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Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 991 | Ratings: 2,886
Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprising myself (since this is my third most reviewed style), I had not Had this. So, I thought I'd compare New Belgium's to a tripel that I'd Had and liked much. Down in the cellar, I surprise myself again and have only two, so select the St. Bernardus... probably my 4th highest rated triple. So, it seems hardly a fair fight. But, something for New Belgium to learn.

Looks are quite different. SB has non-clingy foam and is cloudy. NB is very clingy and clear.
Aromatics also are quite different: SB has big-time, complex fruit; NB has some fruit, but more spices.
Taste. SB hits a delicate double and NB hits and straight single (no risk and keeps the ball in play.)
Feel. Both do a good job, depending on what they gave earlier.

Bottom-line: it is the yeast. SB has it from years of work, NB is still working on it. In the meantime, NB is doing its job extremely well: introducing the world's largest market to the glories of Belgium beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome golden hue with a resilient off white head and plenty of rapid visible carbonation. I get a lot of yeast in the nose, along with banana/clove and various other dark fruit flavors.

The taste is complex and interesting with grape and pear notes, noble hops, a bit of alcohol and a touch of soap., and balancing malts. Some late bitterness completes the effect. Texture is very tight, almost like champagne, but correspondingly does have a velvet smooth texture due to this.

This is a very reasonable trippel; nothing outstanding, mind you, but worth a try.

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Photo of Squire123
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I cannot say I could pick this one out in a blind tasting against classic Belgian Tripels such as Westmalle or Chimay. I like to think I could but wouldn't bet on it. It's that good.

Golden color abundantly scented with Belgian yeast, citrus and spices. Wonderful mousse like texture brimming with flavor. Has everything it needs and nothing it doesn't. Perhaps it lacks the complex sophistication of the master classics but need defer to none. All at a fraction of the price.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a mostly clear golden wheat color with a somewhat large head. The aroma offers up bubblegum, yeast, clove, a touch of wet pine, cedar, and grass. The starts with not-too-sweet banana and bubblegum punctuated with spicy clove and nettle, and finishing off with the bublegum and a hint of anise. The mouthfeel is full and lush, with a great amount of foamy carbonation. Overall this is a lovely beer, and a great example of the style. Not the best trippel out there, but it awesomely comes in six packs and is super affordable. What is not to love?

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have mixed feelings about most Belgian styles and this beer falls right in place as expected. It has a distinctly banana aroma. I'm not always one for placing an aroma, but definitely banana on this one. My wife likes Blue Moon and as expected enjoyed this beer (high compliments from a non-beer drinker). The 8+ ABV is pretty well disguised amongst the pale yellow color and smooth white head. No lingering bitterness often associated with the higher ABV. The banana-biscuit taste of a Belgian ale comes through well in the taste and this will not disappoint if that is your thing.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- golden yellow with a decent head that fades quickly to a white film. fairly clear
S- smells almost tart and sweet.... weird I know
T- malty taste, and alittle banana. cinnamon is detectable
F- medium to heavy feel. syrupy
O- not bad. wont buy again but good one to try

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Photo of Ri0
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very clear golden color with a 2 finger white head. Nice smell of cloves, coriander, and light banana. It lacks the complexity I'd expect of a tripel though and is slightly sweet. The dull sweet malt taste also has a slight citrus, banana flavor with some clove. Smooth mouth feel is top notch though. A decent tripel, but then again, the tripel category has some excellent competitors.

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Photo of mh68138
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New version. "Americanized" tripel, no huge head, light-medium bodied and very drinkable despite ABV. Happy to learn it's bottle conditioned. Nice nose with fruity/spicy yeasty aromas that come through pretty well in taste. Definite coriander/pepper/clove spice and light fruit (pear/apricot). Can taste pilsner malt. Notably dryer and a little more hop character than the original version, yet stays within style. Clean and crisp overall w/dry finish. Good bang for the buck.

