Gilded Lily
Carton Brewing Company

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4 | pDev: 12.75%
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Gilded LilyGilded Lily
Notes: 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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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a frosted gilded-straw color with a finger of white foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is caramely, nutty, earthy, bready malts, vanilla bean, wildflower honey, truffles, herbal and spicy hops and a kiss of heat. Big aroma that blooms with each whiff. Flavor profile is caramely, bready, nutty malts with herbal and spicy hops. Wildflower honey and truffles add additional layers of sweetness, with a little heat at the back to round it out. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a near-still effervescence that carries just a touch of silty grain. Overall, dynamic layering of Belgian tripel with honey and truffles.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Apr 05, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Carton Brewing Co. 'Gilded lily"
12 fl. oz. can, CANNED ON 12/12/18 15:27:28"
$6.49 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I have to say that this seems a little weird but I'm willing to try it; it's a Belgian-style Tripel done with honey and white truffles. How is that even possible as honey is expensive to begin with, and truffles are REALLY expensive? It's poured a hazy golden body beneath a short head of white foam. The head has already dropped a bit, and I know my glass is "beer clean" as I've just used it with a beer that showed great head retention and lacing. Interestingly it was just about the same strength as well. OK, the aroma is fruity with some grainy malt. I'm finding orange and peach, and some green banana. If there's any truffle in there it's coming across as dusty earth. It's not a bold aroma but it's pleasant and welcoming. The flavor follows with a stronger and fuller fruit flavor that includes some lemon and mango. The honey is there as well, which is quite nice, and there's some earthiness that I'll assume is coming from the truffles but really that could be from hops or yeast as well. Ahhh, or maybe not. Interestingly I used some black truffles in the dinner that I prepared last night and I'm thinking now, yes, there is a little bit of that towards the end, once you get past the fruit that you find upfront, and really, probably even more so in the finish. And I know black and white truffles are different, OK, I got it, but I think I am finding something there. The other option is to say that there's not enough to really notice it so take your pick. The alcohol shows a bit, making its strength known, and that also helps to dry it in the finish. The bitterness is listed at 30 and that makes sense, with all of that residual sugar it comes of as quite mild, and yet it never actually becomes "sweet" and it's never sticky or cloying. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a bit of a dextrinous edge, and its moderate carbonation lends a gentle caress to the tongue before warming to become velvety smooth. Normally I'd want more carbonation and bite from a tripel but I think in this case it really works the way it is. So, forgetting about the truffle, I think this is a really special beer and I'm not even really sure why, it just has that certain je ne sais quoi that makes one beer more magical than another. At the very least, putting the honey together in a way that retains all of that flavor is pretty special. I've never really been a fan of Carton beers, to me they've always just seemed OK, but this one is different and I now have a new found respect for them.
Review# 6,513

Mar 11, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had as a blind review courtesy of MacMalt
Poured a cloudy golden orange with two fingers of white head.
Smell was somewhat fruity, peach, banana, bready malts, and underlying earthy tones. 
Taste was similar with the earthy flavors becoming more dominant. Bready malts and fruitiness is still there as well. Getting some spice as well.
Feel is medium to full bodied with good carb levels, fairly creamy, low alcohol presence.
Overall a different flavor profile than any beer I've had to date, the earthiness was the most different aspect.
After the reveal I see that Carton hit what they were going for with this one, the truffle was definitely the earthy quality that I was getting.

Jan 07, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden, minimal head that dissipates quickly. Huge aroma of truffle with notes of honey and Belgian yeast.
First taste is just a huge load of truffle up front, sweet honey, thick mouthfeel - like nectar. Loads of Belgian -type flavors: banana, esters, etc. This is a great Belgian tripel loaded up with truffles. Great idea, excellent execution.
I have never experienced a beer like this before. It is extremely rich and filling, like food. It wasn't filling from the malt, but I think the truffles. Like if you eat a small amount of creamy / buttery French food.

growler from brewery.
4 rating

Jan 02, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Looks semi opaque with an SRM color index of 5 according to can dated 6 days ago. Smells like mild mushroom,BO funk, Fresh dough. Tastes sweet and strange. Very earthy and dank. Feels well constructed and ABV well hidden.Overall I like mushrooms. Not so much in my beer. I have never had a white truffle , maybe that is why this beer seems weird and gross. Overall give it a shot. The truffles jacked this beer way up in price. Next day revision: Was trying to be optimistic after wasting 26 dollars on a 4 pack of 12oz cans. The bottom line this beer tastes horrible in my opinion, not to mention you can't get the mushroom taste to go away. It ruined other beer I tried to drink !

Dec 24, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Aug 01, 2017
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DrinkSlurm from New York

2.57/5  rDev -35.8%
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...

Jul 19, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Jul 01, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

2.36/5  rDev -41%
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.

May 26, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -33%
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.

Apr 30, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.69/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Apr 21, 2017
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Jmamay22 from New York

3.52/5  rDev -12%
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.

Feb 01, 2017
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Nickwierda from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Jan 05, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the strangest beers that I've ever had, for starters. Like the Southern Tier Creme Brulee, this was one that you either loved or hated as it's hard to have any middle ground on this. I don't know what truffles taste like but if the description on the can of dirt and sex was to be believed, than this would be the most that I could handle at once; in liquid form...

The pour to this was golden, a bit waxy, and somewhat thick as the date on the bottom of the can was from 12/8 of last year with "[email protected] 46F" written above it. Tons of dirt, truffle oil, booze, and just an odd funk on top of it all. Some light fruit could be felt in the taste but this was just so bizarre that I couldn't even really pinpoint it down. While strong enough to be a Tripel, it never really tasted like one as the Belgian influences were drowned out by the dominant flavors here. As oozy as beer could get, the lacing wasn't too prevalent but this had a slickness unto itself, that also wasn't like anything I ever felt before.

One can at a time was enough for me and though I'm glad I had it on tap up at the Cloverleaf as well, this was more of a novelty than anything else. Try it once if you dare but be forewarned, it probably requires a chaser of water afterwards!

Apr 20, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Feb 28, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +6%
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.

Feb 27, 2016
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BethanyB from New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Feb 21, 2016
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wilkel39 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Feb 07, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Jan 18, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

Dec 28, 2015
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Dec 26, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Mar 23, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Feb 26, 2015
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mikeburd1128 from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -7%
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.

Feb 07, 2015
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Psychmusic from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -15%
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

Jan 11, 2015
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