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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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2,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,418
Reviews: 931
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 167 | 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 marcellaproust
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed, and I hate to report it. This is a 2009 bottled. Pours nicely; golden yellow true to type. Lacy head skims the top. Carbonation quite high, higher than for the genre, lending a lighter-bodied mouth-feel. What's so disappointing? For one, smell: none except a hint of vegetal, not fresh cut grass or flower stems but perhaps, several day old cut Carnation stems. Flavor totally lacks any yeastiness and doughiness, the principal reason why I love trippels. Instead, there's some sort of vegetal, metallic (or is it alkaline--the word itself suggests what I'm reaching for) base underpinning this strangely bitter lageri-sh tasting ale: the greeny parts of asparagus or artichokes followed by what amounts to (in my recall--those days are over) sour mash. That this is a great brewery with its politics naturally and concomitantly bound up with its fabulous products and facilities makes it really hard to censure any product. This is the second failure I've tasted in Lincoln. Perhaps Lincoln stores do not know how to store product or perhaps the runts of the litter end up here, given that most tastebuds here lean to the Bud and Miller and even more, Keystone interpretations of beer. I can't quite reason through this glaring failure of beermaking.

marcellaproust, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light honey amber with some visable suspended yeast.Decent rocky white head that lasts and leaves decent rings of lace down the glass. Smells like fruity belgian yeast and citrus fruits. Caramel and toasted bread with a hit of candy sugar and sour yeast in the finish. Medium light bodied and well carbonated. Highly drinkable version of the style.

biggred1, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head that had decent retention. Sufficient amount of lacing is left on the glass for a tripel. Has a surprisingly malty aroma. The lack of esters from the yeast differentiates this from the rest of the sytle. The taste is malt driven as well. Some spice comes into play. Finishes with a wisp of alcohol. Also has a lingering sweetness. I prefer my tripels on the dry side. Has a creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied. A tripel that is easy on the pocketbook and is a bargain. Unfortunately it cannot compete with the better imported tripels.

morimech, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of hiikeeba
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head.

S - Smells like an amber: spicy malt with hop highlights, but with a hint of alcohol

T - Tastes like an amber. Bready malts, spicy hop notes.

M - Thin mouthfeel is balanced by good carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer that I would certainly drink over and over again. Even if it tastes like an amber.

hiikeeba, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into the new belgium balloon

Very crisp and clean light copper low to no head but just a nice film that lingers on the top. Very good looking beer in this glass crystal clear

Sweet malt with some spices, nice alcohol burn also a very sweet note in there not quite fruity but close maybe the combo of the malt and hops that create the sweetness

The taste is as crisp as the appearance nice hop/alchol burn in the middle to finish. Alot of malty sweetness all the way through.

Feels good in the mouth nice light medium body more towards being thin but nowhere near watery, smooth and complex finishes great

This one could get me in trouble it is one of the eaisest drinking triples I have ever had and would love have a few in a sitting.

SpecialK088, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful deep gold, white puffy head, nice lace windows.

S: Hoppy, spice -corrinder maybe?

T: Caramel malts, slight cloves, some yeast. Nice, but mellow hop bite on the back end.

M: Leaves mouth a bit dry feeling. Low carbonation, a bit of a watery feel.

D: Made this a bit over average because it drinks well, even for a higher ABV beer. I could see myself drinking this as session beer, if it was a 5-6%'er. But, then it would not be the same beer. Different than other domestic Tripps that I have had, but, in a good way.

EDIT: as it warms, this beer takes on a different character. Flavors open up, smell does too. I guess this is normal, but, wow, big difference.

KI9A, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of naterock
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a smokestack Goblet. Deep Gold iin color with a thin but very attractive head that leaves a thin layer across the top. a slight haze from the bottle conditioning yeast.

smell is robust of estery yeast and hops smells like Saaz or Hallertau Hops. Very attractive nose of coriander and slight fruitiness.

Taste: Array of hop and fruity esters give way to notes of banana and coriander with a yeasty finish. Outstanding Grassy hops with a sweet malt backbone.

mouth is a bit too carbonated but helps support the bittering hops. leaves the mouth a bit dry and longing for another sip. This is truly a superb tripel for being so mass-distributed.

naterock, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear pale gold with lots of head. Spicy aroma with more clove than banana. A bit of burnt sugar and a little noble hop aroma. Medium bodied with some sweetness. Banana fruitiness. Plenty of carbonation. Aroma is nice, but it seems a little thin. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. Nice price.

homebrewhawk, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fat Tire: Tripple Belgian Style Ale
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Poured a very light golden orange color with a very light colored head and two-finger lacing.

