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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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2,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,503
Reviews: 939
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 208 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden with orange hints, a off white head falls fast to a ring with lots of bubbles rising. Some lace clings to my glass.

Aroma is sweet fruity malt, banana, mellons with some nice spice and earthy yeasts.

Taste is lively crisp malt mixed with fruit and noticable alcohol. Finish is lingering spice and earthy yeast. Not a bad brew little too much alcohol for me. Aroma and taste both pick up a little meat after the yeast are added.

Mouthfeel is around medium nice active carbonation, mouthfeel also increases after yeasts are added.

Drinkability is not bad a little too much noticable alcohol for my tastes to be better. Want to thank Dertbert for this sample, just recieved a cellared version which may be better.

mntlover, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The New Belgium Trippel pours from the bottle a nice darker golden orange color with a thin tightly bubbled white head atop the brew. Aromas are a nice mix of light fruit and spice upfront with a yeasty aroma that has notes of pepper, banana and bubblegum. Floral, herbal hops are well integrated to the aroma as well. An interesting aroma that brings you into the brew.

First sip brings a light, clean strudy maltiness that is quickly accompanied by a wave of light fruity flavors...banana, apple and a tasty peppery spiciness. Slightly bready yeastiness throughout with a nice snap of herbal, flowery hoppiness on the way down. Overall a nice interpretation of a tripel that's creamy, fairly sweet and easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel has a nice body and steady carbonation that keeps it lively. There's only a hint of alcohol on the finish. I could see myself having a few of these in a sitting. Easily one of my favorites from the year round New Belgium line. Now if only I could get it in Illinois! Thanks to mentor for the hookup.

orbitalr0x, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours mostly clear with a little bit of the sediment from the bottom that made it in when I poured it...oops! There was about an inch of head at first pour that was made up of small creamy white bubbles. There were quite a few bubbles rising at first that caused a vortex-like action in the bubbles. Even after a minute or so, there are still quite a few bubbles rising to the top to maintain at least a 1/4" head on top of the beer. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass after the head recedes.

Aroma: Considerable hops in the nose. I know that is what you expect with a tripel to a degree, but this is obvious. I would expect more light citrus fruit, where this is a lot more floral than just about any other tripel I have tried. There is quite a bit of bready yeast noticeable in the aroma as the head falls a bit.

Taste: The flavor has the consistency of a tripel, though the actual perception is that of a lighter beer. It doesn't seem light due to candy sugar, but more from a lighter alcohol. I know that this is not the case, as this beer boasts 8.5%. The beer is very well carbonated, but has enough chewyness to keep it from being "spritsy" on the palate. The finish is pretty dry with a very faint alcoholic warming.

Opinion: Well, I am pretty picky about my tripels. I am more partial to the citrus-laden fizzy brutes that make you warm up from the first sip. This beer is really good for one brewed in the USA...and available pretty readily. If I were to buy a tripel, it would probably be St. Bernardus or Westmalle...but at the same time...I would drink this beer again.

SkeeterHawk, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of joedon
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good effort at a tripel. Pretty gold color with a long lasting white head.

Aroma of malt, hops, hay, wet grass etc. Nice complexity.

Powerful taste. Very estery and nice residual sweetness. Has notes of citrus, apricot, as well as malt.

Alcohol evident in the mouth, very chewy feel. Good sipping beer and better as it warms up.

joedon, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy orange with a one finger head at first that dies down pretty quickly but still leaves a light white film over the beer. Smell is spicy and medicinal, in a good way. Lots of fruit in here as well. Taste is more tropical fruit, along with some spiciness - there's definitely some spice added here but I can't put my finger on what it is - it's very tastefully done and subtle. Hop spiciness is there to complement. Definitely some yeasty medicinal aspects to the taste as well, but like in the smell, these don't overpower the other flavors and are actually welcome here. Alcohol is not noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is thicker than the average tripel. Very creamy as well, instead of the spritzy feel I have come to expect from this style. It definitely works here though. Drinkability is off the charts, I couldn't stop sipping this one.

PatYoda, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/06 – so I’m safe! Not too bad of an American attempt at a Tripel. Good citrus yellow with a sticky ivory head, nice! One could get a whiff of the Saaz hops, and Belgium yeasts in the taste – both were a tad weak, however. The fruit and sugar candy came through quite nicely – along with the doughy undertones. Not as malty as I would expect, and there was a bitter/dry finish. Strong carbonation.

Not a bad Tripel, and a domestic at that. Not as rich as I would have expected, but a very decent brew for the price - only $7 for a sixer.

Vancer, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Delirium Tremens chalice. Clear golden color with real thick head. Nice.

