Legend Brewing Co.

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3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
Very Good
Notes: Six Months of aging brings a soft smoothness to this sweet, complex ale. The result is a “sipping beer” that doesn’t seem like one. By this we mean that Legend Tripel is a deceptively strong beer to be shared with friends and family in celebration and moderation. Legend Tripel is brewed on a Belgian abbey style yeast strain which imparts combinations including banana, clove, apple, pear, even bubblegum. Serve with mild cheeses, roasted pork or turkey.
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear orange body with minimal head and a candi sugar/yeast dominated aroma as I don't get much in discerning aromas of fruits or malts or spice. The yeast keeps the beer smooth and fluffy, some candi sugar sweetness along with touches of tropical fruits make for a sweeter beer; minimal malts and citric hops keep beer sweeter than usual and the booze is hidden so has an easy finish as spices are mute in this beer. Not bad, a little simplistic, hit my sweet tooth so can't complain.

Jan 22, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the brewpub today. Pretty decent representation of the style. Had the fresh version which I was catching notes of bubble gum initially and later pepper - lively on the palate. Had a 5 ounce sample of the 2010 bottled version at this was primarily pear based -carbonation was much less with this versus 2015. Not bad but prefer the 2015 version.

May 11, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Legend

Tripels are probably my least favorite style of beer, so I usually approach with caution. This one was not bad. Hazy light amber pour with a small white head. Aroma of pale malts, Belgian yeast, light fruity esters, Bazooka Joe. Taste of pale malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, pear, banana, green pepper. Light-medium body, and okay overall. Nothing I'd go back for.

May 25, 2013
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JayQue from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had several good American Tripels. This is one of them, Pours a hazy golden amber color into my Chimay goblet. Delicately bubbly white head, average retention for a Tripel, no lacing to speak of.

Aroma has all the basics. Light fruit, grapes and pears, cloves, pepper, a little candi sugar and good Belgian yeast.

Tastes very good. The light fruit from the aroma is joined by some banana in the taste. Sweetness is up front. Spices are just right.

Tripels are known for hiding the alcohol behind a rich smoothness. This one is no exception. A little alcohol burn...very mild. The rest is a sweet, spicy, yeasty delight.

Very good take on a Tripel. I would drink this one again, any time.

Apr 16, 2013
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Loveyourbeer from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a snifter.
A: pours yellow-amber with a moderate head. Saved the last to collect the yeast. Nice and cloudy with a little carbonation.
S: smells sweet but not overpowering. Some banana.
T: starts sweet and full but ends with some zip, some tang.
M: smooth, some lingering light bitterness.
O: I really like this beer. The high ABV doesn't come through when drinking. Will probably hit me later. Very nice belgian style.

Jan 29, 2012
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capno from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After seeing several reviews for this noble quaff I feel compelled to comment. First, this is a seasonal brew from a local (and well-established) brewpub. As such, an all-inclusive review is not appropriate. Like any seasonal, some years are better than others.
My first encounter was in 2007, and the beer was amazing. Crisp, with a fruity nose and palate. Not much bitterness, and the alcohol was evident only if sought. Head was minimal (the tap draw or an emergent property of the beer?). What sold me on this brew was that the brewmaster held back a keg or two until the following year, affording me the opportunity to taste a year-old aging. Maybe the best beer of this type I have ever tasted! Any sharpness or edge had mellowed over the year. I buy it every year, and it always performs well. I still have a bottle from 2009 awaiting the right moment. The most recent vintage (2010) was commensurate with that first tasting. But I'm saving some of those as well.
And by the way, I believe they spell it "Tripel".

Apr 25, 2011
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting nose for style. Berries, honey, some banana, alcohol, and sweet, spicy yeast is light. Pours hazy golden with a short lived fizzy soda pop head. The flavor is also has note of berry, vanilla, moderate tart alcohol, medium sweetness throughout and some banana/bubblegum yeast notes. Carbonation level is rather light and it should be a touch sweeter, but it is an interesting take and not overdone like many american belgians.

