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

2,685 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 79
Gots: 323 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 2,685 | Reviews: 985
Photo of Zenvortex
2.01/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.25

Pours too clear for a triple - red lights go off / no real head or lacing worth noting / funk smell - farmhouse maybe / no such luck on taste - more like a third than a triple - big disappointment - way too metallic / decent carbonation but who cares at this point / being a BIG Belgian Abby Triple fan I'd say this is almost laughable & would turn folks off to the thought of a triple - bummer dude

Photo of fuhkyou
2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This swill is going to give trippels a bad name. I didn't like it 10 years ago but decided to try it again since it had the chickens on the 6 pack now, lol.
If a cut rate (cheap ass) candy maker decided to make a trippel flavored bubble gum this is exactly what it would taste like. Has a weird, candied tutti frutti taste to it.
Now I have to drink the other 5 bottles... life can suck at times.
BTW: I F'ing LOVE a quality Belgian Trippel.

Photo of TapDat
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

How this has a better rating than Left Hands St. Vrain is beyond me. Not bad but it doesnt have the smell, alcohol content or taste of higher quality Tripels.

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

This is an interesting Trippel

Photo of djchrismac
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Freaking awesome brew. Totally surprised by everything about this beer.

Photo of jwalaballa
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Certainly more complex as it warms.

Photo of LennyBound
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark orange. Minimal head. Nice bubbles. Nothing terribly special.

Smell: Little to no smell. Perhaps a little spice.

Taste: Interesting coriander aftertaste, however initial taste is pretty bland.

Feel: Quite weak.

Overall: Interesting beer. Quite drinkable. However, there are much better trippels on the market.

Photo of dcmchew
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A not-so-usual clear orange pour, small white head, quick to some poor bubbles here and there.
Smell sets it back on track, big coriander and clove, with some faint funky pinches. An almost bubblegumy fruitiness (apricot, apple, pear, light quince, banana), glazed in honey but also extra some malt sweetness, without being too much.
Mouthful of banana and apricot, sticky sweet with lots of honey and some light caramel. The banana is really strong, kinda sugar coated, not the best kind of sweetness. Apple and pear are pretty low, with a faint acidity that's totally overwhelmed. Some coriander, citrus peel, pepper and clove try to cut off the sweetness, even some mildly funky herbs, but the finish is still syrupy.
Aftertaste has sugars, apple peel, bit of blond fruit, citrus peel, soft spices. Medium body, feels prickly just because of the spicy yeasts, otherwise it's almost flat.
A sweet Belgian-style ale that unfortunately can't hold a candle to the ones back in Europe, not to mention tripels in particular. Too syrupy sweet, overimposed spiciness. I might be too harsh, it's decent, but i expected something.. smarter.

Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a fairly clear light orange. Minimal to no head. A sparse amount of carbonation bubbles rise slowy to the top. I would have liked more head on this beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
A bready, spicy, saison-esqe smell. Some alcohol smell as well as bananas. Overall, a nice smell, the bready/spiciness is nice.

Taste - 4/5
Breadiness and spiciness, bananas, some alcohol, a small amount of hops. Some malty sweetness. Overall, the beer is moderately sweet, and fairly spicy. Not my personal favorite style of taste, but it seems like it pulls it off well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
The beer is very crisp. There is a very light amount of medium-strong intensity carbonation. The beer has a medium-light body.

Overall - 3.75/5
This tasted in between a saison and a tripel. The saison taste is not my favorite (nor is the trippel for that matter), so in terms of my personal taste preferences, this isn't a beer I would often drink. But it seems like a well-made beer, which would be greatly enjoyed by those who love the particular styles involved.

Photo of Das_Reh
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. There was a bit of grain husk in my bottle!

Golden ale with more clarity than most trippels I've had, even after adding the sediment. Smell was of bubblegum, coriander, banana and a hint of vanilla. Taste follows the aroma and was very bubblegum forward. Hop bitterness is very low. Quite sweet.

Overall, a decent trippel, but not quite as good as a true Belgian.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is golden with a thin sticky bright white head. The nose produces tones of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, wheat, grains, smoke and hops.

