Marin Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale
Marin Brewing Company

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3.61 | pDev: 14.13%
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**17th Anniversary - 2006**

Presentation: 22 fluid ounce brown glass bomber with a yellow printed decal on both the obverse and reverse. The Front Label states “Tripel Dipsea Belgium Style Ale, 16th Anniversary 2005”. The back of the bottle describes this as “A golden-colored monster of an ale. Complex with fruit and spice flavors derived from 3 Belgian Yeast strains and 3 additions of noble European hops. Designed to imitate famous “Tripels” brewed by Trappist Monks in Belgium. O.G. 1.084”. Sealed with a ‘California Brewed’ crown cap. Listed at 9.2% ABV on the front.

Appearance: Hazed marmalade body with a milky stance. Feint rising streamers hunt in packs all the way to the underside of the creamy head. Retention is very good but the head is thin, barely maintaining a thickness of 1/8” but always unbroken nonetheless. Gentle swirl keep the head alive and each swig builds up the Belgian lacing.

Nose: The nose is very nicely rounded. Tangy tangerines, olfactory oranges, soft Satsuma’s and some fleshy apricots and peaches add texture. Spiced yeasts meld with black peppers, cloves and mashed bananas.

Taste: The citric element from the ranging hesperidia adds a lot to this brew. The candied spices seem to be yeast like in nature, whilst the peppery nature cuts across the middle which has some toasted malts and feint honey coated biscuit imparting a crisp caramel edge. Finish has a strong powerful bitterness that is intensely fruity. The balance has improved, but it is still heavy towards the orange end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel: The conditioning is average but neatly supportive. The orange aspects can be high, but the spices seem to be accentuated by the carbonation which assists in deflecting the high alcohol.

Drinkability: The reduction in alcohol has certainly aided the Drinkability when compared to previous year’s samples. The balance in the taste profile also makes for a much easier drinking offering in 2006.

Overall: I always keep an eye out for this annual release, for it seems like it changes recipe and strength each year. Well the 14th Anniversary 2003 Edition was rather horrid, but the 16th Anniversary 2005 Edition, which rose in strength to 10.1%, seemed to have improved but still fell short. Well it’s nice to report that the 17th Anniversary has taken a few steps further. The ABV has fallen by nearly a whole degree, down to 9.2%, but the profile is far more attractive, yet it could be better. Still, if you haven’t tried this one to date, maybe this is the year to do so.

Aug 29, 2006
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body was a beautiful, thick, hazy orange that screamed Belgian Abbey Tripel. The head was pure white and came up nicely but went down rather quickly.

Smell – The alcoholic orange peal came on strong, as did the huge Belgian spices. I could pick up some nice, white pepper along with a few other usual suspects. This one had a particular yeast malt base that I found appealing.

Taste – Man, this was good. The alcohol came on noticeably, but it was the wonderful yeasty base, ordinary hop balance, and big, Belgian spices that won my heart over. This is a beautiful concoction of very complex flavors all coming together into one amazing Abbey Tripel.

Mouthfeel – Much bigger than medium in the body but not full, this one was rightly carbonated; fluffy yet serious. The finish was slightly dry and the belches went on all night.

Drinkability – This was American Abbey Tripel at its finest. What a wonderful effort by one of my favorite breweries. Cheers to Marin Brewing!

May 10, 2004
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a lightly cranberry tinted, brilliantly clear, copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, light tan colored head that leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass. Interesting, well balanced nose that is a mix of spice, malt and fruit. Earthy spice notes of clove, coriander, white pepper and hints of orange peel that at times cut through the finish with their zesty citrus aromatics. Toasty, cracker-like notes of biscuit malt round out the grain flavors, though there is perhaps a touch of caramel. Fruit notes of apple and pear also play a role here in the aroma. This really has quite a well integrated nose; it is really well crafted.

Lightly sweet, with a clean, malt sweetness that for some reason seems American to me. The beer finishes with a dusty spiciness that is a mix of coriander like flavors as well as notes of clove. Sweet honey notes meld with notes of red-delicious apples and a hint of orange blossom in the finish. Not nearly as spicy in the flavor as I might like; I can taste non-descript ester notes, as well as flavors of clove, a touch of ginger, hints of white pepper and some spicy higher alcohols are noticeable in the finish. The flavor is not quite as well balanced and integrated as the aroma. All of the components are here they just seem a little muted and the beer is a bit thin somehow. Ultimately this is a satisfying brew that I am quite happy to have stumbled across.

