Flying Dog Brewery

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3.5 | pDev: 13.14%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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gillagorilla from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting at the brewery from their first Throw Back Thursday pilot batch, where they bring back retired beers for tasting/growlers, and a pour from a 64 oz. growler into a HS Teku

A: Golden straw color with a minimal head.
S: Classic Belgian yeast and bread notes.
T: Interesting honey notes and bit of spice to it. Damn decent tripel, that is a solid take on the style.
M: Nice bit of carbonation that is a bit foamy.
O: I don't know how the old mass production batch was like, but this was good as a pilot batch.

Mar 30, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice cloudy orange color, small off-white dissipating head. Light and dark fruit and Belgian spice aroma. Belgian spice, fruit and light malt up front. Lightly spicy tripel finish. A decent American tripel. Medium bodied. I enjoyed drinking this. I'm Flying Dog isn't distributed in Washington any more.

Aug 03, 2012
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portia99 from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazed, yeasty orange color with a weak head that really amounts to little more than a loose collar. Light webs of lacing are left behind on the glass.

S - Smells pretty malty and yeasty - very bread like character. Hints of alcohol, mild hop presence and a touch of tartness that I wasn't expecting.

T - Much as the aroma - malty, bready with quite a bit of yeastiness, booze, fruity esters, and an even hop bitterness.

M - Fairly thin despite the malt balance. Carbonation is of a lower level and not particularly assertive.

O - Overall, just ok...doesn't stand out to me much at all. Actually rather disappointing...lacking the character I expect out of a tripel.

Dec 17, 2011
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ThaCreep from Belgium

2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color. Nose very light, almost impossible to detect odors inside. Strange mouth, sparkling with spices as little noting in a beer (salt?). The finish, the bitterness out of nowhere a little (or hops or malt and others), which is quite surprising.

Finally, far from being comparable to the Belgian Tripel. Here, the beer - although not fundamentally foul - has a body too small (one also wonders what happened to the ABV of 8.5 ° as they are non-existent) and suffers from a deficiency in flavor too blatant competition to claim the Belgian model.

Too far to beat belgian triple.

Sep 01, 2011
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a tripel, this has a surprisingly mild aroma. Still present are many of the notes that would be expected from a Belgian--in this case orange and coriander, with a sugary malt/grain backing--but the nose is hardly more pronounced than a Hoegaarden.

On the tongue, however, the flavors erupt, washing across the tastebuds in lovely swells of orange and coriander, sugars and lightly toasted grains. There are also some nice caramelized brown sugar flavors, and near the end, a thick runnel of toasted grains that provides a nice segue into the grain-heavy aftertaste. The blurb above says to look for "stronger tropical fruit notes," but I find few of these--just the expected Belgian citruses.

But while I do like the beer, and find it well-balanced and flavorful, with a nice medium-heavy mouthfeel, I'm not sure that it lives up to the "tripel" category. This could be just my experience, but I'm used to tripels that *taste* like three beers in one, and this one comes across as maybe one-and-a-half, two at most.

Aug 09, 2011
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BeerandLoathing from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a mini canis major bottle, on the label near the barcode it reads: VINTAGE08FF

A: A Very deep amber color. No head at all, and very little lacing. But the color is very pleasant.

S: Very faint aroma, not sure if it's because of the age. I do get some spicy notes and a really nice sweet citrus.

T: The taste is impressive. It's very sweet and rich, almost buttery, but balanced out by a big bready belgian finish. Definitely taste a cinnamon spice and some pear flavor. This is also a richly peppered 8.5%, even vintage it tastes boozy but smooth. There's a small amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the back of my tongue as well.

M: Light carbonation but what's there definitely dances on the tongue like a belgian style should.

