Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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2,557 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,557
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 70
Gots: 228 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, having already matched my all-time record for futility (three bad beers in one night, though I wasn't trying this time), I'm going with something safe & calming; this can be mediocre at worst, right? Single picked up recently, at random, not sure why. But here we are. You better be good, dammit.

Pours translucent golden, lovely shade of precious metal, very clear. Head? No. Lightly carbonated. Smell is Belgian rock candy & strong coriander, citrus & orange make brief speeches.

New Belgium Trippel is a light, breezy Belgian that belies the almost 8% ABV. Sweet & crisp like a green apple that hasn't quite reached it's peak of ripeness. Spices reach into the gullet & take a bite, coriander, peach, orange, citrus, a mish-mash of light fruit baskets. Dry. Dry dry. Like the humor on The Office, except funnier. A lot funnier.

A tripel with nice depth, lots going on, but ultimately this one didn't quite hit my sweet spot. Technically probably excellent, but for me, just a run-o-the-mill good beer.

Photo of LuthersMug
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Mixed bag here, very clear pale color, a little too clear, but the head was huge. Lacing pretty nice.

S - Faint smell of sour lemons alongside a musty, earthy scent.

T - A bit of spice. It was a little too hoppy, not enough malt for me.

M - Decent, but not perfect.

O - I was hoping for a little more from this trippel, but at the price it is a good deal.

Photo of bubseymour
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - decent appearance with a nice 2 finger head

Smell - spicy and slightly hoppy

Taste - interesting tastes and I guess the strange flavoring must be the coriander (which I have no idea what it tastes like). Sort of unique flavors and very easy to drink for a 7.8% beer but not sure its as good a taste as I'd prefer.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - an ok beer with unique flavors. Nothing really noteworthy or complex for a tripel, but suprisingly easy to drink.

Photo of biglite351
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - The color of ginger-ale. tiny slice of white head at the corners of the rim.

S - Hint of banana, yeast and some spice.

T - Similar to the scent. A banana taste, milt hit of spice, belgian yeast.

M - Thin feel but a bit of residual coating. mild tingle on front top of tongue, and on the right side.

O - Nothing actually bad about this brew, but nothing that would make me actually buy it again. Almost seems like a light beer to me.

Photo of dcook11
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A-Pours a three finger soapy white head. Very unique carbonation. Seems to come up in a very narrow and aggresive stream. Loads of tiny bubbles rise to the surface.

S- Banana, belgian yeast, touch of funk, taffy, little bit of booze (slight), bubble gum, and just a kiss of hops at the finish.

T- Banana, clove, Belgian yeast, bubblegum.

M- Light to medium.

O- Not my favorite tripel, but a very good beer none the less.

Photo of gtermi
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have always enjoyed the New Belgium Trippel, but never reviewed it.

The appearance is nothing special, just a nice golden color with a little bit of bubbles coming from the bottom.

The smell is for this beer is amazing. It is very sweet and fruity. This does not smell like a beer that would be a 7.8 percent beer.

The taste to me is the best part of the beer. It is not the greatest tripel beer I have ever had, but for the price you cant beat it. I pick up a lot of fruity tastes and a lingering bubble gum tastes.

The mouthfeel is just okay to me. It is really crisp and just doesnt have anything that is smooth or enjoyable.

Overall this is one of the better beers from New Belgium in my opinion.

Photo of hoppyweasel311
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- Nice pale golden color with a decent frothy white head.
Aroma- Sweet cantaloupe, banana, bubblegum.
Taste- Subtle banana and melon flavors with a touch of alcohol... no coriander at all.
Mouthfeel- Good amount of carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.. This beer would be great on a hot day.. very refreshing.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:honey yellow colored, hazy with a single finger white head and not much lace.

S: lemon and a little spice note.

T: neither spicey or yeasty enough for my tripel liking. Some golden apple notes with the typical light lemon flavor throught.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I think new belgium is an exciting brewery with a lot to offer the beer lover but they also need to make beer for the masses to please the wives and girlfriends tagging along, and that is what this beer is about for me.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes, another New Belgium pickup on the East coast.
A - sun touched golden very hazy ale topped with a 2 finger foamy head that lingers.
S - a sweetness dominates the nose but a little spicy tickle is there as well.
T - I was a little underwhelmed by the taste. I've become used to more bold Tripels and maybe I am biased now. It just doesn't give the same kick as other tripels and lacks the intensity.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - a nice big glass will do you. It would serve best as a taster to demonstrate a milder tripel.

Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a hazy golden body with a white head with good retention and glass-clinging into a snifter.

Aromas are wonderfully "trippely" - chalk full of Bazooka Bubble Gum and cotton candy notes, as well as spices and a whiff of green bananas.

Tastes sweet but not cloying. Very rich flavors of pears and honey with lingering notes flower nectar. To me the hops are non-detectable but are just present enough enough to keep the beer from tasting syrupy. Body and weight are consistent with my favorite trippels. A very good beer in every respect.

Photo of dedrinker
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous golden hazy peachy color - I would have given it a 5 if it threw a better head.

Aromas of coriander and apricot, with the same in flavor. Some sweetness too.

Creamy medium body on silky time. finishes a bit sweet with some faint spice.

This is pretty darn good. And think about this - 22oz bottle is 3.99 at my spot, and only 3.4 ounces less than a Belgian 750ml that would cost 9.99 easily.

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden color with amber hues. A thick, fluffy white head formed at the top of the pour. Some lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Malt dominates the nose, accompanied by some citrus; lemon and orange peel. Spice of corriander is also present.

T: There is some bitterness at the onset of the sip that quickly smoothes into a malt backbone. Some slight citrus flavors enter towards the finish accompanied the corriander spice.

M: This is a light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a good beer. It is very representative of the style. The flavors are complex and fairly well balanced with the exception of the slight bitterness at the front. The citrus and spice are a little overpowered by the malts, but all in all, a tasty beer.

Photo of pBRale
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Very bubbly beer that is slightly cloudy, deep gold with a tall and creamy white head that settles quickly leaving several patches of sticky lacing behind.

Smell: A full aroma of fruity esters, picking up some apple notes along with some bready malts and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet initially, a little dry, but tons of flavor--a host of fruit including banana, apple, and peach as well as a nice malty presence and other flavors I can't quite place. A bit of alcohol detectable on the palate, but pleasantly so.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a creamy, coating mouthfeel--very smooth. Medium-high carbonation, and a nice smooth, drinkable beer.

Overall: Very tasty beer with a creamy mouthfeel and a nice crisp finish. A solid trippel and another quality beer by New Belgium.

Photo of andrewm190
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't dislike this beer. It's about what I've come to expect recently from New Belgium Brewing. I'm not sure if that is a function of my tastes become more sophisticated or NB dropping some of their standards. I seem to remember loving all of their beers when I first tried them several years ago. At the time, they were mostly a Colorado brewery, now they have expanded, and I'm not sure they've kept all of their standards. In any case, this beer is decent, not a bad choice, but I wouldn't seek it out. Certainly, there was quite a bit of spice - otherwise I found the taste and the aroma to be strong, but not particularly unique or elite. It claims to be brewed with coriander. That's cool I guess, but it doesn't stop this from being a slightly better than average beer. For the price and the sexy art...I wanted a little better.

Photo of clayrock81
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent orangish-gold w/ minimal head and nary a lace patch in sight. A spicy, citrusy, yeasty smell hits me as I swear there's more than a hint of corriander in here. I'm picking up some spicy pepper, a touch of alcohol/medicinal and a lemon/orange/sharp citric twang. This beer goes down real easy as it is smooth and surprisingly sweet. It's a like a sugary honey sweetness as well as some sweet gruits and this beer has a balance w/ some sharp citric notes and touches of bitter fruit - not tomention the dry/sharp finish thanks to the alchohol bite. I like the overall feel of the beer and for less than $4 a bomber it is cheaper than most triples but I just thought it lacked the depth of a top notch tripel.

Photo of gueuzer
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App- Bright yellow color. Small clinging white head.

Sm- Yeast phenols, followed by apples and apricots.

Ta- Crisp carbonation that really amps the spics in the yeast. Coating light malt that has a sweetness that is a bit bready. Fruits are there but much muted when compared to the nose.

Ov- I always find myself comparing this to the recipe they brewed pre-2004. They just seemed to mute everything. Still good though.

Photo of rundocrun
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz bottle into snifter.

A - Rich, almost iridescent honey-golden color with a finger of white head that fades quickly. Mild-to-no lacing.

S - Has the bright, fruity esters typical of a belgian ale. Much more maltiness and toasted character to this than it's NB cousin the Abbey Ale. Has a slight coriander and citrus note to it too, reminiscent of a wheat beer. Possibly some floral hop aromas rising up to greet me too.

