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

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86
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
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 tlazaroff
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Not much of a head to speak of but I attribute that to the 9% alcohol. It's a slightly hazy golden honey color with visible carbonation.

S: Fruit basket with slight peppery and yeasty notes.

T: I get no pepper on the palate, but the fruit comes through rather nicely. Peach, apricot, and plum is the pattern.

M: It isn't boozy, but you can defiantly feel it right away. This beer is medium-full bodied with (surprisingly) low carbonation.

D: High alcohol that you can feel, it has low drinkability and becomes a sipper.

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME

Pours a nice golden-yellow color, with a slight haze, moderate carbonation, and two fingers of creamy white head. Aroma of light malts, citrus and light fruits, yeast, and floral notes. Light, pale malts in the taste, backed up by floral hops, and bitter citrus zest, with some mild pear and peach flavors, and just a hint of spice. Slight alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a dense pure white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is fruity, with apples being the main component. There also is a floral, perfumey scent from the yeast. A good amount of clove picked up in the nose.

The taste is sweet from the candi sugar. A floral honey flavor, with clove, and a grassy hop bitterness in the end. There is some light apple skin flavor but it is quite subtle. A bit of an alcohol flavor but its not harsh.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, drinks easy. There is a bit of a grassy bitterness from the hops which helps balance the brew.

This is pretty good representation of the style. It could use some bolder flavors but it drinks quite nicely.

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent two-finger, near-white head. The broth is lightly hazy. The color is darker gold. Good ring lace.

Lightly sour with a dose of pale malts. The essence of citrus and fresh flowers come to mind on the smell.

Sweet and sour, very close in flavor to a French Saison. The alcohol is muted despite the level. Perhaps this is way too easy to drink. The body is full with a lower carbonation. Frankly, I don't find this to be a typical Tripel. While this is a good beer, it is not a traditional Tripel.

Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy orangey amber with nice carbonation, little head, little lacing, but good and frothy how it should be. i could use some more floral hops in the nose, a little more cirtus.

let this beer warm up a little, i don't know if it is just me, but it seems some of the higher ABV brews benefit from airing out a little. the flavors really open up and you can really savor the sweet wheat malt profile in this Tiger Tripel. this turns out to be a rather thick beer as you let it come up to temperature. not quite a true tripel, but a nice belgian-inspired beer for sure.

i poured an 8oz portion and drank it over about 30 minutes. the last sip was easily the most delicious.

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updated review: (6/26/11)

bought this again today -- couldn't remember if i had had it before. i am surprised my review did not mention the subtle dry grass and spicy flavors i am getting now.

not a A-grade TRIPEL -- but a good beer nonetheless. considering the beer is brewed in NORWAY and i am getting it in California for a decent price, Nogne 0 is an amazing, affordable import craft beer option. i think their darker beers are more successful but they are all quality.

Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky, semi-opaque honey. Low head.

S -Earthy. Plantains, pineapple rind, apricot.

T - Earthy hay and pepper. Touch or orange. Cilantro. Honey. Very saison-like.

M - Medium body. Nice carbonation. Balanced semi-dry finish.

O - Nice flavor profile.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of BZero007
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy and turbid deep yellow-orange, with a fine bubbled and reasonably consistent head of white. Lacing is sudsy but solid enough, in the Belgian style. Body is very pleasantly thick and heavy, indeed thicker and heavier than I expect from the style, but it seems very pleasant nonetheless.

Nose is spicy and quite deep, almost getting a smoky character to it, which is extremely unexpected. Quite sweet and slightly meaty. Perhaps the smokiness gives a smallgoods aroma to it. Vinous notes as well, with a hint of cellar and must. Interesting nose. I have to say, fuck it, I like it, even though it's quite off stylistically.

Taste is similar, again there's a smoky character which really stands out, given that it's so unexpected and out of style. Here, there's sharper booze notes as well, especially on the back, although they don't turn phenolic, which probably would have actually dragged it back stylistically. Here, it ends up rather pungent and metallic, giving a bite to the back. Spiciness throughout, although the true spicy esters from the yeast are dogged by the spicily astringent booze notes.

Feel is very nice, smooth and rather flat, but it suits it - too much carbonation on this one and it would be bloating, heavy and thick.

An interesting brew, but one you feel doesn't match what they were really going for. There's a good deal of complexity, and some interesting takes on the style, but there's also a lot which is way out of whack with what's expected, and given they were going for a "complex and balanced Belgian-style tripel ale", I think they missed.

However, I'm reviewing it on its merits, not strictly to style, so for all that, it's a tasty drop of beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of freescribbles
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of Gobzilla
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of jikvig
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Xul
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
86 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.