Liked the old version better, but this is growing on me. While not a "true" Belgian it is within the realm of the Belgian Tripel style. Overall enjoyable, almost session-able and great for the price. I feel some are knocking it more than it deserves IMO, but I wonder that comes from a lack of familiarity with Belgian style beers. Those used to higher IBU, hop-forward American styles can be surprised, even put off, by the distinct and vastly different flavors you get with the Belgo styles. To each their own!

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Photo of torrenju
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely golden color with an initial foamy head that settles nicely before too long. Tastes just the way a Belgian Trippel should--flavorful, complex and full of nuance. One of my favorite New Belgium regulars; delicious!

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Photo of Barn71
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like Rampant but decided to try something different from New Belgium. This was high gravity so gave it a shot. Disappointed to say the least. It has a sickening sweet aftertaste. Won't buy again.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 4/17/2016. New revised recipe @ 8.5%. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness and yeast spice. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/25....Pours clear bronze, light to medium color but see through. No foam. candy sweet nose. Light spice and coriander. Thick mouthfeel, syrup consistency. Cinnamon spice comes through. Subdued bitter but there. Very fruit, but a touch too sweet.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Light color, Very nice. Small head.
S-Strong aroma, very sweet and powerful. I get slight notes of a cookieish smell. It's a bit boozy too.
T- Very strong, nice triple ale flavor. It's so sweet with a nice hoppy punch.
F-Very bubbly-carbonated. It's pretty thick too.
O- Great beer. Haven't had that many tripels, but this one is a good one. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of drewsdad08
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazed with how good this one is overall. Mildly surprised with the creamy feel. The taste is phenomenal. Much different than the last Belgian I had but in a good way. Will definitely buy again!

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice tripel aroma, but appearance is lacking as the head is below par (for the style). Taste is malt and yeast, but lacking a lot of the floral accents of the Belgian varieties. A nice try, but for a real tripel go to old Belgium.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Darker than normal yellow.
Very sweet smell, much like biscuit and cookie. The taste is also little bit too sweet though, and felt somewhat artificial.

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Photo of Srqdavid
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Take this lightly because we all have different taste buds, but this beer was not that great. It had a great aroma and feel while looking at the label and feeling the bottle almost like an old friends but as I started drinking this beer I understood why my friends and I had lost touch. It hit my tongue with a refreshing taste but then started to turn sour and mango liquor type taste. I am new to rating beers so I cant really describe it. Although I didn't have the best first experience with this I feel like i am longing of it so i will try it again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp-looking golden color. Quite cloudy with beautiful streams of carbonation. Small head which disappears quickly. I often feel torn when it comes to judge a beers appearance as I tend to really not care either way or the other. This might be one of the most beautiful beers I've seen though.

Pretty limited smell. The coriander is definitely noticeable, as are notes of yeast. Can't feel any malt or hops.

Has a caramel-flavor to it which an earlier reviewer compared to bubble gum, a comparison I very much agree with. Coriander is undoubtedly present. The carbonation is quite heavy, I would probably say overtly so.

I love the way this looks. Otherwise, it's a fairly run-by-the mill Belgian. Good, not great.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I must have an affinity for high ABV beers. And I truly believe a beer with higher alcohol by volume has a distinct flavor - one that I must be gravitating toward. This offering from New Belgium, and at almost 8%, is simply wonderful.

Out of the glass it pours an uninspired golden hue with weak head, however it has incredibly great lacing down the glass. The smell and taste of coriander is there, along with hints of wheat and a strong finish of hops. The mouthfeel is like most others, but the taste of hops, the coriander, all mixing well with the high ABV is what makes it for me. New Belgium keeps on impressing me.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- crisp straw color with brilliant clarity. Mousey white head that is well-retained.

S- Yeast driven esters dominate the aroma with pronounced bubble gum character. Minimal hop character, some grainy pils-type malt.

T- Decidedly bubble gummy with spices to support (coriander, maybe citrus?). Alcohol presence is noticeable. Minimal hop or malt character.

