Barley Johns Belgian Tripel
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brewed using Pilsner malt and candi sugar, this Tripel is brought into character primarily from the use of Belgian brewing yeast. Gently hopped so as to not cover up the colorful flavor of the yeast. Slight ethanol presence with a moderate sweetness to balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2010
Growler courtesy of BDR. Pours gold with a lasting white head. Smells of pilsner malt, spicy, some close, candie sugar, floral. Tastes of pepper, spice, citrus, dry malt, some bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and yeasty with some spices. Strong flavor with heavy malt and yeast presence yet also sweet with banana notes and more spices with alcohol coming through as well. Medium bodied; medium carbonation. Toward the end, alcohol presence becomes more prominent. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (7465) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Mostly clear bright gold pour with thin clingy white head. Smells like a tripel. Taste is very malty, with yeast and spice tones. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Tap at Barley Johnís. Orange pour, little to no head. Standard wheat beer / yeasty aroma and flavor with some spices including coriander in the flavor. Slightly hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Pours a clear lemon yellow with very little white head. Aroma is very citrusy with melon notes and a spicy patchouli. Flavor is very hay and yeasty with lemon notes. Body is light with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4843) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Draught at the brewpub. A bright gold beer. No head and little carbonation. Mild aroma with light spice and yeast. Flavor is just a little sweet, some coriander, and sweet malt with yeast. A little thin on the palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cykyc (28) - USA - MAR 10, 2008
@ Barley Johnís, on draught: I donít know if I got a bottom of the barrel run, but the aroma was almost non-existence and the palate almost tasted flat. The flavor is similar to the other reviews. Distinctive Belgian candi taste and a hit of ethanol on the tail end. Sweet trickle aftertaste. A pleasant drink, but maybe not the right barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Winterfest 2008. Gold color with yeasty aroma and plenty of spice. A little banana in the body that was otherwise sominated by an excellent yeast profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Pours lightly hazy and bright orange. Glassy. Aroma suggests a firm spiciness and rich sweetness; warm caramel, vanilla, almond and pancake batter provide a rich syrup of malt on the surface layer. Beneath, piles of floral, grassy hops and musty bubblegum yeasts lend thorough depth; cinnamon and melted brown sugar warm the back end. Pleasant and full. Flavors are similarly presented in balanced form, with tart green apple, banana, and cantaloupe being most dominant over bits of nutty flavored frostings and cake batters; lots of deep, subtle sweetness balanced by a light bitterness of hops and cloves. Alcohol licks a bit dry but remains underscored throughout, to an ideal degree of involvement and influence; palate is mildly abrasive with high carbonation, but becomes more gentle and nuanced with time. Finishes sweetly, calm and comfortable, with some fruity acidity, warmth and wateriness. A very pleasant and deftly made example all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2008
On draught during the Winterfest 2008 in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Pours a semi-clear dirty golden brew with a thick off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of heavy yeast, banana ester, cloves, a touch of candi sugar and some wheat malt. Taste is thick, full bodied quite sweet with a strong banana esters, yeast and candi sugar. Finish is sweet with a slight yeast and banana aftertaste that stays around after the finish. The alcohol warmth is a nice touch too.

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