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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

2,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,388
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 68
Gots: 157 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of corey0212


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Got this from mugglesandhops!

Pours a clear golden color, smallish sturdy white head fades pretty quickly, leaves some stray spots of lacing behind. Lots of fruity aromas, faint trace of banana, some sugary sweetness, but lots and lots of tropical fruit. Some apple flavors, some peppery spiciness, gentle bitterness on the back end. Cleansing moutfheel, some spice on the lips, faint warming alcohol. This is fantastic.

11-24-2008 01:59:38 | More by corey0212
Photo of Oxymoron


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

A staple example used for BJCP for calibration. The color is a semi-hazy lemony yellow color with a soft white head. Ok retention that hides to the edge of the glass and good lacing throughout.

The nose is not as complex for style but a good base is there. To start there is a light malty note with no real distinction on type. Some light sugary notes, but pretty clean. Some noticeable esters with banana and cloves aroma. Some bubblegum and a touch of citrus and hops. Would like more esters overall.

The taste is similar to the nose. The malt comes out a bit more with some grainy and husky notes. The sugar notes backs off though with more of a malt backing. The esters back off as well, but are noticeable. A good fruity mix of banana, honeydew and a light orange/lemon thing. Some spicy notes as well and a light peppery finish.

The body is a bit sweet but ok. Carbonation is light but good. Overall a good triple but I would like a bit more complexity overall. Just don't call it trip-el.

11-18-2008 17:50:45 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured 12 oz. bottle into snifter

To my suprise this is my first trippel that I can think of. I have has some sips of Chimay but thats about it.

The appearance is a cloudy golden color not too big of a head. Very active bubbles still. Smell isnt super great but smells a little citrusy but not like a pale or an IPA. It's a smeel I'm not used too. The taste is unique too I'm not sure how to explain it either. This beer does feel good on the tounge. I will probably drink this again but it's just not what I'm used too.

11-18-2008 01:28:11 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of stephens101


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

My first New Belgium brew. I know, you say no Fat Tire? Fuck it, I'm going for the Tripel first. Pours reddish orange with a two-finger off white head that disappears rather quickly. There's a smattering of lacing left around the glass. The smell is deep and complex with notes of vanilla, sweet bread, spice, grapes, oranges, apples and yeast. Tastes of tart apples, sugar cane, butterscotch candy and bread. Wrapped around all of that is some spice and honey. Deep down below it all lies some hops. Mouth-feel is medium to full-bodied and rich and creamy; almost to perfection. There's a good combustion of bubbles with a decent shake. It's hard to beat a true Belgian Tripel, but this one gives them all a run for their money.

11-14-2008 23:31:22 | More by stephens101
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

pours a brilliant golden with some minuscule particulate floating. A glowing white two-finger head bubbles up before slowly deflating leaving some impressive lacing across the top and some nice belgian sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is typical for a belgian tripel with pear and fairly prominent banana, aided with clove spice, some spicy hops, and that distinctive belgian yeastiness. Malt aroma takes a back seat to the juicy fruits and spicing.

Taste is as anticipated, with pear, apple and honey up front along with that characteristic belgian yeastiness. Biscuits and spicy hops follow through the middle, with a yeasty and dark fruit finish. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy with some descent carbonation. Not quite as sharp or crisp as I would have hoped, and the carbonation works more toward the creaminess than that sharp belgian fruit/spice that I crave.

It's an impressive brew on the whole. Quite possibly the perfect introduction to Tripels, as it has all of the exemplary characteristics and nothing funky or unwelcome. At the same time, there are definite better and more complex Tripels out there... this one's nothing amazing, but a good and solid brew at a decent price.

11-13-2008 07:13:48 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Golden with light amber. Creamy white head and steady carbonation, never falling to a ring. Smell is nice. Sweet malts. Some fruit and candy sugar with yeast being fairly present as well. Light spice. Earthy, grassy hops linger underneath. Taste is all of the above plus a noticeable alcohol presence. It seems a bit more spicy than the nose. Clove seems apparent. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, crisp and snappy on the tongue. A bit drying in the finish. I didn't think this one was too bad, got through the bottle without much fuss. That's not to say I'd have another to follow it, though.

11-09-2008 04:08:30 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Jyubei

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

A. Snow white 1 in head on a gold body. good lacing too.

S. Bitter hops with malt and a hint of fruit. Aroma of bread becomes apparent after you taste it.

T. Hops, bread and a hint of apple. Turns into a creamy caramel after a few tastes.

M. Syrupy in the front of the mouth, smooth while swallowing,
then syrupy again.

D. Although it has a high ABV, this is an excellent brew to nurse.

11-01-2008 20:17:11 | More by Jyubei
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a nice clear pale yellow color with a nice cloudy head that goes away pretty quick. Some lacing on the side.

