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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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very good

2,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 65
Gots: 108 | 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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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 05:18:25 | More by philbertk
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours truly crystal clear, surprisingly (and disappointingly) so - I like to see at least a bit of yeast in any traditional Belgian style. Still, not at all an unattractive beer - just not very tripel-like to me. Aggressive effervescence, with a two-finger, creamy, dense white head that actually grows for a bit until the first sip, eventually settling into a thin but dense white cap. Excellent lacing.

Nose carries notes of tangy yeast, ripe mango, with the coriander clearly coming through. Alcohol has a clear presence as well, with just a bit of sugary sweetness. An interesting combination; the coriander provides an almost earthy substance to balance the heady sweetness and alcohol. Light but rich at the same time. The coriander may be just a bit out of hand, as it comes through a bit too clearly for my tastes.

Taste matches up closely with the nose. Ripe, even overripe golden fruit and a bit of candy sugar up front, again tangy, with the coriander bringing that same earthiness to the mix towards the finish, though this time perhaps even more intense. Sweet from first sip to last exhale, not at all a dry example of the style. Very, very light bitterness lingers after the rich golden sweetness has faded.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the heady side; lightly carbonated, with a full, almost syrupy body.

Drinkability the only big hit on this one. Big, prominent alcohol, a bt syrupy, and the massive sweetness and the big coriander are both a bit wearing in their own right, even if they do balance each other somewhat. Not a bad tripel at all, and what it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in flavor, though not entirely.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 21:20:44 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of bagpiper2005


4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light golden-amber color with two and a half fingers of white head that retains decently and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops, some pale malts, fruity esters, a hint of the coriander.

Taste: Starts off with a spicy kick which then gives way into some pale malt sweetness and biscuit breadiness. The middle is a combination of hints of peach and banana, and finishes up with a coriander note and some piney hop bitterness, as well as a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and refereshing, light to medium in body with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and goes down very smoothly. You could put a few of these away.

Final Notes: A delicious, well balanced beer for multiple different occasions and food pairings. Big flavor and complex. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 22:00:43 | More by bagpiper2005
Photo of TheSarge


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours decently fir a finger thick fluffy white head. The body is kind of pale gold in color and is ultra clear, which is not a typical trait for a Tripel from what I know.

In the aroma the candied sugar fragrance is there, along with a hint of the coriander, and a little bit powdery too.

Taste wise it is a bit like biting into an under ripe orange, but cut with a little hint of sugar. It's spicy, crisp and warm. I like this beer but I would classify this one more closer in style to Duvel, but I'm no expert.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 18:35:18 | More by TheSarge
Photo of woosterbill


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sheffield's into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Crystal clear amber-gold body; two fingers of chunky white head show good retention and excellent lace. Nothing wrong here, and the proper glassware is a nice touch. Great looking beer.

S: Very sweet and fruity, with major influence from both yeast and alcohol. Overwhelming cooked banana aroma - seriously huge. Banana and booze, through and through.

T: Bready malt, fruity (banana) yeast, and mildly warming alcohol. Not bad, but not a great attempt at a Tripel.

M: Pretty nice. Medium body with moderate, superfine carbonation.

D: Drinks like at least 9%; way too boozy for its strength.

Notes: Not a bad brew by any means, and my new-to-Tripels friend quite enjoyed it. I won't be seeking it out again myself, though, as ethanol-soaked bananas aren't really my thing.


Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 18:21:07 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Erish


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: bright honey-gold, the one finger head falls very quickly, but a skinny cap and decent lacing are perpetuated by a constant stream of carbonation.

S: subdued sweetness, fruity Belgian funk, coriander, tinge of alcoholic snap.

T: plenty of bread-like malt, plum, vinous grapes, and Belgian fruity funk, there is a flash of alcohol in the middle, and then another flash of dark, overripe fruit (cherry?), and also overripe banana, and figs, the coriander is most noticeable in the finish, along with a slow alcohol burn, and a lingering earthy funk.

M: relatively light, very good carbonation, and a nice powdery dry finish.

D: This is some really tasty stuff! I was worried about the coriander, but it played a nice backup role to the malt, yeast, and alcohol. Well balanced, a very good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:41:38 | More by Erish
Photo of FleckHead


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do love Belgian beers, but the price for the big bottles is something to consider. I like La Fin du Monde and the Trippel and Saisons made by Ommegang. I would rather drink these beers over NB trippel. That being said, for 6.99 a 6-pack, value wise this is a sure winner. I don't drink any other NB beers, but this one was a great surprise, and is my "always in the fridge" beer.

P.S. Their Abbey style is not even close. Don't confuse it with their "Trippel".

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 23:52:06 | More by FleckHead
Photo of dirtylou


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single, Woodman's - East

appearance: served in delirium chalice - hazy orange body, white froth

smell: sweet and fruity, yeasty, some light alcohol...not overly distinguished

taste: a little dissapointing given the respectable rating - too thick, alcohol more pronounced than it should be at 7.8%, corriander not strong even though its detailed on the label, and its a bit too sweet.

mouthfeel: see above

drinkability: average for the style at best

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:04:04 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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

A vibrant yellow haze, very dense, lots of ppm 'haze'. Aroma was sweet and a dab of alcohol.

