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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: 215 | Ratings: 249
Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle tried 4 Sep 2008

Small tight white head. Well carbonated. Clear bright burnt orange color. Smells of yeast, ethanol, caramel and clove. Starts quite sweet, with molasses, cider spices. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol seems stronger than 8%, some burn in the throat. Finish is of unripe stone fruit.

Overall a decent tripel but not my favorite from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Brewsmith
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is yeasty and perfumey, a little spice. Color is an amber orange with very little of a white head. Floaties from bottle conditioning. Taste is fruity, apples, pears and a little tropical fruit, with a little bit of spice and some alcohol present. Sweet but not candy-like. Full body, medium carbonation, and leaves a little linger of malt on the tongue.

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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 kimcgolf
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I seem to be going against the grain, but I really enjoyed this one, as I have most from lagunitas. Poured to a hazy golden-ornage-red, with a thin off-white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Nose was an immediate mix of hoppy citrus and malty dark fruit, with a hint of dough. Mouthfeel was full bodied, slightly chewy and tingly-sweet.Flavor did its best to capture the fruits found in the nose, and leaned a little toward the sweet side, though the hops and alcohol were nicely blended in for balance. A long well, rounded finish, and after sensation in which the 8.2 abv in this bomber made known it was present.

Another fine beer by Lagunitas.

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

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear copper-orange with a very thin strip of white foam.

Aroma of sweet malts, oranges, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, and a touch of earthiness.

Tastes of sweet malts, Belgian yeast, oranges, lemon, green apple, candy sugar, cloves, and biscuit. Finish has a bit of a medicinal apple tang to it.

Medium bodied, a bit dry, and moderately carbonated.

A pretty average-to slightly above average tripel from Lagunitas. I'm a big fan of Lagunitas but not as much for this one. The taste is too bright...feels like it needs mellow a bit.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, pumpkin orange with a quickly dissipating dirty white sudsy head. A slight chill haze and yeast sediment was suspended within the body. The lacing was poor, hardly leaving a trace after the quick collapse and made this only to be average in appearance.

S: yeasty, with sour oranges, light lemon juice hints and fresh white bread. Fairly decent aroma experience overall.

T: The initial flavor brought about a pleasing yeasty nature first crossing the tongue which was quickly followed by a sharp and dominant citric flowery hopping. Curaco oranges dominate with some light sugar candy notes make a brief appearance before a helping of dry grapefruit hoppiness and warm honey moves in. Light dry toasted honey grains with some dried fruit (pineapple) were also noticeable. The hopping leaves a nice medium-strong dry flowery lacing that was short and sweet. A nice flavor overall that was both yeasty and hoppy.

M: light with a slight slickness. Not much carbonation was detected or much else to say here. Besides its appearance the mouthful kinda fell a bit short of expectations as well.

D: Besides its short comings in appearance and mouthful the yeasty and hoppy nature of the flavor made amends making up for a nice drinking experience and one worthy of a try.

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

Pours a clear ambery orange, totally clear with a nice stark white head that retains very well and leaves pretty good lacing.

Nose is very odd. Super malty with some earthy sweetness, some slight belgian yeast and a sharp rock candy sugar.

Kind of odd tasting as well. Alot of sweetness in here for the style. Belgians yeast makes its presence known, very grassy and earthy sweetness, but in a rotten kind of way. This one is very wierd. There is some spice character as well, but it just deosn't fit well. Something about this one is too unbalanced. The finish is good and dry, but akward feel and sweetness remain on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is quite undercarbonated and a bit too slick for my tastes. Ok though.

Drinkability would be pretty good if it wasn't for the akward sweetness. A wierd kind of soupy thing.

Overall I am far from impressed with this tripel. Very sweet, and just strange. The flavors they chose to give in this one just don't blend well, and I can't see myself buying this again. Not a drainpour, but just blah.

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Photo of scottoale
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with a very Sgt. Peppers looking, Zappatized label and a twist-off cap ta boot. I had one a week ago and certainly don't remember it being a twist-off...huh. In any case, it pours a bright golden-amber with a foamy off-white, two-finger head with decent retention.

Sweet malty nose. Toasty and grainy caramel with some earthiness and a bit of spicy yeast. The taste is fully malt driven with doughy bisquit and fruit aplenty. Sweet candi sugar and a mild hop lead into a spicy yeast in the finish. The alcohol is well masked and only give a mild warming to this brew.

Medium heavy in the body and some zing in the carbonation give an interesting mouthfeel, the drinkability is good for a beer of 8.2% ABV.

A different kind of Tripel with a nice low price for the value minded.

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Photo of Kendo
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a Chimay goblet. Body is clear, bright golden-orange with a 1-finger ivory head that leaves behind some occasional splotchy lace.

S: Sweet fruit -- think ripe apples -- and honey with a touch of alcohol.

T: Fruity, sugary and bubble-gum sweetness is dominant on initial sip, then it finishes with a strongly metallic or minerally taste. After a few sips that metallic flavor seems to go away, however (or I just got used to it). A pale, bready malt is evident underneath the sweetness, and there's a mediciney-type alcohol presence, along with a bit of spice.

M: Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky feel to it.

D: Not-so-good. Too sweet for me to finish the bomber by myself; I poured the last 3-5 oz I'd guess.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/19/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy red/orange with a very very small ring of head (aren't tripels supposed to have lots of head???). Aroma of melon rind, light fruits, sugariness. My first impression of the flavor is of cauliflower (which as a kid I would involuntarily regurgitate when I was forced to eat it because it was so repulsive to me). Some lingering sweetness and wheat malt. This is odd. As it warms, more light melony sweetness. A chill beer, drinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again. A decent bargain for $4/bomber. Mellow and chill.
7/3/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of bort11
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jaxon53 and the BASS 08 on this one. Hell yeah, Frank Zappa!

