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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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2,589 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,589
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 74
Gots: 241 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of richkrull
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of lawlerj
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.


Photo of hiku7
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of albertjr21
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 3.23.11 during the last month of freshness, according to the bottle noted date of 27MAR11. Into a tulip glass this reveals a bright and somewhat clear yellow gold color (allowing the sediment from the bottle into my glass) under a light but persistent foamy head. Moderate aroma is a mostly yeasty one with a sweet lemon ester. Echoing "Belgian" yeast and bright malt politely makes its way all over my palate and seems to get smoother and more distinguishable with every sip. Notes of lemon rind, light coriander, and bready malt resonate in the aftertaste. I could sip through several of these...

Photo of Daniellobo
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasing, if a tad short, take on a Trippel.

Presentation: 12 oz brown custom capped bottle. Light blue New Belgium seal with brown Label with a silhouetted image of the coriander plant. Side narrative offers a brief bragging description. Shows a barely legible best by date (30OCT11?), and 7.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale gold pour, 1/2" head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and minimal lacing. Quite a shy look, and the unfiltered nature is nowhere to be seen.

S - Soft fruity nose, spicy, with a pleasing yeasty sense.

T - Good generic notes of a trippel, faint yeasty sense, touch of spices, coriander... Sugary, with a soft floral sense, dash of citrus hops in the back.

M - Medium-light body, with medium carbonation, a bit thin in a way... With a fair crisp finish.

D - It has a nice flow, and the overall sense rescues what for a moment might seem like not too memorable a brew.

Notes: Not a bad brew, and If one is on the style it is pleasing and quaffable. But for me this is certainly on the weaker side of New Belgium's offerings.

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Golden with nice head and lace on the bottle pour.

S - Sweet banana, light fruit, and yeasty.

T - Is a crisp mix of yeast, banana and clove, and some herbal undertones.

M - Crisp carbonation and light mouthfeel.

D - Drinks pretty easily despite the higher ABV. I normally stop at one because the sweetness starts to get to me.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal gold body with some floaters. Thick white frothy head with decent retention and great lacing.

Smell - Strong, definite banana. Sweet corn.

Taste - Strong, definite banana appears here as well. Tastes like it smells. Hidden alcohol considering the ABV, but it does make a cameo in the finish. Banana aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great full bodied, lots of carbonation.

Drinkability - You'd be hard pressed to find a lot of beers as drinkable as this in its ABV range without leaving the US. Great beer, and easy as hell to drink. And definitely something I want to come back to and share with friends another day. This is a poor-mans Chimay.

Photo of raszputini
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a Chimay glass (for effect). Pours golden amber with a light whitish head that dissipates quickly. Light fruit, belgian yeast and phenols in the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp and thin. Notes of beligian sugar, the yeast, coriander, with a crisp finish. When I say crisp, I dont mean hops, it ends with a carbonation-y crispness like carbonated water. Its not a bad thing.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent golden color with a thin white head and lots of bubbles.

S: A bit of bready malt, some citrus hops with lots of cloves and yeast.

T: Starts sweet with cloves and a bit of yeast with some citrus hops in there. Finish is some more hops with a bit of bready malt.

M: Medium with some good carbonation.

D: Fairly high, but at 7.8% abv it could catch up to you quicker than you'd expect.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perfectly clear with a finger cap that is bone white over a straw colored body.Aroma and flavors really give a citrus impression from start to finish. There are light fruity esters involved along with coriander spices. Very crisp and drinkable all around. While an excellent beer, it's not a Tripel that blows me away, but it is one that is worth keeping around for it's price and value for sure.
What other Tripel is this good at this price? try and find one.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this one was very nice. Rich dark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.

Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time. Medium bodied feel was never dull with a more then adequate carbonation profile that was just wonderful. A sure fired sipper, I enjoyed this one tremendously over the course of the evening.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.94/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A golden color that reminded me of the beers I used to drink. Smell of carmel and chocolate. Taste of strong chocolate. Mouthful is a feeling like no other. Goes down very smooth and drinkabity is a wonderful for a day of crinking with the good friends.

Photo of n2185
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, straw yellow with a finger of white head. The head recedes pretty quickly, but leaves behind decent lacing. Even though I did a rough pour, the beer is very clear, suggesting no yeast in the bottle. A big no-no for a Belgian style in my books.

S: Belgian candy sugar, bubblegum, and some slight aromas of sweet fruit like bananas and pears. There are also some coriander and yeasty aromas in there as well.

T: Similar to the aromas, there are some light fruit flavors in there along with coriander and bubblegum. There is a yeasty flavor on the finish as well, which is light and crisp. All of the flavors seem a bit muted, though.

M: Light and crisp, which is how the style should be.

D: Goes down easily with the light body. Overall, not a bad tripel by any means, though its flavors are all a bit muted, making it seem more a witbier than a tripel. Still, it manages to pull off the light and crisp body where many American takes on the style fail, and for that alone I have to give it credit. Only costing $10 for a sixer helps, too.

