Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Todd on 10-30-2009

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1,026
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303
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Various ideas that didn't all hang together. Not so drinkable. Nice looking. Sweet, spicy taste and sweet aroma.Spices not what I liked, Saaz hops did not do it for me. It's the style, but it doesn't quite rise to the occasion of those produced in Belgium.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:single finger head with nice lacing and excellent lacing on a hazy golden amber body.

S: syrup, sweet citrus, corriander.

T: spices, lime, belgian yeast, corriander, citrus mostly plantain. this one is definitly very belgian and not too sweet.

M: high carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: usually some of these beers disappoint me but this one is actually very good with excellent belgian character without being too sweet.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a slight chalky flavor on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the quality here is enormous, its rich smooth creamy beer with a vibrant Belgian yeast strain and a ton of grain character at its base, but for my palate, it was too sweet to drink much of, although that doesn't at all diminish my appreciation for it. hazy blonde, obviously viscous, but also supremely well carbonated, amassing a several inches high white impenetrable head on top. the nose and taste show a ton of candy sugar left over, oats in the body, and the oak adding a vanilla and pear sweetness to this thing. its sweet double jeopardy, but I still dig it for being as enormous as it is and not showing its booze, for bringing oak into the fold so well, and for offering a beer this good at such a fair price. round in feel, huge body, sticky sweet, but its aided in drinkability by all the bubbles. wheat is fresh, yeast is amazingly bold in flavor and capacity to survive the potential energy of this thing, and expressive in a new way for a Belgian tripel. while not my personal favorite, I really admire this beer, and indeed this entire barrel room project from sam adams.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this as part of the set when I went to the Brewery Last year. This brew pours out as a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that had a pretty good retention. The aroma of the beer is basically like any other Tripel out there but not quite as strong smelling. There is some spices the come through and there are also some fruity scents too. The funk level on the nose isn't very high. The taste doesn't give off much funk either from the wild yeast. The fruity flavors taste decent for a Tripel and the spices do the same was well. The mouthfeel was light to medium and was fairly easy to drink. Glad I got to try it!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of fruits and herbs in the nose—pineapple seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has additional hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stronger than the average tripel, Samuel Adams (Barrel Room) New World treads on the ground of stronger Belgian-style pale ales. The stronger alcohols bring new and exciting life to the style while bridging in an oak taste that gives a glimpse into medieval monastic beer taste.

New World opens with light to medium amber, or burnish gold colors. A softly embedded haze diffuses light and creates a highly attractive glow. The beer simply looks like honey to me. But the creamy cap consists of both tight and loosely knit bubbles that looks of foamy class. And with its tremendous staying power and ornate lacing patterns, the beer certainly fits the bill of a well built tripel, though I have seen many at lighter colors.

Floral, grassy, grainy, and perfumy- the Belgian inspired scent is all that's promised. With one whiff there's the rustic scent of grain, grass, and dried fruit. In the other, there's the more finesse notes of flowery bouquet, honeysuckle, and the aroma of a fresh spring meadow. Laced with honey and clove notes, the fruit and spice interplay goes on and on...

Sweet flavors kick off with a bang. Honey, powdered sugar, and the grainy-sweet taste of pilsner malt shine. A light toasty backdrop, maybe of Oktoberfest fame, rises to support the cracker-like pilsner taste. An extension of floral aromas create an impression of flowery honey taste that's backed by the clove spice, white pepper, celery and aniseed or fennel. Additional esters of pear, apple, pineapple, and peach just keep the complexities coming. It seems that I find a new taste with each and every sip.

Medium bodied despite its heavy octane, the strong ale carries a marked amount of sweetness that's greater than in most classic tripels out there. But still, the exuberant carbonation springs from the tongue and lifts the sweetness and breadiness with ease. Despite its oak aging, the beer cleverly avoids the wood derived astringency that plagues many of these more finesse beers. Yet there's an impression of weight that resists the bubbles and weights on the tongue in finish for a honeyish, oaky, and toasty aftertaste of balance.

