Tripel B | Adelbert's Brewery

very good
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Tripel BTripel B

Brewed by:
Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This complex, straw-colored ale has clove and pear aromas. A marriage of spicy and fruity flavors help perfectly balance its elegant malt profile. Pair with rich foods like steaks, roasts, earthy cheeses, and cheese cake.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is good. Aroma of banana and mild clove. Bigger banana taste with some mild spiciness. Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Orbitalgun
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great cold, only comes in bomber. Could improve by going to six pack bottles. Would be awesome on tap. Full bodied, almost orange in color Very little silt at bottom of bottle. Good, solid triple Belgium.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold (4) draft pour with white head; thin, almost no cap; excellent clarity and almost no lacing. Spicy Clove nose and I think I smell citrus. Spicy clove and subtle banana; pear in the middle and caramel presents itself as liquid warms; I swear there is a lemon in here too! Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation with some warmth from the alcohol. A very pleasing lite Tripple.

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Photo of SirLoopsAlot
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: quite pleasant with mild spice/clove notes. Belgian yeasty-ness also apparent.

Flavor: Back when I was a teenager, I used Stridex face pads to help control my acne. Occasionally when I'd sweat, some of the medication would seep into my lips, imparting this astringent and bitter taste that was difficult to shake. Some Tripels, Saisons, and Witbiers have this in varying degrees (coriander?). Unfortunately this same note was prominent with Adelbert's offering and lingered forever, so I detested the flavor. There are too many better alternatives in this style which don't exhibit this at all (e.g. La Fin Du Monde, St. Bernardus Tripel, etc). Personal preference....

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Photo of stevoj
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Zax. Grainy,buttery, sweet aroma. Texture and body a bit light. Mildly sweet, floral flavors,not bad for an American version. Almost there....

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Photo of nfbrewer
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, hazy. Small head that dissipates quickly.
S: Sweet, belgian yeast, banana
T: orange, strawberry banana, hint of root beer candy. little to no hop flavor.
M: Medium body, fizzy, easy to drink.
O: This is a really good beer. It doesn't have any off flavors I could detect, but it's also fairly simple in its taste - the orange/strawberry banana flavor persists for a good while but is not very complex.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #91 (Aug 2014):

Sweet, Fruity, Banana, Boozy

A golden, hazy, orange hued beer with a white foam head that yields aromas of yeast and citrus. Creamy on the palate with some viscosity and toasty, banana, sweet, stone fruit, burnt orange, marmalade, herbal, peppery, and pear flavors with a pithy, mild bitterness, green banana skin finish, and fruity and boozy finish. Yeast and more pepper in the long linger. Could use a slightly cleaner finish, but we’ve got a damn solid Tripel here.

STYLE: Tripel | ABV: 9.3% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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Photo of DaBrewski
4.89/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was given a sample of this beer from an Adelbert's rep at BB Rover's in Austin last week. This is a perfect example of an excellent tripel beer. The malts were pretty exotic. The heat is somewhat hidden under the sweetness of this beer. Overall this is a honest solid tripel. Very well done Adelbert's.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev +3.9%

a: light amber, small foamy head that resolves to a fine effervescence with residual off white foam at the edges
s: pleasant esters, strong alcohol, malty/molasses, caramel apple and hint of pasture, wet burlap
t: sweet malty forward, over ripe apple/pear, bubble gum with good hoppy offset to the sweet malts, hint of bret like funk without it being overpowering, and fairly clean finish
m: good effervescence and mouth feel, not syrupy despite its sweet, malty
o: A rather enjoyable beer, good mix of malt, hops and complex flavors, sweeter than the typical tripel, but I rather enjoyed it, and wouldn’t hesitate to buy it on future visits to Texas. I was in Texas on business, and I always enjoy sampling local beers when I travel. This Austin beer produces quite a variety of beers, that I look forward to sampling.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.85/5  rDev 0%

a: its a clear amber color, no other way to put it. a little clearer and darker than i'm used to in a tripel. its a fizzy white head that starts at about 3 fingers and fizzes down to one

s: the aroma is a nice blend of warming alcohol, ripe pears, bananas, green apples, strawberries, a little wheat, and a nice amount of sweet grains. there is just the faintest hint of something funky in here as well

t: immediately you taste the balance of sweet and alcohol. sweet malts go to play against some of that warming alcohol. pears and banana then dominate the middle of the mouth. they fade to a sweet strawberry, nice grain flavor, and then some more alcohol to finish

m: medium mouthfeel with a normal amount of carbonation for a tripel (not overly carbonated, but enough to push the fruity flavors up front)

o: its a little sweeter than im used to, but its pretty good. my criticism would be they've had to let a little too much alcohol flavor in here to balance out the sweetness - dial them both back a bit would be nice. i really like the ripe pear presence in here though, it works very well with the beer. its a nice mouthfeel too

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a flared wine glass.

