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Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,001 | Ratings: 2,958
Photo of Aleks_P
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from bottle yellow/gold and completely transparent, carbonation floating to the top with foamy white head.

Smell: Average, just smells like beer to me. Can't really detect any spices or anything.

Taste: Original reaction is that I didn't notice much but detected a little peppery kick and very slightly noticeable alcohol. Think I enjoyed the beer more with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated and smooth. Enjoyable, good summer beer.

Overall: Above average but not great, I prefer belgians that are heavier and this one just didn't have a lot of distinguishing features. Don't mind enjoying this one on the back porch though.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass as the bottle suggests.

A- this one pours out a very clear and pale straw colored body with a small and lasting bright white head. small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- belgian yeast and sweet malts are the main attractions here. banana, clove and bubblegum from the yeast. the coriander that the label advertises is hard to detect.

T- belgian yeast and sweet pale malts. lots of the yeasty characteristics that i could smell (banana and bubblegum) and the coriander is more pronounced.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- this one wouldnt impress the true connoisseurs of belgian style beers but its a decent attempt from an american brewer. id drink another sometime.

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Photo of raznug
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a straw golden color and is topped with a ½” of angel white head that leaves just as quickly as it showed up.
Smell: It has the typical Belgian spice smell, maybe not quite as much as expected, but there is enough aroma there to make me wish there was more.
Taste: Some Belgians over power with the spice notes this is not one of them. The taste goes along the same line as aroma not quite as much Belgian yeasty spice as I expected but I prefer a taste that doesn’t over power the taste buds.
Mouthfeel: This tends to be a bit the thin bodied side for a trippel but not by much it is rather close to what I expected.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden color with plenty of carbonation. Light white head dissipates quickly to a light halo.

S- Wheat and coriander. Bread aroma from the yeast. Banana nut bread.

T- Wheat flavors prevail. Bready. Bananas. Coriander. Spice. What I would call a holiday beer.

M- A bit over carbonated but light and easy to drink. A bit waxy.

O- I must admit this is not my favorite type of beer. It has its place but unfortunately not with me. I like beer and I can dig this but I won't seek this brew out. Good not great. With a disclaimer - not my cup of tea.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brew with very thin head, lots of carbonation bubbles rising. Not much odor, really need to stick your nose in to get that "trippel" odor. Slight floral taste mixed with belgan wheat , alcohol flavor bites you at the end and then fades into some weird aftertaste. I'm not overly impressed

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Photo of YippiesRhinos
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Strong citrus flavors. Hops (saaz) noticeable on finish. What is most dissapointing is the overwhelming alcohol flavor. I know the abv is high, but there is not enough malt/hops/citrus to be more noticeable than the alcohol. Average beer thanks to tasting smooth and being very drinkable. So a drinkable beer, but not overly flavorful.

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Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had an Oktoberfest party today and this is one of the brews that was brought in compensation for me supplying the Oktoberfests. 12 ounce bottle, 7.8% abv.

Pours golden into my Duvel glass, almost looks like a dull version of Duvel. This just doesn't do it for me for a trippel. Nice lacing though.

Smells is spicy, clovy, with some banana in there. There is also some breadiness. Not anything too potent, average for a trippel.

Very spicy taste, not too sweet like others, somewhat reminiscent of Chimay though there is more bread flavor and a bit more of a watery mouthfeel.

I haven't seen many American brewers make any Belgian ales up to par. That being said this one isn't that offensive, but it is like a Tripel -light. Very Drinkable but not the most tasty tripel.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden color, with a moderate white head, some lacing.

S - Meh. Funk, for sure. A few floral notes. Vegetal elements, grass.

T - Clean, crisp ale, with a hint of the spice, but really quite mild. A few floral notes come through. Apple fruit. Unfortunately, most tastes are quite understated.

M - This is a very crisp, carbonated brew. No lingering. Surprisingly light, given the ABV.

O - It is a drinkable beer, very easy to knock back. Unfortunately, there were few markers that I'd identify as memorable. Not an unpleasant experience, but not particularly inspiring. I might order this if I wanted something clean that would stay out of the way of what I'm eating, but it is unlikely to become a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of Winter
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a touch of amber. Long lasting white head. The aroma consists of feint peach, grain, and some berries. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Grain, spice and hops balance the malt sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable midway and carries through into the finish. This seems actually pretty clean for a trippel and goes down fairly well. Even better with food, I'd imagine, as this beer by itself doesn't seem to distinguish itself from other trippels. Curious as to how this would age.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a clear golden orange. Vortex of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Pours a 1/2 finger white head. Leaves some thick, well-defined lace rings. Good-retention.