Jun 13, 2007
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rkhaze from California

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

15th anniversary bottling brewed on January 28, 2004.
Pours a slightly hazy golden/copper with a small, quickly dissipating white head. Smells of sweet malt, fruits(peaches, pears, bananas) and a light, tart yeast presence. The alcohol was really noticeable as well and not in a good way.
Tastes malty sweet and fruity with some caramel/toffee as well. The middle and finish were dominated by a dull bitterness. Not in a hoppy way but almost a raw alcohol taste. Not real appealing. The tart yeast came through at the end to tame things a bit but not enough to save it. Not a lot of complexity and on the verge of being cloyingly sweet as it warmed.
Medium bodied with a slightly viscous mouthfeel and decent carbonation (so where's the head?). The raw bitterness really kills the drinkability.
Not a horrible beer, but certainly a way less than impressive interpretation of the style. Seems young and harsh and perhaps it just needs to age a bit.

Apr 15, 2004
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Crosling from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Interesting nose of sweet malts, flowers, msotly hops, pungent alcohol, pear and banana.

Notes of papaya, deep sweet malt, strawberry, melon, pineapple and orange are present in its flavor profile. The finish is fairly complex with hints of spices and yeast.

Aug 30, 2004
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RootedFool from California

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

2004 edition.

Poured directly into a tulip glass. Just about an inch of bubbly, tan head -- it collapses almost right away, leaving a sheet of dime to pea sized bubbles on the brew's surface. The body is an effervescent copper.

The smell is a chewy waft of fruity malts -- some bannana, peach, even avacodo -- and a backbone of buttered bisquits.

Taste opens with a sinus-clearing jolt of alcohol. A bitterness follows, shrill and puckering, and lasts throughout the taste. The bitterness eclipses any significant malt profile. Yes, there are some malts working out here, faintly in the background.

Ok, the beer's warmed up a bit, and the malt sweetness is a bit more prominent, but still just barely there.

Aftertaste is that jagged bitterness and I feel it, along with the alcohol, itching my nose.

Mouthfeel is light, a little oily in the aftertaste. Crisp carbonation.

Apr 06, 2004
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lou91 from California

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2001 edition in 2004. This beer poured really alive with a bright white head on a yellow/golden body. There was some sediment in small pieces. Definite alcohol nose and alcohol warmth in the initial taste. The taste was soft and well balanced with crisp clean subtle flavors of Belgian sugar, yeast and drying hops on the palate. A nice attempt but not distinct or exceptional.

Apr 02, 2004
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage. Sun-splashed honey with lemonade edges. The bright white crown is a tight mass of glassine bubbles that looks more American than Belgian. I didn't expect the typical Belgian masterpiece atop this tripel, but it still would have been nice. Thick, yet delicate, lace is beginning to coat all available surfaces.

I'm pretty pleased with the nose as well. According to the silk-screened bottle, three Belgian yeast strains are in use. At least one of them is providing loads of fruit (banana) and spice (ground clove). Alcohol is masked as well as possible given the ABV. I hope the beer tastes as authentic as it smells.

Marin Tripel Dipsea clearly isn't in danger of overtaking the Tripel Karmeliets and the Gouden Carolus Tripels of the world. Having said that, it's a more than credible version that lovers of big American ales should enjoy. Its only real negatives are a wee lack of complexity and incompletely masked alcohol. Another year in the cellar might have helped the latter.

It's obvious that a huge amount of pale malt was used. One big, sweet, sticky sip is all the evidence that's required. The key, though, was in using one, two or three (it's hard to say which of them is responsible) bona fide Belgian yeast strains. Without them, I'm convinced that MTDBSA would taste like any number of unimpressive American tripels.

Warm, spicy clove is at the front of the flavor pack. Candied pears, apples and bananas give the beer its deliciousness and keep me drinking at what is probably an unadvisable speed. Every bit of the 9.2% is noticed by my brain, fingers and toes, even if all of it doesn't register on my palate. Again, more age will probably turn this still (mildly) snarling beast into a gentle giant.

Like the appearance, the mouthfeel is clearly American-made. Rather than being boisterously carbonated with a lighter than air lushness (like all good Belgian ales), it's full and viscous and sticky and gently bubbled. I can go either way. In any case, this mouthfeel works well with this beer.

Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale does enough right to be considered a good American tripel. Unfortunately, that's a pretty small club. I like the fact that Marin Brewing stuck to their roots and, while straddling the Atlantic, still managed to create a delicious version.

Jul 23, 2007
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well the bottle says 10.1% but who's counting? Painted bottle with print all about it! 16th Anniversary 2*0*0*5.

