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

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Loved the album but was not as amoured with the beer. It looked good, a medium yellow with a bit of white head. The aroma had yeast, malts, and hop. The taste was rather not getting it. Now I did not know in advance it was a tripel, but it was not a great example of the style and not so tasty nor drinkable with lunch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a tiny 1/2 inch light orange head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random spots of lacing on the glass on the drink down. Smells of oranges, honey, grape juice, and some grains. Taste is of grape juice, honey, grains, and slight yeast. There is a medicinal quality of bitterness on the palate after each sip. Overall, the flavors seem a bit off. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and is crisp and clean. Overall, this is an above average American take on a tripel but nothing too great.

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Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a foamy head that scatters a decent amount of lace around

Smell: Big aroma of candi sugar, bubblegum, coriander and alcohol; an unusual herbal element is also present

Taste: Grainy, with sweet candi sugar and bubblegum, up front, but by mid-palate, a bitter medicinal flavor appears - acetone, perhaps; after the swallow, the bubblegum and coriander flavors join with a citrusy hop element to add a new dimension, but the finish has an acetone element that is off-putting

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer just doesn't come together for me and adds one more count to the relatively long list of failed attempts by domestic craft brewers to brew in the Belgian style; for some reason, the tripel is where most of them flounder

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Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Burnished amber, perfectly clear, with two fingers of foam that retains fairly well. Not bottle conditioned, which is odd for the style.

Smell: Candi sugar, toffee, pale malt. Smells exceedingly sweet and sugary. Not a lot of esters here - this is definitely an Americanized tripel.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lots of syrupy sweetness up front, with a bit of herbal hop flavor beneath it. Slight date or plum-like frutiness. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy for the style. The finish is hoppy and bitter, but not particularly dry. Decent stuff, but rough around the edges. Lagunitas should stick to American styles.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly cloudy orangey color ale with a small foamy head with OK carbonation and minimal retention. Aroma of sweet notes is somewhat overpowering. Taste is a syrupy-like sweet malt base with no fruiter ester and noticeable yeast notes that usually accompany this style. Body has a syrup like texture with average carbonation but alcohol is well hidden. Not very good for the style, this brewery should stick to hops-centric beer IMHO - Nice packaging thought.

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Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served in an imperial pint at Four Moon Tavern.

Shimmering golden amber, sharp clarity. Initial compact head that amounts to about a finger of foam. Random spots of lacing here and there. Foam has a fine texture to it.

Fruit cocktail and cotton candy, a load of candi sugar sweetness. Slightly phenolic, although the alcohol doesn't make itself known at first.

Delerium Tremens on steroids. Sweet fruit cocktail flavor, some honey and grains, and a dry phenolic finish. The alcohol isn't overt, but it's character is thinly veiled. Low carbonation, slightly syrupy feel. A bomber wasn't the best pairing with dinner, but still worth a try if you enjoy Belgian Tripels.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a small, bubbly, off-white head. Minimal lacing was left behind.

S - It smelled fruity and sweet. Some nice apple aromas.

T - It tasted of very sweet caramel malt. It had an estery flavor and an odd buttery taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer that goes does fairly smooth.

D - This is okay. It doesn't taste like most tripels. I just couldn't get past the buttery flavor.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of fluffy white head on a clear, golden body with some small flecks of yeast floating around. The carbonation is strong enough to sustain the head for several minutes before it recedes, leaving rings of lace in its wake.

S - A spicy aroma of cloves and anise, as well as banana and some pear notes. There is a sweet, apple juice aroma underlying everything else along with a hint of wheat and hops.

T - Malty with lots of tangy wheat. There is a strong, yeasty spice note of black pepper and cloves in the middle. As the yeast fades, it is replaced by peppery, herbal hops that linger throughout the finish and a thick bitterness that hints at the american origin of this Tripel.

M - Medium-high carbonation, a thick, chewy body, and a dry finish.

