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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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Ratings: 3,037 |  Reviews: 1,023
Photo of kindestcut
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, New Belgium isn't all about the Fat Tire, however, this trendy beer probably makes the dough that allows them to brew the stuff that really matters...like the Trippel Belgian Style Ale.

The Trippel pours bright and shining...a bubbly, fizzy liquid gold. The head is massive and grows steadily as befits a Belgian tripel. I judge a tripels head by how many pours I get in my glass. If I have to stop before I'm done to let the head retreat then it's done its job. And this beer fits that bill.

The aroma is not unlike many other tripels I've had...fruity and sweet with a hint of alcohol. I wouldn't say it's any better than the others but it does seem to be stronger and lingers longer.

The taste is large...again, fruity (not citrusy) mainly of bananas with a strong alcohol burn. Also, the carbonation is very active, which is good for a strong beer but a little too much for me, but that's just my taste.

All in all, I'd give this beer a "B" grade. I prefer the native Belgians only because I find them more complex. Otherwise, this is an admirable attempt at a wonderful style.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally rated 11 May 2003. This Trippel pours a hazy golden yellow colored w/ a quickly disapating head. this baby is beautiful. Full flavored w/ a velvety tongue feel, this is a must have. The flavor is slightly sweet w/ some fruity overtones. Beautiful

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If certain steps could be taken to improve my happiness, and that of doubtless others, I can assure you that one would be to get more of this fantastic brew around and about us, in unfailing supply!
Appearance: a slightly hazy, bright golden hue, and a large, luscious creamy white head, that remains for a spell, then dwindles.
Aroma: an explosion of fruit and spice, a gorgeous blend, a veritable fruit salad up in the nose! Tropical fruits, mango, banana, peach, apricot, citrus: yup, all that! A heavenly delight, swimming in sparkling sweetness!
On the tongue, a burst, no a blizzard of hoppiness, a dervish dance on the tongue, flooding the senses! Excellent, generous texture. Rich, sweet malt, though never to the point of cloying. Candied, honeyed sweetness and spice abounds in this happy ale, and the flavor lasts and lasts, every portion of the experience compounding it's overall effect.
One of my favorite American beers. Now why doesn't Trippel have the cult status of Fat Tire, that's the next topic for the Armchair Philosophers Club...

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it was a medium golden yellow with medium foam, while the lace on the side of the glass was heavy from start to finish. The smell was a fruity aroma and a soft sweet maltiness. Lively mouth feel with a finish reminiscent of brut champagne, but, over powering. I just love this beer!

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Photo of MJR
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a warm honey color with good clarity. An off-white head starts out small and get's even smaller, shrinking down to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots and lots of coriander...too much to be honest. Under the heavy coriander blanket is a touch of fruitiness, honey, and a touch of Saaz.

Taste: Again, way too much coriander throws the balance off. Once you get past that, there's a nice, subtle fruitiness, as well as suggestions of honey and flowery hops. A touch of alcohol is present. A strong phenolic/medinical flavor appears towards the end and ruins an already unbalanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a swipe of alcohol.

Drinkability: Not too good... This brew is way out of balance with the coriander completely taking over. Then, it get's worse with that bad, medicinal flavor. I won't be buying this again...

This could have been a bad bottle, but it's almost 7 months away from it's 'best before' date and I bought it from the refridgerated section of the store and put it in my fridge within a half-hour of purchase.

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Photo of StevieW
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 3 maidens on the lablel. Cool. Shiny medium yellow color. Nice creamy, full, dense head. Nice heavy aromas of sugar sweet malty goodness. Touch of alcohol as well. First taste is sweet and rich, noticable yeast presence, fresh thick yeast flavors good throughout. Nice snappy hop kick. Bitter shot in the middle and back to nearly slick, but not, full sugar sweet taste. Very good and balanced with so many flavors flying around. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Stayed fresh and full flavored to the end. A very good tripel.
Thanks to bditty187 for including this one !

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

Pours a cloudy orange with bits of yeast settling at the bottom. There is a nice one inch white head that disappeared fairly quickly and left white lace across the top of the beer.

The smell is one of the best of the belgian style ales that I have had. There is a definite fruity sweetness and slight spiciness, but it is all a bit subdued and there is slightly stronger banana smell than others. The flavor is more spicy and hoppy than the flavor suggests. Mouthfeel is like all of the good belgians - nicely carbonated and a nice long aftertaste.

