poisoneddwarf (1825) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Halloween! It’s still Halloween, dammit. 12 oz can from the He Said He Said four pack. Aroma is doughy, pie spices--most notably clove, anise. Pours hazy cantaloupe with a medium white head with good retention. Taste is nice and tripely with pie spices coming through pretty strong. Spicy hop notes come through slightly in the finish after it warms up quite a bit. Since I like tripels a lot more than I like Baltic porters, this beer is much better to me than its partner in this 4-pack. Tastes like a spiced-up tripel with little to no pumpkin influence, much like Midnight Sun Trickster.
kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with a one finger fizzy white had that faded to a thin film. The nose is pretty interesting, a mix of pumpkin, fruity esters, herbal notes, light alcohol, and some light yeastiness. The flavor is more Tripel than it is a pumpkin beer, but the pumpkin is certainly there. I like that it’s a pumpkin beer that doesn’t include the usual nutmeg, cinnamon, or allspice. The herbal note is quite strong though, balancing the sweetness from the malt and working with the fruitiness really well. Well hidden alcohol. Medium bodied and a bit chewy with soft fizzy carbonation. Really a nice take on the Tripel style, which I typically don’t love all that much. Really enjoyable.
Slipstream (2126) - USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
To me this seemed more like a strong lager than a pumpkin tripel plus herbs (which is an interesting idea btw). There was some light molasses sweetness and wheat. The finish warms and tingles the palate nicely. Not bad, but I preferred the porter that this came packaged with.
pineypower (2614) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to Dmac. Pours a somewhat clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma is light pumpkin, fruity Belgian yest, some pumpkin/yeasty spicy fruit notes. Taste is complex, fruity yeast, mild pumpkin spices, pumpkin seed, and some mild sweetness. This is a very solid and unique pumpkin.
furthur (307) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can, golden beer, white head. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, cider, light malt, banana, peach. Flavor is clove, pumpkin, banana, cinnamon, citrus. Palate is light, carbonation moderately lively.
Dal9000 (224) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Dorothy lane market. Pours foamy large head with a pale cloudy yellow color. Very mild spice taste for a triple. The spice lingers long after swallowing. Coriander cloves. I don't taste the pumpkin in the description.
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swoopjones (6537) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at blue monk, buffalo, ny. solid base tripel, sweet, fruity Belgian yeast, creamy mouthfeel. pumpkins add a new flavor into a tripel for me. Not bad, better than expiated. ligt pumpkin spice, good flavor
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can
A chance to try a new Elysian beer without trading or traveling to the West Coast does not come along too often. When I noticed this during a shopping run I figured a single would not break the bank. While not the greatest Belgian tripel it was worth about the $2.99 that I paid. I would recommend not paying much more yourself.
Aroma / Appearance - A semitransparent golden base bubbles with the typical hue of a tripel made to style. Lively carbonation and sheets of short lived head add some character. Apple cider, nutmeg, and cinnamon float up from the glass like cotton candy dipped in pumpkin puree.
Flavor / Palate - Sticky sweet pumpkin accompanies caramel and cider. A dry warm transition leads to a mead like finish that unfolds a wave of booziness over the throat. This collaboration might work better with a different base. As a Belgian it just feels confusing as the earthy squash aspects do not meld with the dessert sweetness of the rest.
skoisirius (1814) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The lighter side of the He Said series, but not necessarily the better side. Sweet notes of Tripel spices and pumpkin gourd. Spicey finish with hints of apple malt. Pretty good.
kirk36 (167) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Candy. Short, sweet, not long on the memory. Slight pumpkin and more on the other spices. Would not search this one out. It meets the requirements for a triple with other spices. Very low on the pumpkin.
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high_on_hops (712) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear gold with a short white head. It has a nice aroma of biscuit, cinnamon, and some coriander. The flavor is yeast and spices up front, with a slightly spicy backbone and dry finish.
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