D - Overall, a nice tripel with pleasant yeast character, and a very nice hop presence in the finish. My only complaint is the somewhat excessive malty thickness. While the better than average bitterness helps with this, it is not quite enough to overcome the malt richness and though this richness does add character to the beer, it robs it of the disarming lightness and drinkability that gives more traditional triples their charm.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, I hope this has held up over 4 years. Pours slightly cloudy golden orange color with a small 1 finger dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, orange, pear, apricot, biscuit, candi sugar, clove, honey, and yeast spices. Some fairly nice aromas, with good balance and complexity. Taste of orange, apricot, pear, grape, honey, biscuit, pepper, clove, candi sugar, toasted grain, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of grape, pear, apricot, pepper, candi sugar, and biscuit on the finish for a good bit. Good flavor balance and decent complexity. Much more sweetness than spiciness; but is minimally cloying. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a nice and enjoyable Tripel. Good complexity and balance; and quite smooth to sip on.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, sad story with this beer. I've been a big fan of Lagunitas since i tried the IPA when I took a trip out to CA a couple years ago. I started trying all their styles. Then one day (Hair of the Dog Brunch party for volunteers at ACBF) I was at Publik House Provisions and saw this in the fridge, the last bottle, and I was excited to try it. I purchased it and the guy put it in the paper bag with a few other beers. My car was parked a ways down the street so I started my journey back. Since the bottle was wet and it was a hot day, the condensation started to corrode the bag, but I didn't realize it until the cheap crappy paper bag ripped and I felt the bottle slide between my arms and smash on the pavement. It made a huge explosive sound and almost gave some woman a heart attack. I just stood there in shock. Then one day, I was searching KJ Baarons in Worcester and low and behold they had it! Hah-zah! Now after that long story, I'm thirsty, so here's the review.

A: Pouring into my Allagash tulip glass reveals an airy and stringent 1 finger head with big bubbles popping faster than a 3 year old popping his soap bubbles. It leaves a light airy head that resembles a homebrew kegged for 2 days, or a semi flat growler. The bright golden orange color lets tons of light shine through so it can bounce off the crazy sediment and haze, reminding you that it IS a tripel.

N: From the pour, the delicious malt and fruit aromas billowed out the sides and filled the room with floral awesomeness. Going in for a closer nose I get a heavy red malt aroma with lots of sweet fruits, like raisins sauteed in brown sugar and caramel malts. Another red like fruit seems to come out but I can't figure out what I'm thinking of, perhaps similar to peach but not quite. I get a little alcohol sweetness, some light spice and citrus, and a little yeast. I also get some nice Belgian like malt aromas. This is an awesomely delicious nose.

T: Finally, after all that talk, a taste. It's semi bitter but sweet at the same time. Quite a bit of rich fruit and alcohol. Quite a bit of malts, including some Belgian malts and crystal perhaps. Some bitter earthy malt quality also hints its way through. A big Belgian yeast flavor that lets you know it sure is a tripel, some nice citrus and light orange peel, and very light spice. A slight juicy quality, like a mango orange juice or something. Hmmm, mango, I think I get some light tropical fruit qualities. The alcohol starts to build and becomes a little too heavy with alcoholic phenols on the taste and the warmth, although it fits well for winter. I also get a slight vanilla taste and lots more raisin sauteed in brown sugar.

M: Semi thick and syrupy, slight alcohol burn but quite a bit of warmth, slight carbonation.

F: Finishes drier, but still has a slight sweet flavor. More bitterness starts to come through, not sure if its from some extra hops or from the Belgian yeast and spices added. Finish is not too long either and it seems to dry out quickly once the liquid and alcohol evaporate. I can't even really taste much of it anymore as it finishes very clean. Strange, but it finishes clean at first, but at the end, with the dark fruits, sticky sweetness, and strange Belgian flavors, I get the leftover flavor in my mouth of skittles, like shoving all of them into your mouth at once when you're a kid. How weird!

Final thoughts: A pretty nice Tripel, not the best, but definitely worthy. Quite a few great flavors blended together, and rounded off well, the only taste that starts to become a little overbearing is the alcohol, which starts to overpower on the taste and warmth, which also makes it strange for the fact that the carbonation is pretty small, especially with all the sediment floating in it. Perhaps the screw top?! Is this proof that aging with a screw top = FFFUUU!!! I should call up Frank Zappa to come enjoy this with me... what? he is?!! Since when? 1993??? Where the hell have I been?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden stream but picks up more of an orange, almost copper color in the glass. It has a crimson tint to it as well. Full white frothy head. Better than average retention. Some minor lacing. Crystal clear... very fine bubbles can be seen steadily making their way upwards.

