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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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2,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,372
Reviews: 926
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 150 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of ElmerBruisery


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Fresh 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Puffy white cap leaves solid lacing. Color is golden and clear, but a little dull.

Nose is fruity, yeasty, noticeable coriander and... dusty spices. There's a strange smell here and the first thing I think of is dusty spices 

Taste is bread fruit yeast and noticeable alcohol in the finish. I enjoy this beer, but after every sip I think of the dead yeast at the bottom of a primary fermenter... The finish is long and filled with booze bitterness and bread.

Mouthfeel is creamy and bubbly.

Overall this is a good beer, but not a great one. Maybe this bottle was too fresh, some time aging could help marry these flavors a lot better. I haven't had too many tripels; I wasn't crazy about this one but loved la fin du monde.

09-08-2011 02:17:43 | More by ElmerBruisery
Photo of Josiah2729


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from bottle into Chimay goblet

A- Golden and clear, medium head with some lacing, small amount of head lingers, some bubbles working their way up after every sip.

S- Bubblegum, coriander, fairly strong alcohol smell for a 7.8 ABV

T- coriander, bubblegum, slight alcohol bitterness, not too much complexity, doesn't linger compared to some other Trippels

M- Smooth, fairly light for the style, some effervescence

O- Decent for the price, if you are comparing to an authentic Trappist Trippel, you will most likely be disappointed.

09-07-2011 01:49:42 | More by Josiah2729
Photo of daledeee


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Another new offering. $849/6pk for a Tripel. Worth a try.

A bright gold with nice head and minor lacing.

Farmy at first, bubblegum, yeast.

Rather thin for a tripel. A tad dry in the finish as well. This is not indicative of a tripel. The taste is orange, some yeast and slightly malty. Not that sweet but enough.

This is more of a session beer than a tripel, which I am used to savoring. This is, however, a strong beer so I use the term "session" with reservation.

09-03-2011 22:27:18 | More by daledeee
Photo of gpogo


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

A- Yellow golden body with a small amount of particles, but not enough to be hazy. Small white head that dissipated. Moderate bubble activity.

A- Coriander, light sweet malt, belgian yeast. Orange fruitiness.

T- Taste is very similar to the aroma. Spicy creamy sweet fruity malt. Aftertaste is sweet fruity bubblegum orange. Interesting and pleasant aftertaste. Slight taste of alcohol.

M- Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth creamy feel.

D- Enjoyable, but there are many better tripels out there.

09-03-2011 20:49:48 | More by gpogo
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

A - Surprising light in color; golden and see-through.

S - Fruity, mostly oranges, bubble gum.

T - Oranges and Ginger, a hint of the powder that is on bubble gum.

M - Light and refreshing, some carbonation, pretty smooth.

O - Overall a pretty good Tripel, but I expected a little more flavor a complexity. Surprisingly light and drinkable for a 7.8% Tripel.

09-03-2011 01:27:18 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of tone77


4.47/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is fruity, yeast. Taste is good, fruits, a touch of coriander, yeast, a hint of alcohol, lots of flavor here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an excellent beer.

09-02-2011 13:53:52 | More by tone77
Photo of cdkrenz


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Crisp orange body with an inch of bright white head that fades to a simple cover over the brew's top.

S - The aroma of oranges, lightly roasted malt and Belgian years make for a very inviting scent.

T - The smell is telltale of what the beer will taste like. It has that trademark Belgian yeast sweetness to it. There is a bit of funny-business in the finish.

M - Soft and moderately coarse with a light to medium body.

~ This is a good beer. I am a big fan of the style and I think New Belgium has done a good job of creating a solid tripel right here in the US. This is a good drinkable beer that offers some nice 'head' along the way.

09-01-2011 20:00:22 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Crossmd


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Stella stem glass.

Comes a lucid deep gold with a soapy one finger head.

Smells of clean egg(or eggnog?), some dried fruits(apricots and bananas?), and a hint of brown sugar and wheat bread. Decently projected.

Tastes of a rather one dimensional, spiced creme and fruits.
Dries down fast into a relatively disappointing finish of coriander and nutmeg?

Is nowhere near the careful crafting of what I consider to be better Belgian tripels. I feel like this is a tripel for the bud light crowd, which is fine as a transition beer, just not one that can hold a candle to it's more intentionally crafted siblings.

Overall, For a belgian style triple, I expected a lot more in the way of body, and texture/flavor.

Could see this pairing rather well with a cheaper pizza. Put it with food, because it doesn't exactly have the conviction or the autonomy to stand alone.


