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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel | Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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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
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
28.69%
 
 
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6
Gots:
36
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Photo of slathyd
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a 22 oz bottle, purchased room temp from the store, stored in my fridge and warmed up about 10 minutes before drinking. Poured about half of the bottle into a chalice for reviewing.

Look: 4 - dark golden color, cloudy

Smell: 5 - great bouquet, cloves, banana, it's what I imagine what a summer day in Belgium smells like

Taste: 3.5 a little acidic and thin tasting

Feel: 3.5 light in the mouth, dances around the tongue

Overall: Nice local tripel, great to support the local brewery. A good summer beer. The 22oz bottle encourages you to share with a friend. Good snacking beer to go along with some sliced apple and sharp cheddar or dinner beer served with a lightly seasoned chicken or white fish dish.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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 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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Photo of EParry84
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this one at the Craft Beer Cellar a few days ago and finally got a chance to break it open. I'm a big fan of Slumbrew's Flagraiser and Happy Sol so I figured I'd give this one a shot as well.

This beer poors a pretty bright orange for a trippel. There's very little head but it's crystal clear and almost no head to speak of. The aroma of this one reminds me a lot of bubblegum.

The taste on this one reminds me a lot of bubblegum as well. I've heard it described as sticky sweet and I'd have to agree with a little lemon. For 9.5 percent I didn't taste the alcohol nearly as much as I thought I would.

Overall, it's not a traditional trippel but it's still a pretty damn enjoyable offering from Slumbrew. Another reviewer mentioned the artwork these guys use and I'd have to second that it's pretty awesome.

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Photo of Juggernaut929
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really loved this beer, I picked it up at my local bottle shop. I'd tried a few of their other beers and was very pleased. This Tripel was REALLY good. Its well rounded, balanced, and quite drinkable. Excellent representation of the style and at a whopping 9.5% it warms you up nicely. You drink it and you wouldnt think its 9.5%. Very well done.

A+ to the people at Slumbrew for this one. Nice to see a honest local brew that's not over priced AND its delicious.

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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 dsensale
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear light amber. The smell is lightly sweet, and you can pick up the white pearl jasmine used in the brewing process. This beer checks in at 9.5 %, but you'd never know it from how smooth it drinks. The sweetness in the aroma is also in the taste, but it is not syrupy or overpowering.

Side note: the labels on all of the Slumbrews are amazing! Cheers to the artists!

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Photo of Moose51
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber. Smells very sweet, intensely of cloves, with the spiciness you would expect a bit more out of a belgian white. Not quite what I would be expecting out of a trippel. There is an odd hint of banana in the smell as well. The taste is much better than you would expect out of the smell.

Impression: The initial taste of this beer starts out a bit like banana, and a bit strange. It is not the best first taste in the world. Luckily the taste rounds out a pretty quickly. Where the smell is a bit too strong of clove, it is not as harsh in the taste. It is a very nice yeast-y flavor that you would expect out of an unfiltered beer. That gives way to a nice slightly sweet slightly bitter stickiness. It is not the unpleasant stickiness that you get from some beers. This lingers just long enough.

This would be a very easy beer to dislike if you gave it a smell, gave it one sip, and gave up. As long as you keep giving it a chance it works pretty well. The amazing thing is how smooth this is for a 9.5%. You really do not realize that it is that potent when you are drinking it. It is very light while still having pretty good flavor. The biggest problem you would have with this is that it will not pair up with the same foods that a trippel traditionally does. It is not the best belgian style I have had, but it does the job well in a surprisingly well.

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Slumbrew Trekker Trippel from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
3.73 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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