Brimstone | Boom Island Brewing Company

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Boom Island Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sacrelicio on 06-02-2012

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 79
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another well made beer from these cats, but probably their least exciting beer i have had, their most true to style and least innovative, but its hard not to be stoked on a really good example of a belgian tripel. do these guys do all belgians and wilds? thats all i have ever had from them. this is just a little hazy, bright golden in the glass with over an inch of creamy white head, pretty brew. it smells like spicy belgian yeast, pepper, golden raisins, vanilla, and white sugar. its definitely sweet in the flavor too, wheaty and candy sugar sweetness both, and a very pronounced and classic belgian yeast strain with some apricot and green apple fruity notes to it and a herbal element, not quite like sage, but something culinary and pungent. great fluffy body to this, a little alcohol heat, and a lot of carbonation. its not that different, but its very good. of all the cool new breweries i have been experiencing in minnesota lately, these guys are awfully near the top of the list. their beers are all excellent in my encounters. this is delicious tripel, could have come from belgium.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste and smell more than make up for the pale ale-esque appearance. Loads of dark fruit flavors coupled with belgian yeast, candi sugar, and pronouced but balanced spices. Smooth, but slightly syrupy. Delicious, way better than Voodoo Dubbel from Boom Island, well done. Would recommend. Aged for 1 1/2 years.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Light fruits, melon, peach, bread on the nose with a hint of earthy hops.
A slightly hazy peach colored pour under a 1" white head.
Big large pitted fruits on the palate with some honey and orange, moist dark bread with a dash of pepper and a touch of hop on the end.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of ZAP
4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this bottle as a Father's Day gift. A nice treat and a well made tripel that aligns along the way I prefer my tripels.

A-Majestic bronze color. Perfect creamy white head.

S-Nice yeastiness....a lot of berries..blueberries, blackberries, strawberries...vanilla

T-Sweet flavor to this....very fruity with the berries but now also overripe peaches as well....honey...bubble gum...great flavor to this....some light lemon poppyseed muffin flavor to this as well....

M-Medium to full bodied....perfect carbonation....for as sweet as this is it does not become cloying.

O-My very first Boom Island beer as I am hesitant to pull the trigger on pricy bombers with mixed reviews. I will likely buy this again. I love this beer. Top tier tripel in my book.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden color with a one finger creamy white head. Leaves a white cap throughout and nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with spices and banana. A little alcohol in the mix, but not overpowering. Smells like a welcoming Belgian ale.

Taste: Sweet and fruit with a nice little hops flavor that is quickly followed by spices of pepper and clove and sweet fruits. Finishes semi-sweet with a little alcohol tang.

Feel: Creamy and slippery medium body with low-to-medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty good interpretation of the Belgian Tripel style. Some big fruity and yeasty flavors, with some spice and alcohol. I have bought this a few times, and will buy it again.

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Photo of bsp77
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy gold with moderate, stark white head with tiny bubbles.

Smell: Banana, clove, pepper and fleshy fruit. A trifle mild.

Taste: Strong fleshy fruit with light yeast notes of banana and clove. Not as much pepper on the finish as expected, with a lingering fruit aftertaste that is off.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, a little syrupy. Finish is not dry at all.

Overall: Bad finish and aftertaste. Otherwise okay.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter. No bottle date that I could find. Opened 10 months after purchase.

A Light, golden, transparent. Thick foamy head. Good retention. Lots of carbonation/fizz.

S Very bready. Yeast. Wheat. Slight hint of alcohol.

T Just like the smell, but add some banana, clove, and black pepper. The alcohol is too pronounced. Almost medicinal. Aspirin.

M Good full mouthfeel that's true to the style. Finishes a bit harsh because of the booziness.

O Man, I wanted to like this. I really did. Thought putting some age to it would be beneficial, maybe I should get some fresh, though I don't think that will help the flaws that it has. Rubbing alcohol and over-the-counter drugs are way too prevalent in the flavor. Needing a pair of pliers to get the cork out didn't help the overall disposition. Smelled damn good though.