Smells like grass and faintly of flowers. Kind of like my front yard but better. Taste is a little bitter, but malty. After-taste is a little more bitter.

Not bad, not my favorite tripel, but for the price it's good. Just gotta start distributing to Ohio...

TurdFurgison, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of waldowin
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin yellow, with a thin white head that fades immediately. Almost no lacing, little visible carbonation, it almost looks like a cider.

Smells of grapefruits, bananas, cloves, oranges, coriander. Very sweet smell.

Crisp, spiced, and mildly dry. A little bit of candy and a lot of grapefruit. Tasty, has a nice *pop* to it.

Mouthfeel is dry, and very carbonated. Slightly slick. Alcohol is very well hidden, just invisible.

With something this carbonated, tart, and dry, I'd imagine one or two would about do it for me for a night. A good refreshing drink though.

waldowin, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of jdm
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a 1 and a half finger head and a light yellow to slightly peachy color. the head lingered at about 3/4 of a finger for several minutes. it has a very inviting aroma that was a bit more subtle than i expected. my nose detected coriander predominantly with some lemon and melon in the background as well as alcohhol especially as the beer warmed in the glass. this offering from new belgium is barely sweet enough for as bitter as it is. the brewers did not fool around in the bittering hops department. the mouthfeel is substantial but the lively carbonation keeps it from being heavy and it goes down quite well. finishes dry and b-i-t-t-e-r. a good beer but does not wow me.

jdm, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of texashammer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the standard 12oz bottle. Pours a pale orange with very little head. Smells of juicy hops, tropical fruit, oranges, bubblegum. I taste juicy fruits (bananas and apricot) and hops. Balance. In the mouth, a slightly hoppy spritz. Medium light body.

texashammer, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color with a modest but lasting off-white head and some nice lacing, a bit of cloudy sediment in the bottom.

The aroma is sweet malt, honey and coriander.

The taste is mild sweet malt, biscuits, honey, white grapes, bananas and coriander, all mild and very well balanced, fairly dry finish.

Medium bodied, very smooth and very drinkable.

Overall, a really nice tripel.

whynot44, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Bcant
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle but into a pint glace (not the best presentation for this style), nice white head with good lacing. Carbonated very well; without excesive gass but enough air to get out the smell and flavor. Aroma is fruity but not syrupy. Graney well balaced flavor witout the yeast tart often found in American Belgium style ales. Round and chewey, you can tell it is strong but would probably not guess 8.5%.

Bcant, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of charlatan
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has freshness date a whopping eight months into the future and claims only 7.8% abv rather than the 8.5% posted here. Thin head covers most of the surface of the beer amber coloured beer which contains many solid particles floating around.

Nose is dominated by a doughy yeast smell and banana esters are evident. Initially this seems to taste rather too yeasty, but a rich fruitiness (sultana?) coupled with honey takes over as the beer warms in both the mouth and the glass. Alcohol is readily apparent, but not in a harsh way at all. This is one of those interesting beers where each sip tastes a little different.

charlatan, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of kgotcher
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful yellow golden color with nice continuous carbonation. Head is creamy but light, nice airy lacings stick on the sides of my glass.

Smell is typical Belgium yeast and malts, bit of banana and pear, reminds me a bit of a wit or saison but richer. Medium creamy body with a very nice mouthfeel. Taste is light on malt but still sweet with a bit of hops bitterness, finishes dry. Hides the achohol pretty well but this is definately a slow drinking beer. Opens up a bit as it warms. Enjoy one soon. . .

kgotcher, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice golden amber with a white frothy head which fell quickly but lasted at the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely spicy and well done with a candy aromatic coupled with a nice slight citrus aspect. The aroma had a slight alcohol present that enhanced the nose.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a spicy flavor. The spice flavor was low and was coupled with a nice earthy character from hops that was slight but present. The candy in the aroma was only slightly present with malt in the flavor and the alcohol was nowhere to be seen.

The finish was dry with a slight spice and slight earthiness into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem just a bit less. The beer was warming considerably at the time of the review which probably enhanced the earthy character and the spice and made it a very well crafted beer with little alcohol present in the flavor and after consumption.

12 ounce bottle, dated 25May06, thanks mentor!

GCBrewingCo, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours quite clear. Golden with copper overtones.

Poured a small head that didn't last. Great lacing.

Nose is very yeasty. Some sweetness and honey. Breadlike and nice.

Nice smooth feel on the palate that bubbles towards the swallow. Somewhat bitter. A bit malty. Taste is a touch metallic.

