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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

2,462 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,462
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 67
Gots: 187 | 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 SaltyLime
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, my compliments to New Belgium for another fine beer. I have not been disappointed at all from their beers.
Appearance - a little hazy, soft golden color with a nice head
Smell - smells like a Belgian...pleasant aromas
Taste - fresh, a little fruit sweetness and
Mouthfeel - feels a bit lighter than most Belgians, ABV didn't seem to be subdued
Drinkability - easy drinking, well balanced, had it slow just because

SaltyLime, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the local coffee house while watching a jazz trio. What a good mix!

A: Poured a crystal clear rich golden color with a white head, not too thick, and didn't stick around too long. Intriguing.

S: Smelled sugary and malty, funky smell can't quite put my finger on. Faint alcohol.

T: Very interesting, candy like sweetness from the malt, interesting flavors, very complex. Sugary, yet crisp and kinda bitter, but not from hops. I'm really interested in this one.

M: Nicely carbonated, dry finish, very nice. Kinda sticky.

D: One was enough, a sipper and a slow one at that, but a good beer to relax with. Fit the scene of the coffee shop very well.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of cartdan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold in color with a medium head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a long lasting "belgian lace" that hangs around , and around, and around. The aroma is more sweet than spicy, and I get a definite hop aroma from the Saaz hops they use. On first taste, the peppery spice you expect from the aroma is there, but not as prominant as in other examples of the style. Very crisp and dry. The body of this beer is a little lighter than I expected, but still well within the style guidelines for a tripel. No apparent alcohol warmth in this one, and the carbonation is high. This one could easily sneak up on you, it is way too easy to drink. Maybe I'll just have one more...

cartdan, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a nice white head. Good retention and lace.

Nose is very fruity with a mix of citrus and tropical varieties. Also some Belian yeast and earthy spices.

The taste has honey and caramel malts mixed with fresh fruits. Again nice Belgian yeast and spice presence.

Good medium body and carbonation for the flavor profile. Good example of a triple, well balanced and drinkable.

rye726, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

6-pac from Bev Mo. Excellent labeling by the way. Not enough brewers suggest drinking at cool (not cold) temperatures on the label. This gets extra points on the appearance. I cannot stress the 45-50 degree rule enough for all craft beers aside from lagers and hefes.

A - Golden, apple juice color, foamy head, which is very persistent. Excellent lacing.

S - Apples, pears, honey, pear-ester.

T - Pears and pepper. Not nearly as good as the smell or appearance. Hops may be giving the beer too much earthiness.

M - Bubbly, very carbonated, bitterness, and slight pear-ester.

D - Not as good as the smell or the appearance. Little alcohol feel is a plus. The bittering hops were a bit much in this beer and would not recommend for Belgian enthusiasts. If the brewer at New Belgium either dry-hopped or reduced the hop content during the bitter wort, would work better.

MisterClean, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Pours a honey golden color, somewhat hazy with about an inch of off-white head. Head retention is pretty solid, leaving a patchy lace and a bit of stick.

Smells of citrus, tropical fruit and maybe some peach, yeast, some honey like sweetness and with a good dose of saaz hops.

Taste has a nice sweetness to it that underlays all of the other flavors, which include yeast, some spice, and a subtle fruitiness that isn't as prominent as in the smell. Also slightly phenolic and the saaz hops give a snappy bit of bitterness. Nicely balanced and quite smooth. Mouthfeel is creamy with a bit better than medium body, and light carbonation that makes it smooth on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking and pretty striaghtforward tripel. Nothing surprising here, just a well crafted brew. Very nice.

number1bum, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, head leaves within minutes, small bubbled lacing persists.

S - Malt and mostly yeast, and, by association, bread.

T - Sweet malt, Belgium yeast, bready, doughy,some bitterness at the end.

M - Medium body, very carbonated, medium mouthfeel.

D- Not an everyday brew.

srandycarter, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Rezzin
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Doesn't appear to bottle conditioned as the beer is crystal clear. Nice light golden straw color with a nice frothy head..

S - Aromatic fruits and spices. Somewhat of a biscuity aroma as well.

T - Right off that bat I thought of 2 Below. Very biscuity with fruity ester and spicy phenols. At first I kept thinking '2 below' but as it warms, I'm really starting to enjoy this more and more. Slightly sweet with nice bittering to keep things balanced.

M - Crisp with light a maltiness. Carbonation seems just right.

D - At 8% ABV, I can't even tell. I could easily drink several of these in one sitting and get hammered w/o evening realizing it. At first the biscuit-ness kinda threw me off but it's really starting to work for me now. One of the better offerings from NB imo. Not quite the sipping beer you would think - I would say more on the session side!

