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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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very good

2,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 2124
Reviews: 905
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of BeerWizard


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Virtually no head, hint of cloudiness, medium-amber liquid with bubbles fizzing up from the bottom of the glass. You can smell the yeast on this thing from like a foot away, and the closer you get, the more floral it gets. Flavor is really nice: sweet, a little spice, and you get the floral and yeast from the nose. Well-hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice too, with good carbonation, slick, and a light shock to the palette from the alcohol in the background. I won't lie to you, this isn't the first time I've had this beer. It's one of my go-to's for a tripel, and probably an easy favorite for me from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:12:58 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of Walletsworth

North Dakota

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love New Belgium beers. At first I was leery to try this because coriander usually overpowers the ale flavors but this beer nailed it! Smell is all coriander but the taste is complex and a great drink ability. Yet another great beer from Fort Collins, CO.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:13:13 | More by Walletsworth
Photo of HochFliegen


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 03:11:51 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of KoG


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale hazy yellow with some yeast partilces present. nice frothy head that leaves a very nice amount of lacing.

Smell is fruity. Peach, cherry, and yeast with a hint of apple and no alcohol at all. A very pleasing aroma indeed.

Taste is very well balanced. Fruity with a good amount of yeast and biscuit malt to complement. Very nice finish keeps the palate clean but looking for more.

A very tasty brew that is easily rinkable. More affordable than most Belgians and a very good starting point as well as a good staple for those that like the Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 03:55:21 | More by KoG
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice golden amber with a white frothy head which fell quickly but lasted at the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely spicy and well done with a candy aromatic coupled with a nice slight citrus aspect. The aroma had a slight alcohol present that enhanced the nose.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a spicy flavor. The spice flavor was low and was coupled with a nice earthy character from hops that was slight but present. The candy in the aroma was only slightly present with malt in the flavor and the alcohol was nowhere to be seen.

The finish was dry with a slight spice and slight earthiness into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem just a bit less. The beer was warming considerably at the time of the review which probably enhanced the earthy character and the spice and made it a very well crafted beer with little alcohol present in the flavor and after consumption.

12 ounce bottle, dated 25May06, thanks mentor!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 22:29:46 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 18 Aug 06.
Poured into glass chalice.
Poured orange (almost identical in color to Chimay white). Its creamy white head quickly turned to a thin, creamy cover that left plenty of lacing.
The smell was of citrusy orange, spiced hops and a touch of yeast.
The taste was a great balance of malt, hops and yeast. The Saaz hops, sweet malt and touch of yeast (though the yeast sediment was left in the bottle) came together to make a sweet fruity flavor that lingered. The sugar candy gave it just the right amount of sweetness so as not to overpower the hops too much.
Only a touch thinner than the famous Belgian trippels, this is a wonderful American version of the style. I wish that it were available in my area. It is truly a special treat.
Thanks to bditty for this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 02:14:42 | More by jwc215
Photo of AZTEX


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer from New Belgium. I poured from a bottle into a glass. I poured a beautiful golden amber color with a nice frothy one finger foam. The smell was little weak, but had a bready aroma. The taste was very good and was relatively complex. I detected citrus flavors, along with a yeasty flavor. Very low hops taste at the end. This was good bodied beer and was very drinkable, although I could not drink many due to the complexity of the taste. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 01:11:26 | More by AZTEX
Photo of corey0212


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from mugglesandhops!

Pours a clear golden color, smallish sturdy white head fades pretty quickly, leaves some stray spots of lacing behind. Lots of fruity aromas, faint trace of banana, some sugary sweetness, but lots and lots of tropical fruit. Some apple flavors, some peppery spiciness, gentle bitterness on the back end. Cleansing moutfheel, some spice on the lips, faint warming alcohol. This is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 01:59:38 | More by corey0212
Photo of bagpiper2005


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light golden-amber color with two and a half fingers of white head that retains decently and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops, some pale malts, fruity esters, a hint of the coriander.

Taste: Starts off with a spicy kick which then gives way into some pale malt sweetness and biscuit breadiness. The middle is a combination of hints of peach and banana, and finishes up with a coriander note and some piney hop bitterness, as well as a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and refereshing, light to medium in body with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and goes down very smoothly. You could put a few of these away.

