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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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very good

2,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 2125
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at Craft Beer Market in Calgary.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy and bubbly ecru head, which renders some rather decent webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, sugary caramel and pale malt, earthy yeast, ethereal savoury spice, dark, fleshy fruit, and a pear-like alcohol warming. The taste is more lightly toasted pale malt, reduced caramel, soft yeast, muddled orchard fruit (banana sort of standing out after a while), chewing gum, a touch of coriander/clove spice, and a tame lilting booziness.

The carbonation is fairly mild, and barely supportive at times, the body a staid medium weight, and sort of tacky in its smoothness - yet a pushy fruitiness creaminess wends its way in. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, waning spice, and alcohol colluding as such.

A seemingly American take on the style up front, but those appearances soon drop away, leaving us with an ok in bearing, and not really as complex mimicry of the old-world masters. Agreeable enough, I suppose, given its apparent availability in bottle format around its point of origin - just not up here, tho (yet).

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 01:46:47 | More by biboergosum
Photo of sam_bliss


4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brassy orange with a big off-white head.

S- Sweet smell of spices and tropical fruit. A little bit of bubblegum.

T- Reminds me of belgium with banana candy, soda pop easiness in such a high ABV brew.

M- Goes down wet and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Feels good from start to finish. No real alcohol burn.

O- Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 15:34:16 | More by sam_bliss
Photo of DocJitsu


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mind you, this is not my style. I'm not a Belgian fan. But I had the bartender (the owner's father in law) at Orcutt Brew pour me a small taste first. It was inoffensive, so I had him pour me a pint. It's a crystal clear, light-golden color with a nearly white head. The head attenuates quickly, but sticky lace hangs on the edge off the glass. A lot of banana in the nose with that common Belgian yeast aroma that pierces the olfactory. The beer's mouthfeel is wet and is characterized by a medium body. A pilsnerish start that quickly yields to ripe banana and then tart white grape. There is a bit of that familiar Belgian yeast finish. The thing I find clever about this beer is that everything is mild. Which has caused this non-Belgian drinker to sit and enjoy a pint. Good job New Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2012 22:29:49 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of bump8628


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery tasting room. New Belgium does a nice job with this American brewed tripel. It pretty much hits right down the style guidelines. The lean malt body gives a touch of dough and cracker, while the hops are mild with a spicy earthiness. The yeast really shines with subtle notes of pear, black pepper, clove, and flowers. Dry enough too, which many American versions are not.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 20:05:21 | More by bump8628
Photo of kylehay2004


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:honey yellow colored, hazy with a single finger white head and not much lace.

S: lemon and a little spice note.

T: neither spicey or yeasty enough for my tripel liking. Some golden apple notes with the typical light lemon flavor throught.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I think new belgium is an exciting brewery with a lot to offer the beer lover but they also need to make beer for the masses to please the wives and girlfriends tagging along, and that is what this beer is about for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 23:55:27 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of gpogo


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellow golden body with a small amount of particles, but not enough to be hazy. Small white head that dissipated. Moderate bubble activity.

A- Coriander, light sweet malt, belgian yeast. Orange fruitiness.

T- Taste is very similar to the aroma. Spicy creamy sweet fruity malt. Aftertaste is sweet fruity bubblegum orange. Interesting and pleasant aftertaste. Slight taste of alcohol.

M- Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth creamy feel.

D- Enjoyable, but there are many better tripels out there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 20:49:48 | More by gpogo
Photo of AmericanGothic


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red's for the New Belgium tap takeover. Poured into a John's goblet.

A: Pours a clear golden color with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Not much retention, but good lace.

S: Light hay aromas mixed with sweet fruit notes. A little timid.

T: Starts with a light citrus flavor that is followed by creamy sweetness and a lingering finish. Like the smell, a bit tame.

M: Nice light feel with some good creaminess.

O: Not the best trippel, but still enjoyable. Like their dubbel, I wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek it out, either.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 02:20:35 | More by AmericanGothic
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tape at my watering hole, Old Chicago Westminster. Poured a clear golden color with a quarter inch white head that quickly disapated. Aroma of malt, fresh baked bread/yeast, and some caramel. Taste is where this one's at: malt/bread, yeast, a bit of caramel, with a clean/crisp finish. This has always been one of my favs from NB; definitely better on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 08:16:09 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a Chimay glass (for effect). Pours golden amber with a light whitish head that dissipates quickly. Light fruit, belgian yeast and phenols in the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp and thin. Notes of beligian sugar, the yeast, coriander, with a crisp finish. When I say crisp, I dont mean hops, it ends with a carbonation-y crispness like carbonated water. Its not a bad thing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 01:29:49 | More by raszputini
Photo of JayS2629


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at Baily's Chocolate bar on a road trip.

