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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)

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Added by Rayek on 08-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 76
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body, white head.

Aromas are sweet with a malty character that turns to notes of orange zest ans spice.

Sweet toasted malt forms the back drop for a hodgepodge of honey, bitter orange peel, coriander, fresh bread, banana, grape, and dry peach before a bitter, spicy finish.

Round, creamy mouthfeel despite ample carbonation. Its 9.3% ABV, but I will have no problem finishing off a bomber all by myself (gotta love days off).

Great Divide Tripel is a well crafted, complex, and balanced Tripel. I really enjoyed it and will be sure to grab another bottle while I can.

That said, it serves as an example that even some the best American brewers still can't match the layers of complexity and nuance that Belgium's top notch producers have attained. This is a good Tripel, but it doesn't touch Tripel Karmeliet or St. Bernardus Tripel. Of course it isn't fair to expect that much of it either.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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 atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Hopus tulip pours a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemon peel, spice, sweet malts and sweet fruits. The taste is lemon zest and sweet fruits with a nice kick of coriander and spice. The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol. I'll admit, this one was better than expected, far from the best American brewed Tripel, but far from the worst.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 ericlawton007
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold in color, with hanlf inch head in dogfishead goblet. Smells yeasty and lightly hoppy. The taste is spiced very well, the best witbier meets big beer. Very smooth and alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is perfect for a beer of this high alcohol content. Very impressed for an american tripel and will definetly buy again as I can drink two of these bombers and still taste the same flavor as I did on the first sip.

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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 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 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 jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 22 oz bomber into a Rochefort chalice.

This tripel pours a a dark golden honey with a medium white head that rises about one finger but is gone quickly leaving only a small rim around the glass. Weak lacing.

The aroma is light mostly flowers with a little hops.

The taste is good nice sweet start, then lots of flowers and hosp to finish. Its nice and complex.

The feel is way to light for me though, too watery.

The drinkability is very high, total session beer, but 9%abv, wow.

Overall, pretty good. Best non tripel I've had.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a rich, wheaty, yeasty aroma that is quite strong. Appearance is a rather uninspiring clear yellow with an average and not too persistent head. Flavor, fortunately, more than makes up for the looks - it is strong, mouth-filling, yeasty, slightly fruity, slightly sweet, quite refreshing, but with a hint of hop bitterness and a nice, ragged bite. Texture is fizzy, lively and ragged, fairly dancing on the tongue and down the pipes. Good one!

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Photo of riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 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 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 zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a thick, bubbly, two-finger head of khaki colored foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled funky and fruity with notes of yeast and grains.

T - It had a great spicy, yeasty kick with a sweet fruity flavor. It had a slightly bready caramel maltiness. Really delicious.

M - It was extremely sharp on the tongue. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice tripel. I was really impressed with 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 JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably not the most complex Tripel in the world, but a nice experience all the same. Appearance is average, nice hazy gold color but the head is minimal and lacing is light.

Smell is average for a Belgian. Some fruitiness and spice (pepper), not a lot.

Taste is pretty good. Some citrus, astringency, candi sugar and pepper. Flavors are good, fairly mild but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, rich, sweet and with no hint of the 9.3 alcohol.

Drinkability is good. I would be careful because it is a Tripel, but it goes down easy and the flavors are good and not overpowering. A good intro to higher octane Belgian beer, but not outstanding.

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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 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 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 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 flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: very golden, slightly opaque with a nice foamy white head.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with floral notes. Subtle, but nice; I think I am getting just a hint of some nice floral hops.

Taste: sweet malt with lots of tree fruit flavors. A little bitterness at the end; good, but a tad one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: nice medium body with an alright level of carbonation and creaminess.

Drinkability: pretty good. I like the flavor but its lack of complexity could get tired over time.

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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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Photo of sml505
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden and fairly clear. Light white head. And nice carb.

S - Yeast spice of pepper and corriander. Sweet, fruit, straw.

T - Spicy upfront, with sweetness, light fruit of apple, pear, lemon. Some alcohol.

Overall - Lt mf. Warming alcohol. Nice yeast notes of spice. Refreshing and ABV is masked. Really nice Tripel.

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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 GilGarp
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Tripel from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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