He Said (Tripel) | 21st Amendment Brewery

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He Said (Tripel)He Said (Tripel)

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Chris-MOC9
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was a fanatic beer, I got the 4 pack box, and started with this one, the other being the porter version.

I pored it into a glass and it had a little bit of head about 1 1/2 or so.

It had the smell of spice about it

The taste was awesome! Pumpkin, spice, hops, all in the right balance

I wish i could buy this as a 6 pack all the time

One of my new winter favorites

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Photo of LordVodka
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A nice golden color

Smell: The aroma is strong in this one, definitely can smell the booze, some pumpkin and spice aromas, seems similar to a saison in aroma.

Retention: Poured about a 1 inch head dissipated within about 30 seconds.

Lacing: a little lacing going on.

Taste: Definitely unusual! Has a great Belgian tripel flavor with this hearty pumpkin backbone that's impossible to ignore. Balanced perfectly not overly sweet like a lot of pumpkin ales it just really hits the mark.

Overall: This is a beer that you really need to try, between the taste / aroma and mouthfeel it's a very unusual and yet pleasing beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a hazy golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is full of fruit and yeast with some spices tossed in. The taste is a nice blend of pumpkin, spices, yeast and malt. This is a very nice tripel.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz can dated 9-9-13. So created 1 week after I visited Elysian for the 1st time (and hopefully more)

A - Yellow, cloudy with 1 finger of head and some lace. Sediment and lots of bubbly floating to the top. Looks great!

S - Ohh...def a tripel! And pumpkin...lots of it. Smells perfect

T - A perfect mix of triple, belgian yeast, pepper, and pumpkin. Just perfect. Spicy finish

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O - Well, one of the better pumpkin brews I have ever tried combined with a great triple. Does not get much better than this one

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Photo of Joerwat
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nose: roasty, with just a hint of pumpkin, spices are almost not there.

Palate: fairly dry roastyness, mouthfeel is what I'd expect from a baltic porter. The pumpkin is still just barely there, and hte spices are almost nonexistant

Finish: Now the pumkin shines as the roastyness is soon overshadowed. inds with a nice length, a slightly spiced finish.

Overall: a beautifully balanced beer, the pumpkin appears as just a hint, with the spices even less. This is a beer first with the pumpkin second, which I, for one, strongly appreciate.

Mixed with the Tripel He Said: a far more balanced nose, spices play with pumpkin to a nice backdrop of roast. Mouthfeel is fuller than either alone, and the taste is again more balanced; it's as though one only tastes the best parts of both brews. The finish is shorter, again perfectly balanced, but at the very end becomes almost too vegetal. I'd rate the mix at 4.85, it is so close to the perfect pumpkin beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy deep pumpkin golden orange with a nice fluffy head.

The aroma has tons of spices of nutmeg, cinnamon along with some fresh pumpkin, a Belgian yeasty breadiness, some phenols.

The flavor follows with a big amount of pumpkin spice and then a bit of pumpkin follows. It wonderfully cleans off with some Belgian clove and tripel character, but mostly stands on itself as a seasonal pumpkin ale.

A fantastic brew.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a tulip glass.

A-Poured a hazy dark orange color with big fluffy bright white head that left dense webbed lacing.

S- Huge ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, banana, clove, fragrant floral notes, and Belgian yeast notes. Lots of sweetness in the aroma.

T- Big sweet canned pumpkin pie flavor, big spicy belgian yeast notes and clove balanced with some ginger and nutmeg spice notes, nutty almondlike notes, some juicy citrus notes, and some maple and vanilla sweetness on the finish. Finishes with moderate bitterness.

M- Prickly carbonation, fuller bodied, slightly sticky, some big alcohol warming, and dry finish.

O- Very complex and interesting beer. The pumpkin pie and Belgian tripel notes actually blend together quite well and complement each other. Lots of sweetness but it is cut by the alcohol and bitterness so it is just right.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%

Ah, pumpkins. I love them thangs. Actually, it was an acquired taste, but I do like it and have for several decades.

This is a most unique take on adding pumpkin. Take a nice, complex Belgian tripel and do some pumpkin to it. A great idea. I immediately went for the marketing (along with the Baltic porter pumpkin). Brilliant.

