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Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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very good

2,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 2124
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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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
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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
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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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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

A- A beautiful clear gold, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice faint lacing.

S- stone fruit, mostly peaches, and a dose of flowers and honeydew. Some mild booze.

T- Belgian yeast (sweet, follows the nose), and a mild hop bitterness up front. Malt is very mild, crackery in nature. Some mild spice from the coriander is present. Mild booziness and heat, but 8.5% is fairly well hidden.

M- light to medium, sweet and slightly dry on the finish.

T- Certainly a straightforward and excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:34:13 | More by JWU
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In my Colorado years this was one of my top few favorites. A dependable strong brew with a tangy taste. I never thought of this as yeasty, and it's a more refined style. Golden and clear in the tall Maredsous glass with a thin head but nice champagne bubbles. Plenty carbonated in the mouth.

It seems kind of sweet on first sip. The spices are a little overly strong. A malt candy flavor. The best feature is how smooth and drinkable this is. It's the ideal late evening sipping glassful. Seamless is the word that comes to mind, even with the alcohol taste.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at-- who cares, you can buy this everywhere. They do a good job of distributing. But I've never seen this on tap, which would be worth watching for. New Belgium makes this the cleanest, most approachable beer in the golden Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 06:03:05 | More by mactrail
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Golden hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly dissipates, leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface and a thick beer ring around the rim. Small amounts of effervescence can be seen rising throughout. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Sourdough bread, (the namesake) coriander is prominent, with hints of oregano, and a little honey.

T: Tastes like it smells. Pungent sourdough, with some hints of savory spice, topped with a slight indistinct sweetness.

M: Light yet syrupy. Spicy finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really strong. Nice effervescence, and a decent head with plenty of lacing on the back end. Nose is pungent and bready, with hints of savory spice. Tastes like it smells... light, pungent and bready, with plenty of spice and a slight sweet balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:31:13 | More by bmwats
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light pale yellow straw color. A one-finger head of rather dense, slightly off-white foams sets up with a fair amount of bubbles on top. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a rather thick ring of lace around the glass and fine lace with a few pronounced bubbles on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant, almost neon sunrise lemon yellow and clear, showing fine trails of effervescence rising through the center.

S - Esters of light fruit like honeydew melon with noticeable traces of banana, apples, and yeast backed by biscuit malts and light, sweet caramel. As it warms, hints of coriander begin to poke through. There's also some very soft floral notes in the background, like standing next to freshly trimmed rose bushes still wet with morning dew.

T - Very lightly toasted malts mix with subtle toffee, light caramel, and a rather distinctive yeasty spiciness that bends toward dried herbs. Fruit juice of pears and fresh, sweet apples follow. Hints of lemon-drops then appear. Bazooka bubblegum shows up on the sides of the tongue at the end and wrestles somewhat with coriander and clove for attention in the finish.

M - Fizzy and fresh. Good carbonation. Light, but solid body. Very nice structure shows great integration of components. Finish is short, and surprisingly dry and clean. Crisp.

O - This is one tasty beer. Nice range of flavors that favor the malt/fruit nature of Tripels while making sure the finish isn't cloying. It's not terribly complex, and there's just a tad too much spiciness in the finish for me to say this is an exceptional example of the style, but it's quite good and definitely recommended, especially as a gateway to Belgium Tripels.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 08:51:51 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow with minimal head and moderate lacing
S - Strong spice aroma. Some alcohol scent apparent.
T - Heavy spice flavoring, but not overwhelming.
M - Light body and low carbonation. Drinks pretty easy despite the strong flavors and alchol content.
O - Easy to drink despite the high alcohol and strong flavor. A staple beer in my fridge due to its excellent taste and availability here in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 03:33:06 | More by TEOTH
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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a nice light golden color, it’s mildly hazy and is topped off with a nice thick white head that sticks around for a while. It has some nice lacing and plenty of carbonation. The aroma has a mixture of fruits, clove, coriander, peppers and a slight peanut smell too. Light and crispy, this is a medium bodied ale, the spices are nice and not overpowering, the coriander come out in the aftertaste. The malts are strong at first, but as it travels toward the back of your throat, it sweetens up just a little, it is dry overall. Not a bad ale and it goes down smoothly too.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:54:36 | More by vickersspitfire
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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Light peachy copper color. A foamy white head leaves a light film with light lines of lacing.

Aroma: Slightly boozy up front, sweet bubblegum, malts, coriander.

Taste: Starts off a bit metallic but then a softer sweet malt comes in with a bubblegum taste laced with coriander, much like the aroma. A dryer hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, boozy.

