Tripel Threat | Cambridge Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
326 Ratings
Tripel ThreatTripel Threat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
326
Reviews:
102
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a glossy burnt orange color with a slim finger-ed white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Stringy lacing running here and there. The smell had the typical qualities of a tripel - iced apples, slight Belgian spice, allspice, some ginger, spice cake. Really nice. The taste was a nice balance between the spice and the sweetness with a sly sweet grassy aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat between a light to medium in body. Sipping to sessionable quality roaming around the feel. Overall, for the first Belgian styled ale brewed in the USA back in the ’90’s, yeah, this still has it goin’ on. Great stuff, cheers to not reinventing the wheel!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sendbeer
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vulcan1429
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

If you are a fan of strong Belgians and do not bow the knee to the hop you will love this beer. A non-hop head dream!

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Photo of greencovesteve
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Icemann383
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mattymystique
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobprice
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tongbliss
4.99/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Mack
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewed81
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nickcal
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 NateMac13
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WeissBoy
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tomfoolery8
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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