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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 980
Hads: 2,782
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.72%
Wants: 94
Gots: 380 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 980 | Hads: 2,782
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).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9/16/12.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, spices, yeast, and some bubble gum aromas. Taste is very much the same with a lingering aftertaste of bubble gum. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good trippel that is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an interesting brew. pours a honey color with no haze at all. crystal clear. good white head but it fades away instantly. smell is yeast and a bit of herbs and spices. corriander the bottle says, but it must be corriander seed, not fresh herb itself, too musky for that. flavor is nice, malty and sweet, like a wheatwine in ways. only sweet at the very end. mouthfeel is not bad, could stand a touch more carbonation to brighten it up. medium body despite its light color, and lighter in the stomach, down easy. sessionable except for its strength. a good beer for an emerging spring, strong enough to keep ya warm, but light enough to want to drink outside.

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Photo of brentk56
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda hit-or-miss with the small beers from the brewery, no consolence from the irratic scores given to this brew. The pour brings a bright gold color with some straw highlights and a mild haze. Abundantly carbonated with a well-formed head that faded quickly and shows very little lacing. The aromas are very fruity (pears, peaches, appricots, oranges, apples) and moderately spicy (corriander, pepper, esters). Flavors bring about much more sweetness and less spicy character than exhibited in most trippels, but with a lighter than normal body, makes the beer quite easy to drink. Alcohols are present but muted, underneath a honey-like sweet flavor. Good beer, but understandably rated low if dryer versions are prefered; and higher if sweetness is preferred.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to jsh420 for this bottle.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a moderate yellow-gold color with a white head and a fairly decent amount of lacing. Nose brings some alcohol, slight spicing, and a bit of light fruit. The taste brings some pale malt as well as spice and alcohol. Spice and booze mix fairly well in the feel, but overall this one just wasn't ready and didn't live up to the standards of the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy golden yellow colored beer with medium head and above standard retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some subtle spice also perceptible. Taste is a bit too sweet with too much candi sugar, which ends up covering most of the wheat. Spices are good but too subtle and again probably covered by the candi sugar. Carbonation is a bit low but body is above average. Alcohol is not discernable which is a great plus at 8%. Overall, there is too much candi sugar for my liking in this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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).

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice/snifter. An orange/amber color with a small, foamy head. It left quite a bit of lacing.

S - Smells of fruits and alcohol. Also a wheat-like smell.

T - Tastes of malts, fruits and grains. The alcohol flavor comes through more as it warms.

M - It is a little soft and creamy on the tongue. It is medium-bodied.

D - It is a very good beer. However, its fairly strong ABV makes it a little less drinkable. Probably only one or two per session.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a large, off-white head that has quite a bit of staying power; more than many of the beers that I've tried so far. Sheets of sticky lace coat my pint glass. Very nice.

The nose is spicy and the flavor is sweet and spicy with lots of coriander and clove. Minimal hop bitterness. Alcohol is evident on the finish, but is manageable. The body/mouthfeel is decently smooth, though is nothing to shout about.

New Belgium Trippel Belgian Style Ale is one of my first tripels. Unfortunately, it didn't really blow me away. It's rated very highly, just outside of the top 50, so maybe I just don't love the style.

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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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this one was very nice. Rich dark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.

Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time. Medium bodied feel was never dull with a more then adequate carbonation profile that was just wonderful. A sure fired sipper, I enjoyed this one tremendously over the course of the evening.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six-pack - $8.99 from Uncle Jack's Spirits in Holly Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, golden-hued body with a tall, creamy, not particularly lasting white head. Smattering of lace as the head deflates.

Smell: Nose scattered with well-ground spices atop notes of cracked pale grains brushed with sweet-scented honey, a little orange blossom, and a helping of smoothie featuring pears and bananas and apples and a spoonful of powdered, energizing, up-selling enhancer.

Taste: Crackery pale lightly malted barley with a touch of clover honey. Medium sweetness. Fruitiness of bananas and tart pears. Floral, lightly spicy hop character with a sparse bitterness to accentuate the spicy Belgian yeast tweaked and further accentuated by an addition of coriander. A couple drops of acidic lemon juice. Drying, spicy finish with a thin sliver of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: As NBT stands currently at 7.8% alcohol, it's ultimately lighter in body and alcohol and less cloying than many other tripels. I'm down with that. I will stand up for New Belgium Trippel.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, clear but sediment golden wheat color, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Nose sweet golden Belgian malts, light spices, touch of light candi sugar, fruit with pear, apricot, apple, hint of booze and esters, light juicy malts.

