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Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum

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86
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-21-2006)
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:10:49 | More by maximum12
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-13-2014 03:29:23 | More by MidwestBA
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-03-2012 00:07:59 | More by Mrpickles
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StoughtonGuy

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -22.3%

06-14-2013 02:12:15 | More by StoughtonGuy
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:11:45 | More by wisrarebeer
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womencantsail

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:48:16 | More by womencantsail
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eyncognito

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 03:55:43 | More by eyncognito
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:37:58 | More by BeerBelcher
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-14-2013 15:50:55 | More by tourdot
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knepper

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

06-21-2013 01:12:54 | More by knepper
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

08-11-2012 22:51:49 | More by t0rin0
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 01:46:11 | More by TheSSG
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2006 18:57:34 | More by terrabyte
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 01:09:40 | More by bound4er
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MaxT

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-28-2013 04:37:20 | More by MaxT
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wmobley

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-14-2013 19:29:52 | More by wmobley
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-05-2013 15:43:32 | More by Zachtheporter
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-02-2012 22:26:45 | More by whartontallboy
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 01:03:40 | More by brewcrew76
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gshackles

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-02-2012 20:37:13 | More by gshackles
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pebbs

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-29-2012 02:29:15 | More by pebbs
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 05:30:13 | More by ZAP
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 19:37:32 | More by Kegatron
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:08:29 | More by Wisconsinality
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-14-2011 15:39:00 | More by bpfrush
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Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.