So this thing opens and looks like a tripel. A well behaved one, but those will do you in. It keeps giving tiny bubbles like a true gem of a brew. The aroma barely gives away the giant fruit to come.

And that giant isn't that huge in the taste either, but it is there, making things feel like ...unexpected. The pumpkin is real tasting, with just a little spice. Under that is a tame tripel. Tastey.

This is a winner. I expect to pick up more 4 packs unless I don't like the Baltic porter. Like that is going to happen.

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Photo of dakotaben
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

A - very light honey look with a large big off white heat that dissipated fairly rapidly

S Malt and Bread with a bit of a spicy aroma. I cannot put my finger on the spice. I don’t really smell pumpkin.

T - Malt and spice flavor. I am having a tough time tasting the pumpkin, but it is there. A strong beer and you can taste it.

M - Fairly thick. Medium carbonation

O - While this was a tough beer for me to rate, I really like it. I am not big into strong pumpkin flavors, but I am very happy with this beer and would drink again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with an orange hue and a deep haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Spicy coriander and sweet pumpkin aromas with belgian yeast notes underneath. Medium bodied with smooth viscous feel and tangy semi-dry finish.Sweet pumpkin flavors and spices throughout. Tangy hop bite in the middle leads to a semi-dry finish. Much bigger pumpkin presence than I had expected. This was excellent. 

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Photo of Brew_42
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light copper with a fluffy white head

Smells like pumpkin spice, yeast, hint of fruitiness

Follows the nose with some citrusy notes.

Crisp with moderate carbonation.

Unique take on a trippel that beats most pumpkin beers.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a Stella tulip glass. A Pumpkin Tripel sounds too curious and intriguing to pass up, so giving this one a go.

AP: Nice solid golden colour, just a shade or two darker than straight up gold. Dark enough that my fingers are mere shadows on the other side of the glass. Head originally poured a good 1.25-1.5" that I couldn't pour the whole can into the glass and had to let it settle a bit before finishing the pour. Foamy fluffy head that finally fizzled down to 1/8" with good lacing on the glass.
AR: A nice whiff of pumpkin with baking spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) and Belgian yeast. Banana on the 2nd whiff along with candied fruits like pear, apple and peaches. This really smells like it should be damned delicious. I'll be buggered if this is a trick and the flavour doesn't match the aroma.
T: The pumpkin isn't as pronounced as it is in the nose, but it's there just enough. The spices follow and then I get a bit of pie crust as well, which is a welcomed touch. Then the flavours of a solid Tripel come into play from mid palate to finish, just as described in the aroma with the Belgian yeast adding a bit of soft herbal spice and a floral note. I'm not buggered, I'm chuffed to bits. This is almost as tasty as it smells, good enough for me.
M: Moderately carbonated, medium body, fairly creamy in the mouth, slightly crisp off dry finish. Decent, just not outstanding.
OV: This is a very enjoyable brew, wonderful aromas and a flavour that makes you want more. Might have been even better had the flavours of pumpkin/spices and the flavours of a Tripel blended more instead of coming in stages, but this is still a very solid and tasty beer. Nicely done from 21st Amendment and Elysian.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles and some floating sediment. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and earthy Belgian style aroma with big hints of pumpkin, spices, and fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, coriander, and funk. Big scent of pumpkin along with hints of fall spices. Belgian fruit hints of green apple, banana, pear, and white grape. Sweet hints of Belgian candy sugar. Subtle hints of earthy and grassy hops. A pretty interesting and solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a spicy, yeasty, and fruity Belgian style taste with good notes of pumpkin, spices, and fruit esters. Big mix of spices with Belgian yeast hints of clove, pepper, coriander, and funk. Big taste of pumpkin along with some fall spices. Sweet notes of Belgian candy sugar. Good presence of fruit esters with notes of pear, banana, green apple, and white grape. Light backing presence of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly prickly. Alcohol heat is mild.

Overall: A good twist on a Belgian style Tripel. Good pumpkin flavor that stands out but doesn’t bury the Belgian fruit esters. A nice unique brew.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip goblet. Huge creamy white head (long-lived), nice honey color, clearly unfiltered/tremendous lacing. Very Belgian yeast smelling, apples/pears- smelled tart, a bit of leather/band aids as it opened up. Tastes of honey and Belgian yeast, lingering bitterness o the backside, which balances the sweetness of the beer nicely. Nicely carbonated with a medium-heavy body. This is an excellent beer. Would I have it again? HELL YES!

