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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,318 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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brdc

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle, freshness date Mar 2008.
Beautiful looking golden beer, with two fingers of bubbly light tan head with not a lot of retention, but nice lacing coating the sides of the glass all the way to the end.
Very fresh, lively and powerful aroma, sweetish/candy-like, yeasty, fruity, minimal alcohol.
Velvety on the palate, it starts sweetish, warming up with an alcoholic bite, maltiness, fruitiness, biscuit hints and some "phenolic" touches close it up.
Very impressive, a nice american made belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 00:08:27 | More by brdc
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Adamthome1

Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Conceals the 8.5% abv very well, would have guessed it to be around 6%. It is noticable however, particulary in the finish and aftertaste.

Smell is very aromatic, feels pretty thick on the mouth and has a crisp bite. Taste is very complex; is of citrus, wheat, alcohol, and is quite carbonated.

Drank this with an italian pasta dish actually and was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 23:17:30 | More by Adamthome1
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BMoney575

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-25-07
Best before 3-14-08

Pours a clear gold, with a huge white head and equally huge lacing.

Smell is big Belgian yeast, with lots of fruity, almost apple juice aroma.

Taste is exactly life the smell, and quite good. Fruity and sweet with lots of Belgian kick.

Mouthfeel is nice, surprisingly creamy.

Drinkability is good, but it's a handful of a beer.

Overall, one of the better Tripels I've had. I've not really been a fan of the style in the past, but this went a long way toward fixing that.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 17:13:23 | More by BMoney575
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Floydster

California

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Chip's Liquor in San Diego

Best beer I have had from New Belgium yet

Only place I have ever seen it, so I had to buy a 6 pack, but should have bought more

Nice trippel with a sweet aftertaste and a smooth mouthfeel

Very nice aroma when the cap was poppd off and very drinkable in a session setting

Recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 21:30:08 | More by Floydster
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sterstar1

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew. The nose is a little more floral than fruity unlike some of my favorite tripels. The taste is okay but not great. It's not as sweet and the belgian yeast is not as strong. Also, this one has a fairly low ABV for the style. But, on the flip side, it's really inexpensive and you can get it most places in Colorado. You can pick up a six pack for $6.99 just about any liquor store. Good, drinkable beer for very little money. Not bad. Oh, it also definitely beats the crap out of Fat Tire. I know, comparing apples to oranges but seriously, Fat Tire is way over-rated and when this beer is usually sitting in the cooler right next to Fat Tire, why on earth would someone go for the Fat Tire? But it happens all the time. Oh well. :)

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 18:37:54 | More by sterstar1
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Trippel I've had. Alcohol is noticable in the inital smell, along with some light flowery smells. Taste changes as the beer warms. Initially the alcohol was evident, but as it warms, that disappears completely, and things get lighter and more complex, with a banana-like flavor. A pleasant light blend of flavors. Very smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 00:53:41 | More by Strix
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Bobikel

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden with a small clunky head that dissipates rather fast. Lacing is less than average, especially for a belgian.

Smell - All the good smells are there, bannanna, clove, a little bubble gum, and some toasty/bready malt to round things out.

Taste - More bready sweet than the estery goodness of most trippels, but still fully delicious. An elegant hopping just barely noticible.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbed, but with a thick smooth mouthfeel reminicent of the higher OG...

Drinkability - Smooth, even, and flavorfull.

Overall - Aside from the look of this ale, this is a solid belgian. Marks down on the appearance due to being to clear (I like chill haze and unfiltered beers.) and to having almost no head.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 04:40:50 | More by Bobikel
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Hemi

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served between 55--60 degrees in a snifter.

A - Nice golden orange hue. A bit more clear then what I would expect from a Tripel as it is missing the suspended yeast. The head quickly died leaving almost no trace of it behind after 5-10 minutes. No lacing really at all.
S - Very aromatic. Floral, citrus, apple, banana, clove can be detected.
T - Very pleasant fruity taste. Mainly banana, apple and a small bit of tangerine.
M - Smooth and medium thickness with a very light co2 burn.
D - I can drink a couple to few of these before cutting myself off. A little rich but that is part of this style.

