Trippel | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,274
Reviews:
1,062
Ratings:
3,175
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
640
Trade:
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Reviews: 1,062 | Ratings: 3,175
Photo of Longhorn08
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L- mild gold with thick frothy white head.

S- sweet cloves and ripe banana

T- bitter cloves over powers with banana in the background. Bitter bite lingers.

F- creamy with good carbonation.

O- not terrible but there are much better available just as easy to get at almost same price point.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clean copper body, tall two finger creamy head
Cherry pit, malts, wood, ester, grain, honey
Cherry pit, wood, grain
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belgian but not too belgian. wouldnt get again

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Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A perfect and luxurious ale!
The look of this ale is very nice. Poured into a Tulip glass, this beer has a brilliant golden appearance with a thin head and beautiful lacing around the glass. The presentation is classy and reminiscent of a European beer. Thea artwork is superbly done. The smell is rich and full. Huge sweet banana on the nose with a pastry like aroma. Almost smells like banana cream pie. The taste is rich and desert like. Bold, sweet vanilla character with undertones of coriander spice. Hop presence is low but well balanced. Smooth throughout the sip and very nice cleaned up dryness in the end. The feel is medium with a creamy character, low carbonation. Overall this ale is a home run for me, I will definitely consider putting this beer on my stock list.

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Photo of EMV
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with minimal fizzy head. Thin rim of lacing... yeast sediment clouds the glass at the end of the pour.

S: Fruit and yeast... sweet.

T/F: Sweet and grainy... yeast gives some clove and spice... light banana. Some hopping for bitterness/balance. Medium bodied.

O: A below average trippel. Overly sweet and lacking in the depth of flavor you'd get from a real Belgian.

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Photo of PhilCarta
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If Local Beer Shop runs out of Coppertail's Unholy this is my most worthy backup. Sort of a European Fat Tire with a good-sized hint of floral and spiciness in an almost perfect pour.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Trippel is subtle and I like it very much. The Belgian yeast is not "in your face" with banana & ester. Its there, but more subtle & bready grain is forward. Not too sweet either. Really nicely balanced & crushable for a trippel. Well worth the drink!

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Photo of defunksta
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- Pours a clear, orange color with a thick, foamy, white head
Smell - Orange, lemon, and coriander esters are pronounced. There is a sweet honey & biscuit and banana malt aroma.
Taste - The taste is abruptly sweet of honey, bread, syrup and biscuit malts with strong coriander and yeast finish. The alcohol is recognizable, but not too strong and well hidden. Nonetheless the flavors are much stronger than your witbier.
Feel - The body is average to heavy. Moderate carbonation but the heavy body and flavor comes through with the ABV. The coriander and yeast stick on the mouth. The heavy body lingers on the palate.
Overall: 4. This is a well-crafted Trippel. The malt sweetness is slightly overbearing, but the coriander and alcohol presence is strong. The sweetness and flavor comes forward which hides the alcohol. Overall it is a well balanced and delicious Belgium offering. For the style it is a solid representation and more than well priced. Not a sessionable beer by any means, but absolutely delicious nonetheless. I will need to compare it to Allagash...

Compared side by side w/ Allagash: It has a darker but clearer and pronounced orange color. The aroma is more earthy floral. More clove and coriander. The floral notes are very pronounced! Not hoppy or bitter, but almost floral phenols or esters are present like clove and coriander. Grass and pine are present. This is less fruity/tart, but more sweet than Allagash. The flavor has a more malty banana and biscuit flavor. There is also more citrus. The mouthfeel is heavier. Stickier and lingering sweetness. More oil and resiny.

Overall: This one is a lot heavier and feels stronger than the Allagash Trippel (despite the lower ABV?). It amazingly captures the floral, citrus flavors with the biscuit and syrup malts at the same time. It's heavy. Admittedly sweet. Dry yeast is present folks, but it is quickly overwhelmed by the sweetness. That would be my only complaint. The citrus, biscuit, honey and syrup flavors overwhelm the yeast. I wouldn't say dry b/c there is lingering oil and sweetness on the tongue. Overall, just heavier and more sweetness in all aspects. I prefer Allagash as it more drying and similar to a saison, however this offers a more robust and sweeter demonstration.

