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

Poured this Tripel from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This brew poured a golden color, clear, produced nice white frothy head, lacing was off the charts. The aroma consisted of fruity peach and a slight hint of spicy coriander. Medium in body, this ale was smooth and crisp, light malted grain, taste of floral herbs, fruity peach and some hop bitterness. Not sure if this a "beginners" Tripel, but this is an excellent tasting brew! Prost!

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd have to say that I enjoy this more than most of their beers. It's one of them that are outstanding enough to be remembered. (skinnydip, fat tire, springboard, mighty arrow...are all just too similar)

Poured a surprisingly pale golden yellow with a thin head. Grain forward, then fruit and spice, with some of their propietary yeast character (powdery and biscuity) in there.

Crisp hops, some fruity esters: tropical, bananans and a honey sweetness. Good full mouthfeel, not lacking in that department, for sure. The alcohol is at a happy place and this is a very well-balanced brew.

Photo of JEdmund
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Very light orange/pink, kinda like a blush wine, but more orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles and very minimal head (poured into red wine glass).

Aroma
Fruity Belgian smell with some hints of clove, banana, honey, and spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Very clean, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. High level of carbonation, and the flavors certainly follow the aroma closely. Aftertaste drops off cleanly, but there is also some fruit and maltiness lingering. There's a surprising amount of bitterness to this heavily malted beer. No indication that this packs a high ABV.

Overall
I'm surprised by how palatable this is. I was expecting to be turned off by the typical Belgian banana flavor, but it's got a good spice and bite which keeps me going. I'm enjoying it, but one is plenty.

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

This one poured a fizzy pale amber that was crystal clear as the yeast meddled in. A large foamy/fluffy head dissipated to a sticky film.

The nose was nice and strong, always pleasant and complex. Pear, coriander, clove, candy shell, peaches and a bit of other citrus hoppy flavors sat on semi-sweet doughy biscuity malt.

The alcohol was more noticeable in the taste however it was masked with several flavors. Fruity flavors dominated, pear, banana partnered with spices of coriander, clove. The sweetness was never too much and it was always welcome. A dry hoppyness with the belgian yeast and sweet spices dominated the finish.

The body was light but full and fluffy. The yeast was evident in the feel, the carbonation was spot one and the finish semi-dry, clean and complex.

Good drinkable tripel, flavorful, easy to find and pleasant to the last drop.

Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of wellsnb
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

pours a brilliant golden with some minuscule particulate floating. A glowing white two-finger head bubbles up before slowly deflating leaving some impressive lacing across the top and some nice belgian sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is typical for a belgian tripel with pear and fairly prominent banana, aided with clove spice, some spicy hops, and that distinctive belgian yeastiness. Malt aroma takes a back seat to the juicy fruits and spicing.

Taste is as anticipated, with pear, apple and honey up front along with that characteristic belgian yeastiness. Biscuits and spicy hops follow through the middle, with a yeasty and dark fruit finish. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy with some descent carbonation. Not quite as sharp or crisp as I would have hoped, and the carbonation works more toward the creaminess than that sharp belgian fruit/spice that I crave.

It's an impressive brew on the whole. Quite possibly the perfect introduction to Tripels, as it has all of the exemplary characteristics and nothing funky or unwelcome. At the same time, there are definite better and more complex Tripels out there... this one's nothing amazing, but a good and solid brew at a decent price.

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours yellow-orange with a finger of white head that features nice residual lacing.

S: Lemon, tangerine, lots of coriander, and some floral and soapy hoppiness.

T: Coriander, pepper, lemon, and floral hoppiness.

M: It has medium body thickness and small-bubbled carbonation.

O: This is okay; the coriander and soapy hops are a little much though.

Photo of mweso2000
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

I'll admit I was excited for this one, Tripels are one of my favorite styles of beer, and this one is new to me. Can't get New Belgium brews in LA so it took a trip to Houston to get a 6-pack.

The beer pours a golden color, lighter than I would expect from a tripel. Not a huge head, but creamy, some swirls that were still lingering on the surface after I started drinking. The aroma starts to feel like a tripel, with a wild aroma of spice and flowers. Sounds like an odd combo, but very nice.

The taste is more of the same, malty and spicy, with some sweetness and then some bitter kick from the hops. All in one sip. This is a very drinkable brew, I'm impressed.

Photo of CDCNAM
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jho3325
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TaborTime
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Crystal gold body with some floaters. Thick white frothy head with decent retention and great lacing.

Smell - Strong, definite banana. Sweet corn.

Taste - Strong, definite banana appears here as well. Tastes like it smells. Hidden alcohol considering the ABV, but it does make a cameo in the finish. Banana aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great full bodied, lots of carbonation.

Drinkability - You'd be hard pressed to find a lot of beers as drinkable as this in its ABV range without leaving the US. Great beer, and easy as hell to drink. And definitely something I want to come back to and share with friends another day. This is a poor-mans Chimay.

Photo of cowboy83
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of blbarnett3
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 2,554 ratings.