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Tripel | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rayek on 08-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 76
Photo of n2185
2.02/5  rDev -45.6%
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 SilentSabre
2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured up a clear orange-yellow with a weak white head, even with a standard pour, which should have yielded a more assertive head. Average looking at best. Smell is mild cooked fruits with a touch of discernable alcohol. Again, average at best. Taste is a combination of bitterness, sweet malts, slightly metallic, and honestly, a bit of BMC. To more accurately describe this, to me, it tastes like someone opened any number of average Belgian Tripels (say Chimay White, for example), opened and poured it, let it sit overnight, and then poured half of it in a glass and filled it the remainder of the way with Miller Highlife.
Mouthfeel is a bit flat and uneventful. This is either a really poorly crafted Tripel, or I have a bad bottle. As it stands right now, though, this is totally not for me.

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Photo of bierguru
2.47/5  rDev -33.4%
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 meeekyh
2.56/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip.

Bottled on Aug 14, 2009

Rather an orange golden ale with 3-finger, dense, bone-white head that leaves sporadic, dense lacing.

Nose is bread, pear, honey and citrus all carried by alcohol. Yup the 9.3 ABV is noticeable here for sure.

Taste is tangy, fresh grains and grasses, medicinal fruit, bitterness and just a note of Belgian yeast flavor. Again the alcohol is notably present.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is lacking as to the quality; missing that special 'tripel effervescence'.

Drinkability suffers for the poor carbonation, alcoholic tastes and smells and a overall lack of complexity.

I would be happy to see these guys try again on this style. I get the impression that something key is missing.

I really hate panning a Colorado beer and I 'grew up' on St. Bridget's Porter so I will add this: Try the porter. And as for a Solid Colorado entrant for the style and at the same price point, Avery Salvation.

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Photo of tbrown4
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the first time at Race Street Cafe in Philadelphia before a show at the Electric Factory with some other beer geeks. I've enjoyed just about everything I've had from GD, and being a huge fan of the style this seemed like a no brainer! Review #50 on BA for me:)

A - Bright gold, thin off white fine bubbled head. Slight carb stream.

S - Surprisingly not much here. Just a slight mild sweetness.

T - Seemed very flat and undefined. A mild sweet middle and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Seemed about average. Not much carb pop. No alcohol warmth.

D - Easy to put back, which to me was the only saving grace of this brew. The ABV can't be found.

Overall I was unimpressed with this beer. Very disappointed since I've enjoyed offerings from GD before and am a big fan of the style. I'm going to give this the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to a bad keg, bad batch or a dirty tap line. I'll update this review if I find it again on tap. I really want to give this one another chance.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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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Photo of skrib09
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

dark gold in color and really hazy. white head up top with medicore lacing.

really sweet nose. plenty of sugar and sweet candy.

taste is malty and sweet. very sweet. plenty of sugar and sugar-candy on the palate. almst overly sweet.

crispy mouthfeel may be due to the high sweetness. less than average drinkability due to the content.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled Aug 14, 2009.. So I imagine the flavors are different.

Dark golden amber head foams up big foamy dissipates after the first sip

The smell is yeasty with some citrus/fruity.. Like pasteurized apple juice

The taste is yeasty, bready and sweet mellow overall no spice like Chimay. More pronounced malt but still mellow.

Medium bodied nice carbonization 

This beer was pretty damn good, I'd have it again- especially since this bottle was over a year old I would like to try the original flavors. 

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow and somewhat hazy. Head was decent but faded quickly, leaving decent lacing.

Smell is of yeast, spices, cloves, pepper, sweet fruits, with a tinge of alcohol.

Taste is a bit odd but within the style for sure. Earthy yeast flavors dominate, along with some graininess, cloves and pepper. Alcohol is noticeable.

Feel is medium and slick, with a sweet, yeasty aftertaste and low bitterness.

Drinks average. It's ok but as far as tripels go, I'm not that impressed.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color with a short head. The smell is yeasty and that is about it, boring. The flavor is also yeasty but also alcoholic. This was not a bad beer but I would have rather spent the extra dollar or two and bought an authentic belgian tripel.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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 rye726
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a silky beige head. Nose has tropical fuits, cloves, Belgian yeast and peppery alcohol. Taste is also quite fruity with some herbal yeast, spices and an unbalanced alcohol presence. Medium body is well carbonated. Overall a mess of the style, way hot.

