Third Man | Brasserie Saint James

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3.88/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Saint James
Nevada, United States
brasseriesaintjames.com

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,195
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
26
pDev:
9.79%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
4
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0
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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yum! a very well made tripel here, i think this is what these guys go best, traditional belgian styles and saison types, they have a cool house yeast strain and they use it well in this one, a slightly cleaner and lighter take on the style than i have gotten used to, but still with all the depth and complexity i like in one of these. its honey colored and airy white headed from the tap, with an obvious belgian nose of cool yeast esters including pear, white wine, apricot, and coriander, with a little floral element there too, and a touch of peppery spice, immediately complex even without taking the grain into consideration, which is simple, earthy, and sweet here. the flavor is everything the aroma is, totally yeast driven, and without the usual candy sugar sweetness i know in the style, i like this being on the dryer side, and i dont think it detracts from the flavor at all. i still get a honey note to the malt, but its all in service of the complex flavors the yeast contributes i reckon, white pepper, coriander, golden raisin, elderflower, even gin botanicals for a second. great carbonation, a lighter, minerally feel, and overall just a great american made belgian beer. these guys deserve more love for beers like this one!

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

Unknown vintage; drank 7/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy off-white head; frothy lace.

Fresh soap, banana & mild clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana, fresh soap & mild banana flavors up front; faint clove bite on the finish. Vanilla notes emerged as this warmed.

This will likely never be my favorite style, but this was well-made & above average.

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

Photo of Hop_God
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of needMIbeer
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alucard
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MattSlem
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tons of clarity in a golden bright pour. Alcohol warmth, not too estery or phenolic, relatively clean aroma.

Taste was clean, kept the heat out. Tiny bit fruity, definitely some white pepper to it. A little bit of citrus rind and spice rack (coriander) in the background.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 750ml bottle:
Appearance: straw yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Bit hazy and seems a tad less carbonated than the Trappist versions.
Smell: floral, bready with a big earthy grape note.
Taste: lot of white wine, white grape skins, spice, lemon, pepper and an odd bit of sour funk. What really stands out is the big grape flavors along with a little barnyard sour funk on the finish. Maybe Nelson Sauvignon hops here? Could there have been a dash of Brett or a very interesting house yeast strain.
Mouthfeel: nicely done to style, chewy, dry, not too sweet, medium body. Not overly carbonated which I appreciate.
Overall: great stuff, what an excellent American Tripel

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bitter, Bready, Dry, Floral

Golden with a slight chill haze, creamy head, and tons of stick on the glass. Bread and floral in the nose. Pleasing on the palate, Third Man is creamy, silky smooth, and lively. Bitter up front with a slight citric snap, followed by some rhubarb, green banana, alcohol spice, white pepper, honey malts and bready yeast. Dry with a floral and banana skin linger and warming alcohol that builds with each sip. A deliciously killer nod to the Belgian Tripel.

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As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #101 (June 2015).

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Photo of E_J
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the best American tripel variations. Not as hot in alcohol taste as many in the style. Would prefer a little more IBUs to rank higher but am glad this is locally available. The only other tripels I'd go for are from abroad.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasty, like a softer version Westmalle at first. It's more floral with lightly peppered hops. There's a toasty coriander and hint of citrus peel. It's relatively smooth for the style, it doesn't have the fruit of a strong Belgian pale ale, but it's not as dry and earthy as many big tripels (it's still dry and earthy, but more subtle). Damn tasty beer. I'd have another.

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Photo of Beerart888
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up three of there beers in bottles, all three have won gold medal winners. This was one of them. Maybe the most spot on American interpretation of this classic Belgian style. Creamy, spiced, effervescent, and dry finish....Great!

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Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobbyDigitali
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Copernicus
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of chocosushi
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Third Man from Brasserie Saint James
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 26 ratings