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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

2,309 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,309
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 67
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A brassy/bronze clear body is presented, with a soapy white head that doesn't stick around much. While drinking, puck does not stay for long, but leaves a simple collar.

Big stink on this one even after opening. Giant yeast stench, with a grass and dry spice kick. Some hints of white bread and sugars. Floral garden notes as well.

Taste is a medium bodied texture, chewy malt and booze. Alcohol present in the mid palate, with a faint and mild malt aftertaste strangely. Good solid enjoyable carbonation, sugars become more present in the taste and noticeable after some time resting.

Overall somewhat enjoyable but not gravitating towards that strongly, but I could see myself having this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:20:27 | More by smakawhat
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass because I am capable of it.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, nice carbonation, some lacing, white head with good retention.

Aroma is sweet, malty, hints of spice.

Beer is medium in body and soft on the palate with a wet finish. There is a floral flavor and feeling to this whole beer that makes it quite enjoyable. The corriander is present but not annoying, it is a fine beer overall. I would have it again, a little too sweet for a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 03:10:42 | More by drabmuh
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Callaghan

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st review. I happen to have a six pack in the fridge...and finally decided to join the site.

Best by date of 25mar12. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Poured a nice golden color, almost clear. 1 1/2 in. white head that turned into a thin film after about one minute. Average lacing.

S: Coriander, some Belgian yeast. Floral notes that aren't very strong.

T: When it hits the tongue, coriander right up front, then yeast. Maybe some banana, but I'm not getting much else. Not that complex. A little malt in the aftertaste, and no hint of alcohol.

M: Light-Medium body, Medium carbonation. Kinda nice actually. Clean, semi-dry finish.

O: I would like a more complex beer, but, at the price of $8.99 for a sixer, it's good. I like coriander, and this beer definitely has it. Also good with a hearty meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:37:25 | More by Callaghan
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Three-finger off-white head, clearish amber body. Laces decently.

Nose is yeasty, tart, with coriander and some funk-- not in the best way.

Body is yeasty as well, sweet with some funk that's hard to pin down-- malt vinegar? Quite smooth overall, very lightly hopped and alcohol is not obtrusive.

Incredibly smooth and creamy.

A decent tripel; for the money, a very good tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:43:27 | More by zaphodchak
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a touch of amber. Long lasting white head. The aroma consists of feint peach, grain, and some berries. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Grain, spice and hops balance the malt sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable midway and carries through into the finish. This seems actually pretty clean for a trippel and goes down fairly well. Even better with food, I'd imagine, as this beer by itself doesn't seem to distinguish itself from other trippels. Curious as to how this would age.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:59:58 | More by Winter
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid beer that is more herbal than most Tripels, and less sweet, but still falls well within the category. Pours a brilliant golden with a short head that fades to a thin ring. Smells yeasty like a fresh dinner roll and there are huge notes of coriander as well as a bit of fruity sweetness. The taste is biscuity, herbal, and slightly sweet, but most definitely on the dryer side for the style. A little bit grainy in the mouth, almost chalky, but overall this is a fairly pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:46:03 | More by Georgiabeer
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow...didn't think i'd ever get to try this and the abbey ale's....

I have arrived...and i also didn't think new BELGIUM knew anything about Belgian yeast, as compared to hoptober, fat tire, etc., but i was so wrong!

this beer is very taste of an authentic, but much fresher, Belgian ale...i enjoyed the great malyiness of this beer...as well as the great biscuit malt and carbonation that they always do well!....the mouth feel was extremely dry, not my fav but very true to style...overall a very outstanding beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 02:23:45 | More by nickthegun12
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rebel1771

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Coriander dominates with slight bready note thrown in.

T: Coriander up front with citrus notes coming through as well. Light malt backbone.

O: Overall not a bad brew but a little light in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:35:34 | More by rebel1771
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer before school starts again tomorrow. May have to wait even longer to cross the 600 beer threshold. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out of the bottle a crystal clear chestnut honey and topped with a sturdy looking, inch and a half of bleached bone white head. I bet this thing could hold a button or two before crashing through to the beer below.

S: Pear and very close to that bubble gum sweetness from a hefeweizen

T/MF: First sip impressions: pear and banana up front and a cutting alcoholic warmth that brings up the rear. Few more sips gets to a bit more depth but not much beyond the heavy banana and a bit of clove and slight anise spice, there is also a lingering alcoholic warmth that wraps up each sip that I am rather fond of as well. Feel is nowhere near 8%, I guess the attenuation is a bit different for a tripel than an IRS (I'm learnding, I think!).

D: As a tripel it seems like a one trick pony, that is, one flavor and everything else is just a guess, but for 8.99 for a sixer it is an incredible bargain if you have a taste for Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:28:06 | More by bluemoonswoon
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jerryfreak for the bottle. Into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a pretty hazy golden color with a billowing head. A good amount of sticky lacing is left behind.

