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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,460 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,460
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 185 | 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 stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stephens101, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

djeucalyptus, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ncvbc, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Jyubei
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jyubei, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tr4nc3d, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beermanbrian, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

craytonic, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tolnik, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

coldmeat23, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of mphopkins99
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mike

mphopkins99, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

theboozecruise, Sep 26, 2008
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
Photo of SPLITGRIN
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
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,460 ratings.