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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of thaichile
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a red tinged yellow with a nice little head. Aroma is malty, grassy, with some light toast. Flavor was spicy and yeasty. There was some hop character but it was in the back. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy. Not bad at all, but nothing spectacular either. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer produces a thick white foamy head, which is desired for this "style" and the body is golden straw colored. Powerful hop aroma with some slight sweet maltiness to it. You can definitly taste the spicy hops and it is followed with a malty sweet aftertaste, much like the nose would indicate. I've noticed a very small ethanol tone for it's 7.8 ABV. It has a fairly thick mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Overall I think this is an okay beer. I don't think I would drink an entire six pack but this is one of the better New Belgium flavors.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light golden color, nice carbonation, small head, nice big island of lace throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, slight fruity, and slighty spicy.

T - The taste is tangy, slighty sweet, and spicy. Finishes a bit dry.

M - Medium body, carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. A very nice tripel from NB. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After not being able to find this beer in California, I finally got to try it on a trip to Colorado. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, it is light gold with a hint of peach. The head was minimal, as was the lace. The smell is fruity, with peach and apricot being most noticeable. The saaz hops also make a strong presence. The taste is somewhat one-dimensional and disappointing. The mouthfeel is on the light side for a tripel. On the bright side, it's relatively easy to drink. If anyone is in search of a tripel to drink poolside on a hot day(?) this is probably the right beer. This was a disappointment.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.84/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Large billowing head that has extreme staying power. Loads of carbonation, extremely active. Ivory white head, plenty of lace.

Musky, and harsh malts are a huge distraction. I can't put my finger on what exactly is causing this reaction on my palate with New Belguim beers but this is no exception. Some hospital type flavor creeps into the picture, aspirin, damp towels to get started. There is a sweet backend to this beer as it gets back to being a tripel. Lingering aftertaste, sharp carbonation.

Notes: No need to keep going is there? Hands down one of, if not, the most difficult tripel I've had to date. However they do their malts at this brewery they don't agree with me.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very clear with not much head, an attractive pale gold color. The odor is pretty potent with corriander.
The taste has some bubble gum and some diet soda, along with many of the expected tripel flavors... a variety of fruits to be found, mild tangerine or apricot....some vanilla, maybe.
A little bit thin on the palate but that seems to up the drinkability a little bit.
Quite well balanced and easy to drink. Nothing here to offend. Sweet but not cloying. Missing a little bit of something for it to be a great beer but this is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of scooter231
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden tones, some reddish tones, clear, some suds. Smells... like a tripel! Malty, sweet, alcoholic, pungent. Tastes bready and sweet, fruity, light, alcohol isn't overwhelming- tasty. Mouthfeel is thin but not gross. Highly drinkable- a yummy brew. Again- only one I have from Colorado- send me more!

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Photo of DeGrog
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine brew; locally it can be found at most outlets, even mini marts. It pours a bit foamy with a crystal clear golden color and light smell. This is a very drinkable afternoon brew with an extremely good feel and pleasant intoxication. If fish is on the menu add this brew, you won't go wrong.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first poured this beer I was a little unimpressed. I'm generally not a fan of light yellow beers, and thats exactly what this looked like. After smelling it I had a little bet of a second guess but wasn't too sure about what to expect. it smelt really crisp and fresh with a hint of alcohol. (which I normally don't notice, so it must have been a bit more than a hint) Finally after taking a sip I realised I was wrong to judge this beer by its color. It did in deed have a nice crisp taste and a slight taste of alcohol. NOt too much rally, but when you go back and look at the alcohol content and compare it to its smoothness and easy drinkability you realise you have a beer that can easily kick you off your feet. overall I was impressed with this beer, dont let its smoothness fool you though, its a strong bugger. I can't wait to drink some more of this.

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Photo of amicar
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear pale orange tinged yellow with a nice fluffy white head that stays put for awhile and leaves plenty of traces on the glass; really pretty looking. The first smell I get is actually raspberry, then citrus, apricot and candy. Taste is nice; a little on the sweet side, with a little (too much) husky grain character and interesting alcohols/ solvents. Less fruity than the nose, but a good number of subtle little flavors. ? Maybe some pepper? Feels slick and smooth in the mouth, without being too heavy. Have to pay some attention to this one in case the EtOH catches up with you. Easy enough to drink, but like many in the style, you probably aren't going to want a lot in one sitting. although for the price, you probably could...

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

Got this one in a trade some time ago from absolutesites (I believe it was was in a time of many trades, and my brain is not what it used to be...not that it was THEN, either). Whomever it was (and I apologize for only shaky, unsure credit), thnaks very much!

