Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum
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4.85/5 rDev +26.6%
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.
05-08-2007 18:10:40 | More by logansboat15
4.68/5 rDev +22.2%
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.
11-04-2010 04:27:31 | More by Bighuge
4.6/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
06-07-2006 21:28:05 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
09-24-2010 01:26:31 | More by jera1350
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
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!
12-25-2007 14:40:18 | More by NeroFiddled
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
06-05-2008 14:28:31 | More by Sconnie
4.21/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-03-2014 07:37:18 | More by MattyG85
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
08-20-2009 04:41:48 | More by RblWthACoz
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
03-22-2007 00:53:33 | More by uwmgdman
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
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!
09-22-2009 18:12:18 | More by botham
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
04-18-2010 01:33:02 | More by katan
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
03-28-2010 20:04:11 | More by blackearth
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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
06-21-2006 02:04:18 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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
11-13-2008 01:53:36 | More by hopdog
Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.