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

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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 Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

Cyberkedi, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

flagmantho, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

weeare138, Oct 07, 2010
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 freescribbles
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

freescribbles, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good tripel. This beer pours hazy and medium gold. Decent enough white head but less than you'd expect from the style and from the bubbles that tried to creep out of bottle after I waited a few seconds too long to pour. Initially, the aroma is minerals, raisins, sugar cane and caramel. The minerally notes work in this beer's favor and seem to keep things from going too far down the medicinal path. After a bit, I'm getting honey and a strong orange sherbet aroma, as well. Mild peppercorn. Taste is medium sweet with some warming booze. The sweetness is a bit simple but clean and good. Finishes with mild hop bitterness and some mineral flavor. Mouthfeel is significantly less effervescent than is typical, but I like the direction. This is a simple, well-done tripel.

popery, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Sammy, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a khaki brown with orange highlights that had a 2 finger of head which died quickly and left great sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was really on point with thr tripel style which consisted of belgian yeast, pear, and apple aromas. It also had slight spice. And citrus notes. The taste was pretty close to the nose but the belgian yeast was more potent and the fruit flavors were more vibrant; really good take on the tripel. On the back end it also seemed to be a little spicey and boozy. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet spicey and slight boozy finish. It drank really well and was quite pleasent considering the disaster of a tripel I had the night before. I almost enjoy every beer these guys make.

Gobzilla, Aug 25, 2010
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 DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

DoubleJ, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of jikvig
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light but firm foam. A nice golden colour.

Really nice hop aroma with some sitrus coming through. Getting some apple as well followed with a pure yeast component.

Soft but foamy mouthfeel, the bitternes is soft in the begining but it grows stronger at the end. A long lasting aftertaste, with apple and hops dominating.

It´s a litlle high on the alcohol on the pallate, contributing with some sweetness. I wished the bitternes was more balanced and not so dominating in the end.
Overall a good beer, just some small things is draging the score down.

jikvig, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, translucent gold, capped by a frothy one and a half finger white head. The head settles down to a very thin layer but resists the urge to break up reasonably well, eventually lacing spotty lacing behind.

S: Lots of sweet fruit up front with apples, pears, and some light green grapes, all seemingly dusted with cinnamon. Behind the fruit lies some lemon zest, peppery notes and wheat with a light toastiness.

T: Fruit is up front again in a slightly less sweet capacity with apples and pears taking the lead again, along with some light figs and peaches. Spicy notes come in mid-palate with pepper, lemon zest and some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Wheat makes a brief appearance just before the finish before fruit takes back over for a long semi-sweet finish. Very light alcohol heat.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, has a creamy feel over the tongue.

D: Could be a bit lighter on the tongue and the booze could be a bit more hidden, but overall drinks easily.

Xul, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

SleepyMonk, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a thin amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not very much lacing.

S: A very fruity smell (peach, apples), along with a strong malty quality.

T: Tasted of light fruits, malt, yeast, and spices. A well-balanced flavor all around. Alcohol content wasn't as powerful as with some tripels.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable, well made beer.

avalon07, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-brown colour, slightly pale and translucently cloudy. Head is decent when first poured, sinks to a thin crown, but fed by a steady stream of bubbles, very strong in fact, keeps it alive from beneath. Good colour, lace is decent. Maybe a bit too carbonated.

Nose is pungent, and delicious, and deliciously pungent. Huge amounts of rich, ripe fruit - peach, apricot and fresh figs, as well as white grape skins and a lot of fortified wine/sherry sweetness. All capped off by a tasty blend of spice - pepper, nutmeg, anise and turmeric. Big capsicum sourness lingering behind. The strength of odour gives hints of alcohol, but no methyl character. Stunning and arresting nose. Beautifully done.

Taste is somewhat less complex, at least immediately. Starts sweet and sour, with more fruit - peaches, figs, banana as well, and stewed pears - giving way to a piquant spice, lots of clove and cinnamon, even paprika come through on the mid and more of that capsicum sourness. Even a slight chilli whazzo! hit on the end, a really arousing spice to this, especially at the back.

Mouthfeel is slightly disappointing, quite sizzly and sharp. I guess that's where you notice the alcohol, if you swill it in the mouth. But not quite as much body as I'd like either.

Absolutely no hit of alcohol though, this is a really deadly drop. Deceptively drinkable and very tasty, just superbly handled with all the right Belgian characters and an immensely satisfying sweet/spicy balance. Awesome.

laituegonflable, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all i gotta say i love the label of this brew which displays a tiger wearing glasses and gives a good explanation of the brew anyways it pours a golden honey hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy full two finger head with lacing all around the rim,it has aromas of sweet honey,flowers(daffodils) and some caramel malts aswell but i gotta admit it is very flowery but nice at the same time,it has a easy medium mouthfeel to it with tastes of honey soaked pears,grapes,marzipan and it finishes with a full smooth toffee mouthfeel taste and the ABV doesnt really rear its head that much at all and to be quite honest its a nice brew that will definately buy again but that doesnt suprise me with this brewery as i cant really remember one from them that i have really disliked cheers.

ADZA, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

jbowers56, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

tpd975, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Gavage, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of ipaequalslove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy gold, with minimal head.

Smell: A light aroma of citrus, wheat, and spicies.

Taste: Spices, malt, and a hint of apricot...not too bold, or full...a spicy, flowery taste lingers on the tongue, but isn't overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Soft, light carbonation...wouldn't mind a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, and soft tripel. Alcohol taste is hidden quite well, and makes for a very smooth finish.

ipaequalslove, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy yeast scent that compliments a sweet pale malt and bitter hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy with bit of sweetness and a mild hop character. The yeast esters create a fine fruity/earthy finish. It's extremely drinkable for a 9% beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent yeast character and a nice hop presence.

WesWes, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

PBoegel, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Moan & Dove into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, warm gold body with just a hint of orange, toped with a finger of frothy head that subsides into a cap. Substantial lacing.

S: Smooth, toasted malt, grassy hops, and some fruity, mildly spicy yeast. Well-balanced but somewhat underpowered.

T: Starts out with apricot, raspberry, and flowery hops, followed by some malty body and a nice, long, yeasty finish. Very nice.

M: Eminently smooth with a light but firm body and some fine, velvety carbonation. Perfect for the style.

D: Nary a hint of alcohol ruins the smooth, tasty experience, which is impressive for such a powerful beer.

Notes: Not the most dynamic tripel, but a solid offering nonetheless. I'd be happy to run across it again.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 22, 2009
Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.