Mephistopheles' Metamorphosis | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Mephistopheles' MetamorphosisMephistopheles' Metamorphosis

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Begian Tripple brewed with 100 percent Pilsner malt and a blend of three Belgian yeasts which impart a fruity and spicy flavor and aroma.

31.3 IBU

Added by SheepNutz on 11-29-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a light orange yellow color, slightly hazy with two fingers of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of sweet pear and other fruits, a little spice, and a hint of alcohol. The taste starts very sweet with more fruit, apple, white grapes, and orange. There is just a bit of pepper in the finish, and a good alcohol zing. It has a good bite to it. The mouthfeel is fairly strong, very smooth. The drinkability is fairly good for a high alcohol brew. A nice offering from the BBC.

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Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Kentucky brewed, tripel arrived in a 10 oz tulip a clear, goldenrod body with a small offwhite head. Good retention and stunning island chain lace adorned the glass. Aroma was very Belgian, with tropical fruits(banana and mango), white pepper, a note of cloves, white pepper, and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, silky smooth, with an alcohol bite and moderate carbonation. Taste was nicely balanced, with more tropical fruits(mango, banana, and tangerines), woodsy yeast, and a nice earthy hops bitterness. Alcohol is concealed very well in this one. Very good drinkability and an excellent offering from Bluegrass Brewing.

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Photo of degerbah
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Bought in a 750ml in Northern Kentucky, there was no head at all when poured into a goblet. The taste is extremely light for such a high alcohol beer. The taste is not at all what I consider a Belgian Trippel. The lack of carbonation, abv, and excessive fruitiness remind me more of a malt liquor than a Belgian Style. Overall I was extremely dissapointed.

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Photo of Brent
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An impressive, compacted layer of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle confirms bottle conditioning and explains the massive carbonation. First pour (and gentle, so as to not disturb the sediment) resulted in an eruption of foam from the glass, and, when it finally subsided, I had about two fingers worth of beer. With some nursing, I was able to fill the glass.

Flavor profile was sharp, with white wine notes - the yeast had done a good job of converting, with relatively little phenolic residuals. Clean, but a pungent and excessive alcohol presence significantly detracted from the experience. Blurs the distinction between a trip and a strong ale. Overall, an admirable effort that didn't hit the mark with me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the trade...
As I popped the cap, this one foamed all over richlikebeer's pants and egajdzis' motel floor.
Appears a hazy gold with a 2 finger, fizzy white head that slowly fades out. Scattered bits of chunky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is lemony, citrusy orange, and a touch of vanilla with some spicy yeast in the background.
Taste is of the aromas but toned down a notch. There are also hints of juicy red apples mixed in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, with vanilla, and orange bitterness lingering.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks to kmpitz2

Pours a hazy golden straw with some orange highlights. Has a big fluffy head that maintains with thick lacing on the glass. The bottom of the bottle contains the largest amount of yeast sediment that I have ever seen in a commecial product.

Aroma is bready and yeasty with a some fruity and peppery tones.

Taste is very sweet and malty upfront with some nice fruity and peppery flavors. Finishes sweet. Almost cloyingly so.

Big, full body. Plenty of carbonation.

A little too sweet overall for my taste. The name is cooler than the beer.

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Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a deeper golden / orange color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of fruits (apples / bananas), spices, and some citrus. Tastes of fruits, spices, citrus and a little bready. Some alcohol in the finish (but I wouldn't have guessed 11%).

Notes from 10/9/06

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Photo of Vixie
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a decent white head.

Nice sweet smell, with a hint of spice. Seems to be a bit like citrus with some pepper as well.

Quite spicy, with fruit notes in there as well. Has a bit of warming at the finish, not surprisingly.

Feel is pretty solid for the style.

Overall, a decent beer. This reminds me more of my favorite in this style, La Fin Du Monde, than any other triple I've had. It has a similar spiciness, but lacks the complexity of La Fin. Still, goes down well considering the ABV, and the alcohol is well hidden. While not the best of this style I've had, a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

The Party Source has made some changes, one of them being to place the growler bar in a much more visible location. I must support the cause with a growler of something, but what? 8 taps available, hmmm, GL Burning River, Pilsner Urquell, Harpoon IPA, Stone Arrogant (cool!), and one with a handwritten label from BBC. Mephi-what? Okay I gotta try it. The lady starts to run a growler and the keg blows! Her best attempts to get someone over with more are for naught. I tell her I'll come back and try again another time and she gets a label, slaps it on the growler and writes N/C on it - No Charge! So I got about ten ounces worth complimentary style and a complimentary growler to boot, yee hah.

