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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,383 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,383
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 68
Gots: 155 | 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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spointon

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly red tinged deep gold color with a 1.5" white head. The head dropped slowly and left a lot of stickage on my glass.

S= Lots of things going on here. I found malty sweetness underneath a complex array of fruity and phenolic notes. Some spice character in there too. No alcohol aroma present.

T= Biscuity malt sweetness up front followed by a big mass of crazy phenols, fruitiness, and herbal notes. Sort of had an herbal tea thing going on alongside the malt sweetness. Mildly spicy hop note helped to dry the long finish and lend some aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level. Good palate cleansing ability.

D= Very drinkable for an 8.5% abv ale. Unfortunately in the world of Belgian tripels, this one is just in the middle of the pack. Still a solid and worthy choice though.

04-10-2009 18:01:40 | More by spointon
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

Poured in a tumbler, nice caramel color with a red tinge. Head was moderately frothy about a two fingers with some lacing. Kind of fruity on the nose with a hint of spice. Not as full and rich as i expect a triple to be but it was nice and malty, with that nice Belgian yeast initial taste. Bit of alcohol in the after taste. Overall it's ok, not the best, not the worst. They do in fact go down pretty easy.

04-09-2009 03:27:43 | More by BDLbrewster
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thirdeye11

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into an Affligem chalice.

A: Pours a nice pale golden color that is more pale than I'm used to for the style. Vigorous pour only yields 1/2 finger head. Lacing is very nice though which bumps the score up slightly.

S: Smells of pears and some other unidentifiable fruits. There is very little hop character in the nose, and the yeast is subdued compared to most tripels I've had. Very pleasing though and nothing is overwhelming. I find myself swirling the glass frequently to smell this beer.

T: Such a good and different tripel. I won't compare this to Belgians because it doesn't have that Belgian yeast profile associated with so many tripels, but the elements are there. Some pepper is there, and light fruits like white grapes and pears abound. Easier to identify the fruits by taste than smell. I like this one not because it is traditional but for what it does to challenge how I feel about the style's definition. Also it is not dry like to many tripels but I feel this is actually a benefit in this case. One thing I do find odd though is that I taste alcohol here where as with most tripels I don't. Strange given that it is lower than most in the style, but I don't mind it at all. It tastes good to me.

M: Nicely carbonated, wish it was more creamy. Overall very good.

D: Extremely high. Not 9% like many tripels and I could drink this all night long.

Given its price (about $8 a 6-pack) and availability I buy this one pretty often. It is only a step below the best Belgian tripels and I'd recommend it highly to anyone that likes the style. So drinkable as well which some of even the better Belgians lack due to the overwhelming flavors. This one excels on so many levels.

04-06-2009 14:32:02 | More by thirdeye11
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a clear orange brown, darker than I expect for the style. Lacing disappears quickly. Smells of pureed bananas, ethanol, fruity malt. Spicy, strong flavor. Fruity ethanol on a nice malt base. Banana-y esters and other yeasty notes. Actually tastes more alcoholic than it actually is. Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy. Drinks well, no way to know this isn't a Belgian-brewed beer that's been a staple on the continent for centuries.

04-06-2009 01:50:49 | More by aforbes10
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -26.3%

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is a mere quarter inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of citrus, barnyard, and New Belgium's signature malted garbage smell. Whereas the malted garbage is in the background of the aroma, it dominates the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, I'm running out of new ways to describe my distant for the new Belgium malt character. I should probably stop trying their beers, because I have yet to like them.

04-04-2009 20:08:52 | More by KarlHungus
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Best Before 1/15/2010.

Pours into my new New Belgium glass with a golden yellow color and great clarity. There isn't as much head as I would expect and it settles quickly. However, the etching on the bottom of the glass continues to create more and more bubbles.

Aroma is nice and fruity with spicy hops and Belgian yeast.

The flavor continues with similar character. There is banana, clove, apples, and faint ginger root. It's all refreshingly crisp and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and full carbonation. It finishes spicy and dry.

