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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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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 59
Gots: 141 | FT: 3
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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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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of BradenMK
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been dipping my feet into the Belgian-style ales for a little while now. My first was Brooklyn's Local 2, a Belgian Dark, which was fairly interesting, and improved days after I had first opened it and recorked it. My next was Chimay Red, a solid and tasty beer, without a doubt, that needs no introduction or special treatment. Next I tried Chimay Triple, which I had hoped would be a more robust version of the Chimay Red, turned out to be a different experience entirely - hoppier and more bitter than I had expected. It also benefitted from being recorked and set to warm and breathe for a bit.

The same can be said for Sam Adams' New World Tripel. Call it blasphemy if you wish, but I preferred this brew over Chimay's Triple both directly out of the bottle and after recorking and allowing to warm and breathe.

Appearance - A light honey yellow, with a decent amount of haze. Despite what I read from other consumers, I found my pours, regardless of type of glass and aggressiveness of pour, to lack any solid head or intricate lacing.

Smell - Honey. Subdued, oaky honey, with hints of wheatgrass and other earthy, herbal notes as well as some apple, pear, and pineapple. At the start there is, unfortunately, a bit of fusel alcohol notes but they fade as the glass warms and you continue to drink.

Taste - Very good. Honeyed herbs hit the nose first, while apple and pear notes dance along your tongue in the middle, while the finish is a long and satisfying combination of strong clove accented well by white pepper and drying oak.

Mouthfeel - Appropriately medium-bodied, on the light side, this beverage drinks smoothly with even a little creaminess to fill the palate.

Overall - This is a superbly crafted and blended beer, that benefits well from its time in the barrels and hides the high alcohol content quite well. Some may find the oak nuance to be too subtle, but I found that it was just enough to influence the beer very positively and in several key aspects of the drinking process. You get it a bit in the smell, a bit in the initial taste, a bit in the middle taste, and it pairs superbly and most strongly in the finish with the great clove effect. Overall, this is quite the above-average brew, and I would recommend it to any that enjoy Belgian style ales.

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kevin73
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Belgian anything, particular tripels, quads and other Trappist inspired strong ales. So I was keen on trying Sam Adam's version. Unfortunately I wasn't impressed with this particular attempt. Appearance wise the beer looks great. It pours a beautiful slightly cloudy amber with a sturdy white head and lots of lacing. I even like the bottle. However the flavors are overly exaggerated. It is overly hopped, overly spiced, and overly sweet. As such it is a very heavy beer with a syrupy mouth feel. The strength of the flavor was truly pallet killing, like I had just eaten something very salty. Perhaps they were trying to mask the high ABV for a tripel; 10%. Indeed, the medicinal flavor of the alcohol is almost non-existent. But whatever the reason the result is an unbalanced, pallet killing flavor that I personally found more confusing than complex. The flavor was not objectionable but it was definitely hard for me to savor. And I like strongly flavored beers.

Photo of kristiekatk
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New World Tripel pours a deep and hazy orange. A thick 2-finger head shows off some lasting foaming action, leaving behind an ample amount of lacing.

This is one of the fruitiest tripels I’ve ever dealt with. Tons of tropical fruit hits you in the aroma, along with sweet malts, Belgian yeasts, and whiffs of alcohol.

Beginning with a nice tartness, the flavor falls back into that same sweetness picked up in the aroma; candied sugars, pineapple, cloves, pepper, and a light vanilla. There is a noticeable alcohol presence and a slight oak character in the finish.

It has a light-medium body; very smooth and with a lingering dryness, also, an enjoyable and long-lived aftertaste. This is definitely a beer to sip on since there is so much flavor happening. New World Tripel is part of Samuel Adam’s Barrel Room Collection; a series of beers made with Sam Adam’s specially-made wild yeast and aged in oak brandy barrels. I don’t get much of this oak-barrel flavor and it makes me wonder if the aging process really accomplished much. Either way, still a crisp and flavorful beer

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bkrbdan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nquigley16
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of dkw0063
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Lemke10
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of larrynevins
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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