Tripel | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light tawny amber. Ha. Well, maybe it's not tawny. Whatever color that might be. But it is light amber. So, go on, use tawny in one of your reviews, eh? No head, no lacing. Very light on the smell - maybe just a hint of a caramel malt. Very light on the flavor as well - just a hint of a caramel malt. What's so nice about this is that it's just so nice - very smooth, gently sweet, no off flavors anywhere. No hops detected and you sure couldn't tell that it's a 9% beer just by drinking it! I wish that I could pick this up locally (other than in mixed 12 packs)!

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber a clear light golden with a nice tighter one finger white head no haze to this trpipel very good clarity to this one.Great aromas of overipe pineapple and peach just a lighter note ofsweet alcohol but faint,what I like best about this tripel style is that the yeast and phenols dont overwhelm the palate somewhat sweet and raisiny and citrusy with pineapple being dominant the phenolic spiciness is underlying not overbearing the way I like it.Overly complex no, a lighter spritzy mouthfeel lends though to its easy drinkablitiy,hey I like it Iam not a big fan of the big Belgian yeast flavors this was low key and I liked it alot.A great beer to to savor as Detroit put Cleveland away finally damn that has a nice ring to it dont it.

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Photo of sponberg
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into goblet

Brilliant orange gold with a snow white head whose remnants stick around all day long. When cold, not much there aroma wise - some faint esters and distant hops and grains. When warm, apricots fall out of the trees and land in the glass alongside some phenolic esteriness (bananas and Band-Aids).

Starts with a rather pleasant graininess alongside some Belgian estery notes, with the alcoholic fumes coming in later alongside moderate maltiness, hints of black pepper, and a hit of mildly spicy hops. As it warms, the warming surge o' alcohol comes in stronger, along with a background bitterness and a finishing grainy maltiness. Nice mouthfeel, and rather drinkable. Appears to be filtered, which may account for a lack of complexity when compared to other Tripels I've had. Nice, but nothing earthshaking.

As with mant US takes on this style, there's a definite ideal temperature range for this beer - warmer than fridge, colder than cellar is ideal. Take oit out of the fridge and let it sit for a half hour or so before drinking for best effect.

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Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: It has a small one finger thick foamy head. It is bright white in color and quickly fades down to just a small ring of lace. The liquid is a light golden color and has a light hazy appearance.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet candy like malt and yeast character with some light notes of apple and pineapple. Hop aroma is also noticeable but very light.

Taste/Palate: The malt has solid Belgian candied sugar sweetness with notes of apple and pineapple. The 9%abv gives it some mellow warmth and some boozy/peppery notes. Hop flavor is way off in the distance but adds some light herbal notes, dryness and light bitterness to the finish. The body has medium to full feel and the texture seems a little thick at first from the sweetness but thins out with the bubbly carbonation.

Notes: This was a nice drinkable Tripel from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A- One finger of foam subsides to a thin bubbly ring of lace. Mildly hazed golden color.

S- Apple skin, hint of pineapple (kiss of hot alcohol), and a spiciness from the hops and herbal/clove phenols.

T&M- Slightly viscous crispness in the smooth mouth feel, medium body. Bitter upfront with lots of noble hop and spicy/medicinal phenolic flavor. Saaz is more prevalent middle to end with a mild exotic fruitiness from the very warm alcohol. Finishes with a long bitter flavor of hops and phenols.

D- Not bad ... a bit rough and bitter for this style, this is a very delicate style to brew ... not an easy task. I'll chalk this one up as an American interpretation as it is not even close to a real Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap (nice) at Southern tier night at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours dusty straw, cloudy, white head leaves well developed and nice looking lacing. Nose is all fruity and yeasty. On tap this brew is bursting with fruity notes, yeasty hues and alcoholic twinges all dancing together. Citric, floral, nutty . Slight pine crispness late to seal the deal. Strong and spicy. Fine stuff. After reading the reviews of this one in bottles, Id say try to seek it out on tap.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange yellow in color, minimal head, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: bread, caramel malt, small citrus hops

Taste: very boozy, bread, cardamom, coriader, orange, hops, and wheat

Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, medium body, bitter hoppy, alcoholic first taste that gets sweeter

Drinkability: This strikes me as a spiked up and way more alcoholic version of a Blue Moon. This is a bit too hoppy for the style. It is not bad, and has the Southern Tier taste, but am not sure it is a tripel.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer, only found in the Southern Tier variety pack, pours a honey color, without a lot of bubbles or activity going on. The head is pretty weak for the style it is based upon; it's slightly creamy and dissipates rapidly, leaving behind a suggestion of lacing that evaporates quickly.

