Island Reserve: Tripel | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Island Reserve: TripelIsland Reserve: Tripel

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 68
Photo of justme
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with wonderful carbonation a tawny color and a thick white head. After an initial funky taste, it settled into a delightful triple. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of RickS95
1.92/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Doesn't look like a beer at all. It's almost orange in color, like Hi-C. There isn't a bubble to be found. No head whatsoever.

Little smell. If I stick my nose almost into the beer, I can pick up a bit of alcohol. As it warms, some fruity notes come out. But like the look, it's missing some beer characteristics.

It kind of tastes like beer, but just barely. There nothing til the swallow and that's when the Belgian yeast and some fruitiness present. Some alcohol in the finish.

Totally flat. Zero carbonation, like the look. This beer is totally dead and it tastes like it. Completely devoid of life.

Skip this. It's a waste of money. Basically no smell and no flavor, no carbonation to bring anything to life. This would be a drain pour if I wasn't on vacation with nothing else cold.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer poured a yellow-orange color with a white head.

Smell - My first impression was the smell of alcohol coupled with dry tropical hints.

Taste - My first thought was that I was drinking malt liquor with tropical fruit. I had this sense that I was drinking a low quality vodka mixer. The bite of the alcohol had nail polish qualities with the burn at the finish. In fairness, the fruity notes cam more to the front as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel - The tripel had the body for the style, allowing for staying power.

Overall - I had much higher expectations for this beer. Something was just not right here.

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Photo of JasW
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous golden amber into a Duvel tulip, topped by a dissipating two finger off-white head. Musty, yeasty aroma. Taste is a yeasty malt bomb, semisweet, with pineapple and other citrus and tropical fruit notes. Creamy, medium carbonated mouthfeel. Finish is slightly marred by astringency.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. Appearance: Cloudy gold to amber, 2” white foam cap, excellent lace. Smell: fruity, spicy nose, Taste: rounded malt, fruit, some caramel, no clove but a suggestion of banana, some citrus, lemony orange, faint cardamom, lingering pepper on the finish. Dry finish with a medium bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Very creamy smooth, dry, not sour. Alcohols are soft, no heat or warming. The Body is much lighter than you would expect from a 9% abv beer or from the beer’s presence.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a uniformly translucent golden yellow hue. Pours with a small soapy white head that fades quickly to a very thin collar and very little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Apple, peppery spice, pear. The nose is rather soft and delicate.

T- Hints of spice upfront with a delicate light apple and bready background, The spices intensify slightly for the finish but are never overdone as just a subtle alcohol warmth lingers on with spices and light fruit. There is a bit of alcohol astringency that comes through for the finish as well.

M- Medium amount of soft carbonation and a lightweight, delicate body.

O- Overall this is a very nice tripel. Pretty classic in presentation and flavors. It does seem to be just a bit spicier than others. I like this beer and I am glad to have tried it. Not sure how old it is but Im pretty sure I picked it up at a bottle shop in ME or VT over the summer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big peach, pear, apricot, apple, light banana, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of peach, pear, apricot, apple, honey, candi sugar, bread, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice tripel style. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 19, 2014.

The appearance is typical of a Tripel with its pale yellow color and full white head with an overall hazy look.

On the nose I pick up some bready malts mainly followed in short order by some yeast, citrus, and apple.

The body is about medium with a moderate astringency in play.

Like most Tripels, this does have a carbonated champagne kind of feel to it with a nice dose of breaded malts, yeast, pepper and spice, and vaguely butter at the end. There are better Tripels out there but this is not bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, esters, apples, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of Belgian yeast and hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from spices, caramel, apples and other fruits. There’s a strong estery bite. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, overall it’s a solid beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to like this Tripel, but there were some inconsistencies that will require further review. There were at least two kegs tapped and the first one went by quickly. The second tap started with two pitchers-full of head, and the bartender had to scoop the head off before filling the glass--in part it's the bar's fault for not providing proper (and larger) glassware, but head retention in the second keg was simply remarkable, so there was really no workaround. The review is based on three tastings--sample from the first keg, and two full glasses from the second, with the second one having rested for about 15-20 minutes. (Both kegs had been filled from the same very fresh batch at the brewery.)

Poured hazy medium amber with ample head. Second batch was cloudier and had substantially more head which remained for a few minutes. Nice lacing, but that's hardly remarkable.

Floral and fruity upfront, with clear malt aromas. Boozy vapors follow in the second batch. Light notes of spice (coriander and cloves, but otherwise unclear) and caramel.

The pours from the second batch both opened bitter and boozy, but the bitterness subsided in the rested glass. The glass that was consumed immediately retained some bitterness throughout, but it far less bitter toward the end. Big yeast wallop to start. Clear spice and caramel malt notes, but the bitterness was not from the spices and likely not from the wheat. These were followed by briny sweet citrus with lingering slight acidic pucker on the tongue.

Medium bodied beer but seemed lighter than most Tripels. Big carbonation and very boozy--some might like this and consider it a feature, but I would prefer it to be better masked. Bottled version is likely less boozy.

Overall clearly a representative of the style, but not as sweet as earlier reviews had suggested. I was somewhat disappointed with the full glass after the initial taste was much more promising (I chose a different release to try first). Two things might have happened with the second keg that affected the beer--the yeast remained active longer than expected and were stirred up considerably more than usual during transport and tapping. The former would explain excessive head, carbonation and booziness, while the latter would account for the bitterness and its later disappearance. There are likely better Tripels on the market within the same price range and with greater availability (Ommegang, Unibroue and Boulevard), but this one should have a chance to be quite good from the bottle, especially after a bit of aging. I will try it again at a later point and will update the review then.