Overall, not a bad Americanized Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 09:07:31 | More by Hemi
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dnichols

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle served in a chilled mug.

S – It is sweet, with some candi sugar, and a malty aroma..

T – Some slight fruit flavors but it is dominated by candy flavors that give it a sticky caramel flavor.

M – There is a nice maltiness that comes on stronger as the beer rests. This is a beer that needs to breathe for a bit before drinking. No unpleasant aftertaste but not lingering joy that compels one to take the next sip.

D – A little too carbonated for my taste but if allowed to sit it evolves into a creamy, smooth beer.

Comment – This is a beer you can enjoy without feeling too light in the wallet at the end of the night.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 05:39:01 | More by dnichols
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smttycty

Oregon

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

Golden straw with a good rice-white head, but it's the thick legs that linger on the side of my snifter after swirling that really stand out. The nose came up with mellow some bright fruit sweetness like pineapple and lemon, and hints of butter and clove.

A faint sense of diacetyl was present in the taste as well, but not off-putting. Overall profile was smooth, mellow, suggesting muenster cheese and white grapes. Alcohol was present in the warming but the 7.8% ABV is craftily hidden on the palette.

The medium to full body is perfectly matched to the overall smoothness. The touch of bittering in the aftertaste dissipates to a clean dry finish. New Belgium is fast becoming my favorite domestic. Well done! (Note: before submitting I see many are getting a big hop profile and other characters that I am not. The freshness date on mine does not indicate a stale bottle, but I will check this brew again. Either way, this one I loved!)

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 22:18:33 | More by smttycty
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karst

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the fabulous four on tap at the source in Ft. Collins, CO
(Fab 4=Abbey, Trippel, LaFolie & Erics Lips O Faith)

Belgian yeast phenolics backed by light spices. Body and flavor enhanced by sweet cotton candy and pilsner malts. Moderateratly attenuated for style but showing no alcohol except by effects. To have these four in their own glasses and to dance between them is to understand the genius of N.B.brewmasters and their supporting staff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2007 21:44:40 | More by karst
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden beer with nice frothy head that dissipates to a thin blanket of microscopic bubbles.

Banana, apple, biscuit malt, and clovey aromatics.

Starts sweet and fruity; banana, apple, pear, and green raisin. It then moves into maltier flavors including biscuit, caramel malt, and bread. Finishes really dry and spicy.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with lots of carbonation that massages the tongue. Well attenuated.

This beer will always have a warm spot in my heart because it was my introduction to Belgian brews and still is very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 02:23:08 | More by bosco7
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david131

California

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer on a bike trip out in Idaho and managed to get a few bottles back in my checked luggage.

A- Pours a perfectly clear slightly golden liquid. A thick very light looking head forms but quickly settles to a spotty thin covering. A couple small streams of carbonation maintain a little bit of head. Overall, it looks kind of like a lightly carbonated apple juice.

S- Belgian yeast and light fruit. Nothing all that different here, but that's not a bad thing, this is spot on. Not much spiciness to the aroma either.

T- Good flavor. Again, nothing is really wowing me, but it is light and tasty. The booze is really well hidden in this for how light and thin this is.

M- Very light on the palate, but not foamy. A tad drying on the finish.

D- This is a very good warm weather beer. A pleasure to drink and a good way to get your Belgian fix if you are looking for something lighter. Also, this was a pretty good bang for my buck- $8.50 a 6 pack for a 8.5% beer, not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 03:12:13 | More by david131
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle Poured Into A Snifter - Best Dy Feb. 1st 2008

Appearance: Golden orange beer with plenty of white head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. Mildly translucent, but still lets the light pass on through. White head comes to about an inch and leaves a tad bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Alcohol, spice, banana, pear, apple. Belgian yeast and lots of liveliness.