The aroma is not very assertive, offering the typical traces of malt, citrus, and spice. The taste is decent if not consumred too cold: citrus, clove, honey, malt, berry, stern hops, and a strong dose of alcohol.

The mouth is rather flat and lifeless. The drinkability is highly decreased by the violence of the alcohol. I like Southern Tier overall, but this is like Sanka compared to Jamacian Blue Mountain--if I may use a coffee analogy. Though, not bad at all if you just slamming them down to get a buzz.

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Photo of kpantz
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Executive Summary: Southern Tier has done better. It's a decent tripel, but there are better US interpretations of the style. As with their porter, it's good enough to make the mixed case (porter, IPA, triple, extraordinary ale) worthwhile.

Appearance: A bit deeper in color than most tripels I've had. Clear, golden color with virtually nonexistent head.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of alcohol in the nose. Seemingly no hint of the spicy character I've come to love in tripels.

Taste: The spices make an appearance on the tongue, but they don't stay long. Sweetness is there, but not as prominent as I would have hoped. Alcohol notes play throughout. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: About right for the style. Thin and not too sticky. Carbonation is lively, but not distracting.

Drinkability: 9% ABV doesn't make it a sessionable beer, and I gotta say...there aren't enough distinguishing characteristics to this one to ask me back for more than one in a session.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The one beer that took it's time coming into the Pittsburgh available in 22oz along with Unearthly DIPA, Ja-Hava Imperial Coffe Stout, and Big Red Imperial Red (all hallertau varieties). This is from a lil' 12ozer and it appears a dark golden honey glazed amber hue it forms a decent sized white head and leaves fine scattered lacing around my Augustjin chalice. Aroma is heavy on fruit tones a bit drenched in alcohol some citrus/tropical notes with sweet honey graininess finishing with a touch of toasted nut presence. Flavor isn't textbook for the style this is clear however rich sweetness fortified with tart fruit and tropical notes along with earthy herbal hopage...somewhat of a nutty mineral edge makes for an interesting brew...also to note the alcohol is pretty evident in this one not well hidden like most Belgian tripels. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly syrupy in texture carbonation a bit rough and definitely coats the palate. Drinkability as much as I love Southern Tier for their other brews I probably won't revisit the tripel, too many quality tripels available in the Burgh especially with two soon to be three Sharp Edge locales.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a yellowish-orange crystal clear body with a big carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thick film of snow white that is a bit sticky and last for a good while.

S- This beer has a soft honey note followed by a dry smell of stale spices. As the beer warmed there was a slight smell of powdered detergent.

T- This beer has a slight sweet honey note with a light fruit note to it. There is a dry hop bite at the finish with a slight cucumber and orange peel quality to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a creamy texture as long as the head lasts. There was no alcohol heat detected until it was pretty warm.

D- This beer has a smooth soft sweetness but the dull stale spice quality and finish were a bit off.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty tangerine gold in the glass with a small white head that melts quickly leaving nothing behind. Frost chilled haze at first that disappeared as the brew warmed.

Aroma is soft tropical fruits and candy sugar...very little else.

Taste soft tropical fruit in the beginning but that changes to bitter citrus peel and finishes with candy sugar.

Mouthfeel is nice with tingly carbonation.

Nothing spectacular and a little distracting in the surprising bitterness.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden ambery tangerine color topped by a medium sized white head that fades to about a 1/4" layer. Spots of lace around the glass. Aroma tricks into into thinking I'm drinking a darker beer with the purple fruitiness and caramel maltiness. There is also bready qualities, wood, light floral scents and plumby grapes. Taste is full of grapes, dark fruit, bread, caramel, and perhaps alcohol marinated orange. Feel is slick, slightly coating and moderately syrupy. Body is a syrup like medium. Suprisingly drinkable for the high abv. though its no secret this is a high abv beer as far as taste goes. Its not really alcoholic but you can tell its there for sure.

Not bad, not bad. Pretty atypical compared to other belgian tripels I've had.

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Photo of Calico
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap at MacGregor's and didn't like it quite as well as I remembered. Then I had it on tap at Monty's Krown and for some reason just loved it. Fresher beer? Cleaner lines? or just the fact that they were heathens and poured it in a regular old pint glass instead of a tulip?

