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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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792 Ratings
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 52
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of JizackFH

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

A - This beer pours a nice clear golden amber color. It has a fluffy 3-finger white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass. There is also a steady stream of visible rising carbonation bubbles.

S - There is a nice belgian yeast aroma right off the bat. There are also some nice scents of light fruits, bread malt, a touch of spices, and a mild hop aroma.

T - The taste starts off with some sweet bready malts. there are some nice fruit and belgian yeast flavors. Also, There is a mild hop flavor and an earthiness. The finish bas some dryness to it, and there is some lingering sweetness and belgian yeast flavor.

M - This has a medium body and higher carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice feel to it. There is tingling from the spices, and a little bit of earthy hop bitterness. There is some dryness on the back end as well.

O - This has good drinkability. The flavor is really nice and I have no problem having glass after glass. I think this is a nice example of the style and a really nice beer overall. The ABV is hidden really well, I never would have guessed it was 10%. I recommend trying this one, I enjoyed it.

10-24-2011 10:51:16 | More by JizackFH
Photo of SkitzIrish3


4.47/5  rDev +14.6%

$10 pickup from the new Hy-vee in Dekalb. Great selection there.

Pours a deep, hazy gold with a dense layer of foam and moderate carbonation.

Great Belgian yeast smell comes in under the tropical fruit aroma.

Prickly feel in the mouth from carbonation and high ABV. Tasting banana esters which are fantastic. Some tropical fruit in the taste as the nose suggested.

I haven't had too many tripels, so maybe my ratings are a little high, but I think this is a high quality brew.

10-23-2011 21:14:36 | More by SkitzIrish3
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a golden orange color, very bright and lively. The white head is small for the style and dissipates into a light ring. The color is spot on but the head is disappointing.

The aroma is sweet from the candi sugar and has some nice clove, bubble gum, and pepper notes. Pretty good representation of the style. Not super strong but nice.

The taste is sweet from the candi sugar as well. There are notes of green apple, hay, clove and light coriander. There is some grassy bitterness in the end.

The feel is light and very carbonation; it actually burns a little. Luckily the carbonation doesn't take away from the flavor. The carbonation does give the beer a crisp feel which is good for a style that could be syrupy if poorly made. Mostly sweet on the palate but does have some tart and bitter notes.

This is a really nice tripel. I am surprised. It might be a tad too sweet and the carbonation is very strong but it is one of the better made American made tripels.

10-23-2011 01:51:23 | More by Gmann
Photo of OttoPeeWee


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

I had to try this beer being a huge fan of tripels. The look of this beer is right. When the head is dissipates a bit it turns to a meringue like foam. with decent lacing. The smell is big pepper, perhaps too much for my tastes. But, the taste is more complex, sweet honey, husk, a bitter alcohol taste and yes some pepper. Overall, a good show, for a beer that is rarely reproduced correctly outside of Belgium. A must try for tripel fans. At the price (i paid $10) though, there are better originals. And I am unsure why a brewery like Sam Adams cannot undercut an import, because I would probably drink more of this beer.

10-15-2011 00:08:40 | More by OttoPeeWee
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

i grabbed 2 of these along with 2 13th hour bottles without knowing anything about this release, or the 'barrel room collection' -nice looking bottles - I had the first with a bunch of friends the other day- and am currently working on the 2nd bottle today - pours that nice straw color and puts up a nice pillowy head that muffin-topped my glass - aroma of spice and belgian yeasts, bananas and alcohol - taste matches the nose with the yeast up front followed by the tropical fruits and zesty citrus with some light bread-ey notes in the finish - and some heat from the abv -mouthfeell is a little zesty and prickly - and sticky - yet clean! - and what a nice buzz! this one's alright!

10-10-2011 19:19:05 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of gestyr


4.33/5  rDev +11%

750 Ml bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow almost orange with a very thick long lasting head. Plenty of lacing left behind when the head finally dissipates.

S: Fruity up front with spicy and malt undertones. Almost a "Juicy Fruit" gum scent.

T: Fruit and spices followed by an alcohol warmth that follows it down your throat. Also has a candy sugar like taste.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. You know it is there.

O: A very likable beer. Nice and warming. Goo example of the style.

10-01-2011 23:13:32 | More by gestyr
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11%

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of yeast, fruit and some alcohol. Medium, creamy, crisp body. Flavors are very complex: fruit, yeast, a lot of spices, herbal hops and some woody notes. Long, spicy finish. Excellent brew.

