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

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 60
Gots: 174 | FT: 4
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.
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Reviews by riored4v:
Photo of riored4v
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/12/10

Poured into a tulip. Hazy, straw colored body. White, 2 finger head that faded to a thin layer.

Smell was sweet, malty accompanied by fruity/estery aromas. Some hints of spice. Very hefe-like.

Taste was sweet maltiness. Fruity on the tropical side with stronger hints of banana. Warm fermentation type esters. Some hints of spice as well.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, medium body w/ a dry finish that had some lingering stickiness.

Drinkability had no signs of ABV. Good drinkability and fully of fruity, pleasant flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of alphagnome
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange body, light haze and tons of carbonation. On pour, a huge off-white head presents itself but after awhile fades to a slim ring. Light lacing and legs.

Quite zesty! Light maltiness with a pleasant earthy and spiced hop note. Peppery. A citrus sweetness is present and white grape juice. Bubblegum and a hint of clove.

Wow - expectations surpassed! Everything the nose sets you up for is present and there is nothing subtle about any of it. Beautiful spice with spot on pepper, clove and a hint of coriander and perhaps a bit of lavender. Although a bit out of style, a nice bubblegum and pear character rounds out the taste. With an ABV of 10%, this beer blows me away! I can detect literally no alcohol at all, it is masked beautifully - however, half way through the bottle... I can definitely feel it!

Light to medium body and gobs of carbonation. Not exactly smooth, but it works well for this. A mild dry finish and not lingering aftertaste.

To date, this is easily the best beer I've had from the Boston Beer Co! What makes it so impressive is its incredible balance, well masked alcohol profile, and complex hit to the taste buds. Next time you see this, don't shy away from this due to the fact that it is a Samuel Adams - it's a brilliant beer that must be experienced!

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap today at Hops Burger Bar here in GSO.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed lighter amber with a tightly formed large head that never completely settled.Candied sugar and very mild spiced phenols in the nose.Alot of candied sugar on the palate,some lefay hops and spiced phenols make for a bold flavor profile.This beer is pretty big and bold even for the style,it's not a style I go to often but once in awhile a beer like this is nice to sip on in an empty bar.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Gold color, a hint of haze. Small white head that nevertheless retained well.
Nice earthy, yeasty aroma. Sweet fruit, a little bit of spice.
The aromas really came together well in the taste. Tropical fruit, cotton candy, clove. Bready.
More substantial in my mouth than I thought it would be.
Good beer. Glad that I stopped at Kappy's because I haven't found this in Maine yet.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that fades fast, dark gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, apple, citrus, and hay

Taste: Belgian spices, tropical fruit,orange and lemon zest, yeast, and pepper

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a touch of bitterness

Overall: One of the better tripels I have had lately. I like this because it is not too boozy or bitter but still hits the flavors I expect in a tripel. I will look for this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of pineapple and tropical fruit notes, as well as some alcohol, white pepper and Belgian yeast. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of pepper and fruit notes, as well as some chewy biscuit malt. The alcohol is also quite noticeable, which is not a surprise for a beer that is 10 percent. There is also a little bit of oak and vanilla character hidden in the background. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with about two fingers of white head and medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, Peppery, some citrus maybe.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Taste of cloves, pepper, and fruity.

Overall. One of the better Tripels I have had. Good brew.

Photo of kraytb
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great taste, Loved the Fruit notes I was getting off both the taste and smell.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into an 8oz tulip.

Pours a crisp sparkling light golden color with a big fluffy whit head. Nose is very spicy with a log of belgian character and a hint of booze.

This tastes a heck of a lot like La Fin Du Monde, It's got that Belgian yeastiness that Unibroue has in their beers, with a bit of an alcoholic burn. Mouthfeel is big and full due to high carbonation, reminiscent of Westmalle Tripel. It's a decent beer, so far I like the Stoney Brook Red more.