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Photo of djnaz003
1.76/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

It seems as if it's advertised as Belgium beer with the price tag of an imported beer but taste like a domestic, product of Fort Collins, CO.

Not a good beer to buy. Not in terms of quality, taste, or bargain. But it does have 8.5% alcohol content.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 4/6/12: Pours a clear peach juice gold yielding 1+ inch of off-white, short-lived head which leaves abundant lacing as it recedes. Aroma is light bready malt, fruity with Belgian yeast esters of white fruits and a little citrus; hints of barnyard funk, coriander, spice and faint mineral are in the mix. Taste is apple, peach, citrus, sweet bread, banana, clove, spice a hint of coriander. Finishes dry with a nice little bitterness developing joined by a light astringency in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation, smooth with a peppery prickle. Moderately complex and very nice.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too bad, but nowhere near as good as some of the great actual Belgium offerings. But....it's $10 a six pack so what else can I say? Overall, a decent brew but not up to snuff with their Abbey which I really like.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - nice golden color and crystal clear. Carbonation was decent, but head receded quickly and was not very active afterwards
Smell - nice yeast, malt, bread, and some spice. Some orange/citrus come through. Smells sweet.
Taste - slight hop bite at first, then the Belgian yeast comes in powerfully. Orange kicks in quickly and is sweet at first. Powerful spice and more yeast next. Dries out and leaves a very pleasing aftertaste.
Feel - medium bodied - a bit flatter than I like, but still some activity left
Overall - Very good beer. Would have scored better with me if it had more carbonation. I enjoyed it - good Belgian yeast flavors and the right amount of spices.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of 23 Sept 2018. Sampled on September 13, 2018.

It pours a slightly cloudy looking medium amber-brown with a quick lasting fizzy white head. Little to no lacing.

However, the aroma is an array of characters including coriander, clove, pear, dark fruits, sweet roasted malts, and a Belgian yeast strain. No booze on the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium to full with a chewy and smooth texture.

The taste starts as a sweet malt delight but it is quickly usurped by coriander, clove,bold herbal notes, pear, and perhaps a hint of alcohol. But overall, I enjoyed it and found it to be relevant to the style.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear golden color with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, apple

Taste - apple,pear, ginger, coriander

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, spicy upfront, tangy finish

Overall - decent tripel here, worth a shot

Price point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of bohuggabee
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

they rebranded this beer. its got nicer paper on the label, costs a dollar more than the others. i've not had it before, but remember the cock on the label and thinking, why would i try that? its more like fat tire used to be than fat tire is now...while fat tire tastes like a watered down mess now, this beer keeps the thick flavor and satisfaction throughout the entire bottle again. it leaves my lips sticky like fat tire used to, and its 8.5%. unlike most strong beers, you don't taste the alcohol, but you know its there. its a real ale, and when you start to feel it, there is enough flavor to keep you tasting it...unlike fat tire now, which turns into a watering hole.

i found myself feeling good after a beer. something that the rest of the brand's name sakes stopped giving me. 1554 was my favorite, but now feels like a budweiser...

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trippel brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 8.50% This Tripel pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of this brew, is rich with sweetness, mild spices, grains and malts. There is a hint of hop bitterness at the end of smell as well. There is a lot going on in this brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg,and clove. You also pick up on the smooth garins and malts, along with mild hop bitterness. Trippel is a well put together brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.50% ABV in this brew. The body of this brew is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel of Trippel is Spicy, Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give this brew a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. New Belgium Brewing, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of mmva321
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: A cloudy and deeply golden color with a bunch of carbonation on display. I got a thin layer of off-white head that leaves a quickly dissipating lacing along the glass as I drink.

S: A smooth but bitter hop aroma with notes of sugar and citrus around it. There's a little funk as well. I feel the aroma is a bit weak, but I like what I can detect.

T: There's a blunt barley taste, but this beer is very well rounded and I love the surrounding flavors. Smooth, vanilla-like sugars, malts, yeasty-heft, apple and citrus and a nice, underlying bitter hop character.

F: Smooth, crisp, bubbly and with the right amount of heft. Very good for the style and bolder flavors on display here. It's very refreshing and leaves no dryness afterward, which is very good for a beer as alcoholic as tripels tend to be.

