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: 2,697
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
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 neonbrown82
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I didn't like this nearly as much as I enjoyed the dubbel. That being said, this beer was definitely not a disappointment, but for some reason I had even higher hopes for this than I did the dubbel, so that could be why I wasn't completely elated by this brew (though it could also be that I just finished a citrusy hop monster that is the Boulder Brewing 'Hazed and Infused'... I'll lean towards the latter)

The smell is slightly malty, but leans more towards the yeasty, estery side. The familiar banana peel/clove flavor that I loved from the dubbel, but less dominant because of the extra malts in the trippel. The flavor led me to no different conclusions than the smell. The alcohol content is obviously bigger in this brew [compared to dubbel], but for a 1.5% ABV increase, it doesn't seem like much. The higher malt bill just makes the beverage that much more sweet and biscuity and that much less drinkable on top of the higher ABV. On top of that, the flavors seemed to blend together much better in the dubbel for a more rounded beverage.

Try this if you haven't had it, but I would recommend the New Belgium Abbey Style Dubbel over this any day, if you hadn't already deduced that fact from my review. I don't usually like to compare apples to oranges, or dubbels to trippels, but I really couldn't help it in this instance, as they were so similar, but yet one was so much better, IMO. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber, pure white head, very stubborn pure white lacing. The middle name of this beer is floaties.
Aroma: Apples, melons and peaches.
Taste: Sugary, fluffy (all the yeast), crisp, light malt. Nice bitterness. Slightly sour. Alcohol noticiable.
Mouthfeel: Harsh huskyness on the mouthfeel. (308 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best bbefore 12 aug 05.
Pours a golden orangy yellow, with a thick, creamy, off-white head.
lace coats the glass in a thin slick sheet.
Aroma is yeasty, fruity, over-ripe bananas, lemon.
flavor is lemony and sweet.
clean lemony finish.
One of the better beers from NB (287 characters)

Photo of danadeny
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighly cloudy, dull yellow body. Nice head, the bubbly body and head last untill the beer is gone. Smells malty, slight freshness, no hops. Tastes malty throughout, little hops, tart and spicy. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and bubbly. Drinkability is good, but overall it's not my favorite tripple, too heavy on the malt. (327 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the review that will grant me a stupid empty mug picture, so i wanted to do something special. chose this.. my favorite style and a bottle i've been trying to get a hold of for a while.

initial pour yields no head, pours an attractive yellow-gold color with constant carbonation in the body and a slight ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass.

aroma is beautiful.. very nutty and oaky. in a blind test, i'd have called this a barleywine based on the nose. no signs of yeastiness whatsoever, anxious to taste it.. here goes.

wow! hoppier and drier than a normal tripel, with a completely different flavor profile from a tripel karmeliet, la rulles, etc. however, there is something in the maltiness.. the phenols.. that allow this to stick in the category. it expands the idea of a tripel like dulle teve does.

if i could start an 'american tripel' category, i would and i'd throw this in there. wish i had the other 5 (3?) that came in the pack. i'd drink them shits up right now, yo. (1,008 characters)

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

49.5F.
2 finger foam, fizz, fizzle, collar.
Aroma is a bit woolly, like a woollie rolling in lavendar and alfalfa and clover.
It's a bit like frenching a dog, no offense to the three graces shaking their jigglies on the label. Tripel dry and a bit sandpapery, but the hops tickle. Gingery, peppery, lemony. Tripely tickley. Lovely. Has this dried out in recent years? Dried lemon zest. Some horse barn dust. Delicious. Nasturtiums. Buckwheat honey. (452 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took the opportunity to pour this into one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Fairly clear golden color with an ample head. A stream of tiny bubbles roll up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy hop aroma, along with lots of phenols. Fruity esters linger around the back (banana? apricot?)

Taste: Floral hop flavor is immediately noticible, with peppery phenols and light, bread-like malt. Fruitiness is less present than in the aroma, but a pleasant moderate bitterness rounds it out nicely. Finishes dry but lingering.

Creamy texture, and a light body given the strength (appropriate for the style).

With only one or two exceptions, New Belgium's lineup is top notch, and this is a very nice Tripel. I wish they'd bottle in 750ml's too. (763 characters)

Photo of kosmoraios
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, for a New Belgium. Most of their offerings don't impress me, and this is no exception. Poured a orange-tinted gold color into my Duvel tulip glass, with a small, quickly forgotton white head.

Smells have hints of hops and citrus, with the yeast undertones, but not as much as a trippel should have, in my opinion. A bit of a very light bread odour. - like a white french loaf. Taste is rather blah, for a trippel. Hints of light fruit and french bread. As it warms, it becomes more complex, with the Saaz hops coming through, and more complex fruit tastes appearing. Better than the other New Belgium offerings that I've experienced.

