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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

2,507 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,507
Reviews: 939
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 210 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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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
Photo of 1whiskey
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark golden color and is absolutely crystal clear. A nice 2 inch head holds up for a while, leaving considerable lacing. Smells liike a flower garden, very stong esters here, maybe a tad too sweet for me. First taste confirms the aroma, with strong floral esters and a definate honey taste with some mild clove spice. Subsequent sips, however, reveal a much dryer flavor and a sloght melon rind aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fabulous, crisp carbonation and a light body provide a bubbly treat for your tongue. I really have to congratulate NBB on how well they have hidden the ABV here. This
is as easy to drink as a pilsner in the 4-5 range. All in all, this is a good belgian, and a likely pairing with fresh fruit or as a dessert unto itself. Enjoy.

1whiskey, May 28, 2005
Photo of OatherS
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label has three maidens holding up a glass of beer.

Appearance: Half finger head that does not lace. Golden clear color.

Smell: Sweet musky aroma. Very nice. Subtle.

Taste: Sweet with a slight alcohol taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated slightly with a crisp ending.

Drinkability: A nice tripel. Tastes more mass produced than other belgian tripels I have had. It is a very good intro into the style for people unacustomed to the flavor and alcholic strength.

OatherS, May 20, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured well into the bigger glass. A nice, smooth head that slowly settled into a fine lace on top with foam sticking to the sides but not drying out too quickly. This thing is golden, starting with the color. Very clear with lots of small to medium size bubbles from the carbonation that help keep the foam on top from disappearing.

Honey, hay, nectar. This guy smells like a warm, spring day. Every once in a while I get a whiff of something not quite as sweet, much like their Fat Tire, but it evades me before I can place it and it isn't dominating. Part of the character, for sure. Maybe it is the alcohol.

This guy definitely is not as good if it is too cold. They say to serve it at 44 degrees F. but I think it is better a bit warmer, maybe closer to 50 degrees. The carbonation is felt right away and it adds to the flavor but it is very smooth as it hits your tongue, despite the tingle. It isn't as sweet as it smells and you can tell the abv is higher with this one from the taste you get. But it does have some raw honey in there and some oaky overtones. There is some dry aftertaste which may turn you off but I liked because it wasn't harsh.

A really good Belgian.

misterscooter, May 15, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber-peach-orange body beneath a short head of white foam that holds fairly well and initally leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is fruity, spicy (coriander?), and yeasty with a bit of hay-like/wheat-ish malt and some mild, spicy hops. It's quick in the mouth with a medium body and delicately effervescent carbonation that lets it pass readily. The flavor, however, is more imposing and tends to linger in the finish. It's spicy and hoppy (also spicy, and floral), and along with a solid bitterness, that helps to balance it's sweetish, delicately candyish, lightly citrus-rind like, and grassy/straw-like maltiness. Surprisingly, the alcohol is well-hidden here, as it's seems to stand out a bit in their Abbey (dubbel). Nicely done, and a perfect after dinner beer - or pair it with some Thai food, stinky cheese, or salad with oil and sesame seeds.

NeroFiddled, May 15, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From babydoc via BIF18. Thank you.

Pours a coudy dark orange with minimal head and slight bubbling. Using the New Belgium goblet that babydoc sent also (thanks again...excellent box of goodies.) Nose is honeydew and Belgian yeast. Taste profile matches with carbonation tickling the tongue and a crispy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a little thinning at the finish. A big beer that is incredibly drinkable. I love this brew, probably more so because it is not readily available to me. Tasty.

pentathlete, May 07, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep cider gold, crystal clear, with a thick, creamy, foamy head. Great retention. The Duvel "D" is sending up a steady torrent of tiny bubbles. Very nice, indeed.

Smell: Honey. Some serious yeast (both nice and spicy and dank and pissy) toasted wheat, what seems to be Saaz hops (oh, it's listed on the label, duh) generic fruitiness with a citrusy tartness floating around on top.

Taste: Spiced honey right away. Gets juicy and sweet on the back of the tongue -- apricot, maybe? It finishes a bit wheaty and biscuity. There's some orange rind as well. A spiced lemon cake with an apricot glaze -- sure, why not? The mouthfeel is smooth and quite soft, ahh.

Drinkability: Taste-to-price ratio on my scale rates a glowing "5". Not quite the heft or power of Westmalle's version, but it's quite similar in a lot of ways.

