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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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very good

2,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 2136
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of filabrazilia


4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 17:00:45 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 20:39:50 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BierReise


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 22:19:56 | More by BierReise
Photo of francisweizen


4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 18:08:14 | More by francisweizen
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a large, off-white head that has quite a bit of staying power; more than many of the beers that I've tried so far. Sheets of sticky lace coat my pint glass. Very nice.

The nose is spicy and the flavor is sweet and spicy with lots of coriander and clove. Minimal hop bitterness. Alcohol is evident on the finish, but is manageable. The body/mouthfeel is decently smooth, though is nothing to shout about.

New Belgium Trippel Belgian Style Ale is one of my first tripels. Unfortunately, it didn't really blow me away. It's rated very highly, just outside of the top 50, so maybe I just don't love the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 16:04:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Riggo


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very handsome and quality product from New Belgium Brewing. A gorgeous bottle, with beautiful artwork on the label, this belgian-style ale pours an attractive golden yellow with a tight, creamy white head. Head remains only in a thin cap, but with good lacing.

A beautiful bouquet that reminds me of a wit--like Allagash White. Notes of apples, peaches, flower pollen, herbs, must, even the whole orange peel/coriander element found in wit beers.

Taste is malty and fruity (bubblegum), balanced by grassy hops. Finish is bitter with hops and high abv (8.5%) (A bitterness that seemed just slightly negative.) Some lingering fruity (pineapple) notes in the finish, but the finish seems to fade rather quickly.

Mouthfeel is both creamy and spritzy at the same time. A drinkable ale full of belgian-style character. Well done for an American brewery. Seek this one out and sip slowly.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 22:49:09 | More by Riggo
Photo of Nytemare


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mostly clear golden color with a good two fingers of head. The head slipped away leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass. A constant light stream of bubbles continued to produce a thin white head throughout the beer. Smelled mostly of fruits, hops, and the peppery yeasty flavor common in almost all their beers. Tasting this was excellent. Nice fruity flavor up front with the peppery yeast. Fading away to a nice bready body and finishing slightly sour. The hops are noticable throughout. Quite nice. The malt showed a little more power as it warmed, but it stayed pretty balanced. Not overly sweet, but not too bitter either. Mouthfeel was nice. Moderate body. Dry finish, and smooth. As for drinkability, I've had several now, not all at one sitting, but I definately enjoy these. I've got two set back to age to see what happens, but overall, rather enjoyable, and I'll continue to pick these up when I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 03:00:20 | More by Nytemare
Photo of ADR


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sedimented peach color, light orange creamy head of 1/2 an inch. Broad and slippery lacing. Pleasant aroma, mostly of nectarine and plenty malty -- but lacking yeastiness and a little sweet. Moderate carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor echos the peachiness of the smell but is a bit watery and over hopped. Nice beer, could use slightly more astringent crispness and funky mustiness of the best brews of the style. A good sense of freshness however.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 16:24:10 | More by ADR
Photo of ManekiNeko


4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with a best before date of August 5, 2004. Served chilled in a Duvel tulip and enjoyed slowly.

Appearance: Clear honey yellow liquid with a healthy white head of fine bubbles. Head is maintained quite well by a seemingly constant stream of bubbles in the center. Great lacing left on the glass. I have seen better, but not too often.

Smell: Peppery coriander, orange citrus, and medicinal aromas on the nose. Also just a titch boozy, but not horribly so. Grassy herbal hop undertones. A great sniffer.

Taste: Medicinal pepper smacks the palate, but then gives way to a light sweet malt. Clovey flavors and herby hop tastes in the middle. Faint banana esters on the finish. Very very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, crisp and oh-so effervescent. Light bodied, gets that cotton candy mouthfeel as the beer warms.

Drinkability: Wow, this stuff kicks ass. Definitely the best of the New Belgium line I've had so far (a lone bottle of La Folie remains to be consumed on a special occasion). I wish I could get more of this stuff. I like it much better than Allagash's Tripel Reserve. One of the best, possibly the best, American tripel I've had.

