Tripel Threat | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Tripel ThreatTripel Threat

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002

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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 jmerloni
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Vibrant, lively hazy orange-yellow with nice frothy white head that is very, very sticky, retains well, and laces on the glass very well.

S - Pear, bubble gum, white grapes, honey, hops, breadiness.

T - Wow. This is excellent. All that is detected on the nose in an expert balance. Hoppy but not too biting following each swallow. This is really excellent.

M - Medium to full bodied. Sticky. Bubbly but not overly carbonated. Very, very, very smooth.

D - I've never even heard of Cambridge Brewing Company and I'm very, very, very impressed with this first offering of their's. Will DEFINITELY be checking out more of their brews. This is an A+ Belgian tripel. I'm very, very impressed.

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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 BeerAdvocate
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Rich, golden, slight haze, creamy white lacing

SMELL: Faintly phenolic, gum, orange, toasted grains

TASTE: Very smooth and creamy, honey, toasty, cereal grains, caramel, candy, warming alcohol, pepper, spice, phenols, ripe citrus undertones

According to many, and the label, this is the first-ever Belgian-style beer commercially produced in the US, originally brewed in 1990 by former CBC headbrewer Darryl Goss (RIP). According to us, it’s one of the best. Everything you’d expect from the style. This is Belgium in a glass.

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Photo of rudzud
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the BBF

A - Very nice light amber hue with a small head but reall nice retention.

S - Just excellent. Sweet malts, candied malts and fruits, grains, and light belgian spice/yeast notes.

T - Almost as good as the nose. Nice sweetness intermixing with good sweet almost sticky fruits. Nice spice notes as well.

M - Good mouthfeel here. Nice and sweet, but not heavy or syrupy. Pretty good.

O - Yet another winner from CBC. The second table we went to at the fest and the one we just kept on going back to. Not a bad beer from these guys.

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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 taez555
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, this beer a hazy orange body with a small white head.

The nose was classic belgian triple Spice, malt, wheat, some phenols, banana, apple, pear. Simple and very clean.

The taste was fruity and very smooth. Cinnamon, spice, apples, pears, big banana overtones, wheat, earthy hops. The banana flavor really dominates the fruit tastes. It was also a bit hoppier than I expected, but overall nothing distracting. It reminded me like a cross between a strong german weis beer and belgian triple.

Overall a very drinkable and fresh belgian style triple. The alcohol was completely hidden and really crept up as I was finishing the beer. Another great beer from CBC.

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

A light orange color with some sticky white head that laces the glass nicely.

Smells of fruits, oranges. Yeasty with some malt underneath.

Very tasty, this is a great triple. Nice deep malt character overlaid with some spicy yeast. Many friut tones balance this out and make it a great drink. Some notes of oranges and other fruits.

Good mouthfeel, great drinkability for this high ABV.

One of the best tripels out there.

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

I had this on tap last night at CBC and it was a treat! They pour this beer into a tall tulip glass. Yellowish orange in color with no head at all. The smell is sweet with hints of orange and other fruit. The taste is very well balanced. Again, more sweetness coming through and hints of coriander. The ending is very warming and a bit spicy. Overall a rare treat that I plan to go back and sample more of.

One Note: I believe the ABV is year is 9.5%

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Photo of mentor
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Cambridge Brewing for the opportunity. Entered into judging in category #56B (Belgian-Style Abbey Ale).

Pours a thin layer of dirty white head over a cloudy dusty gold-orange liquid. Smells earthy hops, fruity esters (strawberry, peach), candi-sugar, and flat phenolic. Hay, yeasty and biscuit malt with a sour tang. Clean alcohol is mild.

Tastes wet sweet and estery (lemony, oranges, and syrup from a can of peaches) with playful phenols and a malt finish. Light-candi-sugars mixed with the alcohol. A mildly sour zing at the end of the swallow tries to help clean the palette. Yeasty.

Thick body that tries to hang on the tongue. Mild carbonation works nicely in this beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle. Batch #1 bottled November 2011.
Served in a Chimay goblet. At first I smelled and tasted it cold. Then let it warm for 15 minutes.
Pours a hazy honey gold with a somewhat fast-fading snow-white head along with a moderate amount of patchy and trailing lacing.
Smells of green cut wood and grain barn blend with caramel malt, lemons, banana, spices, wild flowers and resinous hops. A distant whiff of white rum lingers in the distance.
The flavors are complex. Honey, wheat bread dough, Myers lemons, clove, banana, orange zest, white rum and a blend of mild herbs weave around and blend nicely together as it warms.
This is a well-rounded and fluid brew with a slow and gradual warming effect.
Could go very well with a variety of cheeses, creamy and rich poultry dishes, or desserts like bread pudding, creme brulee, or rich vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap on 2/21/08 served in a 14 oz. tulip

This one is honey-orange, fine white lacy head and sticky, totally clear. Nice!

The nose is a very aromatic sweet honey malt, corriander, spicey and sour yeast, mild tingly heat.

This is easily one of the best Tripels I've had, very complex flavor that includes a big, sweet malt, caramel-style, deep, dark fruity and mildly sour yeast upfront, mandarin orange citrus, spicey hops, not the leafy-dry hops that some Tripels have. Great balance.

Medium to full mouth feel, very crisp and clean.