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Photo of Erbayd
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack from Eddie's Drive In Liquors in Rockridge, the first of two Tripels to be reviewed this fine Thursday night. Bonus points for having tasteful packaging & artwork, as well as for releasing a 4 pack with two very unique beers.

A: Poured from a can into a Duvel glass, the beer is a deep & hazy orange golden color with about a half inch of dense foam.

S: Strong belgian yeast scent with more pumpkin than you might expect (in a good way). Also banana, cloves, raisins, and of course pumpkin pie! Possibly the best part of this beer - a great smell that truly evokes the spirit of the season.

T: Slight hop bite and a deep, rich caramel sweetness that compliments the pumpkin flavor nicely. Slightly dry finish & wine-like aftertaste. As other reviewers have noted, the pumpkin pairs surprisingly well with the typical tripel flavors.

M: plenty of carbonation, I would prefer a bit less but it helps to lighten the beer and make it really easy to drink.

O: Honestly this was much better than I was expecting from a pumpkin tripel, and definitely something I'd look to purchase again! It's pretty competitive with Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale for my favorite pumpkin beer, though since they're different styles it's difficult to compare. Anyway, you should totally check this beer out if you get the chance.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy light amber-orange color with a one finger pure white head. The tick and creamy head fades very slowly, leaving a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is overall very sweet. It is heaviest of a sweet apricot and peach and some lighter fruits of apple and pear. Along with these smells is a nice pumpkin pie smell with some pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice aromas all present. While at first thought the light fruit and pumpkin pie may not seem to meld well, they actually are very nice together, creating a combination smell of a pumpkin and apple/peach pie like smell. Rather sweet, fruity, spiced, and delicious

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet citrus flavor mixed with a rather doughty and bready taste. Some flavors of a non-roasted pumpkin flavor are present upfront, with them remaining relatively constant throughout the taste. As the flavor advances it sweetens even more with flavors of other lighter fruits of apricot and peach coming to the tongue. Along with these flavors comes some of the light pumpkin pie flavors that were detected in the nose. These spice flavors remain relatively light, but strong enough to exert their presence. The sweeter light fruit flavors of the brew grow rather strong at the end of the taste, mixing with the rest to leave a light fruit flavored, lightly pumpkin pie and very enjoyable flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to thicker side for a triple of 8.2 % with a carbonation level that rather low. The lower carbonation and slightly thicker body are actually quite nice for accentuating the pumpkin pie spice flavors of the brew allowing the lighter flavors to be highlighted all while not overwhelming the taste of the beer.

Overall – This was a rather enjoyable drinking brew. Just enough pumpkin pie to give the flavor, all while maintaining enough lightness to maintaining a very easy drinking and non offensive taste. Sweeter, fruity, and lightly pumpkin pie spiced with a very easy drinking and delicious taste.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

This poured a deep yellow with plenty of yeast floating in it for haze. Fat head of cream colored foam that fell slowly enough and left a film on top and a ring. Nose is as brilliant as the shine form out of the body of the beer. Soft malt, biscuity , sweet with honey. Fruitiness and a bit of the pumpkin. Spice and floral. The drink is outstanding. A nice pumpkin and spice flavor lightly meshed with a stone fruitiness. Juicy sweet and has a taste of honey. The malt is a treat and it's supple. A good carbonation on a medium body and this finishes dry and with just a hint of booze. A wonderful tripel from these folks.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into a chalice, canned on 9/9/13

A- pours a clear golden-orange color with a one-finger creamy white head that reduces to a film floating on top, short lace left behind. Some floaties moving around as well.

