Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
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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 Davedrinkinbeer
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6pack at the local liquor store-- I enjoy other New Belgium beers, so I have been looking for this variety since Belgian Tripel is one of my favorite types of beer. The first thing about this beer to mention is the price-- $9.99 for a 6-pack! Outstanding price-- I'm used to paying around $22 for 4 Belgium-brewed Tripels. Just for grins, I just happen to have one of these open as I write this, and of all things, I also happen to have a good beer open to compare it to-- a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet!

For starters, the aroma is like flowers, with spice-- kinda unusual for a beer. Taste is mostly pepper, coriander, cherry, and a spicy end note. Compared to Karmeliet, Trippel has a bitter note at the end, and has more hints of fruit in the middle of the mouthful. Karmeliet has those excellent roasted grains, a lighter feel throughout the beer, and doesn't have the bitter ending. Of course, Karmeliet feels more refined-- but Trippel isn't exactly off point either-- remove the bitter end notes and it is a very good tasting Tripel.

Both beers feel similar, but Trippel is less carbonated than Karmeliet. The alcohol also comes into play at the end of the Trippel, but isn't offensive at all. Both feel medium-bodied, slight after taste for Trippel, but very little for Karmeliet-- but it is a very slight carmel taste that is very welcomed.

Overall, I compared both beers since I had both open-- and Trippel by New Belgium is indeed a good Tripel. Tripel Karmeliet is one of the best tasting Tripels made, and that actually showed me how good NB Trippel could be. Karmeliet is still more enjoyable and is one of my favorites, but if you consider price and availablity I will see NB Trippel in my fridge in the future too-- $9.99 for 6 of these is a steal! I recommend picking up a 6-pack of these if you find them.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Trippel, 8.5% ABV. Pours thin and pale yellow, with a two finger white head. Nose is malt and spice, taste follows with a bit of a black pepper burn. Decent mouthfeel, overall very good.

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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 Tohibii
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is just pound-for-pound the best tripel for the price on the market in North America - at least if you're seeing it for $9 a 6-pack like I am. If it's more like $10.50 for you, that would give pause as there's some good options within that price range, but for me its pretty well the default go-to beer which I then spice up with some 4-packs of more expensive numbers for variety's sake.

While I could certainly list a number of others that I like better, I'm never disappointed by this one and it's an absolute steel at that price.

It's not particularly sweet, being more yeasty with a bit of hops bite and sharp spice; credible complexity and mouth feel while being true to the style (not like one of those Belgian IPA's pretending to be a tripel or sugar in a bottle with a lot of alcohol).

Yes, if you don't mind spending, get La Fin Du Monde or Allagash or Weyerbacher or something like that. I certainly get those as well, but in conjunction with good old New Belgium Trippel rather than instead of it. Saves a good bit of money and this one always satisfies.

Great job by New Belgium here.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale amber color with a small foamy head and clinging lacing.

S: Fruity esters, ripe banana, and coriander.

T: Peppery spice and coriander predominate. Lot's of other subtle flavors I can't quite pin down. Some alcohol noticeable in the finish. There is a lingering bitterness at the end.

F: Moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, and almost seems to "bite" a little between the carbonation, alcohol, and pepper flavor, no in an unpleasant way, though.

O: I'm starting to come around to coriander in beer, but I am still not a huge fan. I get a ton of coriander in this beer, but I wonder if it sticks out to me a lot because I don't really like it. Coriander aside, I really like this beer. It is pretty complex and you can notice a lot of different flavors if you really try to parse it out. This is the first trippel I have had and look forward to trying other examples of the style.

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L: Clear and golden. One-finger head that dissipated slowly.

S: Banana and (possibly) other tropical fruit. Some spice. Very yeasty aroma.

T: Bittersweet apple with clove and other spices.

F: Very "full" on the tongue (for this style of beer). Somewhat effervescent, with a nice, mild aftertaste. Crisp and moderately dry.

O: Admittedly, I'm not a fan of this style of beer, but New Belgium makes solid brews, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1 finger cream colored head nice retention and lacing. Clear bright golden in the glass. Smells of juicy fruit, candied sugar, and Belgian yeast. Taste is initially sweet then the yeast kicks in with the bubble gum, fruity taste, spicy dry finish. Mouthfeel is great, feels thick and viscous. Great bargain tripel.

