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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Added by russwbeck on 04-21-2012

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of SmellTheGluv
1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 justme
4/5  rDev +7%
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 rdilauro
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Nickfellow007
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of RickS95
1.92/5  rDev -48.7%
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 avisong
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of UtopiaXD
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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 JasW
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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 puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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 mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +7%
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 tjsmith910
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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 rjak774
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good tripel. It's not bad to try.

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Photo of MJsGhost
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of VictorWisc
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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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