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 harrymel
1.99/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 06/23/10
poured from bottle to new belgium tulip

A: light amber color unusual for typically straw colored ale. Beer appears flat. No head, rare bottom origin bubbles.

S: Light amber, crystal malt nose. Barely a touch of coriander typical in trippels.

T: Poor exhibit of traditional trippel ale flavors. The ale tastes as though the yeast is not actually belgian, but belgianesque.

M: Soft on tongue. Little carbonation. Crisp.

D: Poor showing of a trippel. I don't like trippel ales, and even I can say this is a poor showing.

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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 brentk56
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a very modest head despite a hard pour; the head fades quickly and fails to lace

Smell: Overly sweet candi sugar with undertones of pear, apricot and green apple; unruly hints of acetone and fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts out sweet and fruity (apricot and pear), with a growing bubblegum character; after the swallow, the profile brings forward some of the acetone and fusel alcohol flavors, but the aftertaste is overly sweet though there is a hint of white pepper as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Way too sweet for my tastebuds and lacking in the spicy complexity that would offset the sweetness

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Photo of beertaster13
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice dark orange with light gold highlights, the lacing is minimal. The smell is of strong bananas and rum, a sweet sugar grain is detected. The taste upfront is very banana, then comes the liquour rum that will blow you away, very powerful, a little to over the top for my liking, a good end to the session but not a good beginning.

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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 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 canucklehead
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't say I liked the plastic champagne style cork as it was difficult
to extract and would have been better served using a standard cap
such as Fish Brewing use on their stouts and barley wines.

On to the beer: the colour was an interesting pinkish-brown colour with a large amount of sediment in the bottle. I liked the sour nose but felt perhaps that the flavours seemed too subtle for a tripel. It's
great to see more PNW brewers attempting Belgian style ales but
I feel this lacks the finish and sharpness that define the style

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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 shelby415
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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 flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says this is an 8% ABV brew.

Appearance: hazy, rich golden-hued body with scads of apparent effervescence. Head is a single finger of fluffy ivory foam with moderate retention properties. Not too bed.

Smell: fruity and estery; I've got tons of banana, plenty of perfumey-floral aroma, and a little apple and pear coming through. It's also got a bit of a chalkiness to it. Overall, I like it, but I typically prefer a more pear-apple kind of thing to a banana kind of thing. Really, it smells more like a good hefeweizen than a tripel.

Taste: absolutely nothing like the aroma. Thick malt with an underpinning of banana are there at first, followed quickly by a big dose of alcohol bite and then a mild bitterness. Sad to say, I'm not crazy about this tripel's flavor characteristics: it's unsubtle, unrefined and uninspiring.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a monstrous carbonation that yields the crème de la crème of cream. If only the beer tasted the way it feels -- spectacular.

Drinkability: despite this beer's interesting (and good) aroma and mind-blowingly awesome mouthfeel, I just can't get past the unimpressive flavor.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

one finger quick dissipating white head with little if any lacing over amber/orange clear body. Sweet malt, sugar, sugar, and more sugar and a bit of citrus in the nose. Very sweet taste, overwhelms the hops and malt, though a bit of spice (not coriander) comes through at the end. A bit phenolic and the alcohol is very prominent. The mouthfeel isn't too bad, this is one very, very sweet beer. I tried warming it up a bit, and it did get a bit mellower, but the sweetness was cloying. I'm glad I tried it, but one is enough. Worth a try, but certainly no Allagash, Pranqster, etc.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear full copper color, but pours without any head, though perhaps there is a small ring of pale bubbles that is generated by a perfectly capable level of carbonation. The aroma is lightly sweet with a backdrop of astringent herbal notes. There are also aromatics notes of vanilla, clove, and other lightly spicy notes. The beer itself tastes lightly sweet yet it finishes with a dry herbal note that makes me want to take another sip. There is also a lingering earthy spice note that reminds me of coriander, could also be the Chimay strain of yeast, but I am not too sure. This beer has quite a bit of spiciness to it, but it is muted a bit by the sweetness that is perhaps a little too much. For some reason this beer just seems to clash a bit, it just does not quite do it for me, the individual flavors are good, but as a whole it just does not jive; it is decent but definitely not great.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pair of sample glasses. No indication of bottling or best by dates.

Pours slightly cloudy with a small head and lots of carbonation. Golden. Smell is slightly woody, slightly fruity, some banana. Pretty mild.

Taste is surprisingly bittersweet. Much more bitterness than I was expecting, but still a great deal of sweetness, still mostly in the banana line, but some sort of astringent fruity characteristic, which I don't know how to describe terribly well.

Mouthfeel is full and rich. Overall, not bad.

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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 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 seedyone
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

07/25/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. From bottle. Extremely sweet. As a big Belgian fan, this taste like the third chapter in the "How To Make a Belgian Triple". Keep at it. You're on the right track. I'll be back.

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled as 8.0% poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip a hazy orange with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is a decent amount of sweet malts and yeast spice. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts and fruits with a slight amount of spices. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a noticeable alcohol presence. This is a decent Tripel, but still sub-par as most American brewed Tripels are.

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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 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 Laklimell
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Belgian-Style Tripel from Dick's Brewing Company
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