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Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel - The Brewer's Art

Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn TripelBrewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel

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164 Ratings

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%

Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: orsulacp on 02-14-2004)
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Lures in a pint

A-Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head that dissipates to the edges.

S-Aroma has a nice light fruit note with a good amount of sweet grains a hint of pepper and clove.

T-Flavor starts with sweet grains and light fruits with a decent amount of grass and grain in the finish.

M-Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel.

O-Very drinkable despite the ABV. Way to go Brewers Art job well done!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 21:52:56 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of cyclonece09


4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Pours golden orange with little head. Smells of nice deep raisins and grapes, very nice. Tastes of fruit, especially grapes, and nice grain backbone. Beer is full bodied but goes down very easy, very nice light carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 22:26:28 | More by cyclonece09
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3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've heard a lot about this beer, people ask for it in trades, I've purchased several bottles for people but never tried it for myself. Unfortunately I'm not a fan myself.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, low carbonation, thin head, no retention, no lacing....looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet and peppery, I guess I should have expected it but not really that pleasant.

Beer is thin and mildly sweet, the midpalate is full of pepper. Again this is probably what I should expect but it was too much, it's rough and difficult to drink but I suspect that this was exactly what the brewer wanted. I guess it's not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 20:39:54 | More by drabmuh
Photo of DIPAbrewer


4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this unique beer on tap at the Brewer's Art in the beginning of May. The appearance was unremarkable, it could have passed for an american light beer to the untrained eye. The slight gold color signaled its superior flavor.

The aroma was very interesting with spicy notes and hints of the belgian yeasts used to brew it.

The flavor was like nothing else I've had. The peppercorn flavor mixed wonderfully with the spicy hop taste. The strong ale was decetively dry and easy to drink. Very nice beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2007 03:10:59 | More by DIPAbrewer
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For what it's worth, I'd be interested in knowing why this beer is "retired." The beer menu at BA indicates this is a seasonal beer, one they put on from time to time. I happened to have the beer at Max's, but the website inidicates that it's currently available at the brewpub as well. Whatever.

I had not had this beer in some years, so I was curious to see what the current version tastes like, and whether or not they had tweaked the recipe. Doesn't appear so, as the beer was as excellent as ever.

The beer pours a brilliant yellow gold color. The beer has an impressive head, with good foam retention and good lacing. I didn't get a lot out of the nose, just a hint of ginger and earthiness. However, it's not the least off putting, and I could't wait to drink it. On the palate one gets honey, butter, ranier cherries and melon. There is just a hint of heat from the peppercorns, and they act almost like hops, imparting a bit of bitterness and dryness on the finish, keeping the beer refreshing to drink. The finish is sweet, smooth and long, and I have to say the abv. is amazingly well hidden.

This is just an outstanding effort from BA, a trippel version I prefer to the regular line-up cerberus trippel. I have to say that I am very glad this beer is anything BUT retired.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2007 14:48:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
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3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was happily surprised to see this on tap at the Brewer's Art (May '06) and ordered one up. It looked great: a nice clear/gold color with a few bubbles here and there. The alcohol came through in the nose, as well as a bit of the pepper. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, and the alcohol comes on strong. It could use a bit more carbonation. The taste had a bit of pepper, but I was expecting much more. Hops dominated, and the peppercorn was more like an afterthought. An enjoyable beer (I was actually glad the pepper wasn't overwhelming), but you couldn't drink too many of these with the high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2006 02:59:16 | More by shivtim
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is hefty. It tops at 11% and is a complex, challenging ale. It has a light head and is wisely served in a small glass. You don't need very much. I got through one and a half of these before it was pretty much time to call it an evening.

It begins tasting very similar to the Cerberus Tripel but the peppercorns come out on the back end. Sweet, though not cloyingly so, but spicy as hell and anything but smooth. Mind you, this isn't a bad thing but if ever there was a beer to be marked: "not for the faint of heart," this is it.

