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Tripel - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 11-14-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty aroma but still detect the booze. Orange colour, little rim of head, then lace. Carbonation and alcohol at end, which dries the mouth, and high acidic throughout. Needs food-pizza. Had bottle at Pizza Plant. I had it 6 months later and it was more tasty, yeast more apparent.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

American brewers who do not specialize in Belgian styles, usually are a bit suspect. The pour adds to the apprehension as a firm malty head begins to form, but not the aggressive carbonation or the rocky, froathy head that is typical of Tripels. Aromas are cleanly malted and a bit spicy, but not with the acidic, fruity, dry, spicy character that is needed. Flavors are favorable beer-wise, but very little in the way of Tripel (or Belgian for that matter) character. Light spiciness, elevated alcohol, and moderate fruitiness are all that are borrowed from the intended style. Overly sweet with malts, heavy texture, American hops, and timid tartness that would come from Belgian yeast are among the problems with the beer. Although the beer does not meet the style, the beer is a good beer with very few off flavors.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Radiant harvest gold with a smidgen of orange peel orange. It's odd to see a tripel with minimal carbonation and a standard pale ale-like head. I miss the Belgian tripel look. The cap is pale lemonish pearl, reasonably firm and deposits a more than respectable amount of finely pocked lace. This is a pretty good looking beer that would probably look a little pathetic beside the world's best versions.

The nose is disappointingly subdued; I have to get my nose within millimeters of the beer to appreciate anything at all. It's golden fruity and barely spiced with no hint of alcohol. I never thought that I'd bestow an average score on a beer from this (one of my favorite) breweries, but the nose is so weak and so unimpressive that I have no choice.

I love tripels. I don't love Southern Tier Tripel. I tastes more like a helles bock to me than the stated style. There's a huge pale malt backbone that, unfortunately, rules the flavor roost. German hops are present as well and do what they can to counteract the malty sweetness. Bitterness rushes in at mid-mouthful and dominates the back end.

Although there's a hint of boozy fruitiness on the finish, this is one of the least fruity versions that I can remember. As well, it doesn't taste like a true Belgian yeast strain was used. Simply put, this is a less than well-thought-out, less than well-executed beer that would get a complete overhaul if I was in charge up there in Lakewood, NY.

The body is medium-full and is firmer than it is plush. I hate to keep bringing this up, but a Belgianesque amount of carbonation would lighten the load considerably and would turn a somewhat leaden mouthfeel into something more enjoyable. All in all though--if I take style out of the picture--the slick, stickiness isn't all that bad.

Tripel is the first Southern Tier beer that I've had that I consider less than good. Like a few U.S. breweries that I could name, these guys brew amazing beer when they stick to the standard styles. Branching out into the classically Belgian styles, however, appears not to have been such a good idea. Tripel is disappointing, but it doesn't diminish my Southern Tier love the least little bit.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber a clear light golden with a nice tighter one finger white head no haze to this trpipel very good clarity to this one.Great aromas of overipe pineapple and peach just a lighter note ofsweet alcohol but faint,what I like best about this tripel style is that the yeast and phenols dont overwhelm the palate somewhat sweet and raisiny and citrusy with pineapple being dominant the phenolic spiciness is underlying not overbearing the way I like it.Overly complex no, a lighter spritzy mouthfeel lends though to its easy drinkablitiy,hey I like it Iam not a big fan of the big Belgian yeast flavors this was low key and I liked it alot.A great beer to to savor as Detroit put Cleveland away finally damn that has a nice ring to it dont it.

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for an American-style Tripel...a little sweet & hoppy.

Pours into the tulip a high-clarity orange, with a swarm of micro bubbles.

Big boozy nose, kind of hits you over the head, but not in a solventy way. A little overpowering, but with some floral Saison character.

Taste is sweet and buttery, a drying residual hop bitterness follows into the finish. Flowery and vegetal at times. Alcohol is contained, but you still feel it being absorbed into the bloodstream. Strong, sort of deceptive in its sweetness. Full mouthfeel, somewhat lush.

Worth a try, but not one i'd return to over and over.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden amber color with flecks of amber. A small, fizzy white head left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, corriander and yeast.

