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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Chris_n_Rod from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 17, 2020
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Jul 22, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Mar 03, 2004
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Sep 13, 2015
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6pack at the local liquor store-- I enjoy other New Belgium beers, so I have been looking for this variety since Belgian Tripel is one of my favorite types of beer. The first thing about this beer to mention is the price-- $9.99 for a 6-pack! Outstanding price-- I'm used to paying around $22 for 4 Belgium-brewed Tripels. Just for grins, I just happen to have one of these open as I write this, and of all things, I also happen to have a good beer open to compare it to-- a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet!

For starters, the aroma is like flowers, with spice-- kinda unusual for a beer. Taste is mostly pepper, coriander, cherry, and a spicy end note. Compared to Karmeliet, Trippel has a bitter note at the end, and has more hints of fruit in the middle of the mouthful. Karmeliet has those excellent roasted grains, a lighter feel throughout the beer, and doesn't have the bitter ending. Of course, Karmeliet feels more refined-- but Trippel isn't exactly off point either-- remove the bitter end notes and it is a very good tasting Tripel.

Both beers feel similar, but Trippel is less carbonated than Karmeliet. The alcohol also comes into play at the end of the Trippel, but isn't offensive at all. Both feel medium-bodied, slight after taste for Trippel, but very little for Karmeliet-- but it is a very slight carmel taste that is very welcomed.

Overall, I compared both beers since I had both open-- and Trippel by New Belgium is indeed a good Tripel. Tripel Karmeliet is one of the best tasting Tripels made, and that actually showed me how good NB Trippel could be. Karmeliet is still more enjoyable and is one of my favorites, but if you consider price and availablity I will see NB Trippel in my fridge in the future too-- $9.99 for 6 of these is a steal! I recommend picking up a 6-pack of these if you find them.

Mar 11, 2017
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Srqdavid from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Sep 28, 2015
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Barn71 from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Nov 23, 2015
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Zenvortex from Florida

2.01/5  rDev -47.8%
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

Jan 28, 2015
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mh68138 from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

Jan 25, 2016
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danmouer from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Feb 27, 2018
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MadScientist from New York

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Jun 14, 2013
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Tohibii from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 14, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Nov 21, 2015
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Hackattack from Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is amazingly well-crafted. All kinds of different flavors blending in with a nice malty/hops plus coriander taste. I agree with the Notes / Commercial Description seen to the left of the image of the bottle on this site. I am normally not a spiced beer fan, but this one is nice.

Feb 22, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trippel pours a brilliantly clear light golden color with a wispy white foam on top that laces pretty well.

Clove, honey, apple cider, champagne and white pepper all mingle pretty well at this party.

A lovely blend of ripe pear, sweet honey, nutmeg and clove spices, and a ever so mild soapy finish make for a unique and pleasant taste.

It feels smooth and bright, but has a minimal slickness to it and a good touch if alcohol warmth.

Is this your classic Trippel? Absolutely not, but it is still pretty good. A fun enough beer for me to squeeze into the rotation from time to time. Cheers!

Feb 09, 2018
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Safa1 from California

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Jun 14, 2015
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Jmohring from Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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

Mar 13, 2018
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Jun 15, 2015
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Mar 29, 2015
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Jasonm2 from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Mar 05, 2015
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Joshboni86 from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Aug 06, 2015
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, bright, golden color with a thin white head and very little lacing.

The smell is pear, apple, some subtle spices, and a little bready yeast.

The taste is malt, spices, banana, and slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is low/medium carbonation with a dry, lingering finish.

Overalla nice nose but a bit less on the tongue. The spices come through well.

Jan 18, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant clear deep yellow color with white cap and classic lacing.

Aroma is abundantly scented with Belgian yeast, citrus and spices. Noble hops shining through like rays of sunlight falling through a break in the clouds. Hefty whiff of rich malt backing it all.

Taste immediately picks up on spicy clove, citrus, ripe banana flavors melding them with a rich malt backbone. Has everything it needs and nothing it doesn't. It may lacks the complex sophistication of the master classics but need defer to none.

Wonderful mousse like texture brimming with flavor.

Overall It would be hard to spot this one as the American cousin in a blind tasting with original Belgian brands. It's that good and widely available at a fraction of the price of the originals.

Apr 11, 2016
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Dithyramb from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle enjoyed at the proper temperature. Best before 9/17/05 clearly ink jet labeled on the front label.

Pours a dusty copper with streams of carbonation through the brew feeding a tight bubbled white head. Nice retention and better lacing.

Aroma was a very interesting mixture. On the one part, it was spicy and bready, but there was also another aspect that was like overripe pineapple and passion fruit.
Candy and honey lead the way of some malty goodness here. The spices from the aroma come in the middle. ABV only noticeable during exhales. A very faint hop bitterness just barely pokes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel was lighter than expected. Though sugar sweet, it was not cloying and sticky/syrupy. Just enough carbonation to keep it very drinkable.
Drinkable like a bender of an evening at Brewer's Art in Baltimore. Yes, I would have several, but would need a cab ride home that night.

Aug 03, 2005
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a narrow ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian candi sugar and yeast are present in the nose along with some faint hints of spices.
T: The taste follows the smell and definitely tastes like this beer is strong with all of the candi sugars, but there is enough spices from the Belgian yeast that mask any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tripel seems to be a little spicier compared to other beers in the style and lacks fruity esters but it isn't that difficult to drink and does a good job at masking the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 02, 2018
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