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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 247   ABV: 8.23%
The hallmark of Belgian Triples are fruity esters balanced with a dry finish that fall in the range of 7-9% ABV. And for this year’s 19th anniversary celebratory brew, we decided to create a stylistically perfect beer—something unusual considering our penchant for producing eccentric beers that defy styles or categories.

In excited anticipation of 20 years and the new brewery, we concocted this very traditional, yeast driven, dry and fruity Tripel.

Hop Variety: Bravo, Czech Saaz
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Wheat, Oats
Yeast Variety: Achouffe

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dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Hazy, pale yellow with a disappointingly thin white head. Fruit, spice and Belgian yeast notes but lacking the balance and complexity found in the best of the style.

Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of quickly dissipating white head, some lacing. Aromas of bread/dough, wheat, malt, and mild fruity banana hints. Slight hop bite up front, fading into sweet belgian tones, wheat, banana. Mild malty wheat finish that lingers. Good job masking the alcohol. Soft carbonation and medium body. A tasty beer.

J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Initially when this was cold it had an aroma like an American lager with clean cereal malt. As it warmed up, the Belgian spice and yeast came out. Lemony orange with almost no head at all and cloudy. Nice black pepper spice and a bit of wild Belgian yeast followed by a a flowery honey and light caramel sweetness. It dries out after this and alcohol becomes evident but not overpowering at all. Seems to evaporate on the finish leaving behind the pepper and a dry bitterness along with lasting honeyed sweetness. Very nice Belgian style triple.

omhper (25750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2012
Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Cloudy yellow, brief head. Fruity nose with some marzipan and white wine. Mid sweet, medium-full bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Some crystal malt. Marzipan and orange. Warming finish.

mmmbeer (1429) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
22 oz. bottle into a tumbler it went- with my mind not shutting down this evening, perhaps putting some alcohol on it will free it up a bit... poured a mildly turbid sunshine dulled orange with heavy shades of darkened yellow in color, wildly heavy carbonation, a film like head that bubbled away but still kept the surface tension. Aroma of peach, yeast, lemon,pepper, lemon pepper, wheat, and that magical beer goodness that I have not found in quite awhile down here in Texahhtuckyville. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is quite ramped up in strength considering the style, some light fruit esters in the middle with some unrefined sugar solidly hitting the tongue, finish has a drying effect. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable. It’ll work

ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $7.98 at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, yellow toned body with a smallish, brief head of near white suds.

Smell: A nose smelling of light pale malts, wheat included, some husky hints and additional notes of peach/pear, ineffusive lemon, florals, faint spice, but a big pop of liquor.

Taste: Ultra pale maltiness with grainy unrefined wheat followed by a big pinch of sugar. Some orchard fruitiness, though essentially nothing in the way of banana esters. Small hint of citrus, too. Minor phenolic spiciness. Quick into the taste, there’s a sizable bite of alcohol that’s nearly solvent in character and fairly bitter. Remains sweet, sugary until the warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some sticky chewiness present.

Overall: Nineteen is just too sweet and too boozy for me and a bit coarse, much the way I was at nineteen. Maybe it’s simply Avery really lowering their anniversary beer expectations to completely blow us away for the 20th anniversary release. Crafty, them Avery boys.

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pours a very lightly hazy golden yellow, nice head fades slowly, quite creamy. Aroma is lightly bready, sweet pale malts, with a good fruity note and faint pepper. Flavor is a match - apricot fruit coming through, the esters yeast driven. Dry on the finish, with a lightly peppery and floral hop note. Very, very nice traditional tripel - extremely well done. Nice job Avery. Alcohol is present, but not out of balance. Might be better than this rating.

Tonkun (1306) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Golden orange pour with a white head that disappears quickly. Candied pineapple, banana, floral. Creamy carbonation. Medium body with nice balance of flavor and approachability. A bit of bitterness at the end. Well balanced and easy to drink. But with nice depth and layers of flavor.

bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours dirty gold with a fizzy white head. Aroma seems to have pineapple ester. Med body. Flavor is pineapple. Might be a banana undernote. Or not. Surprising. Yeast/spice gives pineapple? Tasty.

marcus (10681) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours bright yellow with a pineapple aroma and a thin off-white head. There is an intense sweet malt flavor that turns to slightly sour fruit with a nice yeast presence.

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