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Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

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Photo of Shadar
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Near perfection for a Tripel (my favorite style of beer). I was shocked to discover Sam Adams even out-classed St Bernardus Tripel. This is truly as close as a Tripel can get to perfect for me.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hefty bottle with cork and cage, and the cork was not easy to open which I suppose is a good thing if your looking to age it.

A light gold color with amber-ish hues, slight haze and classic rushing carbonation directly from the middle which creates a nearly perfect 2" inch high all-white head showing good activity with slow retention.

The aroma is very complex, zippy and tart fruity esters pop right out with sharp lemmons toned downed by a crispy wheat and bunches of dry-earthy aroma's. Slightly musty wheat and fruits with honey-like sweetness and some vodka type heat. The oak aroma really pops and certainly adds depth to all aroma's along with several spices and pepper! but also in the heat tingle. This is easily one of the most complex aroma's for a Tripel, very bold...worth contemplating for sure.

The flavor is without a doubt sublime. Bold, brash flavor's, crispy honey-sweet malt and a yeasty complexity that pushes the limits. The yeast baffles explanation at first with massive dry earthy tones and musty, spicey...grandma's spice rack!! subtle banana's and cloves, red fruits and a snappy bite from 10% heat. The flavor's eventhough it's very, very complex has a wonderful balance.

The feel is simply amazing with snappy, slightly hot and dry medium bodied feel, good bite and a full, smooth finish. a lushous and wonderful mouthfeel.

This is exactly the kind of brew that I'm all about right now, Belgian Tripel and Farmhouse ale's are "in" for me big time and this one hits the spot. a wonderous brew.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really good triple with notes of spice, sweet and zen good vibes--- bravo!! Puts copper amber hue with lacey small head that fades fast. Nice tight carbonization.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

This one pours a nicely ruby tinted rich golden color that a nice off white rich head that is long lived, settles slow and leaves good lacing down the glass.

The nose is fruity and pleasant with spiced notes that remind me a tad of all spice, there are nice bread tones and some alcohol. A mild but very pleasant nose here.

The taste is exceptional and definitely fruity, but not overly sweet. The flavor is a nicely done malt with woody notes that has a mild hopped experience that balances nicely with a complex array woody malts and spices.

The mouthfeel is silky and rick as a Belgian style should be, just right for this style.

Overall this is an exceptional offering from Samuel Adams and a real treat. This one is one of the best in their entire line up. I highly recommend trying this one.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this beer from the Boston brewery gift-shop. Served in a standard pint glass (sadly, my Sam Adam's Perfect Pint broke on the way home.)

A-Very bubbly. Yellow color with a fluffy, white head. Lacing was great.

S-Very pleasant, slightly fruity. Relatively light smell, not overwhelming in the least.

T-Very good. I was expecting an overly complex orgy of different flavors, but everything came together very nicely. Somewhat sweet with many fruity lavors that complemented each other nicely.

MF-Fairly carbonated. Even a slight tickle on the tip of the tongue.

D-Very drinkable.

Overall-I am sad after drinking this. Soley because I know it will not be available for purchase again. It was a very tasty brew with many flavors that complimented each other very nicely.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased today from the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston. Served somewhat chilled in my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle #2889.

Body is a nice golden-yellow. A little bit foggy, but almost clear. Some bubbles rise to the top. Head is perfectly white, big but airy, dissipates rather quickly.

Smells of sweet fruit, maybe pineapple; a little bit of "spice" that is typically given from the Belgian yeast stains; and just a bit of alcohol gently coming through. The aroma is strong enough that it could be smelled the moment it was poured into the glass, but it has a lightness or delicateness to it as well. Very nice.

Sweetness hits first up-front, not overly hard, but just a nice passing pleasantness. The 'spiciness' interrupts the sweetness -- that is, it doesn't wait until the sweetness leaves before joining in. It doesn't muscle the sweet away, they are actually pretty harmonious together. Finishes with just a slight warmth from the alcohol that gently brushes over the palate. The more I drink it, the less I get that warming sensation from the alcohol. Just a little sweetness lingers on the tongue. Everything is in such balance. Wonderful.

Body is moderate to light. Carbonation is on the low side, but probably moderate for style. Definitely feels like an easy-sipper. Drinkability is outstanding, as well. Could probably finish the bottle myself given a reasonable amount of time, as long as I had nowhere to drive.

Oh, brave new world with such beer in it!!! Would go back for more, easily. I'm no expert on this style, but this beer was absolutely outstanding for me. Probably the best I've had of its kind, I really can't say what I would want improved upon it.

