Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
999
Ratings:
2,932
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
22.66%
 
 
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109
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489
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Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear, golden color with nice head and lace retention.

S - Strong Belgian yeast and coriander. The alchol smell is not masked. Its up front. Smells tasty.

T - Sweet malts and coriander, with a hefty doze of booze. It is delicious if you are into belgian ale's.

M - Very crisp, with alot of carbonation.

D - Excellent. I would love another, but a little too strong to put down a 6 pack in a evening. But a great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hopphead31415
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got this nice Ale brewed with Coriander at my brother’s request and I’m glad that I did. I had been meaning to for a while and finally made my way around to this refreshing brew by New Belgium. It helps that New Belgium is one of my favorite brewers and this variety has 7.8% ABV. Let’s take a look!

Look-Pours a crystal clear light yellow gold with a thin head and plenty of carbonation trails. I was very impressed with the actual color tones and hues. It has like a banana yellow color but takes on a tinge of copper and gold. Absolutely beautiful!

Smell-It has an amazing smell that I can’t get enough of. It has a subtle flavor, but is very nice. I smell overripe banana, banana peel, bread pudding, vanilla, mango, and pineapple rind. It is quite unique actually.

Taste-I definitely get a blast of carbonation first and it is quickly followed by essences of banana and vanilla pudding, mango, and coriander. It is an excellent taste with many more subtle flavors going on that I can’t quite pin down. It is nice that way to sometimes not be sure what you are tasting exactly, because then each sip has its own different flavors that you pick up on a few at a time.

Mouthfeel-It is has a zazzy feel from the carbonation and a lingering coating of esters and oils from the coriander.

Overall-It is a bit of a mind rape to see something that looks like a lager, smells like a porter or nitro, but tastes like a coriander ale. This beer gives a great experience and amazing variety of subtle and complex flavors and aromas. Thank you, New Belgium!

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the side of the label. Info about the brewery and beer are on the label as well. One ounce of beer was left in the bottle with the dregs as to not cloud the brew.

Appearance: Right away two fingers of froth appear in the chalice, clinging lace is witnessed and in very good shape. Bubbly golden, looks like a tame brut.

Smell: Peaches and roses … very aromatic, phenols and a melon like fruitiness round out the aroma as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Super crisp with a yeast palate right from the get go, not overwhelming but it is there. Light maltiness of doughy biscuits and harsh husk. Some busy phenols throw down a mix of herbal and medicinal magic with a touch of hop bitterness to boot. Vaguely fruity; starch plantains and faint peach. A breath of alcohol in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a good while into the after taste.

Notes: Very refreshing with the 8.5% abv being slightly hidden, quite the palate cleanser. Cabot has this Parmesan Cheddar blend, a perfect match with some mini rye bread. If you are into Trippels this is a must try, IMO this is a good stepping stone to jump into the vast world of Belgian Beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I must have an affinity for high ABV beers. And I truly believe a beer with higher alcohol by volume has a distinct flavor - one that I must be gravitating toward. This offering from New Belgium, and at almost 8%, is simply wonderful.

Out of the glass it pours an uninspired golden hue with weak head, however it has incredibly great lacing down the glass. The smell and taste of coriander is there, along with hints of wheat and a strong finish of hops. The mouthfeel is like most others, but the taste of hops, the coriander, all mixing well with the high ABV is what makes it for me. New Belgium keeps on impressing me.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A golden beer with excellent clarity and a rocky white head that leaves some lacing.

S: A nice spicy nose with aroma of pepper, coriander and some clove. There is a medium-low, light colored fruit ester like apricots and peaches. Some light herbal-like character. A low, floral alcohol aroma.

T: A smooth honey like malt sweetness blended with spice and fruit. There is a medium-low earth and spicy hops flavor and bitterness. The balance leans towards the sweet and malty side with a medium finish. Some spice in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a moderately-strong level of carbonation. A noticeable alcohol warmth.

O: Another excellently crafted, balance beer from New Belgium. It's on the lighter side of the Tripel style but still packs a lot of fruit, spicy flavor with a nice balance of sweetness that doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of Zenvortex
2.01/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.25

Pours too clear for a triple - red lights go off / no real head or lacing worth noting / funk smell - farmhouse maybe / no such luck on taste - more like a third than a triple - big disappointment - way too metallic / decent carbonation but who cares at this point / being a BIG Belgian Abby Triple fan I'd say this is almost laughable & would turn folks off to the thought of a triple - bummer dude

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Photo of Srqdavid
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Take this lightly because we all have different taste buds, but this beer was not that great. It had a great aroma and feel while looking at the label and feeling the bottle almost like an old friends but as I started drinking this beer I understood why my friends and I had lost touch. It hit my tongue with a refreshing taste but then started to turn sour and mango liquor type taste. I am new to rating beers so I cant really describe it. Although I didn't have the best first experience with this I feel like i am longing of it so i will try it again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Always like a great trippel, this one went great with some pinwheel filet mignonette, so let's give a whirl on the review side. Popping the top I get a breads waft of spiced malt. Pours to a bright light orange with a one finger multi-bubble head. On the taste this brew has a breads, candy and spice, everything nice. Flavor is consistent throughout with a trace of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. A great food beer and sipper.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 4/17/2016. New revised recipe @ 8.5%. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness and yeast spice. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Safa1
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Easy to drink. Real easy to drink and drive solid abv to boot. Not sweet like a draak or Piraat. But it is a style not a Belgium ale. I suppose there are rules. This is an American triple Belgium ale. It is awesome and crisp/refreshing as opposed to a true Belgium ales syrup sweet yeast bomb triple. If you switch from dipa to abby to moose drool in the same night then this will sit much better than a true Abby/Belgium ale. Great beer. Almost perfect.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin, creamy white head that recedes quickly.

