Scratch Beer 108 - 2013 (Triple) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over the years, we've visited the Triple numerous times throughout Scratch Beer history. Our latest rendition of this strong yet sweet Belgian style boasts a sunny golden hue and dense, soapy head. The flavor of Scratch #108 originates in the Abbey Ale yeast strain (an authentic Trappist style), which produces a distinctive fruity character with a hint of dark fruit evoking plums. The addition of cane sugar bolsters the sweetness, a hallmark of the Triple style. The use of Hersbrucker hops in our hopback vessel fortifies the bitterness and lends a mix of spicy, floral, and fruity notes, giving Scratch #108 a complex aroma and flavor profile. Deceivingly drinkable, don’t let this strong ale sneak up on you!

40 IBU

Added by orangesol on 08-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 14
Photo of orangesol
3.52/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours golden yellow with a small one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film around the edges, leaving spotty webs of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, mild sugary sweetness, light spice, dulled fruitiness and a touch of booze. A tiny bit of floral hops creep in as it warms up but its mostly just sweet sugar from start to finish.

T - Starts off with a good bit of sugary sweetness that slowly gives way to hints of the Belgian yeast fruity/spicy combo and some warming booze. Like the nose, a bit of hop bitterness creeps in as it warms up but the sweet/boozy combo crowds it out as quickly as it shows up. Finish is sweet with some dryness from the booze, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel from start to finish with a bit of booze bit at the end of each sip.

O - A decent enough Tripel, just nothing amazing. I like it but I doubt I would order another. If you like this kind of beer you will enjoy it, if your like me you will give it a try and move on to the next one.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Tasted at the brewery along with other scratch offerings over 90 minutes.

This creation is a deep, clear gold with a thin head and minimal lacing. It's absolutely lovely in color, but needs more of a cap.

The smell is sweet with whiffs of clove, mild banana, and a hint of fishiness.

It enters the mouth thin but sugary right away. Then, opens quickly into an almost oaky liquor essence. It's warm and rather boozy with a somewhat misplaced acid spike about 2/3 through each taste. The rest is sugar syrup.

The feel is mildly astringent with a woody chew on the end. This quality is counter to drinkability, slowing the experience to powerfully sweet sips.

Overall, the pretty glow in the glass and fullness in the mouth are both far superior to the taste. Part of my review may be stylistic preference, but I have had a number of Tripels I've enjoyed much more.

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Scratch Beer 108 - 2013 (Triple) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.23 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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