Jun 25, 2011
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Beer4Baltimore from Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes and a 12 ounce bottle from a sampler pack.
A - deep amber with a short frothy head.
S - hoppy and fruity right off the bat. I'm not picking up the spicy smells of a tripel but the rest is clear.
T - not quite meeting the expectations of a tripel. Maybe closer to a barleywine, although not a bad beer.
M - fairly heavy. Could use more carbonation.
D - a sipper not a session for sure.

Jun 13, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Tripel pours out as a muddy looking gold color with a head the rises and falls pretty quickly. The smell of the brew has the elements of a tripel, it's got some Belgian Yeast and some light spices on the nose. The taste of the beer gives off some bready yeast flavors and the subtle tingle of spice on the tongue. The mouthfeel is a slightly thick and wasn't overly carbonated at all. It's a pretty delicate brew. Not the best tripel out there by any meas but it was still drinkable.

Jun 01, 2011
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Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel snifter. Vintage 2009 marked on bottle.

A: Deep, hazy golden color with a huge, bubbly, three-finger head of off-white carbonation. Murky brew with bits of suspended yeast and ample carbonation that rises and crackles audibly. Head doesn't hold up long, though, and leaves just a bit of soapy lace.

S: Spiced, tropical fruits, apple, pear, mango, bits of banana and a citrusy, orange and coriander aroma.

T: Sweet, juicy malts up front impart hints of biscuit, banana and herbal, lemony flavors. Light candi sugar adds some empty sucrose sweetness to the light-bodied malts. A snappy, grassy and slightly phenolic flavor sweeps the palate, ushering in a bittersweet, herbal and slightly sticky, yet spicy, aftertaste of white pepper and grainy hops.

M: Medium-bodied mouthfeel, yet slightly sticky and alcoholic in the finish which detracts a bit from the overall feel but forces one to sip this brew.

O: Is it a classic Belgian Tripel or Americanized version on par with the attempts of Allagash or Ommegang? No, it's not. But, for Flying Dog, it's a pretty fine brew and not a bad stab at a Tripel. You get the aroma and enough of the flavor and appearance to be satisfied, which I am. Aging this beer probably added to it's drinkability, as a younger version might have been too hoppy or hot. Not to be enjoyed by a Belgian purist, but a good bet for the rest of us.

May 11, 2011
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therica from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 2009 Major Canis variety pack.

I poured half a bottle and evaluated, then hard-dumped the other half including the yeast for a re-evaluation.

A= golden, rather clean, little head. Post-Dump = slightly cloudy and a lot lighter gold.

S= brandy and prune. Post-Dump = more complex, yeasts, some hops florals.

T= a bit light on flavor considering that it's one of their featured-premium beers. Nice, a little brandy, prune, honey sweetness, adequate carbonation. Post-Dump = tart, some bitterness, nice hops florals but honestly neither method seems to really excite me as a premium offering in this category.

M= a touch of lingering alcohol, prune, syrupy honey, modest hops florals. Post-Dump = tart and bitter.

O= drinkable, but not worth the premium expense. I'd prefer numerous other beers in this category that are a lot more available at reasonable prices. 3.5 if it were more cohesive, 3.0 considering its category and premium-image attempt.

Apr 13, 2011
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acbpharm from Alaska

4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter: '08 vintage
A: Slightly hazy deep orange, amber color. Little to no head.
S: dark fruits, plums, dominate the aroma, very pleasant.
T: True to the aroma dark fruit, with very nice malt flavor. The alcohol adds a sweet flavor along w/ the maltiness of this beer.
M: medium carbonation, with flavors that stick to the roof of my mouth but I would not describe as astringent, just lingering nicely. Slight alcohol warmth but as described earlier, the alcohol provides sweeter notes to the beer than it does warmth
D: A very drinkable tripel. I could certainly have a couple to few of these guys

Apr 02, 2011
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer is a hazy light brown coloring with no substantial head. Muddled spices and earthy tones on the nose, with a slightly sour grapefruit aroma, as well. Very carbonated feel in mouth, making it light and sharp. The beer has a musty, slightly spiced sour malt flavor, with sharp, sweet highlights. Bold flavors added to the crisp/overcarbonated body make it a tough drink. The aftertaste is sour, with muddled spice flavors. The finish is awkward and unpleasant, and lingers a bit too long. I am a fan of a good Tripel, but this one was a little rough around the edges.

