Triplication | Idle Hands Craft Ales

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3.88 w/ 93 ratings

Brewed by:
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by gdrydenc on 04-03-2012

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 13
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of lconn12
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

just an awesome beer. most recent batch is a little sweet.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of threeviews
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml, corked and muzzled bottle (Bottled On Date: 01-29-14) into a Idle Hands branded balloon/snifter glass.

A- Pours a hazy, deep golden (honey) color with a bold, (2) finger white, creamy head. Strong carbonation forces streams of bubbles to emanate from the sides of the (non-nucleated) glass. A bit darker than what I've come to expect from a 'traditional' Belgian Triple, the head retention is absolutely epic, maintaing a full finger's worth even after 2-3 sips! (4.5)

S- Fleshy fruits (green apple, pear, peach, green grape, honeydew and a hint of banana), spicy (clove-like) and some bubblegum phenolics. Spot-on for the style. Ethanol is only mildly detectable after it has considerable time to warm. (4.75)

T- Sugary malt, sweet fruits, mild spice and moderate dry finish. Although the alcohol does not present itself in the taste, it has a warming effect on the way down. Although some may find this offensive, not only is this attribute acceptable for the style, but Triplication expresses it very well (4.5)

M- Despite the elevated 9% ABV (as labeled), Triplication falls firmly on the lighter side of medium bodied. The massive carbonation as perceived in the appearance is brilliantly delicate and creamy. Although finishing ultimately dry, the sweet and spice dance on the palate long enough to provide a pleasant and lingering finish. (4.5)

O- Although initially nonplussed with this Tripel, my enjoyment has grown immeasurably with each bottle...making this a vastly underrated effort. As such, this ranks very closely with one of my personal favorite Belgian Tripels brewed in America, Merry Monk's Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co. I'm not certain if there is any correlation, it seems that my best experience with bottle-conditioned beers (especially with these two) stand to be ~6 months after bottling (and properly cellared). This is now my 3rd bottle consumed and am glad to have held out until now to offering a formal review for Triplication. This is absolutely something I would seek out whenever in the Boston, MA area. (4.75)

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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of MonkeyDunk
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy golden color into Belgian snifter glass, with a lush white head of microfoam that laces the glass as it dies down. Bubbles vigorously trickle up through the beer.

The aroma is sweet and candy like, with some nutmeg spice, apples, pears, and a touch of orange. A touch of hay and grainy malt make it really refined.

The flavor is excellent. Booziness is warming without a trace of solvent / nail polish. Spice comes through solidly along with the alcohol warmth, which turns into fruity sweetness with a taste of bananas and spiced apples. The bitterness is low-medium and herbaceous, Saaz-like.

Mouthfeel is light but the carbonation fills in and makes the booze, spice, and fruit come alive on the tongue.

Overall, an excellent triple and just what I was looking for.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 5/4/14

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a decent sized white head, fades very quickly and leaves no lacing, very thin layer of bubbles remain settled on top though.

Smell has a strong bubblegum aroma, little bit of hay and spice and yeast, it actually smells rather "fresh", could be the nice day I'm drinking it on.

Taste is heavy on the bubblegum and banana flavors right off the bat, Belgian candied sugar is present but not heavily so, carbonation is high but appropriate, the bubbles pop quite quickly and are sharp like a cola, finishes semi-sticky, strength is well-hidden but a year of age might have helped with that.

Surprisingly solid Tripel, wouldn't mind getting this again for the cellar.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Prost76
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, orange-gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: funk, apricot, and Belgian spices

Taste: big banana with sweet peach, coriander, clove, cinnamon, and funk

Mouthfeel: sweet and funky with a bitter spike in the middle, light bodied with high and prickly carbonation

Overall: The best beer I have had from the brewery and a really banana forward tripel. I was pleasantly surprised with how good this was. Light and complex, a great local option for a tripel.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phenwayphrank74
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared at a tasting while hanging out with Mississipping! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a one and a half finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wood, subtle vanilla, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wood, vanilla, and banana. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the aspects going on in this one were really spot-on for the style, but the barrel seemed to add another depth of complexity to it that you would not have expected. The barrel while being there wasn’t overly aggressive but seemed to mix quite well with the fruit profile taking place. This made it quite enjoyable and probably one of the bigger surprises of the evening during this tasting. A definite must try if you get the opportunity.

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Triplication from Idle Hands Craft Ales
Beer rating: 79.6% out of 100 with 93 ratings
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