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

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

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Reviews: 284
Hads: 954
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 63
Gots: 178 | FT: 4
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant copper amber crowned by a sticky 1” white foam collar.
S: Spice and tropical fruit.
T: Yeast driven palate with pineapple, mango, apricot and peach. Moderate malt flavors, biscuit, and mild hop bitterness.
F: Very creamy, medium body and medium high carbonation. Very soft palate.
O: Not a lot of oak but a well made and easy to drink tripel. (367 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased about 4 months ago at Costco in a 3-pack with two other barrel-aged beers. Price came to roughly $8/750-ml bottle. Poured into tulip glasses and shared around the first campfire of the year.

A slightly hazy light golden-orange color with 3 fingers of frothy pure white head that never completely dissipates and leaves massive lacing.

Aroma is pure Belgian yeast, malty sweetness, and a slight bit of citrus and spice.

Taste is nice. Very approachable, with up front sweetness followed by subtle Belgian characteristic spice and bread, and followed by just a hint of bitterness. I detected a tiny bit of metallic taste at first, but it disappeared quickly.

Mouth is excellent, soft and velvety, highly carbonated and refreshing for a 10% ABV beer.

Overall, this is the best beer I've had from Sam Adams, and so far the best of the 3-pack. I see these still sitting at Costco...might have to grab another, especially if they go on sale. (962 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 750 into a snifter.
Pours a nice golden wheat color with a finger of head.
Smells nice, good Belgian yeast present in aroma, could be stronger.
Taste is interested. Slight metalic taste, but otherwise good Belgian flavor, though light.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall this is a good beer. Could boost aromas and flavor a bit in my book. (347 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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). (590 characters)

Photo of Gear54
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a snifter

Beer is opaque yellow/orange with 1 finger of white foam and thin lace left behind.

Smell is clove and bananas also get yeast, malts and hops.

Taste is bitter with banana and spice. Nice yeast but not too much to make it unsinkable. Also a bit of sugary sweetness

Overall not bad. Feel leaves a bit to be desired. I would like flavors to stick around a bit longer. This beer could be more smooth as well. (440 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a light amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - belgian yeast, banana, clove, spicy hops, tropical fruits, spices, bready malts, hint of oak.

Taste - Begins with the belgian yeast (banana, clove, spices) the goes into the tropical fruit, spicy hops, and malts. The oak is there but barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Sticky finish with pleasant lingering of yeast.

Overall - Good on Sam Adams for delivering a good example of this style. Was hoping the belgian yeast was more prominent. As well, I was hoping this brew would of showcased more of the oak flavours. (644 characters)

Photo of BWood
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good Belgium style Tripel. Not better than actual Belgium Trappist though. Solid deal when buying barrel room set of 3 from Costco. Very balanced and easy drink. Will continue to buy but not my go-to beer (204 characters)

Photo of badgustav
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The nose is not strong as many triples, but the flavour makes up for it, containing the familiar banana notes, combined with toffee and a sour under note. For the price, this is a remarkable deal and enjoyable drink. (216 characters)

Photo of ItalianPisces84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle poured into a pint glass.

The first thing I noted upon pouring this ale was the thick, rich head which immediately accumulated. It lasted a medium amount of time before giving way to some bright white lacing. The beverage itself is a deep gold color, nearly a light amber, and as cloudy as one would expect from an ale of this sort. The fragrance is of sweet malt, some fuits and spices, and a bit of yeast.

Though there are a multitude of small, rapidly rising bubbles in the ale, there is little carbonation in the mouth feel. The mouth feel is instead mostly sticky but not viscous. Similarly, this is a rather sweet ale for a Belgian/Belgian-style Tripel, but not overly so. The sweetness rapidly fades into the spice and smoke undertones, which linger longer on the tongue.

Overall a solid beer, though not at all superior to Victory Golden Monkey, which is a cheaper and very, very similar ale. Next time I throw down $12 on a belgian/belgian-style ale, it will be for La Chouffe, not this one. Still, all in all a good beer. Worth a try. (1,063 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 ounce barrel shaped corked and caged bottle that I bought as a part of the Barrel Room Collection pack at Sam’s Club a few months ago into a clean, clear glass. No “best by” date observed by me on the bottle. The Barrel Room Collection has three such bottles in it.
Note: It was somewhat difficult to get the cork out of this bottle. I believe each bottle in the Collection came out to be something close to $8.64 or so.

