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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,551 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,551
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 68
Gots: 223 | 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 JMBSH
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A hard pour gives me about two and a half fingers of head. It quickly shrinks to an even coating on top, leaving a fair amount of lace on all sides of the glass.A hazy yellow color due to a fair about of yeast suspended in the liquid.

S - Sweet and yeasty.

T - Not as sweet in taste as the scent made me ready for. The yeast gives a doughy aftertaste. The sweetness has turned out very light. Fairly strong alcohol feel is easily tasted. Bitterness lasts a fair amount of time after each taste. Very dry finish. Not being a regular tripel drinker, I reviewed the style discription. I expected more but I don't know why. Part of me finds it a bit bland.

M - Fair amount of carbonation. The level of alcohol seems higher then the 7.8 % listing.

D - I will have to try this again after I learn more about the style and have tasted more example. Unfortunely for now, not a favorite from NBB.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a gold with a very nice resillient white one finger of head and great lacing.

Smells of bread/belgian yeast, orange peel, and some other spices.

Taste is almost an exact mirror of the smell. This seems like an intro to the style and on the opposite end of a Fin Du Monde.

Dry finish, medium bodied and high carbonation.

Easy enough to drink and a good beginners intro to the style.

Photo of FatCaster
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Pleasantly orange and clear. Keeps a sticky ring of a head.

S--Sweet apples are immediately balanced out by piney hops.

T--Carbonation covers up a very nice, sweet and bready body a little bit. Hops come in and balance it perfectly. Alcohol comes through pretty strong.

M--The consistency of cider, a slightly too in your face carbonation.

D--Very. It even gets better as it sits in the glass and warms a tad.

Photo of Psilo707
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light amber/orange color when poured into a mug; translucent but solid. The smell is one of fruits and candy, but only slightly. Tastes much the same, somewhat like a caramel candy apple mixed with light/fluid hoppy alcohol.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and pales in comparison to the other aspects, but drinkability is top notch as with almost all of the New Belgium collection.

Overall, a good addition to the brewery who brought us Fat Tire.

Photo of snaotheus
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty yellow color with dense medium head and surprisingly good lacing. Smells sweet, hoppy, and hay-ish.

Taste is a very nice balance of sweet with a twist of raisin and a strong hop finish.

Feels medium-bodied, not cloying at all -- pretty drinkable beer. I liked it.

Photo of mjl21
1.83/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Best before 10/23/09. Comes in at 7.8%.

A-Peach in color. Not very golden. Pours very clear. Minimal head which leaves a tiny white ring.

S-Belgian yeast, bread, fruitiness, and green grapes. The Saaz hops they use really gives it a Czech pilsner smell.

T-Belgian yeast and banana are the two dominant flavors as it hits the front of the palate. As it goes down I keep getting hit with a really off-putting vegetal taste that I just don't like.

M-Watery body and a little undercarbonated causing it not to have any sort of crispness. While waiting between sips I get a lot of sourness going in the back of my mouth.

D-The alcohol is well hidden, but the nasty vegetal aftertaste kills it for me.

I found this to be a very disappointing bottle. Would not revisit based on the vegetal aftertaste.

Photo of KeefD
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, clear golden color, large white head that had nice retention and left some chunky lacing. Smell is wonderful. This is as close to true Belgian tripel that I've across this side of the pond. Lots of pale malt, light fruits, light funk, sugar and Belgian yeast all make their presence known in the nose. Taste is full of candied fruits, a nice hoppy bitterness, yeastiness, a little funk that was around in the nose, and some boozy warmth. It's not overly complex, but it's very tasty. Mouthfeeel is on the low end of medium and there is hardly any carbonation, which seems to be the only thing it's missing. Belgian style tripels should be effervescent, and this sadly is not. Nevertheless, it tastes great and is very drinkable for the high ABV. Nice work.

Photo of rwdkosak
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite style of beer and initially I was happy to pour this addition to the NB list...unfortunately I doubt i'll go out of my way to have this again knowing there are many, many other examples that are so much more pleasing.
Poured from a bottle into Westmalle goblet, light, well carbonated head, decent lacing that last just a short time.
Absolutely nothing on the nose and how that is possible I'm not sure. I honestly put a lot into the smell and this is extremely lack-luster.
Taste is simply average at best without complexity and though the typical taste of a tripel is present, it lacks much of the yeast and depth of finer sessions i've had.
Mouthfeel is good and it's drinkable but really only has me wanting a more substantial example of this style. With no disrespect to NB I wish I hadn't sullied the Westmalle glass.

