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

Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn TripelBrewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel
BA SCORE
4.08/5
201 Ratings
Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn TripelBrewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States
thebrewersart.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by orsulacp on 02-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,133
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
201
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yummy stuff. Pours light golden, cloudy colour. Mild peppercorn and spice aroma. Above average mouthfeel. The peppercorn is the star, but it is so drinkable, and well supported by the yeast and malting. I easily finished the bomber, slight lemon. A controlled spicyness. Thanks again M.-P.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a nice, foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Melon, peach, honey, ginger and spicy pepper elements

Taste: Spicy melon and peach flavors, up front, that are joined by a hot ginger and pepper by mid-palate, along with candi sugar elements, as well; after the swallow, the spices settle down, revealing a complex blend of fruit and sweet, bready flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with subtle, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: A lot of interesting elements in this beer; the peppery heat limits its drinkability, however

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, tan head of crackly foam. There was nice retention and it left some sudsy lace.

S - Honestly, it smelled like a handful of green peppercorns. This had me worried.

T - It worked! A peppery spicy tripel with all the usual great flavors of grains, estery notes and some caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This was a really tasty tripel. I was skeptical but the green peppercorns were great.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this one thanks to beandip and shared with Central New England BA Meetup.

A: Belgian style fluffy 2 finger head that fades like a big mess all over the place. Clear golden yellow color.

N: Belgian tripel malts, slight sweet and light booze with some spicy pepper aromas. Green pepper with peppercorns, a little juicy fruits and Belgian yeast with a slight boozy aroma. Pretty Berlinerweisse like, with some dry fruits and grassy hop aromas.

T: Belgian tripel like, with spicy peppercorns and green pepper. Lots of spices start on the flavor but fade as the taste goes on, pretty dry but slight sweetness, juicy fruits and Belgian yeast, a little hear and a slight grassy pale hops.

M: Lighter body loaded with carbonation, even a little creamy.

F: Dry with some lingering malts, a little yeasty and fruit flavors linger, with a touch of booze. A little pale grassy hop flavor with touch of bitterness. Most of the pepper is gone but a spicy heat seems to come out on the finish, like chewing on peppercorn.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle into several glasses.

Pours a fairly clear gold, with several huge foamy fingers of bright-white head. This stays rich and frothy, leaving massive foamy swathes of lace behind. The aroma is floral up front, with the green peppercorn really jumping out as this warms, along with some underlying notes of sweet fruit, bread, and yeast.

The taste is VERY sweet with fruit and bready sugars, along with a fairly light hop presence. This is pretty assertive with the yeast, finishing very dry with a touch of heat from the peppercorns. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer and easier carbonation that then sits on top of a much thicker and stickier feel. Alcohol is mostly well hid, just a

I liked the peppercorn element of this but it was nearly drown out by all of that overly sweet and borderline cloying stickiness at times. I've had this on draft a couple of times and it was much better than this bottled version.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here is another opportunity to toot my own horn. As shappudding will attest to, I am a master of self-promotion. I, too, first had this at the Grey Lodge's Friday the Firkenteenth last year and was utterly blown away by it. I then sent an e-mail to Volker & Co. to tell them about its reception among those in attendance and to suggest that it might be more than a one-off for them. Yesterday, as I entered The Brewer's Art, I noticed a tap with a greenish hue to it and being the curious cat that I am, decided to investigate further. Imagine my joy when I realized what was on! Volker remembered the E, but not the sender, and assured me that it will be an occasional beer, not just a one-off.
It is, at base, a trippel that arrives a beautiful crystal gold color. There is only slight evidence of CO2 bubbles and it has a light, white head. The nose gives off a slight aroma of pepper, but nothing to sneeze at (pun intended). The mouthfeel is light, yet drying and has a pleasant effervescence. It is the finish - Omigawd, the finish! - where the pepper makes its appearance. The pepper suddenly explodes in the sinus cavity like the Alien from the poor yutz's stomach in the original movie. Yow! The pepper is everywhere. Soon I could taste nothing but pepper and resigned myeslf to having another, as everything else would just pale in comparison.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous lemon with a light sprinkling of fine yeast and a Belgianesque amount of bubbles. Speaking of Belgium, any brewer from that country would be proud as a peacock to call the spectacular crown of alabaster colored froth his own. It's sticky, incredibly rocky as it melts and is beginning to decorate the glass with the finest frosting imaginable. The second and third pours look even better, if that's possible.