A Nice golden translucent body under a huge off white head. True to the style and delicious looking. 4.0

S Belgian yeast and sweet malt and it has the presence of a classic Tripel, my favorite style. Some fruity spices also detected in the smell. 4.0

T Solid Tripel with some oak sense to it. Sweet malt, the Belgian yeast and that fruit has more of a presence in the taste than what I picked up in the smell. Perhaps the sweet malt in the taste carried the fruit taste? Anyway I am happy to report that this is a good tasting Tripel. I will also be happy to finish the bottle!

M Appropriate Tripel mouthfeel which is a bit of sticky syrup feel but overall this Tripel and most properly brewed ones disappear quickly in your mouth but leave a thin film of sweet goodness afterwards. 4.0

D/O Drinkability is high for a 10% beer. I will be happy to continue sipping this one. Overall a very solid Tripel, my favorite of the Barrel Room Collection. 4.5

Notes: I held this one last of the Barrel Room Collection because I thought that I may enjoy it best (again my favorite style is Tripel) and I was not disappointed. (1,594 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of ilthik
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks and feels like a tripel. It has a dull, overly sweet aroma without eliciting any particular flavors. It may become more complex with aging, but my initial impression is not a good one. (190 characters)

Photo of Hex92
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's hard to think of Sam Adams as a "microbrewer" anymore, but they make some good beers. This is the first time I have come across this one and I was very pleasantly surprised. It checks all the boxes, looks great, nice big foamy head with good lacing, perfect mouthfeel, great flavor. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall just a very nice beer. (346 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: golden-orange body, effervescent; huge frothy off-white head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: malty; sweet; peppery; faint Belgian yeast; I can smell the "Tropical Fruit" as on the label, but I couldn't tell you what kind

Taste: Malty with a good bit of Tripel sugary sweetness; very well balanced and extremely tasty; finishes sweet with just the right amount of hop bitterness lingering; this is a great beer

Mouthfeel: creamy, almost syrupy, but thin enough it's appropriate for the style

Remarks: best Sammy Adams I've ever had (553 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the quality here is enormous, its rich smooth creamy beer with a vibrant Belgian yeast strain and a ton of grain character at its base, but for my palate, it was too sweet to drink much of, although that doesn't at all diminish my appreciation for it. hazy blonde, obviously viscous, but also supremely well carbonated, amassing a several inches high white impenetrable head on top. the nose and taste show a ton of candy sugar left over, oats in the body, and the oak adding a vanilla and pear sweetness to this thing. its sweet double jeopardy, but I still dig it for being as enormous as it is and not showing its booze, for bringing oak into the fold so well, and for offering a beer this good at such a fair price. round in feel, huge body, sticky sweet, but its aided in drinkability by all the bubbles. wheat is fresh, yeast is amazingly bold in flavor and capacity to survive the potential energy of this thing, and expressive in a new way for a Belgian tripel. while not my personal favorite, I really admire this beer, and indeed this entire barrel room project from sam adams. (1,087 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Nice clear golden color. Big whitish billowy foam swells and takes several minutes to recede.

S: Nutmeg and cloves. Wheat bread. Sweet with a tangy spiciness.

T: Malty and sweet with a tropical melon and mango. Mushroom and decaying pine adds a funky twang rounding out the sweetness. Long greasy and old bruised banana flavor lingers long on the palate with a little white pepper. Mild oakiness and definitely a note of peat moss through the finish.

F: Big rich flavors rounded out by an extremely clear feel. I love the light body and the carbonation finishes nice and clean with only a small residual sugary feeling.

