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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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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faraday326 from California

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw and slightly hazy yellow. Smells a yeasty, lemon/orange, and heavy spice. The taste hits you quick with a really nicely hopped, maltiness.. but that transitions fast into a punch of spice, coriander/cloves. I get more spiciness from this than other similar belgian beers. This can be a good experience but it ends up a bit unbalanced for me.

Jul 10, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There’s a fingernail of off white around the rim. The aroma is of sweet light Belgian malt and candy sugar. I’m tasting sweet Belgian malt and candy sugar. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dense.

Jun 14, 2020
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Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

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

This brew is pretty typical of a Belgian Tripel for the most part, but it nails the balance. I find a lot of big Belgians to be a bit too sweet, but this balances the sweetness with proper dryness and even some brighter more citrus flavors in there. I can really only compare it to Golden Monkey as I haven't tried too many Tripels, but it blows that beer out of the water in my opinion. Not as strong on the intense phenols, and overall just a lot more pleasant. Perhaps this will get me to try other Belgians?

Jun 06, 2020
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MercInc from Wisconsin

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.

May 01, 2020
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NeilSilber1 from California

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.

Mar 27, 2020
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beerbellydaddy from California

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

Mar 19, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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.

Mar 05, 2020
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