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

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lofty frothing white head over golden body with a concert of bubbles slowly rising toward the heavens. Head slowly recedes to a thin covering leaving hearty lace in its wake. Aromas of light toasted Belgian malt and sugar. Slightly floral aroma from either the yeast or hops as well. Heavy toasted character up front in the taste. A light peppery spiciness and a tame sweetness balance out the initial toasted flavors. Not much of a perceptible hop presence. Fairly robust alcohol level contributes a moderately drying finish. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation

Not overly complex and a touch on the toasty side of things. A bit more sweetness may have helped, but overall this is an admirable American trippel.

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Photo of orfeu
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best before date: 18 August 2006. Sampled from a six-pack I procured while visiting family in Nebraska over the holidays. Golden amber haze with frothy off-white head. Sniffing reveals pears, apples, pineapples, yeastiness, and the faintest hints of cilantro and white pepper. The taste is assertively fruity -- sugary sour apples, almost like Green Apple Jolly Ranchers. There is also a strong Saaz hop kick with cilantro notes and a yeasty bread flavor. Slight mineral finish. Sparkling and juicy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. Another strong offering from New Belgium that I wish I could find out here in the East.

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Photo of Mitchel
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trippel Belgian Style Ale by New Belgium Brewing Inc. pours a slightly hazy (could be refrigerator haze) golden color with an average head that quickly fades leaving minimal lacing. First off, this beer is bottle fermented with live yeast. What does this mean? You can drink the yeast at the bottom, but most wouldn’t suggest it If you drink it, it could cause undesirable affects such as ‘runny butt’ (‘runny but’ is a technical term that doctors and politicians use). Just pour it carefully and you can leave it in the bottom of the bottle without wasting too much beer. By not pouring this in your glass, you will also have a much clearer beer. The beer smells like hops, peach and oddly enough, roses. It definitely has a yeasty smell. There are many things going on here in the nose.

Very full feeling, yet crisp. It has a light maltiness which is balanced with a spicy sweetness. There are subtle tones of citrus, more specifically, lemon. With as sweet as this beer can come off, it doesn’t have a very over-sweet cloying characteristic; It is a very complex beer. That is hard to accomplish. There is just a lot going on here.

Yet again, New Belgium has impressed me; this is another fine example, or should I say interpretation of a beer. This beer has nigh infinite complexities to it. Sweet but spicy, warm, yet crisp, it just makes for good drinkin’. Wow!

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

I'll start out by stating i'm a bigger fan of dubels vice their big brothers, but here goes: BBD of 22 Sep 2006

Pours a murky straw color with a creamy white head in to my orval glass. Nice bubbly head hangs on the surface. Not much lacing

Smell: Spiciness from pepper, musty blanket smell, lemon & yeastness

Taste: Slight sourness/tart with a lemon grass taste. Pepper and honey-like sweetness. Some bannana and band aid taste on the tounge. Dryness and a slight alcohol kick on the finish, very warming

MF: thick and chewy; carbonation trends slight to over carbonated, which I attribute to it's "youth"

Like I state;not my cup of tea these trippels. I tryed a enough in BE to make up my mind, but this compares favorably to some of the trippels I had over there. If you are into trippels give this a considered tasting; very true to style

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Lucky enough to be west of the Mississippi so that I can sample some fine New Belgium brews!

A - Hazy yellow/orange with intense pillowy and billowy head. Started at 2 inches with careful pour and slowly/unevenly departed. About 1cm left throughout the beer. Lace left in some spots, but not even.

S- Sweet malts, fruity (banana hints), yeasty and floral

T- Very similar to smell, but more intense. Sweet and yeasty with lots of fruits and a bit of floral. Again, banana is most prominent of the fruits.

M- Smooth, not dry or bitter. Nice carbonation tingles the tongue a bit.

D- Alcohol not present at all in taste, but you might feel it after one or two. Divinely sippable.

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Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden with orange hints, a off white head falls fast to a ring with lots of bubbles rising. Some lace clings to my glass.

Aroma is sweet fruity malt, banana, mellons with some nice spice and earthy yeasts.

Taste is lively crisp malt mixed with fruit and noticable alcohol. Finish is lingering spice and earthy yeast. Not a bad brew little too much alcohol for me. Aroma and taste both pick up a little meat after the yeast are added.

Mouthfeel is around medium nice active carbonation, mouthfeel also increases after yeasts are added.

