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Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 130
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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 maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Picked up during a visit to Madison.

Pour is an incredibly pale yellow, clear, with almost no head. Nose runs Belgian, fruity, pears, sugary sweet.

Tripel Nova walks well-trod paths; this is about as standard of a tripel as you'll find. Sweet candy sugar, check; sweet, check; yeast of the Belgian varietal, check. A brief snap of an almost saison-like funk mars the aftertaste.

A forgettable beer. Not bad, not good. Just beer. (434 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear, mid-amber color, poured with big bubbles that dissipated
S: deep, full, rounded nose with strong cloying quality, more like a grand cru, a bit too sweet
T: full taste, cloying Belgian qualities but too sweet
M: sweet, needed more spritzy quality
O: overall, just an average beer (288 characters)

Photo of eyncognito
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured the bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Pour produces a hazy golden color, with 1 finger of white head which reduces to a thin color within a minute. No lacing present, with only a little spotting on my glass. Initially the aroma is doughy, somewhat warm and sweet. Later ripe melon emerges with only minimal hints of the expected spice-clove, allspice, and alcohol are present, but somewhat weak.

Taste is better than the aroma. This ale is sweet and doughy with slightly more fruit present. Ripe melon, tropical fruit-papaya and kiwi? However, the spice and yeast presence seems muted. While I'm not a huge fan of tripels-many seem too spicy for my taste, this tripel lacks the yeast complexity. There's a touch too much alcohol heat here, perhaps masking the subtleties of the yeast. The mouthfeel is thin, fine for my taste, slightly sweet, but never cloyingly so-however, it lacks the effervescence of Belgian tripels that I enjoy. The bubbles are small and tight, but lack the motion. This ale does not dance across my tongue.

Ales Asylum's Tripel Nova is a fine tripel-don't get me wrong. It's just lacks the aroma, which would improve its taste immeasurably. The carbonation too should be kicked up. As it is, this is a slightly better than average American attempt at a Belgian Tripel. I have no doubt that Mr. Coffey can do better than this. Improved aroma also might help mask the somewhat overbearing alcohol presence. (1,438 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

A: The pour is a pale golden yellow color with a finger of white head.

S: Quite sweet and heavy on the toffee and bread. A definite booziness as well as some apple cider. Some musty straw and maybe a bit of spice and yeast.

T: A little bit of banana, bubblegum, and some bready malt. Heavy flavors of straw and apple (and apple cider). Some straw and a light mustiness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not a very good tripel. Weird flavors and aromas. (498 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had pretty positive experiences with other Ale Asylum beers, but this one didn't really impress. Seems like this is not the first time that a brewer who makes solid hoppy and roasty beers has disappointed me with their Belgian offering.

This is advertised on the neck label as a tripel, but I didn't necessarily find it to have the likeable lightness and spice I've come to enjoy from this style. There is some spice here, but not a ton of the light, candy-sugar, secondary fermentation effervescence I love about this style. It is sort of a straw color with a limited amount of head. Aroma is a little papery and reminiscent of cut-grass. Flavor is moderately malty, a little spicey, a bit boozy for the style, and again a touch grassy and papery. Mouthfeel was more of a typical beer, and not one of a beer undergoing secondary fermentation (which seems typical for this style).

Not bad; in fact I enjoyed this beer, but I found it to be (and I don't mean this in a negative way), pretty average.

I bought this bottle at Riley's in Madison. (1,050 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, white head that has good persistence and laces nicely. Sweet malt and floral hops combine with a slightly banana/clove yeast aroma. Radiant, crystal clear color . Starts with a sweet, sweet maltiness and rich booziness. Builds into a nice estery, booziness, a touch of hop bitterness as this all peaks, and then it smooths (still boozey) into velvety malt.

Overall, not bad. MINE HAS NO YEAST, so that REALLY dings the flavor. I've had this in the years before, with the yeast, and it's great. I had it at the brewery this year, with the yeast, and that was great, too. The same problem hit Bedlam. I had talked to someone at Ale Asylum who said it is that the new tanks are bigger, so apparently this results in way less yeast in all their brews this year. Bedlam was also yeast-free when I bought bottles...[grumble]. A huge knock to the flavor.
I will re-review this once I get a bottle with yeast in it... (931 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was on tap at Maduro Cigar Bar in Madison. The bartender poured this into a large wine glass.

Poured golden orange & yellow. Bubbles were apparent and had very little head.

Smell was quite active with sweet, yeasty and tropical fruit smells.