08-30-2011 03:20:58 | More by Crossmd
Photo of jayhawk73


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

A- Pours a light gold color w/ a really nice two finger off white head. The head sticks around for a while. Really good carbonation and decent lacing. This tripel is a lot clearer than most every other one I've had, you can see right through it.

S- Yeast, malt, some hops, lemon, sweet fruit. Nose improves w/ warming. Very clean and crisp smelling. Coriander is there too, but behind the lemon. Not bad.

T- Ok- Coriander pops out in the taste. Pepper in there as well- a little too heavy. Lemon is relegated to the background on the taste, and there's a bite from the hops. This is on the lighter, crisper side for the style. I'd actually like a little more malt presence on this beer to match the tripels I really enjoy. Still this is a unique beer, and pretty enjoyable.

M- Fairly thin, crisp and dry for the style. Not bad though, just personal preference.

O- This is a unique, enjoyable beer. It just doesn't reach up into the upper echelon for the style. Still, if you haven't had this- check it out. Glad this is available in the DC area now.

08-29-2011 22:25:36 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of vandemonian


4/5  rDev +5.3%

New Belgium Trippel tastes very, very strongly of banana.

A: Yellow orange color and a 3 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Sweet citrus, banana and spice aroma. Nice. 4.5

T: Banana and yeast with the slightest hint of spices. There is a slight alcohol kick at the end. The banana flavour may be a little too much. Still nice though. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: The banana may be a bit too much. 3.5

08-29-2011 04:34:35 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Chyren


4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a beautiful full bodied clear golden liquid with a massive dence white head. Smell is of spice and sweeter malts, citrus like orange, some very light summer grass, yeasty and biscuity. A pleasant aroma overall. It has some tang to it, a a nice alcohol air, the taste comes across with yellow fruits accented by an earthy sort of spice. It is clean and filling, full bodied and refreshing. Overall, I'd say this is a supremely quaffable mainstream trippel.

08-29-2011 03:53:54 | More by Chyren
Photo of KMcG


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

It pours with a nice thick head of about 2 fingers high. The beer is golden and clear with nice small bubble action. After a couple minutes, the head settles to a lacy thin foam topping the beer. It smells of yeast and spice. The taste is a mix of flavors that seem right together and some not so. First, there is a malty taste that is somewhat funky like a mild malt vinegar. Then, there is a fruity (mild pear or peach?), herbal taste with the coriander hints. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium with some mild carbonation. It different than most tripels, but I enjoyed it.

08-27-2011 19:10:02 | More by KMcG
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10%

Pours a decadent honey gold, topped with a big puff of white foam. Lots of speckled lace clinging all the way down the glass (Stella tulip), looking exactly the way I'd like.
The aroma is actually pretty light, despite the dense head. Maybe subtle is a better word. Pale malt sweetness, with a back-end of fruit, spice and booze. Heady pear fruitiness, bright yellow, banana-shaped candy, mellow clove and peppery spice.
The flavor opens with restrained, pale, pale malt. Sweet, but characterized more by the yeast flavors than anything else. Candi sugar? Definitely traces of honey, especially in the back-end. The finish is mainly pepper, clove and I-just-opened-the package plastic, with glances of woody, floral hops. Not much in the way of bitterness, as you'd expect for the style. The carbonation is strong, but mellowed and balanced against the heavy body. Dirty-sweet and heavily flavored by the yeast, but clean in terms of brewing. Maybe too much so, missing that je ne sais quoi that the heavies of the trippel world seem to have. The thing I like most about this beer is the effervescent, champagne-like carbonation, which remains so effortlessly unnoticed. Carbonation is something I feel is highly overlooked in a good beer. It's under the radar, but can easily ruin an otherwise top-level brew. In this case, it's fluffy enough to compete with the rather heavy body, and make big flavor feel much lighter than it is. To me, that's a huge plus for drinkability. They got this one spot-on, and it makes me reach for another bottle, despite my better judgement.
I don't think I've had this since visiting Colorado in 2005, bringing home a sixer (with the three ladies under the arches on the label) to share with the boys in Connecticut. Either I was more discerning back then or the recipe has improved, but I think this is pretty top shelf for an american-made, seasonally brewed trippel. It's tough to hang with the trappist big boys, but it's easily better than a lot of trippels actually brewed in Belgium.
A couple of the boys I play cards with call this "the tripper", in regards to how quickly it sneaks up on them. Very accurate in my opinion. The problem is how easy it is to reach for another.

08-27-2011 03:16:09 | More by UnionMade
Photo of smakawhat


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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


4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

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!

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


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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