20th Anniversary Tripel (Aged In Bourbon Barrels For 10 Months)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company

20th Anniversary Tripel (Aged In Bourbon Barrels For 10 Months)20th Anniversary Tripel (Aged In Bourbon Barrels For 10 Months)
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Belgian Tripel
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3.69 | pDev: 14.36%
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
20th Anniversary Tripel (Aged In Bourbon Barrels For 10 Months)20th Anniversary Tripel (Aged In Bourbon Barrels For 10 Months)
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Photo of scottoale
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at O'Brien's today, served in a 25cl. Chimay chalice, of course. Bright amber-gold with a 1/4" of white foam that settles to a patch in no time.

Sweet and fruity nose, over-ripened light fruit, bubblegum and semi funky yeast for the most part. Smells like your average Belgian Triple, didn't notice any Bourbon coming through in the nose.

The taste is so similar to the smell with sweet fruit of banana, pear, some bubblegum and candi sugar and a bit of spicy yeast. Still didn't pick up anything from the Bourbon barrel and I was searching...nada.

Sweet profile with a medium body and subtle carbonation. The alcohol was pretty well masked for the 10.5% ABV, thus making it effortless too drink. Pretty decent Triple overall, but was expecting a little something extra from the barrel ageing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours dark gold/light amber, with a full white head which has excellent retention and generous lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, fruity esters, pretty much expected, a good scent.

T: Definite pear ester, light banana. Barrel aging is not as pronounced as in the nose, leaving a moderate vanilla on the palate which was quite pleasant, good balance to the flavours.

M: Smooth, off-dry, lightly solvent character from the ethanol, hides it better than Curieux IMO.

D: A real nice beer from Karl Strauss, they're making some interesting stuff as of late. If it's on-tap near you check it out.

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Photo of charlzm
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 02/22/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

In the subdued light of the bar this Sunday morning, the beer appears a hazy, medium coppery/amber. Lifeless: no carbonation to be seen. Almost no head - just wisps of white foam.

No aroma, despite putting my nose right down to the surface of the pint.

Flavors are muted to the point of almost nonexistence: butterscotch, woody bitterness, some sweetness. Doesn't taste like any tripel I've ever had.

Beer is thick in the mouth, but only a little. Some alcohol heat at the end of each swallow.

Amazingly flavorless for a beer this strong, especially considering that it was allegedly aged for 10 months in bourbon barrels. I tasted no bourbon at all. Disappointing. Still, I managed to drink an entire pint without a whole lot of trouble, so I guess that's something positive.

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20th Anniversary Tripel (Aged In Bourbon Barrels For 10 Months) from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 5 ratings