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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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2,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,632
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 74
Gots: 273 | FT: 2
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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: 2,632 | Reviews: 967
Photo of bosco7
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden beer with nice frothy head that dissipates to a thin blanket of microscopic bubbles.

Banana, apple, biscuit malt, and clovey aromatics.

Starts sweet and fruity; banana, apple, pear, and green raisin. It then moves into maltier flavors including biscuit, caramel malt, and bread. Finishes really dry and spicy.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with lots of carbonation that massages the tongue. Well attenuated.

This beer will always have a warm spot in my heart because it was my introduction to Belgian brews and still is very satisfying.

Photo of david131
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer on a bike trip out in Idaho and managed to get a few bottles back in my checked luggage.

A- Pours a perfectly clear slightly golden liquid. A thick very light looking head forms but quickly settles to a spotty thin covering. A couple small streams of carbonation maintain a little bit of head. Overall, it looks kind of like a lightly carbonated apple juice.

S- Belgian yeast and light fruit. Nothing all that different here, but that's not a bad thing, this is spot on. Not much spiciness to the aroma either.

T- Good flavor. Again, nothing is really wowing me, but it is light and tasty. The booze is really well hidden in this for how light and thin this is.

M- Very light on the palate, but not foamy. A tad drying on the finish.

D- This is a very good warm weather beer. A pleasure to drink and a good way to get your Belgian fix if you are looking for something lighter. Also, this was a pretty good bang for my buck- $8.50 a 6 pack for a 8.5% beer, not too shabby.

Photo of Risser09
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle Poured Into A Snifter - Best Dy Feb. 1st 2008

Appearance: Golden orange beer with plenty of white head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. Mildly translucent, but still lets the light pass on through. White head comes to about an inch and leaves a tad bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Alcohol, spice, banana, pear, apple. Belgian yeast and lots of liveliness.

Taste: Apple, unripe strawberry, and some maltiness. no real hop bitterness to speak of. Ample complexity but not quite that of an authentic belgian beer.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation and a slight alcohol bite. Smoothe and dry.

Drinkability: This is an above average tripel but does not exceed standards tremendously. Would be nice with some fresh summer herbs out of the garden on a bruschetta or a tomato napolean with pesto drizzle.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium chalice. A crystal clear, golden bronze hue beer with a dense, creamy, stark white head. Carbonation is there but is very subtle. White, foamy lace around the top of the beer as it is consumed.

Aroma is spicy phenolic and slightly sweet. Not as sweet smelling compared to the NB Dubbel. Coriander, cloves, and fresh ground pepper.

Certainly spicy in the flavor. Sweetness is overpowering but is noticeable and becomes cloying as the beer warms. Slight hints of fruits such as strawberry, but overall, spicy and minimal fruity esters.

A decent beer. In my opinion, not as tastey as the Dubbell, but a decent beer. Maybe too much carbonation and cloying. ABV seems pretty well hidden in the taste but there is a definte warming effect as my ears and cheeks are now a rose' color.

Photo of ruleof72
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I were visiting family in our old hometown of Ft Collins and I had to have some of the New Belgium beers I can't get back east. The trippel was the first one...This is a tasty trippel. A nice creamy white head on top of a golden colored beer was a good start. The smell was classic trippel with a slightly sweet overtone. The taste was right in line with the typical belgian yeast flavor followed by a slightly sweet citrus. Carbonation was good and mouthfeel was right on with a medium body. This is a highly drinkable beer.

Photo of clickpush
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Two finger white head over dull golden brew. A few bubble trails in the glass. Head descends rather quickly, having in size in about 20 seconds. No webbing remains, though some lacing and a significant halo.

Nose: Tons of fruity esters, tart Belgian yeast aroma. Something nutty as well, almost like popcorn. Grapes, peaches, peppercorns. Not overwhelmingly strong, but enough to get the hint.

