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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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1.5/5  rDev -61.3%

01-01-2012 02:06:39 | More by jgknittel
Photo of carbonhaze74


3/5  rDev -22.7%

12-31-2011 18:01:28 | More by carbonhaze74
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle. Batch #1 bottled November 2011.
Served in a Chimay goblet. At first I smelled and tasted it cold. Then let it warm for 15 minutes.
Pours a hazy honey gold with a somewhat fast-fading snow-white head along with a moderate amount of patchy and trailing lacing.
Smells of green cut wood and grain barn blend with caramel malt, lemons, banana, spices, wild flowers and resinous hops. A distant whiff of white rum lingers in the distance.
The flavors are complex. Honey, wheat bread dough, Myers lemons, clove, banana, orange zest, white rum and a blend of mild herbs weave around and blend nicely together as it warms.
This is a well-rounded and fluid brew with a slow and gradual warming effect.
Could go very well with a variety of cheeses, creamy and rich poultry dishes, or desserts like bread pudding, creme brulee, or rich vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:52:28 | More by BeerResearcher
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-27-2011 04:28:48 | More by Lawnboy33
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-27-2011 04:05:43 | More by Yabev15
Photo of Dope


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy golden pour with a nice fluffy white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Strong belgian yeast, lots of pear, apple, lemons and some black pepper.

T: Again, tons of belgian yeast. Very yeasty and estery providing a big zest. The citrus and a little pear are nice and crisp as well.

M: Medium body, a little drying.

O: Very interesting tripel. Very strong yeast and fruit esters make for a mouth warping experience. Fruity and tasty in general.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 00:22:31 | More by Dope
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:05:08 | More by smcolw
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

12-24-2011 22:59:51 | More by Marc33
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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Deep gold with a slight hue of orange. Excellent clarity. Small amount of bright white head, fizzy lacing.

S: definite Belgian spice up front. I get a bit of pepper, yeasty hay, and estery aromas.

T: zesty Belgian taste up front, a fair amount of alcohol in there as well. Not quite as complex as I've come to expect and enjoy in Belgian tripels.

M: crisp and dry with good carbonation. Light bodied.

O: a good Belgian-style tripel though I prefer Allagash's triples. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 18:38:56 | More by beerbiatchMD
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second bottle release by Cambridge Brewing Company, a great brewpub near Boston/MA that produces a ton of great beers. This is a replication of their tripel from years ago, that was proclaimed to be the first tripel produced in the US.

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge white head that slowly dissipates but never really leaves.
S: Smells of sweet candy sugar and honey like malts, sweet apples, orange zest, light pepper, light yeasty aromas.

T: Taste is sweet with honey like malts, sweet sugars, light pomme fruits countered with a peppery Belgian yeasty funkiness.

M: Medium body, spirited level of carbonation with a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:41:29 | More by seanwhite
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-20-2011 01:13:09 | More by caseyf
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cbeer for this one! Batch number 1 poured into my brand new Chimay Chalice.

Appearance: I love the dark golden color of this one. Pours with a solid head and leaves pretty good lacing.

Smell: I'm not too sold on the spices. I was hoping for a bit more here but its still not too disappointing

Taste: This is where the beer shines. I get a bit of citrus from the beer and then a strong caramel on the end. The spices here really help increase the drinkability instead of hurting it like some others.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic carbonation and even with the big alcohol it is masked pretty well and pretty easy to drink.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. I love the fact that it was the first Belgian beer commercially produced and if I was able to buy this I'd hop on this pretty frequently. High recommendation on this one from me.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 00:55:28 | More by Shagtastic
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of '11 Batch 01 with my wife - poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Beer is a clear golden honey color. No head at all - interesting (unexpected) for a Tripel. No yeast at all - I don't think this was bottle conditioned.

Smell is ... not great - funky Belgian yeast and spices, and that's it. My wife got some light citrus.

Taste is in stark contrast to smell - exceptional. This is an interesting tripel in terms of taste. Light fruits and citrus at the forefront, honey and Belgian spice in the slightly bitter finish. These elements combine nicely, this is delicious.

