Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.55/5 rDev -9%
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.
06-01-2014 04:31:04 | More by foobula
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-29-2014 05:04:47 | More by BucannonXC5
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-10-2014 03:09:52 | More by hreb
3.96/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-05-2014 23:04:04 | More by chinchill
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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