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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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2,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 72
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Lukafer
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very clear, light golden color.  Smells are banana and spice right off the bat, a very strong yeast scent.  Flavor is banana, slight hints of spices, maybe allspice.  Mouthfeel is medium. I wasn't really expecting much but I thought this one was pretty good.

Photo of stoutman
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a thick layer of pillowy white head. The aroma is a potent blend of honey, caramelized sugars, wheat and yeast. initial palate of hops and toasted malt along with honey, banana, orange spice and smoooth alcohol. There's also a faint coriander, for which I expected more of. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with medium carbonation and a dry, fruity finish. An Excellent beer that packs a punch!!

Photo of TheYeagermeister
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, another winner from the New Belgium Brewery. These guys are good.

A--Beautiful, golden honey orange color. Pours a thick head with very nice lacing that lingers forever.

S--I smelled strong yeast, honey, pear, and peach--light fruits. Aroma was strong and very nice.

T--A sharp, crisp hoppiness pairs with pronounced breadiness/yeast, it is well balanced. Alcohol in both the forefront and aftertaste, though not overwhelming. Very subtle fruit suggestions of peach and pear. Good harmony of flavors.

M--Slightly above medium bodied, good carbonation.

D--Definitely good enough to drink a few, although the alcohol is noticeable and may interfere.

Hmmm, I remember this being better the first time I tried it. Regardless, still another impressive beer from New Belgium Brewing Inc.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

obtained in trade (forgot who, sorry). 12oz bottle w/ a "best by" date of 25dec09 (xmas!).

from notes, tasted in june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

golden honey straw color w/ faint amber tones. almost clear, with dusty particles, though i should've decanted more carefully. 1-finger off-white head, recedes to wisps and ring. great lacing.

aroma: trademark new belgium "biscuity" malt character, lightly toasted and caramelized. fruity, almost tropical (starfruit?) esters, balanced by gentle euro hopping, grassy and herbal, with dried citrus peel and spice in the back, brought out by gentle phenols

taste: bready and trademark NB "biscuity" notes, but also almost vanilla-ish character, with similar fruitiness as the aroma, but phenols much more prominent. they accentuate the hop bitterness to a moderate level, as well as the spice profile. touch of mustiness?

medium body, some smoothness, but punctuated by crisp phenols and astringency (which also have the effect of thinning out the body at times). tingly carbonation, both crisp and fluffy.

Photo of TexasTowHead
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with Best By date into a wine glass.

Pours a nice golden yellow with a finger-width white head that dissipates slowly. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell is all Belgian-yeast and coriander, as is the first sip. After warming a bit, the yeast and coriander mellow out with the faintest bit of maltiness coming through.

Carbonation is good without being excessive and the mouthfeel is quite crisp. Drinkability is where this brew really shines, as the ABV is well hidden and I could easily knock back a few of these if I wasn't careful.

Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would say this is currently the best beer I've had from NB, compared with: Hoptober, Ranger, 1554, Mighty Arrow, and Abbey.

A: Clear orange/golden with a beautiful head that recedes to a ring after a few minutes. A few visible bubbles make their way up. Easily the best-looking NB I've had so far.

S: I haven't had many trippels, but I'm pretty sure this comes up short. I smell spices and Belgian yeast, and not much else.

T: Interesting and refreshing. Love the Belgian yeast flavors, which interact well with the malt and hops/spices.

M: Excellent carbonation and balance.

D: For 7.8%, this baby goes down easy. A success.

Photo of Pecorasc
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Gracefully complex with alluring depth, our bottle-conditioned Belgian trippel is spiced with a trade of coriander."

Not sure how this is bottle conditioned, there's no sediment what-so-ever in the bottle. Dated July 3, 2011. Served cold into a large snifter.

S- Peppery phenols are dominant right at the beginning of pour. Spiciness sticks around and coriander begins to come through after a couple minutes of settling. The alcohol is prevalent, but not overwhelming. Some background notes of lemon, grapefruit, and wheat. Despite the coriander, a bit unadventurous.

A- Straw to light gold in color with a white, frothy head that stays low and consistent throughout the drink. The collar is thick and shows sporadic lacing. Visible carbonation is high and persistent. Brilliantly clear. I am really at a loss for how this beer is bottle-conditioned. Very attractive beer though.

T- Initial contact is a bit bland, however, once the carbonation releases, there is an outstanding burst of spicy phenols, a hint of coriander, and a warming and spicy finish. The alcohol is long lasting and pleasant, never overwhelming. Some spicy hop character in the background, with little bitterness. There is a wheat tang now and then, but I don't know if wheat is actually used. No direct yeast character.

