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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This inspired Belgian-style Trippel has a hazy golden hue and the aroma of citrus with hints of banana and clove. Predominant Belgian malt flavors give way to a subdued bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Use By: 09-09-17.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Crisp aroma of Belgian yeast brings some spice notes.

T- Rich Belgian yeast characteristic with some mild but flavorful hop characteristic. So drinkable for the ABV. Zesty citrus notes and a clean finish.

M- Well-balanced between sharpness and creaminess with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Probably my favorite Flying Fish beer. Such a great synthesis of the richness of a Belgian beer and the clean characteristic of an American beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Clear bronze. White head Layer of slight film stays throughout.
Smell is some hops. Tons of clove. Spicy grains. Taste is slight pine and citrus, TONS of clove. Feel is dry not too spicy.

Overall I like it. American pine and citrus hops in the Belgian tripel. It's a good beer. I didn't think Belgian ipa while drinking it. I didn't think of a specific style in general but it's a clove, citrus and pine spiced tripel. Not on an ipa pine level at all.

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Photo of Tohibii
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Main thing I would note is that this absolutely is not a tripel or even an 'American Tripel'. It's very reminiscent of Flying Dog's Raging bitch, which is listed as a "Belgian IPA", though I would say it's substantially better than that one (I really dislike Raging Bitch for a number of reasons).

Exit 4 is amber, whiffs more of resin/citrus/pine and the hops bite greatly overpowers any yeast notes or sweetness. I would be comfortable calling it an IPA that attempts to be milder and sneak in a bunch of undercover ABV, which it does reasonably well. However, like Raging Bitch, it does have a bit of a lingering after-taste which betrays that high ABV.

Overall it's OK and it has to be said that I'm not a huge fan of this style, but if you want something that's 'maybe' influenced by a Belgian but tastes more like an IPA, I would give this a proper recommendation for you.

For myself, not so much: an actual Tripel with a complexity built on yeast, please.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a relatively clear gold color with a brown tint, almost amber but not quite, with a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is mostly composed of yeast, malt, some bready characteristics, and a faint hint of spices such as clove on the back end. Taste is a surprisingly huge burst of banana and clove right off the bat, with the alcohol being extremely well hidden. Combines with all the bready yeasty goodness for a near-perfect finish. Overall, it may not be the best looking or smelling Tripel, but when it comes to taste, which is what really matters, it's one of my favorites.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to "hard rock" glass.

LOOK: darker yellow, orange hue. Small white head. Suds stick around, clinging to glass.
AROMA: apricot, pineapple, bread, yeast. Very sweet and fruity.
TASTE: apricot, lemon, peach, light yeast, late warming alcohol burn.
FEEL: full bodied and a little sticky. Light carbonation.

My kind of belgian. Strong, fruitty, bready, with minimal Wang.


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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-color is a clear golden yellow with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a light layer of lace

S-pale malt, light fruits and spices, some citrus and yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malt backbone, citrus fruits, apples, spices, yeast, and a slightly bitter finish

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall an above average American Tripel, maybe a tad too sweet but has enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look (4.25): This "American Trippel" is a beautiful golden tangerine hue. A white foamy head that has very fine carbonation. Carbonation seems to disipate quickly. (It's bottle conditioned!)

Smell (4): Citrus and tropical fruits. More specifically, banana and lemon with vanilla floral notes. Honey and booze with some sweet caramel malt in the background.

Taste (4): Big fruit bananas and tropical citrus hit your palate upfront. Nice malty roundness to help carry you to a slightly bitter ending. Definitely some heavy booze, less spice then I expect.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Creamy and smooth. Medium plus bodied. Light acid flavors, but more then usual for a Trippel which I welcome. More on the dry side.

Overall (4.25): Plus a million points for being what I consider my hometown brew! The Exit 4 label is basically a map of how to get to my house!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: March 24, 2016... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice.. OCCASION: ... APPEARANCE: pours a crackling golden orange with sparse effervescence... mostly clear... the head rings out to an almost cloudless... zero lacing in the glass... AROMA: a beautifully aromatic, spring flower dominates with grapefruit and orange... the banana, clove and spice suggests raw yeastiness... TASTE: a sweet, hoppy strength ripples through the profile, with astringent yeastiness, banana and clove... a sharp Saaz suggests a pilsner, while the the malt is a bit of cracker and bread... a balanced tripel, which is not the usual... OVERALL: a powerfully alcoholic, clean, crisp ale that rewards in its richness and displays the capabilities of Flying Fish... balance is the key to this abbey, with notes of honey and orange peel late...

