Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
3,000 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 daave1
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of morebeergood
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of 0x4a64
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beeragent
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first taste into the world of Tripel ales. 12oz. bottle, with a freshness date of 09/14/07. Poured into a snifter, the ale poured a light copper, with a good 1 inch head, that left nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is mostly fruity, with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and clean, and goes down smoothly. The taste is much like the smell, strong fruit flavor, but with a stronger taste of alcohol. A very tasty ale, but definitely a beer that I could only have one of during a session. A nice introduction to the style, and one worthy of more sampling. A good offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous blooming mallowy head. Off white and bulbous, stoic. Deep gold beer, slightly tarnished and slight beading.
smell is very estery - slight peachyness, banana. sharp smells in the front with a softness in the end. Maltyness? kind of unidimensional.
The taste is a rush of sweetness in the extreme front and very soft on the tongue, then a sharp twang on the back side of the tongue. A slight yeastiness. The tartness fades in the aftertaste leaving estery flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. Soft and rounded. Drinkability is OK, but suffers from high alcohol and what i feel is an imbalance.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at Craft Beer Market in Calgary.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of thinly foamy and bubbly ecru head, which renders some rather decent webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, sugary caramel and pale malt, earthy yeast, ethereal savoury spice, dark, fleshy fruit, and a pear-like alcohol warming. The taste is more lightly toasted pale malt, reduced caramel, soft yeast, muddled orchard fruit (banana sort of standing out after a while), chewing gum, a touch of coriander/clove spice, and a tame lilting booziness.

The carbonation is fairly mild, and barely supportive at times, the body a staid medium weight, and sort of tacky in its smoothness - yet a pushy fruitiness creaminess wends its way in. It finishes mostly dry, the yeast, waning spice, and alcohol colluding as such.

A seemingly American take on the style up front, but those appearances soon drop away, leaving us with an ok in bearing, and not really as complex mimicry of the old-world masters. Agreeable enough, I suppose, given its apparent availability in bottle format around its point of origin - just not up here, tho (yet).

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of a little spice with some banana.

Tastes of of mild fruits with spice and rounded out with a little alcohol. Fruits are sugary sweet and characterized by banana and apples. Coriander and white pepper counter this and the alcohol adds warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

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Photo of cwkash
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of depechemode1983
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden yellow in color. Semi fluffy white head with moderate retention.

S - Nose is candy sweet and yeasty. There are also nice biscuity notes that blend well with the sweet spicy notes coming from the yeast.

T - Taste is fruity and sweet with lots of spices. A tad bitter in the middle. Finishes biscuity dryness and a clove aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and the carbonation is just right.

D - Pretty drinkable, although after a six pack I would be done for the night.

Notes - Not bad. Not as good as other Trippels but a good brew none the less. 7.49 well spent tonight.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Russian River goblet.

A: Pours a nice gold color, with some haziness apparent plus some chill haze. Forms a one finger white head with low retention and a good bit of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity esters (banana, apple, grape), lemon citrus, pale malts, mild spices. Sweet and fruity overall impression plus a light boozy character.

T: Follows the nose. Big fruity yeast esters - bitter green apple and banana - with lemony coriander, light cracker and pilsner malts. Sweet with a moderately dry finish, and not overly boozy on the tongue at all.

M: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, and a low alcohol presence for style.

O: I wasn't overly impressed with this one. No real flaws, and a solid beer for the price point. But not what a Tripel can be.

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Photo of elniko
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

A: Very little head, nice amber golden hue. Solid looking brew.

S: Typical tripel nose, alcohol and sweetness on the nose.

T & M: I am a tripel fan, this beer was solid but left a little lacking in my opinion. I compare all tripels with La Finde du Monde for my basis. Very dry finish, did not have some of the fruit tones that I've come to expect.

D: Decent example, quite dry. Not sure if I'd like to have more than one.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A not-so-usual clear orange pour, small white head, quick to some poor bubbles here and there.
Smell sets it back on track, big coriander and clove, with some faint funky pinches. An almost bubblegumy fruitiness (apricot, apple, pear, light quince, banana), glazed in honey but also extra some malt sweetness, without being too much.
Mouthful of banana and apricot, sticky sweet with lots of honey and some light caramel. The banana is really strong, kinda sugar coated, not the best kind of sweetness. Apple and pear are pretty low, with a faint acidity that's totally overwhelmed. Some coriander, citrus peel, pepper and clove try to cut off the sweetness, even some mildly funky herbs, but the finish is still syrupy.
Aftertaste has sugars, apple peel, bit of blond fruit, citrus peel, soft spices. Medium body, feels prickly just because of the spicy yeasts, otherwise it's almost flat.
A sweet Belgian-style ale that unfortunately can't hold a candle to the ones back in Europe, not to mention tripels in particular. Too syrupy sweet, overimposed spiciness. I might be too harsh, it's decent, but i expected something.. smarter.

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Photo of RAC81
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdspears41
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. I bought it from a beer superstore in Eau Claire WI while up there for work. I had a sample 12 pack and there were three bottles of this in there. First thing you notice is the % of alcohol in them, WOW. A six pack would floor you.

a-Poured this into a glass and noticed a strong color to it. I realized it would be good right then.

S-It was nothing special but a pleasant enought to make you want to drink it.

T-It was refreshing but after the second beer I grew tired of drinking it, I think its a one beer per sitting beer.

M-Not over powering or watered down feel. Mine was a tad flat.

D- I would love to start the night off with one of these everytime i drink. Good stuff

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fat Tire: Tripple Belgian Style Ale
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Poured a very light golden orange color with a very light colored head and two-finger lacing.

S: Smells like what you would expect your average Belgian ale but with maybe a little more banana hints to it.

T: Sweet with a bite at the end and a heavy taste of alcohol. Mellow taste lingers after the gulp.

M: The ale had the right amount of carbonation but felt a little watery in the swallow.

D: It becomes more drinkable as it warms but if you are like me and like them ice cold, you may have to slow down if you plan on having more than just one.

Not a bad brew, overall. Its very comparable with a lot of the higher-end barley wines but at a reasonable cost, and in a convenient six pack. The alcohol content, coupled with the good flavor is nice as well.

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Photo of Jodio
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of martino_cappachino
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stella artois goblet.

Inch and a half head, bottle-conditioned with very fine sparkly lacing. Head diminishes after a few minutes, except for a few large looming bubbles gathered on the edge of the glass.

Shiny, metallic, dark-devilish yellow. Aroma's of banana, clove, peach and slight orange peel. Solid taste of belgian yeast. Toasted wheat.. and soft cookie-ish texture.

Belgian's are always complex and hard to describe. I feel like I am going to have to review beer again this again. But I like it compared to other Belgian trippel's I've had, and it's much cheaper, bon appetit!

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Photo of RossR
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In my Colorado years this was one of my top few favorites. A dependable strong brew with a tangy taste. I never thought of this as yeasty, and it's a more refined style. Golden and clear in the tall Maredsous glass with a thin head but nice champagne bubbles. Plenty carbonated in the mouth.

It seems kind of sweet on first sip. The spices are a little overly strong. A malt candy flavor. The best feature is how smooth and drinkable this is. It's the ideal late evening sipping glassful. Seamless is the word that comes to mind, even with the alcohol taste.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at-- who cares, you can buy this everywhere. They do a good job of distributing. But I've never seen this on tap, which would be worth watching for. New Belgium makes this the cleanest, most approachable beer in the golden Belgian style.

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kermitthefrayer
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 3,000 ratings.
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