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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,136 | Reviews: 905 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of AwYeh


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Transparent golden color with just a light coating of fine white head. Impressive how clear this one is.

S: Sweet and light; lots of pear and Belgian yeast, though the yeast is more of a spicy aroma than the really dank smell you get with some beers. Some banana and sweet bready malts. Peppery and floral.

T: Big bready flavors form a pretty strong backbone, with banana, pear, yeast, and coriander adding complexity. It's peppery and fairly bitter (although this bottle is presumably pretty new since NB has just been rolled out through Ohio). Very different than any other tripel I've had; it seems very Americanized, almost like APA-meets-tripel, but I'm a fan.

M: Medium-bodied (maybe thin relative to its strength) with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, with a nice dry finish.

O: I was pretty impressed with this one- it's a bit more than the sum of its parts, and available at a great price point. Something I could see becoming a semi-regular second bomber to buy when I'm not looking for a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 05:19:05 | More by AwYeh
Photo of BB1313


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by Nov 2014. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear transparent golden; fluffy eggshell white head that fades quickly and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of fruit and bubblegum. Lots of yeast. Some banana. Hints of pear and green apple. Some funk. The flavors are pretty crisp. Very grainy. Lots of sweet fruits. More fresh pear and sliced apples. Some malts. More yeast notes. More banana. Some clove. Finishes pretty clean and isn't really syrupy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Clean and refreshing beer. It's fun to drink.

This is a great example of a Tripel coming from an American brewery. I really like it. $2.99/bomber is an awesome deal for this brew. Highly recommended. I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 20:05:28 | More by BB1313
Photo of clm9

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Aesthetically pleasing golden color, maybe a quarter inch of head that quickly fades, slight amount of lacing.

S: First thing that comes to mind is fresh-baked banana bread, in a good way. Then you can smell the spices, almost reminiscent of some Fall seasonal beers (ie: pumpkin).

T: The spices come through strongly, with a sweet taste lingering in the back of the throat. The alcohol is strongly hidden, definitely doesn't taste like it has the 7.8% abv listed. Could have used a little less spices, as the taste does begin to become too sweet for the style.

M: Noticeable carbonation, not too heavy, but definitely on the heavier side of medium-bodied. Lingers, especially on the back of the tongue.

O: Looks and smells better than it tastes, would definitely benefit from less spices. If you don't mind the level of sweetness, could be pretty sessionable. Would recommend to anyone who prefers malts to hops for at least a try. If i wasn't feeling too picky, AKA going to a grocery store for beer, and they happened to have this, I would consider picking it up. Decent beer, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 21:23:53 | More by clm9
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled July 12, 2013.

Golden body, nice and hazy; thick foam which rests at 2 fingers, some good hanging lacing. Smell is a bit flowery with mixed spices and sharp coriander. Flavor has the spices upfront and then ends in a nice sweetness. Warming feel. Nothing complex but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 12:29:33 | More by papat444
Photo of MikeB20


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden color with a nearly two finger white head. The head dies down rather quickly but leaves behind some solid lacing. Lacing streaks down the glass as you drink the beer.

S: Distinct Belgian yeast with some spicy notes. A little black peppercorn and coriander, some tiny peeks of fresh herbs and flowers. I pick up more and more clove as the beer warms.

T: Slightly sweet but very crisp, the sweetness lingers after each sip. Very malty, some of the aromas are present in the taste but others are hard to find. The spiciness is there but the coriander and floral aromas are lost.

M: Lighter body with medium carbonation.

O: A nice tripel overall but not one of the best available. It hits on most of the flavors and aromas you'd expect from the style but doesn't get them on all on the right level. New Belgium is new to Delaware and I'm looking forward to trying more of what they have to offer. An enjoyable beer but the memories will quickly fade.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:39:53 | More by MikeB20
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty golden color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, as well as wispy clouds that settled in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Triple-like aromas of yeast, malt, citrus, caramel and spices. I get floral aromas from hops, some sweet aromas from crystalized sugar, some citrus aromas of oranges and grapefruit, plus spices of black pepper, coriander, clove, ginger, finally, malty aromas of buttered bread.

