Trippel | Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation

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Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation
Texas, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by aggiearcher13 on 02-12-2010

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up on a recent trip to San Marcos when the brewery had been open for less than a week. It will be interesting to see what these guys come out with next. The beer pours a hazy dark yellow color with a white head out of a 750 ml caged and corked bottle. The aroma is yeast, vegetables, light malt, sugar and coriander. The flavor is lemon and yeast along with wheat, coriander and sugar. A very interesting tripel that has a nice, complex flavor. The mouthfeel is very soft and the beer has low carbonation. Not as good as the classic tripels but for a new brewery, it was not bad.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says Darkside Fermentation, though on the back it says "Brewed Exclusively at the Root Cellar." There is also a blonde, a dubbel, and a quad that they sell, though the blonde and quad were not on hand when I was there. Bottles only, 25 oz. it appears, cost $9 and the label says if you return the bottle you can get a $1 back. So it has that going for it, which is nice...

So, from the bottle. The cork popped right out of my hand when I opened it. We'll go with well-carbonated. Poured into the snifter that I got from them as well. Batch 11-1, bottled 11-17. Pours a hazy golden orange. Big, frothy head, quite lively, rocky. Head receded but leaves a nice ring around the edges of the liquid, great lacing on the glass. Aromas of spice, definitely clove and soft fruits. Apricot. Taste follows the aroma, mostly fruity, estery, not the least bit boozy, very easy drinking. Finishes sweet and sugary.

Overall, a darn solid beer. On the sweeter side of the style. I was told that this is the first batch they've rolled out so I'm sure it'll be getting better from there. I'll have make sure to stop in regularly and pick up some.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Texas Tick thanks to t0rin0. Sorry, had to do it.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with a massive white head.

S: Lots of phenols and spice to the nose, seems to be some coriander, ginger, pepper, and maybe clove. There's quite a bit of fruit as well, particularly banana and citrus. A great malt aroma providing plenty of bread which works well with the yeast.

T: Starts off quite sweet with candi sugar and caramel, along with a nice breadiness. The fruit character is here also and I get pears, apples, and some slight banana. The spices are here also, though not as well defined as on the nose.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: My second beer from these guys and the second one I have found to be quite good. Hope they can keep that trend going...

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of koopa
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received quite a while ago as an extra in a trade with a very generous RB trader.

Label says Batch 1z 12-23 (2009 I presume) bottled 1/5 (2010 I presume)

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy russet color with a 2 finger light khaki crown that displays good retention and lace. The color is far from traditional for the style so I'm not giving it a 4.5 but the beer looks good.

Smell: Mild barnyard notes and faint lemon brett qualities. Not much malt presence in the nose which is a shocker considering the color.

Taste: Ooof the malt has finally presented itself and it doesn't belong. This beer is so far from style that I can't even call it a trippel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of chewiness but great carbonation that helps keep it in balance.

Overall: I wouldn't even call it a trippel but there is nothing overly offensive besides the malt.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle passed around at the August BA tasting in Austin.

Pours with a largely blonde body that sports a deep shade of mahogany at its core. A crackling, eggshell-white head retains well with big bubbles that slowly settle and leave behind some attractive lace. Spicy effervescence in the aroma matches the appearance. Vanilla and cinnamon, ginger, raisin bread, and brown sugar notes. A little bit all over the place, but I'm in no way turned off by it.

The flavor brims with juicy, golden raisins and foamy booze spices. Darkside Trippel is hoppy, but restrained and balanced with earthy yeast undertones and pale Belgian malts. Mouthfeel is lush and bubbly, with a medium-thin body that goes down quickly. I could stand to have a bit less carbonation, but for a burgeoning craft brewery, Root Cellar did a nice job with this release. Looking forward to trying more from their line-up.

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Trippel from Root Cellar Cafe / Darkside Fermentation
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 7 ratings