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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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2,580 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 73
Gots: 238 | FT: 1
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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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.

Photo of natasharai
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a white bubbly head that became foamy and dissipated to a thin layer leaving some lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is clear with a light yellow golden color.

Smell: Fruity apple and pear, peanuts, and some roasted malt.

Taste: Tangy fruit, apples, pears, oranges, roasted nutty malt, and a sweet caramel flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a lot of little bubbles, big tingle on the tongue from carbonation, leaves mouth pretty dry.

Overall: Pretty good drinkability. The flavors are not overpowering nice sweetness with some fruity and nutty characteristics. The feel is a bit bubblier than I prefer, but still a good beer overall.

Photo of Beejay
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful Golden amber, with a nice white head on it..

S: Very sweet, ripe bananas, lots of fruit, very yeasty..

T: Delicious. Smooth, sweet, and beautiful. Huge banana taste. This is one of my all time favorites.

M: Plenty of carbonation, but a smooth creamy texture.. very good.

D: Hells yes. Oh how I have missed this beer. Smooth, clear, flavorful with a little bit of spice. I wish I could get it regularly. Perhaps I scored it a little higher than the average (not sure, I have been trying to avoid seeing the scores until after I review.) But this is a beer that will always be one of my favorites, and the beer that got me into Belgians. Between this and Abbey from NBB, you can't loose.

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

Poured into a Chimay Goblet with a white 1 finger head which settles into a nice layer. Beer is clear golden orange with good carbonation. very nice lacing.

Smells of yeast, malts, citrus,

Tastes of yeast and citrus flavors. maybe some banana.

Smooth drink, medium to low carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinks pretty easy, was hoping for a bit more flavor to the beer, but its not too bad otherwise.

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

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a clear golden orange. Vortex of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Pours a 1/2 finger white head. Leaves some thick, well-defined lace rings. Good-retention.

Aroma: musky/very yeasty. Bready malts. No the best tripel I have smelt.

Taste: Very yeasty. Slight banana nut flavor. Not a whole lot going on here. I am a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little crisp. No presence of booze which is a plus. Leaves a dry sticky aftertaste. Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall, not something that impressed me very much. Many better tripels out there. There just wasn't a lot of flavor. I won't buy this again.

Photo of lonestar1836
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: looks good, golden amberish yellow with foamy white head that diminishes faily qulickly

S: smells ok, very sweet with a lot of fruity aromas and quite a bit of dry alcohol scent

T: hard to take, the first sip was intence, there was a wave of banana then the dryness of alcohol...very dry

M: a little watery

D: it's a bit too much flavor for me at the moment

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stella chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazed pale gold with 1/4 inch, white top. Head is loose and dissipates to a thin film quickly. A sticky, creamy-ish, crown hangs on for the duration of the session and drags some nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sharp, sour yeast jumped out first, but after a few sniffs gave way to smooth clove, cream, malt, bananas, and floral hops. That sour sharpness comes back each time my nose reenters the cylinder; I'm getting bits of lemon, apple, and something else in there. The initial sharpness fades with time. Good complexity - lots of fun to sit around and sniff.

Taste: A lot of sweet/sour esters up front. Definitely some lemon, Belgian yeast, and a good deal of clove. Finishes with floral hops. Kind of malty all the way through, and for the most part smooth. Not a whole lot of spiciness. Also, I must note that I get hints of that New Belgium toasted biscuit trademark - very light, but definitely familiar.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, creamy/nicely carbonated, dry. Nice palate stimulation. Decent mouth coating and a good amount of numbing. Slightly warm.

Drinkability: I'm not really a tripel guy (could you tell?). This seems like a pretty good ale, though I do feel it's a little too centered around the alcohol flavors; feels kind of raw. Gets smoother and sweeter as the session progresses.

Photo of northaustin
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

sweet and fruity and high abv!!! poured into a schnifter it has a golden color and a light head with no lacing. for a readily available cheap beer that has a high abv this beer is great. not anything to brag about but worth a spot in the fridge. good session beer too

Photo of vicanncam
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My boyfriend and I received this in a beer trade..

I personally am a HUGE fan of Trippels so this was a must try.

A- was cloudy and yellow

S- It was fragrant but did not have that intense smack in the nose which I thought was missing about it.

T- The taste was sour but not flavorful enough to be outstanding. It had a floral citrus after taste but I thought it was severely lacking where a trippel is suppose to shine.

M- Average

D- easy to drink and I think thats because it wasnt like other trippels.

Overall, it wasnt bad for a New Belgium(not the best brewery in Colorado BY FAR!) but bad for Trippels in general. I was a bit disappointed.

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

This one poured a fizzy pale amber that was crystal clear as the yeast meddled in. A large foamy/fluffy head dissipated to a sticky film.

The nose was nice and strong, always pleasant and complex. Pear, coriander, clove, candy shell, peaches and a bit of other citrus hoppy flavors sat on semi-sweet doughy biscuity malt.

