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 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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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice/snifter. An orange/amber color with a small, foamy head. It left quite a bit of lacing.

S - Smells of fruits and alcohol. Also a wheat-like smell.

T - Tastes of malts, fruits and grains. The alcohol flavor comes through more as it warms.

M - It is a little soft and creamy on the tongue. It is medium-bodied.

D - It is a very good beer. However, its fairly strong ABV makes it a little less drinkable. Probably only one or two per session.

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Photo of ChrisA
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright cloudy golden sunset. One inch creamy head. Alcohol on the nose with a strong malt background. Good carbonation and lacing. The alcohol is strong on the palate. Definitely a sipping brew. Significant malt presence yet the hops fight through on the back end.

I have enjoined NB's Abbey, but this may be too much for me. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Almost reminds me of drinking straight spirits.

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

Thanks to Solomon420 for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours an almost perfect amber color. First thought of mine was Jurassic Park when the Dr. looks at his cane. Slight one finger initial white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a thin film around the rim. Nice spider lace and goblin/ghost faces on the top of the beer.
S: Fruity smell right off the bat with a nice wheaty background. A tad spicy also, but very hidden.
T/M: Tastes of subtle fruit on the palate, which fades right into delicious yeasty notes. Extra crisp and very smooth in the mouth. Dry finish to this one with a nice yeasty aftertaste in the back of the throat. Slightly spicy after a couple of sips--warms the chest a bit too. Medium to light in body--not as fat as the real belgiums, but definately a good example of a domestic tripel. High abv isn't noticeable at first, but I'm sure after a few of these puppies, you'd feel it.
D: Hell yeah this is drinkable. I'm glad I got to try and even more happy I've got a few in the basement. It's a shame New Belgium doesn't ship east of the Great River.

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

A bright yellow gold body, cloudy with lots of floaties (I don't decant). Very small, level, snow white head rapidly decays.

Nose is yeasty, flowery, fruity, with just a hint of spice.

Taste starts sweet, with a candy note. Lighty fruity in the middle. A tidy spicy bite at the finish. Dry. Refreshing. Alcohol hidden.

Nice light mouthfeel. Beer dances across the tongue.

Excellent drinkability for a tripel.

An enjoyable US domestic version of a belgium tripel.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at Growler's in St. Louis for somethingllike $4 a bottle. Definitely worth the price and one of the better selections available at this nice place. It may not be as good as some Tripels from the real (vs. new) Belgium, but a nice choice nonetheless. For 8.5% ABV, did not notice the high alcohol. Easy to drink and great on the nose. Worth trying.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 18 Aug 06.
Poured into glass chalice.
Poured orange (almost identical in color to Chimay white). Its creamy white head quickly turned to a thin, creamy cover that left plenty of lacing.
The smell was of citrusy orange, spiced hops and a touch of yeast.
The taste was a great balance of malt, hops and yeast. The Saaz hops, sweet malt and touch of yeast (though the yeast sediment was left in the bottle) came together to make a sweet fruity flavor that lingered. The sugar candy gave it just the right amount of sweetness so as not to overpower the hops too much.
Only a touch thinner than the famous Belgian trippels, this is a wonderful American version of the style. I wish that it were available in my area. It is truly a special treat.
Thanks to bditty for this one!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous. Full creamy white head, hazy gold boy, many streams of carbonation. Looks great.

Smell: Yeast and zesty citrus.

Taste: Citric with lemon and lime, grainy with a slight banana flavor, very fruity. Sweet and rich, a well done Tripel, that's for sure.

Drinkability: It takes a strong effort for an American brewer to nail a Belgian style this well, good work New Belgium. Thanks to Babydoc for the bottle.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, picked up a few bottles over Spring Break in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Pour is light, bright and golden yellow with a short white fluffy head that fades to a skim.

Nose starts with earthy yeast followed by a funky and surprising peanut butter and tropical fruit nectar.

Taste is an intense mix of bubblegum, floral hops, earth, nutty yeast, sweet and spicy fruit with pepper bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and a little biting with the 8.5% alcohol making itself known.

This is a supremely complex, quite drinkable, and utterly American iteration of the tripel style. With so much going on it is still able to maintain a nice sweet/dry balance which is respectable.

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