Gilded Lily | Carton Brewing Company

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Gilded LilyGilded Lily

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Are there any aromatics more corruptly appealing than that suspect waft of dirt and sex that is the heart of fresh white truffles? Not the fake pretty perfumes ubiquitous these days, but the approach/avoidance primitive reaction to that heady scent of something that was secretly thriving just below fecund soil on early morning moments in late fall. Gilded Lily looks to take the beauty of a classic Belgian tripel a step further by stitching a little bit of white truffle’s leather to the edges of the beer’s luxurious drape--the pull of a touch of kink peeking from a lovely silk robe. Drink Gilded Lily because a little hint of dirty makes it all the more alluring.

30 IBU

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Photo of q33jeff
2.69/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Can to snifter.

LOOK: bright golden color, small white head, some cloudiness from sediment...could've avoided by stopping pour before last 1/2 oz.
AROMA: yeast, truffle banana, a lot of wang, very pungent. Truffle gives it a heaviness.
TASTE: chardonnay, mold, truffle, earth, mineral, ginger, Wang.
FEEL: heavy and thick, mild carbonation.

Definately a sipper. Not a fan of most of these flavors, but the brew is certainly interesting. I warmed up to it A little on the middle, but by the last third I was sick of it. A ton going on. Not something i'd look for again.
I've come to appreciate Belgian styles more and have certainly less often referred to heavy or sour yeast flavors as the "belgian wang", but it is so strong in this I must invoke the use of the term again.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly cloudy gold with a voluminous off white head that holds up well. Aroma smells of earthy wet rain, fruity notes of strawberry, and a floral perfume note. A fairly sweet scent in general.

The flavor is more of the same, but with a different balance. More earthy flavors and less fruity. Leaves a lingering sweetness with mild bitterness. The general flavor impression is that it is too sweet and has a mildly cloying alcohol presence. Not overwhelmingly so, but gives that impression to my palate. Mouthfeel is on the on the lighter side of medium and a lower level of carbonation than I would like. More carbonation may have helped to increase the perception of dryness and acidity to counteract the perceived sweetness.

The truffles definitely add a distinct quality that goes well with the flavor of the beer. Overall the beer is somewhat out of balance with a lack of bitterness, acidity, or perception of dryness.

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Photo of Nickwierda
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/8, about a month old. Took it out of the fridge while I did the dishes, then took out the garbage, so it was about 45-50F when opened.

N: Truffle bomb. Even has that parmesan-y note I always get when bombarded with fresh shaved truffle. Traditional yeasty tripel notes become more prominent as it warms. Final sip actually had more of that on the nose than the truffle - big transition from what it was when first opened. Empty glass is truffle, parmesan, yeast, and generic sweetness.

T: Truffle, honey, and natural phenolic yeastiness of the base tripel in equal measure. Starts out big truffle, then gets more honey sweet, finishes tripel yeast and truffle.

F: Very nice medium body, low carb, which dissipates to basically nothing as the beer gets down in the glass. No heat at all, but you start to feel the 10.6% like halfway through the can. Tread carefully.

O: Fuckin dee-lish. Incredibly decadent in a savory sort of way. A big, sweet, opulent Belgian tripel infused with a heavy dose of shaved truffle. Think fettucini alfredo topped with shaved truffle, sprinkled parm, paired with La Fin du Monde. If you like that sort of thing you will love this beer. Another home run from the boys in Atlantic Highlands.

Also, perfect name btw, encapsulates exactly what this beer is.

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Photo of Slack
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold in color, cloudy, with little head and no lacing.

Smell is yeast, bananas, malt, booze and as it warms a strange paint thinner like aroma.

Taste is similar to the nose with bananas and yeast mixed with malt and fruit.

Mouthful is medium to a bit light and smooth. Carbonation is average. Finish is short and sweet.

