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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Photo of instrumentality
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first started exploring Belgian brews, I found quadrupels and dubbels to be my preferences with trippels being drinkable but nothing memorable. After some time had passed and I had pounded my palate with sweet quadrupels and dubbels, I began to grow tired of the sweetness and the trippels became an appealing alternative. This is not my first New Belgium Trippel, so I already expect to enjoy this beer, but I've yet to review one.

I chilled this brew to about 45 degrees and poured it into my standard Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass.

The liquid has a cloudy, deep golden body of an unfiltered apple cider. Its creamy white head descends from a finger width to a thick halo that sticks to the edges of the glass and encircles a milky white lace. From the surface, the golden liquid is only visible through the occasional bubble.

The odor is a refreshingly crisp mix of yeast, golden apple, malt, and a hint of phenols.

The flavor, too, is crisp and refreshing, primarily a mix of yeast, malt, and biscuit with subtle, complimentary hints of sweetness, nuttiness (pine nuts?), and a phenolic band-aid quality. The sweetness reminds me of golden apple or pear, but is too subtle for either of those to accurately describe it - the closest flavor I can conjure in my memory would be jicama. The alcohol is noticeable but remarkably smooth for 7.8% ABV. There is a slight burn going in but it melts away quickly, leaving a mild but lingering aftertaste primarily of malt and phenols.

Ironically, the example that has renewed my interest in a predominantly Beglian style was brewed in Colorado. I now feel compelled to try new tripels and retry ones I've had before. New Belgium's offering is highly drinkable and refreshing, yet has enough complexity and intensity to be satisfying on its own. I've yet to have a New Belgium beer I didn't like (although I hear their Saison is horrendous), and this is definitely one of my favorites, if not my favorite.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: This is a Tripel? It pours a very clear gold color. The initially .5-in. foamy head doesn't hang around too long.

Smell: Has a generally Tripel-like smell, but the flavors are very indistinct. Maybe a bit of florals or apricots are noticable.

Taste: Ok, this is getting better. Some nice fruit flavors (banana, apricot), together with yeasty/bready flavors. Crisp and nice malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with nice mild carbonation, but feels a bit light-weight for this type of beer.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise, this one is a bit deceptive -- seems to have a delayed effect. You could certainly have a few of these in a session.

For one, this doesn't look much like a Tripel at all. Taste wise it's obviously not Belgian, but it's not a bad beer by any means. Personally, though, I probably won't get this again, as I know what I prefer with this type of beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.8% abv.

Pours out a slightly hazed brassy gold with a frothed milk head of a variety of different sized bubbles. Nose is pale malts, grain, candi sugar, spicy yeast, lavender and apricots. Flavor is great but not as complex as the nose. Has that typical New Belgium flavor, which to me always seems like toasted cocoa dust or something. Starts off with pale malts and a bit of grain which leads into a spicy middle with light stone fruits. Finishes a bit dry but with a slight medicinal alcohol that sort of numbs the tongue. Aftertaste is of apricots. Mouthfeel is sturdy in the way of the alcohol lending a viscous edge to it, but the candi sugars give it that lightness from the dryness of this beer. Good carbonation tingles the tongue. I usually don't find tripels all that drinkable, but this one certainly is.

Tripels aren't usually my style, but this is one I can get behind.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great belgian tripel. The only other triple I've had was chimay. And this had a similar smell to start with, but there was banana phenol present. A great taste. Smooth, crisp, dry, awesome. I could drink this one all night. A good belgian at a great price. I got a six pack for 6.49. I'd rather have six of these than just one chimay for about the same price. Give it a try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Growler a hazy medium gold witha largish head of foam that sharank fairly slowly leaving just a fine broken layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell is all nice and yeasty and fruity with undertones of sweet malt.

The taste is very fruity up front..dark fruit is hitting my taste buds very nicely. That's followed by a healthy yeast taste and a good clove and banana presence that builds on the complexity of this Trippel. It finishes fairly dry but I can still pull some malt sweetness out of it. Very good. I've been drinking the bottles for a long time and they never disappoint me but this fresh tap in a Growler really brings out the best in this brew. And all for under US$10 and that includes the Growler itself! Oh. and It would be remiss of me not to say that the 8.5%abv is hidden very well..just some warming once it's gone down.

Bottom line: A very tasty Trippel that is very good in bottles but is even better on draft. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of mentor
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler obtained from the brewery and consumed a couple days later. Allowed to warm to cellar temperatures. Pours a two finger light tan head of fine bubbles. Liquid is hazy light rust.

Smells straw phenolic. Sweet with caramel and banana. Earthy spice (can't come up with the name at the moment, but it's the tamer of the pumpkin pie spices). A touch of light candi sweetness.

Tastes phenolic edgy with an undelying sweetness. Buttery mouthfeel and a touch of diacetyl. Doughy yeast. Soured honey-melon. Sweet finishes clean, but the brunt edginess hangs on the fore of the tongue. I'm not a fan of 'funky' beers and this is a funky beer. Not extreme, but prominent.

