Dry-hopped Erastus
Schilling Beer Co.

Dry-hopped ErastusDry-hopped Erastus
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #108
ABV:
9%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,382
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 8.73%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
30
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Dry-hopped ErastusDry-hopped Erastus
Notes: Our traditional abbey-style tripel dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazed gold wit a one finger creamy white head. Decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma pear, banana and cloves.

T - The taste is apple, pear, banana, pineapple, clove, peppercorn and light earthy hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is tasty. The citra adds some nice citrus to base tripel. A nice take on the style.

Sep 26, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz. Can from 8/5/19
Opened and reviewed on 8/27/19

Semi cloudy and lively golden color. 2" high white foam top, creamy and bubbly.

A very sweet fruity and floral nose. Green cucumbers and mint leaves, Banana and spices in the Abby yeast, tropical fruity hops and golden grains and grasses in the malt aroma. The Dry hopped addition really does alot for the depth of charecter in the nose.

I did not give high marks to the original Erastus due to the very standard and mediocre yeast charecter, which is unfortunately, the norm for most versions of this style brewed by Americans. However, this is the Dry Hopped version which adds a very nice floral and tropical fruitiness. The yeast also seems a bit more interesting with a spicy kick. Dry earth tones, but certainly still dominated by the boring "banana and clove" effect. Complexity overall seems to be a step above the original Erastus.

The mouthfeel is actually very nice, malty medium bodied, dry currents, spice kick, maybe a bit slick.. at the finish. For me, this style should have that ultra crisp dry bite from the light grains of the malt and super lively yeast. Old world tasting hops and dry, refreshing finish. This one comes close... Nah. Not really. But oh well.

If I rated the American Abbey-Style Tripels based on my favorite Belgian brewed Abby versions, they all would be panned. But In my mind, I'm separating the American versions... But should I ? Is that fair? So I take all factors into account and let it land where it may in my mind.

With all of that being said, I'm enjoying this beer, if I forget what this style can really achieve... It ain't so bad.

Aug 27, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into chalice, no can dating. Pours very hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, white grape/wine, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, white grape/wine, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness; pepper/clove yeast spiciness; and wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, white grape/wine, candi sugar, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, banana, bubblegum, peppercorn, clove, herbal, floral, wood, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 9% after the finish. Overall this is an excelent dry hopped Tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish; great soft feel for the style. Awesome balance of juicy/vibrant Nelson/Citra hops, and Belgian yeast complexity; with a great pale/wheat malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. Well attenuated for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. No complaints.

Aug 12, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can.

A - Hazy medium gold color with a thin dense ring of white, mild carbonation. As the beer warms the haziness subsides.

S - Pear, light citrus, white grapes, and a small amount of clove.

T - Pear, green apple, citrus, and some mild spiciness. Citrus dominates the profile of this beer.

M - Medium body with lots of prickly carbonation.

O - This reminds me more of a Belgian IPA and not so much a Tripel. Still, an enjoyable beer, though.

Jul 25, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light cloudy golden color with a 3F head in a Tulip.
Aroma is grape, with warming predominantly cloves.
Smooth MF for the style.
Excellent taste: mostly grape with an added clove taste.
Light, dry, hoppy finish.
I enjoyed this beer. Very different approach- I haven’t tasted a dry-hopped Tripel.
The Hallertau Blanc and Citra hops create an interesting approach to the style.

May 16, 2019
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a style I love or go out of my way for, but this is a well constructed beer. Poured into my 13 oz thin tulip Game of Thrones glass, not sure when it was canned. Pours a very attractive yellow orange with a finger plus sticky white head that leaves a thick ring of lace as it slowly settles, with excellent retention. 4.25

Smell is hibiscus, clove, banana, melon, and pineapple. 4

Taste follows stuff is bold, hibiscus, melon, clove, melon, banana, and pineapple is rounding this beer out. 4

Mouthfeel is bigger than most, a tad dry, plenty of life, and at 9% ABV loaded with flavor but very approachable. 4.25

Overall this is not my normal jam, but this stuff is extremely tasty and amazingly balanced.

May 12, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kind of sad that I found this one a few months after it was initially canned, as this is quite nice overall. I guess this is dry-hopped with both Nelson and Citra, but I'm just going to assume they've fallen off a bit. Still, read on to discover how even after three months, this is a very solid hoppy tripel!

Pours a hazy straw-golden color with an initially thick head that falls off to about a quarter-finger after a mere minute in my glass. I was expecting a slightly deeper hue with better head retention, but we can't always get what we want, right? Intense carbonation rising from the bottom of my glass, with lots of clustered micro-bubbles hanging close together. Light, soapy/sudsy lace with a semi-cloudy surface. Just alright looking, really, but it's what's inside that counts for sure.

The nose gives off wonderful, complex notes of orchard fruit (pear and apple) with lighter notes of melon, peach, and apricot poking out as well. Light notes of baking spice and a suggestion of clove with a rather appreciable hit of ethanol coming across as well. I can pick out some white wine here as well, which may be the Nelson hops popping out. Some maltiness and an almost rye-like grainy spiciness. Very solid, indeed.

