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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Added by Can_if_you_can on 10-03-2013

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on: 9/2/15.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herb, earth, spice, yeast, and slight honey aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, earth, herb, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an herb forward smell, but there are definite pumpkin pie spice qualities in the taste.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a whole lot of quality canned Belgian styles, so this is a treat. A hazy and heady bright blonde beer, it definitely looks the part. Sweet candy sugar and wheat malt nose is really intensely Belgian, with pear and apple and winter spice notes from the yeast, big no doubt too, with a little booze showing through. Floral at first sip, yeast meets hops, and I immediately the hop dosage here, more than other examples of the style and it's a success. Yeasty too, heavy from it despite ample carbonation, and more sweetness than I care for usually, but that's more a commentary on the style, not necessarily this specific beer. Fruity and spicy both, this yeast is gnarly. Grainy texture is cool, but one is enough. I like what these guys are doing for canned beer, cool to have this as an option, although I prefer their IPA.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color but has lots of particulates floating in suspension and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas that somewhat resemble ginger are present in the nose, which I presume are from the galangal. Notes of pumpkins also become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of ginger along with stronger notes of pumpkins, Belgian yeast, candi sugars and spices. Little if any alcohol is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be a rather nice blend between a Tripel and a Pumpkin Ale. It's a nice treat for the fall season if you like pumpkins but want a beer that's a little different compared to the rest.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the 21st Amendment brewers teaming with the Elysian team, a Belgian-style tripel is born, one that hints toward abbey inspirations of fruit and spice but with the lowland Belgian approach for a stab at champagne and grain.

He Said casts a slightly translucent gold and a creamy foam cap. Rocky to start, the frothy perfume hosts a banquet of aromatic perfume that steams from aspirations of apple, lemon, orange, grape thorugh a spicy tinge of peppercorn and the peppery vine. While its taste is supple of fresh baked bread, sugar cookie and honey, its middle palate unleashes the full breadth of flavor.

Fruit-forward with honey-dipped citrus, tropical and orchard fruit, its light profile hinges on those lemon, apple, grape and pear flavors but its wine-like acidity bridges the gap of balance with everything from vanilla and clove to cumin and hay. with freshly grated white pepper and cracked peppercorn bringing up the rear.

Its medium-bodied finish is the only thing that shows its domestic tendencies. Shying away from the dry and champagne effervescence and that peppery hop bite to close the session, the ale is tepidly bitter and fruity in finish rather than grassy or spicy enough.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy glowing golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some golden + straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, slightly sweet fruity and pale malts and finally a lightly chalky yeast.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale and slightly sweet light fruit (apple) malts and moderate flavors of pumpkin. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and some peppery yeast. Slightly chalky with hints of clove and coriander towards the finish. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light to moderate amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.


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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Brewery, "He Said" Tripel
12 oz. can, "canned on 09/09/13 1545"

Nice appearance. Hazy gold-orange body beneath a full head of frothy white foam. As the head dies down it leaves streaks and spots of lace about the glass, and the head becomes creamy.

Aroma is spicy but not overdone. It's somewhat non-descript to a certain extent, kind of like all-spice, but then it makes me think of Indian food, maybe cardamom & coriander. Some yeasty phenolics (or is that clove?). Some hops that are floral/herbal, and perhaps a bit spicy - but who can tell what's hops and what's spice?

In the mouth it's medium-full and crisp, gently bristling with carbonation and alcohol bite.

The flavor is quite solid. I didn't find "pumpkin" in the aroma, but I find a quick flicker of pumpkin-pie right up front. That doesn't last as it's quite bold. It's spicy followed by a kick of alcohol with a white pepper bite, then soft candyish malt, and then minty, and spicy again in the finish. I keep thinking coriander but then I know that's not right. Interesting. The very dry, spicy finish lingers for minutes. Solidly bitter as well.

Overall I'm quite impressed. I like the boldness of it, and the brash slap of alcohol. The spice is interesting, and I like the way that it's dotted with short notes of sweetness, and finally mint. Quite unique.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay cans.

Pours a nice creamy 1+ finger fluffy head that fades at a med pace but with lots of nice soapy spotty lacing, fairly hazy but clear looking golden honey colored.

Nose is loaded with spices, allspice, clove, perhaps a little cardamom, pumpkin pie like spices and some vegetable gourd pumpkin like aroma, a fleshy spiced pumpkin pie without the crust or sweetness, although there is a little toasty grainy bready malt and some golden malts, mild ester profile, and hint of phenolic booze.

Taste starts with more pumpkin pie like flavors, again that vegetable gourd pumpkin, a little bit of cooked vegetable though, and plenty of spiced, not overpowering luckily but enough of allspice, clove, cinnamon, others... not really sure the whole blend. A mild overall sweetness with some golden malts, into a little bready toasty grainy malt as well, little crust like but not a lot, so at least it has enough beer flavor to overpower the pumpkin and spices and seem like a real beer. Mild esters come through with the phenolic booze, a decent yeast addition profile. Booze is a little warming and tingly. Finish is a bit bitter with mild bitter spice and hint of spicy hop, little more pumpkin pie spices and grainy golden malts, hint of phenolic booze warmth.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, nice carb, mild warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, pumpkin and spices get a little much but still kept in check, spices eventually get overwhelming, but still tastes like a beer so not too bad, nice malts and booze profile.

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -5%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Good starting head but it settles quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. I see a couple of rings of lace, but not after every sip. The color is surprisingly light--dirty gold. Moderately hazy.

Semi-sweet with a creamy, alcohol aroma. There's an unusual, but subtle spice of clove and oregano.

Pale malt flavor start. The swallow is creamy with an all spice bite. There's a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste has cream, nutmeg and cinnamon notes. With the sugar, it works. Decent alcohol warmth on the back of the throat. The body and carbonation are quite good.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Of course I am getting it in the CAN! My local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped these off for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM) and I am happy to add them to my ongoing madness.

From the CAN: "Belgian-Style Tripel Ale Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices".

I LOVE these new CAN-shaped glasses that better allow me to CANduct an inverted Glug following the Crack! I was given an Anderson Valley one by Tony Knipling of Vecenie's following our co-lecture on CANs back in June and I recently scored a Schlafly CAN Sessions glass at State Line in Elkton, MD on Veterans' Day, which I am using now.

The Crack! and inverted Glug went smoothly, resulting in two dense, rocky fingers of eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) and the Guess Who were back on a reunion tour. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it was Croesus, Mammon and King Midas, all fighting for a sip. I am not sure how I feel about the nose. It has a mustiness from the yeast that seems to be at odds with the spices. It is kind of evocative of pumpkin pie, but at the same time it smells odd. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and it feels like a glob in my mouth and on my tongue. There is also some alcohol heat going on, giving the spices a real opportunity to be experienced. Phew! I have yet to try Crime and/or Punishment, but this may be as spicy as I would like. Finish was dry, really dry, dry to the point that I may need my inhaler later. Phew! This is no-playin'-around beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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