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Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 309
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 22.9%
Wants: 29
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/20/13.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of apple cider, must, earth, spice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with apple cider, apple skin, floral, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely showing some age at a year and a half old, but it's still tasty with only a bit of oxidation in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

another cool and distinct beer from cambridge. i like this one because its a little darker, a little more of a copper or amber malt vibe to the normal belgian style tripel. is hazy pale rusty orange in color with a short and short lived white head. the nose here is great, really oath and earthy, with plenty of candy sugar added. its real sweet in taste too, but not cloying or weird, it works with the denser grain bill and the belgian yeast thats as much abbey style as it is saisony, an odd but compatible hybrid of yeasts in flavor, with a little of that farm spice in the finish under the residual sugar. a lot of body to this too, which makes it a little more of a slow sipper, even though it has quite expressive carbonation. i like that its a bit of a different take, not super pale or light, i see it as better in cold than warm weather, but thats just my palate. cambridge has been putting out some really high quality stuff lately, and this is on par with the others, if not my palates first preference

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a somewhat disappointing head for the Belgian style - it starts out nicely but quickly fades and only leaves some straggly lacing

Smell: Shortbread malt tones, with apple, pear, peach, banana, bubblegum, coriander and clove

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors create a nice platform, with honeyed sweetness building underneath; a fruit basket of flavors develops, with apple, peach, pear and banana prominent and a slight bubblegum character, too; after the swallow, the spice tones of white pepper, coriander and clover cut the sweetness somewhat though the shortbread resumes its ascendance in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Though this beer captures the flavors authentically, like many domestics brewing in the Belgian style, it fails to produce the requisite mouthfeel and look

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cambridge Brewing has demonstrated a breadth of success with an array of styles. Belgian are tricky. How did they do?...

Bright gold as it decants, the ale casts a light haze through straw highlights. Partly frothy and mid-statured, its stark-white head is pulled apart by more spritzy carbonation. Its appearance is of both sparkling wine and beer. Its short retention and lace is a little un-Belgian-like.

Big sweet aromas are floral- chocked full of honey, orange blossoms, marmalade, apricots, apples, berries, and perfume. With freshly grated cloves in the background, the ale takes on the aromas of honey suckle with a twinge of vinous white wine.

Candied-sweet early, late, and in between- the initial sweetness is straight up of honey and powdered sugar. Those confectioner's taste coat the ester character of apple peels, apricots, lemons. and white grapes. Again, with a cast of white wine that presides over the ale- a spicy finish of white pepper, earthy straw-like hops, and a medley of under ripened berries signal the beer's closure.

Medium bodied throughout, the light sticky malt character clings to the mouth and extends its turn to finish. Semi-dry, warm, and spicy- the beer lingers long with its sweet-spicy interplay.

Although this Tripel is sweet balanced, it portrays all the tastes of Belgian ales but does so in a more simplified taste than indigenous examples from Belgium. Where it is as deep in taste or as rustic or as hoppy- the ale is heavily inspired from those strong Abbey ales. It pairs well with fresh fruits of white grapes, blackberries, and fresh strawberries.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head, fades at a med pace with no real lacing, but decent bubbles rising up, clear with a slight chill haze.

Nose is a typical Belgian trippel, Belgian golden malts, light sweet candi like sugar, with a hint of booze, some decent esters, fruity yeast, hint of citrus.

Taste starts with plenty more Belgian trippel flavors, starting with the malts, golden malts, juicy malts. Then booze, a pretty big boozy kick, with plenty of sweetness, and some esters, fruity ester flavors from the yeast as well as hints of spices and citrus. Finish is kinda dry but sticky and syrupy, lingering citrus and fruity esters, light booze and golden malts, and an orange zest candi sugar taste.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent carb, quite hot and boozy.

Overall not bad, typical Belgian tripel, decent malts, nice sugars and yeast flavors, esters, although the finish was a bit too sticky, and it was way too boozy.

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Photo of mactrail
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely golden amber in the Ommegang chalice. Really a nicer than average head and loads of lacing. Champagne bubbles in the not quite clear brew. Some candy sweetness along with pear fruitiness and apple brandy.

The drier style of Tripel. Flavors much like a Saison but hot with alcohol. The Belgian flavors emerge through a variety of flavors in each sip. Eventually, however, the dry yeasty taste dominates and powers into a bitter ending. The yeasty bitterness doesn't linger as much as a big load of hops, but it accomplishes the same balance against the sweet malt and booziness.

An intriguing, complex, and powerfully flavored strong brew for your sipping delight. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #1 bottled November 2011, poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains apples, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, apples and citrus followed by some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. There’s some esters and alcohol sting in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Tripel worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 9/05/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large, but controlled, head (about three fingers wide). Dark gold color with a light hue of orange. Hazy. Light spotty (and streaky) lace.

Clean, almost lemony pale malt aroma. Very mild spiciness in the background. I detect dark cherries and raspberries as well.

Starts with a pale malt where the alcohol warmth is pronounced. Lots of orange and clove (particularly strong in the aftertaste, which reminds me of the aftertaste from Grand Marnier). Plums and apricots complete the flavor profile. The low carbonation balances the lighter-than-expected body. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Always been interested in another tripel, one of my favorite styles. Let's see how she goes! Bottled May 15th 2013.

