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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
3.85 | pDev: 7.79%
Feb 17, 2021
Aug 25, 2016
Very Good
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Rated by mmilyko from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bright and refreshing, but overall feels pretty light for a Tripel. Tastes more like a Tripel Lager, if there was such a thing.
Feb 17, 2021
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Pure transparent gold color with medium to light bubbles and a white head rising initially barely half a finger's length.

Smell: Light yeast, unfortunately everyone has smelled better.

Taste: pretty damn good, little sweet with it's yeast feel. Almost forgot to mention it's banana peel feel makes you think that you're drinking a green grape infused honey sweet tea.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, smooth texture. Slight and I do mean slight lemon after-taste.

Overall: pretty good, something smooth for the night, perfect if you want to get into Belgian style beers. Salud!
Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled summer 2016; drank 9/1416 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy pale yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice white head; frothy lace.

Apple cider, mild vanilla & faint clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apple cider & mild vanilla flavors up front; faint clove bite on the finish. No booze heat.

A soft, pleasant tripel; I'd have another.
Sep 19, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by hopley from Massachusetts

Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the 12 oz bottle and enjoyed in a snifter. This rather nice little
ale pours a pale pilsner straw color with a nice head of white foam that
subsides to a thick ring, thin swirling pool, and shows some subtle lacing.
Nose of lemon zest, subtle yeasty bread notes, pear, zesty hop notes,
and candy sugars with touches of banana and coriander. Flavors far
exceed the nose with a nicely presented fresh yeast laden breaded
note around medium herbal hops and lemon zest with touches of
orange zest and a hint of grapefruit on the rear brought into balance
by light candy sugars and flavors of pear and apple. Very nice mouth
feel; medium light body, medium carbonation that is lively, and a pear and
candy sugar finish.

Overall this is a very nice tripel with some unique American spin.

Aug 15, 2018
Rated: 4.07 by EdFed from Illinois

Jun 16, 2018
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Reviewed by ksimons from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A-a clear light yellow with a thin layer of white head

S-light spice, apple, Pils grain

T-taste is more similar to a typical Tripel with Belgian spices, grain, and light fruit

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall does not match the typical taste profile of a Tripel, feels like it is missing something
Apr 18, 2018
Rated: 4.07 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Mar 20, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by HOLTMAN44 from Illinois

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by Strigiform_Witness from North Dakota

Oct 02, 2017
Rated: 3.45 by bwarren82 from Illinois

Feb 03, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Practically a perfect looking Tripel. The mixture of light haze, effervescent bubbles, and clarity make a superior looking ale. The head is small-ish, in the snifter it starts at 1/2 finger and doesn't build much at all, but recedes to a thin soapy ring.

Aroma is best when let to sit. Agitation yields some unwelcome stiff wood and alcohol, but letting it settle the floral and fruity esters come out to play a bit more. Aromas of lovely Brett yeast, bubblegum, banana, and orange pith.

Flavors of rich yeast, wheat, followed by fruity esters, slight banana peel, black pepper, orange pith, and finally just a hint of grapefruit pith. Lots of volume from the Sorachi Ace hops.

Feel is right on point as well - very crisp, clean, carbonated, with drying alcohol.

If there were an American Tripel that nails the old-world style, this is it. Criminally underrated, this Trippel is a total trendsetter.
Jan 18, 2017
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 8/19/16, had 9/11/16.

Pours a mostly clear pale yellow, with a quickly dissipating, half inch head, a little spotty lacing. The smell leads with Belgian yeast, then spices- clove, for one, Sorachi Ace hops, light malt, a little bit of funk, some black pepper, mostly in the head. The taste also leads with Belgian yeast. lots of Candi sugar- it's fairly sweet, more of the Sorachi Ace hops than the nose, malt, spices/clove. Smooth, light bodied, appropriate level of carbonation.

This is a great value at $8 a four pack. The Sorachi Ace hops add a great flavor, while allowing the style to remain true. Good flavor and aroma. While it is a little sweet for the style, it's worth a purchase.
Jan 16, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by DrKarl from Illinois

Jan 11, 2017
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip.

A: Golden with minimal haze and short cap of white head with random spots on the glass.

