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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

985 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 985
Hads: 2,816
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.72%
Wants: 94
Gots: 409 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Tripel | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 985 | Hads: 2,816
Photo of josiahschlender
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snowbound in Portland, I'm reading a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. While he probably forsook drinking, all this reading about monks and friars is making me think of Belgian beer. I'm really pining for a big dark Belgian right now, but the only thing close I have in my fridge right now is this NB Trippel. Let's see if it satisfies my Belgian craving...

Nice looks, poured into a wine glass. Clear, rich golden in color with an ample white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. I haven't drank many of this style before, so unfortunately I don't have much to compare it to.

Lots of yeast in the aromas: light fruits like ripe banana, maybe a bit of sweet green grape/golden raisin, and lots of sweet doughy malts. I like the complexity and intensity of the smells, this might be the most yeasty ester smelling beer I've had from the States.

Flavors are good but don't quite pack the punch the aromas do. Lots of light fruit and sweetbread malts. I can't help but think of fruitcake, actually. Just a bit of spicyness that I'm not sure of its origin, whether some hops peeking through, or another facet of the Belgian strain of yeast.

Nice, semi-full very smooth feel. Tastes linger for quite a while, a pleasing silky finish. The rather high 7.8% abv is extremely well hidden. not a bit of alcohol heat or prickliness.

Not only is this a very easy drinking beer, it's also exceptionally well priced for such a good beer. I find it every once and a while on sale for under $7 a six pack. A steal, considering the quality of this brew... definitely one of New Belgium's best efforts. My only criticism of drinkability for this beer is that its flavors don't pair well with many types of foods, in my opinion. Still, this one was well enjoyed on its own.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy orange with a one finger head at first that dies down pretty quickly but still leaves a light white film over the beer. Smell is spicy and medicinal, in a good way. Lots of fruit in here as well. Taste is more tropical fruit, along with some spiciness - there's definitely some spice added here but I can't put my finger on what it is - it's very tastefully done and subtle. Hop spiciness is there to complement. Definitely some yeasty medicinal aspects to the taste as well, but like in the smell, these don't overpower the other flavors and are actually welcome here. Alcohol is not noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is thicker than the average tripel. Very creamy as well, instead of the spritzy feel I have come to expect from this style. It definitely works here though. Drinkability is off the charts, I couldn't stop sipping this one.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12ox bottle into New Belgium Snifter

A - Nice, super clear gold w/ 1 finger head, very lively carbonation, great Belgian lace

S - Smells of Spicy alcohol, peppery, yeasty, light orange. A little medicinal/bandaid smell, not in a bad way.

T - Tastes like it smells. Spicy bitterness, lots of phenolics. An astrigent dryness. Light melon flavor.

M - Great mouthfeel on this one, very light and easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden.

O - Very easy drinker, alcohol is very hidden, nice spicy finish. Would like a little more esters to go with the phenols, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: translucent golden-yellow. Thick substantial head, dissipates quickly but leaves a small layer that stays for quite a while.

S: pleasant floral notes with citrus background. Some pine, meadow, herbal notes also.

T: rich, sweet malts and the tasty Saaz hops meld beautifully. Overall sweetness but some tangy, spiciness from hops is secondary. Some citrus, some grape/wine taste also: maybe a white wine of beers, if you will. Alcohol is also there a bit.

M: thick, creamy, syrupy. Coats the mouth and is very smooth.

D: because of the 7.8% abv, its a sipping beer and nice to drink slowly. But not one to knock back several.

Really a good beer, but for me, one at a time, not only because of the abv, but also because of the heavy, rich flavors.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just reviewed Red Hoptober by the same brewery, it was outstanding. Lets have at this one. Poured into a snifter.

A: Is the color of honey gold with a tinge of orange, with a short off white head that fades quickly,

S: Sweet, fruity aroma, smells of bananas, white grapes, and brown sugars as well as yeast, barley, wheat and hops

T: Is quite sweet, tastes a bit like honey, vanilla, and yeast, with a follow through by hops, although it's mild.

M: Well carbonated, with a medium body. Great balance and smoothness with a nice follow through with hops and booze.

O: Overall, this is a quality brew, another great blend from New Belgium. Really enjoyed the smell, really came off as bananas to me, I really like bananas and banana bread. This is a great beer for the fall season, its light and crisp with warmth at the end, great for the colder season.

