Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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1,008 Reviews
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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Reviews: 1,008 | Ratings: 2,975
Photo of Safa1
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Easy to drink. Real easy to drink and drive solid abv to boot. Not sweet like a draak or Piraat. But it is a style not a Belgium ale. I suppose there are rules. This is an American triple Belgium ale. It is awesome and crisp/refreshing as opposed to a true Belgium ales syrup sweet yeast bomb triple. If you switch from dipa to abby to moose drool in the same night then this will sit much better than a true Abby/Belgium ale. Great beer. Almost perfect.

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Photo of IceAce
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach with two full fingers of egg-white foam.Super clean entry supported by millions of tiny bubbles and a midtaste of tropical fruits and rich Belgian yeast.

Hops punch through, complimenting the palate-pleasing mouthfeel and adding additional complexity. Finish is highlighted with a unique yeast strain and wonderful residual sweetness left on the lips. Lacing delicately decorates the sides of a tulip as I quickly realize that 12 ounces is not nearly enough of this nectar.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
7.8% ABV, Best by 10MAR13, "Ale brewed with coriander."

A - Poured with the bottle's sediment, Trippel is faintly hazed from tiny floating particles but the beer is otherwise a relatively clear, shimmering golden color. A short, white one-finger head dissipates quickly, lowering to a skim of suds with plenty of thin lace caked on the glass.

S - Heavy sweet malts and honeysuckle open with aggression and dive right into powerful yeast with very fruity esters. White wine and grape aroma are at the forefront with a faint banana and clay hint followed by a strong earthy coriander spice finish. Stronger than most when it comes to potency, this tripel's aroma is spot-on in terms of yeast involvement.

T - The flavor of New Belgium's Trippel directly mirrors the aroma with the same sweet malts and yeast all over again, opening with aggression. Clay and banana notes stem from the Belgian yeast as do the white grape, wine-like characteristics that are aided, in part, by the spicy coriander and mild alcohol finish.

M - This earthy-feeling, full-bodied tripel is exceptionally smooth on the tongue and while it's balance clearly leans towards the sweetness of the malt profile, there's a balancing dry finish that keeps it from ever getting cloying. Moderate carbonation dances on the tongue through the subtly warming alcohol swallow that closes this beer.

O - New Belgium Trippel is an exceptionally delicious and well-made triple at a tasty price. The alcohol is kept to a lower level for the style without sacrificing flavor or nuances that are common to the style. New Belgium has one of the finer American-made tripels on their hands here!

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Photo of Beejay
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful Golden amber, with a nice white head on it..

S: Very sweet, ripe bananas, lots of fruit, very yeasty..

T: Delicious. Smooth, sweet, and beautiful. Huge banana taste. This is one of my all time favorites.

M: Plenty of carbonation, but a smooth creamy texture.. very good.

D: Hells yes. Oh how I have missed this beer. Smooth, clear, flavorful with a little bit of spice. I wish I could get it regularly. Perhaps I scored it a little higher than the average (not sure, I have been trying to avoid seeing the scores until after I review.) But this is a beer that will always be one of my favorites, and the beer that got me into Belgians. Between this and Abbey from NBB, you can't loose.

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Photo of brentk56
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a beaten egg white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Bready and fruity (peaches, lychees, bananas, ripe pineapple) combined with a coriander twang and some citrus hoppiness;

Taste: Starts out bready and fruity with a touch of sweetness that never comes close to being cloying as it is matched with a lot of dryness; as the beer warms some of the banana clove character one would expect in a tripel starts to show through after the swallow; finishes with a surprising bite and hides the alcohol well (although you can tell it is there as it warms the gullet)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat effervescent

Drinkability: Tripel is not my favorite style as so many of them tend to be sweet and hot, but this one stands out not only in the category but among the entire beer kingdom - fantastic!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful bright sunset orange with a large frothy, foamy bright white head that maintains to form throughout--nice first impression. The nose follows with a nasal-cleansing blast of fresh oranges, rose and apple peel, traces of Belgium spices and yeast and later some fresh malts. Crisp floral hops are noted up front, quick tastings of yeast, spicy hops and loads of coriander. Medium bodied and the same amount of bitterness. Sweet malts come through with a cotton candy felt palate. Crisp, sharp (Saaz?) hops towards the end with a more than satisfying mouthfeel. Alcohol is concealed, but certainly adds to the offering here! A great tripel--highly drinkable.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in flared ale glass

A: golden copper, beautiful head; two-finger head; clear
S: banana chips; sweet, strong aroma
T: sweet; bananas are very strong; spicing is modest, and the strong alcohol content is nicely paired by the flavor profile; little hopping; addictive; oh so addictive
M: vibrant, busy, active

Wow, this is an addictive beer; I wanted another immediately after my glass, but my codrinkers had polished it off

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery abstraction of fluffy head and Brussel's lace.

