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Belgian-Style Tripel - Dick's Brewing Company

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-27-2002)
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Reviews by jdense:
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jdense

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one finger quick dissipating white head with little if any lacing over amber/orange clear body. Sweet malt, sugar, sugar, and more sugar and a bit of citrus in the nose. Very sweet taste, overwhelms the hops and malt, though a bit of spice (not coriander) comes through at the end. A bit phenolic and the alcohol is very prominent. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, this is one very, very sweet beer. I tried warming it up a bit, and it did get a bit mellower, but the sweetness was cloying. I'm glad I tried it, but one is enough. Worth a try, but certainly no Allagash, Pranqster, etc.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 03:52:44 | More by jdense
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-06-2014 04:25:30 | More by Sir_Goatman
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snaotheus

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pair of sample glasses. No indication of bottling or best by dates.

Pours slightly cloudy with a small head and lots of carbonation. Golden. Smell is slightly woody, slightly fruity, some banana. Pretty mild.

Taste is surprisingly bittersweet. Much more bitterness than I was expecting, but still a great deal of sweetness, still mostly in the banana line, but some sort of astringent fruity characteristic, which I don't know how to describe terribly well.

Mouthfeel is full and rich. Overall, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 04:59:07 | More by snaotheus
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DaveRinn

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

05-14-2014 05:46:01 | More by DaveRinn
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JarMills

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12-15-2013 04:59:17 | More by JarMills
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-07-2013 23:53:21 | More by AnitaBrewski
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a finger of head.

Smells figgy. Rich and a bit of caramel.

Taste is rich, but obviously not a true Belgian. Yeast is present. Fruity and estery. Bit waxy. Bit of a dry, bitter after taste.

Not bad for the price. How I feel about most of their big beers

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 03:00:05 | More by Smurf2055
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Laklimell

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-14-2013 04:44:00 | More by Laklimell
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visualweasel

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit darker orange than expected. Not an attractive color for a tripel. Very weak head, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S: The traditional Belgian spice profile, with more phenol than usual.

T: The flavor surprised me, and not in a good way! I had counted on the usual banana, bubblegum, and candy sugar, but phenols dominated, above and beyond what I expected from the nose.

M: A bit weak, minimal carbonation.

O: Not bad, but certainly not a favorite. The same night, I had a Real Ale Devil's Backbone, which (for an American brewer) is a much better choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 17:08:03 | More by visualweasel
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-20-2012 00:27:37 | More by t0rin0
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shelby415

Oregon

3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-25-2012 06:35:50 | More by shelby415
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-23-2011 19:39:10 | More by beefandbean22
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womencantsail

California

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for another tick, Bobby.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a nice white head and some spots of lacing.

S: I can smell the banana before I even pour the beer in the glass. Big time banana bread aroma and maybe even some banana candy. A touch of spice and maybe a bit of alcohol. Not bad...

T: Quite sweet with a definite banana bread flavor to it. A little bit of a bubblegum thing going on also. The alcohol is not there in flavor, but it does provide some perceptible warming notes. A bit of candi sugar and some light fruits, particularly white grapes and pears.

M: The body is medium with a carbonation that is on the light end of medium.

D: A big improvement from their brown ale. I prefer my tripels on the dry side, but this was not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:24:27 | More by womencantsail
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harrymel

Washington

1.95/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 06/23/10
poured from bottle to new belgium tulip

A: light amber color unusual for typically straw colored ale. Beer appears flat. No head, rare bottom origin bubbles.

S: Light amber, crystal malt nose. Barely a touch of coriander typical in trippels.

T: Poor exhibit of traditional trippel ale flavors. The ale tastes as though the yeast is not actually belgian, but belgianesque.

M: Soft on tongue. Little carbonation. Crisp.

D: Poor showing of a trippel. I don't like trippel ales, and even I can say this is a poor showing.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 13:42:27 | More by harrymel
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An odd one where the taste is better than the aroma. Pours an orange tinted body (the head disapears as it warms) with a little yeast aroma. Initial taste is yeasty and apple juice. Carbonation is right there. Average mouthfeel, a tad less than expected from the style. Drinkable, it grows on me, but not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:21:32 | More by Sammy
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flagmantho

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says this is an 8% ABV brew.

Appearance: hazy, rich golden-hued body with scads of apparent effervescence. Head is a single finger of fluffy ivory foam with moderate retention properties. Not too bed.

Smell: fruity and estery; I've got tons of banana, plenty of perfumey-floral aroma, and a little apple and pear coming through. It's also got a bit of a chalkiness to it. Overall, I like it, but I typically prefer a more pear-apple kind of thing to a banana kind of thing. Really, it smells more like a good hefeweizen than a tripel.

Taste: absolutely nothing like the aroma. Thick malt with an underpinning of banana are there at first, followed quickly by a big dose of alcohol bite and then a mild bitterness. Sad to say, I'm not crazy about this tripel's flavor characteristics: it's unsubtle, unrefined and uninspiring.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a monstrous carbonation that yields the crème de la crème of cream. If only the beer tasted the way it feels -- spectacular.

Drinkability: despite this beer's interesting (and good) aroma and mind-blowingly awesome mouthfeel, I just can't get past the unimpressive flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:25:04 | More by flagmantho
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MikeGill

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on April 1st during an in-store event at Big Z in Huntington, NY

The Dick's crew did an event at Blind Tiger the night before and when I stopped down there a few days later there was still a lot of their stuff tapped so it felt like a good kind of deja vu.

