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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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2,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,518
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 215 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of herman77
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale, super clear yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Decent amount of white fluff head. Tons of very fine bubble lacing.

S: Strong yeast, coriander and a hint of banana and some sort of spice.

T: A blast of yeast to the face to start, then the malty banana sweetness and hops come forward. There is also a little spice from the coriander coming through. Nice crisp finish.

M/D: Lighter body. Medium to high carbonation. Very average. Drinkability is AVERAGE, the coriander is a little much.

herman77, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After getting kind of bored with some of New Belgium's regular offerings, it was exciting to see that they made a trippel, and in a six pack no less!

Appearance: decent pour, ok head retention, the head itself was light and fluffy, almost like a meringue. Pleasing pale yeallow color.

Smell: now that's the stuff! coriander and fruity esters all up in this nose. This beer has everything I like to smell in a trippel, i was very pleased.

Taste: tastes just like it smells, strong with the spices all the way through/

Mouthfeel: smooth...so at this point I've had enough of it that my descriptive skills are getting impaired so I'll start wrapping this up

Drinkability: WARNING! make sure to limit yourself with this beer because it is incredulously drinkable. Trippels should not go down this easy, it is a public health concern.

I'm usually pretty skeptical about "belgian style ales" in six packs, but this one is true to the style, a very quality beer.

Nedjimb0sTavern, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of a little spice with some banana.

Tastes of of mild fruits with spice and rounded out with a little alcohol. Fruits are sugary sweet and characterized by banana and apples. Coriander and white pepper counter this and the alcohol adds warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Neskimo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a very clear deep golden orange color with a nice white head. The head dissipates down quickly but retains a small layer. Overall an excellent looking beer, vibrant and crisp.

S - Up front is the aroma of the coriander, very slightly herbal, mixed with a bit of alcohol. Upon deeper inspection the strong banana with a bit of belgian trippel yeast.

T - Surprisingly mild and well balanced. All the aromas from the smell contribute to the balanced trippel taste. A bit of spicy hop is certainly present. A harsher alcohol & hop flavor when swallowed. Overall very mild compared to the smell.

M - Very crisp, not chewy or thick by any means. Carbonation is medium and just strong enough to feel it.

D - The crisp mouthfeel and mild taste make this a very drinkable beer. The only thing that might slow it down is the sharp spice when swallowed.

Overall a decent mild Tripel.

Neskimo, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of mwilbur
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NBB snifter. Bottle stamped with best before date of Nov. 10, 2012.
A: Pours a very clear and pale yellow-golden color with very thin white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Pleasant soft banana and clove notes. Belgian yeast and sugar.
T: Follows aroma with banana, clove, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Some malty biscut, honey, and mineral notes in the background. Different than the typical trippel.
M: Soft and a bit oily. Taste barely lingers on the palate.
D: An easy drinking trippel, but certainly not one of the better ones. Worth a try. Nice offering from a quality brewery. Side note: I remember having this a few years back at the brewery (on tap) and it was much better (surprise, surprise). If I encounter this again on tap, will revise my review.

mwilbur, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of ETF5000
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice easy drinker for a Trippel.

Pours a nice light golden hue with a large fluffy head. Plenty of effervescence here.

The first whiff smells immediately of coriander, then letting up notes of banana and citrus. A bit of heat at the end but par for the course for its style.

Wow, the boys at New Belgium nearly always impress. A great interpretation of the style. Nice notes of coriander, but plenty of complexity in the mid palate. Flowery and citrus notes come forward with a nice amount of heat at the end.

Nice effervescence leaves the beer bouncing around the palate without being stingy.

ETF5000, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of kreeper
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep golden-orange color with very little head. A very floral aroma with fruits and spiced hops, very complex. A crisp clean taste which is refreshing. A little bit of spice in the taste mixed with alcohol . Up front is sweet with a finish that is sort of biting from the hops. One of my favorites from New Belgium !, Actually one of my top ten!

kreeper, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Aggressive pouring gives this beer an enormous white foamy head. Beneath it is a brilliant, glowing golden orange liquid, slightly hazy, with lots of visible carbonation. Fantastic Belgian lacing left behind as the head dies down. Truly a perfect looking beer, this is just sexy.

S- Bananas, strong coriander brewed directly in comes out in the nose, grainy cracked malts, bland lemon citrus. Fainter nose, but this seems to be leaning towards the malts side of the equation. Very little, if any, hops presence.

T- A peppery taste, very faint tasting grains and a stronger, warming hops finish. Spicier than I remember, more hops aggressiveness. Dryer lemony finish. I suppose I can sense some very far-away fruits in here, but other than that, there doesn't seem to be much going on here. None of the promised "graceful complexity" per the label, straight forward and...average.

M- Good mouthfeel;, decent body size, on the lighter size but with some appropriate thickness. Medium light carbonation, blends well and is not distracting.

D- Average, I suppose. For a beer without a lot happening, it's still refreshing and light and it doesn't taste bad. Compared to the Abbey, though, this ain't that great.