10-01-2011 18:36:28 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Manoftyr

New York

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Appearance-Pours a shade darker than your average Tripel giving off a more amber color than the usual yellow-gold, still lovely looking. Lovely head that bubbles away rather soon, leaving sticky globs of lacing as it recedes to a thin milimeter or so of film.

Aroma-Wonderful heady aroma of spicy/fruity Belgian yeastyness right up front, a light scent of vanilla in there as well as a floral character that I can't quite place but know I've smelled before, maybe the hops?

Taste-Great 'authentic' taste, if you served this to me I'd have assumed it was from Belgium. Sweet upfront with spicy overtones, some herbal and slightly medicinal qualities as well, the woodsiness and vanilla-ish flavors from the oak comes through on the finish, which is just fine by my palette, too soon and it would overwhelm the other qualities.

Mouthfeel-Medium-full, a little lighter than most Tripels and less carbonated as well.

Drinkability/Overall-Sam nailed this one, I'm excited to see more American brewers nail my overall favorite style and bring new twists to this delicious classic.

10-01-2011 00:34:08 | More by Manoftyr
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Courtesy of BBF 2011. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pours a 1 finger rich white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear deep orange. Lacing is stringy with good stick. A very good looking beer.

Nose is coriander, Belgian yeast, clove, pineapple, lemon zest, and other sweet citrus fruit. Big sugary aroma. Rather standard for the style. Aromatic though.

Opens pineapple, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, coriander, and clove all rolled into one. Big fruitiness towards the middle as this on just gets sweeter and fruitier as it warms. Some lime zest crispness towards the end with a big cane sugar end. Finish is yeasty with a sweet aftertaste. Pretty tasty actually. Not so complex but very robust and bold.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Sharp and crisp in the mouth and abrasive and bubbly going down. Finish is accented with a lingering aftertaste. Nice.

Although I'm not a huge fan of Sam Adams in general, this beer is definitely a winner. Tropical fruit and typical Belgian style flavors are all present plus there's a big richness that puts this one just beyond average. A very encouraging beer overall.

09-27-2011 23:34:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of tkepx182

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

I got this beer at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston

A: when poured the beer had a think head with large bottles that took a while to dissipate. It was also a nice light amber color, that was cloudy.

S: The beer had a little bit of a fruity smell

T: the beer had fruit undertones that left a little bit of a dryness in the mouth. The primary taste of the beer was of a tangy flavor.

O: It was a good beer, I would get get again

09-06-2011 00:50:06 | More by tkepx182
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured into a snifter, the beer pours with a ton of foam from the corked bottle. Cloudy, hazy, pale yellow-gold color. The head settles into a thick, white, foamy and frothy two inches. Aromas are lemon citrus and light spicings of coriander and nutmeg, with a toasty character, also. Pineapple and mango aromas release as the beer warms. Flavors are light and mild, with a blended fruit background and very light toasting and nutmeg spicing. Smooth and light in mouth, with a spiced crispness on the finish. The aftertaste is very mild, with pineapple and peach balancing a peppery bite. Much milder than I was expecting.

08-26-2011 03:10:02 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

With the color of a brass monkey and the head of mild mannered slow roast marshmallow this is looking fine...

Smells of some sweet orange, some liquor, a chewable vitamin C, a little wet bready yeast

Wow, some cognac, and esters in the face like banana. A sweet lawn mowed and a hint of lactic acid. A hinter of oyster as well which I'm digging. Bubblegum as it warms

Light medium body, a hint of warmth, and perfect carbonation give the mouth a good time

Overall I have to give it to SA, its not a bad beer,in fact quite palatable and deep

08-12-2011 23:24:56 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of cagocubs


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Thank you to my sister who brought home the three bomber series of the Barrel Room Collection. Poured from caged and corked bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a pale/light yellow with a big white head that builds and builds with the powerful carbonation racing to the top. The head laces and retains nicely.

S: Sweet aromas of fruit, sugar/molasses. The earthy smell of clove and other spices are present. Toasted grains are the bready smell. You can also sense some alcohol.

T: The citrus, fruit, spice are present. Starts sweet n fruity and then shifts into some grain tastes ending with a earthy warm ending.

M: Medium-bodied, with powerful carbonation. The aftertaste is delicious and dry. Good mouth coating throughout.

