Tripel Cafe
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Tripel
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 12.43%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
94
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 15, 2018
Added:
Nov 03, 2014
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  25
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Rated: 4 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.51 by TylerJ from Iowa

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by faatcase from Virginia

Nov 24, 2017
 
Rated: 2.17 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Mar 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.29 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Oct 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.68 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Oct 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.81 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by cathomae from Illinois

Jun 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

May 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Apr 06, 2016
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Reviewed by adamette from Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Live review. Poured from the I Pt., 9.4 oz bottle that I bought at the brewery about one month ago for around $9. DOB 10/02/15 stamped near the bottom of the bottle.

Look. Translucent yellow body under a rather basic white head that does not linger very long. Actually reminded me of a Budweiser at first glance. Meh.

Smell. Requisite belgian yeast and sweet malt rise up. I do not detect any of the Green Coffee beans or Orange peel mentioned on the label. Slight disappointment so far.

Taste. Really rather basic for the style although I taste coriander and grains along with the sweet malt and Belgian yeast that your average Tripel will feature. I have tasted more than 50 Tripels so I believe that I know what they are supposed to taste like.

Feel. Tripel is not supposed to be a "thick" style but this one is even more thin than most. There is the syrupy goodness that you would expect, again, from the sweet malt but this feel is below normal.

Overall. Unimpressed. While this is to style (and it is my favorite style) there are many aspects of it that leave me wanting more.

Notes: Picked this up at the brewery for a approx. 20% discount vs. retail. That was nice but there are better Tripels available at your average craft beer bottle shop. Looks like I will return to other favorites from Southern Tier!
Apr 02, 2016
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Reviewed by fx20736 from New York

2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
Bought 2 bottles from Southtown Beverages on 3/26/16. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip.


Look: Clear apple amber, white head, traces of lacing.

Smell: Spiced apple like

Taste: Muddy jumble of fruit and coffee

Feel: ok. I guess.

Overall: this one doesn't work for me at all
Mar 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.32 by nmann08 from Virginia

Mar 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.2 by psdonnelly from Alabama

Mar 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Mar 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.76 by Grand-Raggedy from Michigan

Mar 03, 2016
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
DATE TASTED: February 12, 2016... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: a cold streak coming after another exciting basketball game for Will... APPEARANCE: densely hazy with tangible suspensions in a light orange body; the thick foamy head settles to a quarter-finger off-white... AROMA: gritty coffee bean with a spicy peppercorn; hops suggest floral notes with orange and coriander... PALATE: aggressively effervescent, with a dryness late and a vibrancy at the lips...the texture is medium-bodied, with the sediment "in" working with a pulpy experience... a warming sensation at the end...dangerously drinkable...TASTE: a rather alluring combination of orange and coffee bean--peach, grapefruit and a slamming salt-and-pepper barrage makes for a flavorful sip... as the bottle drains, the lithesome Belgian profile emerges, leaving the grittier flavor aspects to meld with the aftertaste OVERALL: above par with the usual Southern Tier offerings...an outstandingly light, flavorful experience....
Feb 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by ckollias from Maryland

Feb 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Feb 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by WiggyKGB from Illinois

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Jan 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2016
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Reviewed by LambicPentameter from Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 10/2/15. Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours an enticing tangerine color with notes of persimmon up where the shadow of the two fingers of head darken the hue a little bit. Down at the very bottom of the glass, where the light is most able to highlight the liquid, the color is marigold. The aforementioned two finger head is stark white and shows moderate retention before fading slightly to leave a nice curtain of lace around the glass and a smattering of spotty pockets of foam across the surface of the liquid.

Smell (4.25) - I wasn't sure what to expect here, since I took so long to get around to drinking this, but a ton of citrus hits me right in the olfactory. Candied orange peel, tangerine and some notes of grapefruit are all front and center, with a little bit of sweet grain and herbal, almost vegetal aromatics lurking in the background. Still, I love how much orange is bursting out of this glass.

Taste (3.5) - Here is where things aren't quite as successful. The orange is still there, by mere virtue of the smell being so prolific. However, more traditional tripel notes come through as well, with bready sweetness moving in to relieve the bright citrus upon initial consumption. The finish, however, is where I finally get the presence of the green coffee bean, and though I didn't know quite what to expect, this isn't really terribly appealing to me. In one respect, the green coffee has become a stand-in for hops, supplying a considerable amount of bitterness, but on the other hand, the type of bitterness just doesn't work quite as well for me. It's very vegetal and doesn't quite meld with the other flavors the way I feel like it should.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Medium-bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter.

