Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.
Pours truly crystal clear, surprisingly (and disappointingly) so - I like to see at least a bit of yeast in any traditional Belgian style. Still, not at all an unattractive beer - just not very tripel-like to me. Aggressive effervescence, with a two-finger, creamy, dense white head that actually grows for a bit until the first sip, eventually settling into a thin but dense white cap. Excellent lacing.
Nose carries notes of tangy yeast, ripe mango, with the coriander clearly coming through. Alcohol has a clear presence as well, with just a bit of sugary sweetness. An interesting combination; the coriander provides an almost earthy substance to balance the heady sweetness and alcohol. Light but rich at the same time. The coriander may be just a bit out of hand, as it comes through a bit too clearly for my tastes.
Taste matches up closely with the nose. Ripe, even overripe golden fruit and a bit of candy sugar up front, again tangy, with the coriander bringing that same earthiness to the mix towards the finish, though this time perhaps even more intense. Sweet from first sip to last exhale, not at all a dry example of the style. Very, very light bitterness lingers after the rich golden sweetness has faded.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the heady side; lightly carbonated, with a full, almost syrupy body.
Drinkability the only big hit on this one. Big, prominent alcohol, a bt syrupy, and the massive sweetness and the big coriander are both a bit wearing in their own right, even if they do balance each other somewhat. Not a bad tripel at all, and what it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in flavor, though not entirely.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2010 21:20:44 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.06/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.
APPEARANCE: pours a clear straw color with slightly higher amount of carbonation, two finger head that dissipated quickly and left a thin layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, there was some lacing present.
SMELL: molasses, pears, banana and the Coriander spice really dominates with some Belgian funk.
TASTE: the taste follows the nose, it's initially sweet molasses with some spice and funky Belgian bread then some lingering hops, the alcohol 7.8% is perceptible but well disguised.
PALATE: full bodied with higher carbonation.
OVERALL: this is a very good beer and reasonably priced, it's not the best I've had for the style but for the price I would not hesitate to buy again.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 02:31:15 | More by HoppyBastard
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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