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Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

on tap at george and the dragon

A=pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a 1 finger head that recedes quickly
S-lemon zest pale malts sweet bread
T-citrus and lemon grass yeast aromas of banana and wheat sweet candi malts
M/O-low carbonation with sweet malts hops take a back seat

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Photo of deebo
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A 750 ml bottle with a ton of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Poured into a snifter the first pour of this beer clear golden with a fair amount of suspended yeast. Not much of a head, a thin white ring around the glass-no lacing.

Cold the aroma is yeasty with some spicy phenolic notes. Clean barley malt aroma. As it warms little additional aromas come out.

Initial taste is clean malt with a pleasant yeastiness to it with some white peppery phenolic finish. As the beer warms, vapory alcohol comes out a bit. Slight bitterness.

Light bodied for such a high ABV beer. Moderate to low carbonation for a tripel. Finishes a bit spicy but doesn't linger much.

Overall, this is a decent tripel. Not much complexity, but its clean and not hot so does the job. Probably my favorite beer so far from this new brewer. However, given its similar price to the Belgians I don't see why I'd come back to this one.

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Photo of Ross_Haddow
4.91/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one of my all time go to beers. It is a deceptively easy beer to drink for 9.5%. The bottle condition creates great effervescence in the glass which adds to the presentation. I get notes of banana and clove in the nose and initial tasting and it has a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky honey yellow color with a thin, white one finger head. Retention is awful. Generic and uninviting.

S - Light citrus, floral hops, bready yeast, and pale malts. Balanced and lively. Good enough.

T - Yeasty throughout. Fruity esters throughout. Citrus is prominent. Floral hops make an appearance near the end. Balanced and easy drinking.

M - Oddly thick and smooth. Not ideal for the style.

D - Incredibly easy drinking for the high alcohol but pretty bland and uninspired. Probably won't have it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into nonic glass in Fort Collins, Colorado.

A: Body colour is a pale yellow-copper. Head is two fingers, beige, fairly thin, without much cream at all but of good retention for the ABV. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, lemon citrus zest, lactic notes, and grassy notes. Not great for the style. An above average strength aroma.

T: Pale malts, lemon citrus, some grassy notes, more citrus zest, and maybe clove from the yeast. A fairly simple beer in the style. Decently balanced. Unimpressive. Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Good thickness. I wouldn't call it refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable for the high ABV, but underwhelming. I wouldn't get this again. A passable tripel, but nothing unique or special.


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Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic strong Belgian appearance... dark gold, clear as a bell, swelling white head retains and laces wonderfully. Loads of beading.

Citrus, pine, muddy yeast notes, more smooth than spicy, tons of banana and clove, more yeast... damn smooth.

A liquid banana split... sweet malts overpowered by pale fruits, coconut, the yeast waits until the finish to really show itself, drying up the palate in the process... again, incredibly smooth.

Give it a go if you're interested.

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Photo of mjryan
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As good a Tripel as I've ever had. Hazy orange with a voluminous, lacy head. Yeast driven aroma displaying light banana, chamomile and citrus zest. Flavour is at first sweet, almost honey like. Clove and banana make a camio mid sip followed by a light, hoppy garden herb, dry finish. The carbonation on this one is lively, yet the body is just a tad full for my taste. Just a touch, and really I'm just searching for something in the beer to criticize. Second bottle in as many weeks. Extremely good beer.

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Photo of Mdog
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow, good carbonation, nice big head.

Smell: Light fruit--grapes, yeasty.

Taste: Fruity grape, pears, hint of alcohol. Breadiness in the background.

Overall: Kind of a generic tasting tripel, not a lot of yeasty spicy notes going on in either the smell or the taste. Nice fruity taste and body, but just feels like a "strong ale" instead of a tripel.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy, pale golden coloring, thinnish chalk white head.

Aroma: sweetness and spice, lemon and banana, especially ester-y. Alcohol begins to show through after a bit.