O: Refreshing, smooth, strong and vibrant and varied flavors. A solid tripel.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6-pack $8.88 Don Quijote
Clear golden color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Tastes of banana, coriander, slight alcohol finish
Overall a good complex taste for a relatively cheap price. Good value factors into my rating.

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Photo of Brolegario
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium's Trippel poured a slight opaque gold with a foamy white head. Even though there was little head retention I did get a fair amount of lacing on the glass. On the aroma you get the classic banana and clove aromas. Some parts of the fruity esters remind me of the generic juice boxes you shove in your childs lunch box every morning. On the taste you get more of the coriander and bananas with a hint of black pepper spiciness. Surprisingly smooth considering thw 8.5 abv. Solid attempt by New Belgium for a tried and true style.

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Photo of brew-Ed
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look:
Pour is bright, very clear, straw gold. Good head that nicely hangs around a half finger thick for a couple of minutes. No lacing.
Smell:
Malty, sweet, I get banana big time.
Taste:
Much like the smell, sweet yet dry, banana, bubble-gum.
Feel:
Medium bodied, well carbonated, refreshing.
Overall:
Very enjoyable, easy to drink. I have bought this on a couple of occasions, but will move on to other Belgian style ales.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, bright golden-orange color with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. The nose is mostly Belgian yeast with some banana and clove. There's more sweet malt in the taste than I anticipated. I'm also tasting the classic banana, clove, and coriander. There's the obligatory pepper and Belgian spicing at the finish. It features lively carbonation and the 8.5% ABV gives it a nice pop. I commend New Belgium Brewing for taking on a trippel. But if you want to drink a beer of this style, I'd recommend Fin Du Monde. There's no comparison.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Crystal clear pale gold color with a short white head that dissipated to nothing.

Smell - Overripe bananas, white grapes, and hay come together for a not so pleasant aroma. Smells like a Belgian ale gone wrong.

Taste - The overripe banana carries over to the taste along with cinnamon and black pepper. Sickly sweet, not all that enjoyable.

Feel - Medium body with no fizz to it. Drank rather smooth for its ABV.

Overall - An unsuccessful attempt at a Belgian ale. Not too bad, but too sweet for its own good.

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Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured the beer from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with a nice white head and great lacing. Pleasant sweet floral smell. Nice sweet fruit, apples, ripe pears, lemon and a bit of honey. Hint of caramel and booze. Nice beer!

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good Belgian style ale. Taste is influenced highly by the yeast, per the style. Crisp, clean on the tongue, not too sweet. Refreshing, no astringency.
This is good enough to do a blind tasting against St. Bernardus, Westmalle Trippel and Rochefort 8....it would be very interesting.
In any case, if you want to try a Belgian-style tripel inexpensively, this is a very solid beer. Great value for the money, vs. paying 5 or 10 times as much for an imported bottle.

FYI....New Belgium's distinctive bottle "necklace relief" is itself a reproduction of Westmalle's own bottle, so I'll leave to you to figure out whose recipe they probably tried to clone here....and IMO did a splendid job!

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Photo of Jmohring
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Slightly opaque yellow,
S: Light, slight malt, sweetness
T: Sweet, definitely coriander. Strong, sharp bitter aftertaste.
F: Medium-heavy body.
O: Taste is off-putting. Overpowering sweetness

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Photo of danmouer
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It’s been a few years since I last gave New Belgium’s Trippel a whirl, and it has improved considerably. Pours crystal clear with lively but ephemeral foamy gush that rests back into a lively perpetual foamy wreath. Not as “champenoise” as many Belgian examples, but then this one is in a NB 12-oz bottle capped with a crown, not a cork and cage over a Belgian Bombe. Still the spritz is pretty lively. I’d prefer it be boosted to maybe 4-5 Bar of pressure, but that would certainly require different packaging.

What works really well here is a the fabulous ooening of Saaz and other nobles on the nose right smack alongside a rich, grainy, amazing snootful of Continental-style pilsner malt aroma. Just delicious! In typical trippel fashion, the hops are in the background, providing a sturdy but mostly covert spine for the rich malt and dry spicy yeast character.

Frankly, I dislike most US craft brewers’ stabs at Belgian abbey ales, but this one works quite well. Along with Victory’s, this is now one of my favorite New World trippels. And that’s saying something for a beer I can buy in a grocery supermarket!

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Trippel from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,175 ratings