Denizens Third Party Tripel

Merry Christmas! Hopefully everyone is having a nice holiday with family and friends. Here’s the beer review for tonight.

ABV: 9.4%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We believe that the best products are made locally, and that everyone has a right to fresh, local craft beer. Drinking beer close to where it’s brewed gives us a better product and does right by the local economy and environment. From bag of grain to pint glass, making beer is our passion, and sharing our product with you is at the heart of what we do. Only two years ago, none of this would have been possible in Montgomery County, MD, so we worked with government and community leaders to remove unnecessary, prohibition-era barriers, enabling an expansion in local beer production and distribution.”

Random: The brewery is open 7 days a week.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a golden orange color and clear. There was only light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with honey sweetness and golden raisins. It also had a touch of Sauternes wine. The taste started incredibly sweet, to the point of cloying. It had a syrupy honey note with overripe peaches. It had a slight brandy note as well. The alcohol was very apparent and off-putting. The body was thick and syrupy with not enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and had a lot of honey sweetness. A pounder can was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. This beer was just a miss for me. It was way too boozy and sweet. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Hardywood Hibiscus Tripel

I’m watching the remake of “Beaches” and it’s pretty terrible. I don’t think it helped that I watched an interview with Idina Menzel and she came off like a total diva (not in the good way). Anyways, let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 8.2%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The story of how Hardywood Park Craft Brewery came to be is quite literally as old as it’s co-founders, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh. Their parents met first, setting the stage for a childhood friendship that would develop over decades into a shared passion for craft beer. While honing their craft as home brewers, Eric and Pat built the foundation for Hardywood Park by experiencing craft beer culture and learning every facet of the industry. Eric McKay, while working as the marketing director for one of America’s leading craft beer wholesalers, built an innovative mobile beer marketing platform, served as a speaker on beer marketing strategy innovation at several beer industry conferences around the country, earned his MBA with honors from Fordham University and was selected to serve as a Great American Beer Festival judge. He also became Richmond’s first Certified Cicerone™.”

Random: We put up a new light outside and it makes it so much easier to take the recycling out.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but instead left a small crown. The body was clear and bright orange with a lot of carbonation. The nose was floral and had a lot of golden fruit with sweetness and honey. The taste was even more floral than the nose with booze and bread. It had honey too. The body was surprisingly light for the style with a lot of carbonation. Val picked this one up from Trader Joe’s, so I had no idea the price on this one. I thought this beer was decent, but it needed more balance. It wouldn’t be one that I’d revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

River Horse One Score Anniversary Ale

Having a brewery in my town has some perks. I was able to pick this up the weekend that it was released.


ABV: 10.5%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The inspiration for One Score Anniversary Ale came from a River Horse staff favorite, their go-to cocktail: the Old Fashioned. We took our top selling beer, Tripel Horse, and put half into bourbon barrels and half into red wine barrels with oranges and tart cherries. Closed them up and let it age. It took awhile, but after the flavors were exactly where we wanted them to be individually, we blended them to create a classy and delicious beer. The perfect beer to toast our 20th anniversary!”

Random: I can’t believe that Cats is back on Broadway.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly. It left a modicum of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness.
The nose was filled with Belgian candi sugar and stone fruit, specifically apricot. There was also a decent amount of alcohol that was noticeable. I didn’t pick up much spice or barrel on the nose. This changed with the flavor. The first note I picked up was toasted oak and vanilla. It also had a touch of red wine, which played off well on the tripel notes of candi sugar and apricot. Some clove spice was present too. It did have a booze bite, but nothing that was offensive. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with peach, apricot and vanilla. A bomber of this set me back $14.99, which was $.68 per ounce. This is probably the best beer that I’ve ever had from my local brewery. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Scuttlebutt Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale

I’ve been basically living out of hotels for the past couple of weeks and I will say that people in Ohio are much nicer than people out here. When I first got out there, I thought it was weird that random people would talk to me, but I got used to it after awhile. Let’s get to tonight’s beer.


ABV: 9%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Very smooth & delicate, finishes dry with a hint of tartness.”

Random: This beer uses Bullion and CZ Saaz hops.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, slightly off white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and very cloudy with little visible carbonation. The nose had some golden fruit and then a strong booze note. What was odd was there was an off-putting plastic note. Peach came through too. The taste started with some peach and peach skin, then went into golden raisins. The next thing that came through was a weird tin note with a lot of booze, almost like they threw a shot of vodka in there. Orange flesh was there, but there wasn’t any spice or yeast. The body was way too thin with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with booze and oranges. I don’t remember how much I paid for the beer, but I wouldn’t drink this for free. It was completely unbalanced and had some weird flavors that didn’t fit the style.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Dogfish Head Beer To Drink Music To

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Dogfish Head. I’ve had more beers from them than any other brewery.


