Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,007 Reviews
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

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Photo of rundocrun
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-oz bottle into snifter.

A - Rich, almost iridescent honey-golden color with a finger of white head that fades quickly. Mild-to-no lacing.

S - Has the bright, fruity esters typical of a belgian ale. Much more maltiness and toasted character to this than it's NB cousin the Abbey Ale. Has a slight coriander and citrus note to it too, reminiscent of a wheat beer. Possibly some floral hop aromas rising up to greet me too.

T - Immediately sweet, intensely malty, yet dry. Has a pleasing bitterness toward the middle that does not attempt to overtake the palate, but balances out the complex malt profile. A zing of orangey citrus rides right along with the hops. Has mild booziness in the finish along with a tangy, sweet and dry honey flavor.

M - Medium-to-thin body, dry, crisp and well-carbonated. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for a near-8% ale.

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Photo of mhatters
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a standard tulip glass - I just bought the 6 pack

Pours a somewhat unimpressive golden yellow color with light white head that dissipates quickly

Lots of yeast and fruit in the nose - banana and apple, some good spice notes too - a very good nose

Similar flavor to the nose, bready, earthy, with a solid light fruit backing. Well done.

A bit more "dense" than other tripples, not in a bad way, just different. Easy to drink, the alcohol is well covered, finishing the 6 wil lbe enjoyable..and done fairly quickly

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

A fine white bubbly head quickly subsides atop this orange tinted beer. It leaves a steady lace trail along the glass.

My nose picked up herbal and fruit aromas that carried into the flavor.At first, there was a rush of flavors but not one overpowering aspect- decent balance.

The mouthfeel was mildy astringent, leaving you wanting another sip.

For a warming 8.5% beer this is disarmingly drinkable.
I feel good this was to be had at 7.49 for a 12 ounce six pack.

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

Very orange-peach colored with some suspended sediment and a thin, whitish head and relatively strong carbonation. Bubbling up from the brew is an aroma of yeast and sweet, candied fruits--perhaps apricot? The flavor is round and yeasty, with significant wheat influence and soft, light fruit sweetness, in sheeting layers across my tongue. Alcohol shines through in the finish, and isn't as well hidden as some other brews I've had--but it's not obtrusive.

This is a strong American example of the style, and is very much a typical tripel. It isn't quite as dry in the finish as I would like, but I still enjoyed it tremendously. Not the best, but very, very good.

As an aside, I think it's time to try Allagash Tripel again--my palate has grown up enough to handle the alcohol and reach deeper into the wonderful characteristics of Tripels, and I have a feeling I was a bit blind in my first review.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: 12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: A white foam cap forms in the glass. A constant flow of bubbles ran the course of the drinking. Pours to a light, golden, and clear appearance.

Smell: The slightest hint of fruit is present.

Taste: The slight taste of coriander is hard to find. It is there but it is not the dominant taste in this brew. Considering the high alcohol level, you are not overwhelmed with a hit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A very crisp mouthfeel. Gets the taste buds watering right away.

Overall: I just tried this beer recently. I am a fairly new/young beer drinker so there are still many beers to sample. As far as I am concerned, this is one of the greatest tasting beers I have tired. Smooth and crisp. This beer is a great beer to have year-round. Belgian beer fan? Get a pack (you'll want a case after trying one) and enjoy!

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

46th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- Poured a pale orange with single finger heard and mild bubbles. Excellent lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell- Its a great smelling beer, between the spice and citrus and the hints of belgian yeast in it. I really like it.

Taste- One of the 1st tripels I had and I can still say I like it alot. Call me biased. When I went skydiving after losing 100 pounds, what did I have. NB Tripel.

Mouth- It's balanced, clean and has some depth and great flavor.

Drink- I can't get these in CA except on draft and I only have two left. Maybe its time to go back to Denver.

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

A--Pleasantly orange and clear. Keeps a sticky ring of a head.

S--Sweet apples are immediately balanced out by piney hops.

T--Carbonation covers up a very nice, sweet and bready body a little bit. Hops come in and balance it perfectly. Alcohol comes through pretty strong.

M--The consistency of cider, a slightly too in your face carbonation.

D--Very. It even gets better as it sits in the glass and warms a tad.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice/snifter. An orange/amber color with a small, foamy head. It left quite a bit of lacing.

S - Smells of fruits and alcohol. Also a wheat-like smell.

T - Tastes of malts, fruits and grains. The alcohol flavor comes through more as it warms.

M - It is a little soft and creamy on the tongue. It is medium-bodied.

D - It is a very good beer. However, its fairly strong ABV makes it a little less drinkable. Probably only one or two per session.

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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 lic217
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear yellow, big white head
Smell: FLoral and spicey
Taste: Follows smell, ends with a pleasant wetness, a little banana and some fruity alcohol flavor at the end that is almost ciders
Feel: Moderate for style
Overall: An enjoyable beer that holds true to style

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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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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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