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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

2,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,546
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 67
Gots: 222 | 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 aristeros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay goblet. Really jonesing for a Belgian so I'm hoping this fits the bill. Pours a light golden with a slight red or orange tint, perfect clarity, very visible carbonation. Less than a finger of head and it settles fast with no lacing. Small disappointment there.

Smells yeasty, with some red fruit. Sort of a tart white wine quality that I wouldn't call citrus. Crisp and clean. Pretty simple nose for a tripel. No bananas, no cloves. Maybe this one's been on the shelf too long.

Flavor starts with a bit of citrus and sweet malts and has some banana and cloves on the back end. Very yeasty, which is appropriate. It's okay, but not in the same category as the better Belgians I've had.

Drinkability is good for the style. Alcohol is pretty well masked all around. Mouthfeel is good, crisp, finishes a bit dry, with active carbonation. This is about a 70-80% solution, but it's a worthy attempt and they're on the right track.

I'd give it a go after tweaking, and when/if they get it right, this could become a regular for me when I'm craving a Belgian beer. It's not there yet, but I remain hopeful.

Photo of Squelch
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear. NO HEAD. Not to style...

Smell: I smell winey overtones with a slight cider and malt aromas in the background. Interesting.

Taste: Starts off sweet. Slight maltiness. Then comes the bitterness of the hops. a bit harsh, not too bad. Then get some wacky fruityness with a finish of ripe banana. Quite excellent flavor experience here in this beer with the multitude of different tasstes coming to me in succession.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, syrupy. Slight tingle from carbination. Should be lightened up a bit to fit the style

Drinkability: Very nice. A better hop selection might aid this as well as notching the grain bill down a few ounces.

Photo of burnerfinger
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


less than one finger of head. settled completley, quickly. Negative on the lacing. bright amber color, super clear.

very mild clean scent, a bit like an astringent? can barely make out any aroma at all on this.

same as the aroma: best I can come up with is astringent taste. not loving this at all

Medium body, plenty of carbonation, not really smooth.

cant really appreciate the taste here. I may have to find another to see if I got a bad bottle.- in which case I'll re-review. Based on the merits of this sample I am definitley moving on to another brew. In fact I may just leave this one unfinished...

Photo of JBogan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a bright golden colored liquid with a small white crown. A thin film remains and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma consists of herbs, bananas, cloves and yeast.

Taste wasn't quite as enjoyable as the smell. I appreciate when an American brewer attempts to approximate a Belgian beer and offers it at an attractive price. However, as so many have before, it's readily apparent that this beer is a pale imitation. The taste just isn't in the same league as most true Belgian tripels. That said, the taste follows the aroma, but on a subdued scale.

Mouthfeel was fine, with a medium body and a good smoothness.

This would be a nice introductory beer for people who aren't familiar with Belgian tripels. It offers a pretty good bang for your buck, and after trying this and finding it enjoyable a person might want to move up into the big leagues so to speak and try a true Belgian tripel. I'd have this one again, but only if I found myself short on money but with a big hankering for a tripel style beer.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle that I got quite a while ago from Strelnikov - great trader, many thanks. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp, clear golden, capped by one finger of slightly off white head, with great retention (aided by the narrow aperture of the glass) that never really fades below a good near-half-finger. The lacing is impressive, incredibly fine where it clings on the sip side, splattered across the sides of the glass like blood at a crime scene. That's a terrible simile, I'm sorry. The non-sip side has more consistent cling, sheet-like but still erratic. The body is full of multiple streams of crisp, fine, and fast carbonation. A good start.

Aroma: A little too mellow, really, with only a handful of medicinal spices and estery fruits coming through. Cloves, green peppercorns, bananas, apricots, wheat, heavier citrus, mango, and a few tropical fruit notes blend in a far, far away land. I'm sure it would be more pleasant if it were more pungent.

Taste: A little "heavier" tasting than most trippels I've had, but that's alright. This one has thicker, honey-like malt backbone, relatively sweet, though with a number of quenching, mildly tart notes that attempt to balance the sweetness. Some herbal, green, almost minty notes, a few spicy overtones, and a handful of heavier citrus notes (though no grapefruit), bananas, peach, and apricots. The finish is very phenolic, cleansing, prickly. I like this more than I think I should, for some reason.