Aroma: musky/very yeasty. Bready malts. No the best tripel I have smelt.

Taste: Very yeasty. Slight banana nut flavor. Not a whole lot going on here. I am a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little crisp. No presence of booze which is a plus. Leaves a dry sticky aftertaste. Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall, not something that impressed me very much. Many better tripels out there. There just wasn't a lot of flavor. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A= A darker yellow almost orange but still yellow I would say. Small head falls to a sheet on top and is constantly replenished by bubbles rising from it until about halfway through the drink and it just becomes a ring around the glass. Completely translucent and crystal clear.
S= Almost smells like a macro lager. There is a yeast presence and a tiny amount of sweet malt is there as well
T= Covers my tongue with an apple flavor a little alcohol and slight amounts of buttery yeast. I wanna say I'm getting like some grapes almost as well. Maybe grape skins.
M= Smooth and covering
D= Decent. Pretty average Trippel if you ask me. The way it covers my tongue is enjoyable though.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't dislike this beer. It's about what I've come to expect recently from New Belgium Brewing. I'm not sure if that is a function of my tastes become more sophisticated or NB dropping some of their standards. I seem to remember loving all of their beers when I first tried them several years ago. At the time, they were mostly a Colorado brewery, now they have expanded, and I'm not sure they've kept all of their standards. In any case, this beer is decent, not a bad choice, but I wouldn't seek it out. Certainly, there was quite a bit of spice - otherwise I found the taste and the aroma to be strong, but not particularly unique or elite. It claims to be brewed with coriander. That's cool I guess, but it doesn't stop this from being a slightly better than average beer. For the price and the sexy art...I wanted a little better.

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Photo of raszputini
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a Chimay glass (for effect). Pours golden amber with a light whitish head that dissipates quickly. Light fruit, belgian yeast and phenols in the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp and thin. Notes of beligian sugar, the yeast, coriander, with a crisp finish. When I say crisp, I dont mean hops, it ends with a carbonation-y crispness like carbonated water. Its not a bad thing.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp-looking golden color. Quite cloudy with beautiful streams of carbonation. Small head which disappears quickly. I often feel torn when it comes to judge a beers appearance as I tend to really not care either way or the other. This might be one of the most beautiful beers I've seen though.

Pretty limited smell. The coriander is definitely noticeable, as are notes of yeast. Can't feel any malt or hops.

Has a caramel-flavor to it which an earlier reviewer compared to bubble gum, a comparison I very much agree with. Coriander is undoubtedly present. The carbonation is quite heavy, I would probably say overtly so.

I love the way this looks. Otherwise, it's a fairly run-by-the mill Belgian. Good, not great.

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Photo of clickpush
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Two finger white head over dull golden brew. A few bubble trails in the glass. Head descends rather quickly, having in size in about 20 seconds. No webbing remains, though some lacing and a significant halo.

Nose: Tons of fruity esters, tart Belgian yeast aroma. Something nutty as well, almost like popcorn. Grapes, peaches, peppercorns. Not overwhelmingly strong, but enough to get the hint.

Mouth: Enters mostly tart and fruity, but the nut flavor is still lingering. Flavors aren't really held together very well, a sweet yet tart fruit flavor finishes a bit too sweet. Almost like buttered popcorn. No depth really, everything is right up front. Gets quite warm for something that, on the bottle at least, is listed at 7.8%. Not my favorite example of the style. Peaches, cream, pepper corns. Mouthfeel is nice and sparkly. Have a 6 pack, it won't be a chore to finish, but I'd trade it for a 750 of a Belgian trippel if i could.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Surprising light in color; golden and see-through.

S - Fruity, mostly oranges, bubble gum.

T - Oranges and Ginger, a hint of the powder that is on bubble gum.

M - Light and refreshing, some carbonation, pretty smooth.

O - Overall a pretty good Tripel, but I expected a little more flavor a complexity. Surprisingly light and drinkable for a 7.8% Tripel.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty golden color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, as well as wispy clouds that settled in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Triple-like aromas of yeast, malt, citrus, caramel and spices. I get floral aromas from hops, some sweet aromas from crystalized sugar, some citrus aromas of oranges and grapefruit, plus spices of black pepper, coriander, clove, ginger, finally, malty aromas of buttered bread.