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Photo of Act25
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

while not a Fat Tire fan, I am a big Ranger and New Belgium fan, and they mastered this affordable Tripel.

A) Pours a crystal clear, fine bubbled yellow gold with a 1 finger head and pinpoint carbonation. A bit of dotty lace and lasting head, but not as much as Belgian native.

S) Aromas of coriander, ripe banana, grass, bread pudding, vanilla, and mystery spice cabinet.

T) Peppery carbonation, white pepper, followed by banana, vanilla, mango, and more coriander. Taste slides around on your tongue with multiple facets. Complex, bright.

F) Peppery, oily, bright, lively. Alcohol well-hidden. Good slick feel that's drying in the finale despite the yeasty fruit.

O) This is a 4 for value and intensity. Try 6.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one comes in a bright yellow, substantial haze throughout, 3/4" white head. Aroma had that familiar alcohol bite in a tripel, and a little bit of sweetness, not a ton of spice or phenols on this one.

Some nutmeg and partial spice rack comes out in the taste. Alcohol still prominent. Seems like a lot of wheat here? Why? Seems like all yeast and alcohol here, almost nothing to discuss in terms of malt or hops. Coriander, mild sugar and alcohol.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian tulip glass. Pours a deep golden color with a very thin head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smell is sweet and very suggestive of Belgian yeast and coriander. Taste is spot on for a tripel. Lots of Belgian yeast, sorta like cloves and banana, and it plays well with the coriander flavor, a bit peppery and very pleasant. Taste is also a touch sweet, but not over the top at all for the style. Feel is smooth and pillowy in the mouth with a good heft in the body, but a bit restrained. Overall, I really like this next to most American takes on the Tripel that I've had. Very solid, easy to find, affordable, and a not too crazy abv for a style that I often see with 9+ abv or even occasionally with double digits. Love it!

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Photo of matcris
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite hazy, and deep golden, with plenty of medium bubbles rising. About of finger of pillowy white head that slowly settles down to a thin layer. The beer leaves some fair lacing down the glass. Lots of candied sugar in the aroma. Some dried, light fruits, apricots, golden raisins. And some green apple. It smells quite sweet, overall. Bready malt in the flavor, a peppery note, and the the fruits i mentioned above. Medium full carbonation, medium body. Fairly dry on the palate all the way through the sip. Alcohol hidden very well in aroma and flavor. It's a bit like a sweet Saison (Sophie) with no "farm yard" vibe going on. Not too bad, maybe a bit sweeter than i prefer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a hazy yellow with lacy foam head. Smells of clean citrus, fruits, wheat and some grain. The taste is very impressive, if I was not looking I would think they was a Chimay, it is that good. The flavors are orange and wheat with a nice fruity mix and mild hop, just a well balanced beer that hits it out of the park. For the cost this is a gem, you get all the taste of the expensive Abbey style in a very well priced six pack. Finish is clean and smooth leaving you craving more. This beer is just great great stuff, cheers to new Belgium.......

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks carbonated and golden, two finger head that simmers down to a noticeable lace.

Smells of yeast, slight coriander, slight orange.

Tastes yeasty. Yeast is the most dominate flavor. followed up by spikes of coriander, and wheat.

Feels crispy and pleasant.

Overall, very good. This is the standard by which I judge Belgians.

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Photo of Jaredhaley
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Dark hazy gold. Slight lacing on top that dissipates quickly.
Smell- Smells of fruit, grain, yeast, and spices.
Taste- Smooth crisp taste with an immediate sweetness. Aftertaste has a very slight hoppy bite to it. Not a boozy beer.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and crisp with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that is easy to drink considering the 8.5% ABV. The 43 IBU's is only experienced in the aftertaste. Would recommend

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: nice gold color, the head is white and lacing
S: fruit and Belgian yeast
T: green apple, a honey sweetness
F: fizzy, light bodied
O: I started out really liking this beer, but I'm catching an unwelcome taste on the finish

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Photo of maryannezang
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

O - Decent taste. Not usually a fan of the Tripel style but hoping to acquire the taste.

