Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
2,997 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:
2,997
Reviews:
1,013
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
552
For Trade:
2
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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a clear golden orange. Vortex of carbonation bubbles from the etching. Pours a 1/2 finger white head. Leaves some thick, well-defined lace rings. Good-retention.

Aroma: musky/very yeasty. Bready malts. No the best tripel I have smelt.

Taste: Very yeasty. Slight banana nut flavor. Not a whole lot going on here. I am a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A little crisp. No presence of booze which is a plus. Leaves a dry sticky aftertaste. Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall, not something that impressed me very much. Many better tripels out there. There just wasn't a lot of flavor. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to jsh420 for this bottle.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a moderate yellow-gold color with a white head and a fairly decent amount of lacing. Nose brings some alcohol, slight spicing, and a bit of light fruit. The taste brings some pale malt as well as spice and alcohol. Spice and booze mix fairly well in the feel, but overall this one just wasn't ready and didn't live up to the standards of the style.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured a clear, light amber with a smallish but long-lasting white head.

Aroma - coriander (perhaps too much), clove, toasted grain and yeast.

T - flavorful; some fruity sweetness up front, but still more bitter than expected, especially in the finish and aftertaste; plenty of spiciness but still seemed lacking in complexity.

M - smooth and somewhat thin (as expected for style); medium carbonation imparts some crispness.

O - I tend to have a love/hate reaction to tripel style ales, with a good number being unappealing and a minority (usually Belgian) being well above average. This one is in the middle ground but still not my cup of tea.

{revisited and review tweaked in Sept. 2012]

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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 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 jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, clear but sediment golden wheat color, lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Nose sweet golden Belgian malts, light spices, touch of light candi sugar, fruit with pear, apricot, apple, hint of booze and esters, light juicy malts.

Taste is semi sweet, juicy golden Belgian malts, fruity with apricot, apple, pear, etc. very light floral hops and light spices with a hint of coriander, fruity and light booze esters, light bitterness. Finishes a bit drier and light malt and Belgian yeast fruit, slightly sticky and fruity.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malts, fruity, hint of bitterness, juicy and drinkable, not too boozy either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from a77cj7 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts off with a strong spicy coriander flavor followed by mildly sweet flavors of lemon and caramel. Then some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not the best beer in the style but it's worth drinking for a little while.

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

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear gold, with a finger of creamy bright-white head. This maintains some foamy richness around the edges of glass, which leaves back a robust cascade of spotty lace down the sides. The aroma smells of green citrus, a tinge of floral notes, clove, coriander, and some strong banana character which sticks to the sweetness of the malts.

The taste is ripe banana, doughy sugars, coriander, and juicy citric hops with a spicy clove finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that bounces around in the mouth yet is undercut by oily hops that keep this slick as it spreads out in the mouth. The alcohol here is very well hid.

This was nice American take on the style, with a smooth drinkability and well balanced flavors that didn’t run over each other despite the coriander addition. I’m always up for a good Tripel and this one really surprised me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In my Colorado years this was one of my top few favorites. A dependable strong brew with a tangy taste. I never thought of this as yeasty, and it's a more refined style. Golden and clear in the tall Maredsous glass with a thin head but nice champagne bubbles. Plenty carbonated in the mouth.

It seems kind of sweet on first sip. The spices are a little overly strong. A malt candy flavor. The best feature is how smooth and drinkable this is. It's the ideal late evening sipping glassful. Seamless is the word that comes to mind, even with the alcohol taste.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at-- who cares, you can buy this everywhere. They do a good job of distributing. But I've never seen this on tap, which would be worth watching for. New Belgium makes this the cleanest, most approachable beer in the golden Belgian style.

