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Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)

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BA SCORE
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very good

713 Ratings
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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%


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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009)
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep amber body full of carbonation. It had a nice head that lasted a good while.

Smell: I thought it smelled of oak and carbonation.

Taste: I enjoyed this bear, not as thick as I usually enjoy but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Not so thick but very smooth and delicious.

Overall: I enjoyed this very much and could see this being one of my go to beers and with a 10%ABV its an ass kicker.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 22:08:49 | More by bleedsblu
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Badger6

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep, hazy amber. Head builds fast in a creamy, frothy affair, slightly off-white, hints of orange or copper. Receded to a well retained layer on the beer surface, with extensive lacing not he glass.

S: Smells like a triple. The yeast gives the beer a distinct spiciness- especially cardamom and nutmeg, some pepper. Hints of citrus, orange maybe. There is an oakiness to the aroma as well.

T: Spices lead this beer onto the palate. So delightful. Citrus and oak, too. Overall is is woven with sweetness, and some booziness.

M: Medium to full bodied, the carbonation is just right to lighten the beer on the palate, but not so much that it interferes with tasting. The palate warms from the alcohol, which is a serious 10% abv.

O: This is a tripel, but definitely not like a typical Belgian tripel. The aromas and flavors of a typical Belgian are all present, but then the oak character from being barrel aged kicks this into a different level, in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:14:45 | More by Badger6
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SonictheBeerhog

New York

4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I mean wow. That was all I could choke out when I tasted it. I was like heaven. I loved it. it was so sweet yet it tasted like beer. I chose this beer as my 100th and it was an amazing choice. Samuel Adams you did it once again for me.

Overall well worth the money.

Excellent bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:18:14 | More by SonictheBeerhog
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xoxirishrose

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden in color, mostly clear with a slight haze
S- Mild hoppy aroma with hint of fruit sweetness
T-Slight bitterness, though mostly sweet, this brew has a strong flavor of spices with notes of citrus fruit that brings an even balance to this uniquely complex beer with the basic characteristics you've come to know from Sam.
M-Medium body with a high carbonation
O-Crisp taste with a warming sensation that radiates in your chest (thanks to the 10% ABV) this is a transition beer perfect for February and bring you into the spring. Its spices are reminiscent of a winter warmer, yet its fruity flavor and crispness pull you out of hibernation readying you for a beautiful new spring. High drink-ability, however, it would be a shame to do anything other than sip and enjoy yet another delicious Sam creation.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:34:46 | More by xoxirishrose
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slusk

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice golden amber, and head retention... Are you kidding me. This brew has a head that wont quit. Nice thick frothy white head. Good lacing.

S: Strong Belgian beer at work here. Pronounced banana and clove aromas amidst a bit of pear and apple. There's a mild fruity hop in the background, but the malt and yeast take the stage. Surprisingly there's little alcohol notes in the aroma. Some wheat malt fills in the gaps.

T: The Belgian flavors are evident but not overpowering. A bit of wheat and sweet fruit comes through. There's a bit of an acidic bite to this beer that adds to the sour-like spice tang. I detect a background note of the hops which seems to be of some noble hop, hallertau or fuggle. It's just enough to balance the big malt flavor.

M: Medium to full body beer with a medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel.

O: If you like Belgians, this is a beer you have to try. It's very multidimensional with a lot of layered flavors, but make no bones about it, it's a Belgian beer. I like the fruity sweetness that is well balanced with the right amount of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 21:51:52 | More by slusk
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BierJager89

California

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellowish orange with a short white ring of head.

S: Tripelesque spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg), orange, funky Belgian yeast and oak in the nose.

T: The same spices from the nose dominate the flavor, along side funky Belgian yeast, oak and orange peel.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation, perhaps a bit harsh.

