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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Once again the cold of winter is upon us and beer fans will no doubt associate this change of season with strong, warming brews to help take the bite out of the air. The brewers at Legend are blessed with enough foresight, knowledge, and ambition to have once again crafted an excellent version of our annual Belgian Style Tripel Ale. It should be understood that this potent brew is not one that is thrown together once the days have shortened and the holiday spirit surrounds us. Rather, we have to plan well in advance to allow a beer of such stature to mature and mellow. This is why, in the heat of July, when most thirst for anything light and refreshing, we devoted several days of brewing to production of Legend Tripel. Five months of aging brings the soft smoothness of natural carbonation and allows this sweet, complex brew to dry out considerably. The result is a “sipping beer” that doesn’t seem like one. By this we mean to convey that Legend Tripel is deceptive – yes, it’s out to get you! In fact, similar beers such as the popular Duvel (Belgium) are named after the Devil himself. This is with good reason as the light, dry palate of such a brew, combined with quenching qualities such as citrus and spice notes can lead one to get in a little too deep. In other words, this is a beer to be shared with friends and family in celebration and moderation. Fermentation is on a Belgian Abbey style yeast strain which imparts interesting combinations of fruit (apple, pear, orange) and spice, as well as a faint bubble gum quality. These are most evident in the aroma and can be appreciated best when this beer is served slightly warmer (45-50 degrees) and in a tulip shaped “Belgian glass”. The malt bill consists of Pilsner malt as the base for light color, yet a little more depth of grain flavor than our standard Two-Row malt. Flavor and aroma benefit from additions of Bonlander Munich and Aromatic malts. High enzyme Six-Row barley, flaked corn, and corn sugar contribute by providing ample ingredients for an extensive fermentation. This creates a beer with plenty of great flavor up front, while finishing dry and quick. Hallertau and Saaz hops are used for balance to the sweetness and also add to the complex spiciness. Legend Tripel will be released December 9th and available through January on draft and in 22 oz. bottles.

Original Gravity: 20.1 Plato Final Gravity: 1.1 Plato Alcohol: 10.1% by vol. 30 IBU

Late 2007 Vintage = 9% ABV



fatty's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Medium honey orange body with lacing white head. Aroma is earthy, yeast and citrus. Flavor is ruity, yeast, banana. Palate is thin, watery, but good.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2262) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
11/15/2013. On tap at the brewery. Pours light amber color with a white head. Aromas of yeast, malt, light fruit. Buttery flavors with yeast and fruit. Slightly bitter finish. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (483) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Poured as a 2 oz sampler at Virginia Beer Live 2013. May have been suffering from palate blowout. Sour orange and coriander on the nose and a bit of heat. Nutmeg, clove, and banana on the palate. Very nice and very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Smells of coriander and some grapefruit. Bit of carbonation bubbles on the tongue with a slight dry grassy feel. Some citrus and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zickbeer_ye (274) - Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Belgian yeasts and fruity banana esters. Light head and golden yellow body. Tastes of clove, belgian yeast and other spices with some light dry fruit notes. Light and smooth on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
Floral, honey, golden raisins, and orange peel aromas. Clear gold with very minimal head foam; oily. Off-dry, fruity, floral, and perceptibly strong. Medium body, sticky, with moderate carbonation, and leaves behind notes of wild flowers and stone fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Sweet fruity banana aromas. The flavors exactly mirror the aromas. Overall a very good Belgian triple.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1750) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle. Golden yellow pour and a bit lighter than expected. Taste and smell revel a big syrupy sweetness but doesnt show the booze. Although really sweet, the toffee and ripe fruits come thru nicely to end in a nice brew.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tia (917) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Yellowy golden with light head. Getting banana on the nose plus biscuity malt. Sweet and spiced flavor. Flavors jump around funny on the palate. High carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Pours a golden yellow with a very thin white head. Aroma is very sweet, with malt, yeast, and fruit. Flavor is spicy, yeasty, and a little tart. There are also fruit and more spices in the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ectuohy27 (598) - ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2010
Too watery (and this at 9% abv!), too fizzy, and above all way too bitter for a tripel (perhaps American Triple should be a new style...?), the Legend hits enough estery notes to make it drinkable, if not overly enjoyably so. Props for being Virginian, but it can be done better!l


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