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

967 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 967
Hads: 2,696
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 81
Gots: 332 | 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 whynot44
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Bcant
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle but into a pint glace (not the best presentation for this style), nice white head with good lacing. Carbonated very well; without excesive gass but enough air to get out the smell and flavor. Aroma is fruity but not syrupy. Graney well balaced flavor witout the yeast tart often found in American Belgium style ales. Round and chewey, you can tell it is strong but would probably not guess 8.5%. (421 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has freshness date a whopping eight months into the future and claims only 7.8% abv rather than the 8.5% posted here. Thin head covers most of the surface of the beer amber coloured beer which contains many solid particles floating around.

Nose is dominated by a doughy yeast smell and banana esters are evident. Initially this seems to taste rather too yeasty, but a rich fruitiness (sultana?) coupled with honey takes over as the beer warms in both the mouth and the glass. Alcohol is readily apparent, but not in a harsh way at all. This is one of those interesting beers where each sip tastes a little different. (626 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful yellow golden color with nice continuous carbonation. Head is creamy but light, nice airy lacings stick on the sides of my glass.

Smell is typical Belgium yeast and malts, bit of banana and pear, reminds me a bit of a wit or saison but richer. Medium creamy body with a very nice mouthfeel. Taste is light on malt but still sweet with a bit of hops bitterness, finishes dry. Hides the achohol pretty well but this is definately a slow drinking beer. Opens up a bit as it warms. Enjoy one soon. . . (519 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice golden amber with a white frothy head which fell quickly but lasted at the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely spicy and well done with a candy aromatic coupled with a nice slight citrus aspect. The aroma had a slight alcohol present that enhanced the nose.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a spicy flavor. The spice flavor was low and was coupled with a nice earthy character from hops that was slight but present. The candy in the aroma was only slightly present with malt in the flavor and the alcohol was nowhere to be seen.

The finish was dry with a slight spice and slight earthiness into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem just a bit less. The beer was warming considerably at the time of the review which probably enhanced the earthy character and the spice and made it a very well crafted beer with little alcohol present in the flavor and after consumption.

12 ounce bottle, dated 25May06, thanks mentor! (1,005 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours quite clear. Golden with copper overtones.

Poured a small head that didn't last. Great lacing.

Nose is very yeasty. Some sweetness and honey. Breadlike and nice.

Nice smooth feel on the palate that bubbles towards the swallow. Somewhat bitter. A bit malty. Taste is a touch metallic. (298 characters)

Photo of Toddv29424
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After spending a year in London and trying all the best beers that Europe had to offer, I didn’t think that America could ever come close. But I was excited to try New Belgians because of my love of Fat Tire, and I must say that I am impressed.
Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a large head, and takes a long time to settle. The smell is faint, but is like what you would expect with a hint of banana and other fruits. The taste is great, the same with the bananas and fruits with that little peppery kick in the end that I’ve come to love from trippels. Goes down very smooth with little aftertaste, except for a lingering of the effervescing flavor. Recommended to anyone who wants to try a trippel but cant afford the plane ticket! (743 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle enjoyed at the proper temperature. Best before 9/17/05 clearly ink jet labeled on the front label.

Pours a dusty copper with streams of carbonation through the brew feeding a tight bubbled white head. Nice retention and better lacing.

Aroma was a very interesting mixture. On the one part, it was spicy and bready, but there was also another aspect that was like overripe pineapple and passion fruit.
Candy and honey lead the way of some malty goodness here. The spices from the aroma come in the middle. ABV only noticeable during exhales. A very faint hop bitterness just barely pokes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel was lighter than expected. Though sugar sweet, it was not cloying and sticky/syrupy. Just enough carbonation to keep it very drinkable.
Drinkable like a bender of an evening at Brewer's Art in Baltimore. Yes, I would have several, but would need a cab ride home that night. (925 characters)

Photo of palliko
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, nice yeast. Lace, disapearing head that was small to begin with. Fancy aroma. Good balance, tad of fruit and overall sweetness.Suitably carbonated and some cream in medium mouthfeel. High alcohol but still a good transition to Belgian style. No objections to this. Thanks to Tim (IPFreely). (298 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What really has to taken into account with this beer is the value for money. When you take into account that you can often mix a sixer of NB and add a Trippel to the mix for $7.99 then this really has to be seen as a decent Trippel.
Mid gold with a huge head this beer has that yeasty , Belgium smell off the top. The taste has that candy sugar/ saaz fullness that finishes semi sweet. Very drinkable and well balanced this is not as great as Unibroue or Ommegang but like North Coast Pranqster is great value for a Belgian style beer easily available. (553 characters)

Photo of KoG
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale hazy yellow with some yeast partilces present. nice frothy head that leaves a very nice amount of lacing.

