Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: morebeergood on 11-26-2007

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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – light amber color, a little hazy, with about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly. Kind of slow carbonation.

Smell – somewhat fruity, malty, but still a hop presence. Maybe some citrus elements.

Taste – definitely a citrus and clove type of vibe. Malty at the beginning, but the bite of the hops comes into play near the end of the middle. Clove finishes out the tasting. The abv bites a little bit in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – Not a bad brew at all. Good taste, and decently interesting to think about.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is about what I expected from a tripel. I get a lot of orange and other citrus notes, as well as some wheat, yeast and Belgian candy sugar. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of Belgian yeast character, as well as some candy sugar, oranges, pears and wheat. A fruity, yeasty saison. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of brojas91
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Second beer tonight that doesn't taste like it should and that is disappointing.

A- Hazy gold with little head

A- apple, citrus, tropical fruits, really fruity.

T- really fruity like the aroma, don't taste the alcohol, taste more like a shandy or saison.

M- medium bodied, barely any carbonation, kind of taste flat.

O- When i bought it I thought i was buying a tripple, and still thought so when I first tasted it, after realizing it was a Belgian Ale, I wasn't that more impressed, it is overly fruity which is not what I typically look for in beers. Even in a Belgian this is a little too sweet.

Photo of JoeyD
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an enjoyable beer that was a pleasant surprise. Easy to drink, flavorful and not boring. The flavor didn't disappear after a few sips like some beers tend to do.

A - Reminds me of an unfiltered Hefeweizen--hazy gold with an off-white head.

S - Pleasant smell, like honey and banana.

T - In line with the smell, it's sweet up front with hints of honey and banana. A bit dry in the middle, with subtle spiciness. Finishes smooth leaving a pleasant aftertaste--like a mix of banana and cloves. Not too strong of a flavor, definitely subtle yet sweet and delicious. I could see myself drinking several of these in a session--not too bitter or sweet.

M - Low carbonation, smooth, drinkable

It might not be the best Tripel, but it was still a good drink. Will definitely buy again. It's relatively inexpensive with a high ABV that is well-hidden by its full flavor and drinkability.

Photo of seasupenn
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark gold with a hint of pear and banana aroma.
Actually strong ABV, but it does not taste like that.
I enjoyed it!

Photo of cokes
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brassy, clouded honey-orange with a compact eggshell head. Lacing is moderate.
Grainy nose, with powdered sugar and banana and lemon fruity squeals. Toastier and breadier as it goes with some noted alcohol.
It begins in the mouth with a toasted dinner roll maltiness, and never goes very far. Wheat predominate. A faint pepperiness is gleaned from the yeast, but moreso a wet paper bag. Hops add a continuation of the pepper, and also the wet brown things...only leaves here. Alcohol is low and in the back.
Medium full bodied with a sagging carbonation. A tickle of it stays the course, and it doesn't feel overly fattened or sticky.
It's a failure as a tripel. This is essentially a fat American Wheat. Bland and base and boring. As such, it's not all together condemnable. The ABV is well-hidden and its fouls aren't flagrant, and it retains a decent about of drinkability. It's just misses its mark and is not interesting at all.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scuttlebutt Triple 7 Belgian Style Ale
22 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness dating
$3.99 at Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE
Great looking label!

Appearance: Obviously at least somewhat filtered, it pours a clear amber body beneath a very short-lived head of white foam. A decent collar remains, along with a partial surface covering. A swirl of the bottle brings up some yeast for subsequent pours that are much more hazy. The head retention and lacing are both limited. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily streaming upwards.

Smell: The nose is limited, revealing only soft grainy malt and delicate spice.

Taste: Its soft and sweetly grainy malt is gently bready and a touch caramelish. Vanilla notes are imparted by the yeast along with a delicate spiciness and gently fruity notes of apple and pear, backed by more subtle peach and strawberry. It starts malty (bready, doughy) and becomes spicy (white pepper, clove) across the middle. The fruitiness becomes apparent mid-palate as well, and all of its components combine going into the long-lingering, semi-sweet finish. Some grassy hop notes appear, but they're not really noticeable upfront; and it's just moderately bitter. It's very nicely balanced, and although the alcohol never shows itself clearly (you do know it's present in the background), it does its part for dryness and lends a little bit to the spiciness as well. Really well-done!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a dextrinous edge and gently bristling fine-bubbled carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A very pleasant and rich-but-not-overly-complex Belgian ale that's easy to drink. The grainy maltiness is superbly balanced by the yeasty spice and fruit, and it's moderate hop character and bitterness. Superbly rounded; and well-brewed.

Photo of RenzoD
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty meh. Too sweet even for a Belgian style. Bland, funky after taste. Can comfortably say I will not have again.

Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scuttlebutt Tripel pours with a light haze. Golden blonde in color with a thin cap of white foam. Offers sporadic lacing and moderate retention.

Aroma is pleasant though sweet, and with some light yeast contributions. Tripel 7 lacks finesse in a Belgian sense but doesn't overwhelm with sweet notes either. Spice notes are light however.

Sweetness does reveal itself in the taste for this brew, becoming slightly cloying as the carbonation settles. Touch of lemon citrus and a bit forced in nature.

Overall a bit bland though acceptable. And that's not really saying much for a preferred style. Which this isn't really. Yeast character is way too understated for a tripel in my opinion.

Photo of ckornmannn
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a hazy amber. Good smell, sweet, bread, coriander, fruit. Not very effervescent, but I think for me personally it helps because a lot of tripels are too bubbly and strong on the coriander for my tastes. Overall a good beer, I would buy it again.

Photo of dhannes
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sauternes Glass and allowed to warm up for a minute or two.

A=Moderate gold...not much different than most lagers around here, including the Summerfest from Sierra Nevada I had earlier today.

S=Strong presence of peaches.

T=Cream and floral with standard Belgian proflie; impressed initially, but flavor seemed to not develop. Some citrus (orange) aftertaste. Bitterness at first, but dissipated quickly. Tried to see if I could taste the butterscotch others noted but would describe it more like cream soda. Could not taste the alcohol. Finish had a hint of lemons.

M=Nice body, but a slight film presence noticed about half way through.

O=I don't drink many Belgian style ales; from what I have tried, this seems to be a lighter version of the style, both in body and flavor.

Photo of postalroger
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a golden orange color with minimal head or lacing.

S - The smell is subtle, but orange is present along with the Belgian yeast.

T - Refreshing, the spice is evident, citrus comes through, very enjoyable

M - Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, smooth

O - Excellent beer, I will definately be having tthis again. BONUS - the wife likes it!!!

Photo of smakawhat
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A slightly opaque body, somewhat glowing with a nice peach orange character and color and a good middle rising column of carbonation. Head is white and somewhere between foamy and creamy, doesn't really form very well off the pour but manages a good puck.

Nose smells more like saison, salty, wild yeast a bit, orange and pear on the nose.

Tasty apricot chew, with tartness. Some good malt backbone and grain, but bringing that fruit forward. Mouthfeel is about spot on giving some good body. No sweetness in this.

Why is there tartness/sour in a tripel? This really doesn't nail one of my favorite styles at all. If this were just an ordinary pale ale, or just some other Belgian style deserving of fitting I would actually score this much higher. But this is not a tripel by any means.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and massive lacing. Light aroma of Belgian yeast, cloves, sweet malt, slightly buttery. Flavor of caramel malt, cloves, Belgian yeast, light citrus. Finishes with a much lighter flavor with a slightly astringent bitterness from hops and spicing. Medium bodied. A decent American tripel, but somewhat light on the finish and flavor progression.

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold hue with a 1/4 inch head that remains constant due to the large amount of bubbles rushing to the top on the side of the glass. Great lacing.

S- A crisp nose with plenty of Belgian yeast notes plus a bready grain smell. Some hints of orange and pineapple.

T- Intensely sharp bite of yeast and alcohol upfront that cuts off to a juicy, somewhat bitter finish leaving a clean palate ready for more sips. It's like bang! Then "ooh." Then done. I don't know how they do that. Has sort of a mineral aftertaste. A bit spicy.

M- Creamy yet snappy. Leaves the mouth a bit dry after a while but it's worth it.

O- A very straightforward Tripel without too much going on. Still, unique in its own right.

Photo of nsabo
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The nose is fermented fruit - almost like a white wine - but this nose suggests a complexity that the rest of the ale doesn't delvier. This tripel is sweeter than it is spicy (and certainly no "funky" Belgian yeast to give it depth). Sweet, fruity malt: some apple juice, and hops have a twangy lemon spice. Mouthfeel is thin.
$8/6pk at 9% is quite rare, and Tripel style ales in a 6pk are rare, too (only New Beligum and Bells come to mind). This is not bad, it's got a lot to offer in terms of fruit, but it lacks the yeast and spice that makes Tripel's memorable for me.

Photo of hellobeerz
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - A golden looking Belgian beer, perfect color.

S - You get a sugary sweet smell like any other triple.

T - The 9 percent alcohol is well hidden for the most part. You get the sugary bubblegum fruity taste with a dry semi-bitter finish.

M -Drinkable, very clean and crisp. You can drink a 6 pack of these and still ask for another.