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A not-so-usual clear orange pour, small white head, quick to some poor bubbles here and there.
Smell sets it back on track, big coriander and clove, with some faint funky pinches. An almost bubblegumy fruitiness (apricot, apple, pear, light quince, banana), glazed in honey but also extra some malt sweetness, without being too much.
Mouthful of banana and apricot, sticky sweet with lots of honey and some light caramel. The banana is really strong, kinda sugar coated, not the best kind of sweetness. Apple and pear are pretty low, with a faint acidity that's totally overwhelmed. Some coriander, citrus peel, pepper and clove try to cut off the sweetness, even some mildly funky herbs, but the finish is still syrupy.
Aftertaste has sugars, apple peel, bit of blond fruit, citrus peel, soft spices. Medium body, feels prickly just because of the spicy yeasts, otherwise it's almost flat.
A sweet Belgian-style ale that unfortunately can't hold a candle to the ones back in Europe, not to mention tripels in particular. Too syrupy sweet, overimposed spiciness. I might be too harsh, it's decent, but i expected something.. smarter.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is golden orange with a decent level of carbonation. Average-sized head is foamy and ultrawhite. Aroma is of sweet belgian sugars and a zesty combo of yeast and spices. Sip starts with a crisp, fairly tart mixture of spices and citris. A nice doughy, earthy malt comes next with an edge of sugariness. A slight toasted malt flavor is also noted. Overall: Trippel has a great mixture and balance of the many flavors present.

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

Part of a six-pack - $8.99 from Uncle Jack's Spirits in Holly Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, golden-hued body with a tall, creamy, not particularly lasting white head. Smattering of lace as the head deflates.

Smell: Nose scattered with well-ground spices atop notes of cracked pale grains brushed with sweet-scented honey, a little orange blossom, and a helping of smoothie featuring pears and bananas and apples and a spoonful of powdered, energizing, up-selling enhancer.

Taste: Crackery pale lightly malted barley with a touch of clover honey. Medium sweetness. Fruitiness of bananas and tart pears. Floral, lightly spicy hop character with a sparse bitterness to accentuate the spicy Belgian yeast tweaked and further accentuated by an addition of coriander. A couple drops of acidic lemon juice. Drying, spicy finish with a thin sliver of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: As NBT stands currently at 7.8% alcohol, it's ultimately lighter in body and alcohol and less cloying than many other tripels. I'm down with that. I will stand up for New Belgium Trippel.

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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 atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, very light golden color with a large white foamy head on top. It faded slowly, leaving some splotches on top and a ring around the edge. Nice foamy lacing all around the glass.

S: Some Belgian yeast, a little bit of pepper, coriander, and a little bit of grass and fruit.

T: Starts off with the spices, mostly the coriander and a bit of pepper. There is some faint citrus in the middle, mostly lemon. There is some grainy malt and a little bit of banana on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, rather crisp for a tripel. Medium carbonation.

O: A solid beer, easy drinking and nothing offensive. Well worth the $2.99 I paid for the 22oz bottle!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a large, off-white head that has quite a bit of staying power; more than many of the beers that I've tried so far. Sheets of sticky lace coat my pint glass. Very nice.

The nose is spicy and the flavor is sweet and spicy with lots of coriander and clove. Minimal hop bitterness. Alcohol is evident on the finish, but is manageable. The body/mouthfeel is decently smooth, though is nothing to shout about.

New Belgium Trippel Belgian Style Ale is one of my first tripels. Unfortunately, it didn't really blow me away. It's rated very highly, just outside of the top 50, so maybe I just don't love the style.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light sediment in a bright apple juice body. Low retention and ok lace on a white head.

S - White grape, tart apples, and Chardonnay.

T - Nice, mellow, and well integrated profile. Bright right from the start with cilantro, lemon zest, honey, white grape skins and pears balanced by a heavy handed carbonation.

M - Great medium/full body with nice staying power.

O - A great, easily accessible triple.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the side of the label. Info about the brewery and beer are on the label as well. One ounce of beer was left in the bottle with the dregs as to not cloud the brew.

Appearance: Right away two fingers of froth appear in the chalice, clinging lace is witnessed and in very good shape. Bubbly golden, looks like a tame brut.

Smell: Peaches and roses … very aromatic, phenols and a melon like fruitiness round out the aroma as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Super crisp with a yeast palate right from the get go, not overwhelming but it is there. Light maltiness of doughy biscuits and harsh husk. Some busy phenols throw down a mix of herbal and medicinal magic with a touch of hop bitterness to boot. Vaguely fruity; starch plantains and faint peach. A breath of alcohol in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a good while into the after taste.

Notes: Very refreshing with the 8.5% abv being slightly hidden, quite the palate cleanser. Cabot has this Parmesan Cheddar blend, a perfect match with some mini rye bread. If you are into Trippels this is a must try, IMO this is a good stepping stone to jump into the vast world of Belgian Beer.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 2,997 ratings.
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