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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samuel Adams New World Tripel: Pale gold in color, this ale is big, flavorful and complex. A special Belgian yeast strain adds tropical fruit and spice notes to the crisp dry ale, while Saaz hops add a subtle herbal note.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Pours dark golden with a nice wispy off-white head. Notes of intense esters, pineapple, tropical fruit, spice, alcohol, white grape, champagne and peach. Full to heavy bodied. Alcoholic with lush carbonation. Would be great with 4-6 months of age.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2013
750 ml bottle. 1441. From Boston Beer Co, Boston, MA. HHOK XIII
Hazy golden colour with a big frothy white head. Yeast, mild spices, medicines and sausage in the aroma. Theres something delicate but... not really. Malt, bread, alcohol, chestnuts, yeast and dark fruits in the flavour. Strong but not that balanced. Not very good interpretation of Belgian Tripel.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brandman (2901) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Semi hazy copper body, floffy white head. Some fleas at the bottom. Aroma has bit penicillin, some strange berries, toasty malt. Flavour has metal, alcohol, bit nuts. The same penicillin overflow continues. Dried fruits and some bready malt. when warms belgian yeast comes up, changes bit better. Harsh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2013
From bottle. Light alcohol and lactose sweetness, mild peach and vanilla. Mild, mild oak. Medium golden amber clear with thin creamy off-white lacing head. Medium heavy body with high carbonation and light warming. Starts medium sweet with vanilla, light pilsner malt, some wheat and oranges. Alcohol sweetness, carbonic fizz and acidity, and neutral fruity character. A little weak but has a decent tripel profile. Certainly not lacking in alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours a copper orange with a light white, thick head of loose bubbles. Smells of papaya, pepper and citrusy hops. Esters of clove are present as well as hints of guava and pineapple. Strongly carbonated with a medium body and a light bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2866) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. Clear, bright amber with ample off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of citrus, earthy yeast, cloves and banana. Taste of cloves, hot peppers, banana, spices, flowers, earthy yeast, alcohol and even more cloves and hot pepper. This beer leaves a burning sensation in my mouth. Spicy beers can be nice, but this one was too hot even for the Thai curry I enjoyed with it. Medium body and medium carbonation destroyed by the fiery mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badhack (548) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
I saw everything the previous reviewer did and decided it was interesting and creative. The beer pretty much matches the description. It pours a honey color with a ridiculous champagne like head. It is not overly heavy, no hints of dark malt. It has strong hints of peppery spice and tropical fruits on top of an acidic funky character. Although I agree it is less tripel and more saison. Alcohol is masked and also has some yeast in the flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Part of Samuel Adamss Barrel Room Collection, this beer was pretty annoying to look at from the start. Yes, Im talking about you, out-of-control head that took forever and a day to subside. Also, its pretty fancy that Samuel Adams put so much extra money into the extravagant bottle and packaging, while still being able to charge a reasonable price for the bottle. You know, because they can afford it. Oh, and if you read the little book that comes with the bottle youll learn that this member of the Barrel Room Collection wasnt even barrel aged. Rather, they brewed one beer and conditioned it in barrels to produce a wild-tasting product they call "Kosmic Mother Funk". They then add that to a Tripel they brewed, and then (get this) bottle condition it with... ugh... Champagne yeast. Yes, this is why the beer is so annoying. Come on, guys. If you can afford this dumb packaging, you can afford to brew a real barrel-aged beer. Anyway, on with the review. Its light, golden in color with that aforementioned, frothy white head. The aroma is very green and grassy. Smells like a Tripel? Not really... more like what Id expect from a Saison. In the mouth theres a little sweetness up front, which leads to a touch of caramel delivered by a light-bodied, somewhat creamy body. The carbonation level made this a wildly-aerated beer, and after only a few sips into the beer that aeration is already collecting in my belly and its making me belch. Its such a bad drinking experience that I dont even want to finish it. Why put myself through such a belchy beer when its not worth the flavor? It finishes seemingly dry, but fruity, and nothing about this beer reminds me of a bold, alcoholic, sweet, fruity Tripel. Its more like a cross between a Champagne and a light-bodied farmhouse ale or Saison. The alcohol presence is practically undetectable. Its just not enjoyable. Ana said it was pretty light and tasteless and definitely doesnt live up to the 96th percentile that RateBeer.com reflects from member ratings. I agree with her. I wanted to believe more in this beer. Honest.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
On Tap at Denver Winter Brew Fest 13. Pour is hazy golden-orange with a fluffy white head and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by banana, clove, spice, and biscuit with a touch of grass and citrus. Taste is big banana, bubblegum, clove, somewhat bready and grassy with a dry, lingering spicy finish. Sticky mouthfeel with high carbonation and slight alcohol on the backend, yet hard to believe it is 10% ABV. Nicely crafted Tripel.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2013
From a growler, pours a golden amber color with a medium white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of banana, cloves, bubble gum, Belgian yeast, vanilla and oak. Tastes of all the same things in the nose but has a slight tropical taste and the oak lingers on the taste buds for a while. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with ok carbonation. This is a very interesting take on a Belgian tripel I think aging it in the oak barrels made it real good.


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