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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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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Surprising light in color; golden and see-through.

S - Fruity, mostly oranges, bubble gum.

T - Oranges and Ginger, a hint of the powder that is on bubble gum.

M - Light and refreshing, some carbonation, pretty smooth.

O - Overall a pretty good Tripel, but I expected a little more flavor a complexity. Surprisingly light and drinkable for a 7.8% Tripel.

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Photo of tone77
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is fruity, yeast. Taste is good, fruits, a touch of coriander, yeast, a hint of alcohol, lots of flavor here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an excellent beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crisp orange body with an inch of bright white head that fades to a simple cover over the brew's top.

S - The aroma of oranges, lightly roasted malt and Belgian years make for a very inviting scent.

T - The smell is telltale of what the beer will taste like. It has that trademark Belgian yeast sweetness to it. There is a bit of funny-business in the finish.

M - Soft and moderately coarse with a light to medium body.

~ This is a good beer. I am a big fan of the style and I think New Belgium has done a good job of creating a solid tripel right here in the US. This is a good drinkable beer that offers some nice 'head' along the way.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Stella stem glass.

Comes a lucid deep gold with a soapy one finger head.

Smells of clean egg(or eggnog?), some dried fruits(apricots and bananas?), and a hint of brown sugar and wheat bread. Decently projected.

Tastes of a rather one dimensional, spiced creme and fruits.
Dries down fast into a relatively disappointing finish of coriander and nutmeg?

Is nowhere near the careful crafting of what I consider to be better Belgian tripels. I feel like this is a tripel for the bud light crowd, which is fine as a transition beer, just not one that can hold a candle to it's more intentionally crafted siblings.

Overall, For a belgian style triple, I expected a lot more in the way of body, and texture/flavor.

Could see this pairing rather well with a cheaper pizza. Put it with food, because it doesn't exactly have the conviction or the autonomy to stand alone.


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Photo of jayhawk73
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light gold color w/ a really nice two finger off white head. The head sticks around for a while. Really good carbonation and decent lacing. This tripel is a lot clearer than most every other one I've had, you can see right through it.

S- Yeast, malt, some hops, lemon, sweet fruit. Nose improves w/ warming. Very clean and crisp smelling. Coriander is there too, but behind the lemon. Not bad.

T- Ok- Coriander pops out in the taste. Pepper in there as well- a little too heavy. Lemon is relegated to the background on the taste, and there's a bite from the hops. This is on the lighter, crisper side for the style. I'd actually like a little more malt presence on this beer to match the tripels I really enjoy. Still this is a unique beer, and pretty enjoyable.

M- Fairly thin, crisp and dry for the style. Not bad though, just personal preference.

O- This is a unique, enjoyable beer. It just doesn't reach up into the upper echelon for the style. Still, if you haven't had this- check it out. Glad this is available in the DC area now.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Trippel tastes very, very strongly of banana.

A: Yellow orange color and a 3 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Sweet citrus, banana and spice aroma. Nice. 4.5

T: Banana and yeast with the slightest hint of spices. There is a slight alcohol kick at the end. The banana flavour may be a little too much. Still nice though. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: The banana may be a bit too much. 3.5

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

Pours a beautiful full bodied clear golden liquid with a massive dence white head. Smell is of spice and sweeter malts, citrus like orange, some very light summer grass, yeasty and biscuity. A pleasant aroma overall. It has some tang to it, a a nice alcohol air, the taste comes across with yellow fruits accented by an earthy sort of spice. It is clean and filling, full bodied and refreshing. Overall, I'd say this is a supremely quaffable mainstream trippel.

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Photo of KMcG
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours with a nice thick head of about 2 fingers high. The beer is golden and clear with nice small bubble action. After a couple minutes, the head settles to a lacy thin foam topping the beer. It smells of yeast and spice. The taste is a mix of flavors that seem right together and some not so. First, there is a malty taste that is somewhat funky like a mild malt vinegar. Then, there is a fruity (mild pear or peach?), herbal taste with the coriander hints. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium with some mild carbonation. It different than most tripels, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decadent honey gold, topped with a big puff of white foam. Lots of speckled lace clinging all the way down the glass (Stella tulip), looking exactly the way I'd like.
The aroma is actually pretty light, despite the dense head. Maybe subtle is a better word. Pale malt sweetness, with a back-end of fruit, spice and booze. Heady pear fruitiness, bright yellow, banana-shaped candy, mellow clove and peppery spice.
The flavor opens with restrained, pale, pale malt. Sweet, but characterized more by the yeast flavors than anything else. Candi sugar? Definitely traces of honey, especially in the back-end. The finish is mainly pepper, clove and I-just-opened-the package plastic, with glances of woody, floral hops. Not much in the way of bitterness, as you'd expect for the style. The carbonation is strong, but mellowed and balanced against the heavy body. Dirty-sweet and heavily flavored by the yeast, but clean in terms of brewing. Maybe too much so, missing that je ne sais quoi that the heavies of the trippel world seem to have. The thing I like most about this beer is the effervescent, champagne-like carbonation, which remains so effortlessly unnoticed. Carbonation is something I feel is highly overlooked in a good beer. It's under the radar, but can easily ruin an otherwise top-level brew. In this case, it's fluffy enough to compete with the rather heavy body, and make big flavor feel much lighter than it is. To me, that's a huge plus for drinkability. They got this one spot-on, and it makes me reach for another bottle, despite my better judgement.
I don't think I've had this since visiting Colorado in 2005, bringing home a sixer (with the three ladies under the arches on the label) to share with the boys in Connecticut. Either I was more discerning back then or the recipe has improved, but I think this is pretty top shelf for an american-made, seasonally brewed trippel. It's tough to hang with the trappist big boys, but it's easily better than a lot of trippels actually brewed in Belgium.
A couple of the boys I play cards with call this "the tripper", in regards to how quickly it sneaks up on them. Very accurate in my opinion. The problem is how easy it is to reach for another.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A brassy/bronze clear body is presented, with a soapy white head that doesn't stick around much. While drinking, puck does not stay for long, but leaves a simple collar.

