Brother Tim's Triple | Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Brother Tim's TripleBrother Tim's Triple
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Brother Tim's TripleBrother Tim's Triple

Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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Added by cokes on 08-03-2003

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by daledeee:
Photo of daledeee
2.28/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't believe I am rating a triple this low. Maybe this needs to age on the shelf. Nose is butterscotch? No fruit. Taste is more of an aftertaste. No fruit in the taste. Toasted malt and chemical taste. I really don't like being mean because I know there is alot of time involved in making this beer. Seems to have a fairly high alchohol taste. I will stop by their brewery and try some other brews since people tell me they make some good beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Considerably darker than the average tripel with a nice orange color, plenty of carbonation, but just a hurricane patterned thin skim for lace.

Aroma contains bread, lemon, some spice, banana but all are light.

Taste is flavorful banana and bread. There is also come citrus, spice, toast, and apricot.

Mouthfeel is very warming. Alcohol is noticeable. Body is medium to strong. Carbonation is less felt then viewed.

Drinkability is decent.

Not one of my favorite LL beers but not too shabby by any degree.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 12oz bottle a deep golden amber with an inch of creamy white head and spotty lacing. A bit dark for a tripel but looks good in the glass overall. Aroma of a nice spicy fruitiness ala citrus & spice. A bit of sourness in there too. Mellow graininess with lingering lemon zest and pepper notes.

First sip brings a smooth light graininess that's quickly complimented by a mix of peppery spiciness and mellow citrus, apple and fruit flavors. Flows down a bit bready with a light bitterness to contrast the sweetness. Overall, a tasty interpretation of the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light and arid. Goes down easy with no alcohol presence at all. A tasty brew that I could see myself going back to soon if it was more easily available.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a light apricot color with a thin white film that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a sea of tiny bubbles making up the carbonation.

S- The soft sweet perfumed flower smell with a light praline note and a faint green herbal note in the finish. There is a light yeasty hint to the sweetness that comes through as the beer warms.

T- This beer has as soft perfumed sweetness with an apricot note and a balanced green bitterness from hops and a soft peppercorn spice at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has great subtle flavors and a great balance between the sweetness and the spicy notes. This beer goes down very quickly.

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Photo of cokes
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2004 Growler release.
The last time I had Bro Tim's Tripel it was way over-par for both the style and the brewery. Now it's out again in growler format. Should I? Of course.
Clear toasted honey....and that will prove to be an appropriate color. The head is minimal, except after an aggressive pour.
Nose is toasted corn and honey sweet. A stray clove or two floating around as well.
Begins with toasted honey (see?). Pear and apple juice squirt out of the background. It leaves a definite honey-roasted walnut impression. Spiciness in secondary, but present. Cloves and thyme and rosemary. Vanilla is big, and with a caramelly tortilla, flaked maize sense. Slight herbal pangs towards the end, just to let a brother know that the hops are working.
Booze ratio is noted more through the feel than the flavor, though a few fumes are noticed on the swallow. The fluid is lowly carbonated, hefty, and seems generally obese for a tripel.
This has migrated towards decent, but still has some miles to travel before I'd consider it anything special. Though improved and fairly enjoyable, it remains Porter's weakest rendition.

2003 Bomber release
An "all-malt" tripel? Umm...what. Is some adjuncting not necessary per the style?
The second of LL's brews released in bomber format. After the Louie's Reserve, I expected to be floored with this one. I wasn't.

Pours a lustreless deep golden with a small and rapidly fading head.
Odd burnt toast aroma, with limited alcohol sweetness.
Taste follows through with the toastiness. Way out of style here. Sesame seeds and burnt popcorn and Wheat Chex. A dab of honey is relocated to the periphery. Zero of the typical fruity or yeasty hues associated with a tripel. A small flowery accompaniment is pushed way to the background. Ends with an syrupy alcoholic thud.
Heavy and hearty. Not cloying, just not tasty. And difficult to drink for this reason.
Up until this point, I could never say I'd had a mediocre beer from Lake Louie, as all had been good to outstanding. I still can't say I've had a mediocre one, but I can say that I've had a bad one.
(rating 2.55)

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Steve's on University maybe 7 or 8 months ago.

Pours a light amber, golden yellow/orange with a nice finger of white foam that laces nicely.

Nose is a nice mix of citrus, peach/apricot, grainy malt and caramel.

Taste is grainy, almost dopplebock malt, with fruity esters of citrus and apricot (expatsteve insists on peach...only cuz he's schwasted).

Mouthfeel is superslick, syrupy almost but super-palatable. Carb is nice and medium.

