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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Photo of twoheadedboy
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appropriately the first brew poured into my new New Belgium snifter. Poured a beautiful golden orange with solid lacing.

Smell is floral, extremely sweet hops and fruit with overpowering banana esters. Taste is also sweet, with the spicy coriander evident; it's overwhelmingly fruity, primarily bananas with some apples, oranges, and smooth grains. Citrusy, mild hops are present and understated, taking back seat to the fruit and belgian yeast. The pleasantly tart alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Paired with spicy pepperjack, which combined to make a nice sharp bitterness. New Belgium absolutely knocked this one out of the park. A great Belgian imitation, an absolute steal at 8 bucks for a sixer.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably the best tasting tripel I've ever had. Pours a nice off cloudy orange/gold with an off white head that is 2 inches thick and is very potent. Lacing is incredible, will foam down the glass after every drink. The smell is very fruity, melons wet the nose and a nice raspberry hop kick brings up the end. The taste has a nice blend of yeast and sweet malt upfront. Slight caramel taste. The hop bitterness is perfect, you get the pucker then the nice blend of peach taste. Honey is also detected. Feels medium bodied and refreshing, a very drinkable tripel, the 8.5% is very hidden. Top notch.

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Photo of tone77
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is fruity, yeast. Taste is good, fruits, a touch of coriander, yeast, a hint of alcohol, lots of flavor here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an excellent beer.

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Photo of smcreator
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me a lot of New Belgium Abbey, but with a more bitter taste.

A: Soft golden color with a beautiful head (don't poor too quickly, it wants to add head on itself).

S: Wonderful. Very complex mix of sweet and bitter.

T: Like I said, it reminds me of Abbey, but not as sweet overall.

M: Very smooth on tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is still a little sweet overall. I could drink 3 or or so in a row but that would probably be it for the night especially since it is 8.5% ABV.

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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 HeavyMetalBrew
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden, transparent, nice lacing along top of glass. Signs of carbonation. It's clear for a tripel, without any chill haze.

Smell: Coriander. Some spiciness. Biscuit. Malt. Some citrus.

Taste: Coriander. Citrus. Spiciness. Bread. Alcohol. Flavors linger on palate.

Mouthfeel: Dry.

Overall: New Belgium Brewing just started distributing in Michigan, so I have had three of them in the past week. Their Fat Tire was mediocre and their Redtoberfest was alright, so I wasn't expecting too much out of this one. I was delightfully surprised. This is a really good Tripel, and the coriander helps out a lot. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Virtually no head, hint of cloudiness, medium-amber liquid with bubbles fizzing up from the bottom of the glass. You can smell the yeast on this thing from like a foot away, and the closer you get, the more floral it gets. Flavor is really nice: sweet, a little spice, and you get the floral and yeast from the nose. Well-hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice too, with good carbonation, slick, and a light shock to the palette from the alcohol in the background. I won't lie to you, this isn't the first time I've had this beer. It's one of my go-to's for a tripel, and probably an easy favorite for me from New Belgium.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Trippel poured a deep golden color with a nice lacing head.

The smell was amazingly complex. It was very spicy. Had some yeasty tones to it, a very strong presence of corriander and some what earthy. I think I smelled this beer for 2-3 minutes before I had a sip.
The taste was also very deep. At first very spicy. Then a spike of floral tones as I inhaled that finished off sort of dry.
This is a full bodied beer with a huge amount of flavor.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into NB globe. Glad to finally see this NB offering in the Chicagoland area!!

A: pours a bright clear orangeish yellow with a generous 2 finger foamy white head. Tons of lacing and great retention.

S: nose features big notes of bananas and cloves with a very noteable spiciness, perhaps from the coriander addition. Overall the nose is sweet with lots of Belgian yeast character. Very nice.

T: the front features the spicy notes I picked up on the nose and quickly becomes sweet with notes of green grapes and banana. The finish comes together nicely as everything is in balance. The abv is hard to detect and the flavor is big.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this is one of the more drinkable Tripels around IMO. It tastes very authentic, features bold flavors, and is expertly balanced. Plus, it is one of the best value 6 packs around at 7.99.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep cider gold, crystal clear, with a thick, creamy, foamy head. Great retention. The Duvel "D" is sending up a steady torrent of tiny bubbles. Very nice, indeed.