T - It had a nice yeasty flavor mixed with candy sugar, and fruity sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a nice tripel. Really good blend of sweet flavors.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle. Being careful not to disturb the lees, I was able to fill a large tulip glass that was completely clear. The subsequent pours, however, was a bit cloudy.

Without the yeast, it's a glowing, deep-golden-orange; with the yeast it appears more orangeish. Unfortunately, not much head was created by my delicate pour, and the short cap that was formed faded quickly.

I smelled and tasted it a bit before going back to build a head because I wanted to see how much influence the yeast has on the flavor, and it's quite profound. I found the initial flavor and aroma to be a hint sweet, subtly bready, and a bit candyish. There was a very nice, delicate note of vanilla and a sugary sweetness like rock candy, as well as a thin edge of soft golden caramel and a drip of orange that left it kind of like an orange cream-sicle. It wasn't particularly spicy, but there was a nice swirl of it in the aftertaste, as well as notes of floral, grassy, spicy, and gently herbal hops. And if that spiciness is from the alcohol, that's the only place that it shows. It's certainly nicely done in that respect.

My second pour was rough to bring up the head, and it brought up the yeast as well. To my surprise, I could see that there was a fair amount of it left adhered to the base of the bottle. That may be because it'd been in the fridge for about a month, or maybe not, but I think I usually tend to drink my Southern Tier beers quicker than that, and therefore find more yeast in my glass.

The head held well, dropping slowly from a finger thick frothy cap to a half-inch, lightly creamy off-white lid. The lace around the glass formed a panorama of tiny mountains as it went, and then with each sip that followed it left a creamy ring (well for three or four anyway).

The yeast was apparent in the nose at this point, along with a bit more fruity-floral character. And that carried over into the flavor as well. The yeastiness masked some of the subtle nuances of the straightforward flavor, and lent a bit more acidity. It lost the innocent sweetness that it had, but it gained more complexity. The orange note became more prominent, and it took on a delicate nuttiness that prior to hadn't been there.

There were good points to each glass, with and without yeast, and I'm not sure that I could choose either one, but with it being a big bottle I didn't have to, and I'd suggest you do the same if you can find a bomber. It certainly makes for a more interesting tasting than just one 12 ounce poured directly.

Overall, anyway you pour it, and regardless of how much of the yeast you find in your glass, it's a pretty decent interpretation of the style. It's a tasty, well-balanced and well-rounded brew; and for the price I think it's well worth it.

Nicely done, and certainly worth trying!

Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A- One finger of foam subsides to a thin bubbly ring of lace. Mildly hazed golden color.

S- Apple skin, hint of pineapple (kiss of hot alcohol), and a spiciness from the hops and herbal/clove phenols.

T&M- Slightly viscous crispness in the smooth mouth feel, medium body. Bitter upfront with lots of noble hop and spicy/medicinal phenolic flavor. Saaz is more prevalent middle to end with a mild exotic fruitiness from the very warm alcohol. Finishes with a long bitter flavor of hops and phenols.

D- Not bad ... a bit rough and bitter for this style, this is a very delicate style to brew ... not an easy task. I'll chalk this one up as an American interpretation as it is not even close to a real Belgian Tripel.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The one beer that took it's time coming into the Pittsburgh market...now available in 22oz along with Unearthly DIPA, Ja-Hava Imperial Coffe Stout, and Big Red Imperial Red (all hallertau varieties). This is from a lil' 12ozer and it appears a dark golden honey glazed amber hue it forms a decent sized white head and leaves fine scattered lacing around my Augustjin chalice. Aroma is heavy on fruit tones a bit drenched in alcohol some citrus/tropical notes with sweet honey graininess finishing with a touch of toasted nut presence. Flavor isn't textbook for the style this is clear however rich sweetness fortified with tart fruit and tropical notes along with earthy herbal hopage...somewhat of a nutty mineral edge makes for an interesting brew...also to note the alcohol is pretty evident in this one not well hidden like most Belgian tripels. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly syrupy in texture carbonation a bit rough and definitely coats the palate. Drinkability as much as I love Southern Tier for their other brews I probably won't revisit the tripel, too many quality tripels available in the Burgh especially with two soon to be three Sharp Edge locales.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, light malts, spices, some fruit, some hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, tart fruit, some spice and a little caramel. There's also a good hops presence and a hearty malt character. There's a small alcoholic sting as well. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style, but it's a certainly not a pounder.

Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from beeronthebrain, cheers Khen!

Pours an effervescent bronze with a pinky of pearl white head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Cereal, lemons, pepper & perfumy hops.

T: Leafy hops, apricot, & honey up front. Nice fruitless follows, as this warms. Leafy hops, light lemon hop & grapefruit hop, apple peels all show as this warms. Finishes with nice citrussy hops & good fruityness

MF: Medium-bodied, low carbonation but a good hop balance

Drinks pretty easy for the style, the hops don't quite seem right to me, but not bad. An above servicible take on the style

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed peachy golden hue, slim disappearing head.

Ripe fruit in the nose, zesty citrus sly spices, but overall, rather quiet.

And mild on the palate, too. Citric bite is bigger, though, juicier, tart, too. ...but, oddly flat. Falls like a thud and doesn't really please the tongue all that much. A bit tingly, but not enough.

Medium bodied, light, tartnness-n-spice finish.

Needs a lot more personality. Drinks okay, for 9 %, but possesses little in the way of pizzaz, or even panache.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear dark gold color with a one finger white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly warm and rich pale malt scent with a bit of light crystal malts as well. There is a fruitiness to it, but not as pronounced as most. There seems to be some hops in there as well. The taste is good although I wouldn't classify this as a true Belgian because of the palate and the hops. It has a smooth, rich malty flavor that boasts as pale malts mostly. It goes down easy and finishes dry and warm. It also has a very pronounced hop flavor as well. It's more obvious than any other Belgian I've tried. I love the taste, I just wish more would do the same. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great beer. I do not think it mirrors the style. All said, It's a good drinker.

Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours gold with little head retention. Some pond-scum-like patches become a short-lived cover upon swirling.

The smell is of sweet grain with some cotton candy.

The taste is of sweet malt. Some sugar candy and perfume mixes with a touch of hay/grass. Finishes with a candy sweetness.

The feel is light. A bit slick. Flavors lingers on the palate.

It's not bad, but just about misses the boat on the style, barely fitting into the category. Out-of-style it's worth trying, but doesn't stand up to "the real thing".

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite blonde and clear (slight chill haze). Three finger head with thick slippery lace.

The aroma is mild. Very little citrus, some sweetness (candy sugar?). High alcohol smells present.

Okay, I like this because it is the exception to the coy sweetness of most Belgians. This beer is far more dry than this category suggests. There is even some bitterness from some obvious hop. For my palate, this is a sweet beer with interesting side flavors--alcohol, lemon-orange citrus, and even a nuttiness that is close to walnuts. Full bodied and highly carbonated, this beer has staying power--the aftertaste is a wonderful blend of hop (surprise!) and sweet malt.

This one is rated high because my palate is closer to this than the typical Belgian offerings. I imagine that purists will rate this lower than I have, but if you take away the "label", I think you may find a fascinating and complex brew.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a Southern Tier mixed pack ($14.99/12)

So far in my young drinking career, this is the best American Belgian I've had. I think it trumps Victory and Flying Dog's for sure, because it has much more drinkability and isn't too spicy like those others. The 9% ABV is hidden so well it tastes like its a 4% wheat ale so it'll sneak up on you. Overall, just a great a tasty beer.

I must also say that I'm lucky.... in the Southern Tier mixed 12 you get 3 each of 3 standard brews, but the other 3 in the mixed pack are a mystery. I'm glad a 9% Belgian was the mystery choice!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, extremely bright, dark gold hue when held up to the light; this is definitely on the dark side for a Tripel. The aroma isn't quite what I was expecting, though it does have Tripel characteristics. I smell aromas of green apple up front, a floral honeysuckle like note as well as some herbal floral characteristics, other notes of honeydew melon, a hint of grassy malt, some touches of alcoholic heat, some medicinal or even acetone like character that is just barely perceptible in the finish as well as some phenolics that lean towards clove and some bubble gum like aromas. This has all the right aromatic notes to it, but somehow it just doesn't sum up to a great smelling Tripel and I am not sure why.

