you'd expect off a megabrew, at least to start. Off-white & big, the head drops to 1". (My glass is a touch dirty, thus allowing places for bubble formation). Head gets a bit creamy in the middle after a minute or two.
Smell is sweet, malty, citrus, spice, a light green apple note.
Taste is all of the above with very good balance and a smooth alcohol presence.
Warms from th lips to the throat. Smooth with light effervescence and a very rich texture. An extremely good beer.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer poured a nice hazy orange with a 2 inch white head. Lacing was present but minimal. Nice looking beer with lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Nice sweet smell. Hints of fruits and candy with subtle hints of spice.

Taste: The sweetness from the malts hits you first with wonderful hints of fruits(green apples, grapes) and spices(cloves and pepper).

Mouthfeel: Very crisp brew that has a medium heavy body with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Great beer. Perhaps a little better if it wasn't so sweet. Overall though this was great and I would love to get another bottle.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BeerZack for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice clear/clean golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing and tiny islands. The nose is malty, nice touch of yeast, and some spices. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, very nice notes of spice. Medium body, this is a very nice Tripel, not as hot/spicy as most others, and a touch sweeter. Very drinkable, a very nice one from Lagunitas, well done.

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Photo of oelergud
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall 1 pint 6oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap. The label has a Dr. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band theme.
Translucent copper body with an off-white head that falls quickly and leaves little lace.
The scent is mild pine hops, mellow caramel malts and a touch of spice. Very well balanced. The aftertaste is very pleasant, hoppy as should be but still with plenty of malts to go along for the ride.
Full body, residual sugars. Good coating.
Excellent drinkability.


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Photo of mooseisloose
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a cornucopia smell of a bouquet of fruit, mostly banana and white grape.Poured this one into a scotch snifter to a yellow orange with a hodge podge of bubbles in the head. The head stays put and the lacing in nice. Taste is phenomenal. Sweetnes with banana flavor wrapped around a slight bitter center and a biscuit topped with honey finish. The mouthfeel is like silk. The AC is not at all detectable but this brew is so silky smooth that you know it's there. This is a delightful brew. I'm gonna fire up a stogie after this one. Lagunita's comes through again in a big way. I'm glad I grabbed two bombers when I found this one.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as a huge music fan, as soon as i saw the label i knew i was going to get it, and being from lagunitis i knew it was going to be a solid beer. looks pretty good has a nice light amber hue to it, smell is good too, very fruity aroma to it, not alot of defined malt of hop aroma, just belgian yeasty wonderfullness and lots of apple like aromas. taste is really really damn good, i love belgian beers, but alot of american beers are surprising me with their version of belgians. this is no exception, i recommend it

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a (La Fin Du Monde) tulip glass.

L - translucent, orange/golden color with a huge fluffy white head that fell to a layer and left a bunch of lacing.

S - sweet, yeasty aroma.

T - very tasty brew, sweet creamy flavors are hit with a sharp bite of bitterness on the finish.

F - smooth and creamy feel, carbonation is constant in the glass and pleasant in the mouth.

D - it's good.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big label with a tiny name, wasn't sure exactly what it was called at the store actually, but then I saw Lagunitas down the side in big letters and threw it into the cart.

Light yellow golden as it goes into the glass. It gets a slight orange tan hue once it gets some depth to it.

Thin offwhite lacing, weak head.

Fluffy yeast aroma with big alcohol and floral chalky powder. Spices (coriander, clove, orange) in there too.

Bam big taste of sweet candy sugar, spicy orange hops and herbs. Great belgian flavors in this one. I had no idea what style it was during my first impression on aroma and taste. I pulled up BA when my glass was half drained, and I thought it to be a trippel, a saison, or perhaps a belgian wit. A great and unique brew, an excellent find.

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Photo of ABokononist
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Huge billowing head that settles very very slowly, leaving shapely ring after ring of lacing. Looking like a Belgian and not a domestic. And darker than many examples of the style I've seen with a nice copper edge to the yellow body and surging carbonation.

Smell: Complex enough to fool me into thinking this was a Belgian, I believe, had someone told me that. And it has characteristics of other styles too, though that doesn't make it some hodgepodge domestic Tripel, which I've had way too many of over the years. Huge presence of candi sugar and yeast, along with tons of complex fruit from the yeast and malt flavors, with banana dominating, along with some sourness from pear, strawberries, and cherries. Heady and even more complex as it warms.

Taste: Lots of fruit and mild phenolic earthiness at first, backed by some hop sourness and mild bitterness. Hints of banana, candi sugar, sour fruit, and yeast with the long finish. Lots of complexity as it continues to warm, and every sip seems to bring something new.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavier-bodied, but it's not really cloying as much as warrantedly full, if that's a phrase I can use. With such complex flavors, the body's big, and I was surpised it was 8.2% instead of being more around the 9 or 10% range. Not because of the alcohol -- which is felt, but again, warranted -- but because of the complexity of everything going on.

Drinkability: One to sip and savor over a long while, and probably one of my favorite Lagunitas brews. I think Frank would approve, and this series continues to be ballsy and worth every penny, especially since you can usually find a bomber of most Lagunitas brews from under $5, which for me is a complete steal. They continue to be one of my favorite breweries, and for brews like this, and what they will continue to do in the future.

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Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with thin streams of bubbles, leading to a slight head. Very sparse lacing. Aroma reminds of sour apples, in a good way. Intial hit has an incredible amount of flavor that quickly moves into malty, creamy goodness. Mouthfeel is slighty syrupy, but nothing out of sorts for the style. Finishes well, leaving alcohol on the breath.

For the 4.99 I paid, well worth the price.

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Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow. A decent white head forms that leaves a little lace.
S: Very fruity with a nice barnyard funk. Hay and dough malt. The fruit aromas vary from apples and peaches to banana's.
T: Lots of fruity malt that follows the nose. Biscuit and doughy flavors. Follows the style nicely.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit over carbonated for my tastes. Very easy and smooth do drink though.

A nice triple. A good beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz bomber poured into a Koningshoeven chalice.

medium rosy-golden amber brew with soft head receding to a ring, some lacing. Aroma immediately says Belgian tripel, which is nice--caramel, bubble gum, some apricot and banana. Highly carbonated which keeps this strong fairly sweet brew dancing on the palate. The flavor is not quite classic tripel, but nevertheless quite an intriguing amalgam of Belgian aspects with an underlying bitter hoppy finish that is very American. Fruity sweetness, cake, bubble gum up front, then a hoppy twang in a long finish. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my pint glass. This beer is a cloudy copper/orange/golden color with sediment floating in it. The white head was maybe 1/2 inch thick when poured, settling to a thin surface layer and thin white ring lining the inside of the glass pretty quickly. Decent lace. Has an earthy malt aroma with some some fruit such as peach and apple. Sweet caramel malt and Belgian candy, bubblegum flavors along with a hint of spiciness. There is a clean, dry finish. Has a crisp and smooth, sort of chunky full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be! A pretty good tribute to the awesome frank Zappa here! Even though he did not drink. If he did I think he would like this beer.


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Photo of LennyV
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Little head or lacing.

Smells like a traditional belgium triple. Bready and yeasty with some sweetnes.

Tastes malty with the funky yeast kicking in.

A solid example of a belgium triple, which is why i gave it such good rating.

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We're Only In It For The Money from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 250 ratings