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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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969 Reviews

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Reviews: 969
Hads: 2,718
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 84
Gots: 347 | 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 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. (415 characters)

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 ! (598 characters)

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. (826 characters)

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 (563 characters)

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. (617 characters)

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. (815 characters)

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 (377 characters)

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. (503 characters)

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. (1,119 characters)

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. (318 characters)

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? (1,504 characters)

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. (660 characters)

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

Nice Belgian lace on the glass. Beautiful golden color. Fruit and a slight pepper character to the nose. Smooth mouthfeel with a pleasant effervescence - just the right level of carbonation. For a fairly high ABV, the alcohol is balanced with a malty sweetness and fruity esters. Not hard to see why the BJCP lists this as a good example of the style. (351 characters)

Photo of thirdeye11
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into an Affligem chalice.

A: Pours a nice pale golden color that is more pale than I'm used to for the style. Vigorous pour only yields 1/2 finger head. Lacing is very nice though which bumps the score up slightly.

S: Smells of pears and some other unidentifiable fruits. There is very little hop character in the nose, and the yeast is subdued compared to most tripels I've had. Very pleasing though and nothing is overwhelming. I find myself swirling the glass frequently to smell this beer.

T: Such a good and different tripel. I won't compare this to Belgians because it doesn't have that Belgian yeast profile associated with so many tripels, but the elements are there. Some pepper is there, and light fruits like white grapes and pears abound. Easier to identify the fruits by taste than smell. I like this one not because it is traditional but for what it does to challenge how I feel about the style's definition. Also it is not dry like to many tripels but I feel this is actually a benefit in this case. One thing I do find odd though is that I taste alcohol here where as with most tripels I don't. Strange given that it is lower than most in the style, but I don't mind it at all. It tastes good to me.

M: Nicely carbonated, wish it was more creamy. Overall very good.

D: Extremely high. Not 9% like many tripels and I could drink this all night long.

Given its price (about $8 a 6-pack) and availability I buy this one pretty often. It is only a step below the best Belgian tripels and I'd recommend it highly to anyone that likes the style. So drinkable as well which some of even the better Belgians lack due to the overwhelming flavors. This one excels on so many levels. (1,732 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a clear orange brown, darker than I expect for the style. Lacing disappears quickly. Smells of pureed bananas, ethanol, fruity malt. Spicy, strong flavor. Fruity ethanol on a nice malt base. Banana-y esters and other yeasty notes. Actually tastes more alcoholic than it actually is. Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy. Drinks well, no way to know this isn't a Belgian-brewed beer that's been a staple on the continent for centuries. (471 characters)

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

Picked up a single at World Market. Didn't notice that the "best by" date was "9Jul03" until just now. Doh! Perhaps this is why it had a very subdued head(which never entirely disappeared). Color was hazy gold, and what head there was had a white as snow color. Big floral hop scent. Tasted of floral hops, banana and a little bit of vanilla. Finishes on a sharp, crisp note with an odd little sour aftertaste that is only just noticeable. Otherwise my taste score would be higher. That being said, this is an enjoyable tripel, the first I've had that isn't a true Belgian, and should merit my continued attention - though in the future I'll be peering closely for "best by" dates. (681 characters)

Photo of sammy223
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. Blurb about the Triple style on the side, as well as recommended serving temperature, and a Best before date. Kudos to New Belgium for a highly informative label.

Appearance: Poured a nice frothy white head and a golden color. Light effervescence that keeps a nice head on the beer.

Smell: Aroma of citrus, hops, and that typical belgian smell. Very nice combination of smells.

