Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
THOUGHTS: Nice. Not a great tripel, but a very nice beer. I was a bit tired when I started trying this and the caffeine in it must be very high because halfway through I was wide awake and slightly anxious.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark yellow to very light orange. Let’s just call it golden. It had a small, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left just barely fair lacing. The aroma had light to moderate pale malts, light-colored bread, and biscuit; light to moderate herbal and grassy hops; light to moderate spicy yeast; lighter earthy hops; slight funk; banana; some sort of herbal tea; and light fruits. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet; light to moderately acidic and slight to lightly bitter. There was pale malt, spicy yeast, slightly earthy yeast, herbal tea, light-colored fruits, honey, white bread, cake, slight funk, biscuit, and floral hops. The light to medium body leaned toward medium and was syrupy and a bit oily and then slightly dry with soft but tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly astringent finish. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Poured at the Publican, on tap. Golden color with three fingers white head. Smell is faint banana and clove. Taste is light and crisp, gum and light citrus. It’s decent, but nothing special. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2014
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a thick, hazy straw color with a very large, foamy, off-white head with great retention, but lighter cling and lacing. The aroma featured floral hops and yeast, along with some grainy notes, and of course a modest presence of yerba mate. Its taste was a blend of sour grain and yerba mate with a lighter floral sweetness in the beginning. The yerba mate flavor became more pronounced as the beer developed, and tasted surprisingly similar to the actual herbal drink. It had a very dry body and mouthfeel with a somewhat harsh, dry finish, and had average carbonation and life. Not a bad beer, and worth a try, but yerba mate and beer are not an ideal combination. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2012
The beer pours a clear, deep golden color with a moderately full, white, fluffy head which settles a rocky layer and leaves scattered lace. The nose is odd with herbal notes mostly; light star anise, some pepper, clove, bready, caramelly, light citrus, and some graham cracker. The flavor is similar with leafy notes, Oreo crumbs, pepper, light clove, anise, light citrus, and some earthy yeast. The palate is medium, soft to lively, watery, and velvety. The finish is bitter, citrus, anise, leafy notes, and some clove in there. Actually a decent beer but not very trippel-like. The spicing was nice but did not add to the style of the beer. Inn the end, the beer drank more like a Single but the end result was fairly marginal. markducommun (1116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Clear deep golden, brown. No head. Very sweet honey. Lightly bitter. Strong malty body. Chewy, clean, light body. Good.
MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bomber bottle from Halftimebeverage.com delivered to Pittsburgh of all places. Shared with my wife and her girlfriend, both of whom were excited to see the inclusion of yerba mate, a favorite tea of theirs. None of us could really detect a strong presence of tea flavorings and I sense they were slightly disappointed overall. Me too. For a premiere series brew with a great apocalyptic theme, Elysian is off with an average and ho-hum start. hivemind (915) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
On tap last night at Blind Tiger with Erica, Matt, Steph. Also had it on tap there 12.20.2012 with Maggi, Andy, James, Christian. Opaque pale yellow pour into tulip. Sweet and cloying, with sweet and pleasingly zesty yeast profile that made it taste almost like a saison or hefe. Didn’t have much of the medicinal flavor that I kind of dislike about abbeys. TizzleJizzle (791) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle courtesy of mora2000. Golden pour, white top. Taste of herbal, spice, dough, and citrus. Medium carbonation, medium body. Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Poured cloudy golden. Appealing aromatics showing esters and some
banana. The Yerba mate is not apparent and this, while tasty is, at the end of the day, an ordinary domestic take on a Belgian Tripel. This turned a bit dull as it warmed up.
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that fades quickly and leaves hardly any lacing. Smells of biscuits and light Belgian yeast. Tastes likewise with some tropical flavors and has a semi tart aftertaste I’m assuming from the yerba mate. Mouthfeel is very light with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this was kind of dissapointing for a tripel. I don?t think yerba mate and Belgian yeast mix well together. Not terrible just not what I expected.