Refugee Tripel
Refuge Brewery

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Belgian Tripel
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3.74 | pDev: 9.63%
Refuge Brewery
California, United States
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a darn good take on the style. a very interesting beer, quite apart from the masses here. its a hazy milky pale straw colored brew, heady, but maybe without the viscosity and radiance of some of the belgian examples. the nose is really dynamic, fruity like crazy, you would swear there are fresh nectarines in here, but alas no fruit. the yeast is nice and soft, real flavorful, but no spice at all, and the grain base seems to be heavier on wheat and maybe oats, as this is downright creamy in feel, but lacks the sweetness that a lot of these have. the flavor is fantastic, fresh nectarine, white grape, mild vanilla, even rooibos tea for a moment, cool yeast strain to say the least. its not completely dry, a light floral honey sweetness runs through it, even a butter cream suggestion, but its resolved by the finish for sure. carbonation is high, but its more about the silky creamy smoothness than it is about the bubbles. orange peel tang just slight in the waning moment. overall this is one of the better american made versions of a tripel i have had in a long time. all in our group though the same. very distinct and delicious. it has me keen to try some more stuff from these guys. really standout beer.

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3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Refuge Brewery – Temecula, CA
Notes from 08/18/13 - 4oz taster

A: Light caramel color body, almost burnished brass like appearance with a quarter finger of still white creamy head. Maintains a crown, never fully residing, leaving some splashes of cling to the glass after each sip.

S: Malt forward aroma with a dusty quality to it. Belgian yeast phenols present in clove and some light banana. Dash of caramel sweetness on the trailer.

T: Light grainy malt character that is almost Lager like with some noticeable Belgian spice of clove and banana. Finshes with a soft caramel kiss of sweetness. There is a low level of bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is well integrated with no real flavor coming through. Nicely balanced and decent drink but slightly uninspired.

M: Moderate body falling on the lighter side with a nice smooth frothy feel across the palate. Light drying on the finish however fairly clean all around.

D: Pretty straight forward Tripel with malt and Belgian yeast playing most of the part. Drinkable with nice balance.

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3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Refuge Brewery in Temecula, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, banana, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but it's not very balanced in my opinion.

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Refugee Tripel from Refuge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 4 ratings