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

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very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Norway

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2009)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm always skeptical of a tripel that doesn't produce a big, dense and creamy head (more so when the label promises it). A beer in this style without the fluffy white topping is like a rock star without piercings or tattoos or an NBA player under six feet tall - it just doesn't look right. The total flatness is concerning, though otherwise this foggy honey-golden liquid seems the part.

It is typical for most tripels that all their power radiate from the esters and phenols of their yeast. The yeast spice in this offering, however, is actually rather inconspicuous. While I appreciate the indirectness of the white pepper spice and orchard fruit notes in the mouthfeel, I'm finding it too vague for the bouquet and wish it could be ramped up a bit.

The taste is candy-sweet and ripe with banana flavour. The hops add a very concrete herbal, almost grassy dimension to the beer that pairs well with the fruity notes of peach, clementine and pear. That generic citrusy quality is inferred in part because of a coriander-like spice (coriander and orange peel often go hand-in-hand in the beer world). It's quite refreshing for a beverage with almost double-digit alcohol.

The taste of peat smoked malt is present, albeit subtle. That lightly ashy ("campfire") character is, in a small and superficial way, insinuative of a well-oaked chardonnay. As mentioned, compared to typical Belgian tripels the difference in the impact of the yeast spice is like that of dial-up to broadband - I don't mind the spicy phenols being subdued, especially as this benefits the illusive peaty notes.

As far as tripels go, some of the greatest masters (Westmalle, Karmeliet, Gouden Carolus, etc) were so good that they left little room for those who came after. This Norwegian brewer, however, managed to add a little hint of originality (peat smoked malt) without compromising those features (spicy, fruity and soft malt flavours) that make this style so appealing. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:05:50 | More by biegaman
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jbowers56

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 10:26:02 | More by jbowers56
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light orange toned gold with a fluffy head of white. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of pils malt, apricot, light citrus, poached pear, and a touch of floral notes with hints of spice.
Taste is of the aromas with a nice punch of sugary orange flowing along the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, low carbonation, and a nice mellow finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 11:43:29 | More by weeare138
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this 16.9 months ago up in Portland at RSVP on 302 after a trip back from Ebenezer's. Chris had introduced this beer to me hours before the purchase. Beer was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a two finger head. A nice hazy golden straw yellow with signs of carbonation coming up the side and the center of the glass. No clarity of the beer due to the fogginess and haziness. Super awesome. Head has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: yeasty, grainy, spiciness, some breadiness, sweet aroma from malts and sugars, and citrus too

Taste: Same as above, but blended very nicely. Just like I remember up in Lovell months ago. Happy to see it is still the same. Some biscuit going on too. Grapefruit citrus flavor is nice. A nice bitterness that balances off the sweetness of the malts and sugar.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: This brings me back to summer months when we went up to Maine to go golfing, stop by Ebenezer's, and then the RSVP on the way back to OOB. Happy to enjoy this treat once again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 07:22:29 | More by Flounder57
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep yellow body with a large, creamyish, whitish head.

Smell: Extra pale malts with malted wheat and perhaps some pilsner malt in there as well. Notes of wildflower honey and fruit and flowers and even a teensy whiff of ground white pepper.

Taste: Blend of light pale malts and tangy wheat with a touch of graininess and a honey-laden and candi sugar sweetness. Pinch of dehydrated orange peel and pepper and a small dash of melon juice. Slight floral hints. Modest amount of hop bitterness. Peppery alcohol tones lends some warmth to the dry, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A solid, straight-forward tripel, though I could've used just a hair more effervescence.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 20:04:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Not much of a head to speak of but I attribute that to the 9% alcohol. It's a slightly hazy golden honey color with visible carbonation.

S: Fruit basket with slight peppery and yeasty notes.

T: I get no pepper on the palate, but the fruit comes through rather nicely. Peach, apricot, and plum is the pattern.

M: It isn't boozy, but you can defiantly feel it right away. This beer is medium-full bodied with (surprisingly) low carbonation.

D: High alcohol that you can feel, it has low drinkability and becomes a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:15:51 | More by tlazaroff
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, honey, bread, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, black pepper, wheat, honey, bread, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, clove, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is pretty well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice tripel style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 02:52:04 | More by superspak
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DovaliHops

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky golden color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is belgian yeast with apple juice and light spices. The taste initially minutely hoppy immediately followed by some delicious fruit (light citrus and tons of tasty apples). Not too much spiciness, and it's lacking something I taste in most tripels, but I can't put my finger on it. The mouthfeel is nice and full-bodied, but with a crisp bite at the end. Alcohol is well hidden. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 07:54:59 | More by DovaliHops
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled July 18, 2012.

