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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1,028
Reviews:
304
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
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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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not as pale as a lot of tripels out there; there's a definite haze - I think there's some wheat in this, if I remember correctly from the SA website. Deep golden color.

The smell is, at first, a big alcohol hit (10%!) followed by some fresh pineapple and a little pear.

This carries over into the flavor, with a big alcohol edge commingling with the oak. There's a sort of valley in the middle where pear and pineapple notes fade into a herbal finish. It's just slightly skunky (Saaz).

A better tripel than some domestic versions I've tried but I'm not in too big of a hurry to buy this again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a from bottle into a tulip glass - gold/light amber, with a fine off white head of about 3 fingers of soapy fine bubbles and steady effervescence.

S: Mildly yeasty, Fruit (apple), a bit of acidity akin to balsamic vinegar

T: mild malty sweetness up front, a bit tart at middle and end from acidity (well carbonated to offset the maltiness, and enough hops to prevent it from being syrupy)

M: Sufficient carbonation to cleanse the palate and provide a full mouth feel

O: I was pleasantly surprised, easily one of the best domestic Belgian Style tripel I've had. Good price point for the quality. Would definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

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Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,028 ratings.
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