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Belgian Tripel | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional Belgian-style golden ale with complex aroma and flavor of plums, spice and bananas with refreshing balanced bitterness.

35 IBU

Added by Slatetank on 05-20-2008

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a thicker looking golden color with not nearly enough head for a belgian. smells like fresh pears almost too much, and a mixture of other fruit, yeasty. taste very fruity, pears especially. nice and complex like a tripel should be. mouthfeel was a real problem for me. this should be a very lively beer with a big effervescent head and bright mouthfeel, but it felt flat and heavy to me and really turned me off. not their best work

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Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Poured light golden, slightly hazy with a small white head. Bready and malty aroma, with floral and fruity notes. Light malts in the taste, sweet fruits and subtle spice. Yep, it's a tripel. Light to medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable, though perhaps a little sweet for casual drinking.

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Photo of afksports
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Belgian-style golden ale, complex aroma and flavor of plum, spice, and bananas" that clocks in at 9.0 alcohol by volume. Childlike excitement ensues!

Booze awaits. This is an average example of the style, and it's a style I don't always like.

The appearance is cloudy, golden straw colored with moderate carbonation to sustain adequate lacing. The "complex aroma" comes through as a bit more sweet than anything else, followed by booze. I suppose they say bananas? My buddy Jeff said he smelled it, I didn't.

It drinks like it's well-built, but it's ultimately unimpressive. By the end the carbonation is lacking, so the only thing to really go on with this beer is the taste, which honestly gave me sweet, light fruit, booze, and water.

Safe to conclude, I'm not bananas about this beer.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle, gift for Christmas 2009. No year indicated on the bottle. Simply called Tripel on the label with the Wilmington location specifically identified.

Nice golden color with some faint red hints. Fine bubbled white head. Sticky lace. Steady flow of carbonation rising from the etching in the bottom of my Chimay glass.

Fruity smell. Mildly citrus, apricot comes to mind. Slight alcohol and spice note if you look real hard.

Taste is sweet as expected but not overly cloying. Not as robust as I was expecting, with nothing really standing out. No flaws though, just more mild than I was expecting. Finishes with some faint pepper spiceyness.

Smooth mouth and somewhat dry finish for the style. Overall a nice tripel. I think this one might have a few years on it, which would account for the smoothing out of some of the rough edges and the mildness that I noted.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect! A tulip glass full of this one, except for the finger-and-a-half of bone white head with medium retention resulting in good lacing. Color was a hazy honey-lemon yellow. The yeast causes a very fruity favor to be evident on the tongue, like taking an entire roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers and allowing the whole shebang to melt on the tongue. Ah youth ... Coconut, lime, mango, pineapple. Wow! Finish was slightly dry, definitely yeast-driven. Man, let's call this a night.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemmed glass. No head, though some nice lace. A bit of a lacy film skims to top of the beer.

Notes of yeast and hints of alcohol are noticeable.

Quite spiced. Sugars, some hops, pepper, plum, and other fruits. Alcohol becomes noticeable in the flavor as it warms.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wilmington location. Pours a clear gold with a small thick white head that fades. Aroma of light melon, fruits, bitter melon rind. Flavor of yeast and sweet fruits (especially cherry). Full-bodied but light. A decent tripel.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this seasonal on tap recently at the Iron Hill Brewpub at College Row in Lancaster, PA.

Served slightly colder than cellar temp in a goblet.
A - A gently hazed (from temp) Golden w/ 1/2 inch of bone white w/ a rocky, foamy appearance. The ale looks great in the glass w/ sweat glistening on the goblet. The head collapses to a film w/ microsized beading like pin points slowly floating heavenward

S - Mildly funky and yeasty in the nose w/ a sweet scent of pils malt and honey like floral notes, pear and white grape. The aroma has subtle herbal scents like sweet grass.

M- Sweet w/ a rush of carbonation causing a very creamy layered feel w/ the spice effect on the tongue, prickly and then malty w/ relatively full feel. The malt presence is there and the light toasted grain comes in as the sip is swallowed adding the dimension of yeast spice that rounds out the crisp effervescent dry notes that make this superb to my palate

T - Very pleasant w/ a dry note of malted barley and subtle pils that becomes sweeter w/ a more spicey taste backing it and the yeast has a subtle twang of belgian essence and almost fruit -apple-like crisp flavor. The taste has hints at alcohol, but only in large gulps, this Tripel has a subtlety and gentle nuance w/ a fairly decent flavor, yet not mind blowing- Very good in the realm of American style Belgians.

