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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

969 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 969
Hads: 2,717
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 84
Gots: 346 | 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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Reviews: 969 | Hads: 2,717
Photo of Chaz
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,400 characters)

Photo of Joshboni86
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of brohler
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (1,568 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours crystal clear gold under a 2” fluffy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass as it goes down. S: Fruit, coriander, traces of banana, peach, light bread, perfumey hop. T: Bread, biscuit, citrus, spice, peach, banana, pepper. F: Highly effervescent, above medium carbonation – medium body made larger with the carbonation. Slight warming. O: A nice Belgian style trippel. (394 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow to light golden in color. Fruity, estery, dry, belgian-style aroma. Hops are noticed, but they are not profound.

Flavor is gentle up front leading to a perfumy, plummy, strange flavor with tart accents. Not quite sure to what to make of the flavor here. Again, hops are noticed but not in any kind of profound way. Flowery taste, possibly rose petals or something. It tastes like its a got a splash of some woman's perfume in it.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated while still having that slick, Belgian feel to it. Nice beer, just not a personal favorite. (574 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin, creamy white head that recedes quickly.

S: Aromas of coriander, biscuit, caramel, cream, honey, grass, banana, and spice fill the nose.

T: Notes of coriander, cream, biscuit, caramel, honey, banana, vanilla, grass, allspice, clove, and nutmeg fill the mouth. The finish is smooth, offering delicate, lingering notes of spice, vanilla, coriander, and banana.

M: Full in body and smooth. Carbonation is firm and prickly. Alcohol is incredibly restrained.

O: An excellent tripel, this ale is amazingly sophisticated for an American take on an Old World style. Very highly recommended. (620 characters)

Photo of Safa1
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Easy to drink. Real easy to drink and drive solid abv to boot. Not sweet like a draak or Piraat. But it is a style not a Belgium ale. I suppose there are rules. This is an American triple Belgium ale. It is awesome and crisp/refreshing as opposed to a true Belgium ales syrup sweet yeast bomb triple. If you switch from dipa to abby to moose drool in the same night then this will sit much better than a true Abby/Belgium ale. Great beer. Almost perfect. (476 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brownish body. Everything about it is that fake candi belgium taste and aroma. It’s probably a good example of an american version of a triple, but I’m just not a fan. (177 characters)

Photo of gnumber9
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All 5s. When I think beer, New Belgium Trippel is a perfect ideal of it. Have i had better beers? You betcha, but to me this is a stellar beverage and is about as close to perfection as one can get at this scale. It is also an excellent beverage that pairs with a meal. (269 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a snifter.

Smell is spicy with light fruit aromas, yeast and citrus hops as well. Lots of action in the nose.

Taste has yeast and biscuit malts. Nice hop balance makes the yeast and biscuit dough not too overwhelming. A touch of fruity sweetness and alcohol at the end.

Feel is nice. Crisp beer with lots of drinkability. (347 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw with a one finger white, rocky head that disappates quickly. Aroma is floral, spicy, coriander, and bready. Taste is much the same, with some sweetness, bread, spice, coriander, and a floral tonge. Mouthfeel is medium and not overly carbonated. Overall a nice beer and a style I will enjoy trying more. (326 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - yellow with a great head
Smell - lots of yeAst. I can pick up on the coriander. Very sweet.
Taste - a lot like the smell but with a slight bitterness
Feel - smooth at first with a creaping fizz.
Overall - pretty good but not worth getting again. (254 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Always like a great trippel, this one went great with some pinwheel filet mignonette, so let's give a whirl on the review side. Popping the top I get a breads waft of spiced malt. Pours to a bright light orange with a one finger multi-bubble head. On the taste this brew has a breads, candy and spice, everything nice. Flavor is consistent throughout with a trace of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. A great food beer and sipper. (470 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This rather nice Belgian style tripel pours a beautiful, clear, bright golden color with a moderate white head that dissipates to a very thin ring and light lacing. Nose of the usual suspects. Belgian candy sugars, light esters from the yeast, light coriander and spice, and sweet malts all around. Flavors follow the nose nicely with light Belgian candy and light honey flavors blending with light banana esters from the yeast and a mild coriander note to the rear that offers a light bite on the finish. Smooth mouth feel finishes ever so slightly dry. Excellent ale from a fine brewery.

