New Belgium Brewing Company

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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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md3kcn from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a six-pack of bottles at Wal-Mart for $11.99. Poured into a pimp chalice.

L - Light gold and clear, with a sticky and fluffy one-finger white head. Laces wonderfully, with fantastic head retention.
S - Spicy and sweet. Notes of honey, orange peel, and clove.
T - White bread, toasted cracker. Honey and orange peel are very much present. A strong ethanol presence occurs towards the last quarter of the glass, with a beefier clove and coriander. Floral and boozy finish.
F - Full-bodied, with little (if any) carbonation. Strong. Filling.
O - Very bad idea to choose this beer for a night of King's Cup! A barebones tripel, with not too much going on. Minor citrus and spice complexity. Would recommend trying it, but I won't get it again myself.

Wednesday at 11:37 PM
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 Fl Oz bottle, vintage 2021, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees F:
L - orange/yellow with absolutely no head; bottlecap may have been compromised
S - smoky with scents of coriander
T - smoky with spice flavors of coriander, orange peel, banana
F - virtually no carbonation, which is a detriment, the bottlecap may not have been airtight, leading to this
O - good beer, but suffers from complete lack of carbonation

Sep 04, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a creamy head and fine lacing. This ale has a sweet malty nose and flavor. It reminds me of Muenster Alt Bier. I like this ale! You should try this ale!

Aug 23, 2021
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Pooze from California

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, for a Belgian tripel, great deal for the price $11 for a six pack. Does have more banana notes than many tripels but I like it. Has similarities to a weizenbock like Weihenstephan Vitus except for the bigger bubbles and tripel like spicyness and somewhat lighter. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Aug 22, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Enjoy by May 22, 2022.

L---Crystal clear, light amber color. Fluffy white head faded down quickly and left lovely lacing.

S---Spices are in the forefront. Mostly clove and coriander. Some bubblegum in the background.

T---Same as the nose, but with the addition of yeast.

F---Medium/full bodied with ample carbonation.

O---A nice one. I'm glad I picked up two.

Aug 13, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

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

It smells like funky Belgian yeast, fruity wine and some dank hops.

The taste is fruity and like white wine.

It's thin bodied and has medium carbonation. The finish is clean, maybe a little whiny.

This is a really mild trippel and that makes it very drinkable. Overall I give it a 4.7 out of 6

Aug 02, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Plenty of champagne like carbonation with about a medium body.
Aroma isnt overpowering but theres spice, bubblegum, candi sugar, floral
Taste is mildly sweet but less than aroma hinted at. Spice,bubblegum , floral, with some candi sugar.
Overall its nice,well done

May 16, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice enough head but nothing special. Nice clove spice in the smell, along with banana ester sweetness. Taste is similar, banana, biscuit, a kiss of hops, and clove spice on the tail. Finish is dry, and the ABV is there noticeable, but fleeting.
I’m not usually the biggest fan of banana esters, but there’s enough spice to balance it out for me.
All in all, I’d call it a refreshing sipper.

May 01, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a 2 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is spicy, floral, cloves.

Taste is spicy, bready, Belgian yeast.

Light bodied, light carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

The spiciness of this beer is excellent.

Apr 28, 2021
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle best by 1/16/22. Pours a clear golden color with a quarter inch of white head. Typical Belgian yeast smell with banana and cloves. Medium body. Banana and clove flavors with a dry finish and some lingering warmth. Good example of the style.

Apr 02, 2021
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MrGraybeard from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear with a substandard head for a trippel. Effervescence looks more like a lager than a cidery Belgian ale.
Smell is full of esters with banana predominant. Taste is candied sugar and cloves with a dry but lingering finish. Alcohol is well concealed. Mouthfeel is light, as a blonde Belgian should be. I would like to see a touch of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Mar 24, 2021
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DFred from California

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

Not much to add beyond what recent reviewers have said. A very good example of the style at a great price. Give it a try if you haven't had one yet (but slow and steady at 8.5%) :-) . I think you'll like it!

Mar 03, 2021
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StanleysCup from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: not much to see (good or bad); maize hue with only a slight ring of carbonation.
S: off-the-charts candi sugar with bubble gum and banana mixed in. Faded a bit after aeration.
T: solid but a bit of ester/alcohol bite and drier that I was expecting.
F: nice crisp feel but not as full bodied as I was expecting for a high ABV brew.
O: solid representation of the type.

Feb 24, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - 12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass. golden in color, similar to that of a pilsner. completely transparent, and a very small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind little lacing. aside from the slightly darker color, if someone told me that this was an adjunct just by the looks, I'd believe them.

Smell - distinctive Belgian yeast smell, similar to gumdrops, together with cloves, banana, and honey. while not particularly boozy, this combination of scents translates to a potentially very boozy beer...

Taste - surprisingly light on the palate. initial sweetness, followed by most of the flavors in the smell, and the finish is quite dry. outside of the slight spiciness towards the beginning, virtually no hops presence. warming of the throat in the end indicates the beer's well masked potency.

Feel - light to medium bodied (on the light side), moderately high carbonation, and a decently strong beer at 8.5% ABV. the alcohol is scarily well masked, not unlike many beers of this style.

Overall - a really excellent Tripel from New Belgium at a very affordable price. Gets significantly more complex as it warms up - best served at 48 - 50F, as bottle suggests. Don't let the drinkability fool you - slow and steady on this one.

Feb 21, 2021
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JimDaCoach from Illinois

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

This is a fine Belgian-style ale from New Belgium -- they'd better make a good one to live up to their name! Crisp, clean taste with just a bit of sweetness. The 8.5% ABV and 43 IBU's are hardly noticed 'cause it goes down smooth. And at $10.99 a six pack it's a great value.

