Fallen Friar
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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3.83 | pDev: 11.75%
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Fallen FriarFallen Friar
Notes: Released February 2009.

Fallen Friar is a traditional Belgian-Style Tripel ale made with 10% Malted White Wheat. We use two traditional German Hops to create a subtle Noble hop character, then we ferment with a specially selected strain of Belgian yeast called Ardennes. The result is a rich golden colored Belgian-style beer with a soft malt background and beautifully fruity flavors. The German hops add a subtle yeast distinct European hop character to this powerfully sippable beer.

HOPS: Saaz
MALT: pale malt, wheat malt

IBU 12 | OG 17.5 | FG 2.6
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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stevoj from Idaho

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Boise Co-op. Dark golden, with sudden high head, which rapidly dissipates. First knock, the style needs to hold a big head. Aroma is in the ballpark, yeast, cloves. Taste carries these notes forward, sweet, slightly savory. Slick mouthfeel. Peppery finish.

Mar 28, 2018
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dank looking orange with haze and low carb and low head. Nothing to see here. Candy sugar and bread yeast on the nose finishing with a little cheese funk. Disappointing on the taste. Notes of apple juice and one yeast are one note. A heavy handed use of sugar is not overly sweet, but just tastes too obvious and doesn't integrate well. The body is too thin and too flat. There are good aspects that are overshadowed such as the drinkability for the ABV and the clean yeast profile. This beer just lacks the necessary depth. Sorry, it's a bad imitation of one of my favorite styles.

Dec 16, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber with plenty of foam in the Het Kapittel chalice. Warm, wheaty, Malt-O-Meal flavor but with a tangy finish. Fruity with dried pear. Creamy, smooth, sweet, fruity. Rich like sugar cookie dough. Overall this is a really clean and well-made Belgian style brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Malt & Vine in Redmond, Wash.

Sep 08, 2017
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Whiteweasel from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, drank from a seidel.

A: Deeply hazy orange; the most appetizing amber orange. Little lacing, a solid head that dissipates quickly. Active froth on the top.

S: Sweet fermented apricot and blood orange, flanked by moderate esters and clean wheat. Green grape, cotton candy, and tropical fruit.

T: Restrained banana and clove come through here, Belgian yeast, and with a little bit of kiwifruit as it warms. Maybe a little hint of golden syrup. Not a huge amount of depth beyond the standard wheat and banana/clove, but perfectly balanced and no off flavors at all. What it does, it does very well.

M: Aggressive carbonation for the style, and a strong booziness. Thick and full, not overly alcoholic, over sweet, or overly malty; very satisfying to drink.

Overall: A very delicious beer. I'm surprised that it was brewed in Portland rather than Belgium. They nailed the style and brewed something worthy of their inspiration.

Jun 23, 2017
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hreb from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 edition of Fallen Friar, 22oz bottle with yellow and white on red labeling.

Straw yellow and nearly clear, with a beautiful white head, this looks quite nice in my Belgian tulip glass. Aroma is yeasty and sweet -- very appropriate for a Tripel. Flavor is between a Belgian Blond and a Tripel, crisp, and just a little bit funky. Green apple, grass, a bit of sourness and very subdued hop bitterness. Great mouthfeel. Surprisingly decent and authentic to the style.

Apr 13, 2017
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ptykozoon from California

2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour reveals a light pilsner yellow color, a few islands here and there.

Earth, floral notes, manure (yes, it literally smells like dirt).

Interesting aforementioned earth flavors contrast with honey, sweet tarts and caramel.

Medium carbonation, light bodied.

Not my cup of tea. I heard this is a bit better with a sour kick to it.

