Green Peppercorn Tripel
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Ranked #25
Ranked #5,079
4.09 | pDev: 9.78%
The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can, which says 9.0% abv. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast. Taste is peppery, fruits, apples stand out, yeast, light hops and alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Jul 31, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-B.B. 05.18.18. Consumed 06.27.18.

A: Pristine clarity with a pale orange coloring has a loosely dense effervesce of macro-bubbles with a quick pace. Weakly holding head is eggshell white in color dissipates to a washy covering. No lacing.

S: The aroma is lightly tart lemon with some dried sugary malt. Light green apple cider, light in strength.

T: The flavor had a prominent peppery spicing, with sparkling green apples and fruit of pear. Herbal spicing, parsely, breakfast fruit, and floral honey suckle. The green peppercorns are strong at start and finish.

M: Sparkling active carbonation, thick and oily feel, with a warm peppery spicing and alcohol glow on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall the nose was a bit reserved, the coloring a bit darker but the flavor does have a good malting per style with a prominent spicing of green pepper corns, perhaps a bit to much at times that hides and over shadows the finer belgian yeastiness quality. The alcohol is warm and spicy, true to style, the mouthful was thick and oily, a bit more substance then usual. This really didn't impress me to much at first, thought the green peppercorns were a bit much and unbalanced, but it was labeled a green peppercorn tripel so it did emphasis this point a bit more then the standard style. Good overall, but nothing really defining to my by style.

Jul 11, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is my “Mystery Beer” from NBS BIF #007. Thanks to bl00 for this. Poured from 12oz can into 10oz fluted tulip.

Poured a clean, clear straw-gold color with over a half-inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing. 3.5

The aroma was mostly mildly sweet grains, with a hit of alcohol, and very low hop levels. 3.25

The flavors were dominated by a harsh and hot alcohol taste. The grains were still apparent underneath. 3.0

The body was on the medium side of thin, and had a semi-sweet finish. 3.25

Drinkability was a bit rough with the alcohol burn. Maybe a little time would soften it up. Overall, a nice enough brew, underneath the hotness. 3.25

Apr 09, 2018
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mpyle from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tripel from a can - wild!

Pale gold color. Brilliantly clear, with a decent sized white head. Decent retention for a 9% beer.

Soft fruity and peppery nose. A little bit of sugary sweet, but overall aroma is pretty clean. No alcohol.

A bit of sweetness, but a stronger pepper note in flavor than anticipated. Between the pepper and sufficient hop bitterness, it stays fairly balanced and has the dry, slightly bitter finish desired in the style. A hint of lemon early. Very clean and drinkable.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. This beer hides its strength well, and only has a hint of alcohol warming.

Expected a nice tripel from this place that has a Belgian focus, and was not disappointed.

Mar 25, 2018
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a wonderful look and a unique yet familiar aroma. While the usual suspects are there in full force (like candied sugar, orange, and grass), peppercorns are particularly assertive. The latter facet alone helps it stand out from the pack, but it's still a pleasant and well executed nose. Same with the flavor profile: familiar, but the peppercorns also make it distinctly spicy. Notes of lemon, orange, candied sugar, and wheat help round it out. This succeeds because it fulfills the main criteria expected from the style: it's insanely smooth and balanced for the gravity. This drinks like it's 5%. It has a medium-thick body and a prickly texture, but again...this is 5%. I refused to be convinced otherwise. Carbonation is medium. It's fairly priced, in six pack cans, and smooth as other words, a good way to have a great time - or end up butt naked, smeared in BBQ sauce, and wearing a traffic cone as a hat. Whatever, it's really tasty.

3.8/5: A damn fine tripel in an approachable package

Jan 16, 2018
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Yellow color with a finger of white head. Fruity smell. Medium feel, plenty of carbonation. Fruity and a little sweet with spicy peppercorn flavors. Very good.

Jan 12, 2018
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jmasher85 from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of all, this is one of the highest "Look" ratings I've ever given. Between the head that is far too legit to ever consider quitting, to the multitudinous-but-reasonable little yeasty floaters, this is clearly a beer that means business. Otherwise, this is a delicious beer that brushes up gently against the rear end of greatness in a mischievous yet flirtatious way, as if to say, "Hey babe, I know I'm not in your league, but I'm so self assured that I'm gonna pretend I am anyway in hopes that you fall for it."
The flavor is sweet and malty with little in the way of detectable hops, but rather a sweet, light malty flavor (fits the light-for-a-tripel body) and a cut grass nose. Seriously, if someone took some unripe green peppercorns and made a tea with all the other weed clippings they got during their gardening session, and then added some cane sugar plus some cheap malt liquor to bump up the flavor, and then used a magic spell to make it taste way better than I just described it, that would be this beer.
Totally worth going after, this is a tasty beer that can pair well with most vegetable or light entree dishes, and is fairly unique, that last part coming from a guy who is probs totes jaded from the ton of beer he drinks. Yeah, I said probs totes. One recommendation - split this with a friend if you want to enjoy it all. Otherwise, you will get halfway through the 750 and your tastebuds will be so tired of it, they will just stop registering it at all.

