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Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Photo of kplooki
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stella chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazed pale gold with 1/4 inch, white top. Head is loose and dissipates to a thin film quickly. A sticky, creamy-ish, crown hangs on for the duration of the session and drags some nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sharp, sour yeast jumped out first, but after a few sniffs gave way to smooth clove, cream, malt, bananas, and floral hops. That sour sharpness comes back each time my nose reenters the cylinder; I'm getting bits of lemon, apple, and something else in there. The initial sharpness fades with time. Good complexity - lots of fun to sit around and sniff.

Taste: A lot of sweet/sour esters up front. Definitely some lemon, Belgian yeast, and a good deal of clove. Finishes with floral hops. Kind of malty all the way through, and for the most part smooth. Not a whole lot of spiciness. Also, I must note that I get hints of that New Belgium toasted biscuit trademark - very light, but definitely familiar.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, creamy/nicely carbonated, dry. Nice palate stimulation. Decent mouth coating and a good amount of numbing. Slightly warm.

Drinkability: I'm not really a tripel guy (could you tell?). This seems like a pretty good ale, though I do feel it's a little too centered around the alcohol flavors; feels kind of raw. Gets smoother and sweeter as the session progresses.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a clear orange brown, darker than I expect for the style. Lacing disappears quickly. Smells of pureed bananas, ethanol, fruity malt. Spicy, strong flavor. Fruity ethanol on a nice malt base. Banana-y esters and other yeasty notes. Actually tastes more alcoholic than it actually is. Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy. Drinks well, no way to know this isn't a Belgian-brewed beer that's been a staple on the continent for centuries.

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Photo of harryhops
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jhlosito75
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GreenCard
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

According to BJCP guidelines...

Aroma: nose of malt, coriander, and slight hop aromatic, some appley esters, pretty tame
Score: 6 of 12

Appearance: translucent gold, some haze, no head
Score: 2 of 3

Flavor: a coriander bomb, up-front malt sweetness, some mild hop flavor (Styrian golding?) and some bitterness, NOT a clean flavor break, somewhat awkward after-taste (metallic?), slight acidity, some orange flavor
Score: 11 of 20

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation though not as effervescent as the style calls for, some alcohol warmth
Score: 3 of 5

Overall Impression: Not the best rendition of a trippel. Generally, I like what New Belgium has to offer, but I have noticed that they tend to be a little heavy-handed with their spices, particularly coriander. I feel the same about their Abbey bier.
Score: 5 of 10

Total score: 27 out of 50

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with a "best before" date of 21 Aug 04 on the label. Had a slightly hazy golden color with some particulate matter and no head and minimal carbonation. Only a thin white ring came anywhere near a head. Uh oh, this doesn't bode well...
Fortunately, the smell and taste of this beer bolstered my dubious first impression. The smell had a lightly yeast-laced fruitiness (think peaches) over which dominated a spicy, peppery aroma and some floral hops. The taste had some spiciness and a light citrus and fruit flavor. The finish had a mildly astringent (and faintly metallic) bite to it that kind of spoiled what started out as pretty promising. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth, and a bit slick (probably due to the missing effervescence) and just not very lively.
All in all, I found this tripel to be lacking all the pieces to make it a truly outstanding brew. In fact, I found it to be quite unremarkable. It was hard to believe that a well cared for brew with a death date of late August this year would look so dead already. Sometimes, first impressions are right on.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy bright gold with a dense ivory head and sheeting lace on the walls of my Chimay goblet. Smells of sweet pale malt and light sweet spice.

Tastes quite bitter. Spicy noble hops, lemon peel, biscuity pale malt, peppery spice. Mouth is sweetish but not sticky. There's a driness in the finish that hold sthe sweetness at bay. Full bodied and the hops linger in the aftertaste. Really good stuff. A wow beer for me.

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Photo of bort11
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a Tulip glass. Clear golden color. Tracers of bubbles rise from the center of the glass, as if coming out of the stem. Bright white head, little over a finger, with good retention. Tight lace. Quite pretty to look at.

S- Quite floral. Slight Orange-y hops, coriander, and spices mingle. Nice.

T- Taste is a little off from the smell. Still spicy. A little bit of alcohol warmth. Finishes with a slight astringent taste. If I could give a 3.75 score I would.

M- Good, pretty crisp carbonation. Medium/light body.