Taste: Once in the mouth, alcohol comes first, followed by light malt character, then citrus fruit, and spare amounts of spice. Light-bodied, fairly smooth, but something feels off in the flavor. It comes close, …but misses the mark. Too thin in the mouthfeel, I could do with some more of malt and yeast. The alcohol overcomes it, and overtakes the parts of the flavor I'd really rather be enjoying. "A bit 'hot", we like to say these days.

All in all, I'm not wild about this one, but I'll give them time to improve. And one area I really want to see them improve on is their label descriptions:

"The skinny on Brimstone: Aroma: Light fruit & interesting yeast character. As it warms, light alcohol and subtle spiciness increases. Appearance: clear and golden, long-lasting white head. Flavor: Nice balance of yeast character and spice, layered upon light fruit notes. Moderately dry with slight hop bitterness on the finish. Overall impression: A classic of a Belgian Strong! Flawless technical merit, good alcohol control, and nice fruit & spice layered on base (malt and hops) flavors. Wonderful!"

Enough with congratulating yourself on your beer, and calling it Wonderful! and saying how nice and interesting it is...or "flawless" for the love of Pete, my God, who refers to themselves on their product label as "flawless", or even "classic"? You don't get to be classic yet, and you shouldn't call yourself flawless. That's a big mistake. Who are you kidding?

It's neither classic nor flawless, and superlatives should be removed from all in-house copy. Effective now.

A quick lesson on in-house beer descriptions: say what it is, what is does, and how it does what you say it does, be positive and uplifting, but stay away from showering your own beer with your own praise. This is simple, people. And it just makes you look better.

Also, learn my lesson: stay away from exclamation points. Far away.

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Photo of ballenc
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - Slightly hazy straw yellow color with a two finger head of foam with tight bubbles. Head retention is wonderful as it slowly recedes leaving nice lacing.

S - Fruity esters on the nose - fruit with a bit of bubblegum sweetness. A little citrus (lemony) with more pronounced tropical notes of pineapple and a bit of mango. Some limited bready malt aspects appear after the beer warms a bit. Overall, a solid Belgian ale aroma.

T - Very similar to the nose/smell but the spicy elements of the beer (cloves, black pepper and maybe some coriander) are more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. Not much in terms of hops but yet it comes across pretty balanced overall.

M - Nicely balanced on the tongue - not too watery or too thick. Quite effervescent, dry and clean.

O - Tripels are one of my favorite beer styles and I am not disappointed with this one from Boom Island. I've tried all four of their beers and this one easily ranks at the top in terms of style. I encourage others to give this one a try as it will likely surprise you.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yellow color with a white head. Heavy on the banana and yeast aromas. A nice spiciness, pale malt and bread, maybe a little candi sugar. Sort of watery, though. The flavor is a touch watery, but the flavors are still good. Spices and banana along with yeast and sweet bready malt. A bit of pear and sweet apple in there, too.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big four finger off white head slowly fades into a thin layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast and cloves with a little coriander. Hints of citrus orange, white grape, pineapple, peach, and lemon. Good amount of candied sugars. Some bready malts with good hints of biscuit. Light earthy hops. Smells like a pretty solid Belgian.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a solid combination of spices, fruits, and bitterness. Belgian yeast up front with some clove and coriander spices. Solid citrus taste with notes of oranges, white grapes, pineapple, peach, and lemon zest. Solid bready malt background with a good taste of biscuit and cracker. Just the right amount of candied sugar. Light earthy hops add some bitterness. Very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Fairly drying. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very solid take on a Tripel here. Nice balance and fruity esters. Probably the best from this brewery so far.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is their best beer so far. It smells of citrus, cotton candy, pineapple, and faintly like spice. The taste is similar, with some booziness. The mouthfeel is great. Overall, a satisfying beer, they are starting to get the hang of it. This is the bizniss.

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Brimstone from Boom Island Brewing Company
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