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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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975 Reviews

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Reviews: 975
Hads: 2,747
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.45%
Wants: 86
Gots: 363 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 975 | Hads: 2,747
Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep clear gold with a nice foamy white head. The head has minor retention but leaves a moderate amount of lacing. The aroma is very reminiscent of banana with just a hint of spice. The taste has the characteristics of a trippel but is somewhat muted by comparison. There isn't a huge amount of fruity esters or spice. They're there, but not prominent. The body has a nice weight on the palate, not too heavy or too watery. This is a good beer, but the market appears to have passed it by.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - thick foamy white head, patchy lacing, golden yellow hue

S - coriander, yeast, peaches

T - peaches, coriander, warming alcohol on the back end, sweet malt

M - crisp, nice on the palette

O - good balanced trippel all around, alcohol is well masking, balanced fruitiness driven by the coriander

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Photo of cafemondegar
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am writing this as I am sipping my favorite beer in the whole wide world. (Which is the same beer I am reviewing, to dispel any doubts there might be).
I have had La Fin du Monde and Chimay White and many other Trippels, not to mention hundreds of other beers but New Belgium's Trippel stands out among them all. You could have one while you're grilling or cooking a Brazilian Bobo de Camarao. The 7.8% ABV is hardly noticable until it hits you.
I am not going to go into the details of appearance, aroma etc etc for this beer. It has had to be had to experience it. It is the Pliny the Elder of Trippels, of all beers in my book.

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Photo of sammy223
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Light hay color, good head little lacing.

Smell: Bold, notes of coriander, yeast, light lavender note, spice notes galore.

Taste: Up front, a bright hop note. Notes of sweetness and coriander, little sour, light pepper tones.

Mouthfeel: Properly carbonated, atypical body for Trippels.

Overall: This is a fine beer. I definitely did not expect this from New Belgium.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden hay body is clear with a bit of fine sediment in suspension. a Decent white head with okay retention and little to no lacing.

Bold and sweet. Blast of spice hits the nose right away along with plenty of Belgian yeast character and esters. Earthy hops. A hint of hay and sweet corn, polished of by coriander and a spot of lavender.

Follows the nose well, with a healthy dose of earthy hops right up front with honey and coriander playing supporting roles. An almost sour yeast ester is present with some light pepper. Finishes with a noticeable amount of alcohol.

A fairly heavy body for the style and moderate carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

A solid beer, although a bit too heavy for style. Great flavor and well worth trying, just don't expect it to be a good companion for a hot day.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a pale orange that's almost yellow topped by a small white head that is quick to fade
S: smells of corriander and fruity esters
T: taste is spicy yeast, corriander, fruity esters, some honey sweetness and cracker malt flavor. swallow is a whirlwind of flavors with more fruity esters, spices, slight alcohol, and pale malt
M: this beer sits at the lighter side of medium with abundant and prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: New Belgium has always done pretty well with the belgian styles and this beer is no exception. this beer has great flavors and solid balance

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Coriander and spices in the smell and taste. Good color. Clear and perfect golden clear. Not much of a fan of trippels yet. Reminds me again of ciders or champagne , dry after taste.No alcohol taste what so ever, which is good. almost has a sticky mouth feel. after a couple sips now I get an alcohol warming sensation. Nothing really Popping out for me though. This beer would be good at a campfire or fireside , sharing it with somebody, maybe your dog or who ever.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear straw color with slightly higher amount of carbonation, two finger head that dissipated quickly and left a thin layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, there was some lacing present.

SMELL: molasses, pears, banana and the Coriander spice really dominates with some Belgian funk.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, it's initially sweet molasses with some spice and funky Belgian bread then some lingering hops, the alcohol 7.8% is perceptible but well disguised.

PALATE: full bodied with higher carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer and reasonably priced, it's not the best I've had for the style but for the price I would not hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a Belgian fan....but this is a solid beer and would recommend it. The beer poured a clear orange with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries typical Belgian flare with coriander spice. The taste is also typical of most Belgians but this is very well balanced with decent spice. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is solid for any Belgian fan.

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Photo of monkbrewed
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly excessive pilsener grain flavor, it dominates both the nose and first sips of this beer. Nose is even slightly skunky, but in the end opens up. It didn't occur to me to use an aerator during the pour, but that may have helped. Stay with this one, it opens up. The malty sweetness prevails in the end. Even close to room temperature, this beer is a drinker. A gentle, complex, balanced beer. Beer was poured in to a Belgian-style beer glass.