A nice tripel but the nose is extremely dissappointing as it warms. Otherwise a very drinkable beer that is balanced and has a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Carton tulip glass. It pours a hazy, murky honey-orange color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It has a lovely fruity smell featuring banana, orange peel, yeast, and the Belgian spice one would expect in a Tripel. The taste follows the nose with lots of banana and citrus, along with the ever-present truffle and pepper and spice. It is a very well-crafted beer that should not be drunk at too low a temperature. It is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, and the alcohol, while noticeable at 10.6% ABV, is not overwhelming, with no real burn. Overall, Carton's take on the classic Tripel is very good. It's a pleasant, and fun, beer to drink.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A remarkably unique, musky, and wild take on a Belgian Tripel, with the promised white truffle flavor coming through as a strong, surprisingly blendable aphrodisiac. The clear, bubbly, honey-colored brew is a tasty opportunity that should not be passed by. Fresh peaches, nectarines, and a pinch of white pepper add sugar and spice to the rich funkiness of the truffle, both in terms of aroma and taste. The flavor also bears a squeeze of tart citrus that further rounds out the fascinatingly delectable profile, while also creating the essence of dry champagne. Now, a bit more kick when it comes to carbonation would do this beer good, as a crisper quality would help the brighter flavors to balance the earthiness of the truffle. In the end, however, this is of little consequence--this one-of--a-kind beer is a precious jewel.

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Photo of wilkel39
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased on 02-05-2016 from the brewery.
Poured from the can into a tulip glass from River Horse Brewing.

A: Golden-yellow. Translucency is low and the head is small in volume. Similar to that of other tripels.
S: Belgian yeast upfront. Banana is the prominent. Smells relatively strong of alcohol.
T: Banana is, indeed, prominent upfront. Small bite from the alcohol. Finishes beautifully with an earthy and buttery tail; the truffle delivered, as promised. Leaves an excellent aftertaste of banana-like sweetness, creaminess, and butteriness.
M: Exceptionally smooth for its style. Carbonation is above average.

O: Extremely pleasant drinking experience. Truly a luxurious beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Semi-hazed pale golden hue, decent lacing. Very Belgian-like in the nose with very earthy of truffles and dried apple and pear aromas. Phenols are present, enough character to stay well within the Tripel realm. Very warming, lots of malt on the palate. Semi-dry with truffle and phenols dancing on the tastebuds. One of the most interesting beers that has stayed to style. Each sip grows on me.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At $26 for a pack of 4 12 ounce cans, time to see if it's worth the truffle.

Hey, where are you all going?

Poured from a can purchased 12/26 into a Belgian ale glass.

L: Pours easily, small white soapy head with little retention, no doubt due to high ABV. Leaves a little ring. Color is a cloudy amber with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Fruit and malt on the nose, some sweetness, a tiny bit of earthiness. A little bit of alcohol.

T: Fruity up front, both tropical and citrus. Definitely catch the sweetness of the honey, but the high ABV cuts that nicely. Light malts. Only the faintest earthy whiff of truffle, which is good because a little goes a long way.

F: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, very well-balanced. Truffle could have been a disaster and they made it work.

O: This is good stuff. Unusual and pretty expensive for a 12 oz can, but good.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I want to start by saying this is far from my favorite style.

Beautiful golden honey color, small head that fades and nothing left in the way of lacing. Notes of sweet honey, floral honey notes, light banana, clean fruity flavors, orange marmalade, dinner roll like malt backbone, and a rich earthy finish that brings it back to earth. So drinkable for 10.6%, no heat from the alcohol, smooth and clean with a nice medium body. Truthfully this beer surprised and amazed me. The flavors are clean, fruity and rich. It's drinability is very high and it's super smooth. Truly well done.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

EBF sample. Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish color. Aroma is definitely unique. It's aromas to me, seem quite earthy and dirty. Must be the truffles, eh? I had no idea what this beer was brewed with and now it's beginning to make some sense. Flavor was more of its Tripel base than in the nose. Spicy yeast, spiced breads and that dirty, earthen truffle character. Finished rather sweet. I was shocked by the high alcohol content; it was hidden well. The beer did seem to have some body, though.

