Slumbrew Trekker Trippel
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #175
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,358
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
174
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Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Finding new zymological expressions is a noble dedication of the craft beer enthusiast. For those committed to the adventure of seeking new styles, beer destinations and breweries, we applaud you and dedicate this golden Belgian-style trippel ale.

This smooth and alluring Belgian golden ale is full of complex fruity pineapple flavors set against a spicy finish. Dried jasmine flowers added in the boil work with a higher alcohol level to augment Belgian pilsen, caramel and honey malts. Hop character is distinctly Chinook with an aromatic peppery finish that comes from Motueka hops grown in New Zealand.
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Reviews by Sammy:
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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from recent Maine trip. More of a triple than a Belgian IPA, it marries a smooth orange citrus and Belgian yeast tastes. Nicely drinkable, and not showing the alcohol at all. Orange colour and slight orange and malty aromas.Nice balance though a bias as expected on the sweet side.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light fruit nose and flavor is Belgian yeast, caramel, some tart fruit, higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $10.04 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Somerville Brewing Co. "Slumbrew Trekker Trippel"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Hazy deep orange body. Short-lived head of creamy bright white. Limited head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, malty, mild chalky yeast. Mild phenols and background spice.

Flavor: Bold. Fruity, somewhat citrusy, and malty. Mild spice (coriander, clove, dull pepper). Somewhat tart. Notes of apricot, papaya, tangerine, apple, melon, pineapple, and background banana. It opens up as it warms. Gently caramelish, sugary, and honey-like. Median bitterness at around 30 IBUs. Finishes dry with an edge of tartness and fruit and a slight wipe of alcohol before some residual honey-like character rises (and lingers). Slight oxidation :(

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, or perhaps medium-light but with a dextrin's edge. Fine-bubbled, seemingly natural, mildly effervescent median carbonation. It gently caresses the tongue before opening up to become a bit more tingly.

Overall: Best when slightly warmed, as it opens up to reveal its full potential. Nicely fruity.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy with a neutral amber color. Little head and nearly no lace.

Rich, alcohol laden aroma. Lots of fermented malt.

Definite Barley Wine properties but I don't detect any Belgian yeast flavors for a true Trippel. The body is predictable and the carbonation low.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
bottles 4-2012
A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a swirling microcarbonation supporting a thick beige film of head. The head last a long time and sticks to the glass, lacing its way back to the beer.

S- The floral dry yeasty esters have a faint hint of banana to it with a clove phenolic coming through also. The finish has a circus peanut candy that leads to a fresh dry caramel malt note in the finish.

T- The dry candy ester has some circus peanut candy and caramel malt hints with a slight white plastic hint. The estery flavor lingers in a slightly dry finish.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a thick creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a great yeasty profile with a soft hop note and some nice malt hints supporting it. The mouthfeel was a bit to big filling the finish. Very drinkable especially at 9%ABV.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, honey, spices, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, spices and honey come in along with some tart fruit flavors as well. There’s a significant alcohol bite and sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little 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, it’s a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of inanity
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ksimons
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of geocool
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Eh. This is kind of a clogged-up beer. Too bready and yeasty with citrus tones getting in on the mix. Doesn't really stand out how a tripel should with some degree of interesting character. Honestly, it tastes like some homebrew that turned out pretty good. No offense. Eh. Could have done without this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed orange/golden color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second to a tiny rim. Very light lace. Wish there was a bit more retention. Though I am going to assume my St. Bernardus goblet is a bit dirty.
S: This is an amazing nose. That Belgian yeast basement like funk. Wonderful fruity esters like banana, apples, and lemons. An awesome sweetness that is the perfect complement to the esters. A vanilla like sweetness. Excellent.
T: Everything that was in the nose is here, but a bit muted. Still very enjoyable though. Belgian, yeast/funk, fruity esters. Banana most prevalent along with the sweetness. Vanilla again. Very good, but the sweetness just boarders on cloying. Not the amazing balance in the nose. A small gripe.
A: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, and a great Triple to sip on.

This is excellent, and a great example of the style. Something I really enjoy, and would recommend.

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Photo of jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, pasting my notes in and I'm fairly certain I had a completely different experience than the other two reviews, but I had what I had so I have to do this.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, bit of lacing, very clear golden tan color.

Nose has some off flavors, some acetylaldehyde and solventy paint thinner and glue, some phenols, and some esters that should be there. Light golden malts, booze, hint of floral spices and fruits. That off green apple, light sweetness, light spicy hop.

Taste is better but not great. Big sweet malts, golden malts, kick in right away, with some booze and light phenols. Then light oily diacetyl, and green apple acetylaldehyde again. There are hints of that solventy light glue but not a lot. The good flavors bring more belgian malts, light spicy hops, and light floral spices. Finish is dry and gritty, light golden malts and belgian fruit, light phenol.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, light oily diacetyl, and some warming tingly almost feusel alcohol.

Overall just bad. By far the worst beer Slumbrew has made and I'm very surprised they even put it out. Maybe this was a bad batch and got recalled and I happened to get stuck with it or something, or I just got a bad bottle. Every other beer I've had from then has been good, but this is terrible, full of off flavors and even more aromas, an overall unhappy beer and my unhappy senses. So far leaning towards drain pour but I'll see how far I can go. Note I got about halfway before I finally just dumped it and moved on to whisky to burn the flavors out.

Edit: Noticed the other two people who reviewed it and gave it good reviews... one has only reviewed this beer, the only beer he's ever done on BA; and the other has reviewed this and one other beer, also a Slumbrew which makes me very skeptical about both reviews!

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3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dasenebler
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slumbrew Trekker Trippel 6/30/12

22oz, no date.

Reading the label tells me that this is a non-traditional Tripel brewed with Chinook and Motueka hops. I also discover that Slumbrew is contracted out to Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, MA.

Pours a deep, rich gold, pretty dark for a Tripel. Modest head for a Belgian-style ale, retains well and laces nicely.

Aroma has notes of honey, toffee, pear, apple and rubbery phenols. Grassy, woody hops in the background.

Flavor is rich and candy-like without being overly sweet. Lots of caramelized malt flavors and cookie-like maltiness. Yeast flavor comes through with a slightly spicy and clove-like character, but it needs more breadth of yeast. Bit of stone fruit. Finish is pretty dry and alcoholic. This beer is on the big end for a Tripel, without being undrinkable. Hops don't come through so much though. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation. Needs more effervescence.

A decent stab at the style. My issue is that this beer neither sticks to tradition nor sets out into new, uncharted Tripel territory. Too sweet and malty to be a traditional Westmalle-style Tripel, but also not hoppy or nuanced enough be be a game-changing Tripel. If you're going to make a Tripel with Chinook and Motueka then let the hops shine through! You'll still get enough Belgian character from the yeast so as not to make the beer unrecognizable as a Tripel.

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Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: hay, tangerine, and banana

Taste: big tangerine, banana, hay, bread, and honey

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight alcohol bitterness, medium-heavy bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A solid tripel that drinks almost like a very tangeriney pils. I do like other tripels better, but would not hesitate to pick this up again.

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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 174 ratings