M- High carbonation, light body, and warming alcohol. The body is to style and lends a refreshing, crisp character to this nearly 8% trippel. Dangerous.

D- The high carbonation make this quite drinkable, despite the higher alcohol. A nice representation of style, especially the flavor profile. The coriander seemed to only show up in any substantial amount in the aroma; probably faded fast.

Photo of bnes09
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lemon, straw colored ale with exceptional clarity. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Girthy finger of white head, excellent retention and circles of lace.

Grassy, grainy smells. Also some citrus. Very crisp and fruity.

Well-rounded flavors. Grassy hops, not too bitter but assertive, crisp, and a bit lemony. Grainy, smooth malt throughout. Alcohol is spicy and warming and seems to tingle the sinuses.

Light to medium bodied. Quite light for the alcohol level. Lots of lively bubbles. Finishes crisp and semi-dry from the alcohol.

Usually I do not agree with the idea of adjuncts in a beer but in this case it works. Its light and crisp while still having moderate alcohol and most importantly, lots of flavor. Glad I still have 4 left of the six pack but they aren't going to last long.

Photo of Brewmba
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden. who really cares what a beer looks like. lets not judge a book by its cover.

S - Fruity, slightly alcoholic

T - A little sweet, slightly malty with an expected alcohol flavor. Not in a bad way.

M - A little light feeling.

It is an ok Trippel. Maybe i expected a little more from New Belgium. :)

Photo of codewarrior
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz Bottle from a 6-pack, poured into a pint glass.

From the bottle:

"Gracefully complex with alluring depth, our bottle-conditioned Belgian Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander."

A: Transparent. Head lasts for days, lots and lots of bubbles. Lots. And Lots.

S: Smells extremely light. Nose is similar to a pils.

T: Sweet with banana overtones. Trace of coriander shows up in the finish. Would be tasty with a spicy meal.

F: Very light. To a fault.

D: Enjoyable, but it's not a tripel, to my taste. There is no complexity or depth to this beer, it's simple, sweet, and straight-forward. This would make for an amazing pils, but is not what I expect (or want) from a Tripel.

I applaud New Belgium for bottle-conditioning a 6-pack. As a friend of mine said about Boulevard's bottle-conditioned 6-packs:

"That's love."

Photo of CascadeConan
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter and the beer is a nice bright gold with tons of billowing white head.

The nose is full of fruity esters (banana), yeast, coriander, booze and other faint herbal complexities created by my mind or sugar additions.

The first sip is full of coriander, pepper, sweet malts, candy, slight hop character and very light heat from the alcohol towards the end. The medium carbonation helps the flavors stay light and move smooth from start to finish and enhances the mouth feel from an otherwise thin beer.

After the initial shock from the spices the beer becomes very quaffable but shouldn't be taken lightly as the 7.8% ABV will kick in faster than you can predict.

Photo of NODAK
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell is pretty much what I had expected; loads of fruity, banana esters mixed with a bit of coriander and alcohol.

Very light colored and clear in the glass. Small head with little staying power.

The taste here is very, very sweet. Loads of fruit, banana, and some bubble gum flavors as well. There's also a small amount of coriander perceptible as well. The finish is very good, with minimal alcohol apparent and with just a slight bite from the hops...but very minor. Lip smacking sweetness is there on the finish and lasts into the aftertaste.

This is a VERY tasty tripel. I'm very impressed with New Belgium, as usual. This could definitely be a go to beer as far as tripels go.

Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a thin white head. No hints of sediment, even though it says bottle conditioned on the label. Smells of fresh yeast. Taste is light grain up front, with a sour apple middle, and a dry medicinal bitterness in the finish. Hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is decent, low carbonation. Drinkability is good, light and refreshing. Overall a good beer, but compared to most tripels it falls a bit short.

Photo of sauron681
2.28/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a gold color, very clear, lots of carbonation, and a thick head. Has a sour and spicy aroma with hints of sulphur and noble hops.

Very lite mouthfeel, tart and spicy taste and very very dry. Lots of sulphur, cleaning solvents, and very astringent.

