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Tiger Tripel - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 155
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Norway

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2009

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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO. Bottled on July 18 2012, this is one of several Nøgne Ø brews I picked up in London last month. Tripels are one of my favourite Belgian styles - but the key word there is 'Belgian', because honestly a lot of non-Belgian-made tripels leave me underwhelmed for one reason or another. Not gonna get ahead of myself though, because the last Nøgne Ø brew I cracked open was superb. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden-apricot colour, and even though the pour was fairly aggressive I didn't get much more than one fingers' worth of soapy white head. It wilts quickly, leaving nothing more than a thin collar and film on the surface in its wake. Subsequent pours from the bottle were equally flat. The aroma is yeasty, with big red apple and pear notes, as well as hints of orange zest, coriander and clove. Slightly herbal and spicy. Enjoyable enough, but not very complex and kind of subdued. Kind of reminds me of a witbier.

I wasn't terribly impressed up to this point, but it does taste pretty good I suppose, with the profile accomplishing most of what I expect from a tripel, with a few odd additions that switch the formula up a bit. It starts off sweet, with wheat malt, candi sugar and lots of the usual orchard fruit notes - red appleskin, apricots and orangepeel being the most noticeable features. The citrusy notes give it a slightly unusual tartness mid-sip, but this quickly gives way to clove, coriander, and white pepper spice, as well as some faint smokiness, lots of yeast and overripe banana in the finish. A little boozy, but not to an unusual degree for the style, and it works fairly well in the context of the other flavours. Spicy, sweet aftertaste with some lingering heat. Medium-bodied, with perfectly restrained carbonation that gives it a spritzy mouthfeel without being distracting. A good sipper that improves markedly as it warms.

Not the best tripel I've ever had, but a pretty good effort nonetheless. The addition of Scottish peat-smoked malt isn't too prominent in the flavour, but might explain a few of the departures from more traditional features of the style. My only real complaint is the spiciness, which becomes tiring quickly - this pint bottle is probably the ideal serving size, and I doubt I'd be up for seconds. To be fair though, it does become smoother as it warms.

Final Grade: 3.72, an acceptable B grade. Nøgne Ø's Tiger Tripel is a solid Belgian-style ale, but in my opinion it doesn't quite measure up to the true heavyweights of the style - the titans of Tripelitania like Chimay or La Fin du Monde. Not a completely orthodox example of the style, so the minor tweaks may be enough to make this one worthy of a try - assuming you're looking for something that follows a slightly different vein than those classic tripels. I wouldn't go out of my way seeking it out though, and I doubt I'd pick it up again (mostly because of the price). I still enjoyed the glass, so I wouldn't necessarily discourage others from trying this, but it's not a standout in its category. (3,069 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of -DF-
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy light amberunder a 1” off-white clingy foam collar.
S: Yeast and fruit aromas.
T: Fruit, caramel, bread, biscuit.
F: Very creamy and smooth, medium body.
O: This is a good beer but it needs a little more cowbell (hops and/or esters) to really pop. (268 characters)

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of BGDrock
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dull gold, hazy; egg white head fades after a few minutes to a film

Aroma: sweet fruit - pears, tangerine; just a hint of tang; yeast spice; smoky mold

Taste & Mouthfeel: wow, intense flavour! an onslaught of sweet and tangy, although hard to really define, not as fruity as the scent, it's a blend and more candy like; sharp and cutting, with a dry finish; getting some butterscotch; there's complexity with hints of spice, breath of alcohol, and pleasant texture (silky smooth, buttery); didn't pick it up at first, but the bottle mentions peat smoke and then it clicks as one of the mystery notes - it's subtle but is a vital part of the character

Overall: the sweetness is cloying, in a mouth puckering way, which distracts from some interesting (and powerful) flavours (788 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. How do we make our mark on this venerable style? Why, take something fully foreign, and just toss it right in there. Sigh.

This beer pours a hazy, murky medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a low-lying, seemingly undulating vista of wavecrest lace around the glass as it duly evaporates. Kind of weird not to have to clean up overflow on the counter from an overly aggressive head.