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Photo of ale1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

local ABC had this in the cooler, picked up a sixer price was no different then the rest of the Fat Tire ales

poured into a pint glass good.. appears to be natural carbonation, straw color with the malt- coriander nose, hops are a little subdued i would put this in same as Palm ,Duvel category , quite good and will have another. Reminds me of the Monksbrau we have had tripel yes... looks like they put some thought into this one .

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Photo of tomordonez
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The Trippel tastes just like a Duvel. It has a nice golden color. Medium head. High carbonation. Smells a little like nuts and bread and a little floral. It tastes hoppy, some spicy with an orange like flavor. Like the Duvel it is a beer made for the masses. No explosion of Belgian flavors or anything to say “wow” about.

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Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Trippel from New Belgium in their new style 12oz bottle. Dated enjoy by 29Mar15. Beer pours quite pale yellow in color, crystal clear, with lots of bubbles rising towards a white head which rapidly falls. Aroma isn't too impressive, and what's there is sickly sweet. Flavor is a bit better, with a load of coriander up front, and a smooth off-dry Belgian finish. A good bit of Belgian yeast in the middle, too.

Overall Trippel isn't great as a a Tripel, but it is fairly drinkable, and the taste isn't bad at all. On the other hand the aroma, mouthfeel, and color are somewhat lacking. Splitting the decision is the alcohol content, which is listed at 7.8%, but is masked quite well. I give it a solid B-.

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Photo of Billet
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first Trippel and I am impressed. The beer poured nicely with 3/4" long lasting head. It leaves very nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is just wonderful, like sweet cloves. The taste is much like the smell, it starts out sweet with a touch of banana then finishes with a mild spiciness. It is nice to find a beer with a mild sweetness, but not too heavy of a body. I would call this a medium bodied brew. I really enjoyed this one and will definitely be buying some more.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden copper with a frothy ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Pear dominates the aroma, with coriander and bruised apple accenting Belgian yeast must. There's a floral sweetness that counters the lightly bready malt.

Flavor reveals earthy hop character and lightly toasted malt forming the backbone, with soft notes of pear adding complexity. Coriander dominates the aftertaste. The finish is dry, floral, and fairly bitter. Banana esters emerge.

Body is full, with fairly high carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Lacks the light character and is far more bitter than most examples of the style. Not as complex as most. I like the pear character. The esters are nice, just somewhat one-note. More bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Enjoy by 2 Dec 14 stamp on the label.

Appearance: Clear golden to light amber. Very thin white head with persistent thin strands of lacing. Nice color to look at, but not as much foam as I would expect from a Trippel.

Smell: Yeast with a hint of banana on the swirl. Hint of herb and honey.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on here. Pilsner-like malt, fruity Belgian-style esters, herbal leafy hop bitterness, spiciness at the finish along with some sweetness as well. I'm not picking out the coriander but it could be in there with all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, prickly carbonation with a nice thickness under it all - not too light and not watery.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty. Not much in the aroma department, but it more than makes up for this in flavor and drinkability. I wish I had another one right now, or at least a bigger bottle. Dangerously drinkable - higher ABV sneaks up on you. Paired well with Indian food (vegetable Rogan Jhosh) and I suspect it would pair well with other food as well. I'll have to revisit this one again.

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Photo of zimm421
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tulip from a 12 oz bottle. Appears a clear golden yellow with a smaller than expected fluffy white head. The head leaves some good lacing, but doesn't have much staying power.

The nose is full of breadiness, yeast, spices and a bit of lemon. This is what you'd expect here, nothing out of the norm, and nothing that blows you away. The taste leads in with sweet banana and bready malt, followed by a touch of citrus, and then a finish that is overloaded with the spices. This really has three distinct stages, with the first disappearing quickly, followed by a quick spot of citrus, and then the finish. Nothing special, and nothing that blew me away...

The mouthfeel is thicker and less carbonated than other tripels that I enjoy. Just not enough activity on the tongue. Overall, it's a decent tripel, but not something that blew me away. If I'm in the mood, I may reach back out again, but will probably go for others instead.

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Photo of DJLehnherr
2.17/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Deep golden color, very translucent, whisps of a nice white head.

A nice fresh smell, some yeasty scents, but it’s subtle overall. The scents are not overwhelming when compared to other trippel beers. I’m not detecting the coriander.

On the taste, wow, very hoppy. Didn’t expect that. Bitter for a trippel. Very little sweetness. I’m not detecting any citrus or sweet-ish floral tastes that you might associate with a Belgian trippel. Nor any trace of this coriander. 7.8% ABV, so it packs a punch. The complexity might be there, but my taste buds have surrendered to the hops.

