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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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Ratings: 3,028 |  Reviews: 1,020
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brassy orange with a big off-white head.

S- Sweet smell of spices and tropical fruit. A little bit of bubblegum.

T- Reminds me of belgium with banana candy, soda pop easiness in such a high ABV brew.

M- Goes down wet and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Feels good from start to finish. No real alcohol burn.

O- Yum.

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Photo of spoony
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle (best by date of October 6, 2013) into a New Belgium globe.

A-This beer is copper-tinted amber in color and clear. The head was two fingers of shiny, off-white foam that hung around for quite a while.

S-Smells strongly of coriander and clove spice, as well as a touch of pepper. The smell is a bit doughy with only a hint of sweetness. A little boozy as it begins to warm towards room temperature.

T-Taste is also heavily spiced with the advertised coriander, as well as clove and pepper. There is a mild, herbal bitterness and a bit of alcohol heat that mostly overpower the banana flavor and doughy yeast.

M-Feel is kind of chewy and there is a fair amount of carbonation to keep the head up.

O-For the price, this is a fine drinking tripel and I would consider drinking more because I can get a six pack for the same price as one 750 of Karmeliet. However, the coriander and spice flavors are a bit heavy handed and the resulting beer is slightly herbal and overly husky when compared against the better examples of the style.

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4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber color, 1 finger head- thick and creamy but not a lot, lots of small carbonation bubbles that last the entire time

S: banana, cloves, citrus, grassy malt; smells great

T: mmmm... That's good; nice balance, starts out with banana and clove, the alcohol hits the back of mouth but not overbearing for being 7.8%, finishes dry and crisp

M: high carbonation, smooth and dry, very sessionable but you'd rather sip on it

O: overall this is a very good beer that is true to the style with some flair. I have not found a beer I didn't like from New Belgium

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great value. It pours a nice clear glass with a beautiful head. It's clean smell and crisp taste make for a super value, I call it a go to beer. I purposely waited on drinking a couple of these before offering a review. There are plenty of Belgian (not Belgian style) beers at or below the level of of this fine Trippel. As far as I know, and I may be wrong, there are no existing Belgian triples at this beer's value/price/flavor. Enjoy it! New Belgium is giving us a good deal and a fine beverage using, I think the finest ingredients possible for a modestly priced beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Here’s another beer I see on the shelves all the time but usually end up forgetting about. Hopefully it’s as great as their just-as-common Abbey ale.

Eight months until this one’s past its best before date, so I’m in the clear.

A: Nice pale gold color to this one, glowing dimly as the light hits its transparent body. Short, stark white head of pure cream sits above, slowly moving from an inch to only a mild dusting of retention. A few strands of thin lacing appear as I sip.

S: Aroma is right out of Belgium: lots of coriander, sweet peach, and herbal grass and dandelion. Malts are nothing but vanilla and juicy grape, like a fruit salad with marshmallows in light syrup (imagine canned fruit, but not in a bad way), and fresh dough. A pleasant, aromatic nose – smells like New Belgium knows what it means to brew in authentic Belgian style.

T: Doughy and sweet, herbal and complex – this is right to style. Tannic lemongrass, coriander, and almond give this an intricate feel from the start, announcing themselves before quickly wading into the chewy wheat bread and smooth vanilla flavors of the malts. The spice is the most prominent part of this beer, though – it overbalances the malt – but it’s not unpleasant. Light floral hops on the end, finishing this out with a sophisticated dry grass and bread tone.

M: Looks bubbly in the glass, and it feels that way: carbonation is sharp, and it’s pretty filling. I’m sure if you pour a little more aggressively, you could get the carbonation out of this one and make it a bit more enjoyable.

O: Not a perfect beer, but a great example of the style from an American brewer. I’d be very happy with a mix-a-six consisting of three of these and three Abbeys. So for what it’s worth, I guess you could now call me a New Belgium fan – even though I’m still no fan of Fat Tire or Ranger…

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel chalice glass

Appearance- Golden yellow in color with lots of small carbonation bubbles and a small amount of off white head that dissipates.

Smell- Banana and the correandar are the most prevalent to the nostrils.

Taste- Lots of sweet fruit flavors with a strong correandar finish.

Mouthfeel- Not the best. Over carbonation in my opinion.

Overall- The combo of smell, taste and mouthfeel just doesnt work for me. The correander was to over powering.

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

Appearance: Deep yellow color with a little bit of haze. Super bubbly head that sticks around, and there's a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Banana. Clove. Malt. Spice. Mighty nice.

Taste/feel: Fantastic. I'm really shocked this beer isn't rated even higher than it is. You get a good dose of banana and clove and all of that, and it's quite sweet ... but it remains balanced through all of that. I get the occasional taste of alcohol in there as well. Just ... holy hell this is a good beer, especially for the price. The feel just tops this whole beer off -- perfect carbonation, and it drinks very smoothly. I want another.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into pint glass on Nov. 27, 2012 (purchased for $1.59 at BevMo (with card) in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) on Nov. 27, 2012). Golden honey with a finger of white head that dissipated rather quickly. Average retention on the sides (wet) , below average on the top.

Smelled banana, cloves, Circus Peanuts and caramel. I guess coriander is supposed to be in this beer as well, but I’m not sure what that is. Good smelling beer though.

Tasted a lot like the smell, only super strong (alcohol wise). Got the usual banana, cloves and Circus Peanuts candy. Lingering taste of that alcohol late on the tongue.

Light-to-medium body. Thin oily texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish.

Really liked this beer from start to finish. Could feel the alcohol, but it all still worked together.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a lot of numbers on the lower left of label. 06OCT13 printed and I believe this means best before ocober 06 2013. Hmm wish it was more clear.

A - Pours out a clear light golden color with a one finger white head that dies down relatively fast. Alcohol legs and lacing clinging to the sides of the glass are left behind. Not many bubbles streaming up like I thought there should be for the style.

S - This beer smells really floral to me, breadiness, medicinal, alcohol, spices. Not sweet at all.

T - This one like the nose is floral, breadiness, spices, alcohol, bitterness, medicinal off putting aftertaste. Alcohol and the medicinal taste I get linger in the background to much for me. Not liking this at all.

M - Starts off sweet for a split second then the dryness comes in like champagne with an explosion of carbonation. Highly carbonated.

O - Not sure about this Trippel for some reason it comes off strong and pungent (in the wrong ways), and not really pleasant with a strong medicinal alcohol flavor that last throughout and lingers. This one rubs me the wrong way for some reason. Sorry NB. Better luck next time, Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,028 ratings
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