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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

2,460 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,460
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 185 | FT: 1
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 Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a slightly chilled bottle (50 degrees) into a goblet glass...

Look: Honey or butterscotch in color w/ a cloudy look thru the glass. Leaving a 3 cm head on the pour, which was foamy w/ nice cascading and lots of "crazy" lacing on my glass.

Smell: Fruits mainly w/ nutmeg spice. Fruits consist of white grapes or sour plums. No real hop aroma, but a slight alcohol tingle in my nose!

Taste: On the sip, this reminded me alot of spiced pears w/ slightly bitter hops and hints of caramel throughout. The nutmeg was very aparent in the beer and some slight alcohol burn finished up the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tingly carbonation that starts at the sip on the tip of my tongue and follows my palete to the swallow leaving a slight alcohol burn on the finish. This seems to be a thin-medium bodied brew based on mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability: well, although the feel was a bit "off" for me, the appearance, smell, and taste warrent a try at this beer. I'd like another please!

Fish113d, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of Magpie14
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: very light and pulls at macro lager colors. Light straw yellow body with plenty of bubbles working about. The head is bleach white and surprisingly thin after a vigorous pour with minimal lacing as it melts away

S: candied bubblegum, faint yeast bread, and soft spiced smells. It is rather thin in the nose and is hard to conjure a true whiff. I found myself breathing heavily over the glass from time to time

T: on the palate the bubblegum characters lean towards a banana-peach type flavor sprinkled with spiced cloves and coriander. I find this beer an average version of an American take on a Trippel. Has a good candied sweetness in the mix as well with a malt/yeast husk character. One can argue some herbal and floral notes floating about as well

M: it is rather crisp and finishes a touch on the lighter side. The body is kind of sticky in the finish despite its light look

D: I have been having a hard time with any Belgian brews lately. Not sure what the deal is? But, I find this one drinkable and in the average category. I could see this as a good introductory beer into the Belgian style for the non-Belgian lover with its typical Americanized flavors

Magpie14, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Nice retention and thick lacing. Color is a light golden yellow.

S. Nice tripel smell. Belgian yeast is the strongest smell as it is with most Tripels. Has a pretty sweet malt smell. Has a pear, banana fruity smell. Not a whole lot of spices going on.

T. Taste is good. Sweet malt taste. Get some of the pear and banana flavors from the nose. Not quite as complex as some of the top Tripels, but it is a good solid example.

M. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes pretty dry, with just a bit of sweeteness.

D. Drinkable Tripel for sure. I prefer tripels on the sweeter side, and this was right there. Not quite as complex a taste as some of the best, but this is a good beer.

siradmiralnelson, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of TrojanWheels
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TrojanWheels, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of CDCNAM
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

CDCNAM, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 8.10% ABV. 28 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Faithful to the style but unique enough that I enjoy it. Light clear straw golden color. Belgian yeast winey aroma is balanced by lighter carbonation and rich malt body. Thicker and less fruity. Sampled 1/23/1999.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 8.10% ABV. 28 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear bright amber golden color. Hoppy Saaz front mixed with distinctive Belgian yeast aroma. Flavor starts with big Belgian bite that dissolves in rich semi sweet malt body. Balanced hop finish. Sampled 4/2/1999.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 8.10% ABV. 28 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0 ) Clear bright golden orange color. Abundant snowflake sediment. Belgian front melds quickly into rich malty body. Sweetness tempers and enhances mild Belgian notes. Finishes mildly sweet and hot. Good. Sampled 1/14/2001.

Trippel--New Block TM Logo and ABV--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Mild head. Bright fizzy BC golden color. Tangy floral mild Belgian rich Saaz hop front. Hot smooth rich crisp mild sweet Belgian caramel ester banana body. Balanced hot hop spice end. Belgian IPA? Sampled 2/17/2005.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--New Logo 6-Pack--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Thin foamy lacy head. Sediment flecked clear bright golden color. Hoppy rich Belgian front. Dry sweet hot crisp coriander banana fruit ester body. Tangy hot Belgian spice mild hop end. Mellow Trippel. Sampled 8/22/2006.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) 6-Pack $6.99. Foamy lacy white head. Clear thin bright yellow color. Rich Belgian yeast wheat ester coriander banana mild hop front. Bottle Conditioned. Crisp wheat ester banana mild sweet mild citrus rich tangy body. Mild hot coriander mellow hop lingering Belgian spice end. Tasty. Sampled 6/6/2008.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) No sediment. Mild lacy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Aromatic Belgian banana wheat Saaz hop fruit ester front. Bottle conditioned crisp tangy dry sweet rich Belgian Candy fruit ester very flavorful body. Mild hot EtOH citrus spice hop end. Sampled 5/2/2010. 6-Pack $7.99.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Trippel Belgian Style Ale--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Rich foamy lacy white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Mild hop delicate banana ester Belgian front. Dry candi sweet crisp mild CO2 thin textured pils malt mildly fruity Trippel body. Easy smooth hop hint refreshing end. Dangerously drinkable. Sediment dust. Sampled 8/6/2010. 2 @ $2.79 Each.

philbertk, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of dhbiker0889
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

dhbiker0889, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Beermazter310
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Beermazter310, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of charlatan
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

charlatan, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Golden beer, clear and attractive with a bright, pale white head showing decent retention.

