Trippel
New Belgium Brewing Company

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From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Tripel
Ranked #184
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,672
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 13.12%
Reviews:
1,141
Ratings:
2,211
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 03:25 AM
Added:
Oct 15, 2001
Wants:
  127
Gots:
  688
SCORE
86
Very Good
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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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Reviewed by budgetbeersnob from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
look: clear golden, no haze. head kind of dissipates more quickly than I'd like.
smell: banana, all spice, slight grassy hops. very sweet smell. Almost like a dessert of some kind. No sour or dank smells. Just a little odd and interesting to smell banana.
taste: smooth and slightly sweet at first, then some spice, then a good carbonation hit, followed by a good balance of bitter hops, finishing with a very slight hint of lemongrass or lemon zest. Very interesting that the "banana" smell isn't really in the taste. The fruity sweetness at first isn't really a banana taste, more of a citrus syrup taste like a fruit marmalade.
feel: the feel is like the taste on this one. it rolls quickly---smooth, bite, refreshing finish.
overall: I really liked it and it fits my budget beer snob attitude. It is an award winning beer that was on sale at my grocery store. It's a high ABV that invites you to drink more quickly. Be careful. And I'd say if you don't like Belgian style ales, you may find this a little weird. It does smell like banana and spice. Not something I'd drink 2 or three of at a time, but it did pair nicely with salty snacks like saltine crackers and cheddar cheese.
Saturday at 03:25 AM
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Reviewed by wanmei_xiatian

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
It's the first time I try this style of beer. It's different from the beer I had before.
It has a spicy banana taste with a touch of sweetness. I don't really enjoy the flavor profile but it's not bad.
Nov 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by DoctorRobert1969 from California

Nov 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2022
 
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Reviewed by dcat151 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden pour with moderate head. A classic trippel aroma with banana and bread. Taste is also traditional Belgium with banana, malt, and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Overall a very solid Belgium trippel.
Oct 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by QuakeAttack from California

Oct 12, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.86 by RPBeerdude from Colorado

Oct 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours bright straw gold with a finger of off white foam, decent ring and good streaming carb. Nose is clove, all spice, banana, cracker, and bread. Taste follows suit with a nice sweet finish. Almost syrupy feel with a good carb bite to cut through. Overall, well above average.
Aug 20, 2022
 
Rated: 2.5 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Look: It pours yellow and quite clear with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a grainy sweet aroma with some yeast. There are lemon and spice notes.

Taste: The favors are spicy, but not overbearing with some grainy sweetness and yeast. There are lemon notes in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with a smooth body and a dry finish. It is surprisingly easy drinking for such a high ABV beer.

Overall, well balanced and pleasant.
Jul 22, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Gubblecote from New York

Jul 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by frankdatank1337 from California

Jun 23, 2022
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Rated by Cjready from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Nice flavor, true to the style, overall good beer
Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
This is a 12oz. bottle poured into my New Belgium goblet. This is your typical hazy wheat beer, straw color, with ample carbonation. I do not see any floaters in this Trippel. The head was a little pile of white fluff that receded rather quickly leaving a thick ring around the glass.
The nose is picking up wheat, yeast, and a touch of banana.
The flavor is very good, excellent, and as advertised a little booze bite at the end. Wheat, sweet banana, bubble gum, and a little dry alcohol nip at the end.
The sweetness up front wants me to drink fast but the alcohol nip at the end says slow down.
Jun 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by sirzekel from Georgia

Jun 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
L - Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. Head was barely more than a film and dissipated quickly. Minor lacing, but does poses some alcohol legs. Clear light golden color.

S - Scent is a good mix of sweet and sour. Definitely banana.

T - Taste follows scent with banana, but also adds cloves. Some bubblegum flavors too. Yeast flavors as well.

F - Good medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. A slight dry finish.

O - Overall this is a good beer. The varying and competing flavors is fun to work through. I don’t know if I’d add this to my regular rotation, but it’s definitely worth a drink and a solid recommendation to try.
May 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by Cfitty from New York

May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my goblet glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles rapidly and continually rising to the beer's surface. Has a creamy looking, white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a very thick surface coating along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass at the beer's surface. Pretty nice lacing. Aromas of some bready, biscuity malts w/ some yeasty esters and some clove. Also a bit of fig. A very similar flavor profile w/ some bready and biscuity malts w/ a yeasty note that gives way to some clove and fig. This is all rounded out w/ a decent hop presence. A bit more hops that I am used to in this style of beer. Floral, herbal, grassy hops that add just a slight bit of bitterness. A well balanced beer overall. Has a crisp, smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clear finish w/ a slightly to somewhat dry aftertaste, and all the flavors linger nicely on my palate in the aftertaste. A pretty solid beer here all around. Worth a try indeed.

