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Trippel Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
995 Reviews
Trippel Belgian Style AleTrippel Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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

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

A - Pours a light golden color, nice carbonation, small head, nice big island of lace throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, slight fruity, and slighty spicy.

T - The taste is tangy, slighty sweet, and spicy. Finishes a bit dry.

M - Medium body, carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. A very nice tripel from NB. Recommended for sure.

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

Best By Date January 2009; Sampled May 2008
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some light, wispy lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides. The beer is brilliantly clear and well carbonated as lots of streaming bubbles quickly rise through the orangish golden body of this brew. When held up to the light the beer shows a bright gold hue. Aromas of fresh cut pears, aromatic apples, a touch of banana and under-ripe melon join with spicy notes of lemon zest, white pepper, candied ginger, fresh cut hay, floral wild-flowers, orange zest, clove, a hint of cardamom, light bubble-gum and an earthy-herbal spice component. Sweet malt induced aromas of herbal honey are joined by cracker-like grain and a characteristic scent of vibrant, freshly crushed pale malt. An incredibly aromatic brew, this just has a fantastic aroma to it; it perhaps smells a bit on the sweet side, and it certainly is quite clean (as opposed to rustic), but the mix of aromatic components is quite compelling and I easily spend my first five minutes with this brew just enjoying the aroma.

Sweet and clean tasting up front with a strong banana flavor that becomes noticeable in the middle and lingers on for quite some time in the finish. Only lightly hopped with bittering hops as this has only a slight bitterness in the finish. After the first couples sips my palate becomes a bit deadened to the banana note, other flavors of bubble-gum, honeydew melon, ripe pear and orange blossoms . This has quite a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it; slightly viscous, yet still quite drinkable. This is certainly not on the heavy side, even for a Tripel. Lightly sharp with spice notes of ginger, clove, a touch of white pepper, a hint of earthy sage. Ample, sweet, honeyed malt notes really boosts the fruit flavors here and there is also a touch of cracker like grain here as well.

A very nice example of a Tripel. At times it can seem a bit too clean & it would certainly be a bit more balanced with some sharper edges to it; a funkiness, more hops or even more spiciness could serve this purpose, as it does seem to be a little too sweet at times. Despite this, the beer remains pretty complex throughout. A beer I used to drink a fair amount of, but haven't for a long time and I am quite glad that I have revisited this.

Sampled June 2004
4/4/4.5/3.5/4, total of 4.15
Pours a brilliantly clear gold color, the beer supports an off white head. I get a lightly spicy aroma with notes of lemon, apple, and a hint of ginger. The aroma is subtly complex, and is quite nice and enjoyable. The beer is soft and lightly sweet up front, but ends with a contrasting drying finish. The taste is evocative of pears, vanilla, ginger, and perhaps some pepper and coriander as well. The palate of this beer has a certain full-bodied creaminess to it. This is pretty good, it is well rounded and just works for me. It is perhaps missing a balancing sharpness that can be found in some Trippels, but this is quite tasty, and is readily available to boot.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my favorite glass. A rich gold in color with a white head and some lacing.

Smell: Fruity due to the yeast used and also detectable is some coriander.

Taste: A crisp, refreshing beer with apple and pear like tartness and a dry spiciness adds some allspice, coriander and cinnamon. The spice is apparent but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry.

Drinkability: A nice example of a tripel brewed with spices. In this case the flavors worked well together, and I would like to have a few of these on hand at all times.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz from the Coop for about $1.45.. Brenda went to bed and left me with the wild card tonight. Poured into a Kasteel tulip.

short lasting head leaves good lacing.. crystal clear gold brew.

Aroma is husky pale malts.. very light spices and fruits.

Flavor is way better than the nose.. the same heavy grains and a pronounced spice palate.. reminds me of nutmeg and lite cloves... toasted malts midpalate finishes sorta with a grain husk...

Simply OK. I buy the NB Trippel quite a few times a year, IF I am getting a mixer of NB brews.. but otherwise, I only pick it up if I am doing a triple flight... not bad.. just "could be alot better."

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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 Halcyondays
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours golden with a soft white head, nice retention.

S: Not getting a lot, minor malt and yeast esters.

T: Big yellow apple and pear esters with some spicy hop notes. Clover honey, with some almost mead-like sweetness. Good mineral note.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, somewhat alcoholic.

D: A real nice tripel, definitely an American version, the complexity isn't huge, but I liked it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden ale with a tall white colored head.

Smell is fruity and flowery with some coriander. Honeysuckle, orange and lemon scents. Overall this reminds me of orange blossom honey.

Starts out sweet and a little earthy with a mushroom taste. Little bit of bubblegum and lemon with an oranges and honey flavor. Very much has the taste of a field of flowers to it.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is good. I don't really love this on exactly but it is OK. Too bad this isn't less sweet and the mushroom thing needs to go away.

