Trippel | New Belgium Brewing

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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: 3,146 |  Reviews: 1,055
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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Photo of BeerBob
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trippel pours a golden amber from a12oz brown bottle. Head is huge, massive and laces the sides of the glass with generous amounts of foam.

Nose is spice and dried fruit with floral hops. Palate is of clove and spicy pear, fig and plum with major malt sweetness. Trippel is balanced with a substantial amount of hops, that bathe the mouth with a delicious liquid floral bouquet.

New Belgium’s “Trippel” a “Belgian Style Ale” is a work of art. The stimulus to the senses of sight, smell and the palate, lull one into a repast of ease and well being, not often achieved by brewers in this country.

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

Pours a pale yellow/orange color with a massive off-white head. The smell is of fruity esters with a trace of yeast and alcohol. A combination of peach, grapefruit, yeast and a warming alcohol make of the combination of flavors in this nice American-made Tripel. It is a light to medium bodied brew that finishes a slightly sticky-dry. Overall good brew! Cheers!

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

Appearane: Pours a hazy medium gold with an absolutely staggering off white cloudtop head that is more than an inch thick five minutes after pouring. Incredibly thick and dense lace leaves distinct tidemarks on the glass walls.

Aroma: The aroma of this beer is quite striking, strong alcohol notes replete with coriander, yeast, orange, and hops.

Taste: Opens with sweet honey-like malt, soon followed by mild floral hop bitterness, interspersed with pear and melon flavors, and bitter apple peel, as well as coriander and cloves. Phenol alcohol appears late in the taste, and is moderately warming. Finishes with a little earth and moderate, but lingering herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: remarkable complexity, rivals Belgian-brewed Tripels. Considering that this is sold at a mid-range price for craft beer, it seems a bargain.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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

This beer pours a in a fizzy champagne like way. The head is big and white and mousselike. Nice retention also. The color of the beer is golden and contains a slight amount of chill haze. The nose contains some nice spiciness, orange character and yeastiness. There's also a nice breadiness on the nose, almost in a sour-dough kind of a way. There's a bit of a spicy pepper-like zing on the pallete. Also some breadiness. Yeast off-shoots contribute nicely to the taste as well. A bit of phenolic character and some estery tastes as well. Medium to full in body and a very nice drinkability factor. All in all, a nice belgian style beer.

Once again, a thanks to marc77 for the New Belgium sampling.

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

Light amber color, and cloudy from the yeast. Big white head that is evidence of the extra fermentation. Smell is similar to their dubbel, spicy dried fruit. Perhaps with a bit more spice. More spicy fruit in the taste, with definite alcohol presence. Spiciness is in command of this brew, with a good balance of bitterness and maltiness in the background. Lots of carbonation makes for an interesting mouthfeel. Great malty finish, which is a big factor in defining a great beer for my palate. The large amount of carbonation makes this more of a sipping brew. Quite an impressive one though, another masterpiece from New Belgium!

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Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best American versions of a tripel I have tasted. A bright golden color leads to a fruity malt aroma. One taste and you recognize a tasty, clean, crisp fruity beer that hides its alcohol content well until you have a couple more. Just a great refreshing tasty libation.

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Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peachy-gold hue with subtle highlights of bronze, the white head was fluffy, modest in size, it reached a finger in height. Very good retention, a thick foamy cap lasts quite awhile. I let the yeast find their way into my glass; they slowly danced their way to the bottom. It is a beautiful sight that needs to be set to music. It laced it thick rings. Awesome. The nose is a lovely blend of sweet candy sugar and alcohol, in the background notes of floral hops, pear-like fruitiness, and marshmallows. The nose is very pleasant, fair potency. I have a young bottle of beer I’m reviewing, eight months before it “expires” and thus the alcohol sharpness on the tongue is a tad too strong. It needs to mellow. That is my only beef with NB’s Trippel but that problem can be remedied with cellaring. On the palate the candy-sugared sweetness, marshmallows and bubblegum blends wonderfully with floral hops and fruitiness. The malt is noticeable as a background entity, which is very well done. The yeast provides just a kiss of earthiness. The alcohol is belly warming; it also provides spiciness on the back of the tongue, which is quite lovely. And it does find its way to your brain. Medium body with modest, natural carbonation that is very fitting for this beer. This is a very respectable Tripel, now factor in the cost ($6.00 a six-pack) and you have a bargain that cannot be ignored. When I need a Belgian-style beer NB is always there for me. God Bless Them. This is an absolutely lovely beer. Recommended.

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

This is another fine example of the new belgium brewing company. This beer pours a deep golden color with a very large creamy white head. The head lasts alot longer than most brews from this company which is a good thing. There is a fruity smell to the beer. Upon first taste you notice light malt sweetness with alot of hop and fruit flavors. Also there is a slight wheat taste. The beer also has a slight alcohol flavor to it, which isnt too overwhealming. Overall this is a very good beer.

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

An award-winner that doesn't live up to its tall billing. Quickly dissipating white head. Very spicy nose, slight alcohol hints. Flavor is part wheat and spicy, though one would hope for greater complexity

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Photo of marc77
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowly, thick & creamy persistant white head. Golden, slightly hazy hue that seems a touch darker than the norm for a tripel. The large amount of yeast sediment in the bottle indicates bottle conditioning. Complex fruity esters include clove, which dominates, but subtle pear and banana notes can be discerned as well. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Tastes a bit cleaner than other Tripels but is still complex in flavor. A nectar - like sweetness upfront is ensued by fruity yeast byproducts including notes of pear and green apple acetaldehyde. Just a hint of hop bitterness rounds it out in the finish. A well balanced, well brewed and fresh tripel, though not as intense as some Belgian tripels if you can find them fresh. Gold medal GABF 2001, if I recall correctly.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not as impressed as my fellow beer tasters. I though it was good, had a nice citrus flavor, but not as complex as I would have liked.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the price, this is a damn good trippel. One of the best six packs for under $8. It's only slightly below the level of the good Belgian trippels.

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