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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

2,459 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,459
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 184 | 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 nogoodreason
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's gold, not straw but gold, and it's clear. No chill haze, no cloudiness, you can see your fingerprints on the other side of the glass. Atop the beer rests a poofy, stubborn head that doesn't disipate, it refuses to go away.

When you smell it, it greets your nose with turbinado sugar, tempered with some light floral overtones and even more slight savory baking spices.

It's creamy and full in the mouth, and it teases your tongue with some spicyness, some fruit that I can't pin down... maybe apricots something sweet and basic, not overwhelming, whatever the fruit it's faint and surrounded with this gorgeuous liquid shortbread maltiness. When it's gone, it leaves behind that sunny shortbread taste for a while... you're bound to drink more. Really beautiful.

nogoodreason, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy golden yellow colored beer with medium head and above standard retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some subtle spice also perceptible. Taste is a bit too sweet with too much candi sugar, which ends up covering most of the wheat. Spices are good but too subtle and again probably covered by the candi sugar. Carbonation is a bit low but body is above average. Alcohol is not discernable which is a great plus at 8%. Overall, there is too much candi sugar for my liking in this one.

Phyl21ca, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of Doppel07
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body and soft sudsy head. Strong and pleasing esters. Bubble gum, bananas, green apples, and citrus. Nice yeasty complexity. Well-integrated bitter fruit peel and grassy hop finish. A very nice Belgian Trippel. This beer has gained points with me as I gained experience and sampled repeatedly through time.

Doppel07, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium yellow color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. There is no lacing at all. The smell is sweet and malty, with honey, lemon, and white grape. A fairly strong aroma as well. The taste is slightly sweet at first, with more of the white grape and honey coming through. It has a dry malty finish. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and smooth. The drinkability is good for an 8.5% brew. Another nice one from New Belgium.

SheepNutz, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of trancefishy
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one pours a nice hazy amber, lots of carbonation bubbles pushing the sediment around. the head is decent and lasts seems to stick around. the smell is immediately sweet with noticeable spiciness, and i almost smell a bit of caramel. taste is sweet at first and finishes a bit tart. there are some melons in there, and the spices are in the flavour as well as the aroma. mouthfeel is bubbly and and goes down without dragging along your throat too badly. there is a yeastish aftertaste that isn't exactly welcome, but doesn't detract from the overall experience either. pretty drinkable, but i usually find one plenty. a pretty good domestic trippel at an affordable price. worth trying if you find it.

trancefishy, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably the best tasting tripel I've ever had. Pours a nice off cloudy orange/gold with an off white head that is 2 inches thick and is very potent. Lacing is incredible, will foam down the glass after every drink. The smell is very fruity, melons wet the nose and a nice raspberry hop kick brings up the end. The taste has a nice blend of yeast and sweet malt upfront. Slight caramel taste. The hop bitterness is perfect, you get the pucker then the nice blend of peach taste. Honey is also detected. Feels medium bodied and refreshing, a very drinkable tripel, the 8.5% is very hidden. Top notch.

beertaster13, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have to agree with (most of) the previous review. Pretty good stuff for the price -- a mere $1.25 per 12 ounce bottle at Wilburs Wine & Spirits in Fort Collins, CO.

Beautiful pour with a hefty long-standing head, and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice smell of nuts and yeast.

It looks so clear and liight, that the real powerhouse taste and mouth feel is somewhat of a surprse. Has that yeast-malt roundness that makes you know you've got a live beer in your mouth.

The hearty ABV is well-masked -- if I hadn't read the bottle I wouldn't have guessed it was 8.5%!

Overall, a very drinkable brew, though this style is not my favorite.

ColoradoBobs, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best buy date clearly printed on label.

Pale - slightly orange - shade of gold. Tiny bubbles, topped by a creamy looking white head.

Fresh nose of saaz hops, somewhat herbal, along with underlying hints of fruit.

