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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

2,511 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,511
Reviews: 939
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,511 | Reviews: 939 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by whatthehull:
Photo of whatthehull
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a white wine glass

A - lovely translucent copper, 1/6 finger white head and some sugar lacing

S - bananas, coriander, toasted gains and malts, musty, sweet flowers, alcohol, fresh baked zucchini bread,

T - this trippel tastes fresh baked, bananas, orange, coriander, lots of sugar, overly ripened fruits, Belgian style yeast, fruit flower hops, slight booze, slight citrus rind and more overly ripened bananas

M - Full bodied, very nice balance, very nice complexity, medium minus acidity and a well rounded sweet, silky and lovely finish

D/O - This is a great beer. I mean I could drink this all day long and be stoked. I could drink it for a week and be stoked. Great taste, very refreshing and 2 will give you the buzz you're looking for. Well done NB

Final thoughts - Yet another NB I can't believe I haven't reviewed yet! Nice abv at 7.8%, good price on a sixer at around $8 and always tastes great and I am not even a huge fan of the style. But, when it's done well, it's done well!

whatthehull, Feb 27, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

oberon, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

aszatk01, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Fear4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Fear4Beer, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tectactoe, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

OhioBobcat, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

MadScientist, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

brownbeer, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Tiernan, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

hopsleeroy, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of dacubz
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

dacubz, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Bitzer, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

orbitalr0x, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

blitz134, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

sabitu, May 09, 2014
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of freshflesh
3/5  rDev -21.1%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

SD-Alefan, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of WoodJRx
4/5  rDev +5.3%

WoodJRx, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +5.3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Jpinoniemi, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Beaver13, May 07, 2004
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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,511 ratings.