D - Fantastic effort from Iron Hill Lancaster. I could drink more of this than most PA Tripels - (Golden Monkey Abbey Tripel etc.) and it has the things you expect w/out going over the top or pushing the envelope to far. The taste is full and I could handle this as a Growler to share, very nice.

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Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz. goblet at the bar with a 1.5 finger white head. Immediately smells of bubblegum. Definitely bubblegum. There are golden grains and soft spice behind that. The gum dials back in the flavor, with more of the sweet, candy grains coming through. Overall the flavor seems relatively clean, but at the same time the alcohol is very well hidden. I would have guess this was a lower 7 or 8 percent. Basically a good tripel, but not quite my cup of tea.

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Photo of Boppar
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Iron Hill in Wilmington.

The beer itself is a rich coppery color, with some pleasant orange hues. Unfortunately, there almost no head, which is a really part of the charm of a tripel. There is a very small patch of lace that persists, but I was looking for a big, fluffy head.

Smells of fruity esters and Belgian yeast. Maybe a little spiciness.

Taste-wise, this brew is stuffed with yeasty goodness. There are fruity esters, bananas, a strange hefeweizen-clove taste, and a whole lot of malty sweetness. Some alcohol burn which is fairly well hidden, but not as much as tripels are infamous for. But more than anything, there is a big ol' yeast presence. Dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is thicker than I had expected, and also it felt sticky.

In terms of drinkability, this is definitely a sipper. And you're not going to be sipping more than two of these.

I enjoyed this beer, and it's an interesting take on the style. All things being equal, I could've done with a little less sweetness, but other than that, it's a solid offering.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clean tripel- poured a dark orange with bubbly head and some lacing. Sweet yeasty aromas with some spice and fruit esters overflow from the glass. Not too sweet like some of the style- very well balanced and satisfying. Bananas, cloves, bready sugary malts dominate the taste and the brew finished dry and bubbly like a good tripel should. Not heavy and the ABV is well masked by the flavors.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is simply called tripel, and was bottle conditioned but originally on tap, purchased at WIlmington. It is a good tripel, have I ever met a bad one? It has spice and sweetness from a good work at yeast. Not exceptional to its style to the point of commanding a high premium price. Nice cloudy orange colour and yeasty head.

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Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'05 bottle bought for $19 at the Media store but brewed & bottled at Wilmington...
Appears a dense haze of golden orange with a lush white head that slowly fades out into a mild collar.
Smell is of light caramel, & tropical fruit with apricot and peach being standouts in a doughy Belgian yeast mix. Jesus God...why has it taken me so long to get into this?
Taste is of a pils malt base built up with sugary, caramel highlights, mild citrusy hops, and tropical fruit highlights, again showing flashes of the peaches and apricots and perhaps a touch of banana in the background.
Mouthfeel is sweet, chewy, medium bodied, and semi dry much to the ranking of an excellent champaigne. Mmmm, mmmm!
I don't care what anybody says. This is one of the best friggin American Tripels that I've ever had, if not the best. If it wasn't for the hefty price, this would be in my fridge at most times...unfortunately, it's only for special occasions right now. In fact, I broke this open with my father in law to celebrate the birth of my new baby daughter. If you like Golden Monkey and are willing to spend a little more to get a little more, do it.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another nice seasonal from Iron Hill and was just recently tapped so there should be plenty left to sample.

It pours a light orange colour with a medium sized head that is sticky and fairly creamy.

The aroma is a nice blend of banana and other fruit, clove and other spices, some candy sweetness and a bit of yeast as well.

The flavour is more of the same with a nice sweet sugary candy tone throughout. The fruit flavours are mixed in nicely and spices are the most noticeable at the finish, where a hint of alcohol can also be noticed. The body is medium and well balanced overall.

This was a tasty brew and a nice seasonal to have on at this time of the year.

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Belgian Tripel from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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