Taste is semi sweet, juicy golden Belgian malts, fruity with apricot, apple, pear, etc. very light floral hops and light spices with a hint of coriander, fruity and light booze esters, light bitterness. Finishes a bit drier and light malt and Belgian yeast fruit, slightly sticky and fruity.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malts, fruity, hint of bitterness, juicy and drinkable, not too boozy either.

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

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of creamy bright-white head. This maintains some foamy richness around the edges of glass, which leaves back a robust cascade of spotty lace down the sides. The aroma smells of green citrus, a tinge of floral notes, clove, coriander, and some strong banana character which sticks to the sweetness of the malts.

The taste is ripe banana, doughy sugars, coriander, and juicy citric hops with a spicy clove finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that bounces around in the mouth yet is undercut by oily hops that keep this slick as it spreads out in the mouth. The alcohol here is very well hid.

This was nice American take on the style, with a smooth drinkability and well balanced flavors that didn’t run over each other despite the coriander addition. I’m always up for a good Tripel and this one really surprised me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

It's taken me way the hell too long to try this little guy... It pours a clear golden straw topped by a little over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, wheat, coriander, orange peel, light lemon zest, and a touch of cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vague sense of sweetness throughout. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a surprisingly very nice little tripel; maybe not one of the paragons of the style, but an enjoyable example nonetheless.

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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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In my Colorado years this was one of my top few favorites. A dependable strong brew with a tangy taste. I never thought of this as yeasty, and it's a more refined style. Golden and clear in the tall Maredsous glass with a thin head but nice champagne bubbles. Plenty carbonated in the mouth.

It seems kind of sweet on first sip. The spices are a little overly strong. A malt candy flavor. The best feature is how smooth and drinkable this is. It's the ideal late evening sipping glassful. Seamless is the word that comes to mind, even with the alcohol taste.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at-- who cares, you can buy this everywhere. They do a good job of distributing. But I've never seen this on tap, which would be worth watching for. New Belgium makes this the cleanest, most approachable beer in the golden Belgian style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of this for $3.99.

Pours a clear yellowish color, small white head to it. Aroma is of faint hops. Taste is light to medium bodied. For being a high ABV beer, the taste is pretty subdued. While it's very smooth and drinkable, it just seems a bit light and only faint hoppiness. Pretty solid beer all around, wish it was a little more adventurous but a great price.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a cup (I know...). Poured in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Gold-copper with head of decent retention and thickness.

Sm: Clean barley, spice (coriander?), and the usual suspects: hops, malt, etc.

T: Creamy open to balanced body, lightly built for a tripel. Crisp finish. Notes are the same as the smell.

Mf: A bit smooth for a tripel, but otherwise on the mark.

Dr: I'd definitely have it again, especially considering its price and ABV.

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

Acquired via trade from a77cj7 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts off with a strong spicy coriander flavor followed by mildly sweet flavors of lemon and caramel. Then some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not the best beer in the style but it's worth drinking for a little while.

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

A - An extremely clear golden brew with generous lace left clinging after a full white head has crested and fallen.

S - A pungent earthy aroma with a nutty woody scent and a sugary candy essence teams with peppery tinges

M - Lively, full and dry, spicy aromas - lightly buttery feel and more dry herbal qualities round out the texture

T - A nutty sweet and dry Tripel, oaky woodiness and ginger crisp spiciness are dominant in the initial tastes. The fruity apple and melon is downplayed by the sugary dry tastes.

D - A noticeably strong and dry ale, spicy, yet smooth and light for the style. A good american interpetation - light and potent, nutty smooth and peppery.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the side of the label. Info about the brewery and beer are on the label as well. One ounce of beer was left in the bottle with the dregs as to not cloud the brew.

Appearance: Right away two fingers of froth appear in the chalice, clinging lace is witnessed and in very good shape. Bubbly golden, looks like a tame brut.

Smell: Peaches and roses … very aromatic, phenols and a melon like fruitiness round out the aroma as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Super crisp with a yeast palate right from the get go, not overwhelming but it is there. Light maltiness of doughy biscuits and harsh husk. Some busy phenols throw down a mix of herbal and medicinal magic with a touch of hop bitterness to boot. Vaguely fruity; starch plantains and faint peach. A breath of alcohol in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a good while into the after taste.

Notes: Very refreshing with the 8.5% abv being slightly hidden, quite the palate cleanser. Cabot has this Parmesan Cheddar blend, a perfect match with some mini rye bread. If you are into Trippels this is a must try, IMO this is a good stepping stone to jump into the vast world of Belgian Beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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