Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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2,998 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 bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours yellow-orange with a finger of white head that features nice residual lacing.

S: Lemon, tangerine, lots of coriander, and some floral and soapy hoppiness.

T: Coriander, pepper, lemon, and floral hoppiness.

M: It has medium body thickness and small-bubbled carbonation.

O: This is okay; the coriander and soapy hops are a little much though.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a Duvel tulip, pours what is initially a large, white, soapy head atop a vibrant golden body. Problem is the head dies down quickly and doesn't return easily. *tsk* *tsk*

Floral aromas overall, with yeasty spices, some of that coriander referenced on the label, and hints of rock candy. Also detecting some orange, citrus, and pilsner malts. Intensity is between moderate and strong.

The flavors are where it gets complicated...I mean, interesting. Flavors of spice, sharp hops, candy, and, of course the coriander. There's glory here, but with virtually no IMPACT. I can taste it all, but I can't taste it well.

Mouthfell is thin/light and mildly silky.

Overall, I understand why this isn't presently among the top 20 or even top 50 of the tripels on BA. It's good drinking, make no mistake. Regarding comparable tripels it's probably closest to Tripel Karmeliet with its flavor profile, but TK packs a bit more of a punch than this, NB's Trippel.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12ox bottle into New Belgium Snifter

A - Nice, super clear gold w/ 1 finger head, very lively carbonation, great Belgian lace

S - Smells of Spicy alcohol, peppery, yeasty, light orange. A little medicinal/bandaid smell, not in a bad way.

T - Tastes like it smells. Spicy bitterness, lots of phenolics. An astrigent dryness. Light melon flavor.

M - Great mouthfeel on this one, very light and easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden.

O - Very easy drinker, alcohol is very hidden, nice spicy finish. Would like a little more esters to go with the phenols, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is my first tripel. Not sure how it reps the style or not so will readjust as needed.

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light yellow in color. Pretty clear. Big three finger head that is very frothy and very white with big bubbles. Good retention and lacing.

S: Very yeasty. Coriander, lemon, slight spiciness. Light cloves. Light banana. Reminiscent of a Hefeweizen. Light alcohol.

T: Lightly spicy. Definitely coriander, with the lemon and spiciness. Cloves, banana. Like a spicy Hefe. Alcohol comes through towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Light warming from alcohol.

O: A pretty good beer. Definitely a deviation from the styles I'm normally used to. Will hit others in this style definitely.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - amber in color, clear, somewhat low carbonation, and very little, off-white foam.

Smell - It has that fruity smell of a Belgian ale. Not too terribly pronounced though.

Taste and Mouthfeel - typical, slightly musky yet fruity feel of a Belgian ale. A bit herbal and maybe a little bit spicy. Just a very little tinge of bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit warming and the texture is very well balanced.

Overall - A very good brew. Fairly interesting in the taste, and it seems to hit very near home on the accuracy of the style.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a variety pack from the local grocery store in La Crosse, WI

A: Clear, golden straw with 2 finger white dense head with nice lacing retention

S: Lots of Coriander and Belgian yeast but does not hide the alcohol...smells delicious

T: Sweet malts, coriander and good kick of alcohol.

M: Crisp and refreshing, good carbonation

D: Excellent sipping beer but tastes so good you'll be sipping often. Delicious and refreshing!

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours rather clear medium golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is medium-high spicy, citrus esters as well as some bubble gum. The flavor is quite delicious, a nice balancing act of slightly sweet malt and spicy, peppery character from the yeast. The beer finishes a bit dry, with a medium-low hop bitterness and spicy hop flavor, leaving you wanting more. The body is medium-full and carbonation nearing high, but appropriately so. Overall a satisfying, well executed trippel.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dated best before march 2012

Pours a very clear rich golden with a white head.

Very floral, sweet with a belgian yeast/biscuit.

