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

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Tiger Tripel
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85
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
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 buckyp
4/5  rDev +5.3%

buckyp, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Molson2000, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Tripel!! Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet as a muddy orange color with a big, delicate white head. Lots of small bubbles. No lacing on the glass. Head retention pretty good for a 9% beer. Moderate and pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast and fruit (apples and pears).

Taste is very good. Belgian yeast and fruit are most prominent and some candi sugar as well. This one says Belgium, not Norway.

Mouthfeel is rich and very smooth. There is no hint of the alcohol unless you take a big gulp. Plenty of carbonation

Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength. Definitely a sipper but well worth it.

JayQue, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of peensteen
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

schnarr84, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JRod1969, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Flounder57
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Flounder57, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Lehighace06
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Lehighace06, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Kirk
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

dvmin98, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

2GOOFY, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 DovaliHops
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

DovaliHops, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne Tiger Tripel.
A pleasant bright gold tripel, nice lacing. Smell has lots of limes and fresh yeasty esters. Taste is full of more citrus, lemons, honey, with a nice balance and pleasing balance. Some spiciness, light pepper, with a dry yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is delicious with a hint of sweetness, lots of pale malt, getting a hint of the peatiness they used but especially on the back of the throat but otherwise a traditional and well balanced Tripel. Pleasant amounts of carbonation and lots of nice yeasty esters adding to the feel, lemon rind, biscuit malt, slight restrained sugary and honey sweetness with nice floral hops.

mick303, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

froghop, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
3.61/5  rDev -5%
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.

eric5bellies, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

johnnyboy76, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

NightINgale, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

beerhunter13, Apr 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

MonkeyBread, May 17, 2014
Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.