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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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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muted golden in appearance. Not a lot of head. Sulfury aroma-yeasties abound. Touch of spice and alcohol. Peppery and malted flavor. Nice phenolic bite to it. A touch overbittered. Decent mouthfeel. The peppery spice makes it a bit astringent but not neccessarily in a bad way. A decent effort for a US brewer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle inspection: Tasteful art of the 3 ladies cavorting, label gives abv. of 7.8%, a best before date of 18AUG06 (enjoyed 22FEB06) serving temperature suggest of 45 degrees, glassware suggestion in silhouette (classic New Belgium goblet, which I’m using) and even the marketing blurb gives some good information (triple fermentation or bottle conditioning, and Saaz hops). THAT’S how you do a label, bravo!

Aroma: Peppery spiciness is up front backed with a lemon rind twist and some Belgian yeast notes.

Appearance: Dirty blonde golden glass capped by a good finger of snowy head that laced even when I just tilted to smell.

Taste: Dry, with a powdery yeast note taking the lead. A medley of fruit flavors rush in as well, some Belgian banana, grape, pear, hints of bubble gum, white pepper, and citric rind. Only mild alcohol flavors escape.

Mouthfeel: Firm, slight exuberant carbonation, medium body, and very dry.

Overall: Classic example of the style. This one seems a bit dry, and maybe just a touch “boozy”, but well worth a try. I’m struggling to find points to ding it on, really a top-notch beer.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden yellow color with a medium white head with some active bubbling. The beer had an earthy aroma with some fruit in the background that was pleasing. The taste was bready and earthy with some spice and sweet notes at the end. Medium bodied with some active carbonation. Although this beer rings in at 8.5% abv, it is deceivingly drinkable.

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HardTarget for the sample.

Best before 18Aug06 and suggested serving temp of 45 deg. F on the label...very nice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey yellow with a rocky white head.

Smell: Belgian yeasty funk with some nice sweet flowery and honey characteristics.

Taste: Wheat bread, again with the B-funk taste, a bit of clove, slightly peppery and finishes kind of dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: A nice take on the style. Not my fave but I think it's a well done beer and a good example of what a tripel should be.

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

Big huge head of white bubble whiteness bubbling whitely atop dark, tequila-gold champagne.

Smells like white pepper and spice. Fruit in the yeast is more apples and pears than your more traditional, more astringent Tripel fuirts. Caramel malt is more present as the beer warms.

Strong taste of very firm fizz and pepper. The fizz kills much of the complexity, but it is still very tasty. Belgian yeast up front, alcohol allspice. A bit of hop bitterness at the very end.

This is a very strong showing from a good brewery.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mntlover, pours into a goblet a cloudy apricot orange body with a small and satinesque offwhite head. The head retains well and leaves some spotty links of chain lace behind.
Aroma is fruity, musty yeasty, and softly spiced with coriander. Very tasty notes of ripe apricot and melon are complimented by hints of clover honey and burnt caramel. A vegetal mushroom note is also present.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and satiny with the moderated carbonation.
Taste tries to echo the nose, but a softly spiced, bready yeastiness largely dominates. Not as fruity as the aroma suggests, but still throws you some honeydew and cantelope melon notes. Definite warmth is noticed from the 8.5 % abv, but not hot. Nice balance is provided by some citrusy grapefruit hop flavor. Finish is dry, yeasty, and earthy, with a kiss of coriander.
A very solid tripel from the same Colorado brewery that produces the elusive, La Folie. Very well done.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice golden orange color, but i accidently poured some sediment into the glass which probably will effect the taste some. White head comes up. Good lacing.

Smells of sweetness and i also get jsut a little cooked vegetables. I do get a light citrus smell to it-lemony, gives it a slight tart smell to it. Sweetness like roasted marshmellows. nice.

Taste. I think the sediment did effect it a touch. I got an initial taste of belgium wheat taste, some coriandar. It is sweet, but does have a sourness like a almost ripe pearor apricop. I wish i would have been more carefull pouring.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation and good balance. the carbonation gives it a spiceness to it, but it is still creamy.

Overall, i wish i could get this beer normally because for the price it is great. It is a decent example of the style, but i think there are better american tripels out there.

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Photo of longarm
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cloudy pilsner with a frothier head.

Strong lemon scent mixed with hops and some typical belgian yeastiness in the aroma.

Somewhat sweet at first, a blending of hops brings up the middle and a crisp dose of lemon makes a mildly tart finish close out-exceptionally clean. Light acidity constantly scrubs the palate. High abv not even noticeable.