The nose is chalky, delicately yeasty, fruity (apricot, juicy apple, underlying banana) and floral.

In the mouth it's medium to medium-full in body, and mildly zesty with a very fine bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is rich, sweetish with notes of vanilla and yellow cake), floral and fruity... somewhat balanced by spiciness, at least partly by the chalkiness of the yeast, and otherwise by a firm bitterness. It comes on strong, softens a bit across the middle, reveals some underlying grassy/herbal hops, and then leaves you with lingering notes of honey, spice (clove and pepper), mineral, and flowers.

Overall, quite a nice brew. Enjoyable for sure, and surprisingly drinkable - although the alcohol will sting you!!!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, caramelized malts, spices, Belgian yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong Belgian yeast element and flavors of spices, apples and caramel. There's a decent hops presence that brings some balance and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I've had better Tripels but this is still a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a small, tight, white head.

Smell: Delicate pale maltiness with a sweetish scent of candi sugar and notes of over-toasted spices and a blend of peach and pear juices.

Taste: Light pale malts with a flourish of candi sugar followed by a balancing surge of spices. A sip of juiced fruits. Hint of bitterness, but only a hint, mind you. Slight underlying sour yeastiness creeps into the otherwise sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An admirable attempt at a tripel from the folks over at Lagunitas.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff."

--Frank Zappa

Oriole orange with a few fine flecks of yeast in suspended animation and others tumbling slowly downward. The compact cap is the color of eggshells bathed in a soft orange light. Unfortunately, its texture is lacking and isn't very generous with the lace. Belgian tripels have nothing to fear.

One sniff is all it takes to tell that WOIIFTM is a tripel. The yeast strain must be a pretty good one because bubblegum and spice esters are prominent. Although it's a bit short on complexity, the nose is true to the style and deserves to be rewarded.

We're Only In It For The Money doesn't fare quite as well on the palate. It's ham-handed in the way that a lot of American tripels tend to be. Another early impression: given the slightly lower than usual ABV, it's surprising that the alcohol isn't buried/hidden/masked more completely. Warming helps a little.

Warming also helps bring initially disparate elements together, making the beer more of a cohesive whole. The flavor profile consists of golden apples and pears, rock candy, pink bubblegum, banana and clove. Unfortunately, the whole thing is more broad than deep. Sorry to say, but this tripel needs a Belgian brewer's touch.

The mouthfeel is 'American' in the sense that it's bigger and more viscous than most beer of this style. It's also generously carbonated, which volumizes things quite nicely. Neither pillowy nor silky, but still enjoyable.

Even though the flavor profile doesn't quite measure up, I find myself going back to the glass with some eagerness. Maybe it's as simple as the fact that I love both Belgian-style tripels and big, burly, American ales. As long as you don't expect Tripel Karmeliet, We're Only In It For The Money is money well-spent.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes

Pours an effervescent apricot/orange with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Apple & pear skins, plus some white pepper

T: Candi sugar, pears, a bit of lemony hops & brown sugar up front. Apple peels, grapefruitty hops, along estery booze, potato peels???? as this warms, plus other orchard fruits. finishes with honey notes & candi sugar; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation with some stickyness, pretty nice balance

Drank a bit slow, due the complexity which really unfolded near room temp. A good night cap, thought this was a steal at $3.99 a bomber

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear with lots of fine bubbles floating upward. Light amber color. Modest head, spotty lace.

Moderately sweet malt aroma; no notable hop.

