Third Base | Elevation Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chugalug06 on 06-06-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 49
Reviews by beergoot:
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #001195

The aroma gives off a unique warm honey-like scent; touches of alcohol and some estery notes. The body presents a crystal clear, solid gold color with lively carbonation rising rapidly, building and maintaining a long lasting, thick and sticky white head. Low-level fruitiness and grain sweetness percolate beneath a biscuit-like malt backbone, making for an interesting flavor profile. Medium-light, soft, clean and semi-dry finish.

The aroma certainly comes across as strange but inviting but it's the taste that really shines through here. Light and delicate flavors abound with lots of depth and complexity. Based on the BA tripel style descriptions, I'd say this one is spot-on. A nice balance of bold flavors melded with a subdued mouthfeel make this a fine, fine beer overall.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinkel
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 16oz chalice.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, pale golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of loosely foamy, sudsy off-white head, which leaves some streaky cloudlet lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet, candy sugar-bolstered pale malt, apple pie, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more apple fruitiness, semi-sweet caramelized pale malt, banana chips, some middling winter confectionary spices, and a hint of untainted warming alcohol. Simple, and yet it actually works.

The bubbles are pleasingly frothy at their utmost, the body a decent medium weight, and surprisingly smooth, with a weird jab at creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the malt, fruit, and booze sweetness hard to keep reined in.

A pretty enjoyable tripel (and I don't say this very often), as the alcohol is so adeptly integrated, among other things. Big without seeming so - bravo!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 40ontarget
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bkeller04
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates to patches leaving light lacing. Classic tripel aroma of sweet malt, light apple family fruit, white grapes, clove, hints of banana and toffee. Flavor follows, candi malt, apple, pear and light grape, clove, banana; phenolic and lightly estery in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A full flavored and traditional tripel, but a bit on the sweet side (not a issue in for my taste), but otherwise covers all the bases I hope for in a good tripel. ABV well covered. I liked this a lot and will get it again.

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Photo of Reefresco
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefbigjon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trebbates
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of alexaugs
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at D&T in Houston, TX

A: Pours a nearly clear golden/yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second in no time. Light lace is left behind.
S: Phenolic yeast, light peppery spice, and lingering sweetness. Not much else, and fairly standard for an American version of the style.
T: Like the nose, just a standard American version of a Belgian style. Big phenolic yeast with a peppery spice. Almost a granulated sugary sweetness, which lingers on. Not much else.
M/D: A medium body that is not really as effervescent as I would like. Fairly smooth however. Easy to drink. The alcohol is fairly mute, and something that is easy to sip on.

Not bad, but certainly not the best Tripel that I have had. Several Texas breweries make fare better versions. Like Devils Backbone and Trinity Triple.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PixelMugsy
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Chill-hazed golden amber color in the Brugse Zot goblet with just a thin screen of lacing in the glass. Quite fizzy on the tongue. On the syrupy side but with a tart chaser. Aromas of yeasty, fermenting fruit with alcohol fumes.

This is so seriously sweet it's hard to think of it as beer. Tastes more like some kind of honey beverage. The fruity flavors are both sharp and candied. Some pear nectar and fruit cocktail. This just seems to be overly enthusiastic with yeasty flavors. The drying sensation even is overdone. Phenols and whacky fruit notes, but all so strong.

The 750 ml bottle was purchased at the King Soopers liquor store in Denver.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Domingo
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Might as well toss up a review (I stopped reviewing) since I enjoy this one so much.
Without going overboard, the best way for me to describe this beer would be "pineapple upside-down cake in a glass." The yeast notes are milder than most Belgian tripels, which appeals to me, since overbearing phenols tend to lose me in stronger beers. This one cranks up the fruity notes and bready characteristics instead.
The recipe has been tweaked to be slightly drier and spicier, but it still appeals to me in the same way that the 2013 version did...if not more.
This is probably my favorite beer from 2014 and I'm not even much of a tripel fan.

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Third Base from Elevation Beer Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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