Sierra Nevada Belgian Trippel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Belgian TrippelSierra Nevada Belgian Trippel

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 08-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by Dijeriduster:
Photo of Dijeriduster
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap in a pint glass (???) at Pizza Port.

A - Light yellow with just a hint of amber color coming thru. Good creamy head stuck around for a while.

S - Quite light with hints of sour Belgian yeast and just a little hops

T - Not as pronounced as some Trippels but very nice. Light and Belgiany with a little more maltiness then many. Some citrus notes come thru in the finish.

M - Pretty good, thicker and chewier than a lot of Trippels. It's almost what you'd expect from a Belgian Sierra Nevada (an uncommon thing)

D - Interesting brew with a unique mouthfeel. Glad I tried it, though I'm not sure I'd drink it very often (then again I'm a hop head). Nice malty notes though

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears slightly hazed golden with a bright white head with intricate lacing surrounding my chalice. Aroma has a fruit and biscuit malt sweetness with tones of alcohol a slightly spicy nose. Flavor is pretty great for an American brewer, sweet tropical fruit spicy herbal notes with bready yeast and hints of chammomile. Mouthfeel isn't cloying this stuff stands up with effervescence, tropical fruit nice sticky sweetness on the palate but it's never cloying medium bodied ale. Drinkability is nice it proves it here on draft that Sierra Nevada needs to actually spread their wings and do some fun crazy styles on tap that will bring a new knowledge base around the country to what different types of beers are out there. That's a direct challenge to Sierra Nevada...

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear gold color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of clean and sweet malts, light fruits - pears with hints of banana - and a touch of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the flavors are a bit more well-defined. Crisp sweet malt flavors up front segue into bright fruit flavors midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip a hint of spiciness enters into the fray before a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could definitely have a few more.

Overall I was impressed by how true to style this beer was considering its source. Worth a shot.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada- Belgian Trippel

A- Golden orange with a big fluffy head. Good lacing.
S- Fruity. Apricot, peach, apple, and pear come to mind. Light touch of lemon and dry grass.
T- Light sweet fruits; apple, apricot, and pear. A mild touch of lemon and dry straw/ grass hops poke through.
M- Sweet and mildly sugary. Flavors are never overwhelming but the alc. pokes through. Finishes off with a slight dry hoppy tinge.

Overall- Sorta bland. Just didn't pop.

Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep golden with a tight stack of white foam.
Honeyed aroma of apricot, pale malt, raw sugar, pear, and coriander (though not in the actual, spiced Witbier sense).
It enters with a sugared notion of grain in the mouth. Sweet breads and honeyed grain. Fruitiness ensues with papaya, banana, and apples. Yeast brings a small dash of peppers and cloves. Hops add a counterpuncual grassy bitterness, but are on the light side overall. Alcohol is hardly noted. This stays sweet more than anything.
Heavy bodied, pushing toward cloying but never arriving there. The CO2 levels are minor, and die over time, which seems par for many US tripels.
Its definitely on the sweet, Americanized, side of the style, but is pleasant, nuanced, and drinkable despite its girth.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Delaney's. Golden colour with some white head, leaving abundant lace. The carbonation is right there. Sourness in the finish detracts from the enjoyment.Spiciness including corriander. Not a great representation of the style, but still drinkable. Alcohol seemed higher in this one.

Photo of denmah
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Porters Pub In Easton PA.

Served in a Goblet style glass, and a very bright gold color and lots of bubbles, has a kind of cidery taste and is extremely smooth to drink. candy and sweet tastes are very present, honey and carmel taste added in there too.

I am a big fan of wheat beers such as franziskaner, and i really liked this beer. definitely have some if you find it locally.

on tap was excellent.

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Porter's Pub in Easton, PA. Served in a tulip, the beer was clear (I feel like this beer should be a little hazy) amber with a tall white head. I was worried the bubbles would be too big, like in a lot of tap American-made Belgian styles, but the mouthfeel was fine (nice, small bubbles). The flavor was a little clean with a rich kick of light caramel malt, followed by herbal orange peel and lemon with pepper. And while this beer isn't totally authentic, it's still very tasty and drinkable. I'd say it's worth trying.

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10.24.09 Lost Review.

Pours a fairly clear honey straw color with a decent white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is sweet; candi sugar, tropical fruit, some pepper and clove. Big tropical fruit in the taste as well as some candied fruit, wild honey, some light clove and corriander spice. Some grassy hops rounds out this tripel. The taste is a bit thin and on the sweet side. Moderate feel with tingly carbonation, surprisingly not sticky or syrupy, though it does feel a bit thin. A respectable American made tripel. Could use some more yeasty phenols and perhaps some more hops. It does drink quite easy

Photo of BeerSox
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into tulip.

Overall this was a rather sweet Triple, but also very drinkable. The typical Belgian characteristics are there, like the light spices such as clove and a little bit of creamy banana. The sugar comes out a lot in the flavor and aroma. Too bad this is a limited beer. Very drinkable, well rounded, and recommended.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is proof that Sierra Nevada can do anything they set their collective minds to. Amazingly easy to drink at nearly 8% abv. Not the most complex tripel on earth, but nice yeast and a really nice offering albeit extremely rare and hard to find.

Photo of TheBishop
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok, I saw this one on the shelf and thought I would give it a try. A tripel for under $9 dollars a sixer, when a westmalle tripel goes for $5 a bottle! Why not.

Thought i would try this right after a westmalle tripel to see how it stacks up. No comparison. This is like tap water compared to it. No feel, no complex warming flavors as it is drunk. Just another beer with a high alcohol content passed off as a belgium.

To be fair this is not that bad, better then most I have tried, but when compared to the heavy wieght in the style falls short.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Hulmeville Inn.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color a white heading that left a nice covering then turned a little flat halfway down the glass.Very little lacing.