Pours as a hazy peach hued beauty topped with a solid 1/2" head cap that soon decides to become a sandy uneven dense slick coating. Quite delicious looking tripel loaded with an army of rising bubbles, leaving behind some tacky spotty lace.

Perky aromatic Belgian candi sugar and some yeasty prescence. Not finding the usual hot peppery aromas, but just a slight hint of pepper. More hard candy and a pinch of schnapps.

First swigs: Some heat meets candy tripel. Like this so far! Airy with a dry aftertaste. Slightly white wine chardonnay.

Feel is a medium bodied with a smooth aftertaste. Gentle soft carbonation. Clean overall finish. Slightly on the thinner side.

Last swigs: Sweet smooth like a white port wine. Falls on the fruitier side of the tripels I have tried. I'd buy this one again if I see it, though not popular out my way in Vic'ryville.

Beer is good. Happy Am tripel beering.

Dec 01, 2005
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Dukeofearl from California

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside in March, 2006 for $4.49 (not bad for a Tripel!).

2006 vintage.

Seems a pretty standard tripel all the way around. It is golden with minimal carbonation/head. It is honey/sweet/yeasty/spicy in aroma and flavor. It has a citrus character, but in the Brach's candy Orange Slices sense moreso than in a fresh slice of a ripe tangelo. Good mouthfeel, rich and full.

Overall, not a bad tripel at all, drinkable and tasty, but very middle-of-the-road.

Apr 18, 2006
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Zorro from California

4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Edition, 22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold brew.

Smell is malty and sweet with a melon scent. Apple, banana and camel also there in the scent.

Taste is sweet with a strong fruit flavor. Lots of apple, flowers and melon flavor. After a bit some bittering hop flavor appears.

Mouthfeel is good.

A sipping brew, very drinkable for Abbey style brew.

Jun 01, 2004
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IceAce from California

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16th Anniversary editoin bottled in 2005

Pours a hazy deep gold body capped with a full finger of small-bubbled dirty white foam. Nose is quite tentative and consists mostly of tons of pale malt with mild spices (read: banana) and alcoholic phenols.

Entry is aggressive with carbonation bouncing all over the place and the tang of mucho malt bathing the outside of the tongue. Midtaste is spicy-hot and dry while the finish provides additional spice and a full body shiver of hot alcohol which quickly dries the mouth.

While the bottle proclaims this beast is "derived from a special Belgian Yeast strain...designed to imitate famous "Tripels" brewed by Trappist Monks in Belgium", my hope is that this is not the first tripel attempted by younger advocates...lest they swear off the style.

Jan 29, 2006
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BrewMaster from California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, reddish, orange color, light clouding, fluffy white head. Appears to be well carbonated too. Swirling revives the head a bit.

Smell: Snappy citrus aroma with a light, bubble gum, earthy, ripe pear, spicy.

Taste: Crisp malty opening, sweet apple, pear, big alcohol flavor. The 9% is not that well hidden. Sandy and dry with bready flavor. Some sourness and fruit esters combine for a well balanced ending. Clean watery ending.

Mouthfeel; Pungent flavors, sticky aftertaste keep my palate awake. Very nice feel.

Drinkability: Tasty but a bit over the top for the style. Overall it is a bit fiesty and unbalanced. Good, but not terribly great.

May 10, 2005
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GClarkage from California

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/03/06- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA.

Presentation- Year 2005, 16th Anniversary version. 22oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light orange colored pour, nice and cloudy with yeast flakes here and there. Full one inch head with excellent lacing.

Smell- Smells like a tripel. Has the nice spicy and peppery scents. Clove and banana for sure plus a cobination or fruits.

Taste- Tastes like a tripel, but with some odd flavor I can't describe. Has lots of banana, clove and powdered sugar. Maybe the taste is a combo of tropical fruit flavors? Maybe a bit medicinal.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and sugary. Very smooth and medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very different taste, odd, but interesting and tasty all at the same time.

Jan 04, 2006
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade. 2005 vintage (16th Anniversary). My bottle lists this as 10.1%.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, fruity (apples), caramel, spices, and a little bready. Tastes of spices, the same apple fruitiness, and yeasty. For over 10%, well hidden. Lightly sweet.

Feb 10, 2009
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seems almost more like a pale wheat beer than a tripel. It's a nice beer, the carbonation gives it a good refreshing feel. With in the flavor profile are some citrus, zest, doughy bread and white pepper. The breadiness comes and goes, as do some of the hops. Kind of grassy. Flavors are light, though. A tripel yeast profile seems lacking.