S- pumpkin pie spice aroma up front with cinnamon, clove and and nutmeg. The base triple provides the banana esters, which mixes wight he pumpkin spicing to provide an aroma of whipped cream and pie crust. This mixture also brings forth aromas of banana pudding. Some spicy Belgian yeast aromas follow, finished with light musty phenols

T- pumpkin spicing is subtle but noticeable up frontal picking up more nutmeg and clove than anything. Following, are sweet malty notes that give the flavor vanilla wafers and graham cracker. Spicy Belgian yeast kicks in with flavors of banana and clove with spicy phenols on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a dry, slightly warming finish

O- the pumpkin spiced triple is a style that I hadn't seen before this, but I like it. The pumpkin spices seem to complement the base triple flavors & aromas quite nicely. I'd like to see more of this combo tried in the future

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with effervescence streaming upward from the bottom at the goblet stem point of attachment & at scattered other points producing a single finger of white, shortlived, foamy head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malt, Belgian yeast fruity esters, especially dried peaches & a little over ripe banana, also a hint of honey & vinous white grape (white wine), vegetal pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices & some alcohol. Unlike many pumpkin ales, in this triple/pumpkin ale hybrid the spices are not so overwhelming that the more subtle aromas are completely subdued. Taste is similar pale malt, yeast & honey with a pleasant white fruitiness & a sourness that imparts a hint of white wine combined with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger & other pumpkin pie spices. Alcohol is present throughout the sip. Finishes clean, juicy & fruity with malt producing a pumpkin, cinnamon/ginger, lightly fruity, bitter & drying aftertaste. The alcohol, pumpkin & spice presence intensifies as the brew warms. Very reminiscent of some imperial pumpkin ales. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, juicy, drying, prickly & astringent.

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Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this blend of pumpkin, nutmeg and normal triple essences. Lots of spice in the aroma. Initial foamy head subsides rapidly. Taste comes alive with lots of butter, coriander, floral notes. Velvety smooth, nice spicy finish.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says Canned On: 09/09/13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before eventually becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick bubbly ring behind.

S- Aroma consists of pumpkin-related spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. A bit glassy-smelling with a hint of Belgian yeast that would be more complementary if the spices were toned down a bit. A bit boozy too.

T- Flavor is much better as the Belgian yeast shows itself much more and the spices are, as requested, more toned down. Not very sweet either which can be a big fault in some pumpkin beers. The yeast brings around some peppery phenols which work well with the spices. Notes of clove, chai and more nutmeg.

M- There's a slight milkiness, medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- There's something off-putting about the aroma but the rest of the beer works well. I like it much better than the Pumpkin Baltic Porter that makes up the other half of the 4-pack.

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Photo of Chaney
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a "Game of Thrones" glass.

A: Poured clear as a bell, solid gold in color, and with a slight, off-white head.

S: Yummy spice bomb with more than a hint of coriander. It very much reminded me of DFH's "Sahtea." Interesting and unique.

T: Never had a Tripel with pumpkin in it before, but this totally works. Not much on the pumpkin front, but this totally screams Fall season. Nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and lots of Belgian funk.

M: Perfect carbonation bill for this style, a slight bit of lacing, mucho spice bitterness, and tempered sweetness.

O: My neighbor gave me a 4-pack of this stuff as a gift. Impressive!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the second in the series I am trying here.

Love the nose on this. Airy and slightly sugar toned with a hint of pumpkin tone to things. Flavor is smooth. Nice balance of sweetness and consistent accents of pumpkin. Very smooth feel as well. I can tell that I like this much more than the Baltic porter version. Very nice beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Pretty decent looking brew, with a brass golden yellow if a little hazy body. Nice middle column of carbonation rises continuously. Head is a soapy but a bit fluffy white as well, slowly settles giving a creamy top. Solid looking tripel.

Pumpkin spices as advertised, lots of clove and nutmeg sensations. But not much pumpkin aroma which is great for me. A bit of a slight sharp soapy phenolic hit as well.

Decent on the palate but a very jarring sharp alcohol hit. Light bodied with a sort of cola flat carbonation but the palate fills nicely and coats evenly. Somewhat juicy fruit but a stinging dry clove action. Hints of burnt alcohol and nearly fussel like finish, but some candi sugar sweetness really takes the edge off and makes it softer.

Overall quite nice, and I like the fact it's not very pumpkin forward, does feel like a spiced tripel. Good job.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: nice, thick white head that seems pretty solid. Gradually dissipated into lacing covering the beer and glass sides. Beer is straw yellow with a tiny bit of haze.
S: Delicious! Some pepper, some funky zest/tang.Hints of pumpkin pie spices and earthiness.
T: Yas qween! Bright and lively, good amount of coriander up front. I'm not getting a whole lot of pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavor, but I'm not mad. This is delicious.
F: Perfect
O: Definitely my favorite 21st Amendment brew to date!

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