Smell is fruity. Peach, cherry, and yeast with a hint of apple and no alcohol at all. A very pleasing aroma indeed.

Taste is very well balanced. Fruity with a good amount of yeast and biscuit malt to complement. Very nice finish keeps the palate clean but looking for more.

A very tasty brew that is easily rinkable. More affordable than most Belgians and a very good starting point as well as a good staple for those that like the Belgian style. (566 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle into a Belgian glass, very transparent light golden color. Very little head observed, however there is a lot of carbonation. Smell is the best part of this beer as far as I'm concerned. The smell is very complex, mostly spicy (cloves, slight hop aroma). I also pick up grapefruit or some other citrus scent. Taste is crisp and full bodied, I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of the tripel but, overall it is a damn good beer. (457 characters)

Photo of chrisms86
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent yellow with a thin rim of head wich will linger on either side if the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation are constantly flowing towards the top of the glass.

A very interesting taste. Lots of spices hit your tongue, I can't put my finger on it but it's definately something green like clovers, maybe even mint. With 7.8% ABV I expected to taste much more alcohol than is evident. I was very impressed with the taste of this beer but about halfway through the glass I found it hard to drink.. the spicey taste loses its character. This beer has almost the flavor of mouthwash, you have to drink it right to avoid that. I give it a low score on drinkability because of this. Other than that a great beer, just sip it slowly.

If you look at the price/ABV ratio you're getting a very good beer for cheap. This will definately be a common sight in my fridge. (880 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head. It fades slowly, leaving very few laces. It smells citrus like. The hop aroma is very present. It smells honey. Also, the yeast aroma is present. It tastes hoppy. Also, slightly spicy. Maybe a slight hint of cloves. I assume it is from the yeast. I also taste the alcohol a little. It has a sweet, but crisp refreshing taste to it. This beer is very carbonated. It might be just a little too carbonated. It is medium bodied. Not very thick. It goes down crisp leaving a hoppy, spicy taste on my palate. This beer might make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is a little high, but that is ok. Although not exactly my style, this is a good beer. Try it if you get the chance. (740 characters)

Photo of 1whiskey
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark golden color and is absolutely crystal clear. A nice 2 inch head holds up for a while, leaving considerable lacing. Smells liike a flower garden, very stong esters here, maybe a tad too sweet for me. First taste confirms the aroma, with strong floral esters and a definate honey taste with some mild clove spice. Subsequent sips, however, reveal a much dryer flavor and a sloght melon rind aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fabulous, crisp carbonation and a light body provide a bubbly treat for your tongue. I really have to congratulate NBB on how well they have hidden the ABV here. This
is as easy to drink as a pilsner in the 4-5 range. All in all, this is a good belgian, and a likely pairing with fresh fruit or as a dessert unto itself. Enjoy. (761 characters)

Photo of OatherS
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label has three maidens holding up a glass of beer.

Appearance: Half finger head that does not lace. Golden clear color.

Smell: Sweet musky aroma. Very nice. Subtle.

Taste: Sweet with a slight alcohol taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated slightly with a crisp ending.

Drinkability: A nice tripel. Tastes more mass produced than other belgian tripels I have had. It is a very good intro into the style for people unacustomed to the flavor and alcholic strength. (478 characters)

Photo of misterscooter
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured well into the bigger glass. A nice, smooth head that slowly settled into a fine lace on top with foam sticking to the sides but not drying out too quickly. This thing is golden, starting with the color. Very clear with lots of small to medium size bubbles from the carbonation that help keep the foam on top from disappearing.

Honey, hay, nectar. This guy smells like a warm, spring day. Every once in a while I get a whiff of something not quite as sweet, much like their Fat Tire, but it evades me before I can place it and it isn't dominating. Part of the character, for sure. Maybe it is the alcohol.

