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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,651 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,651
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 73
Gots: 296 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 2,651 | Reviews: 975
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Photo of MadScientist
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the side of the label. Info about the brewery and beer are on the label as well. One ounce of beer was left in the bottle with the dregs as to not cloud the brew.

Appearance: Right away two fingers of froth appear in the chalice, clinging lace is witnessed and in very good shape. Bubbly golden, looks like a tame brut.

Smell: Peaches and roses … very aromatic, phenols and a melon like fruitiness round out the aroma as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Super crisp with a yeast palate right from the get go, not overwhelming but it is there. Light maltiness of doughy biscuits and harsh husk. Some busy phenols throw down a mix of herbal and medicinal magic with a touch of hop bitterness to boot. Vaguely fruity; starch plantains and faint peach. A breath of alcohol in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a good while into the after taste.

Notes: Very refreshing with the 8.5% abv being slightly hidden, quite the palate cleanser. Cabot has this Parmesan Cheddar blend, a perfect match with some mini rye bread. If you are into Trippels this is a must try, IMO this is a good stepping stone to jump into the vast world of Belgian Beer.

Photo of Zenvortex
2.01/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.25

Pours too clear for a triple - red lights go off / no real head or lacing worth noting / funk smell - farmhouse maybe / no such luck on taste - more like a third than a triple - big disappointment - way too metallic / decent carbonation but who cares at this point / being a BIG Belgian Abby Triple fan I'd say this is almost laughable & would turn folks off to the thought of a triple - bummer dude

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blitz134
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bobcathokie
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light pale yellow straw color. A one-finger head of rather dense, slightly off-white foams sets up with a fair amount of bubbles on top. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a rather thick ring of lace around the glass and fine lace with a few pronounced bubbles on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant, almost neon sunrise lemon yellow and clear, showing fine trails of effervescence rising through the center.

S - Esters of light fruit like honeydew melon with noticeable traces of banana, apples, and yeast backed by biscuit malts and light, sweet caramel. As it warms, hints of coriander begin to poke through. There's also some very soft floral notes in the background, like standing next to freshly trimmed rose bushes still wet with morning dew.

T - Very lightly toasted malts mix with subtle toffee, light caramel, and a rather distinctive yeasty spiciness that bends toward dried herbs. Fruit juice of pears and fresh, sweet apples follow. Hints of lemon-drops then appear. Bazooka bubblegum shows up on the sides of the tongue at the end and wrestles somewhat with coriander and clove for attention in the finish.

M - Fizzy and fresh. Good carbonation. Light, but solid body. Very nice structure shows great integration of components. Finish is short, and surprisingly dry and clean. Crisp.

O - This is one tasty beer. Nice range of flavors that favor the malt/fruit nature of Tripels while making sure the finish isn't cloying. It's not terribly complex, and there's just a tad too much spiciness in the finish for me to say this is an exceptional example of the style, but it's quite good and definitely recommended, especially as a gateway to Belgium Tripels.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mntlover, pours into a goblet a cloudy apricot orange body with a small and satinesque offwhite head. The head retains well and leaves some spotty links of chain lace behind.
Aroma is fruity, musty yeasty, and softly spiced with coriander. Very tasty notes of ripe apricot and melon are complimented by hints of clover honey and burnt caramel. A vegetal mushroom note is also present.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and satiny with the moderated carbonation.
Taste tries to echo the nose, but a softly spiced, bready yeastiness largely dominates. Not as fruity as the aroma suggests, but still throws you some honeydew and cantelope melon notes. Definite warmth is noticed from the 8.5 % abv, but not hot. Nice balance is provided by some citrusy grapefruit hop flavor. Finish is dry, yeasty, and earthy, with a kiss of coriander.
A very solid tripel from the same Colorado brewery that produces the elusive, La Folie. Very well done.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the Sierra mountains at Bluesapalooza, this tasty concoction poured light apricot amber, with a stellar fine, near white head, leaving splotchy lacing, upon a gentle swirl. Fruity, yeasty Belgian all the way nose. This is a spicy, yeasty thoroughly enjoyable American/Belgian brew. After enjoying this tasty offering, only wish that New Belgium Brews were available in the NYC/Ct./NJ area

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat notes with some pepper and Belgian yeast notes. There is not much sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is also full of yeast and wheat notes, with some white pepper and a little bit of candy sugar. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of maki88
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Enjoyed at home.

A: Rich, hazy gold color with a healthy white head that dissipates slowly. Nice lacing on the glass. A very inviting presentation.

S: Sweet and spicy. Significant coriander scent up front, with sweet and fruity (banana, citrus) aromas also present.

