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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $6.00 at Taco Man in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazed, deep gold body with a half inch of creamy-looking, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented malts and Belgian yeast lead in the nose followed by various notes listed below in the taste. Of these various notes listed below in the taste, none really stick out beyond, if one must choose, the abject spiciness.

Taste: Sweet pale malts, perhaps a touch of pils tossed in there as well, with an overall honeyish flavor. Thin vein of graininess running through the taste. A jaunty mixture of flavors passes the tongue, including bubble gum, earthy spices, white peaches, banana, and Pinot Grigio. The near-fresh, recently-grated spice character is helped along by the Noble hops within. Medium-light bitterness. Finishes dry, fairly crisp, with a bit of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. At least on draught at this particular venue, the relatively airy carbonation keeps things from ever becoming cloying or heavy.

Drinkability: Sufficient for an American-born tripel, but, as is oftentimes the case, it falls just shy of the better Belgian renditions available. (1,180 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 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 BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at UJ'S.

Great Divide Triple looks the part with a bright gold almost white golden shade that kinda glows. Off the tap there was some bubbles forming somewhat of a cap but not 100%. No stick, ah well, cant win em all. Having had a bunch of 'hoppy' American triples and being less than impressed, I can tell by scent that this is not hop laden. There is some slight earthy, grassy hops in there, but this smells fruity, if I was going to narrow it down to one word. Taste is superb for a American attempt. Im greeted by a melange of apple's and pears and some other mix of fruits and Belgian yeast. Comes off minimally sweet with a touch of bubblegum and even less caramel. I cant taste any of the almost 10 percent alc in this, it's almost completely hidden except for a slight warming effect when the liquid reaches room temp. Medium bodied with a nice hit of carb. One of the better versions coming from this country, while I cant drink alot of it, I really enjoyed what I had. (987 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, rich gold with an orange hue when held to the light. The off white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of stone fruit, tropical fruit, caramel, pepper, earthiness, floral notes, and bubblegum.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, citrus, and yeasty spice rolling around the palate.
Mouthfeel is mildly hot, medium bodied, chewy up front, with a dry finish. (434 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a murky yellow-orange amber. Thin white head but nice lacing. Mild malt and spice aroma. Malt, light fruits, light lemon, belgian yeast and spice. Finishes dryer and less complex than most Belgian tripels. Tasty, but not quite up to the level of a Belgian. Good, pleasant backup tripel. (357 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 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 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 clayrock81
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark gold body with minimal head and lace. A nice smell of orangne and caramel malt, sweetness really pokes out, along with some spices and a little yeast funk. I enjoyed the taste of this brew as it is smooth and medium-bodied along with some sweetness from caramel and other sweet malts. Fruit flavors such as orange, pear and some sour fruits are more dominant and while this beer is tasty it wears on my tastebuds a little as I keep drinking it b/c of the sour fruits and spices in it. Carbonation does prick the tongue as well, but the ABV is well-hidden so it doesn't interfere. A very good but not great triple that one bottle will suffice for me. (663 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color with a short head. The smell is yeasty and that is about it, boring. The flavor is also yeasty but also alcoholic. This was not a bad beer but I would have rather spent the extra dollar or two and bought an authentic belgian tripel. (250 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 prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on August 14, 2009

Tripel pours a light golden, straw-like color. It's moderately hazy and looks a little yellow-ish with backlighting. A fluffy white head sits on top and rises to over two fingers in depth. It recedes quickly and leaves a light lacing behind.

The nose is alright, but doesn't really stand out in any way. It's malty and a little on the sweet side initially. Belgian yeast follows. Its presence is noted, but isn't overly strong. I could handle a little more, please. It's very earthy throughout. Light spices are noted. Smells like mostly pepper and light clove. It's a little fruity. Peach and apple scents are present. Alcohol is fairly prominent. Not bad, but the various parts don't come together in grand fashion.

The flavor is likewise alright. Not much better than that. It has a malty base that's a little sweet, but not by much. Belgian yeast is definitely stronger in flavor. That's a positive, but it still doesn't improve the flavor dramatically. Light peach and apple flavors are noted, and are complemented by the presence of clove and pepper. Earthy and grainy notes are prominent. Alcohol is a tad strong and runs a little hot. It definitely has a warming effect to it. It finishes earthy and warm. All in all, it's alright, but never seems to come together.

Tripel has a medium body...barely. It feels a little thin and insubstantial. For what it's worth, it's nearly smooth, but would benefit from more body. Drinkability is rather average. I'll polish off the bomber, but that's probably a little too much. A 12 oz. bottle would've been preferable.

I like the fact that Great Divide has rolled out quite a few new beers over the last year. Some have been very impressive, others less so. This one is definitely part of the latter. Tripel is an okay beer, but is a little disappointing. I was hopeful that it'd rival some of the top tier Tripels, but it doesn't. The flavor's just a little too convoluted and warm. It's not a total disaster and is definitely worth a try. But, I'd suggest sticking with a single bomber if you run across it. (2,089 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled aug 27 2010

pours cloudy golden yellow with a 2+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smell was very faint - all i could detect was yeast

taste was so much better then the nose - bready banana a little must in the yeast but over all solid flavor

mouthfeel was a medium body with good carbonation that gave it a crisp and creamy feel

drinkability very easy drinking for a 9+ abv beer - light clean flavors - i just wish this was in 12oz bottles (461 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 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)

Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Great Divide when I was in town for GABF 2009.

A - Clear yellowish-golden color with a medium white head and decent lacing.

S - Aroma is banana, light citrus fruit, bready malt, and yeast.

T - Flavor is pale malt, citrus, yeast, banana, and some resiny hops. A little alcohol detectable.

M - Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a tiny bit of lingering bitterness.

D - Average-plus. Overall this is decent but not great. (436 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 n2185
2.02/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Some slight spice notes and light fruit aromas up front, followed by a strong DMS aroma of cooked vegetables.

T: Light spices and candy sugar up front followed by that strong veggie flavor. There are some yeast flavors on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit thick and watery for the style.

O: Not a good beer at all. I don't know if it was a bad bottle because of the strong veggie aromas and flavors, but I definitely have no urge to have this beer again. (604 characters)

Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a silky beige head. Nose has tropical fuits, cloves, Belgian yeast and peppery alcohol. Taste is also quite fruity with some herbal yeast, spices and an unbalanced alcohol presence. Medium body is well carbonated. Overall a mess of the style, way hot.

However, if they added more hops and turned this into a Belgian IPA, it would be fantastic. (370 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow and somewhat hazy. Head was decent but faded quickly, leaving decent lacing.

Smell is of yeast, spices, cloves, pepper, sweet fruits, with a tinge of alcohol.

Taste is a bit odd but within the style for sure. Earthy yeast flavors dominate, along with some graininess, cloves and pepper. Alcohol is noticeable.

Feel is medium and slick, with a sweet, yeasty aftertaste and low bitterness.

Drinks average. It's ok but as far as tripels go, I'm not that impressed. (481 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)

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