It appears randomly, I had mine on April 10th 2005 for my birthday with the boys.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2005 14:29:53 | More by altarego
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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here is another opportunity to toot my own horn. As shappudding will attest to, I am a master of self-promotion. I, too, first had this at the Grey Lodge's Friday the Firkenteenth last year and was utterly blown away by it. I then sent an e-mail to Volker & Co. to tell them about its reception among those in attendance and to suggest that it might be more than a one-off for them. Yesterday, as I entered The Brewer's Art, I noticed a tap with a greenish hue to it and being the curious cat that I am, decided to investigate further. Imagine my joy when I realized what was on! Volker remembered the E, but not the sender, and assured me that it will be an occasional beer, not just a one-off.
It is, at base, a trippel that arrives a beautiful crystal gold color. There is only slight evidence of CO2 bubbles and it has a light, white head. The nose gives off a slight aroma of pepper, but nothing to sneeze at (pun intended). The mouthfeel is light, yet drying and has a pleasant effervescence. It is the finish - Omigawd, the finish! - where the pepper makes its appearance. The pepper suddenly explodes in the sinus cavity like the Alien from the poor yutz's stomach in the original movie. Yow! The pepper is everywhere. Soon I could taste nothing but pepper and resigned myeslf to having another, as everything else would just pale in comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2005 19:49:18 | More by woodychandler
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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Brewer's Art with dinner on 4/30/04

Appearance: Pale gold with thick white head.

Smell: Yeast and grassy, with whiff of pepper and undercurrents of malt and the faintest hint of alcohol.

Taste: Pale malts and citrus tones right off the bat. Then an almost brioche like note that dissapears under pepper, herbal and grassy hoppy notes and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Dense creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: 10% abv precludes anything besides moderation, not that this is a bad thing.

Note this was enjoyed alongside the Grilled Wild Salmon with Lobster-Vegetable Spring Roll, Potato Puree, Black Truffle Red Wine Syrup. Scrumdiddles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2004 00:35:17 | More by Hefe
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a matchy-matchy Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Dated 1/9/15.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 1 finger of mostly white head. Ok retention. Very light lacing. A bit dull, but a nice hue.

S: Pungent green (as well as white, black) pepper intermingled with Belgian yeast. Lighter fruit notes, exhibiting a somewhat indistinct muddling of mango, apple, pear, peach. Spice, specifically coriander, makes an appearance. Faint straw, grass. Floral element.

T: Spicy with assertive peppercorn up front. Slowly yields to a balancing, noble hop-type bitterness and a dry finish. Nice lingering essence of pepper with fruity undertones in the aftertaste. Slightly boozy, but suits the beer well.

M: Moderate carbonation. A slight prickliness actually heightens the pepper notes. Moderate body.

O: Full disclosure: I thoroughly enjoy pepper flavors and this beer sits solidly in my wheelhouse. So admittedly, my scores might be somewhat inflated. The tripel/blonde backbone is good enough, but the peppercorns really shine on this one. I've had this quite a few times before and hope to have it many more times in the future.


Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:44:45 | More by fourstringer
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, light orange.
Smell: not really noticeable with the glasses the brewer served in. Some grape.
Taste. Very light grape, mellon maybe. Honey. Peppercorn, alcohol aftertaste. Slight burn.

This is really good. It's certainly not in the particulars, but the total experience is very enjoyable. It's smooth at first, with a bite at the end. I would get this again.
Oddly, the bottle states it's a blonde ale.and it's closer to that than tripel. I will say this, of you let warm, the grape smell and taste really comes out. However, it is surprising much much better cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:18:21 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of JeffBrenner


