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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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2,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,634
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 74
Gots: 275 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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: 2,634 | Reviews: 968
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!!

Photo of Yojimbo1941
1.78/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a bomber bottle into a Rochefort goblet. Looking at the label I now see that they recommend what looks like a tulip?

A- Clear golden, very transparent for a tripel. Very little head retention.

S- Wet hay, barn interior, cooked beets, little to no hops that I can tell, playdoh?? Odd.

T- Well what can I say? Grassy malt, lawn clippings, funk, slight sweetness but there's the beets again. Honey with mold on it or something. I'm not liking this very much. There's none of the qualities I've noticed in other Belgian-style ales. This is simply off-putting.

M- I'd appreciate the fact that a beer this clear lingers on the tongue more if it weren't for that damned beet flavor.

Well, I'm not a fan of New Belgium to begin with but I thought I'd give them another try since it was 3.49 for this 22oz bottle. Not impressed at all. I don't think I'll even be able to finish the bottle. I'm really confused since I know that a lot of people like them nowadays, so am I getting bad bottles or something? Truly awful. The rest of the bottle is either going down the drain or serving as the base for a marinade. I take that back, it's going down the drain.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice retention.

S: Not getting a lot, minor malt and yeast esters.

T: Big yellow apple and pear esters with some spicy hop notes. Clover honey, with some almost mead-like sweetness. Good mineral note.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, somewhat alcoholic.

D: A real nice tripel, definitely an American version, the complexity isn't huge, but I liked it.

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

A: Clear pale golden color with a small white head. Lots of carbonation seen in the glass.

S: Malt and hop aroma with some belgian yeast funk and coriander.

T: There are some sweet biscuit malts with coriander spice and a somewhat grassy hop flavor with the begian yeast tang and fruity plum. The alcohol warmth and flavor shows up in th middle and carries through into the finish.

M: A higher carbonation gives this a spicy feel. The finish seemed a little bit slippery on the tongue with a heavier than average body.

D: A nice drinkable tripel. Good flavors and mouthfeel.

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered, deep golden color with a white head. Also, the bar poured it into a pint glass, which should be blasphemy.

Aroma is banana and spicy yeast, maybe a hint of rosemary.

Banana is the key flavor note for me but doesn't overpower. It could be a little drier and have a bit more effervescence.

Overall, a good beer at a good price but don't expect miracles.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy 2 finger pale white head, stayed a good while. Nice half finger of dense lacing forming a continuous lace ring around the top of the ale. Im only bumping this to a 4.5 becuase of the awesome amount of lacing I noticed the entire glass that always caught my eye everytime I looked. A nice even covering stayed the entire time.

Nose, mmm.. now this one I enjoy instantly. This seems pretty true to the style and not a bad attempt just from the nose of this. Mild spice, and light fruit maybe pear and bananna crossed. Light and tasty.

Wow the after taste, finish is what I enjoyed about the first drink. Its somewhat nutty and bannanna bread, good fruitiness (and I dont like fruitiness). Nice amount of and variety of flavor.

This body is light to medium bodied at most. Lingering aromas on the palate for a while. Good bottle conditioned carbonation. Lively. Im not usually going out and buying NB, I was a gan of Fat Tire for a while in the beginning but this one changed my mind- I will pick up again for sure.

Good job, New Belgium.

Photo of WWWade
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful gold with a thick, two finger, white head that lasted a few minutes and never fully retreated.

S - immediately this hit my nose with its hops. I honestly do not have the best sense of smell, but this one did wake me up a bit.

T - Hoppy, but not too much. Because of the smell, I was expecting more hops, but it actually hits the front of your mouth with a sweet orange twinge.

M - balanced carbonation and fullness.

D - I only had one, but wished I bought more.

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

S: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light golden color, slightly brown. Pretty good 2 finger white head.

T: tastes so smooth- I can't believe this is an ale. It's so clear and delicious.Not too hoppy... just a sweet beautiful malt taste.

M: Pretty good, could be thicker.

D: This could be a session beer - perhaps I'm too extreme but this beer is rather light on the palette.

Photo of meeekyh
2.2/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Belgian-style beer-glass.

