Tripel Threat | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Tripel ThreatTripel Threat

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of mnj21655
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale orange in color with an inch and a half of fluffy white head, decent retention but none of the lacing typical of the style. Spicy coriander, clove, and pepper notes present upfront in the aroma followed by some pear, apple, and lightly bready malts. Taste has the pear and apple upfront followed by a solid bubblegum presence. The spices are subdued and present as clove and pepper in the finish. Medium plus body and carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this beer but found it had a few faults, namely: I expected a bit more clarity, the aroma was a bit subdued, and the body and carbonation weren't quite there. I did quite the flavors here and did find a good complexity in this beer. I think it's a bit more than the sum of its parts and I would certainly enjoy this a bit more were I drinking it more casually and not reviewing.

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Photo of codekiln
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Me Alewifie says "this is good. This is one I could drink a whole one of." It has that delicious crispness that I so much love.

I thought Tripels were supposed to have a big head, but this most decidedly did not. Poured into a four inch snifter, the froth rose two fingers, but quickly dissipated, leaving a wholesome lace with little surface foam. The color is a light clover honey, not the bright yellow we anticipated.

The smell was sharp but not too bitter.

The phenolic character was present in the smell and taste, with a fruity/estery finish, true to form for a tripel.

This does not taste like a 10% beer! That is the sign of a true tripel, wow.

The mouthfeel is incredible. The estery / fruity character comes out in front, then small bubbles and the alcohol bring a warm curtain down. Very crisp and drinkable. Wow.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a somewhat disappointing head for the Belgian style - it starts out nicely but quickly fades and only leaves some straggly lacing

Smell: Shortbread malt tones, with apple, pear, peach, banana, bubblegum, coriander and clove

Taste: Shortbread malt flavors create a nice platform, with honeyed sweetness building underneath; a fruit basket of flavors develops, with apple, peach, pear and banana prominent and a slight bubblegum character, too; after the swallow, the spice tones of white pepper, coriander and clover cut the sweetness somewhat though the shortbread resumes its ascendance in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Though this beer captures the flavors authentically, like many domestics brewing in the Belgian style, it fails to produce the requisite mouthfeel and look

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Photo of ksimons
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a fingers worth of white head

S-pale malt, fruity sweetness, spices, and citrus

T-taste is similar to the smell, pale malt backbone, fruity sweetness, light citrus, and spices

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall really nice Tripel, very drinkable

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Photo of sprat1960
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep gold in color. Pours with a creamy 1 finger head that dies down quickly leaving an uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and a lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aroma typical of a good Belgian Tripel, only milder. Mildly floral and citrusy.

Taste: Delicious. Citrus, sweet, mild hops. Perfect.

Feel: Medium body; smooth carbonation, velvety feel. Perfect.

Overall: Awesome beer. I could drink this over and over. I want more!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/20/13.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of apple cider, must, earth, spice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with apple cider, apple skin, floral, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely showing some age at a year and a half old, but it's still tasty with only a bit of oxidation in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honey orange color and a finger's worth of thick white head with good lacing. Fruity, cider-like aroma with apples and pears most prevalent, some bready notes and white pepper. Creamy mouthfeel. Fruit up front and into the aftertaste with a peppery bite in the middle. A little bubble gum and just a hint of orange. Good stuff.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. One year old, properly cellared bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light stone fruit, apple juice, light citrus and clove, classic tripel. Flavor follows, with apricot, peach, pear, apple and hints of citrus with a light buttery background, starting semi-sweet and finishing a bit drier with nice clove flavor and bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A very nicely done domestic tripel that I would not have been able to tell from an European one. No fooling around with domesticizing Belgian beers here, this is true to style and flavorful. Enjoyable. My first introduction to this brewery and not my last if they come my way (had to travel to California to find this one).

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a well formed, thick head. Laced well, too. Aroma is right on the Tripel path. Very yeasty. Pale fruits and some bread. A bit of heat. Flavor is again, very yeasty, almost chalky. Biscuity with pale fruit reminiscent of a mixture of pear and apple. Good dose of alcohol. Finishes with a honeyed sweetness. Fuller bodied but remains lighter than I was expecting. I do not love the style but this one was a decent interpretation. Nothing too crazy but if you like Tripels, this one will work just fine.