Mar 03, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

off the shelf at total wine, and a vintage 09 bottle this was poured into a chimay glass.

pour was nice with a big frothy head and a nice hazy amber color, a bit darker then i expected to be honest and definitely lively. aroma is soft and light with peaches, pears, and tons of dry hops. really not at all what i was expecting, but what can you do. same with the flavor, not really all that i was expecting, light with too much emphasis on the grains and not enough punch, really just not doing it for me at all. finish is the same, clean but lacking true depth.

overall an ehh for me. i have had much better in the style for sure.

Feb 26, 2011
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Avagadro from New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Golden in color, with a noticeable viscosity. No head to speak of, nor lacing.

S: Heavy fusel alcohols and sweet barley, I can already tell that this isn't going to be good.

T: As the nose suggests, this brew is full of diesel, which is only made worse by the cloying barley sweetness. This in no way resembles a tripel. More along the lines of a Belgian-inspired barleywine.

M: Thick and sticky with no carbonation.

D: This is the most pathetic excuse for a tripel I have ever encountered. Over-the-top yeast byproducts, under-attenuated beyond belief, and all around unpleasant. Avoid...

Feb 01, 2011
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KBC1 from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am usually not a Belgian style fan, but I really like this beer.

A- Nice clear golden color, not much head

S- Smells to style to me. I am no expert on this style by any means. Banana, spice, pear and alcohol is what I get.

T- Banana, pears,spicy and alcohol flavors. True to style

M- A little under carbonated, but that may be why I like this compared to others. A little dry.

D- I could drink this all evening. Very easy and does not get too heavy. One of my favorite Tripels

Another great beer from Flying Dog. I have really liked everything I have tried from them.

Dec 30, 2010
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 08ee. Served in a 7oz nip.

A: Bright and brassy lemon with a good deal of suspended matter. Soapy white head is quick to dissolve leaving a thin wavy line for lace. Misty clarity with a medium effervesce within.

S: On the nose light alcohol solvent notes with warm pear juice. Some sliced apples but otherwise fairly linear in transition and complexity vs. others.

T: Sweet pale grains with sharp indications of fresh lemon bitterness. Alcohol with some banana and pears mixed together with a citrusy nature. Alcohol is spicy though well managed with a fresh bready nature about along with dried tropical fruit (pineapple).

M: The mouthful is near full consistency, lax in carbonation, with a warm dried spicy nature on the inner cheeks. Could do with more crispness.

D: Average drinkability per style. Fairly straightforward with limited complexity and sharpness as well crispness makes this just average in terms of drinkability as well likeability. Rare instance in which a 7oz nip feels right and anything over will probably decrease its appeal.

Dec 13, 2010
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albertjr21 from New York

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Into an oversize wine glass, this settles a clear and bright yellow gold color with a migration of carbon bubbles to sustain a nice film thin head.

S: Sweet notes of earthy fruit spices (perhaps raisin) with a yeasty undertone.

M/T: Upfront, a light but crisply carbonated sweet feel that opens up to a full but short lived malt center that restrains itself before a carbon bubble burst washes through to a dry resiny finish.

D: A pleasantly smooth flowing tripel that masks its abv fairly well. Harmonizes well with paper thin prosciutto de parma slices wrapped around brie cheese. Thanks for the tip G.O.!

Dec 08, 2010
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arboristfish from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden yellow, almost a copper color, with a white head. Im not picking up much for aroma, and yet there is a slight malt smell to it. The taste reminds me of sweet malt, like buscuits light caramel may some munich malt. The hop presence is very low. The mouth feel is light and is not very carbonated, which can be expected with this style. Overall I would conisder this drinkable.

