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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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830 Ratings
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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 54
Gots: 92 | 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 deltatauhobbit
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a moderately sized white head, fades fast and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a good amount of banana, clove, some bubblegum, Belgian candied sugar, with a moderate yeast presence.

Taste is rather soft on the tongue, the light carbonation explodes and makes it almost fluffy although it can be a bit much, the banana and candied sugar are at the forefront along with a light fruitiness to it, very slight oak presence in the aftertaste that hardly contributes much, the strength is well hidden at first but after awhile you can start to feel the slight burn-y tingle.

A much better offering than the American Kriek, only have the Stony Brook Red left to go.

deltatauhobbit, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle no. 1180. Sampled on October 7, 2010. The pour is a highly carbonated pale yellow with about two inches of fluffy, bubbly head that slowly diminishes. It is not as murky as you might think. The aroma on this one is more wheat-like, yeasty, and lightly hopped along with the remnants of the oak barrel. The hard liquor scent is not all that evident. The taste also hughlights the wheat and yeast with more of a hard liquor feel on the tongue than on the nose. Overall it has some good qualities and of the three Barrel Room Collection beers seems to be the milder despite its 10% ABV.

puboflyons, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of dense white froth. Really nice sheets of ringed lacing throughout the glass as well as a solid skim coat.

Aromatics are laced with husky malt, drizzeled honey, toasted oak, and a hint of char. Clove, bannana, and bubblegum are all present in addition to oakey tannins and a touch of cut grass.

Light bodied with a crisp, minerally mouthfeel. A bit of syrupness in the finish.

Biscuity malt with a sweet undercurrent and spicy phenols lead off the palate. Vanilla, char-rubbed oak, and a fusel nod follow through. A whisper of juniper or other botanicals adds an unusual flair.

Finishes with lingering honey-drizzeled biscuits, vanilla-steeped oak char, and a gin-like bite.

Tasty enough but a bit odd for a Triple. The oak would be nice without the char character, and the spicyness adds a strange twist which really isn't needed in a great Triple. Lacking the classic softness found in the great Triples as well. Perhaps some softening of the water would help.

brewandbbq, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees, allowed to freezer chill for approx 25 minutes before pouring
Thanks to ShogoKawada for the hook-up!
Shared with my friend Rich, who loves Sam Adams beers.

A very nice looking tripel. Nice, bright, golden yellow color with serious orange tinting. A head of about three-fingers worth of rocky white foam. It recedes to about 1/4" surface covering film. The lacing is very good and mildly sticky.

Big hints of bananas. Lots of belgian yeastiness. Bready. Nice hints of spices. Very nice oak notes.

Taste follows the nose. It brings along an unexpected hint of hops. The bite is obliterated by sweetness though. A big dose of sugary sweet honey-ness, is not really a great thing.

A medium-to-almost full body with a nice, medium level of carbonation. Nicely smooth with a good amount of creaminess.

The high (10.00%) abv is not percieved as heat and seems to be well-hidden, at first. I believe that to be the component that is making this one taste so sweet, though, upon second thought.
It's easy enough to drink, but I wouldn't want to do more than just one or two.

coldmeat23, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Yellow/orange with a huge white airy head

S- Perfect for the style. A little fruity malts, spice.

T- Fruity, some piney hops finish. I really enjoy the balance

M- Light, though the heavy side of light, good carbonation and a definite warming from the alcohol

D- Great representation of the style. Goes down very easily.

aepb1, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a straw orange color with minimal head that subsides quite quickly to a very thin and delicate ring.

S - Pears, graham cracker, and Belgian spice.

T - Taste is quite surprising, very good. Pears, Belgian spice, apples, and tropical fruit. Presents a sweet and tart zing on the front of the tongue and has a mild warming on the way down. There's a noticeable oak tannin that becomes more evident about 1/3 through the bottle, it's an excellent accentuating flavor.

M - Medium to heavy body, mild carbonation on the tongue with a tropical fruit and Belgian style yeast aftertaste. Somewhat chewy and leave a zingy tropical tartness on the tip of the tongue.

D - Extremely drinkable.

Nice job, Sam Adams.

jzeilinger, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, shared. served in Chimay chalices.

