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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

2,418 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,418
Reviews: 931
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 167 | 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 HiroProtagonist
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Trippel Style Ale was served from a 12 oz. bottle. Once settled into a Duvel tulip, the beer was a rich and hazy orange-golden, and was topped by a substantial fine white head that left excellent lacing. The nose was aggressively loaded with coriander, with numerous accents such as cut grass, bitter citrus peel, honey, bready yeast, and flowery perfume....very nice. The taste matched the nose closely. A fluffy, honey-melon malt backbone opened up with powerful notes of wild flowers and freshly trampled grass. These flavors became tainted with doughy coriander and bitter orange peel in the nicely bittered, satisfying finish. A nice medicinal bitterness lingers. I really enjoyed the subdued sweetness level thoughout..very nice, were other trippels can be too sweet for my palate. The body was appropriately fluffy and rich for the flavors. This Trippel was full flavored, tasty, and balanced....a nice piece of work.

HiroProtagonist, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated best before June 2004. Pours a turbid muted golden color with a beige head that dissipates quickly. Some biscuity malt and fruity yeat aromas, yet overall smelling sweet. Initially fruity and sweet, then moving towards esteriness and a bread malt profile. Enjoyable, but not what I anticipate from a Belgian style tripel. Pretty smooth and easily drinkable. I'd seek it out more but it's a moot point, just not available in my area.

crookedhalo, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is really clear for what it is. There's very little head, with just a touch of lace working its way down the side. The floral action is potent in the nose, and there's citrus in the aftertaste. There's a lot of flavor in there. The hops are definitely worth mentioning as well. This is pretty far from an IPA, but there's a hint of that taste in this beer as well.

I like this stuff. It does seem a little off balance, but it's good.

watermelonman, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a firm, slightly off-white head receding on hazy deep gold liquid. Nice Belgian wit spiciness noted right out of the gate along with a firm maltiness. Light spice in the taste with a peppery taste at the front of the line with fruity yeast notes here too. Ample hop bitterness keeps things on the dryish side. Finshes full and heady, with obvious alcohol. Delicious and very authentic tasting...love that bottle and label too!

Thanks CRJM!

beerluvr, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the side of the label. Info about the brewery and beer are on the label as well. One ounce of beer was left in the bottle with the dregs as to not cloud the brew.

Appearance: Right away two fingers of froth appear in the chalice, clinging lace is witnessed and in very good shape. Bubbly golden, looks like a tame brut.

Smell: Peaches and roses … very aromatic, phenols and a melon like fruitiness round out the aroma as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Super crisp with a yeast palate right from the get go, not overwhelming but it is there. Light maltiness of doughy biscuits and harsh husk. Some busy phenols throw down a mix of herbal and medicinal magic with a touch of hop bitterness to boot. Vaguely fruity; starch plantains and faint peach. A breath of alcohol in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a good while into the after taste.

Notes: Very refreshing with the 8.5% abv being slightly hidden, quite the palate cleanser. Cabot has this Parmesan Cheddar blend, a perfect match with some mini rye bread. If you are into Trippels this is a must try, IMO this is a good stepping stone to jump into the vast world of Belgian Beer.

Jason, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of brewQ
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine white bubbly head quickly subsides atop this orange tinted beer. It leaves a steady lace trail along the glass.

My nose picked up herbal and fruit aromas that carried into the flavor.At first, there was a rush of flavors but not one overpowering aspect- decent balance.

The mouthfeel was mildy astringent, leaving you wanting another sip.

For a warming 8.5% beer this is disarmingly drinkable.
I feel good this was to be had at 7.49 for a 12 ounce six pack.

brewQ, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is a cloudy orange in color and has a creamy sweet aroma. It has plenty of fruity esters and some spicy phenols with a sweet, peppery finish. It is quite complex and good. Sadly this brewery does not ditribute in my area so I won't be drinking this too often.

ark57, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a best before of 17JUL04....with an attractive label featuring 3 bier maidens hoisting a goblet of the golden nectar, framed by long hop vines.
The bier poured a bright golden, slightly hazy color, with a substantial amount of particulate hovering within. The head is a creamy, thin white layer, which lasts quite well while leaving some nice wisps of lacing. After a spell most of the naughty bits have settled out to the bottom of the goblet. The aroma displays a pleasant, spicy hop zestiness, with some yeastiness and maybe even coriander. Body was around medium, and even though there was abundant carbonation, the prickliness did not overwhelm the tongue. Flavor is real good! Has some bready malt notes, along with a mild sweetness lying within. The spicy Saaz bite is present here as well, along with more yeastiness and a light touch of fruitiness, like orange peel. The finish is a touch dry, and the bier is quite tasty, overall. Thnx to bditty187!

Prosit!!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Bierman9, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It is refreshing and full of pale malts and Belgian yeast. It has a spicey scent that is quite appetising. The taste is decent. It has a nice pale flavor with a spicey Belgian style yeast taste. It warms a little on the finish, but it drinks well. It has a good mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation; maybe a little too much carbonation. This is a fine Blegian style beer, but I've had better.

