Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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2,684 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,684
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 79
Gots: 321 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Photo of andrewm190
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't dislike this beer. It's about what I've come to expect recently from New Belgium Brewing. I'm not sure if that is a function of my tastes become more sophisticated or NB dropping some of their standards. I seem to remember loving all of their beers when I first tried them several years ago. At the time, they were mostly a Colorado brewery, now they have expanded, and I'm not sure they've kept all of their standards. In any case, this beer is decent, not a bad choice, but I wouldn't seek it out. Certainly, there was quite a bit of spice - otherwise I found the taste and the aroma to be strong, but not particularly unique or elite. It claims to be brewed with coriander. That's cool I guess, but it doesn't stop this from being a slightly better than average beer. For the price and the sexy art...I wanted a little better.

Photo of raszputini
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a Chimay glass (for effect). Pours golden amber with a light whitish head that dissipates quickly. Light fruit, belgian yeast and phenols in the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp and thin. Notes of beligian sugar, the yeast, coriander, with a crisp finish. When I say crisp, I dont mean hops, it ends with a carbonation-y crispness like carbonated water. Its not a bad thing.

Photo of clickpush
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Two finger white head over dull golden brew. A few bubble trails in the glass. Head descends rather quickly, having in size in about 20 seconds. No webbing remains, though some lacing and a significant halo.

Nose: Tons of fruity esters, tart Belgian yeast aroma. Something nutty as well, almost like popcorn. Grapes, peaches, peppercorns. Not overwhelmingly strong, but enough to get the hint.

Mouth: Enters mostly tart and fruity, but the nut flavor is still lingering. Flavors aren't really held together very well, a sweet yet tart fruit flavor finishes a bit too sweet. Almost like buttered popcorn. No depth really, everything is right up front. Gets quite warm for something that, on the bottle at least, is listed at 7.8%. Not my favorite example of the style. Peaches, cream, pepper corns. Mouthfeel is nice and sparkly. Have a 6 pack, it won't be a chore to finish, but I'd trade it for a 750 of a Belgian trippel if i could.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Surprising light in color; golden and see-through.

S - Fruity, mostly oranges, bubble gum.

T - Oranges and Ginger, a hint of the powder that is on bubble gum.

M - Light and refreshing, some carbonation, pretty smooth.

O - Overall a pretty good Tripel, but I expected a little more flavor a complexity. Surprisingly light and drinkable for a 7.8% Tripel.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty golden color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, as well as wispy clouds that settled in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Triple-like aromas of yeast, malt, citrus, caramel and spices. I get floral aromas from hops, some sweet aromas from crystalized sugar, some citrus aromas of oranges and grapefruit, plus spices of black pepper, coriander, clove, ginger, finally, malty aromas of buttered bread.

Taste: Not as pronounced as I was expecting for a triple. There is some malt up front, followed by some citrus, like grapefruit, followed by more spice than I’m used to, spices like black pepper, clove and coriander. The beer finishes with some higher hoppy bitterness than I’m expected in a triple too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.8%, there’s a good amount of alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good American version of a triple, but not great. If offered, I’d happily drink it, but I’m not searching it out. There are way too many other better triples out there to get over this one.

Photo of danadeny
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighly cloudy, dull yellow body. Nice head, the bubbly body and head last untill the beer is gone. Smells malty, slight freshness, no hops. Tastes malty throughout, little hops, tart and spicy. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and bubbly. Drinkability is good, but overall it's not my favorite tripple, too heavy on the malt.

Photo of jmjackson6880
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Crystal-clear, golden color. Very light in appearance. Poured into tulip with thick, white head, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity, sweet, slight spice. Smells very good, but not as rich as I am used to for the style.

T: As the appearance suggests, light on flavor. Underwhelming for the style, really. Mainly malty and spicy flavors noted. Slight alcohol taste in the after. Just plain lacking in that full, robust flavor you're probably expecting for the style.

M: Very light. Lacks that sticky, full mouthfeel you get from nearly every other trippel I've tried.

D: High marks for drinkability. At 7.8%, you could actually drink a few of these, unlike most trippels. All considered, it's a clean-tasting, easy-drinking beer.

Photo of gmfessen
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Chimay chalice, beer is a pale golden color with a sparkling white head comprised of many fine bubbles. Nose is fairly underwhelming, a light fruitiness and some spicy, banana phenols and hints of fusel alcohol. The taste has a general smoothness about it; starts out neutral and transitions to a mild fruity malt sweetness - pears and white grapes - and then moves to a mild bitterness and alcohol bite. Finishes neutral and a slightly sweet, warming alcohol sensation remains. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine beaded carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a decent tripel, not outstanding but decent. Goes down smooth and at 7.8%, should be respected.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:honey yellow colored, hazy with a single finger white head and not much lace.