With all New Belgium offerings, though, I can't help but feel like there is an artificialness in the beer. It's almost as if they give it some coloring and a bit of flavor. The mouthfeel on this beer is just peppery enough to be enjoyable for me. And, they're very drinkable at 7.8% abv. with such a light body. (961 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Once again from new Belgium a beer with a distinct lack of guts, especially for a trippel, having said that, i guess its pretty soft and a approachable, and in general theres nothing wrong with it, its just not very interesting. Maybe thats what they intended, but i was looking for a bit more. (302 characters)

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

Hazy dandelion with a puffy stack of white.
Nose of bread and flour, topped with coriander and lemony, grassy Saaz notes.
Begins dry with a crackery pils malt base. It expands towards a breadiness- mostly sourdough, mixed with some plain white bread elements. Light fruitiness arises through orange rind, pineapple and lime juice. Turns hay-like late, with perks of coriander and white pepper spiciness seguing into a large, lemongrass Saaz finale.
The body carries some heft, but it's not felt through the airy nature. Texturally, this is one of the most authentic feeling US renditions. Too many tend towards candy sugar barleywines. Not this.
While not the most dynamic version, this has a swagger and real-deal lean that makes it worthwhile. Wish I had another bottle. Saaz lovers take note. (803 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a slightly chilled bottle (50 degrees) into a goblet glass...

Look: Honey or butterscotch in color w/ a cloudy look thru the glass. Leaving a 3 cm head on the pour, which was foamy w/ nice cascading and lots of "crazy" lacing on my glass.

Smell: Fruits mainly w/ nutmeg spice. Fruits consist of white grapes or sour plums. No real hop aroma, but a slight alcohol tingle in my nose!

Taste: On the sip, this reminded me alot of spiced pears w/ slightly bitter hops and hints of caramel throughout. The nutmeg was very aparent in the beer and some slight alcohol burn finished up the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tingly carbonation that starts at the sip on the tip of my tongue and follows my palete to the swallow leaving a slight alcohol burn on the finish. This seems to be a thin-medium bodied brew based on mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability: well, although the feel was a bit "off" for me, the appearance, smell, and taste warrent a try at this beer. I'd like another please! (1,003 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very good sized head, with a nice golden color. I was thinking trippels tend to be a bit darker in color, oh well.

Very pleasant aroma, some flowery notes as well as sweet fruits. I pick up what I believe are phenol aromas, I've never been much for picking up aromas like this, guess I'm getting better.

A very crisp feel starts us out, much crisper than other trippels I've had cross my palate. Yeast flavors show up faintly along with a bit of a biscuit flavor, like the Fat Tire. The flavor I notice so much in Belgians that I think of as "medicinal" shows up but is not unwelcome. A faint fruitiness shows up as does a faint alcohol flavor, though nothing distracting. Finishes with a light bitterness.

A fine American trippel, I wish I had received more than one bottle but I'm thankful for the chance to at least try it. (848 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. Blurb about the Triple style on the side, as well as recommended serving temperature, and a Best before date. Kudos to New Belgium for a highly informative label.

Appearance: Poured a nice frothy white head and a golden color. Light effervescence that keeps a nice head on the beer.

Smell: Aroma of citrus, hops, and that typical belgian smell. Very nice combination of smells.

Taste: Very crisp flavor that starts out sweet and blends into a bitter hoppiness. Nicely balanced hop flavor and the biscuity taste common in other New Belgium beers. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation combines for a great mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: Nice intro belgian beer. Very drinkable for the alcohol content. According to the bottle this is now 7.8 % ABV instead of the 8.5 % listed (826 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Attractive Renaissance style triptych motif painting of three ladies in flowing togas. 12 Jun 04. Recommended temp 50 degrees and 8.5% ABV. Embossed New Belgium Brewing in the bottle neck.

After going for the swirled yeasty pour all the way, a gorgeous golden orange hazy turgid pour went into a Hennepin tulip with plenty of yeasty suspended particles rising to a ½” eggshell white tightly carbonated frothy head cap.

Delicious scents of yeasty Belgian aromas and fresh bread dough. Light spices of coriander nutty almonds and orange peel. Some musty wet leather goodness.

First Swigs: Powerful bitter citrousy sour and wheat. Orange sherbert and ginger notes. Some awl-kee-hawl peppery notes disguised as pineapple can be tasted. A quick dry powdered finish. Complex flavors are nicely created but the awl-kee-hawl is hot towards the termination.

A bit overly foamy to be perfect. Good thin body for the style. Swiggable, but a bit too peppery hot to be highly drinkable.

Last Swigs: Foamy cream soda ginger with Vanilla extract awl-kee-hawl flavors. Quite excited to try my first New Belgium brew which was acquired in a monster trade as a bonus bottle with the revered BuckeyeNation. Sorry to see this lil gem go bye-bye. 142/4.04

Beer is good. Happy beering. (1,315 characters)

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite from New Belgium. This is about the best beer I can get in the small town I live in, so I'm on more than familiar terms.
Amber color, nice lace but the head seems a little lacking compared to trippels from across the pond.
Complex sniffer: floral, hoppy, alchohol, malt.
Real enjoyable to drink, creamy mouthfeel, caramel flavors with plenty of hops to balance off the high abv.
This is a pretty all right beer. (427 characters)

Photo of alexAK
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On first glance, it pours a honey-like color reminding me a bit of a lager, but there's more depth. Lacing is fine. Aroma is well balanced hints at some of the yeast and hop character.

