Tripel Entendre | Sound Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sound Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 10-29-2011

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: deep medium-gold hue with about a finger of frothy ivory foam. Head retention is mediocre, but the color is quite nice.

Smell: sweet apple and pear aroma with a nice malty undertone. There's a little bit of biscuit character underneath which is not my favorite, but it's a bit of a trifle compared to the ripe-smelling orchard fruitiness.

Taste: a bit more malty and less fruity than the aroma. Still, notes of apple and pear prevail throughout; there is a bit of an alcoholey sweetness toward the end. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium to thickish body with a somewhat low level of carbonation. Not as creamy as I would like, but still pretty good.

Overall: this is a pretty decent tripel, especially for one made by some upstart local boys. Not perfect, but I'd definitely have this again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden into my Russian River chalice.
Wow! factor throughout. From first sip to the end.
9/9% ABV and I felt it at the end but meanwhile, what an experience.
This is as good as it gets folks!
From start to finish more than what I have come to expect from one of my favorite styles.
If you like a tripel and if you have the chance, you are doing an injustice passing on Sound's Tripel.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JMS1512
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - cool name, as I'm familiar enough with double entendres, but 'tripel' variants - shaaaaaah!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent approaching thunderstorm lace around the glass as things genially dissolve.

It smells of sassy earthy yeast, semi-sweet pale grainy malt, candi sugar, a mere suggestion of paint thinner, and some further fruity booziness. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a touch of besotted breadiness, more unchecked free range sugar, apple and pear liqueur, a more sedate Belgian yeastiness, and some all-American seeming bitter leafy, weedy, citrusy, and well-perfumed hops.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their varying fizzy outbursts, the body a heady medium-full weight for the style, and so-so in the smoothness department, as the cosmetics counter alcohol deems it fit to shit everywhere here. It finishes off-dry, but not as much as I might have been anticipating - hops and alcohol laying waste to my palate in their battle with sugar and yeast, a sort of base-level conflagration.

Well, this has at least one veritable style-specific thing going for it - I still get all distracted by the untethered alcohol. However, here it's moderated by some strange, but welcome enough new-world hoppiness, from a brewer from the part of the world that should know about melding the two. Anyways, drinkable, actually, and worthy of exploring if you actually like this sort of thing.

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Photo of jworkman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split and served with a fantastic veraci pizza

appearance: served in my great lakes belgian chalice, hazy orange body, an aggressive pour forces a fluffy white cap - light beige ring

smell: peaches, clove, white pepper, pears, sweet candied sugars, yeast

taste: excited that Sound Brewery is now bottling - offerings seem consistently solid and the labeling is fantastic. nicely spiced - white pepper and clove, moderate sweetness, bready, nice yeast bite, peach and pear. not a banner tripel, but promising.

mouthfeel: a little flawed - not as crisp as i prefer, a bit sweet

overall: pretty nice

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Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evilkorova
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at Bier Thirty for a respectable $8ish... poured into my narrow tulip and enjoying while working on some stuff for the day job.

Short lasting white head leaves decent lacing ... the brew is a polished golden...

Nose is peppery with some minor clove... hints of underripe pears .. grainy and a bit sweet smelling.

A bit sweet/maltier than I would hope for.. doesn't really dry out either... again some clove and white pepper... pretty boozy with warmth.

The extra maltiness punctuates a thicker mouthfeel for me... so does a lighter than expected carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty okay brew.... not groundbreaking but shows significant promise.... I hope we keep getting these guys down here.. I will certainly buy again ... Thanks Chris!


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Photo of BlueSpader
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear golden amber. Over a finger of fine, bright white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of malt, Belgian spicing and light stone fruits; spot on for a tripel. Intense flavor of moderately sweet apple, stone fruit, hint of banana, sweet malt, finishes a bit dryer with a light hop and clove kick. Medium bodied, perhaps a bit heavier than a Belgian tripel, but nice mouth feel and carbonation. The only real negative is the alcohol is not that well hidden, and almost dominates the finish. However, I really liked this tripel a lot and will get it again as soon as possible. My fourth straight beautifully made beer from this brewery, I'm very impressed.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of Libby pours a mostly clear, light cold color with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Nice and sticky, leaves plenty of lace.

Nose shows a nice Belgian yeast character, stronger and more authentic than I expected. Light grains and the yeast throws off some fruity honeydew melon and mango aromas. Smells pretty damn good.

Taste is mostly tropical, fruity yeast that is accentuated by a strong alcohol presence and lacking grain ubiety. The yeast is nice enough...but I just dont feel like it has enough supporting character. The alcohol is a bit hot and rough around the edges, which probably does not help. I had the Monk's Indiscretion a week or two before this one and maybe that one set my expectations a little high...this one is decent, but if I had to recommend one of the two tripels from Sound, go with the Monk's!

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle - Poured into a chalice:

Pours bright golden with barely a wisp as a head. Some vanishing lace.

The smell is of a general fruity and earthy character (some banana, some lemon), some grass, a touch of cotton candy.

The taste is of candied banana and clove. Sweet with a spicy and tannic dryness in the finish. Alcohol shows but not too sharp or raw.

It is somewhat effervescent. Light but not thin. Pretty smooth.

While it doesn't rank with the best of Belgium it is a pleasant take on the style that fits the style overall.

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Photo of neruda11
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with a nice white head. I quite enjoy the aroma of this. Straw and grass with nice yeast esters of apple, banana, and pear. Some biscuit malt sweetness, too. Flavor isn’t quite as great, but still enjoyable. A light white grape note on the palate along with banana, apple, and pear. Some biscuit malt, a touch of honey, and a light grassiness.

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Photo of chazasu
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of draheim
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz into an Ommegang tulip. Poured fairly agressively as soon as I notice a surprising lack of head developing, and still just a tiny ring of bubbles and some lazy carbonation rising from the bottom. Zero head. I pour the second half of the bottle into a different glass just to make sure this isn't a glassware issue. Nope. This is a very disappointing start. Color is a clear golden by the way.

Aroma is perfumy and floral. Lots of fruity esters, but almost too sweet and perfumy. Some bubblegum too.

Taste is kind of all over the place. Belgian yeast, bitter hops, slightly grainy malt. The same floral, perfumy essence I picked up on the nose. A hint of bubblegum, crushed aspirin. Not good, and it's getting harder to finish.

Mouthfeel is flat, like the beer itself. Watery, thin.

Overall, I'm really disappointed. I was expecting a lot more from this based on a couple comments from local BAs, suspect I might have gotten a bad bottle. Hate to give a negative review to a new local brewery, but this one was a big swing and a miss. Too many other great tripels out there to bother w/ this one again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, apple, pear, banana, grape, honey, candi sugar, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with a good amount of malt presence. Taste of apple, pear, apricot, banana, grape, honey, candi sugar, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, honey, candi sugar, bubblegum, clove, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors; with a good amount of malt balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. A little too malty for my preferences, but it is still quite balanced. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Tripel style. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt balance; and quite smooth to sip on for the ABV level. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jpowelltheowl
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle banana and bubble gum in a very clear and clean, very lightly carbonated tripel. Bright and flavorful. Not a style I readily appreciate, but I like this one a lot.

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Photo of bigboobstracy69
1/5  rDev -73.7%

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