S: lemon and a little spice note.

T: neither spicey or yeasty enough for my tripel liking. Some golden apple notes with the typical light lemon flavor throught.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I think new belgium is an exciting brewery with a lot to offer the beer lover but they also need to make beer for the masses to please the wives and girlfriends tagging along, and that is what this beer is about for me.

Photo of Brewmba
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden. who really cares what a beer looks like. lets not judge a book by its cover.

S - Fruity, slightly alcoholic

T - A little sweet, slightly malty with an expected alcohol flavor. Not in a bad way.

M - A little light feeling.

It is an ok Trippel. Maybe i expected a little more from New Belgium. :)

Photo of Bockrules
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

keeping with the belgian theme tonight, poured into a tulip glass from the bottle

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation. Head is gone halfway down the glass. Leaves behind marginal splotches of lacing.

S - Plenty of coriander on a sweet malt background, maybe a tad bit of hops and some candied sugar notes.

T - Really not much upfront except a hint of malt and alcohol. The body is pretty mild for a triple with a few phenol flavors meandering with the sweet malt and coriander. A flourish of hop flavors come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue along with a flourish of phenol flavors to leave a coriander finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I'm not sure I'd call this beer a triple. Yes, the alcohol is up there, but the flavor isn't nearly as bold as other triples. Hell, the leffe blonde seemed to have as much if not more flavor. It does hit a price point at around $7.50 a six here, but I probably won't be revising this one...

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer before school starts again tomorrow. May have to wait even longer to cross the 600 beer threshold. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out of the bottle a crystal clear chestnut honey and topped with a sturdy looking, inch and a half of bleached bone white head. I bet this thing could hold a button or two before crashing through to the beer below.

S: Pear and very close to that bubble gum sweetness from a hefeweizen

T/MF: First sip impressions: pear and banana up front and a cutting alcoholic warmth that brings up the rear. Few more sips gets to a bit more depth but not much beyond the heavy banana and a bit of clove and slight anise spice, there is also a lingering alcoholic warmth that wraps up each sip that I am rather fond of as well. Feel is nowhere near 8%, I guess the attenuation is a bit different for a tripel than an IRS (I'm learnding, I think!).

D: As a tripel it seems like a one trick pony, that is, one flavor and everything else is just a guess, but for 8.99 for a sixer it is an incredible bargain if you have a taste for Belgium.

Photo of minterro
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has reached MI, found at meijers for 2.85 for a 22oz bottle.

paired with peanut m&m's

A&S: Very lively looking straw colored transparent beer. with a white fuzzy head that dies quickly to a constant state of covering the top. faint banana and coriander scents not a whole lot going on, a little disappointed. hints of yeast and bubblegum.

T&M: Not very desrcript. Not super powerful as far a alcohol contain goes. Buttery, bananas, not very spicy. Medium body medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Although my rating of this beer doesn't particularly reflect what im about to say I do have to say it was a good beer for the price and taste just not a good representation of the style overall. I would recommend this beer as something to just drink and enjoy for a good price.

Photo of PintOHops
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Tulip

A - Super filtered golden color with lite C02. It produced a 1-finger head that died down quickly to a soapy ring. It left spots and splotches on my glass at the end.

S - Soft banana, clove and bubble gum notes. Soft spice on the nose with a noticeable leafy hop characteristic but pretty subtle. After awhile it starts to just smell like muted spice and bubble gum.

T - Tart upfront and as it goes down. I get soft bubble gum and muted clove and spice throughout. I pick up some very subtle malt notes like cracker, almost biscuit, and it reminds me of the malts in Fat Tire and 2 Below. It finishes with a bit of alcohol, soft bitterness and mildly sweet banana. I didn't get any hop characteristics except for the soft bitterness.

M - Soft crispness with a somewhat smooth and lite-medium body.

D - Not a bad beer that I wouldn't mind having again sometime but I wouldn't buy it again. I think they filtered the beer way too much. It says it's bottle conditioned but I didn't get any haze at all. Overall it's okay, the most I could drink is probably about 1-2 12oz bottles and that's it. I don't recommend this beer at all and I'd pass for something else.

Photo of blakelive784
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter:

A - Pours a fully transparent orange/gold color with a thin, 1.5 finger head. Retention is rather poor, but the head leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Banana and spicy (wouldn't necessarily pick coriander) esters, solid malt foundation, pear, and a bit of perfume. Nicely complex.

