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

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 54
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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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:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009)
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Photo of TimHoss
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this during a vacation on Cape Cod. I liked the beer but I was not overly impressed. My expectations were very high from a brand name like Sam Adams but when I drank it I felt that it was a little better than the average Belgian Triple. Taste was not as spicy as I had hoped and the fruit notes in the beginning were not very strong. It finishes clean but that is the problem I feel that there needs to be a better lingering taste than what it had. I will take into consideration that Sam Adams recommends bottle conditioning this beverage after the purchase. I believe that this could make the flavors more pronounced.

TimHoss, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

Big ups to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Part II of my Barrel Room Collection odyssey. Get some. It pours an ever-so-slightly hazy amber straw topped by a seemingly perpetual finger of white foam. The nose comprises plenty o' clove, banana, nutmeg, black pepper, watermelon, wheat, wet hay, a tiny bit o' horse blanket, and some cantaloupe. The taste follows, with the banana, cantaloupe, and clove taking preeminence. A touch of oak is in the background, bringing with it a very light ray of vanilla. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation (very light for the style) and a very smooth feel. Not a bad tripel, overall, but nothing to get too excited about. I don't think the barrel aging did all that much for it.

TMoney2591, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Gold color, a hint of haze. Small white head that nevertheless retained well.
Nice earthy, yeasty aroma. Sweet fruit, a little bit of spice.
The aromas really came together well in the taste. Tropical fruit, cotton candy, clove. Bready.
More substantial in my mouth than I thought it would be.
Good beer. Glad that I stopped at Kappy's because I haven't found this in Maine yet.

lordofthewiens, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my brand new Kasteel goblet.

5.0 A: Nearly clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid white head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Earthy and spicy, this is a great smelling brew. The most prominent aroma is probably yeastiness with peppery spiciness and a touch of clove as well. Hops add a subtle dirty earthiness. Peachy fruitiness is also there, but not so much tropical fruit as suggested by the label. Other than the aromas mentioned, this beer is very clean. Oak is much lighter than I would have expected.

4.5 T: Lots and lots of pepper spiciness with some clove in there too. Some fruitiness remains, but much drier than the nose would suggest. Instead, there's a lot more earthiness with some hay and barnyard funkiness. Don't get me wrong, this is a tripel, but it does have some saison-like characteristics. Oak comes through more in the taste. Pretty damn good.

4.0 M: Light body. Lots, if not too much, spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess. Goes down easy for the amount of carbonation.

4.5 D: This is easily my favorite SA brew. Until now, just about everything has left me unimpressed. Everytime I find my self pulling a cork from a bottle of beer, I wonder if the beer inside is worthy of such a fancy presentation. This one is.

DavoleBomb, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with small white head that slowly whisps away into a gentlc cap. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary pils malt, white wine, vanilla, dandelions, and cotton candy.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet, sugary, fruity flavor that has a highlight of cut wood.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, with light tannins pulling through from the wood.
Decent beer from Sam.

weeare138, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from the brewery in Boston.

Phenomenal appearance - golden with just a little haze and a large, lacey, and well-retained white head.

Aroma is grainy and a little sweet with tropical fruit and floral notes and yeast.

Flavor is very sweet and fruity. Mango and pineapple, sweet pale malt, a little oak, and floral hops. Only slightly Belgian.

Medium-bodied and fairly dry but still sweet with a good carbonation level. Decent overall, but not too impressive for a barrel-aged tripel.

nickd717, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked & caged.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head above the slightly cloudy burnished gold brew. Airy head falls slowly with spotty large hunks of lacing. Aroma is tart with a lightly sweet undercurrent.

Taste begins with a peek of tart, then pale sweetness. Dry in the middle, with a lightly alcoholic close. Tannins seems to come of the forefront after the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth to start, with a bit of a rough close, with drinkability alright. Some good components here, but it just doesn't all come together for me.

ppoitras, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 6/4/10.

