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

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Todd on 10-30-2009

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Photo of whynot44
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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%
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 +7.4%
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 +8.7%
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 -11.2%
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 +5.9%
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%
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 -3.6%
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 +1%
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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Photo of Omnium
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Completely clear yellow with a ton of big bubbly head, medium silky lacing.
S - Tart grapes, clove, some light papaya, a touch of pepper, big herbal spicy hops.
T - Sour grapefruit, white grape, lemon juice, very herbal hop character, clove, coriander, alcohol.
M - Alcohol burn, and some sourness but not overpowering.
O - Best one of the BRC that I've had, like the character of this one, its a big beer though.

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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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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, serious tripel! Cork was one of the most difficult ever. Had a good pop. Poured at a good temperature with a large, thick, foamy, cream-colored head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is a volatile blend of malt, fruit, spice, hop. Flavor is like nose, mildly sweet with good carbonic tang and a little bitter to balance very nicely. Body is full and is dominated by fine sparkling wine style carbonation that adds an elegant dimension. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, has some alcohol warmth and is a true pleasure to sip. A masterpiece! Be fun to cook with if I didn't drink it all.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not as pale as a lot of tripels out there; there's a definite haze - I think there's some wheat in this, if I remember correctly from the SA website. Deep golden color.

The smell is, at first, a big alcohol hit (10%!) followed by some fresh pineapple and a little pear.

This carries over into the flavor, with a big alcohol edge commingling with the oak. There's a sort of valley in the middle where pear and pineapple notes fade into a herbal finish. It's just slightly skunky (Saaz).

A better tripel than some domestic versions I've tried but I'm not in too big of a hurry to buy this again.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - gold/light amber, with a fine off white head of about 3 fingers of soapy fine bubbles and steady effervescence.

S: Mildly yeasty, Fruit (apple), a bit of acidity akin to balsamic vinegar

T: mild malty sweetness up front, a bit tart at middle and end from acidity (well carbonated to offset the maltiness, and enough hops to prevent it from being syrupy)

M: Sufficient carbonation to cleanse the palate and provide a full mouth feel

O: I was pleasantly surprised, easily one of the best domestic Belgian Style tripel I've had. Good price point for the quality. Would definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this 25.4 FL OZ bottle up at the store on the way home from one of my favorite bars, Tap Room, where I had a 23 oz glass of Maredsous, which is a fav tripel of mine, as well as Real ale's Devil's BackBone which is a little too sweet if ya ask me..

I'm a big IPA guy, but this is a very good Tripel, I would definitely buy this again.. I'd give further details on the review I just happened to run into some herb named white widow if you're familiar with it, heh heh heh.. anyways, like I said, very surprising brew from Samuel Adams!

hope to update soon!

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Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a deep dark golden orange color.

The aroma is quite boozy of big sweet orange, coriander, pepper, Belgian sweet breadiness, some bright sweet fruity notes.]

The flavor follows with orange, spicy notes, a Belgian candy sugar sweetness. The beer definitely shows you it's there with some big alcohol notes, but then it calms down with some heat and time. The oak eventually comes through at the end, but it's really subtle.

This is a fine tripel for those interested in something traditional tasting, but also really amped up really huge. An interesting tripel.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.42/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

750ml bottle poured into a chalice. I purchased this beer well over a year ago, but there is nothing on the bottle to indicate a bottling date, save for a code that reads '0970'. I will look into this. I will also note that this bottle was stored in proper cellar conditions for the duration of its time in my possession.

A: Pours a clear golden-orange color. Even after pouring aggressively barely ant head forms, and what does fizzles out immediately. Minute specs of lacing are the only evidence that it was ever even there.

S: Tart green apple skin and funk right up front. Cider vinegar and barnyard. Strong esters of pear. Subtle yeasty spice. Doughy malt base.

T: Cider vinegar up front in a big way. Green apple tartness is subdued. Malts bring a solid backbone of bread crust, toast, and dough. Honeyed granola and woody vanilla. Pretty sweet overall. A hollow, ghostly spicy hop taste is all thatvremains of the saaz. Funky and fruity toward the back end. Pear esters. Slight spike of alcohol. Drying finish with a light funk.

M: Round and creamy. Unfortunately it is also completely flat. Lack of carbonation makes it seem a little too weighty.

O: I've heard that this is a pretty respectable beer, but this did not withstand the test of time at all. Wild yeasts or 'bugs', intentional or not, really took this beer in the wrong direction. At this point it's more like a very mediocre wild ale an a triple.

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Photo of marybrooke
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a 750ml bottle from Wegmans for $9.99, poured into a Duvel tulip glass. I wasn't sure what to expect from a tripel by Sam Adams. It had slightly more hoppy bitterness and alcohol taste than I would have liked, but it also has some nice fruity and spicy (cloves?) notes. Overall, I enjoyed drinking it but there are much better tripels available with a lower price tag at the same store, so I doubt I will try it again.