Nov 25, 2010
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cosmicevan from New York

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A - Poured a thick and cloudy honey orange with champagne like carbonation and a thin head with slick lacing.
S - Syrup. Hops. Brown sugar.
T - Candy, hops, syrup. Could be thinner and less rich, but better than average beer.
M - Kind of thick and syrup like, but not out of control. Cooling with a decent after vibe.
D - Too thick. Packs a nice punch for the style, not my thing. I used to love this one until I got to dig into more tripels. Very much the flying dog take on the style.

Nov 22, 2010
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Rayek from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2009 vintage bottle into a snifter.

A: Hazy deep gold with mild carbonation. A small and dense eggshell head starts strong, but falls to a ring at the beer's edge too quickly for my tastes. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Quite light for a beer of this strength. Smells mostly of pear and green grape. A light coriander spiciness adds interest. Some vinous alcohol rounds things out.

T: The flavor helps make up for the light nose. Pale fruits start things out. A moderate coriander and pepper spiciness creates good balance. Alcohol comes on late to provide extra balance and nice warmth. Finishes tart and dry, with just a hint of lemon sourdough.

M: Light, dry and somewhat under carbonated.

D: This is an OK, but not great Tripel. The lack of aroma really lets this beer down.

Nov 20, 2010
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tchenery from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage '08 printed on bottle. Appearance is OK. Color is there but there's no real head on this one.

Smells raisiny and very appropriate for style. Kind of funky, fruity, and slightly acidic smelling.

Very malty, rich in flavor. No real hops though, which might have died off from the age of the beer. The lack of bittering agents leave it a bit sweet.

Very, very silky smooth, full mouthfeel.

Very drinkable for style. Honestly though it tastes like an American version of a great Belgian style.

Nov 18, 2010
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JayS2629 from Alabama

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy orange, not much head, effervescent

S- Grapes, toffee, oak and spice

T- Belgian yeast, strong on the alcohol, heavy on honey. Some cinnomon and spices with an oak taste throughout. Boozy finish like banana rum.

M- Medium balanced.

D- Tastes are complex and above average but the booziness makes it suffer. Above your average beer, but not above the average on this style.

Nov 17, 2010
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climax from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kerberos is a tangerine orange, pretty cloudy. The head was small after a pretty vigorous pour, and didn't last too long. A small web of lace stuck to the snifter.

The nose has wine like flavor, some grapes and tannin. Alcohol isn't hiding anywhere, and accompanied by a complex mix of buttery toffee and oak.

The flavor is rich and buttery. It is definitely on the sweet side, until the finish, where the dry hop bill takes over. The herbal aftertaste mingles with some spice and over-ripe ripe bananas.

Plenty of carbonation accents a syrupy feel. The finish is very dry, making it drink like a wine.

Nov 12, 2010
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nickhiller from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden bubbly pour with, 1/4 inch head recedes to the edges of the glass, extremely effervescent, no lace.

S: iron and mineral notes are sour, then sickly sweet juicey juice, bubble gum. The sour/sweet mix is nice.

T: lots of malt, sweet and sugary, balanced out by a bitter hop backbone. Some apple cider, orange, a little spice with a finish that is decidedly heavy on the honey. Belgian yeast is apparent throughout.

M: medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol at the end is a nice touch, the ABV leaves me feeling warm and satisfied.

D: kind of a middle of the road Belgian. Not something I would naturally gravitate toward as it's a little on the sweet side, but not unpleasant either. I would, however, readily order it in a pinch.

Nov 08, 2010
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

1.89/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of barnyard and vomit. The taste is similar. I am a huge fan of funky beers, but this beer is funky in a bad way. The carbonation is too aggressive, and very annoying. I will never drink this beer again.

Oct 15, 2010
Kerberos from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 350 ratings