Tripel | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
198 Ratings

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 11-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy gold with white head. It smelled like light caramel and honey malt with orange and lemon hops, and some sweet creamy yeast. It tasted like sugary caramel and wild clover honey with lemon and orange and pine hops, and some creamy yeast and subtle spiciness. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a nice delicate but potent flavor. It was very easy to drink and hid the alcohol well. It had pretty good body too. However, this really didn't seem like a tripel to me, but rather a double IPA. The yeast was fairly muted and not wild or sour at all. I personally enjoyed the sweet maltiness and stronger hop character, but this was certainly not a good beer compared to the style's standards.

 761 characters

Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 650 ml bottle into my silver rimmed Chimay goblet. Purchased at Lena's Beverage in Painesville, Ohio for $6.99 a few months ago.

A Golden yellow translucent body with a moderate 1.0 cm head that stuck around for about 2 minutes. Visible yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle is pleasing. Some minimal lacing on the goblet after sipping.

S Yeasty malt goodness with alcohol. That is very appropriate to the style. Little hops to the nose. Reminds me a lot of good Belgian Tripels like the Chimay version. Good choice of glassware!

T Like a solid, basic tripel but it is not capturing my imagination. There is the requisite malty goodness and then the grainy yeast taste but it lacks depth. There is also a bit of noticeable hops in the late to aftertaste that I do not like as much. Sure it makes it a bit more balanced than some other tripels but there are plenty of hops to be had out there (including in the ST lineup!).

M Appropriately big with malt, the hops and the alcohol content. Good mouthfeel for the style.

D I will finish this 650ml bomber but that will be all due to the bigness and the alcohol. For the style it has good drinkability.

Notes: Tripels are my favorite style and I have really developed a critical taste for them. This is a fine beer but there are better Tripels out there. That being said, it is one of my favorites from ST.

 1,390 characters

Photo of atpben
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say I have been very happy with the offerings of Southern Tier so far. Each offering has been top notch. Poured the 22oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Appears a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a thick head. Aroma of very light candy and orange and thats it. Taste is quite sweet with very light bubble gum in the taste with very little bitterness in the end. A quick finish with no lingering flavors. No complexity to this beer. Not hard to drink but there are so many better tripels than this. First Southern Tier beer that was so so.

 549 characters

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.

 867 characters

Photo of skrib09
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a dark gold with a good haze to the brew. crispy and foamy forming white head.

sweet and malt character to the smell. a hint of fruity sugars detectable as well.

taste is almost wheaty and sweet at the same time. plenty of alcohol on the tongue and bubbles on the palate in the mouthfeel.

this beer is pretty drinkable.

 329 characters

Photo of BarrelBrother
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm a fan of Southern Tier. I like a number of their offerings, but I hadn't tried their Tripel. I must say for Southern Tier I was underwhelmed.

A: Nice burnt orange color, hazy and not much head after pouring, maybe 1 finger. Head dies away quickly, but overall nice first impression.

S: A little nondescript for this style. Not much happening. Some nutmeg and floral notes, but overall somewhat dull.

T: Starts out sweet and again the flavors are understated. But what doesn't sit well is the bitter finish that just hangs on your tongue. It doesn't go away either. Really spoils the whole experience, that starts off promising. I would have rate taste lower because of this, but the initial impression is quite delicate and interesting until the bitterness hits.

M: Grainy and bitterness lingers. Again disappointing.

D: One of these, especially the bomber size is plenty. Much better examples of a Belgium Tripel are made here in the US let alone stepping into Europe.

 978 characters

Photo of mmmbeer
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. This is a dark gold brew, nearly clear, with lightish carbonation and a finger of white head that leaves little lace. It's decent looking, but not very inviting, especially for a tripel. Smells caramelly, with apricot, light earth and hops, honey?, and perhaps some pilsner malt, becoming nice and aromatic as it warms. It tastes of crystal malts, orange, apricot, green/spicy hops, and a mild bitterness. In addition, there are sharp, almost harsh phenolic flavors, with prevalent alcohol, and too much sweetness for a tripel. It is a bit dry, with medium carbonation, and it leaves a pretty decent finish. I had a hard time with this review - it's not that bad of a brew, and it's fairly tasty (it would go very well with food), but it is in no way a tripel. It seems more like a bière de garde, and if labeled as such I would have given it a much better score. Give it a go, but I wasn't floored by it.

 944 characters

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: headless w/ a murky rust colored body. nothing impressive, that's for sure

s: light citrus; spice; sweet fruits; strawberry; banana; nut; honey;

t: light citrus; toffee; light vinegar; light abv; sweet caramel and candied sugar

m: medium body that is a little light for the stye imo a/ light carb

d: a decent tripel but there is an abundance of better beers in this particular style

 390 characters

Photo of woodske1
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. It defines an average beer. I owuld reccomend it for the summer months (but what beer isn't for summer?).

I would push someone towards the Unearthly or the Hoppe if you want a good better offering from Southern Tier. Worth Trying.

