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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

2,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,614
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 72
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
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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 DeGrog
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine brew; locally it can be found at most outlets, even mini marts. It pours a bit foamy with a crystal clear golden color and light smell. This is a very drinkable afternoon brew with an extremely good feel and pleasant intoxication. If fish is on the menu add this brew, you won't go wrong.

Photo of Jimhillsb
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep rich golden color which pours into a pillowy white head and a good bit of carbonation.

Smell: Cut grass, white wine grapes... the alcohol is definitely noticeable from the smell.

Taste: The initial flavor is quite sweet, but then expands out into fruity aromas, including grapes and pear. Wheat is definitely a factor here too, but is balanced out by a nice dose of hoppy bitterness near the end.

Mouth: The beer has a good bit of carbonation, and feels good on the toungue. the head is soft, but thick.

all around a good beer. I dont think Id drink more than a few in a night before i switched to something a little less ... well... belgian. I dont find that i can drink more than a few of any trippel or quadrupel generally.

good beer for the very low price.

Photo of beck2008
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - golden (almost lager like) 1/2 head, moderate lacing

S - Malty, some banana, spicy (I don't have a great sense of smell so I am not really sure what to say here. Besides, I usually just drink my beer I don't sit around and do much sniffing) :)

T - This is more like a golden ale than a "trippel". This tastes like La Fin Du Monde light. It's good ale no question but it's not as full bodied as most trippels. The finish is more dry than the initial taste.

M - Medium body, crisp carbonation but not overboard.

O - I'd buy this again - it's a great tasting beer. I love belgium ale so this was a good purchase.

Photo of buschbeer
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It has a golden amber body and is topped with a half inch of white head.

S - I get the typical banana and clove along with other spices.

T - There is a lot going on with the spices. I get the banana but the spices run the show.

M - Moderate with a generous amount of carbonation.

D - This is a decent representative of the style.

Photo of gatornation
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with a small head and an ok lacing not reminiscent of a belgian trippel ..the smell is nutty, and bready with some sweet fruit some clove and cinnamon..the taste is nutty and fruity some bananas its also malty and roasty just the same as the smel not a true trippel l...its easy to drink the 7.8 abv is well hidden... this is a typical offering from new belgium all brews are good just not impressive..they kinda all taste the same with a little variation to each style

Photo of gueuzer
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App- Bright yellow color. Small clinging white head.

Sm- Yeast phenols, followed by apples and apricots.

Ta- Crisp carbonation that really amps the spics in the yeast. Coating light malt that has a sweetness that is a bit bready. Fruits are there but much muted when compared to the nose.

Ov- I always find myself comparing this to the recipe they brewed pre-2004. They just seemed to mute everything. Still good though.

Photo of DCon
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snifter Night! This one actually came from a 6-pack I bought @ Dierbergs in Ballwin, MO for $7.99 and saved one so that I could review it (too much drinking that night!). Poured from the 12oz bottle and has a Best By Date of 26FEB12 on the front in white.

Appearance- Pours a golden, clear color, 2.5 finger head that doesn't stay around long. Leaves lace at the top of the glass but only suds on the sides.

Aroma- Has a nice grapefruit, flower smell at the start of the whiffing. Also smell a nice roasted honey aroma.

Taste- Nice upfront floral hops with spicy yeast/earthy taste. Can definitely taste a huge amount of barley added here. Extremely light and has almost a lemon/wheat finish. Not too found of this...

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High amount of carbonation which was nice but the style didn't add up in the end...

Overall- I can't even believe this is a 7.8% beer! It seems much too light to be a Tripel but not too hard to put onto people who want a light, easy to drink beer. I still enjoyed it but not the type of beer I was looking for with Trippel being labeled on the front. (maybe I don't remember having this beer before!)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda hit-or-miss with the small beers from the brewery, no consolence from the irratic scores given to this brew. The pour brings a bright gold color with some straw highlights and a mild haze. Abundantly carbonated with a well-formed head that faded quickly and shows very little lacing. The aromas are very fruity (pears, peaches, appricots, oranges, apples) and moderately spicy (corriander, pepper, esters). Flavors bring about much more sweetness and less spicy character than exhibited in most trippels, but with a lighter than normal body, makes the beer quite easy to drink. Alcohols are present but muted, underneath a honey-like sweet flavor. Good beer, but understandably rated low if dryer versions are prefered; and higher if sweetness is preferred.