Tasted like sweet fermented fruit. The alcohol is apparent here, and sort of reminds me of the bite you can get from cheap yellow wines. Don't worry, this is much, much better. It is beer, after all. Forget about lemons and oranges, this more like passion fruit or melons.

I wasn't given a big pour at this location. I was in a long conversation with some friends, and basically was sipping this beer. Not that there is anything wrong with that. However, I would have really liked to have more to see the drinkability of the flavor and alcohol content.

I had this tripel after having Urthel's Tripel. Sadly, this doesn't even compare, and was too sweet for my palette. (931 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, date stamped 12-21-2014
A 3.5 - thinner off-white head fizzles out quickly atop a golden colored ale
S 2.75 - almost no aroma. Weird. Faint floral and honey but that's it
T 3.5 - delicate flavors with honey, flowers, sweet candi sugar, spice, apple juice, mild yeast
M 4.25 - medium body, lower carbonation, exceptionally smooth, alcohol is well concealed, finishes clean
O 3.5 - very smooth drinking, high ABV tripel but it seems to be lacking in aroma and flavor. There are many other tripels I'd pick before having another one of these. (552 characters)

Photo of bound4er
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ale Asylum has been on a roll with me - let's see how this one performs. Light amber to straw in appearance with a steady 1/2 finger of white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. Laces nicely too. Smells fruity and sweet with no noticeable yeastiness. The taste mostly mimics the nose - lots of tropical fruit (papaya, mango, etc.) but lacks the flavor interest of a good tripel. Medium bodied but a tad under carbonated. I sort of tired half way through this beer - it is well made and drinkable enough but it is not a standout like many of AA's other offerings. One in a night is more than enough for me. (607 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden, pale yellow with a thin white head that quickly disappears.

S - Sweet candi sugar, very overripe fruit, melon, papaya, apricot, honey, some spice and alcohol.

T - Overripe fruit, warming alcohol, some spice, sweet, fruit salad on the verge of spoiling.

M - Medium body on the verge of being cloying with a warming alcohol.

D - Sweet and boozy. It would be hard to drink more than 1 of these. (412 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Slightly hazy golden color

S-Overripe (almost spoiled) cantaloupe, and honey dew melons, rhubarb and strawberries with an underlying doughy, yeasty maltiness

T-Not as assertive as the taste....the doughy malt is there as is the overripe fruit but not as strongly. A little bit of white pepper spice to this as well.

M-A little sticky...feel about right...not as much booziness/spiciness as I prefer.

D-This is an OK trippel but lacks special qualities (457 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with many Ale Asylum beers, the dominant sweetness is a big detraction. What Belgium is able to achieve in terms of boozy Tripels that somehow remain light and crisp is missing. The right flavors are here - a general mix of fruit and spice - but the alcohol heat and syrupy sweetness detract. (295 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Ale Asylum (Madison, WI) on 8/9/10. Served in a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a thin covering of bright-white foam. This retains with some foamy edging that throws a fizzy cascade of spotty lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of apple juice and sugary breads (with the apple in particular coming out very strongly) along with some softer fruit accents as well. Overall this is pretty straightforward with fruit and malt but I was looking for maybe a little more spice from the yeast to be present. The out of control apple scent seems to be covering most of it up. Not warmth here in the nose to speak of.

The taste is bread, sugars, and fruit, with a fruity back of apple and pear notes. The sweetness definitely stretches the whole way through. There's a slight bitterness to this, along with some peppery spice, but there isn't a whole lot of dryness to this profile at all. Mostly residual fruit and sugars linger, as the finish is pretty clean of any extra yeastiness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a creamy smoothness up front that then prickles more as it's going down. There's a touch of warmth on the backend but otherwise, this is handling its rather substantial ABV rather well.

I personally prefer much more dryness in my Tripels but if you like em' sweet and juicy, then this is your guy. Despite the heavy sweetness, some complexity is still there and this does drink mighty fine for a 10% beer. (1,467 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is very clear golden color. Bright white head, some lacing.

Nose of straw and melon. A bit subdued.

Smooth and simple entry - flavor builds. A nice Trippel flavor profile mid-mouth...honey maltiness with a hint of yeast. Quite sweet, ripe fruits.

Mouthfeel doesn't libe up to flavor profile - light, and , dare I say it...watery? Not really watery, but just lays there for awhile - alcohol is always there, but lacks fullness.

