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Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 992 | Ratings: 2,903
Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive orange color with a moderate head. The aroma has an orange (corriander?) feel with a small hoppiness. Slightly earthy. The flavor is much like the aroma. Some orange and yeast spices, finishes with a bitter hop. This is a pretty good beer, but it's really missing something for a tripel. Might be better as a dubbel.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pours a clear peachy orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. The nose is nice with an orange presence. There is a bit of an alcohol presence in there with the orange and sweet malts. The saaz hops come through in the finish. The feel is moderately thick. Drinkability is pretty good on this as well. I like it.

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Photo of babydoc
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, forming a dense off-white head that fades slowly, gone by the last of the glass. Sampled from a pint glass, not the recommended chalice- maybe that's why I wasn't as impressed with the nose- which was subtle fruits (cantaloupe?), malt and a touch of yeast.
There is a fine curtain of tiny bubbles throughout, evident on the tougue and mouth as a light effervescant carbonation- no bite to it. Tastes of pepper, white grapes, with yeasty and bready highlights. Aftertaste is hops, slightly astringent, not unpleasant.

Didn't realize the 8.5% abv- certainly very drinkable

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance has a nice gold and strawberry color..a nice glow about it. The pour intiates a fluffy head which calms down to a ring around the rim of the glass.

Has an odor like sweet white wine. You can smell a hint of hops and yeast hovering of the top too. This more subtles smells come out as it warms up.

Taste is quite good...very sweet though. It has a very rich hop flavor - can't say I can think of a beer which has a hops like this that tastes so rich. It also has a has a sweet fruity hop to it. The entire experience is like a brandy strawberry cheesecake.

While the taste isn't exquisite, the body is so heavy and wonderful that it allows you to taste it fully. My major concern was that it would be watered down, and its not.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good introductory product for the style with plenty of zing. Cloudy and the hue of a harvest moon in mid-October, this beer has a creamy white head that leaves sheets of lace and persists til the bottom. The aroma is quite astringent and slightly fruity with the unmistakeable spicyness of Saaz hops. Big tastes of clove and star-anise that culminate in a slightly cloying spicy banana note. A ferocious malty sweetness lingers on the palate nicely. Moderate but silky carbonation. Drinkability is slooow but pleasurable enough....a nice little beer, perfect for fall.

Addendum: As the bottle suggests, this brew is best when cool as opposed to cold. The frutiness is more pronounced in this state and more diverse: pear and apple and other fall fruits come out to play.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a drink by date of 11-23-04. Pours a cloudy amber color with a slight head. Nice lacing. Smells of black pepper, spices, and corn. Light to medium bodied with a decent mouthfeel. Tastes pretty bland with a grainy, yeasty flavor. Has a slight alcohol bitterness to finish. Below average for a triple.

Not as good as I remember it being some ten or twelve years ago.

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Photo of poundboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First NBB beer I have had in over 5 years. Thanks mrpicklerelish for the bottle.
This is a light colored trippel, blonde/golden in color. I got a minimal head with perhaps a trace of lacing, your results may vary. At first I was a bit disapointed with the taste, it came across a bit watery. But as it warmed the flavor really came out. Reminded me a bit of a hefe, with hints of clove, pear, and some cloudness to it. Alcohol notes in the finish. Less of sweet esteriness than many trippels I've had. The nose had a bit of a sulfery smell to it, perhaps just due to the rigors of shipping. Overall, a very tasty brew, though perhaps not quite on par with the absolute top notch belgians.
However, even at 8.5 I could drink it all night.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery abstraction of fluffy head and Brussel's lace.

More citric than the dubbel, less blatant sugariness on the nose and palate. The Duvel-ian carbonation and prickly mouthfeel is here again, with more of a grassy wheatiness.

Alcohol is enclosed within pools of deeply wheaty hop. Swirls of yeast, pine, clove, and true-to-type banana coax your nose deeper into the goblet.

It has the possibility to be a sugary headache, but only having one of these on-tap was perfect. Quite possibly my favorite offering from the brewery, and a beer that set my eyes open about the style.

