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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel goblet, filling the top half with thick, bubbling foam. Body was a hazy, golden amber. Good balance between the two. Nice presentation.
Smells like a tripel; rich yeast, some light citrus and lemon zest, light spice and corriander. Some toasted biscuit is picked up as well.
The taste didn't sit well with me for some reason. The toasted biscuit turned into a burnt hair taste (like when someone is blow-drying their hair and singes some...yuk). It's subtle but present. Didn't like that. Completely overpowered the yeast and citrus.
A bit of creaminess combined with the hair thing, and I couldn't drink the last 1/8 of it.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It is refreshing and full of pale malts and Belgian yeast. It has a spicey scent that is quite appetising. The taste is decent. It has a nice pale flavor with a spicey Belgian style yeast taste. It warms a little on the finish, but it drinks well. It has a good mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation; maybe a little too much carbonation. This is a fine Blegian style beer, but I've had better.

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

On-tap at the YardHouse in Brea. Oh, and an interesting story. These was suppose to be served in a short 10 ounce goblet, but instead I got a 16 ounce shaker of this. Score! On to the beer:

Golden, clear, with a creamy white head on top. Maybe a blob of orange color in that body. When I semlled the beer, I thought this was liquid bubblegum. I could live with that, but too monotone for what I expected. Same with the taste. Lots of bubblegum flavor in this beer, but that's all I tasted. Ok, so a hint of peach emerged, but nothing else. Thin mouthfeel, nill carbonation. Could it have been a bad keg I got this from? Well, it didn't have any off-flavors, which made this sort of drinkable, especially with my BBQ chicken pizza. But overall, this was way too monotone.

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