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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
The Trippel style originated in 1934 in the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle, near Antwerp, Belgium. The name is thought by most to derive from the beer’s strength, with a typical starting gravity roughly triple the starting gravity of a typical Belgian Simple. True to style, we’ve built our Trippel around Pilsner malt and a judicious use of cane sugar. Simcoe and Sterling hops provide a balanced bitterness and subtle hop aroma. There is an ethanol sweetness in the finish that belies this beer’s dryness. The Belgian yeast strain used ferments more of the fermentable sugars in the beer than does our typical house strain, leading to a drier finish. Additionally, this Belgian strain produces fruity, banana-like aromas and hints of spice. Free State Brewing Company’s building site was once the home of Lawrence’s inter-urban trolley house, hence the name Trolley House Trippel. A complex, pale golden ale, Trolley House Trippel approaches 8.75% ABV. For such a big beer, the Trippel is a remarkably refreshing Belgian Strong Ale. O.G. 18.7º P Hops – 25 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Tap @ 20th Anniversary celebration. The pour is good for a Tripel, hazy/cloudy golden, radiant yet not too much clarity. Aroma is a thick Belgian yeastiness that become a bit astringent. Some grassy biscuit aspect in there as well. The elements are all there but not coming together too well. This is reflected in the flavor, just not integrating well. Added to that is a bit of alcohol heft and a light banana ester touch, which I enjoy. This is probably the best Belgian traditional style beer they have done but it can improve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Draft at the brewery. Sweet, fruity aroma, tropical and sugary with notes of pear, melon, white grape, honey and flowers, some light brown sugar as well. Clear medium golden color with a fine, lasting, white head. Flavor is quite sweet, fruity and malty, more tropical aspects and sugars, estery and strong, alcohol is not evident nor is the hop content for the most part, these lending only a very gentle bitterness towards the finish, which becomes a bit drier before the end. Smooth and gently acidic mouthfeel, body is full. Not a bad example, just not stellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2009
10 oz draft pour at the brewpub. Pour is clear golden, with a bunch of carbonation bubbles. Smallish white head. Aroma is sweet honey floral, some Belgian candy sugar yeastiness. Taste is big honey sweet, the Belgian yeastiness, mid palate there are grassy and hay elements that finish though the end. Palate is medium, sweetness is a bit cloying. Aftertaste is lasting and dry. Decent enough Trippel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - DEC 31, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear gold with a thin skin of white head. The nose is of doughy, bright malt with a sweet graininess and light pear in support. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a slightly drying finish. Bready and lightly nutty malt with banana and light bubblegum esters in the backing. This one was fairly middle-of-the-road for me; decent but not particularly memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2008
This is one of those beers that got better as I drank. The body was bright clear gold with a white head. The aroma was sweet pears with some cinnamon spice. The taste was strong with banana peels and was relatively sweet up front. However, the finish was dry, woody and spicy. fairly intense overall, this was made to sip. As I had more, I started to notice the warming alcohol. Good to drink on a cold day, but a little on the dry end of tripels for my taste.

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