WesWes, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle best before 06aug04

Slight lemon and corriander smell to the brew on the pour. Hazy cloudy golden color in the glass (goblet) with a decent off white head. The taste is quite complx upfront with corriander, banana, and pineapple. Then the brew smooths with a dry malt back of the tongue in the finish. Medium to thickish coating mouth. Very pleasant and drinkable. I like how this brew is complex in taste upfront.. but the finish leaves you with a coating regal dry malty wanting for more feeling.... very well balenced and tasting for the ABV.

frank4sail, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours a cross between honey and amber with a subdued white head that left generous clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of dense malts, bananas, sugar cookies, and maraschino cherries. Quite lovely.

Taste comes through straight away with bright, sharp malts that rapidly transition into a lingering hop bitterness and alcohol warmth.

The taste is very, how to put it, *fast* in its movement -- a flash of malts and then the bitterness. It doesn't stick around for long.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky.

A very enjoyable beer, although it felt off balance.

RootedFool, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very orange-peach colored with some suspended sediment and a thin, whitish head and relatively strong carbonation. Bubbling up from the brew is an aroma of yeast and sweet, candied fruits--perhaps apricot? The flavor is round and yeasty, with significant wheat influence and soft, light fruit sweetness, in sheeting layers across my tongue. Alcohol shines through in the finish, and isn't as well hidden as some other brews I've had--but it's not obtrusive.

This is a strong American example of the style, and is very much a typical tripel. It isn't quite as dry in the finish as I would like, but I still enjoyed it tremendously. Not the best, but very, very good.

As an aside, I think it's time to try Allagash Tripel again--my palate has grown up enough to handle the alcohol and reach deeper into the wonderful characteristics of Tripels, and I have a feeling I was a bit blind in my first review.

RockyTopHeel, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a "best before" date of 21 Aug 04 on the label. Had a slightly hazy golden color with some particulate matter and no head and minimal carbonation. Only a thin white ring came anywhere near a head. Uh oh, this doesn't bode well...
Fortunately, the smell and taste of this beer bolstered my dubious first impression. The smell had a lightly yeast-laced fruitiness (think peaches) over which dominated a spicy, peppery aroma and some floral hops. The taste had some spiciness and a light citrus and fruit flavor. The finish had a mildly astringent (and faintly metallic) bite to it that kind of spoiled what started out as pretty promising. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth, and a bit slick (probably due to the missing effervescence) and just not very lively.
All in all, I found this tripel to be lacking all the pieces to make it a truly outstanding brew. In fact, I found it to be quite unremarkable. It was hard to believe that a well cared for brew with a death date of late August this year would look so dead already. Sometimes, first impressions are right on.

Boilermaker88, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer enters the glass with a hazy golden color that is adorned with a thin white head. The lace covers the glass in sheets as if the beer wants to stay in the glass.

Pepper and spice dominate the nose with a hint of malt. This is a nice smelling beer.

The strong spice flavors dominate the taste leaving you wanting more. This is a balanced beer that mixes the spice and sweetness perfectly.

The mouthfeel is smooth and easy. Carbonation dances and tickles the tongue as you drink. The finish is nice. I really enjoyed drinking this beer.

There is no hint of the 8.5% alcohol in the drinking. That could be a problem because, too many of these, and you would be out. This was a nice beer and I can't wait to have another. Maybe tonight.

filabrazilia, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden drop of clouded sun beams with a white effervescent head forms even bands of lacing with each sip very nice. Aroma: The peppery Saaz hops play a role here of adding to the spiciness but the citrus and tropical fruit esters is where it's at in my opinion, smell is great. Taste: Flavor isn't overally sweet which is good there are some bready yeast notes to balance along with some minimal bitterness in the finish a nice trippel that I compare to the likes of St. Bernardus Tripel. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied golden ale with spritzy yet very soft carbonation. Drinkability: Is effortless very tasty flavorful well balanced tripel that is sure to be one of the better American brewed examples.

WVbeergeek, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of BierReise
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle marked 03SEP04. Poured a cloudy orange with a head that dissapeared quickly. Yeasty aroma that is citrusy and spicy. Nice. Has an outstanding body that is silky smooth and delicate. Flavor is classic Tripel which is fruity and malty, a bit sweet and a spicy finish. This is one of the top American brewed tripels in my opinion.

BierReise, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent trippel. It pours a dark golden colour with a huge head of frothy white foam. Aromas are that of a classic triple. Spicy, boozy, yeasty, malty, hoppy, zesty, magnificent. The taste is a wonderful melange of the classic Belgian triple aromas rolled into one wonderful ball of contradictions. The mouthfeel is lush and creamy and the drinkability is excellent. Whoa! 9%abv, you could have fooled me! One of the best domestic triples available on the west coast...for sure!

francisweizen, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a large, off-white head that has quite a bit of staying power; more than many of the beers that I've tried so far. Sheets of sticky lace coat my pint glass. Very nice.