If you can get your hands on a bottle, I recommend it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
10% ABV, "Enjoy this ale now or age it to further develop unique flavors."

A - Deep golden amber in color, this dark tripel shows off it's steady carbonation through the clarity of the beer nicely. Its tall and sparkly ivory foam has superb retention, shrouding the glass in lacing as it diminishes.

S - Sweet lemon peel and peach pit give the nose a fruity complexity that leads into white grape and clear rock sugar before slightly biscuity malts create a firm base. New World's complexity runs much deeper though, as clove and traces of bubble gum show off the intricate yeast while virgin oak hints at the time in barrels.

T - Rock candi sugar and crystal malt splash the tongue with initial sweetness that's closely followed by a drier, more biscuity maltiness. Belgian yeast quickly takes over however, sprinkling a bit of white pepper and coriander on the tongue followed by bubble gum and delicate fruit complexities that mirror the aroma.

M - Incredibly smooth even with a prickle of carbonation, this high gravity tripel has a hint of warming alcohol on the finish but certainly not its elevated 10%. Sweetness is calmed by dryness on the finish for a wonderful drinking experience.

O - Samuel Adams New World tripel is a beer to behold; it's rare to come across a state-side Belgian style tripel that can hang with the classics but, this does it and more. Its aromatic and complex aroma leads right into the delicious flavor, finishing out with incredible smoothness that begs to be sipped time and time again. Truly a classic.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, Bottle number 1180. Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a good inch or so of persistent off-white head that leaves some very decent lacing. Wood, ripe banana, date, nut, and spice all play parts in the aroma. Ripe banana, apple, pear jump right out, with notes of nut, spice, and malt. Medium bodied with ample carbonation to make this much more drinkable than expected. Complex, delicious, and drinkable. Wow. I'm impressed.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sam Adams New World Tripel (barrel room collection)

A=apple cider gold

S= faint malt, apple juice/cider,alcohol. quick fading head.

T=malty,oak,apple notes, fresh bread, sweet and tart.

MF= tones of carbonation, full mouth feel, medium bodied.

This is a good beer to have by the fireplace on a bearskin rug with a foxy mama :P. this tripel leaves you with a warm finnish.


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Photo of pzrhsau
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Robust white head coats the glass the second you pour this beer. The beer has a nice yellowish golden orange tint which is slightly cloudy.
S: You get a first scent of bread followed by a very strong citrusy pineapple tangeriney fruit aroma and some nice bitter finish from the hops.
T: The beer has a great light malt flavor blending into a mixture of pear, pineapple citrus fruit tempered by some good hoppy bitterness to give the beer some weight. There is a slight presence of alcohol but it is not overwhelming.
M/O: Very crisp and bright carbonation that livens up the flavor. Really hits the mark with the style while imparting some nice fruity tones into a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Adamtravsdad
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best bottled beers I've had...Im kinda new to the craft beer scene other than the standards that you can get at any convenience store...highly recommend!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant copper amber crowned by a sticky 1” white foam collar.
S: Spice and tropical fruit.
T: Yeast driven palate with pineapple, mango, apricot and peach. Moderate malt flavors, biscuit, and mild hop bitterness.
F: Very creamy, medium body and medium high carbonation. Very soft palate.
O: Not a lot of oak but a well made and easy to drink tripel.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into sam adams imperial series snifter. Straw golden with orange highlights, pours with a thick cream white head.

Aromas are pineapple, peach and mango. Very little in the way of heavy oak, very faint woody notes. Vanilla, orange and light tangerine as it warms. Nice peppery and floral notes from the belgian yeast.

Flavor profile is heavily tropical fruit and white rum. Pineapple, bananna, clove, with hints of maple and rose. The alcohol character provides the bulk of the drying sensation in the palate with finishing notes od honey suckle and jasmine.

The mouthfeel is medium lite with a dry finish, no astringency very clean and smooth.

Extremely drinkable and balanced, an absolute homerun from SA.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white 2 finger head that leave a wonderful sticky lacing.

The aroma is spicy banana, cloves, tropical fruits, citrus, sweet malts, bubblegum, and just a hint of oak... I love the earthy and rich scent this emits... smells so luxurious!

The taste follows the nose.... peppery spice sweetness, tropical citrus (mango, pineapples, banana), sweet and complex! The oak is very subdued however, but this is such a delicious offering form Sam Adams that i am very impressed with how well this is crafted. And the alcohol is very well hidden.... I was amazed that I was able to buy this for $4.49!!! I am definitely going to get some more of these to enjoy ;-)

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Photo of NorthGeorgiaBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

This is a very enjoyable brew - fairly "in your face", sweet, lots of citrus and fruit esters (I'm thinking pineapple and pear?), some coriander spice... and its 10% ABV is hidden very well in its sweetness. In fact, the sweetness gives it a fairly mead-like character. It's almost too sweet, but I think sweetness and fruitiness are desirable characteristics of good Tripels.