Anyway. Poured very clear, golden, nice carbonation, slight lacing in head. Aroma was unusual for a Belgian, hoppy and flowery with a hint of rose. Phenols were noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel is sugary, a little slippery. I noticed a slight bitter aftertaste but that would not deter me from ordering this again. All in all, a very pleasant pint.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a real golden,honey color with a 1 1/2 finger head.The disappears alittle quickly,but leaves nice lacing.The aroma is a full fruity scent with some yeastThe taste is a little more bitter than I was expecting,but not bad.It does have a fruity citrus flavor with some maltyness.The m/f is pretty good,medium,but the flavors don't mix as well other beers.This tripel is a little bitter,but other than that this is a good beer.

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Photo of asabreed
2.14/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Oddly enough this gets a bit less volatile and dense as it warms, but it leaves decent rings around the glass, soapy and clumpy white, and billows up nicely initially and slows slowly, but like I said, as it warms it becomes less attentive in those fields, which usually is the case when it's colder. All atop a nice golden yellow body with nice streams of carbonation surging within the glass.

Smell: Too big of an alcohol burn, even in the nose, as it warms, with unbalanced out of whack sweetness and no way, in my opinion, to really tell this is a tripel. No hints of yeast or esters, maybe mild candi sugar, and that's about it. Not much fruit. Very weak and disappointing. How are the hops dominating the finish? Or is this just unbalanced and odd bitterness?

Taste: This is barely making the average rating for me, as there's not much to discern. Candi sugar and malt flavors dominate, with not much sense of yeast or esters, mild citrus from the hops, and a finish of mild herbal hops, malts, and candi sugar. A domestic to be certain, but I wish I had paid a lot less if I knew it was going to be like this.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, too sticky and cloying, and not enough carbonation.

Drinkability: Wow. A huge, beyond huge disappointment. I don't even think I'd have been able to tell this was the style if I was blindfolded, and that's a bad thing. Beyond a poor domestic rendition, and this should be a beer that they nix for the future. I still want to try more Southern Tier brews, but man, this one's just plain not worth it by all accounts, and it's not getting me psyched to fork over the cash for more, no matter how high the rating might be, and no matter how much I like the style. I want my money back.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty aroma but still detect the booze. Orange colour, little rim of head, then lace. Carbonation and alcohol at end, which dries the mouth, and high acidic throughout. Needs food-pizza. Had bottle at Pizza Plant. I had it 6 months later and it was more tasty, yeast more apparent.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle. Being careful not to disturb the lees, I was able to fill a large tulip glass that was completely clear. The subsequent pours, however, was a bit cloudy.

Without the yeast, it's a glowing, deep-golden-orange; with the yeast it appears more orangeish. Unfortunately, not much head was created by my delicate pour, and the short cap that was formed faded quickly.

I smelled and tasted it a bit before going back to build a head because I wanted to see how much influence the yeast has on the flavor, and it's quite profound. I found the initial flavor and aroma to be a hint sweet, subtly bready, and a bit candyish. There was a very nice, delicate note of vanilla and a sugary sweetness like rock candy, as well as a thin edge of soft golden caramel and a drip of orange that left it kind of like an orange cream-sicle. It wasn't particularly spicy, but there was a nice swirl of it in the aftertaste, as well as notes of floral, grassy, spicy, and gently herbal hops. And if that spiciness is from the alcohol, that's the only place that it shows. It's certainly nicely done in that respect.

My second pour was rough to bring up the head, and it brought up the yeast as well. To my surprise, I could see that there was a fair amount of it left adhered to the base of the bottle. That may be because it'd been in the fridge for about a month, or maybe not, but I think I usually tend to drink my Southern Tier beers quicker than that, and therefore find more yeast in my glass.

The head held well, dropping slowly from a finger thick frothy cap to a half-inch, lightly creamy off-white lid. The lace around the glass formed a panorama of tiny mountains as it went, and then with each sip that followed it left a creamy ring (well for three or four anyway).

The yeast was apparent in the nose at this point, along with a bit more fruity-floral character. And that carried over into the flavor as well. The yeastiness masked some of the subtle nuances of the straightforward flavor, and lent a bit more acidity. It lost the innocent sweetness that it had, but it gained more complexity. The orange note became more prominent, and it took on a delicate nuttiness that prior to hadn't been there.

There were good points to each glass, with and without yeast, and I'm not sure that I could choose either one, but with it being a big bottle I didn't have to, and I'd suggest you do the same if you can find a bomber. It certainly makes for a more interesting tasting than just one 12 ounce poured directly.