Rezzin, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass (pretentious huh?). Pours crystal-clear light gold with nice two finger, somewhat rocky head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is biscuity and bread-like with some yeast. Taste is somewhat bland, fruit is present with pear being the one that sticks out. Light grassy hops and a bit of an alcohol bite to it as it goes down. Very light and crisp, somewhat high carbonation. Overall not a bad beer at all, my only complaint is that everything seems somewhat muted, nothing really stands out.

bunnyhustle, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle reads, "Best Before 21NOV08 22950".

Pours a simple elegant golden color into the chalice.

Smells of fresh baked bread. Ah, Belgian yeast!

Taste is refreshing and composed with the yeasty smoothness and the European Saaz hops blasting a nice little ending. Complex fruit taste consisting of sugar-coated apricots!

Not as heavy as the dubbel from this brewery...but with a bit more alchoholic punch as she warms.

Good beer! Had this a few years ago before I knew exactly what it was...decided to revist New Belgium beers a couple months ago and this has been one of the better decisions in my tasting experiences(life). Mind ye I have never had a Trappist Dubbel or Tripel...only Chimay Blue so I don't have much to compare on yet!...Stay tuned...

CamuMahubah, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold with a sizeable white head. Not what I would expect a tripel to look like at all. Nose is mute. Mild hop notes. Very little hitting me off of it. Flavor is very smooth. I can tell this is not of Belgian origin, but at the same time I can tell that it is made by someone who is committed. Sweet edge. Flavor ride doesn't last long. Feel is good. Smooth and even. Highly drinkable. I wouldn't normally consider a tripel to be a session-worthy brew, but this one is worth having more than one of. Not the type to have one bottle of and dwell on. It is more the style to grab a six pack of and drink in one sitting.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz from the Coop for about $1.45.. Brenda went to bed and left me with the wild card tonight. Poured into a Kasteel tulip.

short lasting head leaves good lacing.. crystal clear gold brew.

Aroma is husky pale malts.. very light spices and fruits.

Flavor is way better than the nose.. the same heavy grains and a pronounced spice palate.. reminds me of nutmeg and lite cloves... toasted malts midpalate finishes sorta with a grain husk...

Simply OK. I buy the NB Trippel quite a few times a year, IF I am getting a mixer of NB brews.. but otherwise, I only pick it up if I am doing a triple flight... not bad.. just "could be alot better."

JohnGalt1, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of champ103
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/yellow color. A fair white head that dissipates fast, though it leaves pretty good lace.
S: A bit of funk at first, but as the beer warms this goes away. Some yeast, and citrus fruits. Malt mainly, but also a bit of hops.
T: Fruity and some yeast, same as the nose. There is that biscuit malt flavor that is distinct to New Belgium beers. Very enjoyable.
M/D: Very crisp, good carbonation, and easy to drink. The ABV is well hidden. This is a good sipping beer.

A good introduction to Belgium Tripples, but I have had better. It lacks some depth, but overall this is a good beer by New Belgium. Give it a try.

champ103, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of davemathews
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle, poured into Chimay Goblet @ 48F (serve by date on bottle:10/10/08)

Pour: Pours simply, with a slightly diminished head for a 'Belgian' style beer. `1" head dissipates quickly and leaves thin foam island on beer, with a small mountain in the center. Caps perfectly transparent warm coppery glow liquid base. Carbonation forms bubbles on sides of glass.

Nose: Yeast nose is that of a Belgium, this one is straightforward classic Belgian triple yeast. Moderately fruity, mostly tropical fruits, esp. passion fruit. Hops come through as barnyard hay like grass, but very faint

Taste: Again, fruits come through in the taste, same as in nose. Lacks depth, but is quite pleasantly simple. Finishes with a bit of grassy hay fading to a dull tropical fruit mouth coating.

Mouth feel: medium body; delivers sufficient carrier for the flavors, but dissipates cleanly. Carbonation is slightly sharp (pleasantly), and masks 7.8% quite effectively.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, goes down smoothly and has pleasant warming once there.

Overall: a very nice, low cost, easy to find daily drinker.

davemathews, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of NatetheGreat
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: translucent golden-yellow. Thick substantial head, dissipates quickly but leaves a small layer that stays for quite a while.

S: pleasant floral notes with citrus background. Some pine, meadow, herbal notes also.

T: rich, sweet malts and the tasty Saaz hops meld beautifully. Overall sweetness but some tangy, spiciness from hops is secondary. Some citrus, some grape/wine taste also: maybe a white wine of beers, if you will. Alcohol is also there a bit.

M: thick, creamy, syrupy. Coats the mouth and is very smooth.

D: because of the 7.8% abv, its a sipping beer and nice to drink slowly. But not one to knock back several.

Really a good beer, but for me, one at a time, not only because of the abv, but also because of the heavy, rich flavors.