Taste is like the smell. Floral, rich fruity and very smooth. Sort of a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a nice tripel. Not too different than la fin du monde (maybe not quite as good).

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a New Belgium globe tulip. Thanks to Mike Marty and A-B Beverage for the sample.

Pours a crystal-clear deep sunny gold with a puffy three fingers of white foam, verging on rocky. The head settles into a thick crown that grabs onto the walls of the glass, holding on tight enough to leave behind fat splotches of lace.

A bit subdued in the nose, rather surprisingly -- spicy notes of white pepper and clove dominate, with some faint DMS (likely from the use of pilsner malt) peeking through at lower temperatures. Banana and pear nots hide in the background.

Light-to-medium-bodied with a moderate, prickly carbonation; sweet honey-ish malt notes intermingle up front with light toast, flowing into a rather complex middle with spicy peppercorn, white pepper, clove, hints of basil and oregano and juicy pear; finishes spicy-fruity and mostly dry, with a lingering impression of white pepper and herbal mint.

Not a bad Tripel at all and quite drinkable despite the alcohol content; as with the brewery's example of the Dubbel style, bottle conditioning would probably do this beer justice, but it's perfectly good without it. This would pair excellently with spicier dishes or even lighter fare like salads.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

keeping with the belgian theme tonight, poured into a tulip glass from the bottle

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger, white head. Moderate carbonation. Head is gone halfway down the glass. Leaves behind marginal splotches of lacing.

S - Plenty of coriander on a sweet malt background, maybe a tad bit of hops and some candied sugar notes.

T - Really not much upfront except a hint of malt and alcohol. The body is pretty mild for a triple with a few phenol flavors meandering with the sweet malt and coriander. A flourish of hop flavors come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue along with a flourish of phenol flavors to leave a coriander finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I'm not sure I'd call this beer a triple. Yes, the alcohol is up there, but the flavor isn't nearly as bold as other triples. Hell, the leffe blonde seemed to have as much if not more flavor. It does hit a price point at around $7.50 a six here, but I probably won't be revising this one...

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Photo of Jinholic
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden orange body, 2 fingers of pure white head awesome lacing.

Smell - Coriander and lots of flowers and a bit of citrus while a nice scent its not the strongest.

Taste - Not as spicy as I thought it would be no yeast in this which is a big disappointment. Its more citrus in the mouth than I would like as well but not too bad.

Mouthfeel - Smooth but not very refreshing a bit dry in the finish leaving me wanting some water with each sip.

Overall - A good beer but not a great beer, I've got to say American made Belgian beers aren't the greatest at all its not the easiest style to copy. For only 7.8% I can taste all of it NB did a terrible job at hiding it. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Best before 26 February 2012.

A: Beautiful pitted white head. Clouds of light bubbles float serenely through this clear, golden elixir. Good lacing.

S: Zesty citrus yeast. Coriander? Not much else.

T: Tasty and refreshing. Light lemon citrus complements a yeasty, almost wheaty maintaste. The aftertaste is less dry than anticipated and lingers lightly bitter.

M: So well-balanced that it's almost not noticeable...but in a good way. Perfectly subtle carbonation.

O: Not a great tripel, but a good enough beer. Yeasty-plain and citrus-tart. Not recommended, but I might someday have another.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful golden body, but this is maybe the first 100% clear Trippel I've ever seen in my life. 1-finger head bubbles around the tulip, but fades after a short while and leaves a thin layer floating at the top of the glass. Smell isn't as strong as I'd like it to be - corriander, floral hops, and bread form the body. Any yeast scent is non-existent. As it warms, sharper tones of hops become more obvious with a hint of fruitiness.

A fairly light body carried the corriander tones on to the tongue. Alcohol was effectively hidden by the floral tastes... Unfortunately, it seemed like those tones hid many other flavors. Some thin, hoppy bitterness and biscuit flavors form the underbelly of the brew. Carbonation is light but pleasant on the tongue. A dry finish leaves the flavors lingering in the mouth for a good while after it's all said and done.