 252 characters

Photo of bfields4
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light copper. A very thin golden hued head. Very small head for a triple style.

Grains and citrus are prevalent in the nose on this guy.

A little citrus taste. The hops are a little oveboard for this style IMO.

Not a bad beer, but not what I was hoping for. A little too much American interpretation of the Belgian style for me.

 346 characters

Photo of Beertracker
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier's Tripel pours up a trifle heavy with a moderate carbonation that creates a brief, albeit lacy white head that crowns the bright tangerine-golden body. The aroma has a zesty fruitiness (lemon, star fruit, sweet orange peel) followed by a touch of spiciness (black peppercorns, coriander, marjoram) from the yeast, as well as the European Noble hops. Light graininess, low alcohol. The taste starts off surprisingly light with a bit of sugary maltiness balanced completely by the spiciness & hops which create a creamy, warming finish. A touch solventy with a medium-firm body for a tripel. This tripel isn't overly complex, but it's rather easy to enjoy. Try pairing this one with some tangy goat or farmer's cheese. Here's to "thinking global and drinking local."

CHEERS! Beertracker

 799 characters

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.

 617 characters

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly cloudy tangerine color with just a whisper of white head.

Faint aroma of oranges, light malts, and soil. Nothing else.
The taste is more impressive than the aroma with oranges, caramel malts, bread, and yeast. Finishes on the bitter side. The 9% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

I found this to be some sort of American tripel-hybrid rather than a true Belgian style. Even so, I found it to be quite drinkable.

 479 characters

Photo of Boto
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish golden color. There was only a very small white head on it and it went away rather quickly. It leaves no lacing. The aroma is nice, but a tad lighter than expected. Some orange, with a hint of coriander and breadiness. The taste is actually a bit thin on the tongue. A touch of fizziness. Hints of orange and coriander to the taste, and some bitterness to the finish. I think I'll pass on getting this one again.

 468 characters

Photo of JohnQVegas
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft at the Southern Tier Brewpub (The Empty Pint).

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a white head.

Aroma is light, a bit sweet with a faint floral hop note, not very spicy or fruity.

Taste is biscuity malt up front, hint of caramel, with a big, grassy, floral, earthy hop presence that lingers on the palate. Yeast is extremely subdued for the style, seemingly replaced by the big hop presence. Also missing is any candy sweetness or ripe fruit note. Very odd to call this a tripel.

Mouthfeel is odd too, low carbonation, but not in a satisfying way - it just isn't there. Medium-full bodied, and kind of sticky.

 624 characters

Photo of macster
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber. Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold color with minimal foam production. Head faded quickly with only a thin wisp of spotty foam remaining after a minute or so. No lacing noted along the sides of the chalice.

Pleasant Belgian Ale aromas greet the nose with notes of banana, orange zest, vanilla, lemon candy and honey.

Mouthfeel seemed to be a bit flat for the style considering most Belgians are highly carbonated. More CO2 here would have made this ale a bit more authentic.

Flavor profile seemed to be a bit too dominated by the hops for this style. Some light apricot, apple, honey sweetness starts things out, but a hefty amount of citrus rind bitter hop flavors intrude a bit too much to make this similar to most Belgian Triplels.

I usually love the hoppy beers but find this a bit distracting when you're expecting a sweeter beer.

 858 characters

Photo of mnapier
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Temperature, 55 degrees farenheit. Serving Glassware, Tulip 12 ounce.

Poured during a strong rain in Seattle. As I pour this light orange almost yellow ale into the glass I get a strong foamy head that recedes with no lace but none the less reminds me of its presence.
The nose produces a waft of orange zest, with vanilla, clove and a bit of earthy grass hop notes.
Sipping this I get a really mild coriander, some phenolic, as well as orange peel. The mouthfeel is overall medium.

A bit sad actually since for what I paid I could have a local fave that did a better job presenting a belgian style tripel.


 625 characters

Photo of Gehrig
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tripel is next in my sampling the newly available Southern Tier wares. Clear golden-orange body with a thin finger of white foam atop, despite a moderately aggressive pour. Modest lacing and head retention have me concerned, I must admit. The hide-and-seek smell raises the Tripel terror level to orange--and not to match the color, alas. The smell out of the bottle was good. Out of the reliable Ommegang glass, however, not so much--of anything. I nearly buried my nose in the beer itself to coax out some sugar cookie aromas, pear, and grape. What about the coriander advertised on the side of the bottle? Significant disappointment, I must admit--for both this beer and that it's the usually terrific Southern Tier that produced it.

The taste is a decent boost, but not nearly enough. The orange peel mentioned on the bottle is there, providing a bit of bitter and pucker--fine by me. There is no shortage of malt in ST Tripel--OK by me too. I'd like a more prominent fruit flavor to emerge, though the aforementioned pear and grape come forth, with some sour apple. But the taste is much too subtle, and the malt submerges all else.

