Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
2,997 Ratings
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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Photo of Eyedrinkale
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color with almost a surprisingly tiny head. Has a yeasty and spicy aroma. Taste is first sweet bananas followed with mellow cloves. A bit dissapointed, as I have been holding out drinking what I thought would be NB’s best beer, but still good. I would have liked a bit more carbonation and a bit less sweetness. At least it’s 8.5, which doesn’t make it coat my tongue.

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Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a fairly clear light orange. Minimal to no head. A sparse amount of carbonation bubbles rise slowy to the top. I would have liked more head on this beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
A bready, spicy, saison-esqe smell. Some alcohol smell as well as bananas. Overall, a nice smell, the bready/spiciness is nice.

Taste - 4/5
Breadiness and spiciness, bananas, some alcohol, a small amount of hops. Some malty sweetness. Overall, the beer is moderately sweet, and fairly spicy. Not my personal favorite style of taste, but it seems like it pulls it off well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
The beer is very crisp. There is a very light amount of medium-strong intensity carbonation. The beer has a medium-light body.

Overall - 3.75/5
This tasted in between a saison and a tripel. The saison taste is not my favorite (nor is the trippel for that matter), so in terms of my personal taste preferences, this isn't a beer I would often drink. But it seems like a well-made beer, which would be greatly enjoyed by those who love the particular styles involved.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 7/29/12
Boulevard snifter

A: Pours out a clear pale yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Lots of Belgian cahracter: yeast, clove and the coriander. It's very clean smelling.

T: Right in the tip of the tongue, you get that Belgian yeast spice character: coriander, clove, and orange peel notes. I always look at tripels like beefed up wit beers with more malt backing and a touch more ABV. On the close, it's fairly dry and you still taste that spice bill.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B+. not my favorite in the style but not bad and price point is nice.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Slightly hazy, lightly orange tinted golden colored liquid. Minimal head with minimal lacing.

Citrus and yeast notes. Floral and spicey. Sweet, fruity smell.

Nice and sweet upfront, but agreeably so. Caramalized white fruits. Light malt kisses. Bready yeast notes. Hops stop by to say 'hello', but don't stick around.

Nice and creamy, as it should be, for the style.

When looking for an affordable trippel (i.e.-can't afford a true belgian today) this would totally work.
New Belgium does good, again.

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Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium arrived in Florida yesterday. Welcome! I'm drinking this from a New Belgium tulip glass given to me more than 10 years ago by my nephew and his wife. Tonight is the first time it's held New Belgium beer.

Pours a lovely golden color with a stark white head than reduces to a chunk in my glass.

Classic Belgian aroma of yeast and coriander.

The taste is spicy and complex, just as I would expect.

Nice chewy body.

Overall a fine trippel. Glad to see New Belgium in the Sunshine State.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, New Belgium isn't all about the Fat Tire, however, this trendy beer probably makes the dough that allows them to brew the stuff that really the Trippel Belgian Style Ale.

The Trippel pours bright and shining...a bubbly, fizzy liquid gold. The head is massive and grows steadily as befits a Belgian tripel. I judge a tripels head by how many pours I get in my glass. If I have to stop before I'm done to let the head retreat then it's done its job. And this beer fits that bill.

The aroma is not unlike many other tripels I've had...fruity and sweet with a hint of alcohol. I wouldn't say it's any better than the others but it does seem to be stronger and lingers longer.

The taste is large...again, fruity (not citrusy) mainly of bananas with a strong alcohol burn. Also, the carbonation is very active, which is good for a strong beer but a little too much for me, but that's just my taste.

All in all, I'd give this beer a "B" grade. I prefer the native Belgians only because I find them more complex. Otherwise, this is an admirable attempt at a wonderful style.

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

Bottle that I got quite a while ago from Strelnikov - great trader, many thanks. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp, clear golden, capped by one finger of slightly off white head, with great retention (aided by the narrow aperture of the glass) that never really fades below a good near-half-finger. The lacing is impressive, incredibly fine where it clings on the sip side, splattered across the sides of the glass like blood at a crime scene. That's a terrible simile, I'm sorry. The non-sip side has more consistent cling, sheet-like but still erratic. The body is full of multiple streams of crisp, fine, and fast carbonation. A good start.

