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

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 969
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 23.16%
Wants: 65
Gots: 187 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a slight chalky flavor on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:single finger head with nice lacing and excellent lacing on a hazy golden amber body.

S: syrup, sweet citrus, corriander.

T: spices, lime, belgian yeast, corriander, citrus mostly plantain. this one is definitly very belgian and not too sweet.

M: high carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: usually some of these beers disappoint me but this one is actually very good with excellent belgian character without being too sweet.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of fruits and herbs in the nose—pineapple seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has additional hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this as part of the set when I went to the Brewery Last year. This brew pours out as a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that had a pretty good retention. The aroma of the beer is basically like any other Tripel out there but not quite as strong smelling. There is some spices the come through and there are also some fruity scents too. The funk level on the nose isn't very high. The taste doesn't give off much funk either from the wild yeast. The fruity flavors taste decent for a Tripel and the spices do the same was well. The mouthfeel was light to medium and was fairly easy to drink. Glad I got to try it!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stronger than the average tripel, Samuel Adams (Barrel Room) New World treads on the ground of stronger Belgian-style pale ales. The stronger alcohols bring new and exciting life to the style while bridging in an oak taste that gives a glimpse into medieval monastic beer taste.

New World opens with light to medium amber, or burnish gold colors. A softly embedded haze diffuses light and creates a highly attractive glow. The beer simply looks like honey to me. But the creamy cap consists of both tight and loosely knit bubbles that looks of foamy class. And with its tremendous staying power and ornate lacing patterns, the beer certainly fits the bill of a well built tripel, though I have seen many at lighter colors.

Floral, grassy, grainy, and perfumy- the Belgian inspired scent is all that's promised. With one whiff there's the rustic scent of grain, grass, and dried fruit. In the other, there's the more finesse notes of flowery bouquet, honeysuckle, and the aroma of a fresh spring meadow. Laced with honey and clove notes, the fruit and spice interplay goes on and on...

Sweet flavors kick off with a bang. Honey, powdered sugar, and the grainy-sweet taste of pilsner malt shine. A light toasty backdrop, maybe of Oktoberfest fame, rises to support the cracker-like pilsner taste. An extension of floral aromas create an impression of flowery honey taste that's backed by the clove spice, white pepper, celery and aniseed or fennel. Additional esters of pear, apple, pineapple, and peach just keep the complexities coming. It seems that I find a new taste with each and every sip.

Medium bodied despite its heavy octane, the strong ale carries a marked amount of sweetness that's greater than in most classic tripels out there. But still, the exuberant carbonation springs from the tongue and lifts the sweetness and breadiness with ease. Despite its oak aging, the beer cleverly avoids the wood derived astringency that plagues many of these more finesse beers. Yet there's an impression of weight that resists the bubbles and weights on the tongue in finish for a honeyish, oaky, and toasty aftertaste of balance.

But it's that slight malty-sweet taste and residual malty weight that keeps the ale anchored to the richer Belgian-style strong pale ales than it does a tripel. I need a drier malt backbone and more earthen hop bitterness to qualify as a strong tripel contender. Still, the beer is no slouch and earns its spot in my heart and in my glass!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit is quite dominant with some sweet Belgian malt notes. Taste is really dominated by some notes of tropical fruit with some notes of Belgian malt with light candi sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but too much tropical fruit for my own taste – kind of hard to figure out this was a tripel.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a golden body with light haze. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves good lace.

S - Musty, earthy malt character with notes of guava and black pepper.

T - Light funk up front with women tropical fruit. Pineapple, guava, and pomegranate in the middle. The beer finishes with lots of resinous black pepper, pineapple, and more light funk.

M - Mediumthick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The only complaint I can come up with is that it finishes a bit on the sweet side, aside from that it is complex and wonderfully fruity with a rich black pepper note throughout. One of the best Sam Adams beers I've tasted.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A huge rising 5+ finger head rises up really quickly, evades my pour, and then falls back quickly over a slightly hazy golden orange color.

N: Very saison/tripel aroma with some light Belgian malts, other light malts, spices, a little booze taste and warmth, some sweetness with that, touch of Belgian yeast, fruit, some apple aromas, citrus and semi sweet fluffy malt effervescence.

T: Semi sweet with lots of fruits, lots of apple specifically from the Belgian yeast, some tropical flavors, Belgian sweet malts, little bitterness, yeasty, some booze flavor and warming booze feel, chewy malts, and spices!

M: Med body, warming tingly booze, decent carbonation.