Appearance - uncaps with a rush of air, but pours with little to no action. There is just a bare ring of bubbles around the rim, and it has a clear golden orange hue.

Aroma - Belgian-style sweetness and a prominent finishing odor of rubbing alcohol. Geez, how strong *is* this stuff?!?!

Taste - I don't know, after that nose, I'm a little intimidated to proceed but here goes...whew...some malty sweetness and banana flavor, and that's about all I get before a tidal wave of alcohol hits. Wow this is strong beer. 10.7%, it feels like beer with a few shots of single malt whiskey thrown in. In fact, the decreased carbonation from a growler filled only 25% full, the heaviness of the style, and the overbearing alcohol give this a very whiskey-like feel. As my mouth adjusts, some grain flavors show through, kind of like the Beelzebub beer, draped heavily with syrupy sweetness. This is potent. A little too raw for my tastes. Though the sweet component comes across genuinely tasty, it always ends with a brash alcohol note. Could this stuff be concentrated somehow and I have the ramped up dregs of a half-keg? I don't know, I will have to try this again when they get a new keg set up or if I ever see a bottle of it.

Mouthfeel - the feel is wonderful. For a high abv tripel, it feels delicate and smooth. It leaves a coating without feeling thick.

Drinkability - I can't see me buying something like this for personal consumption, it's too much like booze and not enough like beer. And yet, in the interest of beer science, I will be fair and try it again when they can fill a whole growler. On that note, I will reserve a harsher score and give this little devil the benefit of the doubt.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Apparently the brewpub has revived a beer they formerly retired, because it was on tap there on January 12, 2006. Listed in the menu as follows:
ABV -- 10.5%
IBU -- 31.3

Appearance was a light amber with some haziness, but no head -- I don't know why, but they draw all their beers here with virtually no head.

Smell was intense, complexe malty and hoppy mix, with a note of bubble gum. Fascinating.

Taste was harsh, heavy syrupy. Reminded me over overly hopped cough syrup. Not so pleasant.

Mouthfeel, by contrast, was rich and lovely.

Drinkability was, of course, low -- they acknowledge that by serving this 10-and-a-halfer in half-pints only.

An odd brew, all over the place.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Though a tasty beer, it has a few flaws; particularly from the attempt to increase the alcohol. The color is a bright and clear straw with a touch of carbonation and a trace of foam because of the higher alcohols and weakening of the body. Aromas are sweet and alcoholic. A honeylike aroma with alcoholic strength begins to mask much of the delicate belgian aromas. To the mouth it is strong and powerful. Numbing and hot on the palate. The flavors focus on sweet, strong malts (similar to samiclause). The alcohols attempt to thin the beer, and the malts counter with a modertate malt gavity. An astringent grain husk flavor and feel is noticed after the initial sip and lingers into the aftertaste. The beer is overall good, but the strength kicks it out of the tripel style.

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Photo of bamadog
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Party Town in Florence just had this at their growler station - the keg was four years old (from '05) and I figured I had to try something like that. Pour is from my growler to a large snifter.

Appearance: Pours a peachy/coppery color with minimal head and just a thin spotty cloud on the top; body is cloudy; thin spotty lacing that's oily slides around the sides of the glass and eventually back into the drink itself.

Smell: Quite strong - powerful odors of sweet and tart fermented fruits really overwhelm the nose.

Taste: Pretty tart overall; the fermented fruits are very present in the flavors; slightly metallic presence in the aftertaste and there is a bit of an acidic apple-like flavor as well; alcohol is very present, but it isn't really "burny" at all, just very present.

Mouthfeel: A little slick and oily; carbonation is virtually non-existent and it feels more like I'm drinking a wine as opposed to a beer; palate is left pretty dry overall.

Drinkability: Well, I guess I was a little too excited about this as I feel a tad let down - I've had some other beers that have been aged and they've come out much better than this offering. I guess I should have known better as BBC probably wouldn't be known to make a great Belgian style ale, whether it's been aged for 4 years or not.

