Fallen Friar | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 02-09-2009

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the Coop today.... Don't remember the price, but it's in the $5-6 range... Shared with Brenda.. mine out of a big red wine glass.

Aggressive pour produced a big 2 finger rocky white head... spots of lace and a nice cap... the brew is pretty clear lite honey gold.

The nose is spicy... and has a pronounced sorta musty/woody element... a little citric element... bready pale malts.

Flavor is soft bready maltiness with spicy peppery qualities.. sorta tangerine note.. strikes me as a little tannic from the wood aging... lite body and mouthfeel with abundant yet smooth carbonation.

Pretty drinkable right now, but I could see how some time in the bottle will help really bring this brew to the next level.

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Photo of beertunes
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Fallen Friar is a pale orange with rose hues, with a large but pretty quickly settling white head that leaves a thick collar and skim, very light lace. I'd normally dock a tripel more points on the head retention, but I don't expect much from any wine barrel aged tripel, and the streamers stayed active throughout the whole bottle.

Smell is doughy yeast, some wine and fruity esters. There's also a light mineral quality to it, that reminds me a bit of more of a Belgian Pale Ale, or even a saison.

Taste is along the same lines as the nose, but spicier, with sweetness and oak flipping back and forth in an interesting loop, achieving a nice balance overall. I think I can taste hints of wine too, I'd guess a red. At first I thought I tasted some solvent notes, but I really think it's more the tannins from the barrel and perhaps traces of wine. Either way their not much of a detraction and add some character, and overall it's really an impressive tripel.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, but a creamy smoothness, very nice. Really digestible, if it wasn't for the tannins in fact I'd guess it might be too light, but as it's it's just right.

Drinkability is high, and excellent beer, complex enough for the geek but smooth enough for the novice. A great value, a cool label, and ready availability by a home town favorite makes this a winner. Bridgeport has really come through with their Big Brews, starting with the Bourbon Barrel Old Knucklehead, then Hop Czar and Raven Mad, now this, each one is better then the next, and they're all really quite good. Fallen Friar is an excellent example of why Bridgeport is so totally kicks ass, and why breweries like Allagash charging 4 TIMES the price for their barrel aged tripel just look greedy.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light clear golden ale, small white head,does not last long. good lace though. Flowery lighly spiced aromas. Some lemon zest. Light fruity,zestful tastes Some esters and spice, I think some of the "fruit" is coming from the wine barrels, but no wood tones. Nice palate, lightly and softly carbonated, smooth and light. Nice light Belgian style beer. Summer beer. And no way this is 8.2%, it is so well hidden. This beer could get a guy in trouble.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


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Photo of snaotheus
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very blonde in color, little or no carbonation, no head or lacing. Smell is hard to detect, but I get sour citrus.

Taste is not very sweet at all, especially not a tripel. Slight citrus and clove taste, more banana, some malt. Seems kind of sour.

Mouthfeel is light, a little sticky. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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).

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold with a slight haze, good amount of head, and some lacings. Aroma is funky yeast and malts.
Taste is sweet and sour with a peach pit flavor and a sight bitter and sweet alternating. Funky and delicious it is an all too easy to drink Trippel. Alcohol is well masked. This would be a good introduction to the style. Maybe a touch too sweet, that should help the neophyte enjoy an unfamiliar style. Overall a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGordo
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a rich golden hue, topped by a brief flourish of creamy white head that recedes to a thin ring rather quickly. Aroma of sweet malt, candi sugar, mild, fruity hops, and a hint of ripe stone fruit.
Palate is sweet malt up front with a significant bready character. Tangy Belgian yeast and a good dose of floral hops yield a spicy flavor before the swallow, along with a healthy amount of sweetness from the candi sugar and a faint note of white pepper. Finish yields some bready malt and a touch of oak character from the barrel aging.
Body is full, slightly sticky, and a touch syrupy, just like a tripel should be. Carbonation is great, yielding a somewhat creamy texture on the swallow. Although maybe not as bubbly as some of the Belgian originals, this is a good approximation. On the whole, I'm impressed with Bridgeport's effort here. Unlike their prior, lighter Belgian attempts (Streetcar Saison and Supris!), this one is not dumbed down for the mass market. I'm looking forward to cellaring a few bottles and seeing how this beer ages.

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Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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