The color is a nice orangey-honey. Not much hop character, which I like (I'm definitely NOT an IPA guy), and very good smooth mouthfeel. The head is rich and creamy, lingers for a few moments, and clings nicely to the glass as it dissipates.

After getting halfway through the bottle, I am not tasting, but definitely FEELING, the alcohol's effects... in a GOOD way. A nice, light, smooth, and quite satisfying buzz. Probably good that I only have this one bottle, or I'd be on the floor tonight!

I will be buying this one again. It's the most enjoyable brew I've ever tasted from BBC. TWO thumbs up!

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, serious tripel! Cork was one of the most difficult ever. Had a good pop. Poured at a good temperature with a large, thick, foamy, cream-colored head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is a volatile blend of malt, fruit, spice, hop. Flavor is like nose, mildly sweet with good carbonic tang and a little bitter to balance very nicely. Body is full and is dominated by fine sparkling wine style carbonation that adds an elegant dimension. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, has some alcohol warmth and is a true pleasure to sip. A masterpiece! Be fun to cook with if I didn't drink it all.

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Photo of Jeff-Grant
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Awesome! Best beer I have had by Sam Adams. I could only obtain it from the brewery in boston. Well worth packing it in luggage to get it back to chicago. Fantastic Belgian yeast flavors and a kickin abv.

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Photo of RickS95
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer from Boston Beer Co with a golden orange pour. Mostly clear with just a slight haze. Plenty of carbonation from new bubbles down low and the head up top. The head...pretty immense, it snuck up on me. 3+ fingers thick. Big time retention. Thick, soapy lace.

Smell is all over the place, and in a good way. Pear, white grape, pepper, citrus, Belgian sugar, alcohol.

One of the few Sam Adams beers that nails it. Tastes like a Belgian should, with just a few bits to Americanize it. The honey really comes through on the tongue where it wasn't very noticed in the smell. The hops give a nice savory, spicy balance to the sweet from the citrus and tropical fruits and sugars. There's a dance that lasts well into the finish.

This thing nails it again. It's sweet and savory at the same time. It's citrusy and spicy at the same time. It's got heat from the high ABV, but it's well hidden. It's got an earthiness to it from the aging that's not destroyed by too much bite from the alcohol. It's well carbonated. It's a party on the palate.

Easily one of the best Sam Adams beers I've ever had. There are no complaints on this beer. Truly a tripel that even a Belgian could be proud to drink. Certainly has some unique American features, but they hit this out of the park.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my brand new Kasteel goblet.

5.0 A: Nearly clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid white head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Earthy and spicy, this is a great smelling brew. The most prominent aroma is probably yeastiness with peppery spiciness and a touch of clove as well. Hops add a subtle dirty earthiness. Peachy fruitiness is also there, but not so much tropical fruit as suggested by the label. Other than the aromas mentioned, this beer is very clean. Oak is much lighter than I would have expected.

4.5 T: Lots and lots of pepper spiciness with some clove in there too. Some fruitiness remains, but much drier than the nose would suggest. Instead, there's a lot more earthiness with some hay and barnyard funkiness. Don't get me wrong, this is a tripel, but it does have some saison-like characteristics. Oak comes through more in the taste. Pretty damn good.

4.0 M: Light body. Lots, if not too much, spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess. Goes down easy for the amount of carbonation.

4.5 D: This is easily my favorite SA brew. Until now, just about everything has left me unimpressed. Everytime I find my self pulling a cork from a bottle of beer, I wonder if the beer inside is worthy of such a fancy presentation. This one is.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- by far one of the most perfect appearances I have seen in a long time, its really just beautiful, nice bubbles stream so nice up the glass and thick foam head stands for long period time just really as flawless appearance you could see

Smell- very nice nose for the belgian triple style, nice yeast citrus tones, spot on for the style, not getting alot the oak but really nice nose

taste- up front starts sweet but has really nice spice on the finish keeping it balanced, nice spice sweetness, and just so balanced really hard even notice a real flaw, if you like this style its real spot on, i dont get alot of the oak but its all coming together in general

mouthfeel- very creamy and very smooth, enjoyable

Drinkability/overall- i have to say really perfectly drinkable and so balanced, spot on beer and one the most impressed I have ever been by sam adams, just really good stuff and I highly recommend trying this if you like tripels, wheres the 10 %?