Per usual, this is a tasty as hell, drinkable as hell, all around weel-made beer. Authentic? Belgian? To style? Probably not, but why should I care when it tastes so good and goes down so easy? Tom Porter, I salute thee.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, bought a 6 pack at Star Liquor...This is the 2006 edition which accoring to Tom Porter is a modified recipe from in prior years (which I have not sampled)

appearance: pours into a la chouffe tulip...very dark golden-orange, probably the darkest body I have seen on a tripel, small controlled foamy beige head with good lacing

smell: hmm aroma is extremely faint in comparison to a lot of tripels i have sampled...bready, lemony, light yeast, toasted grain, various citrus

taste: This isnt a bad beer but it doesnt really hold up to some of the great tripels out there (allagash, westmalle). Flavor dominated by toasted malt, yeast, a grassy lemon taste, apricot, citrus, grain, light booze, honey. Its just not as bold and explosive as I would like, but oh well

mouthfeel: medium body, very active, moderate carbonation, nice

drinkability: good

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 release:

Pours a light brown sugar/honey colour. Healthy off-white head springs up nicely, then recedes slowly, leaving wet lace behind.

The smell is fruity and yeasty, with just a touch of spice and an ashy quality.

The flavour is fruity, woody, and smoky all at the same time. Very complex....very interesting. There's a bit of citrusy spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel is just a bit oily, wth some tight carbonation at the end.

This one is rather complex, and a bit different than expected. Not bad, though- and I do find it rather drinkable.

Be well

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Photo of TheStoutHound
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a one inch, off white colored head that slowly falls back. The bottom fed layer and ring that are left have good retention. The beer is a slightly hazy golden amber in color.

smell: Smells really good, with a nice blend of pale malts, papery hops, and Belgian yeast upfront. That about explains it pretty accurately, except for a touch of citrus aroma and sugared green apples.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a higher medium and smooth, composed of small bubbles. Lighter in body without being thin.

taste: Light malts with yeasty notes upfront and a touch of lemony citrus in the background. Some lighter fruits, maybe apple. Light hop flavor and a moderate bitterness lingering just after some ethanol and spice. Not sure what's missing here...maybe a touch more malt character. Seems a little bland or watery at points.

drinkability: quite easy

single 12 oz. bottle from dirtylou

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this…
Appears a light golden orange with a small white head and spotty lacing that is left in the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, maple, and apricot.
Taste is of caramel, vanilla, with mild bits of the Abbey Ale yeast coming through.
Mouthfeel is yeasty with caramel lingering that is slightly too sweet.

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Photo of Cresant
2.74/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was a turbid butterscotch color. Minimal head.

Smell was Belgian yeast and booze. Brown sugar, stewed fruit, and over-baked wheat bread.

Taste was earthy Belgian yeast. Booze. Butter. Malty. Not especially "Tripel-like".

Mouthfeel was low in carbonation and pretty smooth. Medium to full bodied.

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Photo of mntlover
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange color lots of bubbles rising to a white ring that fell from a small head.

Aromas is fruity esters, alcohol hints, bready malt background some earthy yeasts. Also noted light hints of vinegar or what smells like vinegar.

Taste is fruity and malty with noted alcohol presence which in and of itself is not distracting. Finish is earthy yeasts and that vinegar flavor that was in the smell. Don't know what it is and it is not really a negative here not by itself anyway. This Triple just doesn't seem to mess well together. As no one else has noted vinegar notes I am not really sure what I am sensing.

Mouthfeel is a good medium nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability is ok, worth a try anyway. Hard style to nail down and make well. Thanks go to dirtylou for this sample.

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Photo of sweethome
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer with bad results about 3 years ago - let's try again...

Pour is hazy golden color...a bit chill hazed for style. Nice frothy white head, beautiful lacing.

Pear, honey, alcohol on nose.

A rather harsh hit up front on palate - biting bitterness. Honey maltiness, ripe fruits, the bite hangs on. In some ways this reminds me of some of the non-trappist tripels.

The bite is just too much to overcome. Taste is quite good until mid-mouth when the astringent bite takes over and never lets go.

Was undrinkable last time - glad to see it has become a better beer for this fine brewery.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.16/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a dark copper color - very dark for a triple. The aroma is very odd. It's like pear juice and mint. The flavor is much too sweet. There's a terrible corn flavor. Sort of an herbal taste as well. This is almost entirely undrinkable. Sticky mouthfeel. So apparently Tom Porter is human. This is by far the weakest Lake Louie beers I've had. I've loved most of his other beers. Thank the maker I'm not stuck with an entire growler of this!

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Photo of terrabyte
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown and orange. Very little head, very little lace.

The only thing I could smell was orange and little bit of yeast.

