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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

2,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,460
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 186 | 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 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
Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, date 17-Jul-2009

A - Pours a light golden color - more on the dark side of the gold spectrum. Lots of bubbling going on. Also very clear - no haze. Head is slow to form, and isn't very substantial. Leaves a light film.

S - Not strong - a combination of spicy notes such as yeast and coriander. Sweet smelling. Apparently loaded with alcohol based on the phenolic scent.

T - Initial flavors are light, mostly a combination of the malt sweetness and yeast. Mid-stream reveals some bitterness. Finishes with a sweet smooth sugar and malt flavor. Lots of sweetness to this beer. A spicy aftertaste is leftbehind.

M - The sugar base of this beer makes it feel like syrup - loaded down with unfermentables. Carbonation isn't overly present in the mouthfeel.

D - This beer is not very sessionable by me. Simply because the ABV in this beer is deceiving, and it does weigh you down a little bit. Not particularly against the style as this is probably common in tripels.

150 in the books. Woo.

katan, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I love the yeast floaties in bottle conditioned beer. Nice big head with good lacing. Golden clear body

S- Smell is like roses, butter, and alcohol. Not bad at all

T- Good, full-flavored, sweet malty goodness. Slight alcohol flavor and fruity yeast touch. Some farmy taste

M- Feels good, pretty light for a triple with good carbonation

D- Drinks great at a cool temperature

EnojysAnyBeer, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a six pack this beer was a cloudy peach/amber color with a large off-white head two fingers thick. Modest retention and it left some equal lacing. The aroma was rather decadent, spicy, yeast, fruity and complex. The flavors were well balanced, a quick shot of fruit up-front soon followed by the taut yeast, caramel malt and some hints of coriander and cloves. Nicely organized and the alcohol was hard to find (good for 7.8%!). The mouthfeel was semi-creamy, the body medium/full and the carbonation good. A fine example of the style being produced on this side of the pond.

thekevlarkid, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of longbongsilver
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Was out in Columbia the other day doing some shopping. Shocked to see ANYTHING trippel, had to grab it.

1st impression right off the bat, I could smell the hop coming off the beer before I even poured it. Kinda hints at green apple. Fizzy & copper-ish when poured, white thick yet not creamy head pauses for a moment then evaporates.

Taste is mellow, nowhere near as much hop as it smells like. Kind of sweet actually. Bottle said 7.8%, doesn't taste like it at all. The fizz isn't just for looks, as it comes with each swig, though not in annoying amounts.

"Deceptively simple" is how I'd describe this one overall. I wouldn't have even though it was an ale if you poured it for me w/o me seeing the label. Could see it as a regular.

longbongsilver, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rated 12/3/2005 (12oz bottle from Alamo drafthouse):

Has a nice strong aroma of hops and and spices. Some fruitiness too. Has a smooth palate with a flavorful taste. Orange peel and sweet spices are present. Fruitiness present in the flavor too. Very good.

jujubeast6000, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

corey0212, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Oxymoron, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mugglesandhops, Nov 18, 2008
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.