My favorites tripels are those that are both golden fruity and peppery. Brewer's Art has seen to the latter by brewing this ale with peppercorns. Once the foam finally relents... the aroma is outstanding! It's more earthy and spicy than most (by design), giving it a tripel-saison sort of vibe.

This is the sort of beer that I'll need to live with for a while, see how it changes over time, before making the final call. First, there are no big surprises. This is exactly how a tripel brewed with green peppercorns ought to taste.

Positives include a ripe apple and pear fruitiness, a wonderful combination of sweet-bitter-tangy-spicy, and an ideal amount of green peppercorn flavor with an ideal amount of heat. That is, low-to-medium. Negatives include a lack of true Belgian yeastiness, a wee lack of depth and the fact that the beer, sans peppercorns, probably wouldn't be considered among the world's best tripels. It's good beer, but it isn't great beer.

It doesn't seem fair to compare all tripels to the classics, but that's the way I have always done it. Given that, the mouthfeel falls a fraction short as well. It's enjoyable, but needs to be more delicate, more creamy and especially more expansive.

In the end, my sky-high expectations for Green Peppercorn Tripel were almost realized. In retrospect, I've probably been a little too hard on this uniquely delicious ale. Brewer's Art really does have something special here.

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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 Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this one with Tenderbranson69. Picked the bottle up at Well's in Md. Decanted cool into a goblet.

A - A pillowy white 3.5 finger head pushes itself out of the glass's perimeter. A clear golden ale w/ streaming carbonation rising and a goodly amount of lace follows.

S - Spicy dry and alcoholic aromas combine w/ a gentle hop and sugar scent. The alcoholic dry ester prevails in the aroma.

M - Nice peppery dryness - hard to determine if it is completely yeast or if some of the spice is in the peppercorn. Light sweetness and full carbonation provide a very pleasing mouthfeel.

T - Dry, nutty and peppery flavor w/ a sugary crispness and green earthy pepper notes that wait until 3/4 of the way throught the goblet to become assertive. Very nutty dry w/ lightly acidic flavor. Eventually the booziness becomes warm and mellows the whole blend of flavor.Spicy flavors that add to the intensity are noted in the finish.

D - Very good triple for drinkability. This is one of the better offerings from Brewer's Art that is now in bottle format. I could drink this by the case, but the 9+% is less than great for drinkability, it will sneak up on you if you aren't careful, respect this one. One of my favorite American versions -plenty of spice yet a pleasing balance of malt sweetness Bravo! Brewer's Art.

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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 BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a tulip glass. Been wanting this one for some time.

A real nice dark gold color body, with LOTS of foamy rock hard white head, shampoo like and soapy. Extensive carbonation out of the bottle and also lots of rising carbonation. Body color is just a little darker than the average Belgian Pale Ale, and this is quite clear.

Mild peppercorn. Feels just been crushed under foot with the spices crackling out of it. I want peppercorn steak NOW! Hint of Belgian candy like yeast, but pretty mild. This doesn't seem like a tripel more like a good Belgian pale ale.

Taste is light bodied pale ale Belgian style, with pepper in mid palate. Candied style sweetness on the finish, and lingering aromatics of crushed peppercorn herb. No heat, nice and balanced.

Really enjoy this and it's a dream food pairing with some sort of spiced moules and frites, or a classic peppercorn steak. Home run for sure, drinking this makes me hungry, but it doesn't feel like a real tripel to me, more like a solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale I think, but it makes me feel so good!!

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2%

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 Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pale yellowish orange color. One finger head falls to a spotty surface covering. No lacing here.

Smell: fruit sweetness, pepper, other spices, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: sharp pepper flavor are most noticeble, but work very well with the ripe fruit, apples, honey, and candied sugar sweetness. Yeast comes through nicely along with some orange and lemon citrus. Alcohol is noticeable but quiet in the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with some dryness in the finish. Long peppery and sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: depsite the high alcohol, this was quite quaffable - so I needed to remind myself to slow down. Great flavorful beer worth trying.

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