Tripel | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 11-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.45/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Kevin for a bottle of this.
Clear gold, topped with a thick white foam. The head settles into a fine mist, leaving some blotchy specks of lace. Surprising aroma, a citrusy hop scent being evident over the usual tripel stuff.
Hoppy tripel?
Still the requisite fruitiness, candi sweetness, vaguely plastic phenols (very light), but perhaps a bit less complex and milder on the sweetness. I personally feel the hop presence makes up for it. The flavor follows suit, starting off moderately sweet, a noticable dose of candi sugar, not quite the complexity you expect of a tripel, but a surprising hop presence in the finish contributes some bitterness. Somewhat similar to Piraat (isn't it a tripel?), or other hoppier belgian pale ales, only with an american hop character. Citrusy, punchy and perfect for the sweet, candy-ish tripel flavor profile. Fruity, leaning towards a tropical fruit mix. Modest hop bitterness serves to brighten up the finish in the absence of the usually bold, spicy, phenolic tripel character. Still some of that, but pretty tame and subtle. Lightish medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Bright, sunny mouthfeel. A lick of booze in the swallow. A beer entirely in it's own class.
Certainly not a stylistically correct example of a tripel, but definitely a unique and delicious beer unto itself. More my idea of a tripel/american pale ale hybrid.
American style tripel?
Wierd, not at all what I expected. I should have known, with Southern Tier's heavy hand towards the hops. Tripel or not, I like it.
More brewers should bend style guidelines like this.

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Photo of kenito799
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured at Belgique tasting, Hugo, MN Thanksgiving 2010.

Very orange color with brown edges, clear, a Grand Marnier effect.

Tutti frutti Belgian yeast scents, and oranges. High carbonation in this three year old brew. A perfect balance on the palate of sweetness and quite forceful hoppy bitterness..actually a bit more like a Belgian IPA than a tripel. Very nice. Not really classic but a brew I like very much.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an orange-yellow color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that fades fast to a ring around the beer. Not a whole lot of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some citrisy-fruity aromas, and some subtle yeast aromas.
T: Alot less strong than I thought it was going to be which was pleasent. Very sweet malts with some bitter ones mixed together for a nice malty base. Followed by a nice cirtisy fruit flavor and some subtle yeast flavors, followed by a nice slightly hoppy bitter finish.
M: Very crisp, lighter feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer as the amount of alcohol was not as easily detected as I thought it would be.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy head on this straw to golden colored liquid. The lacing is random and choppy so far.

Smells of straw and raisins and urine with a sweet undertone like sweetbread.

Biscuit taste is clear while toffee and caramel sweetness run around in my mouth. The finish is remarkably crisp and clean. Very well done.

The finish is remarkably clean while the overall feel is light to medium in body which may not be as dense as the traditional tripel style would normally have but this is a winner. I would go so far as to call this a gateway to Belgians for the uninitiated.

Drinkability is almost too good for a beer of this caliber. If they could make this beer at 5-6% I would love to drink a few but for this 22oz beer I need to plan accordingly.

I will defiantly buy this one again if only to indoctrinate my micro-loving friends into craft and Belgian styles.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber a clear light golden with a nice tighter one finger white head no haze to this trpipel very good clarity to this one.Great aromas of overipe pineapple and peach just a lighter note ofsweet alcohol but faint,what I like best about this tripel style is that the yeast and phenols dont overwhelm the palate somewhat sweet and raisiny and citrusy with pineapple being dominant the phenolic spiciness is underlying not overbearing the way I like it.Overly complex no, a lighter spritzy mouthfeel lends though to its easy drinkablitiy,hey I like it Iam not a big fan of the big Belgian yeast flavors this was low key and I liked it alot.A great beer to to savor as Detroit put Cleveland away finally damn that has a nice ring to it dont it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap (nice) at Southern tier night at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours dusty straw, cloudy, white head leaves well developed and nice looking lacing. Nose is all fruity and yeasty. On tap this brew is bursting with fruity notes, yeasty hues and alcoholic twinges all dancing together. Citric, floral, nutty . Slight pine crispness late to seal the deal. Strong and spicy. Fine stuff. After reading the reviews of this one in bottles, Id say try to seek it out on tap.

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Photo of charlesw
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light tawny amber. Ha. Well, maybe it's not tawny. Whatever color that might be. But it is light amber. So, go on, use tawny in one of your reviews, eh? No head, no lacing. Very light on the smell - maybe just a hint of a caramel malt. Very light on the flavor as well - just a hint of a caramel malt. What's so nice about this is that it's just so nice - very smooth, gently sweet, no off flavors anywhere. No hops detected and you sure couldn't tell that it's a 9% beer just by drinking it! I wish that I could pick this up locally (other than in mixed 12 packs)!