S: Smells like what you would expect your average Belgian ale but with maybe a little more banana hints to it.

T: Sweet with a bite at the end and a heavy taste of alcohol. Mellow taste lingers after the gulp.

M: The ale had the right amount of carbonation but felt a little watery in the swallow.

D: It becomes more drinkable as it warms but if you are like me and like them ice cold, you may have to slow down if you plan on having more than just one.

Not a bad brew, overall. Its very comparable with a lot of the higher-end barley wines but at a reasonable cost, and in a convenient six pack. The alcohol content, coupled with the good flavor is nice as well.

dotsonjamesg, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near transparent golden with a finger of white, creamy head that retains and leaves beautiful lace in the glass. Balance between deep malts and fruits in the aroma gives me an impression that the taste will be balanced as well. And indeed, it is. Roasty malt flavors that finish with florals, fruits and bitter left on the palate. Crisp carbonation, while medium to heavy-bodied in moments. This beer is great to sip on after dinner.

washburnkid, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay glass.

A: The first thing I noticed about this beer was that it was very orange in color. The head was small but long lasting and had decent lacing.

S: The smell was great, and I noticed the strong smell right after the pour. I do not smell any citrus or hops from this beer. It smells mostly of banana and a funky aroma.

T: The bananas are more tame in the taste, which is also a bit funky. Once again, no hops or citrus stands out in the taste. Also the alcohol stands our more here than in other beers in this style.

M: Carbonation is almost perfect, but the beer is overly watery.

D: Beer gets much more drinkable as it warms. There are much better beers of this style, so its not as drinkable as others.

Overall a nice beer. I will definitely purchase again.

Jablonski, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear dark amber pour with a large frothy white head that lasted and has good lacing.

Good citrus spice aroma.

Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Full citrus and spice flavor with a moderate sweet finish of long to moderate duration.

Good complex brew that is one of my top six rated active bottled beers for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Juggernaut
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance was decent, golden and clear.

The smell was definitely peppery of the saaz hops, very inciting.

It tasted good, very interesting, there was the spicy taste of the hops and what to me seemed similar to the "beech wood aged" taste of Budweiser.

Mouth feel was medium, not watery but definitely not heavy either, went well with the overall style.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I personally probably would get tired of it after two.

Juggernaut, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden hue, a heavy pour yields a very small head that disappears in a matter of seconds to a soapy looking sheen and small collar. Surprised there is so very little, if any, yeast in the bottle.

Nose is mostly light malts and yeasty spices and fruit. I get mostly apricots, brazil nuts, peanut butter and roses. Does not smell as clean or as good as most Belgian (and even many American) tripels.

Not sure what it is that bothers me about this beer...aha! The culprit seems to be this odd peanut butter flavor and smell. Not fruity and zesty enough for me. I wanted to like this beer, as tripels are one of my favorite styles and this one is nicely priced, but I just cant dig it. It's drinkable, but not lip-smackingly good. Might make a good intro tripel.

twiggamortis420, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 20, 2008

Bottle - poured into Stella Artois glass. Heady, very nice with 1 1/2 " head. Medium amber color. Pleasing smell, very noticeable fruit/spice flavors. Let sit for a few minutes until head down to less than 1/4", also to let warm to mid 40-degrees. Taste - definite hint of spice, floral notes abound. Enjoyable and worth the price! I'd buy another 6-pack or would gladly try on tap. Great beer for the money (under $7 a six-pack). SALUDE!

OzarkElmo, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden orange coloring, fairly clear with a little bit of head.

S- Initially a strong malty scent followed by alcohol and finishing off with a little hops.

T- As with the scent it starts off malty and then there is a strong taste of alcohol. Can't really taste the hops in this though.

M- The strong alcoholic taste causes what many describe as "bitter beer face" Has a strong feel, but somewhat smooth.

D- Fairly drinkable. Would have it as a session beer, but 2 or 3 wouldn't be bad.

Overall the taste of alcohol is a little strong for me. Not enough hops and kinda malty. Disappointing offering from New Belgium.

Bagman007, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of echdk3
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A_Fairly translucent golden dark orange color, bubbly porous white head, lively beer

S_Hoppy, biscuits. Some funk. Definite fruit, not sure what kind - not citrusy though

T_Spicy hops that quickly die down, not much aftertaste. Fresh baked dark biscuits. None of that same fruitiness that was in the aroma

M_Not as chewy as I would have liked. High carbonation is very nice. Doesn't stick around long, thinner body than I would have guessed

D_Fantastic. The alcohol is masked very well. High repeatability

echdk3, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snowbound in Portland, I'm reading a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. While he probably forsook drinking, all this reading about monks and friars is making me think of Belgian beer. I'm really pining for a big dark Belgian right now, but the only thing close I have in my fridge right now is this NB Trippel. Let's see if it satisfies my Belgian craving...

