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 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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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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Belgian-Style Tripel from Dick's Brewing Company
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