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

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Wants:
5
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10
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's got a tiger wearing sunglasses! Of course, the beer has got to be awsome- right? Nothing inside the bottle could possibly compare to the sunglass-wearin' tiger! Raahrrr!

But the appearance of the beer is every bit as confidence as the label. Pouring a bright yellow color, the beer's yeasty haze allows for a supple diffused glow. Strong streams of carbonation constantly feed a fluffy and creamy white head that tops the beer. Lacing marvelously and with great retention, this beer looks as tripel-like as any I've seen.

Sweet and spicy aromas seem to blend elements of honey, sugar cookie, and mild bready grain mixed with white and black pepper, mild peaty smoke, and softer coriander and mint. Quite aromatic, but less zesty from the normal lemongrass character of Belgian hops and this leaves the beer lacking a bit.

Flavors follow suit with the sweet smoky interplay working out nicely. Malty-rich to taste, the grain and light starch introduces light sweetness of powdered sugar and bread dough. The middle palate continues to introduce layers of taste beginning with white pepper, then fresh cracked peppercorn, and ending with the taste of peat-smoke. Lightly acidic with apple and lemon esters and mildly sulfur, and this suffices nicely as the taste and bitterness from hops struggle to balance the rich malts.

Slightly fuller in body than expected, even with the strong effervesence from carbonation. The malt presence sticks with the beer deeper into the taste and with a patient dryness that finishes the beer with light acidity, mineral, and hop bitterness.

The glass wearin' tiger represents an assertive tripel taste but does so with more heft in taste and texture, light hop presence, and unexpected smoke flavor. As for an inviting and oddly placed combination of taste, this beer works well. But as for a classic tripel, it's not quite there.

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Photo of Florya
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up about 9 months ago and let it age in my cellar. I thought that it would make for a fine sipper (it didn't pair with empanadas, but it never should have).

They mention how hard tripels are to make on the label. That may be true, but I have been lucky to find many good ones so far. Nonge did a good job on this one... you might say that they hit a triple.

Tiger is a well made beer. I like the mix of sweetness, hops, and distinct malt presence. There was also a decent amount of fruitiness. The multiple flavors worked into a very strong balance.

I'd recommend this beer, but I imagine that it is pretty hard to find. Beyond that Nonge is pretty expensive. Still, pick up a bottle if you find it.

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Photo of Chrily
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of smithmd4
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MoFro
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of MordeciaFunk
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp light yellow copper with little to know head retention. 

S: Light hints of apple and oranges grace the nostrils.

T: The fruit flavors in this beer dominate the palate. Super smooth tasting of apples, pears, and a hint of alcoholic heat. Resembles an alcoholic apple juice.

M: Very crisp and refreshingly dry that you could drink for days. 

0: I wouldn't say this resembles the traditional tripel but my oh my is this an easy drinking brewski that i enjoyed to the fullest. Quite unique in flavor bringing out great fruit characteristics. 

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Photo of BrownNut
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lots of loud foamy head that sticks around long enough that you have to wait a bit before you can drink it. Light apricot color.

S - A mix of apply fruit and, I swear, a bit of leather like you get in some scotches. Interesting.

T - Fresh, bright, and clean. The booze is just prominent enough to be noticed but not enough to be distracting. It's well integrated as a flavor component. The warmer it gets, the more of an apple cider flavor I get. It's interesting and crisp while colder, sweeter and maltier when warmer. Neat.

M - Somehow this is sort of dry while at the same time ending a bit sticky and nectary... and then slightly dry again. Fun.

O - This is really pleasant, and I'm not big on this style. Very well balanced, tight, classy. Another winner from Nogne O. My reigning champ favorite brewery. I won't say it's remarkably robust or complex, but it's a surprisingly easy drinker, and well done.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a chalice. The bottle's label has a spot where the brewer was supposed to stamp a "bottled on" date, but no such date is present. The bottle, despite having sat still for a very long time, still had a minor eruption of foam when opened.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a 1/2" white bubbly hea that quickly disapates, leaving a ring of white around the edge of the glass.