Smell: Honey. Some serious yeast (both nice and spicy and dank and pissy) toasted wheat, what seems to be Saaz hops (oh, it's listed on the label, duh) generic fruitiness with a citrusy tartness floating around on top.

Taste: Spiced honey right away. Gets juicy and sweet on the back of the tongue -- apricot, maybe? It finishes a bit wheaty and biscuity. There's some orange rind as well. A spiced lemon cake with an apricot glaze -- sure, why not? The mouthfeel is smooth and quite soft, ahh.

Drinkability: Taste-to-price ratio on my scale rates a glowing "5". Not quite the heft or power of Westmalle's version, but it's quite similar in a lot of ways.

New Belgium really does a great job when they stick to the abbey ale; how about less Fat Tire crap and more Trappist genius?

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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 mvanaskie13
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new belgium chalice, presents with 1/2 inch thick head, bright to off white, color is transparent, pale gold... nice carbonation coming of the bottom etching.

Smell is great, perfect blend of pilsner/malt sweetness, light coriander, and great smelling products from the yeast; they are all mild but great.

Taste is almost as good as smell, again things are not overpowering, mostly subtle but so well done, nice sweetness upfront overcome by the phenols from the belgian yeast followed by some drying qualities that make this beer so good.

Mouthfeel is as expected but still well done sweetness upfront, great clean, drying finish.

Overall, a great beer to me, flavors are everything you want in a tripel with a very small hint of coriander.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent clarity, showing off some soft bubbles as they rise to the top. Light yellow-orange hue with a thin and swirly sheet for a head. Belgian yeast is detectable on the nose with hints of banana and clove. A touch of coriander is there as well to round it out. Very aromatic, and a tad of that 7.8 ABV is detectable here as well. Spicy.

The taste is wonderfully rounded and balanced. Banana is there, but a spicy kick beats it out and really drives the Belgian flavor home. Coriander has the same rounding effect in the taste as it does the nose, not overly implemented here to the benefit of this beer. It adds to the splendid balance this trippel has. Spicy clove has a say in here too, giving it a note remeniscent of a slight biscuit quality. Booze is warming, not hot but also not a huge part of the taste profile. It does come out a little more as the beer warms up, but so do all the complexities so the taste remains balanced. Mouthfeel is right on for the style, with a nice long finish. Just a really well done trippel, I'm glad I picked this up.

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

The beer poured into the chalice golden amber with a white frothy head which fell quickly but lasted at the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely spicy and well done with a candy aromatic coupled with a nice slight citrus aspect. The aroma had a slight alcohol present that enhanced the nose.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a spicy flavor. The spice flavor was low and was coupled with a nice earthy character from hops that was slight but present. The candy in the aroma was only slightly present with malt in the flavor and the alcohol was nowhere to be seen.

The finish was dry with a slight spice and slight earthiness into the aftertaste. The body was medium but the carbonation made it seem just a bit less. The beer was warming considerably at the time of the review which probably enhanced the earthy character and the spice and made it a very well crafted beer with little alcohol present in the flavor and after consumption.

12 ounce bottle, dated 25May06, thanks mentor!

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Light golden-amber color with two and a half fingers of white head that retains decently and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops, some pale malts, fruity esters, a hint of the coriander.

Taste: Starts off with a spicy kick which then gives way into some pale malt sweetness and biscuit breadiness. The middle is a combination of hints of peach and banana, and finishes up with a coriander note and some piney hop bitterness, as well as a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, and refereshing, light to medium in body with active carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and goes down very smoothly. You could put a few of these away.

Final Notes: A delicious, well balanced beer for multiple different occasions and food pairings. Big flavor and complex. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AZTEX
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer from New Belgium. I poured from a bottle into a glass. I poured a beautiful golden amber color with a nice frothy one finger foam. The smell was little weak, but had a bready aroma. The taste was very good and was relatively complex. I detected citrus flavors, along with a yeasty flavor. Very low hops taste at the end. This was good bodied beer and was very drinkable, although I could not drink many due to the complexity of the taste. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Walletsworth
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love New Belgium beers. At first I was leery to try this because coriander usually overpowers the ale flavors but this beer nailed it! Smell is all coriander but the taste is complex and a great drink ability. Yet another great beer from Fort Collins, CO.

