Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
2,988 Ratings
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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Photo of WilsonCecil
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Cellach
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a stemless red wine goblet (a very versatile shape for beer - highly recommended). The appearance is cloudy liquid gold, with a frothy head and delicate effervescence. Aromas include clove, cinnamon, allspice, banana, and some kind of sweet fruit, like persimmon. All of this comes out on the palate, with more prominent orange peel and sweet citrus. Very rich. Alcohol is just slightly too assertive, though it does help temper the overall richness. Excellent balance.

I do not hold it against New Belgium that their "Belgian style Trippel" (sic) is nothing like an actual Tripel. It's more like a Belgian-style golden ale, and a damn fine one at that. It's hard to believe that an American brewer is making a really well-done Belgian-style golden ale, bottle-conditioned mind you, that sells for around $1.50 / bottle. In my opinion, this is the best product in the New Belgium line.

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Photo of niceonebro
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of antique
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a glass.

It's slightly cloudy with sediment, the color of honey, and the pour disturbs the carbonation pleasantly. A moderate head disappears quickly, but there's pretty decent lacing.

Smells of lemon, slight honey, weird herbs, strong corriander. The taste follows suit mostly, with a pleasant, medium body that goes down supremely smoothly and leaves a nice, spicy aftertaste that begs for another sip. The subtle lemon flavors come through better once it has sat and cooled to room temperature. It's surprisingly refreshing too, and the alcohol is relatively well-hidden.

I've had it a few times now, and the one time I had it on tap it was much crisper with heavier carbonation that almost got in the way of some of the more subtle tastes. Still, it comes highly recommended.

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Produced a great cap of white froth with great retention. Tons of lace left behind too.

(S)- A light, crisp yeasty biscuit aroma with bits of lemon and spice.

(T)- Similar to the smell. More of that crisp, yeasty biscuit. Some lemon and spice in there too.

(M)- A great carbonation level and a good balance too. Light, but nicely dry on the finish.

(D)- Overall, one of the better tripels coming out of the states I have had in awhile. Most are too sweet and heavy on the candi sugar, but this one has a good yeast backbone and dryness.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.

A: Pours a very clear, light golden color with a thin, white head. Thin lacing with visible carbonation.

S: Yeast and spice hit the nose first, the coriander is very apparent as advertised. Lots of fall smells. Belgian-style malts. Thin aroma of citrus fruit.

T: Lots of flavor up front. Rich malt flavor stands out. Nice bouquet of fall spices, cloves, possibly nutmeg, and definitely coriander. You can tell they were really going for a Belgian Abbey. Some good and familiar flavors, but nowhere near the complexity or composition you get from hundreds of years of celibate men dedicating their lives to perfecting the craft.

MF: Rich and luscious. Very nice mouth presence, which holds up the flavor. Thankfully not as syrupy as a lot of American "abbey styles" tend to be.

D: A good American craft beer dressed up as a Trappist for Halloween. Lighter than a real tripel. A solid craft beer that goes down very easily.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Pencible
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear light gold with rocky white head.
S: It smelled like fresh wheat and grassy hops, with sour Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar, and a little banana and clove and alcohol.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and under-ripe banana, with some fresh wheat and sour yeast, and a little candi sugar and alcohol. It had a clean aftertaste that was sweet and sour.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Fairly full and slick body.
D: This was a decent tripel but nothing special. The scent and taste were nice but not the best. The body was good, but the alcohol was noticeable, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. Fairly enjoyable but not good enough to recommend.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ABVerageJoe
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Gold, little bit of a white head, nothing major and did not seem highly-carbonated.

S- Floral, smelled like a cabinet of spices was poured into my beer. Corriander/clove combo strong.

T- Smooth and clean, easy to drink with not a lot of bite at all. You just pour it in your mouth and let it slide down the throat-hole.

M- Creamy and smooth. Dangerous smooth at 7.8%.

O- Overall I drank 5 of these over about an hour because of their smooth drinkability. I was gone. I think it gave me indigestion and caused a lot of burping, even though it didn't seem very carbonated on the way down. Good beer, but I would rather get something else next time instead.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-20-2011 19:26:52

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,988 ratings.
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