It smells of mildly peaty smoke, brine, semi-sweet pale malt, acrid yeast, a middling pome fruitiness, some suppressed candi sugar, and a bit of witbier spiciness. The taste is more thankfully restrained phenolic, forlorn Scottish isle medicinal peatiness, tacked on, rather than deftly blended, to a yeasty, sugary pale Belgian maltiness, with a white pepper and blotted coriander spiciness standing by in the wings.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, like a lolling Lowlands brae (keeping with the theme here), the body an indistinct medium weight, and actually rather smooth, the Island effect choosing to fully cease operations here and now, as a slight creaminess burgeons.

Thankful am I to Nøgne Ø's acquiescence in keeping this particular Scottish malt mostly on the down-low, as eventually the standard Tripel offerings come bleeding through. I know they lie just across the North Sea from Scotland proper, but this just feels like they had a bit of Islay malt left over from that mindfuck of a brew called Sunturnbrew, and had to find a use for it. Unnecessary, when the underlying Tripel may be (we shall never know now, with this one) well worthy all on its own. (1,635 characters)

Photo of sinfonk
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mar02x
2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - A promising golden hazy fluid with a real nice white head. The head looks creamy and thats always pleasant to watch to.

S - A citrus and pine like hop scent that is just over the top and that makes it unpleasant.

T - A little sweetness upfront and the pine and the citrus set in. Almost immediately you notice a flowery taste to it as well, it was totally unsuspected. It doesn't make the beer better tasting though.

M - A soft to medium carbonation, a soft and creamy body (which is nice) and a bitter aftertaste.

O - Something is really off in this one, it isn't sour though, so I don't think it's infected. I think it is the hop combination or choice that makes this beer weird. (689 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting tripel that begins with fruity and honeyish yeast ends with noticeable understated bitterness of 35 IBU. 3/8 inch of head. Fruity bananna aroma. Good drinkability for me, though not for the one I shares it with . Nice but somewhat overpriced (253 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden colour with thin but quite creamy white head.

Quite spicy with pepper and some cloves being the first things i noticed in the scent. Sweetness is there too. An almost flowery quality to this. Cool.

Not as complex in the flavour as some other tripels I have had. Sweetness is fairly strong initially but gets cleaned up a little by a spicy earthy finish. Very drinkable.

A little thicker in the mouth than many super-attenuated tripels are. Not a bad thing, but for me not a great thing. (496 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of phirleh
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiger Tripel pours a yellow color. It's quite hazy, and looks gold when held to light. A soft white head caps it. It's rather modest, standing about a finger in height. It fell to a surface covering quickly and held firm there for a bit. Lacing was spotty and light.

The nose is a little on the weak side, but is pretty good. It features a nice mix of golden fruit and spices. Apple and pear are noted. It smells a little sweet. The spicy side features clove and pepper. Yeast is noted, but doesn't smell particularly Belgian in character. Hopefully it's different in flavor. Alcohol is blended pretty well and isn't all that noticeable.

The flavor is pretty good. About on-par with the nose. It kicks off with a mix of apple and pear. It falls on the sweet side, but just barely. Spices follow and are fairly intense. Clove and pepper are the most notable. For some reason, they don't leave the typical impression of spicy Belgian yeast. Belgian yeast is not really noted in flavor. There's an interesting, grassy hop flavor on the tail. Maybe a Noble hop? I don't know for certain. Alcohol is masked well. Finishes spicy, earthy, and dry.

Tiger Tripel has a medium body. Carbonation seems rather active and buzzy. It's not overtly bad, but it's not smooth. For what it's worth, it goes down rather easy for a 9% abv beer.

Nøgne Ø generally brews very good beer. Tiger Tripel is pretty good beer, but falls short of Nøgne Ø standards. It's short on Belgian yeast, which is exactly what makes or breaks a Tripel. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but it definitely has a few shortcomings as a Tripel that are difficult to ignore. Eh. It's alright. Definitely worth a try if you see it. (1,698 characters)

Photo of stonesky
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjstacker
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a dense pure white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is fruity, with apples being the main component. There also is a floral, perfumey scent from the yeast. A good amount of clove picked up in the nose.

The taste is sweet from the candi sugar. A floral honey flavor, with clove, and a grassy hop bitterness in the end. There is some light apple skin flavor but it is quite subtle. A bit of an alcohol flavor but its not harsh.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, drinks easy. There is a bit of a grassy bitterness from the hops which helps balance the brew.

This is pretty good representation of the style. It could use some bolder flavors but it drinks quite nicely. (742 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of shanny_koenig
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

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Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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