The taste is very busy, very enjoyable. It has some sweetness, and has a welcome bitterness in its aftertaste.

It has a creamy and slightly fizzy feel.

This is my first tripel (that I know of) and very enjoyable. I'll have to read up on the style, maybe I'll find out why this was $12 for a 6-pack. I found this very drinkable, but probably a bit sweet for me to drink too many. Probably one of the more unique beers I've had lately! Yet another enjoyable Lake Louie brand!

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Photo of TheSSG
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, frothy head. Hazy, straw color. A really nice nose; notes of banana esters and floral hops. Starts with a mix of banana esters and hop bitterness; peaks in a low-medium bitterness. A more floral bitter hop flavor prevails, and malt pushes through. The finish is lingering hop bitterness, with wisps of malt and banana in the back.

This isn't too bad. I prefer Tripels that are more malt-centric, so this one isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clickpush
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. A two and a half finger off-white head pillow fights with a slightly cloudy dull amber brewski. Lots of small bubbled trails arm the flanks of the body of the beer. The head tumbles quickly to about half its height when it stalls, thick and heavy, fighting back against gravity. Eventually the liquid consumes the foam, but its present will never bee forgotten as its beautiful lacings scar the surface of liquid and sides of the glass.

Nose: Nice and strong and tart and candi like with some funky leather smells (is horse blanket what we call it on BA?). Lots of berries: cherry, raspberry & blackberry (see, I told you). This stuff puckers me right up (no comment here). More fruits (no pucker puns intended) with some apple pie (yes, warm) and cinnamon. This smell goes on forever (get your mind out of the gutter, damnit!) with a(n obvious) bitter end.

Mouth: A lot less sweet than the anticipation the aroma would inspire, and slightly less complex. Fresh granny smith apples up front. Even after the first sip, the longer I sit here the warmer my throat gets... it feels great! Apricot flavor further back. Slightly cloying and chewy along sides of tongue, not completely undesirable. Strong carbonation stays good all the way back. Swallow's got a more bitter flavor not unlike the aftertaste of a dried apricot, with touches of grass and farm as the hops finish out the experience.


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Photo of expatsteve
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting impatiently for the fall release of this beer, so I was thrilled to find out the Golden2wenty1 had a bottle to share (though he was heard to say "from my cold dead hands" when I asked about the bottle of Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale).

Appearance: Cloudy golden/orange color that still picks up the light nicely. Big 1 inch head that leaves thick lacing. Low clarity and medium viscosity.

Aroma: Honey, lemon rind, and a subtle peach hint over a sourdough malt finish. Pretty pleasant.

Taste: Slightly fizzy malt front palate. Interesting bready bitterness. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest, but sweet nonetheless. As it warms, develops honey, raisins, ginger and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light with a bitter edge to the aftertaste. Creamy, with low carbonation that balances the fizz in the flavor.

Drinkability: I'm yet to have a Lake Louie beer that isn't ridiculously drinkable, and this is no exception. While it doesn't have all the complex sweet/sour flavors of some Belgian tripels, I don't think it needs them - this is a well-built, drinkable beer that does an elegantly simple justice to the style. Drink it by the bottle or the case; just be sure when the fall comes around to drink it.

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Photo of twb0392
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of npendres
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zealot
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had never heard of Lake Louie until about a month ago, but it sounded like they had some good stuff, so I had a friend who was going to WI pick this up for me.

Not much head, but I think I poured it a little too smoothly, so that may have had something to do with it. The color is a hazy orange-amber - pretty standard for a triple, if not a little on the cloudy side.

The smell is pretty appealing: fruitiness with a little peach, sweet candy sugar, and an enticing hops presence that is gives me a sense that this might be a nice little treasure.

Pretty average. Maybe this needs to gather some time, but the alcohol was a little strong on it without adding much. It's pretty complex, with significant sweetness, but somehow it just comes up short - it's just a little too sweet, without giving much other than just sweetness, and a maybe a touch of sour. It lingers well, but, again, just not much there except sweet a alcohol.

This is probably a one and out beer. I probably won't get another 6er, especially at $13. It's certainly not a bad beer, but there are a lot of brews that I would prefer over this guy.

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Photo of Zadok
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a simple golden yellow with no head or lacing.

Nice coriander aroma with cloves and some light fruits as well.

Initial swigs seem to be a bit unbalanced. One factor seems to be a bit overpowering, the cloves maybe? Slight alcohol tinge on the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, kind of watery actually. Low carbonation.

Overall this beer seems to be an unbalanced mess. Nothing really flows together smoothly. Worth a try of course but wouldn't get again.

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Brother Tim's Triple from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 35 ratings