Third Man | Brasserie Saint James

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Saint James
Nevada, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Beerandraiderfan on 11-03-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 21
Reviews by chocosushi:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.


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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow color with great clarity. Let me say this, all but one of the seven beers I tried yesterday really looked pretty. And shit, throwing plums into a beer, that's bound to make it look a little uglier, so maybe I should give a pass on that one. But I digress, back to this beer. Virgin white head, over 1" deep, good lacing and retention. Aroma was pretty neutral, but didn't wack me over the head with alcohol or oppressive belgian yeast esters and phenolic activity, so its definitely above average in my book.

Taste, clean. So fresh and so clean. Where is the eight and a half percent alcohol? Nowhere to be found. Amazing cover, given that there isn't any malt heft here, it looks similar to Coors, but somehow absorbs all that alcohol. Very dry finish, great job there. One of the easier drinking tripels I've ever had, definitely see the Westmalle influence, and dare I say, this is every bit as good (or better).

Quite nice.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSlem
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chubenzino
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +1%
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 BobbyDigitali
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Copernicus
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Beerart888
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of E_J
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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 GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of alucard
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Man from Brasserie Saint James
3.94 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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