Photo of davemathews
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle, poured into Chimay Goblet @ 48F (serve by date on bottle:10/10/08)

Pour: Pours simply, with a slightly diminished head for a 'Belgian' style beer. `1" head dissipates quickly and leaves thin foam island on beer, with a small mountain in the center. Caps perfectly transparent warm coppery glow liquid base. Carbonation forms bubbles on sides of glass.

Nose: Yeast nose is that of a Belgium, this one is straightforward classic Belgian triple yeast. Moderately fruity, mostly tropical fruits, esp. passion fruit. Hops come through as barnyard hay like grass, but very faint

Taste: Again, fruits come through in the taste, same as in nose. Lacks depth, but is quite pleasantly simple. Finishes with a bit of grassy hay fading to a dull tropical fruit mouth coating.

Mouth feel: medium body; delivers sufficient carrier for the flavors, but dissipates cleanly. Carbonation is slightly sharp (pleasantly), and masks 7.8% quite effectively.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, goes down smoothly and has pleasant warming once there.

Overall: a very nice, low cost, easy to find daily drinker.

Photo of Quaffer
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Kind of an amber, orange color, this beer at least looked like a Belgian sitting in the goblet. It had a dense, white head that left patches on the surface after it settled down. There was a nice amount of lace left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Well, this brew smelled like a Belgian, too. There were fruity aromas, mixed in with a little bit of spice. Not a lot of bitterness was present, but I could smell the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, but fairly smooth.

Taste: This beer started with just a hint of fruity sweetness, but then immediately it dried out. A biting, almost puckering bitterness emerged along with a strong alcohol flavor. However, as the beer continued to warm up (over an hour out of the fridge), those intial fruit and malt flavors grew stronger and provided a much more balanced flavor.

I think New Belgium did a pretty good job on this beer. I could have sworn by the aroma that this beer had been brewed overseas. I just think that they need a little more flavor up front to balance out the strong alcohol and bitter finish.

Photo of benclimbs
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass, looks very clear for arriple, a lot like martinellis apple juice, hardly any head but a bit of lacing, no noticable carbonation - most boring looking tripel I've seen.
thus far.

Smell is a little grapey and a little medicinal without the characteristic spicey, fruity, estery yeasts of other tripels

Taste is pretty pleasant other than the fact that the alcohol hits way too hard for only 7.8% it's a bit of muscat grapes/ golden raisins with a good clove kick at the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is solid, and the carbonation seems balanced,

Only somewhat drinkable due to the noticable alcohol despite the nice taste

Notes: this doesn't hold a candle to le fin or karmeleit or ommegang or countless other tripels, hence the B grade but... For $7.49 a six pack, this is a damn good beer!

Photo of unclemorgan
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Ryanm1
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought in an Maryland beer store 6 pack. Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Appearance is golden in color. Seems very bubbly with a descent amount of head when poured into the glass.

The smell is slightly sweet like a flower of maple syrup. Very similar characteristic to other Belgium triples.

The taste is good a little more dry than what I would expect from other Belgian Triples. Slight bit of corriander taste but no real citrus common to other like beers.

Mouthfeel does not strike me as anything above ordinary with the slight distinction of a Belgian triple aftertaste. This beer weighs in at 7.8% abv which is slightly lower than other triples.

Personally this doesn't stand out as a triple. Id prefer the allagash or possibly longtrail. The fat tire is a much better choice from this brewer.

Photo of glass_house
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlesRTasty
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer produces a thick white foamy head, which is desired for this "style" and the body is golden straw colored. Powerful hop aroma with some slight sweet maltiness to it. You can definitly taste the spicy hops and it is followed with a malty sweet aftertaste, much like the nose would indicate. I've noticed a very small ethanol tone for it's 7.8 ABV. It has a fairly thick mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Overall I think this is an okay beer. I don't think I would drink an entire six pack but this is one of the better New Belgium flavors.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was light clear golden with a fluffy white head. Aroma was of pepper, herbs, earth, floral esters, and some banana. Flavors were well blended with some banana, bread, pepper, spice, and light orange. Body was medium to light and this was an easy drink. Nice brew.

Photo of Boozermurfin
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells of coriander, banana, banana bread, Belgian yeast comes through.

Taste is a little boring at first. As I progress through the bottle I enjoy the creamy banana and spicyness more and more. Perhaps it's the alcohol talking. A bit alcoholic for sure.

