Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum

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very good

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | 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 Lucular
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinkable but that's about all I can say for it. Boozy, metallic and not very interesting. My least favorite tripel to date.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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."

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of RossMaxwellWAPL
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Well balanced. Good strong beer.

Photo of kkleu357
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 6/7/14

Golden straw body. Sweet sugary sent. Taste is very sweet malty with some yeast flavors. It’s pretty good.

Photo of barnzy78
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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 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 TheSSG
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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...

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of znichols
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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 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 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 Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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 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 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 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 Wisconsinality
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.