Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum

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very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-21-2006

Golden in color with a bouquet of fruit and spice, this Belgian style Tripel has a touch of sweetness and a crisp, euphoric finish.
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Photo of logansboat15
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A truly outstanding, kick-ass beer. A friend presented me with a growler of this powerful, tasty brew, knowing that I enjoy sampling American interpretaions of the Belgian art. In the growler Tripel Nova had an inviting, deep orange, semi cloudy hue. But in the glass it poured a deep yellow with a thick foamy head. Very little lacing. A nice fruity aroma dares you to drink, but looks and aroma are deceiving. The high alcohol notes are not as apparent as expected. The flavor is semi-sweet with a tart finish. Quite an elegant, very drinkable Abbey-style tripel. Silky mouthfeel. If you plan on having more than one glass, pace yourself. Better yet, call a taxi or get a designated driver to be on the safe side.

I look forward to visiting Madison's Ale Asylum in the next week or two.

Photo of Bighuge
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed golden. Thin ivory white head that leaves a surprisingly large amount of lace as I drink. Aroma is hugely bready and doughy and cakey. I love it. Very yeasty. Almost like smelling a WYeast packet right after opening it. Underlying citric aromas as well. Flavor follows suit with big yeasty, doughy, cakey malt flavors. A little lemon pepper and citrus as well. Slight bitterness. Fairly dry. Alcohol is really held in check nicely for 10% and melds in perfectly with the flavor. Carbonation is moderate and the body is medium. This is really good. Ale Asylum is really impressing me on the rare occasions that I get my hands on some.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly on-tap at the Angelic here in Madison. Nice to see some Ale Asylum brew available downtown for those of us unable to make it out to the Airport with any ease.

Served in a 10 or 12 oz elongated pilsener/tulip hybrid glass, pours a light golden yellow, clouded with yeast and without much of a head, a few sparse white bubbles here and there. Nose is rough and rowdy, dominated by juicy bubblegum, banana smoothie and fruity yeast with a hint of that canteloupe/melon that DaPeculierDane mentioned. Taste is almost as unpolished, complex, and interesting as the nose, with notes of musty yeast, spicy coriander, sweet banana-melon, bubblegum and an overall floral bouquet. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is lively. I would imagine this in the 8-9% abv range as the effects could certainly be felt, even with the smaller portion size. By no means a textbook example of the style, this is a bold, flavorful, perhaps sacreligious American interpretation that doesn't always succeed, but avoids the sickly sweet and sticky mess than many stateside tripels become. A solid opener for Ale Asylum. Gotta love the expanding Madison beer scene.

edit: Finally made it to the pub, got the second pour off a new keg and the appearance is completely different. Cloudy yeast makes me think I'm drinking an orange banana smoothie. Still as tasty as the former pour, but that extra yeast mellows it out a bit. A fun, American tripel that I can respect.

Photo of jera1350
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Chimay Chalice a golden color with a mere trace of suds on top and a ring around the edge. It does produce some fair lacing however.

Tons of fruit in the nose. A little belgian yeast, but the light and sweet fruit in the forms of apricot, peach, banana and golden raisin are the highlight.

Matches up well with the smell. Quite sweet and fruity. Golden raisin dominates, but notes of honey, clove and apricot are also present. Very tasty.

The carbonation is nearly perfect. It's soft and smooth. Very dry finishing beer with some warmth from the alcohol. I would call this a bit more than medium bodied.

This drinks very well and is yet another awesome brew cranked out by Ale Asylum. I have to say that I am a big fan of this hidden gem brewery. A really nice example of the style and an all around enjoyable Tripel.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delivered to the bar with a short lid of bright white foam atop a hazy golden body, the head almost immediately dissipated, parting like curtains before a theatrical play. Not much more than a few tiny spots of lace were left behind.

The nose offered an unusual display of fruit that I took as over-ripe apple, under-ripe blackberry, apricot, melon, and some other tropical fruit character that was clearly due at least in part to the noticeable alcohol.

In the mouth it was not as crisp as expected, but the alcohol clearly cut through whatever malt was there. I'd say "smooth", with the exception of the heat and spice.

