Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,008 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,008
Ratings:
2,975
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
537
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,008 | Ratings: 2,975
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 mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour on this one was very nice. Rich dark yellow in color with a good amount of haze and cloudiness built into it. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass, converging into a large, easily two inch high head of white foam that gracefully sat on top of the glass dropping tons of sticky side glass lace in its wake.

Huge citrus nose on this one. Very pungent with orange peel and lemon zest clearly represented on top on a nice Belgian ale. Some light notes of grass, peaches, and maybe some light grain all coming together quite nicely to provide a well balanced attack on the senses. The flavor was just as solid here. Rich notes of biting citrus just came ripping through your tongue, shredding the taste buds initially before relaxing into a mellow, but still highly floral Belgian ale. Some light notes from the alcohol and the yeast started to peak through as it warmed, hinting at some depth. Letting it come close to room temp is where you really start to find that depth. Some light grain like malts, hints of peaches and bananas and just an all out really nice profile. One of the brightest tasting Belgian ales I have had in a very long time. Medium bodied feel was never dull with a more then adequate carbonation profile that was just wonderful. A sure fired sipper, I enjoyed this one tremendously over the course of the evening.

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

A - An extremely clear golden brew with generous lace left clinging after a full white head has crested and fallen.

S - A pungent earthy aroma with a nutty woody scent and a sugary candy essence teams with peppery tinges

M - Lively, full and dry, spicy aromas - lightly buttery feel and more dry herbal qualities round out the texture

T - A nutty sweet and dry Tripel, oaky woodiness and ginger crisp spiciness are dominant in the initial tastes. The fruity apple and melon is downplayed by the sugary dry tastes.

D - A noticeably strong and dry ale, spicy, yet smooth and light for the style. A good american interpetation - light and potent, nutty smooth and peppery.

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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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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

It's taken me way the hell too long to try this little guy... It pours a clear golden straw topped by a little over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, wheat, coriander, orange peel, light lemon zest, and a touch of cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a vague sense of sweetness throughout. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a surprisingly very nice little tripel; maybe not one of the paragons of the style, but an enjoyable example nonetheless.

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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 woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A score from my last visit to my aunt & uncle in D.C. I am headed there this weekend for the Lichtenstein exhibit at the National Gallery of Art and in order to reload, I need to jettison some of the backlog.

From the bottle: "Gracefully complex with alluring depth, our bottle-conditioned Belgian-style Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander."

My initial pour got me about a finger of solid, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity and both Midas and Croesus could be seen licking their lips. Nose was at once sweet, spicy and musty if you have the capacity to reconcile such a concept. There was a honey-like malty sweetness along with some sort of spice, all overlain by the mustiness of the yeast. Whew! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a riot of flavors on the tongue. It started out with a flowery perfuminess, giving way to a slight spice, followed by a yeasty dryness that was not really expected. Finish was quite dry, not to the point of gasping for air, but close. The price-tag ($4.49) is insane for how good this is! Phew! There is a stamp reading "29Jul12" but I did not see any lees if it were truly "bottle-conditioned". Man, this not only held up really well, but could have even sat a bit longer. Worth a try!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is hazy and golden yellow hued. An inch and a half of head leaves plenty of lacing behind. The aroma offers coriander, yeast, sweet fruity malts, alcohol. Some nice citrus flavors meld well with spices. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Decent, but not to the level of the classic authentic Belgian notables in 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 WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden drop of clouded sun beams with a white effervescent head forms even bands of lacing with each sip very nice. Aroma: The peppery Saaz hops play a role here of adding to the spiciness but the citrus and tropical fruit esters is where it's at in my opinion, smell is great. Taste: Flavor isn't overally sweet which is good there are some bready yeast notes to balance along with some minimal bitterness in the finish a nice trippel that I compare to the likes of St. Bernardus Tripel. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied golden ale with spritzy yet very soft carbonation. Drinkability: Is effortless very tasty flavorful well balanced tripel that is sure to be one of the better American brewed examples.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold with a sizeable white head. Not what I would expect a tripel to look like at all. Nose is mute. Mild hop notes. Very little hitting me off of it. Flavor is very smooth. I can tell this is not of Belgian origin, but at the same time I can tell that it is made by someone who is committed. Sweet edge. Flavor ride doesn't last long. Feel is good. Smooth and even. Highly drinkable. I wouldn't normally consider a tripel to be a session-worthy brew, but this one is worth having more than one of. Not the type to have one bottle of and dwell on. It is more the style to grab a six pack of and drink in one sitting.

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Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of loose, foamy head that has little retention. The nose smells of yeast and faint coriander. The taste is yeast, apples, coriander, and a faint lemony flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm, viscous, and well carbonated.

Overall, not a bad beer. It's definitely underwhelming, but if you like affordable Belgian-esque beers then this is for you.

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

I am not a Belgian fan....but this is a solid beer and would recommend it. The beer poured a clear orange with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries typical Belgian flare with coriander spice. The taste is also typical of most Belgians but this is very well balanced with decent spice. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer is solid for any Belgian fan.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A brassy/bronze clear body is presented, with a soapy white head that doesn't stick around much. While drinking, puck does not stay for long, but leaves a simple collar.