This is probably my favorite year-round New Belgium beer. This and the dubbel are their bread and butter in my opinion.

04-01-2009 04:36:38 | More by GilGarp
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

A= A darker yellow almost orange but still yellow I would say. Small head falls to a sheet on top and is constantly replenished by bubbles rising from it until about halfway through the drink and it just becomes a ring around the glass. Completely translucent and crystal clear.
S= Almost smells like a macro lager. There is a yeast presence and a tiny amount of sweet malt is there as well
T= Covers my tongue with an apple flavor a little alcohol and slight amounts of buttery yeast. I wanna say I'm getting like some grapes almost as well. Maybe grape skins.
M= Smooth and covering
D= Decent. Pretty average Trippel if you ask me. The way it covers my tongue is enjoyable though.

03-31-2009 21:43:34 | More by jjanega08
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

A - A hard pour gives me about two and a half fingers of head. It quickly shrinks to an even coating on top, leaving a fair amount of lace on all sides of the glass.A hazy yellow color due to a fair about of yeast suspended in the liquid.

S - Sweet and yeasty.

T - Not as sweet in taste as the scent made me ready for. The yeast gives a doughy aftertaste. The sweetness has turned out very light. Fairly strong alcohol feel is easily tasted. Bitterness lasts a fair amount of time after each taste. Very dry finish. Not being a regular tripel drinker, I reviewed the style discription. I expected more but I don't know why. Part of me finds it a bit bland.

M - Fair amount of carbonation. The level of alcohol seems higher then the 7.8 % listing.

D - I will have to try this again after I learn more about the style and have tasted more example. Unfortunely for now, not a favorite from NBB.

03-29-2009 02:42:04 | More by JMBSH
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a gold with a very nice resillient white one finger of head and great lacing.

Smells of bread/belgian yeast, orange peel, and some other spices.

Taste is almost an exact mirror of the smell. This seems like an intro to the style and on the opposite end of a Fin Du Monde.

Dry finish, medium bodied and high carbonation.

Easy enough to drink and a good beginners intro to the style.

03-21-2009 20:27:07 | More by sonicdescent
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FatCaster

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

A--Pleasantly orange and clear. Keeps a sticky ring of a head.

S--Sweet apples are immediately balanced out by piney hops.

T--Carbonation covers up a very nice, sweet and bready body a little bit. Hops come in and balance it perfectly. Alcohol comes through pretty strong.

M--The consistency of cider, a slightly too in your face carbonation.

D--Very. It even gets better as it sits in the glass and warms a tad.

03-14-2009 05:17:21 | More by FatCaster
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Psilo707

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Very light amber/orange color when poured into a mug; translucent but solid. The smell is one of fruits and candy, but only slightly. Tastes much the same, somewhat like a caramel candy apple mixed with light/fluid hoppy alcohol.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and pales in comparison to the other aspects, but drinkability is top notch as with almost all of the New Belgium collection.

Overall, a good addition to the brewery who brought us Fat Tire.

03-14-2009 00:01:32 | More by Psilo707
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snaotheus

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours a pretty yellow color with dense medium head and surprisingly good lacing. Smells sweet, hoppy, and hay-ish.

Taste is a very nice balance of sweet with a twist of raisin and a strong hop finish.

Feels medium-bodied, not cloying at all -- pretty drinkable beer. I liked it.

03-13-2009 03:36:48 | More by snaotheus
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mjl21

California

1.83/5  rDev -51.8%

12 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Best before 10/23/09. Comes in at 7.8%.

A-Peach in color. Not very golden. Pours very clear. Minimal head which leaves a tiny white ring.

S-Belgian yeast, bread, fruitiness, and green grapes. The Saaz hops they use really gives it a Czech pilsner smell.

T-Belgian yeast and banana are the two dominant flavors as it hits the front of the palate. As it goes down I keep getting hit with a really off-putting vegetal taste that I just don't like.

M-Watery body and a little undercarbonated causing it not to have any sort of crispness. While waiting between sips I get a lot of sourness going in the back of my mouth.