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Photo of Nytemare
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mostly clear golden color with a good two fingers of head. The head slipped away leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass. A constant light stream of bubbles continued to produce a thin white head throughout the beer. Smelled mostly of fruits, hops, and the peppery yeasty flavor common in almost all their beers. Tasting this was excellent. Nice fruity flavor up front with the peppery yeast. Fading away to a nice bready body and finishing slightly sour. The hops are noticable throughout. Quite nice. The malt showed a little more power as it warmed, but it stayed pretty balanced. Not overly sweet, but not too bitter either. Mouthfeel was nice. Moderate body. Dry finish, and smooth. As for drinkability, I've had several now, not all at one sitting, but I definately enjoy these. I've got two set back to age to see what happens, but overall, rather enjoyable, and I'll continue to pick these up when I get the chance.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 20, 2008

Bottle - poured into Stella Artois glass. Heady, very nice with 1 1/2 " head. Medium amber color. Pleasing smell, very noticeable fruit/spice flavors. Let sit for a few minutes until head down to less than 1/4", also to let warm to mid 40-degrees. Taste - definite hint of spice, floral notes abound. Enjoyable and worth the price! I'd buy another 6-pack or would gladly try on tap. Great beer for the money (under $7 a six-pack). SALUDE!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearane: Pours a hazy medium gold with an absolutely staggering off white cloudtop head that is more than an inch thick five minutes after pouring. Incredibly thick and dense lace leaves distinct tidemarks on the glass walls.

Aroma: The aroma of this beer is quite striking, strong alcohol notes replete with coriander, yeast, orange, and hops.

Taste: Opens with sweet honey-like malt, soon followed by mild floral hop bitterness, interspersed with pear and melon flavors, and bitter apple peel, as well as coriander and cloves. Phenol alcohol appears late in the taste, and is moderately warming. Finishes with a little earth and moderate, but lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: remarkable complexity, rivals Belgian-brewed Tripels. Considering that this is sold at a mid-range price for craft beer, it seems a bargain.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently enjoyin this one out of New Belgium's 22oz bottle--something I couldn't resist picking up for a mere $2.99 at BevMo!

I've had the Trippel before and remember it being a great triple/trippel and have wanted to revisit this brew and give it a rating compared to others I've had.

Unlike other trippels I've had this one really needs be drunk at a cool or room temp to be really enjoyed. Otherwise it kinda tastes like a cheap lager. Once it warms it's great. And for the price I'd say it's the best bargain as far as this style goes.

The appearance is the strong point; champagne-like body with a frothy head and lacing. Very nice indeed. There is some yeast that is suspended but it is fairly clear overall. The color is a bright, golden straw color.

The smell is good; standard triple yeastiness. Nothing breathtaking, but pleasant.

The taste is right on for a triple, in my opinion. It is a little more sour and hoppier than some of the brews from Belgium, but still has enough of that crispness and lip-numbing yeast to make it a good triple and great drinking experience. I also appreciate the fact that it's not ridiculously high in alcohol like other triples, which makes it much more drinkable for a lightweight like me. I'd prefer it to be a tad sweeter.

This is another good one from New Belgium. Not as mind-blowing as other triples but dang-near jaw-dropping when you consider the low price. Don't sleep on this one if you're a tripple/triple lover.

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Photo of misterscooter
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured well into the bigger glass. A nice, smooth head that slowly settled into a fine lace on top with foam sticking to the sides but not drying out too quickly. This thing is golden, starting with the color. Very clear with lots of small to medium size bubbles from the carbonation that help keep the foam on top from disappearing.

Honey, hay, nectar. This guy smells like a warm, spring day. Every once in a while I get a whiff of something not quite as sweet, much like their Fat Tire, but it evades me before I can place it and it isn't dominating. Part of the character, for sure. Maybe it is the alcohol.

This guy definitely is not as good if it is too cold. They say to serve it at 44 degrees F. but I think it is better a bit warmer, maybe closer to 50 degrees. The carbonation is felt right away and it adds to the flavor but it is very smooth as it hits your tongue, despite the tingle. It isn't as sweet as it smells and you can tell the abv is higher with this one from the taste you get. But it does have some raw honey in there and some oaky overtones. There is some dry aftertaste which may turn you off but I liked because it wasn't harsh.

