15th Anniversary Ale | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 07-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 20
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep yellow. There is about 1 finger of head the slowly subsides.

S: Smells of HUGE clove, banana, and vanilla. The alcohol presence is suited well for this beer.

T: Tastes mainly of cloves, banana, vanilla, and chalk. I know that seems like a strange mix, but it's not. I'm reminded of candy cigarettes a bit. The dryness and clove say candy... the banana and booze say BEER!. It's a nice mix. Not the best I've had, but solid.

M: Medium bodied. Typical belgian triple. Sweet, spicy, and dry.

O: A good triple that's dry. I liked it. I'd have it again. Solid brew!

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Photo of Retsinis
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a bottle share.

Review from notes

A: Medium orange copper, light haze, ring of bubbles, and some light lacting.

S: Bananna, yeast, honeysuckle, bitter orange peel.

T: Yeast, over ripe bannana, and bitter orange, all layered together with sweet malt. A bit of heat is certainly detectable, but if you asked me to guess, it wouldn't be 15%, so in that sense it is well masked.

M: Light carbonation for the style, but decent for the ABV, sweet, and mild dry finish.

O: Strong, geez. Strongest Tripel I've ever had. It was a good sipper, and is unique. Enjoyed by many, but a short 4 oz pour was plenty.

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Photo of SpasticKoala
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark honey. Poured with a good head, but died quickly to a thin rim.

Smell: Sweet honey, spicy, cloves, fruit undertones

Taste: Sweet and sour up front. Honey sweetness finish. Sweetness is contrasted against sour and warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and thick

Overall: It was an interesting beer. Strong mead flavors came through (given this is aged in a mead barrel for a year). Very sour and aggressive on the palate, with alcohol flavor and warmth clearly coming through.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flossmoor 15th Anniversary Ale, bomber bought at Friar Tuck Savoy-Champaign for $11.99 plus tax. My first Flossmoor! I was drawn by the 15% ABV, must confess...

Appearance: A very hazy and cloudy orange, no transparency here. Looks like a microbrew! Barely any head, decent carbonation and retention, no lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Cat piss, horse stable, farm funk and stale orange juice. Not so great.

Taste: Honey, spice, honeysuckle flower. Super boozy! A bit of cough medicine and sharpness. Yeast and saw-dust floor. Not great, but sure alright.

Mouthfeel: Almost full body and definitely full
(but not great) flavor. Dry, spicy finish. Super boozy and not balanced, but drinkable enough.

Overall: This is by no means a great beer. It feels like they really tried to push the 15% ABV for the anniversary thing. Not that it is hard to drink, but it ain't easy either... I had enough with one... particularly at $11.99.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange body, finger head, good lacing

S: belgian yeast, honey, lemon, hint of spices

T: sweet bubblegum, honey with fresh yeast, big alcohol warmth finish (think it's a little too sweet for my usual love
of Tripels).

M: heavy/med body, sticky, chewy

O: I was rather surprised at this beer, the sweetness
makes you want to throw it back, but the
ABV puts the brakes on your palate.


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Photo of MasterSki
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a plastic cup at Flossmoor Station.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving spotty lace behind. Slightly milky peach body. For 15% this is quite impressive.

S - Belgian yeast and bubblegum, fruity esters, light candi sugar, stone fruits, light lemon, honey, and a bit of alcohol. Wouldn't have guessed this was 15%.

T - Taste is significantly less enjoyable. Lots of fusel alcohol mingles with bubblegummy Belgian yeast, spicy esters, and slightly medicinal notes.

M - Full-bodied, chewy, with pleasant medium carbonation that keeps things from getting too heavy. Some obvious alcohol warmth.

D - Better than I was expecting for a 15% tripel, but still not very good. Might be worth it to buy a bottle and cellar for a year or something to see if the booze settles down. Still - I shared a 6oz pour with Adam and that was plenty for me.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a cervoise at the brewpub at the anniversary party. From notes.

Appearance: The pour is a very dark and cloudy tangerine color with golden edges. A small white cap is initially present but fades after just a few moments.

Smell: The aroma is generously sweet. Honey, clove, golden wheat, and light pale malt all go in the same direction. There is a soft spiciness from the yeast.

Taste: The flavor is intensely sweet. It is interesting for a sip or two, but then it becomes much too cloying. Pale malt and wheat bring out a honey and bread flavor, with some other light malts noticeable as well. The Belgian yeast stirs up the flavor with some cloves and general spice, but the yeast character feels overmatched. The finish is more sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This is a very full-bodied beer for the style. Combined with the light carbonation, and syrupy nature of such a big ABV beer, and this tripel really sits on my tongue.

Overall: Finishing my pour was fairly difficult. Between starting and finishing my glass, I consumed two other beers because I needed a break from how cloyingly sweet this was.

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15th Anniversary Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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