Overall/notes - I remember being kind of mum on this a long time ago, and I can see why. It's a good beer, but it pales in comparison to the dozens of other higher-quality tripels out there. Certainly worth a taste, but don't go out of your way to hunt for one.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours golden and clear with a 2 finger off white foamy head with very good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Hints of coriander, flowers, and some dark fruit. I've always enjoyed the nose of this stuff

T - Follows the nose, with a splash of piney hops at the finish.

M - light to medium, oily, fairly smooth with some lingering bitterness but not overpowering.

O - Way back in the day, this was a staple of mine. Honestly haven't had it in years. Still enjoy it and think its well done. Tripel isn't my favorite style, but I do enjoy this beer nonetheless

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Photo of Engineerbob
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm quite surprised at the large number of very positive reviews for this beer.

Firstly, nothing about the beer screams traditional Belgian trippel. The colour is pale straw, closer to that of a lager. The carbonation is light and inoffensive, the head thin and a little soapy.

On the nose, there is none of the deep malt and bitter-sweet aromas you'd expect from a trippel. There is some syrupy fragrance, but it is light and honey-like. The mouth feel is light, and I can detect no hint of coriander on the nose nor on the palate. The taste is uneventful but pleasant, with a short and subtle finish.

No hint of alcohol on the palate which is surprising for 7.8% ABV.

This beer needs to be only very lightly chilled in order to provoke any enjoyment at all, so if you try it don't put it in the fridge!

Overall, not a bad beer for $1 a bottle, but not at all a typical example of the style.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red's for the New Belgium tap takeover. Poured into a John's goblet.

A: Pours a clear golden color with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Not much retention, but good lace.

S: Light hay aromas mixed with sweet fruit notes. A little timid.

T: Starts with a light citrus flavor that is followed by creamy sweetness and a lingering finish. Like the smell, a bit tame.

M: Nice light feel with some good creaminess.

O: Not the best trippel, but still enjoyable. Like their dubbel, I wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek it out, either.

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Photo of DCon
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snifter Night! This one actually came from a 6-pack I bought @ Dierbergs in Ballwin, MO for $7.99 and saved one so that I could review it (too much drinking that night!). Poured from the 12oz bottle and has a Best By Date of 26FEB12 on the front in white.

Appearance- Pours a golden, clear color, 2.5 finger head that doesn't stay around long. Leaves lace at the top of the glass but only suds on the sides.

Aroma- Has a nice grapefruit, flower smell at the start of the whiffing. Also smell a nice roasted honey aroma.

Taste- Nice upfront floral hops with spicy yeast/earthy taste. Can definitely taste a huge amount of barley added here. Extremely light and has almost a lemon/wheat finish. Not too found of this...

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High amount of carbonation which was nice but the style didn't add up in the end...

Overall- I can't even believe this is a 7.8% beer! It seems much too light to be a Tripel but not too hard to put onto people who want a light, easy to drink beer. I still enjoyed it but not the type of beer I was looking for with Trippel being labeled on the front. (maybe I don't remember having this beer before!)

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Photo of slyke
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with an ample white head.

The aroma is sweet with a hint of grain and spice.

The taste is malty, sweet, and spicy. Nice mix of flavors for complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is weighty on the tongue early and midway through the taste with a crisp finish.

Overall this is a very pleasant beer. I nice gateway to the Belgian Tripel style.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tape at my watering hole, Old Chicago Westminster. Poured a clear golden color with a quarter inch white head that quickly disapated. Aroma of malt, fresh baked bread/yeast, and some caramel. Taste is where this one's at: malt/bread, yeast, a bit of caramel, with a clean/crisp finish. This has always been one of my favs from NB; definitely better on draft.

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Photo of djsmith1174
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Chrystal clear gold with an abundant white head.