However, if they added more hops and turned this into a Belgian IPA, it would be fantastic.

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Photo of babaracas
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with streams of carbonation rising to the top. Two fingered dense foamy head, settles to a thin cap leaving a nice ring of lace. Smell: bready, orange fading into spicy hopping, muted phenols - banana and a little musty. Taste: sweet with a touch of clove, orange citrus, lemon peel, blending into a spicy hop bite and then fading into a peppery, drying finish. Hop forward for sure. Lingering impression are tangy-ish and metallic flavors, not so nice. Not the best offering from Great Divide. Didn't realize this was a one-off, bottled on Aug 12, 2010.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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 prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $6.00 at Taco Man in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazed, deep gold body with a half inch of creamy-looking, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented malts and Belgian yeast lead in the nose followed by various notes listed below in the taste. Of these various notes listed below in the taste, none really stick out beyond, if one must choose, the abject spiciness.

Taste: Sweet pale malts, perhaps a touch of pils tossed in there as well, with an overall honeyish flavor. Thin vein of graininess running through the taste. A jaunty mixture of flavors passes the tongue, including bubble gum, earthy spices, white peaches, banana, and Pinot Grigio. The near-fresh, recently-grated spice character is helped along by the Noble hops within. Medium-light bitterness. Finishes dry, fairly crisp, with a bit of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. At least on draught at this particular venue, the relatively airy carbonation keeps things from ever becoming cloying or heavy.

Drinkability: Sufficient for an American-born tripel, but, as is oftentimes the case, it falls just shy of the better Belgian renditions available.

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Photo of nickd717
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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 KajII
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a cloudy almost murky medium yellow-orange that had an average sized (1-2 fingers) white creamy head that lasted a little while leaving behind some nice foamy residue creating a decent amount of lacing that lasted throughout.
The aroma was nice and enticing with a mild grain malt, a nice flowery hop and a sweet moldy yeast with obvious notes of banana, honey, orange and a mild peppery spiciness with just a tinge of alcohol.
The first sip tasted ever so lightly sweet with a nice dose of honey and a hint of citrus. Although as the flavor progressed it became quite a bit more appealing with a little bit of sour setting in and a nice strong yeasty flavor. Towards the end I noticed notes of banana, some spiciness and a nice alcohol warming sensation that allowed the flavor to stay with you for a decent amount of time.
Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with the texture starting out rather creamy but shifting to a dry finish with a mild carbonation.
Overall a smooth aromatic blending of malts, yeast and spices giving this beer a tremendous flavor.

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Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 welldigger888
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into my 2010 NCAA Baseball National Champions Univ. of South Carolina Gamecocks shaker pint!!!Nice crystal clear bright straw golden color w/ snow white head that faded quickly leaving a nice lace.

Fruity grainy & boozey with some hints of honey

Fairly approuchable for the style, crisp maltiness and fruity yeast that seem to have a well done hop bitterness vaguely there till the end. The nice sweet malt seems to play well with the fruity yeast & the hop seems to leave a dry finish.

Well done on carbonation, not getting in the way of the flavor profile.

Good stuff, prolly not a first choice but well done. Gives me rosey cheeks 1/2 way through, Holiday beer here for me.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of jsh420
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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 LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 McCrae
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a Yellow straw-like color, smaller head

S- sweet, lightly citrusy mixed with yeast

T- yeast and slightly hoppy, very much like it smells with an overall citrus vibe

M- very carbonated, slightly oily

D- overall good but the citrusy taste and oily feel make it a little much for more than a bottle in a night.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark gold body with minimal head and lace. A nice smell of orangne and caramel malt, sweetness really pokes out, along with some spices and a little yeast funk. I enjoyed the taste of this brew as it is smooth and medium-bodied along with some sweetness from caramel and other sweet malts. Fruit flavors such as orange, pear and some sour fruits are more dominant and while this beer is tasty it wears on my tastebuds a little as I keep drinking it b/c of the sour fruits and spices in it. Carbonation does prick the tongue as well, but the ABV is well-hidden so it doesn't interfere. A very good but not great triple that one bottle will suffice for me.

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