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FiftyFifty Trifecta Belgian Style Tripel



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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
There are hundreds of Trappist Monasteries in the world, many of them make fruitcake. This beer is not made by Monks nor does it resemble fruitcake. Furthermore, Truckee has no Trappist Monastery and that, my friend, is why we at FiftyFifty bring you Trifecta. This is one of FiftyFifty’s seasonal ales, and is a high alcohol Belgian style beer. Brewed with inspiration from Belgian Trappist Ales, Trifecta also includes locally grown Purple Sage Honey. With a complex spiciness tempered by the sweeter notes from the sage honey, flavors of spicy sage, alcohol, and mild malt sweetness are apparent, and sage and clove like aromas predominate. Coming in at over 8%, this beer is deceptively strong. 23 IBU. Note: recent batches of this beer have been 11%abv and it looks like the brewery intends to brew it that way from now on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1742) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 8, 2015
On tap at the brewhouse as part of a flight of everything they offered! Pours a hazy straw with limited white collar. Moderate spice and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13821) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Tap at the brewpub. Pours translucent gold with a white head. Aroma is banana, bready and a hint yeasty. Flavor is similar to aroma, but there’s a pervading slightly sweet fruitiness, and a yeast spice - clove? Finishes towards dry, seems to loosely fit the style, and enough bitter to please me. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (15570) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 10, 2015
On tap @ FiftyFifty. Mostly clear golden straw colored pour with a white head. Lots of spicy nutmeg and coriander on the nose. Big banana and pear notes as well. Decent malt and a bunch of sugar. Quite sweet tasting. Tons of fruit and sugar. Particularly big on pear and banana. Mild bubblegum. Very sweet. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (9600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"ok. not quite what i expected...the honey is different (but good) and the yeasty notes reminded me of a dubble. maybe this one’s a 2 1/2 instead of a tripple. pretty good, but nothing spectacular. not worth the crappy service to visit, though. 5-10...trifecta in the bottle must be different. don’t taste any honey and 9.99 for it was way overpriced as it was the weakest (and most expensive) belgian of the night."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
on tap at brew pub. pours gold with a medium off white head. Has an acidic bannana flavor and is slightly sweet. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (5352) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Draft at Fifty Fifty. Slightly hazy medium dark gold pour with a white head. Grainy bread, very yeasty, banana, grass, booze, and quite sweet. I don’t like it much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2012
(on draught at FiftyFifty). pours a slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has grapes, ripe fruit and a little bit of spice. Taste is sweet with a tough of bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Smooth. Pretty nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
On tap at Blue Palms (labeled at 11%). Pours with a very muddy and unappealing dull yellow body with minimal head (didn’t transport well?). Looks like a mimosa. Aromas are very yeasty, grassy, apple, grainy, mild phenol and florals. Some alcohol. Flavors are grassy, yeasty, grainy. Medium esters, orange marmalade and a bit of 4VG. Low carbonation with some alcohol. A bit oily on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (8894) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours clear golden with a generous off-white head and a spicy aroma. There is a sweet and fruity flavor with some banana ester and a dry peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12106) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2010
22oz bottle-pours a dissipating white head and hazy yellow color. Aroma is dry/yeasty, barn, light malt-toasty. Taste is dry/yeasty, apricot, barn, sweet light malt.

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