O: Quite nice. I like the yeastiness and the spice is nice, albeit maybe a little on the strong side. And the sweetness finishes a bit strong for me. But I'm just being overly critical, it's tasty and rich but might be better in my opinion if it were toned down just a scosche. Maybe 9.5%. (916 characters)

Photo of NorthGeorgiaBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

This is a very enjoyable brew - fairly "in your face", sweet, lots of citrus and fruit esters (I'm thinking pineapple and pear?), some coriander spice... and its 10% ABV is hidden very well in its sweetness. In fact, the sweetness gives it a fairly mead-like character. It's almost too sweet, but I think sweetness and fruitiness are desirable characteristics of good Tripels.

The color is a nice orangey-honey. Not much hop character, which I like (I'm definitely NOT an IPA guy), and very good smooth mouthfeel. The head is rich and creamy, lingers for a few moments, and clings nicely to the glass as it dissipates.

After getting halfway through the bottle, I am not tasting, but definitely FEELING, the alcohol's effects... in a GOOD way. A nice, light, smooth, and quite satisfying buzz. Probably good that I only have this one bottle, or I'd be on the floor tonight!

I will be buying this one again. It's the most enjoyable brew I've ever tasted from BBC. TWO thumbs up! (980 characters)

Photo of fank2788
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Coppery gold mostly clear liquid that starts out with a frothy white head which fades after a few minutes. The smell is quite fruity most of that citrus with some yeast and other esters in there as well. I'm also getting some slight bready malt but really no indications of hops or the alcohol which makes up a good portion of this. The taste is very peppery, spicy and citrusy just what I'd expect to find in a tripel. I'd say that this beer is a bit sweeter and maybe more fruity than some other good examples of the style. The alcohol flavors are pretty well hidden but a nice warming character definitely starts to make itself known especially as the beer warms. A surprisingly tasty tripel I'm glad I gave it a try and would would recommend it. (756 characters)

Photo of Shadar
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Near perfection for a Tripel (my favorite style of beer). I was shocked to discover Sam Adams even out-classed St Bernardus Tripel. This is truly as close as a Tripel can get to perfect for me. (195 characters)

Photo of Jeff-Grant
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Awesome! Best beer I have had by Sam Adams. I could only obtain it from the brewery in boston. Well worth packing it in luggage to get it back to chicago. Fantastic Belgian yeast flavors and a kickin abv. (205 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

This one pours a nicely ruby tinted rich golden color that a nice off white rich head that is long lived, settles slow and leaves good lacing down the glass.

The nose is fruity and pleasant with spiced notes that remind me a tad of all spice, there are nice bread tones and some alcohol. A mild but very pleasant nose here.

The taste is exceptional and definitely fruity, but not overly sweet. The flavor is a nicely done malt with woody notes that has a mild hopped experience that balances nicely with a complex array woody malts and spices.

The mouthfeel is silky and rick as a Belgian style should be, just right for this style.

Overall this is an exceptional offering from Samuel Adams and a real treat. This one is one of the best in their entire line up. I highly recommend trying this one. (804 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev +1.3%

A nice tripel that so far stands out in my experience with the barrel room collection. Fruity and spicy with a nice color. . Good flavor comes through though as the beer warms I noticed it seems to get a little sweeter, which I don't care for in this style. (258 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold, clear colour. Head is overly generous in the pour but good integrity, small off-white bubbly foam.

Smells tart, fairly funky. Belgian phenols with citric twang, slight soapy character, some barnyard. Bit stale as well, could use a bit more fresh tartness. Nice, though.

Taste is a lot sweeter than expected. Notes of vanilla and nutmeg upfront, gets caramel toffee midway, before finish is slightly boozey with a touch of honey and cherry medicine. Some orange citrus and Earl Grey notes. Definitely missing that slight Belgian edge promised on the nose.

Smooth, foamy, maybe a touch on the thin side but really very decent. Not enough flavours I really like, although the balance overall is fairly decent. (723 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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! (1,341 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent amount of white and bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear dark copper that looks very nice but does not quite seem to match the style. The beer leaves some lacing on the glass. The beer has a very fruity and herbal smell. The fruit smell is very tropical with hints of lime and bits of banana and strawberry. There also bready yeast notes. The beer taste is similar to the smell. The same tropical fruit notes such as lime, banana, and strawberry mixed with bready yeast. The taste also has a slight hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel has biting carbonation and smooth feel. Overall, a decent beer. (649 characters)

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