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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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2,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,614
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 72
Gots: 259 | FT: 1
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vibrant yellow haze, very dense, lots of ppm 'haze'. Aroma was sweet and a dab of alcohol.

Some spice, at both ends of the spice spectrum, like from nutmeg to the hot kind. Alcohol was a little too hot for my wishes. Really just tastes like an imperial hefe/witbier. If that's your kind of thing, its probably made decently, but the absence of any real appreciable malt or hop character, make this is a tough sell. The yeast strain was ok, but had a disagreeable tartness to it.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I am a Belgian beer drinker and the tripels are my favorite style. That being said I am going to rate this beer against others in the catagory.

The beer was good for beer, and I wouldn't complain if someone had it at a party, but it tastes like New Belgiums Fat Tire, but with some coriander and corn syrup added to kick up the ABV.

This beer doesn't hold a candle to the "big boys". And with a name like "New Belgium" I expect better, I guess.

For the price, you get what you pay for. Quality ingredients are more expense and make for a well crafted beer of this style.

Make no mistake, far from a bad beer, but far from calling itself a "tripel from New Belgium."

If you are looking for the real deal start with a Duvel or Tripel Karmeliet and if you know beer and this style avoid this rip off!

Photo of ricke49
2.15/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

a = very clear deep yellow. no cloudiness to speak of
s = faint smell of the spice addition
t = this is where it started to really fall down for me. After 3 bottles, spread apart over about a week, I've concluded that I can not finish the 6-pack....so a triple drain pour is in my future (no pun). The taste is unlike any trippel i've had before. hard to describe, except to say 'sorta phony' and single dimensioned.
m = worst mouthfeel beer i have ever drank. absolutely no pleasure from swirling it around the inside of my oral cavity.
d = well...i made it through 3 of 6 bottles; but with that have reached my lifetime limit. I see no reason to drink this beer when there are hundreds of better belgian style tripples out there; most of which are refreshing, complex and rewarding.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

the review below held for the two bottles initially purchased (i forget where, possibly festival), but so far a sixer bought at woodmans has been less enjoyable--seems less smooth and much less flavorful.

new belgium trippel. picked up 2 as part of a 7.99 mixed 6 at festival on northland.

a 3.5 clear golden. frothy big bubbled carbonation leads to a quick drop in the head, but the cap is fairly persistent.

s 4 pleasant if slightly restrained banana and coriander.

t 4 maybe a bit simple but its nice--banana esters and crackery yeastiness. a touch of yeasty spice on the back end keeps the slickness under control.

m 4 feels lusher and smoother than anticipated given the somewhat course carbonation. some viscous old banana coats the upper palatal regions. still, the prickly could be reduced a notch. a harder pour could be indicated.

d 4.5 very easy drinking. the balance and straightforward demeanor make this one of those you need to make an effort to avoid downing too quickl.

Photo of homebrew311
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into NB globe. Glad to finally see this NB offering in the Chicagoland area!!

A: pours a bright clear orangeish yellow with a generous 2 finger foamy white head. Tons of lacing and great retention.

S: nose features big notes of bananas and cloves with a very noteable spiciness, perhaps from the coriander addition. Overall the nose is sweet with lots of Belgian yeast character. Very nice.

T: the front features the spicy notes I picked up on the nose and quickly becomes sweet with notes of green grapes and banana. The finish comes together nicely as everything is in balance. The abv is hard to detect and the flavor is big.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this is one of the more drinkable Tripels around IMO. It tastes very authentic, features bold flavors, and is expertly balanced. Plus, it is one of the best value 6 packs around at 7.99.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my favorite glass. A rich gold in color with a white head and some lacing.

Smell: Fruity due to the yeast used and also detectable is some coriander.

Taste: A crisp, refreshing beer with apple and pear like tartness and a dry spiciness adds some allspice, coriander and cinnamon. The spice is apparent but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: A nice example of a tripel brewed with spices. In this case the flavors worked well together, and I would like to have a few of these on hand at all times.

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

Apperance- Clear golden yellow little head little lacing

Smell- Has a smell of fruit and spices with a yeast and malt smell

Taste- Notice the yeast to much of a malt taste to it to really notice the fruit to it

Mouthfeel- Goes down about well as the average beer

Drinkability- Would maybe buy this once more to try it again and see if the taste is better the next time

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow to slightly amber color, clear with not much head and not much lacing. Pretty color tho.

Smells quite strong, aroma doesn't match the taste that much tho. A slightly malt liquor-ish type smell, but not bad. Fruits, spices, very yeasty, with a touch of malt and a somewhat noticeable alcohol smell.

Tastes pretty darn good. Noticeable spices, including the advertised coriander. Definite yeast, and obvious, if not overpowering hops. Some banana, with overtones of apricot or plum fruitiness. Barely detectable alcohol taste that doesn't overpower or interfere.

Feels pretty crisp and light. Noticeable carbonation. Pretty easily drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Pretty drinkable. I'll certainly buy it again, fitting in with my preferences and liking for Belgian style beers.

Photo of JMad
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my snifter.

The beer was a very clear golden yellow, it had a very thin head and left minimal lacing.

