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: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of DaveRinn
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of JarMills
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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 bodybyadam
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was at SIB 05 on tap. One of my first tripels. The coppery brown color appeals to my senses as well as the caramel nose. No head from the tapper into my tasting 4oz "shot style" glass. The malty tripel is sweet to my palette and has a hint of a smoky flavor. This one is interesting and a bit different than other tripels. A bitter end balances out the finish.

- Adam

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Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Dicks' Belgian Tripel is a brassy orange with lots of little suspended floaties and a big bubbled white collar that leaves scattered lace. Served at fridge temp after cellaring for somewhere between 2-4 months, I don't really remember...

Smell is bright and very estery, loads of banana and bubblegum, also with a sour twinge perhaps indicative of wheat, or maybe just a little diacetyl.

Taste is pretty good, again very estery, on the sweet fruity side, which I look for in the style. There's a metallic sharpness that is cut by a yeasty flavor that I assume is just phenols, and some very light fusels before the clean, rather abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel is has a very nice, fine carbonation, it's got some stickiness but is dry and overall rather light bodied. Very digestible! Like is almost always the case (save for the rare snafu of hop particles), the floaties can't be felt or tasted, but are nevertheless a bit of a visual turn-off. Still, it's indicative of them using an authentic Belgian yeast, albeit one that is not very flocculant - in case you missed the huge esters!

Drinkability is pretty good, a full flavored Belgian without any curve balls that goes down with ease, the 8% ABV cited on my bottle is no problem. Pair the good taste with the great value price and Dick's once again comes though with another winner. These guys are sorely under-apprciated IMHO, but I'm doing my best to review their beers and spread the word!

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Photo of blackc5
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle at around 53F into a snifter. This was from a few weeks ago, so going on memory.

A - Pours a very nice dark amber/orange. Quite cloudy and with sizable head. Retention is good as is the lacing.

S - Definitely fruity and yeasty. Some grassiness there as well. Smells sweet - sugar and caramel. Maybe some molasses.

T - A sweet brew, but one that I quite enjoyed. Pretty good actually as far as American Tripels go I reckon. The yeasts are quite prevalent in the flavor profile, and was very enjoyable. I definitely will give it another try.

M - Super smooth and creamy. Chewy. I rate this exceptional compared to some of the other Tripels I have had - it is surely the strongest aspect of this beer.

D - At 8% (per the label) or 9% as BA says, drinkability is still quite high for the style. If you like feel like a slightly sweet(er) tripel with a nice yeasty backbone, this one hides the alcohol quite well IMHO. For the price, a real bargain.

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Photo of loren01
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden color. Beer pours into a Belgian glass real fizzy but bubbles dissipate. Very slight white head with slight lace down the glass
S: Smell is very fruity and sweet. Also a nice Belgian yeasty aroma.
T: Tastes real fruity (apple/pear ect). Sweet maltiness throughout. Finishes with good ETOH bite to it.
M: A tad bit on the overcarbonated side I would say. Beer is fairly light bodied for being such high ABV.
D: This is a very good beer. I'd pick up a 6 pack of this stuff again for sure if I see it around.

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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 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 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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow I got no head and not much lacing as well. It's got a sweet fruity scent and taste. There's a little bit of an alcohol taste, sweet and got a nice little bite at the end. Medium body. This brew is very drinkable and would recommend a try, priced really well.

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Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Poured a cloudy orange color with a bright white head that holds OK. Nose is banana, bready and yeasty. Mouthfeel is nice, feels good. Taste is really smooth. Finish is bold with hops and yeast. Very good overall and I would drink again for sure. Go Dicks.

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

Lustrous, yeasty, peachy apricot with a head that looks like French vanilla mousse to which a few drops of orange juice have been added. As it slowly descends, the cap leaves an attractive display of delicate, feathery lace.

In a blind sniff test, I would have said that this beer was brewed in Belgium rather than in Centralia, Washington. It's absolutely bursting with ripe peaches, pears and apricots. While it isn't as clove spicy as some, that aspect of the aroma is prominent enough and blends well with the fruity esters. There's a slight whiff of alcohol; not unexpected when the ABV is 9%.