Bubblegum, sourpatch kids, banana, clove and creamy malt combine for an intersting aroma. Being a noob on what tripels should smell like, it is hard to say if this is typical or not.

Has a tart, acidic flavor to start, with sweet funk, floral notes, honey and a slight doughiness rounding and smoothing its start. Finishes dry and sticky on the tongue.

Medium bodied, this Belgian-style ale lacks the "softer" feel so many ales of this genre seem to have. Carbonation is also lower, and the tongue is left rather dry.

A decent ale, and one whic I am enjoying. It is opening up and becoming sweeter as it warms, with an almost yam-like flavor that works well. This would have been a great brew to crack open at Thanksgiving; maybe I'll grab another for next year.

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Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 Flounder57
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this 16.9 months ago up in Portland at RSVP on 302 after a trip back from Ebenezer's. Chris had introduced this beer to me hours before the purchase. Beer was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a two finger head. A nice hazy golden straw yellow with signs of carbonation coming up the side and the center of the glass. No clarity of the beer due to the fogginess and haziness. Super awesome. Head has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: yeasty, grainy, spiciness, some breadiness, sweet aroma from malts and sugars, and citrus too

Taste: Same as above, but blended very nicely. Just like I remember up in Lovell months ago. Happy to see it is still the same. Some biscuit going on too. Grapefruit citrus flavor is nice. A nice bitterness that balances off the sweetness of the malts and sugar.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: This brings me back to summer months when we went up to Maine to go golfing, stop by Ebenezer's, and then the RSVP on the way back to OOB. Happy to enjoy this treat once again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of RuckusDu
2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It's review night, so I'm getting through some things. Think I picked this up randomly one day at my local store, so no special remarks on it.

A - Pretty basic tripel. Clear, maybe a little darker than the average tripel and I would call it a light amber. Head started at about 1 finger and mostly white.

S - Chalky vitamin C but without the sourness. That is all I'm getting.

T - I'm not sure what they were going for here. A little Belgian yeast You get some light sour fruits and a light vitamin flavor as noted above. Then the vitamin flavor takes over and ruins it.

M - Decent carbonation and mouthfeel.

O - Almost had to DP this but it was not that bad. Don't need it ever again and will steer others away if I have the chance.

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Photo of drpimento
2.47/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not sure what the deal is here - I let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a small to medium sized off white head that quickly settled down to a partial cover and no lace. Color is a clear amber with plenty of small bubble trails. Aroma is very yeasty, grain, malt, a little caramel and spice. Flavor is a little wet paper, stale, dough, malt, odd mix of bitter and sweet with little tang. Body seems ok, but carbonation, despite the bubble trails seems kind of flat. Finish is like flavor and I can't drink the rest. Wah. I thought this was going to be pretty good.

I went and ate a piece of fresh, plain whole grain bread and a piece of mild cheese to try it again with no improvement.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L Bottle. Batch 571. Brewed 13.12.10, best before 13.12.13. Poured into a wine goblet. Pours a clear gold color with about one finger of white head that thins out pretty quickly. Looks like there is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle that may cloud the beer on the final pour. Carbonation looks vigorous. Lacing is fairly moderate.

For the nose, I am getting a fair amount of sweetness from the sugars. Malt, Belgian yeast, and sugar seems to sum things up pretty well. Hints of pear, sugary pastries and tartness round things out.

Taste is comprised of tart fruits, such as apple, followed by sweet flavors from the sugar and a little bit of booziness. The finish is crisp, dry, and tart. I'm also getting a little nectarine and some pepper to spice things up.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Well carbonated. Nice lively feel on the tongue. Overall a quality stab at a Belgian tripel. While perhaps not on the same level as some of the Belgian classics, nothing to sneeze at either. Try with cheese, fresh vegetables and seafood.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy golden yellow color. There wasn't much head, I was a bit surprised by that. No head, so there really wasn't any lacing here either. The smell of the beer was citrusy, floral, and yeasty. The taste of the beer had some decent spiciness to it, there was a fruity flavor flowing through there as well. The mouthfeel was a little thicker than expected but it wasn't heavy either. Overall it was a decent Tripel, I wouldn't rank it amongst the best but it's still work trying.

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Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.77 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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