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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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2,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,614
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 72
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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 Bockrules
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

keeping with the belgian theme tonight, poured into a tulip glass from the bottle

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation. Head is gone halfway down the glass. Leaves behind marginal splotches of lacing.

S - Plenty of coriander on a sweet malt background, maybe a tad bit of hops and some candied sugar notes.

T - Really not much upfront except a hint of malt and alcohol. The body is pretty mild for a triple with a few phenol flavors meandering with the sweet malt and coriander. A flourish of hop flavors come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue along with a flourish of phenol flavors to leave a coriander finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I'm not sure I'd call this beer a triple. Yes, the alcohol is up there, but the flavor isn't nearly as bold as other triples. Hell, the leffe blonde seemed to have as much if not more flavor. It does hit a price point at around $7.50 a six here, but I probably won't be revising this one...

Photo of Jinholic
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden orange body, 2 fingers of pure white head awesome lacing.

Smell - Coriander and lots of flowers and a bit of citrus while a nice scent its not the strongest.

Taste - Not as spicy as I thought it would be no yeast in this which is a big disappointment. Its more citrus in the mouth than I would like as well but not too bad.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but not very refreshing a bit dry in the finish leaving me wanting some water with each sip.

Overall - A good beer but not a great beer, I've got to say American made Belgian beers aren't the greatest at all its not the easiest style to copy. For only 7.8% I can taste all of it NB did a terrible job at hiding it. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before 26 February 2012.

A: Beautiful pitted white head. Clouds of light bubbles float serenely through this clear, golden elixir. Good lacing.

S: Zesty citrus yeast. Coriander? Not much else.

T: Tasty and refreshing. Light lemon citrus complements a yeasty, almost wheaty maintaste. The aftertaste is less dry than anticipated and lingers lightly bitter.

M: So well-balanced that it's almost not noticeable...but in a good way. Perfectly subtle carbonation.

O: Not a great tripel, but a good enough beer. Yeasty-plain and citrus-tart. Not recommended, but I might someday have another.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful golden body, but this is maybe the first 100% clear Trippel I've ever seen in my life. 1-finger head bubbles around the tulip, but fades after a short while and leaves a thin layer floating at the top of the glass. Smell isn't as strong as I'd like it to be - corriander, floral hops, and bread form the body. Any yeast scent is non-existent. As it warms, sharper tones of hops become more obvious with a hint of fruitiness.

A fairly light body carried the corriander tones on to the tongue. Alcohol was effectively hidden by the floral tastes... Unfortunately, it seemed like those tones hid many other flavors. Some thin, hoppy bitterness and biscuit flavors form the underbelly of the brew. Carbonation is light but pleasant on the tongue. A dry finish leaves the flavors lingering in the mouth for a good while after it's all said and done.

Overall/notes - I remember being kind of mum on this a long time ago, and I can see why. It's a good beer, but it pales in comparison to the dozens of other higher-quality tripels out there. Certainly worth a taste, but don't go out of your way to hunt for one.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours golden and clear with a 2 finger off white foamy head with very good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Hints of coriander, flowers, and some dark fruit. I've always enjoyed the nose of this stuff

T - Follows the nose, with a splash of piney hops at the finish.

M - light to medium, oily, fairly smooth with some lingering bitterness but not overpowering.

O - Way back in the day, this was a staple of mine. Honestly haven't had it in years. Still enjoy it and think its well done. Tripel isn't my favorite style, but I do enjoy this beer nonetheless

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

I'm quite surprised at the large number of very positive reviews for this beer.

Firstly, nothing about the beer screams traditional Belgian trippel. The colour is pale straw, closer to that of a lager. The carbonation is light and inoffensive, the head thin and a little soapy.

On the nose, there is none of the deep malt and bitter-sweet aromas you'd expect from a trippel. There is some syrupy fragrance, but it is light and honey-like. The mouth feel is light, and I can detect no hint of coriander on the nose nor on the palate. The taste is uneventful but pleasant, with a short and subtle finish.

No hint of alcohol on the palate which is surprising for 7.8% ABV.

This beer needs to be only very lightly chilled in order to provoke any enjoyment at all, so if you try it don't put it in the fridge!

Overall, not a bad beer for $1 a bottle, but not at all a typical example of the style.

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.

Photo of DCon
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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!)

Photo of slyke
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of jar2574
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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.

Photo of twoheadedboy
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Illtryit
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of uberez8
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of unclemorgan
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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]

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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of nsabo
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.)

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,614 ratings.