SamN, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours bright clear gold with a 1+ fonger white head that has good retention and left spotted lacing

smell is big banana but also has a bit of rubber

taste is good - this beer seems more like a double wit based on the abv. - reminds me of heavy white rascal

mouthfeel - most tripels are light crisp but with high abv. - maybe i compare these with la fin too much - this brew is medium heavy creamy

drinkability - what i found is the closer the beer got to room temp the less i wanted to drink it - to me a triple is high abv but light - this beer has a lower abv and heavier mouthfeel/drinkability

jsh420, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear yellow with a thin white head and strings of lacing.

S - Spicy with sweet honey and banana. Very mild aroma.

T - Sweet with overripe banana and spice.Slight astringent alcohol note.

M - Medium body with a lingering sweetness.

D - Somewhat bland and one dimensional.

brewcrew76, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of brewcast6
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Complex Aroma with a hint of spiciness, subtle hints of fruity esters that are more pronounced as the beer warms up, very little hop aroma, underlying alcohol aroma but well balanced,

Appearance: Bright gold color, good clarity, creamy white head on the initial poor that dissapates rather quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the glass,

Flavor- Very complex flavors including hints of spices, fruity, malt, slightly peppery, finishes a little dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, slightly creamy

Overall a very enjoyable beer that is extremely complex in flavor and meets all of the requirements of this beer style.

brewcast6, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Konings Hoeven goblet.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse cream colored head that dissipates into wisps of white quickly. Beer is an attractive clear orangy-peach. Lacing is very full though thin, just a light layer against the side of the glass.

S: Supple creaminess engulfs the nose dotted with hints here and there of cherries, strawberries, and other fresh red fruit. Signature Belgian spice flavor is present as is a nice peachy aroma. Fruit really abounds in this one though the nose isn't too strong.

T: Opens like a peach soda with a hint of fresh red fruit, spices, cloves, a touch of hoppiness. Yeast flavor is there though its distinctly absent in the nose.

M: Light bodied and coarse. High carbonation makes this one lively and watery. Finish is subtle and the flavors just sort of fade out though the bubbles don't... dancing on my tongue until the very end.

D: Solid trippel that is high on flavor and even higher on drinkability. Mouthfeel makes this one go down really easily and even though its only 7.8%, the alcohol seems completely non-existent. Wouldn't go out of my way for this one but I'd reach for it when I could. Very enjoyable beer indeed and a solid interpretation of the style!!

SpeedwayJim, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Yojimbo1941
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Rochefort goblet. Looking at the label I now see that they recommend what looks like a tulip?

A- Clear golden, very transparent for a tripel. Very little head retention.

S- Wet hay, barn interior, cooked beets, little to no hops that I can tell, playdoh?? Odd.

T- Well what can I say? Grassy malt, lawn clippings, funk, slight sweetness but there's the beets again. Honey with mold on it or something. I'm not liking this very much. There's none of the qualities I've noticed in other Belgian-style ales. This is simply off-putting.

M- I'd appreciate the fact that a beer this clear lingers on the tongue more if it weren't for that damned beet flavor.

Well, I'm not a fan of New Belgium to begin with but I thought I'd give them another try since it was 3.49 for this 22oz bottle. Not impressed at all. I don't think I'll even be able to finish the bottle. I'm really confused since I know that a lot of people like them nowadays, so am I getting bad bottles or something? Truly awful. The rest of the bottle is either going down the drain or serving as the base for a marinade. I take that back, it's going down the drain.

Yojimbo1941, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice retention.

S: Not getting a lot, minor malt and yeast esters.

T: Big yellow apple and pear esters with some spicy hop notes. Clover honey, with some almost mead-like sweetness. Good mineral note.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, somewhat alcoholic.

D: A real nice tripel, definitely an American version, the complexity isn't huge, but I liked it.

Halcyondays, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear pale golden color with a small white head. Lots of carbonation seen in the glass.

S: Malt and hop aroma with some belgian yeast funk and coriander.

T: There are some sweet biscuit malts with coriander spice and a somewhat grassy hop flavor with the begian yeast tang and fruity plum. The alcohol warmth and flavor shows up in th middle and carries through into the finish.

M: A higher carbonation gives this a spicy feel. The finish seemed a little bit slippery on the tongue with a heavier than average body.

D: A nice drinkable tripel. Good flavors and mouthfeel.

Kromes, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered, deep golden color with a white head. Also, the bar poured it into a pint glass, which should be blasphemy.

Aroma is banana and spicy yeast, maybe a hint of rosemary.

Banana is the key flavor note for me but doesn't overpower. It could be a little drier and have a bit more effervescence.

Overall, a good beer at a good price but don't expect miracles.

brownbeer, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy 2 finger pale white head, stayed a good while. Nice half finger of dense lacing forming a continuous lace ring around the top of the ale. Im only bumping this to a 4.5 becuase of the awesome amount of lacing I noticed the entire glass that always caught my eye everytime I looked. A nice even covering stayed the entire time.