Beer is clear golden in colour. A vigorous pour results in a smallish white head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell contains a pretty balanced mix of fruit and spice, along with some malt. Pear and apple, white pepper, some bread and a touch of honey.

Taste is similar to the nose. Apple and pear, some light spice flavours, honey, and a bit of yeast. Booze is noticeable but not too strong. Fairly sweet.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated, a bit sticky.

Overall, a pretty good but not great tripel. Enjoyable but there are certainly better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:44:39 | More by jrenihan
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Hazy straw-like copper colour with a creamy and bubbly head. Blanket recedes promptly and minimal lacing evident.

(4.25) S: Oak, peat, fresh grasses, banana, green apple, bit of balsamic vinegar, and spice (mainly cloves and pepper). I find the earthy oak and peat factor works well and compliments the other aromas nicely.

(3.75) T: Very malt-forward with cane sugar and overripe banana upfront. Oak and peat flavours follow that certainly adds a different dimension to a tripel but doesn’t quite fit in. Spice in the finish with clove and belgian yeast coming through. Generally not as bitter or dry as a traditional tripel.

(4.0) M: Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Syrupy with a slight chalky texture.

(3.75) D: Oak and peat came across very nicely in the aroma but didn’t have the same effect in taste. Nonetheless, still a good tripel and nice to see some creativity with this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 01:50:59 | More by Digimaika2
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly clouded, golden/amber colored, tangerine-y...slim head, points off for that.

Intriquing mix in the aroma, lemon-y, citrus, light pepper-y spice, sharp and spikey, fusel alcohol. A bit stingier than I'd prefer.

In the mouth: another muffled, muddy mix of flavors, slightly inharmonious. Light-bodied, thin, even...not quite enough going on in the flavor department. Resembles a tripel, but doesn't quite pull it off. Still, it's vibrant, spicy, warming....just doesn't cut it as a top notch tripel.

"It is very difficult to brew a complex and balanced Belgian-style tripel ale, but we have made an attempt at brewing one anyway! Our respect and admiration for those who master the skill and art of brewing excellent ale of this style is limitless. Tripels often pair will with cheese, seafood and fresh vegetables." -- Kjetill Jikiun - Head Brewer

Well, they made an attempt, so cheers to that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 00:28:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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PatrickSwayze

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp light yellow copper with little to know head retention. 

S: Light hints of apple and oranges grace the nostrils.

T: The fruit flavors in this beer dominate the palate. Super smooth tasting of apples, pears, and a hint of alcoholic heat. Resembles an alcoholic apple juice.

M: Very crisp and refreshingly dry that you could drink for days. 

0: I wouldn't say this resembles the traditional tripel but my oh my is this an easy drinking brewski that i enjoyed to the fullest. Quite unique in flavor bringing out great fruit characteristics. 

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:18:36 | More by PatrickSwayze
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 04:56:59 | More by Sammy
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent two-finger, near-white head. The broth is lightly hazy. The color is darker gold. Good ring lace.

Lightly sour with a dose of pale malts. The essence of citrus and fresh flowers come to mind on the smell.

Sweet and sour, very close in flavor to a French Saison. The alcohol is muted despite the level. Perhaps this is way too easy to drink. The body is full with a lower carbonation. Frankly, I don't find this to be a typical Tripel. While this is a good beer, it is not a traditional Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:56:26 | More by smcolw
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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: 3.79, 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 01:24:39 | More by thehyperduck
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-19-2013 21:08:12 | More by warnerry
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-30-2013 02:02:53 | More by williamjbauer
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-14-2013 14:57:38 | More by dvmin98
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-19-2013 04:35:18 | More by ThinkAgain
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-22-2013 16:20:07 | More by jaydoc
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PBoegel

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into corsendonk chalice. Golden straw and bright clarity with a light cloud white head.

Aromas of pilsner malt, honey, rose, vanilla bean and licorice.

Flavor has a pronounced licorice and white pepper spice note
Some honey, orange peel and yeasty notes (from 2nd pour) finish is extremely dry with chalkiness that I particularly look for in a tripel.

Drinkable and hides alcohol well, interestimg flavors slightly different then Belgian homeland tripels. Worth trying and seeking more than once.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:55:43 | More by PBoegel
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boqonx

Hong Kong

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-15-2014 03:41:38 | More by boqonx
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DGSchmitt

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-24-2013 01:57:21 | More by DGSchmitt
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Mphis

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-02-2014 18:21:20 | More by Mphis
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-24-2012 17:49:41 | More by Huhzubendah
Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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