Subtle hints of tropical fruit, an omnipresent herbal / spice quality, & a dry finish that warms the throat a tiny bit. Medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation.

xgrigorix, May 28, 2004
Photo of Eyedrinkale
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color with almost a surprisingly tiny head. Has a yeasty and spicy aroma. Taste is first sweet bananas followed with mellow cloves. A bit dissapointed, as I have been holding out drinking what I thought would be NB’s best beer, but still good. I would have liked a bit more carbonation and a bit less sweetness. At least it’s 8.5, which doesn’t make it coat my tongue.

Eyedrinkale, May 24, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Trippel poured a deep golden color with a nice lacing head.

The smell was amazingly complex. It was very spicy. Had some yeasty tones to it, a very strong presence of corriander and some what earthy. I think I smelled this beer for 2-3 minutes before I had a sip.
The taste was also very deep. At first very spicy. Then a spike of floral tones as I inhaled that finished off sort of dry.
This is a full bodied beer with a huge amount of flavor.

HochFliegen, May 11, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Trippel poured golden yellow. It had a good sized, fluffy, white head that displayed good retention and some lacing.

Its aroma was complex - spicy, yeasty, and earthy, with strong tones of corriander, flowery hops, and some hints of bananas.

The taste was some sweetness initially followed by spicy cloves, yeasty bitterness and some slight fruity notes. It was very smooth and medium bodied.

Overall, a very nice, complex, yet well balanced brew. It was very easy drinking - I didn't notice the alcohol at all.

Beaver13, May 07, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer from New Belgium. It is a hit with me and the wife. The color is a dark gold with a large head. There is considerable lacing down the entire glass.

The smell is one of a yeast base with a citrusy overtone. There is an alcohol hint but at 8.5 percent it is not overwhelming. There is a hops bitterness balanced by the citrus sweetness.

It is crisp, clean and palate-cleansing. I loved the beer, but the taste didn't lead me to want a second right away. Since I have almost unlimited time and five more bottles, there's no hurry.

rdrummer, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of halfpgl
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow with a fairly light head compared to other tripp’s. The nose gives you the fruit and spice with hints of yeast. This is a very well balanced beer. The 8.5%Abv goes unnoticed in cold beers but when you serve at the proper temperature the character comes alive! The alcohol comes alive and the brew turns into a true trippel. The beer is crisp on the tongue and goes down clean. Another solid product from our friends at New Belgium. Thanks!

halfpgl, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a darker yellow, leaves a great head with wonderful lacing-hard to believe this is a mass produced beer. Taste is fantastic, some fruit, floral accents, very yummy. Definite yeasty flavor, but not too overpowering. I taste some caramel in there too. High ABV, but masked well. I liked this beer a great deal, and it seems quite accessible and inexpensive, unlike many other Belgian beers.

Trentonator, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty clean overall with only light phenols contributing the slightest, but most pleasant, of spices. No dominant fruit characteristics, but the Trippel does grow in intensity as you near the bottom of the glass. Very reminiscent of a weizen, but more with a general spiciness than clove or coriander. Alcohol's non-existent -- it becomes hard to believe that this is a trippel with the alcohol so well supressed.

New Belgium Trippel is well-conceived and very much to style, but lacks any of the enticing fruit I crave in abbey beers outside of a light melon aftertaste. No pear, no citrus, no honey -- nothing past the yeast, which anyone could buy.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good sized off-white head sits atop this hazed, pale gold beer. Plenty of yeasty lacing as you'd expect.
Lots going on in the aroma. Clove, lemon, yeast, banana, malt. This was my favorite aspect of the beer.

Plenty going on in the taste as well. Yeast, lemon, clove, biscuity pale malt. Solid hop balance keeps this one from being overly sweet like many trippels. Spicey bite really kicks in middle to finish with an alcohol burn stepping it up near the finish.

Good dose of carbonation in the mouthfeel. The yeast helps keep the body at the level it needs to be.
The brash finish knocks down the drinkability just a notch in my book.

Overall, a solid tripel and one of the better ones I've tried. Big thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

PhantomVodoo, Mar 21, 2004
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

686

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
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,459 ratings.