Trippel | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,492
Reviews:
1,055
Ratings:
3,146
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
630
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,146 |  Reviews: 1,055
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 8....it 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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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hockeypuck
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NonicPanic
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taterturnt
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmohring
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Slightly opaque yellow,
S: Light, slight malt, sweetness
T: Sweet, definitely coriander. Strong, sharp bitter aftertaste.
F: Medium-heavy body.
O: Taste is off-putting. Overpowering sweetness

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

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tjb14
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danmouer
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It’s been a few years since I last gave New Belgium’s Trippel a whirl, and it has improved considerably. Pours crystal clear with lively but ephemeral foamy gush that rests back into a lively perpetual foamy wreath. Not as “champenoise” as many Belgian examples, but then this one is in a NB 12-oz bottle capped with a crown, not a cork and cage over a Belgian Bombe. Still the spritz is pretty lively. I’d prefer it be boosted to maybe 4-5 Bar of pressure, but that would certainly require different packaging.

What works really well here is a the fabulous ooening of Saaz and other nobles on the nose right smack alongside a rich, grainy, amazing snootful of Continental-style pilsner malt aroma. Just delicious! In typical trippel fashion, the hops are in the background, providing a sturdy but mostly covert spine for the rich malt and dry spicy yeast character.

Frankly, I dislike most US craft brewers’ stabs at Belgian abbey ales, but this one works quite well. Along with Victory’s, this is now one of my favorite New World trippels. And that’s saying something for a beer I can buy in a grocery supermarket!

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Photo of Hackattack
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is amazingly well-crafted. All kinds of different flavors blending in with a nice malty/hops plus coriander taste. I agree with the Notes / Commercial Description seen to the left of the image of the bottle on this site. I am normally not a spiced beer fan, but this one is nice.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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