It smells warm, alcoholic, and malty.

The taste is malty, a little sweet, hints of banana and clove, and a bit of lemon.

Very tingly and light bodied for the big alcohol.

Drinks well.

Photo of yaegerje
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light and fizzy yellow, a little amber tones I suppose

S - Malty with a punch of coriander, love that coriander

T - Nice coriander appeal here, definitely taste a little alcohol though, but at 7.8% that's not a big surprise. A very sweet tasting beer

M - Well carbonated, smooth, very good mouthfeel

D - I'd definitely buy it again, solid session beer, if you don't like coriander, this probably isn't for you.

Photo of jwinship83
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass as the bottle suggests.

A- this one pours out a very clear and pale straw colored body with a small and lasting bright white head. small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- belgian yeast and sweet malts are the main attractions here. banana, clove and bubblegum from the yeast. the coriander that the label advertises is hard to detect.

T- belgian yeast and sweet pale malts. lots of the yeasty characteristics that i could smell (banana and bubblegum) and the coriander is more pronounced.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- this one wouldnt impress the true connoisseurs of belgian style beers but its a decent attempt from an american brewer. id drink another sometime.

Photo of impulse7675
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: clear like a lager with a laced head.

S: Has a smell of the spicy Belgium Trippel. No coriander note.

T: Very dry, carbonated, lacks the malt in other Belgium Trippels. Still has some sweetness, fruit taste, spicy, coriander, alcohol note.

M: Like I said dry and carbonated like a lager.

D: Easy drink the only problem is 7.8% alc. which catches up to you but it is a Belgium Trippel, which I love.

Photo of Elimination
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint...ya didnt have proper glassware today.

look is great, a bright vibrant glowing yellow, very little head though but not a prob. bubbles rushing to the top, mouth watering sight

smell coriander, fruity, wheat. the fruit is almost melon like, very sweet, a hint of bread dough, a little yeasty.

taste butery, very sweet, with a essence of that fruityness. it has new belgiums signature bread ness with the yeast, a little bit of a booze taste, almost vodka like. i love tripples and for 7 bucks a 6, it cant be beat

mouthfeel its kind of lacking here, just doesnt do a lot for me. the taste and feel are there, but just disapear quickly.

drinkablity i do like this brew a lot, and have had many 6 packs and bombers of it. for what i crave and the budget im on it really is a damn good beer

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

Nice golden pour with lots of frothy white head and sticky lacing. Fairly generic aroma of Belgian yeast, heavy with bread and banana. Taste was also pleasant, with plenty of banana, clove, and yeast; quick finish with a bit of lingering sweet malt. Nothing stood out in particular, but the Belgian style is captured well without becoming too heavy or sweet. Very drinkable without being particularly memorable.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A nice slightly hazy deep golden color with a nice foamy white head that laced nicely, but receded quickly.

Smell: Yeasty, sweet and spicy. A very welcoming aroma, and very Belgian-like. Even better as it warms. I kept swirling and sniffing this one throughout. Very nice.

Taste: Even better than it smells. Sweet and floral yeast up front with flavors of Corriander and Banana. Finished sweet and dry. Was even better as it warmed slightly. Delicious!

Mouth Feel: Lighter body. Medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. I love Belgian Blond ales and this one is very similar in style. Less of a true Belgian 'Tripel' style, but more like a good BSPA or Blond. The flavor profile got much better as this beer warmed in the glass. Very tasty, will definitely drink again.

*** Note: The people giving this beer low marks here appear to be beer neophytes who don't/can't appreciate this unique style.

Photo of Icehouse57
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love New Belgium Brewing. I've loved every beer I've had from them. Except this one.

It was very clear, and a pale straw color. It looked nice, but should have been cloudier to be true to a Tripple style. Maybe some more wheat?

Smelled ok. No real corriander smell. Bready. Fruity.

Taste- Was ok. I don't taste ANY coriander. I was expecting some. More bitterness than is traditional for a Trippel. Not as malty, or bready as I expected.

Mouthfeel- Meh.

It was drinkable. But no more than about 3 in a session.

I was disappointed in this offering. I shoulda just bought a few Westmalle Tripple. I guess I was expecting this to come somewhat close, but it wasn't even in the same ballpark.

Photo of cal82
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm pretty underwhelmed with this one, despite the ABV (7.8%). Not much flavor, hop or coriander.


Proceed with caution.

Our Trippel Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain. In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, our bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, freshness date marked on bottle.

A: Rich liquid-gold luminescent body with small bubbles rising to a thin white head that laces very well. Simple, beautiful, but for the style more head is needed to attain a '4'. Wonderful color however.

S: Wheat bread, sourdough, rich malts, and the slightest bits of clove, banana, yeast, and coriander. Spicy.

T: Spicy banana and alcohol warmth hit first, followed by some bready malts and bits of yeast and the essence of clove. This taste follows the nose in many respects. The aftertaste is warmed by the alcohol and is less intense or describable than I would expect.

M: Lively biting carbonation (fine for the style) and a medium mouthfeel. A little hot with the alcohol, I have had smoother versions of this style.

