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

2,554 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,554
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 Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a big 2" head that lasted a bit. Thick lace painted the glass during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness and some yeast spiciness were soft but detectable.

Taste: nice malt profile with some lemon zest, honey, pear, and a mild bitterness. Some alcohol was noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp througout with some dryness late. Aftertaste was long as the flavor lingered in the mouth.

Drinkability: decent tripel but fell a bit short for me. After the glass was emptied I didn't want another.

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A score from my last visit to my aunt & uncle in D.C. I am headed there this weekend for the Lichtenstein exhibit at the National Gallery of Art and in order to reload, I need to jettison some of the backlog.

From the bottle: "Gracefully complex with alluring depth, our bottle-conditioned Belgian-style Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander."

My initial pour got me about a finger of solid, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity and both Midas and Croesus could be seen licking their lips. Nose was at once sweet, spicy and musty if you have the capacity to reconcile such a concept. There was a honey-like malty sweetness along with some sort of spice, all overlain by the mustiness of the yeast. Whew! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a riot of flavors on the tongue. It started out with a flowery perfuminess, giving way to a slight spice, followed by a yeasty dryness that was not really expected. Finish was quite dry, not to the point of gasping for air, but close. The price-tag ($4.49) is insane for how good this is! Phew! There is a stamp reading "29Jul12" but I did not see any lees if it were truly "bottle-conditioned". Man, this not only held up really well, but could have even sat a bit longer. Worth a try!

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

12 ounce bottle into chalice, best by 11/20/2011. Pours clear, yet cloudy, golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some bits of lacing on the glass, with a nice amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big banana, clove, pear, pepper, lemon, coriander, bread, bubblegum, grass, light tart grain, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of lemon, pepper, pear, coriander, biscuit, banana, herbal, clove, lightly tart grain, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of lemon, pepper, clove, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice overall balance of flavors with no cloying sweetness as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Very drinkable and smooth for the level of alcohol, but it is a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a damn nice and well balanced Belgian style tripel. Nice flavor profile and complexity.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold with a lush white head that slowly fades into a small head. Scattered lacing was left around the glass.
Smell is of typical Belgian yeast aroma, spices, with a mild corn syrup smell & some sugary sweetness.
Taste is of sugary pils malt with some corn syrup, perhaps some Munich in there with a touch of yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is quite full bodied and lively for a tripel. Tingly on the lips, hitting the center of the tongue, sweet at first, with a chalky dougyness that lingers on the tongue.
Edit: 11/9/06
Taste is better than originally reviewed. Similar to the original flavors but a sugary, citrusy, tropical, slight candy flavor, along with a touch of creamy vanilla. Old score was a 3.5.
Smell is phenolic, sugary, mildly corny but in check for a trippel with some tropical fruit notes and apricots evident with vanilla. Old score was a 3.5
Mouthfeel is smooth with a yeastyness that carries some phenols along the palate. A light sugary burn up front.
Drinkability overall is better than originally quoted at a 3.5.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the Sierra mountains at Bluesapalooza, this tasty concoction poured light apricot amber, with a stellar fine, near white head, leaving splotchy lacing, upon a gentle swirl. Fruity, yeasty Belgian all the way nose. This is a spicy, yeasty thoroughly enjoyable American/Belgian brew. After enjoying this tasty offering, only wish that New Belgium Brews were available in the NYC/Ct./NJ area

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid beer that is more herbal than most Tripels, and less sweet, but still falls well within the category. Pours a brilliant golden with a short head that fades to a thin ring. Smells yeasty like a fresh dinner roll and there are huge notes of coriander as well as a bit of fruity sweetness. The taste is biscuity, herbal, and slightly sweet, but most definitely on the dryer side for the style. A little bit grainy in the mouth, almost chalky, but overall this is a fairly pleasant beer.

Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a clear golden orange. Vortex of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Pours a 1/2 finger white head. Leaves some thick, well-defined lace rings. Good-retention.

Aroma: musky/very yeasty. Bready malts. No the best tripel I have smelt.

Taste: Very yeasty. Slight banana nut flavor. Not a whole lot going on here. I am a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little crisp. No presence of booze which is a plus. Leaves a dry sticky aftertaste. Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall, not something that impressed me very much. Many better tripels out there. There just wasn't a lot of flavor. I won't buy this again.

Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Jacob for sharing this. Right off the bat, I'm wondering what's up with all the banana in this beer. It reminds me more of a non-yeasty hefeweizen, weird. The malt is very smooth and pale, and the beer on a whole is quite drinkable, I'm just not sure what's going on. This is certainly not your average tripel... And possibly not a tripel.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a yellowish golden color with a small white cap that quickly fades, not much on lacing either.

S: Yeast, some spice and bananas plus grains

T: Starts with a nice yeasty spiciness, a little slick with a nice floral hop bite. I picked up banana and a light clove

M: Medium body, a bit slick, well carbonated, rather dry

O: Pretty standard for an American representation for the style

Photo of mdaschaf
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, very light golden color with a large white foamy head on top. It faded slowly, leaving some splotches on top and a ring around the edge. Nice foamy lacing all around the glass.