Thick body and moderately carbonated. One was more than enough to remind me to stay away from these styles for quite some time.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a delicious golden amber honey into my Ommegang Chalice yielding a firm 1/2 inch head that quickly vanishes. The nose is light and sweet with hints of orange blossoms and honey and a faint hint of hops, moreso than it's Belgian counterparts.

A well balanced taste with a light hoppy finish that leaves a bit of dryness on the palate. This is a pretty darn good version of a Belgian style that I love. A session Tripel?

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Photo of beeragent
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first taste into the world of Tripel ales. 12oz. bottle, with a freshness date of 09/14/07. Poured into a snifter, the ale poured a light copper, with a good 1 inch head, that left nice lacing along the glass. The aroma is mostly fruity, with a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and clean, and goes down smoothly. The taste is much like the smell, strong fruit flavor, but with a stronger taste of alcohol. A very tasty ale, but definitely a beer that I could only have one of during a session. A nice introduction to the style, and one worthy of more sampling. A good offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of aaronh
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden yellow topped by a thick head that shows great staying power. Aroma is sweet, mostly alcohol with some very ripe fruit notes. Flavor is sweet, but also has some bitterness in it. Some fruity notes but a lot of alcohol as well. Seemed a little rough for a tripel; not a polished as some better examples. Mouthfeel is good, not thin, not too heavy. Drinkabilty is OK, but harsh forcefulness detracts from the desire to drink it often.

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Photo of CU570M
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow ale with thick head and nice lacing. Mild hops smell with a lot of rich aromas. Great, great, great, very complex flavors in this beer. Difficult for me to describe, but WONDERFUL!!! There is an after taste on this beer that i enjoy a lot, also very sharp refreshing taste. The drinkability of this beer to me is very high. Also has a very large ABV at 7.8%

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden/yellow color – large inch and a half fluffy head – clear – a very lively beer.

Smells fairly strong – sweet fruity and hoppy bitter vibes – slight alcoholic

Heavy sweetness, like some nondescript fruit nectar – slightly bitter, but not very hoppy – slightly alcoholic. Leaves a nice little bitterness behind.

Fluid and tingly – a little thick – has a heightened alcohol feel.

I like New Belgium, they seem to have a consistently good arsenal. Trippel wasn’t bad. It didn’t strike me as having a distinct taste, just another Belgium style ale.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a number of dark beers, this one is very pretty. Light golden pale orange that illuminates the glass with a full 2 finger white head....melting slowly to sticky lacing that covers everything.
Aromas are light fresh fruits...peaches, nectarines ....belgium malt and bready yeast.
Clean, bright, fresh mouthfeel....again necarines, very pale belgium malts and pale belgium yeasts...biscuit like clean crispness with a sharp hop bite at the very tail end.
Aftertaste is lightly sweet with a warm alcohol feeling going down.
Obviously been too long since I've had a nice trippel...THIS is a nice trippel.
Many thanks to csims for this brew...wonderful.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy honey colored and orange with a good sized white head. Sweet white grape and raisins in the aroma along with some honey and straw. More white grapey-ness in the taste, a very little bit of lemon and a warming alcohol. This beer was not at all like a tripel to me. Most of the characteristics I would usually associate with the style were not present. More than anything it was like a strong malty beer, almost like a bock. Nevertheless it was enjoyable, just unexpected.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy bright gold with a dense ivory head and sheeting lace on the walls of my Chimay goblet. Smells of sweet pale malt and light sweet spice.

Tastes quite bitter. Spicy noble hops, lemon peel, biscuity pale malt, peppery spice. Mouth is sweetish but not sticky. There's a driness in the finish that hold sthe sweetness at bay. Full bodied and the hops linger in the aftertaste. Really good stuff. A wow beer for me.

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Photo of arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a few years since I have had this so I picked up a bottle at Cost Plus World Market in late June for $1.49. Best before March 2007.

Beer poured a deep golden color with a small head leaving a lacing in my Duvel glass. Nose is a sweet pleasant smell, of light fruits. Taste is influenced by the Belgian yeast. It is a nice blend of fruits and European hops. Mouthfeel is what makes this beer for me. It has an extremely pleasant creamy smoothness as it passes over my palate. Drinkability is very good as New Belgium has done an excellect job of masking the abv and creating another very solid brew.

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Photo of peabody
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out clear light amber with very little head.
Smell is clove yeast and malt. The alcohol is present here too.
The taste is sweet dark clove with just a hint of bitterness.
This is a light version of a trippel I would think.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with very little carbonation. The aftertaste is a mix of alcohol and hops. Nice!
I could drink a few of these at one sitting.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The proper tripel color, a nice gold. I poured in the sediment after swooshing it about in the bottle, so yeasty traces can be seen in the head and lacing, which sticks intact while there's still head.

S: Phenolic acids and yeast. Perhaps a touch of fruitiness, some alcohol.

T: Nice. 8% is well hidden, slightly toasty malt flavor as it warms, mmm.