Big stink on this one even after opening. Giant yeast stench, with a grass and dry spice kick. Some hints of white bread and sugars. Floral garden notes as well.

Taste is a medium bodied texture, chewy malt and booze. Alcohol present in the mid palate, with a faint and mild malt aftertaste strangely. Good solid enjoyable carbonation, sugars become more present in the taste and noticeable after some time resting.

Overall somewhat enjoyable but not gravitating towards that strongly, but I could see myself having this again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass because I am capable of it.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, nice carbonation, some lacing, white head with good retention.

Aroma is sweet, malty, hints of spice.

Beer is medium in body and soft on the palate with a wet finish. There is a floral flavor and feeling to this whole beer that makes it quite enjoyable. The corriander is present but not annoying, it is a fine beer overall. I would have it again, a little too sweet for a tripel.

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Photo of Callaghan
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st review. I happen to have a six pack in the fridge...and finally decided to join the site.

Best by date of 25mar12. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Poured a nice golden color, almost clear. 1 1/2 in. white head that turned into a thin film after about one minute. Average lacing.

S: Coriander, some Belgian yeast. Floral notes that aren't very strong.

T: When it hits the tongue, coriander right up front, then yeast. Maybe some banana, but I'm not getting much else. Not that complex. A little malt in the aftertaste, and no hint of alcohol.

M: Light-Medium body, Medium carbonation. Kinda nice actually. Clean, semi-dry finish.

O: I would like a more complex beer, but, at the price of $8.99 for a sixer, it's good. I like coriander, and this beer definitely has it. Also good with a hearty meal.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Three-finger off-white head, clearish amber body. Laces decently.

Nose is yeasty, tart, with coriander and some funk-- not in the best way.

Body is yeasty as well, sweet with some funk that's hard to pin down-- malt vinegar? Quite smooth overall, very lightly hopped and alcohol is not obtrusive.

Incredibly smooth and creamy.

A decent tripel; for the money, a very good tripel.

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Photo of Winter
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a touch of amber. Long lasting white head. The aroma consists of feint peach, grain, and some berries. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Grain, spice and hops balance the malt sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable midway and carries through into the finish. This seems actually pretty clean for a trippel and goes down fairly well. Even better with food, I'd imagine, as this beer by itself doesn't seem to distinguish itself from other trippels. Curious as to how this would age.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid beer that is more herbal than most Tripels, and less sweet, but still falls well within the category. Pours a brilliant golden with a short head that fades to a thin ring. Smells yeasty like a fresh dinner roll and there are huge notes of coriander as well as a bit of fruity sweetness. The taste is biscuity, herbal, and slightly sweet, but most definitely on the dryer side for the style. A little bit grainy in the mouth, almost chalky, but overall this is a fairly pleasant beer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow...didn't think i'd ever get to try this and the abbey ale's....

I have arrived...and i also didn't think new BELGIUM knew anything about Belgian yeast, as compared to hoptober, fat tire, etc., but i was so wrong!

this beer is very taste of an authentic, but much fresher, Belgian ale...i enjoyed the great malyiness of this beer...as well as the great biscuit malt and carbonation that they always do well!....the mouth feel was extremely dry, not my fav but very true to style...overall a very outstanding beer!

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Photo of rebel1771
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Coriander dominates with slight bready note thrown in.

T: Coriander up front with citrus notes coming through as well. Light malt backbone.

O: Overall not a bad brew but a little light in the flavor department.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer before school starts again tomorrow. May have to wait even longer to cross the 600 beer threshold. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out of the bottle a crystal clear chestnut honey and topped with a sturdy looking, inch and a half of bleached bone white head. I bet this thing could hold a button or two before crashing through to the beer below.

S: Pear and very close to that bubble gum sweetness from a hefeweizen

T/MF: First sip impressions: pear and banana up front and a cutting alcoholic warmth that brings up the rear. Few more sips gets to a bit more depth but not much beyond the heavy banana and a bit of clove and slight anise spice, there is also a lingering alcoholic warmth that wraps up each sip that I am rather fond of as well. Feel is nowhere near 8%, I guess the attenuation is a bit different for a tripel than an IRS (I'm learnding, I think!).

D: As a tripel it seems like a one trick pony, that is, one flavor and everything else is just a guess, but for 8.99 for a sixer it is an incredible bargain if you have a taste for Belgium.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jerryfreak for the bottle. Into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a pretty hazy golden color with a billowing head. A good amount of sticky lacing is left behind.

The nose has a pretty distinct Belgian yeast characteristic to it. Lots of pale malt in there too. Some orange peel and spice are also in there.

Good, solid tasting Tripel. Good amount of spice and decent floral hop aspect goes well the pale malts. The Belgian yeast also adds a nice dimension to the flavor. Little bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is on the high side but works well with this beer.

Solid beer for sure, but I feel the same way about this as I do about their Dubbel. Its a good take on the style, but the edge goes to the Trappist versions.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat notes with some pepper and Belgian yeast notes. There is not much sweetness in the aroma. The flavor is also full of yeast and wheat notes, with some white pepper and a little bit of candy sugar. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -3.7%
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 +10.8%
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 +3.7%
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 -0.8%
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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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,018 ratings
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