Tripel | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rayek on 08-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by jsisko01:
Photo of jsisko01
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on Aug 12, 2010

Appearance - Pours a VERY hazy golden color with an inch thick, soapy white head that lingers for a couple minutes. Leaves a nice thick, creamy lacing.

Smell - Has a musty funk aroma that is most dominant. Light spices and citrus seem to be present as well

Taste - Spices come through much stronger up front, with a very strong and sweet honey flavor. Banana, clove, orange citrus, and pepper are also detectable. And a fairly strong alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - The sweet honey flavor is a little overbearing in my opinion.. but I think this may be how tripels are intended to be? I have only tried a couple others and they were very similar to this.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a golden color with a small white head.
Aroma of fruit, yeast, and sweet malt. A bit on the muted side.
Apple, pear, cotton candy taste. Peppery at the finish.
Nice beer. Would never have guessed it was 9% ABV.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Zachb4au
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Aug. 14, 2009.

Served chilled in a pint glass - not ideal but it'll do.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thin white head. The head settles quickly leaving no evidence of lace on the glass.

Aroma is really pleasant with mild tropical fruit esters and a Belgian-esque yeast.

Flavor is more aggressive than most tripels but this is an American interpretation after all. Heavy on the spicy hops and big on taste all around. In some ways more of a Belgian strong pale than a tripel but I guess that's up to interpretation.

Mouthfeel is to full in body and low in carbonation to really feel right for the style.

Overall it's not bad but, like many of Great Divide's recent releases, it seems to fall short of my expectations. Or maybe the Espresso Oaked Yeti set the bar too high.

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Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on August 14, 2009

Tripel pours a light golden, straw-like color. It's moderately hazy and looks a little yellow-ish with backlighting. A fluffy white head sits on top and rises to over two fingers in depth. It recedes quickly and leaves a light lacing behind.

The nose is alright, but doesn't really stand out in any way. It's malty and a little on the sweet side initially. Belgian yeast follows. Its presence is noted, but isn't overly strong. I could handle a little more, please. It's very earthy throughout. Light spices are noted. Smells like mostly pepper and light clove. It's a little fruity. Peach and apple scents are present. Alcohol is fairly prominent. Not bad, but the various parts don't come together in grand fashion.

The flavor is likewise alright. Not much better than that. It has a malty base that's a little sweet, but not by much. Belgian yeast is definitely stronger in flavor. That's a positive, but it still doesn't improve the flavor dramatically. Light peach and apple flavors are noted, and are complemented by the presence of clove and pepper. Earthy and grainy notes are prominent. Alcohol is a tad strong and runs a little hot. It definitely has a warming effect to it. It finishes earthy and warm. All in all, it's alright, but never seems to come together.

Tripel has a medium body...barely. It feels a little thin and insubstantial. For what it's worth, it's nearly smooth, but would benefit from more body. Drinkability is rather average. I'll polish off the bomber, but that's probably a little too much. A 12 oz. bottle would've been preferable.

I like the fact that Great Divide has rolled out quite a few new beers over the last year. Some have been very impressive, others less so. This one is definitely part of the latter. Tripel is an okay beer, but is a little disappointing. I was hopeful that it'd rival some of the top tier Tripels, but it doesn't. The flavor's just a little too convoluted and warm. It's not a total disaster and is definitely worth a try. But, I'd suggest sticking with a single bomber if you run across it.

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Great Divide when I was in town for GABF 2009.

A - Clear yellowish-golden color with a medium white head and decent lacing.

S - Aroma is banana, light citrus fruit, bready malt, and yeast.

T - Flavor is pale malt, citrus, yeast, banana, and some resiny hops. A little alcohol detectable.

M - Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a tiny bit of lingering bitterness.

D - Average-plus. Overall this is decent but not great.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think I passed on this when it first came out because I thought I had it before. Bottled aug 14 2009

Pours a some what bubbly & viscous apricot with a finger+ ivory colored head. Clouds a touch the last 3rd of the bottle. insane lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness, orchard fruit phenols & a touch of hay

T: Orchard fruit, lemony hops, a touch of candi sugar & a touch of musty yeastyness & some pineapple up front. Yeasty, bready with peaches & pineapple once warm, a some boozey warmth too. Finishes grainy with yeastyness, pineapple & candi-sugar dryness & some fairly earthy phenols

MF: Chewy with subtle carbonation, warming & fairly well balanced. Somewhat grainy once room temperature

Drinks pretty darn easy for the style & abv. Boozey warmth does slow me down a touch. I shall seek out some fresher product next time for comparison, but I doubt it will be better than this. This by far the best of GD's Belgian offerings IMO

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Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a foiled 22 oz. bottle. Brewed in August 2010, an interesting find from Great Divide. Pours a hazed golden with a thin white cap. Bit hazy and wheat like in appearance. Moderate retention settles to a light film and leaves light lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet and with an under represented yeast influence. Somewhat fruity on the nose but lacking the delicate nuance of the better Tripels.