Poured a cloudy deep golden/almost amber with a nicely formed white head. Strings of lace decorate the glass. A nice tropical fruit/biscuit and yeast aroma leads to an assertive blast of oak. Touch of vanilla as well. Very interesting, I think this is the first time I've had an oak aged Tripel. The flavor is nicely balanced as far as a Tripel goes, but the oak is a bit much and off sets the subtleties. Citrus, mango, and pineapple with a touch of muscat grapes. Nearly champagnelike in terms of texture, but more body of course. I'd try this again if given the chance.

DmanGTR, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A huge rising 5+ finger head rises up really quickly, evades my pour, and then falls back quickly over a slightly hazy golden orange color.

N: Very saison/tripel aroma with some light Belgian malts, other light malts, spices, a little booze taste and warmth, some sweetness with that, touch of Belgian yeast, fruit, some apple aromas, citrus and semi sweet fluffy malt effervescence.

T: Semi sweet with lots of fruits, lots of apple specifically from the Belgian yeast, some tropical flavors, Belgian sweet malts, little bitterness, yeasty, some booze flavor and warming booze feel, chewy malts, and spices!

M: Med body, warming tingly booze, decent carbonation.

F: Some bitterness on the finish with lingering spices galore, more warming tingly booze, quite boozy actually, Belgian sweet malts and fruit linger, more apple, tropical fruit flavors, and a little yeasty.

jlindros, May 25, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up one of each of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collections. This one is the third and final bottle of the collection

Poured a nice golden amber with a rather large white head. My pour had almost a three finger head. Dissapeared into a nice full lacing.

The smell was of sweet malt with nice citrus tones.

Like the smell, the taste was of sweet malt and citrus. There is even a bit of a banana note.

The mouthfeel was a mild carbonation and dry.

Drinkability is pretty good, especially considering according to the bottle this is 10%. The better of the three barrel collections in my opinion and probably the only one I would buy again

rudzud, May 25, 2010
Photo of MaxBrews
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer seems to be getting a lot of good reviews, I'm going to have to offer a dissenting opinion. I've had several tripels and it is one of my favorite beer styles. This one doesn't seem to stack up for me.

This particular bottle was bought at the Brewery during a tour. The bottle is a unique "smoke stack" shaped corked 750. Great packaging, I'd love to see more small run corked SAs.

I poured this beer in my Duvel glass and it offered a great appearance; a big foamy head, great lacing and a enticing cloudy bright Orange. A great looking tripel in every way.

The smell is when I realized this would be a mediocre tripel. Big and boozy, the smell of alcohol masked whatever sweet clove and Belgian yeast smell a tripel should have. It was there but faint.

The taste was big and boozy as well. Not much flavor, sweet and alcoholic with some faint clove and fruity tastes.

The mouth-feel was big creamy and sryuppy as boozy Belgian beers often are.

For a beer with a 10% beer it went down easily, not to filling nor drying.

As with Golden Monkey by Victory this beer speaks to me of mediocre attempts to make a Belgian beer by an American Craft brewers. Sweet and boozy with a faint resemblance to a Belgian beer. A special offering by Sam Adams and was glad I tried it, but it doesn't stack up to other tripels.

I'll stick to La Fin Du Monde and Chimay Cinq Cents for my favorite Tripels.

MaxBrews, May 23, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice. A half inch of foam settled to a thin cap of fine white bubbles and a more substantial collar. Good head retention, semi-sticky lace. The beer was clear and deep gold with a bit of an amber hue. Fruity aroma, grainy malt, spicy, clove and pepper, alcohol, bready, bit of oak. Peppery throughout, but mostly up front and in the finish. Sugary sweetness, mild bitterness, honey, with some fruit character, but not as much as in the aroma. Slight astringency and woody flavour. Finishes with some alcohol and warmth. Medium bodied with carbonation that was restrained, decent texture. Not bad at all. I was hoping for more from the flavour based on the aroma, but it was still pretty good.

DrJay, May 19, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks again!) for this unexpected ale. Poured from an unusually shaped 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. "0200" marked on the back.

Orange peel liquid, brilliant clarity up until the last cloudy pour, topped by an active cosmic latte head which recedes rapidly to a half-finger where it continues to fizzle for quite some time. Lacing is pretty good, legs are viscous and shimmering.

Oak notes and big boozy fruit in the nose backed by a bit of winter spice. Reminds me a bit of Allagash Curieux at first, but this has a bit more wine-like funk and less bourbon-ish notes.