M: Very smooth and enjoyable.

D: I think the sum is greater than the parts. Curiously tasty beer. The only American tripel I've enjoyed more than this is Allagash's, however, they truly pale in comparison with the great Belgians. Try this if you can't possibly get ahold of St. Bernie's, Westmalle, Karmeliet, or the extremely interesting Houblon Chouffe.

Addendum, six months after original review: still a good tripel. There's a fair amount of grain flavor, having had more examples of the style it reminds me too much of Fat Tire in the malt department. No score alterations.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the Sierra mountains at Bluesapalooza, this tasty concoction poured light apricot amber, with a stellar fine, near white head, leaving splotchy lacing, upon a gentle swirl. Fruity, yeasty Belgian all the way nose. This is a spicy, yeasty thoroughly enjoyable American/Belgian brew. After enjoying this tasty offering, only wish that New Belgium Brews were available in the NYC/Ct./NJ area

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright pilsner hay color with plenty of bubbles. Not as spectacular as I've seen in other tripels. Good lacing though. Light malted vanilla flavors mixed with a filled of unmalted barley. A very "one with the Earth" appeal its the tongue. Plenty of sweetened malts mixed with unknown spices except for maybe chammomile. A very clean and crisp ale flavor on the palate with plenty of effervescence.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright golden color with a 1/4 inch white dense head (I drank this out of a Chimay chalice).

This beer from the get-go was a winner with its intense hoppy aroma, and full flavor. It reminded me a lot of Chimay White but this beer might even be fuller in flavor. A very interesting mix of intense malt and floral hops.

The only negative is that I wasn't super keen on the aftertaste, but really this is a super subtle thing and almost not worth noting.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip glass, pours a hazy golden amber with a nice one ince head and blotchy lacing. Really like the color on this one. Oh, note, this beer has been aging in the cellar for a while, a little past the best by date on the bottle. Nose is loverly, lots of spice and fruits and nothing i want to take the time to nail down, doesn't make me want to, just a kind of lazily pleasant aroma. Taste is pretty darn good, a lot of sweet malt and loads of spices, and that Belgian style hop attack that is the antithesis of the IPA, oodles of goodness. My oh my, a good mouth too, creamy but just a little lively over the tongue. Overall, this is a beer that, if I were in a different mood, I would probably be raving and blathering about. As it is, I'll just say at $1.49, it was a damn good buy.

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Photo of Beerzebub
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated: best before 4 May, 2007

Clear golden color, Belgian-looking white head. Head is not very dense, though, and dissipates too quickly. Some lacing. Good smell, but subdued: pineapple, apple, banana, menthol, rubbing alcohol, slightly buttery shortbread.

Tastes of ripe golden delicious apple, pineapple, yeast, alcohol. A touch of hop bitterness. Somewhat sweet. Not cloying, but it would probably be better drier. Mouthfeel is a little too fizzy. Alcohol does not have enough to compete with it, especially in the aftertaste. Seems higher than 7.8%, there are some serious fusel alcohols in here.

This is pretty good, and true enough to the style, but not totally balanced, nor notably drinkable.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Nice label, pretty bottle.

This is the first trippel I have ever had, believe it or not, so take this with a grain of salt. I'm still getting the hang of the whole Belgian thing.

Pours a transparent copperish-gold color. Nice thick head leaves pretty lacing.

Fruity esters dominate the nose. Smells rich and complex.

Tastes like it smells - prominent fruitiness, yeast present but not overwhelming, hint of alcohol, but overall the 8.5% tucks itself under the complex flavor nicely. I'm enjoying this one.

New Belgium is undoubtedly a great brewery and this is yet another quality offering.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, administered in a brandy snifter. Exp date: May 4, 2007.

Pours bright gold creating a bubbly barely off-white head which dissapears quickly. Decent lacing along glass with dancing carbonation in the middle.

Fruity aromas are present, most members of the citrus family.

Typical flavor from the region. Fruity, while dancing with mild clove-like flavor. Hop bitterness is alive, providing a crisp feel. The 7.8 percent abv is well hidden behind the falvor bouquet.

Light-medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. The bitterness of this beer stays a while after each sip. It will probably be around until I brush my teeth.

Good introduction to the style. Cheap on price, but not on quality and flavor. I recommend this one.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy light orange, small head, but lace that lasts and lasts. The haziness is almost inpenatrable. Very nice.

S - Smell is very sweet. Pineapples, bananas, spicy notes, and candied malts. Highly quaffable, this smell is just lovely.

T - Mid-bodied. The taste is not as prominent as the smell. Quite mild for a Tripel. Upfront taste has a nice malty twang. Waves of spice pop up all over. Saaz hops sweep in to create a nice balancing bitter. This bitter lingers with a touch of bananas and lemon for the finishing aftertaste. Quite smooth, especially for the high ABV. Mouthfeel is creamy, and suprisingly light.

This is dangerously drinkable, and an amazing American brewed Belgium.
Highly recommended.
Thanks for the bottle John!

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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