Aroma: A little too mellow, really, with only a handful of medicinal spices and estery fruits coming through. Cloves, green peppercorns, bananas, apricots, wheat, heavier citrus, mango, and a few tropical fruit notes blend in a far, far away land. I'm sure it would be more pleasant if it were more pungent.

Taste: A little "heavier" tasting than most trippels I've had, but that's alright. This one has thicker, honey-like malt backbone, relatively sweet, though with a number of quenching, mildly tart notes that attempt to balance the sweetness. Some herbal, green, almost minty notes, a few spicy overtones, and a handful of heavier citrus notes (though no grapefruit), bananas, peach, and apricots. The finish is very phenolic, cleansing, prickly. I like this more than I think I should, for some reason.

Mouthfeel: A very even body, creamy and smooth but still slightly crisp. The body itself is reasonably thick, but the sheer volume of carbonation - probably because it's so fine and well-dispersed - does a good job of cutting through what might otherwise be borderline-syrupy. Nice.

Drinkability: As I mentioned above, I think I like this more than I should. There's something about this beer that comes together reasonably well. It's traditional in many ways, though also diverges from the stereotypical trippel in a number of ways both good and bad. At 7.8%, though, it's also less alcoholic than many trippels, which does enhance the drinkability somewhat. A solid beer, and one I'd be glad to have again.

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Photo of scratch69
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silverking
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- It pours a slightly hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Head retention is great, and lacing is excellent.

S - Banana, and lots of it, also a touch of bread.

T- Banana, Corriander, light bread notes.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O- Pretty damn good.

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Photo of BB1313
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by Nov 2014. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear transparent golden; fluffy eggshell white head that fades quickly and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of fruit and bubblegum. Lots of yeast. Some banana. Hints of pear and green apple. Some funk. The flavors are pretty crisp. Very grainy. Lots of sweet fruits. More fresh pear and sliced apples. Some malts. More yeast notes. More banana. Some clove. Finishes pretty clean and isn't really syrupy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Clean and refreshing beer. It's fun to drink.

This is a great example of a Tripel coming from an American brewery. I really like it. $2.99/bomber is an awesome deal for this brew. Highly recommended. I'm impressed.

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Photo of tem3175
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyCastle
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9/16/12.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, spices, yeast, and some bubble gum aromas. Taste is very much the same with a lingering aftertaste of bubble gum. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good trippel that is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprising myself (since this is my third most reviewed style), I had not Had this. So, I thought I'd compare New Belgium's to a tripel that I'd Had and liked much. Down in the cellar, I surprise myself again and have only two. So I select the St. Bernardus... probably my 4th highest rated triple. So, it seems hardly a fair fight. But despite New Belgium's success, they can still learn from the masters of the ages.

Looks are quite different. SB's tripel has non-clingy foam and is cloudy. NB is very clingy and clear.
Aromatics also are quite different: SB has big-time, complex fruit; NB has some fruit, but more coriander.
Taste. Let's use a baseball metaphor and say that SB hits a delicate double and NB hits a straight single (NB takes no risk and keeps the ball in play.)
Feel. Both do a good job.

Bottom-line: the difference is the yeast. SB has it from years of work, NB is still working on it. In the meantime, NB is doing its job extremely well: introducing the world's largest market to the glories of Belgium beer.

1/29/17 Had New Belgium again. Increased Taste and Overall as this is a pleasant tripel for food.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a light pale yellow straw color. A one-finger head of rather dense, slightly off-white foams sets up with a fair amount of bubbles on top. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a rather thick ring of lace around the glass and fine lace with a few pronounced bubbles on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant, almost neon sunrise lemon yellow and clear, showing fine trails of effervescence rising through the center.

S - Esters of light fruit like honeydew melon with noticeable traces of banana, apples, and yeast backed by biscuit malts and light, sweet caramel. As it warms, hints of coriander begin to poke through. There's also some very soft floral notes in the background, like standing next to freshly trimmed rose bushes still wet with morning dew.

T - Very lightly toasted malts mix with subtle toffee, light caramel, and a rather distinctive yeasty spiciness that bends toward dried herbs. Fruit juice of pears and fresh, sweet apples follow. Hints of lemon-drops then appear. Bazooka bubblegum shows up on the sides of the tongue at the end and wrestles somewhat with coriander and clove for attention in the finish.

