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Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

220 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.47%


Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 16:58:56 | More by BEERchitect
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 02:00:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 12:20:23 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:05:08 | More by smcolw
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mactrail

California

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 06:17:02 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 18:28:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:33:50 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:28:51 | More by jdhilt
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 20:20:43 | More by DrJay
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Brad007

Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 14:52:45 | More by Brad007
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:55:09 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:05:28 | More by superspak
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dirtylou

Washington

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 02:14:10 | More by GarthDanielson
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2004 20:52:10 | More by RoyalT
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 04:09:50 | More by johnnnniee
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this on NEBCO this past Saturday.

A: Hazy medium amber body with a thin off-white head that leaves spotty lace. Average.

S: Moderate breadiness, light bubblegum, and some fruity esters. Apricot and apple. Solid.

T: More malt-dominant than the nose. The fruitiness is relegated to the finish, where strawberry and apple both lend sweetness to highlight a touch of booze. Tasty enough, but neither terribly complex nor memorable.

M: Smooth, soft, lightly carbonated. Delicate.

O: Enjoyable enough, but not even in the same ballpark as the best of the Belgians.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:58:51 | More by woosterbill
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 20:46:34 | More by puboflyons
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 22:45:11 | More by rudzud
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02MAR12 - 22oz bomber, brewed and bottled for CBC by Mercury Brewing Co. Cost was around $8 or so from Harringtons; don't rightly recall... Batch #1, bottled NOV11.

Filled a small tulip... It is a muted golden color; a smidge of haze taking the edge off things. Carbo was fine and steady, and the head was white, thin and sparse, mostly at the edges. Aroma had some candy sugar and a bit of tropical fruit - nice! Body was a bit more than medium, and it was quite smooth going down. Had some crackery malts lending a bit of sweetness at first. Then it has some fruity flavors - a mix of some pear, green apple and a little melon. The finish has some spiciness and a bit of a peppery lean. Pretty solid! Prosit!

4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*** *** ***

20JAN02, on tap at CBC.... Nice cloudy orange-golden color, with small head. Spicy sweet yeasty nose. Medium body and mouthfeel.... Nice sweet malty flavor with candy sugar notes.... Very nice bier....potent, though.

overall: 4.5 rDev +11.7% (as of 02MAR12)
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2002 13:36:07 | More by Bierman9
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch No. 1, bottled November 2011.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Smells great. Loads of honey mesh with spicy clove from the yeast. Peach, light apple and citrus fruitiness. Grassy type earthiness with hay and lemongrass. Very pleasant, braggot-esque tripel.

4.0 T: Taste is much like the nose. A lot of honey with clove underneath. Farmy earthiness with hay, grass, wildflowers. Peach fruitiness with hints of citrus and wild apple. Booze is well hidden. Very well integration of flavors with a subtleness resembling the Belgian Belgians.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Light pleasant creaminess. Super smooth.

4.5 D: A couple scores could have been higher. This is a very tasty tripel and one of the best I've had coming out of the states. This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:54:29 | More by DavoleBomb
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 13:43:23 | More by tigg924
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Boto

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber from Whole Foods: This one pours a cloudy golden color. There was really no head on it, nor any lacing. The nose is nice. Some spices upfront, yeasty, bready and a hint of orange. The taste is good, despite the body being a hair thin. Wheat, yeast, spices, orange, bready. A fairly decent Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:41:46 | More by Boto
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light orange color with some sticky white head that laces the glass nicely.

Smells of fruits, oranges. Yeasty with some malt underneath.

Very tasty, this is a great triple. Nice deep malt character overlaid with some spicy yeast. Many friut tones balance this out and make it a great drink. Some notes of oranges and other fruits.

Good mouthfeel, great drinkability for this high ABV.

One of the best tripels out there.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2008 17:20:55 | More by Hojaminbag
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 15:56:50 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.