Unplugged Triple
New Glarus Brewing Company

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3.48 | pDev: 20.4%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle that has a high quality cream colored cartridge type paper with dark brown picture and lettering with the word ‘uplugged’ emblazoned across in a banner style box with a red background. Metallic red foil covers the crown cap and has a cream colored neck label that simply says ‘Triple’, curiously the English spelling. No strength or freshness (does it need one?) listed.

Appearance: Pure golden appearance so reminiscent of some of the finest Tripels. Little head forms at first, but a top up produces a fizzy explosion of a bone-white, but this too is short lived. Belgium Tripels are known for their massive white expansive heads, and sadly I feel that this one rather suffers from the complete lack of one.

Nose: Powerful light toasty malts with a sweet honey aroma mixed into a bitter fruity odor that permeates.

Taste: Sweetish thick malts overlaid with a toasted honey feel that oozes with a smooth sweetness. Sugar and then malty fruits mixed a little smidgeon of spices and a flirting thick alcohol feel. Mangos and soggy malts depress the middle whilst it rises to a crisp finish with a lingering fruity bitterness that resonates in the mouth thanks to the alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Powerful alcohols, big body and a terrific bold bitterness – but sadly they struggle to feel anything but raw without the aid of some carbonation.

Drinkability: Difficult at times, die mainly really to the lack of conditioning, the taste, as raw and bitter as they were, are not offensive or even off-putting, but the lack of soft carbonation most definitely is.

Overall: Nice enough, but the lack of conditioning really detracts from what could be an excellent overall offering. The bitterness is a little sharp and the alcohol overpowering at times, though the delicate softer Tripels are never often 10%!! - So you have to cut this one some slack. A tad raw due to the low conditioning, but definitely worth a try!

Tripel, erm I mean Three Cheers to BigHuge for the chance to try yet another of the Unplugged series.

May 14, 2004
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to lucybeerbook for the sample. 12 oz twist off bottle with red foil on top ... no freshness date.

A- Fizzy ring of white lace, mildly hazed dark golden hue.

S- Juicy fruity aroma, suggestions of tropical fruit and sugar with a faintness of caramel candy. Spicy alcohol in the nose.

T- Fruity punch upfront, suggestion of mint with a hot estery alcohol. Bready malt with a mild sweetness that likens honey. A little syrupy. Peppery alcohol middle to end, very warming.

M- Slick, medium bodied. Small crispness.

D- Too flamboyant from a tripel, great to taste but one bottle is enough.

Aug 29, 2005
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faernt from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the third in the series ( I think). The first was the Eisbock, then came the Imperial Stout and third the Triple. It pours very clear with a slight head which subsides into a ring. It smells a little tart and flowery.

The taste is the big deal with this one. It starts nutty and then sweet then tart then sweet. The mouthfeel is silky and it is very drinkable. I'm sure it will improve with age but I have no reason to wait. This is a good one. I picked it up at the brewery. Thanks Dan.

Jul 06, 2004
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great "unplugged" beer...

Pours a rich, but relatively clear golden color...what head emerges at first quickly vanishes...Nose is sweet...malty...sweet fruits(mango...banana)...taste includes all of that as well as some nice spiciness on the finish...some alcohol present but it's hidden nicely....body is sticky sweet at first but finishes dry and spicy...

Thanks to BigHugey for this bottle (and one I have cellaring)...A real treat....not the greatest triple ever made but very enjoyable and tasty...

I would buy this again...not sure if I'll get the chance but this is worth buying again..

Nov 23, 2003
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden appearance with some chill haze noted. Copious amounts of carbonation are visible. A soft white head graces the surface of this beer and has very nice retention. Lacing comes in sheets. Aroma is doughy, spicy, yeasty and peppery. Really nice. This beer is a virtual fruit basket of flavors. Pears and green apples really come to the forefront. With sour cherry and orange taking the backseat. The ethanol is obvious, but not obtrusive. There's a nice spiciness highlighted by a freshly cracked pepper taste. Yeast and dough also come into play on the tongue. I've gotta say, I think they've done a splendid job with this edition of their "Unplugged" series. I can't wait for the next one ......supposedly an Imperial Stout this fall.

Jun 10, 2003
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inebrius from Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As with many American brewed "triples" this beast is syrup, an orange barley wine. Butter coated maple scone bubble gum oozes down your throat like a shot of honey. The hop balance is completely subdued by the sugary malted milk thickness of the fluid. Not to say that it tastes bad, but you certainly have expectations about a new beer based on it's label and I thought I would see more than two tiny bubbles rising through this gelatin. This batch should have been freeze reduced and sold as a dessert beer, eis-triple or something.

