Tripel Cafe
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #244
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,118
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.3%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
117
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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86
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Photo of adamette
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
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!

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Photo of fx20736
2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
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

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Photo of dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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....

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
1.73/5  rDev -54.7%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is NOT a Tripel. Over-hopped Saison? Yes! Beglian Strong Pale Ale? Yes! Either way. It's not a good beer at all. Doesn't matter what style you might think it is.

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Photo of BillCheck
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me more of a saison. Interesting beer nonetheless, as I haven't tasted anything quite like this. There is a tang balanced by some bitterness which I'm guessing is from the coffee bean. I think I would have preferred it without the bitter finish.

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Photo of WolfDJ1
4.79/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had a few Southern Tier beers, and I am not sure how they do it but every one I have tried is unique and delicious. This is my favorite of the bunch. This beer is pleasing to the eye, and pours as a slightly honey colored hue with a decent head. The initial taste is of citrus, and earthy coffee. I have never had a beer quite like this one. The carbonation compliments the flavor nicely, not too overpowering. The aftertaste is sligtly bitter but dissipates quickly to provide a pleasant mouth feel. Overall I say this is a fantastic beer. Very well put together and not overly complex.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours amber with a slight haze under a 2” tan cap that slowly descends to a thick clingy, sudsy film.
S: Citrus aromas, some green coffee bean, some vegetal aromas, orange.
T: Spicy palate with kind of a green or very lightly roasted coffee bean bitterness, big juicy orange citrus, some vegetal green coffee bean astringency on the finish with a hint of grass. Orange is the big flavor with the green coffee bean acting more as a spice. No big roast flavors.
F: Creamy, juicy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A truly unique beer with an interesting array of flavors that shouldn’t work but somehow do.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of orange peels are present in the nose.
T: The taste also has bold flavors of orange peels along with notes of spices and Belgian yeast. Hints of coffee beans are noticeable in the finish and become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tripel is very unique, but the orange peel seems to be too dominant and out of proportion.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of portia99
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Southern Tier stemmed glass.

A - Pours a clear, effervescent golden color with three fingers of densely bubbled white foam. Head shows excellent staying power and falls slowly leaving behind thick webs of lacing.

S - Potent, Belgian yeasty aroma up front, spicy and estery/fruity, cloves, light bready malt base.

T - Very orangey/citrusy up front, alongside a fairly firm hop bitterness that is crisp and earthy in character. Belgian spicy yeast flavors, hints of coffee, faintly tart.

M - Lightish medium body with a mid-high carbonation level that is prickly on the tongue. Bitter start blending into Belgian yeasty/spicy, and finishing softly with some coffee and a light, malty sweetness.

O - Enjoyable beer overall. Not sure I would call this a tripel, but maybe...seems more like a strong saison to me. A bit of an odd mix of flavors, but mostly works for me.

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Viscious look, good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & orange blossom, over-ripe pears, & a little pineapple

T: Orange peel, pineapple, a little juicy fruit, a little bit of pear skin, peppery notes & grainy bitterness up front. Green coffee notes, orange peel, a little bit of coriander, & juicy fruit, plus white pepper & green banana. Finishes fruity, peppery, with juicy fruit & spicyness

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, skews fruitty

Interesting beer, I liked this, not a slave to the style, really enjoyed this

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, bottled on 10/23/14. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like orange peel, oranges, peppery spice, cloves, pear, coffee, and coriander. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like coriander, orange peel, pear, peppery spice, yeasty earthiness and some coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, coating, and is also well carbonated. I think it's an interesting brew that I liked, but I'm not sure if it's something I would want to drink very often. With that being said, it's certainly worth trying at least once. $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style aroma with big hints of coffee and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with spice hints of clove, peppers, coriander, and funk. Big scent of coffee beans stick out giving a roasty edge. Fruit hints of banana, orange, green apple, grape, and pear. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Floral and earthy hops with some good hints of grass. A pretty unique and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty spicy, yeasty, and fruity Belgian Tripel style taste with good notes of coffee, spice, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some spice notes of clove, peppers, coriander, and funk. The coffee flavor is pretty noticeable and strong but doesn’t overwhelm the Belgian elements. Fruit notes of banana, orange, lemon zest, green apple, pear, and grape. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Background notes of grassy hops. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, crisp, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is pretty mild.

Overall: A pretty unique and good twist on a Tripel. Has the spice and fruit esters you expect from the style with a big twist of coffee that oddly works well.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am a big Southern Tier fan, and I also love Belgians, so this is a tough one for me. I don't know if I ever had a Belgian from these guys before - I don't think so. As a first time into the style, it makes me think they need to work a little harder.

It starts out real enough, including unique packaging and a great look. The aroma is a little weak - a dirty water Belgian. The taste is unusual in that some bitterness, presumably the coffee, balances out the yeast tanginess. This isn't really a good thing. The taste includes a bit of orange. The aftertaste comes back with a nice bitter burp and a slight citrus tang. It's all somewhat understated and not really Belgian enough.

I don't really recommend this. They did a really great job with 2X Presso but this one find them out of their element.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour produces a pearly 2-finger head of dense foam, resting atop a cloudy, tangerine-peach foundation. Visible yeast particles are suspended in plain sight. Given time to rest, the foam retreats, leaving beautiful eyelet lacing. The symmetry and size of the lacing is damn impressive. Nice Belgian banana esters and white pepper clove in the nose. Orange rind citrus and faint blonde coffee add complexity to the aroma. The flavors follow suit, adding sweet bready malts and a restrained hop bitterness. There's a mild holiday java taste in the mix. Well balanced. The flavors ride creamy carbonation and a big body to deliver a great texture. Smooth. This is a pretty intriguing combination. The coffee flavor is pure, without the familiar roast, and it compliments the classic Belgian profile well. Is this a world class Trappist Ale? No, but it's different, interesting and enjoyable. I appreciate Southern Tier's ability to push the envelope with creative, yet cautious innovations. Well played.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/23/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright golden orange color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, peppercorn, coffee, clove, light banana, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, peppercorn, coffee, clove, light banana, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, peppercorn, coffee, clove, light banana, candi sugar, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler in a Stone Levitation tulip glass, this excellent triple pours a clear gold color with a thick white head of slowly dissipating bubbles and light lacing. Nose of light coriander, citrus fruits, sweet malts, and spicy hops. Flavors are complex to say the least. Belgian candy up front gives way to coriander and orange peel to the sides and back with a light coffee flavor that cascades over citrus hops and bittering hops. Good carbonation makes this an easy sipper. Very nice with a light bitter sweet aftertaste. A good fusion flavor that works compared to many other experimental styles.

Cheers

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