More citric than the dubbel, less blatant sugariness on the nose and palate. The Duvel-ian carbonation and prickly mouthfeel is here again, with more of a grassy wheatiness.

Alcohol is enclosed within pools of deeply wheaty hop. Swirls of yeast, pine, clove, and true-to-type banana coax your nose deeper into the goblet.

It has the possibility to be a sugary headache, but only having one of these on-tap was perfect. Quite possibly my favorite offering from the brewery, and a beer that set my eyes open about the style.

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Photo of khensley
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sneaky beer. A sipper for sure. Had it a football party with some friends. We are home brewers, and very critical. Amazing smell, earthy, gardenlike, like I just watered my lawn in the July morning. Looks like a typical straw colored lager, but with a bit more pool of foam atop the glass with legs of lace. Taste is slow to hit, until it hits the middle of tongue and I'm hit with banana and a rinse of rye bread. The taste lingers forever, and then transforms' to light bitter apple. I do not notice the peppery flavor others notice at all, but I don't mind. Sipped like a fine bourbon is the best way to experience it. Not a session beer, it is so sneaky. One of the best beers I can find in my neck of the woods!

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Photo of carlborch
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear, deep golden hue. Excellent head formation, thick, creamy slightly-off white head, good head retention. Moderate Belgian lace. Fresh, appealing, pleasant, nose. Milder than expected. Medium to medium-light body. Lingers nicely. Pleasant hop notes on the palate. Less coriander on the nose and palate than expected. Colloidal cloudiness on the last pour that stays suspended in the beer. Still tastes great. Moderate carbonation. Very tasty ale. The ABV is not evident - it is light and bright, not warm and vinous. Perfectly balanced. Would definitely repurchase.

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Photo of loren01
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle into a Belgian glass, very transparent light golden color. Very little head observed, however there is a lot of carbonation. Smell is the best part of this beer as far as I'm concerned. The smell is very complex, mostly spicy (cloves, slight hop aroma). I also pick up grapefruit or some other citrus scent. Taste is crisp and full bodied, I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of the tripel but, overall it is a damn good beer.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's gold, not straw but gold, and it's clear. No chill haze, no cloudiness, you can see your fingerprints on the other side of the glass. Atop the beer rests a poofy, stubborn head that doesn't disipate, it refuses to go away.

When you smell it, it greets your nose with turbinado sugar, tempered with some light floral overtones and even more slight savory baking spices.

It's creamy and full in the mouth, and it teases your tongue with some spicyness, some fruit that I can't pin down... maybe apricots something sweet and basic, not overwhelming, whatever the fruit it's faint and surrounded with this gorgeuous liquid shortbread maltiness. When it's gone, it leaves behind that sunny shortbread taste for a while... you're bound to drink more. Really beautiful.

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

Light amber color, and cloudy from the yeast. Big white head that is evidence of the extra fermentation. Smell is similar to their dubbel, spicy dried fruit. Perhaps with a bit more spice. More spicy fruit in the taste, with definite alcohol presence. Spiciness is in command of this brew, with a good balance of bitterness and maltiness in the background. Lots of carbonation makes for an interesting mouthfeel. Great malty finish, which is a big factor in defining a great beer for my palate. The large amount of carbonation makes this more of a sipping brew. Quite an impressive one though, another masterpiece from New Belgium!

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

One of the fabulous four on tap at the source in Ft. Collins, CO
(Fab 4=Abbey, Trippel, LaFolie & Erics Lips O Faith)

Belgian yeast phenolics backed by light spices. Body and flavor enhanced by sweet cotton candy and pilsner malts. Moderateratly attenuated for style but showing no alcohol except by effects. To have these four in their own glasses and to dance between them is to understand the genius of N.B.brewmasters and their supporting staff.

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Photo of OhioRay
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow pour. Crystal clear. Dense 1 finger white head which fades relatively quickly. It's purty.

S - Spicy coriander. Some banana. Definitely a yeast character.

T - Bubblegum. Coriander. Spicy. Fruity. Damn that's good. Malty but not sweet. Dry finish. Slight alcohol warmth, less than expected for the strength.

M - Very light bodied. Highly carbonated.

O - Excellent brew. Looks beautiful, the aromas hit me the second I started pouring and the flavor blew me away. Will be getting more of these.

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

Honey colored.

Nose offers a panopoly of fruit aromas, with perhaps a focus on a tropical banana note characteristic of weizenbiers.

On the palate sweet fruit character is up front with the malt and pronounced full body character. Alcohol warmth is there, but doesn't detract from the drinkability.