Rock candy and yeast-heavy bread flavor initially - a bit too sweet really. This is complicated but possibly compounded by the fruit which suggests mango, guava, and overripe peach and cantelope. A bit of (noble?) hops come forward and join hands with the oak elements which attenuates the sugar somewhat. The nutmeg/cinnamon/fennel sort of blend is in itself a bit sweet - so the finish overall is borderline cloying even for the style.

Medium-bodied, pillowy, and somewhat oily; mildly astringent and a bit hot from the alcohol (though this comes out in the body more than the aroma or flavor).

Some age might dry this out a bit, those of you sitting on a bottle might want to continue doing so for a while.

augustgarage, May 08, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#2 of the Barrel Room Collection package received from SMADMS.... Peter is a fantastic trader and other good BA's would be lucky to send some business his direction.

Shared this at a big tasting a couple weekends ago...

Pretty bright orange... nice head and lacing....

Nose is huge mashup of fruity esters spiked with a heavy alcohol bite... spicy phenols show as lite clove and something that I think of as coriander.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose with some tropical fruit essence and hints of sorta herby hops.... a bit to sugary... the coriander (is it really coriander?) seems too high for me... heavy body with light carbonation for the style.

Again.... I am gonna let this one sit for a while before I open another.... needs to really develop and hopefully dry out.

Pretty okay really.... Thanks again Peter.... we should do it again sometime.


JohnGalt1, May 05, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nifty bottle. Cloudy maize color. Large, frothy white head that's chunky like mashed 'taters. Three squiggly lace rings.

Papaya and various other tropical fruit aroma balanced by an underlying sweet malt and yeasty spice. Minty hop? Taste is ripe pear, papaya and spice. Mild alcoholic sophistication. More dry than sweet. I'd like more from the fruity esters.

I like it but if Belgian monastic ales are all about the magic and complexity of various yeast strains this just doesn't measure up.

donkeyrunner, May 03, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow body chock full of yeasty flakes. Aromas of pear, orange peel, banana, clove and coriander. Flavors mimic the aromas. A burst of fruity esters and spicy yeast. Some latent bitterness in the Belgian yeast sort of way. Spicy, dry finish. Creamy, rich mouthfeel. Its no masterpiece, but New World Tripel is one of the better domestic Tripels I have tried.

BradLikesBrew, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Kallessin
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, very clear with large effervescent bubbles throughout. Full foamy/rocky white head with beautiful lacing all around the glass. This settles to a thin film over top. The final pour left a little sediment in the glass and there was a slight haze to it.

Has light fruity banana and clove aroma. I found it very fragrant with some floral aromas. There's also some sweet malty/yeasty bread underneath with some subtle spiciness.

The flavor is much like the aroma with banana and clove being in the forefront with a mix of fruity esters and some peppery spice. It has some nice sweet malt and some dry yeasty bread under that with very little hop bitterness.

It's medium body and highly carbonated. It still manages to be somewhat smooth, yet fairly dry. A slight warming sensation as well.

Overall it's a very light fruity, flavorful beer with a nice complexity to it.

Kallessin, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Esters
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a newbie to the 'reserve' beer scene, it was quite nice to sample Samuel Adams New World Tripel on a recent trip to Boston.

It pours as a very pretty golden color with a thick head that quickly dissipates as the beer warms.

In a sniffer glass, the beer has a pleasant banana aroma at first, which completely changes to a nice hoppy scent upon drinking. This was surprising to me, as tripels are somewhat known for their maltiness. I didn't expect a hoppy flavor. Whether it was my uneducated palate talking or the beer talking, I'm not so sure.

This beer is very drinkable -- the high ABV (10%, as listed on the bottle) is completely hidden by the high malt content and complex flavor. The oak didn't quite come through for me, but the listed "tropical fruit" certainly did. YMMV, though.

Since I am a dedicated fan of darker beers, like doppelbocks, it was a bit of a surprise that I liked this beer as much as I did. I would definitely purchase this again, though probably not if I was planning on pairing it with 'heavier' meals. My beer paired very well with Havarti cheese and a non-spicy dried sausage.