Mouthfeel is thin as expected. A little too thin I feel even for the style, but I'm not complaining.

Overall, hard to get a solid Belgian trippel for the price you can find this at. It's solid, well done and worth trying. I'm sure ill buy again.

But I'd recommend their Abbey Dubbel if you're looking to find a top notch American Belgian.

Photo of mpyle
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - rich golden color, brilliant clarity. Pours a decent sized white head with mediocre retention (okay for a moderately high alcohol brew).

Aroma - Gentle spice notes from the yeast, maybe a bit of vanilla. No hop, and no alcohol at least when served at ~50F.

Flav - Alcohol tinged spiciness early. Gentle Belgian yeast character - no strong flavors. No hop. Finishes quite light and clean - very much a tripel.

MF - Light/med body, medium carbonation. Distinct alcohol warming, but pleasant.

D'ability - Light tasting, but alcohol character a bit too prominent for the style and for drinkability.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium chalice. A crystal clear, golden bronze hue beer with a dense, creamy, stark white head. Carbonation is there but is very subtle. White, foamy lace around the top of the beer as it is consumed.

Aroma is spicy phenolic and slightly sweet. Not as sweet smelling compared to the NB Dubbel. Coriander, cloves, and fresh ground pepper.

Certainly spicy in the flavor. Sweetness is overpowering but is noticeable and becomes cloying as the beer warms. Slight hints of fruits such as strawberry, but overall, spicy and minimal fruity esters.

A decent beer. In my opinion, not as tastey as the Dubbell, but a decent beer. Maybe too much carbonation and cloying. ABV seems pretty well hidden in the taste but there is a definte warming effect as my ears and cheeks are now a rose' color.

Photo of 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.

Photo of jwalaballa
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Certainly more complex as it warms.

Photo of waldowin
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin yellow, with a thin white head that fades immediately. Almost no lacing, little visible carbonation, it almost looks like a cider.

Smells of grapefruits, bananas, cloves, oranges, coriander. Very sweet smell.

Crisp, spiced, and mildly dry. A little bit of candy and a lot of grapefruit. Tasty, has a nice *pop* to it.

Mouthfeel is dry, and very carbonated. Slightly slick. Alcohol is very well hidden, just invisible.

With something this carbonated, tart, and dry, I'd imagine one or two would about do it for me for a night. A good refreshing drink though.

Photo of TexasTowHead
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with Best By date into a wine glass.

Pours a nice golden yellow with a finger-width white head that dissipates slowly. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell is all Belgian-yeast and coriander, as is the first sip. After warming a bit, the yeast and coriander mellow out with the faintest bit of maltiness coming through.

Carbonation is good without being excessive and the mouthfeel is quite crisp. Drinkability is where this brew really shines, as the ABV is well hidden and I could easily knock back a few of these if I wasn't careful.

Photo of argock
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.69.

A: Beautiful clear golden elixir with solid sticky 2-finger white head with good retention and solid sheeting lacing.

S: The phenolic character is a bit much for me and it seems enhanced by the coriander addition. There is also a slight rubbery, meaty aroma that is not too appealing. The pale malt sweetness does come through with some time, and the hopping is firmly herbal.

T: The flavor is superb up until the aftertaste. The pale malt sweetness is on target with a light honey note that works really well with the earthy, herbal hopping with is subdued but not absent. The coriander note isn't really notable until the aftertaste which is flat, dull, and not in sync with the rest of the beer which flows with a nice herbal tinged sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel suffers a bit due to the flat finish. The body is very nice, in the medium-high range, with a layering but still crisp quality until the thud of a finish.

O: I like this beer, but I wish they would pull the coriander back or completely out of this beer. A tripel should be able to stand alone without spicing or extra flavors - I think this beer and its lackluster finish would improve with no spicing and a crisper hops finish. The price is definitely right.

Photo of intensify
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow, honey colored body. Somehow I got a very small and faint off-white head. Left some lacing behind but rather boring appearance. Hops, banana, mango and peach all on the nose. Taste was slithering closely behind. Sweet notes from the mango really give this beer a nice kick. Rather on the sweet side then bitterness.
Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Easy to enjoy.

Complex but simple. Has characteristics of both the hoppy and fruity worlds. Reminds me of their other belgian style ale Abbey.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,614 ratings.