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz. bottle. It looks like pretty much every other triple. A golden glow with good light penetration. Decent head and carbonation. It has a very traditional triple smell. Nothing special, but still good. Flavor is where this really comes through. I was expecting more of a bite, but the pepper flavor was perfectly balanced with the sweetness of this brew. I have no idea what a green peppercorn tastes like, it tastes like every black or pink one I've had. I would have called this fresh peppercorn, because that's where it really wins. It has a light hint of fresh pepper, not that stale black crap on your table. Overall a very cool triple that was adventurous and pulled it off by adding a hint of peppercorn, not so much it kills the triple. Would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:56:25 | More by JeffBrenner
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New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Food and Friends in Philly.
Pours a brilliantly clear light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of pepper mostly, with hints on yeasty esters and a touch of sweet honey like malt. The flavor is heavy on the pepper with a sweet bready honey like malt flavor and a bit of spicy yeasty phenols to round it all out. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel. Nice beer I've been wanting to try this forever. Its very heavy on the pepper, I felt that a bit more sweetness might have helped to counter that a bit but it was good as is.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:47:42 | More by johnnnniee
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Body is clear gold with a thick foamy head. Pretty decent retention and lacing.

Nose is biscuity malt, a waft of green peppercorn that creates a bit of peppery taste on the tongue and throat, along with banana and candi sugar sweetness.

Tastes of all these things. The green peppercorn is strong yet melds well with the yeast and sugar. The alcohol provides some additional peppery kick.

Body is medium, has a light, refreshing mouthfeel.

A very decent triple, rather strong in taste and alcohol but true to the Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:13:20 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked 750 poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Surprisingly very clear pale yellow. Thick 3/4" white head. Better thn average retention and amazing lacing down all sides of my glass. Quite a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Spicy, peppercorn, clove, light fruit, banana, biscuity malt.

Taste: Wow, the star of the show is the green peppercorn. Constant and distinct but it never seems over done. It meshes well with the lighter traditional flavors of a tripel. There is an underlying spice character and clove with some light tropical fruitiness and some mild booziness. Interesting and fantastic. works weel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth drinking given the ABV. Oncer again. Plenty of flavors, but not overwhelming. Not something you'd drink everyday, but it comes with a nice spicy and medium body that continues to the finish. The peppercorns being a constant presence from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 14:24:20 | More by nimrod979
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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into wide mouth glass. Let me start by saying this was THE hardest cork I've ever met... Forced me to use a wine opener!

Pours w/short white head over an extremely clear and bright golden body. Visible carbonation. Some lacing.

Faint aromas... Could've used more. Bready, with some rubbery phenols.

Flavors contain a fairly high hop bitterness (for the style), followed by the gym sneakers, and just a taste of tropical fruit, which is quickly overtaken by a thick lime paste. Strange, but interesting.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, given the 9%. Strong carbonation makes it pretty prickly - maybe a touch too much.

Had this on draft last week and had to pick up a bottle. It's a fun one, and really well done. Just don't expect traditional Belgian Tripel ... But maybe that's what they're going for.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 03:43:47 | More by BeerImmediately
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pulled out from the cellar at meridian pint outside of DC

The beer pours an initially clear slightly golden yellow (more straw than golden) with a generous amount of sticky white head. Towards the bottom of the bottle, the thin yeast sediment gets stirred up and flocculates into my glass. The nose is initially a subtle honey-herbal peppercorn that becomes down-right potent green peppercorns as it's given a chance to warm. The taste is a unique blend of the sweet tripel base followed by a herbal/bitter peppercorn aftertaste. It deliciously pairs with my meal. The mouthfeel is as expected - a bit of sweetness/booze, light/medium bodied carried by an intensely flavorful peppercorn bite. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of this beer initially (when it was cold) because the bitterness came off weird/unappealing, but everything smoothed out in due time. This beer is damn good and completely worth seeking out if you enjoyed CBC's Sgt. Pepper.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:02:21 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never got a chance to try this when i was at The Brewers Art several years ago. Glad to be able to find it.

This is a true tripel. Lots of bready character with a full body and the pepper is definitely there. It pops in on the back side of the ride and lingers and lingers, but doesnt seem to overpower the beer at all. At least for me.

If you're used to heavier beers, the pepper will probably seem more subtle. If you're still getting used to bigger beers, the pepper might bother you a bit.

