Trippel | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Trippel has always been a big, beautiful Belgian-style ale, but in 2015, we tweaked the recipe to include a new yeast variety and even more complex malt profile. This golden beer opens with a bold blast of spicy Noble hops, courtesy of Saaz and Hallertau Mittlefruh, and gives way to the fruity aromas offered by our traditional Belgian yeast. Brewed with Pilsner and Munich malts, Trippel is classically smooth and complex, and sings with a high-note of sweet citrus before a pleasantly dry finish delivers a warm, strong boozy bite. Give Trippel a sip to get you smiling.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 3,136 |  Reviews: 1,052
Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trippel brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 8.50% This Tripel pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of this brew, is rich with sweetness, mild spices, grains and malts. There is a hint of hop bitterness at the end of smell as well. There is a lot going on in this brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg,and clove. You also pick up on the smooth garins and malts, along with mild hop bitterness. Trippel is a well put together brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.50% ABV in this brew. The body of this brew is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel of Trippel is Spicy, Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give this brew a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. New Belgium Brewing, did a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of mmva321
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: A cloudy and deeply golden color with a bunch of carbonation on display. I got a thin layer of off-white head that leaves a quickly dissipating lacing along the glass as I drink.

S: A smooth but bitter hop aroma with notes of sugar and citrus around it. There's a little funk as well. I feel the aroma is a bit weak, but I like what I can detect.

T: There's a blunt barley taste, but this beer is very well rounded and I love the surrounding flavors. Smooth, vanilla-like sugars, malts, yeasty-heft, apple and citrus and a nice, underlying bitter hop character.

F: Smooth, crisp, bubbly and with the right amount of heft. Very good for the style and bolder flavors on display here. It's very refreshing and leaves no dryness afterward, which is very good for a beer as alcoholic as tripels tend to be.

O: Refreshing, smooth, strong and vibrant and varied flavors. A solid tripel.

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Photo of npdevil27
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Captain69
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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

Nice spicy notes

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Photo of quadmad
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobus79
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6-pack $8.88 Don Quijote
Clear golden color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Tastes of banana, coriander, slight alcohol finish
Overall a good complex taste for a relatively cheap price. Good value factors into my rating.

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Photo of Calraven
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimpyle48
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brolegario
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium's Trippel poured a slight opaque gold with a foamy white head. Even though there was little head retention I did get a fair amount of lacing on the glass. On the aroma you get the classic banana and clove aromas. Some parts of the fruity esters remind me of the generic juice boxes you shove in your childs lunch box every morning. On the taste you get more of the coriander and bananas with a hint of black pepper spiciness. Surprisingly smooth considering thw 8.5 abv. Solid attempt by New Belgium for a tried and true style.

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Photo of emwilke
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brew-Ed
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is bright, very clear, straw gold. Good head that nicely hangs around a half finger thick for a couple of minutes. No lacing.
Malty, sweet, I get banana big time.
Much like the smell, sweet yet dry, banana, bubble-gum.
Medium bodied, well carbonated, refreshing.
Very enjoyable, easy to drink. I have bought this on a couple of occasions, but will move on to other Belgian style ales.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, bright golden-orange color with a thin, milk-white head and minimal lacing. The nose is mostly Belgian yeast with some banana and clove. There's more sweet malt in the taste than I anticipated. I'm also tasting the classic banana, clove, and coriander. There's the obligatory pepper and Belgian spicing at the finish. It features lively carbonation and the 8.5% ABV gives it a nice pop. I commend New Belgium Brewing for taking on a trippel. But if you want to drink a beer of this style, I'd recommend Fin Du Monde. There's no comparison.

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Photo of Permenter
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

No. Do not recommend.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Crystal clear pale gold color with a short white head that dissipated to nothing.

Smell - Overripe bananas, white grapes, and hay come together for a not so pleasant aroma. Smells like a Belgian ale gone wrong.

Taste - The overripe banana carries over to the taste along with cinnamon and black pepper. Sickly sweet, not all that enjoyable.

Feel - Medium body with no fizz to it. Drank rather smooth for its ABV.

Overall - An unsuccessful attempt at a Belgian ale. Not too bad, but too sweet for its own good.

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Photo of BEER88
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Michelleroo
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured the beer from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with a nice white head and great lacing. Pleasant sweet floral smell. Nice sweet fruit, apples, ripe pears, lemon and a bit of honey. Hint of caramel and booze. Nice beer!

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good Belgian style ale. Taste is influenced highly by the yeast, per the style. Crisp, clean on the tongue, not too sweet. Refreshing, no astringency.
This is good enough to do a blind tasting against St. Bernardus, Westmalle Trippel and Rochefort would be very interesting.
In any case, if you want to try a Belgian-style tripel inexpensively, this is a very solid beer. Great value for the money, vs. paying 5 or 10 times as much for an imported bottle.

FYI....New Belgium's distinctive bottle "necklace relief" is itself a reproduction of Westmalle's own bottle, so I'll leave to you to figure out whose recipe they probably tried to clone here....and IMO did a splendid job!

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Photo of hairnic
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

I think this was my first Trippel, and I've always had a soft spot for it.

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Trippel from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,136 ratings