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Photo of KoG
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale hazy yellow with some yeast partilces present. nice frothy head that leaves a very nice amount of lacing.

Smell is fruity. Peach, cherry, and yeast with a hint of apple and no alcohol at all. A very pleasing aroma indeed.

Taste is very well balanced. Fruity with a good amount of yeast and biscuit malt to complement. Very nice finish keeps the palate clean but looking for more.

A very tasty brew that is easily rinkable. More affordable than most Belgians and a very good starting point as well as a good staple for those that like the Belgian style.

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Photo of corey0212
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from mugglesandhops!

Pours a clear golden color, smallish sturdy white head fades pretty quickly, leaves some stray spots of lacing behind. Lots of fruity aromas, faint trace of banana, some sugary sweetness, but lots and lots of tropical fruit. Some apple flavors, some peppery spiciness, gentle bitterness on the back end. Cleansing moutfheel, some spice on the lips, faint warming alcohol. This is fantastic.

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Photo of Gear54
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a snifter.

Smell is spicy with light fruit aromas, yeast and citrus hops as well. Lots of action in the nose.

Taste has yeast and biscuit malts. Nice hop balance makes the yeast and biscuit dough not too overwhelming. A touch of fruity sweetness and alcohol at the end.

Feel is nice. Crisp beer with lots of drinkability.

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Photo of Gusler
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago
As it jets from the tap a cloudless deep amber to copper color, the head prodigious in size, creamy in texture and the color a light tan with the residual lace a thick and glass sealing sheet. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and fresh, hints of ripe fruit, maybe pineapple; a real swell nose at any rate, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with a middling top. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops forthright and quite pleasant, very dry aftertaste and a great beer in or out of the bottle.

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Photo of tito42
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen, best by 30 October 2011 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Golden, lightly bubbly, and a foamy white head.

Smell: Very floral, like tulips, with some bubblegum.

Taste: Very well balanced with fruity banana, spiciness from the coriander, maltiness, and a bit of an earthy hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, just a touch of creaminess and very crisp. Only a slight pang of alcohol at the end, but not much for the ABV.

Drinkability: This beer was my gateway into trying more Belgian beers. It's a year-round go-to beer for me. The complex and well-balanced flavor almost completely masks the fact this is a 7.8% ABV beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear, golden color with nice head and lace retention.

S - Strong Belgian yeast and coriander. The alchol smell is not masked. Its up front. Smells tasty.

T - Sweet malts and coriander, with a hefty doze of booze. It is delicious if you are into belgian ale's.

M - Very crisp, with alot of carbonation.

D - Excellent. I would love another, but a little too strong to put down a 6 pack in a evening. But a great beer.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I hadn't reviewed this one yet! One of my favorites from New Belgium.

A: Pours a light amber, a bit of gold in there. Very clear and one of the lighter looking beers they have.

S: Good whiff of that Belgian yeast along with strong banana notes. Wonderful spice scents, aged fruit, and obvious coriander. Very nice.

T: Sweetness dominates with a hint of sour fruit on the swallow. Coriander is very noticeable with more subtle spices. Hint of banana, too, similar to NB's Abbey, though not as strong.

M: Medium-bodied, though fairly crisp. Some stickiness in the back of the throat, but goes down fairly smoothly.

New Belgium may not be my favorite brewery, but their beers tend to be well done, balanced, and delicious. A good example of the Belgian style.

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Photo of Pete0714
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden amber with a light white foam that held for the entire time I was drinking, beautiful lacing.

The smell was fruity and maybe a slight banana aroma as it warmed, but not overly so. Much more balanced and pleasant than I expected, even floral.

The taste was sweet but also some apply sour or even light bitterness. There was a subtle alcohol burn but not unpleasant.

I loved the smoothness of this beer, with an almost syrupy mouthfeel
Overall, a well balanced, surprisingly light yet flavorful tripel.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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