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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
Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thank you Michael!

The beer is golden hued with a thin white collar. The nose brings sweet fruity booze. Additional scents of grass and flowers. The flavor is minty and too sweet. Herbal characters throughout. Unbalanced, eh...

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BeerCon5
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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Photo of Oakenator
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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Photo of troegaarden
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Bdel34
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of philbe311
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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Photo of flyingmick
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of orangesol
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving little to no lace down the glass. Nice color but it goes a little flat.

S - Smells of honey sweetness, orange marmalade, dull belgian yeast and some alcohol. The honey sweetness and booze only grow as it sits in the glass. It is a little one dimensional but it works pretty well.

T - Starts off with a TON of honey sweetness slowly giving way to hints of dulled fruity yeast, orange marmalade and even some fresh zest. The booze is ever present, only growing stronger as the sweetness completely takes over. Finish is best described as sweet heat, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Sweet, boozy feel from start to finish. After about half a glass I really started to struggle with this one.

O - I like the concept for this one but the honey really took it over the top. Dial back some of that sweetness and I think this one would be much better. As it stands its a decent beer but I doubt I would get it again.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of stakem
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a matching Troegs cervoise. The brew appears a perfectly polished color of golden copper. Around the edges, the brew shows a bit of lighter almost yellowish coloration. About 2 fingers worth of yellowish froth appear atop supported by a constant stream of bubbles. As the cap fades, it leaves some patches of lacing effect sticking to the glass. A swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained froth back to the surface.

The aroma includes a bit more citrus character than I was expecting with notes similar to the zest of oranges. There is a very familiar fresh grainy backing that is somewhat bready to biscuit-like. A mild alcohol ester emerges mixing with the faintest inclusion of belgian yeast aspects that are a bit spicy. There is a mild fruity hint of pear or apple that blends into a backend sweetness that is similar to honey but it isn't full blown and obvious. The more I smell it, it has a bit of a medicinal touch about it. Once you get the thought of honey in your head, it is hard to shake it and I swear all I smell midway through is orange blossom honey.

While I really dig the nose, the taste doesn't really pull through and be nearly as enjoyable. A big medicinal front of alcohol is the first thing to greet your sip. It is a bit herbal and bitter from the hops and that clashes with the dried fruit notes of the yeast. There are faint fruity esters present that fade into a bit of solvent alcohol. There is almost an herbal tea-like astringency present which throws it's own awkward inclusion into the mix. At times, I feel like I am tasting a faint honey inclusion, again like orange blossom honey more than anything as that hint or orange zest is felt a bit in the profile here. The aftertaste seemingly lasts with a hop bite that doesn't go away and is very atypical for the style.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I honestly feel like the honey might have been a bit overdone in this. Also the expected belgian yeast inclusion was a bit lacking here. I know westmalle isnt the most phenolic of strains but this is a very yeast neutral offering. Instead of providing a hint of complexity and alcohol boost, the honey addition has turned this into a very thin feeling brew with an assault of alcohol for being just over 8%. The lack of body and malt backing doesn't help as there is nothing to hide the abv at all. When having this on tap with my friends, I jokingly said this seemed like a stale version of nugget nectar or perpetual blended with naked elf... now that I am sitting here picking this part in my glass, that smartass joke/exaggeration doesn't seem that far off.

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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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Scratch Beer 82 - 2012 (Belgian Style Triple) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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