Jan 14, 2005
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed golden color. Well filtered- almost no sediment in the bottle. Big, puffed white head fades quickly to an edging, then to nothing.
Honey sweet nose with pepper, clove and mango juiciness.
Taste begins with soft, ripe fruit. Pears and apricots primarily, but a whole host of tropical juices can be identified in the background. Turns simultaniously sugary and spicy. Notes of the promised cloves and black pepper. Spice fades and raw honey dominates. Shifts in a floral direction towards the finish, but hops never really take control and it ends damp and sticky.
Heavy bodied stuff, yet deceptive up front. Easy drinking for a while, but the sweetness begins to catch up and becomes cloying.
Overall, this is a beauty considering it was just released today (5/15), there is a lot of potential for this to mellow into a gem.

May 15, 2003
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bditty187 from Nebraska

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, gold in hue, at face value the color is dull and quite troubling for a Tripel. However, if I play with it in the light then shades of orange, bronze, and copper emerge; this livens things up. There isn’t much animation in the liquid. Also there isn’t much of a haze either. The head was retarded, at the apex the foam was only a half finger in height, way to small for the style and the white bubbles quickly fizzed away to a thin, soapy cap that has naked spots in the middle. There was no subsequent lacing. I’m disappointed. On the whole, this beer doesn’t have much going for it visually. The nose further alarms me. The potency is painfully low, plus whatever it is saying is very, very muddled. All I can detect are hints of honey, biscuits, and wildflowers. I get the impression there is something more but it fails to show itself. I’m disappointed yet again. The palate is tasty but, by no means, is this beer a great Tripel. I would call it solid but uneventful. Upfront is warm sweetness with a spicy underbelly; in the middle it morphs into a sweet, malty beer with the honey starting to shine more. At the finish a pleasant warmth propels the taste in the sense that it brightens up my tastebuds and they are more receptive to taste the light herbal hops. With that said, the finish is still sweet. This beer reminds me a lot of Thunderhead’s Grand Cru (yes, I’m comparing this to a beer from a small brewpub in Nebraska and very few if any people will know what I’m talking about); interestingly the Grand Cru doesn’t use Belgian yeast (nor Ale yeast). This Tripel from New Glarus doesn’t have a hell of a lot of Belgian yeast qualities either. Both beers have a similar base but I liked the Grand Cru more because of built it complexities that this beer just doesn’t have. What I’m trying to say is this: The alcohol is felt in the belly but not so much on the tongue however this beer is way too sweet with very little secondary flavors to keep my attention. Bitterness is low. So is the complexity. With the high abv and easy of consumption this beer is like a Malt Liquor. Yes, I realize what I just said. A couple of these beers and you’ll get a buzz but your tastebuds won’t be stimulated. If I don’t compare this beer to a style I *like* what I taste. Like. Not love. It is better than average. What a rambling description! Medium in body, the carbonation is a bit low and too low for a Tripel. The mouthfeel is ordinary but it could use more body and more effervescence. This beer is too easy to drink. There aren’t enough flavors to make me slowdown and take notice. A beer this big should force the drinker to sip and savor. This beer failed to do that. Still, there needs to be some praise for a beer like this to be so agreeable. In a sense I am rewarding this beer by “praising” its drinkability when, in reality, this praise is a knock against the taste. Would I drink this beer again? Yes. It is good but it is not a good Tripel. I purchased this 12-ounce bottle in Milwaukee, WI for $3.00.

Mar 11, 2005
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putnam from Michigan

3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The words "bottle fermented for a slightly dry finish" had me worried. I expect pure syrup from American craft beers that claim to be "slightly dry."

In fact, this beer is not overly sweet. It is quite alcoholic though. There is no duration to the thin blanket of peeled banana-colored foam over steel and copper-colored liquid (go ahead, throw some wheat starch in there next time!) Aromas of caramel, tropical fruits and marc remind me of an eisbock.
Laden with flavors of roasted nuts, pie crust and baked tree fruits, the alcohol delivers a lash of hot pepper that dominates the finish. Sour butter, booze and banana syrup characterize the mid-palate.

Decent, if you want to get high on beer quickly. Certainly not related to any Belgian Triple I know. "Put down the Turbo Yeast (TM) and step away from the wort", said the Belgian beer cop.

Oct 17, 2004
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice translucent amber orange, very little head formation which is completely gone after a few minutes.

Aroma - vaguely sweet with fruits too distant to identify. Sugary, grainy alcohol dominates after the settle.

Taste - big malty base, lots of candi sugar and honey on the way to a steamy smooth alcohol finish. It's basically a layman's Tripel if there is such a thing, kinda like your 'average Mercedes'.

Mouthfeel - much more carbonation than the pour lets on. Smooth, appropriate, big-bodied.