S: Some Belgian yeast, a little bit of pepper, coriander, and a little bit of grass and fruit.

T: Starts off with the spices, mostly the coriander and a bit of pepper. There is some faint citrus in the middle, mostly lemon. There is some grainy malt and a little bit of banana on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, rather crisp for a tripel. Medium carbonation.

O: A solid beer, easy drinking and nothing offensive. Well worth the $2.99 I paid for the 22oz bottle!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the YardHouse in Brea. Oh, and an interesting story. These was suppose to be served in a short 10 ounce goblet, but instead I got a 16 ounce shaker of this. Score! On to the beer:

Golden, clear, with a creamy white head on top. Maybe a blob of orange color in that body. When I semlled the beer, I thought this was liquid bubblegum. I could live with that, but too monotone for what I expected. Same with the taste. Lots of bubblegum flavor in this beer, but that's all I tasted. Ok, so a hint of peach emerged, but nothing else. Thin mouthfeel, nill carbonation. Could it have been a bad keg I got this from? Well, it didn't have any off-flavors, which made this sort of drinkable, especially with my BBQ chicken pizza. But overall, this was way too monotone.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is hazy and golden yellow hued. An inch and a half of head leaves plenty of lacing behind. The aroma offers coriander, yeast, sweet fruity malts, alcohol. Some nice citrus flavors meld well with spices. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Decent, but not to the level of the classic authentic Belgian notables in the style.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The tripel is a pale orange color, closer to a dark yellow, with a thick head (3 fingers) on pour that recedes quickly and leaves no trail that it ever existed.

S: The nose is spicy sweet, with some candi sugar, honey and anise floating around.

T: The candi sugars add a very distinct, sweet caramelized flavor to the ale, creating a sweetness that nicely transitions to a honey profile. The sweetness finishes long, masking a fairly thin malt body in its intensity. As the sweet profile fades away, a slightly sharp pepper flavor wraps the taste up nicely.

M: The spice profile is sweet without being too sweet, it makes for a pleasing drink.

D: The higher alcohol is well hidden in the lush sweetness, this is a fair representative of the style.

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden ale with a tall white colored head.

Smell is fruity and flowery with some coriander. Honeysuckle, orange and lemon scents. Overall this reminds me of orange blossom honey.

Starts out sweet and a little earthy with a mushroom taste. Little bit of bubblegum and lemon with an oranges and honey flavor. Very much has the taste of a field of flowers to it.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is good. I don't really love this on exactly but it is OK. Too bad this isn't less sweet and the mushroom thing needs to go away.

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear light copper hued body with big bubbles in slow motion rising to the surfaced. There is a bubbly creamy off-white head that last and last.
S- The dry candy and carbonic acid aroma has some slightly sweet malt notes to it that grow as the beer warms and a light white cheese rind hint in the finish.
T- The dry candy notes and coriander blend with some yeasty spice flavors and a green spice note in the finish is nice and dry. There are some light dried fruit qualities that compliment the yeast and spice as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat and a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer has a nice character with a full but well blended coriander flavor but it is not overly spiced. The beer is light and dry and has some nice supporting flavor making this a well rounded tripel.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my favorite glass. A rich gold in color with a white head and some lacing.

Smell: Fruity due to the yeast used and also detectable is some coriander.

Taste: A crisp, refreshing beer with apple and pear like tartness and a dry spiciness adds some allspice, coriander and cinnamon. The spice is apparent but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: A nice example of a tripel brewed with spices. In this case the flavors worked well together, and I would like to have a few of these on hand at all times.

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Flavor begins slightly malty, some honey then some sour notes. Higher ABV is hidden. Best before Nov 2006. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A brassy/bronze clear body is presented, with a soapy white head that doesn't stick around much. While drinking, puck does not stay for long, but leaves a simple collar.

Big stink on this one even after opening. Giant yeast stench, with a grass and dry spice kick. Some hints of white bread and sugars. Floral garden notes as well.

Taste is a medium bodied texture, chewy malt and booze. Alcohol present in the mid palate, with a faint and mild malt aftertaste strangely. Good solid enjoyable carbonation, sugars become more present in the taste and noticeable after some time resting.

Overall somewhat enjoyable but not gravitating towards that strongly, but I could see myself having this again.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel goblet, filling the top half with thick, bubbling foam. Body was a hazy, golden amber. Good balance between the two. Nice presentation.
Smells like a tripel; rich yeast, some light citrus and lemon zest, light spice and corriander. Some toasted biscuit is picked up as well.
The taste didn't sit well with me for some reason. The toasted biscuit turned into a burnt hair taste (like when someone is blow-drying their hair and singes some...yuk). It's subtle but present. Didn't like that. Completely overpowered the yeast and citrus.
A bit of creaminess combined with the hair thing, and I couldn't drink the last 1/8 of it.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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