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

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 52
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: orsulacp on 02-14-2004

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Doug for buying me the beer!
A: cloudy, yellowish-orange color
S: not overly pronounced but yeasty and clean
T: nice, well-balanced tripel with yeast and fruit notes
M: great mouthfeel, slightly dry (possibly from peppercorns), lively on the tongue
D: very drinkable and enjoyable beer

Traditional Belgian tripel. Well done.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a fluffy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Bready and yeasty, there are some sweet, fruity, and just a hint of a hint of peppery spiciness woven in.

Sweet upfront, it welcomes you with a dose of yeasty and bready flavors. Fruity midway through with a mild hop bitterness. Some mild pepper notes at the finish as it ends up fairly clean and sweet.

Full body, well carbonated.

Quite a tasty tripel, just not as spicy and peppery as I had expected (and hoped for). Easy to drink, but the ABV will catch up to you if you finish a 750ml on your own in a short amount of time.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at State Line in Maryland and split it with a friend. Poured a hazy gold with a tall white head that left lacing. Throughout the aroma and flavor, the peppercorn is obvious, but it never dominates the beer. Instead it does a great job of adding something a little different. This beer is otherwise a very smooth and subtle triple that reminds me of La fin du Monde for the gentle spices and occasional burst of sweet bread a light fruit flavors. Definitely try this beer if you can find it.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked bottle purchased at Shawan Liquors in MD. The tripel appears a cloudy golden yellow color with a good two fingers of fluffy bone white head. Smells and tastes of spicy, bready yeast, sweet candi and caramel, a nice dose of fresh cracked peppercorns, quite spicy and tingling on the tongue and in the throat. This one takes a few sips to really get into, then you are hooked on the spiciness (at least I was). The alcohol does not show itself that easily here as well. Dry spicy finish with more than ample carbonation. Tasty, unique stuff.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into chalice. Grabbed from State Line in Elkton. Best by date of 12/2/10 on it.

Pours a cloudy pale gold, hint of orange, with a dense, sticky white head at least 3 fingers thick that takes a long while to descend into an equally dense half-finger cap. Walls of lacing left on the glass - reminds of of Houblon Chouffe. Beautiful beer.

Nose is honey and tropical fruits, pears, some creamy vanilla, bit airy, sweet. Lack of anything remotely spicy or peppery. Still very nice.

Honey and light tropical fruit, candy sweetness, some vanilla and even clove notes, creamy, sweet. A bit sweeter than I like actually - could have been a bit dryer. Tangy yeast in there breaks up the sweetness nicely as it warms a bit. Peppercorns come through on the finish, just a hint of peppery heat lingering alongside the creamy yeast - interesting, though the pepper comes off just a tad metallic. The spiciness tends to linger in the back of throat, even between sips. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Lacks a bit of complexity.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied, with a light carbonation sticking around to liven things up.

Drinkability certainly isn't bad, but the peppercorn and the candy sweetness both get just a tad persistent by the end. Still, a nicely done tripel, if not quite in my upper echelon of favorites.

Photo of iNHaze
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL into a wine glass

Green Peppercorn Tripel poured a light golden color with lots of suspended particulates and an enormous rocky white head.

Smells yeasty and somewhat sweet. My beer may have been a tad cold but I didn't perceive any peppery spiciness, or other aromas really. However, the smell was still pleasant and I'd say a good representation of a tripel.

Tastes sharply sweet at first. The malt character builds you up to a nice floral hop midsection which is carried out by a rather unique vaguely salty lingering finish. The aftertaste is very distinctively green peppercorn.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side and is crisp from carbonation, but I can't tell this is anywhere near 9.2% ABV.

Overall this is a good beer. I'd drink it again, especially if I land in the brewers art some day, or really anywhere I can try it draft. I don't think I'd want to drink a whole 750 myself in a sitting again, though. Probably a good opportunity to share with a friend.

Photo of beermantimmie
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good triple! It has a very carbonated frothy head with a nice golden color in the glass. Hints of pepper and fruits add to the tastebuds on the back of your tongue. This does not have a noticable 9.20% ABV in your mouth. Enjoying it at The Brewer's Art (basement bar) makes this triple even better! This is a must have at The ART!

Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this was a different kind of blonde. Gold in color with a massive white foam head. Tastes like pepper and yeast. Has a burning finsh not like alcohol though but like ginger beer. The pepper make for a unique burning feel unlike anything I've ever had before with beer. This doesn't hurt the drinkability which is quite impressive. I think it would accompany tuna or salmon quite nicely

Photo of Vineyardselite
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have this in the shop now.

2008 bottle, in 750ml format.

Pours a slight yellow and hazy in color, with a wonderful thick head, nice retention and great soapy lacing! Wonderful spicy, green simple aromas that fill your contiguous area. Refreshing flavors, smooth, grassy taste that lingers into a wonderful pepper flavor that lasts in the palette. Very carbonated, with a medium body. A wonderful spring/summer beer.