Mouthfeel: A very even body, creamy and smooth but still slightly crisp. The body itself is reasonably thick, but the sheer volume of carbonation - probably because it's so fine and well-dispersed - does a good job of cutting through what might otherwise be borderline-syrupy. Nice.

Drinkability: As I mentioned above, I think I like this more than I should. There's something about this beer that comes together reasonably well. It's traditional in many ways, though also diverges from the stereotypical trippel in a number of ways both good and bad. At 7.8%, though, it's also less alcoholic than many trippels, which does enhance the drinkability somewhat. A solid beer, and one I'd be glad to have again.

Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden color with sedimentation floating in the beer. Also a very nice head which dissipated somewhat quickly.

Smell is mainly of pear and other fruits.

The taste is refreshing. Just like the smell a primarily pear taste comes through first. Also banana flavor with very slight malt.

Good mouthfeel, thin with a nice level of carbonation. The beer lingers on the tongue very nicely.

This is quite a drinkable beer, at 7.8% alcohol it is surprisingly drinkable, the alcohol is hardly detectable.

Good Tripel, in my opinion one of the better offerings from New Belgium.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet.
A - Pours a nice strong gold straw color. With a .5 inch head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin film. The beer is a lot clearer than the Belgium ales from Belgium.

S - Smells of nice coriander with some hints of clove. There are some nice sweet fruit hints with some yeast after taste. Cloves are very present as well as some pepper and a slight pumpkin taste. Each taste is much more present individually than other Trippels I've tried which seem to have the flavors meld together more. There is also some alcohol present at the back end as well as some hop character.

M - Clean and crisp.

D - Refreshing and delicious.

Photo of ThickestHead
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes a golden amber with a white foamy head that has good retention and lacing.
Smells of sour yeast, pears and banana, and a musky scent too.
Tastes of a mildly bisquit malt quickly covered by the sweet banana and cloves, yeast and alcohol are present as well.
Has a nice bite but is still smooth and creamy. Semi-dry.
Not a huge fan of the style but I definately enjoyed this brew, no complaints.

Photo of gmfessen
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Chimay chalice, beer is a pale golden color with a sparkling white head comprised of many fine bubbles. Nose is fairly underwhelming, a light fruitiness and some spicy, banana phenols and hints of fusel alcohol. The taste has a general smoothness about it; starts out neutral and transitions to a mild fruity malt sweetness - pears and white grapes - and then moves to a mild bitterness and alcohol bite. Finishes neutral and a slightly sweet, warming alcohol sensation remains. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine beaded carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a decent tripel, not outstanding but decent. Goes down smooth and at 7.8%, should be respected.

Photo of benclimbs
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass, looks very clear for arriple, a lot like martinellis apple juice, hardly any head but a bit of lacing, no noticable carbonation - most boring looking tripel I've seen.
thus far.

Smell is a little grapey and a little medicinal without the characteristic spicey, fruity, estery yeasts of other tripels

Taste is pretty pleasant other than the fact that the alcohol hits way too hard for only 7.8% it's a bit of muscat grapes/ golden raisins with a good clove kick at the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is solid, and the carbonation seems balanced,

Only somewhat drinkable due to the noticable alcohol despite the nice taste

Notes: this doesn't hold a candle to le fin or karmeleit or ommegang or countless other tripels, hence the B grade but... For $7.49 a six pack, this is a damn good beer!

Photo of brewdoc75
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up some Karmeliet at a shady liquor store the other day. Bad idea as it was in a green bottle and light-struck beyond recognition. This was my rebound tripel.

A: Clear yellow with some gold undertones. A highly carbonated head initially, but dies very quickly. Needs a bit fluffy look to it.

S: Pleasant honey like aroma with mild fruity esters. A hint of pepper. Very inviting aromas.

