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Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
995 Reviews
Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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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 him...it 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 mouthfeel...an 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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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is golden orange with a decent level of carbonation. Average-sized head is foamy and ultrawhite. Aroma is of sweet belgian sugars and a zesty combo of yeast and spices. Sip starts with a crisp, fairly tart mixture of spices and citris. A nice doughy, earthy malt comes next with an edge of sugariness. A slight toasted malt flavor is also noted. Overall: Trippel has a great mixture and balance of the many flavors present.

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

This Triple is brand new in the San Diego area and i was excited to try it when i got a sample from my sales rep. Although i wasn't impressed with New Belgium's Fat Tire Amber Ale, i approached their triple with an open mind.

12oz bottle with a "Best Before 23FEB07" printed on the side. Poured into a 16oz pint glass and a beautiful mushroom head quickly appreared. Color is clear gold with a bit of haziness.

Smells of spices and nutty-belgian goodness but also a danky, wet "stank" taht would have smelled bad anywhere else besides this here in this beer! Seriously though, i enjoyed the funky smell. Can't wait to take a sip.

Flavor is impressive. The spices were done well with this triple. I also detect a hint of banana flavor. After the beer warmed up a little the flavors took a serious jump. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. I like the fact that they didn't over-carbonate this beer (something i've seen quite often with triples)

Drinkability is also good. I could have easily had another bottle.

Overall, this beer left a good impression on me. Recommended for those who enjoy belgian golden ales and triples.

$8.99 a sixer,

7.8% alc.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold with a lush white head that slowly fades into a small head. Scattered lacing was left around the glass.
Smell is of typical Belgian yeast aroma, spices, with a mild corn syrup smell & some sugary sweetness.
Taste is of sugary pils malt with some corn syrup, perhaps some Munich in there with a touch of yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is quite full bodied and lively for a tripel. Tingly on the lips, hitting the center of the tongue, sweet at first, with a chalky dougyness that lingers on the tongue.
Edit: 11/9/06
Taste is better than originally reviewed. Similar to the original flavors but a sugary, citrusy, tropical, slight candy flavor, along with a touch of creamy vanilla. Old score was a 3.5.
Smell is phenolic, sugary, mildly corny but in check for a trippel with some tropical fruit notes and apricots evident with vanilla. Old score was a 3.5
Mouthfeel is smooth with a yeastyness that carries some phenols along the palate. A light sugary burn up front.
Drinkability overall is better than originally quoted at a 3.5.

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Photo of shererjt
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale-ish yellow and slightly cloudy. Nice carbonation and thick, rocky head. Aroma was solvent-y with plenty of malt and hops. Spicy, sweet, and very nice. Medium body with lots of hop flavor. Light on the Belgian funkiness for a tripel. Sweet, and maybe some vanilla in there. Prickly mouthfeel and a bit harsh. Above average drinkability.

Not what I'd call a standard tripel, but a decent and accessible one.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a deep straw color with alot of cloudiness due to the yeast floaters. It has a slightly off white head that maintains about a quarter inch thoughout the review, and has a good amount of laceing to follow. A few columns of beading can be found as well.

Smell: Typical yeast aromas are present along with some fruity esters like a subtle lambic kriek and a sour apple combination. Even has a bit of alcohol in the nose but not too potent. Smells quite nice.

Taste: Biscuity yeast, a nice hop profile, and a mildly sweet,almost tart,malt makes this beer one of a kind. The alcohol is not afraid to shine through, perhaps this is the sweetness that i'm getting. A very superb classy taste.

Mouthfeel: Almost grainy and slick feel to this one. Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. It's not spritzy like I like my Belgian beers to be, but its just around the corner from that.

Drinkability: This has turned out to be another great beer from New Belgium. I am starting to like them more and more. This is definitely a must try. Here's to New Belgium! (hoists glass then slams the remainder of my new found joy)


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Photo of shbobdb
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ColoradoBob, this is a mighty Tripel indeed.

This is the first Tripel I've ever seen that doesn't pour like a homebrew. It is pleasantly clear with a rock-solid white head. Man, the head was SOLID. Then, after perfectly maintaining its integrity for five minutes, I look away for two second and it completely collapses for form a nice ring-around-the-beer with some craggy lacing left behind.

The beer smells heavily of bananas, cloves, and solvent. Rather like a weizen on steroids, actually.