The nose has a pretty distinct Belgian yeast characteristic to it. Lots of pale malt in there too. Some orange peel and spice are also in there.

Good, solid tasting Tripel. Good amount of spice and decent floral hop aspect goes well the pale malts. The Belgian yeast also adds a nice dimension to the flavor. Little bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is on the high side but works well with this beer.

Solid beer for sure, but I feel the same way about this as I do about their Dubbel. Its a good take on the style, but the edge goes to the Trappist versions.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:43:39 | More by BennyL1
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat notes with some pepper and Belgian yeast notes. There is not much sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is also full of yeast and wheat notes, with some white pepper and a little bit of candy sugar. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:19:02 | More by Mora2000
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours yellow-orange with a finger of white head that features nice residual lacing.

S: Lemon, tangerine, lots of coriander, and some floral and soapy hoppiness.

T: Coriander, pepper, lemon, and floral hoppiness.

M: It has medium body thickness and small-bubbled carbonation.

O: This is okay; the coriander and soapy hops are a little much though.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:50:09 | More by bucklemyshoe
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jminsc76

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a Duvel tulip, pours what is initially a large, white, soapy head atop a vibrant golden body. Problem is the head dies down quickly and doesn't return easily. *tsk* *tsk*

Floral aromas overall, with yeasty spices, some of that coriander referenced on the label, and hints of rock candy. Also detecting some orange, citrus, and pilsner malts. Intensity is between moderate and strong.

The flavors are where it gets complicated...I mean, interesting. Flavors of spice, sharp hops, candy, and, of course the coriander. There's glory here, but with virtually no IMPACT. I can taste it all, but I can't taste it well.

Mouthfell is thin/light and mildly silky.

Overall, I understand why this isn't presently among the top 20 or even top 50 of the tripels on BA. It's good drinking, make no mistake. Regarding comparable tripels it's probably closest to Tripel Karmeliet with its flavor profile, but TK packs a bit more of a punch than this, NB's Trippel.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 05:35:39 | More by jminsc76
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jbakajust1

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12ox bottle into New Belgium Snifter

A - Nice, super clear gold w/ 1 finger head, very lively carbonation, great Belgian lace

S - Smells of Spicy alcohol, peppery, yeasty, light orange. A little medicinal/bandaid smell, not in a bad way.

T - Tastes like it smells. Spicy bitterness, lots of phenolics. An astrigent dryness. Light melon flavor.

M - Great mouthfeel on this one, very light and easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden.

O - Very easy drinker, alcohol is very hidden, nice spicy finish. Would like a little more esters to go with the phenols, but still an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 17:00:42 | More by jbakajust1
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doughanson78

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is my first tripel. Not sure how it reps the style or not so will readjust as needed.

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light yellow in color. Pretty clear. Big three finger head that is very frothy and very white with big bubbles. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very yeasty. Coriander, lemon, slight spiciness. Light cloves. Light banana. Reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. Light alcohol.

T: Lightly spicy. Definitely coriander, with the lemon and spiciness. Cloves, banana. Like a spicy Hefe. Alcohol comes through towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Light warming from alcohol.

O: A pretty good beer. Definitely a deviation from the styles I'm normally used to. Will hit others in this style definitely.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 03:03:09 | More by doughanson78
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - amber in color, clear, somewhat low carbonation, and very little, off-white foam.

Smell - It has that fruity smell of a Belgian ale. Not too terribly pronounced though.

Taste and Mouthfeel - typical, slightly musky yet fruity feel of a Belgian ale. A bit herbal and maybe a little bit spicy. Just a very little tinge of bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit warming and the texture is very well balanced.

Overall - A very good brew. Fairly interesting in the taste, and it seems to hit very near home on the accuracy of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 05:37:05 | More by Nerudamann
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wiscokid920

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a variety pack from the local grocery store in La Crosse, WI

A: Clear, golden straw with 2 finger white dense head with nice lacing retention

S: Lots of Coriander and Belgian yeast but does not hide the alcohol...smells delicious

T: Sweet malts, coriander and good kick of alcohol.

M: Crisp and refreshing, good carbonation

D: Excellent sipping beer but tastes so good you'll be sipping often. Delicious and refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 00:34:13 | More by wiscokid920
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours rather clear medium golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is medium-high spicy, citrus esters as well as some bubble gum. The flavor is quite delicious, a nice balancing act of slightly sweet malt and spicy, peppery character from the yeast. The beer finishes a bit dry, with a medium-low hop bitterness and spicy hop flavor, leaving you wanting more. The body is medium-full and carbonation nearing high, but appropriately so. Overall a satisfying, well executed trippel.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:23:33 | More by uwmgdman
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aubuc1

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dated best before march 2012

Pours a very clear rich golden with a white head.

Very floral, sweet with a belgian yeast/biscuit.

Taste is like the smell. Floral, rich fruity and very smooth. Sort of a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a nice tripel. Not too different than la fin du monde (maybe not quite as good).

