Gilded Lily | Carton Brewing Company

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Gilded LilyGilded Lily

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian 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

Added by audisoddd on 12-09-2014

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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brushkanna
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srw
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thebeers
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a vibrant hazed gold color with a finger of white head that dissipates into a thick crown.

Yeast and pear sweetness in the nose.

Sweet tasting up front: pear, honey. A little cider and a kiss of palate mid-palate. Then a dry finish with an earthy something that could be the truffles.

Medium bodied, a touch oily and slick, with just enough carbonation.

This is a pretty decent triple. Not quite up there with the Belgian classics, but still pretty solid.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.57/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

It looks ok...smell is ok at first but a dose of nasty truffle hits. Same for flavor. It's downright awful. Taste is a decent tripel...but it's ruined by the truffle. Aftertaste is puke like. A good tripel ruined...

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Photo of 22Blue
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew.

12 oz. Can
Canned: 12/8/16

Poured into a tulip a really nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a really nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves an oil slick and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, I'm guessing the truffles (definitely a different kind of funk), kinda banana, heavy licorice. The taste is not too bad, malty, yeasty, some sweetness, heavy licorice, truffles(?). Full Body, ABV hidden fairly well/kinda hot. Overall, kinda tasty, but gets to ya after a while. Has some charateristics of a tripel, but it fades pretty quickly. Not glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of WesMantooth
2.36/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a 12oz can

It is a cloudy apricot color with a lot of sediment/floaties. Decent amount of soapy white head.

It smells awful. I can't think of any experience with a worse smelling beer. I can only describe it as a burnt hair/perm and some sort of animals scent gland. It is taking a considerable amount of effort to attempt to drink it.

As luck would have it, it doesn't taste nearly as bad, but that is in no way a compliment. There is a significant amount of honey, some sweet ripe greeen fruit, and a very floraly flavor that makes me feel like I licked a perfume sprayer.

I am done with this.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a very ugly beer due to a sandstorm of sediment swirling around a peach-amber body. There's also not really a head, with only an off-white collar.

The aroma of white truffle is certainly present on this one, but thankfully isn't pungently overwhelming like the often ridiculous and artificial white truffle oil can be. Quite a fair amount of spicy phenols, with maybe a hint of yellow apple skin, and it smells like it might be quite hot. It's just unfortunate that white truffle has such an off-putting aroma for some.

Taste confirms this is boozy, but estery yellow apple does come off right away, quickly followed by a powerful phenolic spice, with the truffle providing an almost floral yet earth note in the background--in other words, thankfully, this is NOT an oddball truffle beer, but a beer with a little touch of truffle. I do get an element of honey on the back end.

It's way too hot for my liking, leaving my nose fuming during an exhale after a swallow, but body is moderate and nicely carbonated, with an almost sticky, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.69/5  rDev -32.2%
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 CharlesK
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopznbuds
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jmamay22
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Moestavern
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nickwierda
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Biggiekrock627
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erjaq
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zaphog
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rich_K
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of captainkrad
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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