RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
You are holding the inaugural release in a multi-year brewing experiment-to brew a series of beers as diverse as the great state of New Jersey. Our theme is the state-long artery that connects us. Each beer will focus on the unique aspect of an individual exit, whether an ingredient or event. The journey begins at Exit 4- right up the street from the Flying Fish brewery. As one of the first craft brewers to embrace Belgian-style beers, we’ve chosen to start with a Belgian trippel, finished with plenty of American hops. Note the hazy golden hue and the aroma of citrus with hints of banana and clove. Then taste the Belgian malt flavors and a subdued bitterness in the finish. Bottle conditioned, this beer will develop as it ages. Enjoy.

Malts: Malto Franco-Belge Pils Malt, Weyerman Acidulated, White Wheat, Demerara Sugar
Hops: Simcoe, Columbus, Palisades, Amarillo
Yeast: Belgian Abbey
Original Gravity: 21.5 Plato

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bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle. Shared with the lads at work. Thanks Owen. Pours a lightish amber with slighly rocky off white head. Nice looking beer. Flavours are very clean with plenty of citrus hops coming through. Flavours much the same and dominated by the hops. Getting some banana also. Nice beer.

TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Really enjoyed this triple with James. It pours a golden body. Medium head and erupting aroma. The aroma is complex with hops, bitter malts, banana, and citrus. The flavor is more hops than fruit but a nice balance. Complex on the palate and a great brew in the series.

cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2010
12 oz. bottle poured dark gold, with very little head and weak lacing. Aroma of corn, ginger, bubblegum and honey, but this was all incredibly weak. Flavor was incredibly boozy with a sweet sugar taste, with an off-bitter pine finish. Not a very enjoyable beer overall and definitely not good for the style in my opinion.

drowland (8829) - Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2010
750mL bottle (courtesy emacgee - a new state!) into a pint glass. The pour is cloudy orange with a huge white head atop. The aroma is all grape and esters with some citrus in there. The flavor is also grapes with hop bitterness and a dusty flavor in there somewhere. A bit sweet and thick on the tongue.

WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
More of a barleywine than a trippel. Nose of American hops, nice touch. Rich slightly hazy gold ... a little deep for a trippel, with almost no head and very little lace. Taste more of bubblegum and alcohol like an American barleywine ... none of the characteristic bready yeasty notes of a Belgian trippel. Not sure what this is but I don’t really care for it. If you feel like an American / Belgian trippel hybrid have a Hoppin Frog or a Hopit. I will certainly give this several more months and see how it develops.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, orange, pineapple, florals, light pine, pear, and clove. Flavor of yeast, peach, orange, and grass with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

theisti (4138) - Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is a cloudy orange amber with floaties and a one inch white head that falls pretty quickly. Aroma is clove yeast and honey sweetness. Behind that initial aroma is a nice straw element which integrates nicely with the yeast and sweetness. Taste reverses, and starts with the straw, quickly moving to the clove from the yeast and the light honey malt sweetness. Taste is a bit disjointed, not as smooth or integrated as the nose. Palate is medium, oily and mouth coating. Light carbonation, overall an easy to drink Trippel. Nice one, thanks for sharing this Eugene.

mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2010
750ml bottle, with thanks to Beastiefan2k for sharing. Pours a cloudy orange golden with small white flecks. Aroma is nice with light clove that doesn’t take over, fresh citrus, and some general yeasty spice. Flavor is also nicely done, with more yeasty spice, fresh citrus and gentle clove. This is one of the few that has clove but keeps it in check. Thanks for sharing Eugene.

kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2010
12ounce 6 pack. pours a clear gold producing a finger thick off white head that fell at a medium rate. the body is gold with a coppery overtone and slight bubbles rising up. the aromas are grassy, citrusy, and slightly yeasty. theres some fruit and floral notes also. it is medium bodied and sweet with a light bitter finish which helps it to balance out. i taste some lemon, low alpha acid hops, light banana, its flowery, and earthy with a really light spice note. it finishes clean and almost crisp with a sweet aftertaste that wasnt bad at all. glad i finally drank this one.

screwbeersnobs (1) - USA - JAN 27, 2010 does not count
What a great beer. Holy cow some pretentious beer shmucks here. i can throw out superfluous terms too. this is a damn good beer. if you like lagers, a good intro into ale styles. Seems like FF used a good deal of Amarillo hops with a kick of citrus, ample seafoam head, big citrus fruits/cardamom on the nose...aint i cool. Hell of a beer. Great offering of an American style tripel- it’s not a traditional Belgian tripel, just an endeavour. That said, this is a truly great American beer, that as a tripel, can most certainly knockout Chouffe’s popular one. I would even take this over a St. Bernardus and other Belgians. To rate this lower than Golden Monkey or Unibroue seems like an awful lot of snobbery. Serious 5’s to Flying Fish for taking a chance and kicking ass- just try this beer and forget the ratings. -a NJ native

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