But it's that slight malty-sweet taste and residual malty weight that keeps the ale anchored to the richer Belgian-style strong pale ales than it does a tripel. I need a drier malt backbone and more earthen hop bitterness to qualify as a strong tripel contender. Still, the beer is no slouch and earns its spot in my heart and in my glass!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"A golden tripel with notes of spice and tropical fruit." 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with fantastic design, classy label art, and branded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. #643.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

That cork is really wedged in there. Took me a full 2 minutes to open by hand.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide white colour head of nice thickness. Decent frothiness. A bit of creaminess. Not as soft a complexion as it could be. Fluffy consistency. Head retention is superb for the high ABV - about 7-8 minutes. Spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dull hazy orange-yellow. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. It's generally appealing.

Sm: Clean estery spicy yeast notes are surprisingly complex. Saison-like white pepper is a highlight. Belgian pale malts. Banana. Clove. Biscuit malt. Light hints of fleeting tropical fruit - light mango and passionfruit. I love that the fruity character is so well presented; it's not too sticky or sweet and is consistent with the clean Belgian feel of the style. Light candi sugar. Some grassy notes. Honeysuckle. Floral hop character complements the rest of the notes without going overboard. Crackery malts. Nicely flowery. The spices really complement the fruit nicely. Superb subtlety; it's hard to identify specific fruits and spices because they blend so seamlessly into the malty base. A soft pleasant aroma of surprisingly light strength.

T/Mf: Belgian pale malts, pilsner malts, and some honey provide the foundation for this beer. There's ample spice here for a tripel: coriander, clove, wisps of white pepper, and honeysuckle. Belgian candi sugar. Golden malts. There's also plenty of fruit, maybe a bit too much as it veers into sticky sweetness territory a bit too much for my tastes, and also gains some alcohol warmth. Mango, pineapple (ugh...), pear, apple, and peach. I thought I would love its saison leanings, but they just don't work here, especially alongside the booziness. The sweetness is a bit syrupy too, which is bothersome. Plenty of esters. I do love that the yeast character comes through with some biscuity and spicy notes. Too sweet.

It's complex, but it's also kind of a mess, with little regard for balance. There's some subtlety here, but it isn't intricate or well layered. Lacks nuance. Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It comes on a bit too strong for a tripel; Trappist beers in the style don't require this level of intensity to succeed. Should be more mellow. It's a nontraditional build for the style, and while I always applaud experimentation, this doesn't quite work like it should. That said, I do think it's a better attempt at a tripel than most American attempts I've tried.

Not gestalt, but very cohesive.

Coarse and dry in an unbecoming manner for the style. Too thick and full-bodied. Subpar presence on the palate; it's overwhelming and lacks the delicacy of traditional Trappist beers in the style. Could be softer and more approachable. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, or rough. Sharp - especially for a tripel.

The oak aging hardly comes through at all in the flavour profile. I wouldn't notice any oak if I tried it blind, and what little there is when I search for it is very faint and weak. Oak tones should guide the flavour profile and lend it more natural cohesion, but fail to do so here. I do pick up some faint vanilla in the background.

Ultimately, I really have trouble with some of the essential decisions here - a tripel with notes of tropical fruit? Call me a traditionalist, but I don't think the Trappist monks were going for mango and pineapple in their tripels. I'm a big fan of pushing boundaries, but the Trappist styles might be best left to the masters.

Dr: It's a sipper without having to be. Way too boozy for the style. It's not the fragile delicate tripel put out by the Trappists by any stretch. A pretty decent American try at the style, but ultimately it's a swing and a miss. I'm curious what would happen to it with 3-4 years of age. Best split with friends.

It's an interesting brew with some nice orchard fruit notes and saison-esque white pepper.

Discerning drinkers will find it unnecessarily boozy with awkward tendencies towards unbecoming tropical fruit notes. Additionally, the lack of discernable oak is suspect - how long was this aged on oak?

High C+

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit is quite dominant with some sweet Belgian malt notes. Taste is really dominated by some notes of tropical fruit with some notes of Belgian malt with light candi sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but too much tropical fruit for my own taste – kind of hard to figure out this was a tripel.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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