There's definitely no shortage of flavor. Belgian-Style Tripel strikes me as a little more raw and unrefined than the best versions; not a problem as far as I'm concerned. Each large mouthful delivers a rapid, three punch combination of well-integrated alcohol (jab); spice (jab); and sweet, ripe orchard fruit (right cross).

Candi sugar was added in a 'just right' amount if you like your tripels neither puckeringly dry nor cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel, while nowhere near light, is lighter than is typical for the style. To be fair, it firms up nicely with warming. As the bottom of the glass draws near, it's becoming increasingly smooth and supple.

Dick's Belgian-Style Tripel is one of the better stateside versions (that I've tasted) of this classically Belgian style. It is a bit brash. If you like that sort of thing, as I do, then you'll be pleased with your purchase. This is a more than worthy effort.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Belmont Station in Portland OR on my first visit. Pours a nice hazy orange with a fair head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose is candy sweet and phenolic with a some banana in there. Taste is very similar to the smell and the sweetness is almost a bit much. Mouthfeel is medium with some fair carbonation and a slick feeling going down the hatch. Overall this is good tripel that you should give a try. Easy on the budget also.


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Photo of RedDiamond
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not everything that originates in Centralia, Washington smells this good. Trust me. Dick’s Belgian Tripel has a nose of tart green apple that is classically Belgian. It is clouded with a soft heathery color that ranges from shadowed grapefruit to sunset to buffed leather. A subdued carbonation forms just a rim and an islet of white head.

This is a credible replica of the Belgian style and one of Dick’s more elegant achievements. The bite of alcohol is somewhat prominent and competes with the flavor, signaling that this brew might benefit from an aging process. It also tends to go flat rather quickly and loses some of its zest. Still, it is mellow and drinkable and stands as one of Dick’s better efforts.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into goblet

A - Pours a deep, golden hue, w/a mild, off-white head that quickly gives way to a creamy lacing.

S - Smell is heavily of Belgian candi sugars and fruit, with the Belgian yeast in the background.

T - Belgian candi sugar, pears, apricots, and belgian yeast. Pretty true to style. Not quite as sweet as the smell suggests. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - A bit on the thin side for a big beer, but very smooth and drinkable.

D - The lighter-than-average body for the style makes this one borderline sessionable.

Overall - A pretty solid American interpretation of a Tripel. Could use a bit more body, but for the price, it's hard to complain. Worth trying if you like Tripels!

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Photo of MikeGill
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on April 1st during an in-store event at Big Z in Huntington, NY

The Dick's crew did an event at Blind Tiger the night before and when I stopped down there a few days later there was still a lot of their stuff tapped so it felt like a good kind of deja vu.

I remember liking their Barley Wine the best but I could only find my notes from the Triple.
Poured by Derek the brewery manager into a clear plastic cup.

Slightly cloudy gold with plenty of bubbles at first. Small fizzy white head. Some banana on the nose along with peanut candy.

At first the flavors and texture simulate lemon soda freshness. Mellows almost immediately producing some delicate fruit flavors. There are some hops poking through. Some alcohol warmth and spice but no where near a bomb. Tastes like an American version of a Belgian triple. Does not attack or weigh down the palate. Has depth but maintains a clean character.

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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 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 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 erikm25
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dusky and cloudy orange with peach coloring. Finely bubbled and pseudo creamy beige head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Pretty big. Good malt, clove, and ripe green apple smells. Slightest hint of spiced pears and apricots which blend together nicely with a warm vanilla alcohol aroma.

T: Peach and apricot stand out in the fruity taste. Peppers and spices are abundant and couple the tart fruit nicely. Alcohol is mildly present behind sugary sweet raisins.

M: Medium to full body with noticeable carbonation.

D: For the price I found this to be very pleasing. Despite the ABV it is pretty relaxed and very enjoyable. Picked this up in a 12oz and if the come in 750ml then I would recommend that.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Medium orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, estery and spicy. A medium bodied tripel. Malts are fruity and sweet. Estery, bananas and peaches. Bright yeasts, Spicy coriander and cloves. Touches of orange peel. Slight alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a noticeable alcohol bite.

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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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Belgian-Style Tripel from Dick's Brewing Company
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