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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

2,318 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 126 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While this is not as potent as a traditional Belgian or Euro triple, this is the best offering the U.S. has had in the triple category for a long time. This beer is not as sweet as the Euro counterparts, but pours a beautiful, dark brown pour, minimal head and carbonation, a sugary, malty aroma and leaves a slight tinge of bitterness on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:18:34 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of siradmiralnelson


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Nice retention and thick lacing. Color is a light golden yellow.

S. Nice tripel smell. Belgian yeast is the strongest smell as it is with most Tripels. Has a pretty sweet malt smell. Has a pear, banana fruity smell. Not a whole lot of spices going on.

T. Taste is good. Sweet malt taste. Get some of the pear and banana flavors from the nose. Not quite as complex as some of the top Tripels, but it is a good solid example.

M. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes pretty dry, with just a bit of sweeteness.

D. Drinkable Tripel for sure. I prefer tripels on the sweeter side, and this was right there. Not quite as complex a taste as some of the best, but this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:15:37 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of budgood1


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

pours out a brilliant and clear copper clour with a big frothy inch high white head, supported by some active carbonation. it certainly has some staying power and that leads to a great deal of lace being left on my glass as i imbibe. fruit (banana) and yeast aroma, slightly spicy and phenolic. taste is an overly clean conglomeration of sticky malts with an alcohol flair which warms nicely. the boozy spice dances with some spice obviously from the coriander used. some floral notes let the hops contribute a bit and things are all well, with nothing standing out. slightly bitter finish. rock solid body, but it drinks a little easier than it should. mouthfeel is round and smooth...like i said it slides down a bit too easy for a high ABV belgian style ale. therefore the drinkability is pretty nice. i'll have to be careful with this one.

i was bit disappointed with the lack of character and overall flavour. these new belgium beers are clean and crisp to a fault sometimes. the label states that it's bottle conditioned, but i don't see anything in the glass that supports this claim. solid but stoic in nature. just not memorable in any way.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:12:10 | More by budgood1
Photo of TheOtherMike


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

This was one of the selections in a sample pack of New Belgium offerings I recently received from a friend.

Although I have had less-than-pleasant experiences with coriander flavored beer in the past, I must admit that this was quite enjoyable. The coriander flavor is very mild and the beer itself is quite good. Perhaps a bit too strong for a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:56:11 | More by TheOtherMike
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Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from a77cj7 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts off with a strong spicy coriander flavor followed by mildly sweet flavors of lemon and caramel. Then some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not the best beer in the style but it's worth drinking for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:24:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. beer poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Medium gold in color, very clear. Large frothy white head, good retention, nice lacing.

Aroma-Belgian yeast aromas-estery (light fruits-pears, cherries, oranges) and phenols-(spicy, peppery). Some coriander in the nose as well. Light spicy, floral hops. Very low grain aroma. Also, a light rose-water aroma, probably from the alcohol. Interesting, and rather good.

Flavor-Less refined than the aroma. Some fruitiness, phenolics are a bit stronger here (same peppery, spiciness), but verge on plasticy-a little unbalanced. Light malt, low floral hop flavor, low hop bitterness. Rose-like alcohols dry out the finish, and are a bit harsher here.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium carbonation. Carbonation should be higher. Also, the hot/harsh alcohol greatly detracts from the mouthfeel.

I was very disappointed with this one, the appearance and aroma were fantastic, but the flavor really turned me off. Between the alcohol and the phenolics, this one was harsh and not terribly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 04:50:34 | More by plfahey
Photo of StaveHooks


2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a golden rose color. Small head dissipates quickly. A very striking beer.

S - Sweet tart candy, cherries, coriander, faint yeast in the background.

T - Moderate cherry fruit, coriander spice, candy sweetness, pale malt, tart pear, grassy straw. Finishes very sweet.

M - Low carbonation, slick.

