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
newbelgium.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,419
Reviews:
1,031
Ratings:
3,056
pDev:
13.39%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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Ratings: 3,056 |  Reviews: 1,031
Photo of sparx1100
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeB
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrumpyMarmot
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rangerred
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear medium orange with a tiny half finger head that is quick to dissipate.

Smells strongly of banana, clove, coriander, pear, and some lemon. An overall Belgian-esque quality.

Taste is quite clean and citrusy with pear being quite prominent and the banana/lemon taking a backseat. The overall cleanliness is what really makes this beer for me. I'm not a huge fan of tripels but this one is so dry and crisp with the alcohol barely detectable. A beer I will definitely go back to again.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow/orange color with a massive off-white head. The smell is of fruity esters with a trace of yeast and alcohol. A combination of peach, grapefruit, yeast and a warming alcohol make of the combination of flavors in this nice American-made Tripel. It is a light to medium bodied brew that finishes a slightly sticky-dry. Overall good brew! Cheers!

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Photo of ark57
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is a cloudy orange in color and has a creamy sweet aroma. It has plenty of fruity esters and some spicy phenols with a sweet, peppery finish. It is quite complex and good. Sadly this brewery does not ditribute in my area so I won't be drinking this too often.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a pleasant surprise to find this in San Diego at the local Bevmo sitting next to a pile of cases of Fat Tire. I'm really not bagging on Fat Tire, but finding other offerings from New Belgium around here is uncommon.

A - Pours a clean coppery golden hue and makes a fine white head. The head retention is good and slowly fades into a ridge of tiny bubbles.

S - Aroma offers some notes of coriander and clove, but is totally covered by massive barnyard-cheesy-feet-rotten eggs. This beer is stinky, but in a good way. Massive sulphury characteristics.

T - Clean pilsner malts, earthy saaz hops, coriander, clove, bananas, subtle bittering and a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M - Crisp, dry carbonation that is almost spicy in itself. Medium to light in body.

D - The aroma alone is enough reason to open up another bottle of this. Quite easy to drink, but the flavor is not quite where the aroma is. It is a bit of a let down to your expectations.

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Photo of Rayek
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold color with good clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Foamy off-white head has middling retention, but leaves some nice patches of lace behind. Small carbonation bubbles.

S: Spicy with coriander and clove. Smoke and toffee aromas come through too.

T: Nicely balanced. Malt has a mix of grape, toffee and smoke flavors. Bitterness is spicy mix of coriander and clove with a slight metallic bite. Alcohol adds flavor and warmth going down. Finishes very dry with a biscuit quality.

M: Medium body with the right amount of fizz. Slightly slick on the tongue.

D: I have to be in the right mood for this. Makes a good night cap.

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Photo of blackc5
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip at 52F.

Pours a fairly standard deep gold with about an inch of foam. Little lacing. Aromas are fairly mild for the style, the expected sweet maltiness with a bit of spice and fruit. Taste is sweet and yeasty, with the spice there as well. Some graininess. Nothing too uniquely interesting going on, but at least it is not overly sweet. Alcohol is bit over abundant in the aftertaste, and there is little in the way of hops to balance things out. Carbonation is middling, perhaps slightly low for the style. Otherwise mouthfeel is decent, perhaps a touch thin. Drinkability is pretty good for the style though, especially given the fairly budget price.

Nice to keep a 6'er around for when you want a nice Belgian but don't feel like you want to concentrate on it too much that night...

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Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ADR
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sedimented peach color, light orange creamy head of 1/2 an inch. Broad and slippery lacing. Pleasant aroma, mostly of nectarine and plenty malty -- but lacking yeastiness and a little sweet. Moderate carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor echos the peachiness of the smell but is a bit watery and over hopped. Nice beer, could use slightly more astringent crispness and funky mustiness of the best brews of the style. A good sense of freshness however.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of MuFugga
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babydoc
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, forming a dense off-white head that fades slowly, gone by the last of the glass. Sampled from a pint glass, not the recommended chalice- maybe that's why I wasn't as impressed with the nose- which was subtle fruits (cantaloupe?), malt and a touch of yeast.
There is a fine curtain of tiny bubbles throughout, evident on the tougue and mouth as a light effervescant carbonation- no bite to it. Tastes of pepper, white grapes, with yeasty and bready highlights. Aftertaste is hops, slightly astringent, not unpleasant.