New Belgium really does a great job when they stick to the abbey ale; how about less Fat Tire crap and more Trappist genius?

WetCoaster, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with a small fluffy head. Aromas of strong citrus notes (sour cherries and dark plums) and brown sugar, spicy hops and peppery smells. Tastes strongly of caramelly malt, with a slight warming alcohol and a fragrant hop bite towards the end. Strong, spicy beer. I am impressed. New Belgium makes some of the highest quality beers with the lowest prices around. A winner in my book.

beertastegood, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of imblane
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color in my New Belgium Chalice, along with a nice 2 fingers of sticky froth. Nice lacing is apparent once this settles; looks very appealing in appearance. Smell is melon and rosy alcohol phenols, very nice! Taste is crisp and yeasty from the start; however, not overwhelming. ABV% is very well hidden, the bottle I have says 7.8%ABV, which differs from previous offerrings. The Belgian yeast and Saaz hops come through in the aftertaste and are a nice match. This is a quality step towards the finer Belgian beers which cost substantially more, at a fraction of the price. A truly worthy beer brewed right here in the U.S.A.

imblane, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing beats free beer unexpectedly like this one from Pipe and Pint today,poured a nice golden with a light orange hue with abig fluffy head that left nice lacing down the tulip glass.Very yeasty aroma a little spicey with some banana in there almost a weisse aroma in my mind.Flavors of very sweet pineapple and some over ripe banana,some honey,with a little phenolic smokiness but its faint.A very sold tripel not as good as some Belgian classics but hey I could stand to drink this anytime and it was free.

oberon, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc.
Pours a super-fizzy golden orange with a one finger, somewhat loose white head.
Smell is fruity (pears, and apples) somewhat musty, and a very slight hop (spicy)
Very nice flavor. Fruity, a bit yeasty. Hops are a bit strong, but overall a fine example of the style.

LuckySevens82, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I didn't like this nearly as much as I enjoyed the dubbel. That being said, this beer was definitely not a disappointment, but for some reason I had even higher hopes for this than I did the dubbel, so that could be why I wasn't completely elated by this brew (though it could also be that I just finished a citrusy hop monster that is the Boulder Brewing 'Hazed and Infused'... I'll lean towards the latter)

The smell is slightly malty, but leans more towards the yeasty, estery side. The familiar banana peel/clove flavor that I loved from the dubbel, but less dominant because of the extra malts in the trippel. The flavor led me to no different conclusions than the smell. The alcohol content is obviously bigger in this brew [compared to dubbel], but for a 1.5% ABV increase, it doesn't seem like much. The higher malt bill just makes the beverage that much more sweet and biscuity and that much less drinkable on top of the higher ABV. On top of that, the flavors seemed to blend together much better in the dubbel for a more rounded beverage.

Try this if you haven't had it, but I would recommend the New Belgium Abbey Style Dubbel over this any day, if you hadn't already deduced that fact from my review. I don't usually like to compare apples to oranges, or dubbels to trippels, but I really couldn't help it in this instance, as they were so similar, but yet one was so much better, IMO.

neonbrown82, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber, pure white head, very stubborn pure white lacing. The middle name of this beer is floaties.
Aroma: Apples, melons and peaches.
Taste: Sugary, fluffy (all the yeast), crisp, light malt. Nice bitterness. Slightly sour. Alcohol noticiable.
Mouthfeel: Harsh huskyness on the mouthfeel.

Naerhu, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best bbefore 12 aug 05.
Pours a golden orangy yellow, with a thick, creamy, off-white head.
lace coats the glass in a thin slick sheet.
Aroma is yeasty, fruity, over-ripe bananas, lemon.
flavor is lemony and sweet.
clean lemony finish.
One of the better beers from NB

Padron4KM, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of danadeny
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighly cloudy, dull yellow body. Nice head, the bubbly body and head last untill the beer is gone. Smells malty, slight freshness, no hops. Tastes malty throughout, little hops, tart and spicy. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and bubbly. Drinkability is good, but overall it's not my favorite tripple, too heavy on the malt.

danadeny, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the review that will grant me a stupid empty mug picture, so i wanted to do something special. chose this.. my favorite style and a bottle i've been trying to get a hold of for a while.

initial pour yields no head, pours an attractive yellow-gold color with constant carbonation in the body and a slight ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass.

aroma is beautiful.. very nutty and oaky. in a blind test, i'd have called this a barleywine based on the nose. no signs of yeastiness whatsoever, anxious to taste it.. here goes.

