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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,276 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,276
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 66
Gots: 110 | 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:
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice flow into my glass resulting in a two finger head of dense off white, to very light yellow foam. Lace is a little broken, but has a good cling. Color is a 6 on the SRM beer color chart, with clear presentation and lots of micro bubbles. Smell is heavenly, with the almost overpowering aroma of peaches. There are also fragrances of melon, lime peel, and flowers. I wish the taste was a good as the smell, but it was a muted version, with flavors of peaches, slightly sour oranges...maybe tangelos, something in there is like Swiss cheese, and a whips of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a potent explosion of carbonation. There is a slight coating of sweet, sticky phlegm in the back of my throat, but it is sort of pleasing. Over all this was a great journey and the buzz is just what I needed. If I see the label again, I will most certainly put it in my shopping vessel.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 15:42:58 | More by beerprovedwright
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iDrinknewglarus

Wisconsin

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

A: Pours a clear golden color. Thin white head that dies quickly, like most belgiums tend to do. Spotty lacing.

S: Fuity esters. Ripe banana. Malty sweetness. Bready. Spicy from the coriander. Touch of alcohol. Also smells grainy which knocks this down a peg. I've smelled better.

T: The amount of alcohol kind of caught me off guard. At just 7.8% I wasn't expecting it to be THIS noticeable. The main flavor is like liquid bread. It finishes with some alcohol sweetness that drys out your mouth a little. Also finishes with a little spice.

M: Medium. Good mouthfeel for the style, but not extremely carbonated like other belgiums, and I kind of wish it was.

I thought this beer was alright. I've had La Fin Du Monde, and that was a FAR superior tripel. This beer is decent for the price, but I recommend their Abbey over this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:45:08 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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twoheadedboy

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appropriately the first brew poured into my new New Belgium snifter. Poured a beautiful golden orange with solid lacing.

Smell is floral, extremely sweet hops and fruit with overpowering banana esters. Taste is also sweet, with the spicy coriander evident; it's overwhelmingly fruity, primarily bananas with some apples, oranges, and smooth grains. Citrusy, mild hops are present and understated, taking back seat to the fruit and belgian yeast. The pleasantly tart alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Paired with spicy pepperjack, which combined to make a nice sharp bitterness. New Belgium absolutely knocked this one out of the park. A great Belgian imitation, an absolute steal at 8 bucks for a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:10:58 | More by twoheadedboy
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Illtryit

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear - yellow gold pour with bright white head about a half inch thick. Crisp carbonation -- almost soda like. No lacing. Head is gone after a few sips.

Grainy smell. Slight coriander drift.

Taste is dry. A little grainy. Alcohol is definitely present in the aftertaaste

Mouthfeel is dry, carbonation, hearty.

Overall, I'm not overly impressed with this brew. It IS drinkable, but I'm not so sure I'll want to do that very often.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:04:37 | More by Illtryit
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 19:22:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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uberez8

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided it was time to give the Belgian style Belgiums a try, starting with the Abbey, which I quite enjoyed and then moved onto this brew.

At first pouring it, I was surprised that it was a little darker and more malty in smell than most Trippels. I'll give it a little leeway there for the fact it is a Trippel "style" and not a true Trippel in brewing methods. A moderately thin, one finger head with a good white color poured from the bottle. The flavor was good and consistent but nothing to rave about. A bit heavy with the carbonation but the light, fruity Trippel flavors and malts are there without a doubt. I also quite enjoyed the coriander finish but over all I found it so-so compared to the Abbey. It was not a bad beer and good for what it is but given the choice between this and their Abbey, I know which one I will be buying more of in the future.

A competent Trippel but not much more.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 21:55:09 | More by uberez8
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unclemorgan

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Head was thin and quickly evaporated to reveal the medium dark colored brew. There was minimal to no lacing.

Smells of hops and spices (the coriander is a given, it's on the freakin label). Also detected hints of banana, vanilla, and some bubblegum.

Taste was light with little aftertaste that sweetens as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:24:13 | More by unclemorgan
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Glibber

Idaho

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

Poured light yellow/amber with a small 1/3" head that dissipated over time. Nice floral, belgium smell (Munich hops?). Light floral alcohol taste with a nice warming of the stomach and not to overpowering. This is a great low cost Belgian and better than some of the more expensive Belgian style beers I have tried lately.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:22:10 | More by Glibber
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chinchill

South Carolina

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

12 oz bottle poured a clear, light amber with a smallish but long-lasting white head.

Aroma - coriander (perhaps too much), clove, toasted grain and yeast.

T - flavorful; some fruity sweetness up front, but still more bitter than expected, especially in the finish and aftertaste; plenty of spiciness but still seemed lacking in complexity.

M - smooth and somewhat thin (as expected for style); medium carbonation imparts some crispness.

O - I tend to have a love/hate reaction to tripel style ales, with a good number being unappealing and a minority (usually Belgian) being well above average. This one is in the middle ground but still not my cup of tea.