Oct 23, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very hazy honey color with a modest head that fades away rather quickly leaving vague strands of lace

Smell: Spice cake, with an underlying fruity character

Taste: Spice cake, up front, with a range a fruit flavors (banana, apple and pear) developing by mid-palate; gentle fruit and spice flavors linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with gentle carbonation

Overall: A fair enough stab at the style and certainly enjoyable; just not bold enough though that could be a function of the age as it has sat in my cellar for a few years

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

Oct 21, 2011
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dragonWhale from New York

4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

won this at FredFest this past year and have been a little wary to drink it since I haven't been overly impressed by their big beer series brews or whatever they're calling them. However, it IS Wood Aged Weekend, and It Must be done!

a yellow orange with plenty of fizz comes tumbling into my chalice erupting with vinous character and some other fruity esters providing depth and nuance, a little spiciness as well serving as background noise. surprising that this has so much going on in its favor, it got me really excited for the beer at hand.
it sports those flavors well, mingling together in fruity harmony, only slightly sweet, attenuated really well, the fruit and spice notes tingling my tongue and the sides of my mouth. finishes delectably, I wish there were more of this around.

Nov 12, 2010
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; sampled at a tasting.

A: Hazy orange-yellow body with a thin, fleeting white head that leaves a bit of lace. Ok.

S: Lots of yeast, plenty of vinous character, and some fruit - apple and pear. Enjoyable.

T: Sweet + tart fruity flavors are initial, with plenty of toasty malt backing things up. Quite nice.

M: Slick medium body with light, but noticeable carbonation.

D: Not bad at all, but not something I'm dying to drink in large quantities.

Notes: This was a solid, but generally unimpressive tripel. Thanks to Matt for bringing it back from Portland - it's always a treat to get to try something completely unheard of; it's pleasantly mind-boggling just how much good beer there is out there.


Oct 07, 2010
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brokensail from California

3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a light golden color with a slight haze and a nice white head that dies away somewhat quickly.

S: The nose is fairly yeasty, which I was a bit surprised by. A touch of funk and oak along with some fruity pear, apple, and citrus notes.

T: The flavor is nicely sweet like you might expect from a tripel with a touch of dryness from the Brett and oak barrel. Apples, citrus, and mild spice provide some more of the tripel character.

M: We'll call this one medium in body with a moderate but lively carbonation.

D: A pretty nice beer. The partial barrel aging and spiking of Brett really added a little something different to this one that I enjoyed.

Aug 30, 2010
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Gobzilla from California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden hazy yellowish orange with a finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose had a nice tripel type aroma with the belgian yeast leading the way alongside pear, coriander, slight banana, and malty notes. Upfront on the taste was pretty sweet as well with really no boozy bite but consisted of belgian yeast, banana, various spices, coriander, malts, pear, and apple. The brew was medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a sweet but spicy silky finish. It drank pretty good and was a decent tripel offering from bridgeport. Glad I got the chance to try this beer.

Aug 30, 2010
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a pale gold color with no head or retention. The aroma had most of the components you'd expect, but in very subdued form. I have to say the same thing about the taste, just meh. The body was typical for the style, a happy medium between light and heavy. Drinkabilty was merely OK.

This is the first beer from Bridgeport that has let me down. This brewery will rarely thrill you, but is always solid. Until this. No reason to try this except to add it to your list.

Feb 25, 2010
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tpd975 from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden hue with tones of copper. Nice foamy white head. Little retention or lace.

S: Aromas of citrus and yeast. Subtle notes of oak and vanilla from the barrel.

T: Apple up front with a twist of citrus. The yeast is noticable with hints of spice. Slight notes from the barrel, more vanilla than oak.

M: Medium in body, moderate carbonation.

D: Good, a solid beer.

Nov 01, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Precisely midway between orange and amber. Lemon colored highlights appear along the edges, while fine bubble streams ascend within. The ivory colored crown lacks character and isn't exactly plastering the glass with sticky lace.

The aroma can't hold a candle to a true Belgian tripel. Having said that, it has most of what it needs and is pleasant enough. Sweet orchard fruit leads the way, followed by a pinch of clove and a modest amount of musky-grassy hoppiness. Specifics include German Hallertau and Czech Saaz, for those who care.

BridgePort Fallen Friar is pretty good beer, but it just doesn't measure up in the areas that count. For starters, it needs a more estery yeast strain. The usual ground clove and white pepper spiciness is minimal and there isn't much depth or complexity to be had.