Taste: Apple, unripe strawberry, and some maltiness. no real hop bitterness to speak of. Ample complexity but not quite that of an authentic belgian beer.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation and a slight alcohol bite. Smoothe and dry.

Drinkability: This is an above average tripel but does not exceed standards tremendously. Would be nice with some fresh summer herbs out of the garden on a bruschetta or a tomato napolean with pesto drizzle.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 23:57:05 | More by Risser09
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium chalice. A crystal clear, golden bronze hue beer with a dense, creamy, stark white head. Carbonation is there but is very subtle. White, foamy lace around the top of the beer as it is consumed.

Aroma is spicy phenolic and slightly sweet. Not as sweet smelling compared to the NB Dubbel. Coriander, cloves, and fresh ground pepper.

Certainly spicy in the flavor. Sweetness is overpowering but is noticeable and becomes cloying as the beer warms. Slight hints of fruits such as strawberry, but overall, spicy and minimal fruity esters.

A decent beer. In my opinion, not as tastey as the Dubbell, but a decent beer. Maybe too much carbonation and cloying. ABV seems pretty well hidden in the taste but there is a definte warming effect as my ears and cheeks are now a rose' color.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 19:37:28 | More by SaCkErZ9
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ruleof72

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I were visiting family in our old hometown of Ft Collins and I had to have some of the New Belgium beers I can't get back east. The trippel was the first one...This is a tasty trippel. A nice creamy white head on top of a golden colored beer was a good start. The smell was classic trippel with a slightly sweet overtone. The taste was right in line with the typical belgian yeast flavor followed by a slightly sweet citrus. Carbonation was good and mouthfeel was right on with a medium body. This is a highly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 17:06:48 | More by ruleof72
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Two finger white head over dull golden brew. A few bubble trails in the glass. Head descends rather quickly, having in size in about 20 seconds. No webbing remains, though some lacing and a significant halo.

Nose: Tons of fruity esters, tart Belgian yeast aroma. Something nutty as well, almost like popcorn. Grapes, peaches, peppercorns. Not overwhelmingly strong, but enough to get the hint.

Mouth: Enters mostly tart and fruity, but the nut flavor is still lingering. Flavors aren't really held together very well, a sweet yet tart fruit flavor finishes a bit too sweet. Almost like buttered popcorn. No depth really, everything is right up front. Gets quite warm for something that, on the bottle at least, is listed at 7.8%. Not my favorite example of the style. Peaches, cream, pepper corns. Mouthfeel is nice and sparkly. Have a 6 pack, it won't be a chore to finish, but I'd trade it for a 750 of a Belgian trippel if i could.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 06:53:13 | More by clickpush
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TPSReports

Alabama

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this golden brew on tap at the brewery in Ft. Collins. It was poured into a four once stemmed glass, and by the time it made it to the table the beer was very clear and straw-yellowish in color. Light bubbles and little head remained.

Very light in the smell department, setting me up for what I thought would be a great offerring.

Well, I was dissappointed. The beer had a bit of a bite to it, with alcohol overtones. It was lightly hopped with weak yeast undercurrents. The medium carbonation was not over or underwhelming.

The finish was bitter and lingered. I didn't finish the four ounce pour.

I guess it's drinkable, but with so many better options available, why bother.

Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2007 04:34:56 | More by TPSReports
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DaveFL1976

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The following are my notes from my visit to the brewhouse:

smell is full-- sweet, tangy. A bit of a hoppy aroma on the nose.
taste is banana and cloves on the front end. Sweet with a bit of tartness at the end. But still pretty smooth.
Apperaance is a light honey colour -- crystal clear with a fluffy head and light lacing. It's almost like a Victory Golden Monkey -- but not quite as tasty. It needs a bit more rounding out. This could either be due to yeast, temp, or time. I dunno.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 03:09:40 | More by DaveFL1976
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

A - An extremely clear golden brew with generous lace left clinging after a full white head has crested and fallen.