{revisited and review tweaked in Sept. 2012]

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 13:49:54 | More by chinchill
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden color and a completely clear consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A toned-down smell of yeast, malt and spices.

T: Tasted of coriander, malt, Belgian yeast, and some light fruits. Not particularly dynamic and a little on the thin side. Not bad, but lacked the complexity of the great tripels.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a decent, drinkable beer, but not necessarily a great one.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 11:27:02 | More by avalon07
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear, golden color with nice head and lace retention.

S - Strong Belgian yeast and coriander. The alchol smell is not masked. Its up front. Smells tasty.

T - Sweet malts and coriander, with a hefty doze of booze. It is delicious if you are into belgian ale's.

M - Very crisp, with alot of carbonation.

D - Excellent. I would love another, but a little too strong to put down a 6 pack in a evening. But a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:12:22 | More by BeerDawgs
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nsabo

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I feel like this beer has two separate stages of tastes going on, but one transitions so smoothly into the other it’s easy to overlook everything that’s going on and simply enjoy it as is. This beer has a ton of carbonation, and the first taste I’m getting is a mixture of carbonation, a tinge of hops, and very faint lemon. The second taste that finishes each sip and lingers in the aftertaste (and matches the nose) is syrupy sweet malt, some banana, and old bread yeast. I know a lot of sugar is used in this style, but this is still an overly sweet beer, like it has the strong sweetness of a quad without the booziness of one.
I dig this beer a lot and have been drinking it for years, but oddly haven’t paid it much mind. Even though the yeast is the star of the show, I recommend trying their Abbey ale, – funkier yeast, way less sweetness.
(Note: the label touts “bottle conditioned,” but don't make any cellaring plans. I naively stashed some of these away for a while, but even after just 6 months they tasted awful.)

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:43:57 | More by nsabo
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pale Gold, with some orange hazy cloud resting in the center of the glass. About a 2 inch white head, that suprising leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Smell-Alot of yeast with a hint of lemon. Theres definitely some spice in there, I'm not a Coriander expert but that might be what it is.

Taste-The booze is really taking over. Don't think they're trying to hide it. The spice and yeast carry over to the taste with an alcohol burn. Possibly some banana in there as well. Not very balanced, but I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with a fairly crisp finish. Moderate amount of carbonation. Definitely getting an alcohol burn.

Overall-Bought this as a single not knowing what to get, but I was actually impressed. Definitely not the best trippel by any means, but for 1.79, can't go wrong. I enjoyed it more then I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:58:29 | More by SWMeyer4141
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very transparent golden color with quite a bit of fluffy white head on it. Good lacing as well. Great malt aroma with really good floral notes. Nice crisp refreshing bite on this beer. Yeast taste up front, good citrus and floral malt taste as well. Some alcohol coming through on the taste, but not terrible. Pretty smooth drinking beer overall, I enjoyed it. Wouldn't mind going for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:56:49 | More by richkrull
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a light amber with a decent sized head.

S: Spices and cloves, with some funk and a bit of booziness.

T: All the flavours are pretty subdued. Funk comes through, along with citrus zest and sweetness. Booze is a little too present as well.

D: Alcohol is moderately hidden and the flavours are interesting enough, but its not something I'll have two of, if I have other options.

Overall: A decent Tripel and very reasonably price. However, it won't blow you away like other Tripels that are also widely available will.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 17:55:06 | More by JohnnyChicago
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a nice clear deep gold with a two finger head that dissipates and leaves a bit of froth on the top and about a quarter inch of around the edge of the glass. It appears to have a solid amount of carbonation.

S - rich yeasty biscuit smell dominates with floral/fruit overtones. I took a while for my nose to warm up to this (but I am a bit congested so that could be the reason).

T - good yeasty taste up front w/ fruit on the finish and some hops. A bit of alcohol taste as well which I enjoyed.

M - medium moothfeel, not as heavy carbonation as I had anticipated. The mouthfeel compliments the taste very nicely. Not as crisp as I had anticipated either, but it tasted a bit different than I had expected (not too much experience w/ Trippels).

D - a very nice beer, and a good Belgian style beer as well. I'd like to try more in this style to have a bit more context.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 22:57:11 | More by lawlerj
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HaysAmerica

Kansas

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle w/ a bottling date that I cannot quite make out. Kinda annoying but oh well. Pours into a tulip glass w/ a beautiful golden straw color and an nice tightly packed white head. Carbonation is good. No chill haze, perfectly clear. The nose is alcoholic, peppery, allspisce, w/ some fruity esthers. Malty start, spicy fruit w/ a straw/hay taste. Some spicy hops come in on the back to round out the taste. Yeaty & bready come to mind as does w/ most from this style. Mouthfeel is medium which mirrors the body of the beer. There is something that I can't quite put my finger on about this beer in the taste but I don't think it detracts from the overall experience. As I go through this beer, the head stays well & has a pretty good amount of sticky lacing. Definitely has a subtle lingering finish - can be good or bad depending on the occasion. Overall drinkability is good to me.

