Tripel - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 75
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Rayek on 08-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650ml bottle - bottle date Aug 27 2010

Poured a nice cloudy straw color,two finger head that quickly dissipated leaving thin lacing , lots of bubbles and strangely lot's of floater's.

Smell - Hints of apples ,light citrus and slight malts.

Taste - The sweet fruits hit you immediately,decent maltyness to balance the sweetness,slight hops are evident as well.

Drinkability - a very drinkable craft brew, have you hugged a monk today ? (450 characters)

Photo of ericlawton007
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold in color, with hanlf inch head in dogfishead goblet. Smells yeasty and lightly hoppy. The taste is spiced very well, the best witbier meets big beer. Very smooth and alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is perfect for a beer of this high alcohol content. Very impressed for an american tripel and will definetly buy again as I can drink two of these bombers and still taste the same flavor as I did on the first sip. (429 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 8/14/09. beautiful gold, can see the bubbles through the liquid when i hold it aloft to marvel of its glory.
peppery, little bit of alcohol, some spice, slight citric acid. tastes just slightly sweet, spicy, peppery with a nice alcohol base. smooth and very easy. very enjoyable. (287 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 22 oz bomber into a Rochefort chalice.

This tripel pours a a dark golden honey with a medium white head that rises about one finger but is gone quickly leaving only a small rim around the glass. Weak lacing.

The aroma is light mostly flowers with a little hops.

The taste is good nice sweet start, then lots of flowers and hosp to finish. Its nice and complex.

The feel is way to light for me though, too watery.

The drinkability is very high, total session beer, but 9%abv, wow.

Overall, pretty good. Best non tripel I've had. (555 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber to a goblet. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

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

T: Tasted of yeast, lemon, pineapple, malt, hops, and esters. Very well balanced and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer. (420 characters)

Photo of obywan59
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650 ml bottle into my St. Bernadus oversized wine glass.

Yellow-gold to golden and translucent. 1 finger white head that dissipated rapidly. Kind of looks like pineapple juice when held up to a bright light.

Wow, smells really bready and sweet with a lemony aroma as well. Like a lemon flavored cake. Later I got less lemon and more tropical fruit like pineapple. 2nd pour is even more bready.

Sweet up front, then some spicy Belgian yeast. Bitter hops stand out in the end.

This is listed as medium-bodied, but to me it seems really full and luscious. Give the first glass a 5 for mouthfeel. The 2nd glass seemed way more carbonated and prickly. Nice, but more ordinary, give it a 4. Alcohol is buffered well by the body, but there is still a descent burn in the throat.

I really like this beer. It starts out as a sweet brew which I generally prefer, but ends up more on the dry side with some light tartness.
An excellent beer. (936 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ML Bottle

Pour is golden with a hazy touch to it. Small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - initially got bread and lemons then went almost to pineapples.

Mouth feel is medium good carbonation

Taste - will agree with some others, starts out with a nice sweetness, moves to a tartness and then finishes very dry - I like this a lot.

All in all a very nice pour, for whatever reason I feel this beer would be awesome with a spicy Chinese dish (450 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber
A - hazy gold with a thin head but significant lacing.
S - yeasty spices overlayed on grains.
T - yeasty sweet grain with a distinctive hoppy grapefruit finish.
M - feels heavy but the good carbonation really moves things along.
D - one bomber will bomb you for awhile. (285 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice; bottled 08/12/2010. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 1 finger dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange, pepper, biscuit, grass, yeasty spices, and light tart grains. Nice and well balanced aromas. Quite standard for a tripel as expected. Taste of big lemon, apple, orange, pepper, grass, biscuit, tart grains, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, grains, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking for 9.3% but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American made Tripel. Great flavor balance and complexity; with good drinkability for the level of alcohol. (911 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a thick, bubbly, two-finger head of khaki colored foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled funky and fruity with notes of yeast and grains.

T - It had a great spicy, yeasty kick with a sweet fruity flavor. It had a slightly bready caramel maltiness. Really delicious.

M - It was extremely sharp on the tongue. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice tripel. I was really impressed with it. (476 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 10//7/09

Poured into a tulip. 2 finger head that fades to 1 finger. Clear, golden colored body with signs of loads of carbonation.

Smell was sweet, yeasty and estery. Very slight hop spiceness.

