Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum
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3.15/5 rDev -18%
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.
10-08-2011 22:48:16 | More by womencantsail
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
09-07-2011 01:59:15 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev +12%
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
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
08-20-2009 04:41:48 | More by RblWthACoz
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
08-25-2010 19:37:32 | More by Kegatron
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
08-16-2007 19:48:51 | More by weeare138
4.68/5 rDev +21.9%
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
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-14-2009 22:59:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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
12-18-2010 05:30:13 | More by ZAP
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-10-2008 07:26:00 | More by cokes
2.7/5 rDev -29.7%
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.
04-02-2011 02:10:49 | More by maximum12
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-10-2009 02:36:13 | More by GbVDave
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
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
4.21/5 rDev +9.6%
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
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
10-23-2009 01:03:40 | More by brewcrew76
Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.