Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

967 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 967
Hads: 2,699
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 81
Gots: 332 | FT: 1
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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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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. (409 characters)

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. (449 characters)

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 . (435 characters)

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. (326 characters)

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-. (706 characters)

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. (496 characters)

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. (769 characters)

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. (1,105 characters)

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. (945 characters)

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. (811 characters)

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. (635 characters)

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 (341 characters)

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. (353 characters)

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. (1,256 characters)

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. (658 characters)

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. (1,247 characters)

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. (603 characters)

Photo of OhioRay
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow pour. Crystal clear. Dense 1 finger white head which fades relatively quickly. It's purty.

S - Spicy coriander. Some banana. Definitely a yeast character.

T - Bubblegum. Coriander. Spicy. Fruity. Damn that's good. Malty but not sweet. Dry finish. Slight alcohol warmth, less than expected for the strength.

M - Very light bodied. Highly carbonated.

O - Excellent brew. Looks beautiful, the aromas hit me the second I started pouring and the flavor blew me away. Will be getting more of these. (518 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely golden pour, with a clear, glowing body, and a load of very fine Champagne like bubbles forming a frothy head. The smell was wheaty and yeasty, with bananas and clove being quite noticeable. The aroma of coriander could also be perceived upon deeper breaths. The taste was fruity, and malty, with a touch of hop bitterness. Just a perfect balance of spice added a dryness to the finish. Creamy in the mouth with a tingly sensation due to carbonation. This New Belgium showing some of their best craft. I love it. (519 characters)

Photo of NickT2121
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - kinda aggressive pour into the snifter came off with a fat foamy two finger head. Light golden straw color clear color not a lot of bubbles.

S - grain toasted banana Bread, fruity, malt alcohol Smell. Complex

T - getting a creamy banana alcohol taste, malt lingering in the background. But the bananastays on the tongue all the way tthrough. Slight coriander taste.

M - Light yet creamy no bitterness and creamy finish.

O - great ale, This is the first tripel I've had and is definitely spiking my interest in other tripels

Enjoy (565 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I generally like the Belgian beers, but sometimes they are too cloying, I think this one might be on the verge. I liked it, but its not as good as others, such as Boulevard, that I have tried. I don't know if I would buy this one again, I have had this one several times, but decided to revisit it, and I pretty much got the same result. Its average or maybe a notch below for the style. The originators know whats what. Nevertheless, this is better than most, but not as good as others In my opinion. I am one to drink all styles and as of late, I like almost all of them with the exception of Imperial Stouts, et. al. Anyway, that is my opinion on this one.

A: Alright, kind of golden straw, but maybe a shade darker.

Smell: a bit rancid perhaps, but that is common with this style, a little funk there, but not as much as traditional Belgians.

Taste: Alright, but nothing to write home to mom about.

Mouthfeel: Beer, not flat, but alright.

Overall: Good, nothing special, but a decent gateway Belgian style beer for nascent beer drinkers. (1,047 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a white wine glass

A - lovely translucent copper, 1/6 finger white head and some sugar lacing

S - bananas, coriander, toasted gains and malts, musty, sweet flowers, alcohol, fresh baked zucchini bread,

T - this trippel tastes fresh baked, bananas, orange, coriander, lots of sugar, overly ripened fruits, Belgian style yeast, fruit flower hops, slight booze, slight citrus rind and more overly ripened bananas

M - Full bodied, very nice balance, very nice complexity, medium minus acidity and a well rounded sweet, silky and lovely finish

D/O - This is a great beer. I mean I could drink this all day long and be stoked. I could drink it for a week and be stoked. Great taste, very refreshing and 2 will give you the buzz you're looking for. Well done NB

Final thoughts - Yet another NB I can't believe I haven't reviewed yet! Nice abv at 7.8%, good price on a sixer at around $8 and always tastes great and I am not even a huge fan of the style. But, when it's done well, it's done well! (1,007 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at Craft Beer Market in Calgary.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy and bubbly ecru head, which renders some rather decent webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, sugary caramel and pale malt, earthy yeast, ethereal savoury spice, dark, fleshy fruit, and a pear-like alcohol warming. The taste is more lightly toasted pale malt, reduced caramel, soft yeast, muddled orchard fruit (banana sort of standing out after a while), chewing gum, a touch of coriander/clove spice, and a tame lilting booziness.

The carbonation is fairly mild, and barely supportive at times, the body a staid medium weight, and sort of tacky in its smoothness - yet a pushy fruitiness creaminess wends its way in. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, waning spice, and alcohol colluding as such.

A seemingly American take on the style up front, but those appearances soon drop away, leaving us with an ok in bearing, and not really as complex mimicry of the old-world masters. Agreeable enough, I suppose, given its apparent availability in bottle format around its point of origin - just not up here, tho (yet). (1,184 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Paid a good premium for this one 4 dollars for the single at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - A bit of sediment floaties is ok on this it's rather fresh. The color is a bright orange yellow hue with a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around forever even beyond a thick lace ring.
S - Smells of coriander (obliviously) with mild sugary and fruity yeasts. Not much in the hop department just a simple Trippel Style ale.
T - Quite possibly the smoothest Trippel I have had in a while! Not too sweet or herbal it really captures the taste of bubble gum and sweet malts with mild Coriander spicing. In a way its like a bigger version of a Witbier.
M - Light to medium its very easy to sip.

Overall I am always happy with New Belgium beers they are a tad pricey in my area but always worth the price of admission. A great beer! (817 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color, with a small white head. Smells of sweet honey and coriander. Taste is also honey and coriander. The coriander is quite strong in this, but in a good way. It helps balance the honey sweetness. The beer has a smooth, medium body mouthfeel. Overall I was very impressed with this. One of my favorites from a company that so far has disappointed me. Great job! (385 characters)

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