Taste had a sweetness upfront that finished crisp but with a mild lingering sweetness. Nice yeasty and fruity presence along with hints of caramel malts. Subtle citrus notes come out with some warmth.

Mouthfeel was medium nody, smooth on the tongue with a crisp/dry finish.

Very drinkable. Nice balance and no signs of ABV. (534 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy gold color that seems to glow with ambient light. A white head presents upon pouring, but quickly reduces to a mere shadow.

Has a fruity, spicy aroma that is somewhat muted. Somewhat peppery, with hints of lemon and floral notes.

Pleasanty fruity, mildly malty and yeasty, with abundant floral notes and a gentle bitter hop ending.

Medium bodied, with a mildly dry ending. Very smooth and easy drinking.

This beer is much nicer tasting than I imagined it would be. Great Divide did a nice job on this beer, and I would gladly have it again. (615 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug. 14, 2009.

Served chilled in a pint glass - not ideal but it'll do.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thin white head. The head settles quickly leaving no evidence of lace on the glass.

Aroma is really pleasant with mild tropical fruit esters and a Belgian-esque yeast.

Flavor is more aggressive than most tripels but this is an American interpretation after all. Heavy on the spicy hops and big on taste all around. In some ways more of a Belgian strong pale than a tripel but I guess that's up to interpretation.

Mouthfeel is to full in body and low in carbonation to really feel right for the style.

Overall it's not bad but, like many of Great Divide's recent releases, it seems to fall short of my expectations. Or maybe the Espresso Oaked Yeti set the bar too high. (803 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I passed on this when it first came out because I thought I had it before. Bottled aug 14 2009

Pours a some what bubbly & viscous apricot with a finger+ ivory colored head. Clouds a touch the last 3rd of the bottle. insane lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness, orchard fruit phenols & a touch of hay

T: Orchard fruit, lemony hops, a touch of candi sugar & a touch of musty yeastyness & some pineapple up front. Yeasty, bready with peaches & pineapple once warm, a some boozey warmth too. Finishes grainy with yeastyness, pineapple & candi-sugar dryness & some fairly earthy phenols

MF: Chewy with subtle carbonation, warming & fairly well balanced. Somewhat grainy once room temperature

Drinks pretty darn easy for the style & abv. Boozey warmth does slow me down a touch. I shall seek out some fresher product next time for comparison, but I doubt it will be better than this. This by far the best of GD's Belgian offerings IMO (957 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit golden yellow with steady streams of bubbles disappearing into the underside of a lovely looking lid of alabaster colored cream. The foam has plenty of character and does a nice job decorating the sides of the glass.

The nose is indistinguishable from a bona fide Belgian tripel. It hits every one of its marks with ease and has no negatives. The usual golden fruit and spice are as well-matched as ever and smell even better as the beer gains a few degrees.

Great Divide is one of those American breweries that comes pretty damn close to nailing just about any style they set their sights on. Plenty of breweries do a good job with the standards, but putting Belgian-style ales into the mix separates the men from the boys. That's why GDBC will always be one of my favorites.

The flavor profile is textbook. We have... sun-ripened apples and pears with a perfect amount of sweetness, along with an ideal amount of complementary clove spiciness. Pretty simple, but oh so tasty. Expertly buried alcohol is no surprise at all.

If there's any one area in which this brew is showing its (now 14 months of) age, it's the mouthfeel. It's still big enough and carbonated enough to be enjoyable from first sip to rapidly approaching last.

My favorite Belgian style from one of my favorite breweries. It was a foregone conclusion that Tripel would be delicious and drinkable beer. Good thing this stuff comes in bombers because it's disappearing like nobody's business. Recommended. (1,490 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been reluctant to buy a bomber of this, as I didn't feel like spending $8, when I could spend a couple dollars more and grab a six pack of Golden Monkey. Saw it on tap at the brewery, and decided to give it a shot. Pours a nice bright golden color, with a big rocky white head. Belgian spice, Belgian yeast, peaches and a crisp finish, well-hidden alcohol. If GD decides to package this one in 6 packs, I probably by a good amount of it. (443 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body, white head.

Aromas are sweet with a malty character that turns to notes of orange zest ans spice.

Sweet toasted malt forms the back drop for a hodgepodge of honey, bitter orange peel, coriander, fresh bread, banana, grape, and dry peach before a bitter, spicy finish.

