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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 326 |  Reviews: 102
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

 897 characters

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

Photo of paleoplant
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2Xmd
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

 280 characters

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!

 484 characters

Photo of Djbennett29
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 757 characters

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bogdawg
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

 331 characters

Photo of trainingwithkev
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of xsiow52
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cath
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of misternebbie
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbrown21
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zkinson
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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).

 836 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.