S- Fruit, flowers and Belgian yeast.

T- A little citrus from the hops to start. Then on to banana, cloves and Belgian yeast.

M- A bit thinner than other examples of the style.

D- A solid example of a Tripel at an economical price that's very easy to find. This is a great benefit and one I purchase regularly.

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Photo of jar2574
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure if this was just a bad pour, but there is very little head and it disappears quickly, leaving only a tiny film. The beer is highly carbonated and very clear. Looks like a BMC, basically.

Smell is fainter than I'd like, but it does smell a little like a tripel. You get a little Belgian yeast and some bubble gum. Unfortunately there is also a metallic trace to the smell as well.

Taste is OK. Pretty poor for its style, but not unenjoyable, since tripels are some of my favorites. Sweet, little to no hop bite. Unbalanced towards malts, yeast. Not that complicated, sort of a sugary carbonated beer.

Mouthfeel is boring. Perhaps a little too much carbonation for the sweetness level. Reminds me of a soda and only slightly less watery than one.

Overall - I would drink it again if you offered it to me for free. For all of it's flaws, it goes down easily. It's not a bad drink, it's just a bad drink for it's style.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Gold with a thick, billowy white head. One of the most beautiful heads I have seen in a while. However, there was minimal lacing and cascading which I found disappointing.

S-Floral, slightly fruity, coriander, and Belgian yeast.

T-Saaz hops stand out despite the overwhelming presence of malts and Belgian yeast. It finishes with a nice wheat note which reminded me of A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

M-Decently thick, but I've experienced much thicker and fuller bodied for the style.

D-Very drinkable beer but the relatively high alcohol content makes itself known after a couple.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer despite it doesn't match up to its Belgian counterparts. It is a great value at $8.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice flow into my glass resulting in a two finger head of dense off white, to very light yellow foam. Lace is a little broken, but has a good cling. Color is a 6 on the SRM beer color chart, with clear presentation and lots of micro bubbles. Smell is heavenly, with the almost overpowering aroma of peaches. There are also fragrances of melon, lime peel, and flowers. I wish the taste was a good as the smell, but it was a muted version, with flavors of peaches, slightly sour oranges...maybe tangelos, something in there is like Swiss cheese, and a whips of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a potent explosion of carbonation. There is a slight coating of sweet, sticky phlegm in the back of my throat, but it is sort of pleasing. Over all this was a great journey and the buzz is just what I needed. If I see the label again, I will most certainly put it in my shopping vessel.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color. Thin white head that dies quickly, like most belgiums tend to do. Spotty lacing.

S: Fuity esters. Ripe banana. Malty sweetness. Bready. Spicy from the coriander. Touch of alcohol. Also smells grainy which knocks this down a peg. I've smelled better.

T: The amount of alcohol kind of caught me off guard. At just 7.8% I wasn't expecting it to be THIS noticeable. The main flavor is like liquid bread. It finishes with some alcohol sweetness that drys out your mouth a little. Also finishes with a little spice.

M: Medium. Good mouthfeel for the style, but not extremely carbonated like other belgiums, and I kind of wish it was.

I thought this beer was alright. I've had La Fin Du Monde, and that was a FAR superior tripel. This beer is decent for the price, but I recommend their Abbey over this one.

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Photo of twoheadedboy
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appropriately the first brew poured into my new New Belgium snifter. Poured a beautiful golden orange with solid lacing.

Smell is floral, extremely sweet hops and fruit with overpowering banana esters. Taste is also sweet, with the spicy coriander evident; it's overwhelmingly fruity, primarily bananas with some apples, oranges, and smooth grains. Citrusy, mild hops are present and understated, taking back seat to the fruit and belgian yeast. The pleasantly tart alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Paired with spicy pepperjack, which combined to make a nice sharp bitterness. New Belgium absolutely knocked this one out of the park. A great Belgian imitation, an absolute steal at 8 bucks for a sixer.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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