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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 RickS95
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer from Boston Beer Co with a golden orange pour. Mostly clear with just a slight haze. Plenty of carbonation from new bubbles down low and the head up top. The head...pretty immense, it snuck up on me. 3+ fingers thick. Big time retention. Thick, soapy lace.

Smell is all over the place, and in a good way. Pear, white grape, pepper, citrus, Belgian sugar, alcohol.

One of the few Sam Adams beers that nails it. Tastes like a Belgian should, with just a few bits to Americanize it. The honey really comes through on the tongue where it wasn't very noticed in the smell. The hops give a nice savory, spicy balance to the sweet from the citrus and tropical fruits and sugars. There's a dance that lasts well into the finish.

This thing nails it again. It's sweet and savory at the same time. It's citrusy and spicy at the same time. It's got heat from the high ABV, but it's well hidden. It's got an earthiness to it from the aging that's not destroyed by too much bite from the alcohol. It's well carbonated. It's a party on the palate.

Easily one of the best Sam Adams beers I've ever had. There are no complaints on this beer. Truly a tripel that even a Belgian could be proud to drink. Certainly has some unique American features, but they hit this out of the park.

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Photo of hackmann
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear honey gold body with a one finger white head that leaves some lacing. There has to be sediment on the bottom of this big bottle. This is the problem I have with big bottles. After I poured the first glass I was able to swirl the bottle to get some of the sediment off the bottom of the bottle. Now the color is a misty amber with gold highlights.

Aroma: light pineapple, with a hint of spice – seems like clove; the aroma was a little better on the second glass – so, get that sediment (that Belgian yeast) into the glass.

Flavors: sweet pineapple-mango, hint of herbal notes, touch of spicy clove, nice touch of amber honey

Mouthfeel: smooth, semi-creamy feel, low carbonation that gives a super fine fizzy feel, light sweet tropical fruit, red banana on the aftertaste

To the Point: pretty much what they say on the bottle, “…subtle herbal hop character combined with the tropical fruit and spice notes of its special Belgian yeast.”

They also call it ‘complex’ – I’ll call it semi-complex at best. They also say ‘flavorful’ – yes it is – if you like Belgian-style ales. This is a simple tasty Tripel-style. I like the taste and the mouthfeel. It is very easy to drink and the 10% abv really does not play a role. I don’t get any alcohol peppery feel or warmth. (now that I am near the bottom of the bottle I do feel the 10%)

The packaging – the bottle – is super cool. The price is right.

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Photo of Hunter
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium amber color, decent head of white foam that settles and vanishes relatively quickly. Light carbonation.

Smell: Fruit, alcohol, some floral notes, candi sugar. Something behind that smells a little off-putting, but I can't place it and it's minor enough not to detract overly.

Taste: The alcohol is apparent almost immediately. This gives way to banana, citrus, light hops, spices. But the alcohol never leaves the stage.

Mouthfeel: Bracing, medium body, scouring.

Overall: Overall, not too bad. There are much better tripels out there, but this one is worth a try.

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Photo of Lawrence_g
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strong, with some bozzy after taste that doesn't put me off, though I know a lot don't like that. A lot of fruit. First banana, then a but if citrus. I got a bit of earthy notes, though I'm pretty sure there's no brettanomyces used in the brew. All in all a likable ale. I'll pick up a couple more bottles before they're gone. I wonder how they will age.

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Photo of jimbuck
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very nice head and very fine lacing.head is about 3 fingers.the smell is appealing and very tropical fruit nuance.pineapple seems to predominate.the taste starts off very smooth and appealing,but soons turns sour rather than bitter.some people may like this,but i consider this a fault.the mouthfeel is medium,but slightly hot,however not off putting.except for the sourness,i would have rated this much higher,if not for the sourness.

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Photo of artdob
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hard to pass up these classy packaged bottles from the gang at Boston Beer.

Pours an apricot colored orange with a sea foam head. Decent staying power on the head as well.

Nose is like a Caribbean fruit fiesta. Bananas, pineapple, nectar, and so on. If this wasn't a beer, I might be tempted to throw some rum in here, one of those goofy little drink umbrellas and sip the concoction though a straw. But, no need to get that silly.

The taste reminds me of North Coast's Grand Cru, which I fell head over heels over, though this one is a bit rougher with a more pronounced carbonation. I get honey, mellow tropical fruit, light spices, citrus notes, and a touch of vanilla. Nice combo of flavors here.

I can see drinking this "New World" beer in another world - sitting on a beach, listening to Jimmy Buffet. I may be back soon to grab more of the remaining stock of this one, as I suspect we are in limited edition territory here.

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Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.