Mouth: Enters mostly tart and fruity, but the nut flavor is still lingering. Flavors aren't really held together very well, a sweet yet tart fruit flavor finishes a bit too sweet. Almost like buttered popcorn. No depth really, everything is right up front. Gets quite warm for something that, on the bottle at least, is listed at 7.8%. Not my favorite example of the style. Peaches, cream, pepper corns. Mouthfeel is nice and sparkly. Have a 6 pack, it won't be a chore to finish, but I'd trade it for a 750 of a Belgian trippel if i could.

Photo of TPSReports
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this golden brew on tap at the brewery in Ft. Collins. It was poured into a four once stemmed glass, and by the time it made it to the table the beer was very clear and straw-yellowish in color. Light bubbles and little head remained.

Very light in the smell department, setting me up for what I thought would be a great offerring.

Well, I was dissappointed. The beer had a bit of a bite to it, with alcohol overtones. It was lightly hopped with weak yeast undercurrents. The medium carbonation was not over or underwhelming.

The finish was bitter and lingered. I didn't finish the four ounce pour.

I guess it's drinkable, but with so many better options available, why bother.


Photo of DaveFL1976
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The following are my notes from my visit to the brewhouse:

smell is full-- sweet, tangy. A bit of a hoppy aroma on the nose.
taste is banana and cloves on the front end. Sweet with a bit of tartness at the end. But still pretty smooth.
Apperaance is a light honey colour -- crystal clear with a fluffy head and light lacing. It's almost like a Victory Golden Monkey -- but not quite as tasty. It needs a bit more rounding out. This could either be due to yeast, temp, or time. I dunno.

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

A - An extremely clear golden brew with generous lace left clinging after a full white head has crested and fallen.

S - A pungent earthy aroma with a nutty woody scent and a sugary candy essence teams with peppery tinges

M - Lively, full and dry, spicy aromas - lightly buttery feel and more dry herbal qualities round out the texture

T - A nutty sweet and dry Tripel, oaky woodiness and ginger crisp spiciness are dominant in the initial tastes. The fruity apple and melon is downplayed by the sugary dry tastes.

D - A noticeably strong and dry ale, spicy, yet smooth and light for the style. A good american interpetation - light and potent, nutty smooth and peppery.

Photo of Night
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear gold with strong blonde tones. Big, foamy, bubbly, white head; dies down at a medium pace leaving a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is light and fruity (banana) with some sweet doughy notes. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and tingly – very drinkable. Flavor matches aroma: banana, esters, and floral hints, all backed by a balance of sweet bread / cookie malts and gentle hops. Strongly accented by spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, cilantro. Finish is spicy and a touch sour; aftertaste is clean and sweet.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel goblet, filling the top half with thick, bubbling foam. Body was a hazy, golden amber. Good balance between the two. Nice presentation.
Smells like a tripel; rich yeast, some light citrus and lemon zest, light spice and corriander. Some toasted biscuit is picked up as well.
The taste didn't sit well with me for some reason. The toasted biscuit turned into a burnt hair taste (like when someone is blow-drying their hair and singes some...yuk). It's subtle but present. Didn't like that. Completely overpowered the yeast and citrus.
A bit of creaminess combined with the hair thing, and I couldn't drink the last 1/8 of it.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. The color was bright yellow and oh so clear. There was a short white head on top. The smell was really strong and was banana-like and estery. The taste followed suit with banana and spice. This beer was very easy to drink despite the 7.8% alcohol listed on the bottle. Good stuff and much better than I remembered.

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

The last of the 4 samples I had at the brewery.

Poured a golden hue with a nice thick head. The head was gone by the time I got around to drinking the beer. Smells of slight fruit, spice, and some floral aromas. A little banana flavor with flower petals, spice, a little fruit and some yeast. Warming alcohol presence. Not as candy as some other Belgians but this one certainly has a lot of flavor. Refreshing after the long finish. A good beer.