Eric
Apr 27, 2022
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Rated by Deano_53 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Yummy
Apr 17, 2022
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Rated by magikbagel from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
First time trying this beer, and I expect a bit more from a tripel. I still enjoyed this, it just feels a little watered down.
Apr 07, 2022
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Reviewed by steveh from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A first ever style review for me -- picked for the 2022 online tasting. Grabbed the easiest to be had -- hopefully not a regret. Poured into my Libbey Tulip (a rarely used vessel). Best by 1-22-23.

L -- Clear, effervescent, light gold with a dense white head that leaves good "Belgian" Lacing (go figure).

S -- Soft citrus fruit, clove, light banana and DMS, mellow sweet malts.

T -- Peppery alcohol and herbs up front, folding into sweet malt and cloves. Finish is a balance of light citrus, bitter, herbal hops and peppery alcohol -- somewhat harsh phenols, maybe even fusel alcohol, with warmth.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp and sudsy with a light-medium body -- closing in on medium.

O -- Pretty tasty and different from most beers I drink. Comparing NB to any style guidelines, I think it may be a little too rough for expectations. Just not smooth on the palate, but not at all undrinkable... a sip at a time, that is.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by J-legend-K from Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Side by side comparison with La Fin du Monde

If LFDM is the full bouquet of everything a Tripel should be, then Trippel is a very similar bouquet that lacks a few components. A good tripel, but there’s just a few subtleties missing.
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a transparent raw honey color and was capped with a 2 finger manila colored head.
The aroma had more clove than I expected, even though I was expecting it. Forewarned!
The taste started out nearly sublime; biscuit like malts and black pepper, very well balanced and tasty. Then the cloves crept in, made themselves at home and stayed the rest of the drink. It certainly wasn't unpleasant, far from it - I enjoyed it very much! It was simply one dimensional and I had hoped for something more complex. Of course, this was 4 months past its "best by" date so that likely had something to do with it.
The feel was almost viscous; reminding me to not slam it so all the 8.5 ABV doesn't hit at once. I liked this a lot!
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a beautiful clear gold, some carbonation and a decent head. Aroma of cloves, but. It overpowering. Tastes a bit fruity. Not much banana here. Definitely somewhat spicy, cloves and some pepper. Nice and thick at 8.5 percent but not syrupy.
Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by VAcrossr from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It's been awhile since I've had the NB Trippel, and I think time has made the heart grow fonder. It's more authentic that I recall, and even though the label says it contains spices, it tastes to me of just malts and esters. Nice color, but maybe not as tenacious a head as others. I get a whiff of noble hops and also briefly taste a moderate amount of those noble hops which then give way to sweetness but not overly sweet. Moderate but not a huge amount of carbonation, and overall a pleasant American take on the Belgian classic.
Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12oz bottle.

The look is very light like any other pale ale, crystal clear, light golden hue. 1 finger head that dissipates to a ring around the glass pretty quickly.

Smell is very yeast driven but quite bright. I've never had a trippel before so there's nothing I have to compare it to, but the aroma is more like a hefeweizen than like clove, but definitely more dry and has a tart citrus quality to it. Some light malt in the background but yeast dominates with some grassy notes as well.

Taste is quite similar to the smell but the citrus dissipears for the most part. Some clove does sneak in, possibly coriander as the bottle says ale brewed with spice. Big flavor but I can't taste the ABV at all which is nice but dangerous.

Feel is surprisingly smooth but still quite big. Not quite a summer beer but it wouldn't be out of the running. The alcohol does have a bit of a warming effect in the chest and the over 8% does hit a little bit.

Overall, it's a seemingly maybe pretty traditional trippel brewed in Colorado. Makes sense new Belgium would have a trippel though seeing as they are named after Belgium. But it's a good and very nuanced light colored beer. I'm sure it's not light in calories though.
Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by Aleforge from Missouri

Mar 03, 2022
 
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle

Clear golden color, white head. Aroma is wheat and herbal clove notes of the Belgian yeast. Similar flavors, a bit sweet. Medium bodied.
Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The abv is well hidden by the sweetness and freshness. Overall really refreshing and hoppy, like an American wheat with some good Belgian yeast flavor. Good!
Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.91 by MillyLite from Michigan

Feb 15, 2022
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
6-pack from my trusted liquor store
Feb 13, 2022
 
Rated: 2.26 by Chris_Taps

Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
With a near-silent removal of the cap came a slight scent of fermented banana. A slow pour netted an almost four-finger snow-white head over a pale banana-yellow transparency that shed a few bubbles up the side of the glass. Some spearmint mixed with the banana when sniffed from the glass... vaguely reminded me of the candy cigarettes and banana bumble-gum cigars from when I was a kid. Unexpectedly, the scent translated into the taste, maybe tipping a little more toward the spearmint and finishing with a dry, slightly bitter bubble gum flavor. There is definitely stealth with the ABV, as it is not a "strong" flavor but it is warming me a bit on this arctic evening. One of these is enough for a sitting, but I'll probably have it again.
Jan 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Jan 24, 2022
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