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 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.

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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

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.02/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Original Rating Date:
September 26, 2008

On the pour a great aroma flows from the bottle and floods the room. Fabulous, fruity, bready, almost hefeweizen nose. Great stuff. Pour is equally good, up there with the best tripels. Nice and light golden hue with a thick, THICK head that leaves solid lacing down the glass. Unfortunately, the flavor fails miserably in comparison to the actual beer. Tinny, metallic taste with very little of the fruity maltiness it advertises. It's shooting for a bit of hoppiness, but it blends awfully with the tripel brew and comes off as a completely failed mixture. Bad steely aftertaste much like the taste itself that stays in the mouth for a looong time. Not a good effort here for Southern Tier... steer clear of this one. Yuck.

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Photo of froghop
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear orange with a small off-white head that dissipates rapidly, some lacing.

smell is faint, some sweet fruits, grain.

taste is thin, pear, peach, slight orange, barley, and hops, ends on the dry side, becomes a little more bitter as time passes.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notebook poured from a 22 oz. bomber:

A- Clear and golden colored with reddish orange highlights. Head is 1/8" and composed of loose bubbles.

S- Candi Sugar, slightly spicy aromas from the yeast, and a touch of clove round it out.

T- Lighter in your mouth than the nose leads you to believe. Definitely candi sugar, and slightly spicy, but malt dominates the flavor. Not too complex at all, which is a disappointment.

M- Light in the mouth and low carbonation.

D- Not up to par with the better Belgian Tripels and just barely an above average attempt.

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Photo of beerneeder
2.46/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I must say I do love Belgian style triples. La Fin du Monde, Chimay Cinq Cents, Westmalle, Corsendonk Pale, etc. However I did not feel as thought this beer delivered as a triple. For me, initially the aromatics and flavor profile I picked up was that of the astringency of Tea, better yet green tea. I know that may be absurd to some, but that is what I got up front. I did not even drink the entire contents of the bottle. The overall flavor caught me off guard. No sweetness, not much in the way of citrus, overall very flat and tea like. I may try another to see if it was just me, but we'll see. Not very effervescent, a well. Not impressed. As a side not I do love Southern Tier Imperial Oatmeal Stout. This is not a slam to the company, just to this interpretive style.

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Photo of TonyT
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass from 220z bomber.

A- Dark, hazy yellow color, cannot see through. One finger head that is very bubbly. The head sticks around until the end, minimal lacing.

S- Slight coriander smell with hops poking through.

T- Malts hit you first. Yeasty undertones start to take over, while the coriander grittiness hits in the back. This is a fresh tasting beer. The more of it I drink, the more the hops come through.

M- Semi crisp. The coriander creates scratchiness in the back-end. Medium body. Not very carbonated, this makes it smooth.

D- The drinkability factor depends on your mood. If you're not into the grittiness, then you won't move further. But due to the taste and the fact that it's not heavy, it goes down easy.

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Photo of blackie
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a slightly hazy huge with a 1 finger golden-orange head, left with a nice coating of carbonation

s: on the nose I get some spicy, grassy citrus hops and pineapple, quite hoppy, some pale malts, a little booze, smells like a big pale ale, where are the yeasty by-products? (okay, there is some phenol there), where's the sugary Belgian malt?

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, light-medium body, a touch thin but smooth

t: big spicy Noble hops give pulpy, grassy citrus, grainy pale malt flavor with some pineapple cake, big bitterness that dries and lingers - okay, what the fuck is this, I wanted a tripel and ended up with a bomber of an imperial pale ale - it actually tastes okay, good even, but this beer is far from what it claims to be, it's brash and over-hopped without the lovely delicacy of a good tripel

d: easily drinkable given the abv, but a rather poor interpretation of the style

single bottle from Whole Foods Fairfax

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Photo of deanhead
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light colored, highly effervescent beer.
Aroma has a hint of flowery essence, but othr then that no nose to speak of.
Taste is dry, yet has some sweet candy-like notes. somewhat biscuity, with some solventy characteristics. Slighty DMS taste.

Very light bodied beer.
Drinkability. This tripel is'nt for me. I'm not to crazy about this beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a Southern Tier mixed pack ($14.99/12)

So far in my young drinking career, this is the best American Belgian I've had. I think it trumps Victory and Flying Dog's for sure, because it has much more drinkability and isn't too spicy like those others. The 9% ABV is hidden so well it tastes like its a 4% wheat ale so it'll sneak up on you. Overall, just a great a tasty beer.

I must also say that I'm lucky.... in the Southern Tier mixed 12 you get 3 each of 3 standard brews, but the other 3 in the mixed pack are a mystery. I'm glad a 9% Belgian was the mystery choice!

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Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden orange color body with a small off white head.

S- reminds me of a cross between a wheat and a lager with a bit of alcohol in there too

T- coriander, lemon, a little sugar, and more booze than i could smell

M- light feeling, about what i would expect

D- an enjoyable summer beer. im glad i tried it, but its not something ill rush out to try again. easy to finish one, not so sure about any more than that. excellent for the 4.99 price. southern tier is one of the best breweries for bargain big beers.

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Tripel from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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