F- Some residual sweetness that seems inappropriate for this style.

O- A pretty good Belgian-style beer. Too much sweetness and bubblegum for my taste, but no major flaws.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's in Philly during NB's overdue invasion. On draft and served in a NB goblet. Nice dark golden color with limited head. Sip by sip reveals a ring around the glass after each. Awesome. Nice, oh so,smooth taste and oh so crushable (at 7.8). Welcome to the east coast.

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Photo of Chaz
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden in color, topped with a two-fingered, shock-white head. Good lacing, and excellent clarity.

Soft yet-spicy nose: Coriander on top of and yeast, but no (or very minimal) hops. Malt character isn't totally-buried, but it is often obscured in the style (at least on the nose), as it is here. It does have a rich and sweet character, an the Belgian / Abbey ale yeast character is as prominent as the spice.

Very sweet and palate-coating on the first sip. Big rush of fruity esters making their way in the the aromatic aspect of the drink, with a sugary-sweet, lightly-boozy character lingering. Very little in the way of bitterness. Spice adds a lot of character that the hops would otherwise add -- some who are unfamiliar with the style might find the spicing (coriander) to be overwhelming, but I'd say it's on-par for the style.

At just under 8%+ ABV this one is much stronger than your average daily drinking beer, and is in no sense a 'session' beer. It is a solid sipper and warmer...

Good, full mouthfeel, and extremely easy-drinking. Dangerously-drinkable, truly.

While I find this one to be just above average for the style (and not in the least bit bad, overall), it is a great beer for the price. Naturally, my favorites in this style are those that are imported from Belgium, and cost about twice as much as NBB's Trippel. Altogether this one's a winner.

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Photo of Joshboni86
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some of these reviews are hilarious; "hints of banana, grass, and shortbread"... yeah, okay. Anyway, my biggest problem is that this beer doesn't stand up against really any quality Belgium trippel. The head accumulates well enough, but quickly fades to a thin layer that clings the snifter I'm drinking it from. Crystal clear caramel color with hints of red. The flavor falls a little flat in comparison to the alcohol content and the complex finish I have come to know and love that is typical of Belgium trips has been replaced with a short-lived burst of spice which is fine in those seasonal winter ales, but to me is misplaced in this style. Overall it's okay, but if I want a trippel I'll surely grab something else rather than this Americanized version next time.

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Photo of brohler
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first favorite craft beer. This is all i drank for about six months. It's a great bang for your buck in terms of taste/abv. I still grab a six pack occasionally, but not as much as before because of the hangover. This was my gateway into Belgians.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this nice Ale brewed with Coriander at my brother’s request and I’m glad that I did. I had been meaning to for a while and finally made my way around to this refreshing brew by New Belgium. It helps that New Belgium is one of my favorite brewers and this variety has 7.8% ABV. Let’s take a look!

Look-Pours a crystal clear light yellow gold with a thin head and plenty of carbonation trails. I was very impressed with the actual color tones and hues. It has like a banana yellow color but takes on a tinge of copper and gold. Absolutely beautiful!

Smell-It has an amazing smell that I can’t get enough of. It has a subtle flavor, but is very nice. I smell overripe banana, banana peel, bread pudding, vanilla, mango, and pineapple rind. It is quite unique actually.

Taste-I definitely get a blast of carbonation first and it is quickly followed by essences of banana and vanilla pudding, mango, and coriander. It is an excellent taste with many more subtle flavors going on that I can’t quite pin down. It is nice that way to sometimes not be sure what you are tasting exactly, because then each sip has its own different flavors that you pick up on a few at a time.

Mouthfeel-It is has a zazzy feel from the carbonation and a lingering coating of esters and oils from the coriander.

Overall-It is a bit of a mind rape to see something that looks like a lager, smells like a porter or nitro, but tastes like a coriander ale. This beer gives a great experience and amazing variety of subtle and complex flavors and aromas. Thank you, New Belgium!

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