Somewhat sweet tasting as it first hits the tongue and there is quite a bit of body to this brew. It actually gets sweeter as it rolls across the tongue, which brings out notes of cotton candy and bubble gum; this last actually lingers on the palate long after each sip. Fruity flavors of sugary pears, honeydew melon and candied apple. The flavor has a floral quality to it that has a light herbal edge to it; both of which meld into a light hop bitterness towards the finish. The finish at times, when the palate has been gotten used to, has a spiciness to it as well as a touch of higher alcohols.

Hmm, not nearly as horribly sweet as it could have been, but still a bit too sweet, which drowns out some of the complexity. While having most of the characteristics needed for a great Triple, somehow this beer misses its mark a bit. Not a horrible beer by any means, especially since there are not really any off-flavors here, but there are a lot of other Tripels I would rather have.

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1/2 ' head that quickly falls to a surface foam with a few big bubbles. A spot or two of lace develops.

Smell: very sweet, almost candy like.

Taste: hearty sweet malt, pears, green grapes, yeast, nice bitterness, and alcohol. But overall something was missing from this I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. The aftertaste consists of a malty sweetness being glued to the tongue. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: this was a bit too sweet for me. In no means is this a bad beer, but it falls short of what I expect in the style.

Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a nice, chiffon-yellow head above a bright, golden-yellow liquid. The nose was cloyingly sweet, of pungent honey, almost perfumey. It had a hot mouthfeel but I got that same perfume taste on my palate. It reminded me of being in a garden of wildflowers, sweet and light, but too much so for my taste in a beer. The finish was, interestingly, tending towards dry and I began to taste the malt as opposed to the esters resulting from the action of the yeast. I did not dislike the beer, but given its relatively high ABV, I cannot say that I would reach for it over something else. I'm sticking with their Extraordinary Ale, which I do think is a winner.

Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent golden orange with a small, white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Small amounts of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of piney, citrusy, orange peel laden hops. There is also a light aroma of nectarines and apricots with a touch of vanilla.
Taste is a slight step up from the aromas with a spiced, citrusy flavor that keeps me coming back for more.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, spicy but with a nice, crisp, semi-dry finish.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap (nice) at Southern tier night at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours dusty straw, cloudy, white head leaves well developed and nice looking lacing. Nose is all fruity and yeasty. On tap this brew is bursting with fruity notes, yeasty hues and alcoholic twinges all dancing together. Citric, floral, nutty . Slight pine crispness late to seal the deal. Strong and spicy. Fine stuff. After reading the reviews of this one in bottles, Id say try to seek it out on tap.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a yellowish-orange crystal clear body with a big carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thick film of snow white that is a bit sticky and last for a good while.

S- This beer has a soft honey note followed by a dry smell of stale spices. As the beer warmed there was a slight smell of powdered detergent.

T- This beer has a slight sweet honey note with a light fruit note to it. There is a dry hop bite at the finish with a slight cucumber and orange peel quality to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a creamy texture as long as the head lasts. There was no alcohol heat detected until it was pretty warm.

D- This beer has a smooth soft sweetness but the dull stale spice quality and finish were a bit off.

Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark gold to light amber colored beer with a minimal head formation.

The smell is sweet and fruity with mainly pineapple and grapefruit in the smell. Smells way to high in the C type hops to be true to the Tripel style. Much lighter aroma of ash (broken baseball bat wood) and mushroom.

The taste begins woody with a fainter vanilla after taste. Light in the flavor department this is decidedly dry and woody for the style with faint fruit flavors. Not really to style but I like the taste.

The mouthfeel is a little light.

Drinkability is mixed here. I like the dry woody flavor and the nice scent but this isn't to style at all and has some signs of being related to the double IPA beer classification. I decide that I like it more than I am willing to grade it according to style.

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Tripel from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.