Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel | The Brewer's Art

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Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn TripelBrewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel

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The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jmasher85
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of bluehende
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Gleef83
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Necowboy
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of fourstringer
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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?

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 750ml caged and corked bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very hazy golden hue with a huge, fizzy, white, 3-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail down the glass and ending in a wispy lace.

S: Very fruity aroma – hints of bananas, pineapple, and mango

T: Sharp tangy flavor with lots of fruits and yeast. There is a nice zip to this brew.

M: Mildly strong and a little boozy. Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Awesome Belgian Tripel – I was disappointed they didn’t have it on tap when I was there last – but the bottle was just as good.

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Photo of Shumania
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle picked up at state line liquor in Maryland. Poured into a wine glass

A: faint yellow/orange color. Nice fluffy head that lasts. Some good lacing.

S: the peppercorn comes through in the smell. Some yeast, but not a lot else.

T: get bubble gum and candi sugar. Some apple and pear and a nice alcohol finish.

M: on the creamier side for a tripel.

A nice beer. I would definitely have it again. Not mind blowing, but a good American tripel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

hazy golden color with a light head of white that sat on top for only a few moments before settling down to reveal a bare head. Aroma is light, pears, figs, light spices and grainy notes, again nothing shocking or really coming out at me. Warming brings a hint of grapeskin. Taste was soft, mellow, full of grain and light yeast, a hint of pears and apples in the back, but just did not have a punch or a full enough profile for me to really fall for it. Each sip seemed lighter then the one before

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Photo of KAP1356
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still catching up on reviews. 750 ml bottle I picked up on a whim at State Line Liquors heading home for my brothers b-day. Poured into a Duvel tulip...

A - Pours a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a big billowing white head that forms about 3 fingers thick. Retains ok, but the lacing is nice.

S - Notes of green apple, honey and yes, green peppercorns. The spice is really welcome with the other aromas. Some candied sugar and Belgian yeast comes out in the background.

T - Wow, really interesting and nicely done. Grains, estery flavors, green apple and some slight pear. And the spice from the green peppercorns mixes very well with the sweet fruity flavors. Really nicely done.

M - Crisp and sharp like it should be. Medium bodied beer with a lively, spritely carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Really pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. Really interesting and intriguing. Nicely done and I will definitely be revisiting.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a towering, massive foamy head over top of a finely bubbled clear yellow. This looks nice!
S - light yeasty/spicy tripel ester smell with a bit of peppercorn aroma. A mild balanced smell with nothing out of proportion or too strong.
T - foamy head by itself has a peppery bite. Actual ale is much more balanced with the pepper showing but not overwhelming the underlying solid tripel character. A bit of sweet balances the spicy quite well.
M - crisply/sharply carbonated medium bodied verging towards the lighter side with a slight drying finish. Almost saison like in a very good way.
D - quite easy going refreshing tripel with everything well balanced.
Overall a fine tripel with a little pepper to add a zing.
Would/will have again and highly recommend to tripel fans.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an exceptional american tripel that balances an ester range and potential sweetness with a proper gravity and drying spicing. looks the part completely. golden with a mild cloudiness. nice head. nose apple and honey but not dominating and syrupy... light on the nose. pepper was a bit noticeable but came off as clove and coriander with the blend of fruitiness. palate is much drier than expected. nice fruit notes that don't linger. nice and warm going down. america is getting better at beligan beers. and i'm not complaining. great with red meat. the perfect gourmet burger beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

Pours a clear glowing gold with a white head that fades to a slight haze and ring. Aromas are fairly typical for a Tripel, lots of banana and clove, but not as much peppercorn as I'd hoped. Taste is a similar let-down, lots of banana, malt, and clove with a slightly spicy pepper sensation. Mouthfeel is fairly slick, with a medium-full body and decent carbonation. Overall a solid Tripel, but the main draw (peppercorns) is sadly absent.

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