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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #140
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,154
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 8.44%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
64
From:
Taxman Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
  16
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Claim an Exemption, our abbey-style tripel. This crisp golden strong ale unites lemon, orange peel, and coriander spices with flavorful Belgian esters. White wheat, oat, and Belgian artisan malts contribute a moderate body, balanced by a generous amount of Belgian candi sugar.
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3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly-clear honey-gold with a fat finger of dense, off-white head that leaves thick, clingy lacing.

Clean, grainy aroma with a little soap. Almost none of the fruity sweetness I often expect from the style.

The cleanness carries over to the taste. There’s only a hint of fruity sweetness mid-palate — pear, maybe a hint of banana — with some light alcohol burn, some borderline-ashy graininess and slight bitterness in the finish.

Lightly syrupy feel, somewhat chewy, with modest carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot-on.

This isn’t bad, but it’s a bit too clean for a tripel, to my taste. Doesn’t hold up against readily-available Belgian examples, but still fun to try.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Feb 23, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon and orange notes of color. A ton of sediment floating throughout entirety.

The nose brings a huge Belgian influence. Banana, pear and a lingering sweetness.

The taste brings a little more spiciness to mix with those banana and pear notes. Slightly sweet, caramel.

Smooth, lighter carbonation. Especially as far as other tripels that I remember. Alcohol not too present.

Overall, a well made American tripel.

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Photo of Vixie
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/orange color with a decent sized white had. Not a bad looking beer, but a bit too yellow for the style.

Smells fruity, Little bit pear like, there is also a bit of grassy notes, reminds me a little of a saison.

Pear and apricot up front. bit of pepper spice as well.

Feel is about right for the style, seems highly carbonated.

Basically one of the better non Belgian made triples I have had. It is close to the style, much closer than many attempts of it I have had. This seems to be a very difficult style to make, and while not quite fully on mark, a very solid take on the style.

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Vixie from Illinois, Aug 19, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with one finger of eggshell colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Peaches, pears, grassyness & perfumy hops

T: Some sweet cakeyness, pineapple, dryness along with cloves up front. Pineapple, a touch pear, plenty of dryness & a little clove, juicy-fruit gum & white grape as this warms, along with a little lavander & green apple peel. Finishes dry with green apple skins, a little white grape & sweet pears

MF: Fairly chewy, fairly firm carbonation

Good take on the style, but takes a little work, pretty complex/hefty. this one took me on a flavor ride & hot almost all the stops on this style

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russpowell from Arkansas, Aug 09, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and some spices. Sweet toasted caramel with biscuity malt and a spicy bite.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jul 30, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Welcome to my Happy Picking Up Where I Left Off During The Last New Beer Sundays (Week 726)! I have several more new CANs from Taxman BC, courtesy of @jkblr & this is my third on this auspicious ocCANsion.

From the CAN: "belgian-style tripel ale brewed with spices"; "Claim an Exemption, our abbey-style tripel. This crisp golden ale unites lemon, orange peel and coriander spices with flavorful Belgian esters. White wheat, oat and artisan malts contribute a balanced body, complemented by golden candi sugar."; "Belgian Inspired [-] Ameri[CAN] Crafted"; "IBU{:] 30".

Ooh, another Tripel! I drank a couple of them in the last few days so this will dovetail nicely. I Crack!ed open the vent & once again, I went with a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. It rewarded me by forming, unbidden, two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention & moderate lacing as it fell. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, leading to a visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon, all anxious for a sip. Nose smelled like spice(d) cake or spiced holiday cookies. like pfeffernuesse! Mmm. Sweet, but not too sweet, & definitely spicy. It also had an orange and lemon citrusiness, like ersatz air freshener where you poke whole cloves into an orange. I did this multiple times as a lad. It smells great & so does this beer! Mouthfeel was medium, no great shakes, but if that is the worst thing that I CAN say about it, then it is doing just fine. OMFG! I really dug the interplay between the citrus & the spice adjuncts! Lemon & orange meet black pepper. Phew. The CANdi sugar really seemed to have CANtributed more to the yeast's action as opposed to the flavor, since it was quite dry. It was very spicy throughout with a mustiness that is the hallmark of Belgian yeast-driven beers. Finish remained spicy & dry & at 8.5% ABV, it was drinking WAY too easily! Another winner from one of my favorite breweries. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jan 20, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a golden color. It has an inch of off white head that leaves no lacing.

I always get a lot of spiced pear from Belgian styles, which I like.

