Slumbrew Trekker Trippel | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

Slumbrew Trekker TrippelSlumbrew Trekker Trippel
BA SCORE
70.2%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 168 ratings
Slumbrew Trekker TrippelSlumbrew Trekker Trippel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States
slumbrew.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 04-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,225
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
168
Liked:
118
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.53%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of NextJen
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of QuesoGrande
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure if I got a bad batch but the flavor and feel was not dry and light like a tripel should be. It was tangy and astringent to point that each sip brought about some serious cotton-mouth. I had to dump it.

Edit:
I kept a can and opened tonight to give it the benefit of the doubt.
It's got a super tangy scent, almost solvent-like flavor and it's making question if I'm tasting the same beer that others have reviewed. If the label didnt say this was a tripel I wouldn't have thought so, because this isn't a tripel.
It's too sweet to be a tripel. It's not light enough to be a tripel. If there are fruity esters, they're overpowered by the odd astringency.
This is my first review and, honestly the poor quality of the beer is what motivated me. Belgian beers and particularly tripels are my favorite. I drink them, read about them and make them. People shouldnt think this is what a tripel is.

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Photo of Severymusic
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this after a long day of tasting at other breweries in and around Boston, so my rating might not be entirely accurate.

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Photo of NickyB617
4.99/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Be careful with this beer--they go down so smooth that it's easy to forget the 9.5% ABV! Definitely be sure to pair this with some of their bar bites if you want to put a couple back (trust me, it's worth it.)

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Photo of tbeaton
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of crossfit_lunatic
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PivotalPuvo
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An average example of a Belgian Tripel with little complexity.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 trevorpost
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tim725
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucienbel
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sprat1960
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Cooper towards orange in color; transparent. Pours with a thick layer of foam on the surface of the beer that dies down quickly leaving some patches on foam remaining. Some small bubbles present.

Smell: Spices, pineapple and mild hops. (Typical Trippel aroma.)

Taste: Similar to how it smells - spices, pineapple, mild hops with a slightly tangy finish. Very good.

Feel: Medium body. Medium carbonation that is smooth with just the right amount of fizzy sensation. Very slight tangy, spicy finish. Very nice.

Overall: Very good Trippel. Not as good as the authentic Belgian Trippels, but close. Decent beer from a brewer that is local to me.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ssoulf
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of amalburg
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimHitchings
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of abeaulieu
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pdonovan16
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: murky medium brown-orange hue with a thin layer of ivory foam. A bit dark for a tripel and the thin head disappeared quite quickly. The appearance could use a little work.

Smell: the aroma is pretty light. It has a fair bit of sweetness and fruitiness, including an apple/pear character that I like. Not too bad.

Taste: nicely malty with plenty of orchardy character. There's a sweetness up front that threatens to become cloying but then is cut off with that hint of tartness -- yes, there is a bit of pineapple character here. It's not bad at all. After a few sips some alcohol heat starts to develop; this isn't entirely bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: I really like the fruitiness of this beer, but its aroma is a bit weak and its look leaves a lot to be desired. I'd love to try a slightly more refined version of this recipe.

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Photo of slasich
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 70.2% out of 100 with 168 ratings
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