Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,008 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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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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Photo of Barn71
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like Rampant but decided to try something different from New Belgium. This was high gravity so gave it a shot. Disappointed to say the least. It has a sickening sweet aftertaste. Won't buy again.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 4/17/2016. New revised recipe @ 8.5%. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, light honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, grape, light banana, coriander, pepper, clove, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness and yeast spice. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, coriander, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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

10/25....Pours clear bronze, light to medium color but see through. No foam. candy sweet nose. Light spice and coriander. Thick mouthfeel, syrup consistency. Cinnamon spice comes through. Subdued bitter but there. Very fruit, but a touch too sweet.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Light color, Very nice. Small head.
S-Strong aroma, very sweet and powerful. I get slight notes of a cookieish smell. It's a bit boozy too.
T- Very strong, nice triple ale flavor. It's so sweet with a nice hoppy punch.
F-Very bubbly-carbonated. It's pretty thick too.
O- Great beer. Haven't had that many tripels, but this one is a good one. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of drewsdad08
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazed with how good this one is overall. Mildly surprised with the creamy feel. The taste is phenomenal. Much different than the last Belgian I had but in a good way. Will definitely buy again!

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice tripel aroma, but appearance is lacking as the head is below par (for the style). Taste is malt and yeast, but lacking a lot of the floral accents of the Belgian varieties. A nice try, but for a real tripel go to old Belgium.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Darker than normal yellow.
Very sweet smell, much like biscuit and cookie. The taste is also little bit too sweet though, and felt somewhat artificial.

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Photo of Srqdavid
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Take this lightly because we all have different taste buds, but this beer was not that great. It had a great aroma and feel while looking at the label and feeling the bottle almost like an old friends but as I started drinking this beer I understood why my friends and I had lost touch. It hit my tongue with a refreshing taste but then started to turn sour and mango liquor type taste. I am new to rating beers so I cant really describe it. Although I didn't have the best first experience with this I feel like i am longing of it so i will try it again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp-looking golden color. Quite cloudy with beautiful streams of carbonation. Small head which disappears quickly. I often feel torn when it comes to judge a beers appearance as I tend to really not care either way or the other. This might be one of the most beautiful beers I've seen though.

Pretty limited smell. The coriander is definitely noticeable, as are notes of yeast. Can't feel any malt or hops.

Has a caramel-flavor to it which an earlier reviewer compared to bubble gum, a comparison I very much agree with. Coriander is undoubtedly present. The carbonation is quite heavy, I would probably say overtly so.

I love the way this looks. Otherwise, it's a fairly run-by-the mill Belgian. Good, not great.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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