ABV: 9%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Music has been a part of Dogfish Head since before Dogfish Head. So it’s a natural fit for a brewery that makes ‘Analog Beer for the Digital Age’ to be the Official Beer of Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture of record stores and the special role they play in their communities. Of course, as the Official Beer of Record Store Day, we had to create a special brew for the occasion! Insert Beer To Drink Music To. This Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. It’s the perfect marriage of beer and music and best when paired with some of your favorite tunes. Clocking in at 9% ABV, Beer To Drink Music To is a golden orange brew with forward notes of toffee, cardamom, cloves and subtle notes of vanilla.”

Random: I think it’s cool that they made a beer for Record Store Day, although I can’t say I’ve ever owned a record.

This beer poured with a thick, three finger, khaki colored head. It took a long time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass, along with a half finger crown. The body was clear, and copper-colored. The carbonation was present and plentiful. The nose started with yeast and quickly went into the cardamom and white peppercorn. After it warmed a bit, the vanilla came out. I didn’t pick up a lot of citrus on the nose. The taste had a bit more citrus. It started with a candied orange peel and then went into the spice notes of cardamom and pepper. It ended with a toffee sweetness. The vanilla didn’t make much of an appearance. The body was thick with high carbonation and had some booze warming at the back of my throat. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with toffee sweetness from the malt. A bottle of this set me back $2.75 ($.23 per ounce). I liked this beer since it was an interesting interpretation of a tripel. If you like beers that push the limits of the style, this is a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Carton Gilded Lily

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Carton. I love truffles, so I was excited to give the beer a shot.


ABV: 10.6%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to, “Gilded Lily was an alchemist of great talent and a student of Diablo. Lily was initially seen to be a woman in a golden mask, golden gloves, and a fur coat that covered her slender body to her feet. She had lived for an inordinate length of time, her makeup (on her mask) and hair were very much in the style of the 1920s particularly Louise Brooks. Visited by her ‘nephew; Walter Langkowski (Lily was unlikely to be an actual aunt due to her age), Gilded Lily intended to turn Walter to gold. She had done this with a great many men in the past; somehow their conversion to gold allowed her to add their life energy to her own, in effect achieving immortality. As she was about to do the same to Aurora, Sasquatch intervened. Lily attempted to escape, but when Sasquatch grabbed her, Lily’s fur coat came undone revealing that Lily’s body had been replaced with a very basic metal frame with arms, and in place of legs she had wheels, much like a Segway HT. Lily’s mask was removed in the ensuing struggle. Her mask was seemingly what was keeping her alive, on its removal, Aurora was shocked to see Lily’s withered face. Soon after the mask’s removal, Lily’s robotic frame, along with what was left of her original body crumbled to dust.”

Random: I started watching “Fuller House” and I’m not a big fan.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow. There was visible detritus, but I couldn’t see much carbonation. The nose had peach and golden raisins and banana. There was booze and yeast too. I didn’t find any truffles in the nose. The taste started with a strong banana presence and quickly went into yeast. The truffle came through and gave it an interesting savory note. It had some golden fruit as well (peach, golden raisin and orange jam), but had a honey-like sweetness. The booze warmed at the back of the throat. The body was thick without being cloying and had just enough carbonation. The flavor hung around forever with lots of honey and a hint of truffle. A can of this set me back $2.50, which broke down to $.21 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again. It was an interesting take on a tripel.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Hardywood Peach Tripel

This review marks review #2200 (I took out all the revisits and such). This beer was also on tap at our local Mexican restaurant and given how much press Hardywood seems to be getting (specifically for their gingerbread stout), I thought I’d try this one, which is part of their “Reserve Series”.


ABV: 8.2%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The celebrated tradition of monastic brewing is perhaps best known for the dubbel, and stronger, brighter tripel styles, which are characterized by abbey yeast strains that create a delightful harmony of fruity esters and spicy phenols. Our tripel displays a voluminous head, a sunshine golden hue, notes of white pepper and honeysuckle, and is refermented on over 50 pounds per barrel of peaches, apricots and nectarines, lending a subtle but luscious stone fruit character, and a pleasantly dry finish.”

Random: This was first released on May 23, 2015.