A- Clear golden color with creamy white head that sticks around and leaves rings of lace.

S- cloves, bananas, coriander, and hints of booze.

T- Biscuit with a hint of cinnomon. Cloves stand on their own with the coriander and a banana finish. Slightly boozy. Very delicious.

M- Light, mellow and creamy witha crisp bite and a warm booze in the background.

D- Very drinkable. The high alcohol makes it a sipper, but a delicious one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 19:24:17 | More by JayS2629
Photo of woosterbill


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sheffield's into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Crystal clear amber-gold body; two fingers of chunky white head show good retention and excellent lace. Nothing wrong here, and the proper glassware is a nice touch. Great looking beer.

S: Very sweet and fruity, with major influence from both yeast and alcohol. Overwhelming cooked banana aroma - seriously huge. Banana and booze, through and through.

T: Bready malt, fruity (banana) yeast, and mildly warming alcohol. Not bad, but not a great attempt at a Tripel.

M: Pretty nice. Medium body with moderate, superfine carbonation.

D: Drinks like at least 9%; way too boozy for its strength.

Notes: Not a bad brew by any means, and my new-to-Tripels friend quite enjoyed it. I won't be seeking it out again myself, though, as ethanol-soaked bananas aren't really my thing.


Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 18:21:07 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Halcyondays


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice retention.

S: Not getting a lot, minor malt and yeast esters.

T: Big yellow apple and pear esters with some spicy hop notes. Clover honey, with some almost mead-like sweetness. Good mineral note.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, somewhat alcoholic.

D: A real nice tripel, definitely an American version, the complexity isn't huge, but I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 23:35:39 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of brownbeer


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered, deep golden color with a white head. Also, the bar poured it into a pint glass, which should be blasphemy.

Aroma is banana and spicy yeast, maybe a hint of rosemary.

Banana is the key flavor note for me but doesn't overpower. It could be a little drier and have a bit more effervescence.

Overall, a good beer at a good price but don't expect miracles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 00:51:38 | More by brownbeer
Photo of snaotheus


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty yellow color with dense medium head and surprisingly good lacing. Smells sweet, hoppy, and hay-ish.

Taste is a very nice balance of sweet with a twist of raisin and a strong hop finish.

Feels medium-bodied, not cloying at all -- pretty drinkable beer. I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 03:36:48 | More by snaotheus
Photo of DoubleJ


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the YardHouse in Brea. Oh, and an interesting story. These was suppose to be served in a short 10 ounce goblet, but instead I got a 16 ounce shaker of this. Score! On to the beer:

Golden, clear, with a creamy white head on top. Maybe a blob of orange color in that body. When I semlled the beer, I thought this was liquid bubblegum. I could live with that, but too monotone for what I expected. Same with the taste. Lots of bubblegum flavor in this beer, but that's all I tasted. Ok, so a hint of peach emerged, but nothing else. Thin mouthfeel, nill carbonation. Could it have been a bad keg I got this from? Well, it didn't have any off-flavors, which made this sort of drinkable, especially with my BBQ chicken pizza. But overall, this was way too monotone.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2008 05:39:53 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Oxymoron


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A staple example used for BJCP for calibration. The color is a semi-hazy lemony yellow color with a soft white head. Ok retention that hides to the edge of the glass and good lacing throughout.

The nose is not as complex for style but a good base is there. To start there is a light malty note with no real distinction on type. Some light sugary notes, but pretty clean. Some noticeable esters with banana and cloves aroma. Some bubblegum and a touch of citrus and hops. Would like more esters overall.

The taste is similar to the nose. The malt comes out a bit more with some grainy and husky notes. The sugar notes backs off though with more of a malt backing. The esters back off as well, but are noticeable. A good fruity mix of banana, honeydew and a light orange/lemon thing. Some spicy notes as well and a light peppery finish.