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Photo of UtopiaXD
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit this one surprised me. I am not much a triple man myself but found myself returning to each sip loving it more as it warmed up. The fruity notes really shined through but wasn't over powering and made the drink quit smooth and drink ability made splitting a 750 between two people quite enjoyable.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: great head, clear, pale yellow color
S: mild nose, grass, some resemblance of saison
T: sweeter tripel but good, wished it was a bit more dry, well-balanced, not over the top with hops
M: balanced but sweeter, EtOH not noticeable but sweeter and drinkable

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy pale yellow with blood orange highlights in a Chimay chalice. The half-inch, creamy white head ultimately leaves a dense, creamy coating of lace that is burnished gold.

Pungent sour apple dominates with a farmhouse funkiness and overripe pears. Sweetness and some soapiness comes out with warmth.

Flavor is very tart and acidic with grapefruit bitterness. Apple and pineapple sweetness is concealed, yet present if one looks for it, in the long, light finish.

A light body with satin texture and a touch of metallic alcohol below expectations, yet clearly expressed. Carbonation is fine and prickly.

This is a good, occasional sipping beer that warms well despite the soapy aroma. I enjoyed the entire bottle.

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Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Chimay goblet. Hazy apricot color. Big delicately bubbly white head that settles down into a frothy covering that shows good retention. Eventuallythe head fades to a white covering of the glass. Bubbly patches of lacing, more than most Tripels.

Smell has light fruit (apples and pears), some lemon zest and a little funk. Missing the usual candi sugar and yeast.

Tastes pretty good. Not a standard Tripel but still features big flavors. The light fruit and sweetness are there, so is the spiciness (black pepper). This beer hides the alcohol well like most good Tripels. The Belgian yeast flavor is missing (often tastes like ripe cheese). Candi sugar not really there either. There is plenty of lemon zest and a little funk (like the Saison du Buff series).

Mouthfeel is rich like a Tripel should be. The pepper spiciness is good too.

Overall a pretty good, if not a typical Tripel

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Photo of maximep
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- murky kind of blonde straw color, big creamy head

S- bubble gum, peachy, grassy, hay, lychee

T- nice bubble gum and grassy sweetness, but nothing special

M- nice and thin, not syrupy or thick in the least

O- decent entry level tripel. didn't leave me wanting more but wasn't a drain pour.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with plenty of haze and a robust effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy white foam with great retentive properties. A nice chunky lace is also left on the glass; quite good indeed.

Smell: sweet malt with a nice, soft apple and pear fruit character. There's a light chalkiness which smooths things out well in my opinion. On top of all of this is a very light funk which works well. A little unorthodox, but I like it.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with a very light funk and a definite citrusy hop presence. The flavor is quite balanced and enjoyable, if a little hoppy for most tripels.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess. It doesn't blow me away, but it is good.

Overall: a very solid tripel, and a good-looking one at that. I'd have this again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, opaque, orange-gold coloring with a thin, filmy coating of white froth. Aromas of light citrus, biscuits, and earthy tones. The beer smells lighter and fruitier than most Tripels. Flavors are tangy sweet, with a honey and citrus backbone supporting currant and cherry highlights, as well as some light coriander and clove spicing. The beer is light and smooth in mouth, with a spiced aftertaste. Smooth, slightly filmy and lingering finish. Light and easy to drink for the ABV...great in hot weather, but dangerous.

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Photo of mrsheeps
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) very hazy golden yellow, floaties, minimal lacing
S) esters, pale malts, bananas; some yeast, apples
T) pale malts, bananas, apples, spice
M) sweet upfront with a dry finish; alcohol quite well-hidden; somewhat of a sipper compared to other tripels
O) I always like coming across a solid North American tripel, and this certainly is one; while there are better tripels out there, this was well worth the shot

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Photo of rdilauro
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have slowly become in love with Tripels. I've been trying so many the past several months and I have not found any I did not enjoy.

I've had several other CISCO beers and have enjoyed each one of them. They make my favorite Summer Beer and I am not a fan of summer beers.

This Triple. was close to perfect. From the initial golden pour with just enough of a creamy head, to the soft, gentle aromas of vanilla and a bit of carmel.

The initial taste went totaly along with the smell. It was a big , soft and full mouthful. The aftertaste (which is always my most critical aspect of any beverage) came through with flying colors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow to orange in color. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film with a slightly thicker patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Some sweetness along with some pale malts, hints of esters, and some light yeast spice notes.

T: Flavors of pale malts with some light yeast spice notes as well as some esters. Well balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

O: Alcohol is well hidden and I enjoy the combination of the yeast spices with the sweetness. Easy to drink (but a sipping beer) and enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of pale malts and a bit of sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of esters and pale malts along with some notes of sweetness. Peppery spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
O: This is a nice tripel that hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a nice amount of head. It smells pretty spicy with some banana character. I'm pretty impressed with how well the ABV is hidden. In terms of taste, the beer is really dry, but balanced wonderfully. The spices play off of the banana and candied sugar really nicely. The taste really infects every surface of the mouth. On the palate, the beer is medium boedied and high on carbonation. The balance gives it a well above average drinkability. Is it a great tripel? Perhaps. Should you search it out? Probably not.

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Island Reserve: Tripel from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.73 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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