Rye 95 | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two Roads Brewmaster Phil Markowski has taken a road less traveled with this rye-based version of a classic Belgian Tripel. There are unique twists and turns at every corner that give our spring seasonal its unique, fruity complexity. The beer is characteristically spicy with a dry flavor and aroma thanks to the rye. The addition of American-grown Mosaic and Amarillo hops add notes of white wine, blueberries and fruit punch. We also used a noticeably fruity/spicy yeast strain that adds characteristics of pear and clove. So take the next exit for a fruity, spicy flavor and intense hop character.

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Photo of RMKaylor
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a most interesting take on the Belgian Tripel style - there is a bit of Rye in the background - not too overwhelming, but present...A solid American representation of the Belgian Tripel...nominal nose with Rye on the front and back with effervescence cleaning the middle...

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger mousy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: clove and pear; alcohol is noticeable; rye spice is present; a little banana;

T: the mosaic hops dominate up front, then clove and Belgian yeast; clove builds through the finish; some rye spiciness on the finish with low to moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; smooth for 9.5 ABV;

O: complex; interesting to drink;

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Photo of jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy pale amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Tart fruity nose but flavor is sweeter, spicy rye and clove. Nice triple. $2.85 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of orangebison
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into a goblet. Hazy orange-gold in color, with a 1/8" white, bubbly head. Lots of juicy fleshy fruit in the aroma, particularly white grape and blueberry. Lots of spice and an almost minty quality as well. Grainy and spicy flavor, with a gritty, "green" malt character, and lots of clove and peppercorn. This bumps up against lots of bright fruit flavor - more grape and blueberry, pear, banana, other tropical-ish types. Dry, spicy finish. Slightly thin body, with fine, prickly carbonation. Spicy and complex, worth revisiting.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rye tripel blonde ale. Eh. Easy drinking semi traditional tripel. Some banana and clove notes. Belgian yeast. Rye adds a nice spicy sweetness. Little bit of bitterness on the back end. Not terrible. Easy drinking brew. Good for what it is.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Two Roads Brewing Company "Rye 95"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLD 02/01/16" and sampled 03/31/16
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Two Roads "Rye 95" is anything but what you might normally expect of a "rye beer", it's actually a Belgian Tripel that's been done with rye, and one that clocks in at a whopping 9.5% ABV! It expresses its rye malt component clearly, but also includes a long list of flavors that might not be so common. Some notable flavor and aroma characteristics include: rock candy, honeysuckle, blueberry, gooseberry, white grape, quince, apple, soft honeydew, rose petal, plastic, spice, black pepper, clove/bubblegum, coriander, flint, grass, hay, and banana. Beyond it's complexity it's true strength lies in how neatly it's all put together, and the fact that although the alcohol is probably adding to it's depth in spiciness and a little bit of 'bite', it doesn't really show as "alcohol". It delivers a perfect balance of fruity sweetness against spice and earth - it's not a fight, but contact and collaboration, with flavors leading into each other and blending naturally. How it hasn't garnered worldwide recognition and praise I'm not sure, but I believe it will; and at that point it will most likely give rise to a multitude of followers in producing this new beer style.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheers to Dustin for this beer

Consumed 3/18/16

A: Golden orange with some yellow around the edges - lightly hazy - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some spots of lacing

S: A strange mix of citrus, rye, and Belgian yeast - the yeast strain is potent, with some Belgian funk, clove, pepper, banana, and bubblegum - some spicy rye - hoppy, yes, but it's mostly buried under the Belgian yeast and malts - some orange and grapefruit - layers of pale malts, with some dense bread and lightly toasted biscuit - sweet, with malty sweetness and Belgian candi sugar - some definite booze

T: Hot, spicy, weird - loads of Belgian yeast, which is appropriate for a Tripel, but it's unusually sharp and spicy - clove, pepper, banana, bubblegum, and a touch of phenols - some light fruits, touches of white wine - some notes of citrus, grapefruit, lemon - lightly grassy, with some herbal hops - touches of sugary fruit juice - some spicy rye - medium level of bitterness- pale malts, with some white bread, toasted biscuits, toasted grain - Belgian candi sugar sweetness and loads of booze, lingering spice, lingering off-flavors

M: Medium body, mostly smooth but lightly sticky, some heat

O: There's a reason why this is a road less traveled

Combining a tripel with a rye beer and dumping in some hops that would be more appropriate for an IPA should be a trainwreck, but it's not... It's more of a minor traffic accident. Like a fender bender. It doesn't work very well, but it's interesting.

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Photo of Act25
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. I like 2 roads. This beer is so busy and complex I want to make a joke about I-95 from GW bridge north... bumpy, busy, dangerous, choked, complex.

A: Clear deep IPA-like amber body under a finger of fine white head that settles into a persistent ring and leaves spotty lace. No where near a Belgian.

S: best Belgian part. Spicy, with yeast dominating the rye malt. Fruits like grape, raisin and apricot, and cedar and grass/hay.

