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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #147
Ranked #19,170
3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our Trippel has always been a big, beautiful Belgian-style ale, but in 2015, we tweaked the recipe to include a new yeast variety and even more complex malt profile. This golden beer opens with a bold blast of spicy Noble hops, courtesy of Saaz and Hallertau Mittlefruh, and gives way to the fruity aromas offered by our traditional Belgian yeast. Brewed with Pilsner and Munich malts, Trippel is classically smooth and complex, and sings with a high-note of sweet citrus before a pleasantly dry finish delivers a warm, strong boozy bite. Give Trippel a sip to get you smiling.
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Photo of MercInc
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured at 51 degrees , into a tulip glass. Gold honey color, with a white head. Unlike other Belgium Ales, I needed to pour fairly aggressively to build that head. Nose is somewhat sweet, with notes of citrus and hops. Smooth feel, and a clean finish.

At 8.5 ABV, I thought I'd notice it s an effect on the flavor, but for me, I did not. As with all "High" ABV brews, this one can sneak up on the un-weary. Very nice brew in this style.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with light yellow head and big white bubbles. Beautiful notes of Belgium style spice of orange and coriander. Taste of citrus orange and spice with boozy punch.

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Trippel

Look – pours a classic golden hue, bubbly and well laced.

Smell – freshly mown hay

Feel – a creamy yet refreshing not clingy mouthful

Taste – vanilla cream, lightly malted, some citrus and what I imagine sweet hay tastes like. Leaves a pleasantly dry finish.

Overall – I’ve been a little slow to come around to Belgians. I always found them a bit sweet and only liked them on a limited basis. This one might change that. 8.5 ABV

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Photo of milkshakebeersucks
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber, slight head, little lacing. Yeasty aroma incorporates spices, honey, banana and cloves. Modestly hopped taste with sweet malts and ripe tropical fruits dominating. Lingering spiciness in the aftertaste. Lingering finish.

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Photo of timon
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice looking in the glass. Clean copper glass with snow white lacing. Smell is a bit more subdued in sweetness than most trippels, as is the taste. Tastes like a regular trippel with apricot, peach, honey, etc, but also has a stronger than normal grapefruit bitterness to it. The candy is there. Mouthfeel is excellent. Very drinkable and affordable. Underrated.

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Photo of jwp777
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle:

Bright amber color. Head is a bit on the thin side and doesn’t leave any lacing.

Aroma was a powerful punch of spices (clove?) and hops. Some citrus present as well. Smell was quite intriguing.

Taste - starts with a bit of yeast and spices, followed by malts (though I do wish the malt was a bit stronger). This is followed by a good bit of sweet citrus and the last thing I taste is the boozy, warm throat characteristic. Very complex and interesting especially as cheap as it was.

Feel - carbonation is there but not too much. Finish is dry. Body is fairly light for an 8.5% beer.

Overall, a good showing.

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Photo of Weirdbeardreview
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a cheerleader for New Belgium like most people from Colorado. There's a bunch of better breweries here. That's a different point in itself. I love most of their IPAs. They have the best Pumpkin. The honey orange Trippel might be one of the best beers I've ever had. So they set the bar pretty high in my eyes. So this one has to be pretty close to it right? Oh boy was I wrong. The smell and look is what you would expect from a Trippel. We're here for the taste though. The spices are amazing! It's a great combo. Remind me of the orange honey. That feeling of the flavors building up for a firework explosion was great. You know what's not great? It fizzled out. It's like drum building and building. Getting louder and faster. Then all of the sudden it stops. It's missing something to cut through it. It needs a helping hand. Like an orange or mango. Something to make it the flavor go further to finish the punch. I'm not mad at it,I'm just disappointed. Grade Lumberjack. 3 out 5 beards.

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Photo of chadopher
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Entirely bland, I was trying my absolute hardest to summon at least some semblance of scent or taste from this beer. I simply could not, it tastes like Coors Light mixed with a cheap Witbier.

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Photo of brewerang
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as good as a true Belgian trippel, but damn fine for 8.99 a six pack. A little sweeter, less carbonated, and overall more muted than the style standard, but probably my favorite American trippel at this price point.

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Photo of TXRanchGirl
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and golden with a quick-lived head that resolves to a foamy ring around the edge. Smell is distinctively yeasty.

This beer has a sort of duality - you get big malt, at the same time a pleasant light yeast, I liken it to having mint chip ice cream - two strong flavors that go together. Not the wonderful balance and mouth feel of a La Fin du Monde or Westmalle, but a very drinkable American Belgian Trippel at a very affordable price point.

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Photo of crflick11
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a clear, bright amber color with a thin but creamy head. The head mostly dissipates but retains a thin layer.

The smell is pleasantly fruity, mostly coming through as banana with a hint of spice and citrus.

The taste is a nice balance of earthiness, citrus, and spice. It would perhaps be improved if the malts were able to come through just a little bit more.

The beer has a smooth, decently carbonated mouthfeel and, as described by the packaging, has a nice dry finish.

