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Great Lakes Belgian Tripel Dog Dare | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 77
Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Honey peach-amber with some turbidity. Stocky head cap with upward-reaching lace. Rather dark for a tripel.

Fusel alcohol with fruity ale yeast esters. Clove, dark banana, blood orange, nectarine, and cherry. Ripely Belgian with an affirming alcohol scent. Bready, with a light toast. Fat nose.

Big booze, estery banana, spicy clove, plum, bread crusts, apricot jam. Really potent. Lots of flavors consistent of a strong pale. Sweet and juicy for a tripel. Wants to dry out in the finish, but it's too hard to pull off. Faint peppery quality that gets pushed over.

Wooly medium-full body with a semi-perky carbonation that dissolves well. The crime is in the obnoxiousness of the booze.

Decent beer. I was expecting a little better from Great Lakes, though.

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Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is pretty typical of the style, though it's thickly clouded all the way through the body. Otherwise, it's kind of a honey-tinted medium orange. Off the tap, the head's having some trouble forming off a strong pour. It's fairly weak all in all, just a thin off-white foaming that rests lightly on top and just managing some light and sporadic blotching here and there on the walls of the glass.
Great Lakes got the style down right, finding the difficult balance among the complexity that marks it, which it also reaches. This beer also finds that hard-to-reach place of strength of yeast character within it depth, and it's neither too weak nor overdone. It contributes everything I expect and hope for: strong, but not overly sweet Belgian candi sugars, soft pear and banana with just a touch of sweet/tart apple flesh, just a hint of bubble gum, soft clove spiciness, and a dusty earthiness. Hops make an appearance and are added just enough to put some additional flavor and balance, more perfume-like in the nose and somewhat more floral on the tongue. It also has the dryness that eases in with a soft kind of musty/chalky element that really works in the beer's overall character.
The medium-full body holds together a certain heft and richness without getting too heavy, sticky or thick. It's semi-dry all the way, as the gentle chalkiness starts right up front in the feel rather than coming in toward the middle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The flirty attitude of Belgian beers continue with Great Lakes as they now dibble into the taste of "Tripel". Not really tipple of anything, this Belgian influenced ale carries the fruity-sweet, spicy-balanced character that makes the Belgo version so desirable.

But as the cloudy beer pours a goldenrod color, its middle is murky, yet its edges are of straw. A creamy head ensues with an endearing champagne sprite. Its bready zest is mid-short as its head trends fizzy and retains far less that wanted. With a trickle of lace, its foam is sticky with broken islands in its wake.

Somewhat perfumey in scent, the beer is fruity with apples, pears and oranges. it counters with light clove, peppercorn, cumin and mint as its aromatics come alive with hay, lightly kilned grain sweetness and notions of white wine.

And as the taste ensues, the early bready sweetness is lightly of cookie dough, a quick follow-up thrusts all that aside and ushers in a fruity, floral taste along with a spicy balacne of the herb, spice and vine that was expressed in the nose. Its trailing bitter taste invites slim detergent flavor and gives an unsettled sense as the ale lingers.

Its creamy and simi-dry body iw laden with caramel and honey sugars as its early sprite character is fledgling late. After which, the ale trends fruity, smooth and elegant, promising that the ale is in great hands.

Happily a fan of both the brewer and its accompanying style, its flavor favors balance as its body is sugary and bready. Leading to a taste that's controlled, but not exactly refined. Great Lakes- you have work to do.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An very nice offering from Great Lakes Brewery and fairly standard for the style. Clove, coriander, banana, biscuit---Oh my! Nice nose. Alcohol up front with nice lacing around the glass, Belgian candy malts shine though. Nice mouth feel with light caramel notes and spice, peppery, with nice flavors from the yeast. Judging from the other reviews I am lucky to have this down in the Cincinnati area from Jungle Jims, and considering the price per glass I am even happier. Reminds me a La Guillotine from my favorite brewery Huyghe, which is a compliment. A favorite brewery of mine and a very nice brew that should be in a bomber or 4 pack. The Great Lakes Brewery is a treasure to Ohioans. Makes me yearn for a double dog dare if it were a Belgian Dubbel. HINT HINT!

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Photo of NWFLyer
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz. glass at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. Pub (basement level - must see), 2516 Market Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113.