Photo of jondeelee
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New World Tripel smells rich and malty, with plenty of orange, apricot, and brown sugar aromas to satisfy the tripel moniker, as well as hints of coriander, fig, banana, clove, and vanilla, all atop a toasted grain layer that is reminiscent of a freshly-baked baguette.

On the tongue, the brew continues to be an excellent example of a tripel, with lovely citrus and fruit notes mixed with spices. For the former, there is a good mixture of orange (vaguely orange liqueur-like, actually), banana, apricot, pear, fig, and lychee nut. For the latter, there is clove, coriander, grains of paradise, and hints of nutmeg and allspice. Again, all of this atop a Grape Nuts cereal-like layer of toasted grains, with the addition of slight hints of oak. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with slightly more spice (as the sugars wear off more quickly), and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a great beer right out of the bottle, my only complaint being that there is a vague bubble-gum sweetness to the malts. I suspect, however, that a good six to twelve-month aging would remove this sweetness, and make the brew far more complex and satisfying.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with excellent clarity. Vibrant carbonation bubbles are present. There's a half inch of tightly knit off white head. Strong aroma of light Belgian candy sugar and pale malt. There's plenty of light fruity tastes like a touch of raspberries and cheery. Pale malt and light candy sugar are also very much present. The mouth is heavily carbonated and bone dry.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle #0472 served in a Belgian sSnifter.

A: Pale and hazy orange-amber in color, with a semi-durable head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: excellent fruity and bready mix. Complex and lightly spicy.

Flavor: various soft and tropical fruits and a multitude of spice notes. Excellent aftertaste brings out more grain flavor and adds a subtle herbal note.

Feel: nice lively body but a bit too hot (not surprising given 10% ABV) despite some aging.

O: a strong tripel that is flavorful, aromatic and complex.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New World is a pretty looking beer; its color is a deep gold-amber, and there a thickness to it as well as cloudiness, while slow but constant bubbling from the bottom of the class contrasts a somewhat frantic head development. When it does settle, though, the head is where most of this beer's beauty lies. It's extremely close to pure white, only very slightly tinted. It starts off like a fat, rocky pillow with a fluffy cusp. What it drops to is bigger than some beers' initial heads, not quite one finger, and that remains for good. Lacing coats the top of the glass and gets leggier as it goes.
The nose offers an interesting array of character with some complexity to it. I get some perfume and herbal leaf from the hops, a bit of pith/wood, something like honey, and a bit of alcohol, though less than I expect. The clove becomes evident as it goes. A note of fruits is perhaps moderately balanced between white flesh and dark flesh.
In the taste, it generally follows except that a flash of wood is the first thing on my tongue before the other elements come out. It's also a touch spicier in the flavor than my nose picked up. Otherwise close, fruits, leaf, pith, alcohol, earthiness and bubble gum (more expressly Belgian in flavor than aroma) are all here. There is a flash of band-aid that ghosts in and out a few times, slightly marring an otherwise very nice drinking experience.
Carbonation is somewhat excitable but not overexcited, making for a nice flow and contributing to a smoothness that rides well, even with a strong crispness.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hefty bottle with cork and cage, and the cork was not easy to open which I suppose is a good thing if your looking to age it.

A light gold color with amber-ish hues, slight haze and classic rushing carbonation directly from the middle which creates a nearly perfect 2" inch high all-white head showing good activity with slow retention.

The aroma is very complex, zippy and tart fruity esters pop right out with sharp lemmons toned downed by a crispy wheat and bunches of dry-earthy aroma's. Slightly musty wheat and fruits with honey-like sweetness and some vodka type heat. The oak aroma really pops and certainly adds depth to all aroma's along with several spices and pepper! but also in the heat tingle. This is easily one of the most complex aroma's for a Tripel, very bold...worth contemplating for sure.