I get stone fruit and spicy Belgian yeast esters.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a well made tripel.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden yellow body, a bit hazy, minimal white head, some lacing, but fairly quickly the head and lacing faded to nothing and the pour was body alone.

S - A hit of sweet malt, yeast esters firing on banana and mild spice, and a spun sugar sweetness.

T - The flavor continues the sweetness on the nose. Less banana, more baked bread notes, apple flesh, a touch of clay, and a spiced finish, suggesting pepper and cardamom.

M - Brisk carbonation, moderate body, easy to drink and a bit of bite on the close.

O - This is a rock solid Tripel, with great flavors and a wonderful feel. Delicious.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Jul 18, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden light white lace. Smells boozy with slight orange peel and coriander and bread. Tastes very neutral with some slight mezcal taste as it warms up which not too smoky. Light carbonated and creamy. Not as belgium-like (candied, esters) as I expected but I guess it's got American influences.

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the_benskii from Washington, Jun 08, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy deep gold. Foamy, thick short white head lasts a while.

Smells floral, citrus peel, banana, yeast funk and pear.

Tastes banana, pear, light clove, bready malt, floral hints, light amount of citrus peel and candied sugar. Finish is semi dry with yeast linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Blackop555 from Michigan, Apr 26, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. can, stamped on bottom “04/24/17,” into goblet. Made with lemon, orange peel and coriander, and wheat and oat malts, this excellent tripel is more fruity than spicy, and hides its ABV well.

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BigGold from Mississippi, Apr 08, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apricot tinged body with a decent sticky, white head; clumps of yeast dancing in the body. Definite notes of fruit and powdery yeast; peach and apricot. Soft sweetness and spicy flavors; peppery; coriander; some phenolic notes; a bit of bitterness and booze. Medium-heavy body; velvety with some alcohol warmth; primarily dry finish.

A nicely balanced tripel beer, a bit boozy yet also pretty flavorful.

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beergoot from Colorado, Feb 25, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy gold, with a small head that immediately dissipates with some light lacing that sticks. A tripel with a small head immediately sets off warning signs that maybe someone is cutting some corners here. The coriander and lemon peel are immediately noticeable in the smell, with some sweetness and bread. The lemon and coriander are both noticeable right away, on the first sip, with a little bit of candied sugars and a twinge of bitterness from the malts. The real problem here is the thinness of the beer. There is a real lack of sizzle in the finish that you might get with a La Fin Du Monde and other top quality tripels. The finish ends up being neither creamy or dry, but somewhat flat and thin. This is a small but important complaint. But, for its price, it is still a worth while and enjoyable beer. This complaint is actually common for many American based tripels. New Belgium's "trippel" suffers from the same thinness and flatness in the finish compared to many top of the line tripels--but like the Taxman version, they both come in at a much lower price for very slight but important imperfections.

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Photo of CitraHopHead
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

First impression made after pour into 10oz snifter from bottled glass pint + 6 fl oz.

SRM is what I expected it to be. Beautiful ochre color.

Head dissipated rather quickly before a picture could be taken. No real sign of lacing.

Bottle does not indicate ABV or IBU, but a quick visit to their site fixes that problem. 8.5% ABV 30 IBU. This is a Belgian Tripel Ale (triple hopped). Made with El Dorado, Pacific Gem, and Citra hops.

Lemon and coriander taste definitely present. Equally as present is the Belgian artisan malt included. This makes for a more "balanced" beer. A bit "syrupy" for my my taste. Personally, I like my mouth to be overwhelmed by hop presence. I'm not really a fan of malt.

Heavier mouthfeel than expected. Not characteristically dry by any means.

Definitely easy to drink. Would like this with pizza or a burger for sure. Will drink again.

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Photo of jkblr
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 5/25/17 poured into a Westmalle chalice at fridge temp 8.5% ABV 30 IBU. The beer is slightly hazy dark straw color with head that did not last for the photo. No lacing. Aroma is citrus and coriander. Taste is orange peel and coriander moving to sweet then finishing with spice. Mouthfeel is thin bodied and moderately carbonated. The beer is soft and finishes semi dry. Overall, good.

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jkblr from Indiana, Jul 16, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden amber, with a nice head of off-white foam yet little lace.

Aroma: Fruity, spicy, Belgian yeasts and candi sugars. Delicious and quite faithful to style.