O - I picked up a 6 pack for only 7 dollars at my local total wine. And this is honestly a STEAL. Go pick this up, it has a low price, high drinkability, and a high ABV. hahaha. You wont be disappointed.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow-orange color. The beer appears to have been filtered to a degree; this is relatively bright and clear for a tripel. A medium-sized off white head forms with a frothy/foamy texture. Some foamy patches of lace do stick to the glass.

S: Some sweetish notes up front. Tart and somewhat spicy yeast esters are evident. It's more fruity than phenolic, with definite notes of pears and golden apples. Perhaps a light berry aroma as well. Alcohol seems to be hidden pretty well.

T: Some sweetness from pale malts up front. Actually rather grainy, at least for the style. Fruity notes are prominent, again featuring pear, golden apple, and light berry. Lesser notes of spice, with faint clove character. Hop bitterness is low but detectable, with faint grassiness. Light alcohol presence works reasonably well with the rest of the flavors.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is medium, but this beer is a little less effervescent overall than many other tripels. A bit of alcohol warmth. The finish isn't nearly as dry as I would have liked from this type of beer.

D: This isn't a bad beer, or a bad tripel, but it's got some flaws. It's a pleasant, drinkable brew that falls on the tame side. For the style, it's got a fair amount of residual sweetness and lacks the bracingly dry finish you might expect.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark golden color, a little hazy, but zero head and lacing. Not very impressed.

S - Pretty faint for what is normally a quite aromatic style of beer. All the aromas are very light and there are subtle hints of candied sugar, a little orange, and some biscuit. Again, could be a heck of a lot stronger.

T - At least the taste isn't so bad...everything leading up to the initial taste leads one to believe that this beer is a complete flop. There are nice sweet flavors of Belgian sugar, a nice lemon/orange taste in there, and it finishes sweet. Not nearly the best Tripel out there but it tries to save face a little.

M - Body is a little thin for me and the carbonation could use a little ramping up. No hint of alcohol though. Aftertaste vanishes quickly as well.

Overall not too impressed, the base work for a solid Tripel is there but the overall product is lacking. On the positive side it cost me $4 for a bomber.

Photo of Hopswagger
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

P: Slightly hazed copper body with a topping if white thin milky head that fades rather fast and leaves a wet ring around the glass.

S: Starfruit, peaches, apricot preserves, pears, yellow apples, wheat grain, pineapple, artificial syrup flavoring and lime. Has almost a dairy character to it. Dry timidly musty yeast, and weeds. Aroma is dialed down.

T/M: Not like the fruity nose. It has an odd aftertaste of spoiled fruit and bitterness similar to bitting into kale. Butterscotch comes to mind for the weird after math. Artificial banana and an odd spice profile. Body is nice and sticky with a subtle dose of carbonation. Overall taste is off and cheap.

O: Not a fan of this beer but I didn't expect too much for such a cheap tripel offering. Nose is nice and body was well done. Taste is just not appealing.

Photo of froghop
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy orange with a thin white bubbly head that goes away quickly, not much lacing.

smell of fruit, spice, pepper, roasted nuts, and some malt.

taste is creamy, carbonated, spice, sweet fruit, some caramel, and some roasted nuts, ends a tad bitter.

Photo of FrancisM12
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer. Gotta love the abv (9%). Which is well hidden. But the finish is a bit strange. Maybe too sweet. Certainly worth a try. However, you probably won't love it. There are better Belgian ales out there.

Photo of hogrider
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into oversize wine glass, yellowish ale resembling a lager; fizzy head that quickly disappears leaving a spotty lacing in the glass. My nose reveals a fruity mix of mangoes, bananas and a hint of pineapple. It goes down easy and smooth leaving a sweet aftertaste. I like it! Will be getting several bottles next time...and folks don't forget to support your local brewery DRINK BEER. HOG

Photo of MisterClean
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At OBF.

A - Poured copper with a 1/2 finger of white head. Dissipated immediately leaving no lacing.

S - Honey and some light caramel.

T - Honey, light caramel, some belgian funk, and light bitterness.

M - Light bodied and malt dominated.

D - Average, but the alcohol is well hidden. Could improve with more complexity and a more profound hop character.

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: nice slightly opaque tawny golden color with almost no head; what head there was dissipated quickly.

Smell: quite subtle; malty and very slightly tart and fruity. Not bad, but I would have liked more of it.

Taste: smooth malt flavor with a little bit of toastiness/biscuitiness to it. Not much in the way of fruit or ester flavors; it's not bad, but it could be a lot better.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little creaminess to it. Again, not bad, but not particularly exciting.

Drinkability: for all its mediocre qualities, it's still a perfectly reasonable tripel and is quite drinkable despite its ABV.

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Tripel 7 Belgian Style Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.