Nice billowy white head is more than three fingers in the glass (I used a pint glass, sted of the stemware in which tripels are oft served), but falls at a decent rate. Liquid is a more yellow honey colour, and quite clear. (Apprently, I didn't kick up much of the yeast sediment on initial pour).

Aroma is good, but not fabulous. Airy, yeasty, with a nice pineapple and spice overtone.

Flavour is a bit dryer and woodier than I expect from a tripel- and slightly thinner, too. However, it does have an underlying sweetness and a nice spice kick. Flavours here range form hte ubiquitous pineapple, to oak, to asian pear, to BMC (but just a bit of that.). It's not the best I've had, but it's not bad at all.

The liquid is deceptively thick. You feel it heavy on your tongue, but the rest of your mouth does not get the same feel. The carbonation is more than adequate, but stays high up where it doesn't detract from the liquid.

This one is a very easy drinker. Despite a few things that could be done a little better, this beer was rather pleasing. If I could get it here in Bama, I'm sure it would become one of my regulars, for when I;m in the mood for something not so huge and thick.

Be well

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium chalice.
Best before date 27 Oct. 06.

Pours a hazy light orange color, with yellowish highlights. No head, just a thin white line around the outside of the glass. No lacing. Good amount of carbonation. Very aromatic, lots of floral, and citrusy fruit smells. Hints of bananas, yeast and just a touch of alcohol. Tastes of spices, bananas and heavy on the saaz hops, leaves a bitter feeling in the mouth. A little sweet and somewhat tart. Crisp, clean mouthfeel, with that slightly fizzy feeling, from the carbonation. Very easy to drink and not filling at all. My first from New Belgium, nice job.

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Photo of scottoale
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl.oz.brown bottle with a best before: 23FEB07. Pours a hazy gold, with an amber hue. Sports a thick two-finger white head as well as tons of lace.

Sweet fruity malt nose with a Trappist yeast twang, just about sums it up.

The flavor starts sweet, mostly of bubblegum and banana, then turns a bit tart. The tartness pans out to a nice clean finish. Mildly complex and well balanced, it's suprisingly Belgian in the flavor dept. A little warmth to the finish as well.

Good medium body with a smooth and creamy easy drinker for sure. I was quite pleased with this offering from New Belgium, as I've only had their "Fat Tire" which did not impress me at all.

This Triple is good, cheers!

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Photo of bort11
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a Tulip glass. Clear golden color. Tracers of bubbles rise from the center of the glass, as if coming out of the stem. Bright white head, little over a finger, with good retention. Tight lace. Quite pretty to look at.

S- Quite floral. Slight Orange-y hops, coriander, and spices mingle. Nice.

T- Taste is a little off from the smell. Still spicy. A little bit of alcohol warmth. Finishes with a slight astringent taste. If I could give a 3.75 score I would.

M- Good, pretty crisp carbonation. Medium/light body.

D- Pretty good. I'm not sure how many in a row I would want to do, but I will get this again

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a clean, clear darker-than-I-thought copper with a medium white head. The first thing I noticed was that this didn't look like the tripels I'm used to tasting. I forged ahead.
People have said the beer is aromatically bad, but in a "good" way. I hate to say it but there was nothing in the aroma or taste I really found exciting. Yes the stinky aroma was just that; I was turned off. The taste was much of the same. It tasted semi-skunky, but it maybe I got a bad pour. It was bitter and weak, with mild hops, but beyond that I wasn't paying much attention.
The feel was pretty dry with mild carbonation and nothing teribly wrong. But a good feel can't make up for a poor taste!
I had to ditch this one. As I said, I'm not trying to badmout the brewery or say all their styles are bad, and maybe I got a bad batch or pour. Regardless I'm not impressed with this interpretation of the style.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a pleasant surprise to find this in San Diego at the local Bevmo sitting next to a pile of cases of Fat Tire. I'm really not bagging on Fat Tire, but finding other offerings from New Belgium around here is uncommon.

A - Pours a clean coppery golden hue and makes a fine white head. The head retention is good and slowly fades into a ridge of tiny bubbles.

S - Aroma offers some notes of coriander and clove, but is totally covered by massive barnyard-cheesy-feet-rotten eggs. This beer is stinky, but in a good way. Massive sulphury characteristics.

T - Clean pilsner malts, earthy saaz hops, coriander, clove, bananas, subtle bittering and a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M - Crisp, dry carbonation that is almost spicy in itself. Medium to light in body.

D - The aroma alone is enough reason to open up another bottle of this. Quite easy to drink, but the flavor is not quite where the aroma is. It is a bit of a let down to your expectations.

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