Mouthfeel is great as well - light bodied, adequate carbonation. Very crisp. I wish there was a thick, creamy head on this though. Oh well.

Overall, this is a mixed bag but the highs of the excellent taste and mouthfeel are enough make me forget the lows of the smell. It's a light, crisp, refreshing take on a tripel and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:47:17 | More by bpk59
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-18-2011 23:04:18 | More by splendidsplinter
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Want a tripel without the cloy?? This stuff is for you. Nose is spicy, lemon, funk, and a little nip of the funk. The farmhouse backbone is there too. I enjoyed the sniff.

Great medium and crispy body for a tripel!! Trips are one of my least favorite styles, because they can just grab you with all that sweetness and warmth and stick to the beating, but I had to get this because I love CBC, and I'm not disappointed. That being said, I couldn't drink more than a serving of this. Nice sweet potassium fruit flavors and funk with a constant light spicy nipping. Good for the season too. I'm blushing already. Good work, CBC!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:25:43 | More by CheezyBlaster
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
batch no. 1 / bottled nov 2011

pours a clear burnished gold while yielding a relatively short-lived 3/4" white head that recedes into a collar around the glass. light patches of lacing.

nose doesn't leap out and grab me but does offers some nice notes of fruit, yeast, and light spice. good, but as far as tripels go it doesn't compete with the upper echelon.

wow, taste far exceeds the nose. banana, apple, pear, some citrus, spice, a bit of candi sugar... bottom line: delicious. medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall, a fantastic triple, extremely flavorful and tasty. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:45:47 | More by perrymarcus
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a RR goblet a light honey color with a few fingers of fizzy had that fall to a thin film.

Nose is light bubble gum fruits and a touch of Belgian yeast, alcohol and sourness.

Nice crisp carbonation and smooth body - caramel malts, bright fruit, and a hint of Belgian yeast spice.

Overall really nicely executed tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:56:24 | More by OldIronLungs
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-11-2011 19:21:31 | More by PEIhop
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-10-2011 23:35:35 | More by dylnthmsn
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from the brewery.
Pours a very light mustard yellow with a finger of head.
Nose has some lemon, wheat, coriander, and Belgian yeast notes.
Taste is a nice front lemon smooth across the middle and the lemon fades finishing with a sweetness and a hint of figs. Interesting. Based on the nose, I didn't think I was going to like this, but much better than it smells.
Body is medium to thick... especially for a tripel. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:08:31 | More by crusian
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger head. Dissipates to minimal lacing.

S - Heavy apple cider aroma, various spices mingle in the scent. Light citrus in the background.

T - Sweet caramel at first, followed by the apple and spices from the aroma. Reminds me of a white wine.

B - Medium body, light carbonation. Light dryness in the finish.

O - A good tripel, nice flavors that blend well together. A good lighter beer for when you need something on the sweeter and fruitier side. I could see this being excellent in some warmer weather.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 01:30:45 | More by JustinAniello
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-14-2011 16:45:43 | More by bpfrush
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 22:45:11 | More by rudzud
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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Deep Ellum, Allston, MA
Served in a chalice

Slightly hazed, honey yellow in appearance. The liquid was capped by a dense, frothy, bright white, long-lasting head. Large blocks of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was quite musty initially. Tangy and tart with strong lemon notes. As the beer warmed, the Belgian yeastiness came forth. Slightly powdery and sweet. Belgian candi sugar was detectable. Orange essence was apparent as well.

The flavor was quite unique. Creamy, pale malts appeared up front. Fruity and sweet in the center with lemon and orange notes dominating. Somewhat wheaty and tart. Spicy. Coriander and ginger notes came through strong. The finish was slightly boozy. Crisp and semi-dry with an earthy hoppiness not commonly found in the style.

Belgian tripels are often know for being highly (often over) carbonated, but this example was quite the opposite. The liquid was smooth, creamy and slightly syrupy but the carbonation was practically nonexistent.

At 9.6% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess fairly well. The lack of carbonation however made this tripel sticky and dense on the palate.

Cambridge Brewing Company put an interesting spin on this Belgian-style brew. A decent effort but I think this could use some re-working.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 05:45:58 | More by Damian
Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.