Belgian-Style Tripel | Dick's Brewing Company

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Belgian-Style TripelBelgian-Style Tripel

Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-27-2002

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 48
Reviews by Manoftyr:
Photo of Manoftyr
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 64oz growler of this during a Dick's Brewery tasting over at Big Z's in Huntington Long Island.

Appearance-Pours into my chalice a beautiful golden amber, a small amount of head rises from the pour but dissipates after a few seconds leaving some slight lacing along the sides.

Aroma-Belgian yeast and Belgian candy sugar predominate the aroma with some slight fruity undertones,

Taste-Follows the aroma with the Belgian candy sugar with prevalent Belgian yeast flavors that are typical of the style. Very straight forward. It's pretty much what you'd expect from a Belgian Tripel.

Mouthfeel-Creamy and carbonated, quite nice actually.

Drinkability-Honestly, I picked up this 64oz growler earlier today and it's about two thirds done because I can't put the darn thing down. Highly drinkable.

Notes-I love Belgian ales and I've tasted quite a few American interpretations and this is in my honest opinion the only one I've tasted that does the style any justice. Is it as good as an authentic Belgian Tripel?, no, but it's damn close and reasonably priced as well. Highly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Florescent orange in color with a modest head. This one is bright but thick.

Smell – Strong malt and orange aroma with a hint of Belgian spices.

Taste – There’s a noticeable bready flavor to this ale coupled to the orange sweetness from the nose.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium in the body. This one has a little alcohol sting to it.

Drinkability – Not bad, but not one I’d run out to buy again.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, pours cloudy orange/tangarine, under a quickly departing off white head, then a medium collar and fine wispy lace left on the glass. Fruity on the nose, with rich notes of the tropics. Fruit theme continues onto the palate. Fruit juice, grapes, bananas, melon. Some warming alcohol, and finally moderate drying hops way late. Pleasant enough. Thoroughly American style tripel. Dangerously drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many, many thanks to skyhand for another chance to try a Dick's Brew.
Poured a pretty cloudy tangerine orange with a nice half finger white head that melts to nothing very quickly.
Aroma is totally belgium....Sweet pale malts, distinctive belgium yeast, soft bright citrus fruits (tangerines, oranges) and candied orange on the tail end.
Flavor is extra sweet belgium candy sugar with pale malts and sort of a biscuit yeast that gets finished with a light citrus hops.
Too much sugar for the style, yet it still finishes dry with little cloying and final reminders of the light citrus hops and pale sweet malts.
A nice American interpetation of the style, yet missing years of experience found in the 'original'.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

[Thanks to msubulldog25 for the trade, once again!]

Not much of a head on this bad boy, and what did pour out thinned too quickly. But the color is quite nice, a vibrant golden-orange that's dying to be sipped.

Aroma is straight outta the Belgian beer how-to book, so they nailed this aspect: candi sugar, flowery spices, sweet malts, ample scents of pear, apple, peach, orange, grape.

The sweetness of the usual tripel is kept in check here somehow, having a toasty quality in addition to the flowery hops and the dessert-like spiciness. Good balance, a huskier malt essence than many tripels, an interesting, different and noble take on the style. And the alcohol is well-hidden.

There's an uninviting deadness to the mouthfeel of the beer. No telling if it's too old, but it certainly tastes like a living, unexpired beer, so...needs more carbonation and definitely more roundness.

The spices swirl in the mouth long after the sips, so extra thumbs-up for the long finish. A good one overall, I'd definitely try more Dick's stuff if I ever came across it.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Throws a hazed peach body with a smallish beige head. Retention is decent.
Aromas of candi-fruit and hay.
Taste begins with loads of fruitiness. Peach, tangerine and apricot. Mixes with a slight vanilla and nutmeg spicing. Yeast adds some doughy notes. Bready and grassy later on. Nobel hops wrap up the finish. Alcohol is noted, but welcome. Sort of falls apart as it sits. Less fruit, and more grass. Nothing horrible, but it started excellent, and ended merely good.
Nice spritzy and creamy mouthfeel. Full, heavy body, but balanced by ample carbonation.
I am a little peeved that this one didn't finish strong, I had it pegged for 4.5+ range early on.
But very respectable nonetheless.

