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Tiger Tripel | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2009

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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 166
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
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3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 0.5l bottle poured (long) into a Westmalle Tripel chalice.

Having heard that this take on a Belgian Tripel from the impressive Nogne-O label is a little lackluster in terms of head, I purposely poured this one long. This approach did yield a large 3 fingers of head however that quantity began to retreat away very quickly until settling on just shy of 2 fingers. The head stuck for a few minutes until it dried off to a thin layer that remained for the duration.

In the glass it stands away from the traditional Tripel. Instead of the usual dullish hazed cloud this Tripel is bright, almost like a golden honey.

The aroma holds citrus notes and a bit of malt but the key thing is that it is very underwhelming. The odors become more apparent as the beer warms up from chilled but I really had to dig the aroma out of this one, there weren't any offensive odors so I'm giving smell a halfway rating.

In terms of taste Nogne-o Tiger Tripel is a lot closer to the style than the nose and appearance suggest. The taste of warm freshly baked bread like malt is a highlight. It sits tightly amongst fruity flavors of past ripened pear and apple. The flavor is pleasant but not quite as robust as you may find in some of the better examples.

Mouthfeel is characterized by a medium body and balanced carbonation. The finish is a very drawn out, but even, drying.

The Belgian Tripel category is a rather saturated one with some breweries spending many many years perfecting the style. It is for this fact that the Nogne-o Tiger Tripel isn't a stand out. In my opinion they need to try a lot harder to get this right.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of -DF-
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy light amberunder a 1” off-white clingy foam collar.
S: Yeast and fruit aromas.
T: Fruit, caramel, bread, biscuit.
F: Very creamy and smooth, medium body.
O: This is a good beer but it needs a little more cowbell (hops and/or esters) to really pop.

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Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BGDrock
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dull gold, hazy; egg white head fades after a few minutes to a film

Aroma: sweet fruit - pears, tangerine; just a hint of tang; yeast spice; smoky mold

Taste & Mouthfeel: wow, intense flavour! an onslaught of sweet and tangy, although hard to really define, not as fruity as the scent, it's a blend and more candy like; sharp and cutting, with a dry finish; getting some butterscotch; there's complexity with hints of spice, breath of alcohol, and pleasant texture (silky smooth, buttery); didn't pick it up at first, but the bottle mentions peat smoke and then it clicks as one of the mystery notes - it's subtle but is a vital part of the character

Overall: the sweetness is cloying, in a mouth puckering way, which distracts from some interesting (and powerful) flavours

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. How do we make our mark on this venerable style? Why, take something fully foreign, and just toss it right in there. Sigh.

This beer pours a hazy, murky medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a low-lying, seemingly undulating vista of wavecrest lace around the glass as it duly evaporates. Kind of weird not to have to clean up overflow on the counter from an overly aggressive head.

It smells of mildly peaty smoke, brine, semi-sweet pale malt, acrid yeast, a middling pome fruitiness, some suppressed candi sugar, and a bit of witbier spiciness. The taste is more thankfully restrained phenolic, forlorn Scottish isle medicinal peatiness, tacked on, rather than deftly blended, to a yeasty, sugary pale Belgian maltiness, with a white pepper and blotted coriander spiciness standing by in the wings.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, like a lolling Lowlands brae (keeping with the theme here), the body an indistinct medium weight, and actually rather smooth, the Island effect choosing to fully cease operations here and now, as a slight creaminess burgeons.

Thankful am I to Nøgne Ø's acquiescence in keeping this particular Scottish malt mostly on the down-low, as eventually the standard Tripel offerings come bleeding through. I know they lie just across the North Sea from Scotland proper, but this just feels like they had a bit of Islay malt left over from that mindfuck of a brew called Sunturnbrew, and had to find a use for it. Unnecessary, when the underlying Tripel may be (we shall never know now, with this one) well worthy all on its own.

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Photo of sinfonk
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mar02x
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - A promising golden hazy fluid with a real nice white head. The head looks creamy and thats always pleasant to watch to.

S - A citrus and pine like hop scent that is just over the top and that makes it unpleasant.

T - A little sweetness upfront and the pine and the citrus set in. Almost immediately you notice a flowery taste to it as well, it was totally unsuspected. It doesn't make the beer better tasting though.

M - A soft to medium carbonation, a soft and creamy body (which is nice) and a bitter aftertaste.

O - Something is really off in this one, it isn't sour though, so I don't think it's infected. I think it is the hop combination or choice that makes this beer weird.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting tripel that begins with fruity and honeyish yeast ends with noticeable understated bitterness of 35 IBU. 3/8 inch of head. Fruity bananna aroma. Good drinkability for me, though not for the one I shares it with . Nice but somewhat overpriced

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Photo of jbowers56
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden colour with thin but quite creamy white head.

Quite spicy with pepper and some cloves being the first things i noticed in the scent. Sweetness is there too. An almost flowery quality to this. Cool.

Not as complex in the flavour as some other tripels I have had. Sweetness is fairly strong initially but gets cleaned up a little by a spicy earthy finish. Very drinkable.

A little thicker in the mouth than many super-attenuated tripels are. Not a bad thing, but for me not a great thing.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of phirleh
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiger Tripel pours a yellow color. It's quite hazy, and looks gold when held to light. A soft white head caps it. It's rather modest, standing about a finger in height. It fell to a surface covering quickly and held firm there for a bit. Lacing was spotty and light.

The nose is a little on the weak side, but is pretty good. It features a nice mix of golden fruit and spices. Apple and pear are noted. It smells a little sweet. The spicy side features clove and pepper. Yeast is noted, but doesn't smell particularly Belgian in character. Hopefully it's different in flavor. Alcohol is blended pretty well and isn't all that noticeable.

The flavor is pretty good. About on-par with the nose. It kicks off with a mix of apple and pear. It falls on the sweet side, but just barely. Spices follow and are fairly intense. Clove and pepper are the most notable. For some reason, they don't leave the typical impression of spicy Belgian yeast. Belgian yeast is not really noted in flavor. There's an interesting, grassy hop flavor on the tail. Maybe a Noble hop? I don't know for certain. Alcohol is masked well. Finishes spicy, earthy, and dry.

Tiger Tripel has a medium body. Carbonation seems rather active and buzzy. It's not overtly bad, but it's not smooth. For what it's worth, it goes down rather easy for a 9% abv beer.

Nøgne Ø generally brews very good beer. Tiger Tripel is pretty good beer, but falls short of Nøgne Ø standards. It's short on Belgian yeast, which is exactly what makes or breaks a Tripel. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but it definitely has a few shortcomings as a Tripel that are difficult to ignore. Eh. It's alright. Definitely worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stonesky
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjstacker
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a dense pure white head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is fruity, with apples being the main component. There also is a floral, perfumey scent from the yeast. A good amount of clove picked up in the nose.

The taste is sweet from the candi sugar. A floral honey flavor, with clove, and a grassy hop bitterness in the end. There is some light apple skin flavor but it is quite subtle. A bit of an alcohol flavor but its not harsh.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, drinks easy. There is a bit of a grassy bitterness from the hops which helps balance the brew.

This is pretty good representation of the style. It could use some bolder flavors but it drinks quite nicely.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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