Tourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel Ale
MIA Beer Co.

Tourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel AleTourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel Ale
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MIA Beer Co.
Florida, United States
Ranked #148
Ranked #19,070
3.85 | pDev: 9.35%
Dec 22, 2021
Jan 06, 2015
Very Good
Tourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel AleTourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel Ale
Notes: This tripel is brewed with blond malts and a touch of candy sugar. It’s fermented with Belgian Abby yeast strain that imparts fruity and spicy yet soft, well rounded esters. This low hopped brew is easy on the palate, but deceptively strong.

35 IBUs
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mrbob558 from New York

This Belgian Style Ale has a light color and a smooth taste . It goes down very easily - I barely noticed it when I finished the can. The alcohol level is higher than the color would suggest- it packs a punch. I drank this beer while eating a sampler plate in a BBQ restaurants in Miami. This beer is good-in all aspects not outstanding but good and I would definitely have it again .

Dec 22, 2021
3.58 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Oct 17, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by carp3tshark from Alabama

Pours a deep golden color and produces a decent head with a some head retention but not as much as many Belgian beers of similar ilk.

The mouthfeel is good yet a bit thicker than a typical Trappist triple.

Smell is pleasant without any off putting aromas it smells like straw and citrus fruit.

The taste starts with grassy straw notes and then yields into pepper and clove with some sweet banana esters and maybe a small fruit presence. The 10% alcohol sneaks up and reminds you of its presence as you set the glass down. It’s actually really well hidden.

I think Trappist ales are a difficult genre for an American brewery to get right. This is a great attempt and although a purist might compare it to some beers made the same way for hundreds of years, this easily pleased me and made me think of many great ales I’ve had from the genre. Very drinkable and the price was most excellent in comparison. Well done MIA.

May 16, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MAB from Canada (AB)

The final day of the Advent Calendar 2020

Wow! They saved the best for last. Deep golden color with a nice frothy head-- check!
Banana esters and yeast on the nose-- check!
Deep flavor; sweet with counter balancing hops and an interesting yeast flavor. The alcohol pushes through at the end.
If you'd told me that this beer was from Belgium, I totally would have believed you. Well done, Florida!!

Dec 26, 2020
3.74 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON) on Nov 10, 2020
3.5 by trickynicky from Maryland on Sep 05, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Act25 from New Jersey

Metallic, flattish ale which seems to be a trait of Miami craft.
S Citric, grapefruit, yeast, decent aroma.
T starts to plummet as too sweet and metallic (it's the soft water?)
O Hard to compete vs great Tripels around USA and globe.

Feb 01, 2020
4 by eckelja from Connecticut on Dec 11, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin head; spotty lacing

Smell: Taffy, spicy phenols and clove

Taste: Taffy forward with spicy phenols emerging with clove tones building to the middle; there is a citrusy element, in the middle, that tries to peek through, but the finish is driven by the yeast and the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: An interesting take on a tripel and not getting much love here; I rather enjoyed what it brings to the table with its unique hopping relative to the style

Nov 19, 2019
3.93 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 19, 2019
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2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Honestly one of the worst beers I have had. Only positive is that you don't really taste the alcohol. Other than that, there is no reason to ever drink this beer again.

Sep 25, 2019
4 by vande from Illinois on Jul 09, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Burning ethanol and pepperly heat not sure where people are getting hops. Thick and slick and very hard to drink this beer is by far the worst triple I drank in quite some time.

May 31, 2019
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2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by PhilCarta from Florida

Taste is important and this beer ranks quite low to me, mostly due to some strong phenolic and/or clove flavor. Especially since there are a good number of competitive tripels out there which completely eclipse Tourist Trappe.

May 10, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Billolick from New York

12 olighter amber, ouncer, canned 3/4/19.

Pours medium hazed light amber, with a glden olive oil hue. Lasting and large off white cap, then going to an thick ringed collar and copious film.

Spiced up nose with light pepper and yeasty goodness.

Brightly flavorful and crisply biting, with notes of more pepper, Belgian phenolic and yeasty spice, lime, ginger and cloves.

Complex, heady, well crafted and well worth a try. I love a nice big and bold tripel and this one hits the mark.

May 01, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Radome from Florida

Sampled from a 12 oz can.

L - Very nice look for a Trappist style. Dark straw to light gold, maybe a hint of greenish tint. Moderately fluffy head initially, then a thick white ring around the glass and a scattering of sheets of very fine bubbles on the surface.

S - Fresh aromas of earthy, tropical fruity hops, low oak, black pepper spiciness. Hops seem a bit assertive, but otherwise a good Trappist-style aroma.

T - Again, the hops are more assertive than I feel is typical, but the rest of the flavors seem to stand up fairly well. Light bread-like malt is evident. Low black pepper and a few other spice notes from the yeast. Very strong hops are earthy and tropical fruit-like.

F - Light to medium body feels crisp due to spritzy carbonation. Moderate to high hops bitterness seems too high for the style. Medium alcohol heat.

O - This is Trappist-like beer for hopheads. Although it is enjoyable, I would prefer more malt and yeast and less hops to keep it closer to the originals.

Mar 22, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Bodega_Bobs_Brewing_Co from Florida

Love the cool artwork on these cans. Makes you think of Miami in the 80's. The play on words made me want to get this one!

