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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Don’t let Tripel’s light color and delicate aroma fool you, this is one serious beer brewed with maximum effort. First, we introduce freshest barley to crystal filtered water. Second, we add the best hops shipped directly for Europe. Third, our special yeast is the catalyst for fermentation, gobbling sugar and creating alcohol as it works. Some say that the Belgian monks who first brewed this style called it triple to denoted its high alcohol content. Still others believe triple’s origins lay in its triple fermentation; twice in the brewery and once in the bottle. Whatever the answer, ours is the Tripel threat.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1346) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Slight sweet aroma, with just a touch of banana and bubblegum. Pours a deep amber in color, with a much smaller head then exxpected which quickly fades to a tight cap. Lively carbonation is visible, but no sediment can be seen. The taste seems to have something off about it for the style. If I had to make a guess, I’d say it’s the citrus hops which seem to be out of place. It starts with a slight candylike taste, which goes to citrus, and then has a moderate bitter finish. Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting from a Tripel.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (639) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
It has a small one finger thick foamy head. It is bright white in color and quickly fades down to just a small ring of lace. The liquid is a light golden color and has a light hazy appearance. The aroma has a sweet candy like malt and yeast character with some light notes of apple and pineapple. Hop aroma is also noticeable but very light. The malt has solid Belgian candied sugar sweetness with notes of apple and pineapple. The 9%abv gives it some mellow warmth and some boozy/peppery notes. Hop flavor is way off in the distance but adds some light herbal notes, dryness and light bitterness to the finish. The body has medium to full feel and the texture seems a little thick at first from the sweetness but thins out with the bubbly carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color with a white head. Smelled predominantly of caramel and light citrus. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Caramel and nondescript fruit flavors. So so.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3167) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. 22 oz. Pours a deep fuzzy Big Bird yellow with a fizzy white fluff head. Aroma of marshmallow, grapes, sour lemon zest, funk, bitter hops, Southern Tier malt, and Belgian candied sugars. Medium bodied with a full, thick, nearly overwhelmingly sticky mouthfeel. Solidly warm finish. Great tripel, though not in line with the traditional flavor profile of a genuine Belgian tripel. This one is distinclty American; big, bold, and boozy

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
From notes. Originally reviewed 12/17/2008. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet. Southern Tier’s Tripel pours a golden, copper color with a small head, most of which dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing. There is some cloudiness from the yeast that settles toward the bottom. There is an appealing aroma of light caramel malt, some crisp fruit and a fair amount of bready notes. As it warms, a heavy alcohol smell is more apparent. I get a sense of a very light caramel malt at the beginning of the sip, but this is overwhelmed quickly by the strong alcohol taste, which is neither subtle nor appealing. Strong biscuity taste throughout. The somewhat citrusy hops finish out the end of the beer. Unfortunately, the hops clearly overpower the weak malt. There is a complete lack of transition and balance between the tastes, which is surprising considering it is a tripel. There is a very coarse feel to this beer. The yeast adds a very bready feel. With the noticeably strong alcohol content and lack of smoothness, this is not a beer I particularly enjoyed, nor did I find it very drinkable. The bottle recommends serving at 42 degrees; a cold temperature may be necessary given the lack of smoothness and high alcohol content. I did not think this was a terrible beer, but there is no comparison between this and some of the great tripels out there.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2011
22oz bottle from notes. Really disappointing tripel here. Pours out a decent golden color, but seems to be lacking depth, which is a common theme. Aromas are light, that yeasty sweeter edge I want isn’t there. Palate follows with a little more disapointment, thin with a strange acidic finish. Jumbled palate makes me think this is just some soft of belgian pale strong that went wrong.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2011
25th June 2009
Hazy gold amber beer. Short lived white head. Light airy and semi soft palate. Creamy orange and tangerine. Light appley spice. Finishes dry and creamy. Different, tasty and very drinkable. Made with coriander, curucao and orange peel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet grain and caramel aroma. Slightly sticky palate. Sugary caramel and oaty grain taste. Fairly straight forward beer and not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10291) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 12, 2011
Botella, thanks for sharing Pinball. Hazy golden colour, medium white head. Sweet old hoppy and yeasty fruity aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour, yeast, fruit, alcohol, medium bitterness, toasty malt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10766) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2011
from vinoble favrskov. clear orange, smooth large offwhite head. bretty, citrussy and slightly spicy aroma. stale hops?? flavor is sweet dry belgian yeasty, stale hoppy, sweet malty. hops are stale, but the belgian flavor remains.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8640) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2010
Bottled. A hazy dark gold coloured beer with a small white head. A spicy yeasty aroma with reasonable hop levels. Good perfumed floral spicy flavours with Belgian yeasty notes. A decent tripel with a definite US twist.


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