Overall this was a very boring beer, and not much flavor at all

Photo of hughesm4
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

drank from a bottle poured into a pint glass
a-nice golden brown with a slight opacity and a solid head that dissipates quickly. slight carbonation bubbles continuously rising to the top
s-a sweet fruity smell that with only a hint of banana sticking out above the rest
t-very sweet. you get a variety of of fruits with banana being the most prominent
m/d-didn't leave a spectacular taste in the mouth, but surely a mild sweetness. goes down smooth and i intend to knock down a few more bottles this evening

Photo of LacquerHead
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It poured a crystal clear golden yellow with a bubbly foamy off-white head. Decent head retention that settled to a medium lacing. (Poured this into a Sam Adams pint)
It basically looked like a golden lager.

The aroma was floral spice mixed with a hints of hops.

The taste was pretty good and overall there was a floral undertone to it. For me the hops were at the forefront followed quickly by bready malts. I picked up floral spices towards the end that rounded things off. I would not have guessed coriander. To me it tasted like a cross between cloves and fennel. But after smelling some coriander, I ended up agreeing with the bottle. The coriander flavor can be missed if your not looking for it though.

Drinkability Factor: The first one went down like water and I was ready for the second. However, by the end of the third I was growing tired of it. I sipped through the fourth then fell asleep watching Strange Brew. I had some the next day and once again, this made me fall straight to sleep. So for me this would not be a good session brew because all it did was make me sleepy. I know it wasn't the ABV because I've had higher and was fine.

Overall not that bad. It looked like a lager but tasted like an ale. I would not have guessed this was a Trippel Belgian Style Ale though. Worth a try and I would buy it again if it were on sale and I was having trouble sleeping. My favorite from NB is still 1554.

Photo of bsp77
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tulip.

Appearance: Clear gold with frothy white head.

Smell: Mostly just banana, sugar and bubblegum. Less complex aroma than most Tripels.

Taste: Banana,fleshy fruit and strong sweetness. Ends with clove and coriander.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium syrupy body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Good Tripel that is slightly hampered by a too sweet body.

Photo of chickencoop
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Putting all of my nagative feelings about New Belgium, this beer is a pleasant surprise. I'm 2 for 2 on the last NB's (Ranger). This is a very drinkable summer brew, lovely candy coriander flavoring, and an actual beer taste on the end, unlike the onsluaght of this style sitting at your local Safeway. The soccer-moms micro comes through, good stuff.

Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 8.10% ABV. 28 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Faithful to the style but unique enough that I enjoy it. Light clear straw golden color. Belgian yeast winey aroma is balanced by lighter carbonation and rich malt body. Thicker and less fruity. Sampled 1/23/1999.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 8.10% ABV. 28 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear bright amber golden color. Hoppy Saaz front mixed with distinctive Belgian yeast aroma. Flavor starts with big Belgian bite that dissolves in rich semi sweet malt body. Balanced hop finish. Sampled 4/2/1999.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 8.10% ABV. 28 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0 ) Clear bright golden orange color. Abundant snowflake sediment. Belgian front melds quickly into rich malty body. Sweetness tempers and enhances mild Belgian notes. Finishes mildly sweet and hot. Good. Sampled 1/14/2001.

Trippel--New Block TM Logo and ABV--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Mild head. Bright fizzy BC golden color. Tangy floral mild Belgian rich Saaz hop front. Hot smooth rich crisp mild sweet Belgian caramel ester banana body. Balanced hot hop spice end. Belgian IPA? Sampled 2/17/2005.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--New Logo 6-Pack--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Thin foamy lacy head. Sediment flecked clear bright golden color. Hoppy rich Belgian front. Dry sweet hot crisp coriander banana fruit ester body. Tangy hot Belgian spice mild hop end. Mellow Trippel. Sampled 8/22/2006.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) 6-Pack $6.99. Foamy lacy white head. Clear thin bright yellow color. Rich Belgian yeast wheat ester coriander banana mild hop front. Bottle Conditioned. Crisp wheat ester banana mild sweet mild citrus rich tangy body. Mild hot coriander mellow hop lingering Belgian spice end. Tasty. Sampled 6/6/2008.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) No sediment. Mild lacy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Aromatic Belgian banana wheat Saaz hop fruit ester front. Bottle conditioned crisp tangy dry sweet rich Belgian Candy fruit ester very flavorful body. Mild hot EtOH citrus spice hop end. Sampled 5/2/2010. 6-Pack $7.99.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Trippel Belgian Style Ale--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Rich foamy lacy white head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Mild hop delicate banana ester Belgian front. Dry candi sweet crisp mild CO2 thin textured pils malt mildly fruity Trippel body. Easy smooth hop hint refreshing end. Dangerously drinkable. Sediment dust. Sampled 8/6/2010. 2 @ $2.79 Each.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours truly crystal clear, surprisingly (and disappointingly) so - I like to see at least a bit of yeast in any traditional Belgian style. Still, not at all an unattractive beer - just not very tripel-like to me. Aggressive effervescence, with a two-finger, creamy, dense white head that actually grows for a bit until the first sip, eventually settling into a thin but dense white cap. Excellent lacing.