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Photo of mcallister
2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bought this growler at the Party Source in Newport Kentucky. They had the Avery Mephistopheles lable on the growler station but it's actually this. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have bought this.

A vividly orange/red liquid with little white head that has less retention. Not much in way of lacing either.

Sweet peach, nectarine, belgian spice, freshly cut grass, other sweet summer ripened fruits. Lacks in any depth of aroma but the sweet fruity-ness is quite nice.

Very alcoholic, with trend towards spicy, belgian yeasty approach. Very unbalanced however. Little in way of a floral hop, with a one sided sweet malt that doesn't lend it's hand towards depth.

Thin and weak. Not the best BBC beer out there.

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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

wow, from the 750ml bottle
i think the first running of these bottles

serious sediment on the bottom of this thing

as i crack the bottle open the foam begins and takes a little while before i can actually pour this beer into my glass

yeasty bottle fermented carbonation has fizzed this beer like champagne on crack

but it smells good, pleasant spciy aromes lightly come through

good flavor, pretty light and sweet with a bit of spciyness
can't taste any of the alcohol at all
maybe not quite as full bodied as i's expect from a triple

but good all the way around and certainly worth a try

open it over a sink or several glasses though

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Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this recently. Pours an amber color with a small white head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has lots of spices and some banana and corriander as well as a subtle alcohol. The flavor is very much like the aroma. Very complex with lots of Belgian-style spices. Some fruity stuff going on in there and a very warming alcohol on the finish. Very nice stuff, but two or three of these would put me on the floor.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm definitely a fan of BBC. I've had their beers at the source and in bottles and have always been impressed, until now. I was very excited to try this beer but it was a big disappointment.

Poured in Chimay glasses.

Color was true to type (orange-yellow hue). No head.

Nose was heavy sweet. A bit of floral characteristics noted.

Taste had some resemblance of a Belgium trippel but it was way, way too sweet. Alcohol presence was there but the cloying nature really dominated. So much so that I didn't finish the beer.
Almost appeared that the beer needed more attenuation.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy (perhaps slightly from bottle conditioning) golden color with a decent head that leaves a nice lacing

S - strong fruity esters with sweet malt and no hop noticeable

T - complex fruity ester flavor from start to finish; sweet malt with no hops detectable - finishes very sweet; perfumy alcohol noticed on finish, but not really enough to dry out the strong malt sweetness

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - I picked up this bottle in a great beer store in Lexington on a recent summer trip. I've always liked stopping at BBC in Louisville and it appears there starting to bottle special editions so I thought I'd give it a try. This tripel is definitely closer to the abbey version than the trappist versions as it finishes quite sweet. The esters really overpower and spicy phenols also. But what it lacks in phenols it somewhat makes up for in ester complexity - to a degree. It could use a bit more hop as it borders on cloying. And in that respect it almost seems like a not-so-clean strong golden ale (strong sweetness & esters). I don't regret having picked it up, but probably won't be purchasing this one again. It was good enough thought that I would consider purchasing another special from BBC.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by the other Matt recently. This beer was a huge, huge surprise. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is heavily carbonated.

Aroma is bready and sweet, smells like a nice light tripel.

Beer is light in body, approaching medium. Lots of carbonation on the mouth. The lead off flavor is the Belgian pale malt character, it's not sweet but the mark of the beer is present here. The midpalate is mostly fruits and some esters along with a stronger yeast character. Once we realized the ABV on this beer, my respect went up considerably. This is a highly drinkable nearly 11% beer. The alcohol is completely masked by the fragile complexity of the beer. It would be quite easy to make this beer be too hot. I would drink it again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.11/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a tripel style brew right? At least the color is spot on, a hazey honey, medium amber. But this supposed tripel lacks the head all togeteher, carbonation and lacing. There is none, period. The aroma is ok, right in the middle of the road. Mlaty sweet, hints of KY candi sugar and some hints of light sweetnes fruits in the nose. The taste of all the good tripels I've had before this is the great carbonation that helps to bring out the sweet flavors of this brew. But there is very little in the way of palatable carbonation. Some light fruits and strong malt, but it means almost nothing whenther is no carbonation spritzing up the palate. The flat palate of this supposed tripel kills it for me. I'm never going to buy this beer again.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growlered at Party Town in Florence, KY. This beer pours a brilliant golden color with a finger of head. The nose is really nice, with nice full sweet fruity malt with a sweet banana playing in the background. The flavor is nice as well. Maybe a little too much alcohol in the flavor, but the orangey banana is there as well. Nice beer. There is also a spiceyness in there as well, I would bet from both the yeast and the alcohol. The feel is moderate, slightly slick feeling, with a light carb. I have to say, this glass is going right to my head. Definately a sipper over the course of an hour. A very good beer, but this could be dangerous if consumed in large amounts.

