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Tripel - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
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 kbnooshay
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a nice golden yellow with a very thin white head. The smell is fruity and sweet with strong alcohol smell. Taste is interesting compared to the last tripel i had which was golden monkey. medium body. The hoppy and spicey flavors save this one but something about it bothers me. Quite drinkable. I will have more to say about this after i have the second nfrom the sampler pack. Sweet and hoppy, still undecided. Alcohol does become less noticeable once you get past the sniffing stage. On the other hand, nothing is really standing out besides the fire in my belly.

kbnooshay, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
4.45/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Kevin for a bottle of this.
Clear gold, topped with a thick white foam. The head settles into a fine mist, leaving some blotchy specks of lace. Surprising aroma, a citrusy hop scent being evident over the usual tripel stuff.
Hoppy tripel?
Excellent!
Still the requisite fruitiness, candi sweetness, vaguely plastic phenols (very light), but perhaps a bit less complex and milder on the sweetness. I personally feel the hop presence makes up for it. The flavor follows suit, starting off moderately sweet, a noticable dose of candi sugar, not quite the complexity you expect of a tripel, but a surprising hop presence in the finish contributes some bitterness. Somewhat similar to Piraat (isn't it a tripel?), or other hoppier belgian pale ales, only with an american hop character. Citrusy, punchy and perfect for the sweet, candy-ish tripel flavor profile. Fruity, leaning towards a tropical fruit mix. Modest hop bitterness serves to brighten up the finish in the absence of the usually bold, spicy, phenolic tripel character. Still some of that, but pretty tame and subtle. Lightish medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Bright, sunny mouthfeel. A lick of booze in the swallow. A beer entirely in it's own class.
Certainly not a stylistically correct example of a tripel, but definitely a unique and delicious beer unto itself. More my idea of a tripel/american pale ale hybrid.
American style tripel?
Wierd, not at all what I expected. I should have known, with Southern Tier's heavy hand towards the hops. Tripel or not, I like it.
More brewers should bend style guidelines like this.

UnionMade, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a yellow golden color with a thin white cap. The cap fades and leaves a white haze on the top.

Smell: Green apples, honey, a brush of yeastiness...a light amount.

Taste: A flowery brush of honey and a little yeasty funk. A nice blend between sweetness and bready yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: The ABV is not noted at all. I don't like this style yet this US rendition really works for me. The yeasty funk is dialed down enough to be enjoyable for me. Another great offering from Southern Tier!

mattcrill, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a real golden,honey color with a 1 1/2 finger head.The disappears alittle quickly,but leaves nice lacing.The aroma is a full fruity scent with some yeastThe taste is a little more bitter than I was expecting,but not bad.It does have a fruity citrus flavor with some maltyness.The m/f is pretty good,medium,but the flavors don't mix as well other beers.This tripel is a little bitter,but other than that this is a good beer.

jmz62565, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Shiredave
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold in color with a bright white head and good smears of lace. Head slumps quickly and wont re-form when swirled - a few lazy bubbles of carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and fruity - melon and rotten bananas w/ cloying herbal notes along side hints of alcohol and higher alcohols. Interesting and pungent and in no way subtle.

Flavor is rich and fruity again with strong sugary stickiness that doesnt offer much complexity. Not a bad flavor here mind you - just a jumbled mix that doesnt quite... mix.

Mouthfeel is medium - heavy with a weightiness ( is that a word??) on the tongue that doesnt fill the mouth. Finish is abrupt and clean with a chalky dryness. Alcohol turns on the afterburners as it slides down the gullet.

Not a great attempt at a Tripel, but not too bad either. If you want a Tripel, spend some change and get a real Belgian.

Shiredave, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Onceeven
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought one of their variety 12 packs so I could get my hands on this brew.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color, with surprisingly little carbonation. No billowy white head here. Bummer. Literally one bubble rising up at a time. Wierd.

Smell: Nothing too exceptional here. Catching a faint whiff of a Belgian style yeast, but it certainly doesn't knock you over like some other beers. Little to no hop aroma, instead some pale malt finds its way to my nose. Alcohol aroma is masked quite well. Not impressed, and a little surprised. Will the mediocrity continue?

