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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a tulip, the beer is a hazy gold-orange coloring, with a filmy, quickly disappearing head. Good lacing left behind as you drink. Nose of subtle sweet bubblegum, clove, and fruit cake, with a citrus highlight. Flavors of berry fruit forward, with subtle farmhouse spices in the background. Sweet, but bready, too, keeping a good balance. Smooth bodied, with a berry sweet linger into the aftertaste. Spiced and sweet, with a finish that is smooth and lingering. Good beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Always been interested in another tripel, one of my favorite styles. Let's see how she goes! Bottled May 15th 2013.

Classic together bleach white head, but not much carbonation to only produce about two fingers tall, and settling to a simple half finger collar. Body color is a little orange and dull amber, with opaque character, and some nice lemon yellow orb glowing edges.

Nose is just great. Faint chewy apple and pear, peanut butter ripple, and sweet dough malts of breads. A real nice combination of aromas. Not getting the citrus on the nose the bottle suggests but no worries here. Some also wine like pinot grigio like character and lemon.

The palate delivers nicely. Light bodied with not much boozy quality, even finish has a bit of effervescent crispness and hop floral pleasure. Controlled sweetness letting the fruit qualities come out with light pear juicy aromas and pleasure. Finishes clean, even minty.

Overall a real solid enjoyable tripel made in America. Glad to have tried this one.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, bottled in 5-13

Pours clouded apricot, minor head, that goes to a thin collar and leaves just some smaller bits of lacing.

Over ripe fruits, some yeastyness and light spice on the nose.

Crisp and flavorful tripel, with bracing notes of lime and juniper and a nice Belgian yeast snap. Moderate hops in the finish. Getting notes of more ripe fruits, with a slight alcohol burn.

Tasty and enjoyable. Glad to see these CBC beers being distributed to nearby Conn. and this is another one that I would seek out again

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that appears to have little retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is light to medium amber that glows light amber when held up to the light. A spot or two of lacing.

Nose- Fairly typical, a little boring. Citrus (orange and lemon) with spicy yeast. Some hints of clove and banana. Some perfume and floral notes. Some notes of apple. All of this is pretty subdued.

Taste- Spicy yeast is definitely the most noticeable aspect of the flavor profile, followed by cloves. The is a very phenolic beer. I may have let it open up a little too much as the spice is a little overwhelming. Some cinnamon as well. Citrus and apple sit underneath all the spice with some banana. The yeast is a little too much for me and this is not what I would call a clean tripel. Some bandaid and medicinal aspects as well. No real heat though which is a surprise for a 10% beer. Does mellow out quite a bit after a few minutes.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied to the point of being thin. Probably could use a little more carbonation as well. A little sticky as well.

Drinkability- Probably a little too warm at the moment but the yeast makes this beer kind of a chore. The spice is a little overdone but this is beginning to mellow a little. 9 bucks for a bomber isn't a bad price but I would definitely go for other tripels.

Overall- I guess Belgian style beers in America had to start somewhere and keeping in mind its claim of being the first, I think this is not a bad start. It's above average but not what I really look for in a tripel. I would give it a try if you see a small pour on draft but I don't know if I would suggest paying 9 bucks for an entire bottle. 4 ounces is plenty.

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Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 327 ratings
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