O: A great tripel. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I like the admixture of oak in this one. I think most beers do better with a bit of oak.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:11:02 | More by BierJager89
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JayQue

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good American take on a Tripel. Pours a hazy light copper color from a corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Nice color, big bubbly head that seems frothy when the bubbles die down. Very good head retention for a beer of this strength and some lacing on the sides of the goblet.

Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, some spices and light fruit (apples and pears).

Flavor is good as well. There is some citrus here, tropical fruits to go along with the traditional apples and pears fruits. The Belgian yeast is prominent too as is a little spiciness, mostly black pepper.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The flavors blend well and the alcohol is practically non-existent.

Very drinkable. A good American version of a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:31:49 | More by JayQue
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whynot44

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold/amber color with a huge off-white head that persists and leaves some nice lacing, lots of nice bubbles.

The aroma is spicy - coriander, cloves, pepper, fruity -bananas, plums, apples, etc., with an overall yeasty, malty background and hints of alcohol.

The taste is peppery, slightly sweet, lots of mixed fruit, mango, bananas and citrus, a touch of vanilla, hot biscuits and finishes with some floral hops, cloves and alcohol warmth. Plenty of complexity, if a little less subtle than belgian tripels, maybe verging on winter warmer.

Medium bodied, smooth and dangerously easy to drink.

Overall a very nice americanized attempt at this style, well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:45:01 | More by whynot44
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked (and oddly tapered bottle), shared with Rich and Sam.

Uncorks with a sucking thunk, and pours a pleasantly clear but deep, dark golden colour, with a massive head fed by lots of carbonation. Body is pretty heavy, but fluid, and the carbonation, while slightly static when tilted, it pretty coarse. Some streaking lace. Looks okay.

Nose is odd. Some estery notes, but a rather pronounced wort character as well, and a suggestion of solvent.Yeast notes are rather muted overall, and the sweetness is higher than I expected. There's also a hint of wood, which actually doesn't work all that well with the other things going on. Okay, but not great.

Taste is a little better: here the extra sweetness at least gives a bit of body to hide the booziness. Mild chewing gum flavours on the mid palate with a suggestion of bright hops or spices—perhaps a touch of feijoa. Finish is mild: the spicy note of booze never gets to be too much. In the end, it's pretty tasty, although not as complex or impressive as all the fanfare and packaging makes it out to be.

Feel is pretty good: slick but light, while supporting the booziness so it doesn't get too intense.

Overall, this is fairly solid stuff. I've had Tripels that are almost undrinkable because of the solvent booze, and this is certainly better crafted than they are. This is smooth for the most part, and relatively drinkable. Not something I'd particular go out of my way to try again, but certainly something worth trying once.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:41:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ccrida

Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is gold with a massive white head leaving sticky, foamy lace. Decent last as well, somewhat rocky.

Smell is massive sweet esters, bubblegum and tropical fruits. Not cloying though, a little mineralilty.

Taste is similar, big fruity esters, just a touch of sugaryness, and a hint of cereals as well. Solid, but none of the advertised barrel notes.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, full, fine carbonation, medium bodied. Could stand to be a touch more digestible.

Drinkability is pretty high if you like a nice fruity tripel, which I do. Just dry and pithy enough to be legit, and the high ABV is very well hidden. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:16:06 | More by ccrida
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Pencible

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with lots of off white head.
S: It smelled like waxy and copper hops, with spicy Belgian yeast and coriander.
T: It tasted like wild flower honey and candi sugar and waxy and copper hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast and coriander. It had a mellow sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was a little slick with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a great tripel, but had almost no barrel character. The scent and taste were delicate and delicious, and the body was just right. The finish was really smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was super easy to drink. Probably best fresh. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:31:12 | More by Pencible
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Market Basket
Pours a brilliantly clear deep golden color with a huge rocky bone white head that persists forever. Aromas of light pepper and spice with a bit of honey and light sugary malt to back it up. Wow thats sweeter than I thought it would be. Light sugar and tart pomme fruit with lots of spices to counter. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a lightly sweet bubbly carbonic acid bite in the mouthfeel. Decent brew, not really my kind of triple, but nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 00:30:01 | More by johnnnniee
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stella77artois

New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

25 oz bottle, poured into a wine glass several times.