A wonderfully light tripel, this is a dangerous seducer worthy of all the recognition it gets. Matches exceptionally well with a white cheddar.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lofty frothing white head over golden body with a concert of bubbles slowly rising toward the heavens. Head slowly recedes to a thin covering leaving hearty lace in its wake. Aromas of light toasted Belgian malt and sugar. Slightly floral aroma from either the yeast or hops as well. Heavy toasted character up front in the taste. A light peppery spiciness and a tame sweetness balance out the initial toasted flavors. Not much of a perceptible hop presence. Fairly robust alcohol level contributes a moderately drying finish. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation

Not overly complex and a touch on the toasty side of things. A bit more sweetness may have helped, but overall this is an admirable American trippel.

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Photo of orfeu
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best before date: 18 August 2006. Sampled from a six-pack I procured while visiting family in Nebraska over the holidays. Golden amber haze with frothy off-white head. Sniffing reveals pears, apples, pineapples, yeastiness, and the faintest hints of cilantro and white pepper. The taste is assertively fruity -- sugary sour apples, almost like Green Apple Jolly Ranchers. There is also a strong Saaz hop kick with cilantro notes and a yeasty bread flavor. Slight mineral finish. Sparkling and juicy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Another strong offering from New Belgium that I wish I could find out here in the East.

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Photo of Mitchel
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trippel Belgian Style Ale by New Belgium Brewing Inc. pours a slightly hazy (could be refrigerator haze) golden color with an average head that quickly fades leaving minimal lacing. First off, this beer is bottle fermented with live yeast. What does this mean? You can drink the yeast at the bottom, but most wouldn’t suggest it If you drink it, it could cause undesirable affects such as ‘runny butt’ (‘runny but’ is a technical term that doctors and politicians use). Just pour it carefully and you can leave it in the bottom of the bottle without wasting too much beer. By not pouring this in your glass, you will also have a much clearer beer. The beer smells like hops, peach and oddly enough, roses. It definitely has a yeasty smell. There are many things going on here in the nose.

Very full feeling, yet crisp. It has a light maltiness which is balanced with a spicy sweetness. There are subtle tones of citrus, more specifically, lemon. With as sweet as this beer can come off, it doesn’t have a very over-sweet cloying characteristic; It is a very complex beer. That is hard to accomplish. There is just a lot going on here.

Yet again, New Belgium has impressed me; this is another fine example, or should I say interpretation of a beer. This beer has nigh infinite complexities to it. Sweet but spicy, warm, yet crisp, it just makes for good drinkin’. Wow!

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll start out by stating i'm a bigger fan of dubels vice their big brothers, but here goes: BBD of 22 Sep 2006

Pours a murky straw color with a creamy white head in to my orval glass. Nice bubbly head hangs on the surface. Not much lacing

Smell: Spiciness from pepper, musty blanket smell, lemon & yeastness

Taste: Slight sourness/tart with a lemon grass taste. Pepper and honey-like sweetness. Some bannana and band aid taste on the tounge. Dryness and a slight alcohol kick on the finish, very warming

MF: thick and chewy; carbonation trends slight to over carbonated, which I attribute to it's "youth"

Like I state;not my cup of tea these trippels. I tryed a enough in BE to make up my mind, but this compares favorably to some of the trippels I had over there. If you are into trippels give this a considered tasting; very true to style

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Photo of brentk56
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a beaten egg white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Bready and fruity (peaches, lychees, bananas, ripe pineapple) combined with a coriander twang and some citrus hoppiness;

Taste: Starts out bready and fruity with a touch of sweetness that never comes close to being cloying as it is matched with a lot of dryness; as the beer warms some of the banana clove character one would expect in a tripel starts to show through after the swallow; finishes with a surprising bite and hides the alcohol well (although you can tell it is there as it warms the gullet)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat effervescent

Drinkability: Tripel is not my favorite style as so many of them tend to be sweet and hot, but this one stands out not only in the category but among the entire beer kingdom - fantastic!

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Lucky enough to be west of the Mississippi so that I can sample some fine New Belgium brews!

A - Hazy yellow/orange with intense pillowy and billowy head. Started at 2 inches with careful pour and slowly/unevenly departed. About 1cm left throughout the beer. Lace left in some spots, but not even.

S- Sweet malts, fruity (banana hints), yeasty and floral

T- Very similar to smell, but more intense. Sweet and yeasty with lots of fruits and a bit of floral. Again, banana is most prominent of the fruits.

M- Smooth, not dry or bitter. Nice carbonation tingles the tongue a bit.

D- Alcohol not present at all in taste, but you might feel it after one or two. Divinely sippable.

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Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden with orange hints, a off white head falls fast to a ring with lots of bubbles rising. Some lace clings to my glass.

Aroma is sweet fruity malt, banana, mellons with some nice spice and earthy yeasts.

Taste is lively crisp malt mixed with fruit and noticable alcohol. Finish is lingering spice and earthy yeast. Not a bad brew little too much alcohol for me. Aroma and taste both pick up a little meat after the yeast are added.

Mouthfeel is around medium nice active carbonation, mouthfeel also increases after yeasts are added.