Jul 27, 2016
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bluehende from Delaware

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I did not expect to like this beer as I am not a fan of peppers in beer. The green peppercorn put a very nice flavor along with the belgian yeast. It gave it a rye quality but much more vegetal. Very nice.

Apr 25, 2015
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Gleef83 from Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The absolute best of Brewer's Art, and that's saying something since they have some really top notch beers.
Perfectly balanced. Very slightly sweet, rich with a wonderful peppery finish that never overwhelms. You could drink this for hours, but watch out! there's a reason they serve you a 6 oz portion at the restaurant.

Mar 20, 2015
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Necowboy from District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you like pepper and you like Belgians this is the ultimate! I just wish it was obtainable in more areas. I have only seen it in big bottles at Whole Foods and a few bars in Mid-Atlantic. Brewers Art beers are all very good and worth the trip to an out of the way place in Baltimore.

Jun 12, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I think baltimore beer scene, this is the first (after nasty boh) beer that comes to mind. Bubbly golden body, pearl white head. Pepper indeed in the nose, lends earthiness to the fruit esters. Taste has great fruit depth: banana, melon, apple, and to a lesser degree peach, lemon and grape with the pepper rolling into town with earth, grass, flowery yeast, and a touch of honey. Feel is slightly more bready and earth than most tripels but I am in love with this bold take. At the very least it is a memorable beer for years to come

Apr 07, 2014
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reebtaerG from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Lures in a pint

A-Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head that dissipates to the edges.

S-Aroma has a nice light fruit note with a good amount of sweet grains a hint of pepper and clove.

T-Flavor starts with sweet grains and light fruits with a decent amount of grass and grain in the finish.

M-Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel.

O-Very drinkable despite the ABV. Way to go Brewers Art job well done!

Feb 13, 2014
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fourstringer from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a matchy-matchy Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Dated 1/9/15.

A: Hazy, golden yellow body with 1 finger of mostly white head. Ok retention. Very light lacing. A bit dull, but a nice hue.

S: Pungent green (as well as white, black) pepper intermingled with Belgian yeast. Lighter fruit notes, exhibiting a somewhat indistinct muddling of mango, apple, pear, peach. Spice, specifically coriander, makes an appearance. Faint straw, grass. Floral element.

T: Spicy with assertive peppercorn up front. Slowly yields to a balancing, noble hop-type bitterness and a dry finish. Nice lingering essence of pepper with fruity undertones in the aftertaste. Slightly boozy, but suits the beer well.

M: Moderate carbonation. A slight prickliness actually heightens the pepper notes. Moderate body.

O: Full disclosure: I thoroughly enjoy pepper flavors and this beer sits solidly in my wheelhouse. So admittedly, my scores might be somewhat inflated. The tripel/blonde backbone is good enough, but the peppercorns really shine on this one. I've had this quite a few times before and hope to have it many more times in the future.


Update: Revisited 2/12/2015 w/ bottle dated 10/28/15. Much less pepper and more typical tripel tropical fruit. Where'd all those sweet peppercorns go?

Feb 05, 2014
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, light orange.
Smell: not really noticeable with the glasses the brewer served in. Some grape.
Taste. Very light grape, mellon maybe. Honey. Peppercorn, alcohol aftertaste. Slight burn.

This is really good. It's certainly not in the particulars, but the total experience is very enjoyable. It's smooth at first, with a bite at the end. I would get this again.
Oddly, the bottle states it's a blonde ale.and it's closer to that than tripel. I will say this, of you let warm, the grape smell and taste really comes out. However, it is surprising much much better cold.

Nov 26, 2013
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Pours golden orange with little head. Smells of nice deep raisins and grapes, very nice. Tastes of fruit, especially grapes, and nice grain backbone. Beer is full bodied but goes down very easy, very nice light carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

Oct 27, 2013
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JeffBrenner from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz. bottle. It looks like pretty much every other triple. A golden glow with good light penetration. Decent head and carbonation. It has a very traditional triple smell. Nothing special, but still good. Flavor is where this really comes through. I was expecting more of a bite, but the pepper flavor was perfectly balanced with the sweetness of this brew. I have no idea what a green peppercorn tastes like, it tastes like every black or pink one I've had. I would have called this fresh peppercorn, because that's where it really wins. It has a light hint of fresh pepper, not that stale black crap on your table. Overall a very cool triple that was adventurous and pulled it off by adding a hint of peppercorn, not so much it kills the triple. Would definitely buy again.

Aug 09, 2013
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Food and Friends in Philly.
Pours a brilliantly clear light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of pepper mostly, with hints on yeasty esters and a touch of sweet honey like malt. The flavor is heavy on the pepper with a sweet bready honey like malt flavor and a bit of spicy yeasty phenols to round it all out. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick bubbly mouthfeel. Nice beer I've been wanting to try this forever. Its very heavy on the pepper, I felt that a bit more sweetness might have helped to counter that a bit but it was good as is.

Jul 31, 2013
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Beerenauslese from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Body is clear gold with a thick foamy head. Pretty decent retention and lacing.

