Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company
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2.35/5 rDev -39.6%
Batch 2 bottle direct from the CBC fridge. Consumed 6/12.
Dense, flat, plopped down white head. Chill hazed golden amber body.
Nose is full of sweet Euro doughiness, straw, mild banana esters, maybe a touch of spice. Not much else.
Tates of sweet/syrupy malts, plasticy banana, & a mild spice jar bitterness. Tastes like a sticky/flat, old hef.
Okay carbonation, mellow alcohol, but it is still quite thick & rich & lacking. It's not what I want from a tripel.
This honestly sucks in bottle format. Or at least when I got a hold of one. A great draft beer.
07-28-2012 06:37:05 | More by PEBKAC
2.43/5 rDev -37.5%
Pours a golden metallic color, very clear with a small amount of head that disappears to just a ring around the glass. Toasted wheat bread, cinnamon, clove, sugar, honey, and other dark spices. This is sweet and dark at the same time. The tangy Belgian pilsner malt is very prevalent, as it should be, but it's almost annoying in how tangy and spicy it is. I get clove and other heavy spices, with a heavy dose of candied sugar before the alcohol flavor sets in. Hops are muted, but somewhat bright and floral, not too bitter. This is slick and heavy in the feel, with low carbonation and a sweeter than normal finish, though still dry.
This is just a single dimensional beer that is heavy and not to style at all. I'm OK with not going to style if you offer something unexpectedly good. This just falls flat.
06-13-2013 05:45:10 | More by Philousa
2.58/5 rDev -33.7%
This one lacks everything I normally find attractive in a good tripel: salty hamminess, bitter oranges, flat body, and an ugly, scabby-blobby head. Instead, this is sweet, bubbly and pretty with a foamy white hat that lasts for about three seconds. It's easy to drink and, despite its nearly 10% ABV, goes down without any sting or edge. No fun. It's a training-wheel tripel; in fact, it's more like a weak dubble. Blah.
01-29-2012 21:46:59 | More by gfreed
2.93/5 rDev -24.7%
Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into a chalice. Served cool.
Pours a slightly hazy burnt gold body with a very faint white ring head.
Smells VERY vinous. Slight grain and fruit smells as well.
Sweet front. Yeasty middle. Slightly fruity. Alcohol hits you on the way down (throat not mouth).
Thick. Low carbonation for the style.
Not a bad tasting beer. Carbonation for the style was a bit low. Smells and tastes weren't as varied as other representations of the style but this is a good beer nonetheless.
04-03-2012 15:29:15 | More by jneiswender
2.95/5 rDev -24.2%
Picked this one up at the local bottle shop along with The Audacity of Hops. I enjoyed The Great Pumpkin, so I'll give Cambridge another go.
Pours a deep golden yellow with small white head that fades quickly. Smells decently tripel-ish, sweet malts and moderate yeastiness. Little bit of spice in the background. Tastes truly average. Nowhere near the complexity of true Belgian tripels, but a step or two above other US imitators. Flavor is one-note sweet. Carbonation level is sub par, given the style's typical effervescence. Almost flat after a few sips. Not a bad buy, but I'm hesitant on future CBC purchases at the $8/bomber price tag.
01-07-2012 01:35:07 | More by rab53
3.31/5 rDev -14.9%
22oz into tulip, decanted for 30 min or so to reach cellar temp. (Aw, who am I kidding, my kids were distracting me).
Faint head over standard golden body, virtually no lacing.
Aromas are heavy on the gym shoes and alcohol-soaked banana phenols. A little apple and white wine, too. Somewhat dessert like, somewhat cordial liqueur like.
Mouthfeel is right for the style and ABV... Slightly creamy, but finishing with a little zest to cleanse the palate. Flavor is full of banana flambé and roasted marshmallow sweetness, with not-so-refined white wine (hooch style), some rubber chemical quality in the middle, and closing with a dry, dirty finish.
American brewed triples have certainly come a long way since this pioneer, but this one still does alright.
06-09-2013 03:04:31 | More by BeerImmediately
Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.