Pale apricot gold brass and yellow lemon. Very orb glowing quality with some thin carbonation in the middle. No head produced, what little was bone white and evaporated very quickly. Virtually no collar or anything left at all. Very nice body color though.

Great bouquet on this brew. Large bakery dough and sweet pastry notes. Hints of angel cake, deep grains and malt, with just a touch of sweetness. Minimal sensing hotness of alcohol but nothing large but slightly noticeable. VEry nice.

Palate is explosive. Large pear and juiced fruit notes, with large bread and thick undertones. Slightly hinting tropical mango in the sweetness character, good amounts of vanilla on this also with just a hint of booze. Classic matching bread dough from the nose, with cake like sweetness. Slightly creamy but with a dry effervescent mouthfeel pop with mild to moderate carbonation, and a bit of huoney malt density.

A very impressive state side tripel, full of lush palate flavors, and unique tastes to go with it.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 12/14/2013
Honey blonde body with a rich honey colored center. Hazy with a medium height- crisp white head that is thick and frothy
Light Belgian style malt scents, honey and clove
Wonderfully refreshing, bright and crisp. Fruits, pears, lemon zest, citrus, clove, light alcohol presence. Terrific mouthfeel, light and crisp
Easily the best Tripel I’ve come across- Adelbert’s beers have such a good balance of character and you get the sense that you aren’t missing anything in the beer. It’s heavier in alcohol content, yet you wouldn’t know it. Extremely enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch No. 17. Bottled on 2/13/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, yeast, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart malt, spice, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fruit and spice combination all around.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Definitely one of the more fruit forward triples thats packs in the spices. Very juicy with strong flavors of pineapple, pear, clove, starfruit, honey and phenols. This beer is quite pleasant until the finish, where the juicier notes tend to linger on without anything (typical tartness) to balance out this beer. Overall this is a slightly different triple that really works off of a creamy and juicer palate.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy straw yellow with a finger of head, quick dissipation. Smells of honey, pilsner malt, bread, spicy peppery Belgian yeast. The flavor is more leaning towards a Belgian strong pale. Malty with a subtle sweetness, evenly balanced by hops and white pepper flavor, bready. Probably the tastiest tripel I've ever had. Medium in body, higher carbonation. Refreshingly awesome. As someone who generally avoids this style of beer, I have to say this is excellent. Not like the usual over abundantly sugary sweet tripels.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

General: I received this from the "Rare Beer of the Month" club that my wife gave me for Xmas this year. This one came in first with a beer from Belgium and I figured tonight is as good of a night as any to taste it. I enjoyed this out of a chalice style glass, my wife split the bottle with me thankfully.

Appearance: Straw to light golden color with a slight haze. The head is a light white fluffy thing that has great lacing on the glass. It persists very well also so I'm pretty excited about it already. The cloudiness is probably because of the bottle conditioning, the first glass was crystal clear but even when I left the bottom bit in the the bottle it got cloudier each pour. Understandable and acceptable.

Aroma: There is a nice clove and pear aroma to this. No alcohol smell that I've come to expect with triples but with 9.3% ABV it was surprising. The aroma has pronounced aromas that I really like.

Mouthfeel: This is almost creamy, I know that sounds weird because a triple should never be creamy but this one is and interestingly, it works. There isn't a big alcoholic burn on this one either, it's really unique. The carbonation is moderately high which is appropriate for this style.

Taste: WOW this is a flavor bomb. Big hits of clove and pears and other fruits like bananas. There isn't the alcohol that I have come to expect from this style, I'm really surpassed and happy about that! Even the wife loves this one!

Overall: Great beer, honestly this is a weird triple because of the lack of alcohol burn and aroma but that's ok, it is covered with really nice delicate aromas and flavors. The wife loves it, I love it, if I ever see this again I will be sure to pick up a bottle.

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Photo of lsiberian
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adelbert's Oaked Triple B is a fantastic example of creativity gone right. It's appearance is excellent clear light gold topped with a below average foamy white head. From the opening of the bottle the powerful oaked aged citrus hops please the nose and deliver just what you'd expect from a beer claiming to be Belgian-Style. On the tongue the citrus hops dominate the start slowly giving way to the oak finish by a hint of bitter. In the mouth this beer bites strong but finishes smooth. Overall this is a distinct beer suited for a seasoned drinker who love Belgian sours.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down rather quickly, but left a pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge and a thin film of bubbles in between.
S: Aromas of Belgian yeast and cloves are present in the nose along with hints of pears.
T: The taste mostly seems to follow the smell, except that there are stronger notes of fruity flavors and lesser hints of cloves, the latter of which is most noticeable in the finish. Hints of candi sugars and the associated alcohol are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that this was a solid representation of the style and seemed to have a good balance between each of the ingredients. The alcohol became a little more prominent as the beer warmed up, but for the most part stayed in the background.

