Bolg Belgian Style Tripel (Hobbit Series)
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

Bolg Belgian Style Tripel (Hobbit Series)Bolg Belgian Style Tripel (Hobbit Series)
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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #486
Ranked #38,256
3.65 | pDev: 10.14%
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States
Bolg Belgian Style Tripel (Hobbit Series)Bolg Belgian Style Tripel (Hobbit Series)
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Photo of timon
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice. Got it for the funny bottle, and it said tripel (I'm a tripel freak), but this is a quad. Sorry. It's a quad. Not a bad one, but not top shelf, either. No head. Zero. Good dark brown color and caramel and dark fruit smell, and the taste follows, with plum, raisin, and also some pineapple and a HINT of zesty hops in the finish. Would say, this is a middle of the pack, maybe upper-middle, quad in taste and presentation.

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Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A murky orange pour with a yellowish off white head. Small chunks of yeast add to the overall turbidity. Light lacing here and there.

Nose has apples and light white wine, sugar pilsner malt. There's a healthy amount of alcohol with a peppery bite. Some fruity esters and surprisingly no banana. Well maybe a little but you have to really search. Very bready/doughy malt.

Taste is solid for the style, though a bit alcoholc. Sweet malty front has lots of dinner roll and dough. Apples lightly roll off the malt into a cascade of sugary notes. Pears and grapes and a light flash of toffee infused cinnamon. Finish is clean a very dry with a little bit of chalky yeast and mild but blanketing, tea like, hoppiness. Indeed, hops are quite low and while very effective in drying out the beer, they don't draw attention to themselves.

Feel is nice and well carbonated with a gentleness that takes it towards a lightly creamy, velvety texture. Weight is a slightly heavy medium that is just right for the style and and this time of year.

A solid entry. Nothing that sets the world on fire like it's namesake but an enjoyable and tasty brew.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter, this decent tripel pours a murky orange with a nice
head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick layer, and decent lacing. Nose of yeast esters
of banana, light Belgian spice--coriander, breaded malts, and candy malts.
Flavors follow the nose with candy malts and breaded malts touched by herbal coriander that lingers
into the back with light banana and apple cider on the sides, and a lingering bitterness from the coriander and herbal
hops that isn't too over the top. Decent mouth feel, medium light carbonation, and an herbal finish.

Decent for the style, but nothing to chase after, but if it is available it is decent.


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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a small off-white colored head.

Smells strongly of apples. Coriander and bruised plums. Musty yeast and intense fruitiness. Detectable ethanol carries and apple brandy aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of apple cider. Less sweet than imagined. Spicy and a little bitter. Basic Tripel taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK Tripel that smells great and tastes OK.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 1pt. 6 oz. brown bottle into a chalice

The Hobbit Blog Tripel Ale poured a light hazy orange/peach color with a 3/4-finger off-white head with little retention. The nose is light, has a sweet aroma dominated by light fruit and a mild pepper. The taste is similar to the nose. The flavors are sweet, of apple, pear, a little yeast and spice in the background. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a fine carbonation and some alcohol warming at the finish.

Overall, The Blog Tripel is a good American Triple, however, it lacks the flavors and complexity of the top shelf Triples.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy copper color with a small off white head, some of which remains as a collar. Almost no lacing; lots of sediment suspended in the glass.

The smell is fruity and malty; musty straw and wet hay. Spices, possibly coriander and grains of paradise. Some caramel malt as well.

The taste is malty, sweet, slightly spicy, nothing really pops though. There is a somewhat dry finish, slightly grainy. Not an amazing Tripel, not bad though. The best beer in this series is the Smaug Stout.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing wrong here, but nothing to chase either. A well-made if unremarkable tripel, using the Hobbit franchise as sale bait. Fruity - suggestions of fruits both orchard and tropical, as well as a little citrus. Grains are standard, pale, and reliable. Little bit of chew, soft but perhaps a bit too dense on the feel - not enough fuzz or life... A little sticky on the finish. A decent tripel in a fun series of beers.

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Photo of carp3tshark
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip, color was a medium hazy orange. 2 finger head with medium head retention that fades to lacey swirls on the surface.

Smell is of orange, coriander, white pepper and straw.

Taste is similar to smell but the straw is more of a wheat-taste that is a bit surprising in a tripel. The taste is nice and spicy and the abc provides a nice sweetness. leaves with a slightly dry and straw taste which is probably the achilles heel of this beer.

Mouthfeel is ok with medium fine carbonation but a slightly earthy-wheaty taste.

