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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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A - nice show on the pour. the significant white head settles without lacing though. golden amber and clear

S: belgian yeast - characteristic tripel. not bad for the style

T: smoooth! impressive. ABV is on the DL. liking this more than I expected.

M: lite body - a bit "foamy"

D: I dont much like triples but this must be a good one. would have another if I liked the style. (grins)

Aug 21, 2010
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After having the Garde Dog a few weeks ago and feeling like it faltered in the Belgian spirit despite being a clean beer, I'm afraid this beer fares a similar fate. The pour brings a strong golden color with initially active carbonation but calms quickly leaving the beer heavy and normal. Fair head formation and retention with no evidence of lacing. Aromas are very rich with pilsner malts, light acidity, light fruitiness, peppery-ness, and berry-berry like twang. Though the aromas are nice beer-wise, it lacks the soul of a true Belgian Tripel. flavors take on the confectionate sweetness of sugars and malt which are nice but are hardly tempered by mild fruity esters of pear, apples, and appricots. The peppery phenols do little to add complexity or variety. The textures are a bit heavy due to high malts, only mild attenuation and dryness, and dull carbonated feel. Finishes sweet, but clean- lingering with cotton-candy sugars and pilsner malts. A nice beer overall, but cannot compete with classic Belgian Tripels.

Jul 22, 2008
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ktrillionaire from Florida

3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The back label reads: Vintage09BB

G - Red wine glass.

A - Brassy orange-gold, hazy w sediment, little head but rings of lace.

S - Clean malt, and light alcohol-yeast-ester.

T - Belgian taste and a nod to pilsener as well; a very noticeable alcohol and ester twang, notes of banana and mango, a bitter hop asserts itself at the finish, and ending with a clean sweetness that lingers.

M - Nicely sharp carbonation.

D - I like this a lot; it is not a real Belgian Tripel, but it has a lot of good qualities. I have never seen it anywhere before, go figure that I found it at a Thai-Mex restaurant. Yes, I said Thai-Mex. It exists in at least one place: Nitally's in St. Petersburg. And so, this beer paired well with spicy Thai-Mex food.

Feb 13, 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
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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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droomyster from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a surprisingly small white heads that disappears very quickly. The appearance is not what one typically expects of this Belgian style. The aromas promise a lot of sweetness of come: smell is huge on the bubblegum, honey, spices, and sweet fruits like kiwis. Taste is indeed extremely sweet, all of the notes in notes in the aroma are confirmed by the palate, with the addition of a pleasant yeastiness but also lots of alcohol. The medium body could more carbonation but leaves a long and interesting finish. Not a bad tripel but not the best. I'm glad I gave it a whirl and wouldn't discourage anyone who's considering it from trying Kerberos.

Jan 05, 2009
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Sallerj from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty, clear and golden with a nice white head. I almost always give beers 4 on appearance, but this one gets a 4.5. It's a nice, crisp, bitter, slightly phenolic beer with a great, almost pilsner-like dry, hoppy aftertaste. Not much aroma. Goes down very easy, expecially given the 8.5% ABV.

Feb 07, 2010
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wl0307 from England

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Beers of Europe, a pretty good beer shop based in the UK, by online order; BB 10/04/2010, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: pours a semi-murky, dark golden hue with restrained and mild carbonation; the off-white foamy head settles fast to a rim.
S: the balance gears towards the sugary maltiness, accompanied by lightly sour canned pineapple slices, ripe tangerines and mashed sweetened soy beans. Slightly too sweet on the balance, is my overall impression.
T: unlike the nose, it doesn't taste simplistic actually - a soothingly carbonated swallow of lightly sweet sugary & starchy malts with a faint touch of caramel leads towards a semi-chewy, fruit-estery mid-taste that hints at (faintly) boiled chestnuts, an herbal touch as of coriander seeds, green-banana skins, dried pale dates, and dried pineapple slices... Not terribly complex but really soothing on the overall taste, while the finish turns mildly dry and powdery on the palate, a reminder of both malts and yeast sediments.
M&D: despite the imbalanced aroma, the flavour fares quite well and shows an evolving flavour structure; the overall texture is also enjoyable thanks to just sufficient microscopic fizz to caress the tongue. Not bad, all in all, but certainly NOT quite Belgian to me.

Jun 08, 2009
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Bendurgin from Maine

2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this sweet seven ounce bottle from IDrinkGas in a recent trade. Thanks! Poured into a snifter. The beer is a deep slightly hazy yellow with only the slightest bit of head that vanishes quickly and leaves very thin lacing. The smell reminds me a lot of candied orange, not much else for me in the aroma. It's just kind of boozey orange. The taste is the same boozey orange/apple flavor and caramel malts. Nothing really special, it's almost reminds me of what apple juice would taste like with a shot of vodka in it. Cheap vodka that is. The mouthfeel is nothing really offensive, it's smooth and the carbonation is light. The body is kind of heavy but not bad really. I kind of get a bit of heat from the alcohol. Drinkability, not really a good one to be honest. I'm not going to seek this out again. I can find better tripels for my money.

Oct 08, 2010
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MaltyGoodness from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that fades. Sparse lacing.

