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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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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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Ratings: 2,631 | Reviews: 967
Photo of JMad
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -11.3%
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 -8.1%
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 -4.5%
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 +10.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -13.9%
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 -32.8%
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 -22.3%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 +11.5%
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 -28.3%
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 -12.1%
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 +12.6%
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 -5%
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%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NBB snifter. Bottle stamped with best before date of Nov. 10, 2012.
A: Pours a very clear and pale yellow-golden color with very thin white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Pleasant soft banana and clove notes. Belgian yeast and sugar.
T: Follows aroma with banana, clove, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Some malty biscut, honey, and mineral notes in the background. Different than the typical trippel.
M: Soft and a bit oily. Taste barely lingers on the palate.
D: An easy drinking trippel, but certainly not one of the better ones. Worth a try. Nice offering from a quality brewery. Side note: I remember having this a few years back at the brewery (on tap) and it was much better (surprise, surprise). If I encounter this again on tap, will revise my review.

Photo of ETF5000
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice easy drinker for a Trippel.

Pours a nice light golden hue with a large fluffy head. Plenty of effervescence here.

The first whiff smells immediately of coriander, then letting up notes of banana and citrus. A bit of heat at the end but par for the course for its style.

Wow, the boys at New Belgium nearly always impress. A great interpretation of the style. Nice notes of coriander, but plenty of complexity in the mid palate. Flowery and citrus notes come forward with a nice amount of heat at the end.

Nice effervescence leaves the beer bouncing around the palate without being stingy.

Photo of kreeper
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep golden-orange color with very little head. A very floral aroma with fruits and spiced hops, very complex. A crisp clean taste which is refreshing. A little bit of spice in the taste mixed with alcohol . Up front is sweet with a finish that is sort of biting from the hops. One of my favorites from New Belgium !, Actually one of my top ten!

Photo of SamN
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Aggressive pouring gives this beer an enormous white foamy head. Beneath it is a brilliant, glowing golden orange liquid, slightly hazy, with lots of visible carbonation. Fantastic Belgian lacing left behind as the head dies down. Truly a perfect looking beer, this is just sexy.

S- Bananas, strong coriander brewed directly in comes out in the nose, grainy cracked malts, bland lemon citrus. Fainter nose, but this seems to be leaning towards the malts side of the equation. Very little, if any, hops presence.

T- A peppery taste, very faint tasting grains and a stronger, warming hops finish. Spicier than I remember, more hops aggressiveness. Dryer lemony finish. I suppose I can sense some very far-away fruits in here, but other than that, there doesn't seem to be much going on here. None of the promised "graceful complexity" per the label, straight forward and...average.

M- Good mouthfeel;, decent body size, on the lighter size but with some appropriate thickness. Medium light carbonation, blends well and is not distracting.

D- Average, I suppose. For a beer without a lot happening, it's still refreshing and light and it doesn't taste bad. Compared to the Abbey, though, this ain't that great.

Photo of jsh420
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours bright clear gold with a 1+ fonger white head that has good retention and left spotted lacing

smell is big banana but also has a bit of rubber

taste is good - this beer seems more like a double wit based on the abv. - reminds me of heavy white rascal

mouthfeel - most tripels are light crisp but with high abv. - maybe i compare these with la fin too much - this brew is medium heavy creamy

drinkability - what i found is the closer the beer got to room temp the less i wanted to drink it - to me a triple is high abv but light - this beer has a lower abv and heavier mouthfeel/drinkability

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear yellow with a thin white head and strings of lacing.

S - Spicy with sweet honey and banana. Very mild aroma.

T - Sweet with overripe banana and spice.Slight astringent alcohol note.

M - Medium body with a lingering sweetness.

D - Somewhat bland and one dimensional.

Photo of brewcast6
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Complex Aroma with a hint of spiciness, subtle hints of fruity esters that are more pronounced as the beer warms up, very little hop aroma, underlying alcohol aroma but well balanced,

Appearance: Bright gold color, good clarity, creamy white head on the initial poor that dissapates rather quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the glass,

Flavor- Very complex flavors including hints of spices, fruity, malt, slightly peppery, finishes a little dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, slightly creamy

Overall a very enjoyable beer that is extremely complex in flavor and meets all of the requirements of this beer style.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Konings Hoeven goblet.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse cream colored head that dissipates into wisps of white quickly. Beer is an attractive clear orangy-peach. Lacing is very full though thin, just a light layer against the side of the glass.

S: Supple creaminess engulfs the nose dotted with hints here and there of cherries, strawberries, and other fresh red fruit. Signature Belgian spice flavor is present as is a nice peachy aroma. Fruit really abounds in this one though the nose isn't too strong.

T: Opens like a peach soda with a hint of fresh red fruit, spices, cloves, a touch of hoppiness. Yeast flavor is there though its distinctly absent in the nose.

M: Light bodied and coarse. High carbonation makes this one lively and watery. Finish is subtle and the flavors just sort of fade out though the bubbles don't... dancing on my tongue until the very end.

D: Solid trippel that is high on flavor and even higher on drinkability. Mouthfeel makes this one go down really easily and even though its only 7.8%, the alcohol seems completely non-existent. Wouldn't go out of my way for this one but I'd reach for it when I could. Very enjoyable beer indeed and a solid interpretation of the style!!

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