Tripel | Legend Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-23-2003

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 34
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4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of VCUgrad
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tabascosigned
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ah, returning home is a great opportunity to try some local beer. This is a good attempt at the style. I am glad to see Legend opening up its repitoire. I am anxious to try the bottle of the imperial stout i bought.

22oz bomber - 2005

This is beer is blood doping with citrus. Lemons, limes, orange, grapefruit - you name it, it's in here. The alcohol is masked quite well. As I have been tending to find recently, this beer was a bit too thin for my liking. I like that strong malt character to help balance the citrus.

It's a fine beer though. Highly drinkable and a nice sipper on a cold, or warm, tuesday afternoon.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brew that pours orange in color, bit cloudy but not too cloudy. Fluffy white head on top stays for some time slowly giving away to a thin and persistent lace. Fruit touches the nose with a bit of a musty feel to it. Hints of spice mixed in. The flavor goes hand in hand with the aroma, fruit (grapes, apple) touch of spice and a yeasty musty flavor in the end. It is smooth and a bit silky feel in the mouth and enjoyable to drink. It is worth the try.

Note: My bottle had 10% ABV on the side.

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Photo of Cpastor1119
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of robebo44
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackie
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of JWing
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for opening this up.
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of bubblegum, pear, light bananas, tropical fruit salad.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice peach taste coming through.
Mouthfeel is sugary, light fruit cocktail syrup, and medium bodied.
Drinkability is good for an American Tripel.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bought a few months earlier. Golden orange with a decent white foamy head that left some strings of lace on the glass. Plenty of sweet fruity notes with some spice sprinkled in. Some alcohol notes hint at the size of the beer. Sweet malts with fruit and light yeasty notes start off the flavor. Mild spicing and alcohol are in there as well. Finishes sweet with a nice fruitiness. Body is solid and smooth with the 10% alcohol providing a nice warming effect. Really smooth and easy drinking stuff. Solid beer all around that I think a little more spicing would have made even better.

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Photo of perclee
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of RBorsato
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steimie
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Rifugium
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Tripel from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 63 ratings