Overall, anyway you pour it, and regardless of how much of the yeast you find in your glass, it's a pretty decent interpretation of the style. It's a tasty, well-balanced and well-rounded brew; and for the price I think it's well worth it.

Nicely done, and certainly worth trying!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, purchased at Sam's in lombard or whatever suburb its in

appearance: poured into a bells tulip...very light pale golden body, soapy white head with nice lacing throughout, shiny and bubbly

smell: rather fruity - mostly pineapple, apple...syrupy and a little bready. something seems a little off

taste: a little bland as far as tripels go...yeast is pretty subdued making this a pretty poor example of the style...lots of candy sweetness, syrupy pineapple and other fruit...thick malt and moderately boozy

mouthfeel: a bit too syrupy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of kenito799
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured at Belgique tasting, Hugo, MN Thanksgiving 2010.

Very orange color with brown edges, clear, a Grand Marnier effect.

Tutti frutti Belgian yeast scents, and oranges. High carbonation in this three year old brew. A perfect balance on the palate of sweetness and quite forceful hoppy bitterness..actually a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a tripel. Very nice. Not really classic but a brew I like very much.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from beeronthebrain, cheers Khen!

Pours an effervescent bronze with a pinky of pearl white head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Cereal, lemons, pepper & perfumy hops.

T: Leafy hops, apricot, & honey up front. Nice fruitless follows, as this warms. Leafy hops, light lemon hop & grapefruit hop, apple peels all show as this warms. Finishes with nice citrussy hops & good fruityness

MF: Medium-bodied, low carbonation but a good hop balance

Drinks pretty easy for the style, the hops don't quite seem right to me, but not bad. An above servicible take on the style

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notebook poured from a 22 oz. bomber:

A- Clear and golden colored with reddish orange highlights. Head is 1/8" and composed of loose bubbles.

S- Candi Sugar, slightly spicy aromas from the yeast, and a touch of clove round it out.

T- Lighter in your mouth than the nose leads you to believe. Definitely candi sugar, and slightly spicy, but malt dominates the flavor. Not too complex at all, which is a disappointment.

M- Light in the mouth and low carbonation.

D- Not up to par with the better Belgian Tripels and just barely an above average attempt.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer in the spring and cracked it open now in December. It's seemed to age well!

The color of the beer looks like urine, not very appealing! Every now and then a bubble rises to the top, not very carbonated and the head has a hard time staying, but hangs around until the end.

The smell is gorgeous! Mild alcohol, big butterscotch and grapefruit smells makes this beer smell better than it looks.

Taste is not bad either. At 9% you would think that this beer is harsh, it's not. Although I never tasted this beer young,I guess aging this beer helped it take out it's alcohol bite, a sneaky beer (gets you drunk before you know it if you're not careful). Good carbonation even though it doesn't look it. Herbal vegetable taste with a honey, butterscotch sweetness that is followed by a raw hop bitterness. Keeps it from becoming too sweet. Good body without being too heavy. One could actually drink a few of these in one sitting (if they didn't have work tomorrow).

Not a true Tripel from Belgium but pretty damn good fresh beer (better than some Belgians i've had).

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Photo of Gmann
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a bright hazy pale golden orange color with a small dense head that dissipated fairly quickly and left a ring around the glass. The smell is of candied apricots and curacao. The candied apricot is quite overpowering. The taste is extremely sweet and cloying. The candied fruit, curacao, and slight orange peel dominate the flavor profile, perhaps a very light hint of hops thrown in somewhere in the middle. Weak Belgian yeast flavor and little hop/malt presense can't bring this tripel down to earth. The feel is light and moderately carbonated and finishes sweet and slick. Talk about one sided sugar bombs and it has some odd flavors to boot. I'm having a difficult time finishing this one. Southern Tier's Heavy Weizen reminds me more of a tripel than this does.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier's Tripel pours up a trifle heavy with a moderate carbonation that creates a brief, albeit lacy white head that crowns the bright tangerine-golden body. The aroma has a zesty fruitiness (lemon, star fruit, sweet orange peel) followed by a touch of spiciness (black peppercorns, coriander, marjoram) from the yeast, as well as the European Noble hops. Light graininess, low alcohol. The taste starts off surprisingly light with a bit of sugary maltiness balanced completely by the spiciness & hops which create a creamy, warming finish. A touch solventy with a medium-firm body for a tripel. This tripel isn't overly complex, but it's rather easy to enjoy. Try pairing this one with some tangy goat or farmer's cheese. Here's to "thinking global and drinking local."

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Tripel from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 198 ratings