That said, an easy drinker for alcohol level, nice flavors. A bit sweet for my palate, but a decent nightcap. (545 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Review numbers are for fresh version.

I've been cellaring this at ambient basement temperature since 6/5/11.
Please bear in mind my tastes can be subjectively different from yours.
Fresh - 3.75 Tasty but a bit too 'hot' with booze. That's why I cellar tripels in the first place.
1 yr - 4.0 Pinnacle. Flavorful, boozey hotness is appropriately muted for my tastes.
2 yr - 3.5 Medium cardboard oxidation, no booziness.
3 yr - 2.75 Too much oxidation. Experiment aborted, all remaining bottles consumed.

1 year at basement temp seems to be the Tripel treatment of choice for my tastebuds.
YMMV. (599 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A- Pours a nice golden straw color that has a little bit of haze to it. The head is only about a finger's worth and recedes rather quickly with minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Smells almost like a cross between a Belgian pale and a tripel. The candy sugar's are pretty predominant to go along with a little bit of lemon and some white bread. Maybe even some cream corn in there too.

T- The smell of this beer is pretty bold but the taste is a little more subdued. Yeasty, bready taste with a little bit of grain and sugar in there. A small hint of spice tops it off. The alcohol is completely hidden, never coming through.

M- Not a whole lot of carbonation and just a little bit too thin for the style I would like to think. No warming from the alcohol whatsoever.

D- A little too sweet for the style but still not that bad. I think of this more as a Belgian pale than a tripel but either way they go down easy for such a high ABV. (986 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ale Asylum Tripel Nova. No ABV given. They never do. But, i had one at the brewery a few weeks ago, pretty sure it was from 8.5%-10. Sounds about right.

Slightly hazy, bright golden hue, below a snow white cap of foam, slim but staying.

Aroma: Spice and sweetness first, with mild fruit notes below. Beautiful nose, note perfect for a triple.

Taste: Bittersweet hop attack hits first, then is overcome by spice and Belgian yeast character. Sweet, fruity notes dominate the palate, mingle with spice and never quite split the scene. Alcohol creeps up a bit, as with any good triple. Just enough spice and fruit. Just enough of everything. Not bad, not bad at all.

What's the gobbledygook? "Golden in color, with a bouquet of fruit and spice, this Belgian-style tripel has a touch of summer sweetness and a euphoric finish. Tripel Nova is brewed with passion and is best enjoyed that way." (892 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip, Tripel Nova pours a hazy orange though it still has a good degree of clarity. Swirling generates a thin wispy skim that spins in the center. Not much lace, a thin ring around the edges is all that's left after a little while.

Sweet apricot aroma, marshmallow, fruity and yeasty with a note of alcohol as it warms. Mild banana and clove phenols.

Sort of boozy, but not overtly so. Fruity with a bit of fruit cocktail, pear syrup, and clove/pepper spice. Body is a little bit syrupy, not as effervescent as it could be. Hits the palate a bit lifeless after the first few sips. Easy enough to sip one, probably worth trying again when absolutely fresh. (667 characters)

Photo of znichols
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clean yellow color with a one inch deep white head. The head dissipates rather quickly but the lacing hangs around. This beer looks simple, but u can tell it looks like it packs a quiet punch.

S- old straw, spice, and light banana dominate the smell. Absolutely smells belgian. The aroma is very crisp with just a hint of booze.

T- sweet yeasty notes of aged bread and lemon start it out. Alcohol makes an appearance in the middle with just a little bit of belgian spice. The lingering flavor is of unripened banana and sweet bread. This is a tasty beer very much in tune with the tripel profile.

M- crisp and light. A clean bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

O- I enjoy this tripel. I would recommend this to someone as their first trappist ale because it has the full iconic flavos of light straw and banana clove, but it isn't over the top and its pretty drinkable for the abv. (891 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my duvel tulip the beer is lightly hazed golden yellow. The bright white head gets only one finger high before fading rather quick. A decent amount of thick lacing is left behind.

The aroma is full on spicy belgian yeast. White grapes, pears and apples along with a heavy dose of pepper round out the nose. Definately smells like a Belgian Tripel.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Spicy black pepper, yeast, candied white fruit and a good dose of hot booze. The booze come on a bit hot and strong for my taste.

Very creamy and smooth body. Very mild carbonation.

Overall a nice Tripel. A touch hot but most tripels are amped up with high ABV so it's expected. (679 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of expatsteve
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of PurpleCloud
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (500 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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. . . . (1,500 characters)

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Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.