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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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very good

2,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 74
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 2,631 | Reviews: 967
Photo of jmvecchio1
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Golden with nice head and lace on the bottle pour.

S - Sweet banana, light fruit, and yeasty.

T - Is a crisp mix of yeast, banana and clove, and some herbal undertones.

M - Crisp carbonation and light mouthfeel.

D - Drinks pretty easily despite the higher ABV. I normally stop at one because the sweetness starts to get to me.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal gold body with some floaters. Thick white frothy head with decent retention and great lacing.

Smell - Strong, definite banana. Sweet corn.

Taste - Strong, definite banana appears here as well. Tastes like it smells. Hidden alcohol considering the ABV, but it does make a cameo in the finish. Banana aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great full bodied, lots of carbonation.

Drinkability - You'd be hard pressed to find a lot of beers as drinkable as this in its ABV range without leaving the US. Great beer, and easy as hell to drink. And definitely something I want to come back to and share with friends another day. This is a poor-mans Chimay.

Photo of raszputini
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a Chimay glass (for effect). Pours golden amber with a light whitish head that dissipates quickly. Light fruit, belgian yeast and phenols in the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp and thin. Notes of beligian sugar, the yeast, coriander, with a crisp finish. When I say crisp, I dont mean hops, it ends with a carbonation-y crispness like carbonated water. Its not a bad thing.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent golden color with a thin white head and lots of bubbles.

S: A bit of bready malt, some citrus hops with lots of cloves and yeast.

T: Starts sweet with cloves and a bit of yeast with some citrus hops in there. Finish is some more hops with a bit of bready malt.

M: Medium with some good carbonation.

D: Fairly high, but at 7.8% abv it could catch up to you quicker than you'd expect.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perfectly clear with a finger cap that is bone white over a straw colored body.Aroma and flavors really give a citrus impression from start to finish. There are light fruity esters involved along with coriander spices. Very crisp and drinkable all around. While an excellent beer, it's not a Tripel that blows me away, but it is one that is worth keeping around for it's price and value for sure.
What other Tripel is this good at this price? try and find one.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this one was very nice. Rich dark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.

Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time. Medium bodied feel was never dull with a more then adequate carbonation profile that was just wonderful. A sure fired sipper, I enjoyed this one tremendously over the course of the evening.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A golden color that reminded me of the beers I used to drink. Smell of carmel and chocolate. Taste of strong chocolate. Mouthful is a feeling like no other. Goes down very smooth and drinkabity is a wonderful for a day of crinking with the good friends.

Photo of n2185
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, straw yellow with a finger of white head. The head recedes pretty quickly, but leaves behind decent lacing. Even though I did a rough pour, the beer is very clear, suggesting no yeast in the bottle. A big no-no for a Belgian style in my books.

S: Belgian candy sugar, bubblegum, and some slight aromas of sweet fruit like bananas and pears. There are also some coriander and yeasty aromas in there as well.

T: Similar to the aromas, there are some light fruit flavors in there along with coriander and bubblegum. There is a yeasty flavor on the finish as well, which is light and crisp. All of the flavors seem a bit muted, though.

M: Light and crisp, which is how the style should be.

D: Goes down easily with the light body. Overall, not a bad tripel by any means, though its flavors are all a bit muted, making it seem more a witbier than a tripel. Still, it manages to pull off the light and crisp body where many American takes on the style fail, and for that alone I have to give it credit. Only costing $10 for a sixer helps, too.

Photo of timquinn
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer used to be truly in the trippel style, and used to be great. It was so disappointing when New Belgium ruined their previously outstanding and true to styel trippel by adding coriander to it. While it is still a drinkable beer, it is no longer the outstanding and wonderful true to style trippel it used to be. they should re-name it something else, and bring back the old trippel. Personally, I'll seldom by by this beer again, only if I make fish or shell fish with coriander, where I used to buy 2-4 6 packs (depending on price) whenever the grocery store I usually go to had it.

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden ale with a tall white colored head.

Smell is fruity and flowery with some coriander. Honeysuckle, orange and lemon scents. Overall this reminds me of orange blossom honey.

