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: 7 | 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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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 RuckusDu
2.43/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It's review night, so I'm getting through some things. Think I picked this up randomly one day at my local store, so no special remarks on it.

A - Pretty basic tripel. Clear, maybe a little darker than the average tripel and I would call it a light amber. Head started at about 1 finger and mostly white.

S - Chalky vitamin C but without the sourness. That is all I'm getting.

T - I'm not sure what they were going for here. A little Belgian yeast You get some light sour fruits and a light vitamin flavor as noted above. Then the vitamin flavor takes over and ruins it.

M - Decent carbonation and mouthfeel.

O - Almost had to DP this but it was not that bad. Don't need it ever again and will steer others away if I have the chance. (741 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not sure what the deal is here - I let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a small to medium sized off white head that quickly settled down to a partial cover and no lace. Color is a clear amber with plenty of small bubble trails. Aroma is very yeasty, grain, malt, a little caramel and spice. Flavor is a little wet paper, stale, dough, malt, odd mix of bitter and sweet with little tang. Body seems ok, but carbonation, despite the bubble trails seems kind of flat. Finish is like flavor and I can't drink the rest. Wah. I thought this was going to be pretty good.

I went and ate a piece of fresh, plain whole grain bread and a piece of mild cheese to try it again with no improvement. (705 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with overly sweet malt base. Taste is a mix of bready malt with overly sweet notes and light fruity ester. Body is quite full with good bottle conditioning and good carbonation with not much apparent alcohol. I thought this was too sweet for my taste with limited complexity and no yeast expression. (437 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside."

--John F. Kennedy

Lemon custard pie yellow with three fingers of bubblicious meringue filling the upper one third of the glass. Even though the crown is expansive, looks fantastic, and is persisting admirably, almost no visible bubbles are seen. Attractive lace seals the deal on the good score.

The aroma is strangely subdued to start, although it isn't fair to assess it through such a thick dollop of suds. Time and meltage result in a decent amount of fruit and spice... that is nothing special in the end.

Simply put, this Norwegian tripel cannot compete with the world's best Belgian tripels. Nor is it as good as some of this country's best of this style. Alcohol is too prominent, Belgian yeast esters aren't running the show, and there's very little depth or complexity.

Specifics include lightly sugar-crusted pale grains, pears soaked in Absolut, small pinches of white pepper and clove... and even more Absolut. Sorry, but this offering tastes like 50% tripel and 50% Euro strong ale. Warming is doing the flavor profile no favors.

The mouthfeel is a letdown as well, at least when compared to the lush, plush, creamy, perfectly carbonated masterpieces that hail from Belgium. TT is too thin, somewhat slick and deflates on contact rather than expands.

Nogne is one of my favorite breweries in the world. Just thought I'd get that out there because Tiger Tripel is not a good example of the style. These guys should stick with what they know best... because they're very, very, very good at it. (1,613 characters)

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 0.5l bottle poured (long) into a Westmalle Tripel chalice.

Having heard that this take on a Belgian Tripel from the impressive Nogne-O label is a little lackluster in terms of head, I purposely poured this one long. This approach did yield a large 3 fingers of head however that quantity began to retreat away very quickly until settling on just shy of 2 fingers. The head stuck for a few minutes until it dried off to a thin layer that remained for the duration.

In the glass it stands away from the traditional Tripel. Instead of the usual dullish hazed cloud this Tripel is bright, almost like a golden honey.

The aroma holds citrus notes and a bit of malt but the key thing is that it is very underwhelming. The odors become more apparent as the beer warms up from chilled but I really had to dig the aroma out of this one, there weren't any offensive odors so I'm giving smell a halfway rating.

In terms of taste Nogne-o Tiger Tripel is a lot closer to the style than the nose and appearance suggest. The taste of warm freshly baked bread like malt is a highlight. It sits tightly amongst fruity flavors of past ripened pear and apple. The flavor is pleasant but not quite as robust as you may find in some of the better examples.

Mouthfeel is characterized by a medium body and balanced carbonation. The finish is a very drawn out, but even, drying.

The Belgian Tripel category is a rather saturated one with some breweries spending many many years perfecting the style. It is for this fact that the Nogne-o Tiger Tripel isn't a stand out. In my opinion they need to try a lot harder to get this right. (1,622 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured Into my triple karmeliet tulip. A cloudy dark golden hue retains a finger length of head and leaves some nice lacing. Not much on the nose outside of some belgian spice and bready malts. Taste wise its even less impressive, the alcohol is noticeable as well as an off putting metallic/chemical taste. Had to search from spice and citrus thats just barely there. Sweet bready malts arerevalent. Not a beer i would revisit, one dimensional and not a great example of the category. (485 characters)

Photo of freescribbles
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that quickly dissipated from the glass and didn't cling to the glass as I continued drinking.