Feb 04, 2011
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ncaudle from Virginia

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

poured from tap into tulip at brewery.

pours a amber/orangish with just the faintist of head, leaving no lacing.

clove dominates the nose with a touch of sweetness. spices, mellow fruit and that Belgian funk round out the taste.

perfect level of carbonation compliments the light body. an easy drinker.

Dec 11, 2010
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Justin23060 from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Batch

Probably the highest quality Legend I've sampled to date. Nice hazey golden/orange not much lacing. Great clove taste. I'd say it's up there with La Fin du Mond (perhaps even better). The only thing that might keep me from getting again is the price at $16/4 pack.

Dec 05, 2010
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

2009 Vintage. That unicorn's tail worries me... This brew pours a clear amber straw topped by a little less than a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, pepper, nutmeg, rye bread, and a touch o' those delightful citrus hops we all love so much. The taste is very similar, though tending more toward the citrus-y bitterness found in the rind of an orange. The Belgian spiciness is toned down a bit, but not too far to be lost. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a solid tripel; nothing eye-opening, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Aug 08, 2010
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blackie from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: flared snifter, hazy golden amber color, modest white topping

s: full wheat base holds mild-moderate yeasty banana and some clove phenols, nice hop presence, booze almost a bit bourbonesque at times

m: medium-full carbonation, medium body

t: wheat base with a nice level of residual sugar - the sweetness is a compliment and quickly pulls out to leave behind a papery hop bitterness, good clove and banana components

d: nice straightforward tripel happily lacking the flaws found in some other Legend beers, feeling a little better about the heavy price paid

bomber from the brewpub in Richmond

Apr 09, 2010
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raverjames from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, golden, and quite clear. 1 finger white head that quickly dissipates. Where is the head retention?

S: Nice fruity belgian yeast smell. Lots of clove and a bit of grape.

T: Estery. Fruity. More clove. No hop presence. La Fin Du Monde comes to mind.

M: Alcohol isn't exactly well hidden. There is a nice carbonation presence that really fits the style. Would be perfect with a bit of age.

D: I could easily drink this. Despite the alcoholic bite, it is pretty refreshing and flavorful. This was a pretty decent example of the style, and I hope Legend continues to try Belgian brews.

Dec 12, 2009
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Redwood21 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: there is almost no head, which for me is a deal breaker at almost any abv

S:definitely dark resin and dark fruit there is an obvious note

T: the dark fruit is somewhat spoiled by a resin sweetness that does not do a whole lot but also doesn't kill it reminds me of rasin water, the whole thing is not bad

this beer is a dark dried fruit forward beer, if you like that its a solid beer and you will enjoy it

Mar 07, 2009
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pinotboy007 from Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Beautiful deep gold color with a modest, creamy cap that diminished to a fine sheet rather quickly; no lacing. Hardly any noticeable carbonation, evein in my Duvel tulip. Swirling does not produce a head.

S - Phenols/booze, maple syrup, and wet leather.

T - I'm not so sure about this one. I'm having a tough time with the sweetness that has a slight cough medicine/herbal taste. The alcohol is prominent, too.

M - Slick with very little creaminess in support.

D - Sorry guys but I have to pass on this one, especially at 9.5% ABV. If I'm in Richmond any time soon I might try it again on tap if I can find it.

Jan 26, 2009
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hops4me from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly good beer. Reminds me alot of Golden Monkey by Victory. It pours golden but not with the big fluffy head you would expect. The head was there but just not like the traditional trippels. It quickly fell into the glass with average lacing. The smells you would look for were all there. Bubble gum, banana, maybe a little orange zest. I taste a little citrus but not hop citrus. There is also the phenol spiciness. A decent amount of hop clean bitterness shows in the aftertaste. I thought the mouthfeel should have been lighter for a trippel. It was medium bodied and felt it was too much for the style. I would buy again to share with others that have not had it but for myself I would look to Allagash or Belgium.

