Tribute Tripel
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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3.85 | pDev: 10.39%
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Notes: “This is the greatest and best song (beer) in the world… Tribute.” Not only are we huge Tenacious D fans, but we’re also huge Belgian Tripel fans, so this is our “Tribute”. Brewed with a whole lot of Pilsen malt, Hallertau and Saaz hops, as well a pinch of coriander and bitter orange peel, Tribute has a soft malt backbone that’s paired with a fruity, citrusy flavor, and spicy, yet not over done phenolic character imparted from our use of an authentic Belgian yeast strain. At 9.3% ABV the alcohol is well hidden and very deceptive, and the dry finish will leave you eager for more."
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from undated can into a tulip glass. It pours a hazy, honey-orange color with a half finger of foamy, bright white head and lacing that dissipated quickly. On the nose there is sour lemon and orange, along with the obligatory coriander and pepper. While I'm not tasting any banana, there are whiffs of honey and sweet malt. The taste opens with a lot of orange/tangerine and it has more fruity sweetness than other Tripels I've had. The coriander and Belgian yeast become more pronounced as the glass warms and it finishes with a peppery, hoppy bitterness. It has a full mouth feel with a pleasant level of carbonation, and it's potent with an ABV of 9.3%. Overall, Tribute is a fine offering but I'm simply not a fan of the sweet orange.

Dec 15, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(4 oz pour at the brewery)

Hazy yellow-gold liquid, gummy froth sticking to glass... mild, dry banana burst up front, quickly followed and finished by a smooth spice and nutty yeast; aftertaste is initially fruity-estery with slight bubblegum tone emerging... supremely smooth, lithe body with very little warmth, let alone heat lingering; too easy to drink... bought a can (or sixer?) of this a couple years back, thought it might be a bit old, the nutty yeast (and toasty spice?) accentuated too much - so, perhaps this doesn't age well - but this (ostensibly fresh) draft sample was rather enjoyable and may have just changed my mind on this; do think I'll seek out a (fresh) sixer and give it another shot (1519)

Sep 27, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

13 ounce pour at the brewery's Borough Brewhouse. Poured into a snifter.

L---Crystal clear, rich gold color. Small head with no retention and left no lacing.

S---Fruity. Banana & coriander are the most noticeable notes.

T---Light coriander & light orange. Taste is not as full as I was looking for, like it was a Tripel Lite or something. Alcohol was really well hidden. Barely noticeable, you could get in trouble with this one.

F---No bite to it. Smooth. Medium mouthfeel.

O---Not what I was thinking it was going to be, much lighter. I regularly drink tripels, and they are a lot more assertive than this one.

Nov 28, 2018
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

‘‘Tis the season for tripels ( for me, anyway ), and this beer does not disappoint. Lots of notes in this 9.3% golden brew, starting with coriander, orange zest and what might be clove, but could be black pepper. Either way, the combination of these flavors with a nicely balanced malt presence make for a delightful drinking experience. A billowy white head enhances the appeal, provided you pour properly and use the right glass. (I used a snifter.) The alcohol does not intrude nor overpower, but it produces a wonderfully dry finish that will have you asking for another—and another. Just be sure you’re not driving or operating a backhoe afterwards. Unsurprisingly, a very solid tripel from Neshaminy Creek.

Dec 12, 2017
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MMOSNN from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - opaque golden color with a nice foamy white head that has low retention and spotty lacing.
Smell - big tripel aromas in the form of coriander, banana, bubble gum, and pungent yeast notes.
Taste - very similar to the nose with the yeast hitting hard and lingering throughout and after. The coriander, banana, and bubble gum notes shine through here and there and make for a nice overall flavor profile.
Feel - high carbonation, medium slightly chewy body, and partially dry finish.