Nose, mmm.. now this one I enjoy instantly. This seems pretty true to the style and not a bad attempt just from the nose of this. Mild spice, and light fruit maybe pear and bananna crossed. Light and tasty.

Wow the after taste, finish is what I enjoyed about the first drink. Its somewhat nutty and bannanna bread, good fruitiness (and I dont like fruitiness). Nice amount of and variety of flavor.

This body is light to medium bodied at most. Lingering aromas on the palate for a while. Good bottle conditioned carbonation. Lively. Im not usually going out and buying NB, I was a gan of Fat Tire for a while in the beginning but this one changed my mind- I will pick up again for sure.

Good job, New Belgium.

MOB210SA, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of WWWade
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful gold with a thick, two finger, white head that lasted a few minutes and never fully retreated.

S - immediately this hit my nose with its hops. I honestly do not have the best sense of smell, but this one did wake me up a bit.

T - Hoppy, but not too much. Because of the smell, I was expecting more hops, but it actually hits the front of your mouth with a sweet orange twinge.

M - balanced carbonation and fullness.

D - I only had one, but wished I bought more.

WWWade, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of acelin
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light golden color, slightly brown. Pretty good 2 finger white head.

T: tastes so smooth- I can't believe this is an ale. It's so clear and delicious.Not too hoppy... just a sweet beautiful malt taste.

M: Pretty good, could be thicker.

D: This could be a session beer - perhaps I'm too extreme but this beer is rather light on the palette.

acelin, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
2.13/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Belgian-style beer-glass.

Head is small and white, lacing is nonexistent. Beer is pale-golden with just a hint of orange and no haze.

Smell has hints of orange peel, grain, malt, banana and something of an over-toasted smell.

I think it is boring for a trip, sweet, grainy and that burnt taste this brewery seems so fond of.

Body is medium, carbonation light. Finish is slightly sweet. Aftertaste is burnt nastiness.

I don't really like this beer and am not inclined to drink it. There are many superior examples and, up to this point, none that are as lackluster as this one. And the kicker is that 'New Belgian Signature' burnt taste. Unless price is your only real basis for buying, get something else.

Slainte, but with something else.

meeekyh, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ghebel
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, straw to gold color with small solid particulate floaties. Nice head initially. Dissipates quickly leaving some lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malt, fruity banana like.

T - Banana phenolic with sweet sugary finish. Mild bitterness. Alcohol in the end.

M - Tingly, light body. Alcohol "coolness". Numbs the tongue.

D - Drinks easily, but watch the ABV. Not too many.

Overall - Drinkable, nice complexity. Alcohol is evident, but for the ABV is hidden somewhat in this beer.

ghebel, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a half-pint glass.

A - Pale straw color with slight green tint. Very clear with a stream of bubbles up the sides. 2 inch white head (and it was not an aggressive pour) that quickly settled into a small cap that never goes away. Tons of sticky lacing.

S/T - Melon and banana aroma. Strong taste of sweet malt, followed by bananas and spice. Slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

M/D - Silky, creamy feel with faint carbonation. Sticky on the lips. Alcohol warmth. It goes down easily but the alcohol definitely decreases drinkability.

jwillcourt, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a deep golden yellow color with a finger and a half of white head that retained well and laced pretty well. Aromas were of banana, spicy and some alcohol. Taste was a bit grainy with some spice and the fruitiness. Feel was a slightly chewy medium bodied beer with some crispness. I enjoyed this beer very much as a beautiful local option for the style.

jacobseyb, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of blackc5
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip at 52F.

Pours a fairly standard deep gold with about an inch of foam. Little lacing. Aromas are fairly mild for the style, the expected sweet maltiness with a bit of spice and fruit. Taste is sweet and yeasty, with the spice there as well. Some graininess. Nothing too uniquely interesting going on, but at least it is not overly sweet. Alcohol is bit over abundant in the aftertaste, and there is little in the way of hops to balance things out. Carbonation is middling, perhaps slightly low for the style. Otherwise mouthfeel is decent, perhaps a touch thin. Drinkability is pretty good for the style though, especially given the fairly budget price.

Nice to keep a 6'er around for when you want a nice Belgian but don't feel like you want to concentrate on it too much that night...

blackc5, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear apple juice hue that, well, looks a lot like sparkling apple juice. The small bright white head on top fizzed away too quickly leaving some patches of sticky lacing.
S: Very sweet sugar, a little citrus, bubblegum, Belgian spices, slight alcohol.
T: Spicy, fruity, and sweet. Notes of tangerine, ripe banana and coriander. Sweet malt flavor and some doughy yeast come in at the finish. Notes of sour apple, slight hops and alcohol as well.
M: Fairly dry finish with a bitter bite at the end. Some sourness to the aftertaste. Good carbonation but a little unbalanced. Even after it gets fairly warm not much more flavor comes out.
D: Not as sweet as some triples, but not as complex either. Probably won't buy again. Not a bad beer except for maybe the aftertaste, but there are much better trippels out there. Still, a nice attempt at the style.

scottfrie, Jan 02, 2010
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