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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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817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 54
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

mhaugo, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

nquigley16, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

irishgreensoda, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

justinm4bama, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

shigg85, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of ckollias
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a large, white, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Fruity and spicy Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Crisp and fruity Belgian candi flavor.

M: Medium boy with medium carbonation.

O: Very good tripel – worth a try.

ckollias, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The color of honey. Mostly clear. Fat fluffy head on the pour that recedes but a thick swath remains.
smell: Yeasty, tropical fruits, bready, a hint of sour.
taste: Not as rich as the nose but the nice integration redeems. Without the nose I don't think I'd think Tripel.
overall: Nice brew. Don't detect the barrel aging.

cindyjeffsmith, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Brenden, Nov 29, 2012
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3.73/5  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!

BEERchitect, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

zigzag8336, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a golden yellow color with a fluffy off-white head. The scent is strong with yeast, tropical fruit, banana, and bready tones. There is a really decent amount of spice taste that mixes well with fruit. Overall this is sweet tasting, full bodied beer that really delivers a quality taste while filling you up. Also leaves behind great lacing.

Lemke10, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

valkyre65, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

larrynevins, Nov 26, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 25, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in straight-edged ale glass

A: cloudy dark orange; 2-finger head; good carbonation; decent lacing
S: thin, light aroma; bit of apple; yeast
T: sour apple; almost a lambic; very intense;

Good Belgian clone, one of Sam Adams's better beers

Arithmeticus, Nov 25, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New World pours a gold color. It’s very hazy. Backlighting gives it a brighter, slightly orange look. Carbonation is very active, yielding a head that stands nearly three fingers tall. I was even careful with the pour. It never dissipates completely. Thick, fluffy webs of lace lined the glass as it descended. Good looking stuff.

The nose is pretty good, even though it is just a tad weak. It smells fruity up front. Apple and pear scents are front and center. Belgian yeast is present and smells nice. Spicy notes of clove and pepper add quite a bit of character and blend well. Barrel-aging definitely added a nice oak scent. To a lesser degree, there might be some vanilla. Tough to tell. It smells a tad sweet. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell too strong.

The flavor is a bit better. Enough to warrant a score bump. It’s definitely fruity up front. Apple, pear, and pineapple flavors are very tasty! Belgian yeast is there, but isn’t quite as strong as I’d like. It does add nice spicy notes of pepper and clove. They blend really well with the fruity flavors. Barrel-aging added oak and vanilla flavors to the mix, but they are very light and subtle. This couldn’t have been in barrels very long. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overwhelming. I’m a little surprised it’s 10%. Finishes fruity and spicy. Good stuff.

New World has a medium body. Carbonation is definitely active, but the bubbles feels light and soft. For a big beer, it goes down surprisingly easy. I figured this 750 would be much more of a chore than it’s turning out to be.

Boston Beer Company definitely has a winner with New World. If the rest of the Barrel Room Collection is this good, it’s a heck of a series. New World’s not perfect. I wouldn’t mind a little more Belgian yeast. That’s nitpicking though. This is good stuff. Worth checking out.

prototypic, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

coz, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

MDF1IBetty, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Cody66, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

JohneHoodlum, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

shick1, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

videofrog, Nov 19, 2012
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.