D- Pretty good. I'm not sure how many in a row I would want to do, but I will get this again

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Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, clear golden color, large white head that had nice retention and left some chunky lacing. Smell is wonderful. This is as close to true Belgian tripel that I've across this side of the pond. Lots of pale malt, light fruits, light funk, sugar and Belgian yeast all make their presence known in the nose. Taste is full of candied fruits, a nice hoppy bitterness, yeastiness, a little funk that was around in the nose, and some boozy warmth. It's not overly complex, but it's very tasty. Mouthfeeel is on the low end of medium and there is hardly any carbonation, which seems to be the only thing it's missing. Belgian style tripels should be effervescent, and this sadly is not. Nevertheless, it tastes great and is very drinkable for the high ABV. Nice work.

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Photo of addiwilliams
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMoney575
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-25-07
Best before 3-14-08

Pours a clear gold, with a huge white head and equally huge lacing.

Smell is big Belgian yeast, with lots of fruity, almost apple juice aroma.

Taste is exactly life the smell, and quite good. Fruity and sweet with lots of Belgian kick.

Mouthfeel is nice, surprisingly creamy.

Drinkability is good, but it's a handful of a beer.

Overall, one of the better Tripels I've had. I've not really been a fan of the style in the past, but this went a long way toward fixing that.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I didn't like this nearly as much as I enjoyed the dubbel. That being said, this beer was definitely not a disappointment, but for some reason I had even higher hopes for this than I did the dubbel, so that could be why I wasn't completely elated by this brew (though it could also be that I just finished a citrusy hop monster that is the Boulder Brewing 'Hazed and Infused'... I'll lean towards the latter)

The smell is slightly malty, but leans more towards the yeasty, estery side. The familiar banana peel/clove flavor that I loved from the dubbel, but less dominant because of the extra malts in the trippel. The flavor led me to no different conclusions than the smell. The alcohol content is obviously bigger in this brew [compared to dubbel], but for a 1.5% ABV increase, it doesn't seem like much. The higher malt bill just makes the beverage that much more sweet and biscuity and that much less drinkable on top of the higher ABV. On top of that, the flavors seemed to blend together much better in the dubbel for a more rounded beverage.

Try this if you haven't had it, but I would recommend the New Belgium Abbey Style Dubbel over this any day, if you hadn't already deduced that fact from my review. I don't usually like to compare apples to oranges, or dubbels to trippels, but I really couldn't help it in this instance, as they were so similar, but yet one was so much better, IMO.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear golden brew with a large head and a lot of visible of carbonation. The dissipation of the head leaves tiers of lacing globs joined by strands.

S - A tough peppery hop over a bit of banana, cloves and some amber malt, there is also very faint hints of pears and peaches. Pretty nice.

T - An upfront bitter malty flavor, with a touch of peppery hops, a hint of bananas. In the aftertaste, there is a faint bit of char and a lot of bitter malt.

M - High carbonation, smooth, a little refreshing. The carbonation is high enough that it detracts from the quality of the brew.

D - Pretty good. I've had before and I willingly bought the 6. That says a lot. It isn't a great brew, but it is a decent tripel that is both refreshing and enjoyable. One of the few tripels that I would never hesitate to drink with others - from the bottle even. It is a tripel for the every man.

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Photo of biggred1
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light honey amber with some visable suspended yeast.Decent rocky white head that lasts and leaves decent rings of lace down the glass. Smells like fruity belgian yeast and citrus fruits. Caramel and toasted bread with a hit of candy sugar and sour yeast in the finish. Medium light bodied and well carbonated. Highly drinkable version of the style.

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Photo of rrski198
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of MaxOhle
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of martyl1000
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of AleHunter805
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, allowed to warm some before being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

New Belgium Trippel pours a fairly clear lemon yellow, with a bit more than to fingers of fluffy white foam capping the beer. Head retention and lacing are both solid. The nose has a good bit of pear to it, before light pepper and clove waft through. The coriander adds a nice subtle citrus note to the aroma. The flavor has some pale/stone fruit sweetness leading off, before the phenols come in on the back end. The pepper and clove aren't too intense, with the coriander doing a nice job of helping temper them. I wish the esters were just a little bit more prominent though. The carbonation is nice and active, but the body is just a touch too chewy for me. New Belgium's Trippel is a good take on the style. I was wary of it being spiced, but the brewers displayed a deft hand with the coriander.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a hazy golden yellow with a slight white head rising above it. The head is gone quick without leaving much in the way of lacing. Scents of orange, coriander and other spices were present. There were notes of other fruits and of a bit of malt sweetness. The flavor was similar with spiciness, apples and doughy malt. A bit of lemon was present and the after taste was spicy and a tad bitter going down, very tasty. Mouth feel was medium and creamy and a bit heavier than most other triples I’ve had. Good drinkability I really enjoyed this one and would get it regularly.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,037 ratings
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