The flavor didn't vary much from the aroma except that it was fuller and much more spicy and phenolic. The odd fruit combo was there, dancing the night away in three-quarter time, and if a bit unusual, it was still certainly very compelling! As a sipping beer, there's a lot of complexity to it... except for the fact that the alcohol will eventually take over the senses. It finished spicy and lingering with honey and heat.

Not for the faint of heart! If you're looking for a 'Wisconsin' winter warmer, this will work well to take the chill off the wind from the lakes. OR, it will certainly do its damnedest to get you all 'social-lubricated' up in warmer weather - just be careful with it!

Photo of Sconnie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A really nice tripel from Ale Asylum. Standard cloudy gold color. Tastes of orange peel and citrus, with a bit of spiciness. Very smooth and drinkable, with a nice dryness. Really a great local tripel. With beers like this, why does Ale Asylum bottle Hopalicious and Gold Digger? I'd rather see this in bottles.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A spicy and fruity yeast driven aroma with good hints of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with upfront hints of clove, pepper, funk, and coriander. Fruit hints of banana, pear, apple, and white grape. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, mango, and apricot. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity and spicy Belgian style taste with good notes of citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of peppers, clove, coriander, and funk. Big mix of fruit esters with notes of banana, pear, white grape, and apple along with citrus notes of orange, lemon, apricot, and mango. Pale malt with bready notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Sweet notes of candied sugar. A pretty good Tripel taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy and pretty sweet. Alcohol heat is tame.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Belgian Tripel style. On the sweeter side but not overly cloying.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown touched yellow. Decent enough white head. Flavor is nice and smooth. Good level of leathery barnyard funky with a touch of citrus on the back. Dough is firmly there. This rests on the heartier side of tripels. Definitely is well done and carries some of the character you would expect. And better after it warms. Suggested.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From what I recall of my sample tray....

Not a style I'm overly familar with...

A: A nice light golden color, somewhite hazy, thin white head.

S: Moderate clove aroma, hefeweizen like, also moderately fruity, and a little alcohol.

T: A very complex brew. Initially there is the flavor of clove and maybe cinnamon, toward the swallow apple and pear become evident, and at the finish every so slightly dry with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

M: Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: I could drink a few, but that might be dangerous, this one tastes and advertises a punch.

Overall: The taste of this beer is amazing, especially how many different flavors come out at different points. While, not my favorite style, I will order this again. A well done brew.

Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A - Pours a hazy golden color. Lots of head formation, driven by an incredible amount of bubbling. Bright white.

S - Yeasty and spicy, earthy and dry. Lightly grainy. A bit of sweetness: just a hair of pilsner. Some phenolic undertones.

T - Starts off with a huge sugar bomb note, with some pilsner malts. Huge amount of sweetness and alcohol warmth. Lightly orange-like, honey, fruity, some esters. Spices and yeast are less present in the taste. Finishes with some grainy notes.

M - Very thick, sugary cling all over the tongue. Creamy, without much carbonation.

D - Not filling - scary strong ABV which is well hidden. The flavors can be a little over the top.

Photo of botham
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub in Madison, poured into a chalice. pours a clear golden color with minimum head that stays at a soapy rim for a few minutes.

aroma is of belgian yeast and fruit with a light character and a mild citrus note and a very light spice from belgian yeast.

taste is of light belgian yeast and some light fruit tones of citrus and a very light apple note. very crisp on the back end. goes down very smooth with a light spice after a bit of warming.

mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly effervescent on the palate with a smooth and mildly crisp finish with only a bit of residual fruit.

drinkability is decent. for 10% APV, the brewers did an excellent job of covering it up. goes down smooth with a warming character and a satisfying finish that leaves the palate with a very fufilled aura. a well put together tripel that can stand beside the best belgian examples. cheers!