T - As the nose predicted. Big yeast esters, spice, banana, heavy malt foundation, and a bit of bitterness on the finish, from both hops and the alcohol. Nicely done.

M - Biggest weakness of the beer. Starts out nice and coarse, but finish too slick and smooth.

D - Not perfect by any stretch, but it's one of the better standard offerings from New Belgium. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Josiah2729
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Chimay goblet

A- Golden and clear, medium head with some lacing, small amount of head lingers, some bubbles working their way up after every sip.

S- Bubblegum, coriander, fairly strong alcohol smell for a 7.8 ABV

T- coriander, bubblegum, slight alcohol bitterness, not too much complexity, doesn't linger compared to some other Trippels

M- Smooth, fairly light for the style, some effervescence

O- Decent for the price, if you are comparing to an authentic Trappist Trippel, you will most likely be disappointed.

Photo of DeFaz
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: I poured a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle into a glass. The head is short, but lacing is pretty good. Fair retention.

Smell: Lemon, coriander, general yeast. The alcohol is well concealed in the smell, but there's nothing in the aroma that is particularly special.

Taste: This is not offensive at all, but the flavors are mild. This is a tame trippel, one in which the alcohol is hidden but also one in which there's not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I would have liked, and a touch more carbonation may have been helpful, but this beer finishes clean and goes down dangerously easy.

Overall: For $2.99 for 22 ounces, this is a good bargain, although I can't say that this is a particularly interesting beer. As I've said, this is tame and the flavors aren't too bold, but this is a session trippel if there ever was one.

Photo of craytonic
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a chalice.

Pours a cloudy burnt-orange-red. Nice head and curtain lace down the glass. Heavy carbonation.

Not much aroma for me, yeast and some mellon. Nothing to fawn over.

Taste is decent, but not a good trippel compared with the good stuff. I taste yeast, and the finish is sharp alcohol, it is not hiding at all. Some bitterness and medicinal taste.

Does have a good mouthfeel, somewhat full body, but not like the true belgians.

Very ho-hum, I am not crazy about it.

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 uberez8
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided it was time to give the Belgian style Belgiums a try, starting with the Abbey, which I quite enjoyed and then moved onto this brew.

At first pouring it, I was surprised that it was a little darker and more malty in smell than most Trippels. I'll give it a little leeway there for the fact it is a Trippel "style" and not a true Trippel in brewing methods. A moderately thin, one finger head with a good white color poured from the bottle. The flavor was good and consistent but nothing to rave about. A bit heavy with the carbonation but the light, fruity Trippel flavors and malts are there without a doubt. I also quite enjoyed the coriander finish but over all I found it so-so compared to the Abbey. It was not a bad beer and good for what it is but given the choice between this and their Abbey, I know which one I will be buying more of in the future.

A competent Trippel but not much more.

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

Appearance - Clear golden

Smell - Slightly aromatic

Taste - Slight burst of flavor, not sweet, and a nice lingering hop bitterness

Mouth Feel - Clean mouth feel, lingering aftertaste

Drinkability - Pleasant and light in the flavor department. A good beer with a very light flavor - Cheers!

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 AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before 26 February 2012.

A: Beautiful pitted white head. Clouds of light bubbles float serenely through this clear, golden elixir. Good lacing.

S: Zesty citrus yeast. Coriander? Not much else.

T: Tasty and refreshing. Light lemon citrus complements a yeasty, almost wheaty maintaste. The aftertaste is less dry than anticipated and lingers lightly bitter.

M: So well-balanced that it's almost not noticeable...but in a good way. Perfectly subtle carbonation.

O: Not a great tripel, but a good enough beer. Yeasty-plain and citrus-tart. Not recommended, but I might someday have another.

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured a clear, light amber with a smallish but long-lasting white head.

Aroma - coriander (perhaps too much), clove, toasted grain and yeast.

T - flavorful; some fruity sweetness up front, but still more bitter than expected, especially in the finish and aftertaste; plenty of spiciness but still seemed lacking in complexity.

M - smooth and somewhat thin (as expected for style); medium carbonation imparts some crispness.

O - I tend to have a love/hate reaction to tripel style ales, with a good number being unappealing and a minority (usually Belgian) being well above average. This one is in the middle ground but still not my cup of tea.

{revisited and review tweaked in Sept. 2012]

Photo of rebel1771
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Coriander dominates with slight bready note thrown in.

T: Coriander up front with citrus notes coming through as well. Light malt backbone.

O: Overall not a bad brew but a little light in the flavor department.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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