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 taters21
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy orange color, with a half finger head of white foam.
Smells of clove, vanilla, pumpkin, brown sugar, and squash.
Taste follows suit, pumpkin/banana flavor up front, wanes as it sits in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is moderately thick and cloying, low carbonation.
Overall, interesting but not necessarily my taste.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very spicy and mild vegetables. The flavor is spices/cloves, Belgian yeast, slight tropical fruit/citrus, white bread/malts and a mix of mild heat, alcohol and tart/sour in the finish.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small narrow glass: color is straw gold, a little dense looking; head bubbles are small and dense with some light lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily a subtle blend of pumpkin spice, clove is prominent with some ginger; there is a touch of banana and maybe clove from the yeast aromas.

Taste is similar to the aroma with the not overpowering pumpkin spice in the forefront with clove and ginger, then some light yeast off flavors with banana most notable; the malt profile compliments these subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, a balance of dry and sweet with the spicy dryness cleaning up the malt and fermentation sweetness.

Overall, since this brew is located in a the tripel style it has been reviewed as such, but i could see this leaning more towards the pumpkin ale style and getting better recognition.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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 kenstogie
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

here's my2 cent review(for the baltic porter)....

L-nce dark dark red caramel thing
S-smells like bong water and ghanja mix and i am not kidding (hopefully has the same effect)
T-doesnt taste like a trippel.. spicy malty didn't taste any pumpkin..it's growing on me some anyway
F-Mouth feel is thick and smooth it really shines here
O-not sure if i love it or hate it but it is unique and worth a try if you like adjunct beers

the above review is for the baltic porter he said....i got them mixed up...so sue me even though i am apologizing profusely.

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Photo of horshack7
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours cloudy and golden with a decent off white head.

Aroma: Banana, cinnamon, pear, apple, allspice, light pumpkin notes.

Taste: Very crisp mouthfeel to start. Cinnamon, pear, apple, big pumpkin spice, banana.

Notes: A very solid offering a unique twist on a Tripel. Cheers

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 justintcoons
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a stemmed tulip.

Apricot yellow with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Suspended yeast sediment throughout with moderate carbonation.

Honey, clove, coriander, and pale candy sugar with a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Honey, doughy bread, and pale candy sugar. Clove, coriander, and pink peppercorn. A sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, oily, semi-sticky, and well carbonated.

I'm drinking this past its prime so the pumpkin element is all but lost which is a plus to me. A decent enough Tripel remains behind.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured inot a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around for a little while then settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big spice presence, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, a little honey, a bit of earthy pumpkin, Belgian yeast, and bready malt.

T: Spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, a bit peppery, floral and kinda fruity notes, honey, a little Belgian yeast, faint kinda earthy pumpkin, and some bready malt. A little alcohol can come out.

M: A bit towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Plenty of pumpkin spice, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on November 20, 2015. Smell is pumpkin and spice. Taste is pumpkin pie, banana, coriander with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter. This tripel pours a lightly hazed yellowish amber with a moderate head of white foam that subsides to a thin pooling layer, modest ring, and light lacing. Nose of candy sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, light yeasty goodness, and subtle vegetable matter. Flavors follow the nose with pumpkin and cinnamon to the front, candy sugars rush in to help cut the spice with a touch of nutmeg on the back that melds with a light yeasty bread note. Very good for the style finishing a touch dry with good carbonation and a bitter spice aftertaste with a touch of herbal hops. Nice.


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Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the can dated 09/02/15. Sampled on October 30, 2015.

The pour is yellow-orange with a quick lasting white fizzy head.

The aroma is a bit different with Belgian bread esters, yeast, and a sort of pumpkin spice character in the mix.

Light to medium body typical for a Tripel.

The taste has a slight fruity bite but overall it leans more toward the nutmeg and other other pumpkin spices. Mild to moderate bitterness.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves splotchy lacing

S: Lots of pumpkin spices along with some yeasty notes consisting of fruits and spices. Some gourd/squash/vegetal pumpkin notes in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of the actual pumpkin notes up front along with the spices (cinnamon and nutmeg predominantly). Goes into a bit of yeasty esters before finishing with some bready maltiness and lingering spices

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An interesting take on the style with all the pumpkin spices thrown in there. They meld nicely with the spiciness of the yeast and esters, though, so it's not too different. Quite drinkable for 8.2%.
A good switch-up for those who enjoy pumpkin beers

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man, those pumpkin spices I'm smelling are not playing around! Unfortunate, for me. Massive notes of nutmeg and cinnamon almost bludgeon the nose, though additional notes of candied sugar, black pepper, and gourd also appear. As it opens up, the spices becomes less raw. Tasting it, I initially get a lot of spices. Black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg in particular (just like the nose suggested - what a novel concept!) While the spicing level is a little much, it's aided by a fairly short finish. I also taste a bit of candied sugar and white grape. The flavors are rather muddled, but it goes down reasonably well (though it could be lighter on its feet). I'm struggling to find good or bad things to say about this, it just kind of exists in spite of its unique twist. Hopefully the Baltic porter will be a bit better.

3.03/5: I said: It's alright

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, canned on 09/02/2015 printed on the bottom of the can. Belgian-Style Tripel, 'Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices', my first encounter with a pumpkin Tripel.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange body, lots of light sediment flecks floating around in the glass, with just under three fingers of frothy white head. Appears actively carbonated, with streams of bubbles lazily floating topside. Thin bubbly spotty lacing.

S - Funk jumps out at me initially, followed by notes of cola, cinnamon, spice rack, and a bit of Belgian yeast presence. Smells nice, but I probably wouldn't identify this as a tripel without knowing.

T - Taste follows the nose, but the Belgian yeast comes on more strong. No overt pumpkin / gourd flavor, but pumpkin pie spice / cinnamon is distinct.

M - Smooth, creamy, & fluid. Medium-full bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, decent enough and drinkable for the abv. I would be interested in trying more pumpkin beers within this style.

21st Amendment He Said -----3.5/5

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 anohvc
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is light gold color with a thin head that recedes quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Another commenter said it's hazy, which I find to be completely untrue. No haze or sediment noted. The smell is not at all pumpkiny, but yeasty. You get the typical Belgian flavors up front, with pumpkin and spice notes at the back of your mouth. Feel is smooth and crisp. Overall a delicious Belgian tripel with hints of pumpkin aftertaste. Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of Reckage
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of He Said after i tried a single of the Baltic porter which was really good. I was a little skeptical of the tripel but they surprised me yet again.
Poured light gold with a nice white head that receded to thin layer, good bit of sediment. Smells like spring and fall, flowery and pumpkin spices.
Taste begins with a flowery fruit followed by all the ingredients for a pumpkin pie.
Mouth feel is very pleasing, aftertaste is spot on, and alcohol is very well hidden.
Overall this is a great seasonal that i could see myself sipping on year round to remind me of a great fall night. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of their sweet four packs, the box was awesome btw, funny conversation between brewers. Will be seeking this next year for sure.

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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A belgian tripel with pumpkin and spices. Sounds odd, but actually works well. The floral belgian yeast compliments the pumpkin and spice nicely. Clean undertones of the pumpkin and spice make it work, instead of being big and overwhelming. A well done beer with a unique twist.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 stevoj
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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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