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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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 189
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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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 Vancer
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a snifter, clear amber with a wimpy white head - no lace to speak of.

A real bummer on the quaff - this is no more than an average American pale ale. No real fruit, Belgium yeast or candy cane. Just a floppy pale ale, has a crisp finish, but that's not really right for a tripel either. Booze is well hidden, but so what?

Really disappointed in Southern Tier with this one, this can and should do better

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a very clear pale orange color with a minimal head and lacing.

S: some yeasty hints of faint bananas and oranges but sadly doesn't translate to flavor.

T: pale grains, sweet oranges and some candi-sugar sweetness. There was a light fruitiness but not nearly as complex or dominant as one expects per style. A light floral hoppiness rounds things out. Lacked the cloudiness, complexity and yeasty bite most associated per style as well a good complexity of fruitiness. The flavor overall was rather subdued and muddled with no real strong traits contributing to the overall flavor.

M: thin, dry, with a mild carbonation and rather lackluster.

D: Overall just a moderately average beer, not particularly fit to style. Heh. No real incentive to try again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, light malts, spices, some fruit, some hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, tart fruit, some spice and a little caramel. There's also a good hops presence and a hearty malt character. There's a small alcoholic sting as well. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style, but it's a certainly not a pounder.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. I really need to get myself a tulip glass. The color is a clear light gold. I'd expect a little more haze with an anability to see through the beer. Very thin head. Everything else about this beer is mild. Very mild smell of malt and citrus that doesn't really excite the nostrils. The taste is also mild with barely a hint of alcohol. Slight bitterness lingers after the swallow. Feels smooth in the mouth and goes down easy. This beer provides only a mild experience for the senses, but there is a place for mild beers on my beer shelf. You'd never know this was a 9% ABV beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber at Sal's in Elmhurst.

The reveals A golden amber/orange color with no head and no bubbles. Good color, but lacking in all other departments for this style of beer. The aroma Has a light, sugary citrus amidst an herbal backbone. But very faint at that. The taste brings some sugary malts up front on some water crackers. Some light herbal notes. Must be the chammomile. Pretty bland for a tripel, but warming. A little lacking overall from this otherwise great brewery. Need to work on the tripel style a bit more.

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Photo of spointon
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 22 oz brown bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A= Poured a slightly chill-hazey gold color. With a fairly agressive pour, all I got was a 1/2 inch white head that quickly dissappeared completely. Very little ongoing carbonation release and no lacing to speak of.

S= At first smell, I detected a whiff of something I perceived to be traditional Belgian funky yeast. Subsequent sniffing only yielded slight hints of orchard fruits, herbal notes, and alcohol. Not a fragrance beer at all.

T= A bit too hoppy for the style and nowhere nearly "funky" enough. Definite phenolic flavors in the middle. Not a great finish either as it was dry, bitter, and a bit alcoholic.

MF= Medium body was made to feel heavier as it lacked that Belgian effervescence that I adore.

D= This is not bad beer, its just a lousy example of a tripel. The ingredients listed on the bottle include coriander and orange peel. Maybe these contribute to the off flavors, as they are more normally found in a Belgian Wit.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden hue with a finger sized head

S - Strong malty presence with a bit of fruit and a hint of hops

T - Really strong on the malty flavors but not as much of the fruits that the nose would suggest. There is a slight bit of hop bitterness at the end

M - It is medium bodied and has a sort of sticky feeling to it. Lots of carbonation

D - I enjoyed this beer. Only the second Tripel that I've had so I'm sure that there is even more to this style.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange/yellow with a minimal head. Nice glowing color. Side note - the painted labeling was peeling off the bottle and flaked a little bit, which sucked.

The smell and taste are much different than most tripels I have had... and not in a good way. The malts are much thicker and sweeter with none of that great Belgian sweetness and tanginess that I love in tripels.

This one more resembles a doppelbock or maybe an amber ale. This one just doesn't taste like a tripel to me. I'm disappointed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

American brewers who do not specialize in Belgian styles, usually are a bit suspect. The pour adds to the apprehension as a firm malty head begins to form, but not the aggressive carbonation or the rocky, froathy head that is typical of Tripels. Aromas are cleanly malted and a bit spicy, but not with the acidic, fruity, dry, spicy character that is needed. Flavors are favorable beer-wise, but very little in the way of Tripel (or Belgian for that matter) character. Light spiciness, elevated alcohol, and moderate fruitiness are all that are borrowed from the intended style. Overly sweet with malts, heavy texture, American hops, and timid tartness that would come from Belgian yeast are among the problems with the beer. Although the beer does not meet the style, the beer is a good beer with very few off flavors.