Thanks jreitman. From the looks of things, Dick's is quite the interesting little brewery.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An odd one where the taste is better than the aroma. Pours an orange tinted body (the head disapears as it warms) with a little yeast aroma. Initial taste is yeasty and apple juice. Carbonation is right there. Average mouthfeel, a tad less than expected from the style. Drinkable, it grows on me, but not very drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with a bright white head that holds OK. The head leaves a good collar and a thin, whispy head across the surface as well as some very nice lace. The aroma is quite phenolic with an almost weizen character as it includes some banana and bubblegum. Full and very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a big, brash, sweet, juicy malt throughout. The alcohol is readily apparent - not surprising considering the aggressive fermentation characteristics. The finish is long with a lingering fruit malt and phenolics including some smoke and plastic. Quite bold, and very unique.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant golden hue with some substantial clouding, topped by a bright creamy white head. Appealilng aroma of Belgian yeast, some European hops, light citrus, coriander, lemon zest, and a touch of confectioner's sugar. Palate is quite nice, although a bit overly sweet. European malt, nice spices, and some mellow hops take a back seat to a ton of confectioner's sugar on the finish. Body is substantial, but a bit still for a tripel. Easy enough to drink, but this is still a little off the mark.

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Photo of Elemental
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well first I have to say don't try this when you have a chimay to compare it to, its just not fair. This beer has a good light golden color with a thin head. The smell is comprised of many different fruits with a light spicyness to it. I would say that there is just to much fruit aroma in the beer. And that goes for the taste too. An ok taste but it is dominated by fruits (just too much). Overall I would say that this beer is probably worth checking out but definately could use some improvements.

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a darker orange color, creeping towards but not all the way to brown. An obvious haziness emerges as light shines through.

S: The nose is very sweet, full of candi sugar and honey-like spices. A bit of pepper rounds out the aroma.

T: The sweetness from the nose is at the forefront of the body. Potent, alcohol-filled sips reveal an overload of candi sugars, to the point of near-intense sweetness, followed by honey, coriander and yeasty funkiness. A very strong flavor, the warming alcohol finishes very long, providing an astringent body.

M: The sweetness up front almost overwhelms and the alcohol at the end is too hot, but in between the flavor is strong and hearty.

D: I am pleased, this is a nice bigger take on the style, with a flourish of spices and an abundance of alcohol.

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Photo of Laklimell
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color as it sets in my glass a somewhat muzzy dark orange color, the head is inconsequential in size, semi-creamy in texture and a bright white color, as the head quickly vanishes a tenuous film of lace forms to seal off the glass. The aroma of vanilla or sugar cookies comes to mind with a slight hint of cinnamon, fresh, clean and the start ambrosial, nice malt presence, the top is light to moderate in its feel. Finish is penetrating in its acidic bite, the hops merciful in their spiciness, just a tinge of alcohol bitterness brought on my the 9 percent ABV, also a slight warming of the tummy noticed, drinkable and a pleasant change of pace.

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Photo of visualweasel
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit darker orange than expected. Not an attractive color for a tripel. Very weak head, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S: The traditional Belgian spice profile, with more phenol than usual.

T: The flavor surprised me, and not in a good way! I had counted on the usual banana, bubblegum, and candy sugar, but phenols dominated, above and beyond what I expected from the nose.

M: A bit weak, minimal carbonation.

O: Not bad, but certainly not a favorite. The same night, I had a Real Ale Devil's Backbone, which (for an American brewer) is a much better choice.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have begun to like this brewery very much. The tripel is another example of an excellent example of the style.

Great yellow/pale color. Good carbonation, great flavor and incredible mouthfeel. I love it when I can get classic styles from other countries that are made locally. Try this and any other beer from Dick's.