Taste: Not as pronounced as I was expecting for a triple. There is some malt up front, followed by some citrus, like grapefruit, followed by more spice than I’m used to, spices like black pepper, clove and coriander. The beer finishes with some higher hoppy bitterness than I’m expected in a triple too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.8%, there’s a good amount of alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good American version of a triple, but not great. If offered, I’d happily drink it, but I’m not searching it out. There are way too many other better triples out there to get over this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:52:25 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of brurevu


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

I have a special weakness for Belgian Style Tripels and the New Belgium version is a great go to option that is always easily available. It pours a gorgeous golden color with a decent head a plenty of carbonation. The aroma is sweet and flowery with a hint of the Belgian yeast. The taste is fantastic and very smooth with the Belgian yeast tones and a sweetness that balance a very smooth mouthfeel. Sometimes I get a mild bitterness on the ending, but not this time. It was smooth and well balanced throughout.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:56:47 | More by brurevu
Photo of FanofHefe


4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated 13Jul14, poured into a Duvel tulip. Crystal clear yellow body with a touch of orange. Large, three-finger white head that has excellent retention and very good lacing.

Interesting Belgian yeast aroma. I get different notes nearly each time, especially as it warms. Fruity - pear, grape - at first, then stronger banana and esters as it warms. The malt aroma is bread, but leaning toward sweetness.

Tasty flavor that adds some dimension to the aroma. Definitely the banana there, but the bubble gum comes through more strongly in the flavor that I didn't get in the aroma. The coriander blends nicely with light yeast spiciness and does not overwhelm. Bready, fruity, and sweet flavor that leans toward the Belgian Wit or Hefeweizen. Complex flavor for sure.

A bit dry with a sweet finish, but not heavy. Overall, an excellent Trippel and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:20:59 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of MrBoz21


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass at 40 degrees

Poured with ¼ inch white soapy foam that settled quickly and left persistent cap with nice lacing that dissapated as I drank beer. Straw yellow with golden highlights. Very clear and effervescent.

Aroma: Malty with warm milk bouquet and bread and toffee notes; slight banana. Pleasant and not yeasty or overly fruity, slight clove and phenol.

Taste: Full and complex. Sweet toffee-like malt with delicate noble hop bitterness. Finishes with a bit of toasted pie crust (dare I say astringency … but in a good way). Mild pear-like fruitiness is present throughout and orange touches top of mouth.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation creates perception of dry tipping towards moderate. However the mouth is full and malt stays on sides of tongue.

Overall: This beer is nuanced, complex and subtle. Very balanced and pleasant and provides treats for all the senses. Although it says that it is brewed with coriander, the spice is hop-like and mingles well with other characteristics. Very versatile, will wash the dust down on hot day or go down nicely après ski. I would say best paired with fatty fish, like salmon. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:12:14 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of falloutsnow


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-02-06
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Heavy on the Belgian yeast, esters, and bread, New Belgium's tripel is a somewhat richer, more full version of the style than others in its focus on yeast and grains, rather than esters and phenols. Not my favorite of the style because of this, but affordably price and reliably fresh, this is an easy go-to for the style if one is seeking a heavier, bready tripel.

Pours a 1.5cm head of white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles and a frothy appearance, that has average retention. The head fades to a thin sheet atop the body, which lasts for the duration of the session. Lacing is good, with complex patterns of thin lines and interspersed dots clinging to all sides of the glass. The body is golden orange in color, with light revealing a golden yellow hue. Carbonation is visible through the nearly transparent (20-30% opaque) body, quite active and numerous.

Aroma is of heavy banana esters and Belgian yeast, light bubble gum, mild phenolics giving a light hint of cloves, and underlying pale barley and wheat malts. Good, but a bit like a slightly Belgian hefeweizen.