I remember liking their Barley Wine the best but I could only find my notes from the Triple.
Poured by Derek the brewery manager into a clear plastic cup.

Slightly cloudy gold with plenty of bubbles at first. Small fizzy white head. Some banana on the nose along with peanut candy.

At first the flavors and texture simulate lemon soda freshness. Mellows almost immediately producing some delicate fruit flavors. There are some hops poking through. Some alcohol warmth and spice but no where near a bomb. Tastes like an American version of a Belgian triple. Does not attack or weigh down the palate. Has depth but maintains a clean character.

Serving type: growler

08-11-2010 16:59:04 | More by MikeGill
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Flightoficarus

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into goblet

A - Pours a deep, golden hue, w/a mild, off-white head that quickly gives way to a creamy lacing.

S - Smell is heavily of Belgian candi sugars and fruit, with the Belgian yeast in the background.

T - Belgian candi sugar, pears, apricots, and belgian yeast. Pretty true to style. Not quite as sweet as the smell suggests. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - A bit on the thin side for a big beer, but very smooth and drinkable.

D - The lighter-than-average body for the style makes this one borderline sessionable.

Overall - A pretty solid American interpretation of a Tripel. Could use a bit more body, but for the price, it's hard to complain. Worth trying if you like Tripels!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 09:40:57 | More by Flightoficarus
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loren01

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden color. Beer pours into a Belgian glass real fizzy but bubbles dissipate. Very slight white head with slight lace down the glass
S: Smell is very fruity and sweet. Also a nice Belgian yeasty aroma.
T: Tastes real fruity (apple/pear ect). Sweet maltiness throughout. Finishes with good ETOH bite to it.
M: A tad bit on the overcarbonated side I would say. Beer is fairly light bodied for being such high ABV.
D: This is a very good beer. I'd pick up a 6 pack of this stuff again for sure if I see it around.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:34:05 | More by loren01
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Manoftyr

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 64oz growler of this during a Dick's Brewery tasting over at Big Z's in Huntington Long Island.

Appearance-Pours into my chalice a beautiful golden amber, a small amount of head rises from the pour but dissipates after a few seconds leaving some slight lacing along the sides.

Aroma-Belgian yeast and Belgian candy sugar predominate the aroma with some slight fruity undertones,

Taste-Follows the aroma with the Belgian candy sugar with prevalent Belgian yeast flavors that are typical of the style. Very straight forward. It's pretty much what you'd expect from a Belgian Tripel.

Mouthfeel-Creamy and carbonated, quite nice actually.

Drinkability-Honestly, I picked up this 64oz growler earlier today and it's about two thirds done because I can't put the darn thing down. Highly drinkable.

Notes-I love Belgian ales and I've tasted quite a few American interpretations and this is in my honest opinion the only one I've tasted that does the style any justice. Is it as good as an authentic Belgian Tripel?, no, but it's damn close and reasonably priced as well. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2010 00:47:01 | More by Manoftyr
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have begun to like this brewery very much. The tripel is another example of an excellent example of the style.

Great yellow/pale color. Good carbonation, great flavor and incredible mouthfeel. I love it when I can get classic styles from other countries that are made locally. Try this and any other beer from Dick's.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 17:33:07 | More by david18
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, pours cloudy orange/tangarine, under a quickly departing off white head, then a medium collar and fine wispy lace left on the glass. Fruity on the nose, with rich notes of the tropics. Fruit theme continues onto the palate. Fruit juice, grapes, bananas, melon. Some warming alcohol, and finally moderate drying hops way late. Pleasant enough. Thoroughly American style tripel. Dangerously drinkable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 01:47:01 | More by Billolick
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a very modest head despite a hard pour; the head fades quickly and fails to lace

Smell: Overly sweet candi sugar with undertones of pear, apricot and green apple; unruly hints of acetone and fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out sweet and fruity (apricot and pear), with a growing bubblegum character; after the swallow, the profile brings forward some of the acetone and fusel alcohol flavors, but the aftertaste is overly sweet though there is a hint of white pepper as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Way too sweet for my tastebuds and lacking in the spicy complexity that would offset the sweetness

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 22:51:09 | More by brentk56
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blackc5

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle at around 53F into a snifter. This was from a few weeks ago, so going on memory.

A - Pours a very nice dark amber/orange. Quite cloudy and with sizable head. Retention is good as is the lacing.

S - Definitely fruity and yeasty. Some grassiness there as well. Smells sweet - sugar and caramel. Maybe some molasses.

T - A sweet brew, but one that I quite enjoyed. Pretty good actually as far as American Tripels go I reckon. The yeasts are quite prevalent in the flavor profile, and was very enjoyable. I definitely will give it another try.

M - Super smooth and creamy. Chewy. I rate this exceptional compared to some of the other Tripels I have had - it is surely the strongest aspect of this beer.

D - At 8% (per the label) or 9% as BA says, drinkability is still quite high for the style. If you like feel like a slightly sweet(er) tripel with a nice yeasty backbone, this one hides the alcohol quite well IMHO. For the price, a real bargain.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 03:07:36 | More by blackc5
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled as 8.0% poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip a hazy orange with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is a decent amount of sweet malts and yeast spice. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts and fruits with a slight amount of spices. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a noticeable alcohol presence. This is a decent Tripel, but still sub-par as most American brewed Tripels are.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:22:13 | More by atsprings
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Belgian-Style Tripel from Dick's Brewing Company
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