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Photo of asabreed
2.14/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Oddly enough this gets a bit less volatile and dense as it warms, but it leaves decent rings around the glass, soapy and clumpy white, and billows up nicely initially and slows slowly, but like I said, as it warms it becomes less attentive in those fields, which usually is the case when it's colder. All atop a nice golden yellow body with nice streams of carbonation surging within the glass.

Smell: Too big of an alcohol burn, even in the nose, as it warms, with unbalanced out of whack sweetness and no way, in my opinion, to really tell this is a tripel. No hints of yeast or esters, maybe mild candi sugar, and that's about it. Not much fruit. Very weak and disappointing. How are the hops dominating the finish? Or is this just unbalanced and odd bitterness?

Taste: This is barely making the average rating for me, as there's not much to discern. Candi sugar and malt flavors dominate, with not much sense of yeast or esters, mild citrus from the hops, and a finish of mild herbal hops, malts, and candi sugar. A domestic to be certain, but I wish I had paid a lot less if I knew it was going to be like this.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, too sticky and cloying, and not enough carbonation.

Drinkability: Wow. A huge, beyond huge disappointment. I don't even think I'd have been able to tell this was the style if I was blindfolded, and that's a bad thing. Beyond a poor domestic rendition, and this should be a beer that they nix for the future. I still want to try more Southern Tier brews, but man, this one's just plain not worth it by all accounts, and it's not getting me psyched to fork over the cash for more, no matter how high the rating might be, and no matter how much I like the style. I want my money back.

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

Pours a hazy golden straw color, capped by a nice two finger frothy head. Active carbonation bubbling after head settles.
This beer is very floral in the aromas, lots of sweet peaches, hops, oranges.
taste is not exceptional. It is good, a decent Tripel, but not mind-blowing. Taste is not as powerful as the nose, a slightly watered-down version of the peaches, but the sweetness is definatley, at times a little too much.
Drinkiablity is kind of low due to the sweetnes and lack of carbonation tartness. If youre looking for a De-Dolle-Dulle-Teve-jump-out-of-youre-seat-and-laugh-because-its-so-damn-good-experience, buy the De Dolle.

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Photo of jar2574
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking, yellowish pour, with a hefty head of small white bubbles that cling to the glass on the way down. Unfortunately, the appearance is the best part of this beer.

Smell is sweet, but not strong enough to warrant a higher rating. Kind of faint, and just a tad bit stale.

Flavor is average, especially considering that this is a tripel, one of my favorite types of beer. Slightly acidic. That's odd for a tripel. There's a touch of sweetness, but not enough yeastiness. Not complex, mostly malty, slightly sweet and leaves a bad aftertaste.

It leaves a filmy residue that doesn't taste great. Good try, but won't buy it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden amber color with flecks of amber. A small, fizzy white head left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, corriander and yeast.

T - It had a nice yeasty flavor mixed with candy sugar, and fruity sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a nice tripel. Really good blend of sweet flavors.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured the carbonated beverage into a Duvel tulip glass. A nice golden, hay colored appearance with a bubbly two finger head. Oily lacing occurs but nothing too heavy.

Nose has a certain sour, doughiness to it with notes of yeast and faint peppery hops. Can make out very mild citrus rind, lemon grass and orange as well. Very distant alcohol smell.

Oily and crisp on the palate. The candied malt is the initial flavor to leap out, consisting of a semi-toasted flavor combined with a caramel and brown sugar finish. The hop presence rounds out the experience with coriander, lemon and pepper. The mouth is left nicely dry and the tongue puckering for another drink.

I am no expert with tripels but I am beginning my journey towards Belgians and especially the American spin on things. I enjoyed this beer quite bit and found the alcohol to be well hidden though you should take cautionary measures because it does pack a punch. I love Southern Tier and find this to be another notch in their well-respected headboard.

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Photo of stemcell001
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.
Nice appearance, golden slightly amber with a thin white head that leaves some nice lacing ion my glass.
I smell the orange peel and coriander before any of the sugar and malts.
Taste - Again I get hit first with coriander and orange peel. I almost miss the hops completely until halfway through the glass. If they restrained the spices in this one and let the malt body and alcohol shine through more, it would have increased the drinkability. As it is, I had some difficulty finishing the entire bomber.

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