S-Spicy with a hint of sweetness and a nuance of sweet-sour fruitiness.

T-Slight honey flavor gives way nicely to a dry spiciness. Sweet bready malt lingers with the honey nuance into the semi-sweet, slightly bitter finish. Overall, though, the flavor profile and depth seemed to have slightly missed the mark.

M-Medium-bodied brew, a bit lighter than anticipated, with a higher-level carbonation, characteristic of this style.

D-Moderate. I was overall not too impressed, but that's my opinion. I think this could be a very accessible representation of this style and a good brew with which to introduce a person to Belgian-style ales. Although it isn't fantastic, it's also not overwhelming.

CHSLBrew, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of mweso2000
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mweso2000, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

razorsdescent, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jewellrunner, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Bobhoya, May 25, 2012
Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Boozecamel, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of mickeymac
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After not being able to find this beer in California, I finally got to try it on a trip to Colorado. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, it is light gold with a hint of peach. The head was minimal, as was the lace. The smell is fruity, with peach and apricot being most noticeable. The saaz hops also make a strong presence. The taste is somewhat one-dimensional and disappointing. The mouthfeel is on the light side for a tripel. On the bright side, it's relatively easy to drink. If anyone is in search of a tripel to drink poolside on a hot day(?) this is probably the right beer. This was a disappointment.

mickeymac, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have to agree with (most of) the previous review. Pretty good stuff for the price -- a mere $1.25 per 12 ounce bottle at Wilburs Wine & Spirits in Fort Collins, CO.

Beautiful pour with a hefty long-standing head, and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice smell of nuts and yeast.

It looks so clear and liight, that the real powerhouse taste and mouth feel is somewhat of a surprse. Has that yeast-malt roundness that makes you know you've got a live beer in your mouth.

The hearty ABV is well-masked -- if I hadn't read the bottle I wouldn't have guessed it was 8.5%!

Overall, a very drinkable brew, though this style is not my favorite.

ColoradoBobs, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of BEERschlitz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BEERschlitz, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev +5.3%

SonOfKyuss, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a light honey, or dark straw. Nice creamy and frothy head leaves a nice mirengue like head.

Nose is creamy sweet candy sugar with a vanilla touch. Booze on the nose with banana and fruity esters, possibly yeast.

Wow, flavor is chocolate, creamy malt. Malt is in your face and reminds me of roasted marshmallows on the campfire with a side of banana. Vanilla rides high and the beer finishes toasty and warm, with a nutty flavor that has to be from the roast. Hazelnut flavors come out on the exhale, very different. Booze is hidden VERY well and what comes oout in the nose is nowhere in the flavor.

This is something different, I've never had a trippel like this. Not bad, but different.

wheatyweiss, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of shbobdb
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ColoradoBob, this is a mighty Tripel indeed.

This is the first Tripel I've ever seen that doesn't pour like a homebrew. It is pleasantly clear with a rock-solid white head. Man, the head was SOLID. Then, after perfectly maintaining its integrity for five minutes, I look away for two second and it completely collapses for form a nice ring-around-the-beer with some craggy lacing left behind.

The beer smells heavily of bananas, cloves, and solvent. Rather like a weizen on steroids, actually.

The taste is distinct from the smell. The clove and banana are definately heavy at the fore of the beer, but they soon fade into a delightfully light, yet powerful malt. The beer then finished with what I can only describe as banana-nut cake. Throughout the whole experience alcohol made its presence known by darting in-and-out. It was like the Coke-Fiend at a party, when it is present it ups the festive atmosphere, but then quickly fades into the bathroom. A masterful use of alcohol!

The beer is also suprisingly thick for a tripel! It actually has a mouthfeel beyond super-thin-with-carbonation! Wonderful!

Definately a good beer. It made me quite happy.

shbobdb, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, light honey orange; medium frothy white head, long lasting; effervescent

Smell: light citrusy orange; coriander; bubblegum; light hint of hay; interesting

Taste: Citrusy, slightly dry start; a little bready in the mid with a mix of Belgian yeast; finishes semi-sweet with pepper and light alcohol; very tasty overall

Mouthfeel: Juicy and smooth; medium body with zippy carbonation

Remarks: I'd definitely buy this again

IchLiebeBier, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of IronTom
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of lochef81
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

lochef81, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.