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

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Reviews: 284
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rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 60
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,189 characters)

Photo of tkepx182
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston

A: when poured the beer had a think head with large bottles that took a while to dissipate. It was also a nice light amber color, that was cloudy.

S: The beer had a little bit of a fruity smell

T: the beer had fruit undertones that left a little bit of a dryness in the mouth. The primary taste of the beer was of a tangy flavor.

O: It was a good beer, I would get get again (434 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, the beer pours with a ton of foam from the corked bottle. Cloudy, hazy, pale yellow-gold color. The head settles into a thick, white, foamy and frothy two inches. Aromas are lemon citrus and light spicings of coriander and nutmeg, with a toasty character, also. Pineapple and mango aromas release as the beer warms. Flavors are light and mild, with a blended fruit background and very light toasting and nutmeg spicing. Smooth and light in mouth, with a spiced crispness on the finish. The aftertaste is very mild, with pineapple and peach balancing a peppery bite. Much milder than I was expecting. (622 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (545 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to my sister who brought home the three bomber series of the Barrel Room Collection. Poured from caged and corked bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a pale/light yellow with a big white head that builds and builds with the powerful carbonation racing to the top. The head laces and retains nicely.

S: Sweet aromas of fruit, sugar/molasses. The earthy smell of clove and other spices are present. Toasted grains are the bready smell. You can also sense some alcohol.

T: The citrus, fruit, spice are present. Starts sweet n fruity and then shifts into some grain tastes ending with a earthy warm ending.

M: Medium-bodied, with powerful carbonation. The aftertaste is delicious and dry. Good mouth coating throughout.

O: A solid example of a tripel. (758 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has been refrigerated since July 07th of 2010. Cracked tonight after brief warming.

A- HUGELY carbonated. The cork on this thing exploded off the bottle. Shot 20 feet across the room. Tons of bubbles cascading from the bottom of the glass in this clear pale yellow body. The froth is reminiscent of a chain reaction similar to styrofoam development. Strong thick lacing, strong retention.

S- Mild sweetness, a Belgian candied sugar presence, and sharpness all around. Definite alcohol astringency. A paper bready nature. Plant material cardboard.

T- Opens up careful sweetness, very light, perfectly melded into the background of the liquid. Bits of butterscotch and caramel notes. Right after that is a rising alcoholic bite. A spark. A fire. A stabbing! GOSH! What the hell happened to this beer? It lost sweetness and gained fire. Finish is pretty clean, almost paper clean.

M- Medium bodied, crisp while retaining a layer of creaminess. The astringency breaks down the flavors at times becoming overwhelming acrid and sharp.

Overall not too bad. It no longer is my favorite tripel ever. It has some glaringly unusual characteristics and it probably isn't going to hold up to much more aging. (1,210 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Robust white head coats the glass the second you pour this beer. The beer has a nice yellowish golden orange tint which is slightly cloudy.
S: You get a first scent of bread followed by a very strong citrusy pineapple tangeriney fruit aroma and some nice bitter finish from the hops.
T: The beer has a great light malt flavor blending into a mixture of pear, pineapple citrus fruit tempered by some good hoppy bitterness to give the beer some weight. There is a slight presence of alcohol but it is not overwhelming.
M/O: Very crisp and bright carbonation that livens up the flavor. Really hits the mark with the style while imparting some nice fruity tones into a very enjoyable beer. (688 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the brewery a year ago during a visit and cellared it.

Poured a golden straw color and slightly cloudy. Very little head, and what there was thinned out quickly and left a light layer on the beer. Strong smell of banana and spices, with a hint of citrus. Tasted of vanilla, banana, and oak, with a lot of spiciness. Medium mouthfeel with a carbonation zip and a nice foaminess. A little bitterness in the finish, but it doesn't hang around for long.

Really liked this one, more so than a lot of the reviews I read led me to believe I would. Some strong tastes, but they worked well together. Very unique for SA. (632 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into s snifter 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. (409 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger soapy head which gives way to a little lace. The aroma is banana's and green fruits along with some yeastiness and a little clove. The taste has a little bready companent as the backbone with a nice sweet flavor over it. Banana's and green fruits play along with a slight candy taste. Little to no presence of booze. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The overall beer is solid nice sweet taste and smell. Not as big as others in the class, but a nice everyman beer. (511 characters)

Photo of katan
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint

A - Pours a dark straw to golden color. Clear with a small amount of haze. Strong pearly white head formation that breaks down slowly to a film.