Rich in texture and slightly alcoholic, as would be expected in a tripel. Has that bright spice as would be expected.

Overall, it's decent, but there are much better breweries in South Florida

Mar 11, 2019
2.5 by jcarlosv from Florida on Feb 23, 2019
3.92 by DavidRandall from Michigan on Feb 16, 2019
3.62 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Jan 27, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

I am very surprised to find a Tripel this good in a metro that has been very slow in developing quality crafters and even slower are crafting Belgian yeasts.
While its can Looks lively, this Tripel is not pretty for long and quickly starts to Look like a sad hefe. And while its Smells hit many of the Tripel notes (yeast and brewers sugar working the malt into fruits like citrus and banana) and the same can be dissected in the Taste, it simply lacks integration and the WOW factor and finishes average; probably busted up by the fusels finally stealing the show. Let's say they are still learning to control their Belgian yeasts and brewers sugar.

MIA should either change the name (a risk since it is its #3 for BA ratings) or craft another tripel from this recipe with a new name. The wordplay of Trappe is good and tourism is MIA market, it sort of lacks integrity... if I think about it. MIA seems sophisticated for its years, but being cute is not going to encourage me revisit this again. However I think it seems smart that the tourists Miami tends to serve (around the Northeast Corridor) are also the main states it distributes in.

Jan 19, 2019
3.38 by MacStinson from Michigan on Dec 21, 2018
3.89 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 12, 2018
4 by Gnilwod from Georgia on Nov 22, 2018
4 by paulish from New York on Nov 17, 2018
3.99 by BKotch from Texas on Nov 12, 2018
3.74 by SpaethJam from New York on Nov 02, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz can from Florida with a canning date of April 2018.
Pours with a slightly hazy golden body and a good white head.
Yeast, floral and fruity notes dominate the aroma. It also has some bread and light spices.
The flavor follows. Mild bitterness. Very good balance. Well hidden alcohol.
Feel: Near medium body. medium carbonation. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall: very good, and surprisingly so for a "Belgian" from Miami Florida.

Nov 02, 2018
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Squire from Mississippi

Slightly hazy amber gold color with very little cap.

My first impression of the scent is spiced peaches baked under a pastry crust. No malt or hops are apparent to me so let's see what's next.

Taste is far different from the scent. Pleasantly sharp bursts of citrus over a base of ripe yellow fruit such as pear or banana. Spice in the scent is covered over by these fruit flavors. Can't tell if the prickly sensation is made up of hops or carbonation but it does nicely offset the fruit flavors. Finish is clean with a slightly overripe fruit sensation in the aftertaste. There is a weightiness in the fruit flavors that I won't call heavy but they do have a good deal more oomph than an average strength ale. It is complex and I didn't detect even a hint of the alcohol.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

This is exceptionally well made and easy to drink. Even at 10 ABV it should easily match without overcoming most dishes. This is the most gentle 10 percenter I can recall.

Oct 11, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Somewhat hazy gold with intermittent bubbles. Large, thick white head.

Smell: Malt-forward. Citrus, sharp spiciness, sweet fruit.

Taste: Mild, fruity, sweet malt. A stronger sip adds alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, heavy carbonation feel.

Overall: A solid, tasty local take on the tripel.

Aug 02, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

I have no real complaints about this beer. It's solid.

Poured from can - a hazy amber with not much head and just a bit of lacing. Flavor is that of spices, but not overwhelmingly so. Flavor is that of the better Belgians I've had. No hops intrude, has a bit of sweetness, and the spiciness is pleasant. It is well carbonated.

Not the best Belgian I've had, but good enough to get again.

Jul 28, 2018
3.96 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jul 15, 2018
3.43 by estajoe from Massachusetts on May 31, 2018
3.75 by mmilyko from Nevada on May 24, 2018
3.7 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on May 18, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 12oz can (canned tripel! wut!) into a tulip. Canned 3/20/18, which might actually be *too* fresh for a tripel. Let's find out!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a thin cap of pillowy ivory foam. Not bad, although for a tripel lighter is better.

Smell: very malty with some sweetness, some alcoholic heat, and some nice floral Belgian-yeast aroma character. Not bad, if not perfect.

Taste: malty, for sure, and with a definite Belgian character. There's some fruitiness and some bready character here; overall, though, I think it's kind of a bland tripel for me. It's not bad, but it lacks a lot of the flavor characteristics that I love in the style.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a good carbonation and decent creaminess. There is a lot of body here indeed.

Overall: there's not enough interesting, light, malty flavors here to really be a great tripel in my opinion. It's sweet, hot and has some of the character, but it doesn't really all come together.

Apr 19, 2018
3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Apr 13, 2018
4 by onabikechris from Ohio on Apr 06, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by spectru from Florida

slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The bouquet is mildly, sweetly, pungent, but I don't know the right words to describe it. Mouthfeel is sparkly, tingly. Taste is no-doubt-about-it tangy, sweet, distinctive, intriguing - again I don't have the words. The 10% ABV is apparent before it's done.

Mar 12, 2018
3.79 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Feb 28, 2018
Tourist Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel Ale from MIA Beer Co.
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