Classic together bleach white head, but not much carbonation to only produce about two fingers tall, and settling to a simple half finger collar. Body color is a little orange and dull amber, with opaque character, and some nice lemon yellow orb glowing edges.

Nose is just great. Faint chewy apple and pear, peanut butter ripple, and sweet dough malts of breads. A real nice combination of aromas. Not getting the citrus on the nose the bottle suggests but no worries here. Some also wine like pinot grigio like character and lemon.

The palate delivers nicely. Light bodied with not much boozy quality, even finish has a bit of effervescent crispness and hop floral pleasure. Controlled sweetness letting the fruit qualities come out with light pear juicy aromas and pleasure. Finishes clean, even minty.

Overall a real solid enjoyable tripel made in America. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of rab53
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the brewery and enjoyed at home.
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge white head that slowly dissipates but never really leaves. Smells of sweet candy sugar and honey like malts, sweet apples, orange zest, light pepper, light yeasty aromas. Taste is sweet with honey like malts, sweet sugars, light pomme fruits countered with a peppery Belgian yeasty funkiness. Medium body, spirited level of carbonation with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. This is a nice tripel, I'm glad I grabbed on to go.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy gold-orange coloring, with a filmy, quickly disappearing head. Good lacing left behind as you drink. Nose of subtle sweet bubblegum, clove, and fruit cake, with a citrus highlight. Flavors of berry fruit forward, with subtle farmhouse spices in the background. Sweet, but bready, too, keeping a good balance. Smooth bodied, with a berry sweet linger into the aftertaste. Spiced and sweet, with a finish that is smooth and lingering. Good beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast and fruit nose, flavor is sweet spicy fruit and light Belgian yeast, the high ABV is hidden. Decent Belgian triple. Batch #2, bottled Jan 2012, $10.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. One year old, properly cellared bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light stone fruit, apple juice, light citrus and clove, classic tripel. Flavor follows, with apricot, peach, pear, apple and hints of citrus with a light buttery background, starting semi-sweet and finishing a bit drier with nice clove flavor and bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A very nicely done domestic tripel that I would not have been able to tell from an European one. No fooling around with domesticizing Belgian beers here, this is true to style and flavorful. Enjoyable. My first introduction to this brewery and not my last if they come my way (had to travel to California to find this one).

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Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle marked Batch no. 2 - Bottled January 2012. Sampled on March 10, 2012. The appearance is a beautifully heady hazy pale yellow. The head sticks around. The aroma is an array of sensations including grainy malts, bread and biscuit, yeast, orange, pear, and spices. The body is quite bold for the style. The taste is mellow considering this comes in at 10% ABV with a warming feel inside. It ends bitter and sharp in a way that you will not forget. Really nice brew.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich gold, almost orange in colour with a lingering collar of whitish foam, some lacing. Aromas of bread crust and bananas, slightly phenolic, faint alcohol and oranges. Moderate bitterness that was sort of hidden behind sugary sweetness. Mild alcohol, bananas and pears, slight orange zest character, bread and malt. Decent texture, mild warmth with modest carbonation. The body was a little heavier than I expected, but still not out of character. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the BBF

A - Very nice light amber hue with a small head but reall nice retention.

S - Just excellent. Sweet malts, candied malts and fruits, grains, and light belgian spice/yeast notes.

T - Almost as good as the nose. Nice sweetness intermixing with good sweet almost sticky fruits. Nice spice notes as well.

M - Good mouthfeel here. Nice and sweet, but not heavy or syrupy. Pretty good.

O - Yet another winner from CBC. The second table we went to at the fest and the one we just kept on going back to. Not a bad beer from these guys.

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Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a huge white head into my glass. Love the presentation here. Very much like a tripel.

Funky in the nose with alcohol warmth peeking out. A good dose of clove and raisin as well.

Ditto on the flavor. Funky fresh with leather and grapeskin upfront. All that seems to follow is a boozy, raisin-like finish.

It warms up at the back of the throat. Be warned if you tend to take your beer in gulps. It looks like an easy drinker.

An interesting take on the style. Definitely more personality here than in a few other (bland) examples of the style.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of light fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted a lot of fruit (pineapple, bananas, especially), yeast, bubblegum phenols, and a bit of malt as well. A light, complex, and well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent American take on a Belgian tripel. It's easy to drink and extremely flavorful.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a well formed, thick head. Laced well, too. Aroma is right on the Tripel path. Very yeasty. Pale fruits and some bread. A bit of heat. Flavor is again, very yeasty, almost chalky. Biscuity with pale fruit reminiscent of a mixture of pear and apple. Good dose of alcohol. Finishes with a honeyed sweetness. Fuller bodied but remains lighter than I was expecting. I do not love the style but this one was a decent interpretation. Nothing too crazy but if you like Tripels, this one will work just fine.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1, notes from a few months ago.

Appearance is a cloudy golden tone with a couple fingers of a brilliant white head. This tripel out of Cambridge has a nose of coriander, citrus fruit, yeast and biscuits. It has a taste that hits with orange, candy, yeast, cloves and banana. Mouthfeel has a full body, with sharp aftertaste, the spices remain for some time. Very happy to see these bottles hit the shelves, although in Mass, a nice beer.

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Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.