Couldn't really get much out of the smell, except a spicy malt aroma.

It taste rich, creamy, dark toffe like taste, dark sugary brown bread, a hint of sweetness

Nice creamy medium body taste, smooth, not overpowering.

This would be a good drinkable beer since its cheap. I would prefer real Belgian tripels though.

10-22-2008 00:48:59 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of beermanbrian


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottle courtesy of my step mom who brought it back on a trip to the brewery.

Careful pour yields a crystal clear copper brew. Thin white head and little lacing. Smell screams tripel, sweet and spicey and a little hot. Taste as expected, very spicey, some alcohol and a dry finish.

Not the best tripel ever but I also see why New Belgium get alot of hype. A nice solid tripel.

10-19-2008 23:58:52 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -10%

12oz bottle in a chalice.

Pours a cloudy burnt-orange-red. Nice head and curtain lace down the glass. Heavy carbonation.

Not much aroma for me, yeast and some mellon. Nothing to fawn over.

Taste is decent, but not a good trippel compared with the good stuff. I taste yeast, and the finish is sharp alcohol, it is not hiding at all. Some bitterness and medicinal taste.

Does have a good mouthfeel, somewhat full body, but not like the true belgians.

Very ho-hum, I am not crazy about it.

10-19-2008 15:17:41 | More by craytonic
Photo of Tolnik


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

A - Good light amber coloration with carbonation free floating throughout it.

S - Flowery malted aroma. Orange and spice greet the nose and tantalize it.

T - Flowery Malted hopped beer. Orange tastes with spice peak at the beginning followed with a hint of hops just to let you know.

M - Good all around feeling that leaves a satisfactory taste on the tongue

D - Good Sitting around beer to enjoy with company.

10-10-2008 05:13:31 | More by Tolnik
Photo of coldmeat23


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Slightly hazy, lightly orange tinted golden colored liquid. Minimal head with minimal lacing.

Citrus and yeast notes. Floral and spicey. Sweet, fruity smell.

Nice and sweet upfront, but agreeably so. Caramalized white fruits. Light malt kisses. Bready yeast notes. Hops stop by to say 'hello', but don't stick around.

Nice and creamy, as it should be, for the style.

When looking for an affordable trippel (i.e.-can't afford a true belgian today) this would totally work.
New Belgium does good, again.

10-07-2008 19:38:51 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of mphopkins99


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Clear golden, thick one finger head

S - Definite orange aroma combined with spices and hops

T - Very mild, slight but pleasant citrus after-taste

M - Very smooth, good but not overpowering alcohol after-taste

D - Excellent drinking beer. My first venture into Tripel style and a very enjoyable one.


09-30-2008 17:32:35 | More by mphopkins99
Photo of theboozecruise


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured this one from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

I'll admit I was excited for this one, Tripels are one of my favorite styles of beer, and this one is new to me. Can't get New Belgium brews in LA so it took a trip to Houston to get a 6-pack.

The beer pours a golden color, lighter than I would expect from a tripel. Not a huge head, but creamy, some swirls that were still lingering on the surface after I started drinking. The aroma starts to feel like a tripel, with a wild aroma of spice and flowers. Sounds like an odd combo, but very nice.

The taste is more of the same, malty and spicy, with some sweetness and then some bitter kick from the hops. All in one sip. This is a very drinkable brew, I'm impressed.

09-26-2008 02:50:06 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

A- Light yellow color, clear, one finger thick fluffy head that faded quickly to a thin layer, some sediment floating throughout

S- Citrus, yeast, pale malts, flowery, herbal

T- Yeast, bready, grains, herbs, bitter hop bite at the end

M- Medium body, medium/heavy carbonation, crisp, dry, slightly fizzy

D- Worth trying

Not really an instant favorite in my book but it slowly grew on me.

09-19-2008 01:16:36 | More by iceball585
Photo of MMAJYK


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Perfectly clear gold color, little head but a few spots of loose bubble clusters. I was really expecting a little fluff from this style.

S- Sweet honey malts, green apples and grapes, farmhouse characteristics, oranges, lemons and cantaloupe.

T- Very sweet with the honey malts, clean and crisp. Hops are nice and crisp up front blending with the sweetness, but still the sweetness overpowers it.

M- Medium in the mouth and high carbonation. Very nice for the style.

D- A little bit too sweet for me, but definitely a nice sipper.

Special thanks to jhammerly for sending this one as an extra in our trade. I have had it on standby for quite some time.

09-14-2008 20:10:20 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of Zadok


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured a crystal clear straw color with basically no head and scattered lacing throughout the glass.

Hoppy aroma with a touch of citrus.

Mild hop flavor, light sweet fruit hints. Maybe a touch of malt flavor as well.

Smooth Mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

For the light flavor it has it is really quite tasty. Another quality offering from New Belgium.