Thanks to prAna for making this possible.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 20:23:55 | More by ManekiNeko
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 RenoZymurgist


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Beers like this usually cost $8 a bottle and come with a cork. Poured a beautiful thick white head that left lace on my glass. Rich golden in color with an ample amount of CO2. Aroma was complex in the depth of the fruity esters combined with a dry maltiness and a good amount of alcohol. Taste is a bit more aggressive than i am used to from a tripel but not so much as to be out of style. Rich fruitiness with a dry maltiness and a hint of spicy hops. Body is light and yet seems to be a bit too light. Very drinkable as the price allows me to have six experiences with this beer for the price of one experience of a moderate belgian beer, plus this one is fresher.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 05:36:32 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of cerevisiaephilus


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't have much of a head on it. I was under the impression that trippel's were supposed to have a nice big fluffy head on it that left a nice lace on the glass. But oh well, looks aren't everything. The nose is really nice. Nice belgian, estery smell. The taste is quite nice as well. A somewhat subdued flavor, but still belgian, true to form. Nice estery, fruity flavor with just barely a hint of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 02:34:01 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Photo of ZAP


4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have found my long lost love....A long, long time ago (1995 or 96)..i was in Colorado on business...didn't know a lot about micros at the time...I picked up a bottle of something that I thought was the greatest beer I had ever had....I couldn't remember the name...now tasting this, I think this is the one....and I like it just as much now....

This is an awesome tasting tripel..sweet sugar cane, honey, a touch of banana and bubble gum....but never oversweet...that's where the saaz hops enter the equation adding a nice subtle balance and spicy finish....

I really like this beer..One of the best trippels I've had...Nose is only average to slightly above average but everything else is fantastic...body is firm and tight....a nice alcohol spiciness on the long finish...

A must try beer in my opinion...

Thanks Bditty for really making my day....

(Note to self: acquire more of this to cellar along with their dubbel..)

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 05:32:01 | More by ZAP
Photo of Boto


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy golden color. There are hints of yeastiness, bananas and clove in the nose, as well as the taste. This is quite good. I would have to put this up on a par with some of the better Tripels from Belgium. Certainly not a close clone of one. The others that I have had from this brewery should be this good. This proves what they are capable of.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 21:03:09 | More by Boto
Photo of woemad


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at World Market. Didn't notice that the "best by" date was "9Jul03" until just now. Doh! Perhaps this is why it had a very subdued head(which never entirely disappeared). Color was hazy gold, and what head there was had a white as snow color. Big floral hop scent. Tasted of floral hops, banana and a little bit of vanilla. Finishes on a sharp, crisp note with an odd little sour aftertaste that is only just noticeable. Otherwise my taste score would be higher. That being said, this is an enjoyable tripel, the first I've had that isn't a true Belgian, and should merit my continued attention - though in the future I'll be peering closely for "best by" dates.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 03:11:09 | More by woemad
Photo of beerguy101


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color, small head. Hoppy, VERY floral hop taste, light and refreshing. Nice smooth malts. Full bodied. Mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Floral hop taste is the focal point for this beer. Very different nice taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 02:21:17 | More by beerguy101
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – Good head that stuck around for a while over a yellowish-orange beer that you can see through.

Smell – Very yeasty aroma with some fruit, predominantly citrus.

Taste – After drinking top-shelf Belgiums all week I was ready for a disappointment, but this stood the test. It’s not as light in body as the color would suggest. There’s a nice mix of malt and full yeast complimented with banana and spices (maybe coriander) and, yes, a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel – Good mouthfeel. The moderated carbonation went well with the smoothness derived from the quality of its ingredients.

Drinkability – This is very easy to drink.

Comments – This is definitely one of the better New Belgiums available and, at 6.99 a six-pack, a true bargain. Straight 4’s – a good comparison standard for American Belgiums.

Update: While taking notes on the 2004 vintage I noticed much more complexity in the nose. The orange notes are huge and the yeast made a perfect compliment. The orange in particular was raw and inviting.

I had a note of a funny aftertaste in my 2003 review that I deleted since I didn’t find it with this most recent batch. I upped the Smell and Taste ratings by 0.5.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 02:38:49 | More by RoyalT
Photo of alexgash


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a great label! Pours a cloudy golden with a big white foamy head. Appears to be a good amount of carbonation. Smells of yeast and pepper, slight hoppiness. Hops (Saaz?) balanced with a little sweetness up front, followed by yeast and pepper/coriander(?). Aftertaste is OK, not great. Alcohol hides pretty well, but I think one is enough tonight. Very good for the price and I like that it is brewed only one state away (read: fresh).

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 18:39:59 | More by alexgash
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, New Belgium isn't all about the Fat Tire, however, this trendy beer probably makes the dough that allows them to brew the stuff that really matters...like the Trippel Belgian Style Ale.