T: Follows nose - very spicy rye malt, dry yeast, grasse, hay, wood, and dark fruits. Alcohol, with a lot of herbal hop bitterness, and dry spice. A bit confused and heavy handed on the finish. Tingly/alcoholic.

M: Lively, carbonated medium to weighty body, but does not come together. better as it warms.

O: Pretty odd Tripel, with the rye malt and heavy American hops a novelty. Could be enjoyed like wine, esp at cask temp.

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Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

(Bottled 2/1)

Pours a pale gold with a foamy white head leaving a lasting lacing on the glass. (SRM of around 4-5)

Estery aromas of bubblegum and clove mix with a lemony citrus hop aroma and a trace of pear and white wine.

Medium bodied and perhaps a bit less carbonated than typical of the style.

Spicy bite from the rye and clove like kick from the Beglian yeast refreshingly paired with berry and citrus notes slowly giving way to a subtle alcohol heat and trace of lingering hop bitterness and characteristic ester notes from the yeast. Very complex and hard to pin down yet utterly delicious.

This is a unique , complex and delicious spin on a Belgian tripel. Not sure why it doesn't score higher here on BA but it's sorely underrated. You're not too likely to find another beer like this (not sure I've even seen another Rye Tripel Blonde) and it's a seasonal release, so get your hands on it if you can.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2/1/16

Pours cloudy gold with a partial skim coat and short strands of lacing for the duration. Aromatics are filled with spicy Belgian phenols. Bubblegum, cloves, and apples with cut grass undertones. Light bodied and crisp. Cloved-studded apples with a peppery bite on the palate. Nice hop presence with warming alcohol. Finishes with biscuity malt, candied apples, and peppery alcohol.

Nice take on a Triple. The hops and Rye keep the beer from being boring. Carbonation is low for the style.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops, funky yeast, pale malt, spices and ripe fruit. Body is full and slightly crisp. Citrusy hops, spicy yeast, candy sugar, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry and spicy. Overall it’s solid brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz - bottled on 2/2/16. Sampled on Feb 20, 2016.

Yellow pour with big and boisterous white foamy head.

Aroma: Rye grain notes of course but a lot more spice, clove, Belgian yeast, and pear too.

Medium and smooth body.

The taste has a grainy malt character to start and then the spicy bitterness really bursts through at the finish. It exhibits the traditional Belgian characters of a Tripel with this grainy twist thrown in. I liked it.

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Photo of lic217
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Light yellow, lasting head, nice lacing, hazy
Smell: Sweet Belgian yeast fruity esters, a little banana, some tropical fruit aroma
Taste: Belgian yest esters, sweet, bread, strong tasting finish that lingers (not bad or good), flowery/citrus hop flavor and finishes with a slight rye spice and warming alcohol
Feel: High carbonation, creamy mouth feel
Overall: a nice beer especially for the price. It's a good cheap big Belgian, but comes up short to the more expensive tripels. Got this with a variety pack. It's about a month old. Needs to be warm before consuming. Most beers I start cool and sip, this one needs to be warm

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Heard a lot about this Tripel and I know Phil came make some amazing stuff with Belgians so I decided to pick up a single bottle of this stuff. Ended up pretty disappointed, the look was there but the flavor was a bit off to me. The yeast just didn't seem right and I wasn't a huge fan of the rye here. I normally love a spicy/estery Tripel but this one couldn't seal the deal. Body was a bit too heavy in the end, as well.

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Photo of B_W
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass. Light and clean appearance, almost too average looking. Taste is far more interesting though, with more sweet and hop flavor than a typical tripple. Rye spice could be stronger but still helps the overall balance. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of porter_collie
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting, if overly sweet, take on a Tripel. The rye adds a little spice which makes the beer memorable. The hop additions nicely compliment the sweetness and typical Belgian spicy yeast character, bringing out berry and marmalade notes. No booze flavor whatsoever. A Frakenbeer for sure, but worth a try.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

4/25....pours clear gold with a light touch of white foam. Light rye nose, but almost nonexistent. Lemon soapy taste, harsh bitter. Underlying corn sweetness. Most beers from Two Roads are solid, but this is a miss.

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Photo of stakem
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clear copper color streaming with bubbles in support of a firm white head that fades slow leaving stringy lace.

The nose has a peculiar corn-like sweetness overtop slight belgian phenolics smelling of spice and clove.

The taste is sweet like corn mixed with mild sulfur and a light belgian spice similar to yeasty clove.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. An interesting brew that is worth trying but I dont think I could see myself getting behind this again when two roads other offerings are so much mire enjoyable. Thanks again for this Heath.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, crystal clear honey golden color.

Nose is interesting, tons of spicy fruity rye, a strange fruity and grassy hop, a little yeasty aroma, with lots of fruity esters, esters all over, light phenols too, nice sweet golden Belgian malts, little lemony cereal, light fusel alcohol.

Taste brings more sweet malts, Belgian golden malts with more cereal and toasted flavors, sweet candy, with light booze, plenty of fruity esters, too many hot esters, some phenols too. Some fruity spicy rye, fruity grassy hops, little citrus note, apple fruit, mixed with a weird bitterness, hint of phenolic spices. Finish is drier but sticky sweet, lingering bitter rind, lemon cereal, fruity esters, fruity rye, and a little phenolic booze.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, nice carb, hot booze.

