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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 980
Hads: 2,781
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 22.72%
Wants: 93
Gots: 379 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +7%
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 +1.3%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 -16.2%
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 +3.9%
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 +18.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +18.3%
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 -25.3%
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 +7%
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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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.