Taste: Rich and full-bodied, this Belgian dubbel ale conjures notes of dried fruit and spice all over the place. Finishes bitter and dry, showing some of the high ABV. Solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter via friend from work---THANKS JUSTIN!
This nice little brew pours a chill hazed golden straw color with a moderate
head of white foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin pooling layer, and light lacing.
Nose of strong alcohol, banana esters from the yeast, clove, lemon zest, and light
candy sugars. Flavors follow the nose with lemon zested candy malts laden with
light clove and a nice yeasty breaded component that is reminiscent of light banana
bread with a touch of herbal hops that is seared in with the strong booze. Nice body;
medium mouth feel, crisp, lightly herbal, medium carbonation, and finishing with a warming
booze note. Overall, a solid little tripel that is true to the style but a touch strong on the alcohol
presentation.

Cheers

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Photo of TheSSG
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, soapy white head. Zesty notes of yeast and floral hops. Hazy, golden color. Starts with a lovely, bright floral-spicy hoppiness. Wells into a nice maltiness. The finish is more spicy, floral hops wafting on top of the malt.

This is really, really nice. Many tripels that are hoppier are a touch too bitter; this one showcases the zestiness of hops while still allowing the wonderful maltiness to come through. This is absolutely my favorite tripel (of those on the hoppier side).

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TheSSG from Illinois, Aug 21, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice slightly hazy golden hue with a thin quarter inch head that faded relatively quickly to leave a light, light halo and thin wisps.

S - Aromas of nice banana esters, faint alcohol, decent clove. Alcohol hidden very well, not really much in the way of fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Loads of banana esters, decent amount of alcohol burn. I like the clove notes. Not much in the way of hops, solid sweeter malt base. Pretty straight forward flavours, however, the alcohol bite distracts.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, maybe a bit on the lighter side as it's somewhat syrupy , alcohol fairly evident.

O - Overall this was a rather straightforward beer. True to the style, nice belgian esters going on. Only problem would be the alcohol burn that is noticeable.

Serving Type: Can

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Jun 22, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a bright golden color that is ever so slightly hazy in appearance with a 2 finger, foamy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin lacing with a thick foaminess around the edges. Moderate carbonation based on visible bubbles rising moderately paced towards the surface of the beer. 4.25/5

S - The aroma features notes of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pineapple, papaya, and pear. The yeast, banana, and clove really stand out up front and then comes the fruity effervescence. There is an undertone of a rich sweet maltiness that is begging to come through but is shrouded by the aforementioned aromas. 4/5

T - The taste begins with a light sweet malty flavor and then the Belgian yeast, banana, and clove really stand out. The middle of the tasting brings out the pineapple, mango, and papaya which is closely followed by a light peppery note. Moderate booziness on the back end that follows a mellow acidity is expected due to the higher abv. Ever so slight lingering grassy bitterness on the swallow that stays around until the next sip. 4/5

M - Moderate carbonation burn up front lends the beer a bit of a champagne or sparkling wine feel. The body maintains a light to medium feel throughout and upon swallowing it disappears completely. 4/5

O - Very good, true to style, Belgian Tripel. Very enjoyable beer that is surprisingly easy drinking based on the abv. Complex but a rather approachable beer at the same time with no single note beating you over the head. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter. 4/5

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bwood06 from Wisconsin, Jan 28, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As more and more American brewers flirt with the Belgian styles, there are many more misses than hints. Its largely due to a brewery's lack of commitment to the proper yeast strains, proper fermentation temperature or shortcuts that are common in IPA, brown ale and stout.

But once the commitment to authenticity is applied, we get stellar Belgian ale like Taxman Exemption. Beyond a faint haze, the ale simple gleams with bright golden streams. Firmly effervescent, a tall and lathery column builds and casts a bouquet of citrus, perfume, orchard fruit and faint cookie dough. Its malty sweet start seems candy-like upon the initial taste.

But once the beer's champagne acidity weaves into the sweetness, the balance unfolds on the middle, highlighted with the sprite carbonic bite of effervescence. Further complexity builds as the taste of apple, lemon, melon, kiwi and pineapple play a fruity 'yin' to the clove, freshly grated white pepper, light curry and vanilla spicy 'yang'. The grassy spiciness of hops offer an earthen counterpart to the fleeting malt sweetness.

As the bubbles usher in a quick and sudden finish, the medium-bodied beer vanishes off the tongue like cotton candy. What's left in its wake are echoes of fruit, spice, wine and powdered sugar.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, May 08, 2015
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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Big pear, clove, and confectioners sugar aroma, with apple skin.

Flavor is on the sweet side, with tannic notes, fusel alcohol, muted green apple, and pear skin at the finish. Clove weaves throughout.

Alcohol is a bit harsh, and the flavor is slightly less complex than aroma.

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barczar from Kentucky, May 06, 2015
Exemption from Taxman Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 64 ratings