Aug 26, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. "Tribute Tripel"
12 fl. oz. can, no production coding or freshness dating.
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting can. Very hazy golden body with an orange cast beneath a massive head of off-white - I let it get away from me a little, which is normally OK, but apparently this one has really good head retention to so I have to wait. The lacing that's forming as the head falls is quite nice, so I assume that it'll be like that throughout the glass. The aroma is a little bit yeasty, spicy like coriander seed, and just a touch banana-like over sweet grainy malt. Wow! The flavor is much fuller than the aroma suggests! It's loaded with fruit (apple, plum, tangerine, banana, mango) and sugary malt that somehow dries in the finish, perhaps due to the black pepper spiciness of the yeast, the coriander, and the hops. It's floral, spicy, mildly herbal, and just a touch grassy. A median bitterness helps to balance it as well - ahh, I just got it - as does some alcohol, which is part of the peppery spiciness I'm finding in the finish. Thankfully that's not overdone as I can sometimes find too much peppery spiciness, or alcohol, distracting. No, this is very well balanced and rounded. This could be a dangerous beer for me, I'd gladly drink two of these in a row, and then, when I'm not thinking properly, have another! Looking back the lacing was not as good as I'd hoped it would be but the head retention remained. Medium to medium-light in body with a bristling, finely effervescent carbonation. Certainly worth trying!

Apr 27, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Optics are fine, maybe a tad lacking in head. Smell carries a lot of the orange & coriander with a bit of phenol. The phenol is much more prevalent on the tongue, however, and really dominates the pallete. You get a teeny bit of some citrus and the malt, but anything else is washed out. Lots of breweries overdo the phenolic aspect in tripels & so does this one. Not bad, but not one to revisit.

Dec 04, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can copped at Stewart Leonard's. Nice American rendition of a classic Belgian style. Cloves and coriander predominate the brew. Yeast is apparent. Drinkable despite the ABV. Not a bad stab at the style.

Aug 05, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Moonshine - Philly. Less than stellar appearance, soft creamy head. Subdued nose, but taste brings it back to center. Musty, herbal, floral, buttery mix. Body just a shade thin. Decent tripel.

Feb 26, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Since they put it in a CAN, I CANnot help but want to review it! I am reminded of another fine CANned beer from PA who I paraphrase here: From the banks of the mighty Neshaminy, we tender this premium Tripel beer for your enjoyment as a Tribute to your good taste. It comes from the Creek to you. The CANQuest (tm)'s lawyers are standing by!

From the CAN: "This is not the greatest Tripel in the world, this is just a Tribute."; "Authentic Belgian Tripel".

The Crack! released some foaming action through the vent, so I sat back & allowed it to play itself out before I CANtinued. Tri(pel) as I might, I could not reduce the turbidity in this beer, even with the gentlest of Glugs. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4- 5) and the Gelt Gang said that they could not be bothered. There was a finger of foamy, tawny head for a brief moment, but then it fell to wisps. I really got a whiff of vanilla on the nose! Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium with a prickly sensation on the tongue from the carbonation. Warning, Will Robinson! Danger, danger, danger! The alcohol was imperceptible & I drank off half of it without thinking. Oh my! The taste was of black pepper, oranges, vanilla & old newspapers, the latter undoubtedly a product of the yeast. A Tripel from a CAN! I wonder what the Belgians would have to say about this. Personally, I am all for it, since the idea of lugging bottle-conditioned beers around is anethma. When it became apparent (not clear) that I was not going to achieve any sort of clarity, I roused the lees in the CAN & let fly. This brought forth three-plus fingers of rocky, tawny head with great retention and also greatly increased the turbidity in the beer itself. Sticky lacing began to form and I began to CANtemplate who was going to clean up afterwards. Now, the alcohol was much more pronounced! Whew! The black pepper flavor really stood out, as did the musty, papery-like taste. The finish was bone-dry, the result of the coriCANder & the yeast. I was gasping for air and reaching for my inhaler afterwards! This will definitely get things rolling!

Would I put it in a cooler? I think back to the MAD Magazines of my youth & Antonio Prohias' "Spy vs. Spy". White Spy would be on the beach, lounging in a folding chair, next to a cooler and an inflated inflatable raft. I, as Black Spy, would wait until he either a) falls asleep or b) heads for the lav & replace all of his B/M/C Light/Lite beers with a mixed case of this & TenFidy & laugh hysterically as he gets on his raft later and floats away, never to be heard from again. Sharks nibble at his dangling fingers & toes since he is passed out & well past the breakwall in the last panel.

