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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

2,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 931
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 170 | 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 iceball585
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

iceball585, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MMAJYK, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Zadok, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Goliath, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of YippiesRhinos
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

YippiesRhinos, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

itcomesnpints, Sep 01, 2008
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Beerbuddha, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

elniko, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Kyle987
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Kyle987, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

HalfFull, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of cbros
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- Bottle with best by date, poured into a Duvel Glass.

A- Pours a nice golden color with a white lace present throughout. There is some activity coming from bubbles inside the beer.

S- Smells of fruit and alcohol.

T- A strong fruity overtone followed by a hoppy finish. The balance of fruit/strength and a hoppy finish go well. They compliment each other well to have a well balanced beer. Sweet from the onset to the end. To me it tastes more like a Strong Pale Ale then a Trippel.

Another great find from a trade and a first for me from the New Belgium lineup. I am still getting used to Trippels as a style but this bodes well. It reminds me of Duvel in the fact that there is a strong fruit taste that helps ease the strength of the alcohol flavor. Very pleasant to drink, not bitter at all and it is that combination that could prove dangerous. I am glad that I was able to try it and would certainly get this again when available. However if given the choice I would probably get a strong pale ale over a Trippel but this is a smooth very drinkable Trippel.

cbros, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of btuthill
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright, clear amber from a 12 oz bottle. a finger or finger and a half of bubbly head reduces quickly to about a quarter inch of dense, almost creamy lather that follows the beer down the entirety of the glass. really nice looking beer. the smell is equally pleasant - sweet and summery. its tough to describe the flavor as i'm not a seasoned trippel reviewer, but i enjoy it quite a bit and find myself satisfied after each sip. the mouthfeel is well above average - very smooth (silky even?) with perhaps a tiiiiny bit too much carbonation (too nitpicky to really put stock in). at nearly 8% i won't be drinking too many of these (at least not with a clear head), but i am really enjoying the first couple from the six pack.

a winning beer from a solid brewery.

btuthill, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this a few weeks back at Beaumont Market - it's been a year, maybe two, since my last try. 12 oz. poured to a Chimay goblet; Best Before 19DEC08.

A: Perfectly golden and decidedly clear, showing many streams of tiny carbonation. 1-finger of white cream that drops to a broad, occasionally percolating film. Excellent sticking sheets of lace, one of the prettiest tripels I recall.

S: An apt sweet maltiness, with grainy spice and a sly fruitiness.

T: Very malty at first, yeasty bread dough touched with some light spices. A little sweet raisin and candied fruit, something that's fleeting yet reminiscent of peaches in syrup. Saaz hopping finishes this off dryly.

M: I can feel the carbonation moving about, but it lacks a certain crispness. Mouthfeel seems medium-full, building to a coating heaviness that leaves a starchy coating on teeth and a warmth on cheeks and tongue.

D: I remember liking this tripel and considering it to be one of the better 'Belgian' beers that NBBC makes...it's pretty well-crafted, though I don't love it enough to place it with the best of the style. Worth drinking on occasion and a good effort.

msubulldog25, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden color with slight rosy hues. Pure white creamy head grows to two fingers easily. Disipates gradually to nice cap with thick and sticky lacing.

S: Floral, sweet light fruitness, faint dough.

T: Yeast to the front! The floral and fruity flavors dominate with a slight malt back that balances things out a bit.

M: Creamy and smooth, after an initial crispness.

D: 7.8% ABV, so this is more of a sipper. More than one or two and you can call it a night.

usmittymc, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Jimhillsb
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep rich golden color which pours into a pillowy white head and a good bit of carbonation.

Smell: Cut grass, white wine grapes... the alcohol is definitely noticeable from the smell.

Taste: The initial flavor is quite sweet, but then expands out into fruity aromas, including grapes and pear. Wheat is definitely a factor here too, but is balanced out by a nice dose of hoppy bitterness near the end.

Mouth: The beer has a good bit of carbonation, and feels good on the toungue. the head is soft, but thick.

all around a good beer. I dont think Id drink more than a few in a night before i switched to something a little less ... well... belgian. I dont find that i can drink more than a few of any trippel or quadrupel generally.

good beer for the very low price.