Pros: Awesome cherry fruit flavors, Nice looking

Cons: Thin syrup flavors. Weak yeast profile. Cloying sweetness.

I probably won't be picking this up anytime. It was not my idea of a good Triple. Very sweet, thin, and boring. Those tiny hints of weak yeast don't cut it for a triple. They tried to compensate with the coriander but fell short. I guess not everything can be awesome. I still love this brewery though!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 20:39:10 | More by StaveHooks
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/30/2010. 12 oz bottle. Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, sweet fruits, bready malt. Flavor is sweet initially with a spicy, bready finish. Nice spice presence, very drinkable, very flavorful. Great trippel!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 20:38:58 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of harrymel


2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed: 06/30/10

Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

A: Great 1", whipped white head when poured vigorously. This head dissipated within one minute of pour. Ribbons of bubbles throughout. Light golden color with excellent clarity.

S: The coriander is a bit overwhelming in this one for me. Drowns out the malt for me.

T: Quite sweet on the tongue. Straw with coriander. Nothing impressive.

M: lively carbonation in mouth with low body. Semi-dry finish.

D: Seems like a decent example of a Trippel style, but nothing unique or great about the beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 06:17:19 | More by harrymel
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1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is a poor example of the style, so I was exceptionally disappointed when I had my first taste. The appearance is light and golden with a thin head, and not nearly as captivating as true trippel's. The aroma is pungent and akin to what I'd expect from a Miller Lite if it were home brewed (which means better than the macro-style), with a little bit of that classic "Heineken" skunky smell, probably the coriander. The beer has a mild velvetly sweetness to it, with distinguished abrasrasive and non-complex pilsner malt and coriander flavors. They obviously didn't use an abbey yeast for this. I'm actually quite disgusted with this beer, and I love most beers (with the exception of brown ales which i do not prefer, but that's just my preference.) I feel quite conflicted posting such a poor review as others seem to enjoy this brew, so take it with a grain of salt.... but if you are used to anything even remotely similar to the Chimay Trippel, you will be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:49:25 | More by DocSkalski
Photo of ferrari29


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

Poured from bottle to tulip glass

A - Light gold body; champagne look in appearance stemming from white foam and light color body; 1-finger foam; not much lacing; active with carbonation

S - Strong scent of spices, most notably the coriander; hints of spruce and pine; smells sweet though; the coriander this the focal point of this beer, this is definitely what the brewers what you to smell; very clear and crisp though; white wine grapes come to mind too

T - Spiced taste is very apparent, but not overdone; smooth; the spiced flavor of the beer is obviously the focal point of this brew; followed up but dry subtle fruit after taste; definitely dry

M - Effervescent feel over tongue; thin and not as creamy as I expected; well-built beer; reminds me of a wine almost with its spiced, thin and dry feel

D - Good beer; definitely something I thought I would not enjoy but was pleasantly pleased to find out that it was so good; I 'm not normally a fan of coriander spiced beers, but this one takes the cake and probably something you can enjoy with a piece of as well

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:24:33 | More by ferrari29
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

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

Don't get much New Belgium stuff in NY so I'm always eager to give some of their brews a shot while traveling. On my latest trip I found myself in Texas with a co-worker. I bought a six of the Wit and he the Trippel so we split them.

A- Pours very clear and golden almost the appearance of a lager.

S - Nose is a little stuffy, I do catch the faint of Coariander along with a slight whiff of something sweet.

T - A pretty decent Trippel. I personally prefer the Belgian brewed Trippels but have no gripes about this home grown brew.

D - Doesn't go down like a 7.8% ABV brew. Very smooth.

M - A good American Trippel. New Belgium does yet another good job with this brew.

Big fan of this brewery. Hoping to try some more before I depart TX.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:52:56 | More by tdawgydog
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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is clear amber and chrome yellow in color with nearly no head showing on top of the glass. There are a few dashes of lace along the side of the glass. The beer is slightly effervescent with the carbon dioxide covering a wide area while it finds its way to the top of the pour.