Final Notes: A delicious, well balanced beer for multiple different occasions and food pairings. Big flavor and complex. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 22:00:43 | More by bagpiper2005
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent clarity, showing off some soft bubbles as they rise to the top. Light yellow-orange hue with a thin and swirly sheet for a head. Belgian yeast is detectable on the nose with hints of banana and clove. A touch of coriander is there as well to round it out. Very aromatic, and a tad of that 7.8 ABV is detectable here as well. Spicy.

The taste is wonderfully rounded and balanced. Banana is there, but a spicy kick beats it out and really drives the Belgian flavor home. Coriander has the same rounding effect in the taste as it does the nose, not overly implemented here to the benefit of this beer. It adds to the splendid balance this trippel has. Spicy clove has a say in here too, giving it a note remeniscent of a slight biscuit quality. Booze is warming, not hot but also not a huge part of the taste profile. It does come out a little more as the beer warms up, but so do all the complexities so the taste remains balanced. Mouthfeel is right on for the style, with a nice long finish. Just a really well done trippel, I'm glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 05:08:55 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new belgium chalice, presents with 1/2 inch thick head, bright to off white, color is transparent, pale gold... nice carbonation coming of the bottom etching.

Smell is great, perfect blend of pilsner/malt sweetness, light coriander, and great smelling products from the yeast; they are all mild but great.

Taste is almost as good as smell, again things are not overpowering, mostly subtle but so well done, nice sweetness upfront overcome by the phenols from the belgian yeast followed by some drying qualities that make this beer so good.

Mouthfeel is as expected but still well done sweetness upfront, great clean, drying finish.

Overall, a great beer to me, flavors are everything you want in a tripel with a very small hint of coriander.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:40:23 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Gusler


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago
As it jets from the tap a cloudless deep amber to copper color, the head prodigious in size, creamy in texture and the color a light tan with the residual lace a thick and glass sealing sheet. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and fresh, hints of ripe fruit, maybe pineapple; a real swell nose at any rate, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with a middling top. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops forthright and quite pleasant, very dry aftertaste and a great beer in or out of the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2003 03:02:01 | More by Gusler
Photo of ppoitras


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Secret Santa ninjaworm. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" white head above a golden amber brew. Head stays constant, due to effervescence from bottom of the glass, and lacing is good. Aroma is sweet malts combined with Belgian-style spicing. Taste follows the nose, and is pretty near optimal for the style, leaving just a tad of space for improvement. Certainly a lot going on here, but it all comes together nicely. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Nice offering from New Belgium, especially for my first taste of their products.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 22:13:52 | More by ppoitras
Photo of IntriqKen


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a number of dark beers, this one is very pretty. Light golden pale orange that illuminates the glass with a full 2 finger white head....melting slowly to sticky lacing that covers everything.
Aromas are light fresh fruits...peaches, nectarines ....belgium malt and bready yeast.
Clean, bright, fresh mouthfeel....again necarines, very pale belgium malts and pale belgium yeasts...biscuit like clean crispness with a sharp hop bite at the very tail end.
Aftertaste is lightly sweet with a warm alcohol feeling going down.
Obviously been too long since I've had a nice trippel...THIS is a nice trippel.
Many thanks to csims for this brew...wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 06:17:30 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of tito42


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen, best by 30 October 2011 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Golden, lightly bubbly, and a foamy white head.

Smell: Very floral, like tulips, with some bubblegum.

Taste: Very well balanced with fruity banana, spiciness from the coriander, maltiness, and a bit of an earthy hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, just a touch of creaminess and very crisp. Only a slight pang of alcohol at the end, but not much for the ABV.

Drinkability: This beer was my gateway into trying more Belgian beers. It's a year-round go-to beer for me. The complex and well-balanced flavor almost completely masks the fact this is a 7.8% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:06:03 | More by tito42
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear, golden color with nice head and lace retention.

S - Strong Belgian yeast and coriander. The alchol smell is not masked. Its up front. Smells tasty.

T - Sweet malts and coriander, with a hefty doze of booze. It is delicious if you are into belgian ale's.

M - Very crisp, with alot of carbonation.

D - Excellent. I would love another, but a little too strong to put down a 6 pack in a evening. But a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:12:22 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of Pete0714


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden amber with a light white foam that held for the entire time I was drinking, beautiful lacing.