O: A solid example of a tripel.

08-07-2011 17:13:49 | More by cagocubs
Photo of jondeelee


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

New World Tripel smells rich and malty, with plenty of orange, apricot, and brown sugar aromas to satisfy the tripel moniker, as well as hints of coriander, fig, banana, clove, and vanilla, all atop a toasted grain layer that is reminiscent of a freshly-baked baguette.

On the tongue, the brew continues to be an excellent example of a tripel, with lovely citrus and fruit notes mixed with spices. For the former, there is a good mixture of orange (vaguely orange liqueur-like, actually), banana, apricot, pear, fig, and lychee nut. For the latter, there is clove, coriander, grains of paradise, and hints of nutmeg and allspice. Again, all of this atop a Grape Nuts cereal-like layer of toasted grains, with the addition of slight hints of oak. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with slightly more spice (as the sugars wear off more quickly), and fades with medium quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a great beer right out of the bottle, my only complaint being that there is a vague bubble-gum sweetness to the malts. I suspect, however, that a good six to twelve-month aging would remove this sweetness, and make the brew far more complex and satisfying.

08-04-2011 00:58:27 | More by jondeelee
Photo of Khazadum


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle has been refrigerated since July 07th of 2010. Cracked tonight after brief warming.

A- HUGELY carbonated. The cork on this thing exploded off the bottle. Shot 20 feet across the room. Tons of bubbles cascading from the bottom of the glass in this clear pale yellow body. The froth is reminiscent of a chain reaction similar to styrofoam development. Strong thick lacing, strong retention.

S- Mild sweetness, a Belgian candied sugar presence, and sharpness all around. Definite alcohol astringency. A paper bready nature. Plant material cardboard.

T- Opens up careful sweetness, very light, perfectly melded into the background of the liquid. Bits of butterscotch and caramel notes. Right after that is a rising alcoholic bite. A spark. A fire. A stabbing! GOSH! What the hell happened to this beer? It lost sweetness and gained fire. Finish is pretty clean, almost paper clean.

M- Medium bodied, crisp while retaining a layer of creaminess. The astringency breaks down the flavors at times becoming overwhelming acrid and sharp.

Overall not too bad. It no longer is my favorite tripel ever. It has some glaringly unusual characteristics and it probably isn't going to hold up to much more aging.

07-29-2011 16:26:54 | More by Khazadum
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%

A: Robust white head coats the glass the second you pour this beer. The beer has a nice yellowish golden orange tint which is slightly cloudy.
S: You get a first scent of bread followed by a very strong citrusy pineapple tangeriney fruit aroma and some nice bitter finish from the hops.
T: The beer has a great light malt flavor blending into a mixture of pear, pineapple citrus fruit tempered by some good hoppy bitterness to give the beer some weight. There is a slight presence of alcohol but it is not overwhelming.
M/O: Very crisp and bright carbonation that livens up the flavor. Really hits the mark with the style while imparting some nice fruity tones into a very enjoyable beer.

07-09-2011 22:38:14 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of shangwang


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Bought a bottle at the brewery a year ago during a visit and cellared it.

Poured a golden straw color and slightly cloudy. Very little head, and what there was thinned out quickly and left a light layer on the beer. Strong smell of banana and spices, with a hint of citrus. Tasted of vanilla, banana, and oak, with a lot of spiciness. Medium mouthfeel with a carbonation zip and a nice foaminess. A little bitterness in the finish, but it doesn't hang around for long.

Really liked this one, more so than a lot of the reviews I read led me to believe I would. Some strong tastes, but they worked well together. Very unique for SA.

06-25-2011 00:15:06 | More by shangwang
Photo of chefhatt


4/5  rDev +2.6%

I poured this beer into s snifter glass. It has a nice golden straw color body, with a little white fizzy head that disappears quickly to a thin lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is of spice and a little banana comes threw. The taste starts off sweet(almost bubble gum), then it gets a spicy(clove and white pepper). The mouth feel is good. Overall i think this a beer to try if you get the chance.

06-20-2011 20:32:15 | More by chefhatt
Photo of goblue3509


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger soapy head which gives way to a little lace. The aroma is banana's and green fruits along with some yeastiness and a little clove. The taste has a little bready companent as the backbone with a nice sweet flavor over it. Banana's and green fruits play along with a slight candy taste. Little to no presence of booze. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The overall beer is solid nice sweet taste and smell. Not as big as others in the class, but a nice everyman beer.

