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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

2,614 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad they put this in 6-packs! Pours a crystal clear gold color...almost completely clear with no color. Medium white head that diminishes fairly quickly. Scent is very sweet with strong coriander and bubble gum. I'm not sure if I've used bubble-gum as an aroma descriptor before, but this FOR SURE has it. STRONG BUBBLEGUM. Hint of banana and Belgian yeast. Taste is very complex with that bubblegum flavor and clove. I love how this beer tastes. You get a completely balanced variety of pepper, coriander, clove, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, banana, and light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is crisp, but doesn't necessarily have that feel I like in a genuine Belgian tripel. Drinkability is high, and ABV is scarily well-hidden. Overall, a great beer and starter for people getting into Belgian triples, just not a close enough example of a genuine one.

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

This is a very good take on a belgian trippel, in a decidedly New Belgium style. The beer pours a nice clear gold, and has a bold smell of yeast. The taste is almost one-dimensional in the presence of what I would call a classic sour-bready belgian yeast flavor. Just hints of more complexity on the back end with sugars, floral hops, and milder yet notes of citrus. I mark this down for a sticky aftertaste of spent yeast flavor.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was light clear golden with a fluffy white head. Aroma was of pepper, herbs, earth, floral esters, and some banana. Flavors were well blended with some banana, bread, pepper, spice, and light orange. Body was medium to light and this was an easy drink. Nice brew.

Photo of Gehrig
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At long last, Trippel has arrived in six-packs in Champaign, so this had to get a look and tasting.

One finger of white foam tops a clear light golden body, leaving scattered lacing after brief head duration; standard appearance for the style--OK all in all, nothing spectacular. Nice fruity aromas--plenty of apple, some berry and grape, and whiffs of ginger. It is pleasant in the smell and taste, very fruity, crisp and clean, with a hint of sour apple. This is a good, solid Tripel. I would, however, like more spice. The advertised coriander is certainly present, but this could definitely do with some more ginger, perhaps a dash of pepper. No big beefs, though; it's good.

Solid mouthfeel, nicely effervescent although that fades a little earlier than it should. It's pleasant, easy-going, and very accessible--a good starter Tripel and one of the better offerings from New Belgium.

Trippel is good and, with a couple tweaks, could be very good. Well worth trying, and a nice complement to their (to me superior) Abbey Dubbel.

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

Poured From The 12oz. That Came In The Winter Folly Pack.

A - Nice golden yellow with a one finger head and some thin lacing.

S - Coriander(Duh), Bready, Apple And Pear. Remind Me Of Hot Apple Cider.

T - Coriander(Duh), Some Fruit And Spices, Nice Sharp Bite At The End.

M - Nice Carbonation, Crisp Then Spicy, Bubbly.

D - If Its Your Style, Anything Goes Down Good Right? Im My Opinion This Beer Gets A 4.0.

This is the first Trippel i've had and right off the bat i noticed what an interesting style this is. I've also noticed that a lot of imported breweries feature this brew. I will definitely be trying this again. For it is a brew that you have to experience for yourself I highly reccomend you go out and get some. Similar to the Belgian White, its not for everyone. Also some might like a Coriander beer with citrus just like the Witbier. Overall nice brew. Keeps you warm which is why its in the Folly Pack.

Photo of aasher
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium snifter. It's funny how that works out. It poured a very thin, golden, almost straw yellow with a one finger poofy white head. It looks incredibly light for a Tripel. It's very clear and doesn't offer any cloudiness. The smell is pretty bland too. It smells like a weak dortmunder and nothing like a Tripel. Where's the coriander? the yeast? At least the flavor is a little better. Here you get some coriander, a full creamy yeasty flavor with a mild sweetness followed by breadyness. It's solid but nothing too special. It drinks thicker than it looks, but it looks extremely thin. It's light to medium bodied in consistency. It's ok, and just ok in all fields. I'm certainly glad I didn't buy an entire six pack.

Photo of Tunafever73
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe its just me, but not a fan of coriander beer without the citrus. Once I was past the smell I enjoyed this beer. The decent amount of alcohol helped me to like it more and more.

I'm a big fan of new belgium, but this is not one of my favs. I think that it is the smell that turns me off, because the flavor is pretty good.

Photo of rawfish
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep shade of gold with 2 and a half fingers of frothy white head. Decent retention and attractive lacing down the glass.

S: Banana and clove spices. Definite grainy or wheat silhouette and alcohol definitely present.

T: Mild spice with sweet apples, grains and coriander. Some biscuit notes but not dominating like some amber ales. Hops present themselves at the end with some growing bitterness and a slightly alcoholic pinch.

M: medium-light body, pretty well carbonated, the alcohol just seems glaringly obvious, the malts don't do enough to balance it out.

D: Maybe this is typical of the style but this beer is deep spicy and with a little hoppy bitterness and tries to finish crisp and dry but instead of doing that with flavor and refreshment it kicks you in the butt on the way out with alcohol. Trippel's got character but I can't see myself having more than a couple of these.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: gold, with 2 finger beautiful head.

S: citrus, pears/apples, wheat, spices

T: mild spice blended with fruity sweet and tad bitter finish.

M: medium body, little prick on the tongue, crisp.

D: WOW! New Belgium, which I think is pretty good, shocked me. This is quite good and you need to give it a chance. High chance of taking down more than a few...yum.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into stemless snifter

A: clear gold with a rather anemic head. Leaves some lace and rings, though.

S: apples, pears, alcohol, spicy.

T/M: spicy, slightly fruity, some bitterness in the finish -- but nothing that lingers. Mouthfeel is light, especially for a beer of this strength.

D: Dangerously easy-drinking

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold with an orange hue. Big bubble white head begets a big bubble collar. Leaves a few lacey deposits.

Coriander, peach fuzz, and mild (especially for this style) yeasty spice. The major points of fruit and yeast spice are checked off but in a ho hum presentation.

Dull tropical fruit lacks the vibrancy of my favorite tripels. Cantaloupe. Rather than a drying, cleansing finish this tripel has a singed white grape fade.

It's not bad but there are so many better beers of this style.

Photo of mastodonj
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color with a dense one finger head and very good lacing.

I don't smell the coriander as conspicuously mentioned on the label but the beer has an excellent spicy sort of nose.

The taste is complicated, in a good way. The spiciness and the sharp finish are great. Plus there's a creamy maltiness to go with the that initial nose

I have been a fan of this beer for a while (although not a New Belgium fan in general). Even with the high ABV, it's very drinkable.

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

Pours a finger white head. Body is a clear, golden straw color. There is moderate amount of bubbles rising from bottom of my Delirium Tremens glass. Head retention is above average and lacing is good.

Smell is of peppery spice, Belgian yeast, and pale straw malts. Pretty standard smells for a trippel, hop smell is very light and alcohol is slightly apparent.

Taste is of spicy phenols, banana esters/yeast, and coriander. Hops are more present here than in the nose. For 8% abv, alcohol is about right.

Mouthfeel is light and high on carbonation. Head wasnt as impressive as Duvel or Delirium Tremens or any other of the top Belgian ales.

Drinkability was good, semi sessionable even for a strong beer. Price wise this is one of the most affordable tripels but quality wise it doesnt stand up to the best in it's style.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +18.4%
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
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +7.9%
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
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +5.3%
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
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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