Starts out sweet and a little earthy with a mushroom taste. Little bit of bubblegum and lemon with an oranges and honey flavor. Very much has the taste of a field of flowers to it.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is good. I don't really love this on exactly but it is OK. Too bad this isn't less sweet and the mushroom thing needs to go away.

Photo of haddon
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a translucent amber with white foaming head. liquid gold in appearance. good carbonation release with lacing down goblet.

nose starts with spice, clove & malts then ends with just slight amount of hops & alcohol on the end. not overpowering but nice and very indicative for the style.

taste starts pretty heavy with clove & spice. follows with dates & figs and a slight carbonation twinge on the back of the throat. again, nothing overpowering but very representative of the style.

medium body with full amount of carbonation. very clean and crisp finish.

this is a very drinkable beer and hits the style right on the bullseye. I think when a lot of people think of a Belgian ale they are looking for the deeper complexities and richness of the dark ales but trippels are lighter and crisper with a little more carbonation evident. well done, New Belgium.

Photo of gall0wsp0le
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this is a pretty average craft beer overall. I don't think it stacks up compared to real Belgian trippels. The ABV is about where it should be but the distinctive sweetness and punchiness of the herbs aren't there. I could smell the coriander when I sniffed it, but I didn't get a hint of it when I drank it. That said it's a decent beer, but of the NB products I like 1554 and Fat Tire a little better, and having had a few dubbels and trippels in my day, this just seems like a light version of those.

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a cup (I know...). Poured in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Gold-copper with head of decent retention and thickness.

Sm: Clean barley, spice (coriander?), and the usual suspects: hops, malt, etc.

T: Creamy open to balanced body, lightly built for a tripel. Crisp finish. Notes are the same as the smell.

Mf: A bit smooth for a tripel, but otherwise on the mark.

Dr: I'd definitely have it again, especially considering its price and ABV.

Photo of aval89
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright golden color.. managed about a 3 finger head in my New Belgium globe..head is tight with spots of soapy head here and there.. majority of the head sticks around..

S: first got hit with spicey phenols. bananas .. crystal malts.. fruity esters from the yeast..

T: bananas upfront with apricot to create a nice start.. not as much spiciness as I expected, but the phenols are there.. kinda medicinal... some melon flavors on the finish with fruity esters .. has a bit of spice on the end.. only a very very slight warmness from the booze..

Mf: medium bodied with a crisp clean finish.. semi dry finish..

D: very easy refreshing drinker considering the abv..

Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear golden orange. Minor head receded quickly, lacing unexceptional. I've never seen a bottle conditioned brew with zero sediment but the brewers say it is.

Aroma is traditional tripel, sweet with lots of light skinned fruits atop of white bread yeast. The coriander is minor, not sure it deserves mention on the bottle.

Taste surprisingly has a hint of banana. Considerable phenol contributions. The aftertaste evolves significantly begins peppery and estery but the very final note is not its strength. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Lacks the dryness of the better tripels. This has the base of what could be an excellent tripel.

Photo of jdspears41
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I bought it from a beer superstore in Eau Claire WI while up there for work. I had a sample 12 pack and there were three bottles of this in there. First thing you notice is the % of alcohol in them, WOW. A six pack would floor you.

a-Poured this into a glass and noticed a strong color to it. I realized it would be good right then.

S-It was nothing special but a pleasant enought to make you want to drink it.

T-It was refreshing but after the second beer I grew tired of drinking it, I think its a one beer per sitting beer.

M-Not over powering or watered down feel. Mine was a tad flat.

D- I would love to start the night off with one of these everytime i drink. Good stuff

Photo of tito42
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen, best by 30 October 2011 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Golden, lightly bubbly, and a foamy white head.

Smell: Very floral, like tulips, with some bubblegum.

Taste: Very well balanced with fruity banana, spiciness from the coriander, maltiness, and a bit of an earthy hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, just a touch of creaminess and very crisp. Only a slight pang of alcohol at the end, but not much for the ABV.

Drinkability: This beer was my gateway into trying more Belgian beers. It's a year-round go-to beer for me. The complex and well-balanced flavor almost completely masks the fact this is a 7.8% ABV beer.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -2.1%
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 +6.8%
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%
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 -22.6%
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 -15.7%
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 -6.6%
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.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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