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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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very good

2,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,389
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 67
Gots: 157 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Reviews by MaximalC:
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2.68/5  rDev -29.5%

Pours light amber (bordering on straw) in color with a modest white head that soon settles into a frogspawn-like array of bubbles. Aroma smells mildly of coriander and orange, along with a vague sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is also surprisingly faint, with palpable bitterness riding atop a stale, generic malt sweetness. What little coriander was present in the nose is barely evident in the taste (it would be fair to say soap is a more present component). Combined with the negligible carbonation, the mouthfeel is sorely lacking in texture and substance. The taste of aspirin lingers on the back of the tongue along with some grain. The unmercifully extended finish concludes with traces of cough-syrup, an ode to the nearly 8% alcohol that was pretty well concealed up until now.

Now, I love Belgian-style ales, so for me to be so thoroughly underwhelmed by this offering speaks volumes. I almost wonder if this bottle has exceeded its shelf life (the date on the bottle is 3 months ago to the day, but I don't know if that's the bottling date or the best-by date). Based on my experience though, one could readily skip this tripel and miss absolutely nothing in the process.

12-16-2012 02:08:56 | More by MaximalC
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Nothing beats free beer unexpectedly like this one from Pipe and Pint today,poured a nice golden with a light orange hue with abig fluffy head that left nice lacing down the tulip glass.Very yeasty aroma a little spicey with some banana in there almost a weisse aroma in my mind.Flavors of very sweet pineapple and some over ripe banana,some honey,with a little phenolic smokiness but its faint.A very sold tripel not as good as some Belgian classics but hey I could stand to drink this anytime and it was free.

04-07-2005 19:48:20 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance – Good head that stuck around for a while over a yellowish-orange beer that you can see through.

Smell – Very yeasty aroma with some fruit, predominantly citrus.

Taste – After drinking top-shelf Belgiums all week I was ready for a disappointment, but this stood the test. It’s not as light in body as the color would suggest. There’s a nice mix of malt and full yeast complimented with banana and spices (maybe coriander) and, yes, a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel – Good mouthfeel. The moderated carbonation went well with the smoothness derived from the quality of its ingredients.

Drinkability – This is very easy to drink.

Comments – This is definitely one of the better New Belgiums available and, at 6.99 a six-pack, a true bargain. Straight 4’s – a good comparison standard for American Belgiums.

Update: While taking notes on the 2004 vintage I noticed much more complexity in the nose. The orange notes are huge and the yeast made a perfect compliment. The orange in particular was raw and inviting.

I had a note of a funny aftertaste in my 2003 review that I deleted since I didn’t find it with this most recent batch. I upped the Smell and Taste ratings by 0.5.

08-09-2003 02:38:49 | More by RoyalT
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

10-29-2013 00:56:29 | More by aszatk01
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-21-2014 04:01:13 | More by Fear4Beer
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-31-2012 06:26:10 | More by tectactoe
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-26-2013 14:39:19 | More by OhioBobcat
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: A golden beer with excellent clarity and a rocky white head that leaves some lacing.

S: A nice spicy nose with aroma of pepper, coriander and some clove. There is a medium-low, light colored fruit ester like apricots and peaches. Some light herbal-like character. A low, floral alcohol aroma.

T: A smooth honey like malt sweetness blended with spice and fruit. There is a medium-low earth and spicy hops flavor and bitterness. The balance leans towards the sweet and malty side with a medium finish. Some spice in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation. A noticeable alcohol warmth.

O: Another excellently crafted, balance beer from New Belgium. It's on the lighter side of the Tripel style but still packs a lot of fruit, spicy flavor with a nice balance of sweetness that doesn't overwhelm.

06-14-2013 00:14:12 | More by MadScientist
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a filtered, deep golden color with a white head. Also, the bar poured it into a pint glass, which should be blasphemy.

Aroma is banana and spicy yeast, maybe a hint of rosemary.

Banana is the key flavor note for me but doesn't overpower. It could be a little drier and have a bit more effervescence.

Overall, a good beer at a good price but don't expect miracles.

