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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale
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980 Reviews

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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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Photo of Barn71
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like Rampant but decided to try something different from New Belgium. This was high gravity so gave it a shot. Disappointed to say the least. It has a sickening sweet aftertaste. Won't buy again.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 4/17/2016. New revised recipe @ 8.5%. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness and yeast spice. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/25....Pours clear bronze, light to medium color but see through. No foam. candy sweet nose. Light spice and coriander. Thick mouthfeel, syrup consistency. Cinnamon spice comes through. Subdued bitter but there. Very fruit, but a touch too sweet.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Light color, Very nice. Small head.
S-Strong aroma, very sweet and powerful. I get slight notes of a cookieish smell. It's a bit boozy too.
T- Very strong, nice triple ale flavor. It's so sweet with a nice hoppy punch.
F-Very bubbly-carbonated. It's pretty thick too.
O- Great beer. Haven't had that many tripels, but this one is a good one. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of drewsdad08
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazed with how good this one is overall. Mildly surprised with the creamy feel. The taste is phenomenal. Much different than the last Belgian I had but in a good way. Will definitely buy again!

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice tripel aroma, but appearance is lacking as the head is below par (for the style). Taste is malt and yeast, but lacking a lot of the floral accents of the Belgian varieties. A nice try, but for a real tripel go to old Belgium.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Darker than normal yellow.
Very sweet smell, much like biscuit and cookie. The taste is also little bit too sweet though, and felt somewhat artificial.

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Photo of Srqdavid
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Take this lightly because we all have different taste buds, but this beer was not that great. It had a great aroma and feel while looking at the label and feeling the bottle almost like an old friends but as I started drinking this beer I understood why my friends and I had lost touch. It hit my tongue with a refreshing taste but then started to turn sour and mango liquor type taste. I am new to rating beers so I cant really describe it. Although I didn't have the best first experience with this I feel like i am longing of it so i will try it again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp-looking golden color. Quite cloudy with beautiful streams of carbonation. Small head which disappears quickly. I often feel torn when it comes to judge a beers appearance as I tend to really not care either way or the other. This might be one of the most beautiful beers I've seen though.

Pretty limited smell. The coriander is definitely noticeable, as is notes of yeast. Can't feel any malt or hops.

Has a caramel-flavor to it which an earlier reviewer compared to bubble gum, a comparison I very much agree with. Coriander is undoubtedly present. The carbonation is quite heavy, I would probably say overtly so.

I love the way this looks. Otherwise, it's a fairly run-by-the mill Belgian. Good, not great.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I must have an affinity for high ABV beers. And I truly believe a beer with higher alcohol by volume has a distinct flavor - one that I must be gravitating toward. This offering from New Belgium, and at almost 8%, is simply wonderful.

Out of the glass it pours an uninspired golden hue with weak head, however it has incredibly great lacing down the glass. The smell and taste of coriander is there, along with hints of wheat and a strong finish of hops. The mouthfeel is like most others, but the taste of hops, the coriander, all mixing well with the high ABV is what makes it for me. New Belgium keeps on impressing me.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- crisp straw color with brilliant clarity. Mousey white head that is well-retained.

S- Yeast driven esters dominate the aroma with pronounced bubble gum character. Minimal hop character, some grainy pils-type malt.

T- Decidedly bubble gummy with spices to support (coriander, maybe citrus?). Alcohol presence is noticeable. Minimal hop or malt character.

F- Some residual sweetness that seems inappropriate for this style.

O- A pretty good Belgian-style beer. Too much sweetness and bubblegum for my taste, but no major flaws.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's in Philly during NB's overdue invasion. On draft and served in a NB goblet. Nice dark golden color with limited head. Sip by sip reveals a ring around the glass after each. Awesome. Nice, oh so,smooth taste and oh so crushable (at 7.8). Welcome to the east coast.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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