22 ox bottle, poured into my Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet. Not a whole lot of head on this one, and not much lacing either. Color is a warm honey amber with a slight haze.

Smell is very malty, sweet and honey-like. Hops seem herbal and dry. Taste is pretty sweet as well. A bit flowery, like clover. Good amount of spices in the back. Black pepper, some coriander and some ginger.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side, goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of sholland119
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head and some lacing. A little more orange in color than I would have expected.

S-Malty but without the bready yeast notes I would expect from a tripel.

T-Not all that exciting really. Some Belgian yeast is present but, as in the nose, more malt than I would like or expect in this style.

M-Medium bodied and crisp.

D-Not so much for me. Half a bomber was more than enough.


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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 GJ40
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Cary, NC.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate white head.

S - A moderate aroma (as compared with true Belgians) with spice, vanilla and cloves.

T - Mostly sweet with spice and hops trying to break through but with limited success. I think the sweetness spoils it a bit for me. It's a decent beer but not close to an authentic Belgian.

M - Good consistency. Moderate carbonation with lots of tiny bubbles.

D - A nice beer but not as complex as a true Belgian or as compelling as a Lagunitas IPA.

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

Aroma is not too strong but appetizing, malty and fruity with wheat and yeast hints. It pours a nice orangy amber with a thick, fairly persistent white head. Strong, almost overpowering flavor has a hoppy, yeasty overtone and is fairly bitter but not nastily so. It has a nice bite, as well as undertones of fruit - mainly apple - and caramel. Texture is edgy and tingly, leaving a somewhat bitter and yet subtly sweet aftertaste.

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

Pours a nice orange/amber with good clarity and a relatively thin head. Slightly viscous. Smells sweet and a little hot. Tropical fruit, banana, and some coriander are most noticeable in the aroma. The taste is a little hot as well, and tannic up front, but nice fruity flavors develop, and there is some nice yeasty tanginess and a long finish. A bit tannic in the mouth, but overall this is enjoyable without being one of the tops for the style.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.66/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
September 11, 2008

Pours pale, not very cloudy, no head, very little lacing- Not an impressive look at all for a supposed tripel. When I buy a tripel I expect head foam out the nostrils. Very weak aroma for an abbey tripel, not much there. Tastes of a very Americanized tripel, the banana/pear, yeasty tripel taste is there, but there's a huge carbonation punch in here with some hop bitterness also. A nice try at an Americanized tripel, but this ultimately doesn't mesh well and falls far short of other tripels. There are better tripels out there, steer clear of this one.

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

Pours clear and orangish in color with minimal head that leaves not a trace of lacing as it quickly depletes. The nose is nice and yeasty, almost like fresh baked sweet rolls with a goodly amount of spice. Notes of crisp fruit (think pears and/or apples) waft in and out. With regards to taste, the Belgian yeast is certainly doing its thing. Very bready and spicy offset by a fair amount of sweetness with notes of apples. The 8.2% abv is barely detectable in the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky and warming, medium bodied. Overall, I think it is a steal at $3.99. That said, there certainly better tripels out there.

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Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from Capital City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like a trippel. Lots of light fruits and bubblegum, joined by a somewhat heavy sweet malt aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The flavors aren't as bold as I would've guessed, but the light fruits are definitely the highlight. Again, there's a heavy sweet malt backbone near the end of the sip that seems out of place. Every now and then it even has a taste of tart fruits. Odd, but not altogether unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is good. It's not quite as carbonated as other trippels I've had, but I also think it's a bit thicker than the norm. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The ABV isn't apparent, and if it weren't for that off-flavor it would be very easy to drink, however as it stands now it's just easy.

Overall this is a bargain for only $3.99. It's not the best trippel ever, but it's certainly above average. Worth a shot.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a medium white head. Yeasty aroma with bubblegum and orange peel. Thought this was a Belgian Strong, given the sugary-sweet malt and fruit flavors. Decent hops in there. No real yeast esters, clove, bubblegum, etc. in taste. Decent, not great.

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Photo of chaz410
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dang this is a nice beer. It falls really nicely in the triple category but definately stands on it's own. It pours a evenly cloudy golden color with a light thin head. The aroma is beautiful, it is very typical for a triple but with a little more tartness and peat sweetness. The taste is super smooth, very crisp but smooth and refreshing all at once. Good malt character, light on the hop notes and little bitterness. I like this beer a lot and would recommend it any time.

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Photo of charlzm
2.24/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Consumed 11/27/08. Poured into a standard pint glass at 52 degrees fahrenheit.

Beer pours a clear medium golden. A nice head quickly forms then subsides to a thin layer of foam. Not much carbonation.

Aromas of bubblegum and copper penny. A lightly grassy hoppy smell fades away fast after initial pour.

Beer is thick and sufficiently carbonated despite appearance. A bit prickly.

Flavors are off: copper is a major flavor component. Some moderate to heavy spice (white pepper and coriander) and bitter orange. Some alcohol heat. Slight floral character as well, like honeysuckle.

This was a drain pour due to the too-strong metallic flavor.

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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 soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal Clear copper color with a white one finger head, big bubbles. Dissolves to a fine film with a touch of lacing.

N- Spicy, sweet candy, brown sugar, apricot, dried fruit, cookies

T- Surprising earthiness. Mild alcohol aftertaste, spicy as hell. Apricot, cookies, a strong weird taste on the back of the tongue - almost fishy or slightly metallic. Not bad, but a little off. Buttery.

M- Buttery, creamy body, fairly subtle carbonation.

D- A solid tripel with a couple occasional odd off-tastes. Another good one to add to the Lagunitas list, although not at the top of the list.

Wine Specialist/22 oz/$3.99

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