Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale
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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: 3,009 |  Reviews: 1,015
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new belgium chalice, presents with 1/2 inch thick head, bright to off white, color is transparent, pale gold... nice carbonation coming of the bottom etching.

Smell is great, perfect blend of pilsner/malt sweetness, light coriander, and great smelling products from the yeast; they are all mild but great.

Taste is almost as good as smell, again things are not overpowering, mostly subtle but so well done, nice sweetness upfront overcome by the phenols from the belgian yeast followed by some drying qualities that make this beer so good.

Mouthfeel is as expected but still well done sweetness upfront, great clean, drying finish.

Overall, a great beer to me, flavors are everything you want in a tripel with a very small hint of coriander.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mind you, this is not my style. I'm not a Belgian fan. But I had the bartender (the owner's father in law) at Orcutt Brew pour me a small taste first. It was inoffensive, so I had him pour me a pint. It's a crystal clear, light-golden color with a nearly white head. The head attenuates quickly, but sticky lace hangs on the edge off the glass. A lot of banana in the nose with that common Belgian yeast aroma that pierces the olfactory. The beer's mouthfeel is wet and is characterized by a medium body. A pilsnerish start that quickly yields to ripe banana and then tart white grape. There is a bit of that familiar Belgian yeast finish. The thing I find clever about this beer is that everything is mild. Which has caused this non-Belgian drinker to sit and enjoy a pint. Good job New Belgium.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of creamy bright-white head. This maintains some foamy richness around the edges of glass, which leaves back a robust cascade of spotty lace down the sides. The aroma smells of green citrus, a tinge of floral notes, clove, coriander, and some strong banana character which sticks to the sweetness of the malts.

The taste is ripe banana, doughy sugars, coriander, and juicy citric hops with a spicy clove finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that bounces around in the mouth yet is undercut by oily hops that keep this slick as it spreads out in the mouth. The alcohol here is very well hid.

This was nice American take on the style, with a smooth drinkability and well balanced flavors that didn’t run over each other despite the coriander addition. I’m always up for a good Tripel and this one really surprised me.

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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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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one my first craft beers probably the first Belgian I ever had. For me this was one of those beers that really expanded my mind and showed me how creative and flavorful beer could be. It pours very light amber and crystal clear. Immediately you smell those nice esters from the Belgian yeast. Slightly tart and slightly fruity its a big spicy malt body with a very subtle coriander presence. The hops come in at the end and sort of muddle with everything. At 7.8% the alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

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4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
7.8% ABV, Best by 10MAR13, "Ale brewed with coriander."

A - Poured with the bottle's sediment, Trippel is faintly hazed from tiny floating particles but the beer is otherwise a relatively clear, shimmering golden color. A short, white one-finger head dissipates quickly, lowering to a skim of suds with plenty of thin lace caked on the glass.

S - Heavy sweet malts and honeysuckle open with aggression and dive right into powerful yeast with very fruity esters. White wine and grape aroma are at the forefront with a faint banana and clay hint followed by a strong earthy coriander spice finish. Stronger than most when it comes to potency, this tripel's aroma is spot-on in terms of yeast involvement.

T - The flavor of New Belgium's Trippel directly mirrors the aroma with the same sweet malts and yeast all over again, opening with aggression. Clay and banana notes stem from the Belgian yeast as do the white grape, wine-like characteristics that are aided, in part, by the spicy coriander and mild alcohol finish.

M - This earthy-feeling, full-bodied tripel is exceptionally smooth on the tongue and while it's balance clearly leans towards the sweetness of the malt profile, there's a balancing dry finish that keeps it from ever getting cloying. Moderate carbonation dances on the tongue through the subtly warming alcohol swallow that closes this beer.

O - New Belgium Trippel is an exceptionally delicious and well-made triple at a tasty price. The alcohol is kept to a lower level for the style without sacrificing flavor or nuances that are common to the style. New Belgium has one of the finer American-made tripels on their hands here!

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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear solar amber with a thick and fluffy, if not persistent, ivory head. Malty aroma has a decided coriander overtone and hints of yeast and apple. Refreshing flavor has firm fruity and malty tones plus a noticeable, though not overpowering, note of coriander, as well as a hint of yeast. Firm, smooth texture has good body and decent fizz.

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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden body with a substantial white head and plenty of lacing.

S- Deep and layered. Peaches, esters and spice box. Hypnotic aromatics.

T- Hops are obvious right away, but yeasty flavors flow through the mid palate and some coriander and orange peel take hold on the finish.

M- Balanced- this has some sweetness, but the carbonation and angular/hard edges keep that in check. A ton of orange flavor lingers, but this is quite clean overall.

O- One of the best examples of domestic Tripel. They have been making this for as long as I can remember. Their yeasts show tons of depth and this masks the alcohol perfectly.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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