Nose carries notes of tangy yeast, ripe mango, with the coriander clearly coming through. Alcohol has a clear presence as well, with just a bit of sugary sweetness. An interesting combination; the coriander provides an almost earthy substance to balance the heady sweetness and alcohol. Light but rich at the same time. The coriander may be just a bit out of hand, as it comes through a bit too clearly for my tastes.

Taste matches up closely with the nose. Ripe, even overripe golden fruit and a bit of candy sugar up front, again tangy, with the coriander bringing that same earthiness to the mix towards the finish, though this time perhaps even more intense. Sweet from first sip to last exhale, not at all a dry example of the style. Very, very light bitterness lingers after the rich golden sweetness has faded.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the heady side; lightly carbonated, with a full, almost syrupy body.

Drinkability the only big hit on this one. Big, prominent alcohol, a bt syrupy, and the massive sweetness and the big coriander are both a bit wearing in their own right, even if they do balance each other somewhat. Not a bad tripel at all, and what it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in flavor, though not entirely.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light golden-amber color with two and a half fingers of white head that retains decently and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops, some pale malts, fruity esters, a hint of the coriander.

Taste: Starts off with a spicy kick which then gives way into some pale malt sweetness and biscuit breadiness. The middle is a combination of hints of peach and banana, and finishes up with a coriander note and some piney hop bitterness, as well as a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and refereshing, light to medium in body with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and goes down very smoothly. You could put a few of these away.

Final Notes: A delicious, well balanced beer for multiple different occasions and food pairings. Big flavor and complex. Highly recommended.

Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours decently fir a finger thick fluffy white head. The body is kind of pale gold in color and is ultra clear, which is not a typical trait for a Tripel from what I know.

In the aroma the candied sugar fragrance is there, along with a hint of the coriander, and a little bit powdery too.

Taste wise it is a bit like biting into an under ripe orange, but cut with a little hint of sugar. It's spicy, crisp and warm. I like this beer but I would classify this one more closer in style to Duvel, but I'm no expert.

Photo of woosterbill
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sheffield's into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Crystal clear amber-gold body; two fingers of chunky white head show good retention and excellent lace. Nothing wrong here, and the proper glassware is a nice touch. Great looking beer.

S: Very sweet and fruity, with major influence from both yeast and alcohol. Overwhelming cooked banana aroma - seriously huge. Banana and booze, through and through.

T: Bready malt, fruity (banana) yeast, and mildly warming alcohol. Not bad, but not a great attempt at a Tripel.

M: Pretty nice. Medium body with moderate, superfine carbonation.

D: Drinks like at least 9%; way too boozy for its strength.

Notes: Not a bad brew by any means, and my new-to-Tripels friend quite enjoyed it. I won't be seeking it out again myself, though, as ethanol-soaked bananas aren't really my thing.


Photo of Erish
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: bright honey-gold, the one finger head falls very quickly, but a skinny cap and decent lacing are perpetuated by a constant stream of carbonation.

S: subdued sweetness, fruity Belgian funk, coriander, tinge of alcoholic snap.

T: plenty of bread-like malt, plum, vinous grapes, and Belgian fruity funk, there is a flash of alcohol in the middle, and then another flash of dark, overripe fruit (cherry?), and also overripe banana, and figs, the coriander is most noticeable in the finish, along with a slow alcohol burn, and a lingering earthy funk.

M: relatively light, very good carbonation, and a nice powdery dry finish.

D: This is some really tasty stuff! I was worried about the coriander, but it played a nice backup role to the malt, yeast, and alcohol. Well balanced, a very good sipper.

Photo of FleckHead
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do love Belgian beers, but the price for the big bottles is something to consider. I like La Fin du Monde and the Trippel and Saisons made by Ommegang. I would rather drink these beers over NB trippel. That being said, for 6.99 a 6-pack, value wise this is a sure winner. I don't drink any other NB beers, but this one was a great surprise, and is my "always in the fridge" beer.

P.S. Their Abbey style is not even close. Don't confuse it with their "Trippel".

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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