S: Fruit and bread aromas, more pear and Golden Delicious apple aromas and less grainy Pils malt although it's in there too. Herbal hopping is more dominant than lemon although both are present. Touch of metallic phenol but not off-putting at all.

T: The flavor is equal parts Belgian Golden and Tripel with a lot of fruity esters and a hefty dose of lemony citrus hopping. There is bready malt character and the alcohol is well-hidden. This beer is a trifecta of equal parts fruity Belgian yeast esters, Pils malt breadiness, and lemongrass hopping. Very interesting beer that doesn't fit in any specific style although seems more Belgian Golden Strong than Tripel. A little sweeter than it should be.

M: Not dry enough for either style, probably the biggest fault in this beer, definitely too full-bodied and lush for a Belgian big beer. Should definitely up the carbonation a lot to help and probably use some sugar to make it more drinkable.

O: I really like Off Color's beers and always look forward to them when they make it to the Commonwealth. I would love to see them either use more carbonation or more cane sugar and make this more drinkable from a feel standpoint and reduce the fruitiness a little and enhance the Pils malt bready quality. I like the beer but it can be better.
Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 2.97 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Dec 29, 2016
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Aroma is lemony, floral, crackery, with esters of pear and clove. Touch metallic.

Flavor is sweeter than expected, seemingly underattenuated. May be lack of carbonation. Notes of pear and clove add depth, along with a sharp lemon note upfront, becoming dry and lightly spicy in the finish.
Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Dec 04, 2016
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Reviewed by KonigObHops from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This beer poured a light copper with an extremely thin pure white head.

The aroma was pretty funky with green apple being the most prominent. Some earthiness from the yeast.

The initial taste is sweet with some upfront hoppiness, in the middle the green apple comes through, and the beer finishes with some bitterness.

The mouthfeel is quite crisp and what I expected from a tripel.

This was an intesting take on a Belgian Tripel. It was good to know ahead of time that this beer was not intended to fit the style exactly. I would say it is right on the edge of not fitting the style at all, which is exactly what I think they we're going for. Not something that I would go to again, but definitely unique.
Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Dec 04, 2016
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Aroma is spices, grainy malts and Belgian yeast. The flavor is Belgian yeast, bread/malts, citrus/fruit and a mix of mild sweetness and tart in the finish.
Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 4 by BabaBeer from California

Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 3.6 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by AMCPhD from Virginia

Nov 13, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by whatname from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Oct 31, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by Beerhemoth from Illinois

Oct 27, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by dextermcgurk from New York

Oct 21, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by EEscobar from Tennessee

Oct 20, 2016
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Reviewed by telescifly from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
In typical Off Color fashion, it's not quite a standard Belgian Tripel, and yet somehow they nail it while keeping the spirit of the original beer.

Pours an opaque light golden brown: an absolutely beautiful color. The head is almost non-existent, though - small and quickly subsiding. On the nose, the lack of head is made up for with caramel, orange peel, and light coriander. The taste is a silky, nutty, and full of caramel and even some resin; on the back is an herbal, slightly bitter note. Complex, yes, but impeccably balanced and wonderfully satisfying. I was definitely surprised to find out that it also packs a full 8.5%. The feel is smooth and slightly full, thin but almost chewy. Overall, a fantastic beer - a good head away from a knockout.
Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by MonkeyBread from Nevada

Oct 15, 2016
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches leaving slight lacing. Aroma of grainy, lightly bready malt, apples, clove and coriander, saison yeast. Flavor is slightly sweet, grainy and bready malt, apple, light stone fruit, coriander; finishing with semi-sweet stone fruit and apple with a hint of caramel. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very nice domestic take on a tripel, with a traditional tasting base malt, but with just the right hint of sweetness and a very pleasant finish. Spicing and sweetness are well handled and give an overall feeling of balance. The aroma was a little stark, but the flavor is fine. ABV well covered. Not a traditional dry tripel, but interesting and flavorful and clearly hones to the style. I'm going to get a few more bottles of this while it's around.
Oct 15, 2016
Rated: 4.69 by dcf5ve from Illinois

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 4 by jakea from Wisconsin

Oct 02, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by StoutBoi from New York

Oct 01, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by emerge077 from Illinois

Sep 25, 2016
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