T: More of that honey sweetness rounding out to melon flavors. The sweetness is there but really not overpowering at all. The flavor is light, but strong enough to give it some character. The yeast rounds out in the end going from fruitiness to some pepper tones. I do get some faint nuttiness too. The yeastiness can be too much in some tripels, in this beer it is on the lighter side.

M: Light and crisp. Finishes very clean. Great carbonation.

D: I was quite suprised by this tripel. Karmeliet is one of my go to tripels and Flat Earth's Bermuda Triangle is probably my favorite. This is definitely number 3 right now. I like the fact that the yeast isn't overpowering. This is mainly my preference however. I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very light/trans. golden color w/ a relatively small head for a tripel. some lacing.

S - very sweet- bubbleyum, apples, apricot, pear and peach. some spicyness too, corriander mostly perhaps some clove in the mix as well. smells inviting...

T - spicy and yeasty w/ fruity undertones are first up to bat. mild and welcome hops pull through midway and carry us home to a perfectly dry and mildly bitter close. excellent!

MF - very light bodied, but yet full flavored and highly carbonated(now I sound like a commercial) the bubbles bring a tingle to the tongue and make for a crisp and refreshing experience. (damn i am cheesy, oh well!)

D - easy to session despite relatively high abv. this beer is a no brainer for the price/style. why are you still reading this?? go get one!

Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - rich golden color, brilliant clarity. Pours a decent sized white head with mediocre retention (okay for a moderately high alcohol brew).

Aroma - Gentle spice notes from the yeast, maybe a bit of vanilla. No hop, and no alcohol at least when served at ~50F.

Flav - Alcohol tinged spiciness early. Gentle Belgian yeast character - no strong flavors. No hop. Finishes quite light and clean - very much a tripel.

MF - Light/med body, medium carbonation. Distinct alcohol warming, but pleasant.

D'ability - Light tasting, but alcohol character a bit too prominent for the style and for drinkability.

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a big 2" head that lasted a bit. Thick lace painted the glass during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness and some yeast spiciness were soft but detectable.

Taste: nice malt profile with some lemon zest, honey, pear, and a mild bitterness. Some alcohol was noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp througout with some dryness late. Aftertaste was long as the flavor lingered in the mouth.

Drinkability: decent tripel but fell a bit short for me. After the glass was emptied I didn't want another.

Photo of smanders
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decorative bottle, lots of effervescence, yeast, bread, and lovely Belgian flavors make this reasonably priced Trippel a winner.

Purchased from Wild Oats Market in Santa Fe - around $8.

Appearance - Cloudy gold with a nice head and beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - cloves, yeast, and honey.

Taste - bready start followed by highly carbonated sweetness (honey).

Mouthfeel - light and bubbly.

Drinkability - New Belgium creates another winner in Fort Collins! Great example of the style.

Photo of qchic
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It appears a warm shade of gold that is clear like apple juice. I'm a little disappointed that the initial head has dissipated to almost nothing, leaving behind at least some lacing. Apple and spice (coriander, pepper?) on the nose. The flavor of this beer is the star, featuring apple, pear, peach, banana, tropical fruits, honeysuckle, pepper, and clove. The alcohol is sensed but not unwelcome in this sipper. Carbonation is a little low, this one asserts itself with full body and a long, dry finish. I could certainly have another.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd have to say that I enjoy this more than most of their beers. It's one of them that are outstanding enough to be remembered. (skinnydip, fat tire, springboard, mighty arrow...are all just too similar)

Poured a surprisingly pale golden yellow with a thin head. Grain forward, then fruit and spice, with some of their propietary yeast character (powdery and biscuity) in there.

Crisp hops, some fruity esters: tropical, bananans and a honey sweetness. Good full mouthfeel, not lacking in that department, for sure. The alcohol is at a happy place and this is a very well-balanced brew.

Photo of mhatters
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a standard tulip glass - I just bought the 6 pack

Pours a somewhat unimpressive golden yellow color with light white head that dissipates quickly

Lots of yeast and fruit in the nose - banana and apple, some good spice notes too - a very good nose

Similar flavor to the nose, bready, earthy, with a solid light fruit backing. Well done.