Drinkability is not bad a little too much noticable alcohol for my tastes to be better. Want to thank Dertbert for this sample, just recieved a cellared version which may be better.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The New Belgium Trippel pours from the bottle a nice darker golden orange color with a thin tightly bubbled white head atop the brew. Aromas are a nice mix of light fruit and spice upfront with a yeasty aroma that has notes of pepper, banana and bubblegum. Floral, herbal hops are well integrated to the aroma as well. An interesting aroma that brings you into the brew.

First sip brings a light, clean strudy maltiness that is quickly accompanied by a wave of light fruity flavors...banana, apple and a tasty peppery spiciness. Slightly bready yeastiness throughout with a nice snap of herbal, flowery hoppiness on the way down. Overall a nice interpretation of a tripel that's creamy, fairly sweet and easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel has a nice body and steady carbonation that keeps it lively. There's only a hint of alcohol on the finish. I could see myself having a few of these in a sitting. Easily one of my favorites from the year round New Belgium line. Now if only I could get it in Illinois! Thanks to mentor for the hookup.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours mostly clear with a little bit of the sediment from the bottom that made it in when I poured it...oops! There was about an inch of head at first pour that was made up of small creamy white bubbles. There were quite a few bubbles rising at first that caused a vortex-like action in the bubbles. Even after a minute or so, there are still quite a few bubbles rising to the top to maintain at least a 1/4" head on top of the beer. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass after the head recedes.

Aroma: Considerable hops in the nose. I know that is what you expect with a tripel to a degree, but this is obvious. I would expect more light citrus fruit, where this is a lot more floral than just about any other tripel I have tried. There is quite a bit of bready yeast noticeable in the aroma as the head falls a bit.

Taste: The flavor has the consistency of a tripel, though the actual perception is that of a lighter beer. It doesn't seem light due to candy sugar, but more from a lighter alcohol. I know that this is not the case, as this beer boasts 8.5%. The beer is very well carbonated, but has enough chewyness to keep it from being "spritsy" on the palate. The finish is pretty dry with a very faint alcoholic warming.

Opinion: Well, I am pretty picky about my tripels. I am more partial to the citrus-laden fizzy brutes that make you warm up from the first sip. This beer is really good for one brewed in the USA...and available pretty readily. If I were to buy a tripel, it would probably be St. Bernardus or Westmalle...but at the same time...I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of joedon
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good effort at a tripel. Pretty gold color with a long lasting white head.

Aroma of malt, hops, hay, wet grass etc. Nice complexity.

Powerful taste. Very estery and nice residual sweetness. Has notes of citrus, apricot, as well as malt.

Alcohol evident in the mouth, very chewy feel. Good sipping beer and better as it warms up.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Vancer
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/06 – so I’m safe! Not too bad of an American attempt at a Tripel. Good citrus yellow with a sticky ivory head, nice! One could get a whiff of the Saaz hops, and Belgium yeasts in the taste – both were a tad weak, however. The fruit and sugar candy came through quite nicely – along with the doughy undertones. Not as malty as I would expect, and there was a bitter/dry finish. Strong carbonation.

Not a bad Tripel, and a domestic at that. Not as rich as I would have expected, but a very decent brew for the price - only $7 for a sixer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Delirium Tremens chalice. Clear golden color with real thick head. Nice.

Smells like grass and faintly of flowers. Kind of like my front yard but better. Taste is a little bitter, but malty. After-taste is a little more bitter.

Not bad, not my favorite tripel, but for the price it's good. Just gotta start distributing to Ohio...

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Photo of waldowin
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of jdm
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a 1 and a half finger head and a light yellow to slightly peachy color. the head lingered at about 3/4 of a finger for several minutes. it has a very inviting aroma that was a bit more subtle than i expected. my nose detected coriander predominantly with some lemon and melon in the background as well as alcohhol especially as the beer warmed in the glass. this offering from new belgium is barely sweet enough for as bitter as it is. the brewers did not fool around in the bittering hops department. the mouthfeel is substantial but the lively carbonation keeps it from being heavy and it goes down quite well. finishes dry and b-i-t-t-e-r. a good beer but does not wow me.

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Photo of texashammer
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the standard 12oz bottle. Pours a pale orange with very little head. Smells of juicy hops, tropical fruit, oranges, bubblegum. I taste juicy fruits (bananas and apricot) and hops. Balance. In the mouth, a slightly hoppy spritz. Medium light body.

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Photo of whynot44
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color with a modest but lasting off-white head and some nice lacing, a bit of cloudy sediment in the bottom.

The aroma is sweet malt, honey and coriander.

The taste is mild sweet malt, biscuits, honey, white grapes, bananas and coriander, all mild and very well balanced, fairly dry finish.

Medium bodied, very smooth and very drinkable.

Overall, a really nice tripel.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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