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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Photo of OatherS
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label has three maidens holding up a glass of beer.

Appearance: Half finger head that does not lace. Golden clear color.

Smell: Sweet musky aroma. Very nice. Subtle.

Taste: Sweet with a slight alcohol taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated slightly with a crisp ending.

Drinkability: A nice tripel. Tastes more mass produced than other belgian tripels I have had. It is a very good intro into the style for people unacustomed to the flavor and alcholic strength.

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Photo of misterscooter
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured well into the bigger glass. A nice, smooth head that slowly settled into a fine lace on top with foam sticking to the sides but not drying out too quickly. This thing is golden, starting with the color. Very clear with lots of small to medium size bubbles from the carbonation that help keep the foam on top from disappearing.

Honey, hay, nectar. This guy smells like a warm, spring day. Every once in a while I get a whiff of something not quite as sweet, much like their Fat Tire, but it evades me before I can place it and it isn't dominating. Part of the character, for sure. Maybe it is the alcohol.

This guy definitely is not as good if it is too cold. They say to serve it at 44 degrees F. but I think it is better a bit warmer, maybe closer to 50 degrees. The carbonation is felt right away and it adds to the flavor but it is very smooth as it hits your tongue, despite the tingle. It isn't as sweet as it smells and you can tell the abv is higher with this one from the taste you get. But it does have some raw honey in there and some oaky overtones. There is some dry aftertaste which may turn you off but I liked because it wasn't harsh.

A really good Belgian.

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

Pours a very hazy amber-peach-orange body beneath a short head of white foam that holds fairly well and initally leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is fruity, spicy (coriander?), and yeasty with a bit of hay-like/wheat-ish malt and some mild, spicy hops. It's quick in the mouth with a medium body and delicately effervescent carbonation that lets it pass readily. The flavor, however, is more imposing and tends to linger in the finish. It's spicy and hoppy (also spicy, and floral), and along with a solid bitterness, that helps to balance it's sweetish, delicately candyish, lightly citrus-rind like, and grassy/straw-like maltiness. Surprisingly, the alcohol is well-hidden here, as it's seems to stand out a bit in their Abbey (dubbel). Nicely done, and a perfect after dinner beer - or pair it with some Thai food, stinky cheese, or salad with oil and sesame seeds.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From babydoc via BIF18. Thank you.

Pours a coudy dark orange with minimal head and slight bubbling. Using the New Belgium goblet that babydoc sent also (thanks again...excellent box of goodies.) Nose is honeydew and Belgian yeast. Taste profile matches with carbonation tickling the tongue and a crispy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a little thinning at the finish. A big beer that is incredibly drinkable. I love this brew, probably more so because it is not readily available to me. Tasty.

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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 beertastegood
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with a small fluffy head. Aromas of strong citrus notes (sour cherries and dark plums) and brown sugar, spicy hops and peppery smells. Tastes strongly of caramelly malt, with a slight warming alcohol and a fragrant hop bite towards the end. Strong, spicy beer. I am impressed. New Belgium makes some of the highest quality beers with the lowest prices around. A winner in my book.

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Photo of imblane
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color in my New Belgium Chalice, along with a nice 2 fingers of sticky froth. Nice lacing is apparent once this settles; looks very appealing in appearance. Smell is melon and rosy alcohol phenols, very nice! Taste is crisp and yeasty from the start; however, not overwhelming. ABV% is very well hidden, the bottle I have says 7.8%ABV, which differs from previous offerrings. The Belgian yeast and Saaz hops come through in the aftertaste and are a nice match. This is a quality step towards the finer Belgian beers which cost substantially more, at a fraction of the price. A truly worthy beer brewed right here in the U.S.A.

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

Nothing beats free beer unexpectedly like this one from Pipe and Pint today,poured a nice golden with a light orange hue with abig fluffy head that left nice lacing down the tulip glass.Very yeasty aroma a little spicey with some banana in there almost a weisse aroma in my mind.Flavors of very sweet pineapple and some over ripe banana,some honey,with a little phenolic smokiness but its faint.A very sold tripel not as good as some Belgian classics but hey I could stand to drink this anytime and it was free.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc.
Pours a super-fizzy golden orange with a one finger, somewhat loose white head.
Smell is fruity (pears, and apples) somewhat musty, and a very slight hop (spicy)
Very nice flavor. Fruity, a bit yeasty. Hops are a bit strong, but overall a fine example of the style.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I didn't like this nearly as much as I enjoyed the dubbel. That being said, this beer was definitely not a disappointment, but for some reason I had even higher hopes for this than I did the dubbel, so that could be why I wasn't completely elated by this brew (though it could also be that I just finished a citrusy hop monster that is the Boulder Brewing 'Hazed and Infused'... I'll lean towards the latter)

The smell is slightly malty, but leans more towards the yeasty, estery side. The familiar banana peel/clove flavor that I loved from the dubbel, but less dominant because of the extra malts in the trippel. The flavor led me to no different conclusions than the smell. The alcohol content is obviously bigger in this brew [compared to dubbel], but for a 1.5% ABV increase, it doesn't seem like much. The higher malt bill just makes the beverage that much more sweet and biscuity and that much less drinkable on top of the higher ABV. On top of that, the flavors seemed to blend together much better in the dubbel for a more rounded beverage.