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Photo of Apexracer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of 1whiskey
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured unhurriedly into a tulip glass. This is a hazy amber color with a head I would call not quite white. Some sticky lacing clings to the sides, but the head disappears pretty quick.

Smell is typically yeasty for the style, but not quite as funky as some others I've had.

Wow....the taste has more kick than the mild nose would lead you to believe. Big malty sweetness meets you first, with a spicy pepper kick chasing quickly afterwards. The typical banana and clove-like esters are present, but there's also a sweet dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins) flavor that becomes more dominant as this warms. This would make for a fine dessert beer, but this is just too sweet for my own taste.

This is pretty thick stuff, with much more viscosity than I would have's more along the lines of a barleywine. Moderate carbonation is present.

This is pretty rich stuff...definitely a sipper.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a finger of head.

Smells figgy. Rich and a bit of caramel.

Taste is rich, but obviously not a true Belgian. Yeast is present. Fruity and estery. Bit waxy. Bit of a dry, bitter after taste.

Not bad for the price. How I feel about most of their big beers

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Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok 12 oz bottle.
I poured this ninto my Chimay chalice and its a good enough looking ale,slightly hazy, orange/brown beer with a small splotchy bubbly head. Nice carbonation ( the chalice does that).
The aroma is sort of strange though..its a creamy hazelnut smell..though there is a small amount of expected spiciness in the back.
The taste however is up to style and quite warming with its nice blend of smooth malts and spices..alcohol is well hidden for its strength.
Good smooth mouthfeel.
Nice drinkable trpiel, not up to Belgian standards but very good for the price ($1.35 a 12 oz).

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ojiikun
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped and foiled 750 into a big ol' bordeau glass. Limpid, pale, red-orange at first, with a quick haze. Sparkling head with surprising retention for the light weight.

Smell is only ever so slightly of dry yeast funk underneath a whole mountain of sweet malt. White ice grapes, passionfruit, and candi. Boozier warm aromas allow out some undefinable spice - probably corriander.

Taste is really basic - full body of medium-sweet malts with more of the expected spice and a little less funk. Occasionally fruity, usually more like honey. Corriander becomes cola and there's a hint of bitterness at the very end to dry things out.

The mouthfeel on this brew is remarkable - downright effervescent and light despite it's tripple malt. Far more drinkable than most of it's sort due to the feel and the more subtle flavours, to some extent.

All in all, this beer was a surprise. The 750 was less than 8 bucks! For that little, I was expecting something boring. True, I got something generic, but it's not boring at all. Stretch your imagination just a bit and this is every bit as good as the more famous american and canadian belgian-styled ales.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for another tick, Bobby.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a nice white head and some spots of lacing.

S: I can smell the banana before I even pour the beer in the glass. Big time banana bread aroma and maybe even some banana candy. A touch of spice and maybe a bit of alcohol. Not bad...

T: Quite sweet with a definite banana bread flavor to it. A little bit of a bubblegum thing going on also. The alcohol is not there in flavor, but it does provide some perceptible warming notes. A bit of candi sugar and some light fruits, particularly white grapes and pears.

M: The body is medium with a carbonation that is on the light end of medium.

D: A big improvement from their brown ale. I prefer my tripels on the dry side, but this was not bad at all.

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Photo of Hortus
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to wine glass.

a-Pale golden color, somewhat dull. Almost no head at all yet some carbonation when moved around mouth.
s- sweet malt at first but does not last. some diacetyl? faint spice. not the best nose.
t- spicy flavor. Sweet.
m- bizarre that the head is zero yet there is carbonation in the mouth. light syrup feel.
d- at 9% fairly drinkable. Yet the aroma is a distraction. this particular bottle may be somewhat off.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a strong pale malt scent with a very fruity yeast finish. It is tart and spicey (corriander?). The taste is good. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor with a some additional Belgian carapils malts. It is rich and sweet with a fruity yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes creamy and with some banana/clove aftertastes. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is a very tastey beer. It has good aroma and flavor. It needs a bit more carbonation. It will help the appearance and the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Belgian-Style Tripel from Dick's Brewing Company
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