The smell was fruity and maybe a slight banana aroma as it warmed, but not overly so. Much more balanced and pleasant than I expected, even floral.

The taste was sweet but also some apply sour or even light bitterness. There was a subtle alcohol burn but not unpleasant.

I loved the smoothness of this beer, with an almost syrupy mouthfeel
Overall, a well balanced, surprisingly light yet flavorful tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:18:02 | More by Pete0714
Photo of BeerManDan


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it was a medium golden yellow with medium foam, while the lace on the side of the glass was heavy from start to finish. The smell was a fruity aroma and a soft sweet maltiness. Lively mouth feel with a finish reminiscent of brut champagne, but, over powering. I just love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 13:29:26 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 04:02:09 | More by frank4sail
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best before date: 18 August 2006. Sampled from a six-pack I procured while visiting family in Nebraska over the holidays. Golden amber haze with frothy off-white head. Sniffing reveals pears, apples, pineapples, yeastiness, and the faintest hints of cilantro and white pepper. The taste is assertively fruity -- sugary sour apples, almost like Green Apple Jolly Ranchers. There is also a strong Saaz hop kick with cilantro notes and a yeasty bread flavor. Slight mineral finish. Sparkling and juicy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Another strong offering from New Belgium that I wish I could find out here in the East.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 04:20:13 | More by orfeu
Photo of longarm


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a cloudy pilsner with a frothier head.

Strong lemon scent mixed with hops and some typical belgian yeastiness in the aroma.

Somewhat sweet at first, a blending of hops brings up the middle and a crisp dose of lemon makes a mildly tart finish close out-exceptionally clean. Light acidity constantly scrubs the palate. High abv not even noticeable.

A wonderfully light tripel, this is a dangerous seducer worthy of all the recognition it gets. Matches exceptionally well with a white cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 00:41:30 | More by longarm
Photo of ETF5000


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice easy drinker for a Trippel.

Pours a nice light golden hue with a large fluffy head. Plenty of effervescence here.

The first whiff smells immediately of coriander, then letting up notes of banana and citrus. A bit of heat at the end but par for the course for its style.

Wow, the boys at New Belgium nearly always impress. A great interpretation of the style. Nice notes of coriander, but plenty of complexity in the mid palate. Flowery and citrus notes come forward with a nice amount of heat at the end.

Nice effervescence leaves the beer bouncing around the palate without being stingy.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 07:45:56 | More by ETF5000
Photo of TheSarge


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours decently fir a finger thick fluffy white head. The body is kind of pale gold in color and is ultra clear, which is not a typical trait for a Tripel from what I know.

In the aroma the candied sugar fragrance is there, along with a hint of the coriander, and a little bit powdery too.

Taste wise it is a bit like biting into an under ripe orange, but cut with a little hint of sugar. It's spicy, crisp and warm. I like this beer but I would classify this one more closer in style to Duvel, but I'm no expert.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 18:35:18 | More by TheSarge
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Wine Glass

Appearance - Dark Yellow with a fair amount of haze and modest amounts of carbonation. Head pours a foamy 2 finger width head that slowly dies down. Lacing is pretty good here as well, leaving some sticky traces along the sides.

Smell - Very yeasty smelling with some surprisingly lemon, banana, & grassy smells. I can also smell a slight spicy/pepper tinge, almost like a Saison ale, but not quite.

Taste - Lemons, cloves and bananas are the big flavors here. There is alot of maltiness in here as well, and it gives it a very tasty dimension to the flavor. To top it all off, it tastes fairly sweet as well! The flavor is more Saison than anything else but still tastes wonderful!

Mouthfeel - This is a pretty smooth beer! It's light in body, and the carbonation isn't too intense either! It's also got a very creamy feel to it as well. Overall, it's an easy drinking beer which is impressive it's rather rich and complex flavor

Overall - As stated earlier, this tastes more like a Saison than a Trippel, but it still tastes incredibly good! It tastes great and it's easy to drink. Highly recommended to anyone whose a craft beer lover!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:33:21 | More by NuclearDolphin
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clean and golden. Frothiest head I've seen to date, big and fluffy with lacing the whole way.

S: Classic Belgian character of yeast over a toasty malt.

T: Yeast and coriander with a hint of clove. Perfect for the style.

M: Extremely smooth with the head offering a creamy character.

O: It's extremely well done, a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:08:45 | More by bundy462
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