Overall: Decent, but the particular flavor of coriander is just too much. One bottle is enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 16:17:11 | More by JuicesFlowing
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A golden beer with excellent clarity and a rocky white head that leaves some lacing.

S: A nice spicy nose with aroma of pepper, coriander and some clove. There is a medium-low, light colored fruit ester like apricots and peaches. Some light herbal-like character. A low, floral alcohol aroma.

T: A smooth honey like malt sweetness blended with spice and fruit. There is a medium-low earth and spicy hops flavor and bitterness. The balance leans towards the sweet and malty side with a medium finish. Some spice in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation. A noticeable alcohol warmth.

O: Another excellently crafted, balance beer from New Belgium. It's on the lighter side of the Tripel style but still packs a lot of fruit, spicy flavor with a nice balance of sweetness that doesn't overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 00:14:12 | More by MadScientist
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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice. Pours to a medium white head that falls to a thin layer and light lacing (could be the dusty glass, sorry). Aroma is spicy coriander, intense fruit esters from the yeast, and sweet caramel. Flavor is melt-in-your-mouth honey and biscuits, spices, fruits and a balancing spice and bitterness to offset the intense sweetness but not enough to dry out the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, warming and appropriate to style. Overall a very well made beer that is excellent for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 22:00:51 | More by EagleTalon
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4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow, yellow, perhaps a touch of amber. Pretty thin head with a decent lace that dissipates quickly. By the way, generic looking label. Meh.

S: This is where it starts to knock your socks off. Belgian yeast abbey ale goodness with some banana esters, spices and an indescribable crispness if that's possible with smell.

T: Delicate fruity and banana sweetness, bready and slight spices. Mouthfeel is nice and crispy with a warm alcohol and Belgian yeast finish. Stated simply, if you like Belgian Trippel Ales with the famous yeast and banana esters, you will like this.

O: Excellent crisp, slightly spicy and balanced Trippel.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:55:17 | More by C3likesbeer
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The brew pours a medium golden color with a one finger white heed. The head fades fast leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a bit of bready malt mixed with a spice of coriander. Some citrus notes of orange are present as well and are mixed with some floral and yeasty smells. A very light banana smell is there as well giving it a more mild but pleasant Belgian triple aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp bready flavor with lots of citrus flavors mixed within. A lighter yeast taste comes in soon after the initial taste with some spice notes of coriander and some grassy flavors. Floral notes come to the tongue with a lighter alcohol flavor coming more toward the end. At its finish, a nice smooth and crisp lighter Belgian triple taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the medium side. The lighter body and medium carbonation are great for the style and make a crisper and more refreshing brew matching the citrus, floral and light bready flavors very well.

Overall – A moderately good triple with nice flavors and an easy drinking taste and feel. Matched with the moderate price for a triple, overall it is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 02:17:39 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with one finger of white head leaves quickly but ring of white stays and produces good amount of lacings. Smell is pungent spiced apple.
Taste is puckering astringent plenty of malts. Can't detect the hops but there is a slight bitterness. Fruity and again maybe some spiced apple, banana, and cloves.
Mouthfeel was slick and well carbonated. It has a medium dry finish. Alcohol is clearly there but not a turn off. Overall a decent beer but I probably won't buy a six pack. This was included in a Folly 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 07:54:16 | More by Spikester
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3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Medium gold, with very thin white head with little lacing. Clear on first pour but cloudy towards the end of the bottle.

S - yeast, booze, bready. Some fruit, vaguely reminiscent of wine, a little banana. Not getting coriander despite the promise it's in there.

T - Similar to the smell. Spices and yeast upfront, followed by a nice biting malt flavour with some banana. A dry aftertaste

M - Thin, light carbonation. Not very exciting

O - A quite pleasant beer, but not one I would rush to drink again. That said, this is the first I have had of this style, so I may revisit later

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:43:56 | More by dc87
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4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass

A - clear straw/yellow in color. 2 inch head with decent retention and solid lacing down the sides

S - coriander and other spice heavy up front. slight maltiness but very florally dominated.

T - coriander, floral, good balance of malt and hops underneath but like the smell, very florally dominated.

M - medium bodied, good carb, a little stickiness

Overall - very pleasant to drink. possible room for improvement to allow hops or malts to come forward more. but all in all, a very good beer

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:52:20 | More by kshizzle101
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Trippel has a fairly thin (wide-brim glass), off-white head, and a fizzy, clear, yellow-golden appearance, with a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of musty grain and some sweetness. Taste is of coriander spice, sweet bread, water, sugar, and some mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and New Belgium Trippel finishes dry, easy going, and surprisingly refreshing. One just does not pick up a heavy alcohol presence with this beer, although it is there. Overall, this is one of their good ones (because, they do have some bad ones, in my opinion). For $2.99 a bottle, it’s a good value.


Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 12:42:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've always liked the Fat Tire from this brewery even thought it tastes like dirt. I have also tried a few others and while they were "OK" I don't put them in the same league as other $8-$9 six packs that are available. Store had this Trippel on sale so I decided to try it as I really enjoy this style. Wow, was not expecting this, but to me it tastes like Schlitz Malt Liquor or some of the other corn-squeezins with high ABV. I have had dozens of Belgium Trips and this is not a good rendition whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 18:56:29 | More by bigmo66
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South Carolina

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a wide-mouth goblet.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, clear with plenty of carbonation inside. Head is 1.5 fingers, foamy, pure white, and leave a solid layer of foam along the walls of the glass.

S: Nice spicy notes all throughout, with some citrus, yeast, apple, honey, and some pineapple. Good smooth bready note to hold things together.

T: Very smooth and really reminds of a real, solid, Belgian tripel. Has some yeast in there. Fruit profile is pineapple and some light fruits. Herbal note in the middle, along with slight bread. Finishes with a bit of honey and some spice.

If this were a blind test I'm not sure I could differentiate this from some real Belgian tripels. Very nice brew from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 23:48:13 | More by BucBasil
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West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and golden after it settles. Yellowish orange at first pour. Head disappeared instantly.
Smell: Light banana and citrus.
Taste: Light banana, very light citrus, and alcoholic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Spritsy and bright.

Quite the unusual Tripel. The head is gone instantly, the fruit and floral is quite light, and there is a very clear alcoholic presence in the aftertaste. However, it's a good drink. The taste is quite good. I may or may not get this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 03:16:03 | More by TeamMathis
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first beer of 2013 (Yeah, I’m just submitting my review now – so I’m late. Big whoop; wanna fight about it?) Appearance-wise, it looks like all other Belgians: massive head, translucent amber body, heavy carbonation and gummy lacing. Enough about that. The nose gets a mild whiff of plum while the palate is plastered with a cloying heft of coriander and scraps of grass and lemon for a rushed finish. There is an airy and crisp mouthfeel that one would normally find in this style.

While I am a fan of New Belgium, we all know that some of the beers can be considered a hit or miss. This falls in the latter category: not bad, but not great; in any case, I’ve had it – no big whoop.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:09:38 | More by jjboesen
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3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trippel a Belgium Style Ale from New Belgium brewery
A :nice pale golden clear color with and tight white head.

S: Light yeast aroma and mild florals from hops and coriander.

T:Light to moderate carbonation. Taste mild bitterness with spivey banana/coriander flavors with a slight alcohol flavor on the back end

MF: Light to moderate mouth fill, Lightly carbonated.

Overall: A nice mild american brewed Belgium ale

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 02:08:57 | More by CardiacNP
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber ($2.99) into a tulip. This is the leadoff hitter in a week of tripels.

A: The requisite hazy gold, but lacking the glorious frothy head characterizing the best of the style. This almost looks flat.

S: Light bubblegum and indistinct sugary sweetness, but nothing cloying. Pleasant, if a little muted. Intensifies as it warms.

T: All the hallmarks are here, but there isn't a lot of taste memory. Maybe a hint of the cilantro and an initial classic tripel taste, but this becomes muddled and indistinct. Not an impactful taste.

M: Thin for the style and less carbonated than this reviewer prefers.

O: A poor man's triple, but one that scratches the itch, especially given the price points of the best of the Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 13:25:36 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber from Nick's of Clinton

a: the pour produces a bone-white head of average stature, the beer itself a clear, bright golden in color

s: the nose features a combination of bready pale and crisp pils malts, ample enough to provide a clearly sweet note, yeast, a touch of grassy hop and floral coriander - both quite mild, some light esters with a touch of warm pineapple and apricot

m: carbonation bordering moderate-high, body lighter but with a slight sugary weight

t: sugary pale malts bring bready flavors with moderate notes of floral coriander, balanced with clean pils malt, grass, yeast, some esters with hints of apricot, hops provide a moderate, lightly metallic bitter to the crisp finish

o: a pretty plain trippel, but nothing off and with more going for it than you might expect from a 3.99 dollar bomber, drinks well, alcohol warms the stomach a bit but stays out of the way otherwise

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 02:34:43 | More by blackie
Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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