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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website
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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Photo of Dank26
4/5  rDev +5%

Dank26, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before July 14, 2014.

Hazy orange, with a finger or so of white head. Typical tripel nose of pears, green apple, sweet sugary malt, spicing and even the slightest peat which I could pick up on. Peat (increasingly prominent with warmth), earth and more traditional tripel notes on the palate, in terms. Light metallic, but a sugary finish. Medium high effervescence, and some peat into the finish. A curious take on the style, and it doesn't turn out to be all that bad, considering I've been relatively adverse to peat lately.

liamt07, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden blonde colour, about a finger of white head, some lace. Smell i sfairly spicy, interesting yeasty notes, banana, fruit, light green apple, coriander and pepper. Taste is spicy and smokey, peated malt and light salty flavour, yeasty with a fruity-bubble gum finish. Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied. Enjoyable and a bit different for the style, peat malt flavours were a bit distracting at times but still quite drinkable.

peensteen, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  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: 3.79, 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.

thehyperduck, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

jrenihan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of jmkoscie
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

jmkoscie, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

t0rin0, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Halcyondays, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Akilles047
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Akilles047, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

GRG1313, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Florya
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Florya, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Huhzubendah, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up about 9 months ago and let it age in my cellar. I thought that it would make for a fine sipper (it didn't pair with empanadas, but it never should have).

They mention how hard tripels are to make on the label. That may be true, but I have been lucky to find many good ones so far. Nonge did a good job on this one... you might say that they hit a triple.

Tiger is a well made beer. I like the mix of sweetness, hops, and distinct malt presence. There was also a decent amount of fruitiness. The multiple flavors worked into a very strong balance.

I'd recommend this beer, but I imagine that it is pretty hard to find. Beyond that Nonge is pretty expensive. Still, pick up a bottle if you find it.

ummswimmin, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Chrily
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Chrily, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +5%

buckyp, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in Norway - lets see if it is fresher

A - Pours a hazy deep golden color. Bright and sparkling carbonation, leaving a light white film behind.

S - Lightly spicy nose leads off, with some white pepper and a little bit of coriander. A hint of citrus in the back ground.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, a little pilsner like malt and some white pepper. Mid-stream gets a little bit dry, even a little bit grainy. Finishes with a orange sweetness and a little bit of spice. Hot in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body and a little bite of carbonation. A little bit sticky in the finish. Alcohol burn is noticeably strong.

O/D - A solid and interesting tripel. It seems they did a good job of cleaning fermenting it, with more dry notes. A little bit filling from the carbonation. Worth a try.

katan, May 16, 2012
Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +5%

smithmd4, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of MoFro
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

MoFro, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of MordeciaFunk
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

MordeciaFunk, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JohnK17, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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. 

PatrickSwayze, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lots of loud foamy head that sticks around long enough that you have to wait a bit before you can drink it. Light apricot color.

S - A mix of apply fruit and, I swear, a bit of leather like you get in some scotches. Interesting.

T - Fresh, bright, and clean. The booze is just prominent enough to be noticed but not enough to be distracting. It's well integrated as a flavor component. The warmer it gets, the more of an apple cider flavor I get. It's interesting and crisp while colder, sweeter and maltier when warmer. Neat.

M - Somehow this is sort of dry while at the same time ending a bit sticky and nectary... and then slightly dry again. Fun.

O - This is really pleasant, and I'm not big on this style. Very well balanced, tight, classy. Another winner from Nogne O. My reigning champ favorite brewery. I won't say it's remarkably robust or complex, but it's a surprisingly easy drinker, and well done.

BrownNut, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a chalice. The bottle's label has a spot where the brewer was supposed to stamp a "bottled on" date, but no such date is present. The bottle, despite having sat still for a very long time, still had a minor eruption of foam when opened.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a 1/2" white bubbly hea that quickly disapates, leaving a ring of white around the edge of the glass.

Bubblegum, sourpatch kids, banana, clove and creamy malt combine for an intersting aroma. Being a noob on what tripels should smell like, it is hard to say if this is typical or not.

Has a tart, acidic flavor to start, with sweet funk, floral notes, honey and a slight doughiness rounding and smoothing its start. Finishes dry and sticky on the tongue.

Medium bodied, this Belgian-style ale lacks the "softer" feel so many ales of this genre seem to have. Carbonation is also lower, and the tongue is left rather dry.

A decent ale, and one whic I am enjoying. It is opening up and becoming sweeter as it warms, with an almost yam-like flavor that works well. This would have been a great brew to crack open at Thanksgiving; maybe I'll grab another for next year.

TheHoppiest, Feb 01, 2012
Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.