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Photo of Esters
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a newbie to the 'reserve' beer scene, it was quite nice to sample Samuel Adams New World Tripel on a recent trip to Boston.

It pours as a very pretty golden color with a thick head that quickly dissipates as the beer warms.

In a sniffer glass, the beer has a pleasant banana aroma at first, which completely changes to a nice hoppy scent upon drinking. This was surprising to me, as tripels are somewhat known for their maltiness. I didn't expect a hoppy flavor. Whether it was my uneducated palate talking or the beer talking, I'm not so sure.

This beer is very drinkable -- the high ABV (10%, as listed on the bottle) is completely hidden by the high malt content and complex flavor. The oak didn't quite come through for me, but the listed "tropical fruit" certainly did. YMMV, though.

Since I am a dedicated fan of darker beers, like doppelbocks, it was a bit of a surprise that I liked this beer as much as I did. I would definitely purchase this again, though probably not if I was planning on pairing it with 'heavier' meals. My beer paired very well with Havarti cheese and a non-spicy dried sausage.

Also, be careful! As a young woman, this beer packed a heavy kick! Pay attention to your ABV content.


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Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10 pickup from the new Hy-vee in Dekalb. Great selection there.

Pours a deep, hazy gold with a dense layer of foam and moderate carbonation.

Great Belgian yeast smell comes in under the tropical fruit aroma.

Prickly feel in the mouth from carbonation and high ABV. Tasting banana esters which are fantastic. Some tropical fruit in the taste as the nose suggested.

I haven't had too many tripels, so maybe my ratings are a little high, but I think this is a high quality brew.

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Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No sediment from the bottom of the bottle was needed, this beer's complexion was murky from the get-go. Still, it managed to emit an orange-golden ember that by all accounts should be classified as 'light'. Its head is stacked like Lego, one layer above the last, and the lacing it leaves set's like mortar into the glass. Permanent.

The aroma gives me good reason to believe that this beer might just be worth the fancy bottle it's been packaged in (to say nothing of the corresponding price tag). It boasts a refreshing acidity, like fresh-squeezed lime, a peppery spice, orange zest and plenty of toasty but pale maltiness. It has it 'going on' in the conventional (and every other) sense.

The spiciness in some tripels falls like a boulder but in this example it's mere pebbles that roll down the mountainside. Part of this is owed to the massive presence of tropical fruits: lime, lemon, pear, pineapple. Herbaceous grassy notes, stale marzipan and dry hay are also large slices of the flavor/mouthfeel pie. It is semi-dry yet lively, above all delicious.

The beer not only has a wine-like alcohol strength but also a somewhat wine-like acidity too. New World almost emulates a Sauvignon Blanc, registering similar levels of lime zest and green pepper, both in flavor and pH. Sweet pea, green grass and melon are not far off the mark either. If not Belgian, one might guess it as Kiwi. It's a wine/beer crossover.

Most American tripels are 'Belgian' in character only in the same way that the Olive Garden is Italian. Everything about Samuel Adams' New World Tripel, however, is unequivocally Old World. It is malty and phenolic, quaffable yet complicated, boastful yet refined. It is, in truth, pretty much all you could ask for in a tripel. And it deserves a lot of lovin'.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I mean wow. That was all I could choke out when I tasted it. I was like heaven. I loved it. it was so sweet yet it tasted like beer. I chose this beer as my 100th and it was an amazing choice. Samuel Adams you did it once again for me.

Overall well worth the money.

Excellent bottle!

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours a shade darker than your average Tripel giving off a more amber color than the usual yellow-gold, still lovely looking. Lovely head that bubbles away rather soon, leaving sticky globs of lacing as it recedes to a thin milimeter or so of film.

Aroma-Wonderful heady aroma of spicy/fruity Belgian yeastyness right up front, a light scent of vanilla in there as well as a floral character that I can't quite place but know I've smelled before, maybe the hops?

Taste-Great 'authentic' taste, if you served this to me I'd have assumed it was from Belgium. Sweet upfront with spicy overtones, some herbal and slightly medicinal qualities as well, the woodsiness and vanilla-ish flavors from the oak comes through on the finish, which is just fine by my palette, too soon and it would overwhelm the other qualities.

Mouthfeel-Medium-full, a little lighter than most Tripels and less carbonated as well.

Drinkability/Overall-Sam nailed this one, I'm excited to see more American brewers nail my overall favorite style and bring new twists to this delicious classic.

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