Desert Select Tripel | Moab Brewery

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Desert Select TripelDesert Select Tripel

Brewed by:
Moab Brewery
Utah, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.59%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Tripel was inspired by the hard working Artisan brewers in monasteries across Belgium. It is said that the Belgian Tripel is regarded by the Belgian ale drinker as a style itself. Our Tripel is a pale colored ale made with Pilsen malt and a traditional addition of Belgian candy sugar, then hopped with German Noble and Saaz hops. This ale has a light malt nose and a ubtle hop aroma.

Added by NWer on 10-03-2011

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of deereless
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B_B
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mflamar
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right from the pour, I knew this was going to be good. Huge fluffy head, lasts a while too. Buttery, herbal aroma, right on target. One of the better tripels I’ve had in a while, and from the USA to boot! Good all around....

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Photo of djcira
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vienna_mantrap
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of chefbigjon
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Myotus
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that finally halves itself after two minutes. Gold in color, but has an extreme amount of cloudiness. Bubbles are subtle once head settles. Lacing is minimal.
SMELL: Mild aromas of cloves and pale malts are evident upfront. Hints of banana, pear, white grape, spicy hops, and alcohol aromas are also detectable. This combination is pretty dull. Nothing to get excited about.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild clove and pale malt flavors along with a hint of spicy hops. Subtle fruit flavors that were previously mentioned in the smell enter immediately after as clove flavors grow from mild to strong. A hint of alcohol finishes off the final taste along with a hint of unpleasant medicinal flavor (something similar to cough medicine) as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with subtle carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.
NOTE: I don't see how this had such high reviews. Perhaps the taste was altered too much because this beer made the trip all the way from Utah to Texas. There are too many variables to consider. But whatever the case, it just wasn't that great for me.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $8.49
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 9, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with two fingers of rocky white head. Some decent bubble steams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good-looking layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Belgian cloves, banana, Noble hops, sour fruit, caramel, candied sugar, green apple, green grape, light plum, spoiled milk and some lingering booziness. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose, maybe slightly better. Got Noble hops, candied sugar, slightly spicy Belgian cloves, banana chips, green apple, slight mint, caramel, honey and grassy notes. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, acidic finish. (Feel - 3.75)

A decent Tripel, but nothing too special. (Overall - 3.75)

3.77 | 85 | B+

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Photo of crobinso
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kemoarps
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy orangish amberish yellowish body. Looks thick and sticky. Good sized white head with fine little bubbles that recede to a thin lacy cap leaving their mark along the glass as well.

Yeasty fruity flavours are the forefront, as one would imagine. Apple juice, but not the sweet kind, but with more floral notes dancing underneath, and a straw like supportive feature. This really grows as it warms, bringing forth more and more varied fruits: pear and maybe some banana even a bit of peach.

Starts off decidedly more on the sweet side with much more banana and peach before withdrawing faintly into the pears from the nose and crashing back in a boozy wave of sweet bruised banana and... a touch of spicy hops. I almost get a vanilla like layer at some point as well, but I don't know how much of this is real life..

Fine points of carbonation help bring out the spice from the hops and to give the illusion of recession before the ETOH wave breaks. Medium body, and smoothe, once past the prickly point.
Interesting and tasty, but a bit boozy. Sweet and boozy. Tripels are admittedly not my first choice of style, and this one is well done and unique, aside from the quabbles I mention above. Glad to have grabbed it though!

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Photo of LambicKing
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml swing-top bottle to a tulip.

A-A gentle pour nets about three fingers of off-white foam that gently settles to a cap. The head leaves a bit of clingy lacing on the glass. The beer underneath is honey colored and quite hazy. This beer looks the part.

S-The aroma reminds me of apple juice at first. It is sweet with strong, fruity flavors like red apple and peaches. It is slightly doughy with some alcohol heat lurking in the background. As it warms, I detect a bit of lightly bitter Euro hoppiness.

T-The taste is slightly less fruity than smell, with more doughy, bready malts appearing. There is also an odd, somewhat herbal or medicinal note. The yeast is slightly funky and combines with the herbal flavors to make an odd combo. Overripe peach and apple are still there too.

M-The feel is well-done. It is medium in body with a smooth, nearly crisp carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

O-I really like the way this beer looks and feels, but I couldn't get into the flavors. It felt somewhat "off" with the massively fruity aroma and odd, herbal notes on my palate. This beer sort-of reminds me of Long Strange Tripel by Boulevard...another tripel that I don't like as much other if that beer is up your alley, this one may be too.

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Attractive appearance in the Brigand chalice with clouds of foam and lots of lacing. Color is a hazy light amber. Pleasantly creamy on the tongue. Aroma of peach and pineapple with a snappy acidic note.

The sweet malt is sharpened up by the tart fruity edge. The funky yeasty taste is restrained and intriguing. Flavors of fermenting pineapple, canned peach, apricot. Slight yeasty bitterness at the finish.

Really smooth, drinkable, fruity and fragrant. A tremendous Tripel from an unlikely location. From the Utah State Liquor Store in Salt Lake City.

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Photo of themind
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, earthy Belgium Triple. A big surprise at a bottle share.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Zenhog
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A welcome example of the GREAT Belgian style in, of all places, Moab, Utah! God, Anasazi, and fellow 4-Wheeling brewers, thank you! I rate it 4.5 out of 5.

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Photo of DrBass
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mjwellman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. It's extremely fluffy, but doesn't have amazing retention. A thick collar of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: There's an immediate combination of candied sugar and sweetly bread-like malts. Yeast presence is minimal. After opening up slightly, it develops mild tones of lighter fruits (like apple) and even noble hops. It's not *hoppy* per se, but its presence is certainly there...and welcoming. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a solid, style-appropriate nose. (3.5)

Taste: It starts off on the palate slightly sweet, with notes of candy, bread, and citrus. A twinge of hop bitterness enters the midtaste (just like the's there, but muted). The finish is slightly harsh at first, but a combination of opening up and the palate getting used to it smooths it out some. Letting it open up will also cause the citrus notes to become more vibrant, and even bring not only some spicy yeast forward, but also a touch of vanilla. Fully warmed up, it's completely smooth and easy to drink. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: At first, it's a bit sharp from the carbonation, but it's also nicely dry. As the carbonation slows down, it becomes slightly sweeter on the palate. Still, not once do I think it's too sugary sweet. Basically, it's a nice one to sip on. (3.5)

Overall: It's not the best tripel I've ever had. However, it's still really good - a hidden gem lost among the La Fin Du Mondes of the world. I've found that a lot of American breweries (but not all of them) can brew a really good tripel, Moab being one of them. There's a good amount of depth going on here, and it's still quite drinkable. I'd gladly drink this again. (3.75)

3.68/5: Rock-solid tripel that came from nowhere

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a two finger bright white head with good retention and thick pillowy lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, subdued stone fruit, apple juice, a hint of tartness. Flavor is apple and pear juice, bready malt, honey, Belgian yeast, coriander and clove, starts semi-sweet but dries out into a peppery, spicy fruit finish with light European style hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. This is quite a well done domestic tripel, hitting all the style points with a nice flavor profile and transition. I'm impressed. If I didn't have to drive 800 miles to get another bottle, I'd be all over this one.

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Desert Select Tripel from Moab Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 41 ratings