What bothers me most about ST Tripel is the mouthfeel. Not halfway through the 25.4 oz. bottle, it's practically bereft of carbonation--flat-out flat. What the %$#@!?! Tell me this isn't a Southern Tier beer, that their audacious willingness to accost and master most beer styles hasn't eluded them with Tripel.

Unfortunately, it has. It's not a very good representative of the style. This lacks adequate effervescence, is too skewed toward malt, and seems to have forgotten the connection between smell and taste.

A disappointment.

 1,676 characters

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a delightfully opaque orangish yellow. Light off-white head, with a low retention rate and a nice amount of ringlike lacing. A surprising amount of hops in the nose. Sweet honey tones with a light dash of citrus. Wonderful flavors, I can really taste the noble hops and the 2row pale malt. Solid palate, much hoppier than most tripels I have had. Outstanding mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation level. Very warming and inviting. I could and will definitely drink this again.

 475 characters

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent golden orange with a small, white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Small amounts of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of piney, citrusy, orange peel laden hops. There is also a light aroma of nectarines and apricots with a touch of vanilla.
Taste is a slight step up from the aromas with a spiced, citrusy flavor that keeps me coming back for more.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, spicy but with a nice, crisp, semi-dry finish.

 521 characters

Photo of BWH3
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

A: Essentially no head. Still to a fault. Mildly hazy golden color.

S: yeast phenols, banana, candy sweetness almost like pineapple, clove.

T: Clove and spice give off bitter quality initially. The light fruit sweetness infuses next, but a hop bitterness returns. Overall a bit too hoppy.

M: Viscous, too still, no head retention. Slightly creamy.

D: An ok tripel with a definite American bent.

 416 characters

Photo of gciccarelli
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in goblet on-tap at Capone's.

A - Huge 2 finger off white head with really impressive retention and heavy lacing. Color is a pale gold.

S - Yeast, bananas, spice...almost a hefe-type smell. Not a very strong scent.

T - Yeast, spice, clove. Can taste the alcohol and can taste a bigger than normal hop presence for the style...leaves a bitter aftertaste. Not bad, but not what you would expect from a tripel.

M - Very creamy, medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. The creaminess makes it very easy to down and it's pretty tasty as well.

All in all a pretty good brew but it's more of an American interpretation of a tripel than a true tripel.

 671 characters

Photo of yesyouam
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Tripel is a cloudy golden ale with some small particles swirling in it. It has a frothy white head that turns splotchy as it recedes. It has a faint aroma that seems dusty and fruity. It is medium bodied and smooth. The finish is crisp. It has a bold flavor: slightly sweet, fairly bitter and quite peppery. It is well balanced and well blended. The end of the taste is a warm wash of alcohol. There is an herbal aftertaste. Another solid offering from Southern Tier.
(rated Jun 23, 2008)

 502 characters

Photo of Oxymoron
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One...two...triple. Pours a semi-hazy golden color with some straw yellow hues throughout. A soft white head poured with a little help. Limited retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is more of an American blond IMO (or maybe an Imperial blond). Some grainy and husky notes but minor sugary aromas. Noticeable phenolics but more associated with a bigger beer than a Belgian beer. Some pineapple and rose like notes. Some minor butyric. Not over the top but still there. Some hoppy notes as well, with grassy and citrus hope notes. Some spicy almost wheat like notes, but pepper mostly.

The taste is similar. The malt is limited but still has that generic grainy note. No real backing sugary notes. Some sweetness as well, which for a tripple should be drier. The yeast comes out more with more of a US yeast note. Some alcohol and the butyric comes out more. More of a dirt drain type of thing. The hops are noticeable as well but back off a bit compared to the nose. Some citrus and a light orange in the finish.

The body is a bit sweet. Overall I don't think this is a triple. The malt/sugar notes are not there, the yeast isn't there and the hops are too much. Some off note really are a distraction.

 1,218 characters

Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden, copper color with a small head, most of which dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing. There is some cloudiness from the yeast that settles toward the bottom.

Smell: There is an appealing aroma of light caramel malt, some crisp fruit and a fair amount of bready notes. As it warms, a heavy alcohol smell is more apparent.

Taste: I get a sense of a very light caramel malt at the beginning of the sip, but this is overwhelmed quickly by the strong alcohol taste, which is neither subtle nor appealing. Strong biscuity taste throughout. The somewhat citrusy hops finish out the end of the beer. Unfortunately, the hops clearly overpower the weak malt. There is a complete lack of transition and balance between the tastes, which is surprising considering it is a tripel.

Mouthfeel: There is a very coarse feel to this beer. The yeast adds a very bready feel.

Drinkability: With the noticeably strong alcohol content and lack of smoothness, this is not a beer I particularly enjoyed, nor did I find it very drinkable.

The bottle recommends serving at 42 degrees; such a cool temperature may be necessary given the lack of smoothness and high alcohol content. I did not think this was a terrible beer overall, but there is no comparison between this and some of the great tripels out there.

 1,370 characters

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