wow! hoppier and drier than a normal tripel, with a completely different flavor profile from a tripel karmeliet, la rulles, etc. however, there is something in the maltiness.. the phenols.. that allow this to stick in the category. it expands the idea of a tripel like dulle teve does.

if i could start an 'american tripel' category, i would and i'd throw this in there. wish i had the other 5 (3?) that came in the pack. i'd drink them shits up right now, yo.

goodbyeohio, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

49.5F.
2 finger foam, fizz, fizzle, collar.
Aroma is a bit woolly, like a woollie rolling in lavendar and alfalfa and clover.
It's a bit like frenching a dog, no offense to the three graces shaking their jigglies on the label. Tripel dry and a bit sandpapery, but the hops tickle. Gingery, peppery, lemony. Tripely tickley. Lovely. Has this dried out in recent years? Dried lemon zest. Some horse barn dust. Delicious. Nasturtiums. Buckwheat honey.

gbontrag, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took the opportunity to pour this into one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Fairly clear golden color with an ample head. A stream of tiny bubbles roll up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy hop aroma, along with lots of phenols. Fruity esters linger around the back (banana? apricot?)

Taste: Floral hop flavor is immediately noticible, with peppery phenols and light, bread-like malt. Fruitiness is less present than in the aroma, but a pleasant moderate bitterness rounds it out nicely. Finishes dry but lingering.

Creamy texture, and a light body given the strength (appropriate for the style).

With only one or two exceptions, New Belgium's lineup is top notch, and this is a very nice Tripel. I wish they'd bottle in 750ml's too.

allengarvin, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, for a New Belgium. Most of their offerings don't impress me, and this is no exception. Poured a orange-tinted gold color into my Duvel tulip glass, with a small, quickly forgotton white head.

Smells have hints of hops and citrus, with the yeast undertones, but not as much as a trippel should have, in my opinion. A bit of a very light bread odour. - like a white french loaf. Taste is rather blah, for a trippel. Hints of light fruit and french bread. As it warms, it becomes more complex, with the Saaz hops coming through, and more complex fruit tastes appearing. Better than the other New Belgium offerings that I've experienced.

With all New Belgium offerings, though, I can't help but feel like there is an artificialness in the beer. It's almost as if they give it some coloring and a bit of flavor. The mouthfeel on this beer is just peppery enough to be enjoyable for me. And, they're very drinkable at 7.8% abv. with such a light body.

kosmoraios, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of rastaman
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Once again from new Belgium a beer with a distinct lack of guts, especially for a trippel, having said that, i guess its pretty soft and a approachable, and in general theres nothing wrong with it, its just not very interesting. Maybe thats what they intended, but i was looking for a bit more.

rastaman, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dandelion with a puffy stack of white.
Nose of bread and flour, topped with coriander and lemony, grassy Saaz notes.
Begins dry with a crackery pils malt base. It expands towards a breadiness- mostly sourdough, mixed with some plain white bread elements. Light fruitiness arises through orange rind, pineapple and lime juice. Turns hay-like late, with perks of coriander and white pepper spiciness seguing into a large, lemongrass Saaz finale.
The body carries some heft, but it's not felt through the airy nature. Texturally, this is one of the most authentic feeling US renditions. Too many tend towards candy sugar barleywines. Not this.
While not the most dynamic version, this has a swagger and real-deal lean that makes it worthwhile. Wish I had another bottle. Saaz lovers take note.

cokes, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a slightly chilled bottle (50 degrees) into a goblet glass...

Look: Honey or butterscotch in color w/ a cloudy look thru the glass. Leaving a 3 cm head on the pour, which was foamy w/ nice cascading and lots of "crazy" lacing on my glass.

Smell: Fruits mainly w/ nutmeg spice. Fruits consist of white grapes or sour plums. No real hop aroma, but a slight alcohol tingle in my nose!

Taste: On the sip, this reminded me alot of spiced pears w/ slightly bitter hops and hints of caramel throughout. The nutmeg was very aparent in the beer and some slight alcohol burn finished up the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tingly carbonation that starts at the sip on the tip of my tongue and follows my palete to the swallow leaving a slight alcohol burn on the finish. This seems to be a thin-medium bodied brew based on mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability: well, although the feel was a bit "off" for me, the appearance, smell, and taste warrent a try at this beer. I'd like another please!

Fish113d, Jan 29, 2005
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,507 ratings.