A - A bright golden-straw color with slight head and minimal lacing.
N- Bright and floral, typical of the style, with Britanomices inherent.
T- Piquant, fruity and slightly sour at the same time. Very true to the style, but with a bit of a bitter finish, and not in a hoppy way. It posesses a bit less of the sweet, bubblegum nose and flavor characteristic of many Belgian Tripels.
M - Highly palatable, and easy to drink, despite the slightly bitter finish noted above. - It masks the 9.5% ABV very well.
O- While not the greatest American brewed, Belgian style Tripel I have sampled, it is very enjoyable to drink and a fair representation of the genre, leaning slightly to the sour/lambic style. According to the wait-staff, this is a pub-only brew; therefore I do recommend it if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a very bright and hazy golden orange (looks like orange juice) with frothy head that left tons of splashy lace

S- Powerful Belgian yeast and citrus aroma, some spicy notes

T- Huge yeast presence, citrus, candied sugars, and alcohol. Very sweet, some spice notes, but sweetness is very prominent.

M- Soft on the palate on the front end, prickly carbonation on the middle of the tongue, and kind of syrupy on the finish. Kind of boozy, alcohol warming, and some burn on the finish. Kind of chalky texture to the beer too.

O- Tripels are a favorite style of mine and Great Lakes is a favorite brewery of mine. The alcohol presence was a little strong in this one and the taste was a little one dimensional and unbalanced compared to other tripels. Not a bad beer, but I had high expectations for a tripel from Great Lakes. Also a little pricey at $7 a glass.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour into GLBC tulip glass at the West 25th Cleveland brewery.

Thin, white head, minimal lacing, cloudy, orange-honey elixir.

Nice, full fruit aroma of peaches and tangerines.

Mild bitterness, fruit, yeast with the mild hops up front. Really smooth overall without any alcohol prescence. Very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this Belgian triple. It has a subtle tone and the alcohol is very subdued. Reminds me of their Anniversary Belgian Triple.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Lakes...

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. One finger white head shows good retention. Long streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a huge amount of banana and corriander in the front of the aroma with hints of clove and peppercorn. Rock candi sugar and more orange comes through in the middle of the aroma. Belgian yeast dominates the ending of the nose.

T- There is a nice sweetness to the front of the beer. Pale malts and a rock candi sugary sweetness. Next comes the hints of the Belgian yeast...clove and banana most of all. Peppercorn and corriander do make appearances next in the overall flavor. The alcohol makes a sweet warming ending on this beer. Strong in flavor and to the point yet a little more complex at times.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Belgian yeat, peppercorn, and clove are left on the palate. Aftertaste is banana, clove, warming alcohol, and pale malts in the background. Flavors were very well balanced and put together well. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a nice surprise for sure. Great Lakes makes good beer but this one is more of a standout than the rest of the beers I have had from them. The higher ABV does limit the drinking on this but a nice sipper to have during dinner at the brewpub.

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Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Great Lakes

9.5% ABV, 35 IBU

I wonder if this is the Anniversary triple from a few years back repackaged or rebranded? At any rate, GLBC said it was a new brewpub exclusive and that's good enough for me.

The beer looks great in the glass - it's a cloudy orange color with some brown edges. The nice white head has great retention. A nice looking tripel and a good start for this beer tasting experience.

The smell is primarily comprised of yeasty esters which provide some banana and coriander notes, and a bit of clove and pepper as well. Some orange and Belgian candy sugar are there as well. I guess this could be a touch more expressive, but it is certainly still a nice smelling Belgian Yeast strain.

So, the name of the beer is a reference to Christmas Story, the movie filmed in Cleveland in the 80's. The movie was funny, but this beer is serious business. Some Belgian candi sugar and some Belgian pale malt touches set the stange. The yeast adds fruity depth and spices, most notably corriander, orange, banana and white pepper. A touch of tartness on the end is fleeting, replaced by sweetness. Some banana and orange linger. What a great beer. I know GLBC normally brews to style and sometimes it helps and sometimes it hurts. This was a huge win!

The mouthfeel is slightly sticky and syrupy. Lower carbonation is appropriate for the style but some bubbles sneak in from time to time. The beer is medium bodied overall. Some slight lingering booze rears its head, but is well concealed for thee most part. This was very drinkable for the style and for the 9% ABV. An enjoyable American take on the belgian style. Kudos, GLBC. Don't shoot your eyes out!

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Great Lakes Belgian Tripel Dog Dare from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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