S - Lots of esters, fruity and estery, and then some nice background Belgian yeast profile of spiciness and and white pepper.

T - Starts off lightly malty, sweet and smooth, some two row and a bit of pilsner. Mid-stream brings on on some clove and cinnamon, white pepper - nice and spicy. Esters come off with some bubble gum. Some alcohol warmth. Finishes very clean. Aftertaste pulls in some earthy tones, perhaps a hair of brett yeast.

M - Moderate beer body and a moderate amount of carbonation. Doesn't serve to lighten up the beer much. Alcohol warmth is present and a fairly thick sugary finish.

O/D - Very well done. Pretty potent, but that aspect of it blends in nicely. Lightly filling, but okay for a sipping beer. Really refreshing.

Proof that Sam's can make a really good beer of any style if they want. (985 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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! (629 characters)

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

It pours with a slightly cloudy straw color crowned by a white fluffy head that endured my tasting session and laced the glass.

The nose produced an enveloping like aroma- while not quite as flowery or as bucolic as I'd like if I could tweak the controls, but still a nice harbinger of the flavor to come.

Flavor is missing something-- or rather is a bit lacking when compared to other tripels I've tasted- the SA has plenty of hops bitterness, a strong flavor stance, plenty of alcohol, and definite spice, but something is lacking- I fail to detect the malt so prominent in a tripel. It's as if the brewers forgot to increase the proportions of the other ingredients. Even the spice is warped toward the hops.

Still-- it has a strong flavor in what would seem like a light flavored beer.

The mouthfeel is vibrant- partly because of the spicy flavor and partly because of the alcohol.

Overall this a a satisfying beer-- with a vibrant if perhaps one dimensional flavor, a nice long lasting nose and finish.

Definitely worth a try. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Erish
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a large wine glass. Bottled 1-3-10.

A: hazy honey gold color, thick head quickly falls into a persistent, thick cap with good lacing.

S: tropical fruit, apple, banana, clove, vanilla, low levels of Belgian funk.

T: tropical fruit, sweet to sour apples, grapes, and bread-like malt up front, clove, banana, and pepper in the middle, the finish is off-dry, lightly sour, and has an herbal to floral hop character.

M: medium-bodied, silky to watery texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: like many of Sam Adams brews this tripel is delicious and approachable without being truly memorable. Delicious, though, and worth the investment in the three pack of Barrel Room Collection beers. (715 characters)

Photo of pfh4pdv
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got to try this at a Sam Adams demo at a local liquor store. It isn't available in Kansas City, MO yet; so it was a great opportunity.

Pale gold color with a bit of haze and a foamy little head in my tasting glass. I could smell and subsequently taste fruit and vanilla notes, especially banana.

It's higher than average carbonation created a crisp, bubbly mouthfeel. Very effervescent. Almost more like a white ale than a traditional tripel.

While it isn't my typical type of beer, I liked it and wouldn't mind having it again on occasion when it comes into the market. The SA rep told us that they would be bringing it in due to the success of Boulevard's (KC Local) Smoke Stack series. (693 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up not too long ago. The fancy bottle had me excited, much as a great book cover would. Poured a pale golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast and white pepper. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of oak, yeast, vanilla and candi sugar. A promising avenue to be explored by Samuel Adams. (364 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 4" head which took a long time to dissipate, and subsequent pours were equally huge. Rich hazy yellow-orange color. Smell is caramel and malt and a little citrus. Taste is more of the same and has some tropical fruit hints as well. Flavor boosts as it warms. Quite a strong beer (10%), salty, with a long slightly burning finish. I definitely see both the Belgian Tripel influence and the American big and bold influence. Thank you to the friend who gifted it to me. (475 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from Bottle at recommended 50 degrees into snifter type glass

Been saving this only a couple months so probably not as mellow as one that has been aged longer.

white pillowy head, highly carbonated, Good foam and retention, golden/orange hued color.

Nice Head with very good retention.

highly estered and fruity aroma, pear, vanilla, strawberry, slight clove and banana.

warm mouthfeel but with medium body and good carbonation to balance out the finish. Surprizingly smooth given the complex aroma.