A nice beer for hot days, probably good with a salad.

Mar 10, 2012
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DogFood11 from California

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour this baby with some aggression as its laid back compared to its sister brews. Mild carbonation supports a white head with sporadic lacing, yellow to copper body.

musky hops in the nose, some bananna, exotic fruits.

Taste is similar although the sweetness really drives home the point, especially as it warmed a bit. somewhat chalky and a spicy medicinal finish. Carbonation is a quick sharp flash lending way to a sweet watered ending. I did like the fact that this tripel attempts to become less cloying but it still ends up cloying.

Notes: I don't know of those beers that I can see alot of folks liking, but for me in this style it comes up short.

Mar 26, 2006
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks to forgetfu for this one(!).

Appearance is orange gold with some thin white head. Nose reveals some bitter orange peel and orange oil, some faint hay and a little white pepper. Palate is crisp with a little acidity hiding in there, maybe a "funny" feast strain here? It adds a nice layer of complexity to a somewhat simple flavor profile of pale caramel malt and orange preserves. "Fruit leathers" come to mind and leafy greens as well. ABV is well hidden but has a nice warming affect in the throat.

An interesting brew. Decent and worth trying.

Oct 08, 2010
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magictrokini from California

3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage. Unusual tripel. Pours clear tea with a tan head. Aroma is nondescript. Some yeast, some fruit and spice, some hops, but nothing stands out. The taste is malty with a lot of apricot. Very light mouthfeel. Not a beer I will seek out in the future.

Dec 10, 2008
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audiojon from California

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather pedestrian tripel, not very complex, but a bit refreshing. Easy to drink, but there is nothing here I would seek out again. Very few American breweries can do a tripel right, this just isn't one of the great ones. I can't recommend this, even at $4.00.

Jun 24, 2006
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SethB2 from California

2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle (17th anniversary - 2006) into a Duvel Tulip. Beer pours a rich golden brown color with a small sticky head. Nice looking brew. Smell wasn't what I was expecting. The fruity yeasts that I was expecting were very subdued. I picked up a slight hop to it, but I overall, I wasn't impressed with the nose. Taste is very, very spiced. Clove and cinimon dominate, follewed by ripe fruit and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full, thick, and has a syrupy quality to it that isn't all that pleasant. Warms going down, which is OK. Drinkability is below average. Nothing I would seek in the future. I have another couple of bottles that I'm going to age for a bit. Need to see if some of those spices settle down a bit, because they are a bit overpowering as is.

May 14, 2006
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bradybeer from California

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown orange-with quickly disappearing head-no hop aroma.Candy sweet taste with a little bite in the finish-though candy sweetness dominates the taste-it isn't overwhelming. Carbonation is low which lends itself to light to medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is good-however, for me having more than one would be hard, as it is for any belgium tripple.

Jun 09, 2008
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belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: cloudy dark gold color, thick foamy head settles to respectable half-finger thickness, slow bubbles trickle up the sides, thick lacing
s: very sweet malts with belgian yeast, fruitiness and spices underneath -- yummy
t: again, very sweet malts and fruits dominate until finish with slight mix of phenols and bitter hops, alcohol mostly well hidden; nice thing is the finish isn't as offensive as many other in this style
m: thinner side of creamy with light carbonation that finishes with a slight burst
d: a smooth tripel with a nice balance of characteristics but the alcohol starts to hit hard halfway through; still a nice interpretation

May 29, 2009
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rallison from California

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a rather decent 1 finger white head.

Estery in the nose with lots of banana and some spiciness. Taste is slightly bready with a nice spicy quality and ample carbonation to keep it light. Reminiscent of tropical fruits. Alcohol on the back end.

Rather one dimensional, yet still rather enjoyable for me. At $5 for a bomber, I can't complain.

May 06, 2009
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ChillMike from Alabama

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice opaque burnt orange color with a nice white foamy head that leaves a nice coating all around the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S: Notes of bubblegum, a bit of pepper, and a hint of orange, very faint smelling beer.

T: Starts out like it smells with a bit of a sweet bubblegum flavor with a bit of a sharp pepper but then does a 180 and has a bit of a dry/bitter hop taste, it's not too strong but it's definitely there. Not too bad of a taste.

MF:Nice full feel, not too watery maybe a bit thick might use a bit more carbonation. Overall not too bad.

D: Pretty good as far as drinkability goes, not too strong enough flavor to keep it interesting and a pretty decent price for a bomber. Maybe a bit high on the ABV to make it super drinkable but I'd pick one of these up again.

Aug 23, 2008
Marin Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 72 ratings