Transylvania Tripel | West Sixth Brewing Company

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West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DavidRose on 01-28-2013

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by barczar:
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light golden with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

Pear, clove, and muted green apple are supported by lightly bready malt and Belgian yeast character. Floral notes add complexity.

Flavor reveals more perfume-like notes, accompanied by pear, banana, and booze. The bready malt character is on the sweet side, finishing slightly peppery, along with ethanol.

Body is moderate to full, with comparatively low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Alcohol overwhelms. Esters are somewhat unusual, but definitely beyond the realm of a typical tripel.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This nice tripel pours a hazy golden amber color with a moderate head of white foam that settles quickly to a thick ring, thin pool, and light sudsy lacing. Nose is sweet candy malts, pears, apples, and light yeasty bread notes. Flavors follow the nose with honey touched candy sugars on the front and apple/pear notes on the sides. Middle of the taste is yeasty bread malt that fade in the back to a subtle herbal hop note mixed with grain alcohol flavors. That said the alcohol is well hidden with low carbonation that finishes with a light grain note. A good tripel made in Kentucky. Nice.


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Photo of cwd
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color with some yellowing, there was a nice whitish head atop.

Scents of sugary sweet malts at the front I detected strong apple and pear in the body.

The taste is very sweet with strong malts at the end. Touches of apple and pear are on the tongue for some time. The end is bready and sweet but slightly thick.

Overall the complexities are simple but nicely presented. A very good opening salvo towards further Belgians.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcisco44
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of GTJayG
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Elneely88
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cwkash
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

West Sixth continues their trek across the Belgian brewing scene. After their Bellair Saison and their Tall Dark & Belgium Quadrupel ale, they now give a stab to the tripel style...

Bright gold in color with straw highlights, the beer grows a creamy white froth that billows nicely for a Belgian, and holds its structure well into the session with mild random lacing. Mildly hazy, the beer shows off a diffused glow with its unfiltered appearance.

It's highly floral perfume is of honeysuckle, clove, pepper, coriander, and honey. Backed by a candied malt scent, an accompanying bread and dough scent keeps the beer grounded and supported.

Residing on the sweeter side, the ale's taste is decidedly malty. Floral notes extend into taste with a honey-like sweetness with subsidiary cookie dough and marmalade. Its fruit-spice balance leans heavy toward the fruit with apple, lemon, pear, apricot, and light banana. Its mild spice rebuttal exhibits clove, white pepper, and the faintest hop bitterness to finish.

Very creamy and only moderately carbonated, the beer has a semi-full texture on the early palate and only dries out moderately as the beer's carbonation recedes and the leaves light residual sweetness left to be felt. Its light acidity, modest hop dryness, and alcohol warmth only hints toward a clean and crisp closure but never fully achieves the dryness neccessary to do so.

I rather enjoy the floral-spicy nose as it exhibits a lot of true Belgian qualities. But the bouquet just needs better hop support in aroma and flavor, and it needs a much drier and zestier mouthfeel to genuinely compete with authentic Belgian varieties.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a somewhat hazy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, bubbly, white head of foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of grains, caramel and good spiciness. There are some peppery notes, too. It had a strong yeasty flavor with a spicy bite. Nice sweet caramel maltiness and a peppery spice. It was crisp and sharp.

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Photo of khargro2
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bpacheco
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious attempt at a tripel.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of DavidRose
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Lexington BeerWorks 1/23/13. Made it's debut about a week earlier at West Sixth Tap Room.

Served in a snifter. Cloudy amber-yellow in color with dense but short cream colored head.

Smelled clean and sweet with mild spicing. Hard for my untrained nose to identify exactly what.

Crisp at first going to a good balance of bitterness and tartness which slowly fades to a sweetness that finished oh so smooth. Spices are well balanced through the middle stages of taste. This is one of those tripels your mother warned you about as it hides it's 9% ABV remarkably well. Very drinkable for the style.

Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

Overall, very, very good. My favorite beer from West Sixth. And to think that this was the first batch, I am very excited to see how the beer evolves over time.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Transylvania Tripel from West Sixth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 33 ratings