Smell: The nose is a mixture of pale malt, wheat, pepper, coriander and surprisingly there's a bit of toasted malt in there too. It's odd though, because that doesn't show up on the palate whatsoever.

Taste: Pale malt and wheat start off the tasting with a bit of clove and pepper coming through in the middle. More alcohol shines through at the end than I was expecting for the ABV.

Mouthfeel: A bit high on the carbonation at first, but after letting it sit for about an hour the carbonation settled. Body is on the thin side.

Drinkability: Given the Devil's Backbone I just had, it doesn't stack up well to it. I don't think I'd crate this beer again, though it was an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:38:44 | More by Ek0nomik
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Crystal-clear, golden color. Very light in appearance. Poured into tulip with thick, white head, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity, sweet, slight spice. Smells very good, but not as rich as I am used to for the style.

T: As the appearance suggests, light on flavor. Underwhelming for the style, really. Mainly malty and spicy flavors noted. Slight alcohol taste in the after. Just plain lacking in that full, robust flavor you're probably expecting for the style.

M: Very light. Lacks that sticky, full mouthfeel you get from nearly every other trippel I've tried.

D: High marks for drinkability. At 7.8%, you could actually drink a few of these, unlike most trippels. All considered, it's a clean-tasting, easy-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:02:48 | More by jmjackson6880
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3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice clear yellow with just a hint of gold. Forms a large white head, and getting a lot of bubbles from the D in the bottom of my Duvel glass.

Nice smell, there is the malty smell I associate with this style, but there's a bit more there as well. I can detect both orange and apple notes, and just a hint of spice.

Taste is malty, with a bit of citrus as well. The hops kick in at the back end, leaving a bit of a bitter aftertaste. The high abv is well hidden.

Feel was the weak point of this one, pretty weak, I expected more from the style.

Basically an ok at best tripel. Nowhere near as good as a true Belgian tripel, and probably the weakest of the US made ones I have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 01:20:19 | More by Vixie
Photo of fourplayed


2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear lite honey color with thin white head.

Smells of citrus- oranges, herbs and some spice, yeasts.

Taste -A big complaint here, alcohol taste and presense is of rubbing alcohol..not pleasent at all. Citrus again, herbs and spices, good belgium yeast notes are there.

Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit watery, decent dry finish.

Overall, if not for the big rubbing alcohol presense this would be a nice introduction for someone trying a tripel for the first time.
bottles date is 20feb11.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 19:27:46 | More by fourplayed
Photo of JayS2629


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at Baily's Chocolate bar on a road trip.

A- Clear golden color with creamy white head that sticks around and leaves rings of lace.

S- cloves, bananas, coriander, and hints of booze.

T- Biscuit with a hint of cinnomon. Cloves stand on their own with the coriander and a banana finish. Slightly boozy. Very delicious.

M- Light, mellow and creamy witha crisp bite and a warm booze in the background.

D- Very drinkable. The high alcohol makes it a sipper, but a delicious one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 19:24:17 | More by JayS2629
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright gold with a nice, creamy head. The head slowly dies back to a cap that persists throughout the drink.

Smells of cloves, bananas and coriander - with a little alcohol creeping in around the edges.

Not too sweet with a pronounced Belgian yeast profile. Lots of cloves with some of the coriander and plenty - indeed an excess - of alcohol. The alcohol dries things out but takes away from the other flavors.

Light and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is pretty active but doesn't get in the way.

Overall a very nice drink, but it would be nicer if they hid the alcohol more.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:41:56 | More by mariposafan
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4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This classic Belgian abbey-style ale with a redesigned label initially pours an unimpressive pale gold, but the thick head and dense nose brings to mind cinnamon, ripe fruity banana, and clove/coriander. The taste is a bum-rush of spice up front, followed by a mellow maltiness, then a stronger alcohol sting (it's 7.8%). A perfect example of this style, and made in America. New Belgium's Trippel is a delightful and delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:46:39 | More by secondtooth
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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Tulip

A - Super filtered golden color with lite C02. It produced a 1-finger head that died down quickly to a soapy ring. It left spots and splotches on my glass at the end.

