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

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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:
168
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
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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 tpd975
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden hue tight white head, no retention or lace.

S: Aromas of sweet fruit. Apples and pears with light spicy notes.

T: The fruits are here as well. Lots of apple, spice, and hints of bready yeast.

M: Medium in body, pretty good carbonation. Very sweet.

D: Pretty good, sweet treat.

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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 flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: a nice, medium golden hue with a little bit of haze to the body and a finger or so of pillowy tan foam. Not a lot of head or retention, but still, not a bad looking brew.

Smell: light, smooth aroma of pears and ripe apples. There's a hint of chalkiness as well, coupled with a dash of alcoholic bite. It is nice, but the intensity of the aroma is a bit too subtle for me.

Taste: right off the bat is a light orchard-fruit flavor quickly followed up by an alcohol smash. Big malt is there but it doesn't stay the course; flavor fades rather quickly with the exception of the alcohol burn. I know that that's part of a tripel, but it seems to be the focus of Tiger. Not bad, but certainly not my favorite tripel.

Mouthfeel: ahhh, here Nøgne Ø has got it right: rich body with a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Though it doesn't look it, this beer has a well-integrated carbonation which comes out very well as it roams about the mouth. For me, fantastico.

Drinkability: Tiger Tripel is certainly not bad, but it shows its 9% ABV with a bit more burn than a more subtle tripel. I'm going to enjoy this bottle, but I don't see myself seeking it out again anytime soon.

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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 AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Rochefort chalice.
3.75/4/3.5/3.5/3.75
Hazy orange with no head.
Smells bready -- sourdough? lovely fresh, yeast -- with a hint of sugar and spice.
Oh. Strange. Tastes like they've put candy sugar into it. ("Guys, we're making a quad, right? Oh. Damn. Let's just roll with it anyway.") Very sweet, almost syrupy, but in a pleasant brown sugar sense instead of anything cloying. Yeast is sadly distant, only popping in right at the endtaste.
Not a conventional tripel. The label mentions how difficult it is to brew properly, and they should have listened to their own advice. Still rather tasty!

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

First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME

Pours a nice golden-yellow color, with a slight haze, moderate carbonation, and two fingers of creamy white head. Aroma of light malts, citrus and light fruits, yeast, and floral notes. Light, pale malts in the taste, backed up by floral hops, and bitter citrus zest, with some mild pear and peach flavors, and just a hint of spice. Slight alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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

Pours a very cloudy and turbid deep yellow-orange, with a fine bubbled and reasonably consistent head of white. Lacing is sudsy but solid enough, in the Belgian style. Body is very pleasantly thick and heavy, indeed thicker and heavier than I expect from the style, but it seems very pleasant nonetheless.

Nose is spicy and quite deep, almost getting a smoky character to it, which is extremely unexpected. Quite sweet and slightly meaty. Perhaps the smokiness gives a smallgoods aroma to it. Vinous notes as well, with a hint of cellar and must. Interesting nose. I have to say, fuck it, I like it, even though it's quite off stylistically.

Taste is similar, again there's a smoky character which really stands out, given that it's so unexpected and out of style. Here, there's sharper booze notes as well, especially on the back, although they don't turn phenolic, which probably would have actually dragged it back stylistically. Here, it ends up rather pungent and metallic, giving a bite to the back. Spiciness throughout, although the true spicy esters from the yeast are dogged by the spicily astringent booze notes.

Feel is very nice, smooth and rather flat, but it suits it - too much carbonation on this one and it would be bloating, heavy and thick.

An interesting brew, but one you feel doesn't match what they were really going for. There's a good deal of complexity, and some interesting takes on the style, but there's also a lot which is way out of whack with what's expected, and given they were going for a "complex and balanced Belgian-style tripel ale", I think they missed.

However, I'm reviewing it on its merits, not strictly to style, so for all that, it's a tasty drop of beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dcmchew
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange with a nice small frothy head, really messy.
Nice spicy yeasts on the nose, with pepper and coriander seed, citrus peel, yellow apple, bit of pear, wheat, a touch of alcoholic warmth.
Sweet orchard fruit up front, lots of apple, pear and quince, some banana, with a light smoked apricot note, slightly artificial, probably from the peated malts. Soft honeyish floral notes, some malt sweetness, lots of spicy yeasts, peppery and herbal. Finishes with a bit of hop too, but not so bitter.
Medium body with a low, smooth carbonation. A bit creamy. Aftertaste has lots of spicy yeasts (big clove), some nice lingering fruitiness too, a bit too sweet.
A decent tripel, but also weird, maybe the elements didn't fit so well.

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Photo of liamt07
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before July 14, 2014.

Hazy orange, with a finger or so of white head. Typical tripel nose of pears, green apple, sweet sugary malt, spicing and even the slightest peat which I could pick up on. Peat (increasingly prominent with warmth), earth and more traditional tripel notes on the palate, in terms. Light metallic, but a sugary finish. Medium high effervescence, and some peat into the finish. A curious take on the style, and it doesn't turn out to be all that bad, considering I've been relatively adverse to peat lately.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Tiger Tripel from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
3.77 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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