Trippel Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,555 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,555
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 69
Gots: 227 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the side of the label. Info about the brewery and beer are on the label as well. One ounce of beer was left in the bottle with the dregs as to not cloud the brew.

Appearance: Right away two fingers of froth appear in the chalice, clinging lace is witnessed and in very good shape. Bubbly golden, looks like a tame brut.

Smell: Peaches and roses … very aromatic, phenols and a melon like fruitiness round out the aroma as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Super crisp with a yeast palate right from the get go, not overwhelming but it is there. Light maltiness of doughy biscuits and harsh husk. Some busy phenols throw down a mix of herbal and medicinal magic with a touch of hop bitterness to boot. Vaguely fruity; starch plantains and faint peach. A breath of alcohol in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a good while into the after taste.

Notes: Very refreshing with the 8.5% abv being slightly hidden, quite the palate cleanser. Cabot has this Parmesan Cheddar blend, a perfect match with some mini rye bread. If you are into Trippels this is a must try, IMO this is a good stepping stone to jump into the vast world of Belgian Beer.

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from a77cj7 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts off with a strong spicy coriander flavor followed by mildly sweet flavors of lemon and caramel. Then some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not the best beer in the style but it's worth drinking for a little while.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +5%

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

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of creamy bright-white head. This maintains some foamy richness around the edges of glass, which leaves back a robust cascade of spotty lace down the sides. The aroma smells of green citrus, a tinge of floral notes, clove, coriander, and some strong banana character which sticks to the sweetness of the malts.

The taste is ripe banana, doughy sugars, coriander, and juicy citric hops with a spicy clove finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that bounces around in the mouth yet is undercut by oily hops that keep this slick as it spreads out in the mouth. The alcohol here is very well hid.

This was nice American take on the style, with a smooth drinkability and well balanced flavors that didn’t run over each other despite the coriander addition. I’m always up for a good Tripel and this one really surprised me.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold with a sizeable white head. Not what I would expect a tripel to look like at all. Nose is mute. Mild hop notes. Very little hitting me off of it. Flavor is very smooth. I can tell this is not of Belgian origin, but at the same time I can tell that it is made by someone who is committed. Sweet edge. Flavor ride doesn't last long. Feel is good. Smooth and even. Highly drinkable. I wouldn't normally consider a tripel to be a session-worthy brew, but this one is worth having more than one of. Not the type to have one bottle of and dwell on. It is more the style to grab a six pack of and drink in one sitting.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, clear but sediment golden wheat color, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Nose sweet golden Belgian malts, light spices, touch of light candi sugar, fruit with pear, apricot, apple, hint of booze and esters, light juicy malts.

Taste is semi sweet, juicy golden Belgian malts, fruity with apricot, apple, pear, etc. very light floral hops and light spices with a hint of coriander, fruity and light booze esters, light bitterness. Finishes a bit drier and light malt and Belgian yeast fruit, slightly sticky and fruity.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malts, fruity, hint of bitterness, juicy and drinkable, not too boozy either.

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

A - An extremely clear golden brew with generous lace left clinging after a full white head has crested and fallen.

S - A pungent earthy aroma with a nutty woody scent and a sugary candy essence teams with peppery tinges

M - Lively, full and dry, spicy aromas - lightly buttery feel and more dry herbal qualities round out the texture

T - A nutty sweet and dry Tripel, oaky woodiness and ginger crisp spiciness are dominant in the initial tastes. The fruity apple and melon is downplayed by the sugary dry tastes.

D - A noticeably strong and dry ale, spicy, yet smooth and light for the style. A good american interpetation - light and potent, nutty smooth and peppery.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll start out by stating i'm a bigger fan of dubels vice their big brothers, but here goes: BBD of 22 Sep 2006

Pours a murky straw color with a creamy white head in to my orval glass. Nice bubbly head hangs on the surface. Not much lacing

Smell: Spiciness from pepper, musty blanket smell, lemon & yeastness

Taste: Slight sourness/tart with a lemon grass taste. Pepper and honey-like sweetness. Some bannana and band aid taste on the tounge. Dryness and a slight alcohol kick on the finish, very warming

MF: thick and chewy; carbonation trends slight to over carbonated, which I attribute to it's "youth"

Like I state;not my cup of tea these trippels. I tryed a enough in BE to make up my mind, but this compares favorably to some of the trippels I had over there. If you are into trippels give this a considered tasting; very true to style

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass because I am capable of it.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, nice carbonation, some lacing, white head with good retention.

Aroma is sweet, malty, hints of spice.

Beer is medium in body and soft on the palate with a wet finish. There is a floral flavor and feeling to this whole beer that makes it quite enjoyable. The corriander is present but not annoying, it is a fine beer overall. I would have it again, a little too sweet for a tripel.

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...