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:56:29 | More by aubuc1
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a New Belgium globe tulip. Thanks to Mike Marty and A-B Beverage for the sample.

Pours a crystal-clear deep sunny gold with a puffy three fingers of white foam, verging on rocky. The head settles into a thick crown that grabs onto the walls of the glass, holding on tight enough to leave behind fat splotches of lace.

A bit subdued in the nose, rather surprisingly -- spicy notes of white pepper and clove dominate, with some faint DMS (likely from the use of pilsner malt) peeking through at lower temperatures. Banana and pear nots hide in the background.

Light-to-medium-bodied with a moderate, prickly carbonation; sweet honey-ish malt notes intermingle up front with light toast, flowing into a rather complex middle with spicy peppercorn, white pepper, clove, hints of basil and oregano and juicy pear; finishes spicy-fruity and mostly dry, with a lingering impression of white pepper and herbal mint.

Not a bad Tripel at all and quite drinkable despite the alcohol content; as with the brewery's example of the Dubbel style, bottle conditioning would probably do this beer justice, but it's perfectly good without it. This would pair excellently with spicier dishes or even lighter fare like salads.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 03:14:03 | More by superdedooperboy
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

keeping with the belgian theme tonight, poured into a tulip glass from the bottle

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation. Head is gone halfway down the glass. Leaves behind marginal splotches of lacing.

S - Plenty of coriander on a sweet malt background, maybe a tad bit of hops and some candied sugar notes.

T - Really not much upfront except a hint of malt and alcohol. The body is pretty mild for a triple with a few phenol flavors meandering with the sweet malt and coriander. A flourish of hop flavors come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue along with a flourish of phenol flavors to leave a coriander finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I'm not sure I'd call this beer a triple. Yes, the alcohol is up there, but the flavor isn't nearly as bold as other triples. Hell, the leffe blonde seemed to have as much if not more flavor. It does hit a price point at around $7.50 a six here, but I probably won't be revising this one...

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 07:49:10 | More by Bockrules
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Jinholic

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden orange body, 2 fingers of pure white head awesome lacing.

Smell - Coriander and lots of flowers and a bit of citrus while a nice scent its not the strongest.

Taste - Not as spicy as I thought it would be no yeast in this which is a big disappointment. Its more citrus in the mouth than I would like as well but not too bad.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but not very refreshing a bit dry in the finish leaving me wanting some water with each sip.

Overall - A good beer but not a great beer, I've got to say American made Belgian beers aren't the greatest at all its not the easiest style to copy. For only 7.8% I can taste all of it NB did a terrible job at hiding it. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 02:57:09 | More by Jinholic
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AgentMunky

California

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before 26 February 2012.

A: Beautiful pitted white head. Clouds of light bubbles float serenely through this clear, golden elixir. Good lacing.

S: Zesty citrus yeast. Coriander? Not much else.

T: Tasty and refreshing. Light lemon citrus complements a yeasty, almost wheaty maintaste. The aftertaste is less dry than anticipated and lingers lightly bitter.

M: So well-balanced that it's almost not noticeable...but in a good way. Perfectly subtle carbonation.

O: Not a great tripel, but a good enough beer. Yeasty-plain and citrus-tart. Not recommended, but I might someday have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:57:12 | More by AgentMunky
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bbkd3b

California

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful golden body, but this is maybe the first 100% clear Trippel I've ever seen in my life. 1-finger head bubbles around the tulip, but fades after a short while and leaves a thin layer floating at the top of the glass. Smell isn't as strong as I'd like it to be - corriander, floral hops, and bread form the body. Any yeast scent is non-existent. As it warms, sharper tones of hops become more obvious with a hint of fruitiness.

A fairly light body carried the corriander tones on to the tongue. Alcohol was effectively hidden by the floral tastes... Unfortunately, it seemed like those tones hid many other flavors. Some thin, hoppy bitterness and biscuit flavors form the underbelly of the brew. Carbonation is light but pleasant on the tongue. A dry finish leaves the flavors lingering in the mouth for a good while after it's all said and done.

Overall/notes - I remember being kind of mum on this a long time ago, and I can see why. It's a good beer, but it pales in comparison to the dozens of other higher-quality tripels out there. Certainly worth a taste, but don't go out of your way to hunt for one.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:45:13 | More by bbkd3b
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mooselvlt

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours golden and clear with a 2 finger off white foamy head with very good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Hints of coriander, flowers, and some dark fruit. I've always enjoyed the nose of this stuff

T - Follows the nose, with a splash of piney hops at the finish.

M - light to medium, oily, fairly smooth with some lingering bitterness but not overpowering.

O - Way back in the day, this was a staple of mine. Honestly haven't had it in years. Still enjoy it and think its well done. Tripel isn't my favorite style, but I do enjoy this beer nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 06:45:00 | More by mooselvlt
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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