Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #246
Ranked #23,386
3.81 | pDev: 12.6%
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
Very Good
Notes: Saaz and Hallertau hops provide a clean, floral aroma with minimal hop bitterness. Fruity/spicy flavors from the yeast are perfectly balanced with the sweetness of Belgian candy sugar. Notes of apricot and pear lingers nicely against a dry finish.
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 237
Photo of DrBeergood
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no idea what I'm getting into.

L: It's golden alright. Filtered. Carbonation appears minimal. Agitation reveals thick rich head, looks like whipped cream.

S: Candy. Brown sugar, apple pie.

T: You're drinking the top layer of an apple pie.

F: Warm from the booze. Finishes fairly clean, excellent for sipping on between bites of food, where that covert 10% ABV makes a welcome appearance.

O: I'd order one from a restaurant or 24 of them from a C-Store.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this from my good friend and old neighbor from Oswego. It poured a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent had white grape wine notes. The taste was Belgian leaning with alcohol and Belgian malt twang. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's an ok beer......not my style.

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Photo of chuprynka
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best interpretation of a Belgian tripel outside of Belgium. On the sweeter side but a definite favorite of mine if I can't get my hands on a legitimate Belgian tripel.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Practically clear, burnt golden color. Thick, slightly off-white head with very good retention. Excellent lacing.

S---Candy sugars & yeast are predominant. A little bit of banana & light spiciness.

T---Spiciness shows up a great deal more than in the nose. Banana & yeast. Some candy sugars. Some fruitiness as well.

F---No real hint of 10% ABV. Full bodied & thick. A relatively easy drinker.

O---Not the best American Tripel, but still a solid effort. I'd get this one again, for sure.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Candi pours a bronze color, with a very very small, barely lacing head. Big sweet aroma, lots of Belgian candy notes, and earthy flowers. Flavor is very sweet and bold. Big candy notes, some earth hints. Good body and feel. Overall, its a big bold flavored Tripel, very very sweet.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a rich, thick off-white head that lasts and leaves lacing. Sweet taste, possibly a bit too sweet, in the mouth. The nose gets a fresh scent of spice.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a clear golden amber with a thin white head.

Aroma is a fruity sweet bubblegum.

Taste matches flavor fruity and bubblegumy.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours bright golden-copper color capped by white light foam. Prominent Belgium-style bold aroma and spicy, herbal, clove-like notes with a bit of banana ester that me merges nicely into spicy and grassy noble hops. Light caramel underpinning joined by notes of phenolic spice and stone fruit. Flavor is of complex character with tart juicy pear mixed with spicy herbal favors. The Belgium sugar makes this 10% ABV big and bold. Good Belgium tripel.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden copper pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head... falls fast with a solid ring of lacing.

S: Light citrus, banana, and Belgian yeast. Sweet and spicy.

T/F: Light grains... sweet malts and Belgian yeast. Candi sugar, light lemon, and clove. Bananas and spice... estery. Mild hopping for bitterness and to clean things up mid swig. Medium to light bodied... zesty carbonation. The finish is more esters.

O: A solid American Tripel... an ooch on the sweet side but lots of complexity and flavor. Well done brew.

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Photo of ordybill
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, love the pin-up label art. Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light gold color with a small white head. The aroma is heavy spice. . . maybe nutmeg. The taste is rich and smooth.

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Photo of dueserdo
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Disappointed with this one. Did not expect as much citrus taste. Nice golden color great head for the first 30 seconds, than it disappears. For a Belgian triple, it disappoints.

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Photo of BigMike9801
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

my very first taste of a Belgian tripel Poured a beautiful deep clear golden color with a light head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was very strong sweet sugary somewhere between cotton candy and Bubblegum with a hint of banana, and a little bit of caramel apple. The Taste was pretty decent with the sweetness coming through also some of the banana and I think a little bit of peach myself and maybe just a little bit of "bread". Dry finish, overall it was pretty okay, this is the first Belgian Tripel I have ever tasted. Probably wouldn't run right out and buy another one, but it was an interesting experience

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Photo of Act25
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A) clear golden body beneath with small, short-lived head of bright white. Lacing and head are limited for a triple.

S: Big, Flowering. Sugar, phenols, cedar, tart apple, banana.

T: Big, but slightly bad candy store. Caramel, praline, sugar, fruit (and it may grow on you after first assault, with some warmth. Also brings yeasty, mineral, parchment, chalkiness that dries the finish along with bitter hop, spice and alcohol.

F: Medium bodied with a dry after-sweet edge that leaves you tangy.

O) A reasonably priced tripel try.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, creamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is peppery yeast, pale malt, spices and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal hops, alcohol, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, bready malt and peaches fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Sagardjoshi
1.94/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this beer thinking I was trying a new Belgian Tripel. But, I was disappointed. It was not like any other Tripel I have had till date. It did not taste like a high quality beer. It tasted cheap. I won't be a customer again.

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Photo of deg
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a chalice. There was no head. The color was a nice golden color. I couldn't smell anything. The few flavors I could taste were good. The flatness of the beer wrecked it for me.

