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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: 2,750
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.45%
Wants: 87
Gots: 365 | 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: 2,750
Photo of Eyedrinkale
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of halfpgl
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of Trentonator
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of brewQ
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of ark57
3.87/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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!


overall: 3.95
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle best before 06aug04

Slight lemon and corriander smell to the brew on the pour. Hazy cloudy golden color in the glass (goblet) with a decent off white head. The taste is quite complx upfront with corriander, banana, and pineapple. Then the brew smooths with a dry malt back of the tongue in the finish. Medium to thickish coating mouth. Very pleasant and drinkable. I like how this brew is complex in taste upfront.. but the finish leaves you with a coating regal dry malty wanting for more feeling.... very well balenced and tasting for the ABV.

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Photo of RootedFool
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Pours a cross between honey and amber with a subdued white head that left generous clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of dense malts, bananas, sugar cookies, and maraschino cherries. Quite lovely.

Taste comes through straight away with bright, sharp malts that rapidly transition into a lingering hop bitterness and alcohol warmth.

The taste is very, how to put it, *fast* in its movement -- a flash of malts and then the bitterness. It doesn't stick around for long.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky.

A very enjoyable beer, although it felt off balance.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very orange-peach colored with some suspended sediment and a thin, whitish head and relatively strong carbonation. Bubbling up from the brew is an aroma of yeast and sweet, candied fruits--perhaps apricot? The flavor is round and yeasty, with significant wheat influence and soft, light fruit sweetness, in sheeting layers across my tongue. Alcohol shines through in the finish, and isn't as well hidden as some other brews I've had--but it's not obtrusive.

This is a strong American example of the style, and is very much a typical tripel. It isn't quite as dry in the finish as I would like, but I still enjoyed it tremendously. Not the best, but very, very good.

As an aside, I think it's time to try Allagash Tripel again--my palate has grown up enough to handle the alcohol and reach deeper into the wonderful characteristics of Tripels, and I have a feeling I was a bit blind in my first review.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a "best before" date of 21 Aug 04 on the label. Had a slightly hazy golden color with some particulate matter and no head and minimal carbonation. Only a thin white ring came anywhere near a head. Uh oh, this doesn't bode well...
Fortunately, the smell and taste of this beer bolstered my dubious first impression. The smell had a lightly yeast-laced fruitiness (think peaches) over which dominated a spicy, peppery aroma and some floral hops. The taste had some spiciness and a light citrus and fruit flavor. The finish had a mildly astringent (and faintly metallic) bite to it that kind of spoiled what started out as pretty promising. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth, and a bit slick (probably due to the missing effervescence) and just not very lively.
All in all, I found this tripel to be lacking all the pieces to make it a truly outstanding brew. In fact, I found it to be quite unremarkable. It was hard to believe that a well cared for brew with a death date of late August this year would look so dead already. Sometimes, first impressions are right on.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer enters the glass with a hazy golden color that is adorned with a thin white head. The lace covers the glass in sheets as if the beer wants to stay in the glass.

Pepper and spice dominate the nose with a hint of malt. This is a nice smelling beer.

The strong spice flavors dominate the taste leaving you wanting more. This is a balanced beer that mixes the spice and sweetness perfectly.

The mouthfeel is smooth and easy. Carbonation dances and tickles the tongue as you drink. The finish is nice. I really enjoyed drinking this beer.

There is no hint of the 8.5% alcohol in the drinking. That could be a problem because, too many of these, and you would be out. This was a nice beer and I can't wait to have another. Maybe tonight.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden drop of clouded sun beams with a white effervescent head forms even bands of lacing with each sip very nice. Aroma: The peppery Saaz hops play a role here of adding to the spiciness but the citrus and tropical fruit esters is where it's at in my opinion, smell is great. Taste: Flavor isn't overally sweet which is good there are some bready yeast notes to balance along with some minimal bitterness in the finish a nice trippel that I compare to the likes of St. Bernardus Tripel. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied golden ale with spritzy yet very soft carbonation. Drinkability: Is effortless very tasty flavorful well balanced tripel that is sure to be one of the better American brewed examples.

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Photo of BierReise
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle marked 03SEP04. Poured a cloudy orange with a head that dissapeared quickly. Yeasty aroma that is citrusy and spicy. Nice. Has an outstanding body that is silky smooth and delicate. Flavor is classic Tripel which is fruity and malty, a bit sweet and a spicy finish. This is one of the top American brewed tripels in my opinion.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent trippel. It pours a dark golden colour with a huge head of frothy white foam. Aromas are that of a classic triple. Spicy, boozy, yeasty, malty, hoppy, zesty, magnificent. The taste is a wonderful melange of the classic Belgian triple aromas rolled into one wonderful ball of contradictions. The mouthfeel is lush and creamy and the drinkability is excellent. Whoa! 9%abv, you could have fooled me! One of the best domestic triples available on the west coast...for sure!

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