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 | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Riggo
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very handsome and quality product from New Belgium Brewing. A gorgeous bottle, with beautiful artwork on the label, this belgian-style ale pours an attractive golden yellow with a tight, creamy white head. Head remains only in a thin cap, but with good lacing.

A beautiful bouquet that reminds me of a wit--like Allagash White. Notes of apples, peaches, flower pollen, herbs, must, even the whole orange peel/coriander element found in wit beers.

Taste is malty and fruity (bubblegum), balanced by grassy hops. Finish is bitter with hops and high abv (8.5%) (A bitterness that seemed just slightly negative.) Some lingering fruity (pineapple) notes in the finish, but the finish seems to fade rather quickly.

Mouthfeel is both creamy and spritzy at the same time. A drinkable ale full of belgian-style character. Well done for an American brewery. Seek this one out and sip slowly.

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Photo of Elimination
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint...ya didnt have proper glassware today.

look is great, a bright vibrant glowing yellow, very little head though but not a prob. bubbles rushing to the top, mouth watering sight

smell coriander, fruity, wheat. the fruit is almost melon like, very sweet, a hint of bread dough, a little yeasty.

taste butery, very sweet, with a essence of that fruityness. it has new belgiums signature bread ness with the yeast, a little bit of a booze taste, almost vodka like. i love tripples and for 7 bucks a 6, it cant be beat

mouthfeel its kind of lacking here, just doesnt do a lot for me. the taste and feel are there, but just disapear quickly.

drinkablity i do like this brew a lot, and have had many 6 packs and bombers of it. for what i crave and the budget im on it really is a damn good beer

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden yellow, with a medium sized dirty white head that decorated the glass with a fine web, and stayed until the goblet was empty.

Smell has spice, yeast, bready malts and a bit of fruitiness.

Taste is even nicer, malts balanced with a yeasty tang, spices, and a tart apple skin. The yeast taste lasts quite a while, reminding me of the great taste of this beer.

Feel is smooth, with good carbonation, and easy drinking texture. A little on the lighter side for a trippel, but still nice.

I was surprised by the complexity of this beer. As well, it doesn't have that New Belgium taste I get out of most of their beers, so this was very pleasant. I have no problem recommending this.


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Photo of tbern007
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, clear with a large, long-lasting head. Lots of lace.
Scent is of yeast, cloves, a bit fruity.
Tastes like yeast initially, moves into fruit, spice, finishes with a quick alcohol hit.
Dry finish but sweet in the middle.
Nice overall. Looks are deceiving and all aspects are better than you would expect.

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Photo of sam_bliss
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brassy orange with a big off-white head.

S- Sweet smell of spices and tropical fruit. A little bit of bubblegum.

T- Reminds me of belgium with banana candy, soda pop easiness in such a high ABV brew.

M- Goes down wet and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Feels good from start to finish. No real alcohol burn.

O- Yum.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rated 12/3/2005 (12oz bottle from Alamo drafthouse):

Has a nice strong aroma of hops and and spices. Some fruitiness too. Has a smooth palate with a flavorful taste. Orange peel and sweet spices are present. Fruitiness present in the flavor too. Very good.

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy golden color. There are hints of yeastiness, bananas and clove in the nose, as well as the taste. This is quite good. I would have to put this up on a par with some of the better Tripels from Belgium. Certainly not a close clone of one. The others that I have had from this brewery should be this good. This proves what they are capable of.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear light yellowish gold with three fingers of creamy white head. Very good retention and great lacing.
The smell speaks of citrus and yeast as well vas some coriander.
Tasting the beer some pepper and coriander flavors are up front, immediately followed by some good Belgian style yeast in the middle, which also brings in some taste if sweet bread. The finish
Is created by some good hop selection, which creates great balance to this very drinkable Trippel. Great job!!

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Photo of pwalkley
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great, accessible tripel, especially if you've never tried a Belgian tripel. It's one of my go-to beers, especially in the summer. Great balance of hop bitterness and Belgian yeast flavor. Nice spiciness from the coriander.

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Photo of car2052
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy deep golden. Clean white head with significant lacing.
S: Lot of yeasty flavors, most prominently banana, and spice. Sweet malt backbone as well.
T: Sweet light malt forms the base, then comes yeasty banana and spice flavors, a little bit of a rubber taste comes through, and is ended by a alcoholic bite.
M: Medium.
O: Should be called a banana nut beer.

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Photo of Erish
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: bright honey-gold, the one finger head falls very quickly, but a skinny cap and decent lacing are perpetuated by a constant stream of carbonation.

S: subdued sweetness, fruity Belgian funk, coriander, tinge of alcoholic snap.

T: plenty of bread-like malt, plum, vinous grapes, and Belgian fruity funk, there is a flash of alcohol in the middle, and then another flash of dark, overripe fruit (cherry?), and also overripe banana, and figs, the coriander is most noticeable in the finish, along with a slow alcohol burn, and a lingering earthy funk.

M: relatively light, very good carbonation, and a nice powdery dry finish.