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

NOTE: My 12 oz. bottle clearly states 7.8% ABV on the label, and Best Before 01Feb08.
Poured in my St. Feuillien goblet, the Trippel is a hazy golden orange - no decanting that yeast, swirl it up! It had a tall, pillowy white head, which subsided fairly quickly to a thick skim leaving nice clingy, bubbly lace.
The aroma is pretty strong, a nice candi sweetness and hefty spice, more yeast than adjuncts me thinks, although I wouldn't doubt there's corriander and bitter orange peel. Also a bit of pils malt, a nip of booze, and a nice hit from the noble hops, spicey!
The taste keeps it spicy, but is tempered by a soft, sweet malt backbone, and a nice dose of honey, sweetening as it warms. The finish is pretty clean and moderately bitter This is really quite good, but maybe not most complex tripel out there, even served just under cellar temperature, and I'd prefer it a bit more attenuated. Maybe the 8.5% ABV listed was the original recipe, and they've cut the candi sugar for the 7.8% it is now - if so, I'd say bad call, but I've only had these two bottles, so I can't really compare.
The mouthfeel is not bad, starts with a nice effervescence and had a medium body, but could be lighter.
This is relatively drinkable, in that it's pretty tasty and doesn't beat up the palate. Still, it boarders on cloying and is only moderately interesting. I'm not really sure if this would past the blind "American or Belgian" tripel test - I think it's right on the boarder, which in itself indicates success, but leaves room for improvement. I preferred New Belgium's Dubbel, although this doesn't surprise me, as darks are more easily executed. 4's across the board, I think that says it all, 'good'.

Photo of smcreator
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me a lot of New Belgium Abbey, but with a more bitter taste.

A: Soft golden color with a beautiful head (don't poor too quickly, it wants to add head on itself).

S: Wonderful. Very complex mix of sweet and bitter.

T: Like I said, it reminds me of Abbey, but not as sweet overall.

M: Very smooth on tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is still a little sweet overall. I could drink 3 or or so in a row but that would probably be it for the night especially since it is 8.5% ABV.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful bright sunset orange with a large frothy, foamy bright white head that maintains to form throughout--nice first impression. The nose follows with a nasal-cleansing blast of fresh oranges, rose and apple peel, traces of Belgium spices and yeast and later some fresh malts. Crisp floral hops are noted up front, quick tastings of yeast, spicy hops and loads of coriander. Medium bodied and the same amount of bitterness. Sweet malts come through with a cotton candy felt palate. Crisp, sharp (Saaz?) hops towards the end with a more than satisfying mouthfeel. Alcohol is concealed, but certainly adds to the offering here! A great tripel--highly drinkable.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The tripel is a pale orange color, closer to a dark yellow, with a thick head (3 fingers) on pour that recedes quickly and leaves no trail that it ever existed.

S: The nose is spicy sweet, with some candi sugar, honey and anise floating around.

T: The candi sugars add a very distinct, sweet caramelized flavor to the ale, creating a sweetness that nicely transitions to a honey profile. The sweetness finishes long, masking a fairly thin malt body in its intensity. As the sweet profile fades away, a slightly sharp pepper flavor wraps the taste up nicely.

M: The spice profile is sweet without being too sweet, it makes for a pleasing drink.

D: The higher alcohol is well hidden in the lush sweetness, this is a fair representative of the style.

Photo of jtslay
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was the hoppiness. This is very evident in the smell and the taste. Apart from the hoppiness, I really didn't believe the bottle when I read that It was 8.5% ABV. This beer is very tasty and crisp. Very clean aftertaste in my opinion.

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

Pours a five finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Flavor begins slightly malty, some honey then some sour notes. Higher ABV is hidden. Best before Nov 2006. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice offering from NBB. Poured into my Abbey glass, formed a nice white head. Amber/copper in color, lots of carbonation bubbles, fairly clear, except for the floaty bits of yeast, which i enjoy, floating around in the glass. Smells slightly fruity perhaps a bit lemony. Tastes a bit sour, not terribly bitter, which is characteristic of belgian style ales. Very full in body, but also very easy to drink.

Photo of blitz134
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow body with a slight golden hue to it. Nice light 1" white head on the pour, reduced down slowly. Lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface. I left the yeast in the bottle so the pour was nice and clear. A little lacing is left on the glass.

Nice aroma. Light straw and some lemon and pear aromas come out. A touch of pepper and corriander. Belgian yeast comes out to finish it out. Pretty typical of the style with no apparent faults.

