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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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-27-2002

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 48
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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 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 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 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 AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 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 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 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 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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Belgian-Style Tripel from Dick's Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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