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Photo of MVotter
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

The pour - gold body with 1/2 inch cream-colored head...some lacing.
The nose - is fruity...pears and applesauce.
Taste - licorice, booze, "pear" notes in the back
Mouthfeel - medium to heavy, medium effervescence, oils, some "chewyness."

Careful here...this weighs in at 10%, flavorful...substantial beer. Sip and savor.


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Photo of hreb
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tapered glass. I've long enjoyed this on tap at the CBC but this may be my first experience with this beer from their (relatively) recent bottling efforts. Beer pours deceptively golden yellow in color. Could pass for a lager or even an especially pale IPA. Great clarity with lots of apparent carbonation. Aroma is fresh, yeasty, and sweet, showcasing CBC's house Belgian strain.

Flavor is complex and strong. Several different sweet malt flavors combine to form a classic Belgian Tripel taste profile, and are then joined with a respectable dose of hops to dry it out. Quite dry, actually, in terms of how little residual sugar there is here. There's a little bit of alcohol burn -- it is 10% after all -- but the finish is clean. There's a reason CBC serves these by the tulip only.

One of the best American Tripels available by the bottle and nearly as good as its draught counterpart.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of light fruit, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted a lot of fruit (pineapple, bananas, especially), yeast, bubblegum phenols, and a bit of malt as well. A light, complex, and well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent American take on a Belgian tripel. It's easy to drink and extremely flavorful.

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Photo of threeviews
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (Bottled on 3/21/14) into a short-stemmed tulip glass

A- Perhaps poured a bit too cold, the first pour revealed a hazy yellow/golden with almost no head whatsoever. The head that was produced, however, was white and creamy and never subsided. (4.0)

S- Although not overwhelming, the nose possesses an abundance of fruits (banana, pear, lemon, pineapple, melon) along with the familiar yeast-producing phenolics like hints of spice, bubblegum and breadiness (of which grow stronger as the beer warms). It is clear already that this is brewed to style. (4.5)

T- Lemon, peach and pineapple are immediate. A short spat of bubblegum sweetness is perceived before dissipating quickly into a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness. The 10% ABV is imperceptible. (4.5)

M- Despite being just over 3 months of age, this beer is remarkably dry and refreshing. Carbonation is substantial, but not overdone. For 10% ABV, the body falls on the lighter side of medium...I've had beers drink much heavier at 1/2 the ABV...a testament to this recipe. (4.5)

O- Tripel Threat is an American brewed, Belgian Tripel that fires on all cylinders for the style. Although I would like to have seen more head, it did not detract from the aromatics. Like their (relatively close) neighbor in Idle Hands Craft Ales who brews Triplication, I would also actively seek this out as an alternative to Merry Monk's Ale from Weyerbacher. Although the latter still remains to be my favorite (aromatics, flavor and body), Tripel Threat is definitely worthy of inclusion on the list of great Tripels brewed in America (and specifically, the East Coast)! (4.5)

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours golden yellow with a relatively-thin head that recedes rapidly.

S: Honey, lemon/orange citrus flavors. Slight spicy hop scent. Light malt scent as well.

T: Initially sugary sweet, this has a slight alcohol finish with a spicy hop taste as well. Lots of banana, clove flavors from the yeast throughout. Light malt flavor as well.

M: Fully bodied. I would not be able to drink this quickly. Medium carbonation.

O: This is a really nice beer. A big tripel with the abv well-hidden.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin, quickly receding white mousse.

S: Aromas of spicy yeast, biscuit, cream, caramel, and grassy, lemony hops are present on the nose.

T: Yeast flavors (banana, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg) dominate the entry, though they are soon chased by notes of lemon, grass, herbs, biscuit, caramel, cream, and sweet orange. The finish is spicy and sweet with pronounced flavors of banana, orange, caramel, cinnamon, and clove.

M: Relatively full in body and dryish. Carbonation is initially prickly, but soon mellows, imparting an airy, delicate feel to the mouth that makes this ale seem less filling. Alcohol is amazingly restrained. This is almost too easy to drink for an ale this strong.

