Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
2,985 Ratings
Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,985
Reviews:
1,009
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
112
Gots:
545
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,985 |  Reviews: 1,009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Enjoy by 2 Dec 14 stamp on the label.

Appearance: Clear golden to light amber. Very thin white head with persistent thin strands of lacing. Nice color to look at, but not as much foam as I would expect from a Trippel.

Smell: Yeast with a hint of banana on the swirl. Hint of herb and honey.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on here. Pilsner-like malt, fruity Belgian-style esters, herbal leafy hop bitterness, spiciness at the finish along with some sweetness as well. I'm not picking out the coriander but it could be in there with all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, prickly carbonation with a nice thickness under it all - not too light and not watery.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty. Not much in the aroma department, but it more than makes up for this in flavor and drinkability. I wish I had another one right now, or at least a bigger bottle. Dangerously drinkable - higher ABV sneaks up on you. Paired well with Indian food (vegetable Rogan Jhosh) and I suspect it would pair well with other food as well. I'll have to revisit this one again.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of zimm421
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tulip from a 12 oz bottle. Appears a clear golden yellow with a smaller than expected fluffy white head. The head leaves some good lacing, but doesn't have much staying power.

The nose is full of breadiness, yeast, spices and a bit of lemon. This is what you'd expect here, nothing out of the norm, and nothing that blows you away. The taste leads in with sweet banana and bready malt, followed by a touch of citrus, and then a finish that is overloaded with the spices. This really has three distinct stages, with the first disappearing quickly, followed by a quick spot of citrus, and then the finish. Nothing special, and nothing that blew me away...

The mouthfeel is thicker and less carbonated than other tripels that I enjoy. Just not enough activity on the tongue. Overall, it's a decent tripel, but not something that blew me away. If I'm in the mood, I may reach back out again, but will probably go for others instead.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.17/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Deep golden color, very translucent, whisps of a nice white head.

A nice fresh smell, some yeasty scents, but it’s subtle overall. The scents are not overwhelming when compared to other trippel beers. I’m not detecting the coriander.

On the taste, wow, very hoppy. Didn’t expect that. Bitter for a trippel. Very little sweetness. I’m not detecting any citrus or sweet-ish floral tastes that you might associate with a Belgian trippel. Nor any trace of this coriander. 7.8% ABV, so it packs a punch. The complexity might be there, but my taste buds have surrendered to the hops.

This New Belgium beer is unbalanced, to my mind: much too hoppy for a trippel.

P.S. My bottle, purchased in April 2014, has a different label: Under the New Belgium logo, there are three roosters pictured on the label.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Schooner Glass
Appearance: 2" off white head recedes slowly and leaves significant lacing. Golden color and slightly cloudy with large amount of carbonation.
Aroma: coriander, clove, fresh yeast rolls, a tinge of alcohol
Mouthfeel: not light, but not quite medium bodied. Watery and highly carbonated with a crisp, dry, refreshing finish.
Flavor: the funky Belgian yeast is always an adventure (one I personally enjoy greatly). The coriander and other spices are evident in the flavor and blend well with the sweet malt backbone and the hop bite.
Overall: outstanding, especially for the price range.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,985 ratings.
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