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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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very good

2,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 74
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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.

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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.

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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

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