F: Some bitterness on the finish with lingering spices galore, more warming tingly booze, quite boozy actually, Belgian sweet malts and fruit linger, more apple, tropical fruit flavors, and a little yeasty.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

Big ups to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Part II of my Barrel Room Collection odyssey. Get some. It pours an ever-so-slightly hazy amber straw topped by a seemingly perpetual finger of white foam. The nose comprises plenty o' clove, banana, nutmeg, black pepper, watermelon, wheat, wet hay, a tiny bit o' horse blanket, and some cantaloupe. The taste follows, with the banana, cantaloupe, and clove taking preeminence. A touch of oak is in the background, bringing with it a very light ray of vanilla. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation (very light for the style) and a very smooth feel. Not a bad tripel, overall, but nothing to get too excited about. I don't think the barrel aging did all that much for it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Careful twist of the pliers on the cork and ka-boom! Big spew but that didn't seem to disgorge too much of the actual beer. More of a regular foamy pour in the Ommegang chalice. Amber color with lots of bubbles rising.

Fruity smell is quite intense. I don't usually complain about too much carbonation but this is one of those rare instances where it's just too much carbonic power and a harsh sensation with the tongue attacked by bubbles at every sip. Very sweet and fruity but tangy at the same time, like frozen apple juice concentrate. Hot with alcohol. Reminds me of one of those Italian lemon liqueurs.

Ultimately this borders on undrinkable. Maybe I can mix it with a flabby witbier. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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+

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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/20/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains honey, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s a mild alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other Tripels that I would pick first.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sammy Barrel Aged, I'm hopeful. Cool looking bottle

Opens with a resounding pop! Opens with an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Breadyness, faint pears, apple skins

T: Pears & a bit of pineapple, some boozeyness, a bit of white grape & maybe a liitle juicy fruit. Some oakyness comes through as this warms, slight apple notes, then pineapple, plus winesap apples. Finishes with a bit of orchard fruit crispness, a bit of pineapple & a kiss of white grape

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy, nice warming aspects to this

Some barrel aged aspects to to this, but not really wowed by this. Worth a try

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2012 vintage. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of banana, lemon, pear, pepper, clove, floral, earth, candi sugar, oak, light bubblegum, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; very inviting. Taste of apple, pear, banana, pineapple, pepper, clove, bubblegum, earth, floral, oak, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, bubblegum, floral, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of flavors, with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent tripel style. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive tight-bubbled head that leaves extensive lace. Very cloudy with a orange-gold color--it glows in front of a bright light.

Lots of wheat and wild grains in the aroma. Very little Belgian yeast aroma, surprisingly. Blindfolded, I would think Wit.

Similar tastes to the smell, except for a notable alcohol presence. This is deceptively potent. Lots of carbonation with a moderate body--makes it seem thinner than it is truly is. The aftertaste is slightly sour with more of the distinctive wheat.

This could be describe as an extreme Wit. It does not remind me of a Tripel, which is far more malty and sweet.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-amber with a thick head that soon collapses.

The smell is very fruity/tangy - lemon-orange with some herbal notes and a whiff of alcohol. A "Belgian" yeast character is in the background.

The taste is herbal/floral and citrusy. The malt is subtle. It has a medicinal/aspirin-ish dryness in the finish.

It has a zesty feel. Alcohol noticeable. Dryness lingers.

It's a tough style, and this is a hoppy version of it. I didn't get much of the oak aging from it. Still, it went down well was enjoyable. A unique offering from Sam Adams that is worth checking out!

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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with a finger tall bright white head. The head reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer and a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of sweetness with a good dose of banana and clove. Nice complexity to the aroma.

T: Very sweet with lots of banana and some clove flavors. Again there is complexity to the flavor.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: One of the better Sam Adams beers that I have had - it seems like this barrel room collection is significantly better than the classic products. Easy to drink and enjoyable though not a session beer.

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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 6/5/10

This corked and caged bottle was picked up back in February when I visited the brewery. Number on the lower back of the bottle reads: #0060.

The new world triple pours a hazy golden color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Pretty decent retension and a ton of lace clings to the glassware. The aroma of this brew has spicey yeasty notes with lots of fruity character like pears and apples. Belgian style phenols come into play with more notes reminescent of banana and clove.

Taste is in line with the aroma. Spicey notes from the yeast coupled with banana, pear, apple and a big alcohol presence both in flavor and warmth. Medium to light feel with a moderately high level of carbonation. The finish of this brew is a bit dry with some oakiness noted in the aftertaste. As it warms, some minor notes of clove come out in both the flavor and aroma. Lingering yeast character is left residing in the mouth along with a taste of banana, clove and pear. The warmer it gets the more the oak and dryness is exaggerated along with some spiciness that is not directly identifiable but all together is enjoyable.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a sweet, pale malt scent along with a very fruity Belgian yeast character. I'm not getting much oak aroma, but the esters may be drowning it out. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with excellent yeast notes and bit of oak character in the finish. It's an easy drinker even at 10% abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer. It's about as easy a drinking Belgian tripel as I've ever tried.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.