Some spice, at both ends of the spice spectrum, like from nutmeg to the hot kind. Alcohol was a little too hot for my wishes. Really just tastes like an imperial hefe/witbier. If that's your kind of thing, its probably made decently, but the absence of any real appreciable malt or hop character, make this is a tough sell. The yeast strain was ok, but had a disagreeable tartness to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 01:23:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of OttoPeeWee


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

First of all, I am a Belgian beer drinker and the tripels are my favorite style. That being said I am going to rate this beer against others in the catagory.

The beer was good for beer, and I wouldn't complain if someone had it at a party, but it tastes like New Belgiums Fat Tire, but with some coriander and corn syrup added to kick up the ABV.

This beer doesn't hold a candle to the "big boys". And with a name like "New Belgium" I expect better, I guess.

For the price, you get what you pay for. Quality ingredients are more expense and make for a well crafted beer of this style.

Make no mistake, far from a bad beer, but far from calling itself a "tripel from New Belgium."

If you are looking for the real deal start with a Duvel or Tripel Karmeliet and if you know beer and this style avoid this rip off!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 21:33:25 | More by OttoPeeWee
Photo of ricke49


2.1/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

a = very clear deep yellow. no cloudiness to speak of
s = faint smell of the spice addition
t = this is where it started to really fall down for me. After 3 bottles, spread apart over about a week, I've concluded that I can not finish the 6-pack....so a triple drain pour is in my future (no pun). The taste is unlike any trippel i've had before. hard to describe, except to say 'sorta phony' and single dimensioned.
m = worst mouthfeel beer i have ever drank. absolutely no pleasure from swirling it around the inside of my oral cavity.
d = well...i made it through 3 of 6 bottles; but with that have reached my lifetime limit. I see no reason to drink this beer when there are hundreds of better belgian style tripples out there; most of which are refreshing, complex and rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 19:03:56 | More by ricke49
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the review below held for the two bottles initially purchased (i forget where, possibly festival), but so far a sixer bought at woodmans has been less enjoyable--seems less smooth and much less flavorful.

new belgium trippel. picked up 2 as part of a 7.99 mixed 6 at festival on northland.

a 3.5 clear golden. frothy big bubbled carbonation leads to a quick drop in the head, but the cap is fairly persistent.

s 4 pleasant if slightly restrained banana and coriander.

t 4 maybe a bit simple but its nice--banana esters and crackery yeastiness. a touch of yeasty spice on the back end keeps the slickness under control.

m 4 feels lusher and smoother than anticipated given the somewhat course carbonation. some viscous old banana coats the upper palatal regions. still, the prickly could be reduced a notch. a harder pour could be indicated.

d 4.5 very easy drinking. the balance and straightforward demeanor make this one of those you need to make an effort to avoid downing too quickl.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 02:17:01 | More by brewmudgeon
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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into NB globe. Glad to finally see this NB offering in the Chicagoland area!!

A: pours a bright clear orangeish yellow with a generous 2 finger foamy white head. Tons of lacing and great retention.

S: nose features big notes of bananas and cloves with a very noteable spiciness, perhaps from the coriander addition. Overall the nose is sweet with lots of Belgian yeast character. Very nice.

T: the front features the spicy notes I picked up on the nose and quickly becomes sweet with notes of green grapes and banana. The finish comes together nicely as everything is in balance. The abv is hard to detect and the flavor is big.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this is one of the more drinkable Tripels around IMO. It tastes very authentic, features bold flavors, and is expertly balanced. Plus, it is one of the best value 6 packs around at 7.99.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:53:46 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my favorite glass. A rich gold in color with a white head and some lacing.

Smell: Fruity due to the yeast used and also detectable is some coriander.

Taste: A crisp, refreshing beer with apple and pear like tartness and a dry spiciness adds some allspice, coriander and cinnamon. The spice is apparent but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: A nice example of a tripel brewed with spices. In this case the flavors worked well together, and I would like to have a few of these on hand at all times.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 00:58:15 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Slygato


2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance- Clear golden yellow little head little lacing

Smell- Has a smell of fruit and spices with a yeast and malt smell

Taste- Notice the yeast to much of a malt taste to it to really notice the fruit to it

Mouthfeel- Goes down about well as the average beer

Drinkability- Would maybe buy this once more to try it again and see if the taste is better the next time

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 00:27:19 | More by Slygato
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


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

Pours a yellow to slightly amber color, clear with not much head and not much lacing. Pretty color tho.

Smells quite strong, aroma doesn't match the taste that much tho. A slightly malt liquor-ish type smell, but not bad. Fruits, spices, very yeasty, with a touch of malt and a somewhat noticeable alcohol smell.

Tastes pretty darn good. Noticeable spices, including the advertised coriander. Definite yeast, and obvious, if not overpowering hops. Some banana, with overtones of apricot or plum fruitiness. Barely detectable alcohol taste that doesn't overpower or interfere.

