1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tripel Threat - Cambridge Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tripel ThreatTripel Threat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 276
Reviews: 94
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Tripel Threat Alström Bros
Ratings: 276 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of LutherBrau
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of justme
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Flaherbear
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MVotter
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

The pour - gold body with 1/2 inch cream-colored head...some lacing.
The nose - is fruity...pears and applesauce.
Taste - whoa...black licorice, booze, "pear" notes in the back
Mouthfeel - medium to heavy, medium effervescence, oils, some "chewyness."

Careful here...this weighs in at 10%, flavorful...substantial beer. Sip and savor.

Nice

Photo of GregDuB65
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BobbyDigitali
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of kyle62383
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of hreb
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tapered glass. I've long enjoyed this on tap at the CBC but this may be my first experience with this beer from their (relatively) recent bottling efforts. Beer pours deceptively golden yellow in color. Could pass for a lager or even an especially pale IPA. Great clarity with lots of apparent carbonation. Aroma is fresh, yeasty, and sweet, showcasing CBC's house Belgian strain.

Flavor is complex and strong. Several different sweet malt flavors combine to form a classic Belgian Tripel taste profile, and are then joined with a respectable dose of hops to dry it out. Quite dry, actually, in terms of how little residual sugar there is here. There's a little bit of alcohol burn -- it is 10% after all -- but the finish is clean. There's a reason CBC serves these by the tulip only.

One of the best American Tripels available by the bottle and nearly as good as its draught counterpart.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of light fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted a lot of fruit (pineapple, bananas, especially), yeast, bubblegum phenols, and a bit of malt as well. A light, complex, and well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent American take on a Belgian tripel. It's easy to drink and extremely flavorful.

Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of threeviews
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Bottled on 3/21/14) into a short-stemmed tulip glass

A- Perhaps poured a bit too cold, the first pour revealed a hazy yellow/golden with almost no head whatsoever. The head that was produced, however, was white and creamy and never subsided. (4.0)

S- Although not overwhelming, the nose possesses an abundance of fruits (banana, pear, lemon, pineapple, melon) along with the familiar yeast-producing phenolics like hints of spice, bubblegum and breadiness (of which grow stronger as the beer warms). It is clear already that this is brewed to style. (4.5)

T- Lemon, peach and pineapple are immediate. A short spat of bubblegum sweetness is perceived before dissipating quickly into a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness. The 10% ABV is imperceptible. (4.5)

M- Despite being just over 3 months of age, this beer is remarkably dry and refreshing. Carbonation is substantial, but not overdone. For 10% ABV, the body falls on the lighter side of medium...I've had beers drink much heavier at 1/2 the ABV...a testament to this recipe. (4.5)

O- Tripel Threat is an American brewed, Belgian Tripel that fires on all cylinders for the style. Although I would like to have seen more head, it did not detract from the aromatics. Like their (relatively close) neighbor in Idle Hands Craft Ales who brews Triplication, I would also actively seek this out as an alternative to Merry Monk's Ale from Weyerbacher. Although the latter still remains to be my favorite (aromatics, flavor and body), Tripel Threat is definitely worthy of inclusion on the list of great Tripels brewed in America (and specifically, the East Coast)! (4.5)

Photo of TDA8
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of snowmageddon
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours golden yellow with a relatively-thin head that recedes rapidly.

S: Honey, lemon/orange citrus flavors. Slight spicy hop scent. Light malt scent as well.

T: Initially sugary sweet, this has a slight alcohol finish with a spicy hop taste as well. Lots of banana, clove flavors from the yeast throughout. Light malt flavor as well.

M: Fully bodied. I would not be able to drink this quickly. Medium carbonation.

O: This is a really nice beer. A big tripel with the abv well-hidden.

Photo of David_G
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Hutch517
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.