Drinkability - the flavor profile is basic enough to enhance approachability and overall drinkability. Good tasting party candidate.

Jul 08, 2005
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Winter from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear golden / light amber with a short-lived delicate white head. Aroma consists of fruity pineapple, yeast and it has a peppery spiceness to it. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp on the tongue. Most of the components of a good tripel are here in the flavor profile. An initial fruity sweetness gives way to a spicy yeast middle. Sort of a malt or grain taste introduces itself right before the finish, which has an almost feint seltzer-like quality to it. Alcohol becomes more evident in the finish as the beer warms.

Very enjoyable and easy drinking overall. What a gem (not that it isn't good now but...) this could be, given a year or so to sit, as it continues to mature.

May 29, 2003
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daledeee from Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must be crazy. I could have sworn I smelled butter when I first poured this. Yeast and fruit now. Golden colored with not much head. Taste is pear blended with apple and malt. There are other tastes there that I can't separate. A good blend of flavor. This is one thick tasting beer with bite and a hoppy malt aftertaste. The palate and tummy soon warm from the alky. Different than some tripels but that is fine. I like a good distinctive tasting beer

Oct 25, 2003
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: lovely, clear, rosey amber hue, like the first faint glimmer of sunrise, with a sadly, short, disappearing head.
Aroma: sweetness incarnate, big, bold, and fully flowering, but I can't help notice a touch of corniness. Can that be right?
Taste: hugely fruity on the tongue, sweet, even syrupy, candyish, getting better, and a bit more mellow as we go. Dazzling hops, deep yeastiness, medium body, terrific texture, long, tasty finish.
Alcohol content creeps in a bit toward the end, making it hotter, sweeter, ever more devilish.
Big thanks to cokes, on this one!

Nov 03, 2003
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Popsinc from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a pale golden pour with a disappointing head.i think Triple and i think Belgian style with an enormous frothy head....not here though. almost no head at all.

Smell: either i have a cold or the nose on this beer is absent. i can pick up some very light fruity/floral notes but little else. there seems to be a bready quality to it as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: wow, nothing like the nose at all! the flavour here is big and upfront. sweet candy like suagrs. a little bit of caramel and some big malts with some balls. a failry lively mouthfeel, medium bodied overall. somewhat bitter on the finish.

Drinkability: a little too sweet overall. could use a little more complexity. as it stands, a fairly one dimensional beer, but not bad.

Aug 03, 2004
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OldFrothingSlosh from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber in color with some caramel highlights. Miniscule, wispy-thin layer of off-white head at the edges. Sparse lacing. Aromas are really sweet, with a candied-apple character. There's also a grainy-corn influence that darts in and out. Flavor really is like an apple dipped in cotton candy. Other fruity esters hide behind the big apple. Finally, there's a peppery spice-hoppiness at the end that starts to counterbalance the apples. Almost to the point of syrupy mouthfeel at times. Medium body with lacking carbonation. Interestingly, the ABV is cloaked in this one. Very tough to see this as a 10% ABV. Overall, it's certainly intersting, but not one I'd desire to try again. I would be curious to see what a year or two does to it.

Feb 14, 2005
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winomark from Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brilliant gold with a small head and lots of bubbles.

Aroma: Citrus tones with some malty backbone. Apples and oranges.

Taste: Lots of rich sweetness. Candy sugar and apples again.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but not too coating. Lingering, sweet finish.

Drinkability: Worth trying, but not my style.

Thanks to Ave for sharing this brew at the St. Louis BA tasting on 2/8/04

Feb 10, 2004
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BierReise from Florida

3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden with no head. Aroma is sweet. Honey, spices, slight metallic. Different from belgian tripels. Mouthfeel finishes a bit flat. Flavor is sweet, not a spicy as mosty tripels. Some yeast. Gets better towards end and more Belgian as well. Overall a decent brew.

Dec 18, 2004
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beerinator from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at New Glarus Brewery.

Appearance: Bright Golden Tan, very clear. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Apples and pears and maybe even some grapes and plums. A little bit of alcohol burn is evident here. Very sweet fruit in the aroma.

Taste: Fruity, grapey. The mouthfeel is good. The beer finishes mostly dry with only a bit of sweetness that lingers through on the tongue. The alcohol shows through slightly, but it's not overpowering. There is a good deal of apple and pear available for sampling here.

Notes: The finish is dry and much of the sweetness is cleansed off the palate, leaving a pleasant fruitiness. A drinkable triple, if just a little sweet in the finish.