S - Soft banana, clove and bubble gum notes. Soft spice on the nose with a noticeable leafy hop characteristic but pretty subtle. After awhile it starts to just smell like muted spice and bubble gum.

T - Tart upfront and as it goes down. I get soft bubble gum and muted clove and spice throughout. I pick up some very subtle malt notes like cracker, almost biscuit, and it reminds me of the malts in Fat Tire and 2 Below. It finishes with a bit of alcohol, soft bitterness and mildly sweet banana. I didn't get any hop characteristics except for the soft bitterness.

M - Soft crispness with a somewhat smooth and lite-medium body.

D - Not a bad beer that I wouldn't mind having again sometime but I wouldn't buy it again. I think they filtered the beer way too much. It says it's bottle conditioned but I didn't get any haze at all. Overall it's okay, the most I could drink is probably about 1-2 12oz bottles and that's it. I don't recommend this beer at all and I'd pass for something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 23:50:09 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass: Tulip

Pours a true golden color, super clear with a half finger bright white head. Looks champagne-like. Moderate amount of find bubble stream to the top.

Somewhat light aroma. I get those classic Belgian yeast characteristics, coriander, slight banana and clove. Almost hairspray-like when the yeast meats the alcohol. Then there is the very light malt underneath that seems to hold things together.

Body is much more full then the aroma would have you believe, overall it falls into the medium range though. Pretty straight forward flavor, almost identical to the smell, Belgian yeast spiciness with a light dough/cracker malt profile. It finishes with alcohol, a little butter and the spice from the yeast. Clean and consistent flavor front to back.

I can't say im much of a fan of the Belgian yeast in beers but putting my personal preferences aside, this seems to be a solid tripel worthy of a B-B+. Certainly nothing exciting about it though. Worth trying for yourself, at the very least.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 23:40:03 | More by JosiahS
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

46th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- Poured a pale orange with single finger heard and mild bubbles. Excellent lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell- Its a great smelling beer, between the spice and citrus and the hints of belgian yeast in it. I really like it.

Taste- One of the 1st tripels I had and I can still say I like it alot. Call me biased. When I went skydiving after losing 100 pounds, what did I have. NB Tripel.

Mouth- It's balanced, clean and has some depth and great flavor.

Drink- I can't get these in CA except on draft and I only have two left. Maybe its time to go back to Denver.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:22:57 | More by FosterJM
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a clear pale yellow. The head did not last long but im gonna guess its cause of the glass. The aroma is hints of belgian candi sugar with a slight hint of coriander. There is a little bit of an alochol taste in the beginning, but it quickly turns to a sweet taste. Looking at the recipe you do get hints of baking bread with the victory malt and an extra sweetness with the munich malt. It is very interesting that they use liberty hops. I have always wanted to try brewing with them. The hop taste is low, but it is noble. The mouthfeel is light, and it is a very drinkable beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:36:30 | More by arboristfish
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

New Belgium Trippel was light gold in color with excellent clarity. It had a very large white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was spice and fruit. The taste was good with sweetness from the candi sugar, yeast flavors and spices (coriander). The finish was semi-dry with just touch of throat warming alcohol. It was medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a good Trippel and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 21:41:21 | More by afinepilsner
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

NBC Trippel w coriander 7.8%abv

A Crystal clear golden, big thick fluffy head. 3.5

S Yeasty eatery, you can smell the coriander. 3 

T Coriander continues in the flavor. Some tartness and a little astringent in the finish. Coriander dominates the flavor. 4

M Thin to med body. Carbonation is good. 3.5

D May not have another. Its a strong ale and a bit overdone. 3.5 

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:42:56 | More by boss302
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