A really good Belgian.

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Photo of yen157
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured looking like fresh apple cider but with a fluffy white head. Foam was sticky and hung around like many others can‘t. Some candy sugar cideriness detected amidst the malt. Slightly more bitterness than I’ve come to expect form this style of beer made it a refreshing change from overly malty brews. The New Belgium boys and girls did a good job with the Tripel style, IMO.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first poured this beer I was a little unimpressed. I'm generally not a fan of light yellow beers, and thats exactly what this looked like. After smelling it I had a little bet of a second guess but wasn't too sure about what to expect. it smelt really crisp and fresh with a hint of alcohol. (which I normally don't notice, so it must have been a bit more than a hint) Finally after taking a sip I realised I was wrong to judge this beer by its color. It did in deed have a nice crisp taste and a slight taste of alcohol. NOt too much rally, but when you go back and look at the alcohol content and compare it to its smoothness and easy drinkability you realise you have a beer that can easily kick you off your feet. overall I was impressed with this beer, dont let its smoothness fool you though, its a strong bugger. I can't wait to drink some more of this.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price, this is a damn good trippel. One of the best six packs for under $8. It's only slightly below the level of the good Belgian trippels.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Good light amber coloration with carbonation free floating throughout it.

S - Flowery malted aroma. Orange and spice greet the nose and tantalize it.

T - Flowery Malted hopped beer. Orange tastes with spice peak at the beginning followed with a hint of hops just to let you know.

M - Good all around feeling that leaves a satisfactory taste on the tongue

D - Good Sitting around beer to enjoy with company.

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Photo of StevieW
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 3 maidens on the lablel. Cool. Shiny medium yellow color. Nice creamy, full, dense head. Nice heavy aromas of sugar sweet malty goodness. Touch of alcohol as well. First taste is sweet and rich, noticable yeast presence, fresh thick yeast flavors good throughout. Nice snappy hop kick. Bitter shot in the middle and back to nearly slick, but not, full sugar sweet taste. Very good and balanced with so many flavors flying around. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Stayed fresh and full flavored to the end. A very good tripel.
Thanks to bditty187 for including this one !

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Chalice
Price: ~$9 for a 6-pack
From: Meijer in Ann Arbor

Appearance: darker slightly orangish yellow. Thin foamy white head that faded rather quickly to a lacing on the top and sides

Smell: wheaty, along with small hints of banana, coriander and maybe a few other spices

Taste: like the nose but better. a nice full body of wheat along with banana, coriander, cloves maybe a touch of bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: fairly light and crisp. a little dry and bitter aftertaste. warming sensation too

Overall: For what it is its quite good. a easy find, low price, delicious and drinkable beer. Also a refreshing american style tripel. I could drink a few of these in a fairly short sitting, which is great for a beer around 8%. Definitely a beer that is worth a try if you haven't had it before.

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Photo of echdk3
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A_Fairly translucent golden dark orange color, bubbly porous white head, lively beer

S_Hoppy, biscuits. Some funk. Definite fruit, not sure what kind - not citrusy though

T_Spicy hops that quickly die down, not much aftertaste. Fresh baked dark biscuits. None of that same fruitiness that was in the aroma

M_Not as chewy as I would have liked. High carbonation is very nice. Doesn't stick around long, thinner body than I would have guessed

D_Fantastic. The alcohol is masked very well. High repeatability

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Photo of Bfarr
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Trippel pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white foam nice big clear bubbles from the bottom. A good yeasty and floral aroma with a hint of sweetness. The taste is surprising for something without a cork in it. Robust yeast and floral tastes with a bit of bright fruity sweetness in the alcohol. The coriander comes through in just a light bittering in the finish. It's very smooth and light bodied with high carbonation making it a fairly refreshing beer, especially for something with a high ABV.

I don't know if this really "on style" but for the price and complexity all I know is I love drinking this beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9 July 13.

A: Sort of a mustard yellow color, mildly hazy, and with a thimble full of spread out fuzz that didn't even add up to a head.

S: Yummy coriander... with a good bit of yeast and citrus. I didn't get much candy sugar, with made this one more organic in nature in terms of aroma.

T: First off, I admired the disciplined sweetness. I give credit here to the blend and amount of spices that the brewer used. Through all that madness, I could still taste the yeast.