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Photo of BB1313
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/2/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are basically what you would expect from the style. The yeasts do their thing. Lots of banana and bubblegum. Sweet malts are there along with some subtle cracker notes. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The yeasts shine along with a solid malt backbone. More fresh banana and bubblegum. Hints of pear. Some very subtle black pepper and spice notes in the finish. There's a mild sweetness to go along with a mild bitterness. Slightly earthy. Some mild alcohol notes in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very crisp, fluffy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice tripel. It has just about anything you could want in the style. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 3-7-17
Pour a slightly dark for a traditional tripel and carbonation could be better but lacing was good.
Not a lot expected tripel smells coming off this one but I would say the usual ones are there just muted.
Taste is excellent and dangerous easy drinker, almost a session beer.
Ingredients of this beer must be pure because my hangover was light for the amount of this I drank compared to a lot of other tripels I have had, and I have consumed a lot of different tripels in my life.
Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, yeast. Taste is malts, alcohol, light fruits, a touch of spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but a bit on the boozy side.

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Photo of ksimons
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a honey orange color with a fingers worth of white head. Smell is of pale malt, yeast, spices, and sugar. Taste is similar with a pale malt backbone, sugar, candied fruits, spices, and yeast. Medium body and spicey carbonation. Overall a decent Tripel but a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent tripel pours a clear golden color with a modest head of white foam that quickly dissipates to a very light ring almost non existent and spotty lacing. Nose of light bananas, candy sugars, and grainy booze. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet candy sugars on the front and sides, warming booze hits middle and back of the taste with bananas and herbal notes on the middle and back mixed with subtle light stone fruits of pears. Good carbonation, lightly dry on the finish, medium mouth feel. Overall a nice brew.


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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Translucent gold: Bright white head, but not much of it.

Smell: Fruity; grape; Alcohol

Taste: Like the nose: Sweet vinous grape upfront that transitions to a very boozy and
slightly tart finish.

Feel: A bit prickly, with a pronounced "booze burn" on the throat.

Overall: Interesting pour: Very wine-like / fruity upfront as mentioned above. The booze is
very prevalent and in fact, some might say too much so; (I.e. balance issues.) All and all though,
an fun-unique taste. Don't know however, if I'd revisit.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely label art....says this bachelor.... A nice beer, but not perfect. According to the BJCP guidelines Belgian Tripels should be "sneaky" in the alcohol, and this one isn't. Clearly when you taste it, it isn't an ordinary beer, as the alcohol comes through.... It's sweet, and alcoholy....but the candi sugar is nice, and lets you know it's a Belgian. Head disappears almost immediately, which is disappointing.... The label art looks like 1940s "nose art" (that is what was/is painted on military planes during the war) with a very well, or even an over, endowed blonde. I think this captures the spirit of this beer well as its well endowed, almost too much. If I were Old Dominion, I'd tinker with this beer a as to hide the alcohol. It's good, but, from the first sip, it's a bit too much. Of course hiding 10% isn't easy, but it is possible. Still a bargain, at around $10 for a sixer. Salut to (busty) Belgian blondes!

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Photo of Mitchster
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with Vienna and wheat malts and candi sugar, hopped with Saaz and Hallertauer.
20 IBU's, 9.5% ABV (per the bottle)
Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Pours out to a slightly hazy peach, forming a rocky white head with very good retention and lacing. Layer of sediment in the bottle. Nose of sweet tropical fruits, brown bananas and phenols. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly syrupy, dense bodied, lightly acidic but then ruddy in the finish. The taste opens up right away with alcohol and oxidation. Definitely a wet newspaper note. Followed by the characteristics in the nose. Very peppery alcohol with some fusels. Not very refined. I suspect fermented with not enough healthy yeast or too high an initial temp. bitterness is mild The aftertaste is ruddy with that same newspaper lingering through. Too bad.

Not a good tripel. Pass on this.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A standard pour yields a minimal crisp bone white fizzy froth... Limited retention gives way to a splotchy lacing and minimal collar... A few carbonation bubble can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a mix of light amber and gold... Loaded with carbonation including a speedy cyclone in the center of the glass and some more moderate paced bubble elsewhere throughout...

S - The nose is surprisingly subdued for the style... Honey... Candied sugar... Belgian yeast... Simple and enjoyable, but a bit too understated...

T - There is much more complexity on the palate than the nose alluded to... Each component from the aroma is present and dialed up notch or to... The honey and Belgian yeast are a bit more dominant than the candied sugar... There is also a subtle spiciness that lingers beneath the surface... A slightly medicinal finish... The "booze" component is also present but never over powering... Perhaps even a hint of hoppiness emerges as this one warms to closer to room temperature...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Crisp... A bit chewy... A bit sticky... Spry carbonation on the tongue...

D - A solid American interpretation of the Tripel style... Traditional, but with enough twists and nuances to make this one unique and stand well on its own... Also a fairly decent value proposition... Not a bad brew by any means... Overall all the flavor profile and mouthfeel help this one to be a bit more than a sum of its parts... A decent job by the folks at Dominion...

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