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Tripel Nova - Ale Asylum

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86
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-21-2006)
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-29-2012 02:29:15 | More by pebbs
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AlphaKing414

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-02-2012 04:03:28 | More by AlphaKing414
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groovy24

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-08-2012 02:53:17 | More by groovy24
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jakea

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-28-2012 23:54:58 | More by jakea
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2011 00:24:31 | More by Soneast
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-20-2011 23:20:45 | More by Rempo
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-19-2011 01:00:32 | More by Gatordaddy
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-18-2011 04:45:16 | More by jjheinrichs
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 02:48:26 | More by imperialking
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2011 15:39:00 | More by bpfrush
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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%
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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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:59:15 | More by emerge077
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znichols

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 04:08:30 | More by znichols
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
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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ZAP

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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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daledeee

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:40:11 | More by daledeee
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 04:27:31 | More by Bighuge
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:26:31 | More by jera1350
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 23:54:09 | More by PurpleCloud
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robbyc1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 19:13:54 | More by robbyc1
Tripel Nova from Ale Asylum
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.