Belgian-Style Tripel | Dick's Brewing Company

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Belgian-Style TripelBelgian-Style Tripel

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Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.69. According to the label, this now has an abv of 8%.

Poured (into a Duvel snifter) an apricot color that took on a bright, hazy copper color when held up to the light. An inch of off-white foam came and went rather quickly, leaving spotty lace.

The nose seemed a pretty good approximation of what's expected for the style: Powdered sugar, pears, peaches, peppery and flowery spices, sweet malts were all encountered by my schnozz.

The sweet, sugary aspect of the taste is what first hits the tastebuds, followed by fruit flavors and spices. The finish is pleasingly dry.

The body seems a little too thick for the style, and the mouthfeel lacked that light, effervescent touch that seems to stay on Belgium's side of the pond. As usual (at least in my experience), this is the weak spot of an American attempt at the style.

A decent stab at a tripel by a brewery that would seem to be game to try just about any style. I'm not sure, but this might be the geographically closest regional attempt at the style to where I live. For that reason, I will probably drink it again, but only if I either can't find or can't afford (a distinct possibility given the economy) a tripel that actually hails from Belgium.

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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 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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