The aroma is overly fruity, especially grapefruit. Almost to the point, that I would expect to start sipping wine as I held the glass near my lips.

Has a nice mouthfeel with tiny bubbles keeping for a fairly smooth finish. The beer tastes like a belgian ale with more of the citrus elements than the piney hops of a more robust english or american ale.

Overall, a decent tripel despite its norwegian roots. (540 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 5/19/13 from notes

A cloudy golden orange with lots of tiny particles but just a few bubbles feeding a thin film of soapy foam even after a hard pour, lots of random lace on the top inch of my glass

S I wasn't expecting peat smoked malt and that took me by surprise, citric hops and pineapple with some caramel and brewers candy, some Belgian yeast but I can't shake the strong band-aid notes that are hard to ignore after you find them

T much like the nose but the band-aids a little burnt, this reminds me of Sunturnbrew but not quite as bad, the triple notes are still there but are being overwhelmed

M full bodied but could a few more bubbles, well concealed booze but I don't like the adhesive aftertaste

O the peat smoke is killing what could've been a great triple, no booze at all and some great aspects but they can't shine through all the burnt band-aid

no issues downing the bottle but I wouldn't buy it again, the smoked malt just doesn't work for me. I'd love to try this without the smoke because I could see it being great much like almost every beer I've had from these guys. (1,128 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: hay gold in color and slightly cloudy, there was no head whatsoever upon pour.

S: fruity, yeasts, malts and phenols..overall the aroma is very mild.

T: malty, sweet and alcohol noticeable.

M: medium carbonation and body.

O: in a word, disappointing. It just misses the mark. The taste is just off for a triple. I would like to think it's because I got a bad bottle, but the bb date is in 2014. Starting with the lack of a prominent frothy head, I felt something wasn't right about this beer. Unfortunately the taste also lacked on this beer. (593 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is of some spice, citrus, some wild yeast, fruit, and some caramel.

taste is a bit watery, tart up front, wild yeast, some spice, and a little caramel, ends a little on the dry side. (254 characters)

Photo of BZero007
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Rick's Wine and Gourmet.

Poured a very cloudy yellow and golden hue. Not much for clouds moving in the glass as the whole beer was very murky. The head took a little effort to form, a bit more then I would expect from a Tripel. The aroma was pretty flowery and fruity, not a very light smell at all. Again a bit different then the tripel's I am use to. The taste was a very powerful fruit and flower taste with a medium body. The brew was not as crisp as I feel the style should be, but the medium body and flavors packed a powerful and welcomed punch. Carbonation was minimal which surprised me but i can see why as the flavor was very strong and did not need such. Would recommend to anyone who favors tripels. Worth the try as this is a interesting brew. (780 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow - not inspiring, but at least there are plenty of little bubbles and a fairly thick, fluffy, white head. Aroma is strong, fruity and malty with a yeasty undertone. Flavor is malty and strongly of sour fruit - WHOA, has quite a sour bite there! It has a bitter but not nasty undertone as well as a whisper of honey-like sweetness and a metallic tang. Texture is silky smooth with just a little bit of a tingle. Not too shabby! (452 characters)

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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours clouded golden with a white head that becomes a patch. Some trailing lace sticks, then vanishes.

The smell is of wheat tang - bready - with a tart orange fruitiness.

The taste is of bready wheat tang, a hint of tart. As it progressed (warmed/near end) there was a touch of smoked meat? Something a bit odd - maybe mustiness of hops? Some alcohol shows, but reasonably restrained for abv level. Finishes with an herbal dryness.

Carbonation is on the mild side, not quite reaching effervescent. Light-to-medium bodied.

It has the herbal dryness associated with the style. A decent stab at the style. (633 characters)

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

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart to some big surface bubbles. Spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness are up front, some lemon citrus and pepper lingers a bit in the background.

Taste: slightly grainy malt base with pears, golden apples, lemon zest, pepper, honey, yeast, and a decent balancing bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish, with some dryness arriving late.

Drinkability: one bottle is enough in a session as the alcohol level and general slow sipping style can fill a session. (608 characters)

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 eric5bellies
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a murky yellow colour with a head that reduces quickly to nothing

S - Small phenols of spicey yeast and malt

T - Nice balanced flavours of spice and yeast with a malty aftertaste. The booze is well hidden. The finish slightly sticky.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A very good example of the style let down by appearence and aroma. (378 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's got a tiger wearing sunglasses! Of course, the beer has got to be awsome- right? Nothing inside the bottle could possibly compare to the sunglass-wearin' tiger! Raahrrr!