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Photo of DangerVoltage
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It poured a deep glowing yellow, with very little head. This Tripel possesses a very faint flowery scent, and is pretty boring on the the nose. But what it lacks in scent, it makes up for in mouth-feel and taste: a moderate hoppy bite in the mouth with a superbly mellow honey-like finish and a nice residual alcohol taste. The mouth feel is as thick as melted ice cream. I could drink a few of these no problem.

I bought the mix pack from these guys and I have to admit. It's one of the best mixers I've purchased. Every beer in it is a gem. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle. Being careful not to disturb the lees, I was able to fill a large tulip glass that was completely clear. The subsequent pours, however, was a bit cloudy.

Without the yeast, it's a glowing, deep-golden-orange; with the yeast it appears more orangeish. Unfortunately, not much head was created by my delicate pour, and the short cap that was formed faded quickly.

I smelled and tasted it a bit before going back to build a head because I wanted to see how much influence the yeast has on the flavor, and it's quite profound. I found the initial flavor and aroma to be a hint sweet, subtly bready, and a bit candyish. There was a very nice, delicate note of vanilla and a sugary sweetness like rock candy, as well as a thin edge of soft golden caramel and a drip of orange that left it kind of like an orange cream-sicle. It wasn't particularly spicy, but there was a nice swirl of it in the aftertaste, as well as notes of floral, grassy, spicy, and gently herbal hops. And if that spiciness is from the alcohol, that's the only place that it shows. It's certainly nicely done in that respect.

My second pour was rough to bring up the head, and it brought up the yeast as well. To my surprise, I could see that there was a fair amount of it left adhered to the base of the bottle. That may be because it'd been in the fridge for about a month, or maybe not, but I think I usually tend to drink my Southern Tier beers quicker than that, and therefore find more yeast in my glass.

The head held well, dropping slowly from a finger thick frothy cap to a half-inch, lightly creamy off-white lid. The lace around the glass formed a panorama of tiny mountains as it went, and then with each sip that followed it left a creamy ring (well for three or four anyway).

The yeast was apparent in the nose at this point, along with a bit more fruity-floral character. And that carried over into the flavor as well. The yeastiness masked some of the subtle nuances of the straightforward flavor, and lent a bit more acidity. It lost the innocent sweetness that it had, but it gained more complexity. The orange note became more prominent, and it took on a delicate nuttiness that prior to hadn't been there.

There were good points to each glass, with and without yeast, and I'm not sure that I could choose either one, but with it being a big bottle I didn't have to, and I'd suggest you do the same if you can find a bomber. It certainly makes for a more interesting tasting than just one 12 ounce poured directly.

Overall, anyway you pour it, and regardless of how much of the yeast you find in your glass, it's a pretty decent interpretation of the style. It's a tasty, well-balanced and well-rounded brew; and for the price I think it's well worth it.

Nicely done, and certainly worth trying!

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Photo of maddamish
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay. Lets get off the lables for a minute. This is a good beer. Period. Is it a good triple? No. But is it a good beer? Yes.

Ap: Golden in Color. Small head when poured. The lacing strong through out

Sm: Sugar, alcohol and orange.

Mouth/Taste: Spice, Orange, apple and hops. This is a very deep and complex beer. You are crazy if you don't think this beer is great. What is best about this is that it isn't watery at all. The body is perfect.

Drinkability: I am going to go out and buy a sixer next time I am out. How is that for drinkability?

(Update: They don't make this in sixers. It is only available in their 12 pack.... disappointing. I would have made this a staple in my beer drinking.)

Good: Complex, interesting and worth the time to sit down and enjoy.

Bad: So it isn't a true triple... so what?

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Photo of sprucetip
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into goblet. Very clear, golden, thin white head fades fast to film and ring. SMELL is fruity, sweet malty, alc heat, and modest earthy and faintly citrusy hops. TASTES sweet malty, fruity, faint but noticeable citrusy hops, very smooth and balanced. Moderately complex, but not really getting the Belgian yeast character. FEEL the moderate carbonation, rich, full, smooth texture with a hint of warming. OVERALL it is a very easy drinker, and very interesting. But it doesn't strike me as a tripel, and it if was called that, I doubt the word would have come to mind. But I liked it alot, would have it again.

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Photo of ccrida
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should start by saying I am a huge fan of authentic belgian blonds, and do not often drink the microbrews (belgian styled at least). This one however I found to be pretty enjoyable, and while unmistakably not a true tripel, it is clearly brewed with the belgian traditions in mind.
Poured in a Bornem chalice, it appeared to be a bronzy, light copper colored beer, filtered clear and leaving little effervescence or lace. It looked more like an IPA then a tripel, and was clearly not bottle fermented.
Oder was sweet and fruity, with an essence of alcohol masked by the sweetness of the esters, malt and sugar.
Taste was rich and sweet, with spicy hop bitters and a strong tang of alcohol coming through complex layers of caramel malts and sugars. The overall sweetness, at least initially, is not unlike the mai boks I've had lately. This tripel, however, had a distinct spiciness from the hops and adjunct spices (coriander and bitter orange peel?) that leads to a dry, bitter finish. While it is fairly smooth drinking for a strong ale, its digestibility is questionable, so I would not count on having too many.
I should note that this review is based on a bottle that I'd cellared for a few months, and that the young sampling had very brassy overtones that have mellowed out quite nicely.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of kindacold
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. I give this beer a solid 4 all the way through. Looked light and clean, smelled like a tripel should smell, tasted pretty darn good, and went down easy. I'd get this again, but there are definitely MUCH better tripels out there.