Try this if you haven't had it, but I would recommend the New Belgium Abbey Style Dubbel over this any day, if you hadn't already deduced that fact from my review. I don't usually like to compare apples to oranges, or dubbels to trippels, but I really couldn't help it in this instance, as they were so similar, but yet one was so much better, IMO.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber, pure white head, very stubborn pure white lacing. The middle name of this beer is floaties.
Aroma: Apples, melons and peaches.
Taste: Sugary, fluffy (all the yeast), crisp, light malt. Nice bitterness. Slightly sour. Alcohol noticiable.
Mouthfeel: Harsh huskyness on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best bbefore 12 aug 05.
Pours a golden orangy yellow, with a thick, creamy, off-white head.
lace coats the glass in a thin slick sheet.
Aroma is yeasty, fruity, over-ripe bananas, lemon.
flavor is lemony and sweet.
clean lemony finish.
One of the better beers from NB

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Photo of danadeny
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighly cloudy, dull yellow body. Nice head, the bubbly body and head last untill the beer is gone. Smells malty, slight freshness, no hops. Tastes malty throughout, little hops, tart and spicy. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and bubbly. Drinkability is good, but overall it's not my favorite tripple, too heavy on the malt.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the review that will grant me a stupid empty mug picture, so i wanted to do something special. chose this.. my favorite style and a bottle i've been trying to get a hold of for a while.

initial pour yields no head, pours an attractive yellow-gold color with constant carbonation in the body and a slight ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass.

aroma is beautiful.. very nutty and oaky. in a blind test, i'd have called this a barleywine based on the nose. no signs of yeastiness whatsoever, anxious to taste it.. here goes.

wow! hoppier and drier than a normal tripel, with a completely different flavor profile from a tripel karmeliet, la rulles, etc. however, there is something in the maltiness.. the phenols.. that allow this to stick in the category. it expands the idea of a tripel like dulle teve does.

if i could start an 'american tripel' category, i would and i'd throw this in there. wish i had the other 5 (3?) that came in the pack. i'd drink them shits up right now, yo.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 finger foam, fizz, fizzle, collar.
Aroma is a bit woolly, like a woollie rolling in lavendar and alfalfa and clover.
It's a bit like frenching a dog, no offense to the three graces shaking their jigglies on the label. Tripel dry and a bit sandpapery, but the hops tickle. Gingery, peppery, lemony. Tripely tickley. Lovely. Has this dried out in recent years? Dried lemon zest. Some horse barn dust. Delicious. Nasturtiums. Buckwheat honey.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took the opportunity to pour this into one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Fairly clear golden color with an ample head. A stream of tiny bubbles roll up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy hop aroma, along with lots of phenols. Fruity esters linger around the back (banana? apricot?)

Taste: Floral hop flavor is immediately noticible, with peppery phenols and light, bread-like malt. Fruitiness is less present than in the aroma, but a pleasant moderate bitterness rounds it out nicely. Finishes dry but lingering.

Creamy texture, and a light body given the strength (appropriate for the style).

With only one or two exceptions, New Belgium's lineup is top notch, and this is a very nice Tripel. I wish they'd bottle in 750ml's too.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, for a New Belgium. Most of their offerings don't impress me, and this is no exception. Poured a orange-tinted gold color into my Duvel tulip glass, with a small, quickly forgotton white head.

Smells have hints of hops and citrus, with the yeast undertones, but not as much as a trippel should have, in my opinion. A bit of a very light bread odour. - like a white french loaf. Taste is rather blah, for a trippel. Hints of light fruit and french bread. As it warms, it becomes more complex, with the Saaz hops coming through, and more complex fruit tastes appearing. Better than the other New Belgium offerings that I've experienced.

With all New Belgium offerings, though, I can't help but feel like there is an artificialness in the beer. It's almost as if they give it some coloring and a bit of flavor. The mouthfeel on this beer is just peppery enough to be enjoyable for me. And, they're very drinkable at 7.8% abv. with such a light body.

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Photo of rastaman
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Once again from new Belgium a beer with a distinct lack of guts, especially for a trippel, having said that, i guess its pretty soft and a approachable, and in general theres nothing wrong with it, its just not very interesting. Maybe thats what they intended, but i was looking for a bit more.