Jan 18, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

2.18/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks Phil, I always appreciate a taste of a new beer and had it not been for your efforts, I may have missed this one. Enjoyed from a 22 oz mega snifter.

A - the can burst open w excitement blasting foamy in every which way on the initial crack. The pour revealed similar lively carbonation...never seen a triel pour w such a vigorous head, but I'll take it. Nice lace as well.

S - nose is uber sweet. Big bursts of banana clove and bubblegum with a big earthy malt ticked in the background. Finishes a bit rubbery or musty. Overall sweet.

T/m/o - lots of VERY sweet floral coriander and clove. Almost too sweet. Not for me. Just too intense of a floral pot pours soapy flavor for me. Couldn't finish it.

Jul 22, 2015
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a nice offering from Neshaminy Creek. Being a Philly guy, I may be biased to a hometown brewery, but I really enjoyed this brew. I also have the advantage of getting these brews extremely fresh. This poured a nice hazy orange color with a white head to it. You could immediately pick up the aroma of orange peel, apricot, ginger and coriander. The taste was very strong as you'd expect from a 9.3% ABV. The alcohol comes through and warms as it goes down. You can pick up the orange peel and citrus as well as the smooth malts blended well. I think this is a nice tripel. It is one to try!

Apr 20, 2015
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beerjerk666 from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't overly impressed with this offering from NC, unfortunately.
It looks really dark orange, almost looks like a killer DIPA! That's throwing me off a little.
I ain't picking up a whole lot in the nose either, although that may be from my allergies.
Tastes really good! Get a lot from the orange peel and coriander, there's a lingering bitterness on the tip of my tongue too.
Not a lot of carbonation that I usually expect from a Belgian. Still a decently easy drinking beer.
Overall, like I said I wasn't impressed, perhaps because I expected something different.

Apr 19, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright orange to copper color with fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm that fades to an edge layer immediately after the pour.
Aroma is slightly spicy with a mix of sweet sugary malt mixed in for good measure. There is a bit of citrus and orange peel on the nose which is not expected but pleasant.
First sip reveals an average body with a slightly sticky texture and fine, gentle carbonation. I do get a nice sweet flavor with light fruitiness and some coriander and orange again but overall general sweet notes. There is some booze on the finish as the bottle warms, but in general this beer drinks very easy for a 9% ABV bottle. Enjoyable and well made, worth a shot but not mind blowing.

Apr 18, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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

On draft, in shaker pint glass.

Hazy orange golden. White head. Aroma is a bit spicy and herbal. Biscuit malt flavor with Belgian yeast esters. Medium body.

Apr 10, 2015
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hoagzzz from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my style but got a bomber as a gift so wanted to give it a go. To me, this has a dry champagne taste. I can endure a glass but no way I'm killing this bottle.

Mar 22, 2015
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PhillyFoodie from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Bordeaux glass. Nice looking tripel, cloudy amber with and off-white head and solid lacing. Some may like theirs a bit clearer but to me this is a really good looking beer.

Smells of banana and apricot, a bit of orange and cilantro along with some spicy gingerbread, presumably from the addition of Saaz hops. I could literally sit here and smell this all day.

Taste is a classic tripel with a bit of a buttery side and slightly less alcoholic. Really very tasty. This would really go great with some lemon chicken, duck a l'orange, or some other zesty yet light flavored dish.

Overall I am really impressed by this beer and will surely be buying again.

Mar 17, 2015
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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried something new with this beer. I tried dunking some local biscotti in it, the results were delicious. The biscotti was almond and orange, for those who care to try.

Mar 15, 2015
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Neshaminy Creek Brewing in Croydon, PA.

