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New Belgium The Trip III (Dark Sour Blend)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Trip III is a blend of Dark Lager (70%) brewed at Elysian and aged sour ale (Foudre 13-30%) brewed at New Belgium. Reddish-brown with hints of Sour cherry and peach with a very nice chewy-tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10242) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"another very good but not quite GREAT beer from Elysian. Russian River had set the bar very high for this type of dark lager/sour ale with Consecration. While this one didn’t approach the awesomeness of that beer, it was quit good, and one of my favorites for the weekend. lighter fruit flavors, and a sour presence that could have been a touch more assertive, but made it a complex tasty brew nonetheless."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Pint @ Chuck’s. Described as a black sour (not quite). Also not quite as sour as I usually like. interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7618) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Draft at Special Brews. Pours nearly opaque dark brown with bright cloudy rubied edges. Dense, creamy, sudsy tan head that billows and billows and piles right on up. Not quite a counter coater but not too terribly far off it either. Loose stringy lace left after the head settles, which isn’t any too soon. Cola and black currant nose, along with some balsamic. Creamy medium body, goes a bit watery in spots, not too lively in terms of carbonation. Cola, balsamic, and black currant on the mid palate. Gets a bit astringent toward the end, throws it a wee bit out of balance, actually. Mild tangy finish. Pretty damn nice but far from exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Half pint on tap at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Nice vinous fruity, funky acetic and brett notes in the nose. This is quite aromatic. Very attractive mahogany body which is slightly transparent. Fair, bubbly off-yellow/tan head present. Beautiful. Kind of a chalky mouthfeel is initially apparent. Becomes a little funked and slightly sour. This has a weird beef bouillon stock flavor and saltiness later on. Faint chocolate hints are also in there. Light soy sauce. Interesting and not overly sour. Totally different beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Tap at DDC. Pours a deep coppery amber with woody highlights- very thin film of a head. Aroma is weak, wet paper, acetobacter, pedio light cherry pits and skins, some mustiness, old stale oxidized malts, some slight solvent and slight windex. Flavor is light flemish red-like, some aceto, some cherry, sour hints, lactic and acetic light vinegar mixed with stale pool water, phenolic, plastic hints, pool toy, cardboard, almonds, cherry pit and a very thin weak body. Has some good notes to it, but you have to try to find the good in this beer- mostly just weak and falls way short of being a great sour/flemish red- mixing the dark lager and sour beer was a bad idea apparently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - APR 26, 2010
Sample at NBB. Mostly clear ruby amber, thick tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, tart fruit, dark ripe fruit and molasses. Taste is more sour but nothing like 100% Fouder. Notes of sour apple and berry, vinegar, but well balanced with sweetness. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2195) - Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Avery Sour Ale Fest. Decent. With New Belgium’s string of awesome sours I expected more. Light sourness with more maltiness than anything. Stale maltiness at that. Pretty light and still crisp, but just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Draught from Avery’s inaugural Boulder Sour Ale Fest (amazing). Brown/red/orange with tan head. A weird amber look but appetizing. Aroma is big sweet caramel and molasses and cherry. Flavor is like a carmel sweet brown ale like flavor but with sour berry dry biting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (13414) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2010
On tap at Avery Sour Fest poured a clear dark reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of horseblanket, light cocoa and light leather. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of leather, horseblanket, light cocoa and light earthiness with a smooth dry lightly tart lingering funky finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9147) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
surprisingly thin body, smells and tastes of soured/moldy/soggy bread and crackers. extremely pale, dissolving within seconds across the back. stale saltine crackers, mild acidity, mild honey and grass, making it very difficult to drink. very short finish.

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