Photo of marcellaproust
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed, and I hate to report it. This is a 2009 bottled. Pours nicely; golden yellow true to type. Lacy head skims the top. Carbonation quite high, higher than for the genre, lending a lighter-bodied mouth-feel. What's so disappointing? For one, smell: none except a hint of vegetal, not fresh cut grass or flower stems but perhaps, several day old cut Carnation stems. Flavor totally lacks any yeastiness and doughiness, the principal reason why I love trippels. Instead, there's some sort of vegetal, metallic (or is it alkaline--the word itself suggests what I'm reaching for) base underpinning this strangely bitter lageri-sh tasting ale: the greeny parts of asparagus or artichokes followed by what amounts to (in my recall--those days are over) sour mash. That this is a great brewery with its politics naturally and concomitantly bound up with its fabulous products and facilities makes it really hard to censure any product. This is the second failure I've tasted in Lincoln. Perhaps Lincoln stores do not know how to store product or perhaps the runts of the litter end up here, given that most tastebuds here lean to the Bud and Miller and even more, Keystone interpretations of beer. I can't quite reason through this glaring failure of beermaking.

Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light honey amber with some visable suspended yeast.Decent rocky white head that lasts and leaves decent rings of lace down the glass. Smells like fruity belgian yeast and citrus fruits. Caramel and toasted bread with a hit of candy sugar and sour yeast in the finish. Medium light bodied and well carbonated. Highly drinkable version of the style.

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

Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head that had decent retention. Sufficient amount of lacing is left on the glass for a tripel. Has a surprisingly malty aroma. The lack of esters from the yeast differentiates this from the rest of the sytle. The taste is malt driven as well. Some spice comes into play. Finishes with a wisp of alcohol. Also has a lingering sweetness. I prefer my tripels on the dry side. Has a creamy mouthfeel and medium bodied. A tripel that is easy on the pocketbook and is a bargain. Unfortunately it cannot compete with the better imported tripels.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head.

S - Smells like an amber: spicy malt with hop highlights, but with a hint of alcohol

T - Tastes like an amber. Bready malts, spicy hop notes.

M - Thin mouthfeel is balanced by good carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer that I would certainly drink over and over again. Even if it tastes like an amber.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into the new belgium balloon

Very crisp and clean light copper low to no head but just a nice film that lingers on the top. Very good looking beer in this glass crystal clear

Sweet malt with some spices, nice alcohol burn also a very sweet note in there not quite fruity but close maybe the combo of the malt and hops that create the sweetness

The taste is as crisp as the appearance nice hop/alchol burn in the middle to finish. Alot of malty sweetness all the way through.

Feels good in the mouth nice light medium body more towards being thin but nowhere near watery, smooth and complex finishes great

This one could get me in trouble it is one of the eaisest drinking triples I have ever had and would love have a few in a sitting.

Photo of KI9A
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful deep gold, white puffy head, nice lace windows.

S: Hoppy, spice -corrinder maybe?

T: Caramel malts, slight cloves, some yeast. Nice, but mellow hop bite on the back end.

M: Leaves mouth a bit dry feeling. Low carbonation, a bit of a watery feel.

D: Made this a bit over average because it drinks well, even for a higher ABV beer. I could see myself drinking this as session beer, if it was a 5-6%'er. But, then it would not be the same beer. Different than other domestic Tripps that I have had, but, in a good way.

EDIT: as it warms, this beer takes on a different character. Flavors open up, smell does too. I guess this is normal, but, wow, big difference.

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

poured into a smokestack Goblet. Deep Gold iin color with a thin but very attractive head that leaves a thin layer across the top. a slight haze from the bottle conditioning yeast.

smell is robust of estery yeast and hops smells like Saaz or Hallertau Hops. Very attractive nose of coriander and slight fruitiness.

Taste: Array of hop and fruity esters give way to notes of banana and coriander with a yeasty finish. Outstanding Grassy hops with a sweet malt backbone.

mouth is a bit too carbonated but helps support the bittering hops. leaves the mouth a bit dry and longing for another sip. This is truly a superb tripel for being so mass-distributed.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear pale gold with lots of head. Spicy aroma with more clove than banana. A bit of burnt sugar and a little noble hop aroma. Medium bodied with some sweetness. Banana fruitiness. Plenty of carbonation. Aroma is nice, but it seems a little thin. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. Nice price.

Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fat Tire: Tripple Belgian Style Ale
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Poured a very light golden orange color with a very light colored head and two-finger lacing.

