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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/20/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a golden amber color that’s not particularly cloudy, but has plenty of yeast particles suspended in the body. However, it doesn’t look particularly carbonated. The head is a two finger white color. The texture is quite good, the retention is solid, and the lacing left down the glass is attractive if sparse. S: Wow, I’m finding myself enjoying the subtle grapefruity hop qualities here. They really blend well with the pale malts and candied sugar expected from a tripel. Even better, the aroma is evidently strong, emanating from far beyond the glass. T: Light grapefruit hops open things up very nicely, before the stone fruit esters and candied sugar finish the flavor profile - even though the sweetness is a bit much, it conceals the alcohol fantastically. There is a modicum of complexity here, but it lacks elite depth. I also wish this had just a bit more in the way of hops, but hey, it’s an older bottle. M: This doesn’t feature the zealous carbonation I’d expect from the style. As such, it comes off a bit too syrupy (combined with its sweetness and thick texture). Still, it lightens/dries up on the finish and aftertaste some. O: Quite the pleasant surprise for me. I’m enjoying the hell out of the American bent (read: citrusy hops) to this otherwise standard-issue tripel. Ramp up the carbonation slightly and we could be really looking at something spectacular here. Having said that, it does more than enough to make it a worthy alternative to La Fin Du Monde.


2.7
Ernest (7698) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Bottle (BB Jan 10, 2018). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (grain), moderately yeasty (basement), with notes of banana and cement. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Highly phenolic, simplistic, and pretty clunky.

3.7
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Bright amber orange pour is topped by a small creamy hire head that leaves nice clinging lace. Faint fruity citrus malt nose. First sip is bittersweet malt with subtle banana and apricot notes. Warming alcohol in middle. Dry wheat malt and brown sugar notes in finish. Light bitter hop aftertaste.

3.6
trapped (3150) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 21, 2017
Draught & Shannon Rose. Clear golden with small foamy whitish head, faint malt aroma, high carbonation, slightly sweet malty taste with light bitterness and Belgian yeast profile, alcohol undertones, smooth body, abrupt malty finish. Very smooth and easy to drink.

3.8
Cakes (436) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Astonishing. probable the best Trippel I have had that was not Belgian. It should be better on tap, right? Where is that bar? The aroma and palate- mouthfeel stood out the most to me.

3.1
Voodoo (668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Pours a clear golden with a loose white head which disappears to a very thin layer quickly......aroma of funk, cabbage, corn.....taste is heavy clove, slight earthy sweetness, slight bittering, corn.

3.1
jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle. Golden body with a large, lasting white head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, clove, pineapple, floral hops. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Sweet with clove, banana, citrus flavors. Yet there’s a hop bitterness that lingers. Not a classic tripel, by far. Just OK.

3.3
hershiser2 (3266) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine, Gainesville. Pours clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of floral hops, citrus peel, banana, bubblegum. Flavor is bubblegum, yeast, syrup, sweet banana, clove, sugar. A bit on the sweet side, but not bad.

3.3
AirForceHops (7244) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 27, 2016
12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 6/20/2017. Clear in color gold within lasting head in a chalice. Aroma is sugar, honey, and weak yeast.

Flavor shows a sweetness from sugar and yeast. Carbonation gives a mild effervescent feel over the pilot. Flavor and aroma run hand in hand. Doesn’t have the huge yeast character that a Belgian would have. It is ok.

3.4
EvanFriend (595) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2016
A beer that tastes of clove and banana, your usual Belgian yeast flavors, a bit of spiciness. Could use a hint more carbonation if you ask me. Overall, a decent tripel. Not great, but certainly worth drinking again for the price. Best New Jersey beer I’ve had.

3.7
jflopsu (1617) - New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2016
Pours a clear gold. Has a citrus, what and yeast aroma. A strong citrus, wheat, yeast, and sweet candy taste. A sweet and yeast aftertaste.


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