Drinkability is not bad a little too much noticable alcohol for my tastes to be better. Want to thank Dertbert for this sample, just recieved a cellared version which may be better.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The New Belgium Trippel pours from the bottle a nice darker golden orange color with a thin tightly bubbled white head atop the brew. Aromas are a nice mix of light fruit and spice upfront with a yeasty aroma that has notes of pepper, banana and bubblegum. Floral, herbal hops are well integrated to the aroma as well. An interesting aroma that brings you into the brew.

First sip brings a light, clean strudy maltiness that is quickly accompanied by a wave of light fruity flavors...banana, apple and a tasty peppery spiciness. Slightly bready yeastiness throughout with a nice snap of herbal, flowery hoppiness on the way down. Overall a nice interpretation of a tripel that's creamy, fairly sweet and easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel has a nice body and steady carbonation that keeps it lively. There's only a hint of alcohol on the finish. I could see myself having a few of these in a sitting. Easily one of my favorites from the year round New Belgium line. Now if only I could get it in Illinois! Thanks to mentor for the hookup.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours mostly clear with a little bit of the sediment from the bottom that made it in when I poured it...oops! There was about an inch of head at first pour that was made up of small creamy white bubbles. There were quite a few bubbles rising at first that caused a vortex-like action in the bubbles. Even after a minute or so, there are still quite a few bubbles rising to the top to maintain at least a 1/4" head on top of the beer. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass after the head recedes.

Aroma: Considerable hops in the nose. I know that is what you expect with a tripel to a degree, but this is obvious. I would expect more light citrus fruit, where this is a lot more floral than just about any other tripel I have tried. There is quite a bit of bready yeast noticeable in the aroma as the head falls a bit.

Taste: The flavor has the consistency of a tripel, though the actual perception is that of a lighter beer. It doesn't seem light due to candy sugar, but more from a lighter alcohol. I know that this is not the case, as this beer boasts 8.5%. The beer is very well carbonated, but has enough chewyness to keep it from being "spritsy" on the palate. The finish is pretty dry with a very faint alcoholic warming.

Opinion: Well, I am pretty picky about my tripels. I am more partial to the citrus-laden fizzy brutes that make you warm up from the first sip. This beer is really good for one brewed in the USA...and available pretty readily. If I were to buy a tripel, it would probably be St. Bernardus or Westmalle...but at the same time...I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of joedon
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good effort at a tripel. Pretty gold color with a long lasting white head.

Aroma of malt, hops, hay, wet grass etc. Nice complexity.

Powerful taste. Very estery and nice residual sweetness. Has notes of citrus, apricot, as well as malt.

Alcohol evident in the mouth, very chewy feel. Good sipping beer and better as it warms up.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy orange with a one finger head at first that dies down pretty quickly but still leaves a light white film over the beer. Smell is spicy and medicinal, in a good way. Lots of fruit in here as well. Taste is more tropical fruit, along with some spiciness - there's definitely some spice added here but I can't put my finger on what it is - it's very tastefully done and subtle. Hop spiciness is there to complement. Definitely some yeasty medicinal aspects to the taste as well, but like in the smell, these don't overpower the other flavors and are actually welcome here. Alcohol is not noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is thicker than the average tripel. Very creamy as well, instead of the spritzy feel I have come to expect from this style. It definitely works here though. Drinkability is off the charts, I couldn't stop sipping this one.

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Photo of Vancer
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/06 – so I’m safe! Not too bad of an American attempt at a Tripel. Good citrus yellow with a sticky ivory head, nice! One could get a whiff of the Saaz hops, and Belgium yeasts in the taste – both were a tad weak, however. The fruit and sugar candy came through quite nicely – along with the doughy undertones. Not as malty as I would expect, and there was a bitter/dry finish. Strong carbonation.

Not a bad Tripel, and a domestic at that. Not as rich as I would have expected, but a very decent brew for the price - only $7 for a sixer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Delirium Tremens chalice. Clear golden color with real thick head. Nice.

Smells like grass and faintly of flowers. Kind of like my front yard but better. Taste is a little bitter, but malty. After-taste is a little more bitter.

Not bad, not my favorite tripel, but for the price it's good. Just gotta start distributing to Ohio...

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Photo of waldowin
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin yellow, with a thin white head that fades immediately. Almost no lacing, little visible carbonation, it almost looks like a cider.

Smells of grapefruits, bananas, cloves, oranges, coriander. Very sweet smell.

Crisp, spiced, and mildly dry. A little bit of candy and a lot of grapefruit. Tasty, has a nice *pop* to it.

Mouthfeel is dry, and very carbonated. Slightly slick. Alcohol is very well hidden, just invisible.

With something this carbonated, tart, and dry, I'd imagine one or two would about do it for me for a night. A good refreshing drink though.