Mouthfeel: The beer dances on the tongue for a second, with a faint tingle, then fades. Beer feels light and airy, par for the course for the other tripels I've had.

Taste: Mediocrity in full force here. No wonder they only offer this in the variety pack. Generic yeast flavor, reminds me of making pizza dough from scratch. Alcohol comes out taking over the aftertaste. Nothing to write home about.

Drinkability: Well I've got two more of these to go through, luckily my buddy will want to try one of 'em.

Not what I expected from what I consider one of the best breweries in NY. On the plus side, I've got their IPA and Porter sitting in the fridge too.

Onceeven, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Sammy, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of BigPapaLager
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another solid offering from southern tier. This beer pours a deep golden with limited retention of head, The taste is good but not quite as pronouced as I expect from a triple. Good brew though. I often buy the mix pack to get the IPA and this. The other two are solid offerings as well.

BigPapaLager, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has a clear golden color with a small white head that has little to no retension.

The aroma is hopy and grassy.

The flavor is very similar to an IPA. If the label did not say triple, I would have guessed otherwise. Anyway, it is an earthy, grassy and hopy beer.

Medium in body and highly carbonated, but quite an easy drinking beer.

Naes, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A well carbonated, clear orange-gold body, topped by a thick slab of dense off-white cream.

Nose is peppery and sweet, but very surprisingly subdued.

Malty sweet, but with a candy note also. Fruity. Lightly spicey finish which lingers a bit into a dryish, but not clean, aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is well rounded, very creamy.Goes down well.

Not complex, but not overly obnoxious either. A decent, ok, American tripel.

RonfromJersey, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of krberg
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Orange with a very thin, rapidly disappearing white head. Crystal clear. I like my tripels yeasty with huge heads. I'm worried.

Citrusy and bready. No hops. Not much aroma. I'm very worried.

Nice maltiness with a slighty sweet twinge. Pretty boring really, but not offensive. Its the damn filtering! Give me yeast character! There is a solid backbone for it. Why must ST filter every beer? Alcohol is well hidden though.

The mouthfeel is OK, but it needs more CO2.

Goes down well. Not a great beer, but its clean and refreshing. If it wasn't for the alcohol this would be a decent, boring lawnmower beer.

I have two words for Southern Tier: bottle-conditioning! It would take this blah beer and really transform it into a solid American tripel. Would probably do great things for their IPA too. And their porter...

krberg, May 18, 2005
Photo of wailingwench
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye Candy: Transparent, shiny copper. Looks filtered. Thin, practically non existant head. Little to no swirling agitation. Looks flat 1/2 way through.

The Nose Knows: Canned mixed fruit syrup, slight malt, white bread.

Tongueland: Cloying sweet, finished grainy malt with doughy yeast. Alcohol evident in finish.

Too bad that ST packs are $15 in Buffalo, I certainly won't be buying one anytime soon.

wailingwench, May 12, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foamy and thick, bright white head. Thin and spotted lacing with above average strength. Slightly hazy, dull copper in color.

Wheat, pepper, corriander, and a pretty hefty diacetyl aroma. Besides the butteriness, the aromatics are very restrained.

Dark, burnt wheat flavors lightly spiced with pepper. The intensity of this tripel's alcohol presence is not well-masked. A moderate bitterness with the strong alcohol and diacetyl presence makes for an odd flavor.

Medium bodied; a little heavy on the palate and overly carbonated.

Heavy on the palate for the style; the alcohol is very upfront. This one has some flaws; one that I'll pass on next time.

NEhophead, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of sponberg
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into goblet

Brilliant orange gold with a snow white head whose remnants stick around all day long. When cold, not much there aroma wise - some faint esters and distant hops and grains. When warm, apricots fall out of the trees and land in the glass alongside some phenolic esteriness (bananas and Band-Aids).