This guy definitely is not as good if it is too cold. They say to serve it at 44 degrees F. but I think it is better a bit warmer, maybe closer to 50 degrees. The carbonation is felt right away and it adds to the flavor but it is very smooth as it hits your tongue, despite the tingle. It isn't as sweet as it smells and you can tell the abv is higher with this one from the taste you get. But it does have some raw honey in there and some oaky overtones. There is some dry aftertaste which may turn you off but I liked because it wasn't harsh.

A really good Belgian. (1,188 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber-peach-orange body beneath a short head of white foam that holds fairly well and initally leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is fruity, spicy (coriander?), and yeasty with a bit of hay-like/wheat-ish malt and some mild, spicy hops. It's quick in the mouth with a medium body and delicately effervescent carbonation that lets it pass readily. The flavor, however, is more imposing and tends to linger in the finish. It's spicy and hoppy (also spicy, and floral), and along with a solid bitterness, that helps to balance it's sweetish, delicately candyish, lightly citrus-rind like, and grassy/straw-like maltiness. Surprisingly, the alcohol is well-hidden here, as it's seems to stand out a bit in their Abbey (dubbel). Nicely done, and a perfect after dinner beer - or pair it with some Thai food, stinky cheese, or salad with oil and sesame seeds. (895 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From babydoc via BIF18. Thank you.

Pours a coudy dark orange with minimal head and slight bubbling. Using the New Belgium goblet that babydoc sent also (thanks again...excellent box of goodies.) Nose is honeydew and Belgian yeast. Taste profile matches with carbonation tickling the tongue and a crispy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a little thinning at the finish. A big beer that is incredibly drinkable. I love this brew, probably more so because it is not readily available to me. Tasty. (497 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep cider gold, crystal clear, with a thick, creamy, foamy head. Great retention. The Duvel "D" is sending up a steady torrent of tiny bubbles. Very nice, indeed.

Smell: Honey. Some serious yeast (both nice and spicy and dank and pissy) toasted wheat, what seems to be Saaz hops (oh, it's listed on the label, duh) generic fruitiness with a citrusy tartness floating around on top.

Taste: Spiced honey right away. Gets juicy and sweet on the back of the tongue -- apricot, maybe? It finishes a bit wheaty and biscuity. There's some orange rind as well. A spiced lemon cake with an apricot glaze -- sure, why not? The mouthfeel is smooth and quite soft, ahh.

Drinkability: Taste-to-price ratio on my scale rates a glowing "5". Not quite the heft or power of Westmalle's version, but it's quite similar in a lot of ways.

New Belgium really does a great job when they stick to the abbey ale; how about less Fat Tire crap and more Trappist genius? (971 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with a small fluffy head. Aromas of strong citrus notes (sour cherries and dark plums) and brown sugar, spicy hops and peppery smells. Tastes strongly of caramelly malt, with a slight warming alcohol and a fragrant hop bite towards the end. Strong, spicy beer. I am impressed. New Belgium makes some of the highest quality beers with the lowest prices around. A winner in my book. (419 characters)

Photo of imblane
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color in my New Belgium Chalice, along with a nice 2 fingers of sticky froth. Nice lacing is apparent once this settles; looks very appealing in appearance. Smell is melon and rosy alcohol phenols, very nice! Taste is crisp and yeasty from the start; however, not overwhelming. ABV% is very well hidden, the bottle I have says 7.8%ABV, which differs from previous offerrings. The Belgian yeast and Saaz hops come through in the aftertaste and are a nice match. This is a quality step towards the finer Belgian beers which cost substantially more, at a fraction of the price. A truly worthy beer brewed right here in the U.S.A. (641 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing beats free beer unexpectedly like this one from Pipe and Pint today,poured a nice golden with a light orange hue with abig fluffy head that left nice lacing down the tulip glass.Very yeasty aroma a little spicey with some banana in there almost a weisse aroma in my mind.Flavors of very sweet pineapple and some over ripe banana,some honey,with a little phenolic smokiness but its faint.A very sold tripel not as good as some Belgian classics but hey I could stand to drink this anytime and it was free. (511 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc.
Pours a super-fizzy golden orange with a one finger, somewhat loose white head.
Smell is fruity (pears, and apples) somewhat musty, and a very slight hop (spicy)
Very nice flavor. Fruity, a bit yeasty. Hops are a bit strong, but overall a fine example of the style. (302 characters)

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.