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Photo of dar482
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer offers Belgian tripel qualities with orange peel and spice. The alcohol is very well hidden with a medium mouthfeel, then hits of this savory truffle quality.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Truffle added some nice flavors to the beer. Looked and felt great, but I just couldn't get over the intense nail polish nose and taste on this one. Solid beer, but a bit off to me. Can't understand the extremely high marks this one gets.

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Photo of Psychmusic
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The smell is pleasant and interesting, white truffles and a relatively muted tripel base. The taste is somewhat off putting, as the truffles add an odd vegetal note

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Burnished gold and a candi fine lacing trickling down the side.

S: Earthiness collides with perfume of truffles. Truffle earthiness come to dominate. Mustard and white wine. Very elegant.

M: Perfect body bit a tad too dry and crisp to be deemed lush in any way.

T: Soft cliven dew atop the earthiness of truffles. DECADENT

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Photo of leantom
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad that I tried this one. Here goes:

L: Clear gold with a massive head and lacing. Very well-made, at least judging by the appearance. Not like other tripels which are usually cloudy and yeasty.

S: Great. Very earthy, bready, spicy, etc. The breadiness is from the yeast, and the earthiness and spiciness are most certainly from the truffels.

T: Very good. Truffels are rather earthy, spicy, and sweet; the sweetness is very detectable in the head. The yeast imparts a bready taste and mouthfeel. Very complex. This beer has it all, from the earthiness of the truffels to the breadiness of the yeast.

M: Nice and thick. Very good.

O: A great beer. Perfect tripel. The truffels really complement the breadiness of the yeast.

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Photo of Crookdrain
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Carton. Nose is butter, dirt, and spicy Belgian yeast. Very unusual taste - a lot of "earth" from the truffles. will definitely be a "love" or "hate" beer - no in between. If you can get past the earthy-mushroom taste, this is a weird but fantastic little beer.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Belgian tripels are not my favorite style. But I love Carton so I tracked this one down to try. I was intrigued by the description. I will say I was blown away by this beer. I've learned that I'm pretty terrible describing aromas and tastes when I review, but I will say that the aroma is extremely pungent and complex. The taste is the same, with different things coming from taste to finish. Fantastic!

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Photo of Act25
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this first release at the TEDxNavesink holiday party. Returned to a can from cellar on 7-1-16. AND again on 12-22-16. Gets better with age.

If the goal is to riff on the Tripel, with an original, surprising, yet appropriate set of new motifs, then this jazz is classic. This is gourmet food. Needs a James Beard debut.

A: Creamy head, lasting lace, pale Tripel body.
S: Truffle aroma is prominent and at the right level. Melded with the classic Beligian esters, citrus, yeast and grass of a Tripel. ABV is well hidden.
T: As a reviewer wrote "Gourmet Beer", I agree. This beer should accompany James Beard event or win an award. The fecund, fertile, perfume of white truffles is a perfect accompaniment of beer. It proves beer's versatility to be a canvas on which to play.
F: Creamy, right-noted. Long finish. Invites more, but definitely a meditation beer and sipper.
Cant wait to try it again. Let it warm.

So what's the difference between flavored beer and infused beer? It's like irish whiskey coffee or coffee and cognac or tea and grand marnier vs vanilla-hazel-nut-keirug. The former is enhancement, the latter distraction.

Bought a 4 pack $26 at Carton - definitely a sipper. Strange and deep indeed. Aged very nicely for > 1 year in cellar.

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Photo of Fezzik1970
5/5  rDev +24.4%

I think we can safely say carton has achieved gourmet beer here. I never would have guessed that the earthy funk of truffles belonged on the flavors of an orange bundt cake but there you go. It's genius.

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Gilded Lily from Carton Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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