S - A pungent earthy aroma with a nutty woody scent and a sugary candy essence teams with peppery tinges

M - Lively, full and dry, spicy aromas - lightly buttery feel and more dry herbal qualities round out the texture

T - A nutty sweet and dry Tripel, oaky woodiness and ginger crisp spiciness are dominant in the initial tastes. The fruity apple and melon is downplayed by the sugary dry tastes.

D - A noticeably strong and dry ale, spicy, yet smooth and light for the style. A good american interpetation - light and potent, nutty smooth and peppery.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 01:48:09 | More by Slatetank
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Night

California

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear gold with strong blonde tones. Big, foamy, bubbly, white head; dies down at a medium pace leaving a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is light and fruity (banana) with some sweet doughy notes. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and tingly – very drinkable. Flavor matches aroma: banana, esters, and floral hints, all backed by a balance of sweet bread / cookie malts and gentle hops. Strongly accented by spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, cilantro. Finish is spicy and a touch sour; aftertaste is clean and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 05:02:35 | More by Night
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel goblet, filling the top half with thick, bubbling foam. Body was a hazy, golden amber. Good balance between the two. Nice presentation.
Smells like a tripel; rich yeast, some light citrus and lemon zest, light spice and corriander. Some toasted biscuit is picked up as well.
The taste didn't sit well with me for some reason. The toasted biscuit turned into a burnt hair taste (like when someone is blow-drying their hair and singes some...yuk). It's subtle but present. Didn't like that. Completely overpowered the yeast and citrus.
A bit of creaminess combined with the hair thing, and I couldn't drink the last 1/8 of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 22:13:10 | More by Mebuzzard
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. The color was bright yellow and oh so clear. There was a short white head on top. The smell was really strong and was banana-like and estery. The taste followed suit with banana and spice. This beer was very easy to drink despite the 7.8% alcohol listed on the bottle. Good stuff and much better than I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 15:00:22 | More by ArrogantB
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dren

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the 4 samples I had at the brewery.

Poured a golden hue with a nice thick head. The head was gone by the time I got around to drinking the beer. Smells of slight fruit, spice, and some floral aromas. A little banana flavor with flower petals, spice, a little fruit and some yeast. Warming alcohol presence. Not as candy as some other Belgians but this one certainly has a lot of flavor. Refreshing after the long finish. A good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2007 18:52:47 | More by dren
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: My 12 oz. bottle clearly states 7.8% ABV on the label, and Best Before 01Feb08.
Poured in my St. Feuillien goblet, the Trippel is a hazy golden orange - no decanting that yeast, swirl it up! It had a tall, pillowy white head, which subsided fairly quickly to a thick skim leaving nice clingy, bubbly lace.
The aroma is pretty strong, a nice candi sweetness and hefty spice, more yeast than adjuncts me thinks, although I wouldn't doubt there's corriander and bitter orange peel. Also a bit of pils malt, a nip of booze, and a nice hit from the noble hops, spicey!
The taste keeps it spicy, but is tempered by a soft, sweet malt backbone, and a nice dose of honey, sweetening as it warms. The finish is pretty clean and moderately bitter This is really quite good, but maybe not most complex tripel out there, even served just under cellar temperature, and I'd prefer it a bit more attenuated. Maybe the 8.5% ABV listed was the original recipe, and they've cut the candi sugar for the 7.8% it is now - if so, I'd say bad call, but I've only had these two bottles, so I can't really compare.
The mouthfeel is not bad, starts with a nice effervescence and had a medium body, but could be lighter.
This is relatively drinkable, in that it's pretty tasty and doesn't beat up the palate. Still, it boarders on cloying and is only moderately interesting. I'm not really sure if this would past the blind "American or Belgian" tripel test - I think it's right on the boarder, which in itself indicates success, but leaves room for improvement. I preferred New Belgium's Dubbel, although this doesn't surprise me, as darks are more easily executed. 4's across the board, I think that says it all, 'good'.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 05:28:56 | More by ccrida
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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