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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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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 250
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 JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good offering from a brewery that specializes in hoppy beers. Pours into my Chimay goblet a hazy pale orange with almost no head or lacing. Smell is somewhat pronounced Belgian candi sugar and malts.

Tastes pretty good, some Belgian aspects candi sugar, yeasts but not the complexity that I have experienced from some other beers. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich and syrupy, no alcohol burn. Drinkability is pretty good for a high octane beer. Not the best belgian style beer I have had but tasty. I woulddrink this one again if it wasn;t a onetime only brew.

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Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from a bomber purchased about a year ago into my silver rimmed Chimay goblet.

A Very minimal and brief head over a yellow, light brown body. Nice amount of sediment (yeast?) floating about in the second goblet that I poured (the bottom of the bottle). Good look and appropriate to the style. 4.0

S Minimal smell but there is the sweet malt in the absence of a signficant hop profile with a hint of Belgian yeast, grains. 3.5

T Happy to say that taste more than makes up for a rather weak smell. Big malt levels, little to no perceptible hops and nice Belgian yeast tastes. Good, solid triple, my favorite style. 4.5

M Moderate syrupy consistency, consistent with the style, big ABV makes this a big beer as well. 4.0

D Fine for a tripel, not a style that lends itself to drinkability. This one is delicious and so I drank both goblets (the amount of the bomber) without a lot of difficulty. 3.0

Notes: Big ups to Lagunitas not for making a tripel but for brewing this beer which I find to be quite different from other beers that they brew and delivering a tasty beer in the process. Lagunitas has honored the 40th Anniversary of "We're Only In It for the Money" in a dramatic way. This might be my favorite label of any beer (until The Beatles or Apple Corps. License their album covers for use as a beer label that is!).

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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 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 slatetupelo
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light golden color with just a bit of white head and very little lacing.

T - There is some good sweetness here and a dose of malts, the alcohol is well hidden.

D - I think this got better as it warmed, it was really drinkable and I demolished my bottle in no time.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We're Only In It For The Money
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: Tripel, ABV: 8.20 %
5/2/09 @ home, 22 oz bottle > pint glass
$4 22oz @ Broudy's

A 3.0 - Light orange/copper in color. Okay 1.5 finger head w/ lacing. Appeared clearer and higher carbonated than expected.
S 3.0 - Hop notes are present, clove in backgroud.
T 3.0 - Tastes follow the smells. Some sweetness and boozyness present.
MF 3.0 - Medium+ in body, high carbonation, some alcohol warming sensation
D 3.0 - This is just okay in my book for Tripel, it is a bit off style and much more hoppy that I expected. It is a unique brew for sure with a one of a kind label and name. In two words "hoppy tripel"....

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Photo of daliandragon
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one I've been seeing for a while in the various stores and always found interesting as to the label and geneology. Also, at $3.99 for a 22oz bomber at Whole Foods, this is nice value unless it's truly terrible. Pours into my Ommegang goblet with a rich golden color and resiliant off white head. Bubble gum and honey tinged sweetness power the nose.

Yeast and a varied array of sugars manage to give the flavor a supersweet quality that hides the alcohol and makes this sipper dangerous but very tasty. This is better than I expected and will only get better with age. This is a good time to pick up a few cheap.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. i don't think i found a date on it. tasted in early april 2009. poured into tulip.

clear blonde, orangey amber. good 1.5 finger off-white head, fades to wisps and ring. just a couple very thin rings of lace.

lightly caramelized malt aroma, with fruity white grape and apple, and hint of citrus flesh. grassy euro hops, hint of spice. it's all kind of weak however.

taste: similar flavors, but again just seems watered down and diluted. a touch more phenols. mild to moderate bitterness, with more light phenols in the finish.

thin, almost watery feel, with astringency in the finish. carbonation is just to help liven things up from the boredom induced by the beer...

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Photo of Dangerous
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Tripel. Lots of good Belgian maltiness that imparts a complex array of fruit flavors. Among the predominant for me are the spiced apple, banana and pear. Mouth feel is a bit thick, but balances nicely with the good amount of carbonation. Bottom line for me is this... I would definitely drink this again. Don't serve it too cold. Buy a few bottles, cellar them and crack 'em open in a year. I'll bet they'll age nicely!

