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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

2,551 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,551
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 68
Gots: 223 | 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 yeahnatenelson
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a light golden hue, apple juice being an appropriate comparison. A slim head of lily white.

Smell -- Beignet, rose petals, muskmelon, coriander. Alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming.

Taste -- First impressions of sugar-powered beignet, creamy banana, pink bubblegum, rose petals, sliced apple, coriander, and ginger. A tinge of funky wet hay makes itself known toward the finish, along with mild earthy hops. Lingering flavors of husky grain, coriander, and cut apple.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with pitch perfect carbonation. Feels pretty good.

Drinkability -- This is a great example of the style: Delicate, complex, and a little funky, and with an alcohol character that walks a fine line. In fact, it's almost too easy drinking. Definitely better than I had anticipated. Not my favorite of the style, but this beer is no slouch. I could see this being a gateway Belgian-style beer.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It has a golden amber body and is topped with a half inch of white head.

S - I get the typical banana and clove along with other spices.

T - There is a lot going on with the spices. I get the banana but the spices run the show.

M - Moderate with a generous amount of carbonation.

D - This is a decent representative of the style.

Photo of scubasteve04
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Very clear, golden and bubbly. Creamy, moderate, white head that didn't hang out all too long, but left some decent lacing.

S: Really satisfying nose on this beer. Very fruity, thought I detected some banana oil in there, mixed with some mild hop spice and, as the bottle advertises, coriander. Nice balance of aromas.

T: Very nice flavor experience with this one. Starts out with a hit of the sweet pale malts and candy sugar, followed immediately by the hop bite, and then a hearty dose of coriander. The spice of the coriander is mellowed out as the brew warms, but was a little harsh at first.

M: Lively carbonation, nice and light, but not too watery.

D: The nearly 8% abv was well hidden, and the high malt content isn't as filling as I'd have expected it to be.

Final word: A very enjoyable brew, especially considering the price tag. I'll certainly buy it again. Was just a little spicy, and maybe not quite sweet enough for the style, but definitely a very solid offering from NB.

Photo of gjek44
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Context: Alone, drinking during football playoffs, but certainly not glugged down like a macro with the intention of getting drunk fast (not that there is anything wrong with that at times). Popcorn, wife out shopping, kids playing wistfully without adult intervention.
Presentation: Bottle, archaic and simple display on the bottle.
Appearance: Poured from bottle, one thick finger froth that maintained. Lace stuck and clung throughout even after the brew was drunk. Golden yellow but a bit darker, bubbly, beautiful color.
Scent: Wow. Zesty grapefruit and lemon subtleties. Yeast. Fragrant. Very nice throughout the drinking.
Taste: Starts with smell and then the first swallow. Grapefruit or slight lemon. Gently bubbly, crisp, yeasty. Middle - medium hoppiness, not overwhelming, and very drinkable halfway through. Near the end some spice, some perceptible pepper or spice, very nice. The beer was a smooth drink from beginning to end and should be appreciated for its varied complexities from start to middle to end. Don't slam this beer. Ends with a slight, acceptable, and rather enjoyable bitterness.
I loved this brew and respect what the makers have created. At 7.8% a robust and complex beer and also very drinkable.

Photo of hoppyhampy
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before 10/30/11. Pours a bright, clear, golden yellow with two fingers of lumpy foam. Lots of carbonation can be seen. Very nice lacing. Banana, some orange citrus, and coriander on the nose. Medium body with slightly low carbonation carbonation. A little different malt character than the great trippels. It has some of that same roasted malt character that Fat Tire has only a lot less. Not as clean and crisp as you might like but still very good. Banana and honey expressions in the light and sweet malt. This is super tasty and easy to drink. I could definitely kick back one or two of these and still have room for something else.

Photo of bound4er
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear dark straw appearance with a healthy white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

S. Belgian yeast, baking spice and bubble gum dominate. Nice nose.

T. Much of smell transfers to the palate. Could use a bit more concentration but this still taste pretty good. Finishes with a burst of fizz and a kiss of hop bitterness.

M. Well carbonated with a light to medium bodied feel.

D. At nearly 8%, this drinks very easily. The alcohol is well hidden too. I purchased a variety pack before Christmas and this has been the only beer I have enjoyed of the bunch.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden yellow in color. Semi fluffy white head with moderate retention.

S - Nose is candy sweet and yeasty. There are also nice biscuity notes that blend well with the sweet spicy notes coming from the yeast.

T - Taste is fruity and sweet with lots of spices. A tad bitter in the middle. Finishes biscuity dryness and a clove aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

D - Pretty drinkable, although after a six pack I would be done for the night.

Notes - Not bad. Not as good as other Trippels but a good brew none the less. 7.49 well spent tonight.

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear light copper hued body with big bubbles in slow motion rising to the surfaced. There is a bubbly creamy off-white head that last and last.
S- The dry candy and carbonic acid aroma has some slightly sweet malt notes to it that grow as the beer warms and a light white cheese rind hint in the finish.
T- The dry candy notes and coriander blend with some yeasty spice flavors and a green spice note in the finish is nice and dry. There are some light dried fruit qualities that compliment the yeast and spice as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat and a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer has a nice character with a full but well blended coriander flavor but it is not overly spiced. The beer is light and dry and has some nice supporting flavor making this a well rounded tripel.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of budgood1
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of TheOtherMike
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of plfahey
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of harrymel
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of DocSkalski
1.78/5  rDev -53.3%
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.

Photo of ferrari29
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of tdawgydog
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of jmjackson6880
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Vixie
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of fourplayed
2.63/5  rDev -31%
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.

Photo of JayS2629
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,551 ratings.