T: Remarkably smooth and crisp. Sweet on impact, with a spicy finish. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. There is definitely a coriander aftertaste, but it doesn't linger too long and wouldn't seem to be objectionable or offensive unless you simply don't like the taste of coriander. The taste could certainly be improved with some complexity to the flavor profile, but I wouldn't say that it is "lacking."

M: So smooth it's almost buttery, and not just because the color resembles melted butter! The carbonation is healthy, pulling out the flavors in this brew. Very pleasant.

O: Well done -- a solid performance from New Belgium. I tend to favor beers with a lower ABV, but between the flavor and mouthfeel of this brew, I didn't spend much time fretting about the 7.8%. The significant coriander flavor and aftertaste might be a deterrent for some, affecting drinkability, but I found it a well-balanced and enjoyable beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tulip.

Appearance: Clear gold with frothy white head.

Smell: Mostly just banana, sugar and bubblegum. Less complex aroma than most Tripels.

Taste: Banana,fleshy fruit and strong sweetness. Ends with clove and coriander.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium syrupy body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Good Tripel that is slightly hampered by a too sweet body.

Photo of unclemorgan
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Head was thin and quickly evaporated to reveal the medium dark colored brew. There was minimal to no lacing.

Smells of hops and spices (the coriander is a given, it's on the freakin label). Also detected hints of banana, vanilla, and some bubblegum.

Taste was light with little aftertaste that sweetens as it warms.

Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. Pour is light gold with some carbonation. Aroma is sweet and light. Understated taste. The hops and yeast mix nicely, with mild fruit and malt flavors. Almost like a "Lite" version of other stronger trippels. Subtle.

Photo of pwalkley
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great, accessible tripel, especially if you've never tried a Belgian tripel. It's one of my go-to beers, especially in the summer. Great balance of hop bitterness and Belgian yeast flavor. Nice spiciness from the coriander.

Photo of BenHesk12
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a bottle from Bevmo, no clue what the freshness is here.

A - classic belgian yellow with a modest frothy head

S - almost nothing here, faint smells of belgian yeastiness

T- NB trippel to me tastes like a good belgian trippel, but just mild and weak. The alcohol coming in at a relatively high 7.8 % here is somewhat overpowering due to the lack of flavors to balance. Drinkable but forgettable.

M - average carbonation, nothing special here but not bad either

Overall New Belgium Trippel is a very drinkable yet mild and plain trippel belgian style ale.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden copper orange with lots of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and cloves along with some hints of banana, coriander, and candied sugar. Sweet malts along with some subtle hints of fruits including lemon, peach, and passion fruit. Also some grassy hops in the background. Smell is on the sweeter side of Tripels.

Taste: Sweet bready pale malts along with some strains of Belgian yeast. Hints of cloves, coriander, banana and candied sugar. Some notes of lemon, orange, passion fruit, and peach. Hints of grassy hops towards the finish. Somewhat herbal. Bready and sweet for a Tripel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sweet and somewhat syrupy. Very smooth with no heat from the alcohol.

Overall: This is a pretty good Belgian inspired ale. A little too sweet and malty to be a true tripel. Could of used a little more yeasty funk, but what is here tastes good.

Photo of sammy223
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Light hay color, good head little lacing.

Smell: Bold, notes of coriander, yeast, light lavender note, spice notes galore.

Taste: Up front, a bright hop note. Notes of sweetness and coriander, little sour, light pepper tones.

Mouthfeel: Properly carbonated, atypical body for Trippels.

Overall: This is a fine beer. I definitely did not expect this from New Belgium.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vibrant yellow haze, very dense, lots of ppm 'haze'. Aroma was sweet and a dab of alcohol.

Some spice, at both ends of the spice spectrum, like from nutmeg to the hot kind. Alcohol was a little too hot for my wishes. Really just tastes like an imperial hefe/witbier. If that's your kind of thing, its probably made decently, but the absence of any real appreciable malt or hop character, make this is a tough sell. The yeast strain was ok, but had a disagreeable tartness to it.

Photo of MOShepp
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear golden color with some layers of orange. Two finger frothy off-white head with good lacing and head retention. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles present.

Aromas of yeast, cloves, cramel and a floral scent, maybe roses. The smells are pretty big and beautiful.

Tastes of grapes, apples, yeast, cracked black pepper, and toffee. The hops a wonderful and are matched perfectly with the malt and yeast. This is well layered and almost perfect, every tastebud gets to take part.

It's tingly and spicey on the tongue with a buttery feel to the back of the throat.

I could drink this stuff everyday. It's so smooth and so well balanced and multilayered, that you can't put this stuff down. I'll buy again, and again,....

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,651 ratings.