D: This is some really tasty stuff! I was worried about the coriander, but it played a nice backup role to the malt, yeast, and alcohol. Well balanced, a very good sipper.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snowbound in Portland, I'm reading a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. While he probably forsook drinking, all this reading about monks and friars is making me think of Belgian beer. I'm really pining for a big dark Belgian right now, but the only thing close I have in my fridge right now is this NB Trippel. Let's see if it satisfies my Belgian craving...

Nice looks, poured into a wine glass. Clear, rich golden in color with an ample white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. I haven't drank many of this style before, so unfortunately I don't have much to compare it to.

Lots of yeast in the aromas: light fruits like ripe banana, maybe a bit of sweet green grape/golden raisin, and lots of sweet doughy malts. I like the complexity and intensity of the smells, this might be the most yeasty ester smelling beer I've had from the States.

Flavors are good but don't quite pack the punch the aromas do. Lots of light fruit and sweetbread malts. I can't help but think of fruitcake, actually. Just a bit of spicyness that I'm not sure of its origin, whether some hops peeking through, or another facet of the Belgian strain of yeast.

Nice, semi-full very smooth feel. Tastes linger for quite a while, a pleasing silky finish. The rather high 7.8% abv is extremely well hidden. not a bit of alcohol heat or prickliness.

Not only is this a very easy drinking beer, it's also exceptionally well priced for such a good beer. I find it every once and a while on sale for under $7 a six pack. A steal, considering the quality of this brew... definitely one of New Belgium's best efforts. My only criticism of drinkability for this beer is that its flavors don't pair well with many types of foods, in my opinion. Still, this one was well enjoyed on its own.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy orange with a one finger head at first that dies down pretty quickly but still leaves a light white film over the beer. Smell is spicy and medicinal, in a good way. Lots of fruit in here as well. Taste is more tropical fruit, along with some spiciness - there's definitely some spice added here but I can't put my finger on what it is - it's very tastefully done and subtle. Hop spiciness is there to complement. Definitely some yeasty medicinal aspects to the taste as well, but like in the smell, these don't overpower the other flavors and are actually welcome here. Alcohol is not noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is thicker than the average tripel. Very creamy as well, instead of the spritzy feel I have come to expect from this style. It definitely works here though. Drinkability is off the charts, I couldn't stop sipping this one.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12ox bottle into New Belgium Snifter

A - Nice, super clear gold w/ 1 finger head, very lively carbonation, great Belgian lace

S - Smells of Spicy alcohol, peppery, yeasty, light orange. A little medicinal/bandaid smell, not in a bad way.

T - Tastes like it smells. Spicy bitterness, lots of phenolics. An astrigent dryness. Light melon flavor.

M - Great mouthfeel on this one, very light and easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden.

O - Very easy drinker, alcohol is very hidden, nice spicy finish. Would like a little more esters to go with the phenols, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: translucent golden-yellow. Thick substantial head, dissipates quickly but leaves a small layer that stays for quite a while.

S: pleasant floral notes with citrus background. Some pine, meadow, herbal notes also.

T: rich, sweet malts and the tasty Saaz hops meld beautifully. Overall sweetness but some tangy, spiciness from hops is secondary. Some citrus, some grape/wine taste also: maybe a white wine of beers, if you will. Alcohol is also there a bit.

M: thick, creamy, syrupy. Coats the mouth and is very smooth.

D: because of the 7.8% abv, its a sipping beer and nice to drink slowly. But not one to knock back several.

Really a good beer, but for me, one at a time, not only because of the abv, but also because of the heavy, rich flavors.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just reviewed Red Hoptober by the same brewery, it was outstanding. Lets have at this one. Poured into a snifter.

A: Is the color of honey gold with a tinge of orange, with a short off white head that fades quickly,

S: Sweet, fruity aroma, smells of bananas, white grapes, and brown sugars as well as yeast, barley, wheat and hops

T: Is quite sweet, tastes a bit like honey, vanilla, and yeast, with a follow through by hops, although it's mild.

M: Well carbonated, with a medium body. Great balance and smoothness with a nice follow through with hops and booze.

O: Overall, this is a quality brew, another great blend from New Belgium. Really enjoyed the smell, really came off as bananas to me, I really like bananas and banana bread. This is a great beer for the fall season, its light and crisp with warmth at the end, great for the colder season.

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Photo of Nytemare
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mostly clear golden color with a good two fingers of head. The head slipped away leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass. A constant light stream of bubbles continued to produce a thin white head throughout the beer. Smelled mostly of fruits, hops, and the peppery yeasty flavor common in almost all their beers. Tasting this was excellent. Nice fruity flavor up front with the peppery yeast. Fading away to a nice bready body and finishing slightly sour. The hops are noticable throughout. Quite nice. The malt showed a little more power as it warmed, but it stayed pretty balanced. Not overly sweet, but not too bitter either. Mouthfeel was nice. Moderate body. Dry finish, and smooth. As for drinkability, I've had several now, not all at one sitting, but I definately enjoy these. I've got two set back to age to see what happens, but overall, rather enjoyable, and I'll continue to pick these up when I get the chance.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 20, 2008

Bottle - poured into Stella Artois glass. Heady, very nice with 1 1/2 " head. Medium amber color. Pleasing smell, very noticeable fruit/spice flavors. Let sit for a few minutes until head down to less than 1/4", also to let warm to mid 40-degrees. Taste - definite hint of spice, floral notes abound. Enjoyable and worth the price! I'd buy another 6-pack or would gladly try on tap. Great beer for the money (under $7 a six-pack). SALUDE!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearane: Pours a hazy medium gold with an absolutely staggering off white cloudtop head that is more than an inch thick five minutes after pouring. Incredibly thick and dense lace leaves distinct tidemarks on the glass walls.