The flavor is without a doubt sublime. Bold, brash flavor's, crispy honey-sweet malt and a yeasty complexity that pushes the limits. The yeast baffles explanation at first with massive dry earthy tones and musty, spicey...grandma's spice rack!! subtle banana's and cloves, red fruits and a snappy bite from 10% heat. The flavor's eventhough it's very, very complex has a wonderful balance.

The feel is simply amazing with snappy, slightly hot and dry medium bodied feel, good bite and a full, smooth finish. a lushous and wonderful mouthfeel.

This is exactly the kind of brew that I'm all about right now, Belgian Tripel and Farmhouse ale's are "in" for me big time and this one hits the spot. a wonderous brew.

Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, shared. served in Chimay chalices.

A - poured with about a third of an inch of loose bubbly just off-white colored foam, eventually settles to a thin film which sticks around for most of the drink. the beer is cloudy, deep gold in color with some floating stationary sediment.

S - crisp grains, lemon peel, belgian yeast, juicy green grapes, some subtle must and a faint grassy hop finish. just about classic for the style.

T - begins with some lingering strong belgian yeast, fruity grapes, coriander and lemon peel. alcohol is noticeable yet adds a certain awakening quality to the beer. some clove, piney hops, and crunchy grains round everything out.

M - medium body with sharp playful carbonation, kept in check by robust flavors and alcohol presence.

D - liked it, not the best Tripel but a solid take on the style. missing some of the barrel aging. packs quite a punch, glad this is being shared.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Various ideas that didn't all hang together. Not so drinkable. Nice looking. Sweet, spicy taste and sweet aroma.Spices not what I liked, Saaz hops did not do it for me. It's the style, but it doesn't quite rise to the occasion of those produced in Belgium.

Photo of augustgarage
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks again!) for this unexpected ale. Poured from an unusually shaped 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. "0200" marked on the back.

Orange peel liquid, brilliant clarity up until the last cloudy pour, topped by an active cosmic latte head which recedes rapidly to a half-finger where it continues to fizzle for quite some time. Lacing is pretty good, legs are viscous and shimmering.

Oak notes and big boozy fruit in the nose backed by a bit of winter spice. Reminds me a bit of Allagash Curieux at first, but this has a bit more wine-like funk and less bourbon-ish notes.

Rock candy and yeast-heavy bread flavor initially - a bit too sweet really. This is complicated but possibly compounded by the fruit which suggests mango, guava, and overripe peach and cantelope. A bit of (noble?) hops come forward and join hands with the oak elements which attenuates the sugar somewhat. The nutmeg/cinnamon/fennel sort of blend is in itself a bit sweet - so the finish overall is borderline cloying even for the style.

Medium-bodied, pillowy, and somewhat oily; mildly astringent and a bit hot from the alcohol (though this comes out in the body more than the aroma or flavor).

Some age might dry this out a bit, those of you sitting on a bottle might want to continue doing so for a while.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - transparent gold with a huge, loose, bubbly head that has decent head

S - light malt, alcohol, some fruit

T - banana, some alcohol, faint pepper, clove, some fruit

M - medium bodied, warm, well carbonated, smooth

This is a pretty solid beer. The yeast comes through with some fruit and and faint spices. The banana was a surprise but enjoyable. The alcohol is noticeable but is expected and doesn't detract from the flavor. I really enjoyed this beer. It's worth picking up.

Photo of TownDunkel
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw this one sitting on the shelf and I thought, "Wow, Samuel Adams in a big bottle" when i read the description I had to try it.

Appearance - A rusty light orange hue with a nice amount of caramel head on top, very pretty.

Smell - The only spot the beer let me down a little, very alcoholic overtones with no overtones of the delicious taste

Taste - Bam, now thats a hit. Smooth and mellow with plenty of banana, pear, spices, and many high and low notes that come and go over the several seconds.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is perfect for bringing out that nice flavor.

Overall - This is a really nice Tripple. I hope they keep this one around and maybe do some six packs of it

Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the decanter/bottle a semi-clear amber, with a huge head of bone suds. Lace is big and loopy.