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dandelion with a puffy stack of white.
Nose of bread and flour, topped with coriander and lemony, grassy Saaz notes.
Begins dry with a crackery pils malt base. It expands towards a breadiness- mostly sourdough, mixed with some plain white bread elements. Light fruitiness arises through orange rind, pineapple and lime juice. Turns hay-like late, with perks of coriander and white pepper spiciness seguing into a large, lemongrass Saaz finale.
The body carries some heft, but it's not felt through the airy nature. Texturally, this is one of the most authentic feeling US renditions. Too many tend towards candy sugar barleywines. Not this.
While not the most dynamic version, this has a swagger and real-deal lean that makes it worthwhile. Wish I had another bottle. Saaz lovers take note.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a slightly chilled bottle (50 degrees) into a goblet glass...

Look: Honey or butterscotch in color w/ a cloudy look thru the glass. Leaving a 3 cm head on the pour, which was foamy w/ nice cascading and lots of "crazy" lacing on my glass.

Smell: Fruits mainly w/ nutmeg spice. Fruits consist of white grapes or sour plums. No real hop aroma, but a slight alcohol tingle in my nose!

Taste: On the sip, this reminded me alot of spiced pears w/ slightly bitter hops and hints of caramel throughout. The nutmeg was very aparent in the beer and some slight alcohol burn finished up the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tingly carbonation that starts at the sip on the tip of my tongue and follows my palete to the swallow leaving a slight alcohol burn on the finish. This seems to be a thin-medium bodied brew based on mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability: well, although the feel was a bit "off" for me, the appearance, smell, and taste warrent a try at this beer. I'd like another please!

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

12oz bottle from Secret Santa ninjaworm. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" white head above a golden amber brew. Head stays constant, due to effervescence from bottom of the glass, and lacing is good. Aroma is sweet malts combined with Belgian-style spicing. Taste follows the nose, and is pretty near optimal for the style, leaving just a tad of space for improvement. Certainly a lot going on here, but it all comes together nicely. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Nice offering from New Belgium, especially for my first taste of their products.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very good sized head, with a nice golden color. I was thinking trippels tend to be a bit darker in color, oh well.

Very pleasant aroma, some flowery notes as well as sweet fruits. I pick up what I believe are phenol aromas, I've never been much for picking up aromas like this, guess I'm getting better.

A very crisp feel starts us out, much crisper than other trippels I've had cross my palate. Yeast flavors show up faintly along with a bit of a biscuit flavor, like the Fat Tire. The flavor I notice so much in Belgians that I think of as "medicinal" shows up but is not unwelcome. A faint fruitiness shows up as does a faint alcohol flavor, though nothing distracting. Finishes with a light bitterness.

A fine American trippel, I wish I had received more than one bottle but I'm thankful for the chance to at least try it.

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Photo of rowew
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. Blurb about the Triple style on the side, as well as recommended serving temperature, and a Best before date. Kudos to New Belgium for a highly informative label.

Appearance: Poured a nice frothy white head and a golden color. Light effervescence that keeps a nice head on the beer.

Smell: Aroma of citrus, hops, and that typical belgian smell. Very nice combination of smells.

Taste: Very crisp flavor that starts out sweet and blends into a bitter hoppiness. Nicely balanced hop flavor and the biscuity taste common in other New Belgium beers. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation combines for a great mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: Nice intro belgian beer. Very drinkable for the alcohol content. According to the bottle this is now 7.8 % ABV instead of the 8.5 % listed

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Attractive Renaissance style triptych motif painting of three ladies in flowing togas. 12 Jun 04. Recommended temp 50 degrees and 8.5% ABV. Embossed New Belgium Brewing in the bottle neck.

After going for the swirled yeasty pour all the way, a gorgeous golden orange hazy turgid pour went into a Hennepin tulip with plenty of yeasty suspended particles rising to a ½” eggshell white tightly carbonated frothy head cap.

Delicious scents of yeasty Belgian aromas and fresh bread dough. Light spices of coriander nutty almonds and orange peel. Some musty wet leather goodness.

First Swigs: Powerful bitter citrousy sour and wheat. Orange sherbert and ginger notes. Some awl-kee-hawl peppery notes disguised as pineapple can be tasted. A quick dry powdered finish. Complex flavors are nicely created but the awl-kee-hawl is hot towards the termination.

A bit overly foamy to be perfect. Good thin body for the style. Swiggable, but a bit too peppery hot to be highly drinkable.

Last Swigs: Foamy cream soda ginger with Vanilla extract awl-kee-hawl flavors. Quite excited to try my first New Belgium brew which was acquired in a monster trade as a bonus bottle with the revered BuckeyeNation. Sorry to see this lil gem go bye-bye. 142/4.04

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite from New Belgium. This is about the best beer I can get in the small town I live in, so I'm on more than familiar terms.
Amber color, nice lace but the head seems a little lacking compared to trippels from across the pond.
Complex sniffer: floral, hoppy, alchohol, malt.
Real enjoyable to drink, creamy mouthfeel, caramel flavors with plenty of hops to balance off the high abv.
This is a pretty all right beer.

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