The nose is spicy and the flavor is sweet and spicy with lots of coriander and clove. Minimal hop bitterness. Alcohol is evident on the finish, but is manageable. The body/mouthfeel is decently smooth, though is nothing to shout about.

New Belgium Trippel Belgian Style Ale is one of my first tripels. Unfortunately, it didn't really blow me away. It's rated very highly, just outside of the top 50, so maybe I just don't love the style.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of Riggo
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very handsome and quality product from New Belgium Brewing. A gorgeous bottle, with beautiful artwork on the label, this belgian-style ale pours an attractive golden yellow with a tight, creamy white head. Head remains only in a thin cap, but with good lacing.

A beautiful bouquet that reminds me of a wit--like Allagash White. Notes of apples, peaches, flower pollen, herbs, must, even the whole orange peel/coriander element found in wit beers.

Taste is malty and fruity (bubblegum), balanced by grassy hops. Finish is bitter with hops and high abv (8.5%) (A bitterness that seemed just slightly negative.) Some lingering fruity (pineapple) notes in the finish, but the finish seems to fade rather quickly.

Mouthfeel is both creamy and spritzy at the same time. A drinkable ale full of belgian-style character. Well done for an American brewery. Seek this one out and sip slowly.

Riggo, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of Nytemare
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mostly clear golden color with a good two fingers of head. The head slipped away leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass. A constant light stream of bubbles continued to produce a thin white head throughout the beer. Smelled mostly of fruits, hops, and the peppery yeasty flavor common in almost all their beers. Tasting this was excellent. Nice fruity flavor up front with the peppery yeast. Fading away to a nice bready body and finishing slightly sour. The hops are noticable throughout. Quite nice. The malt showed a little more power as it warmed, but it stayed pretty balanced. Not overly sweet, but not too bitter either. Mouthfeel was nice. Moderate body. Dry finish, and smooth. As for drinkability, I've had several now, not all at one sitting, but I definately enjoy these. I've got two set back to age to see what happens, but overall, rather enjoyable, and I'll continue to pick these up when I get the chance.

Nytemare, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sedimented peach color, light orange creamy head of 1/2 an inch. Broad and slippery lacing. Pleasant aroma, mostly of nectarine and plenty malty -- but lacking yeastiness and a little sweet. Moderate carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor echos the peachiness of the smell but is a bit watery and over hopped. Nice beer, could use slightly more astringent crispness and funky mustiness of the best brews of the style. A good sense of freshness however.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with a best before date of August 5, 2004. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip and enjoyed slowly.

Appearance: Clear honey yellow liquid with a healthy white head of fine bubbles. Head is maintained quite well by a seemingly constant stream of bubbles in the center. Great lacing left on the glass. I have seen better, but not too often.

Smell: Peppery coriander, orange citrus, and medicinal aromas on the nose. Also just a titch boozy, but not horribly so. Grassy herbal hop undertones. A great sniffer.

Taste: Medicinal pepper smacks the palate, but then gives way to a light sweet malt. Clovey flavors and herby hop tastes in the middle. Faint banana esters on the finish. Very very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, crisp and oh-so effervescent. Light bodied, gets that cotton candy mouthfeel as the beer warms.

Drinkability: Wow, this stuff kicks ass. Definitely the best of the New Belgium line I've had so far (a lone bottle of La Folie remains to be consumed on a special occasion). I wish I could get more of this stuff. I like it much better than Allagash's Tripel Reserve. One of the best, possibly the best, American tripel I've had.

Thanks to prAna for making this possible.

ManekiNeko, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago
As it jets from the tap a cloudless deep amber to copper color, the head prodigious in size, creamy in texture and the color a light tan with the residual lace a thick and glass sealing sheet. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and fresh, hints of ripe fruit, maybe pineapple; a real swell nose at any rate, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with a middling top. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops forthright and quite pleasant, very dry aftertaste and a great beer in or out of the bottle.

Gusler, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Beers like this usually cost $8 a bottle and come with a cork. Poured a beautiful thick white head that left lace on my glass. Rich golden in color with an ample amount of CO2. Aroma was complex in the depth of the fruity esters combined with a dry maltiness and a good amount of alcohol. Taste is a bit more aggressive than i am used to from a tripel but not so much as to be out of style. Rich fruitiness with a dry maltiness and a hint of spicy hops. Body is light and yet seems to be a bit too light. Very drinkable as the price allows me to have six experiences with this beer for the price of one experience of a moderate belgian beer, plus this one is fresher.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't have much of a head on it. I was under the impression that trippel's were supposed to have a nice big fluffy head on it that left a nice lace on the glass. But oh well, looks aren't everything. The nose is really nice. Nice belgian, estery smell. The taste is quite nice as well. A somewhat subdued flavor, but still belgian, true to form. Nice estery, fruity flavor with just barely a hint of alcohol.

cerevisiaephilus, Oct 03, 2003
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,418 ratings.