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Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

285 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.41/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of rebelthrower
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dtx00
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kzoobrew
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 01, bottled November 2011.

Liquid honey colored body. Crystal clear and free of sediment. Frothy four finger head settles atop momentarily. The head recedes at an steady pace, the lacing fades soon after the head disappears.

Spicy yeast aroma is dominant up front. Clove and white pepper transition into a brighter fruit aroma. Citrus, light apple and subtle candied pineapple aroma. Doughy malt base is soft, gives a clean base for the more prominent scents to build off of. A touch of booze is noted on the back end.

Sweet doughy malt and honey flavors roll across the palate. Spice and fruit notes build just behind and come to dominate the palate. Clove flavors take the lead as orange, apple and pepper round out a solid supporting cast. The fruit and esters balance remarkably well.

Medium bodied Tripel. Soft and smooth texture. The finish is on the drier side though fruit and ester flavors do linger on momentarily.

As the first commercially brewed American Belgian style ale I enjoy this as much for the historical aspect as I do for the beer itself. Luckily the beer does match the historical interest. Balanced flavor, alcohol well masked and very drinkable. Good representation of the style, Tripel Threat is worth a look.

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a slight orange appearance, white fizzy head that fades quickly, no lacing.

Smell has a strong aroma of banana, clove, some light fruit citrus like lemon, not much of a hop aroma but that's expected, some other yeasty spicing kicks around that's typical for a Tripel.

Taste starts out with a lemony citrus presence and balances a sweet malt backing, spicing kicks in, primarily clove, pretty assertive carbonation but fortunately isn't too much of a distraction, there is a bit of alcohol astringency but surprisingly little heat associated with it.

Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BostonHops
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

(originally reviewed: 12-14-2011)

Photo of bespin15
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of tfidler
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jlordi12
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of marchnlv
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Pours a golden color with a slight orange hue and a bone-white head. Chill haze clears up as it warms. Head retention is less than ideal; it settles very quickly. Not what I expect from the style. Lacing is sparse and spotty.

S: A soft floral scent, white pepper and soft spices, chalky yeast, and bready/biscuity malt undertones. Touch of walnut and sweet grain. Bananas and cream. Apple skin and clove. Spike of alcohol brings lemon peel and orange with it. An elegant and refined nose with sufficient complexity.

T: A creamy impression and some sweet malt tastes open. Fleeting clove. Touch of green hop oils. Banana comes through subtly, along with some soft spices. Nutty and yeasty tastes provide a backbone. Almost no alcohol taste, though tropical esters come through nicely with a blast of citrus (mostly mandarin orange). Bready and yeasty tastes in the finish, with hints of hop oils.

M: Full, rich, and creamy in the mouth. Relatively low level of carbonation for the style, but it doesn't hurt the mouthfeel at all, really.

O: A pleasure to drink. Not all of the complexity found in the nose translates to the taste, but it makes up for it in drinkability. A warming sensation in the pit of your stomach is the only clue that suggests you just quaffed a 10% beer. Well, that and the cool buzz.

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of busterthecat
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.