NatetheGreat, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pale hazy look. Nice head that stays perched on the liquid the entire time, being fueled by tiny bubbles that float to the top constantly. Nice thin sticky lacing that dance the entire way down the glass.

Fruity yeasty smell. Flowery smell to it almost.

Pleasantly yeasty taste with nice sweet fruitiness. Bread taste (obviously from the yeast) with a slightly dry finish with alcohol faintly mixed in.

Nice bubbly feel that soothes the mouth.

clemsonbrewer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle to lovely golden color, very nice creamy white head that lasts for quite a while. sour grassy smells, some bitter orange smells coming through, lots of yeast smells, hoppy aromas. taste is great, bitterness, orange, yeast, dough, long finsish, very sweet brew. The mouthfeel is suprisingly creamy and rich given it's light appearance, but thats the trippel way! I really enjoyed drinking this beer, this was my first from New Belgium and I look foward to more.

czfreeman, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into my NBB glass. It was a clear light golden color. It had a small white head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar. No lacing and little carb. The aroma was spicy and fruity with some hops. The taste followed the aroma but with more of a hop presence. I'd had this a couple years ago and remember really liking it so not sure if something wrong with my bottle or if I just moved on. Will need to try again. Overall, as is, it's just OK with better tripels out there. (3.5, OIE, ML, N)

TexIndy, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda hit-or-miss with the small beers from the brewery, no consolence from the irratic scores given to this brew. The pour brings a bright gold color with some straw highlights and a mild haze. Abundantly carbonated with a well-formed head that faded quickly and shows very little lacing. The aromas are very fruity (pears, peaches, appricots, oranges, apples) and moderately spicy (corriander, pepper, esters). Flavors bring about much more sweetness and less spicy character than exhibited in most trippels, but with a lighter than normal body, makes the beer quite easy to drink. Alcohols are present but muted, underneath a honey-like sweet flavor. Good beer, but understandably rated low if dryer versions are prefered; and higher if sweetness is preferred.

BEERchitect, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle, freshness date Mar 2008.
Beautiful looking golden beer, with two fingers of bubbly light tan head with not a lot of retention, but nice lacing coating the sides of the glass all the way to the end.
Very fresh, lively and powerful aroma, sweetish/candy-like, yeasty, fruity, minimal alcohol.
Velvety on the palate, it starts sweetish, warming up with an alcoholic bite, maltiness, fruitiness, biscuit hints and some "phenolic" touches close it up.
Very impressive, a nice american made belgian style.

brdc, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Adamthome1
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Conceals the 8.5% abv very well, would have guessed it to be around 6%. It is noticable however, particulary in the finish and aftertaste.

Smell is very aromatic, feels pretty thick on the mouth and has a crisp bite. Taste is very complex; is of citrus, wheat, alcohol, and is quite carbonated.

Drank this with an italian pasta dish actually and was pleasantly surprised.

Adamthome1, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-25-07
Best before 3-14-08

Pours a clear gold, with a huge white head and equally huge lacing.

Smell is big Belgian yeast, with lots of fruity, almost apple juice aroma.

Taste is exactly life the smell, and quite good. Fruity and sweet with lots of Belgian kick.

Mouthfeel is nice, surprisingly creamy.

Drinkability is good, but it's a handful of a beer.

Overall, one of the better Tripels I've had. I've not really been a fan of the style in the past, but this went a long way toward fixing that.

BMoney575, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Chip's Liquor in San Diego

Best beer I have had from New Belgium yet

Only place I have ever seen it, so I had to buy a 6 pack, but should have bought more

Nice trippel with a sweet aftertaste and a smooth mouthfeel

Very nice aroma when the cap was poppd off and very drinkable in a session setting

Recommended

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of sterstar1
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew. The nose is a little more floral than fruity unlike some of my favorite tripels. The taste is okay but not great. It's not as sweet and the belgian yeast is not as strong. Also, this one has a fairly low ABV for the style. But, on the flip side, it's really inexpensive and you can get it most places in Colorado. You can pick up a six pack for $6.99 just about any liquor store. Good, drinkable beer for very little money. Not bad. Oh, it also definitely beats the crap out of Fat Tire. I know, comparing apples to oranges but seriously, Fat Tire is way over-rated and when this beer is usually sitting in the cooler right next to Fat Tire, why on earth would someone go for the Fat Tire? But it happens all the time. Oh well. :)

sterstar1, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Strix
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Trippel I've had. Alcohol is noticable in the inital smell, along with some light flowery smells. Taste changes as the beer warms. Initially the alcohol was evident, but as it warms, that disappears completely, and things get lighter and more complex, with a banana-like flavor. A pleasant light blend of flavors. Very smooth and drinkable.

Strix, Sep 05, 2007
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,462 ratings.