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stopped in to the ale asylum for the first time tonite on my way back from business in la crosse

appearance: first off, bravo on the glassare...a nice tulip-esque glass. pours a golden orange-yellow, nice and bubbly, light white foam head that dissipates rather quickly with no lacing

smell: very tropical, fresh citrus, big and yeasty, touch of alcohol, honey, apricot, melon, banana, well spiced

taste: tropical and passion fruits abundant, melon and honeydew, yeasty, lemon flavouring, alcohol (9.9 ABV if anyone wants to enter that in somehow), well spiced, corriander, light banana...good tripel!

mouthfeel: very lively carbonation - almost too much, medium body...closest out of all the categories to a 3.5, but i must break the tie

drinkability: pretty good considering the high abv level

impressed by my first ale asylum brew

Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness (bananas and pears), spices, and some yeast. Tastes of fruitiness and spices. Light to medium sweet (not the overpowering nor cloying). Alcohol well hidden.

Notes from 7/23/07

Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light yellow orange, with a decent head and lace.

Nice nose of banana's, other esthers, soft nose.

Taste is soft and nice, deep feels of malt and nice spices.

Mouthfeel is medium, under carbonation but good, soft feel and an easy drinker, just not a great one. Hard to think this has close to 10% abv, well hidden, one to savor.

Photo of RossMaxwellWAPL
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Well balanced. Good strong beer.

Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Very bright yellow with some cloudiness. Head was not that big but lacing was pretty good.

Nose is yeast with tart citrus and sugar.

Taste is very nice with some oranges, spice, bread(yeast) and Belgian hops. Well balanced flavor. Easy to drink with no alcohol over bearing taste. Pretty strong by the label but not by the taste!

Photo of blackearth
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Ray's Liquor in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a bright golden straw body with no head. Funky aromas of spicy yeast phenols. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tongue tingling high carbonation. Flavors are spicy, funky and yeasty with a sweet malt aftertaste. Very good drinkability.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

A - Unavoidable sediment pours out slightly clouding the light golden-honey kissed yellow wheat color. The head is snow-white but weak in stature and retention for a tripel, even with the tall pour. Some bits of lacing stick to the glass though.

S - The aroma is light and crisp right away with a nice marriage or a light yeast presence, spicy esters, floral hops, and a background dry wheat and pale malt foundation. A vigorous swirl releases a light fusel alcohol nose.

T - A light citrus burst starts off the flavor of the Tripel Nova which is followed closely by a complex blend of flavors. A dab of honey-coated wheat mixes with sweet pale malts and a floral hop addition. The mild spice taste lingers in the finish while the alcohol is only noticeable from the tingle while exhaling through the nose.

M - Crisp and medium-light bodied, it's a refreshing tripel with a smooth start and a nice carbonation tingle to the finish. The flavor lingers on the palate for a little bit too. Alcohol warmth in the stomach follows.

D - A good tripel that seems backed off slightly from it's Belgian brethren. Good drinkability is reflected from a nice complex and balanced nose and flavor with a solid mouthfeel.

Photo of cokes
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It sits in the goblet a silty goldenrod as the white lace fades in no time, leaving it bald apart from a few nebulous swirls.
Overripe melon and apricot aroma, along with some tarter kiwi and elderberry notes. There's a yeast-rich breadiness that acts as a canvas, but this is primarily fruity. Allspice-like phenols and alcoholic heat come out more as it warms.
That same fruitiness is strewn out on the yeasty malt blanket into the mouth. It's a veritable sweet-sour punch made of Papaya, plantain, kiwi, berry, melon, lime sorbet, limestone, yeast cultures (or old socks) apple juice, clove, allspice, lemongrass hoppiness, and booze.
This is constructed more along the lines of a plodding, heavy syrup US version of a Tripel than the sparkling, more effervescent Belgian takes. This stops short of being cloying, and at least part of that is due to the drying rasp of alcohol at the swallow.
It's a bit taxing with its assertive flavor and notable strength. But all told, it's quite enjoyable in modest amounts.