Feb 20, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear dark yellow with a sudsy white head that rapidly recedes and soon after forms a film, leaving decent lacing behind
Aroma: Pear, apple flesh and skin, wet hay, white grapes, some Belgian yeast funk, and some esters reminiscent of citrus and flowers
Taste: Follows nose well but everything, especially the fruit aspects, are much more pronounced. The barnyard-like wet hay and funk pick up strength as the fruitiness subsides and finishes with floral notes and slightly tart fruit
Mouthfeel: Light feeling but full tasting, medium-high carbonation, and the slightest bit of dryness on the finish
Overall: This is quite tasty. It’s been a while since I’ve had any of New Belgium’s Belgian offerings and this was fun to revisit as it’s a well-made and delicious American example of a Trippel. Nice pome fruit and grape aspects with a little floral and citrus twist along with awesomely funky Belgian yeast. I definitely need to get this in the rotation more often as I have several nearby sources that keep it in stock and priced reasonably as well. Delicious and recommended

Dec 31, 2020
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RedBalloon from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with an Enjoy By date of 10/3/21 poured into a goblet on 12/12/20.

1.5" white head. Golden color.

Aromas of clove, banana, and bubblegum. A little grassy, herbal spiciness.

Taste follows the nose, with a slight hop bite on the finish.

Medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Finishes dry.

A solid example of the style. Less intense and more approachable than others, such as Allagash Tripel. Not overly dry or spicy, with an emphasis on sweetness.

Dec 13, 2020
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BNSlums from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a note, this will be my first time trying a tripel after having done a bit of background research on them.
L: A yellow pale straw hue and a tall tight white foam, almost no carbonation visible. Ever so slight cloudiness
S: Malty sweet esters, much like a weizenbock but more balanced. Touches of warm chocolate and banana. Bakery nose bold and alluring.
T: Initially boozy, overtaken by banana, then sweet bread, and finally roasted malt. AN obvious succession of flavors, each taking its turn. Flavors more independent than in one big cake, I appreciate it.
F: Heavy and smooth, minimal carbonation. Bitter strong booze left behind.
The New Belgium Tripel to me is like a harder hitting weizen. The banana bread sweetness is all there, but subtle as it is cast out by a higher abv. Smooth still, it was balanced nevertheless.

Oct 19, 2020
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BumBeer from California

3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice Belgium beer especially for the percentage to taste quality. You get a 8.5% kicker with a nice Belgium taste, and it's not even heavy and no bad aftertaste. Compared to crappy bum beer, this is a god beer. (Trust). Just try it, get tipsy and thank me later. Does NOT taste like 8.5% but wow. Got me feelin nice ;)

Oct 15, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2 month old bottle into a pint glass. Weakish head at 1 finger settles quickly into pretty soapy lacing and a impressive crown. Color wise this brew is a crystal clear pale gold The, well done. The smell is malty, wheat, with a tinge of sweet berries and a touch of hop floral. The taste is complex and hard to describe, true to a belgian style. I would say it is sweet wheat up front, fermented banana, shifting into malty berries and nectar rich flowers, ending on a somewhat nutty and spicy (clove and coriander) hop note that includes the whole spectrum and wraps it around the finish. The mouthfeel is very rich and full bodied, and the brew finishes more wet than dry.

This beer is fantastic, a great Belgian trippel, very well done. I will be buying again!

Oct 05, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass a 1F white head forms with some loose lace as it quickly settles to a spotty cap. Medium gold in color with 90% transparency.

Nose gets a big banana yeast note and a hint of tropical fruit and maybe some brown sugar.

Taste is a bright fruity banana and some mild sugary malt. Then maybe a bit of coconut along with a medicinal herbal not rounding out the finish perhaps disguising the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies with mild carbonation. Finishes herbal and a bit thick.

Overall a nice stronger ABV beer that is rather benign in the taste profile. Other than the slightly sweet creamy banana and another main note I cannot ID, it is a pleasant drink. AHA, fooled me again, the mystery note is coriander and clove. I never read the reviews in depth before writing mine but had to read what other folks tasted. Thanks reviewers, I keep missing clove!

Oct 04, 2020
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MicronsUnder500 from Kansas

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Initial taste is very strong, however it finishes crisp and doesn't leave a lasting taste. Slightly sweet and a little spicy. At 8.5% I didn't feel the need to drink more than one at a time. All around a great beer!

Oct 01, 2020
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L. Light for the style.
S. Spice, citrus, yeast,esters.
T. Not bad but on the thin and weak side for a Tripple.
It tastes like an INBEV watered down version of something that could be great with more malt and love.
O. Probably the better of N.B.'s lineup but that ain't saying much. If your looking for a cheaper chuggable tripple, this is for you.
If you are in search of a great American example of the style, browse onward.

Sep 13, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy gold. One finger of white head with decent retention.

Smell: Cloves, banana phenols, yeast.

Taste: Sweet and slightly spicy, with a mild banana flavor. Mildly acidic finish with a hint of mint.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, highly carbonated.

Overall: A somewhat shaky tripel. I want to like it, but there's too many odd things about it.

Aug 28, 2020
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Sayb from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Slight hazy gold with thin head that lingers .
S: A bit of a yeast aroma with a cloves undertone .
T: Slight fruity taste . Crisp , sweet , dry.
F: Surprisingly light , very refreshing .
O: Good end of the week Friday night brew . A Working Man's beer " 'Cause I get home at five o'clock
And I take myself out an ice cold beer"

Jul 12, 2020
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