The past week has brought my first tastes of New Belgium's Abbey and Trippel. There are better representatives available of both of these styles, but at such a reasonable price I can definitely make both of these regulars in my fridge.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Loveland, CO

Good, crisp, smooth, and clean with a good fruity kick. Nice brew. Color was a hazy deep yellow, almost orangey glow with a great frothy head that was an inch or so thick and lasted pretty much through the whole glass. Smells lightly of lemon, orange peels maybe or banana peel, good floral hop presence with a spicey note like pepper or clove. Taste was good with a good solid fruit and hop mix with lots of floral, spicey hops that fizz around in the mouth, lots of carbination. It reminded me of a Corona with a lime or lemon in it, but way more bolder and full bodied. Thats maybe a bad example but its all I can think of. Damn good and drinkable. Ahh, hows this, it was like Paulaner Hefe-weisen with a lemon wedge. I think that'll do.

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Photo of zacharius
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a somewhat small head for a belgian but it lasted throughout the glass. Nice golden color. I poured the yeast from the bottle into the beer for maxium flavor and aroma. Taste is malt, then fruit and spice finishing with hops. The smell is of fruitty esters and alcohol. This beer is very drinkable for a belgian style beer.

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Photo of optikon44
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine orange color and thick head display well in a Chimay chalice. Nose is a bit understated - subtle mix of coriander and Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is big with a slightly rough edge. Taste is great. Compares well with some authentic Beligian trippels. I get some hoppy bitterness in the finish, but nothing too pronounced. A sweet & light malty taste does linger. This beer, like most other Belgian-styles I've tried, doesn't lead me to immediately reach for another. It's complexity makes one a week about right.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle..love the three muses on the label
MmmI love the way this beer looks in the glass bright brown almost orange in colur topped by a creamy white medium sized head.
Smell..very spicy some mentioned coriander but there is more..i get the slight aroma of plums too ,some malts show though.
I liked the taste of this beer very fruity yet a warming hint of alcohol strength..dont know the volume but i would guess round about 7-8%..creamy taste about this beer.
Feels excellent in the mouth..smooth yet can tingle the taste buds..tastes linger a while nice.
All in all a good drinkable beer..well maybe 4 or 5 they certainly seem strong.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

According to BJCP guidelines...

Aroma: nose of malt, coriander, and slight hop aromatic, some appley esters, pretty tame
Score: 6 of 12

Appearance: translucent gold, some haze, no head
Score: 2 of 3

Flavor: a coriander bomb, up-front malt sweetness, some mild hop flavor (Styrian golding?) and some bitterness, NOT a clean flavor break, somewhat awkward after-taste (metallic?), slight acidity, some orange flavor
Score: 11 of 20

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation though not as effervescent as the style calls for, some alcohol warmth
Score: 3 of 5

Overall Impression: Not the best rendition of a trippel. Generally, I like what New Belgium has to offer, but I have noticed that they tend to be a little heavy-handed with their spices, particularly coriander. I feel the same about their Abbey bier.
Score: 5 of 10

Total score: 27 out of 50

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Photo of Quaffer
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Kind of an amber, orange color, this beer at least looked like a Belgian sitting in the goblet. It had a dense, white head that left patches on the surface after it settled down. There was a nice amount of lace left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Well, this brew smelled like a Belgian, too. There were fruity aromas, mixed in with a little bit of spice. Not a lot of bitterness was present, but I could smell the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, but fairly smooth.

Taste: This beer started with just a hint of fruity sweetness, but then immediately it dried out. A biting, almost puckering bitterness emerged along with a strong alcohol flavor. However, as the beer continued to warm up (over an hour out of the fridge), those intial fruit and malt flavors grew stronger and provided a much more balanced flavor.

I think New Belgium did a pretty good job on this beer. I could have sworn by the aroma that this beer had been brewed overseas. I just think that they need a little more flavor up front to balance out the strong alcohol and bitter finish.

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Photo of onelegchewbacca
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It looked good: Orangish copper color, mostly clear, only slightly cloudy.

It smelled pretty good: Kinda fruity, kinda hoppy, little bit spicy, really yeasty.

It poured well: produced a nice thick head that stayed a long time.

But the taste?: I don't know, maybe I'm just not a Belgian Ale kind of guy, but it started off so so sweet, and then ended so so bitter. The kind of taste that makes your eyes squint while it's in your mouth, but then your brow furrows after you swallow because you're so intrigued. Like driving through eastern Wyoming, or something - hard to tell if you really like the scenery or really hate it.

Drinkability: In spite of the weird taste, it was very smooth, and there was nothing artificial about it.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep golden-orange color with very little head. A very floral aroma with fruits and spiced hops, very complex. A crisp clean taste which is refreshing. A little bit of spice in the taste mixed with alcohol . Up front is sweet with a finish that is sort of biting from the hops. Not one of my favorites from New Belgium but still a nice brew.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Honey colored.

