Tributary Brewing Co.

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Ranked #97
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4.13 | pDev: 7.26%
Tributary Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Strong golden Belgian style ale, full mouth feel followed by residual sweetness with fruity apricot flavor
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 19 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid amber color with substantial clouding, but not white. Small head and a couple of tiny spots on the glass.

Leans sweet with a Belgian touch from the yeast.

Rich and sweet like a good trippel should be. Very low carbonation. No notable hop bite, the finish is similar to the mouth I have after I swallow fruit punch.

Aug 06, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 ounce growler into a snifter.

I'm surprised by the color on this beer, as it's much more along the lines of a quad in color---dark, murky brown--- than a tripel, and doesn't have the usual tons of head that I expect from a tripel. 3.75

Smells rich of banana and clove and I'm thinking I have a hefeweizen or dunkelweizen on my hands, but some rich caramel aroma and yeast notes veer this back into Belgian territory. Seems off for a tripel but it DOES smell nice, so... 4

Much like the smell, this brew doesn't quite capture a tripel for me. It seems to again straddle a quad and German wheat beer. It's bready, caramel rich, offers a bit of peppery yeast and still has the banana and clove notes. Again, I enjoy the flavors so I can't really knock the beer. 4

It drinks smoothly, rich and creamy and a tad yeasty/peppery. The creaminess seems more in the veins of a hefeweizen/dunkelweizen, while the sweetness is much more Belgian in character. 4

A mashup of sorts that whether intentional or not, yields a unique beer that is enjoyable in its own right.

May 02, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a few pints at Tributary this past weekend. The porter was otherworldly, and the APA and dry stout were both very good. The tripel was just okay.

Pours amber with a small white head. Smells sweet, with pronounced honey and alcohol esters. No yeast nodes apparent.

Tastes like it smells: sharply sweet with nodes of honey and a little bit of a medicinal aftertaste.

I dunno. Only a handful of American brewers make decent high-alcohol Belgian style beers, and those brewers tend to focus almost all their attention on the Belgians. This isn't ghastly the way that Rogue and Three Floyds' attempts at Belgians have been, but it's not a good representation of Tributary's otherwise excellent beers.

Apr 27, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the source.
Slightly hazy deep golden color with a small quickly fleeting white head. Aromas of honey and light sweet sugar with a fair bit of light fruit, a hefty does of vanilla and a touch of earth. The flavor is sweet with big fruity notes. Light earthy vanilla and just a hint of oxidation, although I won't fault it for that because that was probably the growlers fault. Nice sweet sipper.

Apr 08, 2015
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped into Trib today with Alewife.... had some Mott the Lesser and than it kicked... Tripel was the next, obvious choice, as we both LOVE the style....

Had about 8-10oz served in a Trib tulip.... It was a hazy, deep, rich golden hue. Carbo was sparse, and the head was also thin, some wispy white bubbles clinging to the rim. Minimal lacing, too.... Nose had lots of tropical fruit and was verrry inviting. Body was medium-plus, and lovingly smooth going down.

Flavor had some fantastic crackery, bready malt to lead off. Next up was a sizable dose of fruity action, with mango, pear and green apple being most prevalent; lovely!! Had light, candi-sugar sweetness in the dryish finish. Superb! Tod has nailed this version of a Belgian Tripel!! Damn!!! Zum Wohl!!

4.43/5 +4.20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Apr 05, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the Mott The Lesser release.

A - Poured into a Tributary tulip a hazy golden amber hue with a thin head that faded to leave wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of light caramel, nice esters, soft Belgian fruits, light apples.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light hops, loads of Belgian esters, almost bubblegum Luke, very nice floral fruits and almost floral meadow notes. No alcohol faint apples and malt sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, light, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was really delicious, great esters, very well done.

Serving type: On tap

Apr 01, 2015
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