A - poured with about a third of an inch of loose bubbly just off-white colored foam, eventually settles to a thin film which sticks around for most of the drink. the beer is cloudy, deep gold in color with some floating stationary sediment.

S - crisp grains, lemon peel, belgian yeast, juicy green grapes, some subtle must and a faint grassy hop finish. just about classic for the style.

T - begins with some lingering strong belgian yeast, fruity grapes, coriander and lemon peel. alcohol is noticeable yet adds a certain awakening quality to the beer. some clove, piney hops, and crunchy grains round everything out.

M - medium body with sharp playful carbonation, kept in check by robust flavors and alcohol presence.

D - liked it, not the best Tripel but a solid take on the style. missing some of the barrel aging. packs quite a punch, glad this is being shared.

Stigs, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of RankRefugee88
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams glass.

A - Nice beautiful golden body, thick white head. Bubbles constantly rise to the top of the glass. A bit cloudy.

S - Smells nice, fruity, malts and hops are noticeable in the smell. Bit of a stale taste, but not in a bad way. This beer has been aged in barrels.

T - I like this beer a lot. Has a lemony zest to it, kind of like a saison, but better because it's a pale ale. Lemon and other fruits are noticeable, pepper is too. Tastes are balanced well.

M - Very nice. Warming on the palate, thicker than I expected, very smooth.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. Aged so I don't know how many glasses I would want to drink.

I like this beer. I went to the Sam Adams brewery in boston and I'm glad I picked this up.

RankRefugee88, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, white, three fingered head, fades to a thin layer (should be poured slowly) and leaves some lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is clear amber. Light oak and fruit nose. Flavor is slight sweet fruit and oak, the higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $11.95 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of JoKo
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Samuel Adam's Tulip glass

Appearance: Bright golden, immensely carbonated, cloudy, poured a 2 inch thick head that lingers for a few minutes leaving lacing down the side.

Smell: Some fruit, citrus

Taste: Fruit notes, particularly citrus, spiciness, clove notes, some hoppy pine notes, this beer is very complex.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is thick, the beer lingers around the palate after each sip.

Drinkability: Fairly easy drinkability, well crafted brew very well representative of the style.

JoKo, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Casey10
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow a gret representation of the style. I purchased this back in November of last year from Winchester Wine and Spirits in MA. I am so glad they were willing to sell this to me. After 9+ months how is this beer doing. It is really nice.

The beer has a sweet candi sugar taste as well as a big belgian style tripple taste. Hopefully Sam Adams keeps/continues this series as it is a exciting continuation of thier beers.

Casey10, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of phideltashaggy
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this beer from the Boston brewery gift-shop. Served in a standard pint glass (sadly, my Sam Adam's Perfect Pint broke on the way home.)

A-Very bubbly. Yellow color with a fluffy, white head. Lacing was great.

S-Very pleasant, slightly fruity. Relatively light smell, not overwhelming in the least.

T-Very good. I was expecting an overly complex orgy of different flavors, but everything came together very nicely. Somewhat sweet with many fruity lavors that complemented each other nicely.

MF-Fairly carbonated. Even a slight tickle on the tip of the tongue.

D-Very drinkable.

Overall-I am sad after drinking this. Soley because I know it will not be available for purchase again. It was a very tasty brew with many flavors that complimented each other very nicely.

phideltashaggy, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 6/5/10

This corked and caged bottle was picked up back in February when I visited the brewery. Number on the lower back of the bottle reads: #0060.

The new world triple pours a hazy golden color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head. Pretty decent retension and a ton of lace clings to the glassware. The aroma of this brew has spicey yeasty notes with lots of fruity character like pears and apples. Belgian style phenols come into play with more notes reminescent of banana and clove.

Taste is in line with the aroma. Spicey notes from the yeast coupled with banana, pear, apple and a big alcohol presence both in flavor and warmth. Medium to light feel with a moderately high level of carbonation. The finish of this brew is a bit dry with some oakiness noted in the aftertaste. As it warms, some minor notes of clove come out in both the flavor and aroma. Lingering yeast character is left residing in the mouth along with a taste of banana, clove and pear. The warmer it gets the more the oak and dryness is exaggerated along with some spiciness that is not directly identifiable but all together is enjoyable.

stakem, Jul 26, 2010
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
Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.