The taste is distinct from the smell. The clove and banana are definately heavy at the fore of the beer, but they soon fade into a delightfully light, yet powerful malt. The beer then finished with what I can only describe as banana-nut cake. Throughout the whole experience alcohol made its presence known by darting in-and-out. It was like the Coke-Fiend at a party, when it is present it ups the festive atmosphere, but then quickly fades into the bathroom. A masterful use of alcohol!

The beer is also suprisingly thick for a tripel! It actually has a mouthfeel beyond super-thin-with-carbonation! Wonderful!

Definately a good beer. It made me quite happy.

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Photo of Crosling
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light Gold. Subtle, earthy, astringent and floral hop aroma with notes of light fruits, saaz hops, peach and cooked corn. Lacking the nice fruity malt body that I look for in the style. Dry, yeasty and slightly sweet with notes of light fruits (orange, pear and banana), heavy bubblegum, peppers and possible candy sugar. Boring, dull aroma, with a disappointing yeast character.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with three females in white dresses on the label.

A: Deeper yellow in color with a thin, but dense head. Leaves ample lacing.

S: Yeasty, bready. Alcoholic.

T: Very sweet. Bananna. Ends with a very big alcoholic presence.

M: A lot of carbonation on the tip of the tongue followed by alcohol evaporation.

Overall: Doesn't do hardly anything to mask the alcohol presence. Seems to be a dominant smell and taste. I find this to be fairly flat in complexity.

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

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a one inch white head that settles somewhat quickly but leaves a solid cap that never faeds and the subsequent lacing is substantial..

Smell; loads of coriander and Belgian yeast, with a little bit of hay. There's apricots with some oranges and bananas, with some floral to medium bo.

Taste; yeasty with a nice fruity backbone of bananas, oranges and apricots with good bit of spiciness thrown in. There's a nice bread dough quality, that's balanced by a little bit of a herbal hop bitterness with a little bit of an alcohol presence, but it does no detract from the beer at all. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and very drinkable I could have a few bottles of this in one night if the alcohol didn't make me fall asleep.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange/amber/golden hues with a densley packed but muted white head. Traces of lace on the goblet.
Aroma has light citrusy front with some cracked grain and hay in the background and some spiced coriander presenting itself. Just a hint of pepper as it warmed.
Flavor has some spicy yeat and pepper notes along with the citrus and bready notes. Some pale malts underpin the flavors providing a solid bit of balance.
Mouthfeel is weel-done to style with a light but palate coating feel and a good balance of the spice, malt and citrus hoppiness.
Drinkability is very solid and another winner from the NB folks.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well ok, you really can't beat the value for this one. 7.99 for a six pack of tripel.

appearacne: pretty lacklusted head fades fast. the beer is a orange color, a bit dark

smell: not as complex as a usual, but some nice apples and yeasty spices. a malty sweetness as well.

taste: nice dry, with more of a green apple flavor. pretty yum and better with the yeast.

mouthfeel: nice and light, although still plenty of body.

drinkability: stuff is pretty good. i never have more than one a night, but it's nice to have some on hand.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold color, very clear, with loads of bubbles. The fluffy white head is about half-inch but it has amazing staying power. The smell is not overly strong but has a sweet nose of banana and light citrus. The taste is a nice sweet malt flavor of banana, wheat, and citrus. The finish is a bit sour, the alcohol is not too strong however. Mouthfeel is light to medium, lots of carbonation, decent coating. Decent drinkability, the malt flavor is softly sweet, but the finish is not all that impressive. Still very good for an American attempt at the Tripel style...

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at room temperature in a tulip/snifter. The beer pours a bright clear gold with fluffy bleached white head foaming up easily and fading slowly leaving craters as it recedes. The aroma is some yeasty dough with coriander, honey and maybe cloves with just a hint of spicy hops, fairly sweet overall.
First sip reveals a lite body with fine yet very lively carbonation. ONe swish in my mouth and it is all foam!
Flavor starts of sweet with some sugar and a bit of honey sweetness. The beer rolls to a slight peppery bitterness that I attribute to alcohol, but could also be the hops which the label tells me are generously added to the brew. The bitterness lingers for a while but makes me want the sweet malt from the start again, urging me to take another sip.
A pretty easy drinker and a decent shot at a sometimes disastrous style. WOrth a shot!

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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