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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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2,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 74
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 2,631 | Reviews: 967
Photo of codewarrior
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
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 -13.1%
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 +23.9%
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 -5.5%
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 -40.2%
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 -6%
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 -1%
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 +0.5%
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%
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 +3.7%
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 -2.1%
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%
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 +14.2%
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 -7.9%
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 +10.8%
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%
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".

Photo of dirtylou
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single, Woodman's - East

appearance: served in delirium chalice - hazy orange body, white froth

smell: sweet and fruity, yeasty, some light alcohol...not overly distinguished

taste: a little dissapointing given the respectable rating - too thick, alcohol more pronounced than it should be at 7.8%, corriander not strong even though its detailed on the label, and its a bit too sweet.

mouthfeel: see above

drinkability: average for the style at best

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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 -11.5%
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 -43.6%
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 -7.6%
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 +16.3%
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 +6.3%
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 -23.4%
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 -0.3%
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.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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