Whenever a beer is sealed with a cork, you know it’s time to get your pinky flex on. I flex mine John Wall style… Anyway, you’re going to want to break out your fancy glassware for the New World Golden Tripel from the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection. At 10% ABV, just be mindful not to break your fancy glassware. If you do, sweep it under the couch using last week’s newspaper and blame it on the dog.
New World Golden Tripel pours a golden straw with the lightest tint of red. A thick, lacy head floats on the surface for several minutes before fully receding. The aroma is the smattering of fruits and spices that you would expect from an ale done in the Belgian style. Banana, nutmeg, other baking spices, tropical fruit, and light citrus bombard the nose in a boozy brawl for dominance.
The flavor profile contains all of the elements from the aroma but takes a pretty drastic turn toward a pomegranate/cherry tartness with an almost sour element that plays foil to the overwhelming sweetness. I’m going out on a serious limb here by calling out specific fruits. I could have taken the safe route and just said tropical fruit… But making things more difficult than they need to be is my friggin jam. So yeah, Pomegranate… What up!? Seriously though, there is a ridiculous number of elements at play within the flavor that are confusing to the palate at times. The oak flavor begins in a rather subtle way but builds on the palate over time, kind of like smoking a cigar. The body is pretty light in relation to the depth of flavor and ABV.
Overall, New World Golden Tripel by Sam Adams is a pleasant take on the Belgian style. A healthy level of complexity combined with a relatively light body make this beer an excellent accompaniment to throwing away a summer afternoon on a shaded porch swing. Just make sure any responsibilities you may be shirking can be blamed on the dog.
- Appearance: Golden straw with a redish tint
- Aroma: Banana, nutmeg, baking spices, tropical fruit, citrus
- Flavor: Tropical fruit, pomegranate, banana, light hop spice, baking spices , moderate oak
- Mouthfeel: Medium minus
- ABV: 10%
- Size/Price: 25.4 oz. / $10-$12
- Score: 87