Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
2,985 Ratings
Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,985
Reviews:
1,009
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
112
Gots:
544
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,985 |  Reviews: 1,009
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, nice yeast. Lace, disapearing head that was small to begin with. Fancy aroma. Good balance, tad of fruit and overall sweetness.Suitably carbonated and some cream in medium mouthfeel. High alcohol but still a good transition to Belgian style. No objections to this. Thanks to Tim (IPFreely).

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:honey yellow colored, hazy with a single finger white head and not much lace.

S: lemon and a little spice note.

T: neither spicey or yeasty enough for my tripel liking. Some golden apple notes with the typical light lemon flavor throught.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I think new belgium is an exciting brewery with a lot to offer the beer lover but they also need to make beer for the masses to please the wives and girlfriends tagging along, and that is what this beer is about for me.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9/16/12.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, spices, yeast, and some bubble gum aromas. Taste is very much the same with a lingering aftertaste of bubble gum. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good trippel that is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an interesting brew. pours a honey color with no haze at all. crystal clear. good white head but it fades away instantly. smell is yeast and a bit of herbs and spices. corriander the bottle says, but it must be corriander seed, not fresh herb itself, too musky for that. flavor is nice, malty and sweet, like a wheatwine in ways. only sweet at the very end. mouthfeel is not bad, could stand a touch more carbonation to brighten it up. medium body despite its light color, and lighter in the stomach, down easy. sessionable except for its strength. a good beer for an emerging spring, strong enough to keep ya warm, but light enough to want to drink outside.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of this for $3.99.

Pours a clear yellowish color, small white head to it. Aroma is of faint hops. Taste is light to medium bodied. For being a high ABV beer, the taste is pretty subdued. While it's very smooth and drinkable, it just seems a bit light and only faint hoppiness. Pretty solid beer all around, wish it was a little more adventurous but a great price.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda hit-or-miss with the small beers from the brewery, no consolence from the irratic scores given to this brew. The pour brings a bright gold color with some straw highlights and a mild haze. Abundantly carbonated with a well-formed head that faded quickly and shows very little lacing. The aromas are very fruity (pears, peaches, appricots, oranges, apples) and moderately spicy (corriander, pepper, esters). Flavors bring about much more sweetness and less spicy character than exhibited in most trippels, but with a lighter than normal body, makes the beer quite easy to drink. Alcohols are present but muted, underneath a honey-like sweet flavor. Good beer, but understandably rated low if dryer versions are prefered; and higher if sweetness is preferred.

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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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a cup (I know...). Poured in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Gold-copper with head of decent retention and thickness.

Sm: Clean barley, spice (coriander?), and the usual suspects: hops, malt, etc.

T: Creamy open to balanced body, lightly built for a tripel. Crisp finish. Notes are the same as the smell.

Mf: A bit smooth for a tripel, but otherwise on the mark.

Dr: I'd definitely have it again, especially considering its price and ABV.

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Photo of brentk56
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a beaten egg white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Bready and fruity (peaches, lychees, bananas, ripe pineapple) combined with a coriander twang and some citrus hoppiness;

Taste: Starts out bready and fruity with a touch of sweetness that never comes close to being cloying as it is matched with a lot of dryness; as the beer warms some of the banana clove character one would expect in a tripel starts to show through after the swallow; finishes with a surprising bite and hides the alcohol well (although you can tell it is there as it warms the gullet)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat effervescent

Drinkability: Tripel is not my favorite style as so many of them tend to be sweet and hot, but this one stands out not only in the category but among the entire beer kingdom - fantastic!

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy golden yellow colored beer with medium head and above standard retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some subtle spice also perceptible. Taste is a bit too sweet with too much candi sugar, which ends up covering most of the wheat. Spices are good but too subtle and again probably covered by the candi sugar. Carbonation is a bit low but body is above average. Alcohol is not discernable which is a great plus at 8%. Overall, there is too much candi sugar for my liking in this one.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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