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Photo of gautch726
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong beer that will not disappoint. It isn't excellent in any one area, but is a good Trippel overall. Has a very enjoyable, complex taste that will leave you satisfied (and buzzed).

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Photo of farrago
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of sleek, pure white microfoam which breaks down into larger bubbles as it dissolves, stays steady once it gets down the surface, the lacing is a bunch of random short splotches. Yellow verges on light orange hued liquid, darkened by a fine particulate throughout, the carbonation is not much in terms of quantity but moves actively. The nose has textural thrust into the nostrils but is kind of shy in terms of scent expressivity, orange peel, bubblegum, tree bark, damp brush fire, sweat, floral paste, apricot, white grape, cherry, has a good array of fruit scents, the booziness is evident just sniffing it. Full-bodied, however, drier than one might be used to for this style of beer and thus it does not soak into the palate as aggressively. Yeast, bubblegum, flower water, clove and white pepper, figs and golden raisins, the citrus is restrained here. The carbonation could stand to be a bit higher. A forest floor funkiness lurks throughout, not all sweetness and sunshine, sour twist at the end where the hops get assertive. There’s something about that feels “incomplete” and it leaves you suspecting this shows best at the dinner table.

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

12 oz bottle poured in a basic tumbler glass. Copper color, and nice aroma of hops and Belgian yeast. Also the style says Trippel, in my opinion it's a Belgian IPA. Hop forward bitterness with a nice Belgian finish. I really enjoyed this beer, and would definitely drink many more of these.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/20/12

L: Pours a pale, straw-like color with some visible yeast. Fairly large bubbles.

S: Surprisingly crisp, assertive hoppiness. Aroma is fresh, lemony, and grassy, with some Belgian-character tucked in the back somewhere with an indescribable horse blanket funk.

T: Crisp, lemony hoppiness blends with a semi-dry and spicy maltiness. This tasty, interesting beer has a fairly dry finish and leaves a mild bitterness on the tongue; surprisingly subtle given the hop taste upfront. The malt has a bisquity character. Although the alcohol is apparent in the feel, it is nowhere to be found taste-wise.

F: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Leaves a sort of slickness on the palate, which is surprising given its relatively light body. A good deal of alcoholic warmth.

Overall: It’s not difficult to see why this beer is marketed as an “American Trippel”. The fresh hop aroma and subtle yet crisp hop taste is distinctly American. This beer was quite enjoyable and drinkable in every aspect except for a bit too much heat perhaps.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle in a tulip chilled.

The color is golden with hazed appearance and apricot shade with thick white head that falls to a ring of beads with wavy lace pattern. The smell has a tropical aroma in the yeast esters with light candied sugar smell and mild spice scent with very light alcohol. The feel is moderately full in body with medium high carbonation and light sweetness with mild alcohol mid palate into a spicy semi-dry finish.

The taste is gently pineapple up front with woody hop flavor and slight malt element in the initial flavor with mild caramel in the malt. The candy-like sweetness in the back with a yeast driven fruity taste and mild alcohol which brings a spice/peppery aspect into the back with light pear-like taste in the semi-dry finish. This is a very good Tripel, I would love to have the chance to try this on draft -nice spice profile from the yeast and candy sugar elements to balance -excellent drinkability +not too boozy which is why I tend to shy away from this style at times.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is cloudy golden yellow.

Aroma is spicy Belgian white with a thin head.

Aroma is wheat with Belgian wheat do not taste the 9% alcohol.

Excellent Belgian if it was 4 percent less alcohol but at 9% its a little deadly.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking from a bottle I found this Tripel to be rather good. Classic golden color with good lacing and head in the tulip with very active bubbles from the etching. Has the usual sweet and pleasant aroma of a Belgian (even if this is labelled an American Tripel) that leads into the taste. The traditional banana and clove is there balanced with the slightest of bitterness in the back as the bubbles go down after drinking. Finishes clean and leaves only a slight sweetness on your tongue. Very good tripel IMO

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Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Okay, so I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for at least 5 years, maybe even 6 or 7 years by this point, and I finally got the urge to open it and drink it. Poured into a tulip glass out of a 12 oz bottle, this beer pours a fairly hazy, deep medium golden color with lots of little pieces of yeast floating around in the beer and many streams of tiny bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a fluffy, creamy looking white head that is about 3/4 of an inch thick when poured with the best retention I've seen in any beer in quite a long time. Aromas of caramel malt sweetness, some clove spice, orange citrus, banana, dates, figs, and Belgian candy sugars that is all rounded out with some nice yeasty esters. The taste is pretty much the same, with caramel malt sweetness upfront along with clove spice and sweet fruit notes of banana, dates, and figs. Also some citrus orange and certainly some Belgian candy sugars. No discernible hop presence at all. Pretty good mix of different flavors overall here. This aged pretty well I must say. I remember liking this fresh when I had it, so much in fact that I took one bottle out of the 6 pack to age. Never intended to age it for so long, and it ended up working out well. Has a mainly smooth, creamy, frothy, slightly crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. A pretty sold American take on this style.


