RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Once again the cold of winter is upon us and beer fans will no doubt associate this change of season with strong, warming brews to help take the bite out of the air. The brewers at Legend are blessed with enough foresight, knowledge, and ambition to have once again crafted an excellent version of our annual Belgian Style Tripel Ale. It should be understood that this potent brew is not one that is thrown together once the days have shortened and the holiday spirit surrounds us. Rather, we have to plan well in advance to allow a beer of such stature to mature and mellow. This is why, in the heat of July, when most thirst for anything light and refreshing, we devoted several days of brewing to production of Legend Tripel. Five months of aging brings the soft smoothness of natural carbonation and allows this sweet, complex brew to dry out considerably. The result is a “sipping beer” that doesn’t seem like one. By this we mean to convey that Legend Tripel is deceptive – yes, it’s out to get you! In fact, similar beers such as the popular Duvel (Belgium) are named after the Devil himself. This is with good reason as the light, dry palate of such a brew, combined with quenching qualities such as citrus and spice notes can lead one to get in a little too deep. In other words, this is a beer to be shared with friends and family in celebration and moderation. Fermentation is on a Belgian Abbey style yeast strain which imparts interesting combinations of fruit (apple, pear, orange) and spice, as well as a faint bubble gum quality. These are most evident in the aroma and can be appreciated best when this beer is served slightly warmer (45-50 degrees) and in a tulip shaped “Belgian glass”. The malt bill consists of Pilsner malt as the base for light color, yet a little more depth of grain flavor than our standard Two-Row malt. Flavor and aroma benefit from additions of Bonlander Munich and Aromatic malts. High enzyme Six-Row barley, flaked corn, and corn sugar contribute by providing ample ingredients for an extensive fermentation. This creates a beer with plenty of great flavor up front, while finishing dry and quick. Hallertau and Saaz hops are used for balance to the sweetness and also add to the complex spiciness. Legend Tripel will be released December 9th and available through January on draft and in 22 oz. bottles.

Original Gravity: 20.1 Plato Final Gravity: 1.1 Plato Alcohol: 10.1% by vol. 30 IBU

Late 2007 Vintage = 9% ABV

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Medium honey orange body with lacing white head. Aroma is earthy, yeast and citrus. Flavor is ruity, yeast, banana. Palate is thin, watery, but good.

bytemesis (9327) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Tap. Pours crystal clear golden orange, huge white head, nice residual and lacing. Aroma is field grass, coriander, pepper, honey, dusty. Flavors is medium sweet, very light bitter, huge spice, clove, coriander, floral and field grass. Medium body. Over the top.

kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Pours a clear dark gold body with a small wispy white head. The nose is pretty nice, lots of rich fruitiness and esters, lots of yeast influence here. Some sweet honey like maltiness and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is very similar, certainly on the sweet side, which I’m typically not a fan of for a tripel. Lots of sweet honey and honeydew fruitiness along with some light ripe bananas. Finishes with a warming alcohol sensation. Full bodied, chewy, sticky, fine fizzy carbonation. Ok, but a little too sweet for my tastes in the style.

tsd08460 (1260) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Aroma: Belgian yeast, caramel, earthy, spicy
Appearance: clear golden with a white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,


Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bomber with Ruthie. Near clear golden pour with ring of white head. Old and musty, even though the bottle is from 2014. Banana and bubblegum. Lots of bubblegum. A little flat, but chewy body. Meh

Beergeek23322 (2643) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
11/15/2013. On tap at the brewery. Pours light amber color with a white head. Aromas of yeast, malt, light fruit. Buttery flavors with yeast and fruit. Slightly bitter finish. Not bad.

BrettTaylor (784) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Poured as a 2 oz sampler at Virginia Beer Live 2013. May have been suffering from palate blowout. Sour orange and coriander on the nose and a bit of heat. Nutmeg, clove, and banana on the palate. Very nice and very tasty.

arone12 (934) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Smells of coriander and some grapefruit. Bit of carbonation bubbles on the tongue with a slight dry grassy feel. Some citrus and hops.

zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2013
Belgian yeasts and fruity banana esters. Light head and golden yellow body. Tastes of clove, belgian yeast and other spices with some light dry fruit notes. Light and smooth on the palate.

Emeister84 (2580) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2013
Floral, honey, golden raisins, and orange peel aromas. Clear gold with very minimal head foam; oily. Off-dry, fruity, floral, and perceptibly strong. Medium body, sticky, with moderate carbonation, and leaves behind notes of wild flowers and stone fruits.

GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Sweet fruity banana aromas. The flavors exactly mirror the aromas. Overall a very good Belgian triple.

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