Overall a very nice, refreshing beer, and a good introduction to a style I hadn’t tried before. This is also my first review, so I hope it wasn’t too bad!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a creamy white that dissipates at a moderate pace while the beer itself is a clear bright and clear orange amber note that looks pretty good.

The beer has a decent smell with a strong Belgian sugar smell and an earthy hop note that gives a good orange note to it. The beer smell has good banana note

The taste has an earthy orange hop note upfront followed by a hint of some Belgian sugar and banana notes.

The feel is pretty good. It has smooth and slightly oily body to it. It's extremely drinkable with very light and fizzy carbonation to it.

Overall, this is a decent American trippel.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Extremely see-through bright yellow appearance.

Bright white head which dissipates but doesn't disappear. Nice lacing throughout.

Smells of bananas and clove.

Thin mouthfeel.

The taste features the aforementioned banana & clove, with a surprising touch of grapefruit from the hops.

Complex but easy to drink; a nice brew.

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Photo of osheamatth
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent stab at a Belgian Tripple Ale. Decent pour into the glass and maintained a nice frothiness as I would expect. Pleasant caramel and toasty nose that continued onto the palate with those typical malty and yeasty notes.

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Photo of Explorer_Bill
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. About a finger head with a little lacing atop an orange/amber beer. The aroma is spice, and fruit, and a little booze. The taste seems to follow what you smell. The rich spice flavor mixed with orange. It’s sweet but finishes with a clean, dry bitter bite. I enjoyed the second a bit more than the first (for what that’s worth).

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really familiar with the style, but this is pretty good. Amber pour with minimal head. For the abv, a softer aroma. A spicy and sweet taste with full mouthfeel. Aftertaste is spicy and bitter. A decent first experience, not sure if I will want to explore the style further

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Photo of SB2017
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opacity of rosé, with a gorgeous clear amber color, rust tinged. No lasting head. Medium body with good bubbles, and a comforting warmth from the sweetness of the malts and the high alcohol content. Rich, complex nose reminiscent of a good german hefe. Solid malts on the tongue, baking spices, and a well balanced bitter finish. Great beer for the price.

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Photo of spectru
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear amber, white head recedes fairly quickly leaving a thin film on the surface; Aroma is mild and unremarkable; A very pleasant unusual mild flavor, with something extra, a sweetness, There is a slightly bitter aftertaste; Mouthfeel is good, quite tangy, feels like a good beer should. This is not a ho-hum beer.

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Photo of jkblr
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle enjoy by 28JUL19 poured into a chalice at fridge temp 8.5% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright orange amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild and yeast driven with clove and bubblegum. The taste is semisweet bitter orange peel right off leading into more brewer's spices, pear and a firmly bitter finish. The malt is present throughout, but can't compete with the additives. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. No alcohol in the taste or aroma. Overall, good. If they dialed back the additives and let the malt and yeast have more presence, this could be outstanding.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Clear jonquil body supports a lasting magnolia finger. Medium, sticky lacing; good retention.

Sweet estery aromatics with a touch of spice, grain, and faint wild grasses.

Malt forward palate entry with hints of cocoa and honeybush in the medium-dry finish. Alcohol contributes some flavor without too much heat. Light notes of cherry perhaps.

Almost medium-bodied, slightly undercarbonated for the style.

An interesting take on a classic style, though you wouldn't mistake it for a Belgium beer.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold, nearly clear, with 2+ finger head. Peppery spice, earth, malt, clove, banana and other fruit, coriander, hint of citrus and honey. The flavor follows, warm with a hint of booze. Fruit esters are moderate, present but not loud. The second time I had this beer, they were loud! A touch of toast. Just a little sweet, and pleasantly so. Finish is medium dry with citrus persisting, carbonation slightly low for the style I feel. Medium, very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of DrillMaster
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a .4L Rastal New Belgium tulip. What better way to have one of these in the comfort of your own home. I've had the kegged variety and this compares favorably. Served around 45°, the aroma of pear champagne, stone fruit, subtle banana and bubble gum cause you to involuntarily swirl this as the alcohol warmth draws you in, the underlying malt and hops, its accomplice. Pours golden orange and clear, sporting a fine-bubbled retentive head, easily revived time and again. The malt side is well complimented by an appreciated dry finish and, a bitterness that both hop and non hop fanatics can agree on. I’ve been drinking this beer since the early 2000s. The consistency of now such a mainstream product as Trippel is a testament to New Belgium and its quality assurance. I give it a solid 4.25

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Photo of MLaker
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brings to mind good Belgian beers I had whilst living in Gent a few years ago. The malty taste is sweet and excellent and the finish is crisp and dry.

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Photo of Brook82
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good looking golden color and superb lacing in pilsner glass. I can't put my finger on aroma, but it is pleasant. Bitterness dominates taste from start to finish, but not overbearing. I'm not used to higher content alcohol beers and drank first half quick then sipped remainder. This style of beer is nice change of pace and will continue to sample. Cheers!

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Bottle to a Glass. Pours a clear Amber color with minimal creamy head. Aroma is Sweet malts upfront, Spices, Floral notes, Banana Cream, Cloves, Vanilla, Honey, Citrus. Taste follows the aroma well with a medium mouthfeel. Very good Belgian Ale!

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