The alcohol was more noticeable in the taste however it was masked with several flavors. Fruity flavors dominated, pear, banana partnered with spices of coriander, clove. The sweetness was never too much and it was always welcome. A dry hoppyness with the belgian yeast and sweet spices dominated the finish.

The body was light but full and fluffy. The yeast was evident in the feel, the carbonation was spot one and the finish semi-dry, clean and complex.

Good drinkable tripel, flavorful, easy to find and pleasant to the last drop.

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very transparent gold with a half finger head

S: Grassy with a ton of spice.

T: There's alot of spice in here. Can't really pick out a certain flavor but it's good for a style I don't care for much.

M: Smooth and not harsh at all.

D: I'd recommend this to someone if they were looking for a tripel!

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a light honey, or dark straw. Nice creamy and frothy head leaves a nice mirengue like head.

Nose is creamy sweet candy sugar with a vanilla touch. Booze on the nose with banana and fruity esters, possibly yeast.

Wow, flavor is chocolate, creamy malt. Malt is in your face and reminds me of roasted marshmallows on the campfire with a side of banana. Vanilla rides high and the beer finishes toasty and warm, with a nutty flavor that has to be from the roast. Hazelnut flavors come out on the exhale, very different. Booze is hidden VERY well and what comes oout in the nose is nowhere in the flavor.

This is something different, I've never had a trippel like this. Not bad, but different.

Photo of webbcreative
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured light golden color, with 2 finger head. smells sweet, and biscuity. taste is sweet and biscuity, yeasty, and pretty strong. sweetness maybe be a little more then i would like. med mouthfeel.

Overall this is pretty good, still havent had a lot experience with teh trippel style, so maybe i was expecting more of a dubbel that was just a bit stronger...not quite a bit stronger. but at any rate, still a good brew, I just couldnt drink bu 1 or 2 of these.

Photo of pweis909
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=No haze in this glass, transparent and gold with a dense white foam.

S=Some fruitiness and bready malt.

T=Sweet, fruit, and alcohol, with a bit of an earthy finish. Phenolic character is present. Carbonation makes a crisp impression on the tongue

M=body is fuller than other tripels I remember, but finish is dry and a bit chalky. It reminds me of Fat Tire's finish.

D=This is nearly 8%, but I have been drinking it all evening.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly red tinged deep gold color with a 1.5" white head. The head dropped slowly and left a lot of stickage on my glass.

S= Lots of things going on here. I found malty sweetness underneath a complex array of fruity and phenolic notes. Some spice character in there too. No alcohol aroma present.

T= Biscuity malt sweetness up front followed by a big mass of crazy phenols, fruitiness, and herbal notes. Sort of had an herbal tea thing going on alongside the malt sweetness. Mildly spicy hop note helped to dry the long finish and lend some aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level. Good palate cleansing ability.

D= Very drinkable for an 8.5% abv ale. Unfortunately in the world of Belgian tripels, this one is just in the middle of the pack. Still a solid and worthy choice though.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in a tumbler, nice caramel color with a red tinge. Head was moderately frothy about a two fingers with some lacing. Kind of fruity on the nose with a hint of spice. Not as full and rich as i expect a triple to be but it was nice and malty, with that nice Belgian yeast initial taste. Bit of alcohol in the after taste. Overall it's ok, not the best, not the worst. They do in fact go down pretty easy.

Photo of thirdeye11
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into an Affligem chalice.

A: Pours a nice pale golden color that is more pale than I'm used to for the style. Vigorous pour only yields 1/2 finger head. Lacing is very nice though which bumps the score up slightly.

S: Smells of pears and some other unidentifiable fruits. There is very little hop character in the nose, and the yeast is subdued compared to most tripels I've had. Very pleasing though and nothing is overwhelming. I find myself swirling the glass frequently to smell this beer.

T: Such a good and different tripel. I won't compare this to Belgians because it doesn't have that Belgian yeast profile associated with so many tripels, but the elements are there. Some pepper is there, and light fruits like white grapes and pears abound. Easier to identify the fruits by taste than smell. I like this one not because it is traditional but for what it does to challenge how I feel about the style's definition. Also it is not dry like to many tripels but I feel this is actually a benefit in this case. One thing I do find odd though is that I taste alcohol here where as with most tripels I don't. Strange given that it is lower than most in the style, but I don't mind it at all. It tastes good to me.

M: Nicely carbonated, wish it was more creamy. Overall very good.

D: Extremely high. Not 9% like many tripels and I could drink this all night long.

Given its price (about $8 a 6-pack) and availability I buy this one pretty often. It is only a step below the best Belgian tripels and I'd recommend it highly to anyone that likes the style. So drinkable as well which some of even the better Belgians lack due to the overwhelming flavors. This one excels on so many levels.

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