Jan 04, 2009
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asabreed from New York

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Corsendonk tulip. 2008 Vintage. 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: Mildly hazy with yellow highlights. Good billowing head with nice spherical lacing lasting around the glass.

Smell: Heavy earthy and yeasty phenolics activity, with bubblegum and banana mildly amidst the pungent citrus hops aromas. Almost more sour fruit from the hops than other tripels usually present, though that may be the case in its green state. But everything comes together in a very balanced manner here, with a lot to admire.

Taste: A heady balance of esters, cherry, strawberry, and and banana as far as the fruit goes, yeast, graininess, and some root-like earthiness, which I really like as it balances everything together. And lots of sticky hops, especially sweeter citrus and some bitter grapefruit for a nice combination. The hop character diminishes as it warms also, which would make this possibly a great candidate to see what happens post-cellaring for a year or so. But it's great fresh too, as I'm having it now.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with god, full carbonation without being too full or sweet or cloying.

Drinkability: Legend continues to impress me, especially with their seasonals. This one will give many domestics a run for their money, though I'm sure the freshness factor doesn't hurt since I'm in Richmond and the brew doesn't have to travel to stores. Still, one to get your hands on, especially if you like more of a hop presence in your tripels.

Nov 17, 2008
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hchinaski from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Version picked up by the wife at her old corner store Thanksgiving Wednesday.

No drink-by date.

This brew pours a nice golden-honey color with minimal head. The smell is nominal, with a bit of citrus penetrating the nose. Taste is of a burnt caramel and citrus at first, with a smooth aftertaste. Mouth is good, no harshness at all, a nice overall smoothness. Drinkability is fairly high. The wife jacked half of the bomber from me, as my new hobby has quickly become hers as well, and left me wanting at least the other 10oz. or so that i missed.

Overall, I am not too indoctrinated with the style, having maybe 4 of these in the past month or so. But i would have to say that this is a very drinkable and honest try by a local brewer that i try to support.

Re-review 9-10-08

The same store i bought this at last fall still has bottles of the 2007, so i bought one last week.

I found the Tripel to be quite enjoyable, even moreso than on my first tasting. The drinkability was very high. Im not the biggest fan of Legend bomber releases, but this has to be my favorite Legend style of them all.

I have tried many a triple since my first review and i still find this one to be of high quality.

Sep 10, 2008
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khiasmus from South Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a perfect tripel after the initial pour, with two solid fingers of frothy white head over a slightly cloudy, golden and bubbly beer. Unfortunately, the head drops very quickly, otherwise the appearance would be excellent.
Honey and spice, honey and spice, honey and spice. Phenols, pepper, a bit of lemon, yeast, Bali Hai. The flavor continues what the aroma started, with a bit more sweetness and a very spicy finish. The spice is brought out by the high level of carbonation. The only reason this beer doesn't deserve a perfect score is because it is lacking a bit in the intangibles that some other Tripels have. There are no flaws or serious detractions from the score.
The carbonation seems to taper a bit too quickly, but the beer becomes more complex as it warms, and makes for a quite enjoyable experience. This beer should be in the top ten Tripels. You should try it. It's my first Legend experience, and I won't forget it.

Mar 12, 2008
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PhageLab from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tap House in Hampton. Marker simply read "L-3". Served in a chalice.

A - Bright golden orange coloration populated by yeasty currents. Two tip head. Poor retention caused a hit, but the lacing was decent.

S - Rather faint, surprisingly, but what I could pick up were fruit scents, mostly tangerine. Also something grainy, not dirt-like, but very natural smelling.

T - Oranges and other citrus flavors under a yeasty profile. Some malt grains show through and the finish is fairly dry. Not bad at all. Were the alcohol not so strong in the flavor, I would have scored it higher here.

M - Medium body, great consistency, clean feel, great carbonation.

D - Good, but I could only go through one or two, definitely a brew to be enjoyed after a hearty meal. Another great offering from Legend, recommended.

