Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

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277 Ratings

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 20
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.08/5  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 +2.8%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +22.1%

Photo of tfidler
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 -3.6%

Photo of jlordi12
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of marchnlv
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  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 +9.3%

Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
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 -7.5%
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 +4.1%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of cashbrook
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.