A very clear taste. The yeast is a little upfront but still light. I'd almost go for a little more depth but I've no real problem either. A faint hint of malt smoothness.

The beer is well carbonated so it feels a little bubbly in the mouth. Keeps it's character though.

Whilst abroad I used to go for the Leffe trippel, and as drinkable as the Leffe was, the alcohol is better masked in this brew. Still at 8.5 abv it'd be wise not to imbibe too quickly. (649 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach/orange color with a nice beige head. Honey-ish malty aroma and flavor with Saaz Hops and Belgian spicy yeast being very noticeable. Medium bodied, light, and creamy at the same time with a warming alcohol finish.

I remember this one being "Fresher is Better" and would like a fresh one to review.

Label States: Saaz hops.

Best Before: 10/22/02 ('01' embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 12/08/04 (402 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/01/04- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours with a great big white chunky head. A amber pour that leaves very nice lacing.

Smell- Scents of fruit and flowers. Maybe a bit of malt, but mainly sweetness.

Taste- Reminds me of a pour man's Chimay. Sweetness comes out immeadiately. Maybe some fruity tastes in there. Banana? Maybe peach or nectarine?

Mouthfeel- A tad overcarbonated for me, but overall it goes down very smooth. I bit thick also.

Drinkability- Alcohol % is hidden well. Was suprised to see how much it was when I decided to review. Not feeling it yet and it's been 20 minutes since I finished. A nice USA belguin beer. Not to standards with Belgium, but a decent one. (719 characters)

Photo of redmosquito
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy banana yellow color with a white head. Sweet aroma, a mix of fruity esters / spice from the yeast and sugary bread from the malt, no real hops to speak of. Sweet malty flavor smooths over the warming alcohol notes, there are some nice esters here, banana maybe. There is a nice balance between the bitterness and the body. A good tripel. Thanks ClarkVV! (363 characters)

Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks clarkvv from rate beer for sharing this at kuhnhenns. poured a golden with a white head. aromaa nice sweetness, malts, yeast, orange, hints of pineapple, alcohol. flavor, malts, orange. pineapple., hops, alcohol. this was well balanced beer not know if it can be found in michigan but I will be looking for it. (317 characters)

Photo of Rio
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright, cloudy yellow that made me think of a banana (assuming yeast remained in the bottle that was poured in here, I personally enjoy the yeast added to the beer). The moutain of tiny bubbles crowned the glass, threatening to spill over. It receeded a bit, but the head was very prevalent on the beer almost the entire time. A pleasant, light fruity aroma to the nose on this one, as well as a bit of a floral smell.

Light maltiness to it, reminicent of bread dough, as well as some of the light fruit flavors I expected from the smell. A bit of alcohol pushes through into the taste, as well as a taste that I can't help but associate with the yeast. Very crispy, with a bit of hoppy bitterness to round out each drink.

Much like their Abbey ale, I think this is a good shot by an American brewer at a classic Belgian style. Though the alcohol does come through a bit in the taste, not nearly enough to expect the eight and a half percent ABV this brew is packing. (982 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Pale, Munich and Victory Malts. Hopped with Saaz, Liberty, and Magnum hops with coriander.

Pours out to a finely hazy light copper, forming a large rocky whtie head with excellent retention and sticky lacing. Very thin fine sediment of yeast in the bottle. Aroma is wonderful with lots of bananas and cloves, chewy and sticky pale malts with lots of phenolic esters. Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is spritzy and tickles the tongue, filling the mouth with fine bubbles. Medium bodied. Taste begins with mild spicy hops, followed by abundant yeast esters, cloves and bananas, followed by lightly sweet chewy pale malts with slight husken grain character. The finish is spicy and the clean alcohol adds a peppery zest. Slight astringency of lemon pith in the aftertaste.

A world-class triple in my book, this is an excellent representation of the style from one of my favorite breweries. At $7.29 a 6-pack, this is heavenly manna, and were it available in my area, I would drink this everyday. Highly recommended! (1,033 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous blooming mallowy head. Off white and bulbous, stoic. Deep gold beer, slightly tarnished and slight beading.
smell is very estery - slight peachyness, banana. sharp smells in the front with a softness in the end. Maltyness? kind of unidimensional.
The taste is a rush of sweetness in the extreme front and very soft on the tongue, then a sharp twang on the back side of the tongue. A slight yeastiness. The tartness fades in the aftertaste leaving estery flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. Soft and rounded. Drinkability is OK, but suffers from high alcohol and what i feel is an imbalance. (594 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a hazy golden yellow with a slight white head rising above it. The head is gone quick without leaving much in the way of lacing. Scents of orange, coriander and other spices were present. There were notes of other fruits and of a bit of malt sweetness. The flavor was similar with spiciness, apples and doughy malt. A bit of lemon was present and the after taste was spicy and a tad bitter going down, very tasty. Mouth feel was medium and creamy and a bit heavier than most other triples I’ve had. Good drinkability I really enjoyed this one and would get it regularly. (587 characters)

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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