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Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 18
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002)
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Reviews by andrewinski1:
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3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing this bottle! Poured into a tulip. The color is nice clear golden. There is a small head that doesn't last very long.

The aroma has some nice pepperyness. Some graham crackery malts blend with a touch of grassy hops. The yeast is the prevalent component to this aroma.

The taste is full of crisp honey-sweet malt. There is a slightly peppery yeast finish. Not much hop flavor in the taste, just enough to complement the sweet malt flavor.

This is medium to full bodied. There is some nice crisp carbonation here. Not bad, nothing here stands out; but maybe that's a good thing also.

andrewinski1, May 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a light, hazy orange in color with a decent head. It sure looks the part.

Smell – The big Belgian bouquet was right on style here. The yeast was huge, the orange moderate, and the light spicing (mostly coriander) a terrific compliment.

Taste – The yeast lightened up a bit at the taste, as it usually does, and the orange stayed true to form (I hate it when you smell fresh oranges but taste orange soda pop). The spices were powdery in the mouth, rounding out this lovely flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Tripel will fill every crevice of your mouth with sticky orange sweetness. It’s nice and light on the tongue and fluffy in the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is a terrific effort by Cambridge on this very difficult style. Well done.

Comments – This was one of the better ales I had at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest. I’m glad I stayed away from the larger, more well-known breweries and spent some time over at this booth.

RoyalT, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Rich, golden, slight haze, creamy white lacing

SMELL: Faintly phenolic, gum, orange, toasted grains

TASTE: Very smooth and creamy, honey, toasty, cereal grains, caramel, candy, warming alcohol, pepper, spice, phenols, ripe citrus undertones

According to many, and the label, this is the first-ever Belgian-style beer commercially produced in the US, originally brewed in 1990 by former CBC headbrewer Darryl Goss (RIP). According to us, it’s one of the best. Everything you’d expect from the style. This is Belgium in a glass.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.3%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, bottled in 5-13

Pours clouded apricot, minor head, that goes to a thin collar and leaves just some smaller bits of lacing.

Over ripe fruits, some yeastyness and light spice on the nose.

Crisp and flavorful tripel, with bracing notes of lime and juniper and a nice Belgian yeast snap. Moderate hops in the finish. Getting notes of more ripe fruits, with a slight alcohol burn.

Tasty and enjoyable. Glad to see these CBC beers being distributed to nearby Conn. and this is another one that I would seek out again

Billolick, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

mctizzz, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: minimal head, orange-gold in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, clove, coriander, cardamom, orange, banana, and alcohol

Taste: Belgian spices, clove, coriander, cardamom, orange, banana, and alcohol--exactly like the nose

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet with a touch of bitterness

Overall: I have been having a lot of tripels lately and I have to say this one falls pretty much in the middle. It tastes like an imperial witbier. Not bad, but there are several in the style I would get first.

tigg924, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -10%

alienlifeforcecube, May 31, 2014
Photo of marchnlv
4/5  rDev +2.8%

marchnlv, May 23, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tripel Threat opens to a full-bodied banana and clove nose, ripe with spices and fruits. Pear, apple, berry, orange, white grape, and apricot mix with pepper, and a spritzy pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind layer from the hops adds a nice touch to the mix, made more bitter by shades of pine resin. The beer is quite sugary and sweet, with loads of brown sugar, and even a touch of super-sweet confectioner’s sugar adding to the fruity base. The sweetness is held back a little by the aforementioned spicy notes, as well as a light toast crust and Grape Nuts cereal base. At the edges is even a slightly funky, sour note, adding depth and complexity. As a whole, the nose is very nice, being balanced and offering a wide variety of aromas. A bit more punch would have been nice, especially as the fruity notes tend to lose their potency somewhat quickly, but as a whole the first impressions are good.

On the tongue, the beer begins very sweet, with berry, blood orange, peach, maraschino cherry, and apple mixing with brown and confectioner’s sugar, the initial blast shockingly sugary. The bananas and cloves, as well as white pepper, do come in after a second, bringing relieving spices, but the sweetness is still near cloying at times. Not even the tart pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and pine resin fully take away from the sugary rush. This sensation does not appreciably abate in subsequent sips, the sweetness reaching aspartame or stevia extract levels, and while the spices, hops, and touches of toast crust and wet wheat from the grains try to keep up, they simply can’t. There’s also a fairly heavy vodka vapor that fills the nasal cavities and lingers into the aftertaste, which is otherwise a continuation of the super-sweet aspartame fruit esters. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the burning mouthfeel.

Overall, while the nose had decent promise, there’s simply too much unchecked sweetness in this beer, which swings wildly into cloying and chemically aspartame notes, made more bitter by heavy alcohol vapors, and the beer in many ways resembles an alcoholic martini made with fruity vodka, sipped while eating wheat crackers.

jondeelee, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +2.8%

juicebox, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

kwkdmk, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

sgttibbs, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of justme
4/5  rDev +2.8%

justme, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head on top. Not much retention, leaving just a ring of foam around the top. Thin, sporadic lacing.

S: Banana, honey, some sugary sweetness, very light spices. There is some light Belgian yeast in the middle. A little bit of an acetyl/buttery aroma.

T: Light Belgian yeast and spice upfront, some pepper and cloves. Banana and doughy malt dominate the middle and finish.

M: Medium bodied, slightly tingle to the carbonation, but seems about right.

O: Pretty cool, as this was the first American made Belgian beer. First time I have had a CBC beer in a bottle, glad I picked this one up.

mdaschaf, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap on 2/21/08 served in a 14 oz. tulip

This one is honey-orange, fine white lacy head and sticky, totally clear. Nice!

The nose is a very aromatic sweet honey malt, corriander, spicey and sour yeast, mild tingly heat.

This is easily one of the best Tripels I've had, very complex flavor that includes a big, sweet malt, caramel-style, deep, dark fruity and mildly sour yeast upfront, mandarin orange citrus, spicey hops, not the leafy-dry hops that some Tripels have. Great balance.

Medium to full mouth feel, very crisp and clean.

Will knows his Belgians!! He makes some of the best belgian-style brews in the country. Love it.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of dmachado
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

dmachado, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +2.8%

I keep saying I don't like Belgian-styles but beers like this make me realize I just need to explore them more.

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of hreb
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tapered glass. I've long enjoyed this on tap at the CBC but this may be my first experience with this beer from their (relatively) recent bottling efforts. Beer pours deceptively golden yellow in color. Could pass for a lager or even an especially pale IPA. Great clarity with lots of apparent carbonation. Aroma is fresh, yeasty, and sweet, showcasing CBC's house Belgian strain.

Flavor is complex and strong. Several different sweet malt flavors combine to form a classic Belgian Tripel taste profile, and are then joined with a respectable dose of hops to dry it out. Quite dry, actually, in terms of how little residual sugar there is here. There's a little bit of alcohol burn -- it is 10% after all -- but the finish is clean. There's a reason CBC serves these by the tulip only.

One of the best American Tripels available by the bottle and nearly as good as its draught counterpart.

hreb, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, split, hill farmstead stemware

This one's been around a while - hazy orange body - heavy notes of yeast, citrus, clove, white pepper, belgian spice, banana, candi sugar. Hey - nothing really new here, but this is a solid american tripel. I've always been fond of the style, and this was a nice one to try.

dirtylou, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

mjstacker, Oct 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

dylnthmsn, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Kegatron, Feb 12, 2014
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Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.