Nose offers a panopoly of fruit aromas, with perhaps a focus on a tropical banana note characteristic of weizenbiers.

On the palate sweet fruit character is up front with the malt and pronounced full body character. Alcohol warmth is there, but doesn't detract from the drinkability.

Finish is long and appetizing.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again New Belgium Brewing Inc. is a hit - Do they have a deal with the devil? This orangeish-yellow cloudy brew ha ha is rather good. A lemony, citrus malltiness and yeasty/alcohol smell to the nose. The head is pour (pun - not a typo). A shred of lace down the sides of the glass. The taste is a bitter meets sweet flavor and a definate taste of lemon. Reminds me of a bottle conditioned Wheat Beer in flavor and nose more than a tripel but definately meets all the requirements of a tripel. Give it a shot. You can definately do worse.

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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely hazy golden color with a foamy and creamy white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is quite fruity with notes of fresh ripe apple, banana, and citrus. Some floral hop aromas are also present. Taste up front is sweet candied sugar with some fruity esters and tart citrus notes to follow. Spicy hops kick in at the end and leave a dry crisp finish. A very fine brew. This is probably the best offering from New Belgium Brewing Co.

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Photo of yen157
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured looking like fresh apple cider but with a fluffy white head. Foam was sticky and hung around like many others can‘t. Some candy sugar cideriness detected amidst the malt. Slightly more bitterness than I’ve come to expect form this style of beer made it a refreshing change from overly malty brews. The New Belgium boys and girls did a good job with the Tripel style, IMO.

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Photo of worldsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice Golden Color with residual cloudyness from bottle conditioning. Nice head on beer slightly large bubbles for bottle conditioned beer but very acceptable. Great malt flavor with hint of fruity esters from yeast and higher fermentation temps and pepper like spicyness. Nice hop note from generous amount of bittering hops and aromatic from the Saaz Hop vine.

Damn impressive beer for being brewing the the good o' USA I can only hope to produce a Triple this fine in my own brewing endevours.

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Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden yellow color, small white head. Flowery, yeasty and faint alcohol aroma. Fruity spicy banana-clove malty flavors. Full body, full soft mouthfeel, balanced lasting finish, warming alcohol effect, dangerous drinkability, got to be careful with this one.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from New Belgium (thanks to a great trade!). The beers in actual Belgium can't be much better than this can they? Poured a golden amber color with a thick head. Aroma alternated between fruity and hoppy. Cleverly balanced spicy flavor with hops, alcohol, and fruit with a nice citrus aftertaste. Good stuff.

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Photo of nathi
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden color with a slight haze that lets you know this beer is alive. Big head from the high carbonmation, but it is not as dense as I would like to see and falls very fast.

Refreshing fruity aroma with a lot of sweet malt mixed in. Just a touch of spcyness, but is minor compared to the full fruit and malt. Fruit is slightly citrusy with apply and berry notes. Not as stongly aromatic as some, but what is there is nice and complex with a good balance.

A refreshingly light and slightly acidic flacor. Very fruity flavor with a nice malt presence. Flavor is simple for a trippel but nice. Alcohol is appropriate and adds to complexity without being high enough to distract or knock the beer of balance. A reall nice peppery flavor in the finish. A sligh bitterness in the finish and a lingering resiny hop flavor, that add a nice refreshing quality and complexity to this beer. Malt flavor lingers on the tongue but is overpowered a bit more then I like by the resiny hop flavor. Carbonation is perfect.

A nice trippel, a bit simplier then some of my favorites, but very drinkable and refresxhing.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a haze, head foams up big up with large bubbles. Bottle marked best before 08Jul03. I let the beer warm up for 30 minutes after taking out of the fridge to get to a warmer temp - 50 F recommended. The smell is wonderful. The previous bottles I had seemed a lot more sweet but not overly so. This one has a little more hops present and high alcohol is present on the tongue. Most of the way through the glass, the lasting impressions are of sweetness and alcohol. This is probably my favorite New Belgium product thus far. I will let some of my other bottles age a while. A good value.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great belgian from New Belgium Brewing. Hazy white with a big foamy head. One smells the bubble-gum like sweetness of Belgian candi sugar, citrus, spice, and something very much like sourdough bread. On the palate, this beer displays a very pleasant contrast between its creamy texture and the spicy flavors of clove and hops, with a somewhat dry, peppery finish. Quite delicious -- one of the best American tripels and certainly one of the best values! This or NBB's Abbey ale make a fine introduction to Belgian beer.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,037 ratings
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