Overall (4.0), an interesting and I think ultimately successful beer. The aroma is just outstanding, and even though the taste falls flat for me, I had no problem finishing my pour. Though I wouldn't liken this to an IPA, the bitterness of the green coffee really does bring out a reminiscence to those Belgian IPAs that are somewhat of a Tripel/IPA hybrid.
Jan 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by tommy5 from Michigan

Jan 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by crow from Illinois

Jan 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber with "dob" dating (10/2/15)

Pours lightly hazed orangey Amber, leaving a nice lookin fine bubble film thicker collar and some spotty and scattered lace.

Yeasty and fruity sniff

Tasty trip with fruity esters some coffee notes and general Belgiany goodness.....enjoyable and worth a try
Jan 14, 2016
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Rated by Jbbarnett19 from New York

4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
One of the most complex brews from Southern Tier I've ever had. The aroma is fantastic and each swallow left me yearning for the next.
Jan 07, 2016
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Rated by Cdidden from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Nice!
Jan 03, 2016
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22 ounce bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, dulled golden body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: A smell of fresh orange peels, fragrant spices and some sweetish, pils malts. The green coffee bean swirled with alcohol is there, it's back there, but it's a bit mild and takes a little extra time and a little extra sniffing.

Taste: Sweet, honeyed malts with some pilsnery, bready tones. A nibble of a candi sugar. Sharp cut of bitterish orange peelings and the addition of aromatic, perfumy spices. Orchard fruitiness covered with the sustained spice note. As with the nose, there's a non-roasty, herbaceous coffee bean note late arriving. Touches of bananas. Additional spicy yeast phenolics. Drying, coffee-fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Very light stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: With the heavy augmentation, it doesn't neatly fall into a tripel. Still, it's an interesting, albeit slow-drinking Belgianesque brew.
Jan 03, 2016
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left patches of lace on the glass. It smelled of coffee, toasted bread, caramel and spices. Nice bitter coffee taste with caramel, spices and a touch of stone fruit.
Dec 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.4 by billab914 from Virginia

Nov 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.34 by bf7 from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2015
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Bright medium golden copper color with a soapy white lacing ring.

S - Really nice musty, fruity nose with coriander, spice, some orange, and a hint of smokiness..

T - A little yeasty, spicy, somewhat of a musty taste for a brief moment, coriander and orange pokes through, and finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness to compliment the orange and spices. Some pepper

M - Very creamy and smooth with little to no carbonation which is not what I expected from a Tripel. Nice layer of bitter orange spice coats the mouth and slight warming on the way down from the alcohol and spice combination.

O - This is a unique Tripel.
Nov 21, 2015
 
Rated: 2.93 by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2015
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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear dark orange color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a full finger of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Wow, lots of orange peel in this. I don't know what the hell green coffee beans are, but it adds a coffee-esque component that is quite exotic. Doesn't smell a whole lot like a tripel though. Smells more like a really interesting pale ale. The only thing yelling tripel at me is the pleasant peppery spiciness. Lemongrass and grassy hops.

4.5 T: Again, this is super interesting. Huge orange peel, lemongrass, peppery spice. Surprisingly citrusy on top of the orange. Tastes more like a tripel. Peach, light breadiness, grassy, and that coffee stuff.

4.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not spritzy like a usual tripel. Instead it's really creamy which is really nice.

4.5 D: Really interesting beer and really tasty. I love it.
Sep 12, 2015
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Reviewed by JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

1.73/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25
Now know what green coffee beans taste like, and if this beer Luis any indication of how they work in a beer, I hope to never encounter them again. My first Southern Tier drain pour, something I thought would never happen. Acrid vegetal coffee taste, no orange peel. This might rival Stone's Master of Disguise in horrificness. A disaster of a beer.
Aug 22, 2015
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Great golden auburn color with a lasting sticky white head. Has a lot of Belgium yeast and citrus smells with some grassy notes. Taste is so different. I honestly have a non toasted coffee taste, so weird... I don't even know what that really is supposed to taste like. Very slight citrus taste and mild Belgium too. Pretty lite beer and fairly lite carbs, different is pretty good and very different.
Aug 21, 2015
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