Trippel | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
#16,087
Reviews:
1,045
Ratings:
3,102
pDev:
13.12%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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116
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Trade:
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Photo of jimpyle48
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brolegario
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium's Trippel poured a slight opaque gold with a foamy white head. Even though there was little head retention I did get a fair amount of lacing on the glass. On the aroma you get the classic banana and clove aromas. Some parts of the fruity esters remind me of the generic juice boxes you shove in your childs lunch box every morning. On the taste you get more of the coriander and bananas with a hint of black pepper spiciness. Surprisingly smooth considering thw 8.5 abv. Solid attempt by New Belgium for a tried and true style.

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Photo of emwilke
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brew-Ed
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look:
Pour is bright, very clear, straw gold. Good head that nicely hangs around a half finger thick for a couple of minutes. No lacing.
Smell:
Malty, sweet, I get banana big time.
Taste:
Much like the smell, sweet yet dry, banana, bubble-gum.
Feel:
Medium bodied, well carbonated, refreshing.
Overall:
Very enjoyable, easy to drink. I have bought this on a couple of occasions, but will move on to other Belgian style ales.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, bright golden-orange color with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. The nose is mostly Belgian yeast with some banana and clove. There's more sweet malt in the taste than I anticipated. I'm also tasting the classic banana, clove, and coriander. There's the obligatory pepper and Belgian spicing at the finish. It features lively carbonation and the 8.5% ABV gives it a nice pop. I commend New Belgium Brewing for taking on a trippel. But if you want to drink a beer of this style, I'd recommend Fin Du Monde. There's no comparison.

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Photo of Permenter
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

No. Do not recommend.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Crystal clear pale gold color with a short white head that dissipated to nothing.

Smell - Overripe bananas, white grapes, and hay come together for a not so pleasant aroma. Smells like a Belgian ale gone wrong.

Taste - The overripe banana carries over to the taste along with cinnamon and black pepper. Sickly sweet, not all that enjoyable.

Feel - Medium body with no fizz to it. Drank rather smooth for its ABV.

Overall - An unsuccessful attempt at a Belgian ale. Not too bad, but too sweet for its own good.

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Photo of BEER88
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Michelleroo
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured the beer from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with a nice white head and great lacing. Pleasant sweet floral smell. Nice sweet fruit, apples, ripe pears, lemon and a bit of honey. Hint of caramel and booze. Nice beer!

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good Belgian style ale. Taste is influenced highly by the yeast, per the style. Crisp, clean on the tongue, not too sweet. Refreshing, no astringency.
This is good enough to do a blind tasting against St. Bernardus, Westmalle Trippel and Rochefort 8....it would be very interesting.
In any case, if you want to try a Belgian-style tripel inexpensively, this is a very solid beer. Great value for the money, vs. paying 5 or 10 times as much for an imported bottle.

FYI....New Belgium's distinctive bottle "necklace relief" is itself a reproduction of Westmalle's own bottle, so I'll leave to you to figure out whose recipe they probably tried to clone here....and IMO did a splendid job!

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Photo of hairnic
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cleonett
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this was my first Trippel, and I've always had a soft spot for it.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hockeypuck
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NonicPanic
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taterturnt
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmohring
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Slightly opaque yellow,
S: Light, slight malt, sweetness
T: Sweet, definitely coriander. Strong, sharp bitter aftertaste.
F: Medium-heavy body.
O: Taste is off-putting. Overpowering sweetness

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Photo of peachy-tay
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tjb14
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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