A bit more "dense" than other tripples, not in a bad way, just different. Easy to drink, the alcohol is well covered, finishing the 6 wil lbe enjoyable..and done fairly quickly

Photo of Magpie14
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: very light and pulls at macro lager colors. Light straw yellow body with plenty of bubbles working about. The head is bleach white and surprisingly thin after a vigorous pour with minimal lacing as it melts away

S: candied bubblegum, faint yeast bread, and soft spiced smells. It is rather thin in the nose and is hard to conjure a true whiff. I found myself breathing heavily over the glass from time to time

T: on the palate the bubblegum characters lean towards a banana-peach type flavor sprinkled with spiced cloves and coriander. I find this beer an average version of an American take on a Trippel. Has a good candied sweetness in the mix as well with a malt/yeast husk character. One can argue some herbal and floral notes floating about as well

M: it is rather crisp and finishes a touch on the lighter side. The body is kind of sticky in the finish despite its light look

D: I have been having a hard time with any Belgian brews lately. Not sure what the deal is? But, I find this one drinkable and in the average category. I could see this as a good introductory beer into the Belgian style for the non-Belgian lover with its typical Americanized flavors

Photo of froghop
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is a clear golden with a thin white head, and good lacing.

smell is grain, sweet fruit, spice, citrus, malt, and a touch of caramel.

taste is a little tart, some fruit, malt, bread yeast, spice, and peanuts, ends dry and a little tangy.

not as good as i would expect.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a fizzy clear yellow with a somewhat sticky white head. The head dissipates down to a half-finger. Overall the look doesn't make me think Tripel, it's clear, it's fizzy, and the head is a little more macro-style then I enjoy. Again (I've mentioned this in the Flat Earth Belgian Style Ale) head retention is a big score changer for me when it comes to Belgian styles.

Taste is, in my uneducated opinion, pretty on par. The last handful of New Belgian beers that I've had all follow a similar taste profile, and I"m not getting that out of this one, maybe i've gotten used to it. Taste is honey, bisucits, malt, apples, candy sugar and white wine.

Overall, it's still a bit too fizzy for me, but it is an above par Tripel

Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with a small head and an ok lacing not reminiscent of a belgian trippel ..the smell is nutty, and bready with some sweet fruit some clove and cinnamon..the taste is nutty and fruity some bananas its also malty and roasty just the same as the smel not a true trippel l...its easy to drink the 7.8 abv is well hidden... this is a typical offering from new belgium all brews are good just not impressive..they kinda all taste the same with a little variation to each style

Photo of tpd975
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Poured a light clear copper hue with a large fluffy white head. Heavy lace from top to bottom.

S: The aroma is grainy and malty-sweet with some caramel toffee and hints of sweet summer fruit. A touch of spice to round things out.

T: Flavors of fresh hops, red apples,and sweet caramel malt. A touch of yeast and spice as well.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with good carbonation.

D: Not too bad.

Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems like a relatively fresh bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish white head. Minimal lacing.
Candy like sweetness in the aroma with hints of honey. Tame yeast with a bit of spice. Pleasant enough, but nothing special.
Strongest flavor characteristic I note is the biscuit flavor of the malt that is so reminiscent of Fat Tire. It's not a bad thing just a strong presence in a beer that otherwise fits closer to a tripel style. This lends a toasty flavor. Nice sweetness up front precedes the toast. Reasoanaby dry in finish with a quick re-visit of sweet flavor. Mild on the yeast. Seems like banana shows up now and then. Shots of bitterness balance and prevent excessive sugar. Alcohol is really noted exclusively in the internal warmth.
Nicely carbonated with very fine bubbles that lend a nice softness. Moderate feel and reasonable smooth.
This drinks well for style. Lower alcohol helps, but so does tamed sweetness and overall balancing of flavors. There is no issue with drinking a second bottle.

Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Jacob for sharing this. Right off the bat, I'm wondering what's up with all the banana in this beer. It reminds me more of a non-yeasty hefeweizen, weird. The malt is very smooth and pale, and the beer on a whole is quite drinkable, I'm just not sure what's going on. This is certainly not your average tripel... And possibly not a tripel.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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