Nice looks, poured into a wine glass. Clear, rich golden in color with an ample white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. I haven't drank many of this style before, so unfortunately I don't have much to compare it to.

Lots of yeast in the aromas: light fruits like ripe banana, maybe a bit of sweet green grape/golden raisin, and lots of sweet doughy malts. I like the complexity and intensity of the smells, this might be the most yeasty ester smelling beer I've had from the States.

Flavors are good but don't quite pack the punch the aromas do. Lots of light fruit and sweetbread malts. I can't help but think of fruitcake, actually. Just a bit of spicyness that I'm not sure of its origin, whether some hops peeking through, or another facet of the Belgian strain of yeast.

Nice, semi-full very smooth feel. Tastes linger for quite a while, a pleasing silky finish. The rather high 7.8% abv is extremely well hidden. not a bit of alcohol heat or prickliness.

Not only is this a very easy drinking beer, it's also exceptionally well priced for such a good beer. I find it every once and a while on sale for under $7 a six pack. A steal, considering the quality of this brew... definitely one of New Belgium's best efforts. My only criticism of drinkability for this beer is that its flavors don't pair well with many types of foods, in my opinion. Still, this one was well enjoyed on its own.

josiahschlender, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the YardHouse in Brea. Oh, and an interesting story. These was suppose to be served in a short 10 ounce goblet, but instead I got a 16 ounce shaker of this. Score! On to the beer:

Golden, clear, with a creamy white head on top. Maybe a blob of orange color in that body. When I semlled the beer, I thought this was liquid bubblegum. I could live with that, but too monotone for what I expected. Same with the taste. Lots of bubblegum flavor in this beer, but that's all I tasted. Ok, so a hint of peach emerged, but nothing else. Thin mouthfeel, nill carbonation. Could it have been a bad keg I got this from? Well, it didn't have any off-flavors, which made this sort of drinkable, especially with my BBQ chicken pizza. But overall, this was way too monotone.

DoubleJ, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz into Chimay branded goblet.

Appearance: Golden, with a thin white-ish head that doesn't stay long.

Smell: Floral smells, with a bit of fruitiness. Very strong smell.

Taste: Biscuity and yeasty, with a good amount of hop bitterness and a little bit of sweetness. Alcohol is definitely present in this, too.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than expected. Has a good, soft carbonation and is pretty crisp and well-balanced.

Drinkability: Overall, a good representative of the style and a beer I would love to have again. Cheaper than lots of the Belgian beers of the same style, but right on par.

Mosstrooper, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of beertunes
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into sturdy chalice. Leaves a medium head with light-to- faint lacing. A dark straw leaning towards gold color. Faint spice and citrus aroma. Not as spicy or citrusy as others of the style. Taste is not overly distinctive. Lingering stickiness on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is OK, not as smooth as others of the style. That said it would be easy to quaff several of these at a gathering. This would be good to use as a "training wheel" beer to introduce others to the style.

beertunes, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of patobandito
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark blond color with a thick head, which shrinks but retains somewhat. Leaves a light lacing down the side of my glass. Not an especially strong nose, smells of citrus and maybe some floral notes. And the taste! so good. A bit sweet, but great in all respects. A citrus flavor overwhelms the palate in the best way possible. Extremely drinkable. Will try again.

Yet another success from New Belgium.

patobandito, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light copper amber color, with a one finger head and carbonation.
Nose: Floral, cinnamon, wood, hints of roasted malt and citrus notes.
Taste Floral, citrus, wood, spice, caramel malt roasted, hint of sweetness.
Body: Medium
Finish: Slightly acidic well rounded with a good finish

colts9016, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. Pour is light gold with some carbonation. Aroma is sweet and light. Understated taste. The hops and yeast mix nicely, with mild fruit and malt flavors. Almost like a "Lite" version of other stronger trippels. Subtle.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Dannyt
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A strong gold color, very clear with a nice head that doesn't last long. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: A sweet almost buttery presence with a fruity finish.

Taste: Very crisp and clean with a sweet doughy biscuit presence. A slightly spicy finish with just a hint of burn.

Mouthfeel: Very light and smooth texture with a little syrup coating

This beer could get you in trouble, The big ABV is almost completely undetectable in this brew, however it could easily be drunk all night without losing the taste for it.

Dannyt, Dec 08, 2008
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,418 ratings.