Will knows his Belgians!! He makes some of the best belgian-style brews in the country. Love it.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber color with some nice foam. The smell was yeasty to some degree with a fruity over-tone. The taste was similar, less sweet than LFdM, not as dry as Westmalle. The flavor is tasty, dry, a touch tart, a touch of fruit, and just easy to drink. Mouthfeel is nice all the way down. Overall, this is one of my favorite American tripels.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stellar Tripel. It came served in a Goblet, a dusty bronze color. Maybe darker than usual for the style. The creamy off white head lasts indefinitely and leaves a curtain of lace on the glass. The aroma is spicey and sweet with aromatic, desert like malt. The taste is very similar to Fin Du Monde, just a little bit dryer. Tropical fruits, mint and a light bitterness show in the finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and textured.

This delicious Tripel is bold but very easy drinking. The alcohol is completely hidden. The best beer I tried at CBC.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02MAR12 - 22oz bomber, brewed and bottled for CBC by Mercury Brewing Co. Cost was around $8 or so from Harringtons; don't rightly recall... Batch #1, bottled NOV11.

Filled a small tulip... It is a muted golden color; a smidge of haze taking the edge off things. Carbo was fine and steady, and the head was white, thin and sparse, mostly at the edges. Aroma had some candy sugar and a bit of tropical fruit - nice! Body was a bit more than medium, and it was quite smooth going down. Had some crackery malts lending a bit of sweetness at first. Then it has some fruity flavors - a mix of some pear, green apple and a little melon. The finish has some spiciness and a bit of a peppery lean. Pretty solid! Prosit!

4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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20JAN02, on tap at CBC.... Nice cloudy orange-golden color, with small head. Spicy sweet yeasty nose. Medium body and mouthfeel.... Nice sweet malty flavor with candy sugar notes.... Very nice bier....potent, though.

overall: 4.5 rDev +11.7% (as of 02MAR12)
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Shagtastic
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cbeer for this one! Batch number 1 poured into my brand new Chimay Chalice.

Appearance: I love the dark golden color of this one. Pours with a solid head and leaves pretty good lacing.

Smell: I'm not too sold on the spices. I was hoping for a bit more here but its still not too disappointing

Taste: This is where the beer shines. I get a bit of citrus from the beer and then a strong caramel on the end. The spices here really help increase the drinkability instead of hurting it like some others.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic carbonation and even with the big alcohol it is masked pretty well and pretty easy to drink.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. I love the fact that it was the first Belgian beer commercially produced and if I was able to buy this I'd hop on this pretty frequently. High recommendation on this one from me.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Original review was based on a sample at a beer tasting event.

Appearance: Golden, somewhat cloudy, with rich white foam.

Smell: Strong fruity aroma of bananas and pears. Also some malt and "bubblegum" in the smell.

Taste: Full fruity flavor (bananas) with floral hops, and the taste of alcohol faintly noticeable. Very nice. Malt and oak were also in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Clean, moderate carbonation, good finish of hops. Smooth and creamy. Warming.

Drinkability: Good. A very tasty trippel! I think I will go to the brewpub and have another...


I visited the brewpub and had one of these. Consequently, I tweaked my numbers (they got better) and added to the descriptions. At the brewpub, this Tripel is served in a Belgian style glass, which improves the appearance (there was rich white foam).

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

I enjoyed this beer in a Tulip glass at the brewpub. The golden liquid was capped by a thin white head. It left some lace on the glass, but not all that much. The brew's aroma was quite fruity - maybe peach? On the tongue, it exploded in fruit flavors from peach and pair to orange. It's a light and smooth beer which shrouds its strength. It's quite drinkable, and a delightful compliment to a night out.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source...into a Tulip...

Excellent honey color - slightly viscous...full finger head and then some with great lacing and OK staying power.

Creamy silky esters of sweet light malt, wheat and candi sugar. Very light spice and some mild yet well-represented almost floral hops. A bit of good ginger too.

Oh yeah - I luvs some hoppy Tripel, me. Huge Candi sugar sweetness, solid raw quality of wheat and malt, but the hoppy backbone makes this deal. I know the alcohol is there in spades but it manifests itself only in the residual sweetness.

Feel is a little more tight than the overall package but that's not a huge detriment. Finish sticks the landing.

Yup - drinks way too easily. I've been savoring this for a few minutes and it's almost gone. Awesome.

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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 orsulacp
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewpub in a tulip glass. It showed up at my table with a small creamy white head on top of a hazy orange body. Great nose here, yeasty and with orange and apple with some spice, not cloves, I can't place it. The taste was good with bannana dominating and the spicy notes clearing out the sweetness. It had a creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

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

22oz bomber, split, hill farmstead stemware

This one's been around a while - hazy orange body - heavy notes of yeast, citrus, clove, white pepper, belgian spice, banana, candi sugar. Hey - nothing really new here, but this is a solid american tripel. I've always been fond of the style, and this was a nice one to try.

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Photo of u2carew
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a two finger head that settles slightly. Some chill haze in the golden body. Thin, sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Fruity esters. Banana. Apple. Clove. Floral notes. Yeasty.
T) Grainy and fruity. Banana. Spicy. Peppery.
M) Smooth. Medium body. Tannic. Alcohol warmth.
O) A delicious tripel. I'd definitely have another one.

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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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