01-30-2010 00:51:38 | More by brownbeer
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-15-2013 01:59:01 | More by Tiernan
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured a 12 oz bottle. Straw color, with nice looking head(although not the fluffly belgian one) and good lacing. Very clear.
Smell- Nondescript smell-mild yeast spice but not hard to gather any type of smell

Flavor-Several flavors intermingling-mild sweetness, mild hop adding some citrus, bready on the swallow, and some spicy yeast pepper as well. There were alot of flavors but nothing that stood out. Alcohol was well hidden. Would be refreshing when hot.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and coating. Nice feel to this tripel.

Drinkability-This would be a tripel to drink on a hot day, but I'd probably look for something else if I wanted more flavor. Not a bad tripel, but not a great one.

03-26-2008 16:36:59 | More by hopsleeroy
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-27-2012 21:01:49 | More by dacubz
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-18-2013 09:48:03 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

The New Belgium Trippel pours from the bottle a nice darker golden orange color with a thin tightly bubbled white head atop the brew. Aromas are a nice mix of light fruit and spice upfront with a yeasty aroma that has notes of pepper, banana and bubblegum. Floral, herbal hops are well integrated to the aroma as well. An interesting aroma that brings you into the brew.

First sip brings a light, clean strudy maltiness that is quickly accompanied by a wave of light fruity flavors...banana, apple and a tasty peppery spiciness. Slightly bready yeastiness throughout with a nice snap of herbal, flowery hoppiness on the way down. Overall a nice interpretation of a tripel that's creamy, fairly sweet and easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel has a nice body and steady carbonation that keeps it lively. There's only a hint of alcohol on the finish. I could see myself having a few of these in a sitting. Easily one of my favorites from the year round New Belgium line. Now if only I could get it in Illinois! Thanks to mentor for the hookup.

12-15-2005 04:24:54 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Light yellow body with a slight golden hue to it. Nice light 1" white head on the pour, reduced down slowly. Lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface. I left the yeast in the bottle so the pour was nice and clear. A little lacing is left on the glass.

Nice aroma. Light straw and some lemon and pear aromas come out. A touch of pepper and corriander. Belgian yeast comes out to finish it out. Pretty typical of the style with no apparent faults.

Straw with some slight graininess forms the malting for this one. Belgian yeast comes out and compliments this well. Flavor lacks some of the fruit the aromas hinted at. Finish is grassy hops with the slightest flicker of bitterness. Pretty good flavor, not super complex and lacks that spicy element I associate with the style. On the upside though, no signs of the alcohol level and nothing that totally turns me off to this one.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium bodied but a little overly carbonated. Flavor coats the mouthwell but the prickly carbonation beats it away.

Okay drinkability. A good example of an American produced Triple and another solid offering from New Belgium. Easy enough to put down.

03-16-2007 03:29:56 | More by blitz134
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-08-2014 23:18:01 | More by sabitu
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-13-2012 18:04:04 | More by danthehopslamman
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-27-2013 09:03:40 | More by freshflesh
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South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

02-15-2014 02:30:39 | More by SD-Alefan
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-09-2014 00:37:17 | More by WoodJRx
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-19-2014 23:11:33 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-23-2014 20:37:04 | More by Jpinoniemi
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

The Trippel poured golden yellow. It had a good sized, fluffy, white head that displayed good retention and some lacing.

Its aroma was complex - spicy, yeasty, and earthy, with strong tones of corriander, flowery hops, and some hints of bananas.

The taste was some sweetness initially followed by spicy cloves, yeasty bitterness and some slight fruity notes. It was very smooth and medium bodied.

Overall, a very nice, complex, yet well balanced brew. It was very easy drinking - I didn't notice the alcohol at all.

05-07-2004 05:27:45 | More by Beaver13
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

The New Belgium Tripple has the characteristics of a real Belgian trippel, but falls a little short. It's kind of like all the components are there, but it's a beer that makes me say "Mmmm that's good", not "Wow!" Nonetheless, it is a very satisfying beer. The coriander silhouette on the pale blue label is a nice touch.

12-03-2011 02:15:26 | More by bobcathokie
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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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