L- clear golden with a moderate fizz.
S - Wheat and yeast. Not a lot of citrus.
T - Strong hops and malt flavor.
F - Medium. Clings to the palate.

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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 daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome golden hue with a resilient off white head and plenty of rapid visible carbonation. I get a lot of yeast in the nose, along with banana/clove and various other dark fruit flavors.

The taste is complex and interesting with grape and pear notes, noble hops, a bit of alcohol and a touch of soap., and balancing malts. Some late bitterness completes the effect. Texture is very tight, almost like champagne, but correspondingly does have a velvet smooth texture due to this.

This is a very reasonable trippel; nothing outstanding, mind you, but worth a try.

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Photo of Squire123
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant clear deep yellow color with white cap and classic lacing.

Aroma is abundantly scented with Belgian yeast, citrus and spices. Noble hops shining through like rays of sunlight falling through a break in the clouds. Hefty whiff of rich malt backing it all.

Taste immediately picks up on spicy clove, citrus, ripe banana flavors melding them with a rich malt backbone. Has everything it needs and nothing it doesn't. It may lacks the complex sophistication of the master classics but need defer to none.

Wonderful mousse like texture brimming with flavor.

Overall It would be hard to spot this one as the American cousin in a blind tasting with original Belgian brands. It's that good and widely available at a fraction of the price of the originals.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a mostly clear golden wheat color with a somewhat large head. The aroma offers up bubblegum, yeast, clove, a touch of wet pine, cedar, and grass. The starts with not-too-sweet banana and bubblegum punctuated with spicy clove and nettle, and finishing off with the bublegum and a hint of anise. The mouthfeel is full and lush, with a great amount of foamy carbonation. Overall this is a lovely beer, and a great example of the style. Not the best trippel out there, but it awesomely comes in six packs and is super affordable. What is not to love?

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have mixed feelings about most Belgian styles and this beer falls right in place as expected. It has a distinctly banana aroma. I'm not always one for placing an aroma, but definitely banana on this one. My wife likes Blue Moon and as expected enjoyed this beer (high compliments from a non-beer drinker). The 8+ ABV is pretty well disguised amongst the pale yellow color and smooth white head. No lingering bitterness often associated with the higher ABV. The banana-biscuit taste of a Belgian ale comes through well in the taste and this will not disappoint if that is your thing.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- golden yellow with a decent head that fades quickly to a white film. fairly clear
S- smells almost tart and sweet.... weird I know
T- malty taste, and alittle banana. cinnamon is detectable
F- medium to heavy feel. syrupy
O- not bad. wont buy again but good one to try

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Photo of Ri0
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very clear golden color with a 2 finger white head. Nice smell of cloves, coriander, and light banana. It lacks the complexity I'd expect of a tripel though and is slightly sweet. The dull sweet malt taste also has a slight citrus, banana flavor with some clove. Smooth mouth feel is top notch though. A decent tripel, but then again, the tripel category has some excellent competitors.

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Photo of mh68138
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New version. "Americanized" tripel, no huge head, light-medium bodied and very drinkable despite ABV. Happy to learn it's bottle conditioned. Nice nose with fruity/spicy yeasty aromas that come through pretty well in taste. Definite coriander/pepper/clove spice and light fruit (pear/apricot). Can taste pilsner malt. Notably dryer and a little more hop character than the original version, yet stays within style. Clean and crisp overall w/dry finish. Good bang for the buck.

Liked the old version better, but this is growing on me. While not a "true" Belgian it is within the realm of the Belgian Tripel style. Overall enjoyable, almost session-able and great for the price. I feel some are knocking it more than it deserves IMO, but I wonder that comes from a lack of familiarity with Belgian style beers. Those used to higher IBU, hop-forward American styles can be surprised, even put off, by the distinct and vastly different flavors you get with the Belgo styles. To each their own!

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Photo of torrenju
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely golden color with an initial foamy head that settles nicely before too long. Tastes just the way a Belgian Trippel should--flavorful, complex and full of nuance. One of my favorite New Belgium regulars; delicious!

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