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

Tiger TripelTiger Tripel
BA SCORE
62.8%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 172 ratings
Tiger TripelTiger Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Norway
nogne-o.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,900
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
172
Liked:
108
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
10.5%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
9
Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO. Bottled on July 18 2012, this is one of several Nøgne Ø brews I picked up in London last month. Tripels are one of my favourite Belgian styles - but the key word there is 'Belgian', because honestly a lot of non-Belgian-made tripels leave me underwhelmed for one reason or another. Not gonna get ahead of myself though, because the last Nøgne Ø brew I cracked open was superb. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden-apricot colour, and even though the pour was fairly aggressive I didn't get much more than one fingers' worth of soapy white head. It wilts quickly, leaving nothing more than a thin collar and film on the surface in its wake. Subsequent pours from the bottle were equally flat. The aroma is yeasty, with big red apple and pear notes, as well as hints of orange zest, coriander and clove. Slightly herbal and spicy. Enjoyable enough, but not very complex and kind of subdued. Kind of reminds me of a witbier.

I wasn't terribly impressed up to this point, but it does taste pretty good I suppose, with the profile accomplishing most of what I expect from a tripel, with a few odd additions that switch the formula up a bit. It starts off sweet, with wheat malt, candi sugar and lots of the usual orchard fruit notes - red appleskin, apricots and orangepeel being the most noticeable features. The citrusy notes give it a slightly unusual tartness mid-sip, but this quickly gives way to clove, coriander, and white pepper spice, as well as some faint smokiness, lots of yeast and overripe banana in the finish. A little boozy, but not to an unusual degree for the style, and it works fairly well in the context of the other flavours. Spicy, sweet aftertaste with some lingering heat. Medium-bodied, with perfectly restrained carbonation that gives it a spritzy mouthfeel without being distracting. A good sipper that improves markedly as it warms.

Not the best tripel I've ever had, but a pretty good effort nonetheless. The addition of Scottish peat-smoked malt isn't too prominent in the flavour, but might explain a few of the departures from more traditional features of the style. My only real complaint is the spiciness, which becomes tiring quickly - this pint bottle is probably the ideal serving size, and I doubt I'd be up for seconds. To be fair though, it does become smoother as it warms.

Final Grade: 3.72, an acceptable B grade. Nøgne Ø's Tiger Tripel is a solid Belgian-style ale, but in my opinion it doesn't quite measure up to the true heavyweights of the style - the titans of Tripelitania like Chimay or La Fin du Monde. Not a completely orthodox example of the style, so the minor tweaks may be enough to make this one worthy of a try - assuming you're looking for something that follows a slightly different vein than those classic tripels. I wouldn't go out of my way seeking it out though, and I doubt I'd pick it up again (mostly because of the price). I still enjoyed the glass, so I wouldn't necessarily discourage others from trying this, but it's not a standout in its category.

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a generic goblet.

A: Pours a dirty, hazy, golden hue. 1/2 finger sliver of bright-white foam perched on top disappears quickly and leaves some minor lacey specks.

S: Spicy, fruity yeast. Spiced pears, toasted malt, and fruity alc. Hints of red apples, too.

T: Spicy! Cinnamon, brown sugar, pears, apples, and a really interesting flavor of smokey malt.

M: Prickly and peppery. Fruity sweetness mixed with spicy alcohol solvency. Finishes dry and peppery.

D: Very nice. Nøgne Ø turns out another winner!

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Photo of KensWorld
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of Electros
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pisano
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: hay gold in color and slightly cloudy, there was no head whatsoever upon pour.

S: fruity, yeasts, malts and phenols..overall the aroma is very mild.

T: malty, sweet and alcohol noticeable.

M: medium carbonation and body.

O: in a word, disappointing. It just misses the mark. The taste is just off for a triple. I would like to think it's because I got a bad bottle, but the bb date is in 2014. Starting with the lack of a prominent frothy head, I felt something wasn't right about this beer. Unfortunately the taste also lacked on this beer.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nogne Tiger Tripel.
A pleasant bright gold tripel, nice lacing. Smell has lots of limes and fresh yeasty esters. Taste is full of more citrus, lemons, honey, with a nice balance and pleasing balance. Some spiciness, light pepper, with a dry yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is delicious with a hint of sweetness, lots of pale malt, getting a hint of the peatiness they used but especially on the back of the throat but otherwise a traditional and well balanced Tripel. Pleasant amounts of carbonation and lots of nice yeasty esters adding to the feel, lemon rind, biscuit malt, slight restrained sugary and honey sweetness with nice floral hops.

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Photo of Kirk
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of justinm4bama
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DovaliHops
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky golden color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is belgian yeast with apple juice and light spices. The taste initially minutely hoppy immediately followed by some delicious fruit (light citrus and tons of tasty apples). Not too much spiciness, and it's lacking something I taste in most tripels, but I can't put my finger on it. The mouthfeel is nice and full-bodied, but with a crisp bite at the end. Alcohol is well hidden. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in Norway - lets see if it is fresher

A - Pours a hazy deep golden color. Bright and sparkling carbonation, leaving a light white film behind.

S - Lightly spicy nose leads off, with some white pepper and a little bit of coriander. A hint of citrus in the back ground.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, a little pilsner like malt and some white pepper. Mid-stream gets a little bit dry, even a little bit grainy. Finishes with a orange sweetness and a little bit of spice. Hot in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body and a little bite of carbonation. A little bit sticky in the finish. Alcohol burn is noticeably strong.

O/D - A solid and interesting tripel. It seems they did a good job of cleaning fermenting it, with more dry notes. A little bit filling from the carbonation. Worth a try.

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Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 62.8% out of 100 with 172 ratings
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