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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 980
Hads: 2,781
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.72%
Wants: 93
Gots: 379 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Best by date of 03.29.15.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip on 06.13.14.

A: 2 finger head. See through gold body.

S: Wheat, pear, funk, orange, and white grape.

T: Pear, wheat, funk, and white grape dominate. Cloves and orange are subtle.

M: Crisp and bubbly. Chewy.

O: This was very complex and the alcohol was hidden nicely.

Rating: B-, 80/100.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

This is a pretty accurate take on a Belgian tripel style of beer, and I enjoyed it. If I'm going with a true Belgian from this brewery though, give me an Abbey any day of the week. Maybe I'm not as big a coriander fan, I don't know, but while I didn't dislike this by any means, I liked Abbey a lot more. Different strokes for different folks, I guess, though I'll say it's very nice to have this in a six-pack and available all year long, whereas most similar beers are only packaged in bombers and harder to find. This accessibility is definitely a plus for New Belgium.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%

I bought a sixer of this and I hope it's fantastic.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle complete with roosters, poured into 12 oz fiesta ware glass.

Appearance (4) : White, foamy, fluffy four finger head that seems to linger forever. Transparent mango-honey colored body. Rings of lacing, I'm counting 4. Head stays like a foamy lake. I love the look of this beer.

Smell (4.5) : Fresh orange spice, sugared peach, cinnamon, brown sugar, candied banana, slight musty grain, and a hint of lovely girly notes from the hops. Beautiful.

Taste (4) : A slight funk is followed by some rough cinnamon, apples, a hit of strong booze (ick), but - a finish that is utterly to die for. Banana. Banana. Banana!!!! If anything was killing this beer a little it would be the strong alcohol hit. It detracts from the fruit bliss of this beer and adds a slight astringency to it. The rest of the beer is fantastic.

Mouthfeel (4) : The finish is grand. The mouthfeel is creamy, wet, and smooth. Ends semi-dry.

Overall (4.11) : I am not upset I purchased a six pack of this. I do not like it *quite* as much as Abbey, due to the strong alcohol astringency. It does not ruin the whole beer, however, and I can overlook that small feat to enjoy a beer that is utterly yummy.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

"Gracefully complex with alluring depth, our bottle-conditioned Belgian trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander." Brewed in the style of a Belgian trippel. Available year-round in 12 oz. bottle 6 packs, in occasional variety packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served above 52 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a creamy frothed ecru white head over a orange amber body with high clarity, fine flecked sediment and plentiful assertive carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and streaked. The aroma is chock full of banana and clove with a moderate wheat and biscuit malt base, and a very subtle spicy note of coriander seed in the background. The flavor is more balanced with a moderate wheat malt and pale syrup base, moderate banana and clove and a touch of coriander on the finish. The texture is slick, smooth and with a moderate spritely carbonation, the mouthfeel is silky crisp. The balance is slightly sweet over spiced bitter. Alcohol presence is low, off characters are minimal. As far as the trippel ale goes, this beer is fairly easy drinking with a low alcohol presence, soft wheat and pale syrup malt base and a tame yeast and spice profile. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%

(enjoy by 28 Jun 2015 - carefully poured into a balloon)

A: damn crystal clear, cheesy gold color... very attractive 2-finger width messy off-white foam... drapes of thin, webby lace to and fro... shows some legs, which seems strange... 4.25

S: smells like a trappist tripel - I wanna say Westmalle... fresh-baked cracker, moderately toasty granola, wonderful mellow spicy phenolics, miniscule fusel booze... a touch flowery, not a ton of overt fruitiness... overall, fine intensity, first-class American-made tripel character... 4.25

T: assertive interplay between toasted and mildly-caramelized, woody malt notes and spicy yeast character - mild black pepper, bubblegum, mild clove... shouts it out loud on the palate... the malt truly comes across like a honey-kissed, whole-grain hors d'oeuvre cracker... lingering, moderately sweetish tone midway though quite, but not bone dry finish... almost pedio/lactic edge to the bitterness... the coriander doesn't really sing like it does in Tripel Karmeliet... alcohol very well hidden... 4.25

M: almost but not quite medium-bodied up front, with a gentle viscosity in the follow through... certainly dry, quiet, but curiously silky finish.. stealth alcohol - no heat, no burn - rinses the tension away... 4.5

O: now that I think of it, this tastes very much like Golden Monkey with a touch more depth and hardness in flavor... it's a very enjoyable beer and I could see grabbing a six-pack once or twice a year - if they sold it in my state!... 4.27?

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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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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.