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Photo of dansteino
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Burnt straw with a very nice long lasting head.
Smell: Boom! Very strong aroma of bread yeast, spice, and herbs (probably from the hops).
Taste: Good but a little rough and unrefined compared to top echelon Belgian Tripels. Hop bitterness is present. A little medicinal. This might need to be laid down longer.

A nice beer. One I would drink again.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's gold, not straw but gold, and it's clear. No chill haze, no cloudiness, you can see your fingerprints on the other side of the glass. Atop the beer rests a poofy, stubborn head that doesn't disipate, it refuses to go away.

When you smell it, it greets your nose with turbinado sugar, tempered with some light floral overtones and even more slight savory baking spices.

It's creamy and full in the mouth, and it teases your tongue with some spicyness, some fruit that I can't pin down... maybe apricots something sweet and basic, not overwhelming, whatever the fruit it's faint and surrounded with this gorgeuous liquid shortbread maltiness. When it's gone, it leaves behind that sunny shortbread taste for a while... you're bound to drink more. Really beautiful.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy golden yellow colored beer with medium head and above standard retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some subtle spice also perceptible. Taste is a bit too sweet with too much candi sugar, which ends up covering most of the wheat. Spices are good but too subtle and again probably covered by the candi sugar. Carbonation is a bit low but body is above average. Alcohol is not discernable which is a great plus at 8%. Overall, there is too much candi sugar for my liking in this one.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body and soft sudsy head. Strong and pleasing esters. Bubble gum, bananas, green apples, and citrus. Nice yeasty complexity. Well-integrated bitter fruit peel and grassy hop finish. A very nice Belgian Trippel. This beer has gained points with me as I gained experience and sampled repeatedly through time.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium yellow color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. There is no lacing at all. The smell is sweet and malty, with honey, lemon, and white grape. A fairly strong aroma as well. The taste is slightly sweet at first, with more of the white grape and honey coming through. It has a dry malty finish. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and smooth. The drinkability is good for an 8.5% brew. Another nice one from New Belgium.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one pours a nice hazy amber, lots of carbonation bubbles pushing the sediment around. the head is decent and lasts seems to stick around. the smell is immediately sweet with noticeable spiciness, and i almost smell a bit of caramel. taste is sweet at first and finishes a bit tart. there are some melons in there, and the spices are in the flavour as well as the aroma. mouthfeel is bubbly and and goes down without dragging along your throat too badly. there is a yeastish aftertaste that isn't exactly welcome, but doesn't detract from the overall experience either. pretty drinkable, but i usually find one plenty. a pretty good domestic trippel at an affordable price. worth trying if you find it.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably the best tasting tripel I've ever had. Pours a nice off cloudy orange/gold with an off white head that is 2 inches thick and is very potent. Lacing is incredible, will foam down the glass after every drink. The smell is very fruity, melons wet the nose and a nice raspberry hop kick brings up the end. The taste has a nice blend of yeast and sweet malt upfront. Slight caramel taste. The hop bitterness is perfect, you get the pucker then the nice blend of peach taste. Honey is also detected. Feels medium bodied and refreshing, a very drinkable tripel, the 8.5% is very hidden. Top notch.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have to agree with (most of) the previous review. Pretty good stuff for the price -- a mere $1.25 per 12 ounce bottle at Wilburs Wine & Spirits in Fort Collins, CO.

Beautiful pour with a hefty long-standing head, and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice smell of nuts and yeast.

It looks so clear and liight, that the real powerhouse taste and mouth feel is somewhat of a surprse. Has that yeast-malt roundness that makes you know you've got a live beer in your mouth.

The hearty ABV is well-masked -- if I hadn't read the bottle I wouldn't have guessed it was 8.5%!

Overall, a very drinkable brew, though this style is not my favorite.

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

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best buy date clearly printed on label.

Pale - slightly orange - shade of gold. Tiny bubbles, topped by a creamy looking white head.

Fresh nose of saaz hops, somewhat herbal, along with underlying hints of fruit.

Subtle hints of tropical fruit, an omnipresent herbal / spice quality, & a dry finish that warms the throat a tiny bit. Medium/full bodied, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Eyedrinkale
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 +15.6%
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 +4.2%
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 +6.8%
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 +8.6%
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 +3.4%
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 -8.1%
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 +0.3%
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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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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