Tripel Burner
Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Ranked #55
Ranked #11,641
4.01 | pDev: 10.72%
Sunday at 11:07 PM
Jun 26, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: A Belgian-style Tripel brewed with licorice spices and aged in white wine barrels.
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

750 ml corked & caged bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.6%. Hazy golden colour, large white head. Pleasant aroma of mild spices and liquorice. Spices and liquorice in the fairly dry flavour too. The alcohol is well hidden. Moderate hops.

Sunday at 11:07 PM
2.63 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on Aug 22, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Cloudy at first but quickly clears up in the burnt orange body with 2 fingers of beige foam. Smell has the licorice, with strong spices, wet white wine, and oak, with supporting candi sugar, caramel, fig, and belgian yeast. Taste has a leathery element up front with the licorice, really though this was going to be a big flop, but the barrel, spices, and yeast kick in to brighten and complicate the palate. Still, can't get the leather shoe licorice out of my mind. Feel is not very vinous despite flavoring, yeast, malts and spice shape the medium body more. Thanks dad for this one!

Sep 15, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 3rd Q 2016, had 7/31/20.

Pours a golden brown, a little hazy, with a one and a half inch foamy head with very good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of white wine, spices- especially cloves and coriander, malt, some Belgian yeast, light licorice, peppercorn. Has an herbal aroma. The licorice is more pronounced in the flavor, with white wine, malt, Belgian yeast, spices- but lighter cloves and coriander, peppercorn, white grapes, light candi sugar. Has a peppery aftertaste and a light herbal flavor. Smooth, a solid light to medium body, well carbonated.

Excellent at nearly four years old. The wine barrels are outstanding and the spice blend really adds to the aroma and flavor, especially when fully warmed. The licorice portion is restrained but effective and enjoyable. Just bought this a week before having it, Wish I would have found it sooner. Very enjoyable.

Aug 24, 2020
4.08 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Mar 12, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

C&C bottle from Q3 2016; consumed November 2019, so around 3 years old

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap

S: Spicy Belgian yeast up front along with some light fruitiness and licorice. Oak and some vinous notes present as well

T: Starts off with the spicy and fruity Belgian yeast which gives off a burst of banana and then moves onto apple and pear. Spices stick along, along with the licorice and some oak and vanilla from the wine barrels. Very lightly vinous with moderate grape notes. Finishes with lingering licorice, vanilla, and spices

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smoother side

O: A very nice and complex BA tripel that aged well. The wine barrel works extremely well with the base beer and makes the 10.6% seem like it’s hardly there. Well done

Nov 25, 2019
3.94 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Dec 29, 2018
3.74 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Nov 16, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 26, 2018
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a cork and cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy golden copper pour with massive fluffy white head. Crazy retention and lacing.

S: Licorice present in the aroma... mixed with Belgian yeast, candy, and spice.

T/F: Sweet candy sugars... Belgian yeast and spice. The licorice is very mild... I picked it up more in the smell than the taste. Light citrus... a bit of vanilla and oak mingled with some white wine character. Medium bodied... a bit sticky on the tongue. The finish is more sweetness and spice mixed with Chardonnay.

O: A pretty awesome white wine barrel aged tripel. Sweet, spicy, and delicious. A sipper... and definitely a treat.

Sep 08, 2018
4.1 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Aug 25, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Creamy head, full-bodied golden tripel. Nice licorice overtones, and the barrel aging builds a complexity unusual for a Belgian style tripel. Torqued-up ABV, but well-disguised.

Jul 21, 2018
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

On cask at The Jeffrey NYC.
Served nice & warm. Smells like wine, a little truffle. Esters are replaced with wine flavors. Very smooth. Glad I tried it, wouldn't pay $12 for a bomber , let alone $25.
The Jeffrey, NYC, Cask on tap
4 rating

May 01, 2018
3.92 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Apr 19, 2018
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a chalice, the appearance was a brisk burnt orange to light rust copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Lace clung nicely, somewhat messy.
The aroma had a nice blend of "iced apples", light grassy to hay-like features, ample amount of sweet red cherries, delicate vinous matter, but seemed extremely faint. Licorice came in all throughout providing a nice mobile blend (the spice to the sweet smelled extremely awesome!).
The flavor was somewhat leaning towards the sweetness of those apples, nice and chill and playing with those cherry qualities and then delving into a little bit of breadiness yet the spices (licorice and some coriander) seem to provide a very nice sort of ending right before the aftertaste which was somewhat bready, light on the red apples and then the licorice.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, almost seemed a touch under and having a sly sessionability about it as the spice harshness doesn't seem to plug away at my tongue like I expected it could have. Do I have a problem with this? No, because though I can't read the date code on the bottle, I think this is an aged bottle so, anyone reading this, please consider my review to be so. On top of this, yes, the ABV seems to have died off just a bit. I really don't think this is 10.6%, but hey, I'm not going to argue because honestly, this was a pretty nice Tripel that I could do again.

Jul 18, 2017
4 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey on Jul 08, 2017
4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota on Jun 05, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours a little hazy orangish amber with a full wispy ivory head. The aroma has a decidedly Belgian yeast and spice note with an additional citrusy smell. The flavor is very complex with all of the notes in the aroma coming through with the fennel notes. Plenty of carbonation to please the tongue. Overall a nice beer.

