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Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Tripel ThreatTripel Threat

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very good

292 Ratings

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 96
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2.41/5  rDev -38%
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.

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3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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)

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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.