Malty aroma with a yeasty spiciness. A bit of herbal hops is detectable.

Mildly sweet upfront. Malty with a nice spicy yeasty flavor. A touch of herbal hops, and subdued bitterness. Finishes sweet with a mild lingering yeasty flavor. Alcohol becomes more noticable as it warms.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Nicely drinkable, and slightly above average overall. A little too sweet for the style.

Sep 23, 2008
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

3/5  rDev -14.3%

Aug 29, 2012
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stained maple amber color. Very lacking in head, foam, and very, very light bubbling if any. This tripel needs a little more co2. The aroma is a bready sweet, molasses malt, with hints of roses. The first sip is fruits with rosey finishes and faint herbal bitterness. The taste finish pretty quick though. Sweet muffins with a melange of light fruit syrups. The palate is fruit, a little warm, and complex with the malts. The hops are gently lingering in the back of the palate with each sip. Most tripels don't give off any hop flavors. Good too sip, but I think they still need to study just a little harder on the real Belgian brewing styles.

May 17, 2008
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Duff27 from Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dull orange. One-half finger head forms and then disappears. No lacing present.

S- Spices and cloves.

T- Cloves, bready. Ever so slight citrus taste.

M- Somewhat creamy. Not too much carbonation.

D/O- Stopping at one. "Vintage '08" even...just not doing anything for me :(

Jul 22, 2010
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rab53 from Washington

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Dec 01, 2011
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bgildea from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber color. Little to no head, no lacing.

S: Faint sweet smell.

T: Decent initial sweetness, and finishes strongly of hops. Maybe a lil too much hops for me.

M: Not too much chew, but I wasn't expecting a whole lot.

D: Drinkable beer, not the best "Tripel" I've had. There are definitely different Flying Dog beers that I'd prefer.

Overall - Overall it's a decent beer. There are better triples out there though, and I'd much prefer a different Flying Dog beers out there.

May 25, 2010
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dirtylou from New York

3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, snagged from the parental's fridge in charlotte

appearance: poured into a tommy condon's pint glass - very dull pour, faded orange-apricot with absolutely no head or lace

smell: sweet citrus - syrupy booze, mildly spiced

taste: sweet and a bit boozy - syrupy tangerine, some light yeast, white pepper and clove. a pretty messy tripel - a bit too sludgy

mouthfeel: alcohol a little hot, thick and warming

drinkability: just ok

Oct 15, 2009
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Briken from Washington

3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with almost no head and no retention. Crisp fruit aroma and barley. Apple and booze flavors with a little barley and very light hops. Mouthfeel is soft and tangy with a little sour finish.

This is a good beer but it's kind of boring for a tripel. It's easy drinking and has a good mouthfeel but it seems kind of forced. Not bad if it were a pub offering but as a bottled beer it's nothing I would look out for. I do like the name and the label art though!

Jul 08, 2010
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DrFunkenstein from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%

Feb 14, 2013
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Agold from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an orangey golden color with a very minimal head. There was absolutely no lacing and by the time i finished half, there was absolutely no head at all. It looked like soda. The smell was very sweet with a fruity aspect that is familiar, but i cannot quite place. The taste is that same fruity, maybe appleish flavor that i got from the smell of the beer. The alcohol taste emerges, but not in an unpleasant way. The alcohol is well balanced with the fruityness. The alcohol lightens an already very light body. There is a good bit of carbonation which i like. This beer is deceivingly drinkable and i was halfway through before i even realized i started.

May 24, 2010
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russpowell from Arkansas

2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this eight pack to try this, hopefully not a let-down (the other beers are pretty good), it's rare I find much new or exciting in my local, so I couldn't pass.

Vintage 8EE pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of fast-falling beige head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Green apple peels & pear juice & a touch of peach blossom & honey

T: White grape juice, pears, a touch of green apples & dryness up front, plus a kiss of lemony hops. Sweetness dominates as this warms, there is a touch of green apple to offset this, but not enough. Finishes treacle sweet, with just a touch of green apple bitterness,& some pineapple. Almost pulled a 3.0 until my gag reflex was triggered by the sweetness when I took too big a sip

MF: Medium bodied, sticky, fairly assertive carbonation. Skews too sweet balance-wise

Drinks okay, ABV is fairly well hidden, too much sweetness makes me glad this is only 7 ozs, a big miss from Flying Dog, glad I got the gonzo & other beers I actually like with this...

Dec 26, 2009
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iemailjack from Florida

3.5/5  rDev 0%

Jan 08, 2013
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Raymond69 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden honey color. Small head , no lacing.

Slight grainy sweetness.

I'm getting a slight bubblegum, clove sweetness. No hops in profile. Some alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel is dry, good carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice tripel. Recommended.

May 11, 2008
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Tabni from Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%

Dec 14, 2011
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dgherm from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev 0%

Aug 01, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head present. Maintained nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit and malt. The flavors picked up on were fruit, alcohol, and slightly bitter hop notes. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. The slightly bitter hop note was a welcomed surprise. If the aroma and flavors of this brew were more indepth and complex this could be an extremely nice beer.

Jun 03, 2010
Kerberos from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 350 ratings