BA is far one the best brews you can EVER buy. Even better is going down to BA on Charles Street and trying it fresh from the tap!

Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a 750ml bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden / yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of yeast, spices, and fruity. Tastes of spices, caramel, fruits, pepper and some candi sugar sweentess.

Notes from and tasted around: 12/17/07

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle. Opens with a loud pop and pours a hazy sunrise yellow/orange with a two finger white creamy, bubble head. Lots of active carbonation rises up with good lacing. Aromas start out with crisp light grain malts along with fruity, citric accents. There's a spicy, earthy yeast presence along with a noticeable peppercorn element as well. A bit mellow overall from what I was expecting.

First sip brings a crisp malt upfront along with a mix of light fruity flavors. Nice citric accents that move into a yeasty spiciness with clove accents. The pepper is there and brings a mellow spice kick, but it is not as forward as I expected. Flows down with a nice bitterness and a spicy yeast kick. Quite malt forward.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, while still being smooth and creamy with good fast moving carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking brew, however I was hoping for more of a peppery, spicy kick out of this one personally. Glad I was able to sample it. Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for the trade.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, with a massive four-inch head. The porous head of white fell quickly leaving behing zero lacework and a bare surface.

Aromatics lead off with honey-laced malt, cloves and citrus, and a peppery spicyness.
Plenty phenolic and slightly medicinal.
A hint of mint bubblegum follows through.

Medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Lightly tacky and slick.

A blast of peppery spicyness starts the pallet, along with some sweet malt and citrus zest. Bitter cloves and warming ground pepper step forward, as well as orange peel, cumin, and cinnamon bark.
The alcohol warms in tandem with the pepper, and a honey-like sweetness lingers.

Finishes with drying, bitter spice, and fairly sharp on the pallet.

I really wanted to dig this beer, but the spicing just adds a bite that detracts.

Photo of Risser09
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and caged bottle poured into a wine goblet - 2007 bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange beer with a towering 3" off-white head. Great retention with lots of soapy lace.

Smell: Rich malt aroma, with some European hop aromas. Belgian yeast is spicy and somewhat earthy.

Taste: Creamy malt flavor is chewy but refreshing. There is a fresh, grassy green taste that lingers into drying pepper flavor. Finish is dry and spicy. Complex & flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full bodied with plenty of spice. Alcohol is present and warming.

Drinkability: Awesome. Another complex tripel from the United Staes. Spicy and full of flavor. Would pair well with summer foods.

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pale yellowish orange color. One finger head falls to a spotty surface covering. No lacing here.

Smell: fruit sweetness, pepper, other spices, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: sharp pepper flavor are most noticeble, but work very well with the ripe fruit, apples, honey, and candied sugar sweetness. Yeast comes through nicely along with some orange and lemon citrus. Alcohol is noticeable but quiet in the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with some dryness in the finish. Long peppery and sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: depsite the high alcohol, this was quite quaffable - so I needed to remind myself to slow down. Great flavorful beer worth trying.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous lemon with a light sprinkling of fine yeast and a Belgianesque amount of bubbles. Speaking of Belgium, any brewer from that country would be proud as a peacock to call the spectacular crown of alabaster colored froth his own. It's sticky, incredibly rocky as it melts and is beginning to decorate the glass with the finest frosting imaginable. The second and third pours look even better, if that's possible.

My favorites tripels are those that are both golden fruity and peppery. Brewer's Art has seen to the latter by brewing this ale with peppercorns. Once the foam finally relents... the aroma is outstanding! It's more earthy and spicy than most (by design), giving it a tripel-saison sort of vibe.

This is the sort of beer that I'll need to live with for a while, see how it changes over time, before making the final call. First, there are no big surprises. This is exactly how a tripel brewed with green peppercorns ought to taste.

Positives include a ripe apple and pear fruitiness, a wonderful combination of sweet-bitter-tangy-spicy, and an ideal amount of green peppercorn flavor with an ideal amount of heat. That is, low-to-medium. Negatives include a lack of true Belgian yeastiness, a wee lack of depth and the fact that the beer, sans peppercorns, probably wouldn't be considered among the world's best tripels. It's good beer, but it isn't great beer.

It doesn't seem fair to compare all tripels to the classics, but that's the way I have always done it. Given that, the mouthfeel falls a fraction short as well. It's enjoyable, but needs to be more delicate, more creamy and especially more expansive.

In the end, my sky-high expectations for Green Peppercorn Tripel were almost realized. In retrospect, I've probably been a little too hard on this uniquely delicious ale. Brewer's Art really does have something special here.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Poured from a bottle a clear orange-yellow with a thick and foamy white head that held up for quite a while.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, lemon, a bit of earthiness, and of course, peppercorns.