Taste is big and sweet with a sharp tang of yeast and clove. The wood flavor is pretty subtle if at all noticable, lends more to an overall mellowing of the flavors.

Finish is pretty smooth and crisp for something this big and sweet. Healthy carbonation definately helps smooth out some of the big sweet flavors in this beer.

Pretty darn good overall, much more drinkable than I expected. (907 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken 3/31/2010

Appearance: Golden orange, decent head - very clear for a tripel

Smell: Spices and Belgian yeast funk - it smells like it wants to be aged to mellow out - loads of esters, sugar, alcohol, some pale malts in the background

Taste: I described this as a "yeast explosion" in my notes - very heavy on the Belgian yeast - lots of ripe banana, other esters, alcohol - kind of sweet and kind of tart - a lot of spices, including some that seem like they would be better suited to a pumpkin ale

Mouthfeel: Smooth, moderate body - on the dry side with some alcoholic heat - good

Overall: Heavy on the alcohol and the yeast - should mellow over time, but fresh this is best shared

First off, I must say that this doesn't taste at all like a Samuel Adams brew. I am glad that the Boston Beer Company tried something new with the "Barrel Room Collection." It's interesting. When consumed fresh, this is a good, but not great, beer. I think it would improve with some cellaring. (1,013 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams New World Tripel pours a hazy orange with an nice fluffy head. The aroma is pale malt and dry, spicy yeast. The flavor is sweet up front, but dries out quickly, with fruity esters. Tropical fruit is there, as advertised. There is a bit of oak flavor, but it fits in really well, I'm not sure if I would have noticed if it wasn't mentioned on the label. The beer finishes dry, with a mild alcohol burn, but not bad for it's strength. (442 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork snaps out with a loud and powerful *pop* sound. Very little smoke. Poured into a NB goblette. Ridiculously carbonated, a very noisy little beer. Big loose, bone-white head erupts. Fine bubbles, about 1/2 finger thickness, leaves rather spotty lacing behind. Quite visible carbonation, too. Thick active carbonation streams from the nucleation point in the glass. Deep, slightly hazed golden honey hue. Sits well and looks pretty good in the glass. Smell is deep; creamy pears and apples, fresh floral hops note, yeasty smells of banana and cloves. Bit of rubber in there, too, like surgical gloves. Breadiness, a warming type of smell. Taste is less intense than expected; classic tripel tastes of fruitiness, spiced and creamy from the yeasts used with a slight warming finish. Decent malt presence in the middle, blending with the yeast flavors and becoming a little bready. Tastes are too faint and not front and center. Feel is medium bodied with subtle carbonation. Noticeable effect on palette from alcohol, a slight numbing sensation.

Solid tripel, not worth the price tag. Where's the barrel aged oakiness? (1,120 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay wide-mouth goblet.

A - Pours a nice orangey-brown with minimal head retention.

S - Definitely get a strong tropical fruit scent. Oranges to be specific. Overall nice, attractive smell.

T - Decent taste. Fruity taste upfront. Hints of grapes.

M - Decent mouthfeel. Nothing special.

D - Incredibly drinkable for a 10% ABV beer.

All in all a decent brew. Would certainly have another. Seems like it will pair well with the sausage cacciatore I have brewing in the slow cooker. (500 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, Bottle number 1180. Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a good inch or so of persistent off-white head that leaves some very decent lacing. Wood, ripe banana, date, nut, and spice all play parts in the aroma. Ripe banana, apple, pear jump right out, with notes of nut, spice, and malt. Medium bodied with ample carbonation to make this much more drinkable than expected. Complex, delicious, and drinkable. Wow. I'm impressed. (477 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TickFMAndy for sharing this with the tickerazti. Poured from the bottle into my trusty duvel tulip.

A: Bright golden orange hue. Huge white head. Soapy lace and a tiny cap.

S: Spicy belgian yeast. Clove, citrus, banana, cinnamon and just hint of booze.

T: Mirror of the nose for sure. About the only other thing I can pick out that wasn't in the nose is white pepper.

M: Medium smooth body. Lots of bubbles.

D: Overall a very nice American Tripel. (469 characters)

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