Straw with some slight graininess forms the malting for this one. Belgian yeast comes out and compliments this well. Flavor lacks some of the fruit the aromas hinted at. Finish is grassy hops with the slightest flicker of bitterness. Pretty good flavor, not super complex and lacks that spicy element I associate with the style. On the upside though, no signs of the alcohol level and nothing that totally turns me off to this one.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium bodied but a little overly carbonated. Flavor coats the mouthwell but the prickly carbonation beats it away.

Okay drinkability. A good example of an American produced Triple and another solid offering from New Belgium. Easy enough to put down.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this trippel lifts a huge white rocky head above its hazy yellow body, was surprised, the head faded quickly, well quickly for a belgian

S - a yeasty aroma dominates, with a some lemon zest scattered throughout, a slight swirl creates a distinct bubble gum aroma as well

T - the yeastiness is extant in the flavor as well, complimented by grassy and mellow hoppy flavors in the background

M&D - smooth and slightly tart, medium bodied, a decent trippel, among the better american versions of a belgian trippel, well done

Photo of wcudwight
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with orange hues. Nice lasting bubbly head that rises and holds at a finger thick. Lot's of carbonation. Fine sediment floats around and I left most of it in the bottom of the bottle.
Smells musty yeasty and bready.
Grainy body in the flavor with some apple and green tea flavors mixed in. Alcohol is noticable in the finish. Herbal aftertaste.
Lot's of carbonation in the mouthfeel. It bubbles in your mouth.
Finished the bottle but that's all I want. I may drink this again if it were offered to me but certainly not one I'm searching for. There are just a lot of better beers readily available for the style to want this one.

Photo of Gatch
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A light amber hue to it, but looks most like a cider or apple juice. Really thick, creamy ivory white head.
S - Some light fruits, but smells like a Budweiser mostly.
T - The nose tricks you, making you think this brew is going to be a disappointment, but that isn't true at all. The fruits come out and so does some candy-like syrup. A light sweetness, but something not right about it.
M - A nice maltiness on the palate, but otherwise limited.
D - A little too carbonated and sweet to be drinkable. It's lacking somewhere, I can't really figure it out, but it doesn't seem to be there. This beer isn't what I thought it was going to be. I don't think I've had a Trippel before, but it doesn't seem to represent the style I expected.

Photo of instrumentality
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first started exploring Belgian brews, I found quadrupels and dubbels to be my preferences with trippels being drinkable but nothing memorable. After some time had passed and I had pounded my palate with sweet quadrupels and dubbels, I began to grow tired of the sweetness and the trippels became an appealing alternative. This is not my first New Belgium Trippel, so I already expect to enjoy this beer, but I've yet to review one.

I chilled this brew to about 45 degrees and poured it into my standard Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass.

The liquid has a cloudy, deep golden body of an unfiltered apple cider. Its creamy white head descends from a finger width to a thick halo that sticks to the edges of the glass and encircles a milky white lace. From the surface, the golden liquid is only visible through the occasional bubble.

The odor is a refreshingly crisp mix of yeast, golden apple, malt, and a hint of phenols.

The flavor, too, is crisp and refreshing, primarily a mix of yeast, malt, and biscuit with subtle, complimentary hints of sweetness, nuttiness (pine nuts?), and a phenolic band-aid quality. The sweetness reminds me of golden apple or pear, but is too subtle for either of those to accurately describe it - the closest flavor I can conjure in my memory would be jicama. The alcohol is noticeable but remarkably smooth for 7.8% ABV. There is a slight burn going in but it melts away quickly, leaving a mild but lingering aftertaste primarily of malt and phenols.

Ironically, the example that has renewed my interest in a predominantly Beglian style was brewed in Colorado. I now feel compelled to try new tripels and retry ones I've had before. New Belgium's offering is highly drinkable and refreshing, yet has enough complexity and intensity to be satisfying on its own. I've yet to have a New Belgium beer I didn't like (although I hear their Saison is horrendous), and this is definitely one of my favorites, if not my favorite.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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