Photo of mactrail
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It is refreshing and full of pale malts and Belgian yeast. It has a spicey scent that is quite appetising. The taste is decent. It has a nice pale flavor with a spicey Belgian style yeast taste. It warms a little on the finish, but it drinks well. It has a good mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation; maybe a little too much carbonation. This is a fine Blegian style beer, but I've had better.

Photo of jwc215
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 18 Aug 06.
Poured into glass chalice.
Poured orange (almost identical in color to Chimay white). Its creamy white head quickly turned to a thin, creamy cover that left plenty of lacing.
The smell was of citrusy orange, spiced hops and a touch of yeast.
The taste was a great balance of malt, hops and yeast. The Saaz hops, sweet malt and touch of yeast (though the yeast sediment was left in the bottle) came together to make a sweet fruity flavor that lingered. The sugar candy gave it just the right amount of sweetness so as not to overpower the hops too much.
Only a touch thinner than the famous Belgian trippels, this is a wonderful American version of the style. I wish that it were available in my area. It is truly a special treat.
Thanks to bditty for this one!

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat notes with some pepper and Belgian yeast notes. There is not much sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is also full of yeast and wheat notes, with some white pepper and a little bit of candy sugar. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of this for $3.99.

Pours a clear yellowish color, small white head to it. Aroma is of faint hops. Taste is light to medium bodied. For being a high ABV beer, the taste is pretty subdued. While it's very smooth and drinkable, it just seems a bit light and only faint hoppiness. Pretty solid beer all around, wish it was a little more adventurous but a great price.

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a cup (I know...). Poured in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Gold-copper with head of decent retention and thickness.

Sm: Clean barley, spice (coriander?), and the usual suspects: hops, malt, etc.

T: Creamy open to balanced body, lightly built for a tripel. Crisp finish. Notes are the same as the smell.

Mf: A bit smooth for a tripel, but otherwise on the mark.

Dr: I'd definitely have it again, especially considering its price and ABV.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Best By Date January 2009; Sampled May 2008
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some light, wispy lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides. The beer is brilliantly clear and well carbonated as lots of streaming bubbles quickly rise through the orangish golden body of this brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a bright gold hue. Aromas of fresh cut pears, aromatic apples, a touch of banana and under-ripe melon join with spicy notes of lemon zest, white pepper, candied ginger, fresh cut hay, floral wild-flowers, orange zest, clove, a hint of cardamom, light bubble-gum and an earthy-herbal spice component. Sweet malt induced aromas of herbal honey are joined by cracker-like grain and a characteristic scent of vibrant, freshly crushed pale malt. An incredibly aromatic brew, this just has a fantastic aroma to it; it perhaps smells a bit on the sweet side, and it certainly is quite clean (as opposed to rustic), but the mix of aromatic components is quite compelling and I easily spend my first five minutes with this brew just enjoying the aroma.

Sweet and clean tasting up front with a strong banana flavor that becomes noticeable in the middle and lingers on for quite some time in the finish. Only lightly hopped with bittering hops as this has only a slight bitterness in the finish. After the first couples sips my palate becomes a bit deadened to the banana note, other flavors of bubble-gum, honeydew melon, ripe pear and orange blossoms . This has quite a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it; slightly viscous, yet still quite drinkable. This is certainly not on the heavy side, even for a Tripel. Lightly sharp with spice notes of ginger, clove, a touch of white pepper, a hint of earthy sage. Ample, sweet, honeyed malt notes really boosts the fruit flavors here and there is also a touch of cracker like grain here as well.

A very nice example of a Tripel. At times it can seem a bit too clean & it would certainly be a bit more balanced with some sharper edges to it; a funkiness, more hops or even more spiciness could serve this purpose, as it does seem to be a little too sweet at times. Despite this, the beer remains pretty complex throughout. A beer I used to drink a fair amount of, but haven't for a long time and I am quite glad that I have revisited this.

Sampled June 2004
4/4/4.5/3.5/4, total of 4.15
Pours a brilliantly clear gold color, the beer supports an off white head. I get a lightly spicy aroma with notes of lemon, apple, and a hint of ginger. The aroma is subtly complex, and is quite nice and enjoyable. The beer is soft and lightly sweet up front, but ends with a contrasting drying finish. The taste is evocative of pears, vanilla, ginger, and perhaps some pepper and coriander as well. The palate of this beer has a certain full-bodied creaminess to it. This is pretty good, it is well rounded and just works for me. It is perhaps missing a balancing sharpness that can be found in some Trippels, but this is quite tasty, and is readily available to boot.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice retention.

S: Not getting a lot, minor malt and yeast esters.

T: Big yellow apple and pear esters with some spicy hop notes. Clover honey, with some almost mead-like sweetness. Good mineral note.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, somewhat alcoholic.

D: A real nice tripel, definitely an American version, the complexity isn't huge, but I liked it.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,555 ratings.