Didn't realize the 8.5% abv- certainly very drinkable

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Photo of zacharius
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a somewhat small head for a belgian but it lasted throughout the glass. Nice golden color. I poured the yeast from the bottle into the beer for maxium flavor and aroma. Taste is malt, then fruit and spice finishing with hops. The smell is of fruitty esters and alcohol. This beer is very drinkable for a belgian style beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled July 12, 2013.

Golden body, nice and hazy; thick foam which rests at 2 fingers, some good hanging lacing. Smell is a bit flowery with mixed spices and sharp coriander. Flavor has the spices upfront and then ends in a nice sweetness. Warming feel. Nothing complex but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at room temperature in a tulip/snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold with fluffy bleached white head foaming up easily and fading slowly leaving craters as it recedes. The aroma is some yeasty dough with coriander, honey and maybe cloves with just a hint of spicy hops, fairly sweet overall.
First sip reveals a lite body with fine yet very lively carbonation. ONe swish in my mouth and it is all foam!
Flavor starts of sweet with some sugar and a bit of honey sweetness. The beer rolls to a slight peppery bitterness that I attribute to alcohol, but could also be the hops which the label tells me are generously added to the brew. The bitterness lingers for a while but makes me want the sweet malt from the start again, urging me to take another sip.
A pretty easy drinker and a decent shot at a sometimes disastrous style. WOrth a shot!

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good Trippel. All the features I like are here but some are more subdued than the very best of this style. Pours an almost clear dull gold into my Chimay goblet. Delicately bubbly white head with decent retention for this style. No lacing. Smell is fairly good. Light fruit, the apples and pears kind of thing. Some spices - black pepper and I guess coriander.

Good Trippel taste. Some of the best Trippels have almost a cheese kind of taste, probably from the yeast as well as light fruit and black pepper. It's all here, especially as the beer warms, just not as strong as some Trippels.

Mouthfeel is rich, a hint of an alcohol bite in the finish, but nothing that spoils the overall experience.

Definitely worth a try. A good Trippel in a 12 oz bottle....I will probably have this again.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have to agree with (most of) the previous review. Pretty good stuff for the price -- a mere $1.25 per 12 ounce bottle at Wilburs Wine & Spirits in Fort Collins, CO.

Beautiful pour with a hefty long-standing head, and lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice smell of nuts and yeast.

It looks so clear and liight, that the real powerhouse taste and mouth feel is somewhat of a surprse. Has that yeast-malt roundness that makes you know you've got a live beer in your mouth.

The hearty ABV is well-masked -- if I hadn't read the bottle I wouldn't have guessed it was 8.5%!

Overall, a very drinkable brew, though this style is not my favorite.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tape at my watering hole, Old Chicago Westminster. Poured a clear golden color with a quarter inch white head that quickly disapated. Aroma of malt, fresh baked bread/yeast, and some caramel. Taste is where this one's at: malt/bread, yeast, a bit of caramel, with a clean/crisp finish. This has always been one of my favs from NB; definitely better on draft.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, light orange amber color with a thin white head that had bubbles on top that stay.
Smells of spice and floral notes.
Spiciness and Belgian yeast character rule the taste.
Light mouthfeel and well carbonated.
Overall I really like this beer and I am to a big Belgian guy. Very drinkable beer for the high alcohol content.

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Photo of SeymourDunn
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JosiahS
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass: Tulip

Pours a true golden color, super clear with a half finger bright white head. Looks champagne-like. Moderate amount of find bubble stream to the top.

Somewhat light aroma. I get those classic Belgian yeast characteristics, coriander, slight banana and clove. Almost hairspray-like when the yeast meats the alcohol. Then there is the very light malt underneath that seems to hold things together.

Body is much more full then the aroma would have you believe, overall it falls into the medium range though. Pretty straight forward flavor, almost identical to the smell, Belgian yeast spiciness with a light dough/cracker malt profile. It finishes with alcohol, a little butter and the spice from the yeast. Clean and consistent flavor front to back.

I can't say im much of a fan of the Belgian yeast in beers but putting my personal preferences aside, this seems to be a solid tripel worthy of a B-B+. Certainly nothing exciting about it though. Worth trying for yourself, at the very least.

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Photo of amvrana
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sonicdescent
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a gold with a very nice resillient white one finger of head and great lacing.

Smells of bread/belgian yeast, orange peel, and some other spices.

Taste is almost an exact mirror of the smell. This seems like an intro to the style and on the opposite end of a Fin Du Monde.

Dry finish, medium bodied and high carbonation.

Easy enough to drink and a good beginners intro to the style.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,056 ratings
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