Jan 11, 2008
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beerking1 from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle. Pours a beautiful clear gold with a huge, pillowy, white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity and spicy, with notes of candied orange peel, white pepper and allspice. Flavor follows right along with the aroma, featuring more candied fruits, spices and pepper, even some pear and nuts. Body is rich, slightly oily, and somewhat peppery. A great beer by a great brewery.

Jan 02, 2008
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kosmoraios from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 version of this Tripel. No dates.

An excellent Tripel by Legend Brewing. Pours a translucent golden color into my tulip glass with a 1 1/2 finger white head that lingers nicely and laces the glass all the way down.

Aroma is mellow, with hints of fruit - (apple, pear, grape) and some light spicyness (clove? allspice?). No yeast or alcohol evident in the nose.

Taste is peppery and fruity with the aforementioned flavors appearing and becoming more complex as the ale warms to near room temperature. The peppery, spicy flavor is balanced by the sweet overripe pear and red apple fruitiness, all over a cashew-like light nutty flavor. Very nice and complex. I took the time to analyze the hell out of this one and enjoyed if very slowly.

Mouthfeel is again peppery and nicely smooth with the hint of phenolic oilyness that one comes to expect in a Belgian. Very drinkable ale - remarkably so, considering the 9.0% ABV. Will try again.

Dec 25, 2007
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gpcollen1 from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 2006 version pours a hazy golden orange into my Troubadour tulip. Soft fluffy head rises quickly and settles back down. Sweet and spicy on the nose - of honey and coriander with a hint of lemon zest - almost as tealike with the lemon and honey aroma. A hint of hops tucks in there in the end.

Spicy on the front with the carbonation rolling up the tongue. Crisply rolls a bit of sweetness across the buds and finishes with a touch of dry hops - not too much. The sweetness reminds me of the hint you get in a nice dry wine.

All in all, this was enjoyable. Not the best I have had ut the Americans are doing a pretty damn decent job these days! Thanks phisig137 for enabling me to try this!

Mar 03, 2007
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arguemaniac from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy golden amber with a brief, scant white head. Clove and fruit in the surprisingly mellow aroma. Big clove flavor, with a moderately rich fruitiness and some nice malt sweetness. It’s a lot lighter and not as dry as I would have expected from a tripel, but the mildly warming alcohol is very well-hidden, producing just a hint of spice in the fairly dry finish.

Very nice, not the richest most intense tripel I’ve ever tried, but very it’s flawlessly done with a superbly drinkable balance of flavors. Highly recommended.

Jan 08, 2007
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nriech from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Legends 12-24-06

Appearance: Cloudy orange, no head by the time it was at my table.

Smell: Fruit and spice with a bit of alcohol. Hard to nail down which fruit but I would say in mix of orange and over ripe grapefruit.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, even with a touch of sour matching the over ripe fruit. Tasted pretty decent though. Alcohol is present but not overpowering at 10%. Light and dry.

Drinkability: A good choice for a cold night on the deck. Warming to the soul and tasty too. Would drink again.

Dec 26, 2006
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bjohnson from Massachusetts

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

Received in a hand-off trade from ChuckCook. Thanks for the chance to try this Legend brew. Belgian Style Ale 2005 written on the side.

A: Pours a golden and peach color. Hazy with a minimalist white fizzy and bubbly head. Retention hugs the glass with a milky way swirl in the center of the glass.
S: Champagnesque notes with a touch of floral (possibly rose). A tad spicy with an earthy peat moss aroma. Earthy aroma may come from the malt, especially when you swirl.
T/M: Champagne like mouthfeel right from the start. Fizzy and slick across the palate. Floral hop notes with a bit of grass. Lemon rind and apple flavors are subtle additions. Bigger body towards the finish with a fully mouthfeel. Usual Belgian notes in the finish. Chardonnay like notes in the flavor--this couldn't have been aged in with chardonnay chips, could it?
D: Not a bad tripel, but not an outstanding one. Glad I got to try it.

Dec 20, 2006
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 65 ratings