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

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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freescribbles

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 19:08:04 | More by freescribbles
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popery

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 06:13:51 | More by popery
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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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Gobzilla

California

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 08:37:41 | More by Gobzilla
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froghop

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:28:18 | More by froghop
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DoubleJ

California

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 05:49:09 | More by DoubleJ
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jikvig

Norway

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 21:36:21 | More by jikvig
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Xul

California

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 00:51:37 | More by Xul
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SleepyMonk

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 16:44:16 | More by SleepyMonk
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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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avalon07

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 13:08:58 | More by avalon07
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 05:01:32 | More by laituegonflable
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ADZA

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 13:45:31 | More by ADZA
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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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tpd975

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 22:39:16 | More by tpd975
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 14:21:23 | More by Gavage
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ipaequalslove

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 19:53:26 | More by ipaequalslove
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:22:29 | More by WesWes
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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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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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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 00:50:36 | More by woosterbill
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taigor

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into snifter.

A - Golden color, slightly cloudy with medium head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Bready yeast smell at first followed by citrus.

T - Slightly bready at first followed by slightly tart citrus with spices.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good, could definitely have more than one even though abv is high.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 21:26:03 | More by taigor
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 23:40:53 | More by jwc215
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a generic goblet.

A: Pours a dirty, hazy, golden hue. 1/2 finger sliver of bright-white foam perched on top disappears quickly and leaves some minor lacey specks.

S: Spicy, fruity yeast. Spiced pears, toasted malt, and fruity alc. Hints of red apples, too.

T: Spicy! Cinnamon, brown sugar, pears, apples, and a really interesting flavor of smokey malt.

M: Prickly and peppery. Fruity sweetness mixed with spicy alcohol solvency. Finishes dry and peppery.

D: Very nice. Nøgne Ø turns out another winner!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 11:51:21 | More by GbVDave
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nickfl

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, gold colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy yeast, notes of clove, pepper, and fruity pear. Some sweet, graham cracker like pilsner malt and juicy red apple.

T - Round, bready malt, mixed with spicy clove and pepper notes up front. Transitions to fruity yeast flavors of red apple and pears in the middle with lingering clove spice. Finishes peppery and hoppy with earthy noble hop flavors and moderate bitterness balanced by honey pilsner malt notes. Lingering hop flavors coat the palate and blend nicely with residual yeast spice notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - As usual, I am pretty impressed with this Nogne O offering. There is an excellent, spicy yeast character at work in this beer and it works nicely with the earthy hops. The aroma is nice as well with some unique fruity notes. Quite drinkable and well balanced, my only complaint is that it lacks the intense carbonation and heavy foam that I am used to seeing in this style. The lower than usual carbonation leaves the beer feeling a bit sweeter in the finish than it really is and threatens to create some cloying heaviness in an otherwise bright and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 07:39:16 | More by nickfl
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