The Trippel pours bright and shining...a bubbly, fizzy liquid gold. The head is massive and grows steadily as befits a Belgian tripel. I judge a tripels head by how many pours I get in my glass. If I have to stop before I'm done to let the head retreat then it's done its job. And this beer fits that bill.

The aroma is not unlike many other tripels I've had...fruity and sweet with a hint of alcohol. I wouldn't say it's any better than the others but it does seem to be stronger and lingers longer.

The taste is large...again, fruity (not citrusy) mainly of bananas with a strong alcohol burn. Also, the carbonation is very active, which is good for a strong beer but a little too much for me, but that's just my taste.

All in all, I'd give this beer a "B" grade. I prefer the native Belgians only because I find them more complex. Otherwise, this is an admirable attempt at a wonderful style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 08:03:46 | More by kindestcut
Photo of jcalabre


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally rated 11 May 2003. This Trippel pours a hazy golden yellow colored w/ a quickly disapating head. this baby is beautiful. Full flavored w/ a velvety tongue feel, this is a must have. The flavor is slightly sweet w/ some fruity overtones. Beautiful

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 12:26:54 | More by jcalabre
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If certain steps could be taken to improve my happiness, and that of doubtless others, I can assure you that one would be to get more of this fantastic brew around and about us, in unfailing supply!
Appearance: a slightly hazy, bright golden hue, and a large, luscious creamy white head, that remains for a spell, then dwindles.
Aroma: an explosion of fruit and spice, a gorgeous blend, a veritable fruit salad up in the nose! Tropical fruits, mango, banana, peach, apricot, citrus: yup, all that! A heavenly delight, swimming in sparkling sweetness!
On the tongue, a burst, no a blizzard of hoppiness, a dervish dance on the tongue, flooding the senses! Excellent, generous texture. Rich, sweet malt, though never to the point of cloying. Candied, honeyed sweetness and spice abounds in this happy ale, and the flavor lasts and lasts, every portion of the experience compounding it's overall effect.
One of my favorite American beers. Now why doesn't Trippel have the cult status of Fat Tire, that's the next topic for the Armchair Philosophers Club...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 01:22:57 | More by feloniousmonk
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 MJR


2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a warm honey color with good clarity. An off-white head starts out small and get's even smaller, shrinking down to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots and lots of coriander...too much to be honest. Under the heavy coriander blanket is a touch of fruitiness, honey, and a touch of Saaz.

Taste: Again, way too much coriander throws the balance off. Once you get past that, there's a nice, subtle fruitiness, as well as suggestions of honey and flowery hops. A touch of alcohol is present. A strong phenolic/medinical flavor appears towards the end and ruins an already unbalanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a swipe of alcohol.

Drinkability: Not too good... This brew is way out of balance with the coriander completely taking over. Then, it get's worse with that bad, medicinal flavor. I won't be buying this again...

This could have been a bad bottle, but it's almost 7 months away from it's 'best before' date and I bought it from the refridgerated section of the store and put it in my fridge within a half-hour of purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 12:21:20 | More by MJR
Photo of StevieW


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 3 maidens on the lablel. Cool. Shiny medium yellow color. Nice creamy, full, dense head. Nice heavy aromas of sugar sweet malty goodness. Touch of alcohol as well. First taste is sweet and rich, noticable yeast presence, fresh thick yeast flavors good throughout. Nice snappy hop kick. Bitter shot in the middle and back to nearly slick, but not, full sugar sweet taste. Very good and balanced with so many flavors flying around. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Stayed fresh and full flavored to the end. A very good tripel.
Thanks to bditty187 for including this one !

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 12:48:23 | More by StevieW
Photo of kwill


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with bits of yeast settling at the bottom. There is a nice one inch white head that disappeared fairly quickly and left white lace across the top of the beer.

The smell is one of the best of the belgian style ales that I have had. There is a definite fruity sweetness and slight spiciness, but it is all a bit subdued and there is slightly stronger banana smell than others. The flavor is more spicy and hoppy than the flavor suggests. Mouthfeel is like all of the good belgians - nicely carbonated and a nice long aftertaste.

The past week has brought my first tastes of New Belgium's Abbey and Trippel. There are better representatives available of both of these styles, but at such a reasonable price I can definitely make both of these regulars in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 19:35:52 | More by kwill
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