06-08-2011 19:52:34 | More by goblue3509
Photo of katan


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

750ml into a pint

A - Pours a dark straw to golden color. Clear with a small amount of haze. Strong pearly white head formation that breaks down slowly to a film.

S - Lots of esters, fruity and estery, and then some nice background Belgian yeast profile of spiciness and and white pepper.

T - Starts off lightly malty, sweet and smooth, some two row and a bit of pilsner. Mid-stream brings on on some clove and cinnamon, white pepper - nice and spicy. Esters come off with some bubble gum. Some alcohol warmth. Finishes very clean. Aftertaste pulls in some earthy tones, perhaps a hair of brett yeast.

M - Moderate beer body and a moderate amount of carbonation. Doesn't serve to lighten up the beer much. Alcohol warmth is present and a fairly thick sugary finish.

O/D - Very well done. Pretty potent, but that aspect of it blends in nicely. Lightly filling, but okay for a sipping beer. Really refreshing.

Proof that Sam's can make a really good beer of any style if they want.

05-27-2011 01:42:41 | More by katan
Photo of Knapp85


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

Bought this as part of the set when I went to the Brewery Last year. This brew pours out as a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that had a pretty good retention. The aroma of the beer is basically like any other Tripel out there but not quite as strong smelling. There is some spices the come through and there are also some fruity scents too. The funk level on the nose isn't very high. The taste doesn't give off much funk either from the wild yeast. The fruity flavors taste decent for a Tripel and the spices do the same was well. The mouthfeel was light to medium and was fairly easy to drink. Glad I got to try it!

05-24-2011 19:56:59 | More by Knapp85
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

It pours with a slightly cloudy straw color crowned by a white fluffy head that endured my tasting session and laced the glass.

The nose produced an enveloping like aroma- while not quite as flowery or as bucolic as I'd like if I could tweak the controls, but still a nice harbinger of the flavor to come.

Flavor is missing something-- or rather is a bit lacking when compared to other tripels I've tasted- the SA has plenty of hops bitterness, a strong flavor stance, plenty of alcohol, and definite spice, but something is lacking- I fail to detect the malt so prominent in a tripel. It's as if the brewers forgot to increase the proportions of the other ingredients. Even the spice is warped toward the hops.

Still-- it has a strong flavor in what would seem like a light flavored beer.

The mouthfeel is vibrant- partly because of the spicy flavor and partly because of the alcohol.

Overall this a a satisfying beer-- with a vibrant if perhaps one dimensional flavor, a nice long lasting nose and finish.

Definitely worth a try.

05-20-2011 00:59:15 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of Erish


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

I poured this 750 ml bottle into a large wine glass. Bottled 1-3-10.

A: hazy honey gold color, thick head quickly falls into a persistent, thick cap with good lacing.

S: tropical fruit, apple, banana, clove, vanilla, low levels of Belgian funk.

T: tropical fruit, sweet to sour apples, grapes, and bread-like malt up front, clove, banana, and pepper in the middle, the finish is off-dry, lightly sour, and has an herbal to floral hop character.

M: medium-bodied, silky to watery texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: like many of Sam Adams brews this tripel is delicious and approachable without being truly memorable. Delicious, though, and worth the investment in the three pack of Barrel Room Collection beers.

05-08-2011 23:55:19 | More by Erish
Photo of pfh4pdv


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

I got to try this at a Sam Adams demo at a local liquor store. It isn't available in Kansas City, MO yet; so it was a great opportunity.

Pale gold color with a bit of haze and a foamy little head in my tasting glass. I could smell and subsequently taste fruit and vanilla notes, especially banana.

It's higher than average carbonation created a crisp, bubbly mouthfeel. Very effervescent. Almost more like a white ale than a traditional tripel.

While it isn't my typical type of beer, I liked it and wouldn't mind having it again on occasion when it comes into the market. The SA rep told us that they would be bringing it in due to the success of Boulevard's (KC Local) Smoke Stack series.

05-06-2011 19:06:33 | More by pfh4pdv
Photo of emmasdad


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Picked this one up not too long ago. The fancy bottle had me excited, much as a great book cover would. Poured a pale golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast and white pepper. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with flavors of oak, yeast, vanilla and candi sugar. A promising avenue to be explored by Samuel Adams.

05-05-2011 04:06:38 | More by emmasdad
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.