O: An awesome and authentic tripel. This is definitely one of the best American takes on a Belgian abbey style that I have tried to this point. Highly recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

another cool and distinct beer from cambridge. i like this one because its a little darker, a little more of a copper or amber malt vibe to the normal belgian style tripel. is hazy pale rusty orange in color with a short and short lived white head. the nose here is great, really oath and earthy, with plenty of candy sugar added. its real sweet in taste too, but not cloying or weird, it works with the denser grain bill and the belgian yeast thats as much abbey style as it is saisony, an odd but compatible hybrid of yeasts in flavor, with a little of that farm spice in the finish under the residual sugar. a lot of body to this too, which makes it a little more of a slow sipper, even though it has quite expressive carbonation. i like that its a bit of a different take, not super pale or light, i see it as better in cold than warm weather, but thats just my palate. cambridge has been putting out some really high quality stuff lately, and this is on par with the others, if not my palates first preference

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the first time that I like the look of a beer more than the taste.

A- Golden orange with nice cloudy body. 2 fingers of frothy white head that laces very cleanly as you drink.

S- Traditional Belgian yeast smell: orange with a yeast and gum mix.

T- Orange, Gum and a hit of alcohol followed by spice.

M- Creamy and thick that lingers on the tongue and follows with a smooth feeling.

O- I like this beer. I'd gladly have it again.

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Photo of Duhast500
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Harpoon tulip glass

The color is a bright yellow/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sweet and has a great floral aroma that pops with a nice fruity nose. There is hints of apple peel, orange, and pear in the aroma with a touch of a Belgian character.

The taste is a bit yeasty with a grainy flavor that pops with some sweet malty flavor. The juicy fruit flavor here is delicious as some apricot, and apple flavor mixes with a tease of white grape. A nice tangy bitterness comes in and melds with the sweetness and is like a double edged sword as the flavor splashes into a poke of bitterness at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a great drinkable feel that is a little dry but quite pleasing. It goes down easy and has some nice fruity esters that lingers only slightly after each sip.

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

22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 9/05/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, orange, honey, bread, candi sugar, coriander, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber from Whole Foods: This one pours a cloudy golden color. There was really no head on it, nor any lacing. The nose is nice. Some spices upfront, yeasty, bready and a hint of orange. The taste is good, despite the body being a hair thin. Wheat, yeast, spices, orange, bready. A fairly decent Tripel.

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Photo of colsandurz
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thin, white head that doesn't dissipate. Dark yellow, almost yellowish brown color, completely translucent. Aroma is slightly yeasty but taste is very yeasty with clove and some vanilla in the finish. Medium bodied but with syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of Etan
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz into a large snifter.

A: Pours a murky dark orange with a small white head.

S: Aroma brings yeasty spice, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, lavender, cakey pale malt.

T: Taste brings white cake, nectarine, sweet grain, cloves, small medicinal note, candi sugar.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, creamy feel.

O: This is pretty nice. A bit too sweet, but not cloying.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm not sharing this monster. I think I am going to be pretty mellow in an hour or so. This bomber opened with almost no head (I poured very vertical when nothing was coming). The color is not extraordinary either. Just good.

The aroma is mild but OK. The taste, though, hits a triple. It's big and malty and yeasty and boozy all balanced. I just worry about finishing the whole thing.

The aftertaste is pleasant but I wish it bit a little more and lingered better. Overall, this is a nice American Tripel (I would call that the style). Something I would buy again.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's got a nice golden pour with a reasonable white head that settles quickly.

It's got that rich aroma that just shouts Belgian tripel!

Unfortunately, I find the taste to be a bit lacking. The flavor isn't that strong and what is there doesn't have the sweetness that the smell and name would indicate.

This isn't a bad beer, it's just not a great tripel, which is a bad spot to be in when there are so many good ones on the market.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a slight ochre color with minimal bleached white head after a standard pour.
Fruity white grapes and scone dough yeast aroma are apparent on the pour and throughout the sampling.
First sip reveals an average body and sticky texture with very mild carbonation.
Flavor is fruity sweet with white grape and peaches and a mix of bready yeast and just a brief hit of booze at the finish.
Hops arent present and the sweetness doesnt go all the way to rock candy just very fruity.
I enjoy the beer and it has no flaws, just not wowed by it.

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Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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