Slightly sour upfront with a note of bitterness in the finish.Tastes of sweet malt, lemon, grapefruit, and peppercorns. The alcohol is present but doesn't overwhelm at all.

Medium mouthfeel and drying with a zippy carbonation.

Who would have thought that beer and peppercorns could work so well together. An enjoyable tripel and quite easy to drink as well.

Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bit over carbonated but pours a nice golden color with an excessively thick white head. There is a bit of sediment in the glass as it is a live beer.

S: Thick sweet malt with some green apple and a touch of spice. Leads me to believe it will be very sweet but tripels usually do that to me.

T: Moderate sweetness but not what I was expecting magnitude-wise. There is a touch of spice but I can't directly taste green peppercorns until the aftertaste and then it could just be my mind playing tricks on me. I'm pretty sure I get that pepper though.

M: Medium bodied but with fairly low carbonation given the head it had. It has a thick syrupy quality.

D: Not a bad triple all around. It is actually a bit less spicy than some others I've had.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottled offering from Brewer's Art pours a hazy, pale gold with a huge bright white head. Lots of lacing, both patches and rings, stick to the glass. The head fades slowly to a ring and thin sheet, but never completely disappears.

The aroma is full of spices and yeast with a strong presence of the green peppercorns. The pepper is very fresh smelling. There is also a hint of lemon and another sweet fruity smell.

The flavor is zesty, almost biting at times. Spices up front with the sweetness running in and out throughout the whole experience. Pepper and bitterness linger in the aftertaste. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is a unique blend of crisp and carbonated with a silky creamy feel. Almost a little oily (think hop oils) after swallowing. Great addition to an already good beer. The only thing that keeps this from having 4.5's across the board for me is the 10% abv. Delicious beer you should seek out and try.

Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle purchased at Shawan Liquors in December.

A: The tripel has a pale color, heavy on the yellow hue to the point that it looks like apple juice at times. A finger of head emerged on pour and clings sporadically around the glass.

S: The aroma is spicy, driven by the distinctive Belgian yeast, touches of anise and flowers. Oh yeah, the pepper is stronger than normal, as though a fresh pepepr mill topped off the glass.

T: A sip reveals lots of spices on the front of the tongue. The sweetness is unfocused, running the gamut from sweet honey to bitter licorice. The green peppercorns are sharp, very zesty and biting on the tongue. Long after the sip is gone, the tongue still feels the heat.

M: The sweetness upfront is a bit much but I suppose that it is needed to keep the peppercorns in check. The finish is the highlight.

D: The alcohol is limited, taste-wise, but after a while it really hits you. The peppery zest is a taste that I'd love to see more brewers use.

Photo of mfhlucky13
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who knew? Peppercorns in beer?

A: It poured a hazy gold with an airy tall head.

S: Light spice, sweet malt, some hops with a touch of the green peppercorns. The peppercorns were subtle which was to my delight. Some brewers force the namesake overpowering your senses.

T: Sweet malt with some fruity notes. The hops are there but very light. The peppercorns are a nice touch. They gave this triple a refreshing finish. I think I even tasted a hit of white grapefruit too.

M: Very nice on the tongue. Plenty of bubbles to keep it moving.

D: Very drinkable. Easy on the palate.

Photo of Atlas1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a small sampling of this in the bar one day while talking to the brewer, Volker Stewart. Very nice guy who makes some very very nice beers. So, naturally, I was psyched when I found out they were releasing bottles of the stuff.

Poured a cloudy golden nectar, with big sticky frothy foam on top that had serious longevity. Appeared bright gold when held up to the light. Lots of carbonation and caked lace. A good looking beer, to say the least. The nose was Belgian lemony goodness. Malty with light spices. Airy, but floral, with a faint hint of pepper. The taste was filled with sweet citrus up front, peppery hops in the middle, and a lingering bitterness in the finish with a peppery aftertaste. Mouthfeel was fizzy but smooth.

This is a fantastic and very easy-drinking beer. It's fullbodied, but also light. Makes a great beer in summer and winter alike. What I appreciate about this beer is that the Brewer's Art has taken a classic style, the Belgian Tripel, and given it their own Baltimore flavoring. A variation on a theme. And they've done quite well it, I might add. A must-try for visitors to Baltimore or the Maryland/DC area.

Photo of beerking1
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with significant haze. Aroma is sweet malt, some strawberry esters, and some peper notes form the yeast. Peppercorns are not apparent in the aroma. Flavor is a sweet tripel with a little too much fusels, but an interesting complexity from the green peppercorns. Aftertaste has nice peppercorn character, but the fusels come through again. I split this bottle, and I'm glad I did, it tasted real good, but I think much more would give me a headache from the fusels.