Also, be careful! As a young woman, this beer packed a heavy kick! Pay attention to your ABV content.


Esters, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of hgraehl
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought it back from the Boston after a tour of the brewery. Enjoying it right now in Los Angeles and am 1/4 through. Very smooth for the style and very drinkable for the percentage (9%). Not overly malty. In its class it does not stand out though. Since I paid $10 for the bottle (3x variety pack for $30) I don't feel like it is entirely worth the money for the beer alone. Still enjoying the experience and remembering the tour.

hgraehl, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw gold color. Poured a 2 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lacing sheeted down the glass.

S: Sweet malts and light-colored fruits. Citrus and yeast esters. Light spices.

T: Sweet malt and light-colored fruits, tropical fruits and bananas. Warm alcohol and yeast esters. Peppery bitter spice.

M: Medium body. High carbonationouth. Drym warm finish with lingering friut flavors.

D: Disguised ABV fairly well. Full and fruity.

Haybeerman, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of selecter70
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice grey wet wintry day easy sipper that warms but would be a bit tacky on a warmer day. The pour is a hazy orange brown but not too heavy looking, leading to a thin soon-to-dissipate white head and a wee bit of lace. The aroma is full of fruity spice and candy, and the taste lives up to this with cloves, banana a bit of citrus hop, funky yeast and sad to say, a hit of orange Ssips drink. A bit sweet but as a sipper, nice, although it could be easy to drink more quickly, withs its clean body and bubbly carbonation. It is restrained by a nice creamy quality however. I look forward to the next, hopefully a bit less sweet batch.

selecter70, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a nice white head that thins out but leaves nice lacing thruout. Aroma is a nice funky combo of spice, banana, cloves, pears. Follows with a nice flavor of spice, pears, candied fruit and that nice Belgian yeasty funk. It also has a hidden something in the aftertaste. I think it might be the oak, but its not really very strong. It just makes it a little different than most Tripels.
The mouthfeel is very nice and creamy, a little too carbonated. The alchohol is very well hidden so watch out as this one could creep up on you as its a very easy drinker.

Liverpool08, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to krisandajt for bringing this back from Boston for me on his trip to EBF. Poured out of an extremely goofy shaped bottle, it's a very murky looking musty golden color, not a terribly attractive one frankly, with a creamy inch and a half of ivory head. Head keeps quite well, with a bubbly but full lace and some nice webbing on the sides.

Smell is very fruity, with some nice candi sugar sweetness as well. It's a somewhat boozy nose, with just a hint of oak as it warms. Good amount of spicing too, with some black pepper in particular.

Taste has a nice sweetness to it, with some candi sugar and maybe some honey too. Not quite as fruity as the nose although there is some very sweet apple and pear. Oak character is subtle as it was on the nose. Yeast character is also pretty modest. This is, however, very spicy, with lots of black pepper in particular, especially in the finish where it lingers on the palate. There is some alcohol evident but it's not hot or bothersome, and I wouldn't really call this boozy. It's actually quite smooth.

Mouhtfeel is very creamy and smooth. It's full bodied and really smooth. Carbonation is on the light side which amplifies the creamy feel. Very nice.

This is quite good and very drinkable for a barrel aged tripel. It's not the most complex tripel out there, and the oak is very subtle, but they did a really nice job making this a very drinkable, flavorful beer. Nice job BBC.

number1bum, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of palphen
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.
Served at Sunset Grill and Tap.

Slight haze, thin lacey head. Good color.
Served a bit too cold. Once the beer warmed a bit the flavors came through. Sweet malty taste, hints of banana. Hides the alcohol pretty well, but does pack a potent punch.

I would def have this one again.

palphen, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very complex beer. I took it out of the fridge at 7pm, let is sit for a while, maybe like a half hour or 45 minutes, and the beer was still cold right up until the last sip. Heavy carbonation, again, lasting the entire 2 glasses this was poured into, pretty impressive.

From a quality standpoint, I loved this beer. It was just a little too fruity and sweet for my taste. If you like that sort of thing, this is the beer for you.

Great color, body, pour, and taste you want from a beer in this price range, I just need them to make a nice dark brown ale and I'd be rating this higher.

Pittsburgh, Feb 28, 2010
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.