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

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

gavroche, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of BGDrock
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dull gold, hazy; egg white head fades after a few minutes to a film

Aroma: sweet fruit - pears, tangerine; just a hint of tang; yeast spice; smoky mold

Taste & Mouthfeel: wow, intense flavour! an onslaught of sweet and tangy, although hard to really define, not as fruity as the scent, it's a blend and more candy like; sharp and cutting, with a dry finish; getting some butterscotch; there's complexity with hints of spice, breath of alcohol, and pleasant texture (silky smooth, buttery); didn't pick it up at first, but the bottle mentions peat smoke and then it clicks as one of the mystery notes - it's subtle but is a vital part of the character

Overall: the sweetness is cloying, in a mouth puckering way, which distracts from some interesting (and powerful) flavours

BGDrock, Feb 04, 2013
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 beerdrifter
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Murky amber-orange pour with a bright white two finger head with nice retention and great lacing. Pretty typical Belgian Triple nose with lots of spicy, grassy, citrus notes along with hints of Belgian yeast, lemon, and what appears to be a touch of peat??? The taste is a bit less typical with more sweet caramel malt than I had expected. Hints of tangerine, lemon, grass, yeast, biscuit, bubblegum, apple, and more of that curious peaty character. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and slightly chewy with nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Overall, this was a pretty solid beer right up to where the peat reared its ugly head. Just can't relate to a peaty triple...

beerdrifter, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy golden yellow color. There wasn't much head, I was a bit surprised by that. No head, so there really wasn't any lacing here either. The smell of the beer was citrusy, floral, and yeasty. The taste of the beer had some decent spiciness to it, there was a fruity flavor flowing through there as well. The mouthfeel was a little thicker than expected but it wasn't heavy either. Overall it was a decent Tripel, I wouldn't rank it amongst the best but it's still work trying.

Knapp85, Jun 23, 2011
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.

DoubleJ, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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 eric5bellies
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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.

flagmantho, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. How do we make our mark on this venerable style? Why, take something fully foreign, and just toss it right in there. Sigh.

This beer pours a hazy, murky medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a low-lying, seemingly undulating vista of wavecrest lace around the glass as it duly evaporates. Kind of weird not to have to clean up overflow on the counter from an overly aggressive head.

It smells of mildly peaty smoke, brine, semi-sweet pale malt, acrid yeast, a middling pome fruitiness, some suppressed candi sugar, and a bit of witbier spiciness. The taste is more thankfully restrained phenolic, forlorn Scottish isle medicinal peatiness, tacked on, rather than deftly blended, to a yeasty, sugary pale Belgian maltiness, with a white pepper and blotted coriander spiciness standing by in the wings.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, like a lolling Lowlands brae (keeping with the theme here), the body an indistinct medium weight, and actually rather smooth, the Island effect choosing to fully cease operations here and now, as a slight creaminess burgeons.

Thankful am I to Nøgne Ø's acquiescence in keeping this particular Scottish malt mostly on the down-low, as eventually the standard Tripel offerings come bleeding through. I know they lie just across the North Sea from Scotland proper, but this just feels like they had a bit of Islay malt left over from that mindfuck of a brew called Sunturnbrew, and had to find a use for it. Unnecessary, when the underlying Tripel may be (we shall never know now, with this one) well worthy all on its own.

biboergosum, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L Bottle. Batch 571. Brewed 13.12.10, best before 13.12.13. Poured into a wine goblet. Pours a clear gold color with about one finger of white head that thins out pretty quickly. Looks like there is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle that may cloud the beer on the final pour. Carbonation looks vigorous. Lacing is fairly moderate.

For the nose, I am getting a fair amount of sweetness from the sugars. Malt, Belgian yeast, and sugar seems to sum things up pretty well. Hints of pear, sugary pastries and tartness round things out.

Taste is comprised of tart fruits, such as apple, followed by sweet flavors from the sugar and a little bit of booziness. The finish is crisp, dry, and tart. I'm also getting a little nectarine and some pepper to spice things up.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Well carbonated. Nice lively feel on the tongue. Overall a quality stab at a Belgian tripel. While perhaps not on the same level as some of the Belgian classics, nothing to sneeze at either. Try with cheese, fresh vegetables and seafood.

JohnnyP3, Jul 04, 2011
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 05, 2011
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
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.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
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 warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

warnerry, May 19, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

williamjbauer, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

dvmin98, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ThinkAgain, Feb 19, 2013
Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.