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Sierra Nevada Belgian Trippel - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Belgian TrippelSierra Nevada Belgian Trippel

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 08-26-2009)
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Reviews by TheBishop:
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2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 01:54:53 | More by TheBishop
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2012 00:43:19 | More by zonker17
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-15-2012 20:31:28 | More by DrFunkenstein
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-07-2012 04:24:32 | More by SocalKicks
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

12-11-2011 22:01:56 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
Photo of Thorpe429


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 12:43:28 | More by Thorpe429
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West Virginia

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...

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2010 03:36:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 22:47:11 | More by Sammy
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 00:38:07 | More by sprucetip
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New Mexico

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived in a pint glass golden yellow with just a wispy head. Sweet fruit--almost berry-like--in the nose. The spice of the hops is noticeable in the aroma as well. There almost seems to be a metallic note mixed in too.

A little husky grain up front. Sweet and fruity through the center. Some spicy hops toward then end. Balanced, but thin. The beer finishes dry.

This is a drinkable beer, but it could use some increased complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2010 02:53:04 | More by BeardedBoffin
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2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 15:22:43 | More by jstilwell
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 20:17:12 | More by Liverpool08
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this tonight on tap at Al's of Hampden -served chilled in a pint glass

A - a very clear golden w/ rising bubbles visible. A thin white cap tops the ale w/ very tight beading, moderate lace stickage occurs

S - The aroma is very yeast driven w/ belgian notes of spice and mild sugar/pils malt and light herbal hops. The scent has mild banana and slight toasted malt w/ tinges of breadiness

M - A somewhat thin, yet sturdy body w/ mild sweet feel, lots of carbonation and moderate spice. The alcohol makes the palate feel semi-dry in the middle w/ slight residual sweet texture and mellow creaminess toward the end

T - A light pils taste w/ slight cereal sweet flavor up front and light sugar tinge w/ mild spiciness. the yeast gives off a light tropical fruit essence and the herbal hop flavor balances the sweetness and adds light bitterness. The taste has a tinge of alcohol letting you know it is a tripel, but still seems smooth w/ a hint of melon and white grape. There is mild tea like flavor w/ vegetal smoothness which is pleasant. The malts seems to hold its place well yet give in to the fruit flavor the yeast provides, yet adds a light nuttinesss. Tripel tastes very light yet not sacrificing any flavor. The carbonation adds levity and smooth sweet effect remains after the pint is drained.

D - The flavor is good and not overpowering with alcohol as some American versions tend to be- a crisp and easy quaff. The tripel is very flavorful and in balance w/ easy drinking fresh flavors - I would certainly purchases this in bottles - a great tripel w/ subtlety

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 01:06:44 | More by Slatetank
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 17:41:19 | More by Deuane
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2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at my local Sierra Nevada Taphouse.

The appearance is golden with not a bit of head. No lacing or anything.

The smell is of Belgian yeasts and light malts. A little bit of hops in the nose, but very faint all around.

The taste is not even that of a Trippel. This has a bit of a dry flavor, and there is some light spiciness to it, but that is all. Very disappointed with the tastes. Reminds me of a golden ale.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated and it brings out some fruity characteristics in the nose, and makes it easier to drink.

Not the best from an outstanding brewery.


Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 19:25:38 | More by Jmoore50
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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

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 18:32:10 | More by Dijeriduster
Photo of rye726


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs.

Pours a golden straw with a beige head. Nose has spicy yeast, tropical fruits and clove. Taste is very herbal with some spices and fruity malts. Body is a bit thin, but still drinks fairly well. Decent American Triple.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 02:40:39 | More by rye726
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to sample this beer at the GABF, but not my favorite Sierra Nevada Beer.

A: Very light golden straw, little to no head

S: Spices and Floral nose

T: Coriander, Nutmeg and cinnamon tastes. Clean front and finish.

M: Light Carbonation, very light in the mouth

D: Good Session Beer by Sierra Nevada, easy drinking Trippel by Sierra Nevada

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 02:20:50 | More by jantonius
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2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Very pale and straw colored, and no head at all.

S- Smells like a semi fruity malt liquor. Very potent booze smell and very grainy.

T- Ehwueh, this is not what I've expected at all. It is not tasty at all to be precise. It truly taste like a malt liquor and tastes nothing like a triple.

M- Very little carbination and doesn't feel all that great.

D- I wasn't going to pour this out at the bar, but I'm glad I only paid 3 bucks for this, because even then it is not worth it.

Personally SN needs to stick to the hoppy beers. This is crap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 04:17:05 | More by Wetpaperbag
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Serving type: growler

11-23-2009 04:06:29 | More by Gmann
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Sierra Nevada Belgian Trippel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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