Aug 22, 2005
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a chill hazed dark honey yellow, a bit lighter at the bottom of the glass. Slow carbonation bubbles in sparce amounts float around like snowflakes. A vigorous pour resulted in a thin white head thats fluffy and thick, fades fast to a thin ring and slow dripping spots of lace. Smell has a faint dulled tropical/dark fruity sense, red apple, pear, mango, pineapple, some light spicyness and yeasty sweetness. Plays fairly soft upon the nose, not to strong. Taste has a very smooth and mellow character with light flavors of dulled tropical-like fruits, mostly apple and pear, with some pineapple and lemon, light hops and fruity sharp sweetness and soft spice start to pick up about midway ending with a diminishing yeasty grab and sharp sticky, crispy finish. Feel is creamy and soft upfront and gains some body as it goes but some of the sweetness is a bit heavy coming through in the finish which lingers some with a ripe fruit skin feel. Not a bad drinker for a triple, pretty darn smooth and easy goin'. Perhaps a bit longer on the shelf could make this a nudge better and more complex. Hopefully I can find another to store that long, cuz I got this one from jeffboo, thanks man.

Sep 18, 2003
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clvand0 from Kentucky

2.14/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was warned abou this one. I'm sorry I didn't listen to the warning. It pours a brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing. The aroma is just waaaay too sweet. No spices, weak malt character. Just too sweet. The flavor is very grainy and overly sweet. Seems they may have halted the fermentation early or something because there is a lot of unferemented sugar in there that needs to go. The flavor is just unpleasant. Didn't like it at all.

Feb 24, 2005
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karengarys from Indiana

2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Pours copper, leaving little head. Hardly a ring.

Smell of... I really hate to say... um... drying urine. Some hops.

Taste of, well, it is a little better than the smell. It has a hoppy malty alcoholey, something else dark taste.

Mouthfeel is okay. some creaminess, but it dissipates into oily liquor.

Finish is buttery, but it sort of lingers - not a bitter lingering but a sort of thickness.

I'd suggest that one passes on this libation, unless, well, you are up for a dare, or just looking to experiment.

Jun 12, 2005
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

1.94/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a flat light golden colored beer with literally no head and almost no carbonation. Aroma is quite sweet, almost like pure candi sugar, which is not my cup of tea. Taste was very very sweet, again pure candi sugar sweet with no spices that could be really identified. Wow, I cannot even taste any yeast because of all the sugar. I’m now left wondering if this was a bad bottle or just not my type of tripel.

Nov 01, 2004
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden with a white head that quickly lost interest in staying around to play. No head and no lacing for this bad boy.

The aroma was sweet and malty with an apple juice fruit aromatic. The aroma was bready and slightly biscuity with a very light spice.

The flavor was sweet and malty as would be expected in an underattenuated beer. The sweetness was almost to the point of being cloying and was mixed with some caramel and light spice for a less than stellar flavor presentation lacking in complexity.

The finish was sweet with a cloying bit of sugary maltiness a bit too long into the aftertaste. The body was nearly medium full and too viscous for the style. The alcohol was present and pungent and led to a warming after consumption, but the beer was pretty rough around the edges and could have spent a bit more time in the fermenter.

12 ounce bottle purchased at the brewery, thanks beerinator!

Aug 20, 2005
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Skidz from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pale gold and sits golden amber in the glass with a meager white head achieved with a good forcefull pour.

Smells immensly sweet and tart, apples and grape, a very cider-like quality to this. Malt and hop balance in the aroma leans towards the malt side, as the sweetness really pours out, though some spiciness is noted. Alcohol buried underneath the sweetness of the aroma.

Tastes quite fruity, apples, grapes and dates all there in full force. Very malty with a thick, sugary sweetness. Hop spiciness come in near the finish with peppery and herbal force, quite green at that. Alcohol dries the toungue, and is noted inside the malty build of the beer. Dry, lightly bitter finish.

Thick and syrupy in the mouth with a very delicate carbonation. Gently flows across your toungue and slides gleefully down your throat. Pretty tasty, and worth a try.

Oct 05, 2004
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CRJMellor from Arkansas

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold and copper color with no real head retention but manages to leave small droplets of lace on the glass.
Aroma of pale malts, grain, candi sugar, citrus and a light spiced yeast note.
Flavors of sweet sugar, some sweet honey with a little bubblegum and a touch of coriander.
Mouthfeel is very sweet that is cut by some husky grain feel somewhat but sweetness really continues to the end. There is no real spiciness as would be typical to style but pleasant enough.
Drinkability is decent for the overall amount of sweetness beer puts forth but the overall flavor is really good. Wish it had some moe the classic Belgian spicy yeastiness to it and it would be outstanding. I guess I'd call it 2/3 of a great Tripel.

Apr 29, 2005
Unplugged Triple from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 54 ratings