Brimstone | Boom Island Brewing Company

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Boom Island Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian 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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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Ross_Haddow:
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4.91/5  rDev +26.5%
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 DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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 deebo
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
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 MNMike
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 warmbier804
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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 BigAl18
2.13/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Overpowering clove aftertaste not to my liking.

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Photo of 0x4a64
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of drop6301
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of viers002
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blakelive784
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
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 ParnellJoseph1138
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TPatterson70
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good Tripel with a hint of sweetness and just the right amount of hops, but not too much that it kills your palette. Smoother than others.

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Photo of dads_basement
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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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