Jimhillsb, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold color with good clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Foamy off-white head has middling retention, but leaves some nice patches of lace behind. Small carbonation bubbles.

S: Spicy with coriander and clove. Smoke and toffee aromas come through too.

T: Nicely balanced. Malt has a mix of grape, toffee and smoke flavors. Bitterness is spicy mix of coriander and clove with a slight metallic bite. Alcohol adds flavor and warmth going down. Finishes very dry with a biscuit quality.

M: Medium body with the right amount of fizz. Slightly slick on the tongue.

D: I have to be in the right mood for this. Makes a good night cap.

Rayek, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By Date January 2009; Sampled May 2008
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some light, wispy lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides. The beer is brilliantly clear and well carbonated as lots of streaming bubbles quickly rise through the orangish golden body of this brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a bright gold hue. Aromas of fresh cut pears, aromatic apples, a touch of banana and under-ripe melon join with spicy notes of lemon zest, white pepper, candied ginger, fresh cut hay, floral wild-flowers, orange zest, clove, a hint of cardamom, light bubble-gum and an earthy-herbal spice component. Sweet malt induced aromas of herbal honey are joined by cracker-like grain and a characteristic scent of vibrant, freshly crushed pale malt. An incredibly aromatic brew, this just has a fantastic aroma to it; it perhaps smells a bit on the sweet side, and it certainly is quite clean (as opposed to rustic), but the mix of aromatic components is quite compelling and I easily spend my first five minutes with this brew just enjoying the aroma.

Sweet and clean tasting up front with a strong banana flavor that becomes noticeable in the middle and lingers on for quite some time in the finish. Only lightly hopped with bittering hops as this has only a slight bitterness in the finish. After the first couples sips my palate becomes a bit deadened to the banana note, other flavors of bubble-gum, honeydew melon, ripe pear and orange blossoms . This has quite a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it; slightly viscous, yet still quite drinkable. This is certainly not on the heavy side, even for a Tripel. Lightly sharp with spice notes of ginger, clove, a touch of white pepper, a hint of earthy sage. Ample, sweet, honeyed malt notes really boosts the fruit flavors here and there is also a touch of cracker like grain here as well.

A very nice example of a Tripel. At times it can seem a bit too clean & it would certainly be a bit more balanced with some sharper edges to it; a funkiness, more hops or even more spiciness could serve this purpose, as it does seem to be a little too sweet at times. Despite this, the beer remains pretty complex throughout. A beer I used to drink a fair amount of, but haven't for a long time and I am quite glad that I have revisited this.

Sampled June 2004
4/4/4.5/3.5/4, total of 4.15
Pours a brilliantly clear gold color, the beer supports an off white head. I get a lightly spicy aroma with notes of lemon, apple, and a hint of ginger. The aroma is subtly complex, and is quite nice and enjoyable. The beer is soft and lightly sweet up front, but ends with a contrasting drying finish. The taste is evocative of pears, vanilla, ginger, and perhaps some pepper and coriander as well. The palate of this beer has a certain full-bodied creaminess to it. This is pretty good, it is well rounded and just works for me. It is perhaps missing a balancing sharpness that can be found in some Trippels, but this is quite tasty, and is readily available to boot.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, May 31, 2008
Photo of AZTEX
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer from New Belgium. I poured from a bottle into a glass. I poured a beautiful golden amber color with a nice frothy one finger foam. The smell was little weak, but had a bready aroma. The taste was very good and was relatively complex. I detected citrus flavors, along with a yeasty flavor. Very low hops taste at the end. This was good bodied beer and was very drinkable, although I could not drink many due to the complexity of the taste. Overall, a very good beer.

AZTEX, May 21, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear golden color with some layers of orange. Two finger frothy off-white head with good lacing and head retention. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles present.

Aromas of yeast, cloves, cramel and a floral scent, maybe roses. The smells are pretty big and beautiful.