Photo of weeare138
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for bringing this growler back from WI per my request...
Appears a transparent, light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a mild cap, and hearty collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of yeast, apricot, tangerine, overipened bananas, pears, honey, and melon.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a citrusy, tropical fruit salad sweetness that is pretty muched balanced during the enjoyment.
Mouthfeel is semi-sweet, honey lingering, medium bodied, warming but the abv is hidden for the most part. I wouldn't have guessed it was almost 10% abv.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed yellow-orange gold with a thick and lasting white plop of cream. Strongly above average. While this isn’t a Tripel Karmelit this is certainly no crap ass Golden Monkey. Oddly, cantaloupe is the primary flavor here. I’m not used to it but it ain’t bad. Aroma is musk melon followed by honey dew followed by cantaloupe. Finish is spicy and strong. ABV is unapparent in the flavor but slightly noticeable in the feel. This is not as sweet as most American triples but this is not authentic. Still, it looks great, it smells uniquely of melons. I am quite pleased and will try a few more pints of this before expanding on this review. Oh, and like most of the Ale Asylum's first batch of beers, it has way too much banana in the nose and flavor.

Photo of martyl1000
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

[Previous review, 7/21/13, 4.45).

On tap at Side Door Grill. Totally enjoyed this. It drinks like an American barleywine -- hop-forward with a massive undergirding of malt sweetness.

The aroma: Wish it came in a snifter, but Side Door serves all its 10 oz. pours in these little flared out glasses that are like a mini-pilsner glass. So the aroma was almost completely lost to the light breeze of the patio. I covered the glass with my hand a few minutes and produced a pretty complex aroma, fruity, heavy sweet sugar and sulfur and cream. A handsome pour, though, to be sure, a tasty-looking copper haze, with a soft head w/ sticky lacing.

In the mouth the flavor is much more complex. Even w/ the bulldozer hops up front, there's a banana-taffy sweetness and a bready malt, with an alcoholic brightness bridging the two warring sides. And despite the nice sharp carbonation, there's sort of a creaminess too (or is that just the seriousness of the malt?)
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UPDATE 6/1/14

Aye-yay-yay! This beer is too sweet. I'm having to re-review this brew b/c my current experience with it is so different from my previous review (7/21/13, 4.45).

Wow. I'm amazed at how much one's taste buds can change from day to day. I respect my
previous reading of this brew, no matter that my current perception is pretty much "yulkh!"

The aroma is classic tripel. Good show on that score, Ale Asylum.

However, dang, I can't get past the cloying sweetness.

I'm gonna have to have some friends try this. . . .

Photo of PurpleCloud
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: Translucent golden orange with almost no head.

S: Sweet with a hops nose.

T: Full bodied for an ale and sweet to the palate, hints of orange and maybe lavender.

M: Very smooth, low in carbonation.

D: A bit heavy for an ale but still good.

Overall: Tripel Nova is pretty good! The color was fairly average, but still typical of an ale. Smell was good too. The taste is GREAT. Sweet at first but very pleasant. It seems like a complex beer given the multiple fruity flavors. I liked it a lot!

Photo of GbVDave
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy, yet bright and sunny gold color with a thin, bright white head that does a good job of quickly receding to a thick ring, and not much else. A tiny amount of lace is left behind.

S: Aromas of overripe apples and pears. Some hints of spice, caramel, candi sugar, bananas, booze, and fruity belgian yeast.

T: Pretty much just as above. Sweet overripe fruit and spices dominate with some help from caramel and candi.

M: Sweet, sticky, and smooth at first with a gradual shift towards the drier, spicier side of things. A bit of prickly alcohol burn shows up in the finish.

D: Pretty good. I found this to be a little too heavy and sweet with not enough tart and tangy citrus flavors.

Photo of expatsteve
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this several times at Capital Brewery's Cheers to a Cure. Here's a cheers to the Ale Asylum.

Appearance: Thick golden orange with lemon highlights. A little lacing on top of the glass. No real visibility. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Bready hints of banana, toffee, raisins with a slight kiwi and vanilla draft in the finish. Faint yeastiness. Impressive smell.

Taste: Raisins, toffee, big melon with some orange juice and lemon rind. Anise notes in a slightly boozy finish that is actually a little refreshing after the complex front palate.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than other tripels I've had, which isn't helped by some of the boozy drafts. But for the most part, enjoyable and smooth.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable for a heavy beer. Doesn't necessarily have the grace of a Belgian tripel or the easy-drinking quality of a Lake Louie, but pleasant nonetheless. I feel like some more energetic fruits would be truer to style, but this remains a nice take on a tripel nonetheless.

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Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.