My first sips are heavy on the pear and ethanol component, with flashes of clove, yeast-driven esters, rye/wheat chewiness and rustic funk crossed with a light peppery note at the end of each sip. Dry and robust finish with a nice, chewy mid-palate and a spritzy hop component that somehow hasn't lost out after the few months this was on shelves. Nutmeg and allspice with a touch of tropical fruit melding in there as well... maybe some pineapple or mango. Kind of juicy when set against the drier finish and bracing carbonation. I would say this is a touch more in line with older-school traditional Belgian Trappist tripels than some new-world versions I've had that get a little more expressive with the yeast. If you want a cleaner, hoppier tripel with some nice orchard fruit flavors and lighter tropical notes, this will work well for you. Not really mind-blowing, but it's true to style and has a bit of flair to it.

Apr 26, 2019
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4-pack of 16oz cans today at The Flight Center Nashua, for $15.75. Here goes....

Poured into my good, ol' Smutty snifter, it is a slightly hazy, muted golden color. Has scarce carbo, and a fine, thin, white head. Most of the foam is rim-clinging, and there's light lace. Aroma is inviting, with some pear and green apple, with some yeasty notes and hints of spiciness. Body is medium, and the carbo and prickle are light on the tongue; a solid feel.

Flavor has some bready, crackery action leading off, with light sweetness. Has more green apple and pear, plus some sweeter pineapple and mango. Finish is a touch yeasty, with a suggestion of pepper and spice. Finish is a bit dry with some earthiness. Solid, all in all. Prosit!!

4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2067

Mar 09, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Hazy amber/straw color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light Belgian yeast nose and flavor is light fruit and Belgian yeast. Higher ABV, 8.7%, is hidden, better as it warms. $17.00 for a growler from Shilling Beer Lincoln, NH.

Jul 14, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Worthy Burger, South Royalton, Vermont.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy/cloudy burnt yellow to orange color with a slight cap of a little white foamy head. Not much lace, just kinda slid off.
The aroma had some sweet clove then seemed to come across slightly spicy as it warmed into some green apples, red apples, Belgian sugars, light grassy tones, and a slight clean earthiness on the back end.
The flavor leaned slightly sweet initially and then seemed eto come across slightly spicy as it warmed. Moderate grassy to woodiness trolled a little bit of earthiness to come in for balance. Moderate aftertaste of the spice and then the woodiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair in between glance of the "sessionable" to "sipping" quality about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt appropriate. Mild spicy to apple-like finish, somewhat like red apples but also a little bit of smooth malts.
Overall, very nice tripel that I would be willing to have again. Dry hopping wasn't really noticed, though.

Jan 13, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Burnt orange, hazy, spotty lace
S: Really fruity and sweet, pineapples being quite prominent, bit of mango and green apple. Spice and yeast also present
T: Spicy phenol, fruity pineapples, very dry flavor. Soda cracker malts mixed with pepper and yeast.
F: Very crisp, pretty light and somewhat easy to drink. Probably more of a sipper.
O: Very enjoyable tripel. Fruitiness is really nice with this one. Appreciate the spiciness as well.

Oct 08, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - hazy tannish golden hay color with a slight lacing
Smell - full aroma of Belgium yeast and cites hops, almost like a fruit basket
Taste - slight bitter orange/lemon Belgium style
Feel - medium body medium carbonation with a slight creaminess
Overall - different complex tripel

Oct 06, 2017
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tvv375ia from Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Poured from crowler leading to 1 finger of white head on the ocher colored beer

S - A lot of pineapple and citrus upon opening the crowler and in the glass

T - Pineapple continues to show in the taste. After warming slightly the taste starts to leave the fruitiness and tend towards the buttery diacetyl maybe because I have had the crowler too long.

F - Maybe a little light on the carbonation but I have had the crowler for a few weeks before opening so not unexpected

O - 8.2 alcohol very easy drinking and enjoyable beer. Edited as the beer warmed: But the warmer it gets the less appealing the flavor more of a butterscotch sweetness presents itself. Cold this beer is good 4+;warm, not so much.

Aug 13, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Portland Beerfest

Creamy head, murky orange color

Nose some citrus, orange, little tropical mango pineapple, creamy malt, mild phenols

Taste sweet candy Belgian golden malt, toasty, fruity esters, peppery phenols, hint booze, tropical fruit hops pineapple mango, citrus, creamy wheat, hint booze,

Fluffy carb

Nice

Aug 10, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a growler poured on September 24, 2016.

It pours a milky looking pale yellow underneath a modest off-white head that hangs around.

A lot of aroma activity including toasted bread, apple, pear, orange, clove, and coriander. No alcohol profile

Medium to full body. Smooth.

The taste comes across as sweeter than I expected given the fruity type aroma. The Belgian candied sugars must be kicking in. Mild to moderate bitter finish and mild dryness. Enjoyable.

Sep 25, 2016
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