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Belgian Trippel | Lumberyard Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lumberyard Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
30 IBU

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with a peripheral ring of loose white bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Belgian malt is honeyed and affected by some yeast esters. The overall effect is of bright (but not dominating) stonefruit--apricots and nectarines--but also some acrylic paint. Hints of deeper breadiness emerge as the scent is huffed. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with fruity bubblegum that plainly displays the influence of the yeast-derived esters. While not malty or boozy enough to compare favorably to the Belgian exemplars of the style, this beer does have a gingery finish that is uncommon and enjoyable. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin viscosity, very ephemeral on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: On the one hand this beer could be viewed as a relatively uninformed or uninspired take on a tripel, but it might be more fair to judge it as a passable strong pale ale with a personable flair of ginger that saves the day.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a very thin, not even covering, pale head. The beer is gold color that shows a clear, pale gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells vaguely of clove and some hints of dry grassy notes. Underneath this there is a quite present note of cider, even some pear like notes as well as some spicy, warming alcohol towards the end of the nose. This smells very light, without much malt presence, in the end the fruit is the most defining character in the nose. This isn’t nearly and characterful (especially in the richness department) as I would prefer in a Tripel.

Quite a bit sweeter and fuller bodied than I would have guessed from the nose. The sweetness combines with a fruitiness to make this taste a lot like a sweet hard cider. There is some spice phenolic character, perhaps a touch of bitterness and some spicy alcohol notes that linger on in the finish. The carbonation also provides some additional prickle on the palate towards the finish. Touches of bubblegum, lots of clove notes, some pickled ginger flavors, white pepper and an earthy, sort of coriander like flavor are also found in this beer. While I said this was fuller than I expected, it still has most of the lightness in the body that a good Tripel should have.

This has most of the individual components of a great Tripel (though it is missing the bright, but clean, pale grain character that I like to find in a good Tripel), but the relative magnitudes and overall integration of these notes really doesn’t quite work. The texture is the one thing that they definitely nailed with this beer; it is right in line with what a good Tripel should have. Not bad, but I was hoping for a bit more, even though I wasn’t expecting too much either.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden, Filtered, not much head, but it does lace.

S- Bananas, Candi, and Hops... went looking for more, but it's not there.

T- Muted grassines atop some sweetness. Banana, and some hop bitterness. Subtle phenols. Hint of spice. Not very complex.

M- Medium to thin, mild carb.

D- Goes down easy and is tasty.

O- Pretty decent... but, being a "Tripel" it leads much to be desired. They got the ABV up on it, but it's much too thin body wise and lacking a complexities taste wise. It misses out on that Belgian character you want... all you get is banana... no white pepper or hay/grass, no funk, but it is still a tasty concoction in the end.

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Photo of 3frog
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of zdk9
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours very light orange gold moving into marigold territory. Just half a finger of head and just a couple pocadots of lacing.

S- Aromas of straw, grass, and vodka.

T- Lots and lots of sweetnes. There's ripe apricot and peach, along with a grassiness like I ripped out a handful of fresh lawn grass and chewed on it. Flavors of straw, and the vodka comes out as well, especially in the back of my mouth. Maybe a little coconut.

M- Sweet and lingering with a sugar syrup like syrupyness.

O- I'm often turned off from tripels because of their hotness, and this one isn't hot. I wish it was a little less sweet, but besides that it's quite nice. The apricot is a great highlight flavor.

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Photo of Phelps
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, poured into a snifter.

Super pale and crystal-clear straw color, with a tiny fizzy white head that dissipates to nothingness. No ring, no lace. Don't think I've seen that before -- especially on a tripel. 2.5

The nose: wheat, banana, pear, solvent, grainy alcohol. 3

The flavor is a perfect reflection of the aroma: sweeter wheat, some pears, red apples, some spice, grainy, alcoholic. Tastes like a pale wheat ale with Belgian yeast -- a sad reproduction of a tripel.

Light yet peppery carbonation in a rather large medium-full body. It's heavy for a tripel. The finish toes on the sweet side rather than dry, which brings down drinkability. Alcohol is fairly noticeable.

I usually enjoy tripels, which makes this beer seem all the more like a mismatched, half-baked attempt at the style. It's lacking in spiciness, complexity, bite --many aspects that make tripels good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My sister and her boyfriend brought me a bottle of this back after they went on a trip to Vegas. Tonight I opened the bottle with them while we ate dinner. The beer poured out as a crystal clear yellow color. The head was fizzy and white. Not much lacing here at all. The smell of the beer was sweet and had some floral spice notes. The taste of the beer was decent but really not what a "Belgian Tripel" would really be like. The mouthfeel was thin and not very complex. Overall it's a below average Belgian Tripel, as just a beer to drink it's fine but still lacks to elements that I feel are important.

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Photo of MrJolly
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bobhoya
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of FrankHammer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Hterrell
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jw4free
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at lumberyard. L: nice pillowy head, good retention. S: faint. Beer was served frosty cold. T: Just over bitterness. Waited 15 minutes. Yeasty phenols began to present. Not a huge bouquet, definite proper aromas. Taste improves. The high abv is well hidden. F: good. Not thin. The cold handicap took a bit to get over. O: decent beverage.

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Belgian Trippel from Lumberyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 12 ratings