S: Smells like what you would expect your average Belgian ale but with maybe a little more banana hints to it.

T: Sweet with a bite at the end and a heavy taste of alcohol. Mellow taste lingers after the gulp.

M: The ale had the right amount of carbonation but felt a little watery in the swallow.

D: It becomes more drinkable as it warms but if you are like me and like them ice cold, you may have to slow down if you plan on having more than just one.

Not a bad brew, overall. Its very comparable with a lot of the higher-end barley wines but at a reasonable cost, and in a convenient six pack. The alcohol content, coupled with the good flavor is nice as well.

Photo of washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near transparent golden with a finger of white, creamy head that retains and leaves beautiful lace in the glass. Balance between deep malts and fruits in the aroma gives me an impression that the taste will be balanced as well. And indeed, it is. Roasty malt flavors that finish with florals, fruits and bitter left on the palate. Crisp carbonation, while medium to heavy-bodied in moments. This beer is great to sip on after dinner.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay glass.

A: The first thing I noticed about this beer was that it was very orange in color. The head was small but long lasting and had decent lacing.

S: The smell was great, and I noticed the strong smell right after the pour. I do not smell any citrus or hops from this beer. It smells mostly of banana and a funky aroma.

T: The bananas are more tame in the taste, which is also a bit funky. Once again, no hops or citrus stands out in the taste. Also the alcohol stands our more here than in other beers in this style.

M: Carbonation is almost perfect, but the beer is overly watery.

D: Beer gets much more drinkable as it warms. There are much better beers of this style, so its not as drinkable as others.

Overall a nice beer. I will definitely purchase again.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear dark amber pour with a large frothy white head that lasted and has good lacing.

Good citrus spice aroma.

Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Full citrus and spice flavor with a moderate sweet finish of long to moderate duration.

Good complex brew that is one of my top six rated active bottled beers for style.

Photo of Juggernaut
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance was decent, golden and clear.

The smell was definitely peppery of the saaz hops, very inciting.

It tasted good, very interesting, there was the spicy taste of the hops and what to me seemed similar to the "beech wood aged" taste of Budweiser.

Mouth feel was medium, not watery but definitely not heavy either, went well with the overall style.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I personally probably would get tired of it after two.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden hue, a heavy pour yields a very small head that disappears in a matter of seconds to a soapy looking sheen and small collar. Surprised there is so very little, if any, yeast in the bottle.

Nose is mostly light malts and yeasty spices and fruit. I get mostly apricots, brazil nuts, peanut butter and roses. Does not smell as clean or as good as most Belgian (and even many American) tripels.

Not sure what it is that bothers me about this beer...aha! The culprit seems to be this odd peanut butter flavor and smell. Not fruity and zesty enough for me. I wanted to like this beer, as tripels are one of my favorite styles and this one is nicely priced, but I just cant dig it. It's drinkable, but not lip-smackingly good. Might make a good intro tripel.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 20, 2008

Bottle - poured into Stella Artois glass. Heady, very nice with 1 1/2 " head. Medium amber color. Pleasing smell, very noticeable fruit/spice flavors. Let sit for a few minutes until head down to less than 1/4", also to let warm to mid 40-degrees. Taste - definite hint of spice, floral notes abound. Enjoyable and worth the price! I'd buy another 6-pack or would gladly try on tap. Great beer for the money (under $7 a six-pack). SALUDE!

Photo of Bagman007
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden orange coloring, fairly clear with a little bit of head.

S- Initially a strong malty scent followed by alcohol and finishing off with a little hops.

T- As with the scent it starts off malty and then there is a strong taste of alcohol. Can't really taste the hops in this though.

M- The strong alcoholic taste causes what many describe as "bitter beer face" Has a strong feel, but somewhat smooth.

D- Fairly drinkable. Would have it as a session beer, but 2 or 3 wouldn't be bad.

Overall the taste of alcohol is a little strong for me. Not enough hops and kinda malty. Disappointing offering from New Belgium.

Photo of echdk3
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium snifter

A_Fairly translucent golden dark orange color, bubbly porous white head, lively beer

S_Hoppy, biscuits. Some funk. Definite fruit, not sure what kind - not citrusy though

T_Spicy hops that quickly die down, not much aftertaste. Fresh baked dark biscuits. None of that same fruitiness that was in the aroma

M_Not as chewy as I would have liked. High carbonation is very nice. Doesn't stick around long, thinner body than I would have guessed

D_Fantastic. The alcohol is masked very well. High repeatability

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,551 ratings.