A - A bright orange-amber with lot's of carbonation visible. Good sized head formed easily, and was extremely bubbly. Beer almost glowed in the light. Nice looking beer.

S - Lot's and lot's of Belgian action. Sweet malts, raisins, peach, plum, tobacco leaves, and a general fruity smell. An ever so slight hint of alcohol. Very nice smelling beer.

T - Give Sam Adams credit. Lot's of sweet malts up front, and everything you'd expect from a Belgian. Strong hints and peach and raisin, and lot's of sweet spice. Perhaps orange peel, and maybe even cinnamon. A light amount of sweetness. As with the aroma, just a hint of booze. Very good tasting brew.

F - Heavy carbonation, a little rough on the tongue, but the beer still demands to be consumed. Very drinkable, but my rating gets taken down a bit as the beer does tend to get annoyingly sticky when it's warmed.

O - I give Sam Adams a lot of credit. I'm a big fan of theirs, but I honestly wasn't expecting this beer to be as good as it was. Very good Belgian. All the fruitiness and spiciness you expect from one, without being over the top. Highly recommend this beer for any Belgian brew fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 14:07:14 | More by stella77artois
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep orange with a off white head with good head retention

S: A lot of yeast, banana, oak, fruit and spices

T: Blast of fruitiness up front with some spice and some solid malt foundation a bit yeasty and some vanilla and oak as well. swallow brings a blast of alcohol and some fruitiness along with a bit more vanilla and oak

M: Heavier side of medium on the palate with a vigorous but still fairly soft carbonation and a drying finish

O: Pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 15:30:01 | More by barleywinefiend
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden orang color. a bit hazy but not quite opaque. and a creamy finger plus head that fades slowly to a lacing that covers the surface

Smell: belgian yeast. candi sugar. spices.

Taste: belgian yeast, a little bit of candi sugar. lots of spices. a small amount of oaky/wooden flavors. some alcohol but very mellow. Good flavors but nothing to spectacular

Mouthfeel: pretty dry, lots of carbonation, but tends to stick a little

Overall: a nice well done tripel. good slight oak character. but its lacking a little something that i can't quite figure out.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 15:57:08 | More by SportsandJorts
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draheim

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into an Ommegang tripel glass. Pours a hazy copper color w/ a big fluffy Belgian head, good retention, great lacing. This is a really good looking beer.

Aroma is spicy with hints of coriander and clove, fruity and sweet with lots of yeasty esters and some ripe banana. A touch of bubblegum too.

Taste is likewise spicy and sweet. Oranges and tangerines, mango, banana, candi sugar. I'm not picking up much in the way of oak or barrel character, probably wouldn't know this was barrel-aged if I hadn't read the label. Floral/bitter Old World hops show up on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied. Finishes semi-dry and pretty clean.

Overall a very nice tripel. It might lack complexity, but it's certainly a worthwhile intro tripel that captures the essence of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 00:08:50 | More by draheim
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Completely clear yellow with a ton of big bubbly head, medium silky lacing.
S - Tart grapes, clove, some light papaya, a touch of pepper, big herbal spicy hops.
T - Sour grapefruit, white grape, lemon juice, very herbal hop character, clove, coriander, alcohol.
M - Alcohol burn, and some sourness but not overpowering.
O - Best one of the BRC that I've had, like the character of this one, its a big beer though.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 01:44:37 | More by Omnium
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"A golden tripel with notes of spice and tropical fruit." 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with fantastic design, classy label art, and branded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. #643.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

That cork is really wedged in there. Took me a full 2 minutes to open by hand.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide white colour head of nice thickness. Decent frothiness. A bit of creaminess. Not as soft a complexion as it could be. Fluffy consistency. Head retention is superb for the high ABV - about 7-8 minutes. Spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dull hazy orange-yellow. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. It's generally appealing.