I'm not sure what aging 35% of the beer in oak barrels that had previously held Pinot Noir was supposed to accomplish. Strangely enough, some vinousness is noted, but it's white grape-like, not red grape-like. Similar to an oaky Chardonnay. As with most tripels, pears and apples are also members of the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is at least medium-full and has soft and gentle carbonation. Since that's a combination that I like, a good score will be awarded. Attention style sticklers... it feels nothing like good Belgian beer.

BridgePort did a good job with Supris (a Belgian-style pale ale), so I thought they'd come through with Fallen Friar as well. In the end, I feel like I've been too hard on a beer that I'm enjoying quite a bit. A few well-chosen tweaks might turn this American tripel into something to be reckoned with.

Oct 22, 2009
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sprucetip from Alaska

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. On tap at brewpub in Portland. Hazy, yellow/golden, minimal head fades fast. Active. SMELL very little. Some fruity esters and a bit yeasty, but not too much. TASTE belgian yeasty, slightly tart fruity, some malty sweetness, bit of hops, drying finish. FEEL overyly carbonated and fizzy, which is a distraction. Finishes dry. OVERALL 1/2 pint was plenty, for me. I understand why Bridgeport is not known for Belgians.

Oct 09, 2009
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a glass chalice.

Pours hazed golden with thin white head that becomes wispy. Trailing lace slides down the glass with minimal lacing.

The smell is of banana, bready (lightly toasted) notes, some orange peel, vinuous notes, some floral/herbal spicing.

The taste is spicy/floral/herbal with slight vanilla. Grape skin peeks through as it progresses. It has an orange-like tartness balancing sweetness with just a hint of bitterness. Some warmth shows. It finishes sweet and tart with a hint of grape.

The carbonation is on the aggressive side. A touch of oxidation/"wet cardboard" stays on the palate.

This is one that I liked the more it progressed. Started more sweet, then became more tart as it progressed. It's an interesting sipper, with a nicely done oak wine barrel aging that works well to give a unique/creative touch.

Aug 30, 2009
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some yeast, very slight oak, spice. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, getting some oak notes, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

Jun 02, 2009
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jsapunor from California

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet it deeveloped a nice creamy head and golden color typical for the style.

Honey, oranges and spices in the aroma. The label says it is aged in oak barrels but I didn't notice it.

I like tripels and I'm always looking for another good one. I also like Bridgeport but their beers are usually not at the top of my list with the exception of Old Knucklehead which is an excellent barleywine. So, hoping for a nice surprise, I took that first sip. Good stuff! Orange and spices with a hint of cloves and some vanilla. You can taste the oakiness if you are looking for it. This is a nice non-Belgian Belgian. A well balanced brew. It is not as thick in the mouthfeel as some tripels.
A worthy effort.

May 21, 2009
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Arbitrator from California

2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. A gift courtesy of the ever-generous end 0))) / ramnuts. Thanks Frank!

A: Pours a clear honey-colored body with tons of carbonation up the glass. Has a light cream-colored head that has moderate retention, with some clumps of lacing down the glass.

S: Orange rind, pear, green apple, earthy Belgian yeast, pepper, coriander.

T: Driven primarily by an earthy and slightly bitter yeast and orange rind combination, upon which play milder flavors of sour green apple and pear. There is a surprising amount of spice in here too (pepper and coriander). Has a bitter and dry finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation (which is kind of low against other Belgians, but does well to bring out the taste). A dry and slightly spicy finish.

D: I thought this was pretty good, but not great. The flavors seem like they need to blend a little more -- a lot of clash. I don't know how BSPAs age; maybe a year would take some of the edge off and produce a better impression.

May 20, 2009
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meatyard from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ozer sent by a friend in PDX, poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Pours out a slightly hazed, pale orange with a short white head that vanishes quickly.
Aromas are faint. I do get a tartness, some yeastiness and some fruit.
The taste is subtle at first, consisting of pears, spices, a citric bite and ending with a dose of bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel and pretty dry with very light carbonation.
Drinkability is good. The alcohol was well hidden for me. I would've liked to have tasted just a bit more sweetness.

It can't compete with many, better tripels but is a good try.

