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Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

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252 Ratings

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | 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 kzoobrew:
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Batch 01, bottled November 2011.

Liquid honey colored body. Crystal clear and free of sediment. Frothy four finger head settles atop momentarily. The head recedes at an steady pace, the lacing fades soon after the head disappears.

Spicy yeast aroma is dominant up front. Clove and white pepper transition into a brighter fruit aroma. Citrus, light apple and subtle candied pineapple aroma. Doughy malt base is soft, gives a clean base for the more prominent scents to build off of. A touch of booze is noted on the back end.

Sweet doughy malt and honey flavors roll across the palate. Spice and fruit notes build just behind and come to dominate the palate. Clove flavors take the lead as orange, apple and pepper round out a solid supporting cast. The fruit and esters balance remarkably well.

Medium bodied Tripel. Soft and smooth texture. The finish is on the drier side though fruit and ester flavors do linger on momentarily.

As the first commercially brewed American Belgian style ale I enjoy this as much for the historical aspect as I do for the beer itself. Luckily the beer does match the historical interest. Balanced flavor, alcohol well masked and very drinkable. Good representation of the style, Tripel Threat is worth a look.

07-03-2012 04:20:52 | More by kzoobrew
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

11-22-2004 20:52:10 | More by RoyalT
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4.61/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

09-09-2013 15:56:50 | More by BeerAdvocate
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

12-24-2011 22:59:51 | More by Marc33
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%

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

08-27-2013 01:33:50 | More by Billolick
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-30-2012 22:58:08 | More by mctizzz
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

07-19-2012 13:43:23 | More by tigg924
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-31-2014 01:46:17 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-23-2012 11:14:13 | More by marchnlv
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

04-15-2013 00:47:10 | More by jondeelee
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

11-14-2011 16:45:43 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-21-2013 16:16:42 | More by juicebox
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

06-13-2013 22:31:29 | More by doremite
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2014 22:54:18 | More by kwkdmk
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-08-2014 15:49:02 | More by sgttibbs
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-30-2014 11:08:36 | More by justme
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

02-09-2012 03:32:49 | More by mdaschaf
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New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

02-22-2008 06:49:40 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

04-14-2014 17:50:06 | More by dmachado
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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.

09-02-2014 04:14:44 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

08-01-2014 03:00:42 | More by hreb
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4.21/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

02-11-2013 03:33:25 | More by dirtylou
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-05-2013 00:10:29 | More by mjstacker
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-10-2011 23:35:35 | More by dylnthmsn
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-12-2014 23:10:28 | More by Kegatron
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Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.