S: Aromas of coriander, biscuit, caramel, cream, honey, grass, banana, and spice fill the nose.

T: Notes of coriander, cream, biscuit, caramel, honey, banana, vanilla, grass, allspice, clove, and nutmeg fill the mouth. The finish is smooth, offering delicate, lingering notes of spice, vanilla, coriander, and banana.

M: Full in body and smooth. Carbonation is firm and prickly. Alcohol is incredibly restrained.

O: An excellent tripel, this ale is amazingly sophisticated for an American take on an Old World style. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of Squire123
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I cannot say I could pick this one out in a blind tasting against classic Belgian Tripels such as Westmalle or Chimay. I like to think I could but wouldn't bet on it. It's that good.

Golden color abundantly scented with Belgian yeast, citrus and spices. Wonderful mousse like texture brimming with flavor. Has everything it needs and nothing it doesn't. Perhaps it lacks the complex sophistication of the master classics but need defer to none. All at a fraction of the price.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Photo of Jasonm2
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from New Belgium, Trippel is a tripel style Belgian ale that is crisp, light in appearance, and delicious. Brewed with Coriander, this beer is strong and herbal, bringing in palate-refreshing tones of hops balanced with malt and earth. Not too bitter, the content of Trippel's ABV is hidden by slight tones of wheat, spices, and the traditional European ale flavor. Over time, if the beer sits, it is possible to taste a little alcoholic bitterness, but with a true drinking of Trippel, it will pay you back entirely. This beer does not deserve to be out of the bottle for more than a half-hour, and it demands a quick consumption in order to attain its brilliance. This is not one for the new drinker, this beer resides in the halls of the greats because of its personality and vigor. Sharp in taste, and all of the ingredients being present, this beer demands an audience of great import and knowledge, and is likely to be brushed under by novices in terms of flavor, color, and presentation. When you find Trippel, pick up a pack and enjoy your night, cause you'll never want to pass it up again.

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Photo of Barn71
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like Rampant but decided to try something different from New Belgium. This was high gravity so gave it a shot. Disappointed to say the least. It has a sickening sweet aftertaste. Won't buy again.

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Photo of Joshboni86
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some of these reviews are hilarious; "hints of banana, grass, and shortbread"... yeah, okay. Anyway, my biggest problem is that this beer doesn't stand up against really any quality Belgium trippel. The head accumulates well enough, but quickly fades to a thin layer that clings the snifter I'm drinking it from. Crystal clear caramel color with hints of red. The flavor falls a little flat in comparison to the alcohol content and the complex finish I have come to know and love that is typical of Belgium trips has been replaced with a short-lived burst of spice which is fine in those seasonal winter ales, but to me is misplaced in this style. Overall it's okay, but if I want a trippel I'll surely grab something else rather than this Americanized version next time.

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Photo of mh68138
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New version. "Americanized" tripel, no huge head, light-medium bodied and very drinkable despite ABV. Happy to learn it's bottle conditioned. Nice nose with fruity/spicy yeasty aromas that come through pretty well in taste. Definite coriander/pepper/clove spice and light fruit (pear/apricot). Can taste pilsner malt. Notably dryer and a little more hop character than the original version, yet stays within style. Clean and crisp overall w/dry finish. Good bang for the buck.

Liked the old version better, but this is growing on me. While not a "true" Belgian it is within the realm of the Belgian Tripel style. Overall enjoyable, almost session-able and great for the price. I feel some are knocking it more than it deserves IMO, but I wonder that comes from a lack of familiarity with Belgian style beers. Those used to higher IBU, hop-forward American styles can be surprised, even put off, by the distinct and vastly different flavors you get with the Belgo styles. To each their own!

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing beats free beer unexpectedly like this one from Pipe and Pint today,poured a nice golden with a light orange hue with abig fluffy head that left nice lacing down the tulip glass.Very yeasty aroma a little spicey with some banana in there almost a weisse aroma in my mind.Flavors of very sweet pineapple and some over ripe banana,some honey,with a little phenolic smokiness but its faint.A very sold tripel not as good as some Belgian classics but hey I could stand to drink this anytime and it was free.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Good head that stuck around for a while over a yellowish-orange beer that you can see through.

Smell – Very yeasty aroma with some fruit, predominantly citrus.

Taste – After drinking top-shelf Belgiums all week I was ready for a disappointment, but this stood the test. It’s not as light in body as the color would suggest. There’s a nice mix of malt and full yeast complimented with banana and spices (maybe coriander) and, yes, a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel – Good mouthfeel. The moderated carbonation went well with the smoothness derived from the quality of its ingredients.

Drinkability – This is very easy to drink.

Comments – This is definitely one of the better New Belgiums available and, at 6.99 a six-pack, a true bargain. Straight 4’s – a good comparison standard for American Belgiums.

Update: While taking notes on the 2004 vintage I noticed much more complexity in the nose. The orange notes are huge and the yeast made a perfect compliment. The orange in particular was raw and inviting.

I had a note of a funny aftertaste in my 2003 review that I deleted since I didn’t find it with this most recent batch. I upped the Smell and Taste ratings by 0.5.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered, deep golden color with a white head. Also, the bar poured it into a pint glass, which should be blasphemy.

Aroma is banana and spicy yeast, maybe a hint of rosemary.

Banana is the key flavor note for me but doesn't overpower. It could be a little drier and have a bit more effervescence.

Overall, a good beer at a good price but don't expect miracles.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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