The flavor is grainy at first, than bubblegum-like sweetness, Apple juice, pear and then ends twangy, yeasts and dry.

Never been a big fan of Trippels but I found this easy to drink and lacking that awful clove.

Photo of CraigP83
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brew with very thin head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising. Not much odor, really need to stick your nose in to get that "trippel" odor. Slight floral taste mixed with belgan wheat , alcohol flavor bites you at the end and then fades into some weird aftertaste. I'm not overly impressed

Photo of Jetlag767
4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you can't be in Belgium, this will work pretty well to fill in that gap.

Photo of pwalkley
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great, accessible tripel, especially if you've never tried a Belgian tripel. It's one of my go-to beers, especially in the summer. Great balance of hop bitterness and Belgian yeast flavor. Nice spiciness from the coriander.

Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with thick rocky offwhite colored head, sheet of thin lace halfway down the glass. Smell: grape, apricot and floral notes, pale malt sweetness and lots of coriander. Taste: sugary malt character, mildly fruity... pear/apple/grape juice blend, again coriander overload, lightly spicy hopping, some peach skin in the finish. Along with spiced sugar cookie this is the lasting impression. Doesn't have the depth of flavor of some others and I could do with a lot less coriander, but this is pretty nice at this abv and price.

Photo of TomKear
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium
Trippel: Ale Brewed with Coriander

A:
Thin head that doesn't dissipate very quickly with a very bright gold color.
Good amount of carbonation. A little cloudy. Looks good.

S:
Smells little sweet and herbal. Maybe a little hint of citrus.

T:
Tastes a lot like it smells. Kind of a sweetness and then a bit of a sour aftertaste.
Doesn't have that bitter part of beer that I don't like. Definitely a more grainy that hoppy taste.

M:
Carbonation is strong. A little on the heavy side but not so heavy I couldn't have another.
Has a thick but not quite chewy feel in the mouth and still goes down smooth.

O:
It fills the mouth but isn't so heavy that it's hard to finish. It takes both my favorite sides I like of a lighter or heavier beer. I also enjoy the sweet herbal/citrus taste. At the end and like the sour aftertaste.

Photo of BirFan
4/5  rDev +5%

This is one of my go-to beers here at the house. Nice fruity aroma, taste of coriander and spice, beautiful golden color. Great finish. Good with all kinds of food. Highly recommended for those who'd like to go beyond Fat Tire but aren't ready to try the saison offerings from NB.

Photo of Bragen
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Great Trippel! Bought in a pick six and I plan to
buy more.

Photo of Myotus
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

That coriander, though.

Photo of Mikedive21
4/5  rDev +5%

For a larger brewer it is very good.

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

One of my favorites, especially in the spring. Golden brown, lots of initial fizz and bubbles which soon disappear. Sweet, orange, grapefruit, oh yes.

Photo of jcance
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Excellent trippel. Usually I feel obligated to stick with the Texas companies, but when I tried New Belgium's trippel I decided I would never go back to Devil's Backbone (my longtime favorite tripel). New Belgium really came up with something good with this ale. It's bright, fairly hoppy (though as always, I could use more hops..lol), has good ABV and sophisticated, non-offensive aftertastes including some flavors I find unique to this brew. Highly recommend this beer. It's well made, has great taste, and packs a punch. No complaints. :)

Photo of fishmanpa
4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a clear yellow with a two finger head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma was light and I couldn't quite place it but coriander as the label suggested was there along with perhaps a bit of banana of all things. The taste was pleasantly different with banana and coriander prevalence along with hops and a sweet aftertaste. Definitely a fridge item when one craves something light, refreshing and different. Careful though, the taste belies the 7.80ABV rating.

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

This was my first trippel, so I'm no expert here. The first taste was very floral and citrusy, then I noticed the alcohol content sink in, and finally the coriander came through. A translucent, golden body sat underneath a small, 1/2 finger white head. Great lacing in my 12 oz glass, and zero floaties in the body. Not an anytime beer, but well worth the experience.

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Not sure about the age of my bottle. The coriander only showed up towards the middle of the beer, and was gone before I got much further. A good beer I'd have again with no objections, but not one I'd choose over many others, either.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.