Overall, I vote that this is an excellent tripel. There are many American breweries making belgian style ales, but few pulling them off to this level.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:35:00 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is lightly pale golden yellow with a bubbly tan head. The nose is nice, yeast up front with a light pepper behind it and some nice lemon, very juicy,with a solid citrus orange hop in back. The taste is much more hoppy and sweet. Yeast is still pronounced in front, great peppery spice behind but the hops are very syrupy and juicy and don't transition well. Light lemon zest then orange citrus and a blast of tangerine with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Creamy medium body with a soft feel and solid level of carbonation offering a semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 14:44:17 | More by cpetrone84
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beige head. Color haze vibrant gold.

Aroma: peppercorn up front. Very dominating. A lot of spice. Yeast. 

Taste: peppercorn again up front backed up with a lot of spice. Almost reminds me of mint. Yeasty and bready. Very odd.

Moutheel: dry and spiced. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Ends spiced.

Overall, very unique but not something I want a lot of. Not too true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:07:36 | More by mothman
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of lackenhauser pours a very hazed, light gold color with a massive cap of white head. Not a gusher, but the cork popped with mad force!

Ohhhh, the tripel yeastiness here smells terrific and very Belgian. The peppercorn is light, but definitely there and adds a nice zest to it. It reeks of apricots, green grapes and clean tropical alcohol...all things I have noticed in the best of tripels.

Yea...its damn good! The rotting fruit is off the hook with a major blast of alcohol and sweet, sugary grain. The peppercorn stays mostly in the background, and I might not even have noticed it blind. The mouthfeel is perfect...creamy is almost not a good enough descriptor. Not too sweet and not thin at all...very nice. This is my first Brewer’s Art beer and I am very impressed. Authentic, flavorful, yeasty and delicious. Peppercorns are more noticeable when warm and also upon burping. Excellent beer, would seek out again, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:44:23 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 750ml caged and corked bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very hazy golden hue with a huge, fizzy, white, 3-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail down the glass and ending in a wispy lace.

S: Very fruity aroma – hints of bananas, pineapple, and mango

T: Sharp tangy flavor with lots of fruits and yeast. There is a nice zip to this brew.

M: Mildly strong and a little boozy. Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Awesome Belgian Tripel – I was disappointed they didn’t have it on tap when I was there last – but the bottle was just as good.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:36:30 | More by ckollias
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle picked up at state line liquor in Maryland. Poured into a wine glass

A: faint yellow/orange color. Nice fluffy head that lasts. Some good lacing.

S: the peppercorn comes through in the smell. Some yeast, but not a lot else.

T: get bubble gum and candi sugar. Some apple and pear and a nice alcohol finish.

M: on the creamier side for a tripel.

A nice beer. I would definitely have it again. Not mind blowing, but a good American tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:28:18 | More by Shumania
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South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

hazy golden color with a light head of white that sat on top for only a few moments before settling down to reveal a bare head. Aroma is light, pears, figs, light spices and grainy notes, again nothing shocking or really coming out at me. Warming brings a hint of grapeskin. Taste was soft, mellow, full of grain and light yeast, a hint of pears and apples in the back, but just did not have a punch or a full enough profile for me to really fall for it. Each sip seemed lighter then the one before

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:38:14 | More by mikesgroove
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still catching up on reviews. 750 ml bottle I picked up on a whim at State Line Liquors heading home for my brothers b-day. Poured into a Duvel tulip...

A - Pours a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a big billowing white head that forms about 3 fingers thick. Retains ok, but the lacing is nice.

S - Notes of green apple, honey and yes, green peppercorns. The spice is really welcome with the other aromas. Some candied sugar and Belgian yeast comes out in the background.

T - Wow, really interesting and nicely done. Grains, estery flavors, green apple and some slight pear. And the spice from the green peppercorns mixes very well with the sweet fruity flavors. Really nicely done.

M - Crisp and sharp like it should be. Medium bodied beer with a lively, spritely carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Really pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. Really interesting and intriguing. Nicely done and I will definitely be revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:40:36 | More by KAP1356
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Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel from The Brewer's Art
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