Nose is biscuity malt, a waft of green peppercorn that creates a bit of peppery taste on the tongue and throat, along with banana and candi sugar sweetness.

Tastes of all these things. The green peppercorn is strong yet melds well with the yeast and sugar. The alcohol provides some additional peppery kick.

Body is medium, has a light, refreshing mouthfeel.

A very decent triple, rather strong in taste and alcohol but true to the Belgian style.

Jul 25, 2013
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nimrod979 from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked 750 poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Surprisingly very clear pale yellow. Thick 3/4" white head. Better thn average retention and amazing lacing down all sides of my glass. Quite a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Spicy, peppercorn, clove, light fruit, banana, biscuity malt.

Taste: Wow, the star of the show is the green peppercorn. Constant and distinct but it never seems over done. It meshes well with the lighter traditional flavors of a tripel. There is an underlying spice character and clove with some light tropical fruitiness and some mild booziness. Interesting and fantastic. works weel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth drinking given the ABV. Oncer again. Plenty of flavors, but not overwhelming. Not something you'd drink everyday, but it comes with a nice spicy and medium body that continues to the finish. The peppercorns being a constant presence from start to finish.

Apr 06, 2013
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into wide mouth glass. Let me start by saying this was THE hardest cork I've ever met... Forced me to use a wine opener!

Pours w/short white head over an extremely clear and bright golden body. Visible carbonation. Some lacing.

Faint aromas... Could've used more. Bready, with some rubbery phenols.

Flavors contain a fairly high hop bitterness (for the style), followed by the gym sneakers, and just a taste of tropical fruit, which is quickly overtaken by a thick lime paste. Strange, but interesting.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, given the 9%. Strong carbonation makes it pretty prickly - maybe a touch too much.

Had this on draft last week and had to pick up a bottle. It's a fun one, and really well done. Just don't expect traditional Belgian Tripel ... But maybe that's what they're going for.

Mar 28, 2013
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pulled out from the cellar at meridian pint outside of DC

The beer pours an initially clear slightly golden yellow (more straw than golden) with a generous amount of sticky white head. Towards the bottom of the bottle, the thin yeast sediment gets stirred up and flocculates into my glass. The nose is initially a subtle honey-herbal peppercorn that becomes down-right potent green peppercorns as it's given a chance to warm. The taste is a unique blend of the sweet tripel base followed by a herbal/bitter peppercorn aftertaste. It deliciously pairs with my meal. The mouthfeel is as expected - a bit of sweetness/booze, light/medium bodied carried by an intensely flavorful peppercorn bite. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of this beer initially (when it was cold) because the bitterness came off weird/unappealing, but everything smoothed out in due time. This beer is damn good and completely worth seeking out if you enjoyed CBC's Sgt. Pepper.

Mar 23, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never got a chance to try this when i was at The Brewers Art several years ago. Glad to be able to find it.

This is a true tripel. Lots of bready character with a full body and the pepper is definitely there. It pops in on the back side of the ride and lingers and lingers, but doesnt seem to overpower the beer at all. At least for me.

If you're used to heavier beers, the pepper will probably seem more subtle. If you're still getting used to bigger beers, the pepper might bother you a bit.

Overall, I vote that this is an excellent tripel. There are many American breweries making belgian style ales, but few pulling them off to this level.

Aug 31, 2012
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is lightly pale golden yellow with a bubbly tan head. The nose is nice, yeast up front with a light pepper behind it and some nice lemon, very juicy,with a solid citrus orange hop in back. The taste is much more hoppy and sweet. Yeast is still pronounced in front, great peppery spice behind but the hops are very syrupy and juicy and don't transition well. Light lemon zest then orange citrus and a blast of tangerine with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Creamy medium body with a soft feel and solid level of carbonation offering a semi dry finish.

Jul 20, 2012
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mothman from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beige head. Color haze vibrant gold.

Aroma: peppercorn up front. Very dominating. A lot of spice. Yeast. 

Taste: peppercorn again up front backed up with a lot of spice. Almost reminds me of mint. Yeasty and bready. Very odd.

Moutheel: dry and spiced. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Ends spiced.

Overall, very unique but not something I want a lot of. Not too true to the style.

May 07, 2012
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of lackenhauser pours a very hazed, light gold color with a massive cap of white head. Not a gusher, but the cork popped with mad force!

Ohhhh, the tripel yeastiness here smells terrific and very Belgian. The peppercorn is light, but definitely there and adds a nice zest to it. It reeks of apricots, green grapes and clean tropical alcohol...all things I have noticed in the best of tripels.

Yea...its damn good! The rotting fruit is off the hook with a major blast of alcohol and sweet, sugary grain. The peppercorn stays mostly in the background, and I might not even have noticed it blind. The mouthfeel is perfect...creamy is almost not a good enough descriptor. Not too sweet and not thin at all...very nice. This is my first Brewer’s Art beer and I am very impressed. Authentic, flavorful, yeasty and delicious. Peppercorns are more noticeable when warm and also upon burping. Excellent beer, would seek out again, for sure.

Mar 01, 2012
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