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 | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 58
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 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 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 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 msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 12 oz. bottle to goblet, Concordia Ale House

A: golden, quite clear, very faint head. Mild carbonation -slow & lazy.
S: initially not much smell, as this bottle was brought straight from the fridge. Caught a whiff of metallic twang which I blame on the cold temp. After it warmed, I was greeted by the Belgian yeast smells of clove, coriander and malty sugary sweetness.
T: Nice flavor - bit on the sweet side initially. Develops to some mild banana, nutmeg spiciness with a clean but mildly bitter hop finish.
M: Medium body, smooth. Not light by any means, but lighter than most other tripels I've tried.
D: Good beer, nice flavor. Approachable. Not a "wow" beer but a solid effort by Dick's.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 freed
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice surprise when it showed up on the shelves at the local store. Kind of lame label on the 12 oz bottle, but to each their own.

poured nicely into my glass, quick fizz settling in a thin, uneven head. Rich golden orange liquid, almost no carbonation activity. Smell is very mild, and easy to confuse with the other random smells in the room. Taste is much more welcoming. Warm, sweet yet tart, somewhat thin body with a rather large alcohol presense. Somewhat fruity citrus notes, which improves the overall enjoyment. By the end, I'm ready for the next beer, which will probably be something else.

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Photo of drewbage
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a 6oz draft at the WA State Summer Brew Fest

Beer pours a a deeply hazy orange with a inner light glowing out of a low and fine white head.

Aroma is amazingly spiced with cassia and coriander with a strong apple and banana with a warming alcohol aroma behind the final malt.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a malty and sweet front and a deep spicy flavor.

Finish is alcohol and a strong lemony sourness.

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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 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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