The one thing I ABSOLUTELY LOVE is that they list almost ALL of their ingredients on the side of the bottle. Looks like I'll be trying to brew this one this summer!!

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: very slightly hazy orange hue with a thin white head. Lots of effervescence evident.

Smell: some sweet malt; notable spicy and floral hops. This is quite a bit hoppier in aroma than I am accustomed to in a tripel.

Taste: sweet malt with some nice orchard flavors present. Hops are still more forward then I normally experience in a tripel, but not as highly evident as in the aroma. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: delicious creaminess; medium body. Quite enough for me!

Drinkability: like most tripels are for me, this beer is dangerously drinkable. Flavor is good and the overall experience is quite nice.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, slightly yeast, slight hop, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, hoppy, nice touch of spices, and some caramel tone. The alcohol is hidden pretty well for this one. This is quite a different Tripel, but I like it, and it is very tasty. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew from ST, thanks Joe.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a yellow golden color with a thin white cap. The cap fades and leaves a white haze on the top.

Smell: Green apples, honey, a brush of yeastiness...a light amount.

Taste: A flowery brush of honey and a little yeasty funk. A nice blend between sweetness and bready yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: The ABV is not noted at all. I don't like this style yet this US rendition really works for me. The yeasty funk is dialed down enough to be enjoyable for me. Another great offering from Southern Tier!

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Photo of Calico
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap at MacGregor's and didn't like it quite as well as I remembered. Then I had it on tap at Monty's Krown and for some reason just loved it. Fresher beer? Cleaner lines? or just the fact that they were heathens and poured it in a regular old pint glass instead of a tulip?

Anyway. Poured very clear, golden, nice carbonation, slight lacing in head. Aroma was unusual for a Belgian, hoppy and flowery with a hint of rose. Phenols were noticeable in the aroma. Mouthfeel is sugary, a little slippery. I noticed a slight bitter aftertaste but that would not deter me from ordering this again. All in all, a very pleasant pint.

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Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: It has a small one finger thick foamy head. It is bright white in color and quickly fades down to just a small ring of lace. The liquid is a light golden color and has a light hazy appearance.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet candy like malt and yeast character with some light notes of apple and pineapple. Hop aroma is also noticeable but very light.

Taste/Palate: The malt has solid Belgian candied sugar sweetness with notes of apple and pineapple. The 9%abv gives it some mellow warmth and some boozy/peppery notes. Hop flavor is way off in the distance but adds some light herbal notes, dryness and light bitterness to the finish. The body has medium to full feel and the texture seems a little thick at first from the sweetness but thins out with the bubbly carbonation.

Notes: This was a nice drinkable Tripel from Southern Tier.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a tulip glass.

I didn't rate this beer based on the typical tripel style.
This is a very unique 'take' on a tripel.
This ain't no 'monk brewed' beer !!

A - hazy, orange/brassy color with a white head that thinned out in a hurry, leaving thin lacing.

S - sweet aroma, hint of yeast, candied yeast.

T - sweet tasting brew, honey candy, nibble of hops (not quite a bite). Sip it slow and savour the sweetness.

M - medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - good and easy to drink but be aware of 9% abv completely hidden in taste.

Final Note: I can see this beer being a hophead's favorite tripel.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden and amber in color with a slight white head. A flowery aroma with a hint of flour. Smells of hops, slight citrus, and the familiar alcohol scent that you get with a tripel. First taste, the citrus/ lemon comes to the forefront of the palate. Second was the dominant alcohol. Third taste was a bit tart, similar to a Belgian sour beer. From then on the taste was tart to alcohol. Decent beer. Complex tastes, smells, the challenge is of the overpowering alcohol, thus the lower mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange amber, minimal head and slight lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, Belgian yeast. A pleasant caramel flavor with quite light Belgian middle. Less complex and subtle with a slight bite at the finish. Medium bodied. Worth a revisit if it was still around.

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Photo of bminor7
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Westmere. Questionable freshness on this one. Never seen it in a 22oz.

Nice pour, amber color. Good head formation and retention. Some bits of foam remain on the sides of the glass. Smells great...strong caramel, belgian yeast. Taste is close...but seems past its prime. This reminds me of Tripel Crown from Middle Ages...too heavy a hand in approaching the style. Too much residual sugar and thickness. But not a bad beer nonetheless.

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Tripel from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 198 ratings