This beer poured with a half a finger white head that dissipated quickly. It left limited lacing and a crown on top of the body. The body itself was a hazy yellow color with no visible carbonation due to cloudiness. The nose had bright, golden fruit like apricot, peach, golden raisins and a lot of pepper and coriander. What I didn’t pick up was the nectarines, although I think that scent may have blended in with the other fruit. The taste had similar notes. There was some peach and apricot first, then, light lemon, almost like a lemon curd. Then, I got a lot of yeast that was bready. The spice characteristic was lighter than the nose, but still presented with a white peppercorn and coriander. Again, I didn’t pick up the floral character, which would have made this beer outstanding. The body was thick with high carbonation, as expected. I didn’t get much of a warming in the back of the throat from the booze. The finish was long with peach, apricot and spice. I really enjoyed this beer and would be interested in trying other versions with other fruit, if they ever decide to go down that route.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Transmitter T4 Orange Citrus Candy Triple Ale

One of the fun things about posting in advance is that I don’t get nearly as stressed when I have a backlog. Since I have so many posts in queue, I can just get to them when I have time, which in turn, I think makes for better posts. This beer is from a brewery that is putting out ridiculous stuff and I recommend trying anything you see from them.


ABV: 9.1%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to, “In electronics and telecommunications a transmitter or radio transmitter is an electronic device which, with the aid of an antenna, produces radio waves. The transmitter itself generates a radio frequency alternating current, which is applied to the antenna. When excited by this alternating current, the antenna radiates radio waves. In addition to their use in broadcasting, transmitters are necessary component parts of many electronic devices that communicate by radio, such as cell phones, wireless computer networks, Bluetooth enabled devices, garage door openers, two-way radios in aircraft, ships, spacecraft, radar sets and navigational beacons. The term transmitter is usually limited to equipment that generates radio waves for communication purposes; or radiolocation, such as radar and navigational transmitters. Generators of radio waves for heating or industrial purposes, such as microwave ovens or diathermy equipment, are not usually called transmitters even though they often have similar circuits.”

Random: “The Beerists” did a podcast on tripels that was really informative and had some great comparisons. I would highly recommend checking it out.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy dark orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose, not surprisingly, had a lot of fruit. Peach and apricot came through first, then a tropical touch by way of mango. Bread was at the end of the sniff with light coriander. The taste was incredibly bright with lots of juicy peach and apricot. Some green apple came through with clementine. There was some coriander and clove that came through too, but this was primarily a fruit forward beer. At the end of the sip, there was some bread from the yeast. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The booze was hidden and made this a very dangerous beer. It ended with a long finish with stone fruit and spice. This was $18.99 for the bomber, which came to $.86 per ounce, which is definitely on the pricey side, but it’s worth every cent. Go get this one. It’s worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Spellbound Belgian Tripel With Cherries

This was the beer that Val got at the Spellbound event. We managed to find a place in the brewery where we could put our cups on pallets holding kegs while we hung out. It was also much less crowded and drier in there. Let’s see what I thought of this beer.


ABV: 8.7%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dark golden in color. We add cherries to the fermentation on our tripel. Aromas of cherry and fruity esters from the yeast. Finishes with a hint of honey sweetness and lingering cherry.”

Random: This is a seasonal from Spellbound and available October through November.

This beer poured with less than a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the plastic cup. The body was a warm, orange color with light carbonation visible. The nose had notes of cherry, yeast and very light spice to it. Some golden fruit came through too, specifically peach. The taste, on first sip, didn’t strike me as the normal tripel. First of all, the taste was very light for the style. I picked up notes of cherry, apricot and peach. Golden raisins came through after a few sips, too. Very subtle yeast was present as well. There wasn’t much spice either. The body was overly thin with moderate carbonation. One of the good things about the beer was that the alcohol was well-integrated. The finish was quick with the same fruit notes that I picked up before. I really wanted to like this beer, but it was a flat-out miss for me. It was too light for a tripel and just needed more depth.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Cricket Hill Small Batch – Abbey Cherry Tripel

On our way to Maine, we stopped at a craft beer bar for dinner that I had never been to. The food was pretty good, the service was good and they had some nice beers on tap. Since Val was driving, this was the first beer that I had from them. I haven’t reviewed that many beers from Cricket Hill (this is only my fifth one), so when I saw something from their “small batch” series, I wanted to give it a shot.


ABV: 8.9%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: This was released in July of 2015.

Random: The cat caught a mouse today. Val now wants to move because there was a mouse. She also wants to burn everything that the mouse touched.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left slight lacing on the glass. The body was hazy orange in color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with bright, golden fruit, specifically golden raisins. There was also some yeast that came through. What didn’t come through on the nose was cherry, and if it’s in the name, it should come through. Luckily, the taste did have a bit more cherry than the nose, but not much. I picked up notes of banana, clove, golden fruit and raisin. It had very light booze as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long finish with yeast and clove. This was a nice beer, but it needed more cherry to live up to the name.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0