Starts with a rather pleasant graininess alongside some Belgian estery notes, with the alcoholic fumes coming in later alongside moderate maltiness, hints of black pepper, and a hit of mildly spicy hops. As it warms, the warming surge o' alcohol comes in stronger, along with a background bitterness and a finishing grainy maltiness. Nice mouthfeel, and rather drinkable. Appears to be filtered, which may account for a lack of complexity when compared to other Tripels I've had. Nice, but nothing earthshaking.

As with mant US takes on this style, there's a definite ideal temperature range for this beer - warmer than fridge, colder than cellar is ideal. Take oit out of the fridge and let it sit for a half hour or so before drinking for best effect.

sponberg, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a beady off-white head that turns into stickage. Pale malty and estery nose with hints of Juicyfruit and Germanic hops. Mostly sticky and sweet with a pale malt and candi sugar blast, but it has its own unique fruity and hoppy interplay going on. Not bad; better than a few from Belgium, yet not the best U.S. brewed Belgian-style tripel I've tried. The carbonation can seem a little harsh at times, but overall a nice addition to the lineup of beers from Southern Tier; they're all good, and this one is no exception. If you run across it, give it a try.

crookedhalo, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Billolick, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

WesWes, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tripel poured a cloudy golden with an anemic head that disappeared all too quickly.

The araoma was muted. The fruity esters were present - maybe a little citrus mixed with the hint of sweetness like banana. No phenols whatsoever.

The taste is exclusively hop bitterness, but even that is not strong. After several aggressive swallows, I think I detect a little malt sweetness, but not really anything I can fully identify.

The mouthfeel is medium light with a little tingle on the roof of my mouth.

I suspect that I got a bad beer. It was not flat and it did not have off aromas or tastes. There just wasn't much of anything. If I get another chance I would try it again, but until then . . .

LarryKemp, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ST offering pours a very hazy pale orange color. Decent head but it fades a bit quickly, carbonation looks a little suspect compared to other tripels I've had. Smell is a bit different, I'm getting lots of yeast but also lots of a lemony acidity and some hops in there as well. Taste is better but still prevalent with that nice Belgian yeast flavor. Some spices are noticed though I can't really tell what they were. There's a lighter fruity flavor akin the banana liquer (ala Dragonmead's Final Absolution). Hops are actually quite strong in the finish. This beer is really dry but the spices make it a little juicier. Not real complex and probably the worst ST beer I've had, but damn if that's not a compliment I don't know what is.

granger10, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Southern Tier branching out. This brewery has a lot of potential and a tripel is an adventureous brew. It can only be found in variety packs so it is still probably going to go through some changes. It poured a gloden hinting at orange with a small white head on top. The smell was a bit indistinct with just some slight notes of pineapple fruit juice and and some yeasty belgian flavors. The taste was crisp and full flavored with some well rounded alcohol flavors and a rich fruity notes. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp. All in all a decent beer and with a little tweaking will be a world class beer.

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of John
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No reviews yet for this new ST release, so here goes... Picked this up today at Hegedorn’s in the new sampler 12 pack. After a beermail earlier in the week requesting it, BA david23 was kind enough to order these and have them on the shelf pronto. Literally 3 days later... yo that's customer service. The lit on the 12er indicates this is available only in the sampler and on draught. It also explains a bit about the tripel style, describing the traditional triple fermentation process, one facet of that taking place in the bottle. Curiously however, there is no yeast to be found here, suspended or sedimentary.

Nonetheless. This brew sparkles a clear shimmering gold. The head is bit lacking for the style. The aroma is fruity with notes of white raisin and grape. I also detect some almond and a sweet spiciness. There's also signifcant hop character. The flavor is a blend of the aroma attributes and leans toward the candy sugar sweet end of the taste spectrum, but not overly so. I tend to enjoy tripels a bit more on the sweeter side, like Pranqster or Golden Monkey. Carbonation is low-medium and makes it a smooth drinker. The 9% abv is barely detectable initially and only becomes apparent after the brew nears room temp. Scary drinkability. An interesting interpretation of the style. Good stuff.

John, Nov 14, 2004
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Tripel from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.