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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. (1,119 characters)

Photo of do_ob
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labeled "Enjoy by 18 OCT 2015". Sampled and reviewed on February 27, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a light, clear golden with a 1 finger white head of foam. Lots of carbonation, definitely fresh. Smells of wheat, pine, citrus, bananas, with some slight hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Unfortunately the taste is where this beer went south for me. It literally tastes like liquefied banana nut bread. There was some citrus and hoppiness in there, but the banana taste is just too overpowering for me, and ruins the rest of the flavors that are present. (604 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy deep golden. Clean white head with significant lacing.
S: Lot of yeasty flavors, most prominently banana, and spice. Sweet malt backbone as well.
T: Sweet light malt forms the base, then comes yeasty banana and spice flavors, a little bit of a rubber taste comes through, and is ended by a alcoholic bite.
M: Medium.
O: Should be called a banana nut beer. (417 characters)

Photo of rjs246
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find that most breweries have no clue how to brew a decent tripel. NB, on the other hand, has figured out exactly how to brew a decent tripel, while not going one inch further. This stuff is totally drinkable but also totally unremarkable. (241 characters)

Photo of hophead723
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a unique and complex beer that I recommend going to the New Belgium website to read what they say about it's attributes. Also, don't review this beer if your a pussy because I'm getting the impression from a lot of reviews on this beer that the people reviewing it are expecting something that would appeal to their Budweiser accustomed palates just because it's not a hop forward beer. If you review this beer poorly, you don't like beer at all and you should be banned from beer advocate!

Look: This beer looks gorgeous. It's a light gold color with a slight hazyness because it's from the bottle.

Smell: The smell is very appealing and the New Belgium website sums it up perfectly in a way I would not have been able to: "Phenolic (clove-like, spicy, warm, herbal) slight banana ester aromas."

Taste: The taste is warm, sweet, fruity, and delicious. I am an IPA fanatic but this is a nice and tasty beer. I taste something akin to banana and cream, with just a hint of the zest the coriander imparts on the overall flavor profile.

Feel: This beer has the best mouth feel of any beer I have tried; extremely creamy and soft.

Overall: This is a go-to beer for me. You can buy it year round and it works in any season. I have much respect for it, and very little respect for the fools who rate this beer low because it proves they don't know what a good beer is. If you see a low rating for this beer, the person who wrote the review prefers Budweiser and therefore does not enjoy real beer and shouldn't be on beer advocate! Grab it and thank me. Oh, and by the way, this beer has an astounding shelf-life. The six pack I picked up is good until October 21, 2015! Thank you New Belgium, and keep up the good work. (1,736 characters)

Photo of Zenvortex
2.01/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.25

Pours too clear for a triple - red lights go off / no real head or lacing worth noting / funk smell - farmhouse maybe / no such luck on taste - more like a third than a triple - big disappointment - way too metallic / decent carbonation but who cares at this point / being a BIG Belgian Abby Triple fan I'd say this is almost laughable & would turn folks off to the thought of a triple - bummer dude (399 characters)

Photo of fuhkyou
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This swill is going to give trippels a bad name. I didn't like it 10 years ago but decided to try it again since it had the chickens on the 6 pack now, lol.
If a cut rate (cheap ass) candy maker decided to make a trippel flavored bubble gum this is exactly what it would taste like. Has a weird, candied tutti frutti taste to it.
Now I have to drink the other 5 bottles... life can suck at times.
BTW: I F'ing LOVE a quality Belgian Trippel. (441 characters)

Photo of TapDat
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

How this has a better rating than Left Hands St. Vrain is beyond me. Not bad but it doesnt have the smell, alcohol content or taste of higher quality Tripels. (159 characters)

Photo of LennyBound
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark orange. Minimal head. Nice bubbles. Nothing terribly special.

Smell: Little to no smell. Perhaps a little spice.

Taste: Interesting coriander aftertaste, however initial taste is pretty bland.

Feel: Quite weak.

Overall: Interesting beer. Quite drinkable. However, there are much better trippels on the market. (328 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A not-so-usual clear orange pour, small white head, quick to some poor bubbles here and there.
Smell sets it back on track, big coriander and clove, with some faint funky pinches. An almost bubblegumy fruitiness (apricot, apple, pear, light quince, banana), glazed in honey but also extra some malt sweetness, without being too much.
Mouthful of banana and apricot, sticky sweet with lots of honey and some light caramel. The banana is really strong, kinda sugar coated, not the best kind of sweetness. Apple and pear are pretty low, with a faint acidity that's totally overwhelmed. Some coriander, citrus peel, pepper and clove try to cut off the sweetness, even some mildly funky herbs, but the finish is still syrupy.
Aftertaste has sugars, apple peel, bit of blond fruit, citrus peel, soft spices. Medium body, feels prickly just because of the spicy yeasts, otherwise it's almost flat.
A sweet Belgian-style ale that unfortunately can't hold a candle to the ones back in Europe, not to mention tripels in particular. Too syrupy sweet, overimposed spiciness. I might be too harsh, it's decent, but i expected something.. smarter. (1,133 characters)

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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