Sm: Clean estery spicy yeast notes are surprisingly complex. Saison-like white pepper is a highlight. Belgian pale malts. Banana. Clove. Biscuit malt. Light hints of fleeting tropical fruit - light mango and passionfruit. I love that the fruity character is so well presented; it's not too sticky or sweet and is consistent with the clean Belgian feel of the style. Light candi sugar. Some grassy notes. Honeysuckle. Floral hop character complements the rest of the notes without going overboard. Crackery malts. Nicely flowery. The spices really complement the fruit nicely. Superb subtlety; it's hard to identify specific fruits and spices because they blend so seamlessly into the malty base. A soft pleasant aroma of surprisingly light strength.

T/Mf: Belgian pale malts, pilsner malts, and some honey provide the foundation for this beer. There's ample spice here for a tripel: coriander, clove, wisps of white pepper, and honeysuckle. Belgian candi sugar. Golden malts. There's also plenty of fruit, maybe a bit too much as it veers into sticky sweetness territory a bit too much for my tastes, and also gains some alcohol warmth. Mango, pineapple (ugh...), pear, apple, and peach. I thought I would love its saison leanings, but they just don't work here, especially alongside the booziness. The sweetness is a bit syrupy too, which is bothersome. Plenty of esters. I do love that the yeast character comes through with some biscuity and spicy notes. Too sweet.

It's complex, but it's also kind of a mess, with little regard for balance. There's some subtlety here, but it isn't intricate or well layered. Lacks nuance. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It comes on a bit too strong for a tripel; Trappist beers in the style don't require this level of intensity to succeed. Should be more mellow. It's a nontraditional build for the style, and while I always applaud experimentation, this doesn't quite work like it should. That said, I do think it's a better attempt at a tripel than most American attempts I've tried.

Not gestalt, but very cohesive.

Coarse and dry in an unbecoming manner for the style. Too thick and full-bodied. Subpar presence on the palate; it's overwhelming and lacks the delicacy of traditional Trappist beers in the style. Could be softer and more approachable. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, or rough. Sharp - especially for a tripel.

The oak aging hardly comes through at all in the flavour profile. I wouldn't notice any oak if I tried it blind, and what little there is when I search for it is very faint and weak. Oak tones should guide the flavour profile and lend it more natural cohesion, but fail to do so here. I do pick up some faint vanilla in the background.

Ultimately, I really have trouble with some of the essential decisions here - a tripel with notes of tropical fruit? Call me a traditionalist, but I don't think the Trappist monks were going for mango and pineapple in their tripels. I'm a big fan of pushing boundaries, but the Trappist styles might be best left to the masters.

Dr: It's a sipper without having to be. Way too boozy for the style. It's not the fragile delicate tripel put out by the Trappists by any stretch. A pretty decent American try at the style, but ultimately it's a swing and a miss. I'm curious what would happen to it with 3-4 years of age. Best split with friends.

It's an interesting brew with some nice orchard fruit notes and saison-esque white pepper.

Discerning drinkers will find it unnecessarily boozy with awkward tendencies towards unbecoming tropical fruit notes. Additionally, the lack of discernable oak is suspect - how long was this aged on oak?

High C+

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 06:42:41 | More by kojevergas
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, serious tripel! Cork was one of the most difficult ever. Had a good pop. Poured at a good temperature with a large, thick, foamy, cream-colored head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is a volatile blend of malt, fruit, spice, hop. Flavor is like nose, mildly sweet with good carbonic tang and a little bitter to balance very nicely. Body is full and is dominated by fine sparkling wine style carbonation that adds an elegant dimension. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, has some alcohol warmth and is a true pleasure to sip. A masterpiece! Be fun to cook with if I didn't drink it all.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:52:00 | More by drpimento
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DerAtomsmasher

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not as pale as a lot of tripels out there; there's a definite haze - I think there's some wheat in this, if I remember correctly from the SA website. Deep golden color.