M - Fizzy and fresh. Good carbonation. Light, but solid body. Very nice structure shows great integration of components. Finish is short, and surprisingly dry and clean. Crisp.

O - This is one tasty beer. Nice range of flavors that favor the malt/fruit nature of Tripels while making sure the finish isn't cloying. It's not terribly complex, and there's just a tad too much spiciness in the finish for me to say this is an exceptional example of the style, but it's quite good and definitely recommended, especially as a gateway to Belgium Tripels.

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Photo of shanny_koenig
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dren
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the 4 samples I had at the brewery.

Poured a golden hue with a nice thick head. The head was gone by the time I got around to drinking the beer. Smells of slight fruit, spice, and some floral aromas. A little banana flavor with flower petals, spice, a little fruit and some yeast. Warming alcohol presence. Not as candy as some other Belgians but this one certainly has a lot of flavor. Refreshing after the long finish. A good beer.

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Photo of Psilo707
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light amber/orange color when poured into a mug; translucent but solid. The smell is one of fruits and candy, but only slightly. Tastes much the same, somewhat like a caramel candy apple mixed with light/fluid hoppy alcohol.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side and pales in comparison to the other aspects, but drinkability is top notch as with almost all of the New Belgium collection.

Overall, a good addition to the brewery who brought us Fat Tire.

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Photo of NickT2121
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - kinda aggressive pour into the snifter came off with a fat foamy two finger head. Light golden straw color clear color not a lot of bubbles.

S - grain toasted banana Bread, fruity, malt alcohol Smell. Complex

T - getting a creamy banana alcohol taste, malt lingering in the background. But the bananastays on the tongue all the way tthrough. Slight coriander taste.

M - Light yet creamy no bitterness and creamy finish.

O - great ale, This is the first tripel I've had and is definitely spiking my interest in other tripels


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Photo of breakingbland
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A great offering from New Belgium. Pours a light golden with a smallish head. The aroma carries a nice level of funk. The taste follows the aroma and is quite refreshing.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light orange/pink, kinda like a blush wine, but more orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles and very minimal head (poured into red wine glass).

Fruity Belgian smell with some hints of clove, banana, honey, and spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Very clean, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. High level of carbonation, and the flavors certainly follow the aroma closely. Aftertaste drops off cleanly, but there is also some fruit and maltiness lingering. There's a surprising amount of bitterness to this heavily malted beer. No indication that this packs a high ABV.

I'm surprised by how palatable this is. I was expecting to be turned off by the typical Belgian banana flavor, but it's got a good spice and bite which keeps me going. I'm enjoying it, but one is plenty.

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Photo of GStone899
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The proper tripel color, a nice gold. I poured in the sediment after swooshing it about in the bottle, so yeasty traces can be seen in the head and lacing, which sticks intact while there's still head.

S: Phenolic acids and yeast. Perhaps a touch of fruitiness, some alcohol.

T: Nice. 8% is well hidden, slightly toasty malt flavor as it warms, mmm.

M: Very smooth and enjoyable.

D: I think the sum is greater than the parts. Curiously tasty beer. The only American tripel I've enjoyed more than this is Allagash's, however, they truly pale in comparison with the great Belgians. Try this if you can't possibly get ahold of St. Bernie's, Westmalle, Karmeliet, or the extremely interesting Houblon Chouffe.

Addendum, six months after original review: still a good tripel. There's a fair amount of grain flavor, having had more examples of the style it reminds me too much of Fat Tire in the malt department. No score alterations.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a light honey, or dark straw. Nice creamy and frothy head leaves a nice mirengue like head.

Nose is creamy sweet candy sugar with a vanilla touch. Booze on the nose with banana and fruity esters, possibly yeast.

Wow, flavor is chocolate, creamy malt. Malt is in your face and reminds me of roasted marshmallows on the campfire with a side of banana. Vanilla rides high and the beer finishes toasty and warm, with a nutty flavor that has to be from the roast. Hazelnut flavors come out on the exhale, very different. Booze is hidden VERY well and what comes oout in the nose is nowhere in the flavor.

This is something different, I've never had a trippel like this. Not bad, but different.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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