Triumph Rauchbier

Today my sister and I headed to Princeton to run some errands and grab a late lunch. We ended up at Triumph Brewery in Princeton. I had two brews during my meal there and this was the first one.

ABV: ?

Style: Rauchbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Renovation of the Princeton, New Jersey, location began in the spring of 1994 and opened to the public on March 19, 1995. The first purpose-built brewpub in the state, the 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) facility features 30-foot-high (9.1 m) cathedral ceilings, seating for over 275 people, and a two-story, glass-enclosed brewhouse. The non-automated 11-barrel stainless steel brewery was fabricated by Newlands Systems of Abbotsford, British Columbia. Dubbed the largest and ‘grandest’ brewpub in the state, it is said to have the ‘most architecturally striking interior’ of any in New Jersey. The brewing equipment is behind the bar and visible to patrons, and the decor is industrial chic. The brewpub ‘has long produced more beer than any’ other in the state.”

Random: This is the second time that I’ve been to Triumph in Princeton. I always manage to have a good meal and some good brews at this place.

The beer poured with a one finger white head that lingered and left a hint of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear chestnut-brown color. The first thing that I noticed was that there was almost no visible carbonation on the brew. The nose was like barbecue in a glass. I love anything that smells like barbecue, so I was totally into this beer already. Specifically, I got some smoke and bacon on this one. On the first sip, I was surprised that the beer wasn’t as smoky as the nose. There was also almost no carbonation on the brew. The taste had notes of smoke and again, bacon. It reminded me of when I throw mesquite chips in my barbecue. I also couldn’t find the ABV on this brew, but on the taste, the alcohol really didn’t come into play. I assumed that this was in the 5% range. The smoke lasted until the finish. I really enjoyed this beer, but it really did need some more carbonation.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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