Tastes of grapes, apples, yeast, cracked black pepper, and toffee. The hops a wonderful and are matched perfectly with the malt and yeast. This is well layered and almost perfect, every tastebud gets to take part.

It's tingly and spicey on the tongue with a buttery feel to the back of the throat.

I could drink this stuff everyday. It's so smooth and so well balanced and multilayered, that you can't put this stuff down. I'll buy again, and again,....

MOShepp, May 12, 2008
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter glass. Freshness date clearly marked that this brew is fresh until March 2009.

This brew pours with a very nice golden orange color. Good amount of head, and a nice lacing is left around the glass as it's being consumed. A good amount of sediment is also present as well.

The nose of this beer is the classic belgiian yeast that New Belgium promises! It is very distinctive, and any Belgian beer drinker can recognize it well. Very citrusy, although it seems a green apple like as well as a white grape flavor is very present combined with a good dose of sweetness with a nice touch of honey.

Upon the first sip, the aromas carried over in which I picked up on almost like a white wine grape like taste at first with a nice amount of crisp carbonation. The yeast taste quickly kicks in and rides the whole way through with the apple like citrus flavors nice blending with a touch of malt sweetness. Ample hop bitterness at the end leaves a nice tingle sensation on the tongue that lasts until the next sip along with a nice fade of the yeast flavor as well as a nice hint of alcohol flavor.

All in all, this a damn good trippel style beer. Does this beer match a real Belgian trippel? Not quite, but it is still a very good, session beer, that is a great Belgian brew for somebody like myself, who has limited experience with this style. Plus, the price is a fraction of what you will pay for a true Belgian, and regardless of price, this one comes damn close to the real deal.

AustinBeerLvr, May 09, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden blonde with a decent amount of fluffy white head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving very little lacing on the goblet. The aroma has phenols, clove, some spicy hops, hints of banana, and some coriander. This is all backed up by some bready, somewhat wheaty smelling malts.

The coriander and clove come through solidly in the taste, with the phenols and alcohol bringing up the rear. The malt comes through a lot more than I expected it to based on the nose. It is defenitely a nice, balanced triple with a lot going on, but the flavors just are not as big as many other triples.

The mouthfeel however is delightful. A light-medium body with very rich carbonation is exactly what I wanted, and exactly what this delivers. Combine that with high drinkability and this is a solid american made triple.

ASymon13, May 01, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber/copper color with a descent head. Good carbonation.

Very floral aroma with a hint of sweetness.

A dry bitterness with a floral aftertaste. Can't put my finger on it almost like roses maybe. A pretty good tasting trippel but I was kind of turned off on the floral aftertaste.

I tried it but not one of my favorites

Matty1918, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, with interesting floating yeast particles, good head.

Smell: Clove, yeasty, bubblegum.

Taste: Nice sweetness. A little banana, some bubblegum, and a little black pepper kick.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy or coating.

Drinkability: Tasty, and if this was in MN, at $7 a six pack, I would drink it often.

I finally got to have this beer again as I visited Nebraska. The NB Trippel isn't distributed here (yet?) in MN. I remembered really liking this beer back before I got deeply into hops. It didn't disappoint, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. If it ever comes up here I doubt it will be $6.99 for a sixer like in NE though!

Mdog, Apr 21, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a bright, clear, warm golden hue topped by a smallish creamy white head. A small swirl of carbonation keeps coming up from the bottom, although the carbonation doesn't seem to permeate the body of the beer.
Aroma of sweet pale malt, some candi sugar, and a good bit of spicy Belgian yeast., with a hint of coriander and black pepper. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with pale malt, yeasty Belgian funk, and a touch of peppery spiciness. Finish is a bit dry and spicy. The body is not quite as full or sticky as I look for in a tripel, but still manages to convey the flavor pretty well. Carbonation is a bit lacking, in that it doesn't impart the right amount of creaminess. Still, overall, the flavor and aroma are quite good, and this is an excellent value selection given the current increase in the prices of Belgian imports.

ElGordo, Apr 20, 2008
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.