The smell is, at first, a big alcohol hit (10%!) followed by some fresh pineapple and a little pear.

This carries over into the flavor, with a big alcohol edge commingling with the oak. There's a sort of valley in the middle where pear and pineapple notes fade into a herbal finish. It's just slightly skunky (Saaz).

A better tripel than some domestic versions I've tried but I'm not in too big of a hurry to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:14:11 | More by DerAtomsmasher
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ThaneMcC

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - gold/light amber, with a fine off white head of about 3 fingers of soapy fine bubbles and steady effervescence.

S: Mildly yeasty, Fruit (apple), a bit of acidity akin to balsamic vinegar

T: mild malty sweetness up front, a bit tart at middle and end from acidity (well carbonated to offset the maltiness, and enough hops to prevent it from being syrupy)

M: Sufficient carbonation to cleanse the palate and provide a full mouth feel

O: I was pleasantly surprised, easily one of the best domestic Belgian Style tripel I've had. Good price point for the quality. Would definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:13:09 | More by ThaneMcC
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DIPAHEAD

Texas

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this 25.4 FL OZ bottle up at the store on the way home from one of my favorite bars, Tap Room, where I had a 23 oz glass of Maredsous, which is a fav tripel of mine, as well as Real ale's Devil's BackBone which is a little too sweet if ya ask me..

I'm a big IPA guy, but this is a very good Tripel, I would definitely buy this again.. I'd give further details on the review I just happened to run into some herb named white widow if you're familiar with it, heh heh heh.. anyways, like I said, very surprising brew from Samuel Adams!

hope to update soon!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 06:03:04 | More by DIPAHEAD
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dar482

New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a deep dark golden orange color.

The aroma is quite boozy of big sweet orange, coriander, pepper, Belgian sweet breadiness, some bright sweet fruity notes.]

The flavor follows with orange, spicy notes, a Belgian candy sugar sweetness. The beer definitely shows you it's there with some big alcohol notes, but then it calms down with some heat and time. The oak eventually comes through at the end, but it's really subtle.

This is a fine tripel for those interested in something traditional tasting, but also really amped up really huge. An interesting tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:42:40 | More by dar482
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

750ml bottle poured into a chalice. I purchased this beer well over a year ago, but there is nothing on the bottle to indicate a bottling date, save for a code that reads '0970'. I will look into this. I will also note that this bottle was stored in proper cellar conditions for the duration of its time in my possession.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange color. Even after pouring aggressively barely ant head forms, and what does fizzles out immediately. Minute specs of lacing are the only evidence that it was ever even there.

S: Tart green apple skin and funk right up front. Cider vinegar and barnyard. Strong esters of pear. Subtle yeasty spice. Doughy malt base.

T: Cider vinegar up front in a big way. Green apple tartness is subdued. Malts bring a solid backbone of bread crust, toast, and dough. Honeyed granola and woody vanilla. Pretty sweet overall. A hollow, ghostly spicy hop taste is all thatvremains of the saaz. Funky and fruity toward the back end. Pear esters. Slight spike of alcohol. Drying finish with a light funk.

M: Round and creamy. Unfortunately it is also completely flat. Lack of carbonation makes it seem a little too weighty.

O: I've heard that this is a pretty respectable beer, but this did not withstand the test of time at all. Wild yeasts or 'bugs', intentional or not, really took this beer in the wrong direction. At this point it's more like a very mediocre wild ale an a triple.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:20:08 | More by ryan1788a5
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marybrooke

New York

3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a 750ml bottle from Wegmans for $9.99, poured into a Duvel tulip glass. I wasn't sure what to expect from a tripel by Sam Adams. It had slightly more hoppy bitterness and alcohol taste than I would have liked, but it also has some nice fruity and spicy (cloves?) notes. Overall, I enjoyed drinking it but there are much better tripels available with a lower price tag at the same store, so I doubt I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 17:54:38 | More by marybrooke
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Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.