D-The alcohol is well hidden, but the nasty vegetal aftertaste kills it for me.

I found this to be a very disappointing bottle. Would not revisit based on the vegetal aftertaste.

03-08-2009 17:55:16 | More by mjl21
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a Duvel tulip, clear golden color, large white head that had nice retention and left some chunky lacing. Smell is wonderful. This is as close to true Belgian tripel that I've across this side of the pond. Lots of pale malt, light fruits, light funk, sugar and Belgian yeast all make their presence known in the nose. Taste is full of candied fruits, a nice hoppy bitterness, yeastiness, a little funk that was around in the nose, and some boozy warmth. It's not overly complex, but it's very tasty. Mouthfeeel is on the low end of medium and there is hardly any carbonation, which seems to be the only thing it's missing. Belgian style tripels should be effervescent, and this sadly is not. Nevertheless, it tastes great and is very drinkable for the high ABV. Nice work.

03-08-2009 04:40:34 | More by KeefD
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rwdkosak

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

This is my favorite style of beer and initially I was happy to pour this addition to the NB list...unfortunately I doubt i'll go out of my way to have this again knowing there are many, many other examples that are so much more pleasing.
Poured from a bottle into Westmalle goblet, light, well carbonated head, decent lacing that last just a short time.
Absolutely nothing on the nose and how that is possible I'm not sure. I honestly put a lot into the smell and this is extremely lack-luster.
Taste is simply average at best without complexity and though the typical taste of a tripel is present, it lacks much of the yeast and depth of finer sessions i've had.
Mouthfeel is good and it's drinkable but really only has me wanting a more substantial example of this style. With no disrespect to NB I wish I hadn't sullied the Westmalle glass.

03-08-2009 01:52:40 | More by rwdkosak
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marcellaproust

Washington

2.33/5  rDev -38.7%

Very disappointed, and I hate to report it. This is a 2009 bottled. Pours nicely; golden yellow true to type. Lacy head skims the top. Carbonation quite high, higher than for the genre, lending a lighter-bodied mouth-feel. What's so disappointing? For one, smell: none except a hint of vegetal, not fresh cut grass or flower stems but perhaps, several day old cut Carnation stems. Flavor totally lacks any yeastiness and doughiness, the principal reason why I love trippels. Instead, there's some sort of vegetal, metallic (or is it alkaline--the word itself suggests what I'm reaching for) base underpinning this strangely bitter lageri-sh tasting ale: the greeny parts of asparagus or artichokes followed by what amounts to (in my recall--those days are over) sour mash. That this is a great brewery with its politics naturally and concomitantly bound up with its fabulous products and facilities makes it really hard to censure any product. This is the second failure I've tasted in Lincoln. Perhaps Lincoln stores do not know how to store product or perhaps the runts of the litter end up here, given that most tastebuds here lean to the Bud and Miller and even more, Keystone interpretations of beer. I can't quite reason through this glaring failure of beermaking.

03-07-2009 00:43:04 | More by marcellaproust
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biggred1

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Light honey amber with some visable suspended yeast.Decent rocky white head that lasts and leaves decent rings of lace down the glass. Smells like fruity belgian yeast and citrus fruits. Caramel and toasted bread with a hit of candy sugar and sour yeast in the finish. Medium light bodied and well carbonated. Highly drinkable version of the style.

02-21-2009 23:35:02 | More by biggred1
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morimech

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head that had decent retention. Sufficient amount of lacing is left on the glass for a tripel. Has a surprisingly malty aroma. The lack of esters from the yeast differentiates this from the rest of the sytle. The taste is malt driven as well. Some spice comes into play. Finishes with a wisp of alcohol. Also has a lingering sweetness. I prefer my tripels on the dry side. Has a creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied. A tripel that is easy on the pocketbook and is a bargain. Unfortunately it cannot compete with the better imported tripels.

02-20-2009 22:15:47 | More by morimech
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Pours up a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head.