Taste: Not as pronounced as I was expecting for a triple. There is some malt up front, followed by some citrus, like grapefruit, followed by more spice than I’m used to, spices like black pepper, clove and coriander. The beer finishes with some higher hoppy bitterness than I’m expected in a triple too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.8%, there’s a good amount of alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good American version of a triple, but not great. If offered, I’d happily drink it, but I’m not searching it out. There are way too many other better triples out there to get over this one.

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Photo of Jaredhaley
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Dark hazy gold. Slight lacing on top that dissipates quickly.
Smell- Smells of fruit, grain, yeast, and spices.
Taste- Smooth crisp taste with an immediate sweetness. Aftertaste has a very slight hoppy bite to it. Not a boozy beer.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and crisp with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that is easy to drink considering the 8.5% ABV. The 43 IBU's is only experienced in the aftertaste. Would recommend

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Photo of danadeny
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighly cloudy, dull yellow body. Nice head, the bubbly body and head last untill the beer is gone. Smells malty, slight freshness, no hops. Tastes malty throughout, little hops, tart and spicy. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and bubbly. Drinkability is good, but overall it's not my favorite tripple, too heavy on the malt.

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Photo of jmjackson6880
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Crystal-clear, golden color. Very light in appearance. Poured into tulip with thick, white head, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity, sweet, slight spice. Smells very good, but not as rich as I am used to for the style.

T: As the appearance suggests, light on flavor. Underwhelming for the style, really. Mainly malty and spicy flavors noted. Slight alcohol taste in the after. Just plain lacking in that full, robust flavor you're probably expecting for the style.

M: Very light. Lacks that sticky, full mouthfeel you get from nearly every other trippel I've tried.

D: High marks for drinkability. At 7.8%, you could actually drink a few of these, unlike most trippels. All considered, it's a clean-tasting, easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Chimay chalice, beer is a pale golden color with a sparkling white head comprised of many fine bubbles. Nose is fairly underwhelming, a light fruitiness and some spicy, banana phenols and hints of fusel alcohol. The taste has a general smoothness about it; starts out neutral and transitions to a mild fruity malt sweetness - pears and white grapes - and then moves to a mild bitterness and alcohol bite. Finishes neutral and a slightly sweet, warming alcohol sensation remains. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine beaded carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a decent tripel, not outstanding but decent. Goes down smooth and at 7.8%, should be respected.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice tripel aroma, but appearance is lacking as the head is below par (for the style). Taste is malt and yeast, but lacking a lot of the floral accents of the Belgian varieties. A nice try, but for a real tripel go to old Belgium.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:honey yellow colored, hazy with a single finger white head and not much lace.

S: lemon and a little spice note.

T: neither spicey or yeasty enough for my tripel liking. Some golden apple notes with the typical light lemon flavor throught.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I think new belgium is an exciting brewery with a lot to offer the beer lover but they also need to make beer for the masses to please the wives and girlfriends tagging along, and that is what this beer is about for me.

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Photo of Brewmba
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden. who really cares what a beer looks like. lets not judge a book by its cover.

S - Fruity, slightly alcoholic

T - A little sweet, slightly malty with an expected alcohol flavor. Not in a bad way.

M - A little light feeling.

It is an ok Trippel. Maybe i expected a little more from New Belgium. :)

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Photo of Chaz
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden in color, topped with a two-fingered, shock-white head. Good lacing, and excellent clarity.

Soft yet-spicy nose: Coriander on top of and yeast, but no (or very minimal) hops. Malt character isn't totally-buried, but it is often obscured in the style (at least on the nose), as it is here. It does have a rich and sweet character, an the Belgian / Abbey ale yeast character is as prominent as the spice.

Very sweet and palate-coating on the first sip. Big rush of fruity esters making their way in the the aromatic aspect of the drink, with a sugary-sweet, lightly-boozy character lingering. Very little in the way of bitterness. Spice adds a lot of character that the hops would otherwise add -- some who are unfamiliar with the style might find the spicing (coriander) to be overwhelming, but I'd say it's on-par for the style.

At just under 8%+ ABV this one is much stronger than your average daily drinking beer, and is in no sense a 'session' beer. It is a solid sipper and warmer...

Good, full mouthfeel, and extremely easy-drinking. Dangerously-drinkable, truly.

While I find this one to be just above average for the style (and not in the least bit bad, overall), it is a great beer for the price. Naturally, my favorites in this style are those that are imported from Belgium, and cost about twice as much as NBB's Trippel. Altogether this one's a winner.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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