Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Paraparaumu, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Develop an active interest in Belgium’s monastic Trappist brews and it’ll quickly become obvious that the Low Countries weren’t named after the alcohol content of their favourite beers. Tuatara Tripel is is brewed in that same intense style, rich on the nose with esters and hop aromas balanced to perfection. It’s possessed of a sustained and lively body that instantly fills the mouth with flavour. Meanwhile a smooth aftertaste ensures the kind of drinkability that by rights no 8.5% alc/vol beer ought to possess.

Tonybaldeagle's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - SEP 16, 2013
Delicious well balanced drop with high alcohol and high taste. Great story well executed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UjoKlobasa (536) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Yellow golden color, hazy liquid. Oak barrel aroma, earthy. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Moravius (1076) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2015
Flasche (65 cl) von Jenny Lou’s, Peking, abgefüllt 12/13, mithin knapp zwei Jahre alt. - Orangegelb, nur wenig trüb, kaum Schaum. - In der Nase fruchtig-süße Orange, unreife Banane, Lebkuchen, Minze. - Antrunk breit getreidig und karamelmalzig-süß mit einer deutlichen säuerlich-herben Note, die an Rhabarber oder unreife Banane erinnert, jedenfalls in einem Tripel deplaziert wirkt. Mild rezent, hefig, vollmundig. Im Abgang krautig herb, schwach säuerlich, mit kühlender Minze, dazu leicht fuselig. - Eigenartige Version eines belgischen Tripels. Es fehlt die aromatische getreidige Süße, aber auch die schwere Hopfenherbe der besten Tripelbiere, und die Hopfen- und Esteraromen sind untypisch und wenig stimmig. Gewöhnungsbedürftig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (1808) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2015
500 ml bottle pours a hazy golden color without much head. Sweetness and mild belgian yeast flavors. A little alcohol harshness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2015
really enjoyed this, smells fruity tastes smooth & wonderfully balanced full of peachy fruity bitter sweet flavours pleasantly tasty & warm the alcohol is barely noticeable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5097) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle from Stewarts Wine Company December 2013. This is one seriously tasty beer. Deep golden colour with spiced fruit in the aroma and creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2014
Clear gold colour with a skim of white head across the top of the beer. The aroma is so typical of style, it is done extremely well: basement, banana and fruity esters and spices. Rich and unctuous in the mouth with tangs of banana bread and grapefruit citrus. Thick body and spicy finish. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShaneJ (820) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from Beer Cartel (Jan 2014). Bright, clear golden/copper, minimal white head, funky Belgian yeast, banana, sourdough, honey, spicy bitterness, nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsentribe8 (17) - Napier, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2014
Exactly what you’d expect from a kiwi style belgian tripel; clear, smooth beer with a fruity finish, in my opinion better than the belgian equivalents.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMStringer (19) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle. Light and slightly cloudy. Light carbonation. As usual, Tuatara manage to sneak in a banana aroma/taste. Also biscuit dough notes - as well as citrus. Alcohol very well hidden. Slightly sweet. Not a favorite style generally - but pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3455) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 Bottle. Clear gold with a small white head, low bead. Aroma of honey, lightly spiced brioche-y dough, apricots, flowers. Lowish carbonation, but it works. A curious trick here is that it is very yeasty but the honeyed fruit flavours seem very clean - barely ripe apricots, some sweet oranges, hints of banana - and ring out very nicely. It’s very sweet but dries out quite a lot with very moderate spices and discreet bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Bitterness and coriander creep up after a while in a dryish orange-tinged finish. Good. [3.7]

Larger white head but it fades quickly. Fairly sweet and very fruity, fairly clean, hop aromatics, spices and bitterness at normal tripel (ie non "Belgian IPA") levels. Mellow and tasty.

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