May 17, 2009
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froghop from Washington

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell of sour fruit, some berry, spice, and a touch of malt.

taste is light, semi-tart, some sour malt, citrus, fruit, and some spice.

overall for a tripel i would expect more, lighter than i like and somewhat sourer than the average tripel.

May 09, 2009
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle into a short goblet. Bottle from March 2009, picked up at New Seasons Concordia.

A: Honey-colored, a hazed golden hue, filled with carbonation. Slim head, creamy and off-white.

S: Sweet aroma, honey and spice-filled. Apple, pear and loads of fruit. A little oak and vanilla.

T: Very grainy, sweet fruit and doughy bread. It's got a mushy apple cider flavor and lots of spice. Like a Belgian Golden, not so much a 'tripel'; this reminds me so much of Bridgeport's Supris which arrived (for a short time) in 2006. Has some spicy/fruity elements that are vaguely 'Belgian' but this doesn't convince me otherwise.

M: A crisp, springy mouthfeel. Good carbonation, lasting spices, medicinal/dry finish. +8% alcohol is hardly detectable.

D: Tried this on its release date and thought it tasted more like a Belgian Golden; the fact that I did think it 'Belgian' enough says something. Reminds me a bit of Duvel, which (although not a Tripel) again says something. Good enough now, I'll keep a bottle for later.

Apr 23, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!).

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with an averaged sized whte head. Aromas of spices, some fruitiness, lighter yeastiness, some oaky wood, citrus, and a trace of wine. Tastes of spices, the same ligther fruitiness, wood (lighter than the aromas), and the same trace of wine. Alcohol well hidden. Not sweet like some tripels can be (which is not a bad thing).

Apr 13, 2009
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goatxpower from California

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was a real suprise. I've always thought of Bridgeport as a solid, but mediocre brewery. I'll never turn down a Bridgeport Pale Ale. But this is a great Belgian style. It poured a nice copper, almost "Vienna" color. The head was fluffy, but didn't last. I smell some pepper and bready yeast notes.
The taste is what sets this apart. I was expecing a mediocre, cloying U.S. Tripel (i.e. Brother David's...not that I don't like that beer). But, FF is almost dry for the style, and has layer upon layer up interesting complexities. Off that bat, bread and candied fruit, fading into clove and vanilla, and ending with a certain "mulled" characteristic that many of the US Saisons have been featuring ( Saison Rue, Saison Athene). There is some green apple and some basil right at the end. The beer is very subtle and well-rounded, and it goes down way too easy.
A VERY good and unexpected Belgian from a brewery that I now have more respect for.

Apr 11, 2009
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to msubulldog25 for this rare treat.

Fallen Friar pours with a rather thin but long-lasting head. Color is glassy bronze/gold. Looks like it's been filtered more than once, on the first pour, but then the second rouses the sediment, making for a hazier, more appealing appearance. Bubbles are abundant and march inexorably to the top in an attempt to feed what eventually thins to a skim of a head. It does its job, because I look at it and immediately think "tripel" (and would have even if I didn't know better).

Aroma is yeast-driven, not quite Orval-ish but close, which gives it that monk-made appeal. So, a bit barnyard-ish, also green apple and pear, and very faint white pepper.

While green apple and pear do come through in the flavor, the yeast dirties it up a little and really takes over. White grape asserts itself too, giving F.F. a pretty vinous quality, more so than your typical tripel, but then this was aged in oak wine barrels (well, 35% of it was). Alcohol juts out a little, though it's not overly boozy. Somewhat bready, but more on the raw dough end of bready. Finish is juicy apple fighting against that monky funky yeast.

Feels really crisp, and quite dry. Medium-bodied and slick. Not over-carbonated, but certainly not as full, round and creamy as the best tripels (say, Westmalle, for example).

It's not like there's a ton wrong here. Just feels slightly unbalanced, and a creamier, fuller body would've been appropriate. And the barrel aging thing didn't assert itself much. Not so much a flawed masterpiece as a really, really good imperfect beer. In the end, I'm not taken to Belgium, and that's where I want to go in the mind's eye (tongue's eye?) with any tripel. But it's definitely good.

Apr 08, 2009
Fallen Friar from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 42 ratings