Flavor follows the nose, again offering some yeast notes that are a bit to buried in the sweet delivery. Lightly spicy and with a chalky graininess. Finish is less viscous than expected, allowing for a decent drinkability. Overall the beer has no notable flaws yet lacks the subtle nuance I look for in the style, being a bit too buttery, likely from the yeast or yeast conditions.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of bierguru
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

bottle aged a year

A -
apple juic in color thick soapy head laces out fairly quick

S -
yeast spciy and yet sweetish maybe honey or apple

T -
yeast spice spice is mild almost sour backend is sweet

M -
light and drys the mouth out

D -
the beer was aged a year so it maybe why it has such a poor review but dont care for it

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Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jsh420
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled aug 27 2010

pours cloudy golden yellow with a 2+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smell was very faint - all i could detect was yeast

taste was so much better then the nose - bready banana a little must in the yeast but over all solid flavor

mouthfeel was a medium body with good carbonation that gave it a crisp and creamy feel

drinkability very easy drinking for a 9+ abv beer - light clean flavors - i just wish this was in 12oz bottles

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Photo of n2185
2.02/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Some slight spice notes and light fruit aromas up front, followed by a strong DMS aroma of cooked vegetables.

T: Light spices and candy sugar up front followed by that strong veggie flavor. There are some yeast flavors on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit thick and watery for the style.

O: Not a good beer at all. I don't know if it was a bad bottle because of the strong veggie aromas and flavors, but I definitely have no urge to have this beer again.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a murky yellow-orange amber. Thin white head but nice lacing. Mild malt and spice aroma. Malt, light fruits, light lemon, belgian yeast and spice. Finishes dryer and less complex than most Belgian tripels. Tasty, but not quite up to the level of a Belgian. Good, pleasant backup tripel.

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Photo of jlove5
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of obywan59
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650 ml bottle into my St. Bernadus oversized wine glass.

Yellow-gold to golden and translucent. 1 finger white head that dissipated rapidly. Kind of looks like pineapple juice when held up to a bright light.

Wow, smells really bready and sweet with a lemony aroma as well. Like a lemon flavored cake. Later I got less lemon and more tropical fruit like pineapple. 2nd pour is even more bready.

Sweet up front, then some spicy Belgian yeast. Bitter hops stand out in the end.

This is listed as medium-bodied, but to me it seems really full and luscious. Give the first glass a 5 for mouthfeel. The 2nd glass seemed way more carbonated and prickly. Nice, but more ordinary, give it a 4. Alcohol is buffered well by the body, but there is still a descent burn in the throat.

I really like this beer. It starts out as a sweet brew which I generally prefer, but ends up more on the dry side with some light tartness.
An excellent beer.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Golden in color with a humble white head that swiftly fades away. Belgian yeast, breadiness seems to dominate the nose. Taste is of mild hops, sour and some background malt sweetness with a dry finish. Overall, not a bad beer, but just a bit too sour tasting even for this style.

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Photo of hopkrid
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, rich gold with an orange hue when held to the light. The off white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of stone fruit, tropical fruit, caramel, pepper, earthiness, floral notes, and bubblegum.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, citrus, and yeasty spice rolling around the palate.
Mouthfeel is mildly hot, medium bodied, chewy up front, with a dry finish.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy gold color that seems to glow with ambient light. A white head presents upon pouring, but quickly reduces to a mere shadow.

Has a fruity, spicy aroma that is somewhat muted. Somewhat peppery, with hints of lemon and floral notes.

Pleasanty fruity, mildly malty and yeasty, with abundant floral notes and a gentle bitter hop ending.

Medium bodied, with a mildly dry ending. Very smooth and easy drinking.

This beer is much nicer tasting than I imagined it would be. Great Divide did a nice job on this beer, and I would gladly have it again.

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Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 10//7/09

Poured into a tulip. 2 finger head that fades to 1 finger. Clear, golden colored body with signs of loads of carbonation.

Smell was sweet, yeasty and estery. Very slight hop spiceness.

Taste had a sweetness upfront that finished crisp but with a mild lingering sweetness. Nice yeasty and fruity presence along with hints of caramel malts. Subtle citrus notes come out with some warmth.

Mouthfeel was medium nody, smooth on the tongue with a crisp/dry finish.

Very drinkable. Nice balance and no signs of ABV.

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Photo of Ken_P
4/5  rDev +7%

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mulder1010
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 750 poured into a Red Oak goblet. Not the best glass but it works.

A-- pours a hazy goldish yellow . got a very small head. A fair amount of sediment in the pour. Med carbonated.

S-- A very non domintant smell. Get some yeast and some fruit. Not nearly as big as the Belgian Tripel's are in the smell. The yeast was more dominant. A little disappointing as I expected more fruit dominant.

T-- The candied alcohol taste is very upfront and pretty prevelant in this. Good amount of yeast in the taste.

M-- Still medium carbonated. Very yeasty in the mouthfeel. Nothing too outstanding.

D-- If not for the very forward alcohol taste it is OK. One 750 is more than enough. Not very complex and looks and tastes more like a Hefe. Too cloudy. and looses its luster after a while. Better off with a 330. This beer lets you know off the bat it is 9.3 ABV. Honestly the first Great Divide I have been unimpressed with in a long time. Spend the extra cash and get the Chimay white, St. B, or La Fin Du Monde Tripel. Far more worthy. Even the New Belgian Tripel is a better version.

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Tripel from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 78 ratings