Head is small and white, lacing is nonexistent. Beer is pale-golden with just a hint of orange and no haze.

Smell has hints of orange peel, grain, malt, banana and something of an over-toasted smell.

I think it is boring for a trip, sweet, grainy and that burnt taste this brewery seems so fond of.

Body is medium, carbonation light. Finish is slightly sweet. Aftertaste is burnt nastiness.

I don't really like this beer and am not inclined to drink it. There are many superior examples and, up to this point, none that are as lackluster as this one. And the kicker is that 'New Belgian Signature' burnt taste. Unless price is your only real basis for buying, get something else.

Slainte, but with something else.

Photo of ghebel
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, straw to gold color with small solid particulate floaties. Nice head initially. Dissipates quickly leaving some lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malt, fruity banana like.

T - Banana phenolic with sweet sugary finish. Mild bitterness. Alcohol in the end.

M - Tingly, light body. Alcohol "coolness". Numbs the tongue.

D - Drinks easily, but watch the ABV. Not too many.

Overall - Drinkable, nice complexity. Alcohol is evident, but for the ABV is hidden somewhat in this beer.

Photo of jwillcourt
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a half-pint glass.

A - Pale straw color with slight green tint. Very clear with a stream of bubbles up the sides. 2 inch white head (and it was not an aggressive pour) that quickly settled into a small cap that never goes away. Tons of sticky lacing.

S/T - Melon and banana aroma. Strong taste of sweet malt, followed by bananas and spice. Slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

M/D - Silky, creamy feel with faint carbonation. Sticky on the lips. Alcohol warmth. It goes down easily but the alcohol definitely decreases drinkability.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a deep golden yellow color with a finger and a half of white head that retained well and laced pretty well. Aromas were of banana, spicy and some alcohol. Taste was a bit grainy with some spice and the fruitiness. Feel was a slightly chewy medium bodied beer with some crispness. I enjoyed this beer very much as a beautiful local option for the style.

Photo of blackc5
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip at 52F.

Pours a fairly standard deep gold with about an inch of foam. Little lacing. Aromas are fairly mild for the style, the expected sweet maltiness with a bit of spice and fruit. Taste is sweet and yeasty, with the spice there as well. Some graininess. Nothing too uniquely interesting going on, but at least it is not overly sweet. Alcohol is bit over abundant in the aftertaste, and there is little in the way of hops to balance things out. Carbonation is middling, perhaps slightly low for the style. Otherwise mouthfeel is decent, perhaps a touch thin. Drinkability is pretty good for the style though, especially given the fairly budget price.

Nice to keep a 6'er around for when you want a nice Belgian but don't feel like you want to concentrate on it too much that night...

Photo of scottfrie
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear apple juice hue that, well, looks a lot like sparkling apple juice. The small bright white head on top fizzed away too quickly leaving some patches of sticky lacing.
S: Very sweet sugar, a little citrus, bubblegum, Belgian spices, slight alcohol.
T: Spicy, fruity, and sweet. Notes of tangerine, ripe banana and coriander. Sweet malt flavor and some doughy yeast come in at the finish. Notes of sour apple, slight hops and alcohol as well.
M: Fairly dry finish with a bitter bite at the end. Some sourness to the aftertaste. Good carbonation but a little unbalanced. Even after it gets fairly warm not much more flavor comes out.
D: Not as sweet as some triples, but not as complex either. Probably won't buy again. Not a bad beer except for maybe the aftertaste, but there are much better trippels out there. Still, a nice attempt at the style.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a lighter golden color from the bottle with a small bubbly head, carbonation dances as bubbles rise in the glass. smell is good, has a slight skunkiness to it,not sure if this is an old beer or just a part of its aroma, regardless has that distinct yeasty aroma to it, almost has a grape aroma to it, its very unique. taste is great, just has an awesome flavor, the high carbonation of belgians i think are my favorite because it just dances on the tongue and i like it. mouthfeel and drinkabily are high.

Photo of Gremner
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- It's pretty. Nice golden yellow. Nice and clear. Creamy white head and brilliant lacing, About a finger high. I still had hints of the lacing on my glass the next morning.