Photo of timquinn
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer used to be truly in the trippel style, and used to be great. It was so disappointing when New Belgium ruined their previously outstanding and true to styel trippel by adding coriander to it. While it is still a drinkable beer, it is no longer the outstanding and wonderful true to style trippel it used to be. they should re-name it something else, and bring back the old trippel. Personally, I'll seldom by by this beer again, only if I make fish or shell fish with coriander, where I used to buy 2-4 6 packs (depending on price) whenever the grocery store I usually go to had it.

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden ale with a tall white colored head.

Smell is fruity and flowery with some coriander. Honeysuckle, orange and lemon scents. Overall this reminds me of orange blossom honey.

Starts out sweet and a little earthy with a mushroom taste. Little bit of bubblegum and lemon with an oranges and honey flavor. Very much has the taste of a field of flowers to it.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is good. I don't really love this on exactly but it is OK. Too bad this isn't less sweet and the mushroom thing needs to go away.

Photo of haddon
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a translucent amber with white foaming head. liquid gold in appearance. good carbonation release with lacing down goblet.

nose starts with spice, clove & malts then ends with just slight amount of hops & alcohol on the end. not overpowering but nice and very indicative for the style.

taste starts pretty heavy with clove & spice. follows with dates & figs and a slight carbonation twinge on the back of the throat. again, nothing overpowering but very representative of the style.

medium body with full amount of carbonation. very clean and crisp finish.

this is a very drinkable beer and hits the style right on the bullseye. I think when a lot of people think of a Belgian ale they are looking for the deeper complexities and richness of the dark ales but trippels are lighter and crisper with a little more carbonation evident. well done, New Belgium.

Photo of gall0wsp0le
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this is a pretty average craft beer overall. I don't think it stacks up compared to real Belgian trippels. The ABV is about where it should be but the distinctive sweetness and punchiness of the herbs aren't there. I could smell the coriander when I sniffed it, but I didn't get a hint of it when I drank it. That said it's a decent beer, but of the NB products I like 1554 and Fat Tire a little better, and having had a few dubbels and trippels in my day, this just seems like a light version of those.

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

Bottle into a cup (I know...). Poured in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Gold-copper with head of decent retention and thickness.

Sm: Clean barley, spice (coriander?), and the usual suspects: hops, malt, etc.

T: Creamy open to balanced body, lightly built for a tripel. Crisp finish. Notes are the same as the smell.

Mf: A bit smooth for a tripel, but otherwise on the mark.

Dr: I'd definitely have it again, especially considering its price and ABV.

Photo of aval89
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright golden color.. managed about a 3 finger head in my New Belgium globe..head is tight with spots of soapy head here and there.. majority of the head sticks around..

S: first got hit with spicey phenols. bananas .. crystal malts.. fruity esters from the yeast..

T: bananas upfront with apricot to create a nice start.. not as much spiciness as I expected, but the phenols are there.. kinda medicinal... some melon flavors on the finish with fruity esters .. has a bit of spice on the end.. only a very very slight warmness from the booze..

Mf: medium bodied with a crisp clean finish.. semi dry finish..

D: very easy refreshing drinker considering the abv..

Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear golden orange. Minor head receded quickly, lacing unexceptional. I've never seen a bottle conditioned brew with zero sediment but the brewers say it is.

Aroma is traditional tripel, sweet with lots of light skinned fruits atop of white bread yeast. The coriander is minor, not sure it deserves mention on the bottle.

Taste surprisingly has a hint of banana. Considerable phenol contributions. The aftertaste evolves significantly begins peppery and estery but the very final note is not its strength. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Lacks the dryness of the better tripels. This has the base of what could be an excellent tripel.

Photo of jdspears41
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I bought it from a beer superstore in Eau Claire WI while up there for work. I had a sample 12 pack and there were three bottles of this in there. First thing you notice is the % of alcohol in them, WOW. A six pack would floor you.

a-Poured this into a glass and noticed a strong color to it. I realized it would be good right then.

S-It was nothing special but a pleasant enought to make you want to drink it.

T-It was refreshing but after the second beer I grew tired of drinking it, I think its a one beer per sitting beer.

M-Not over powering or watered down feel. Mine was a tad flat.

D- I would love to start the night off with one of these everytime i drink. Good stuff

Photo of tito42
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen, best by 30 October 2011 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Golden, lightly bubbly, and a foamy white head.

Smell: Very floral, like tulips, with some bubblegum.

Taste: Very well balanced with fruity banana, spiciness from the coriander, maltiness, and a bit of an earthy hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, just a touch of creaminess and very crisp. Only a slight pang of alcohol at the end, but not much for the ABV.

Drinkability: This beer was my gateway into trying more Belgian beers. It's a year-round go-to beer for me. The complex and well-balanced flavor almost completely masks the fact this is a 7.8% ABV beer.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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