Taste: Very crisp flavor that starts out sweet and blends into a bitter hoppiness. Nicely balanced hop flavor and the biscuity taste common in other New Belgium beers. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation combines for a great mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: Nice intro belgian beer. Very drinkable for the alcohol content. According to the bottle this is now 7.8 % ABV instead of the 8.5 % listed (826 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a lighter golden color from the bottle with a small bubbly head, carbonation dances as bubbles rise in the glass. smell is good, has a slight skunkiness to it,not sure if this is an old beer or just a part of its aroma, regardless has that distinct yeasty aroma to it, almost has a grape aroma to it, its very unique. taste is great, just has an awesome flavor, the high carbonation of belgians i think are my favorite because it just dances on the tongue and i like it. mouthfeel and drinkabily are high. (511 characters)

Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After getting kind of bored with some of New Belgium's regular offerings, it was exciting to see that they made a trippel, and in a six pack no less!

Appearance: decent pour, ok head retention, the head itself was light and fluffy, almost like a meringue. Pleasing pale yeallow color.

Smell: now that's the stuff! coriander and fruity esters all up in this nose. This beer has everything I like to smell in a trippel, i was very pleased.

Taste: tastes just like it smells, strong with the spices all the way through/

Mouthfeel: smooth...so at this point I've had enough of it that my descriptive skills are getting impaired so I'll start wrapping this up

Drinkability: WARNING! make sure to limit yourself with this beer because it is incredulously drinkable. Trippels should not go down this easy, it is a public health concern.

I'm usually pretty skeptical about "belgian style ales" in six packs, but this one is true to the style, a very quality beer. (961 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd have to say that I enjoy this more than most of their beers. It's one of them that are outstanding enough to be remembered. (skinnydip, fat tire, springboard, mighty arrow...are all just too similar)

Poured a surprisingly pale golden yellow with a thin head. Grain forward, then fruit and spice, with some of their propietary yeast character (powdery and biscuity) in there.

Crisp hops, some fruity esters: tropical, bananans and a honey sweetness. Good full mouthfeel, not lacking in that department, for sure. The alcohol is at a happy place and this is a very well-balanced brew. (589 characters)

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice flow into my glass resulting in a two finger head of dense off white, to very light yellow foam. Lace is a little broken, but has a good cling. Color is a 6 on the SRM beer color chart, with clear presentation and lots of micro bubbles. Smell is heavenly, with the almost overpowering aroma of peaches. There are also fragrances of melon, lime peel, and flowers. I wish the taste was a good as the smell, but it was a muted version, with flavors of peaches, slightly sour oranges...maybe tangelos, something in there is like Swiss cheese, and a whips of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a potent explosion of carbonation. There is a slight coating of sweet, sticky phlegm in the back of my throat, but it is sort of pleasing. Over all this was a great journey and the buzz is just what I needed. If I see the label again, I will most certainly put it in my shopping vessel. (892 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't have much of a head on it. I was under the impression that trippel's were supposed to have a nice big fluffy head on it that left a nice lace on the glass. But oh well, looks aren't everything. The nose is really nice. Nice belgian, estery smell. The taste is quite nice as well. A somewhat subdued flavor, but still belgian, true to form. Nice estery, fruity flavor with just barely a hint of alcohol. (420 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very light/trans. golden color w/ a relatively small head for a tripel. some lacing.

S - very sweet- bubbleyum, apples, apricot, pear and peach. some spicyness too, corriander mostly perhaps some clove in the mix as well. smells inviting...

T - spicy and yeasty w/ fruity undertones are first up to bat. mild and welcome hops pull through midway and carry us home to a perfectly dry and mildly bitter close. excellent!

MF - very light bodied, but yet full flavored and highly carbonated(now I sound like a commercial) the bubbles bring a tingle to the tongue and make for a crisp and refreshing experience. (damn i am cheesy, oh well!)

D - easy to session despite relatively high abv. this beer is a no brainer for the price/style. why are you still reading this?? go get one! (784 characters)

Photo of Dannyt
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A strong gold color, very clear with a nice head that doesn't last long. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: A sweet almost buttery presence with a fruity finish.

Taste: Very crisp and clean with a sweet doughy biscuit presence. A slightly spicy finish with just a hint of burn.

Mouthfeel: Very light and smooth texture with a little syrup coating

This beer could get you in trouble, The big ABV is almost completely undetectable in this brew, however it could easily be drunk all night without losing the taste for it. (527 characters)

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.