But the appearance of the beer is every bit as confidence as the label. Pouring a bright yellow color, the beer's yeasty haze allows for a supple diffused glow. Strong streams of carbonation constantly feed a fluffy and creamy white head that tops the beer. Lacing marvelously and with great retention, this beer looks as tripel-like as any I've seen.

Sweet and spicy aromas seem to blend elements of honey, sugar cookie, and mild bready grain mixed with white and black pepper, mild peaty smoke, and softer coriander and mint. Quite aromatic, but less zesty from the normal lemongrass character of Belgian hops and this leaves the beer lacking a bit.

Flavors follow suit with the sweet smoky interplay working out nicely. Malty-rich to taste, the grain and light starch introduces light sweetness of powdered sugar and bread dough. The middle palate continues to introduce layers of taste beginning with white pepper, then fresh cracked peppercorn, and ending with the taste of peat-smoke. Lightly acidic with apple and lemon esters and mildly sulfur, and this suffices nicely as the taste and bitterness from hops struggle to balance the rich malts.

Slightly fuller in body than expected, even with the strong effervesence from carbonation. The malt presence sticks with the beer deeper into the taste and with a patient dryness that finishes the beer with light acidity, mineral, and hop bitterness.

The glass wearin' tiger represents an assertive tripel taste but does so with more heft in taste and texture, light hop presence, and unexpected smoke flavor. As for an inviting and oddly placed combination of taste, this beer works well. But as for a classic tripel, it's not quite there. (1,872 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Murky amber-orange pour with a bright white two finger head with nice retention and great lacing. Pretty typical Belgian Triple nose with lots of spicy, grassy, citrus notes along with hints of Belgian yeast, lemon, and what appears to be a touch of peat??? The taste is a bit less typical with more sweet caramel malt than I had expected. Hints of tangerine, lemon, grass, yeast, biscuit, bubblegum, apple, and more of that curious peaty character. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and slightly chewy with nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Overall, this was a pretty solid beer right up to where the peat reared its ugly head. Just can't relate to a peaty triple... (742 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy golden yellow color. There wasn't much head, I was a bit surprised by that. No head, so there really wasn't any lacing here either. The smell of the beer was citrusy, floral, and yeasty. The taste of the beer had some decent spiciness to it, there was a fruity flavor flowing through there as well. The mouthfeel was a little thicker than expected but it wasn't heavy either. Overall it was a decent Tripel, I wouldn't rank it amongst the best but it's still work trying. (504 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the usual 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Light tangerine skin in color with a good looking head at first, adequate retention and lacing to follow. There's some sugar and yeasty character to smell, and a hint of clove. Not great, but not bad.

While Tiger Tripel isn't eye opening for the style, it's serviceable to say the least. It's balanced for the style, some medicinal and apple notes, a shake of white pepper, and enough sugar to sweeten a bad day. A little tease of small bubbles rumble on the tip of the tongue from this delicate beer, with a lightish feel. One thing done well is the disguise of the alcohol, hidden with only minor ruptures, which helps make the beer drinkable.

Solid attempt at a tripel. Tripel enthusists may be dissapointed, but I always get a joy drinking whatever comes out of Nøgne Ø. (827 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden hue tight white head, no retention or lace.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit. Apples and pears with light spicy notes.

T: The fruits are here as well. Lots of apple, spice, and hints of bready yeast.

M: Medium in body, pretty good carbonation. Very sweet.

D: Pretty good, sweet treat. (303 characters)

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 flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: a nice, medium golden hue with a little bit of haze to the body and a finger or so of pillowy tan foam. Not a lot of head or retention, but still, not a bad looking brew.

Smell: light, smooth aroma of pears and ripe apples. There's a hint of chalkiness as well, coupled with a dash of alcoholic bite. It is nice, but the intensity of the aroma is a bit too subtle for me.

Taste: right off the bat is a light orchard-fruit flavor quickly followed up by an alcohol smash. Big malt is there but it doesn't stay the course; flavor fades rather quickly with the exception of the alcohol burn. I know that that's part of a tripel, but it seems to be the focus of Tiger. Not bad, but certainly not my favorite tripel.

Mouthfeel: ahhh, here Nøgne Ø has got it right: rich body with a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Though it doesn't look it, this beer has a well-integrated carbonation which comes out very well as it roams about the mouth. For me, fantastico.

Drinkability: Tiger Tripel is certainly not bad, but it shows its 9% ABV with a bit more burn than a more subtle tripel. I'm going to enjoy this bottle, but I don't see myself seeking it out again anytime soon. (1,216 characters)

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