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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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2,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 176 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red's for the New Belgium tap takeover. Poured into a John's goblet.

A: Pours a clear golden color with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Not much retention, but good lace.

S: Light hay aromas mixed with sweet fruit notes. A little timid.

T: Starts with a light citrus flavor that is followed by creamy sweetness and a lingering finish. Like the smell, a bit tame.

M: Nice light feel with some good creaminess.

O: Not the best trippel, but still enjoyable. Like their dubbel, I wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek it out, either.

AmericanGothic, May 30, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snifter Night! This one actually came from a 6-pack I bought @ Dierbergs in Ballwin, MO for $7.99 and saved one so that I could review it (too much drinking that night!). Poured from the 12oz bottle and has a Best By Date of 26FEB12 on the front in white.

Appearance- Pours a golden, clear color, 2.5 finger head that doesn't stay around long. Leaves lace at the top of the glass but only suds on the sides.

Aroma- Has a nice grapefruit, flower smell at the start of the whiffing. Also smell a nice roasted honey aroma.

Taste- Nice upfront floral hops with spicy yeast/earthy taste. Can definitely taste a huge amount of barley added here. Extremely light and has almost a lemon/wheat finish. Not too found of this...

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High amount of carbonation which was nice but the style didn't add up in the end...

Overall- I can't even believe this is a 7.8% beer! It seems much too light to be a Tripel but not too hard to put onto people who want a light, easy to drink beer. I still enjoyed it but not the type of beer I was looking for with Trippel being labeled on the front. (maybe I don't remember having this beer before!)

DCon, May 28, 2011
Photo of slyke
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with an ample white head.

The aroma is sweet with a hint of grain and spice.

The taste is malty, sweet, and spicy. Nice mix of flavors for complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is weighty on the tongue early and midway through the taste with a crisp finish.

Overall this is a very pleasant beer. I nice gateway to the Belgian Tripel style.

slyke, May 26, 2011
Photo of Schmittymack
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tape at my watering hole, Old Chicago Westminster. Poured a clear golden color with a quarter inch white head that quickly disapated. Aroma of malt, fresh baked bread/yeast, and some caramel. Taste is where this one's at: malt/bread, yeast, a bit of caramel, with a clean/crisp finish. This has always been one of my favs from NB; definitely better on draft.

Schmittymack, May 26, 2011
Photo of djsmith1174
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Chrystal clear gold with an abundant white head.

S- Fruit, flowers and Belgian yeast.

T- A little citrus from the hops to start. Then on to banana, cloves and Belgian yeast.

M- A bit thinner than other examples of the style.

D- A solid example of a Tripel at an economical price that's very easy to find. This is a great benefit and one I purchase regularly.

djsmith1174, May 23, 2011
Photo of jar2574
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure if this was just a bad pour, but there is very little head and it disappears quickly, leaving only a tiny film. The beer is highly carbonated and very clear. Looks like a BMC, basically.

Smell is fainter than I'd like, but it does smell a little like a tripel. You get a little Belgian yeast and some bubble gum. Unfortunately there is also a metallic trace to the smell as well.

Taste is OK. Pretty poor for its style, but not unenjoyable, since tripels are some of my favorites. Sweet, little to no hop bite. Unbalanced towards malts, yeast. Not that complicated, sort of a sugary carbonated beer.

Mouthfeel is boring. Perhaps a little too much carbonation for the sweetness level. Reminds me of a soda and only slightly less watery than one.

Overall - I would drink it again if you offered it to me for free. For all of it's flaws, it goes down easily. It's not a bad drink, it's just a bad drink for it's style.

jar2574, May 20, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Gold with a thick, billowy white head. One of the most beautiful heads I have seen in a while. However, there was minimal lacing and cascading which I found disappointing.

S-Floral, slightly fruity, coriander, and Belgian yeast.

T-Saaz hops stand out despite the overwhelming presence of malts and Belgian yeast. It finishes with a nice wheat note which reminded me of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

M-Decently thick, but I've experienced much thicker and fuller bodied for the style.

D-Very drinkable beer but the relatively high alcohol content makes itself known after a couple.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer despite it doesn't match up to its Belgian counterparts. It is a great value at $8.99 for a six pack.

thegodfather2701, May 19, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
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.

beerprovedwright, May 18, 2011
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
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.

iDrinknewglarus, May 14, 2011
Photo of twoheadedboy
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.

twoheadedboy, May 13, 2011
Photo of Illtryit
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.

Illtryit, May 11, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 10, 2011
Photo of uberez8
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.

uberez8, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of unclemorgan
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.

unclemorgan, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Glibber
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.

Glibber, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of chinchill
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]

chinchill, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
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.

BeerDawgs, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of nsabo
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.)

nsabo, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
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.

SWMeyer4141, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of richkrull
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.

richkrull, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
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.

JohnnyChicago, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
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.

lawlerj, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of HaysAmerica
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.


HaysAmerica, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of hiku7
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.

hiku7, Mar 26, 2011
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.