Note: Batch No. 013, Bottled on 10/2/2013

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Photo of mwilbur
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Batch No. 013. Bottled on 10/2/2013.
A: Pours a clear straw-yellow with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch white head. Good retention.
S: Spice and fruity esters hit the nose first. White pepper and light caramel malt. Vanilla and clove emerges with warming.
T: An interesting amalgam of banana/clove, light caramel malt, peppery yeast, vanilla, toast, and herbal hops.
M: Light-medium body. Moderate tingly effervescence. Sweet with a dry finish. A pleasant mint note emerges on the palate during the finish (more pronounced with warming).
D: Definitely an interesting, and overall good, take on the style. With time and warming, this one grows on me. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rdickey
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Label indicates bottled on 11/12/13 which, if true, is itself pretty cool. Batch number 014. Pours a clear, straw-like gold into a tulip. A fine white one-finger head sits on top, and leaves nice sheets of lacing as it drops.

Smell: Phenols, cloves, black pepper, a little straw and red apples come through, with the spices picking up strength as it warms. Inviting.

Taste: The fruit flavors are a little more prominent, and the cloves and black pepper take on a little more prominence as it warms. Not a heck of a lot of hops in the profile, which hurts the balance a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with light to medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Medium to medium high; would be slightly higher with a little more hop balance.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: in a tulip, shining gold beer, hazy, with a full head of fluff; lace motes down the glass

S: flowers and hints of sweet honey, grassy and grainy fields

T: lush, fruity and dry, ample semi-sweet grains and classic tripel hop and yeast flavors; hints of citrus

M: full on the tongue, fuzzy, smooth, airy and clean-finishing

O: I would've sworn this was a Trappist Belgian tripel - spot-on representation of the style

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Photo of stephens101
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours furious into a tulip. Pale yellow-orange in color with a flocculent off-white head.

Estery aromas mixed with a flurry of fruit (passion fruit, orange, apple), followed by cotton candy notes, a bit of hay and grain, and some subtle spice.

Grainy with a taffy sweetness to the tongue. A fusel sharpness is quickly noticed, but held in check with a ripe fruitiness. Clove is noticed after a few sips.

Medium bodied and goes down smooth overall except for the nagging alcohol heat, which is all but made up for with the flavor and balance of the rest of the brew. Airy and well-carbonated which lightens the load.

This is my first Adelbert's brew, and I know I'll be looking for more.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden color slightly hazed as you near the bottom of the bottle. It displays a white frothy finger atop and webby lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The aroma includes notes of pale fruit like apple and pear. Some hints of clove-like spiciness and yeast come into play more as the brew warms up. Overall this is a cery tame, mild smelling brew but what emits from the glass is to style and enjoyable.

The taste is yeasty with a bit of a wheat inclusion. Some clove spiciness and mild almost coriander-like inclusion before the onset of fruit like pear and apple skins. There is a bit of an herbal feel to this brew as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a nice, well balanced offering. However, the alcohol level is not hiding at all and maybe gets to be a bit too warming too quickly. Other than that, pretty decent and worth a try.

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Photo of KKB
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – A rather hazy golden color with a healthy amount of white head that has solid retention and leaves admirable lacing.

S – It really smells pretty darn good, with a sweet fruity smell, cloves and yeast. Definitely a bit of spiciness in here as well.

T – Mild yet flavorful, well-crafted. It has fruity flavors of pear, apple and white grape with the clove and yeast that was in the nose; some definite funk/hay in here as well but it is not altogether unpleasant. There is also a bready/biscuity quality here that is sweet with a nice spicy undertone that brings the whole thing together.

M – Medium bodied, the alcohol is pretty undetectable, moderate carbonation yielding a quality mouthfeel.

O – I’m impressed by this actually, I wasn’t sure it was going to be this good, but this is a totally quality Tripel. Thoroughly enjoyed this and I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra in a trade from Abarhan, thanks Adam.

Poured from a corked and caged 750 bottle into my Chimay chalice glass.

A: A hazy golden color with a nice two finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Sweet fruits with clove and yeasty smells. I'm getting a little spicyness on the nose too.

T: Bright sweet fruits with flavors of pear, apple and grape mix with the yeasty clove flavors and a decent amount of funk, almost like some brett was used. Sweetness is biscuit like with some sugar tones, but I think some spicy hops keep the beer from becoming too sweet. Finish is sweeter but not cloying and maybe even a bit of drying. Nice beer.

M: Medium, a bit of alchohol, slightly spicy and sweet.

O: A good tripel, but not a world beater. I enjoyed the beer and really liked the slight funkiness of it.

Nice to try a local from Texas that not many have had. I see most of this brewers beers are not rated all that highly, but I actually enjoyed this one. I also have a bottle of the Dubbel to try and look forward to it. Try it if you can.

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Tripel B from Adelbert's Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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