Trippel | Lancaster Brewing Company

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3.84 w/ 12 ratings

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
First in the Lancaster Limited series of one-offs and/or limited production beers.

Added by BeerIsland on 11-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by mrasskicktastic:
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Light haze on a golden amber brew. Small amount of carbonation visible. Moderate amount of lacing present, but it doesn't cling to the glass well.

S - Slight gumball, wild grasses, white pepper and caramel.

T - Very hoppy - mossy, earthy, a bit of charcoal, hint of bananas and caramel malt. Aftertaste is a grassy bitterness with some lingering honey and white pepper.

M - A little harsh, thin and a little drying (with the 12% abv, I'm not overly surprised).

D - Served too cold. An enjoyable tripel here in the states.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a luscious beer. First in a line of envelope expanding offerings, this is a well made, extremely drinkable yet potent beer that is a great complement to LBC's regular lineup. It looks very nice in a 10 oz goblet, clear and golden. The triple comes out with a pretty head that fades away a little fast. There's a slightly spicy, winey nose that rounds out the appeal. I liked the good malt flavors in the initial taste. They are complex and well balanced and the flavor finishes clean and tasty. No where does the heft of this beer attract attention, and it's maybe almost double digits. I really think this is well done. Shoofly Pie Porter?

26 Dec 2008
Served way too cold, took at least ten minutes to start to open up. Saw a number of patrons enjoying, I think LBC'd do a little better with it slightly warmer, maybe a little less spritz.

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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. The abv is estimated to be about 11.5%.
Appears a semi transparent golden orange with small streams slowly rising to the top of the glass. A creamy white head of velvet slowly fades into a mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of estery citrus, raw cane sugar, pils malt, light herbal hops, vanilla, clove, pepper, and chamomile.
Taste is of the same with maybe a touch of toasted rye and light honey biscuit coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, with bitter hops, and spices bouncing along the palate. I didn't know what to think at first but it really grew on me as I drank it. I'd like to see this one offered in the regular seasonal rotation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from undated notes.

I had reviewed this when it was initially released and I was underwhelmed. (That review may have been lost when the site had server problems a while back). The brewmaster at the time told me that it had continued to ferment in the tank and had undergone changes as a result. Let's see.

It arrived with a finger of off-white/light-tan head with low retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a musty, yeasty characteristic along with a flowery, perfumy presence. Mouthfeel was medium with a musty clover honey taste on the tongue. Finish had a really good black peppery bite. Overall, it was not bad as a first effort, but I had tried better trippels. It did seem to have improved, though.

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Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from Growler that was filled about an hour before we drank from it.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness, lighter spiciness, and floralness. Tastes of lighter fruitiness, spices, citrus, floral, and caramel. Alcohol content very well hidden for 11%.

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Photo of Deuane
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden tinted copper with a thin white head that reduced to nothing. No lacing to speak of. Save the brilliant color this one looks a bit dull.

S-Fruity apple like esthers with a bit of sweet biscuit malt and a touch of honey. All of this is rather mild and not overwhelming.

T-Aggressively spicy with a sharp bitterness. Sweetness in the background with a light caramel finish.

M-Medium body with a sharp, crisp feel and a spicy clove bite. Lingering flavours and a fairly smooth finish.

D-Pretty nice, makes me wonder why LBC doesn't make more draft only limited releases. A steady supply of well done, interesting beers with keep things fresh. This brew would make me comeback for the next in the series. Here is to hoping for more one-offs to come.

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Photo of claytri
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured gold with some rose highlights and a white head. the aroma was of light fruit malt. the taste was of light berries and malt. The feel was heavy and wet. This was a nice beer, but not a great one. It's flavor did expand as it warmed, but it still didn't provide as rich a set of flavors as I expect in the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having this for the second time at the First Friday release of Shoo fly Porter, I must say I wish this stayed on as a flagship for LBC and possibly rolled out in bottles.
Served chilled in a goblet.
A -A dark golden w/ light haze and thin pale white cap with a micro beading that becomes an atoll

S - A spiced and banana ester w/ mild citrus peel and hints of beet sugar

M - A nice sweet feel w/ plenty of yeast accents - spice tinged and an almost biscuit malt texture with pepper and slight vegetal/tannic hop aspects

T - This is not your average dry Tripel, it is sweet with plenty of candy sugar flavor. The belgian yeast is up front and there is tropical flavor with tasty malt graininess. The alcohol is very mild in the flavor for an 11.7% belgian and there is even a mild taste of american citrus hops in the finish

D - A great beer, well made and w/ an American slant. A bit strong for anything but slow savoring for me, but enjoyable and certainly drinkable. It is a tasty treat compared to the majority of LBC's offerings that sometimes seem by the numbers by comparison. Out of all of Lancaster Brewing's beers I find this to be highly drinkable and hope to see more like it from them.

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

A - pours a semi clear straw yellow with a bit of foam on top

S - sweet malts and a bit of a spicy aroma with a hint of citrus hops

T - nice mix of hops, malts and spices, a bit earthy and peppery zip

M/D - very easy drinking and very enjoyable. Definitely worth it and high on my list of tripel

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Photo of thestoutmaster
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Craft Brew House in Limerick PA into a fluted glass.

A: A nice crisp golden color with a small half finger tight white head. Full lacing that receedes into the glass quickly.

S: Sweet malty nose with spicy hints and maybe a bit peppery. A nice hop presence is picked up too.

T: Sweet fruity caramel malty flavor with the yeasty spicyness of cloves and pepper and maybe a hint of bubblegum, but this real nice hefty hop presence comes through along side and keeps the sweet spicyness in check. A nice finish bitterness follows along the sweetness.

M: Medium but a little thin and crisp on the finish. Alcohol is hidden very well if this really is 11.5%.

D: Very high. More than your average belgian tripel this beer with it's hops mix makes it very enjoyable.

Overall a real nice different tripel from a brewery that I would have never guessed could make this kind of beer. Very nicely done, I was totally impressed. I just hope they keep making it so I can have it again.

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Photo of jlb307
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the tap into a Chimay chalice

A: Poured darker than I expected. A deep copper color, very thin head which didn't really retain at all. Not much lacing and little appearance of carbonation.

S: Sweet and floral with just a hint of alcohol. Some malt came through, but not much of an aroma at all.

T: Tasted young and not very complex. I could really taste the alcohol, which mellowed as it approached to room temp.

M: Good balance with the carbonation, felt kind of soft.

D: Not sure what the alcohol content is, but this is definitely one to sip. As long as you don't serve this too cold, it's not bad. Could definitely benefit from some aging.

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Trippel from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 12 ratings
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