Vanderbush | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by atone315 on 10-09-2013

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by SteveKay:
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2.22/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Billed as an American Trippel with VanderMill Cider. This is a rare misstep from a very fine brewer. It starts our just like a trippel but very quickly the VerderMill Cider takes over. An extreme sour note on the finish lingers. Trippels is expected to have soft subtle flavor notes so it's strange that they would try to flavor it with sour cider. It might have worked if they used a sweeter cider and less of it.

What is most frustrating is that they know this is bad yet they serve on there premium list. When these small brewers make a bad batch they need to have the stones to pour it out move on.

Still am a big fan of Greenbush but they lost some cred with this one.

If you are looking for something on the C list go for the 1825. Honestly one of the best beers being produced anywhere at this time.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of deakin
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jrbw3orcl
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of stortore
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a copper color, kinda looks like apple cider. Quickly dissipating one finger head, a foamy ring throughout. Not much of an aroma until it really warms. Belgian yeast, some malt, some cider and spiciness late. Taste brings a lot more of the cider, still a good amount of yeast, some malt. Leans toward sweet. Smooth, good body.

I wouldn't say the combo doesn't work at all, it just seems that the cider suppressed a lot of the characteristics of a Tripel. Don't feel like there's much complexity to this. Second bottle of this, liked the first better, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Giggy
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of pandow
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer isn't completely offensive, but it's not what it bills itself as. For a beer marketed as a premium variety, it's very disappointing, and worse than cheaper stuff made by inferior breweries.

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Photo of Big_Neezy
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not quite a beer and not quite a cider but bringing the 10.2% sting which a decent tripel is supposed to bring.

Like others have noted, Vanderbush is billed as limited or special beer but I didn't find it to be that either. Kudos though for sourcing Michigan made beer with Michigan made ingredients which the breweries of West Michigan do so very well. Perhaps my sin was drinking it from the bottle--I know, clutch the pearls.

You're going to get more sour from the cider but not pickle puckering. Great apple notes though.

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one-finger off-white head. The head leaves some light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is green apples, lemon, and Belgian yeast.

T - Flavor is a weird mix of cider, Belgian yeast, and spices. The cider is very prominent throughout giving the beer a lingering sourness. Some pepper notes in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This was a beer was a big disappointment. The flavors just don't work and create a weird mix of flavors. Expected more from Greenbush.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 9/26/2014. Pours very hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces too a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, green apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, honey, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, cider, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, green apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, honey, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness, bitterness, and light cider tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, green apple, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, honey, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cider, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast/tartness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly tart mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and unique tripel style. Good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cider, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MattBreight
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of AdamSteve
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrebeka
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 9/17/15 poured into a snifter
A: Slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2 finger head
S: Wheat, apple, yeast & pear
T: Heavy yeast, some apple & wheat
M:Light-bodied, fairly simple, the alcohol is well-hidden
O: I had high hopes for this but it didn't live up to expectations. Nice concept but the cider is buried and the tripel far less complex/flavorful than most

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Photo of akttr
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of breakingbland
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle marked "mfg:09.26.14".

A beautiful golden orange; a bit cloudy with a ring of foam. The aroma is fairly mild consisting mainly of appley sweetness and some funk. The taste follows but with a sourness (that has a slight metallic character) that changes the sweetness and funk somewhat. The mouthfeel is appropriate for this style but the carbonation is perhaps on the low side.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Fairly refreshing in spite of the sourness. Not sure if I'd get it again, though, as the nature of the sourness was a bit of a turn-off.

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2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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