Flavor is of sweet bread, heavy yeast and banana esters, spicy and clove-like phenols, Belgian yeast mustiness, light additional characters of pear and pineapple, and closing ethanol. Opens with heavy yeast and banana esters, sweet bread, lightly spicy and clove-like phenols. Mid-palate of continued heavy yeast, banana and ripe pear esters, sweet bread, moderate basement mustiness from Belgian yeast, a bit of tropical fruit (pineapple), lightly spicy and clove-like phenols. Back of palate experiences continued banana, pear, and pineapple fruit esters with a combination of spicy phenols, ethanol, and sweet bread. Aftertaste of heavy yeast, sharp phenols lending a spicy, astringent quality, pear-like esters, and faint ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low carbonation. Swallowing leads to a flash of ethanol felt on the back of the throat, but not on the tongue or in the nostrils. Closes very dry, nearly astringent, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 06:15:00 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, straw yellow with a foamy 1 inch head, and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, Belgium yeasts, orange, coriander, peppery spices, grapes, plums, classic tripel bubblegum aroma.

Taste - First sip has a load of grapes, some orange and pineapple, mixed with some Belgium yeasts. Smooth, floral fruits with a nice amount of yeasty sweetness. Nice banana/lemon flavor so common in tripels. Added spices give a pepper note along with slight alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Floral hops and sugars coats the tongue. Palate gets more fruits, along with sugars and spices. The aftertaste is fruity, peppey and tart.

Overall - Really nice American brewed Belgium tripel. Has great flavor, smooth and easy to drink. Not to sweet, strong or even too warm from the alcohol. Nice beer, worth a drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:46:02 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 25/9/13 thanks BINGEBOT for the bottle

A clear golden yellow with lots of tiny suspended particles being moved around by bubbles of all sizes and speeds, a finger of foam sits for a few sips leaving some random spots of lace

S coriander, peppery spice, dry cereal and faint banana, a little bubblegum, clove, yeast, orange peal and booze, smells like a triple

T a little candied pineapple and much more spice then the nose, other then that everything I smells more or less there just a little toned down

M slightly syrupy, enough bubbles to please, a little heat, spice lingers on the finish

O went down with ease and pretty solid beer, less spice and I think this one would be great

I'd drink this again if available in my neck of the woods at the right price, worth a try for sure and for spice lovers this one might tickle your fancy

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 05:09:15 | More by wordemupg
Photo of a0lbudman


4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:42:54 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a frothy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear with small yeast particles

S: yeasty, banana, clove, coriander

T: banana and clove esters, a grainy breast flavor, slightly sweet, finish bitters slightly

M: carbonation to low, alcohol present

O: OK interpretation of the style, flavors are not outstandingly represented

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:04:15 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of cjgator3


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden yellow color with orangish hues mixed in and an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very fruity with corriander and other spices along with banana and some alcohol floating around in the background as well.

T- The taste has a little bit of fruity sweetness up front with a smooth and slightly dry finish and some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad Tripel at all. It isn't my favorite beer style in the world but I can enjoy a quality beer from the style every once in a while. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:46:03 | More by cjgator3
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, light honey orange; medium frothy white head, long lasting; effervescent

Smell: light citrusy orange; coriander; bubblegum; light hint of hay; interesting

Taste: Citrusy, slightly dry start; a little bready in the mid with a mix of Belgian yeast; finishes semi-sweet with pepper and light alcohol; very tasty overall

Mouthfeel: Juicy and smooth; medium body with zippy carbonation

Remarks: I'd definitely buy this again

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:15:03 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent amber with a big font white head.

The smell is Belgian yeast, bubblegum and bananas. There's also some spices and a little hops.

The taste is yeasty, coriander, finishing with some sweetness and bitterness. I can detect just a bit of alcohol on the finish.