09-12-2008 00:59:06 | More by Zadok
Photo of Goliath


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a clear golden color with a large inch and a half bright white head. Good retention and some decent lacing.

Aroma is nice, and appropriate. A good bit of citrus up front with a little familiar spicing and some sugar.

Taste is ok. A good bit of citrus again, with the addition of banana. Some nice spice and a gentle sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Easy consumption on this one due to decent flavors and well hidden alcohol. I'm more impressed than I thought I would be.

09-07-2008 20:30:19 | More by Goliath
Photo of YippiesRhinos


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Strong citrus flavors. Hops (saaz) noticeable on finish. What is most dissapointing is the overwhelming alcohol flavor. I know the abv is high, but there is not enough malt/hops/citrus to be more noticeable than the alcohol. Average beer thanks to tasting smooth and being very drinkable. So a drinkable beer, but not overly flavorful.

09-02-2008 23:50:53 | More by YippiesRhinos
Photo of itcomesnpints

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Beautiful golden pour with an aggressive head. Great lacing. Floral aroma of cloves and light fruit. Smooth hops hit the tongue along with fruity esters and a touch of coriander. Lively mouthfeel that finishes incredibly smoothly. This is a good tripel, but it lacks character. It's very smooth and pleasing to drink, but there is little complexity to be found when compared to its older Belgian brothers. I found myself bored halfway through the bottle. Overall, a solid American tripel, but not quite at the level of Allagash.

09-01-2008 04:23:23 | More by itcomesnpints


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

A huge rocky fluffy off white head is achieved with a strong pour. Very good resilance and tons of fat lace. Body is a honey glowing amber. Nose is very yeasty with waxey fruit notes, also some vanilla. Enters the mouth very smooth and creamy almost like malt liquer meets a lager. A slight dose of spice is there and on the dusty side. Carbonation is high in this one for the style. A doughy, sappy feel on the mouth with a bit of hops at the end. Not incredible but nicely drinkable. I would not pass on this one.

08-29-2008 20:52:29 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.65/5  rDev +22%

Appearance- This beer poured a nice golden color with a huge 2 inch frothy head. The amount of bubbles was crazy. Like a champagne. Lacing was amazing and made nice little rings on my glass as I drank the beer.

Smell- Incredibly aromatic with wonderful smells of bananas and other fruits such as grapefruit and apple.

Taste- WOW. Nice malty sweetness up front with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. HUGE apple tastes were coming out of this beer. Also was able to detect hints of bananas(as in the nose). The 7.8% alcohol made this beer warming as well but was nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel- Has a nice medium body with a medium high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing beer.

Overall- An incredible beer. Maybe not the best trippel I have ever had but ranks at the top. Once again here is the part where I say- Wish we could get this Louisiana. Hey New Belgium, if you reading this please start distributing in our state!!

08-11-2008 12:31:51 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of elniko


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from bottle into snifter

A: Very little head, nice amber golden hue. Solid looking brew.

S: Typical tripel nose, alcohol and sweetness on the nose.

T & M: I am a tripel fan, this beer was solid but left a little lacking in my opinion. I compare all tripels with La Finde du Monde for my basis. Very dry finish, did not have some of the fruit tones that I've come to expect.

D: Decent example, quite dry. Not sure if I'd like to have more than one.

08-04-2008 01:43:14 | More by elniko
Photo of Kyle987


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Average head, with golden tan color and a little haze. Very strong, good aroma, mostly grain and yeast, with a bit of fruit. Flavor is also excellent; sweet with some fruit and alcohol, and hops in the finish. Smooth, full mouthfeel with average carbonation. Solid beer all around, very drinkable.

07-29-2008 22:47:38 | More by Kyle987
Photo of HalfFull


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours rather clear golden/straw in color with a fairly rich head. The head doesn't last too long but remains as a thin carpet on the surface and yields stringy lacing. Rather light in color.

Smell is up front with candi and sweet pear, a bit of lemon and coriander. And a decent piney hop presence. Spice is notably added vs. yeast driven. Yeast notes in general are pleasant though not very complex other than right after the pour. Would likely benefit from more vigourous bottle conditioning. Yeast notes do open with warming.

Taste is initially of light fruit and yeast and offers a light malt close. Unfortunately the malt structure wasn't quite what I was hoping for, rather simple, and yet not too sweet as a result. And the beer is a bit too high in carbonation but I think that is planned for given the lack of depth to the malts. Feel is decent and offers a light pleasant bitterness. Drink is good given the potency and not as simple sweet as many an American Tripel, giving it a decent balance.

Best thing about New Belgium may well be their bottles. Nice design, yes. But all their brews appear identical in a six pack, allowing a certain amount of comingling without raising awareness at checkout.

07-29-2008 04:25:07 | More by HalfFull
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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