Feels pretty crisp and light. Noticeable carbonation. Pretty easily drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Pretty drinkable. I'll certainly buy it again, fitting in with my preferences and liking for Belgian style beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 20:58:16 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of JMad


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

The beer was a very clear golden yellow, it had a very thin head and left minimal lacing.

It smells warm, alcoholic, and malty.

The taste is malty, a little sweet, hints of banana and clove, and a bit of lemon.

Very tingly and light bodied for the big alcohol.

Drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:22:58 | More by JMad
Photo of yaegerje


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

A - Light and fizzy yellow, a little amber tones I suppose

S - Malty with a punch of coriander, love that coriander

T - Nice coriander appeal here, definitely taste a little alcohol though, but at 7.8% that's not a big surprise. A very sweet tasting beer

M - Well carbonated, smooth, very good mouthfeel

D - I'd definitely buy it again, solid session beer, if you don't like coriander, this probably isn't for you.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 15:45:14 | More by yaegerje
Photo of jwinship83


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass as the bottle suggests.

A- this one pours out a very clear and pale straw colored body with a small and lasting bright white head. small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- belgian yeast and sweet malts are the main attractions here. banana, clove and bubblegum from the yeast. the coriander that the label advertises is hard to detect.

T- belgian yeast and sweet pale malts. lots of the yeasty characteristics that i could smell (banana and bubblegum) and the coriander is more pronounced.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- this one wouldnt impress the true connoisseurs of belgian style beers but its a decent attempt from an american brewer. id drink another sometime.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 19:38:27 | More by jwinship83
Photo of impulse7675


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

A: clear like a lager with a laced head.

S: Has a smell of the spicy Belgium Trippel. No coriander note.

T: Very dry, carbonated, lacks the malt in other Belgium Trippels. Still has some sweetness, fruit taste, spicy, coriander, alcohol note.

M: Like I said dry and carbonated like a lager.

D: Easy drink the only problem is 7.8% alc. which catches up to you but it is a Belgium Trippel, which I love.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 08:10:06 | More by impulse7675
Photo of Elimination


4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint...ya didnt have proper glassware today.

look is great, a bright vibrant glowing yellow, very little head though but not a prob. bubbles rushing to the top, mouth watering sight

smell coriander, fruity, wheat. the fruit is almost melon like, very sweet, a hint of bread dough, a little yeasty.

taste butery, very sweet, with a essence of that fruityness. it has new belgiums signature bread ness with the yeast, a little bit of a booze taste, almost vodka like. i love tripples and for 7 bucks a 6, it cant be beat

mouthfeel its kind of lacking here, just doesnt do a lot for me. the taste and feel are there, but just disapear quickly.

drinkablity i do like this brew a lot, and have had many 6 packs and bombers of it. for what i crave and the budget im on it really is a damn good beer

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 23:55:50 | More by Elimination
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden pour with lots of frothy white head and sticky lacing. Fairly generic aroma of Belgian yeast, heavy with bread and banana. Taste was also pleasant, with plenty of banana, clove, and yeast; quick finish with a bit of lingering sweet malt. Nothing stood out in particular, but the Belgian style is captured well without becoming too heavy or sweet. Very drinkable without being particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 06:51:33 | More by grittybrews
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: A nice slightly hazy deep golden color with a nice foamy white head that laced nicely, but receded quickly.

Smell: Yeasty, sweet and spicy. A very welcoming aroma, and very Belgian-like. Even better as it warms. I kept swirling and sniffing this one throughout. Very nice.

Taste: Even better than it smells. Sweet and floral yeast up front with flavors of Corriander and Banana. Finished sweet and dry. Was even better as it warmed slightly. Delicious!

Mouth Feel: Lighter body. Medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. I love Belgian Blond ales and this one is very similar in style. Less of a true Belgian 'Tripel' style, but more like a good BSPA or Blond. The flavor profile got much better as this beer warmed in the glass. Very tasty, will definitely drink again.

*** Note: The people giving this beer low marks here appear to be beer neophytes who don't/can't appreciate this unique style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 15:59:06 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of Icehouse57


2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love New Belgium Brewing. I've loved every beer I've had from them. Except this one.

It was very clear, and a pale straw color. It looked nice, but should have been cloudier to be true to a Tripple style. Maybe some more wheat?

Smelled ok. No real corriander smell. Bready. Fruity.

Taste- Was ok. I don't taste ANY coriander. I was expecting some. More bitterness than is traditional for a Trippel. Not as malty, or bready as I expected.

Mouthfeel- Meh.

It was drinkable. But no more than about 3 in a session.

I was disappointed in this offering. I shoulda just bought a few Westmalle Tripple. I guess I was expecting this to come somewhat close, but it wasn't even in the same ballpark.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:22:48 | More by Icehouse57
Photo of cal82


3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm pretty underwhelmed with this one, despite the ABV (7.8%). Not much flavor, hop or coriander.


Proceed with caution.

Our Trippel Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain. In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, our bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:11:32 | More by cal82
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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