S - Smells like an amber: spicy malt with hop highlights, but with a hint of alcohol

T - Tastes like an amber. Bready malts, spicy hop notes.

M - Thin mouthfeel is balanced by good carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer that I would certainly drink over and over again. Even if it tastes like an amber.

02-09-2009 21:19:27 | More by hiikeeba
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a bottle into the new belgium balloon

Very crisp and clean light copper low to no head but just a nice film that lingers on the top. Very good looking beer in this glass crystal clear

Sweet malt with some spices, nice alcohol burn also a very sweet note in there not quite fruity but close maybe the combo of the malt and hops that create the sweetness

The taste is as crisp as the appearance nice hop/alchol burn in the middle to finish. Alot of malty sweetness all the way through.

Feels good in the mouth nice light medium body more towards being thin but nowhere near watery, smooth and complex finishes great

This one could get me in trouble it is one of the eaisest drinking triples I have ever had and would love have a few in a sitting.

02-02-2009 23:17:02 | More by SpecialK088
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KI9A

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Beautiful deep gold, white puffy head, nice lace windows.

S: Hoppy, spice -corrinder maybe?

T: Caramel malts, slight cloves, some yeast. Nice, but mellow hop bite on the back end.

M: Leaves mouth a bit dry feeling. Low carbonation, a bit of a watery feel.

D: Made this a bit over average because it drinks well, even for a higher ABV beer. I could see myself drinking this as session beer, if it was a 5-6%'er. But, then it would not be the same beer. Different than other domestic Tripps that I have had, but, in a good way.

EDIT: as it warms, this beer takes on a different character. Flavors open up, smell does too. I guess this is normal, but, wow, big difference.

01-26-2009 02:37:07 | More by KI9A
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naterock

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

poured into a smokestack Goblet. Deep Gold iin color with a thin but very attractive head that leaves a thin layer across the top. a slight haze from the bottle conditioning yeast.

smell is robust of estery yeast and hops smells like Saaz or Hallertau Hops. Very attractive nose of coriander and slight fruitiness.

Taste: Array of hop and fruity esters give way to notes of banana and coriander with a yeasty finish. Outstanding Grassy hops with a sweet malt backbone.

mouth is a bit too carbonated but helps support the bittering hops. leaves the mouth a bit dry and longing for another sip. This is truly a superb tripel for being so mass-distributed.

01-25-2009 16:17:13 | More by naterock
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear pale gold with lots of head. Spicy aroma with more clove than banana. A bit of burnt sugar and a little noble hop aroma. Medium bodied with some sweetness. Banana fruitiness. Plenty of carbonation. Aroma is nice, but it seems a little thin. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. Nice price.

01-25-2009 04:26:18 | More by homebrewhawk
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dotsonjamesg

Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Fat Tire: Tripple Belgian Style Ale
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Poured a very light golden orange color with a very light colored head and two-finger lacing.

S: Smells like what you would expect your average Belgian ale but with maybe a little more banana hints to it.

T: Sweet with a bite at the end and a heavy taste of alcohol. Mellow taste lingers after the gulp.

M: The ale had the right amount of carbonation but felt a little watery in the swallow.

D: It becomes more drinkable as it warms but if you are like me and like them ice cold, you may have to slow down if you plan on having more than just one.

Not a bad brew, overall. Its very comparable with a lot of the higher-end barley wines but at a reasonable cost, and in a convenient six pack. The alcohol content, coupled with the good flavor is nice as well.

01-25-2009 01:29:40 | More by dotsonjamesg
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washburnkid

New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%

Near transparent golden with a finger of white, creamy head that retains and leaves beautiful lace in the glass. Balance between deep malts and fruits in the aroma gives me an impression that the taste will be balanced as well. And indeed, it is. Roasty malt flavors that finish with florals, fruits and bitter left on the palate. Crisp carbonation, while medium to heavy-bodied in moments. This beer is great to sip on after dinner.

01-21-2009 01:54:52 | More by washburnkid
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