T - Immediately sweet, intensely malty, yet dry. Has a pleasing bitterness toward the middle that does not attempt to overtake the palate, but balances out the complex malt profile. A zing of orangey citrus rides right along with the hops. Has mild booziness in the finish along with a tangy, sweet and dry honey flavor.

M - Medium-to-thin body, dry, crisp and well-carbonated. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for a near-8% ale.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in flared ale glass

A: golden copper, beautiful head; two-finger head; clear
S: banana chips; sweet, strong aroma
T: sweet; bananas are very strong; spicing is modest, and the strong alcohol content is nicely paired by the flavor profile; little hopping; addictive; oh so addictive
M: vibrant, busy, active

Wow, this is an addictive beer; I wanted another immediately after my glass, but my codrinkers had polished it off

Photo of kshankar
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a nice foamy head. Recedes to a nice cap.

Aroma is on the milder side, yeasty with a hint of the coriander.

Taste is yeasty, and sweet. The coriander comes through as well, but I'm not sure whether I'm tasting it because the bottle says its brewed with it, or because it is actually a major flavor component.

The mouthfeel is medium, carbonated well. Pretty drinkable. Coriander or not (didn't really taste it as much myself), it's a great beer.

Photo of tykees88
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- This brew is a pretty decent apricot white color with a nice creamy head. Great lacing

S- Smells of sweet malts, coriander and spices.

T- Taste is just mainly about the coriander and there is an orange zest tinge. I don't really care for it, these two flavors drown out the floral hop taste and really overpower the malt.

M- A little overcarbed and too much like soda pop.

O-It's not for me. This style is kind of a non-favorite of mine though.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Transparent golden yellow hue, thin white head and little lacing

S - Very bready nose with coriander and light peppery notes

T - Similar to the nose, bready, slightly peppery alongside upfront coriander notes, with just enough of that belgian funk you're looking for

M - Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, very smooth

O - A very solid trippel. Definitely something I would come back to and use to introduce someone to the style.

Photo of dsprainman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, I'm fresh off a Euro trip which included a few days in Belgium, tons of written reviews to put up, but thought I would give this american Trippel from New Belgium a shot.
A -Poured into a Duvel tulip, golden amber body with 1 finger head. Very light lacing.
S- Very good, Belgian yeast comes through and the corriander also is pleasing to the nose. I want to say a sort of clove smell is coming through too. Good stuff.
T- Ok this beer has a slight overly nutty taste to it that is a little off-putting to me (and i was careful to leave the yeast in the bottle). Other than that it's not too bad, the sweetness of yeast is there as is the presence of hops. It's a little like a nuttier version of La Chouffe. A bit odd.
M- Solid, medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall, this beer is a good attempt at a trippel, the smell is spot on, but the taste really puts it back a little for me. I'll have to try the "Abbey" beer from New Belgium, as they were close to the mark on this one.

Photo of DavidST
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before Feb 26, 2012.

This pours a clear light yellow color with a decent white head (although lacking compared to the Belgium triples). The smell is of lots of coriander, with some citrus and yeast smells. The feel is light. The taste is pretty good, the obvious taste is of coriander and its pretty heavy, behind that there is a little peppery taste, some citrus fruit, slight hints of vitterness and not as dry as some of my favorites, there is a little alcohol burn also. Overall I'd probably always prefer a true belgium tripel over this, but with a 6 pack of this being much cheaper than 2 bottles of the others, I could see myself buying this again.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear light yellowish gold with three fingers of creamy white head. Very good retention and great lacing.
The smell speaks of citrus and yeast as well vas some coriander.
Tasting the beer some pepper and coriander flavors are up front, immediately followed by some good Belgian style yeast in the middle, which also brings in some taste if sweet bread. The finish
Is created by some good hop selection, which creates great balance to this very drinkable Trippel. Great job!!

Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz into tall red-wine style glass

A: almost completely clear, bright golden. frothy head with some good retention. some lacing. almost looks american lager-like, but more of a bright gold.

S: black pepper. a significant amount of toast starts the nose off. combined with the sweetness it is sort of reminiscent of french toast sans cinnamon. some faint fruit, but not as vibrant as most tripel's.

T: a honey like flavor. pretty solid sweetness. maybe a bit of vanilla as well. the vanilla flavor is more of a pure vanilla bean-like flavor rather than extract. a toasted malty sugar lingers into the finish.

M: carbonation is tingly, but subtle. medium bodied.

D: a really solid tripel. the "lighter" alcohol content makes this dangerous. good sweet sugar and solid malt backbone makes every sip enjoyable. for $3.49 a bomber at my local grocery store, this is an easy pick.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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