Monkey’s Uncle Lemongrass Tripel | Center of the Universe Brewing Company

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Monkey’s Uncle Lemongrass TripelMonkey’s Uncle Lemongrass Tripel

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Center of the Universe Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 03-22-2013

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From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

We are all for extreme beer, but we are also about styles staying within their traditional ranges ... especially Belgians. This is a Tripel through and through, not the cleanest one but certainly a very enjoyable one at that. The addition of lemongrass simply complements what the brewers are trying to achieve. Well done!

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 8.0%

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, excellent head

SMELL: Fresh-cut grass, lemony, walnut skin, guava, peppery, papaya, spicy alcohol, earthy

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, mild crispness, hay, balanced bitterness, spicy alcohol, lemongrass, pithy, yeasty, bready, quite warming

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this triple. The lemongrass provides a citrus note that does a good job of masking the alcohol.

As it does have a high ABV this should be a sipper, but it is so refreshing that it goes down more like a quencher.

I stumbled upon this by accident, as I happened to visit COTU on the day it was released. After on glass on tap, I bought my first growler and subsequently went back for a refill thereof.

Of interest is that the brewery had before and after versions of the brew on tap. The version that not been exposed to the lemongrass was far more intense in taste and smell - easily drinkable, but much more the sipper.

A fine offering.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't see any actual bottling date but the back of the bottle says "vintage 2016."

Appearance: There isn't much of a head. Aggressively pouring only forms a short white head and it has no retention or lacing. The body of the beer is hazy and has a gold appearance that looks nice.

Aroma: It has a sweet Dubble Bubble Halloween bubblegum aroma. I get a light hint of alcohol but not much. The beer says it is made with lemongrass on the front but I can't smell it.

Taste: It has a sweet grain flavor that lingers on the palate and persists long after taking a sip. After drinking the beer for a while a bit of Belgian yeast character comes through with a slightly spicy pepper and a touch of cedar flavor. It is decent but it feels like it is missing a few pieces to the puzzle to make it really taste like a Tripel. There is no lemongrass flavor. As the beer sits and begins to warm up some alcohol starts to show up.

Mouthfeel: It feels rather low in carbonation for a Tripel and it is not dry enough. The mouthfeel is a bit too heavy as well.

Overall: It is not that great of a Tripel and there was no lemongrass aroma or flavor to boot. At best it was an average attempt at the style but it just left me wanting more from a beer that teased me with a few flavors here and a bit of aroma there. I doubt I would pick it up again and I probably wouldn't chance it on draft either. It's not a beer I would recommend. If you love Belgian style beers you might be interested in picking it up as a novelty to see how it compares to the "known good" Tripels of the world, and how much of a gap there can be in the style.

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It's a beautiful deep good, vermin on amber. It has no head and no lacing but the color is amazing. The smell is in line with a traditional tripel: candy sugar, a little yeast, some grains and earth. Not much by way of lemongrass. This is also the case for the taste. The body is light on the palate with a nice steady carbonation.

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