Deep gold, basically orange in color and hazy with a small white head. Soft spice and citrus in the aroma backed by some bready malts. Lacking the complexity and fruity esters of some its Belgian counterparts. Smooth flavor that's a little too heavy on the malt. Subtle sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. A different take on the style but I like my tripels with a touch more spice. Allagash and Flying Fish Exit 4 remain my go-to tripels but a good, local option nonetheless.

Mar 05, 2015
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drtth from Pennsylvania

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

The beer pours out of the can into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed golden orange-yellow color with visible light carbonation and some bits of sediment. The 1/4” white head persists briefly and then settles down to thin irregular island of foam over part of the liquid. The ring of foam around the glass leaves small patches of lacing on the sides of the glass, especially when sipping.

The aroma is lightly sweet, citric and lightly spicy with clear, but faint spicy notes from the Belgian yeast.

As expected from the nose the flavors include a bit of citrus (from the orange peel used in brewing the beer), some sweetness. About mid-way through there are hints of green orchard fruits, a bit of coriander and maybe even some white pepper (but if so its very hard to isolate). While there are noble hops in this beer what bitterness I can pick up seems to be from the orange peel and the hops don't really show.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very light, slightly prickly carbonation. The finish is dry and shows the coriander nicely as it tapers off to the end and invites another sip.

Overall this is a nice respectable triple which can be easily found in this area and which is competitive choice when out at the bar. It drinks easily and while it isn't in the same league as the Westmalle Tripel (but then how many tripels are :-) ) While it is a bit different from many other tripels with its use of orange peel, the beer is well worth a try. Also, tonight I've learned one of the downside of canning. Its hard so see if there's any sediment at the bottom of the container and "decanting" the beer can be a bit of more challenging than with a bottle.

Feb 22, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/26...bomber. Pours bright gold with white foam touches on top. Strong belgian yeast nose. Citrus pokes through. Lemons. Taste is a light malt, peppery. Citrus, hoppy. A few in and the booziness is apparent. Leaves a bitter taste but chewy and sweet. Complex and flavorful.

Feb 01, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of honey and orange peel are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of orange, honey and candi sugar and finishes with some spicy coriander.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tripel is unique in the sense that it is brewed with coriander and orange peel so it tastes like a souped up witbier.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 14, 2014
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, head is light tan with fine and medium size bubbles, pretty dense, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a blend of some booze and yeast off flavors and phenols, some hop bitterness and aroma is present, touch of grapefruit and grass.

Taste is blend of mild leftover sweetness from the sugar, phenol from the yeast and some booze/ester type flavor - all expected and desired. Sweetness is a touch more than other tripels. Phenol and ester flavors are not overpowering and complement the sweetness. There seems to be a good amount of hop flavor and solid bitterness balancing the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a touch sweet, not cloying, followed by some tongue biting bitterness but not as much dryness as expected.

Overall, a solid brew, maybe a sweeter tripel than most but some good yeast byproduct and ester flavors.

Jun 01, 2014
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dank203 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

very nice for price. pours orange into snifter with the white head. cloudy/unfiltered appearance. aromas have hints of banana, clove, alcohol. not a really awesome nose. flavor and feel are great for a 4.99 tripel. a little bit on the bitter side, like an orange peel. overall mostly reflects value

Apr 26, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Stone Grille taproom in York, in their bottle shop called BrewTaGo, 22oz enjoyed chilled with tenderbranson69 from a cordial glass.

The color is a very hazed sunny golden with thick cream with fine bead and lasting retention, lace clings like foam. The smell is very good nice malt with a slight spice not from the yeast and mildly sweet essence perhaps candy sugar with light alcohol. The feel is excellent, the alcohol is restrained with malt being the star and yeast adding dimension with moderate carbonation and light sweetness in the finish.

The taste is great, lots of belgian yeast adds clove and some light banana with a gentle dried fruit flavor and malt sweetness is full in the middle with a tinge of candy sugar tip and mild peppery hop accents the yeast with only a smidge of alcohol warmth in the finish which is mostly dry. Overall I really enjoyed this -a very good take on the style by this American brewer.

Apr 21, 2014
Tribute Tripel from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 178 ratings