Has some apple notes; high alcohol flavor. Dominating malt that lasts to the swallow where a touch of hop shows up. Rich, as expected.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into two Tripel Karmeliet glasses. Clean copper in color. Head leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. Not a bad beer, but I probably wouldn't get it again. There are many tripel style beers I prefer to this one. Lacks the complexity and lingering fruity aftertaste that I am used to from St. Bernadus, Tripel Karmeliet, Allagash, etc. Smooth tasting and easy to drink. Overall, not bad, but doesn't measure up to the elite tripels.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep honey golden hue with a nice sized white head, fine even lacing surrounds the chalice with each sip. Samm specks of yeast are suspended in the bright white foam. Aroma has tropcial fruit esters a nice bready pale malt backing with sweet honey drizzled on buttered toast., spicy yeast note arise with some banana/clove spiciness. Flavor is a bit one dimensional sugar coated spices weigh heavy in the first few sips, with a mix of honey glazed over ripened tropical fruits including banan/pineapple/and a touch of mango. Alcohol burns in the back end but doesn't ruin the experience for me. Mouthfee is medium bodied with a way different carbonation than your average Belgian tripel makes this a bit cloying with residual sugars I realy haven't had many well attenuated American brewed triples. Again warming alcohol and spice balance out the sweetness of the malts and belgian candi sugar. Drinkability was solid not the best or most dead on version of the style, but I felt the creativity and flavors especially those tropical fruits made this a worth while experience.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly fogged gold. Nose is faint with perfume and dough. Flavor is decent. Hops seem quite high, but there's a good amount of dough, spices, and funk. Feel is good, but the carbonation bites a bit too much. Overall a decent brew. A bit off center on the flavor profile, but it's nice enough. And I've certainly had worse interpretations of this style out of the U.S.

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Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with tiny pieces of sediment. A thin head disappears, leaving little lacing.

The smell is perfumy, fruity (apricot and pear) with bubblegum.

The taste is sweet, perfumy and fruity (apricot and pear) with a cinnamon spiciness - warmth seems to come more from spiciness than from alcohol. It has a semi-dry finish with an herbal touch.

Carbonation doesn't reach efferscent, leaving it medium-bodied and a bit syrupy.

A "unique" tripel - a bit thickish, but with a nice, pretty complex, taste. Peppery/hot spicing slows drinkability down a bit. Overall, an enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First this stuff is a bargain at the $4.19/22 oz. bomber I paid for it, somewhere in Michigan a few weeks ago. Pours clear orangy amber, under a loose medium tan head/tiny bubble film and pretty typical lace. ruity nose, tropical, melon, bananas. On the sweet side, with lots more fresh fruits, light peppery spice, and some Belgian type yeast notes. Lighter bready malt notes. Easy drinking, refreshing, and flavorful. Packs a punch with its well hidden over 8%. I like it. Respectable American take on a favorite Belgian style.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/28/08- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. It is, however, a summer 2008 release. Poured into my Pilaarbijiter tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded darker golden pour. Very slight 1/4 inch head which leaves a slight bit of froth for the rest of consumption. Leaves light lace spotting.

Smell- Mostly spices including corriander and maybe clove. Some citrus and seems like an off yeast scent.

Taste- Not as sweet as some american made tripels. This one has mild sugar flavor with a heavier note on corriander, orange and lemon peel. It doesn't have that authentic belgian yeast flavor though. This one also has a decent hop punch as well.

Mouthfeel- Rather highly carbonated with a slight bitter and dry hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Decent for an american made tripel. Fails to reach flemish standards though.
Drinabkle and refreshing. Decent output from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a short 1/4" head Some mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: sweetness abounds as there is a candy like aroma along with some yeast and hints of spice.

Taste: sweet malt and caramel is up front. Yeast, nice bitterness, green grapes, and some clove and pepper are milder but bring the beer back into check.

Mouthfeel: lighty crisp up front with some smoothness at the end that is almost syrupy. There is a bit of dryness at the finish too. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last on the tongue. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: decent but the sweetness grows a bit tiring after a while. I personally prefer less syrupy tripels too, but this may float your boat.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with some fruity yeast esters. It's a bit sweet smelling with a slight earthiness. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, pale malt flavor with a dry earthy finish. The yeast is a bit fruity in the finish as well as some light hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid tripel. It's nothing spectacular, but it's tastey and easily enjoyed.

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