Trippel | New Belgium Brewing

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3.81/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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:
#17,437
Reviews:
1,050
Ratings:
3,130
pDev:
13.12%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
116
Gots:
622
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,130 |  Reviews: 1,050
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

Photo of trdant
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Granuaile
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is nice-tasting beer, although it feels more like a lighter whitbier rather than a classic tripel. Yummy though!

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dcall384
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of jbundang9
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Trippel pours a brilliantly clear light golden color with a wispy white foam on top that laces pretty well.

Clove, honey, apple cider, champagne and white pepper all mingle pretty well at this party.

A lovely blend of ripe pear, sweet honey, nutmeg and clove spices, and a ever so mild soapy finish make for a unique and pleasant taste.

It feels smooth and bright, but has a minimal slickness to it and a good touch if alcohol warmth.

Is this your classic Trippel? Absolutely not, but it is still pretty good. A fun enough beer for me to squeeze into the rotation from time to time. Cheers!

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

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

From a single into a tulip, pours a clear light gold with 2 fingers of tight white bubbly head with good retention. Probably served a little too cold, but I was thirsty. All in all, this hit all the right notes: nice gently pungent yeast, cloves, coriander, bready and caramel malts. Finish is moderately crisp and somewhere in between wet and dry. Nothing really pops on this, but nothing misses either, and some nice ingredients shine through. Can't stand up to the best in style, but taken on it's own, it's good.

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Photo of mjurney
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Golden color, a little haze with some particles floating. Full of carbonation. Thick, bright white head.

Aroma:
Sweet pilsner malts, bready, biscuit, vanilla, banana, peppery, a little coriander.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Cloves, peppery, banana, some peaches, with hint of coriander. Sweet pilsner malts, bready, biscuit, honey. Hop bitterness toward the end, mostly floral-spicy. Finish is slight tartness with some dryness. Medium-light bodied, smooth, alcohol warmth.

Overall:
It's pretty good Trippel style ale.

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Photo of Maddcheff
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trippel from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3,130 ratings