M: Spicy, but not a tongue bruiser. The fresh coriander linger for a bit, but it was a rather soft, cottony sort of linger that I always welcome. The lacing was moderate.... maybe a cloud burst here and there.

O: Awesome Trippel in my opinion. As a matter of fact, this may be the most drinkable and smoothest one I've ever tasted.

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Photo of smitbo7
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into my favorite Buffalo Bills Pizza Hut mug.

A- Poured a bright but slightly murky golden color with good carbonation and a pleasing 3/4 inch head.

S- Yeast, citrus, and coriander.

T- Citrus, banana and coriander with a slightly bitter finish.

M- Bubbly, dry.

O- I enjoyed this beer on my first try. Wonderful summertime ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of worldsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice Golden Color with residual cloudyness from bottle conditioning. Nice head on beer slightly large bubbles for bottle conditioned beer but very acceptable. Great malt flavor with hint of fruity esters from yeast and higher fermentation temps and pepper like spicyness. Nice hop note from generous amount of bittering hops and aromatic from the Saaz Hop vine.

Damn impressive beer for being brewing the the good o' USA I can only hope to produce a Triple this fine in my own brewing endevours.

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Photo of Jasonm2
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from New Belgium, Trippel is a tripel style Belgian ale that is crisp, light in appearance, and delicious. Brewed with Coriander, this beer is strong and herbal, bringing in palate-refreshing tones of hops balanced with malt and earth. Not too bitter, the content of Trippel's ABV is hidden by slight tones of wheat, spices, and the traditional European ale flavor. Over time, if the beer sits, it is possible to taste a little alcoholic bitterness, but with a true drinking of Trippel, it will pay you back entirely. This beer does not deserve to be out of the bottle for more than a half-hour, and it demands a quick consumption in order to attain its brilliance. This is not one for the new drinker, this beer resides in the halls of the greats because of its personality and vigor. Sharp in taste, and all of the ingredients being present, this beer demands an audience of great import and knowledge, and is likely to be brushed under by novices in terms of flavor, color, and presentation. When you find Trippel, pick up a pack and enjoy your night, cause you'll never want to pass it up again.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden yellow with lots of yeast with a full pour. A finger of head that reduces down to a film on top of the beer. Some lacing. Smell is spices, more spices and corriander. Taste is sweet - some fruit but again heavy spice that are light to begin with and settle towards the finish with a twang on the tougue.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%

(enjoy by 28 Jun 2015 - carefully poured into a balloon)

A: damn crystal clear, cheesy gold color... very attractive 2-finger width messy off-white foam... drapes of thin, webby lace to and fro... shows some legs, which seems strange... 4.25

S: smells like a trappist tripel - I wanna say Westmalle... fresh-baked cracker, moderately toasty granola, wonderful mellow spicy phenolics, miniscule fusel booze... a touch flowery, not a ton of overt fruitiness... overall, fine intensity, first-class American-made tripel character... 4.25

T: assertive interplay between toasted and mildly-caramelized, woody malt notes and spicy yeast character - mild black pepper, bubblegum, mild clove... shouts it out loud on the palate... the malt truly comes across like a honey-kissed, whole-grain hors d'oeuvre cracker... lingering, moderately sweetish tone midway though quite, but not bone dry finish... almost pedio/lactic edge to the bitterness... the coriander doesn't really sing like it does in Tripel Karmeliet... alcohol very well hidden... 4.25

M: almost but not quite medium-bodied up front, with a gentle viscosity in the follow through... certainly dry, quiet, but curiously silky finish.. stealth alcohol - no heat, no burn - rinses the tension away... 4.5

O: now that I think of it, this tastes very much like Golden Monkey with a touch more depth and hardness in flavor... it's a very enjoyable beer and I could see grabbing a six-pack once or twice a year - if they sold it in my state!... 4.27?

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal gold body with some floaters. Thick white frothy head with decent retention and great lacing.

Smell - Strong, definite banana. Sweet corn.

Taste - Strong, definite banana appears here as well. Tastes like it smells. Hidden alcohol considering the ABV, but it does make a cameo in the finish. Banana aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great full bodied, lots of carbonation.

Drinkability - You'd be hard pressed to find a lot of beers as drinkable as this in its ABV range without leaving the US. Great beer, and easy as hell to drink. And definitely something I want to come back to and share with friends another day. This is a poor-mans Chimay.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.