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Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

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240 Ratings

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-10-2012 03:39:30 | More by kirkse
Photo of jlindros


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Photo of jneiswender


2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 15:29:15 | More by jneiswender
Photo of busterthecat


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Batch 1, Nov 2011. served at cellar temp into an Allagash chalice.

A- Pours a bright golden hue from bottle. Sits just a shade darker in glass. It's transparent and has light carbonation. Not much of a head forms, and just a gentle ring of foam lingers.

S- Sweet pears, light hay, lemon zest, cloves & yeast. Secondary notes of banana and bubblegum. A mellow aroma overall and on the sweet side.

T- Follows the aroma pretty closely. The sweet notes are kinda dominant, making it rather simple in the layers of flavors, but reduces in strength as it warms.

M- Medium bodied, perhaps on the heavier side for a Tripel. The sweetness lingers and is a tad heavy on the palate. There is some light heat from the Alc present in the finish. Swet and sticky.

O- A decent Tripel. Very drinkable, but nothing special or great. Too sweet for my personal likings, but a good bottle to split.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:24:40 | More by busterthecat
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-28-2012 20:50:38 | More by sholland119
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with an inch of dense white. Some fat ropes of lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration of the glass. Modest for a tripel.

Aromatics lead off with husky, biscuity malt, powdered sugar, cloves, bubblegum and a hint of burnt wires. Honey, apples, and corn syrup follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel.

Sweet malt with candi sugar and clovey phenols start the palate. Hints of citrus spice, barley husks, and honey follow through.

Finishes with a lingering sweetness, spice, and warming on the throat.

This is tasty enough, but after having Tripel Threat so many times on draught at the source as well as the Darryl Goss' reincarnation years ago at the Skyview, the bottled version is a bit lackluster. Bottle conditioning at the proper carbontion level would be a good start.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 22:03:52 | More by brewandbbq
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-21-2012 00:52:46 | More by cashbrook
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch two (bottled January 2012), poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Tripel Threat pours a nearly opaque orange, with a few tangerine highlights appearing with proper backlighting.There's only about two fingers of foam crowning the beer, and while head retention is pretty solid, lacing is barely there. The nose is solid, but a little too heavy on the phenols. There's some pear fruitiness, but it's almost drowned out by a heavy clove note, backed up by some light pepper. The flavor profile is a little bit better balanced, as there's some candied sugar sweetness to join the fruity esters up front. Overall there's still too much of an emphasis on the spicy/herbal flavors thrown of by the yeast though. The body is nicely dried out, and the carbonation, while active, has a creamy edge to it. There's no bite from excessive alcohol either, which is always nice once a beer is approaching double digits in the ABV department. Tripel Threat is a pretty good beer, and much respect to the original American brewed Belgian style beer, but it's not quite up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:20:33 | More by axeman9182
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:32:49 | More by mdaschaf
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a perfectly clear bright copper. I mean, we’re talking newly minted penny, here. Head builds to about a finger, mostly of larger milk-like bubbles that fades quickly.

S: Smiles of fruits up front, apple skins, pears, lemon zest, white grapes juice. Hiding behind the fruit is a mild hay like yeastiness. Matzoh.

T: Sweet with understated fruits. Honey mixing with green apple, white grapes, touch of citrus. There is a moderate malt profile in the middle, bland crackers, Triscuits, matzoh. Again, there is a bit of a yeast presence in the form of some mild earthiness like wet grass.

M: Medium moving to light bodied, crisp, with a dry finish.

O: As the label states, this beer was first brewed in 1990 and was the first American tripel-style beer (so CBC claims, and who am I to argue?). While it’s certainly a good example of an American take on a Belgian style, it could use some updating. The fruit profile is great, however I would look for some more malt character. Not a lot, just a little bit to make it a more round flavor. Much in the same category as another Boston Beer -- Harpoon IPA, awesome in 1986 I'm sure (I was one), but in the middle of the pack these days.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:19:09 | More by phantomwyse
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, bottled November 2011. According to the label, this was initially brewed in 1990 by CBC head brewer Darryl Goss, and at the time was the first Belgian style brew EVER commercially produced in the U.S. Goss has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and a portion of the sales go to ALS research. Poured into a tulip.

Bright and clear as a gold brick, capped with an inch-thick, merengue-like layer of white foam. The bubbles descend rapidly and don’t leave behind much in the way of lacing.

A big, musty grain character is matched with smashed pears, apple and some flowers. A small metallic note is I there as well.

The musty, lagery grain dips off in the flavor, replaced with bigger Belgian yeast notes. Sticky-sweet pear syrup, alcohol, candy sugar, apple juice, maybe even some white pepper. Pretty sweet throughout, and not as complex as I’d like.

Mild, massaging carbonation breaks the syrupy, medium-bodied brew into the tiniest amount of fizz. Alcohol is in there, but isn’t big, numbing the tongue a little.

As the first example of an American-made Belgian, Tripel Threat isn’t bad. Perhaps a little too sweet, but the big ABV is hidden well and the flavors are nice. Plus, the money for the bottle goes to a good cause.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:46:01 | More by Phelps
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-05-2012 04:57:11 | More by BDeibs
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Globe Glass. Batch 01, bottled 11/11

A - Pours a glowing amber-gold with a creamy white head that settles to a nice ring and pillowy haze.
S - Very sweet, buttery aromas of toasted grain, honey, banana, and candied orange peel with some Belgian-style yeast esters.
T - Again, fairly buttery, with notes of honey, banana, ripe pear, white pepper, bread dough, and yeast. Not bad, but not as clean as I like my Tripels to be, and a bit too sweet for my taste.
M - Smooth and slightly syrupy, with a medium-thin mouthfeel and spritzy carbonation.
O - Decent enough, but nowhere near the complex and delicious examples from Belgium (or Canada if we're talkin' Unibroue).

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:18:56 | More by jsanford
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2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:46:59 | More by gfreed
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-28-2012 04:04:43 | More by AJD1201
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

01-24-2012 00:07:12 | More by bluesplit63
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-23-2012 01:22:58 | More by kaelingirl
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber color with some nice foam. The smell was yeasty to some degree with a fruity over-tone. The taste was similar, less sweet than LFdM, not as dry as Westmalle. The flavor is tasty, dry, a touch tart, a touch of fruit, and just easy to drink. Mouthfeel is nice all the way down. Overall, this is one of my favorite American tripels.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 14:31:54 | More by BeTheBall
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-13-2012 00:41:28 | More by timbre
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It sure looks like a real tripel. Half inch velvet foamed white head. Hazy golden yellow body with lots of effervescence. The smell is divine with fruits and spice and honey, and a little malt. The taste reflects the smell but is a little milder than it hinted. Despite the higher alcohol I'd say it's well hidden. The body is medium-light weight which would make this one of the lighter tripels I've had. Although not a Belgian champion it's still a fine tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 09:35:26 | More by MoreThanWine
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-09-2012 23:01:29 | More by chevre
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2.95/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:35:07 | More by rab53
Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
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