May 29, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a very nice white and creamy head that stays for quite a while while the beer is a very clean looking and very good looking medium and vibrant gold with some floatsam going around in there that is a bit flaky and takes from how awesome this beer could have looked. The smell is very good with it's soft notes that mix very well together. The notes in the smell seem to consist of a light ginger and effervescent sweet licorice note that mixes with a nice lemon and kiwi note and light Belgian yeast note with an even lighter Belgian sugar note. The taste is similar but with a slightly stronger licorice note that seems to be the more noticeable note. The taste is also a bit more fruity with subtle notes of more tropical fruits. The feeling is decent. It's smooth and heavy bodied but it seems to lack the crispness or dryness of the style. Overall, it's a fairly interesting beer and the Brooklyn experimental series is usually worth trying and this beer is definitely not exception.

Mar 22, 2017
4.25 by thomda11 from California on Mar 11, 2017
4.12 by powpow_ from New York on Jan 31, 2017
3.75 by aztraz from Sweden on Jan 30, 2017
3 by Nat1975 from Indiana on Jan 28, 2017
2.96 by iridius from Florida on Jan 16, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

As we grow older, we learn that there's really nothing to fear of the dark. So when you read "licorice", the mere mention of the spice conjures the distaste of black jelly beans and pungent candy as a child. But now that we're all grown up, there's nothing also to fear of Brooklyn Brewery's triple ale with the controversial spice additions.

Tripel Burner pours with a classic translucent golden color and billows to the rim with a rocky, creamy eggshell froth. Lacing with each and every sip, the sprite ale spills onto the senses with a host of malt sweetnesses and breadiness, citrus, grape, tropical fruit, exotic spice and the pep of chardonnay. As the ale rolls onto the tongue, the tastebuds are enlivened with lemondrop candy, powdered sugar, cookie dough and a soft biscuity malt smoothness.

With the middle palate awash in the ale, the spring of carbonation begins to lift the malt sweetness from the tongue and the beer's fruit and spice medley becomes the focus of flavor. Lemon, white grape, orange, banana, honeydew, papaya and pineapple attacks the tastebuds with complexity while the spiciness of white pepper, clove, fennel, aniseed and yes, licorice root do more than just balance the fruit and lingering sweetness but ensures a peppery, dry and drinkable finish.

Medium-full on the tongue, the ale's sweet and bready upstart quickly trends peppery, dry and warm. A simmering warmth of white wine lays down a playful acidity and a fine cashew taste of weathered oak. Black peppercorn and pale licorice play delicately on the finish while the spice of curacao liquor has a medium length afterglow, patiently awaiting an accompaniment of triple creme brie.

Jan 11, 2017
4.15 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Dec 24, 2016
4.03 by Heeenrik from Finland on Dec 16, 2016
3.77 by Lodisgrisen from Finland on Dec 13, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 7/20/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, peach, apricot, golden raisin, peppercorn, coriander, clove, licorice, mint, oak, white wine, vanilla, light banana, honey, candi sugar, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, licorice/spices, wine barrel, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, peach, apricot, golden raisin, peppercorn, coriander, clove, licorice, mint, oak, white wine, vanilla, light banana, honey, candi sugar, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast and light tannic wine/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, peach, apricot, golden raisin, peppercorn, coriander, clove, licorice, mint, oak, white wine, vanilla, honey, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, licorice/spices, wine barrel, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast/oak spiciness. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden, a small warmth lingers after the finish; with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is an incredible Tripel! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, licorice/spices, wine barrel, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. This has a nice pleasant level of licorice presence that is not overwhelming; with an amazing balance of the yeast/spice/barrel/malt flavors. A really amazing offering all around.

Dec 11, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by MattyG85 from Minnesota

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big white head that takes up half the glass even with a slow pour.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian style aroma with a scent of yeast, licorice, and dried fruit. Belgian yeast with spice hints of clove, pepper, and coriander with some funk. Good scent of licorice. Bright citrus hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Barrel hints of white wine with some grapes and oak. Dried fruit hints of banana, pear, and apple. Pilsner malt hints of cracker, straw, and biscuit. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and juicy Belgian style taste with notes of yeast, licorice, and fruit. Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, and coriander. Big taste of the licorice comes through. Barrel notes of white wine with some white grapes and oak. Zesty citrus fruit notes of orange peel and lemon. Belgian style dried fruit undertones of banana, apple, and pear. Pilsner malt notes of biscuit, straw, and cracker. Light background notes of earthy hop bitterness. A very good complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Crisp and pretty drying.

Overall: A very good twist on a Belgian style Tripel. Good mix of spices, white wine, and fruit notes.

Nov 18, 2016
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4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by scootny from New York

A wonderfully complex and sophisticatedly nuanced brew. A strong pour creates a voluminous head. A dark golden fluid with a touch of cloudiness. Decent retention. The slow fade leaves good lacing with a solid covering on the remaining liquid. Quite a bit of carbonation activity as it sits. You can just watch the bubbles and smile. Nose starts the peep show. Pilsner malt, peppery alcohol, orange peel, coriander, licorice. I can spend hours sniffing this divine elixir. Wine and oak woven ever so gently into the mix. Layer after layer opens up as it warms. Warm, yeasty, dough. Spicy and herbal hops. Notes of the usual Belgian yeast suspects. Faint banana, mild funk. Just gorgeous. Taste builds on the nose. Light doughy malt front flows into light fruits. Apples, grapes, and pears followed by Belgian yeast created bananas and spiciness. Licorice and orange peel step in to do the job of the hops and coriander opens up the palate. Hops are actually there, mildly bittering the brew. White wine and oak subtlely develop a depth of flavor that is remarkable. I'm guessing Nelson Suavin hops as well. Alcohol is invisible. Feel is stellar. Medium weight with a creamy carbonation that encourages swallow after swallow. This is one of the best beers I've ever had from Brooklyn. The feel alone places it on a different level, a cut above most. The complexity and easy drinkability are impressive and delightful. Superb beer.

Nov 16, 2016
4.31 by JMS1512 from New Jersey on Oct 17, 2016
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