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Photo of jdm
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a 1 and a half finger head and a light yellow to slightly peachy color. the head lingered at about 3/4 of a finger for several minutes. it has a very inviting aroma that was a bit more subtle than i expected. my nose detected coriander predominantly with some lemon and melon in the background as well as alcohhol especially as the beer warmed in the glass. this offering from new belgium is barely sweet enough for as bitter as it is. the brewers did not fool around in the bittering hops department. the mouthfeel is substantial but the lively carbonation keeps it from being heavy and it goes down quite well. finishes dry and b-i-t-t-e-r. a good beer but does not wow me.

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Photo of texashammer
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the standard 12oz bottle. Pours a pale orange with very little head. Smells of juicy hops, tropical fruit, oranges, bubblegum. I taste juicy fruits (bananas and apricot) and hops. Balance. In the mouth, a slightly hoppy spritz. Medium light body.

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Photo of whynot44
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color with a modest but lasting off-white head and some nice lacing, a bit of cloudy sediment in the bottom.

The aroma is sweet malt, honey and coriander.

The taste is mild sweet malt, biscuits, honey, white grapes, bananas and coriander, all mild and very well balanced, fairly dry finish.

Medium bodied, very smooth and very drinkable.

Overall, a really nice tripel.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle but into a pint glace (not the best presentation for this style), nice white head with good lacing. Carbonated very well; without excesive gass but enough air to get out the smell and flavor. Aroma is fruity but not syrupy. Graney well balaced flavor witout the yeast tart often found in American Belgium style ales. Round and chewey, you can tell it is strong but would probably not guess 8.5%.

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Photo of charlatan
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has freshness date a whopping eight months into the future and claims only 7.8% abv rather than the 8.5% posted here. Thin head covers most of the surface of the beer amber coloured beer which contains many solid particles floating around.

Nose is dominated by a doughy yeast smell and banana esters are evident. Initially this seems to taste rather too yeasty, but a rich fruitiness (sultana?) coupled with honey takes over as the beer warms in both the mouth and the glass. Alcohol is readily apparent, but not in a harsh way at all. This is one of those interesting beers where each sip tastes a little different.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful yellow golden color with nice continuous carbonation. Head is creamy but light, nice airy lacings stick on the sides of my glass.

Smell is typical Belgium yeast and malts, bit of banana and pear, reminds me a bit of a wit or saison but richer. Medium creamy body with a very nice mouthfeel. Taste is light on malt but still sweet with a bit of hops bitterness, finishes dry. Hides the achohol pretty well but this is definately a slow drinking beer. Opens up a bit as it warms. Enjoy one soon. . .

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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 Fugazme
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours quite clear. Golden with copper overtones.

Poured a small head that didn't last. Great lacing.

Nose is very yeasty. Some sweetness and honey. Breadlike and nice.

Nice smooth feel on the palate that bubbles towards the swallow. Somewhat bitter. A bit malty. Taste is a touch metallic.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After spending a year in London and trying all the best beers that Europe had to offer, I didn’t think that America could ever come close. But I was excited to try New Belgians because of my love of Fat Tire, and I must say that I am impressed.
Pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a large head, and takes a long time to settle. The smell is faint, but is like what you would expect with a hint of banana and other fruits. The taste is great, the same with the bananas and fruits with that little peppery kick in the end that I’ve come to love from trippels. Goes down very smooth with little aftertaste, except for a lingering of the effervescing flavor. Recommended to anyone who wants to try a trippel but cant afford the plane ticket!

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle enjoyed at the proper temperature. Best before 9/17/05 clearly ink jet labeled on the front label.

Pours a dusty copper with streams of carbonation through the brew feeding a tight bubbled white head. Nice retention and better lacing.

Aroma was a very interesting mixture. On the one part, it was spicy and bready, but there was also another aspect that was like overripe pineapple and passion fruit.
Candy and honey lead the way of some malty goodness here. The spices from the aroma come in the middle. ABV only noticeable during exhales. A very faint hop bitterness just barely pokes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel was lighter than expected. Though sugar sweet, it was not cloying and sticky/syrupy. Just enough carbonation to keep it very drinkable.
Drinkable like a bender of an evening at Brewer's Art in Baltimore. Yes, I would have several, but would need a cab ride home that night.

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Photo of palliko
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one yesterday at the brewery. Appearance is amber with lots of foam and sticky lace. Aroma has apricots, floral notes and fruits. Initial taste is of yeast, malt, crackers, grain, phenolic, and bitter hops. Stays on the tongue for a long finish. Crisp and clean.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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