Slumbrew Trekker Trippel | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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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
Ratings:
168
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jlindros
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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 smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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 GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, hazy, opaque, copper-orange coloring with a filmy, sparse surface coating of white, with a filmy build up of a ring around the surface. Aromas of jasmine, bubble gum, cotton candy, clove, lemon grass, toffee, and bread. Very layered and very rich/dynamic. Opens up the more it warms. Flavors are bready and toffee in the backbone, with a tangerine/citrus overlay heavily spiced with coriander, clove, and all spice, and a heavy dose of Belgian yeast characters too numerous to name. Very tasty, and very palatable. The increased ABV is very well blended in this beer. Smooth, and somewhat light bodied, with a slow building warmth into the spiced and rich aftertaste. The finish is spiced, effervesced, and clean, with a Belgian funk linger. Good beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled May 2012.

Orange with some redder hues, thick white head and really nice retention and lacing. Nose has a spicy sweet malt character, pears, lots of yeast character, leafy and fruity hops, hopping is American with some tropical suggestions. Taste is spicy, malty, yeasty. Herbal bitterness - almost has a bit of Duvel character in some regards. Medium body with a heavy, bubbly carb. Mild sweetness and slice lasts. A pretty good tripel all around.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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 puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 1, 2014.

The pour has a pleasant looking amber color - about the color of an aged whiskey, with a short-lived of-white head and some carbonation.

The nose does bring out some of the Belgian sugars, pale malts, and yeast I expected but there is also a definite sharp bite in there too. Maybe earthy hops.

Light to medium body.

The taste tends to bring out a bit more caramel malts than the aroma would imply. That is offset by a somewhat bitter finish that roars through my senses.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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 PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rather shiny copper hue. Dark for the style. Head is respectable. Foamy and dirty white. Mostly transparent.

S-Nose is dripping with yeast. Apples and pears. A bit earthy. Too yeast-forward for my liking. Spicy too.

T-Taste is pretty legit. The yeast is well incorporated with a solid malt base and some juicy fruits. Belgian spice and some light grassy hops. Cloves bubblegum too.

M-Full bodied but the carbonation really lightens it up. Boozey. Takes a while to put away. Dry and dry.

O/D-Slumbrew's take on the Tripel is a success. I didn't love it...at all. But I can decipher the craftsmanship. A nice up and coming brewery. This isn't my favorite from them but I can tell it was made with care.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.73 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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