Aroma: The aroma of this beer is quite striking, strong alcohol notes replete with coriander, yeast, orange, and hops.

Taste: Opens with sweet honey-like malt, soon followed by mild floral hop bitterness, interspersed with pear and melon flavors, and bitter apple peel, as well as coriander and cloves. Phenol alcohol appears late in the taste, and is moderately warming. Finishes with a little earth and moderate, but lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: remarkable complexity, rivals Belgian-brewed Tripels. Considering that this is sold at a mid-range price for craft beer, it seems a bargain.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently enjoyin this one out of New Belgium's 22oz bottle--something I couldn't resist picking up for a mere $2.99 at BevMo!

I've had the Trippel before and remember it being a great triple/trippel and have wanted to revisit this brew and give it a rating compared to others I've had.

Unlike other trippels I've had this one really needs be drunk at a cool or room temp to be really enjoyed. Otherwise it kinda tastes like a cheap lager. Once it warms it's great. And for the price I'd say it's the best bargain as far as this style goes.

The appearance is the strong point; champagne-like body with a frothy head and lacing. Very nice indeed. There is some yeast that is suspended but it is fairly clear overall. The color is a bright, golden straw color.

The smell is good; standard triple yeastiness. Nothing breathtaking, but pleasant.

The taste is right on for a triple, in my opinion. It is a little more sour and hoppier than some of the brews from Belgium, but still has enough of that crispness and lip-numbing yeast to make it a good triple and great drinking experience. I also appreciate the fact that it's not ridiculously high in alcohol like other triples, which makes it much more drinkable for a lightweight like me. I'd prefer it to be a tad sweeter.

This is another good one from New Belgium. Not as mind-blowing as other triples but dang-near jaw-dropping when you consider the low price. Don't sleep on this one if you're a tripple/triple lover.

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Photo of misterscooter
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured well into the bigger glass. A nice, smooth head that slowly settled into a fine lace on top with foam sticking to the sides but not drying out too quickly. This thing is golden, starting with the color. Very clear with lots of small to medium size bubbles from the carbonation that help keep the foam on top from disappearing.

Honey, hay, nectar. This guy smells like a warm, spring day. Every once in a while I get a whiff of something not quite as sweet, much like their Fat Tire, but it evades me before I can place it and it isn't dominating. Part of the character, for sure. Maybe it is the alcohol.

This guy definitely is not as good if it is too cold. They say to serve it at 44 degrees F. but I think it is better a bit warmer, maybe closer to 50 degrees. The carbonation is felt right away and it adds to the flavor but it is very smooth as it hits your tongue, despite the tingle. It isn't as sweet as it smells and you can tell the abv is higher with this one from the taste you get. But it does have some raw honey in there and some oaky overtones. There is some dry aftertaste which may turn you off but I liked because it wasn't harsh.

A really good Belgian.

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Photo of yen157
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured looking like fresh apple cider but with a fluffy white head. Foam was sticky and hung around like many others can‘t. Some candy sugar cideriness detected amidst the malt. Slightly more bitterness than I’ve come to expect form this style of beer made it a refreshing change from overly malty brews. The New Belgium boys and girls did a good job with the Tripel style, IMO.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first poured this beer I was a little unimpressed. I'm generally not a fan of light yellow beers, and thats exactly what this looked like. After smelling it I had a little bet of a second guess but wasn't too sure about what to expect. it smelt really crisp and fresh with a hint of alcohol. (which I normally don't notice, so it must have been a bit more than a hint) Finally after taking a sip I realised I was wrong to judge this beer by its color. It did in deed have a nice crisp taste and a slight taste of alcohol. NOt too much rally, but when you go back and look at the alcohol content and compare it to its smoothness and easy drinkability you realise you have a beer that can easily kick you off your feet. overall I was impressed with this beer, dont let its smoothness fool you though, its a strong bugger. I can't wait to drink some more of this.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price, this is a damn good trippel. One of the best six packs for under $8. It's only slightly below the level of the good Belgian trippels.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Good light amber coloration with carbonation free floating throughout it.

S - Flowery malted aroma. Orange and spice greet the nose and tantalize it.

T - Flowery Malted hopped beer. Orange tastes with spice peak at the beginning followed with a hint of hops just to let you know.

M - Good all around feeling that leaves a satisfactory taste on the tongue

D - Good Sitting around beer to enjoy with company.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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