Tripel | Bristol Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden, richly aromatic beer that’s high in nuance, low on fuss. Clean, dry, and biscuity with a dense, snow white head. Gezondheid!

Specialty Malts: Munich
Hops: Golding, Saaz, Sterling
IBUs: 31

Added by allforbetterbeer on 09-01-2012

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by allforbetterbeer:
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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip. August 2012 release.

Pours with 3 fingers of fluffy almost rocky white head over a golden cloudy body. A beautiful sunny gold color shows through when held to light. Not quite the head retention of the best Belgian examples.

Smells of sweet Belgian yeast and warm white bread crust. Light spices play on a foundation of soft toasty malts and soft yeasty esters. Has just a slight dash of floral hoppiness.

On first taste the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma but has some good elements. The finish is long and and delivers wonderful cracked malted barley and toasty bread crust flavors. Yeasty bite and "coriander" notes rise in the beginning and are quickly followed by a tease of the hops. Well put together! My one complaint for flavor would be a slight alcoholic feel, but that is subtle and diminishes as this opens up.

The body and feel are slightly heavier than I would expect, but this isn't a problem for me. The carbonation is also lower than the actual Belgian examples I have tried, but again I actually prefer this. I could go for a slightly lighter overall feel here. Maybe "fluffier" is the word I am looking for.

Conclusion: Well done! This is the best Colorado Springs Tripel I have tired, and is worthy of Bristol's badge. If this was my creation I would be quite happy. There is still a subtle sparkle that some of the true Belgian examples have that this lacks, but overall it is very tasty. Solid work once again (and nice presentation!).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of brandon722
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ssarah
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Conditioned

I'm betting that this bottle has at least 2 years on it!

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a small foamy/fizzy off-white head, which leaves some islands and some sticky lacing. The nose is very nice malty, yeasty, with some nice peach/citrus/hop notes. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, with some very nice peach/citrus/hop notes, slightly spicy. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, with a slight dry finish. Overall, this is a tasty brew, quite a different take on the style.

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Photo of backslide311
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice light golden body with a rich, creamy white head; sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Slightly phenolic smell; light citrus; green apple. Light malt flavor initially; bitter and boozy at the end of the taste. Smooth, light-medium body; dry and crisp.

A fair example of a tripel. It hits most of the style points. Seemed a little strong on the alcohol heat and bitterness; somewhat metallic overall. Still, it has the looks and scents for the beer; and the soft malt notes shine through nicely.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip.

A-This is a good looking beer. The head is two-plus fingers of nearly-white foam and slow to dissipate. Some lacing left behind on the glass, too. The brew is light and bright, straw-colored, and murky.

S-This brew has nice smells of straw, grass, banana, clove, pepper, and lemon. It leans toward the grassy end of the tripel spectrum, but is not astringent or overly vegetal. Decently complex.

T-The taste follows the smell, mostly, but lacks some of the complexity. The brew leans towards grassy again, but with a decent fruit mixture of apricot, banana, and lemon, as well as banana. Some clove and pepper spice, too.

M-If this beer had a low point, the feel would be it. It is not bad, but it is a little uninspiring (especially when compared against the best of this style). Medium to lighter weight with a sort-of blah carbonation. Not much finish, either.

O-This beer is a pleasant surprise of a tripel. It has a nicely complex scent and flavor profile that leans toward the sharper, more herbal end of things. I would definitely drink this again if I'm in the mood for a tripel.

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Tripel from Bristol Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 11 ratings