Smell was very fruity. Apple and pears at first followed by a just flat out sweet malt aroma.

Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. A little fruity a little sweet a bit more of a yeasty earth taste towards the backend.

Mouth was a little flat medium bodied kind of alive at first but then turns a little flat looking in the end.

Drink is decent a little too sweet for my liking but I probably could have another.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color with a white head and a bit of haze. Good retention and lacing. Nose brigs some spicy yeast and earthy hops with light malt in the background. The taste infuses a bit if booze with the alice and some sweet malt. Feel is a bit thin and boozy. Drinks well overall, and was a nice change of pace.

Photo of bobfinkenaur
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Ron's in Exton, PA last night. This is a very drinkable and balanced beer. To me it tastes more like a Belgian Pale Ale. I do not normally seek out SN beers but this one was a real standout for me. Slightly sweet on the pallet and nicely balanced with hop flavor and aroma. Seek this one out. I hope they decide to bottle this one.

Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart to some spotty bubbles quickly.

Smell: malt and candy sweetness is strong and there is some softer floral bitterness present.

Taste: big sweet malt base with some ripe pears, apples, soft yeast spiciness, and a hearty bitterness make up sweet but tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium boded. Lightly crisp to start, smooth late. Aftertaste is long as the sweetness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: this one went down smoothly and dangerously quickly. Nice beer worth a try if you see it on tap.

Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day. First I'd heard that SN was now making a tripel.

The beer pours a sold gold color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose I get the expected cherry and honey, with a touch of spice and zesty citrus. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but with a bit more intensity. The beer is on the sweet side, but it's not overdone. Also, there is just enough hoppy bitterness on the finish to keep the beer from coming across as heavy or cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly good length on the finish. Alcohol is well disguised in this beer (as it invariably is with all SN products), and drinkability is not bad at all.

Another good solid beer from SN. Not bad at all.

Photo of jstilwell
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Alehouse. As a huge Sierra fan this was a big disappointment. Appearance is golden yellow with little to no head and zero lacing. Scent is mild yeast, grainy, maybe even dare i say, "corn"? This smells and tastes like a macro, vrey little flavor other than some misplaced sweetness. I'm not getting the chewy yeasty bread sensation of my favorite tripels. This is a very thin imnposter of the style. I will not try again.

Photo of DNICE555
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Plan B in the Berry

A - A clear golden delicious color with a heavenly white 1 finger head. Lacing is very petite.

S - Clean sweet malts, very pleasant fruits - on the lighter side. Banana perhaps? Smells kind of like fruit snacks.

T - In line with the smell. Crisp sweet malt flavor jump on the tongue with fruit riding it's coat tails. A spiciness enters the equation in the final segment with a crisp finish.

M - Very pleasant. Nicely carbonated. Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

D - 7.9 percent??? Hidden very well. Goes down way too easily.

Really enjoyed this one. Very well done.

Photo of Deuane
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright golden yellow with a thin light tan head that vanished and left no lace. Pretty color but dull looking.

S-Light yeast notes and a touch of spice and some apple with a significant honey sweetness.

T-Clove and coriander with bitter citrus zest and hint of fruit and then BIG malt sweetness. A tad too sweet for my liking.

M-Medium bodied quite viscous and lustrous. Good lingering spicy zip.

D-Nice mouthfeel helps this brew and if the sweetness could be toned down this could be a really nice beer. As it is I liked it enough but couldn't see myself craving it often.

Photo of NolanGTI
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a solid beer for the style that dissapoints a bit up front with a less than best-in-class boquet or appearance - the head just isn't what it should be. A bit on the thin side for a tripel with not enough enticing you in on the nose either. Luckily this beer delivers a solid mix of belgian yeast flavor and some phenol, although not quite as spicy as the best of the belgians. Definitely in the sleeper tradition of tripels, by hiding a relatively potent kick with o obvious signs of being hot.

Photo of sprucetip
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes. If there was any head, it didn't last. Not very active, very clear, light golden/yellow. No lacing.

Belgian yeast character is strong but not overdone. Light hops and boozy esters in commensurate proportions add complexity. Sweet malty backbone supports the rest. Pretty nice.

Malty sweet with assertive Belgian yeastiness,. Barley perceptible backing hops, and well hidden booze. Sweet, smooth, and clean. But not very complex.

For a tripel, if feels thin. But it's got a solidly medium body, some light/medium visosity, and is smooth and clean.

Tasty, smooth and wicked easy drinking for what I assume (as I make my notes) is a big beer? Definitely not from Belgium. And should a tripel drink this easily?

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler from Pawling Beer(thanks to KD)into a pilsener glass.

A - Golden colored and very clear. Pour producces a nice head of whithe foam and decent lacing. Nice carbonation and head retention.

S - Slightly yeasty with lots of citrus. Slightly folral.

T - Yeasty, with a good amount of sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with a crisp hoppiness.

MF&D - A pleasure to drink. Quite light and refreshing for 7.9%ABV.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. Nice big puffy head. Aromas of malt but also that sweet fruity Belgian aroma of the style. This is sweeter than most other Tripels I have had, more of a sticky feel in the mouth. Yet still a nice flavorful example of the style. Gives you a nice warmth from the ABV but certainly not overwhelming. Glad I could try this one from SN.

Photo of Wildman
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Bodega:

This beer poured a clear yellow straw color with very little carbonation present. It formed a small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. It had an aroma of malt, Belgian yeasts and candy. The flavor was of malt, banana, bread/yeast and some candy. The body was medium, soft and slightly creamy. The finish was slightly sweet. Not a bad try at the style for this brewery.

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Sierra Nevada Belgian Trippel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.