Photo of number1bum
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

mymrnngjckt must have ran out of Butternut's because he hooked me up with this one...and I'm glad he did. Thanks Kevin. I don't know that I've ever gone back and edited a review more than I have with this beer. What a crazy complex brew.

Pours a rich golden color with a slight chill haze and a booming, rocky off-white head. Head doesn't want to quit, and keeps a nice lace and leaves a ton of stick.

Smell is super fruity and is just really exceptional. Notes of lemon and maybe some apricot, along with some spicy and yeasty notes and a nice underlying sweetness.

The smell got me really psyched to taste this one, but the taste is quite different. It's tasty and it really started to grow on me the deeper I got into the bottle. At first sip it doesn't seem as sweet and fruity as the smell indicated. There is a real boozy and sort of oaky flavor to it that comes on strong midway through and dominates into the finish. Before that there is a nice sweetness and some fruity notes, but they really get swallowed up by what is a really odd, bitter and oaky flavor. Then as the beer warms that oaky flavor, which I don't know where I'm getting because I'd swear this is barrel aged even though I know it's not, gives way to a more peppery and spicy flavor. These must be a product of the green peppercorns, although I can't say that I've ever sat around munching on green peppercorns. So who knows. A nice honey like sweetness pokes its head back up more and more as the beer warms, as well. This is pretty boozy, too. Very interesting beer. Really complex and gives your tastebuds quite a ride. At different points I really loved the flavor, and at other points not so much. I'm getting repetitive here but man is this one complex brew, and it really did start to grow on me.

Mouthfeel is nearly full bodied and is very creamy, nice and smooth. Moderate level of carbonation is appropriate and it's soft and smooth on the palate.

This is a really interesting and very unique tripel. I enjoyed it quite a bit although I don't think this is one that I would drink with any frequency. I'd have it again if I saw it on tap, and I'd have another bottle if I found one, but I think maybe a 750ml bottle would be better shared. This is definitely worth a try. Thanks again Kevin!

Photo of Umbra
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the bottle from the Wine Source for $8 (I think they want $12 at Brewer's Art). Purchased so that I could enjoy their goodness at home and help support a local that is feeling their way into the bottle business.
Absolutely beautiful beer. Pours a sunsetting yellow gold with a huge head. Even after it calms down, it has tight, thick white even bubbles along the top that leave excellent lacing. Aroma of starfruit and yeast.
Taste was a mouthfull of goodness. Flavors bounced from malty chalky to fruity, all with a hint of peppery finish. Mouthfeel was smooth, enhanced even more so with the zesty carbonation. Overall, another excellent brew from my favorite brewpub.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well carbonated, the beer pours with a frothy, billowing, initially four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that creates a structured, varied surface and nice lacing pattern on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The head sits on top of a lightly chill hazed (it was & is reasonably clear when warmer), straw gold colored beer. Aromatic notes of lemon zest, herbal coriander as well as floral aromatics evoking thoughts of lavender, lemon thyme, honeysuckle and varied wild-flowers. Pale malt notes of crushed soda crackers, a honey like malt sweetness and grassy grain. The spice notes play a huge role here, though I wouldn't necessarily guess that it is due to any actual spices used in the recipe. Aromatic notes of ginger, white pepper, fresh cut basil and clove are all noticeable. This has a very nice aroma to it; I really like the mix of spicy / herbal notes, ample lemon character and honey-like malt.

Still quite well carbonated, despite resting in my glass for ten minutes; the beer foams up into a froth as soon as it hits my mouth. Lightly sweet with honey notes as well as a touch of pear, some sweet grape notes, an undercurrent of apricot and some currant flavors. The carbonation adds a sharpness to this brew, even after I have swirled away the excess. The carbonation and ample spice notes provide a sharp piquancy to the finish; it is definitely spicy and very noticeable though if I hadn't known beforehand I would not have guessed there were green peppercorns in this beer. The beer is very floral, it really reminds me of flower nectar and honey. A noticeable, simple sweetness does not keep this beer from being quite light in heft. This has an interesting flavor to it that reminds me particularly of young pickled ginger; the sweetness, spiciness and sharp piquancy all contribute to this. The spiciness, especially in the finish, has a slight tongue numbing effect to it, which is perhaps also accentuated a bit by a slightly hot, warming, higher alcohol note.

A very spicy brew, but the spice character is well integrated and it is hard to even tell that it is just not a product of the fermentation process. This is perhaps, no definitely, a bit sweeter than I would like in a typical Tripel, but the floral / honey sweetness works here in combination with the piquant herbal / spice notes. While perhaps not perfection, you almost can't ask for a better looking brew than this; textured, frothy, well carbonated and with a dynamic, structural master-piece of a head. I am really enjoying this brew, it is as good as I hoped, and better than I expected, and it is growing on me more and more as I work my way through the brew. A perfect appetizer to the meal of seafood Som Tam and sticky rice I am about to construct.

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