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

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep orange color with hints of gold. The beer looks slightly cloudy but lets plenty of light through. A proper pour yields a nice 2 finger white fizzy head.

Smell: Deep aromas of candied fruit, alcohol, and medium amounts of spice.

Taste: Sweet, spicy and fruity. This beer provides a small alcohol hint at the end that increases as it warms. Not the best Tripel out there but a nice effort from Lagunitas.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry, and warming. For the style relatively light in body.

Drinkability: No problem going through this bottle, but I don't know how much of a dent I could have made in the next.

Final Thoughts: Not a bad job by Lagunitas, but just not incredible either. I was expecting more but was a little let down. Overall though for the price, I would definitely pick up another one and let it age a bit.

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Photo of jdense
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the last of the Zappa Beers, and a far above average of the Belgian-Style Tripel, WOIIFTM pours a brilliant orange under generous two finger slowly dissipating head with minimal lacing. Not much nose to speak of those the sweetness imparted by candy sugar is quite present. Mandarin Oranges, a bit of coriander for balance and a fairly dry mouthfeel make this a pretty tasty brew, but due to alcohol content and sweetness one bottle is enough. Perhaps Lagunitas should resurrect this brew under a non-Zappa moniker, The Belgian Eyeball, perhaps?

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head -- some slight retention. No lacing.

Smells of alcohol-soaked sweet fruit, some candied yeastiness.

Funky tripel here. Sweet fruitness, pear-like, with some tropical elements and a cotton-candy funk. Some spice as well, but all of this is awash in a chemical alcohol flavor that while far from overbearing, almost gets in the way. It helps keep the sweetness in check, is it is hard to find bitterness in this brew, but it adds a twist that I can take or leave.

This has some surprising carbonation longevity, even though the head is practically gone in a flash upon pouring. Somewhat mouthcoating and decent bodied.

I sipped this one. It wasn't overly strong or harsh, so it went down pretty well, but this is not a style you chug either. I actually kinda dug this version of a tripel, and recommend that people try this while they can. From past forum posts, it looks like this one might be history unless the Zappa family changes their tune (or this just gets repackaged). I must say, at $5.49 for a bomber (and that's Massachusetts prices - why so cheap?), this was a great value for a tripel.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with some suspended yeast particles, thin white head, not much lacing.

Smells sweet with some fruitiness.

Taste is sweet, some fruit with some alcohol and bitterness on the way down.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy

The high ABV and the fact that it's not well hidden, hurt the drinkability of this one. Overall, not a great beer, probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a red-tinged copper with a fluffy two-finger head that lingered. The smell is has some characteristic wheat and spiciness along with a bit of banana fruitiness. The taste starts off with a candy sweetness that gives way to some banana and apple that gives way to a spiciness and bit of alcohol taste in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation and some warming from the alochol. The drinkability is pretty good, although the alcohol isn't hidden as well as some tripels. Not a bad beer and celebrating a great album, no reason not to snag this if you can find it.

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

A- Amber, with a nice fluffy head. With floating yeast particles (odd).

S- Yeasty but not over powering. Grains, sweet carmel and sugar.

T- Fruity, sugar and hops in the background. Slight Alcohol at the end of the sip. Nice dry finish.

M- Big mouthful upfront with a nice carbonation at the end.

D- The alcohol is 8% is well hidden in the taste, but it did catch up to me after drinking the 22oz.

An interesting beer that sat on the shelf for almost two years.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear beer but i didn't swirl and pour and I got the first pour from the 22oz bottle. The beer is the color of lightly fired terracotta with a cap of eggshell white. Minimal sticky lacing but there is some present.

Smell is nice and spicy with a good twinge of Belgian yeast. Mixed in the nose is some light summery fruits, apricots, white grapes and apples. Not half bad.

The flavor has a candied sweetness that is the dominate player here. Escorting the candy taste is a mix of just before ripe melon, sweet apples and a touch of grain alcohol. Slightly spiced with a peppery goodness.

A touch on the syrupy side for my taste. The beer has a fuller body then I would expect for this style and ends up being to sweet. I do like the peppery feel and aftertaste that hides the 8.2% perfectly. Well worth trying but not one that will make my favorites list.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Sandy Springs. Poured into a Koningshoeven goblet glass.

