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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: 285
Hads: 960
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 23.1%
Wants: 65
Gots: 182 | 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 HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden-amber color with a huge white colored foamy head. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles are seen streaming up through the brew, creating that wonderful head on the brew. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a yeasty smell mixed with a nice biscuit malt aroma. Along with these smells are lots of fruit aromas. A slightly sour lemon is one of the greatest, but is complemented nicely by some pear, apple and peach. Some sweet candied sugar and a good deal of a grassy smell along with a light funk and some spice of clove and coriander are there as well, producing a very nice and robust triple aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat bready flavor mixed with a good level of candied sugar and some lighter fruit sweetness. The fruit flavors consist of the fruits that were in the nose, with these growing stronger and stronger as the taste advances, heightening the overall sweetness of the taste to the end. Along with these flavors there is also some spice flavors and a yeasty taste which start out stronger but with them losing strength as the flavor moves on. The brew hides the 10 % abv. very well with only a light hint of booziness coming at the end of the taste. With the fruit growing rather strong at the end, it is nicely balanced by the arrival of a light oaky, hay-like, and grassy flavor, with the overall combination of flavors left on the tongue at the end leaving a nice somewhat fruity sweet, but very easy drinking triple flavor.

Mouthfeel – The body of the is on the average side for a 10 % abv., but rather heavy for a Belgian triple. The carbonation, as the look would have suggested was higher, but was again rather average for a triple. The carbonation was very appropriate for the style with the tiny carbonation bubbles nicely matching the yeasty and fruity flavors of the brew. And while the body was slightly thicker for a triple, it actually worked quite well for the beer as it nicely matched the mix of light grassy, oak, and hay to the sweet flavors well.

Overall – A rather thicker and fruity triple. Certainly not a bad brew to try and one I think most would enjoy.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the corked bottle into a Duvel glass. 6/1

Pours pale gold, relatively dark, with thick heavy white foam. Nose is floral, pepper. Belgian strains. Taste opens with a sweet juicy fruit (tropical tasting) followed by a slow hop burn. Little sweetness sits on the end. Boozy, but very tasty. Really good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
10% ABV, "Enjoy this ale now or age it to further develop unique flavors."

A - Deep golden amber in color, this dark tripel shows off it's steady carbonation through the clarity of the beer nicely. Its tall and sparkly ivory foam has superb retention, shrouding the glass in lacing as it diminishes.

S - Sweet lemon peel and peach pit give the nose a fruity complexity that leads into white grape and clear rock sugar before slightly biscuity malts create a firm base. New World's complexity runs much deeper though, as clove and traces of bubble gum show off the intricate yeast while virgin oak hints at the time in barrels.

T - Rock candi sugar and crystal malt splash the tongue with initial sweetness that's closely followed by a drier, more biscuity maltiness. Belgian yeast quickly takes over however, sprinkling a bit of white pepper and coriander on the tongue followed by bubble gum and delicate fruit complexities that mirror the aroma.

M - Incredibly smooth even with a prickle of carbonation, this high gravity tripel has a hint of warming alcohol on the finish but certainly not its elevated 10%. Sweetness is calmed by dryness on the finish for a wonderful drinking experience.

O - Samuel Adams New World tripel is a beer to behold; it's rare to come across a state-side Belgian style tripel that can hang with the classics but, this does it and more. Its aromatic and complex aroma leads right into the delicious flavor, finishing out with incredible smoothness that begs to be sipped time and time again. Truly a classic.

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Photo of foobula
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date. I've had this for at least 2 years, probably close to 2.5. Orange color with a cloudy haze. 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly. Lots in the aroma: sour, fruity, peppery, some booze. Taste up front is plums & estery yeast flavors. There's also a sourness that's a little puckering. Toward the back I get some booze (a little medicinal), and in the finish more yeast. There's a lot of sweetness as it warms, including some tropical fruit flavors as suggested by the brewer. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Overall I enjoy a good belgian beer and this is a decent representation of the style. But it's really sweet, cloyingly so, and tough to get through a whole 750ml bottle.

EDIT: I think this beer would really shine if the sweetness was balanced with sourness. Also the oak-aging needs to be ramped up, it was detectable only after suggestion.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750-ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Fuller’s London Pride pint glass
From: VONS in Montecito (Santa Barbara), Calif.
Price: $8.99 (w/ a VONS card)
Purchased: May 23, 2014
Consumed: May 23, 2014
Misc.: Forgot to check the bottle to see if there was a born on date

Poured a caramel, orange, semi-clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of pillowy, white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good amount of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good, thick retention on the top.

Smelled wet Belgian spices, tropical notes, cloves, banana, pineapple, mango, kiwi, honey and faint bubblegum.

Tasted sugar sweet oak, vanilla, tropical notes, pineapple, kiwi, mango, honey, cloves, slight bubblegum and tasty Belgian spices.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Longer finish.

Just a really good tripel. I would have it again for sure.

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Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 confer
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I though this was a big winner until I got to the tasting.
The color is deep gold with a big pure white fluffy head. Lots of carbonation out of the bottle.
The smell is class tripel very sweet
The taste is just overpowered by the alcohol.
It has a creamy full feel.
this is an ok tripel but there are too many good and great tripels to get this again.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Badger6
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of xoxirishrose
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.


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Photo of slusk
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of whynot44
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.