Overall a good beer but not great. I'd definitely drink it again but not for the $14 I paid for it in a SoCal trendy market.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip. Light orange color with lots of floating and settled sediment. It's good for ya, you know. A fair amount of light, bubbly head has almost no retention and leaves no lacing. Smell, while not strong, is typical of the style: bubblegum and banana. Tastes follows with a tiny bit of pepper on the end. Satisfactory, but not going to blow the socks off anyone.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split between a pair of chalices. I have the clear one. My wife got the sediment. Can't find a date, but I thought it was a one-off, so maybe it's obvious. It's been in my fridge for a while.

Pours fairly clear golden with a smallish head that fades quickly into little clumpy islands. Smell is banana and alcohol, fresh cut grass.

Taste is surprisingly spicy. Lots of banana. Something off and odd, but only disturbing, not upsetting.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, dry, and rough. Overall, it's OK.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy peach under a persistent 3” white to cream foam collar that grips the sides of the glass leaving thin sheets of lace.
S: Rips fruit, banana, peach
T: Big fruit flavors with some over ripe funk, shifts back and forth between peach and bitter through the finish.
F: Has a very creamy, moussey texture loaded with fine soft carbonation and a medium body.
O: Yeast driven Belgian tripel with big fruit flavors balanced by a firm hop bitterness.

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Photo of NewMexicoBeerLover
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A pretty inferior product whether compared with either a local brewery or international offerings. This is the worst commercial offering of a Trippel have tasted and would suggest if looking for a US version look for one from Ommegang, Avery, or even New Belgian for better examples/

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Photo of Getalegup
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impulse purchase. Okay, just not really interesting. Clean taste with a little coriander, pepper. Not much smell. Maybe an intro tripel that won't challenge someone new to the style. Not alcohol heat.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. It is on the sweet side for the style, but not overdone. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice tripel style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Demaskee
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was given to me and I wasn't expecting much from it considering it is made after a movie. Sorta like when they make the book after the movie. Anyhow, my low expectations may have helped it in this case. The alcohol is noticable but not overly so. It doesn't quite taste like a tripel, more like a wheat with high amounts of corriander in it with a dry finish. Overall, a fine beer, but I won't be reaching for another.

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Photo of SomethingClever
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22 oz

A: hazy gold colored hard to see through

S: wheaty a little bit of a sour smell with some coriander peel

T: tastes like an average blue moon with a few spices added

M: medium to a little bit of cling

O: This is an awful example of a tripel this is nothing but an average wheat with some spices added. A tripel should blow you away with the clove banana smells but this tastes like a straight wheat.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, yeast, spice, and slight dried citrus peel aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the alcohol presence is definitely noticeable with each sip.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, light stone fruit, clove and Belgian yeast, spot on for a tripel. Flavor follows aroma, with peach and apricot, sweet malt, distinct clove and maybe coriander with Belgian yeast. Slightly astringent from the spices in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A reasonably accurate domestic take on a tripel, with a bit more sweetness in the main body and more assertive spicing in the finish, but quite drinkable. I've found Fish Brewing to be uneven over the years, but this Hobbit series, which as a movie tie-in did not encourage me, has been a bit of a pleasant surprise. Nothing mind blowing, but all three styles are well made and pleasant to drink. Good job.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


Picked up at Home Brew Stuff... Shared with MattCOOP and DerekA... Paid $10ish.

Poured a clear orange.. head had no retention to speak of..

Thick and sweet aroma that is much better cold than with warmth... When a little colder this is pretty proper with light clove and some apricot ... gets pretty jammy with warmth.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. floral hops and a respectable bitterness helps reign in the big malts and the fruity esters.

Body is a bit heavy... more carbonation would help balance things out.

Okay... glad I got the chance to try/share it, but I REALLY doubt I will buy another.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a fair bit of haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of ivory foam. It's OK.

Smell: sweet light-malt aroma with a very little bit of fruitiness and just a little bit of chalkiness. Not too bad.

Taste: a little over-sweet; we're getting close to cloying here. There's a lightly fruity and lightly floral flavor overall, with some noble/earthy hop character thrown in (although, again, this is very light). Mostly it is sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style. Not bad.

Overall: this tripel is a little too sweet for me, or perhaps it's the right amount of sweet but not quite enough smooth. The alcohol is also a little too apparent in this guy for my taste.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

Sweet as sin. Orange-tinted golden in the Gulpener tulip. Hugely aromatic. Some yeastiness. Hot with alcohol. Candy and dynamite. Aroma of orange vodka.

Distinct bitter aftertaste is a surprise. It's like marmalade with a really bitter rind. A grapefruit finish along with the drying effect of the Belgian yeast. On the acidic side.

This is more of a liqueur taste and it lends itself to careful sipping. Pleasantly sudsy and tangy on the lips. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Community Co-op in Bellingham, Wash.
4.0 3.75 3.75 3.75 3.25

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Bolg Belgian Style Tripel (Hobbit Series) from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 73 ratings