Overall eh, some interesting characters but too sweet, fruity esters go too crazy, decent rye character, and weird mix of fruity flavors and bitterness with phenols, just a weird blend of flavors.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/24/2015. Pours a very transparent pale honey color. Only slightly darker than the usual macro lager. Nice looking pearl white head with decent lacing. Strong belgian yeast comes through on the smell, ripe bananas, spiciness, some green apple fruitiness; smells sweet. Thick sweetness on the taste, typical yeast esters you would get on a triple, but lacks complexity. Sweet crackery malts play well with the belgian yeast strain. Sweet banana fruitiness throughout. Was hoping for a more hop-forward tripel after discovering this one's hop profile.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a cloudy yellow/gold with some steady carbonation rising through the beer. There is about a finger and a half of foamy white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is touches of rye with a Belgian candy sugar aroma that is sweet. There is a slight danky banana aroma melded with a hint biscuit or French bread. There is dark fruits that gives hints to there presence but do not announce loudly just yet, like there is something hiding here.

The taste is rich with a great fruit juice flavor that is different for a triple. There is a nice candy flavor here that is reminiscent of a fruit flavor jellied candy. There are hints at Sweedish fish and licorice with some slight strawberry and raspberry flavor here. The rye seems to give this beer a new steering wheel and it’s off in directions that were not charted before for a triple. The dryness that is here is the flavor compliments the surge of flavors that come out at the aftertaste. The same raspberry and strawberry come back and linger giving a nice sweet flavor for a time after each sip.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and still seems to be built larger then the flavor would let you perceive. The flavor hinds how big this beer is as well as gives a smooth, drinkable feel that is pleasant throughout. It is a most interesting beer and is most excitingly flavored.

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Photo of JamisonDean
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft from a tulip glass while in Providence for a conference, subtle nose reminiscent of a chewy white wine with distinct fruitiness. Exceptionally delicious, sweet and malty with a strong yeast balance, a pleasant lingering thickness around the upper back of my mouth. The perfect farewell to my time in the city.

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Photo of KJHB
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from a seasonal 12 pack, drunk from 43-55F in a goblet.

Pours a brilliantly clear honey/light amber with golden highlights. Bright white head to 2 fingers, but dissipates in just over a minute to a film of foam atop the beer, no lacing left behind (or after any successive sip thereafter).

Aroma is good for the style, slight floral perfume, major hit of banana and spice, almost bubblegum but not quite. No discernible hop aroma or alcohol esters. Honey-like/mead-like character... I predict this one to be on the sweet side. Surprising I can't pick up on more of a peppery note since this is made with rye...

Flavor is ok, there's a bit of a clash between the sweet n' fruity flavors and the mild astringency and peppery/spicy qualities the rye brings to this brew. Also, alcohol esters came right out once the beer warmed in the mouth, and I'm getting this weird bitter, herbal, mildly astringent aftertaste hanging onto the back of my tongue. Not what I was expecting. Honestly, It tastes like someone put a shot of rye in some of my homemade mead...

Mouth-feel is ok, light to medium body (more on the lighter side) with moderate carbonation, but I'm not getting that silky smooth quality other tripels have.

Overall, ok - even knowing the brew had rye in it, the flavor profile isn't what I would have expected of a tripel. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad beer, it's quite tasty in fact - but unfortunately for this beer, I had been drinking Belgian blonds and tripels the week before, so I feel like this brew is missing that little something special which would put it in the tripel category.

And so, my quest to find a rye beer I can fall in love with continues...

After thinking about it for a few days I think I've figured out what it is about this beer that I find lacking compared to other tripels - it's not bottle conditioned. Now take this beer and age it on its yeast for 6 month to a year with maybe a little medium/dark toast oak to interplay with the honey and rye notes... Mmmm baby! Now there's a beer I'd love to try! Two Roads, if you're reading this, please make an aged-on-the-yeast version of this beer! I'll be the first in line to buy it!!!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance was a hazy dark yellow with a very thin head that left some trails around the glass. The smell was mostly a bit of citrus from the hops and then a bit of booze smell on the end. Very little to no rye in the scent that I could find. The taste had the hops and a bit of the booze but I got more of the rye on the finish for a semi-sweet taste. Not bad. Liked it a lot.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange body. Small white head. Settles to a thick collar and some nice islands of foam.

Smell - Phenolic yeast aromas immediately. Sweet fruitiness. A hint of rye, but not much. As soon as it warms, it gives off a chemical aroma that is really off-putting. Like a melted plastic.

Taste - Fruity and a bit tropical up front. Quite sweet. Rye kicks in as the sweetness reaches unacceptably high levels and cuts it a little bit. Mild rye spice. Very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm glad that bizarre smell didn't translate into the taste. It's a decent beer, but I keep sipping it with trepidation because of that aroma. It's so hard to pull of this style.

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