The mouthfeel is quite light with low to medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty good tripel, one of the first American craft beers I'd tried and one I would definitely return to on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 23:31:50 | More by Dave1999
Photo of scotorum


4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear gold topped by a finger thick white head which dissipated to heavy surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Peach or apricot..

t: Piney hops followed by a Belgian fruit cocktail. Both refreshing and easy-drinking. The higher ABV (7.8%) is concealed nicely.

m: Moderate with more body than might be expected from such a light-colored brew.. Slickish.

o: A well-made Belgian Tripel which is likely to please hop lovers as well. A good buy at the $1.89 I paid at Honeygo Wine & Spirits in Perry Hall Maryland in June.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 05:44:18 | More by scotorum
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 hokieguy95


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter glass

appearance: Orange golden, very clear. One finger and a half head and I poured carefully.

smell: Melons and as it warmed a strong candy aroma of bubble gum reminiscent of my childhood days of Big League Chew...

taste: Yeast taste is big and up front. Citrus and spice on the finish.

mouthfeel: very creamy and yeasty thick. The finish lingers and the thickness hangs around for a while.

overall: A very good Trippel

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:45:07 | More by hokieguy95
Photo of Radome


3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

A - Rich, golden color with some orange. clear with tiny bubbles constantly rising. Head is white and very thick, made up of tiny, creamy bubbles. It fades to a thin layer, but keeps a thick chunky ring around the glass along with thick lacing.

S - The main component is grainy pilsner malt aroma. Mixed with it are faint almond nuttiness and a spice that I can't identify. In the background are yeast notes you would expect for a tripel, such as bubblegum and black pepper, but they are faint. Hops are almost unnoticeable, but I think there is a grassiness mixed with the spice. Alcohol and sugar are not evident.

T - The flavors match the aromas, with grainy, pilsner-like malt dominating. There is some table sugar sweetness, countered by the spice and pepper. No hops or alcohol flavors. There is some lemon-like tartness in the finish. Flavors are not too rich or complex.

M - Light to medium body. Medium hop bitterness. Low carbonation. Dry finish. No alcohol burn.

O - No flaws, some nice aromas and flavors. Very drinkable. However, it's not as complex or interesting as some tripels.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:21:31 | More by Radome
Photo of Aleks_P


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from bottle yellow/gold and completely transparent, carbonation floating to the top with foamy white head.

Smell: Average, just smells like beer to me. Can't really detect any spices or anything.

Taste: Original reaction is that I didn't notice much but detected a little peppery kick and very slightly noticeable alcohol. Think I enjoyed the beer more with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated and smooth. Enjoyable, good summer beer.

Overall: Above average but not great, I prefer belgians that are heavier and this one just didn't have a lot of distinguishing features. Don't mind enjoying this one on the back porch though.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:48:40 | More by Aleks_P
Photo of macrosmatic


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a nice gold color, with some haziness apparent plus some chill haze. Forms a one finger white head with low retention and a good bit of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity esters (banana, apple, grape), lemon citrus, pale malts, mild spices. Sweet and fruity overall impression plus a light boozy character.

T: Follows the nose. Big fruity yeast esters - bitter green apple and banana - with lemony coriander, light cracker and pilsner malts. Sweet with a moderately dry finish, and not overly boozy on the tongue at all.

M: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, and a low alcohol presence for style.

O: I wasn't overly impressed with this one. No real flaws, and a solid beer for the price point. But not what a Tripel can be.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 13:00:54 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of Shaw


3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium arrived in Florida yesterday. Welcome! I'm drinking this from a New Belgium tulip glass given to me more than 10 years ago by my nephew and his wife. Tonight is the first time it's held New Belgium beer.

Pours a lovely golden color with a stark white head than reduces to a chunk in my glass.

Classic Belgian aroma of yeast and coriander.

The taste is spicy and complex, just as I would expect.

Nice chewy body.

Overall a fine trippel. Glad to see New Belgium in the Sunshine State.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 02:21:39 | More by Shaw
Photo of silverking


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- It pours a slightly hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Head retention is great, and lacing is excellent.

S - Banana, and lots of it, also a touch of bread.

T- Banana, Corriander, light bread notes.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O- Pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:26:40 | More by silverking
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