Fugazme, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After spending a year in London and trying all the best beers that Europe had to offer, I didn’t think that America could ever come close. But I was excited to try New Belgians because of my love of Fat Tire, and I must say that I am impressed.
Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a large head, and takes a long time to settle. The smell is faint, but is like what you would expect with a hint of banana and other fruits. The taste is great, the same with the bananas and fruits with that little peppery kick in the end that I’ve come to love from trippels. Goes down very smooth with little aftertaste, except for a lingering of the effervescing flavor. Recommended to anyone who wants to try a trippel but cant afford the plane ticket!

Toddv29424, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle enjoyed at the proper temperature. Best before 9/17/05 clearly ink jet labeled on the front label.

Pours a dusty copper with streams of carbonation through the brew feeding a tight bubbled white head. Nice retention and better lacing.

Aroma was a very interesting mixture. On the one part, it was spicy and bready, but there was also another aspect that was like overripe pineapple and passion fruit.
Candy and honey lead the way of some malty goodness here. The spices from the aroma come in the middle. ABV only noticeable during exhales. A very faint hop bitterness just barely pokes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel was lighter than expected. Though sugar sweet, it was not cloying and sticky/syrupy. Just enough carbonation to keep it very drinkable.
Drinkable like a bender of an evening at Brewer's Art in Baltimore. Yes, I would have several, but would need a cab ride home that night.

Dithyramb, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one yesterday at the brewery. Appearance is amber with lots of foam and sticky lace. Aroma has apricots, floral notes and fruits. Initial taste is of yeast, malt, crackers, grain, phenolic, and bitter hops. Stays on the tongue for a long finish. Crisp and clean.

palliko, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, nice yeast. Lace, disapearing head that was small to begin with. Fancy aroma. Good balance, tad of fruit and overall sweetness.Suitably carbonated and some cream in medium mouthfeel. High alcohol but still a good transition to Belgian style. No objections to this. Thanks to Tim (IPFreely).

Sammy, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What really has to taken into account with this beer is the value for money. When you take into account that you can often mix a sixer of NB and add a Trippel to the mix for $7.99 then this really has to be seen as a decent Trippel.
Mid gold with a huge head this beer has that yeasty , Belgium smell off the top. The taste has that candy sugar/ saaz fullness that finishes semi sweet. Very drinkable and well balanced this is not as great as Unibroue or Ommegang but like North Coast Pranqster is great value for a Belgian style beer easily available.

canucklehead, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of KoG
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale hazy yellow with some yeast partilces present. nice frothy head that leaves a very nice amount of lacing.

Smell is fruity. Peach, cherry, and yeast with a hint of apple and no alcohol at all. A very pleasing aroma indeed.

Taste is very well balanced. Fruity with a good amount of yeast and biscuit malt to complement. Very nice finish keeps the palate clean but looking for more.

A very tasty brew that is easily rinkable. More affordable than most Belgians and a very good starting point as well as a good staple for those that like the Belgian style.

KoG, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of loren01
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle into a Belgian glass, very transparent light golden color. Very little head observed, however there is a lot of carbonation. Smell is the best part of this beer as far as I'm concerned. The smell is very complex, mostly spicy (cloves, slight hop aroma). I also pick up grapefruit or some other citrus scent. Taste is crisp and full bodied, I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of the tripel but, overall it is a damn good beer.

loren01, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of chrisms86
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent yellow with a thin rim of head wich will linger on either side if the glass. Small bubbles of carbonation are constantly flowing towards the top of the glass.

A very interesting taste. Lots of spices hit your tongue, I can't put my finger on it but it's definately something green like clovers, maybe even mint. With 7.8% ABV I expected to taste much more alcohol than is evident. I was very impressed with the taste of this beer but about halfway through the glass I found it hard to drink.. the spicey taste loses its character. This beer has almost the flavor of mouthwash, you have to drink it right to avoid that. I give it a low score on drinkability because of this. Other than that a great beer, just sip it slowly.

If you look at the price/ABV ratio you're getting a very good beer for cheap. This will definately be a common sight in my fridge.

chrisms86, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head. It fades slowly, leaving very few laces. It smells citrus like. The hop aroma is very present. It smells honey. Also, the yeast aroma is present. It tastes hoppy. Also, slightly spicy. Maybe a slight hint of cloves. I assume it is from the yeast. I also taste the alcohol a little. It has a sweet, but crisp refreshing taste to it. This beer is very carbonated. It might be just a little too carbonated. It is medium bodied. Not very thick. It goes down crisp leaving a hoppy, spicy taste on my palate. This beer might make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is a little high, but that is ok. Although not exactly my style, this is a good beer. Try it if you get the chance.

OStrungT, Jun 02, 2005
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,503 ratings.