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:19:25 | More by HaysAmerica
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hiku7

California

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a tulip.

A - Beautiful crystal clear bright golden pour with a 2 finger white head. Light spotty lacing.

S - Fruity sweetness up front followed by a yeasty sourdough like aroma

T - Closely mirrors the smell on this one, a sweet fruitiness (not citrus though) with a very evident yeast flavor. Though the bottle says it is brewed with coriander, I didn't taste much, if any of it. Alcohol is pleasantly evident on the back end.

M - Full bodied and almost syrupy with light carbonation, but feels lighter on the palate than the ABV would suggest.

D - It's a tripel, so for me it is a beer to savored somewhat and though I enjoyed it thoroughly, one was enough for tonight.

I don't have much experience with tripels, but I enjoyed this brew and certainly plan to explore the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:28:27 | More by hiku7
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albertjr21

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 3.23.11 during the last month of freshness, according to the bottle noted date of 27MAR11. Into a tulip glass this reveals a bright and somewhat clear yellow gold color (allowing the sediment from the bottle into my glass) under a light but persistent foamy head. Moderate aroma is a mostly yeasty one with a sweet lemon ester. Echoing "Belgian" yeast and bright malt politely makes its way all over my palate and seems to get smoother and more distinguishable with every sip. Notes of lemon rind, light coriander, and bready malt resonate in the aftertaste. I could sip through several of these...

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:55:26 | More by albertjr21
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Pleasing, if a tad short, take on a Trippel.

Presentation: 12 oz brown custom capped bottle. Light blue New Belgium seal with brown Label with a silhouetted image of the coriander plant. Side narrative offers a brief bragging description. Shows a barely legible best by date (30OCT11?), and 7.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale gold pour, 1/2" head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and minimal lacing. Quite a shy look, and the unfiltered nature is nowhere to be seen.

S - Soft fruity nose, spicy, with a pleasing yeasty sense.

T - Good generic notes of a trippel, faint yeasty sense, touch of spices, coriander... Sugary, with a soft floral sense, dash of citrus hops in the back.

M - Medium-light body, with medium carbonation, a bit thin in a way... With a fair crisp finish.

D - It has a nice flow, and the overall sense rescues what for a moment might seem like not too memorable a brew.

Notes: Not a bad brew, and If one is on the style it is pleasing and quaffable. But for me this is certainly on the weaker side of New Belgium's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 12:39:40 | More by Daniellobo
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jmvecchio1

Missouri

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

L - Golden with nice head and lace on the bottle pour.

S - Sweet banana, light fruit, and yeasty.

T - Is a crisp mix of yeast, banana and clove, and some herbal undertones.

M - Crisp carbonation and light mouthfeel.

D - Drinks pretty easily despite the higher ABV. I normally stop at one because the sweetness starts to get to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 20:54:27 | More by jmvecchio1
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal gold body with some floaters. Thick white frothy head with decent retention and great lacing.

Smell - Strong, definite banana. Sweet corn.

Taste - Strong, definite banana appears here as well. Tastes like it smells. Hidden alcohol considering the ABV, but it does make a cameo in the finish. Banana aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great full bodied, lots of carbonation.

Drinkability - You'd be hard pressed to find a lot of beers as drinkable as this in its ABV range without leaving the US. Great beer, and easy as hell to drink. And definitely something I want to come back to and share with friends another day. This is a poor-mans Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 05:03:39 | More by ZenAgnostic
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raszputini

North Carolina

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

In a Chimay glass (for effect). Pours golden amber with a light whitish head that dissipates quickly. Light fruit, belgian yeast and phenols in the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp and thin. Notes of beligian sugar, the yeast, coriander, with a crisp finish. When I say crisp, I dont mean hops, it ends with a carbonation-y crispness like carbonated water. Its not a bad thing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 01:29:49 | More by raszputini
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent golden color with a thin white head and lots of bubbles.

S: A bit of bready malt, some citrus hops with lots of cloves and yeast.

T: Starts sweet with cloves and a bit of yeast with some citrus hops in there. Finish is some more hops with a bit of bready malt.

M: Medium with some good carbonation.

D: Fairly high, but at 7.8% abv it could catch up to you quicker than you'd expect.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 22:08:47 | More by RunForYourBeer
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perfectly clear with a finger cap that is bone white over a straw colored body.Aroma and flavors really give a citrus impression from start to finish. There are light fruity esters involved along with coriander spices. Very crisp and drinkable all around. While an excellent beer, it's not a Tripel that blows me away, but it is one that is worth keeping around for it's price and value for sure.
What other Tripel is this good at this price? try and find one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 05:46:06 | More by ChadQuest
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