RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Clear golden color with a thick, snowy head. The nose and palate are consistently big with cloves, bananas and tropical fruit. Full bodied Tripel with a lively carbonated mouthfeel. Some alcoholic heat shows on the long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1139) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Aroma is dominated by fruits, cloves and strong pineapple notes. Shiny copper in color with a massive white foam top. Well carbonated with flavors of hops, herb, butter, massive citrus and some spices. Nice complexity with a great balance and a big boozey finish. Overall, very well done and full-flavored with a pleasant herby hop. Strong spice and alcohol on the finish. Id give this an A rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
THOUGHTS: The funk and sourness were very subdued in this one compared to the 13th Hour. Almost Christmasy, somehow. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an ever so slightly hazy, light to medium golden with tons of beautiful carbonation and a small to average, creamy, off-white head that kept a fairly thick sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma had light bread; light herbal hops; floral hops at the end; moderate to heavy doughy and spicy yeast; wood; clove; lots of spices; and lots of fruit. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, slightly sour and slightly acidic; while the finish was light to moderately sweet, moderately sour and moderate to heavily acidic. The medium body was dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry, lightly alcoholic and moderately astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of pineapple and tropical fruit notes, as well as some alcohol, white pepper and Belgian yeast. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of pepper and fruit notes, as well as some chewy biscuit malt. The alcohol is also quite noticeable, which is not a surprise for a beer that is 10 percent. There is also a little bit of oak and vanilla character hidden in the background. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Aroma: Citrus fruits with hints of spice--clove, perhaps?--and honey. There are some herbal hop notes at the edges, but theyre very faint. Appearance: Clear pale gold with a thick, rich head that leaves lots of lacing. Taste: Light sourness, almost tartness, immediately balanced by a medium sweetness. The two play off each other well, and fade to a spicy bitterness in the finish. Palate: Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, long spicy finish. Overall: Its a very yummy beer with lots of tropical flavors--citrus fruits (pineapple, maybe?), spices, etc. Its well balanced, too, and the alcohol isnt so apparent that it becomes obnoxious. Id drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1567) - Iowa, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Pretty much as descripted generally. Soapy floral spice with somesweet pastry breadiness big head lots of carb.Fruity spicey with light carmel buttery sweetness.Some tart mild- grassyness wood oak/wiskyish notes medium body sweet light syrupy sweet,belgiany fruit pepery spice orange like fruit some dry alcohol.Some earthy herbal hop with bittering.Tartish dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate clove, banana, bubblegum, light vanilla, and faint oak. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a three finger orange tinged off-white head that lasts a minute or so before it fades to a thin film. There is some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate banana, candi sugar, and a touch of apple. The finish has light-moderate clove and light vanilla. Its medium bodied with lively (but not prickly) carbonation. Overall, this is the beer from the Barrel Collection that I wanted to try the least. However, in my opinion, its the best of the bunch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a clear orange to golden hued body with a foamy, medium sized white head with good retention. Aromas are of tropical fruit, dry and herbaceous hop character. Light caramel, light isoamyl acetate, pear, vanillin and mild phenol. Flavors are dry and lightly tannic, some cotton candy like caramelization flavors, medium-low vanillin, tropical fruit, saw dust, mild ester. Light corked flavor. Very dry finish. Mild phenolics. Very lively carbonation, bone dry and nicely warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2012
750, custom capsule, corked and baled. And tagged with a little brochure that I didnt open. Pours a crystal clear medium amber with bright golden edges, tons of nucleation columns, and a nice white head that settles a little too quickly. Very pretty beer, especially when first poured. And it doesnt go all over the counter, which is nice. Sweet green apples and cream nose--a little bit too cloying to be great, but certainly its on point for the style. Creamy medium body with lively if not rambunctious carb. Sweet cream and green apple mid palate. A very pleasant tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Tasted next to New Belgium Trippel and Victory Golden Monkey Tripel. Certainly different than the other two Belgian style Tripels of the night. Reminds me a bit more of Tripel Karmeliet more than any other of this style that Ive had. Still its a bit different due to its barrel aging. Pour is a hazy golden orange. Big fluffy off white head that coats the glass pretty well but fades eventually. This beer has a bunch of carbonation. Nose is of orange peel, wood barrel, and pale malt. Some tropical fruit as well. Taste is a bit boozy. Alcohol comes through as does the wood. Theres a bunch of spiced fruit. Clove. Cinamin. Rich and long lasting flavor. Great beer. Would be hard to drink one of these big bottles alone however. Well done. Very interesting and worth seeking out. A bit pricey but theres a lot of beer here.

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