Finish is long and appetizing.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours crystal clear gold under a 2” fluffy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass as it goes down. S: Fruit, coriander, traces of banana, peach, light bread, perfumey hop. T: Bread, biscuit, citrus, spice, peach, banana, pepper. F: Highly effervescent, above medium carbonation – medium body made larger with the carbonation. Slight warming. O: A nice Belgian style trippel.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown the three muses on the label
MmmI love the way this beer looks in the glass bright brown almost orange in colur topped by a creamy white medium sized head.
Smell..very spicy some mentioned coriander but there is more..i get the slight aroma of plums too ,some malts show though.
I liked the taste of this beer very fruity yet a warming hint of alcohol strength..dont know the volume but i would guess round about 7-8%..creamy taste about this beer.
Feels excellent in the mouth..smooth yet can tingle the taste buds..tastes linger a while nice.
All in all a good drinkable beer..well maybe 4 or 5 they certainly seem strong.

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Photo of gjek44
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Context: Alone, drinking during football playoffs, but certainly not glugged down like a macro with the intention of getting drunk fast (not that there is anything wrong with that at times). Popcorn, wife out shopping, kids playing wistfully without adult intervention.
Presentation: Bottle, archaic and simple display on the bottle.
Appearance: Poured from bottle, one thick finger froth that maintained. Lace stuck and clung throughout even after the brew was drunk. Golden yellow but a bit darker, bubbly, beautiful color.
Scent: Wow. Zesty grapefruit and lemon subtleties. Yeast. Fragrant. Very nice throughout the drinking.
Taste: Starts with smell and then the first swallow. Grapefruit or slight lemon. Gently bubbly, crisp, yeasty. Middle - medium hoppiness, not overwhelming, and very drinkable halfway through. Near the end some spice, some perceptible pepper or spice, very nice. The beer was a smooth drink from beginning to end and should be appreciated for its varied complexities from start to middle to end. Don't slam this beer. Ends with a slight, acceptable, and rather enjoyable bitterness.
I loved this brew and respect what the makers have created. At 7.8% a robust and complex beer and also very drinkable.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a haze, head foams up big up with large bubbles. Bottle marked best before 08Jul03. I let the beer warm up for 30 minutes after taking out of the fridge to get to a warmer temp - 50 F recommended. The smell is wonderful. The previous bottles I had seemed a lot more sweet but not overly so. This one has a little more hops present and high alcohol is present on the tongue. Most of the way through the glass, the lasting impressions are of sweetness and alcohol. This is probably my favorite New Belgium product thus far. I will let some of my other bottles age a while. A good value.

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Photo of Rezzin
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Doesn't appear to bottle conditioned as the beer is crystal clear. Nice light golden straw color with a nice frothy head..

S - Aromatic fruits and spices. Somewhat of a biscuity aroma as well.

T - Right off that bat I thought of 2 Below. Very biscuity with fruity ester and spicy phenols. At first I kept thinking '2 below' but as it warms, I'm really starting to enjoy this more and more. Slightly sweet with nice bittering to keep things balanced.

M - Crisp with light a maltiness. Carbonation seems just right.

D - At 8% ABV, I can't even tell. I could easily drink several of these in one sitting and get hammered w/o evening realizing it. At first the biscuit-ness kinda threw me off but it's really starting to work for me now. One of the better offerings from NB imo. Not quite the sipping beer you would think - I would say more on the session side!

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Photo of jcance
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Excellent trippel. Usually I feel obligated to stick with the Texas companies, but when I tried New Belgium's trippel I decided I would never go back to Devil's Backbone (my longtime favorite tripel). New Belgium really came up with something good with this ale. It's bright, fairly hoppy (though as always, I could use more, has good ABV and sophisticated, non-offensive aftertastes including some flavors I find unique to this brew. Highly recommend this beer. It's well made, has great taste, and packs a punch. No complaints. :)

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Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a clear pale yellow. The head did not last long but im gonna guess its cause of the glass. The aroma is hints of belgian candi sugar with a slight hint of coriander. There is a little bit of an alochol taste in the beginning, but it quickly turns to a sweet taste. Looking at the recipe you do get hints of baking bread with the victory malt and an extra sweetness with the munich malt. It is very interesting that they use liberty hops. I have always wanted to try brewing with them. The hop taste is low, but it is noble. The mouthfeel is light, and it is a very drinkable beer!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz into Chimay branded goblet.

Appearance: Golden, with a thin white-ish head that doesn't stay long.

Smell: Floral smells, with a bit of fruitiness. Very strong smell.

Taste: Biscuity and yeasty, with a good amount of hop bitterness and a little bit of sweetness. Alcohol is definitely present in this, too.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than expected. Has a good, soft carbonation and is pretty crisp and well-balanced.

Drinkability: Overall, a good representative of the style and a beer I would love to have again. Cheaper than lots of the Belgian beers of the same style, but right on par.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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