A: If not for the few bubbles that serve as what is meant to be a head, you would think it was a glass of apple juice.

S: A bit of a bubble gum yeasty aroma mixed with a bit of a spicy aroma. It seems appropriate but not exactly pleasing to me.

T: Quite a bit of bubble gum yeast flavor. You do not taste it very long before a medicinal like alcohol burn attacks your tongue with help from the totally over the top spicing. This just is not my cup of tea.

M: To say this one is prickly would be an understatement. It almost feels like its burning the inside of your mouth with the spicing and alcohol.

D: This one is a struggle for me.

This is the only Lagunitas brew that I did not at least enjoy on some level. I will continue buying their beers because they are a great value, but I hope there aren't anymore that are similar to this one.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: light vibrant golden yellows with deeper bronze with a few shades of red. A good chunk of yellow-tinged fluff on top with fat lacing. Has a ring at the very top with lines of trickling lace sliding down

S: Belgian yeast and candied malts with a few pieces of bubblegum. Has some good whiffs

T: has the usual suspects on the palate of bubblegum, spiced bananas and oranges, a few dried herbal cloves, with some tart apple slices. Spices are in the forefront of the mix and the bubblegum is at the back. Overall good flavors for a Belgian and in some regards you can tell that it has been Americanized

M: a good dosage of carbonation (a bit of bite), lighter body, and nice down the hatch feel. Not overly alcoholic and spiced

D: an even mannered beer. Nothing over the top and nothing much missing. A good take on a Belgian brew by Lagunitas

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Photo of maskednegator
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange, thin head, minimal lace.
Smell: Yeast, sweet malts, grapefruit hops, alcohol
Taste: Sweet malts, orange rind, cloves, cinnamon, bitter hop finish, trace alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, strong carbonation
Drinkability: Medium. Fizzy, alcoholic and sweet.

Verdict: Not the best tripel in the world, but at a little under 5 bucks for a 22oz, I will most assuredly be buying this again. To get better, you're looking at eight to twelve bucks per bottle, making this an excellent value.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripels seem to be pretty hit or miss for me, usually missing.. One of my less-favored styles.. Every once in a while I come across one that I find surprisingly drinkable and not just a blend of spices and sweetness which doesn't appeal to me.. While I certainly didnt think this was one of the best beers in the world, it was definitely drinkable and had a nice flavor.. The aroma was typical of tripels, bready and sweet.. the flavor was sort of typical but quite laid back and by no means cloying.. It was sort of light and fruity.. I wouldn't buy it on my own (this bottle was, in fact, a gift) but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had to pick this up when I saw Frank Zappa beer existed.

Dark orange red color.. very fizzy with a fair amount of tan head. Smell is sweet and yeasty with traces of spicy fruit, cinnamon, apples, grapes. Taste is fairly basic, very yeasty but not much in terms of complexity. Very smooth and drinkable without the detection of alcohol.

This is a pretty average beer IMO, but doesn't stack up well to the style in that there are so many other amazing Tripels. If not comparing this to Trappists and such this is an enjoyable beer.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a copper-orange color. Some visible carbonation, but only a patchy film-like white head. Aroma of yeast and fruit (pear, apple, apricot). Generally yeasty taste, but some fruits and hops at the finish. Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation, and generally smooth. Somewhat big ABV, but not noticeable.

A nice American Tripel: nothing special, yet no real problems. Could have a bit more complexity in the taste (rather than mostly yeast).

(Used a bit in a shrimp scampi tonight and it was great!)

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Photo of rayjay
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad American stab at the style. Basically brite beer with a few white chunks, a fine golden ale with a tight white head. Mild banana esters and sweet pale malt on the nose. Strange mouthfeel; I feel that the body is a bit thin and the carb is low. Maybe a bit too attenuated. Lots of sweet pale malt, probably should have used more pilzen malt. A bit too dry for my tastes. A good beer, though. Was expecting more hops for the brewery. For my money I'll stick to Hairy Eyeball or vote to bring back Kill Ugly Radio. Cheers!

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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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We're Only In It For The Money from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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