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: A friend brought this back from a business trip. This one poured an orangish, dark yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it that leaves some lacing. The aroma is decent, and fairly typical for a tripel. Nothing to set it ahead or behind of another of the style. The taste is also good. Some spicy notes, fruitiness, breadiness, yeastiness that are typically attributed to a tripel. No alcohol evident in the taste or aroma. Nice.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle c/o Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: Hazy yellow with a big head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Citrus, spices, yeast. Easily identifiable as a tripel.

T: I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer, as the quality definitely exceeded my expectations. The flavor is bold and full, without the cloying sweetness that often accompanies American versions of this style. A big citrus component beautifully merged with a subtle spice aspect make for a tasty beverage.

M: 10.7%?!? I didn't realize this until I was halfway through my glass. Alcohol content hidden masterfully. This is full bodied and rich.

D: I would absolutely drink this again. I liked it a lot. It's nice to see a brewery from the U.S. create a tasty Belgian-style tripel.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of drseamus
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought a growler of this back from Kentucky for me as a birthday present. It pours a great golden color with no head and low carbonation. I imagine there would be more of both had it not been subjected to the pressure drop in the belly of the plane. It has a really nice sweet aroma with no hop aroma. The taste is very sweet and fairly malty, just like a tripel should be, but the hop flavors seem to be missing. There is a spicy background flavor and that is what lingers on my tongue after each sip. As I said before, the mouthfeel is not what I would like because of the low carbonation, but it is good none the less. I can't detect an overabundance of alcohol, which this beer does have at 11% ABV. The drinkability on this is pretty good. I would especially like to try a bottle of this or on draft.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Electric tangerine with a few fine bubbles rising slowly to an almost nonexistent head. Crown cracking brought a barely audible escape of air, followed by a barely audible 'oh shit' from my mouth. A vigorous pour failed to produce more than a pathetic cap of unsticky white foam. Obviously, MM has (lack of) carbonation issues. The beer itself looks good, though.

Needless to say, it's almost impossible for a beer's nose to be aromatized properly when there's almost no carbonation. I pick up a whiff of apricot nectar mixed with grain alcohol. After the beer warmed, I might be able to go with a whiff and a half. I tried hard (much too hard) to pick up any subtleties that might have been present. Beer with an ABV of 10.7% should never be allowed to come in contact with the nasal mucosa. Trust me on this.

For all that, Mephistopheles' Metamorphosis (whatever the hell that's supposed to mean) is decent beer. A lack of bubbles is less of an issue when it comes to flavor. Actually, I've had quite a few flatter beers in my time. Each mouthful delivers a mild tingle to the tongue. Now that I think about it, the tingle could be coming from the alcohol.

Speaking of alcohol... although it's camouflaged pretty well for a double digit beer, it's still a major member of the flavor profile. MM tastes like apricot or peach brandy cut with distilled water. There's a moderate white pepper spiciness, but no clove that I can detect.

I wish I could inject a Belgian amount of carbonation into this beer, because the mouthfeel, other than its obvious fault, is actually pretty nice. It's medium full, slick and semi-sticky. Words like 'lush' and 'plush' might have applied in more optimal circumstances.

I'd like to think that Mephistopheles' Metamorphosis would have shone more brightly if it had been properly carbonated. I'll never know, though, since I'm not willing to spend another $8.99 to find out. I just took one last look at the label and noticed the apostrophe at the end of Mephistopheles. Now the name makes a little more sense. It's too bad that this Kentucky tripel couldn't have metamorphosed into a better beer in the instant before I popped it open.

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Mephistopheles' Metamorphosis from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 27 ratings