Round, creamy mouthfeel despite ample carbonation. Its 9.3% ABV, but I will have no problem finishing off a bomber all by myself (gotta love days off).

Great Divide Tripel is a well crafted, complex, and balanced Tripel. I really enjoyed it and will be sure to grab another bottle while I can.

That said, it serves as an example that even some the best American brewers still can't match the layers of complexity and nuance that Belgium's top notch producers have attained. This is a good Tripel, but it doesn't touch Tripel Karmeliet or St. Bernardus Tripel. Of course it isn't fair to expect that much of it either. (911 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip glass.

A. 2 finger head. Color is hazy golden. Good lacing. Good retention.

s. Yeast, spice, leomony fruity smell. A bit of corriander. Little bit of hop bitterness. Smell is heavy on the yeast aroma.

T. Taste is good. Fairly dry. Yeast and spice come out in the flavor profile just like the aroma. Some pears and other light fruit. Nice balance.

M. Finishes pretty dry. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. This one actually surprised me a bit. Really liked the flavor. Semi-sweet with a dry finish. Good American made Tripel. (584 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Great Divide Tap Room. Served in a snifter.

A: Dark straw with a significant haze. Fluffy eggshell head has average retention and leaves very little lace.

S: Spicy aromas of pepper and coriander dominate. They are balanced with the sweetness of pears, and even a hint of bubblegum. A straw like malt presence sits in the background.

T: Mostly spicy, with a pepper and clove bitterness that sets up the other flavors. Sweetness is there with pear, apple and green grape. A sourdough presence brings up the rear. Finishes with a lingering combination of lemon and coriander, plus a mild alcohol warmth.

M: The body is light, and makes the beer not feel as strong as it is. Carbonation level is just about right.

D: This beer drinks much lighter than its ABV. I had to make sure I didn't down this too quickly. The beer's alcohol is well masked, which is quite the accomplishment with this much of it on hand. This is a very nice Tripel that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try. (996 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a rich, wheaty, yeasty aroma that is quite strong. Appearance is a rather uninspiring clear yellow with an average and not too persistent head. Flavor, fortunately, more than makes up for the looks - it is strong, mouth-filling, yeasty, slightly fruity, slightly sweet, quite refreshing, but with a hint of hop bitterness and a nice, ragged bite. Texture is fizzy, lively and ragged, fairly dancing on the tongue and down the pipes. Good one! (446 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Hopus tulip pours a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, spice, sweet malts and sweet fruits. The taste is lemon zest and sweet fruits with a nice kick of coriander and spice. The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol. I'll admit, this one was better than expected, far from the best American brewed Tripel, but far from the worst. (475 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a golden color with a small white head.
Aroma of fruit, yeast, and sweet malt. A bit on the muted side.
Apple, pear, cotton candy taste. Peppery at the finish.
Nice beer. Would never have guessed it was 9% ABV.
Very enjoyable. (252 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: very golden, slightly opaque with a nice foamy white head.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with floral notes. Subtle, but nice; I think I am getting just a hint of some nice floral hops.

Taste: sweet malt with lots of tree fruit flavors. A little bitterness at the end; good, but a tad one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: nice medium body with an alright level of carbonation and creaminess.

Drinkability: pretty good. I like the flavor but its lack of complexity could get tired over time. (532 characters)

Photo of sml505
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden and fairly clear. Light white head. And nice carb.

S - Yeast spice of pepper and corriander. Sweet, fruit, straw.

T - Spicy upfront, with sweetness, light fruit of apple, pear, lemon. Some alcohol.

Overall - Lt mf. Warming alcohol. Nice yeast notes of spice. Refreshing and ABV is masked. Really nice Tripel. (322 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably not the most complex Tripel in the world, but a nice experience all the same. Appearance is average, nice hazy gold color but the head is minimal and lacing is light.

Smell is average for a Belgian. Some fruitiness and spice (pepper), not a lot.

Taste is pretty good. Some citrus, astringency, candi sugar and pepper. Flavors are good, fairly mild but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, rich, sweet and with no hint of the 9.3 alcohol.

Drinkability is good. I would be careful because it is a Tripel, but it goes down easy and the flavors are good and not overpowering. A good intro to higher octane Belgian beer, but not outstanding. (644 characters)

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Tripel from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.