Woodside | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with honey from Woodside Honey in Maplewood, MO.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 06-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 138
Photo of Lunny777
4.71/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As soon as you smell this beer, you realize how amazing it could be. The immediate honeycomb scent is forthright and the taste is amazing. The honeycomb taste makes an untraditional tripel, but this beer will blow your mind. Share with a friend because it is sweet, but worth it.

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Photo of Mbennett
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Probably would have enjoyed this if I split it with someone. For one person, it becomes too sweet. Still enjoyed it, but became cloying towards the end of the bottle.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid tripel to style. Carb is bright. Body has the right malt bill for consistency. It's a little boozy, but not harsh. The honey is the showcase. You taste the honey as a wildflower honey that you would get raw from a local farm. That's the most intriguing aspect of this beer. The yeast profile is overly fruity, but that's standard for this style. The banana presence doesn't overpower, which helps.

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

sometimes american made belgian styles are just terrible, really off balanced and with weird yeast complexions that are offensive to the belgian beers the mimic. not this one though, wow is this one good. on tap it looks clear super light yellow, no extra grain weight at all. the head is creamy white and tall. i smell the honey, but the beer isnt sweet as most in the style, its more gummy and polleny than anything else, and the honey is a nice contrast to the candy sugar these usually show so much of. its really mild in flavor, delicate almost, insane its as strong as it is, you would simply never know it. carbonation is really high too, which i think this style needs to not get sweet and too long in the finish. i love what the honey does, sweetening it up just a little but adding a real summery earthiness to it, while distinguishing it from the belgian examples. one of the better american made belgian beers ive had in awhile, i think its real underrated here, and a beer worth trying. excellent this time of year, nice as it warms, and just a clever brew all up. perennial is awesome.

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Photo of Natureboy
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a tripel and it basically tastes like one. The pour is a dark gold (SRM 9), almost no head, not much lacing. Mouthfeel medium bodied. Taste starts sweet, ends sweet, with an alcohol gag at the finish. Not enough maltiness to bury the booze. Probably due to the use of honey as an adjunct. No acid. No hop nothin'. Aroma has a hint of honey, maybe a trace of coriander, or maybe that's something I just wanted. Very strong, sweet tripel, but not exceptional.

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Photo of sphmiel
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance - hazy orange, with thin head and minimal lacing
aroma - spicy, yeast, almost sweet
taste - spicy sweet, some candy sugar, faint hops, Belgian yeast
mouthfeel - medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky
overall - a solid tripel, although the local honey has less of a prescence than expected
compares well with the Abbey products

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Photo of Howler89
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to StonedTrippin and all of his recommendations for the love of my life tonight. Your expertise is unmatched and greatly appreciated.

As for this beer, I was looking for a new tripel that might defeat my general distaste for the style. This one almost does the trick but I wouldn't say Im the biggest tripel fan ever now either. Light Bronze with a thin bubbly layer right after the poor. Pretty much what I expect so far. Sniff test? Well it isn't poisonous. Lots of yeast here. 9 % on the label too? Lets taste it... Pretty solid. Lots of smooth honey for sure. Everything else is about standard. Pretty boozy for a belgian brew. I don't know what it is about tripel but its just no my thing. This beer is sassy, but not much more than that. I just don't love tripel okay? Don't be mad at me. Somewhere between good and a little better than good for the style but nothing I would buy more than once unless forced too.

The girl loves it. And that counts for a lot.


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Photo of cvm4
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours cloudy, orange-gold in color, thin eggshell head with little to no lacing/retention.

S - Really just some Belgian yeast and a slight sweetness.

T - Again, just a tripel with some yeast and sweetness to it.

M - Lighter bodied, medium carbonation and has a dry finish.

O - Kind of a let down. Not much more than a tripel to me.

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Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like wild honey and some grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like wild honey and spicy Belgian yeast, with some grassy hops and candi sugar. It had a clean and mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and oily with subtle carbonation. Very nice slick body.
D: This was a very nice honey ale, more like a saison than a tripel. The scent and taste were very nice, and the body was excellent. The alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Much more impressive than Plan B.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Perennial Artisan Ales branded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a hazy deep golden with amber accents capped by a fluffy two finger bright white head. Slightly above average retention, multiple thin strands of lacing apparent on the sides of the glass. Unique nose: fruity, floral notes, Belgian yeast, and wisps of alcohol. Opens with fruity bubblegum, floral accents joined by dense Belgian yeast midpalate. Some strong alcohol notes surface that are quickly mellowed by light honey which carries through to a smooth finish. Light side of medium bodied, fairly high level of carbonation with some effervescence that is balanced with hints of syrup in the mostly silky smoothness. An excellent variation on a traditional Belgian-style tripel. Another great brew from Perennial.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled June 2013.

Interesting color. Very orange bronze and deep, with some shining clarity, but head barely forms half a finger of creamy white. Manages to leave a simple good puck with noticeable carbonation on the sides of the glass. Beer has a real unique color, but looks quite lifeless.

Mild sensing honey, and plenty of candi sucrose. Smells incredibly sweet and sugary. Not much else going on here.

Palate comes with luckily not as much sweetness. Slight fussel notes of heat, but not too boozy on taste. Crisp and light bodied with not much thick malt presence. Slightly wet, but manages to hold up, but also makes for easier drinkability. A little soda like carbonation and slightly medicinal flavor on the finish as well.

Overall it's not bad, but doesn't come off as anything really memorable for a tripel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 6/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and honey aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors for the style.

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Photo of nmann08
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Scion in DC.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a heavy thick white head that leaves alot of lacing on the glass.

The smell is a sweet aroma. yeast, candied sugar, fruity, with a hint of spice. Pepper. It smells like a tripel and like its 9%.

Taste is sweet, more yeast and sugar, alot of honey comes through. Still spicy and really boozy.

The mouthfeel is good, dry finish, with alot of booze left hanging in your mouth.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass form a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice golden color with some orange hues. There is a nice half inch dense white head that is sticky and is retained for a good bit before receding down to a thin film.

Aroma starts off with some typical Tripel notes. Some slight medicinal phenolic notes with midl pear fruit juice sweetness and some slight spice notes. Definitely some chalky yeast in the nose. Notes of some slight peppercorn and definitely some slight sugary fruit juice notes are present. Mild but yummy bready and earthy grain notes are present with some slight sweet undertones.

Flavor is yummy. Starts off with sharp tripel malt notes. Some nice fruit sweetness that has some slight tartness to it is followed by some nice slight spice (clove, pepper) and then some nice phenolic notes creep in. Just enough to balance the rush of fruit juice sweetness. There is some lingering residual sweetness that I imagine is from the honey. The ABV is up there and can be perceived in the sweetness but not in intensity. Flavor is definitely chalky and slightly yeasty in the middle and throughout the end with the sweetness continuing to fight for domination. Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy and carbonated with a good creamy finish. Delicious.

Overall, This brew starts off maybe a bit underwhelming but the flavors are very well crafted. NIce traditional tripel notes mingle with a slightly sweeter backbone to forma very dangerously drinkable and delicious tripel.

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Woodside from Perennial Artisan Ales
3.8 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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