Aroma is full-on fruity and bread — very much a classical Belgian tripel already. Faithful thus far.

Taste is bold, with a wallop of sweetness hitting the palate right off. There’s a lot of fruitiness in there, as well as bready, yeasty character ripe with candied fruits, berries, and some spice. I get a serious kiss of alcohol warming at the finish, making this big brew a nice sipper. I say, well-done, and faithful to the Belgian style, and a tasty drink (in small amounts).

Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cork-topped bottle of some ridiculous shape that looked like it was rejected from the cooperage. 750mL, apparently. Man, that cork is seriously in there. And there it goes, off the ceiling. Served in a chalice this beer is orange amber in color and forms a nice, solid, foamy off-white head. Appropriately fruity Belgian tripel aroma. Pear, tropical fruit.

Once in the mouth the flavor is a little bit of a let down compared to that aroma. Yeah, it's fruit, but there's also a dominant bitterness, and it betrays its 10% ABV. Which is not to say this isn't a fine tripel. It's especially good considering it comes from a macrobrewery. It hits all the right notes of tropical fruit, sweet candy/caramel flavors, and it has the best yeast flavors I've ever had in such a large scale brew. But Tripel is a style with some serious competition, and this just isn't anywhere close to the top in that regard. Good thing for the Boston Beer Co., beer isn't a competition.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With the color of a brass monkey and the head of mild mannered slow roast marshmallow this is looking fine...

Smells of some sweet orange, some liquor, a chewable vitamin C, a little wet bready yeast

Wow, some cognac, and esters in the face like banana. A sweet lawn mowed and a hint of lactic acid. A hinter of oyster as well which I'm digging. Bubblegum as it warms

Light medium body, a hint of warmth, and perfect carbonation give the mouth a good time

Overall I have to give it to SA, its not a bad beer,in fact quite palatable and deep

Photo of socon67
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour is orangeamber. White foam that dissipates quickly on top. Clear and tiny bubbles of carbonation are seen. For what its worth, the bottle is impressive with a wire basket and cork.

S - Smells like the syrup of a Delmonte fruit cocktail. Very sweet scent and with notes of cherries, pineapples, and peaches.

T - Sugary sweet. Gives way to flavors of fruit. All sorts of fruit are noted. Has a sugary medley like like a bowl of Fruit Loops cereal. Perhaps my only gripe is that it is a bit too over the top.

M - Crisp, surprisignly light bodied for the ABV and style. Minimal carbonation.

O - I loved how BBC did a domestic version of a belgian tripel and had enough of a twist to make it stand out. I'd hope this would make a return at some point. I'd try it again. And I'm now curious as to the other Barrel Room series beers.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of BBF 2011. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pours a 1 finger rich white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear deep orange. Lacing is stringy with good stick. A very good looking beer.

Nose is coriander, Belgian yeast, clove, pineapple, lemon zest, and other sweet citrus fruit. Big sugary aroma. Rather standard for the style. Aromatic though.

Opens pineapple, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, coriander, and clove all rolled into one. Big fruitiness towards the middle as this on just gets sweeter and fruitier as it warms. Some lime zest crispness towards the end with a big cane sugar end. Finish is yeasty with a sweet aftertaste. Pretty tasty actually. Not so complex but very robust and bold.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Sharp and crisp in the mouth and abrasive and bubbly going down. Finish is accented with a lingering aftertaste. Nice.

Although I'm not a huge fan of Sam Adams in general, this beer is definitely a winner. Tropical fruit and typical Belgian style flavors are all present plus there's a big richness that puts this one just beyond average. A very encouraging beer overall.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a group of us shared this taste treat. It was poured into a sample type glass. It has a nice golden straw color body, with a little white fizzy head that disappears quickly to a thin lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is of spice and a little banana comes threw. The taste starts off sweet(almost bubble gum), then it gets a spicy(clove and white pepper). The mouth feel is good. Overall i think this a beer to try if you get the chance.

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