This New Belgium beer is unbalanced, to my mind: much too hoppy for a trippel.

P.S. My bottle, purchased in April 2014, has a different label: Under the New Belgium logo, there are three roosters pictured on the label.

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Photo of Foyle
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Schooner Glass
Appearance: 2" off white head recedes slowly and leaves significant lacing. Golden color and slightly cloudy with large amount of carbonation.
Aroma: coriander, clove, fresh yeast rolls, a tinge of alcohol
Mouthfeel: not light, but not quite medium bodied. Watery and highly carbonated with a crisp, dry, refreshing finish.
Flavor: the funky Belgian yeast is always an adventure (one I personally enjoy greatly). The coriander and other spices are evident in the flavor and blend well with the sweet malt backbone and the hop bite.
Overall: outstanding, especially for the price range.

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Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head with good retention

S-pale malt, fruity sweetness spices, citrus, and Belgian yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell, pretty sweet but with a mild hop bitterness in the finish

M-medium body, high carbonation

Overall an easy to drink Tripel, though a little too sweet for my liking

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trippel pours a clear golden color with a nice long lasting lacing head. There is a a rich and spicy aroma, hints of coriander, lots of alcohol. The taste is very crisp, good noticeable amount of spices, hints of orange, good malt backbone. Nice flavors, a tad bit weak. Overall its not as rich as other trippels but has a very nice crisp fruity flavor.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of January 11, 2015 printed on the label. A new beer to me from New Belgium, acquired as part of the spring folly pack. Not a style I am too familiar with, but I am going in with an open mind.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice bright golden amber yellow colored body with lots of bubbles rushing up from the etching at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of thick frothy white head that falls to about a finger. Good fat lacing abound. Looks nice.

S - Smell initially reminds me of a Berliner Weisse beer almost - sour / cheesy / pungent. Yeasty, grainy, & wheaty. The floral coriander / bubblegum aromas are apparent, but they are much more in the background than I would have imagined. Some honeyed bready malt is also noticeable.

T - Taste is similar to the nose - lightly peppery, yeast-derived fruitiness, bubblegum malt, honeyed bread malts, grainy / wheaty, and some lemon & banana. No alcohol is detectable.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Light-bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall, a nice rendition of the style by New Belgium, with a moderate and unnoticeable 7.80%. An approachable take on the style, to be sure, and it has me curious to explore more.

New Belgium Trippel ---4/5.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with an enjoy by date of 1/11/15; into a tulip.
Appearance - golden, clear and bubbly. Thin, white head that leaves a shockingly strong amount of lacing!
Smell - weak floral hops, some spice and some orange and lemon zest.
Taste - there's a surprisingly strong complexity here. Yeast, hops, malts all make an appearance and nothing is overwhelming or underwhelming!
Feel - balanced, refreshing, mild on the palate and very enjoyable!
Overall - I had this once before and enjoyed, though I didn't rate. Admittedly I am rating this after having it on the same day as La Fin Du Monde, so my rating may be skewed. Will try again this Spring.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my FW Imperial Nonic
Notes from 03/06/14

A: Burnished gold body with some super fine clarity. Has a brassy look to it with visibile carbonation. Fluffy white cloud of suds on top with nice hang time and large swaths of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Lots of coriander spice on the nose with some lemon pepper and a touch of banana like esters. There are some traces of a grainy malt underneath all of the yeast and spice. Not bad and seems to be pretty on par with the style.

T: Significant coriander spice flavors with some grainy malt character, banana, and bubblegum. Slightly sweetened with a touch of old world hops that bring in some mild bitterness to the table. There is no real trace of alcohol coming through. Smooth and crisp. Peppery spice and gum reaffirms in the dry finish. Clean, balanced, and quite refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel is light in body with a upper level of spritzy carbonation and a nice drying crisp at the finish. Very clean and crisp overall.

D: This is a rather nice and refreshing Trippel with good balance to it. But it is also somewhat unmemorable. I would think if your brewery is the New Belgium you would want to take extra care on this style to make it special. Just my .02 however.

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Photo of Boozermurfin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells of coriander, banana, banana bread, Belgian yeast comes through.

Taste is a little boring at first. As I progress through the bottle I enjoy the creamy banana and spicyness more and more. Perhaps it's the alcohol talking. A bit alcoholic for sure.

Mouthfeel is thin as expected. A little too thin I feel even for the style, but I'm not complaining.

Overall, hard to get a solid Belgian trippel for the price you can find this at. It's solid, well done and worth trying. I'm sure ill buy again.

But I'd recommend their Abbey Dubbel if you're looking to find a top notch American Belgian.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.