Big stink on this one even after opening. Giant yeast stench, with a grass and dry spice kick. Some hints of white bread and sugars. Floral garden notes as well.

Taste is a medium bodied texture, chewy malt and booze. Alcohol present in the mid palate, with a faint and mild malt aftertaste strangely. Good solid enjoyable carbonation, sugars become more present in the taste and noticeable after some time resting.

Overall somewhat enjoyable but not gravitating towards that strongly, but I could see myself having this again.

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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 Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in the Sierra mountains at Bluesapalooza, this tasty concoction poured light apricot amber, with a stellar fine, near white head, leaving splotchy lacing, upon a gentle swirl. Fruity, yeasty Belgian all the way nose. This is a spicy, yeasty thoroughly enjoyable American/Belgian brew. After enjoying this tasty offering, only wish that New Belgium Brews were available in the NYC/Ct./NJ area

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If certain steps could be taken to improve my happiness, and that of doubtless others, I can assure you that one would be to get more of this fantastic brew around and about us, in unfailing supply!
Appearance: a slightly hazy, bright golden hue, and a large, luscious creamy white head, that remains for a spell, then dwindles.
Aroma: an explosion of fruit and spice, a gorgeous blend, a veritable fruit salad up in the nose! Tropical fruits, mango, banana, peach, apricot, citrus: yup, all that! A heavenly delight, swimming in sparkling sweetness!
On the tongue, a burst, no a blizzard of hoppiness, a dervish dance on the tongue, flooding the senses! Excellent, generous texture. Rich, sweet malt, though never to the point of cloying. Candied, honeyed sweetness and spice abounds in this happy ale, and the flavor lasts and lasts, every portion of the experience compounding it's overall effect.
One of my favorite American beers. Now why doesn't Trippel have the cult status of Fat Tire, that's the next topic for the Armchair Philosophers Club...

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Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/01/04- Purchased at a wine store in Sonoma, CA

Appearance- Pours with a great big white chunky head. A amber pour that leaves very nice lacing.

Smell- Scents of fruit and flowers. Maybe a bit of malt, but mainly sweetness.

Taste- Reminds me of a pour man's Chimay. Sweetness comes out immeadiately. Maybe some fruity tastes in there. Banana? Maybe peach or nectarine?

Mouthfeel- A tad overcarbonated for me, but overall it goes down very smooth. I bit thick also.

Drinkability- Alcohol % is hidden well. Was suprised to see how much it was when I decided to review. Not feeling it yet and it's been 20 minutes since I finished. A nice USA belguin beer. Not to standards with Belgium, but a decent one.

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, slight spice, earthy malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, earthy malt, yeast, slight sweet malt, citrus, slight spice, and slight grain. Overall, dominated by the earthy malt flavors (as is usual with NB beers).

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass because I am capable of it.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, nice carbonation, some lacing, white head with good retention.

Aroma is sweet, malty, hints of spice.

Beer is medium in body and soft on the palate with a wet finish. There is a floral flavor and feeling to this whole beer that makes it quite enjoyable. The corriander is present but not annoying, it is a fine beer overall. I would have it again, a little too sweet for a tripel.

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Photo of aasher
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium snifter. It's funny how that works out. It poured a very thin, golden, almost straw yellow with a one finger poofy white head. It looks incredibly light for a Tripel. It's very clear and doesn't offer any cloudiness. The smell is pretty bland too. It smells like a weak dortmunder and nothing like a Tripel. Where's the coriander? the yeast? At least the flavor is a little better. Here you get some coriander, a full creamy yeasty flavor with a mild sweetness followed by breadyness. It's solid but nothing too special. It drinks thicker than it looks, but it looks extremely thin. It's light to medium bodied in consistency. It's ok, and just ok in all fields. I'm certainly glad I didn't buy an entire six pack.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice tripel aroma, but appearance is lacking as the head is below par (for the style). Taste is malt and yeast, but lacking a lot of the floral accents of the Belgian varieties. A nice try, but for a real tripel go to old Belgium.

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

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a golden amber, nice carbonation, small white dissipating head and light lacing. Aroma of slightly sour fruit with light malt, Belgian spicing. Flavor is sweet malt and light fruits, with a somewhat tart, light fruit and spice finish. Medium bodied. A dry, moderately pleasant light triple style without much complexity.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a big 2" head that lasted a bit. Thick lace painted the glass during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness and some yeast spiciness were soft but detectable.

Taste: nice malt profile with some lemon zest, honey, pear, and a mild bitterness. Some alcohol was noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp througout with some dryness late. Aftertaste was long as the flavor lingered in the mouth.

Drinkability: decent tripel but fell a bit short for me. After the glass was emptied I didn't want another.

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Photo of tempest
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Jacob for sharing this. Right off the bat, I'm wondering what's up with all the banana in this beer. It reminds me more of a non-yeasty hefeweizen, weird. The malt is very smooth and pale, and the beer on a whole is quite drinkable, I'm just not sure what's going on. This is certainly not your average tripel... And possibly not a tripel.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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