The body is a bit sweet but ok. Carbonation is light but good. Overall a good triple but I would like a bit more complexity overall. Just don't call it trip-el.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 17:50:45 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of karst


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the fabulous four on tap at the source in Ft. Collins, CO
(Fab 4=Abbey, Trippel, LaFolie & Erics Lips O Faith)

Belgian yeast phenolics backed by light spices. Body and flavor enhanced by sweet cotton candy and pilsner malts. Moderateratly attenuated for style but showing no alcohol except by effects. To have these four in their own glasses and to dance between them is to understand the genius of N.B.brewmasters and their supporting staff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2007 21:44:40 | More by karst
Photo of TPSReports


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this golden brew on tap at the brewery in Ft. Collins. It was poured into a four once stemmed glass, and by the time it made it to the table the beer was very clear and straw-yellowish in color. Light bubbles and little head remained.

Very light in the smell department, setting me up for what I thought would be a great offerring.

Well, I was dissappointed. The beer had a bit of a bite to it, with alcohol overtones. It was lightly hopped with weak yeast undercurrents. The medium carbonation was not over or underwhelming.

The finish was bitter and lingered. I didn't finish the four ounce pour.

I guess it's drinkable, but with so many better options available, why bother.


Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2007 04:34:56 | More by TPSReports
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The following are my notes from my visit to the brewhouse:

smell is full-- sweet, tangy. A bit of a hoppy aroma on the nose.
taste is banana and cloves on the front end. Sweet with a bit of tartness at the end. But still pretty smooth.
Apperaance is a light honey colour -- crystal clear with a fluffy head and light lacing. It's almost like a Victory Golden Monkey -- but not quite as tasty. It needs a bit more rounding out. This could either be due to yeast, temp, or time. I dunno.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 03:09:40 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of dren


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the 4 samples I had at the brewery.

Poured a golden hue with a nice thick head. The head was gone by the time I got around to drinking the beer. Smells of slight fruit, spice, and some floral aromas. A little banana flavor with flower petals, spice, a little fruit and some yeast. Warming alcohol presence. Not as candy as some other Belgians but this one certainly has a lot of flavor. Refreshing after the long finish. A good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2007 18:52:47 | More by dren
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the Sierra mountains at Bluesapalooza, this tasty concoction poured light apricot amber, with a stellar fine, near white head, leaving splotchy lacing, upon a gentle swirl. Fruity, yeasty Belgian all the way nose. This is a spicy, yeasty thoroughly enjoyable American/Belgian brew. After enjoying this tasty offering, only wish that New Belgium Brews were available in the NYC/Ct./NJ area

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 22:38:32 | More by Billolick
Photo of sinistrsam


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a clean, clear darker-than-I-thought copper with a medium white head. The first thing I noticed was that this didn't look like the tripels I'm used to tasting. I forged ahead.
People have said the beer is aromatically bad, but in a "good" way. I hate to say it but there was nothing in the aroma or taste I really found exciting. Yes the stinky aroma was just that; I was turned off. The taste was much of the same. It tasted semi-skunky, but it maybe I got a bad pour. It was bitter and weak, with mild hops, but beyond that I wasn't paying much attention.
The feel was pretty dry with mild carbonation and nothing teribly wrong. But a good feel can't make up for a poor taste!
I had to ditch this one. As I said, I'm not trying to badmout the brewery or say all their styles are bad, and maybe I got a bad batch or pour. Regardless I'm not impressed with this interpretation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2006 04:28:10 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of palliko


3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one yesterday at the brewery. Appearance is amber with lots of foam and sticky lace. Aroma has apricots, floral notes and fruits. Initial taste is of yeast, malt, crackers, grain, phenolic, and bitter hops. Stays on the tongue for a long finish. Crisp and clean.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 18:06:55 | More by palliko
Photo of GreenWBush


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery abstraction of fluffy head and Brussel's lace.

More citric than the dubbel, less blatant sugariness on the nose and palate. The Duvel-ian carbonation and prickly mouthfeel is here again, with more of a grassy wheatiness.

Alcohol is enclosed within pools of deeply wheaty hop. Swirls of yeast, pine, clove, and true-to-type banana coax your nose deeper into the goblet.

It has the possibility to be a sugary headache, but only having one of these on-tap was perfect. Quite possibly my favorite offering from the brewery, and a beer that set my eyes open about the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2004 21:49:08 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of Gusler


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago
As it jets from the tap a cloudless deep amber to copper color, the head prodigious in size, creamy in texture and the color a light tan with the residual lace a thick and glass sealing sheet. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and fresh, hints of ripe fruit, maybe pineapple; a real swell nose at any rate, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with a middling top. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops forthright and quite pleasant, very dry aftertaste and a great beer in or out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2003 03:02:01 | More by Gusler
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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,125 ratings.