S- It smells fruity and sweet with hints of hops.

T- Tastes sweet with a nice hoppy bite.

M- Medium bodied, leaving a lingering film.

D- I found this to be pretty drinkable. There is a flavor that I can't describe. I'm not well versed with tripels, it may be a flavor that is a calling card of this style. Nice taste and light/medium body make it a rather nice brew with which to relax. My personal opinion is that the ABV is too high for a session.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice golden color with little head, but good lace. Smell has a good dose of spice with tangarine and banana. Taste involves spices, citrus and sweet malt in the end, the alchohol is there, but not overwhelming. mouthfeel is medium bodied with good viscosity and carbonation. I'd say a good go at the style and very drinkable.

Photo of gramatton
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Duvel Tulip

Pours a pale golden color, absolutely clear. Amazing billowing white 3 finger head, amazing and pretty to look at. Dissipates slowly into a nice white lacing, lots of lace stuck to the side of the glass.

Typical belgian smell. Spice, coriander, a hint of citrus and malt.

Very little hop bitterness with a nice yeasty taste. The alcohol shows up in the aftertaste after its warmed up abit. A very typical Belgian trippel.

Decent mouthfeel. Nice and smooth.

A very nice Belgian style trippel. Definitely going to pick these more often when I get a Belgian kick.

Photo of vdread
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New Belgium Trippel

pours a clear pale yellow with a thin frothy head that doesn't do much except fizz and disappear. smells of sweet sugary malt, green apples, raisins, and spice.

the first sip is filled with the warmth of alcohol and spice, fresh green apples, cloves, bananas, and the spice of saaz hops. i usually go out of my way to avoid anything with saaz hops, but the bite is brief and it really wasn't as off-putting as i usually find saaz hops to be. heavy on the malt, it's very sweet and sugary. a slight bittering from the hops before the finish. the flavors jump out once it warms a little bit. ends biting, crisp, and dry. the flavor sticks to the tongue long after sipping.

i enjoyed New Belgium Trippel, but it's not my favorite. it was my first tripel, and after having the abbey and now this, i am less than enthused about trying othe belgian style beers, but then again, i'm no big fan of New Belgium either.

i had the last half of this beer with some pumpkin pie and it went together excellently.

Photo of garbercury
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Einweizenbitte for his generosity with the trade!

A--Nice golden hue with some lacing, classic look of a tripel

S--Tough, my sense of smell is a little off today but you can smell the citrus in it

T--Certainly can taste some citrus, it has a bite that is a little strange, cant pick it out?

M--A little thin but good

D--Probably would not drink a ton of these, but certainly worth a try. Worthy effort by a solid brewery.

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

Pours a clear, yellow color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, slight spice, earthy malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, earthy malt, yeast, slight sweet malt, citrus, slight spice, and slight grain. Overall, dominated by the earthy malt flavors (as is usual with NB beers).

Photo of scoobybrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear light golden color with a thick foamy ice-cream-like head, nice lacing as it empties

S - sweet malt and bubble-gum yeast esters

T - malty sweetness hits right away and doesn't let go even into the finish, some hops noted but very faint

M - medium-light body with moderately high carbonation

D - This is quite a nice tripel for an American brewery. The abv is very sneaky in this one. I think this is perhaps one of New Belgium's best offerings.

Photo of boogyman
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light golden yellow color. Head is white and a little less then a finger. Leaves little bubbles on top with some surrounding. Cool bubbles coming up from the sides of the glass to the top. Half way through I am noticing some epic sticky lacing! This beer is awesome to look at I can give it that.

S- Smells are very light. I get just a bit of light orange citrus. Some yeasty smells. Not much coming through.

T- Tastes of very light citrus flavors and some yeastyness. Boozy alcohol is fairly prevalent but not too surprised at 7.8% ABV. Maybe some ever so slight hoppy flavors but nothing to get excited about.

M- Bubbles tickle the tongue and the alcohol has a good bite going down.

D- Definitely a beer that I could have a few of, especially being as being a pretty cheap brew (~$1 a 12oz bottle). Plus, at nearly 8% ABV, I will starting feeling warm quick!

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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