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Scratch Beer 82 - 2012 (Belgian Style Triple) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The term “Triple” was popularized by Trappist brewery Westmalle to describe its brawniest of strong pale ales. Well, we assure you that this is indeed one brawny Triple! Brewed with 450lbs. of local PA honey and Westmalle yeast, our latest Scratch Belgian Style Triple is subtly sweet and quite earthy. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the honey, which gives the body a robust and almost chewy texture. The honey also bolsters the alcohol content without coming across as too warm or boozy. But take heed of the lofty 8.1% ABV. Triples are known to be stealthy brews, and Scratch #82 is no exception. You have been duly warned!

Added by justintcoons on 12-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 15
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Golden amber with 3 fingers of off-white head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Low-moderate carbonation.

Honey, wheat bread, lemon, barnyard and hay.

Tons of honey. Pears, wheat bread and notes of sourdough. Lemon juice, nectarine and peach. Light notes of barnyard, hay and clove from the Westmalle yeast. A touch of coriander and pepper in the finish.

Full bodied, silky, oily and sticky.

Big, sticky and mead-like. Tastes like Mad Elf had a baby with Westmalle Tripel. Although big and sweet it finishes fairly dry. Just an awesome beer overall.

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4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty clear golden brown to yellow in color with a few fingers of white head. The head sticks around for a decent amount of time, clinging to the glass as it recedes. 4

S: Big hit of honey and banana starts of the nose. The belgian yeast hides underneath, providing that sweet mustiness that comes to be expected in good tripels. Very sweet overall. 4

T: The honey really takes this beer over! Not what I was expecting from a tripel at all. The sweetness from the aroma carries over. It starts off all honey, and evolves into the banana and belgian yeasts that I expected would dominate throughout. I'm also getting a citrus quality towards the end, probably from some hops, that add a nice touch. The beer is balanced, and delicious. 4.5

MF: Light body with a lower than average carbonation. The balance of the beer really makes it drinkable and hides the alcohol content. 4.5

O: This really blew me away. Easily in my top five Scratch offerings. 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber to yellow in the glass. Decent head at pour that disappates to non-existent by the end of the glass. Little lacing on the glass. Smells fruity - lemon citrus and some other lighter fruits. Taste is light for a triple - fruit on the front side and spices on the back through the finish. Spice lingers well.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a golden brown coloring. It held a one finger head of tan bubbles, showing okay retention. Rings and spots of lacing were visualized along the glass. There was a fading chill haze, no sediment, and active carbonation. The aroma gave vodka booziness, pale and sweaty malt saltiness, Belgian coolness of clove and vanilla, warming black peppery spice, orange flesh, apple sugars, and with warmth, more earthy metallics and yeast. Our first impression was that there was nice syrupy honey sweetness to the flavoring. As we sipped, simple pale malts and honey sweetness started things off. The peak came with the plastic bite of phenolic bitterness, lightly roasted caramel malts, corny adjuncts, metallic yeast, drying generic graininess, and earthy hop bitterness. The end was tannic, with borderline adjuncty grain, and more phenolic bite. The aftertaste breathed of big tea tannins, lemon flesh, and a variety of citric, herbal, and lightly soapy hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was full. There was big froth and cream to the lip, with nice finishing pop and smack. With a swirl came huge froth to the palate as well. The coating was light and crisp, with equally as soft dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the nice variety of hops through the flavoring, which was not entirely expected. The big Belgian yeast was rather lost throughout both the nose and the flavoring, so we did miss that character, which would have made it seem much more “tripelish”, and more bready and warming to the spirit. Otherwise, this was a tasty offering, and we’re glad to have finally sampled something from the “Scratch” series.

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3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Troegs cervoise, not sure why people are hating on this beer, I enjoyed it.

Beer is amber and clear with aggressive carbonation, a white head, small bubbles, decent retention, some lacing.

Aroma is light but yeasty with that tripel BITE I get some beers.

Beer is light and effervescent on the palate, I enjoyed it quite a lot, a little dry on the finish but overall a decent tipel. I'd have it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of crisp tightly packed light khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full rich veil of lacing and a slightly froth moderately thick collar... The color is a deep rich amber with a slight reddish hue... A mix of moderate paced carbonation with some random bubbles and some streaks along the sides of the glass...

S - A strong Belgian yeast component is first to great the nose... The honey component is also present... Perhaps some light orange zest notes as well... There are some distant grainy notes... A very subtle spice kick as well...

T - The palate is true to the nose... The honey is slightly amplified, but far from overpowering... The Belgian yeast component is dominant throughout... The finish displays a bit of pepper... The flavors are all present, but seem to stand on their own and don't compliment one another as much as I would have expected...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... A bit thicker than anticipated... The carbonation is a bit on the fizzy side... The finish is a touch dry...

D - A respectable Tripel from the fine folks at Troegs, even if it is a bit rough around the edges... I bet this one will age well for a couple of months and additional depth and complexities are likely to emerge...

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3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a Westvleteren chalice.

Pours a wispy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear bronze that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is spotty with decent cling. Average.

Nose is Belgian yeast, clove, sweet ripe green fruit and honey sweetness. Moderately aromatic. Appropriate for the style.

Opens musty fruit. Honey, sweet green grape, clove, and bread. Big malt body throughout. End is more Belgian yeast, spice, and sweetness. Like someone dipped a sugar/cinnamon cookie into the beer. Finishes sweet honey with a yeasty, fruity aftertaste.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Filmy and spritzy in the mouth and goes down bubbly with some booziness. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. I wish this had a touch less body.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. This was served at the proper temperature but still, it seems a bit heavy for the style. The body prevents this one from being memorable offering. Decent overall though.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Belgian yeast spice dominates with a strong malt sweetness. Notes of dark fruit. Strong herbal notes as well.

Taste: Quite sweet with caramel notes and some dark fruit. There is a lot of Belgian yeast spice here as well. The finish is sweet like candy sugar.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: The beer was a bit too sweet in my opinion, but I thought it was nice enough otherwise. I don't think I need more in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Pours a clear golden yellow color with lots of lively carbonation. About one finger of white fluffy head that has ok retention.

The scent is very light, some citrus, bready malt, honey, and some sweet fruit.

The taste is also kind of light for the style, sweet fruits and notes of sugar, bready malt, notes of honey and yeast.

Light body, very crisp and prickly feel, high carbonation.

This was an average tripel, it was drinkable but there was a lot to be desired.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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