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Photo of Act25
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not yet a fan of Flying Fish, tho I live in NJ and a favorite brewer is local Carton.
This is the best FF beer I've tried.

A: The pour is a amber golden color with an energetic white head that clings to and laces the glass.

S: Mix of hops and sweet tripel. The hops provide citrus and floral notes.Fruit, no quite banana (yay!), more like plums and apricots, yeast and esters.

T: Follows aroma, the hops provide floral flare - flower shop, with apricot jam on toast. Sweetness with apricots, pears, and sugar, balanced by the spice from the yeast. The hops are plentiful, citrusy, and fruity, but are a back ground, and offer plenty of pepper in the finish.

F: 4.0 - body, mouth feel, long peppery finish. check.

M: Medium in body with a fairly crisp carbonation, given how sweet and high alcohol this beer is.

D: This is a very nice beer, and a very interesting take on the style. Certainly not traditional, but very tasty.
In a re-taste vs Allagash, (More true Belgian) this fairs better, with higher score for look, and it gets better as it warms.

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Photo of FrancisM12
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It has a fruity flavor. Definitely more hoppy than your typical trippel. But just as strong. Finish is crisp. Look is bronze in color and a white foamy head. I really enjoy the balance of sweet and hops. One of my favorites, but it might be my jersey biased. Either way, beer lovers should at least try it. Just not too many, it is a trippel.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a fan of yeasty beers but this one isn't bad. Some noticeable hops help it out. Smell is all yeast for me. Taste is fruity up front followed by some nice hops and then aftertaste is lingering yeast. Not my style. nb

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Photo of Slack
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a large amount of head that settles down to about a quarter inch. Minor lacing present as well.
Smell is hops, banana, lemon and oddly enough blueberry.
Taste is sweet fruit up front with spice notes and a hoppy backbone.
Mouthful is light to medium with a higher amount of carbonation. Finish is crisp.
Overall, this reminds me more of an IPA than tripel which makes this a good mix of both worlds.

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Photo of JasW
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American "trippel," indeed. Very good for an American take on the style, gorgeous color, body, and mouthfeel, and most notable of all, a hearty yeasty tripel taste whose malt is unexpectedly balanced with a delightful infusion of hops. Hence, the "American" part. This is a solid ale.

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Photo of Milt2112
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm from South NJ - so I love to support Flying Fish, but this comes off to me as closer to a DIPA than a tripel. First of all - the color is more amber than light golden. Smell is very good - but more floral that a typical tripel. I like the taste - and am not disappointed, but this tastes nothing like your world class tripels - i.e. La Fin Du Monde, Hennepin, Tripel Karmeliet, Long Strange, Westmalle. It has that sweet, slightly hoppy flavor of a DIPA. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.
Like I said - not disappointing at all, just not your typical tripel. I would buy again, but wouldn't drink if I was jonesing for a tripel.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Left Bank Burger Bar in Jersey City, NJ.

Served in a tulip glass. Hazy yellow color with a large white head with great retention. Aroma is strong and satisfying. Clove spice, orange citrus, and banana. The flavor adds a bit of alcohol into the mix. Sweet and fruity, but with big spicy overtones. Long-lasting flavor that is warming without being overbearing. Medium bodied that feels even lighter thanks to the strong carbonation.

One of the better American tripels I've had, right up there with Allagash.

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Photo of LancasterSteve
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very interesting beer almost a hybrid beer with 95% tripel with an inventive infusion of hops to add a new dimension to the tripel style. This viscous brew coats the palate with a wide spectrum of flavors as others here have described. The brewers at Flying Fish have definitely created a dynamic beer that is outside of the box and is a great brew to drink slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of craft4mike
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Was close to drain pouring this on first taste but it got a good bit better as it warmed. Lots of citrus hops and alcohol. The biggest problem with this beer is the alcohol actually is stronger than the 9.5 percent that it checks in at.

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