D: Fairly good for the style, but once again, those who have experienced the originals from Belgium will find this beer to be slightly less drinkable.

Overall: For an American version, this is a great tripel. Overall it is spicy and lively where it needs to be, but still retains a malt base to keep things even. The alcohol could be more hidden, and the mouthfeel could be a tad smoother...

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently enjoyin this one out of New Belgium's 22oz bottle--something I couldn't resist picking up for a mere $2.99 at BevMo!

I've had the Trippel before and remember it being a great triple/trippel and have wanted to revisit this brew and give it a rating compared to others I've had.

Unlike other trippels I've had this one really needs be drunk at a cool or room temp to be really enjoyed. Otherwise it kinda tastes like a cheap lager. Once it warms it's great. And for the price I'd say it's the best bargain as far as this style goes.

The appearance is the strong point; champagne-like body with a frothy head and lacing. Very nice indeed. There is some yeast that is suspended but it is fairly clear overall. The color is a bright, golden straw color.

The smell is good; standard triple yeastiness. Nothing breathtaking, but pleasant.

The taste is right on for a triple, in my opinion. It is a little more sour and hoppier than some of the brews from Belgium, but still has enough of that crispness and lip-numbing yeast to make it a good triple and great drinking experience. I also appreciate the fact that it's not ridiculously high in alcohol like other triples, which makes it much more drinkable for a lightweight like me. I'd prefer it to be a tad sweeter.

This is another good one from New Belgium. Not as mind-blowing as other triples but dang-near jaw-dropping when you consider the low price. Don't sleep on this one if you're a tripple/triple lover.

Photo of Bfarr
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Trippel pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white foam nice big clear bubbles from the bottom. A good yeasty and floral aroma with a hint of sweetness. The taste is surprising for something without a cork in it. Robust yeast and floral tastes with a bit of bright fruity sweetness in the alcohol. The coriander comes through in just a light bittering in the finish. It's very smooth and light bodied with high carbonation making it a fairly refreshing beer, especially for something with a high ABV.

I don't know if this really "on style" but for the price and complexity all I know is I love drinking this beer.

Photo of WhiskerWrangler
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark gold color with a thin white head. Retention is low. Carbonated bubbles are strong. Very transparent.

S- Smell is almost unpleasant. The smell reminds me of a cheap keystone or bud light.

T- The taste took me completely by surprise. It tastes almost fruity, pear flavored maybe? Weird taste.

M- Very light feel, but FULL of an odd taste.

D- I dont see myself getting this beer again... I am a HUGE fan of New Belgium Brewery but I am very disappointed in this beer. I was expecting much more. But was not expecting the odd taste I experienced. I can see some people liking this beer, but can not see it being a huge session beer.

Overall, very unimpressed, and disappointed in this beer. Full of flavor, which I dont mind, but the flavor just seems off to me.

Photo of herman77
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale, super clear yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Decent amount of white fluff head. Tons of very fine bubble lacing.

S: Strong yeast, coriander and a hint of banana and some sort of spice.

T: A blast of yeast to the face to start, then the malty banana sweetness and hops come forward. There is also a little spice from the coriander coming through. Nice crisp finish.

M/D: Lighter body. Medium to high carbonation. Very average. Drinkability is AVERAGE, the coriander is a little much.

Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After getting kind of bored with some of New Belgium's regular offerings, it was exciting to see that they made a trippel, and in a six pack no less!

Appearance: decent pour, ok head retention, the head itself was light and fluffy, almost like a meringue. Pleasing pale yeallow color.

Smell: now that's the stuff! coriander and fruity esters all up in this nose. This beer has everything I like to smell in a trippel, i was very pleased.

Taste: tastes just like it smells, strong with the spices all the way through/

Mouthfeel: smooth...so at this point I've had enough of it that my descriptive skills are getting impaired so I'll start wrapping this up

Drinkability: WARNING! make sure to limit yourself with this beer because it is incredulously drinkable. Trippels should not go down this easy, it is a public health concern.

I'm usually pretty skeptical about "belgian style ales" in six packs, but this one is true to the style, a very quality beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of a little spice with some banana.

Tastes of of mild fruits with spice and rounded out with a little alcohol. Fruits are sugary sweet and characterized by banana and apples. Coriander and white pepper counter this and the alcohol adds warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

Photo of Neskimo
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a very clear deep golden orange color with a nice white head. The head dissipates down quickly but retains a small layer. Overall an excellent looking beer, vibrant and crisp.

S - Up front is the aroma of the coriander, very slightly herbal, mixed with a bit of alcohol. Upon deeper inspection the strong banana with a bit of belgian trippel yeast.

T - Surprisingly mild and well balanced. All the aromas from the smell contribute to the balanced trippel taste. A bit of spicy hop is certainly present. A harsher alcohol & hop flavor when swallowed. Overall very mild compared to the smell.

M - Very crisp, not chewy or thick by any means. Carbonation is medium and just strong enough to feel it.

D - The crisp mouthfeel and mild taste make this a very drinkable beer. The only thing that might slow it down is the sharp spice when swallowed.

Overall a decent mild Tripel.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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