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Photo of tone77
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is fruity, yeast. Taste is good, fruits, a touch of coriander, yeast, a hint of alcohol, lots of flavor here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an excellent beer.

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

A solid beer that is more herbal than most Tripels, and less sweet, but still falls well within the category. Pours a brilliant golden with a short head that fades to a thin ring. Smells yeasty like a fresh dinner roll and there are huge notes of coriander as well as a bit of fruity sweetness. The taste is biscuity, herbal, and slightly sweet, but most definitely on the dryer side for the style. A little bit grainy in the mouth, almost chalky, but overall this is a fairly pleasant beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: almost entirely clear light golden color with a thick, two-finger eggshell head.

Smell: malty up front with some very nice, though subtle, tree fruit flavors developing toward the end. Nice.

Taste: nice malt flavor with big apple and pear flavors toward the middle. It is an utter onslaught of fruitiness, followed by a little bit of a tart flavor which peters out toward the end. There is a little toasty quality of which I'm not a fan but it's not enough to put me off. This is a helluva tripel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation. If this were just a little bit creamier ... it would be divine.

Drinkability: quite drinkable, no doubt. I think this will have to become one of my go-to beers.

I must say I'm not typically a fan of New Belgium brews; they usually have this toasty je ne sais quoi that I don't really like. This beer has a tiny bit of it, but overall it's damn good and, by far, easily my favorite New Belgium offering.

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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 weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold with a lush white head that slowly fades into a small head. Scattered lacing was left around the glass.
Smell is of typical Belgian yeast aroma, spices, with a mild corn syrup smell & some sugary sweetness.
Taste is of sugary pils malt with some corn syrup, perhaps some Munich in there with a touch of yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is quite full bodied and lively for a tripel. Tingly on the lips, hitting the center of the tongue, sweet at first, with a chalky dougyness that lingers on the tongue.
Edit: 11/9/06
Taste is better than originally reviewed. Similar to the original flavors but a sugary, citrusy, tropical, slight candy flavor, along with a touch of creamy vanilla. Old score was a 3.5.
Smell is phenolic, sugary, mildly corny but in check for a trippel with some tropical fruit notes and apricots evident with vanilla. Old score was a 3.5
Mouthfeel is smooth with a yeastyness that carries some phenols along the palate. A light sugary burn up front.
Drinkability overall is better than originally quoted at a 3.5.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Flavor begins slightly malty, some honey then some sour notes. Higher ABV is hidden. Best before Nov 2006. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a yellowish golden color with a small white cap that quickly fades, not much on lacing either.

S: Yeast, some spice and bananas plus grains

T: Starts with a nice yeasty spiciness, a little slick with a nice floral hop bite. I picked up banana and a light clove

M: Medium body, a bit slick, well carbonated, rather dry

O: Pretty standard for an American representation for the style

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear light copper hued body with big bubbles in slow motion rising to the surfaced. There is a bubbly creamy off-white head that last and last.
S- The dry candy and carbonic acid aroma has some slightly sweet malt notes to it that grow as the beer warms and a light white cheese rind hint in the finish.
T- The dry candy notes and coriander blend with some yeasty spice flavors and a green spice note in the finish is nice and dry. There are some light dried fruit qualities that compliment the yeast and spice as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat and a soft fizz in the finish.
D- This beer has a nice character with a full but well blended coriander flavor but it is not overly spiced. The beer is light and dry and has some nice supporting flavor making this a well rounded tripel.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The tripel is a pale orange color, closer to a dark yellow, with a thick head (3 fingers) on pour that recedes quickly and leaves no trail that it ever existed.

S: The nose is spicy sweet, with some candi sugar, honey and anise floating around.

T: The candi sugars add a very distinct, sweet caramelized flavor to the ale, creating a sweetness that nicely transitions to a honey profile. The sweetness finishes long, masking a fairly thin malt body in its intensity. As the sweet profile fades away, a slightly sharp pepper flavor wraps the taste up nicely.

M: The spice profile is sweet without being too sweet, it makes for a pleasing drink.

D: The higher alcohol is well hidden in the lush sweetness, this is a fair representative of the style.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden yellow color with orangish hues mixed in and an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very fruity with corriander and other spices along with banana and some alcohol floating around in the background as well.

T- The taste has a little bit of fruity sweetness up front with a smooth and slightly dry finish and some warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad Tripel at all. It isn't my favorite beer style in the world but I can enjoy a quality beer from the style every once in a while. Worth a try.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent orangish-gold w/ minimal head and nary a lace patch in sight. A spicy, citrusy, yeasty smell hits me as I swear there's more than a hint of corriander in here. I'm picking up some spicy pepper, a touch of alcohol/medicinal and a lemon/orange/sharp citric twang. This beer goes down real easy as it is smooth and surprisingly sweet. It's a like a sugary honey sweetness as well as some sweet gruits and this beer has a balance w/ some sharp citric notes and touches of bitter fruit - not tomention the dry/sharp finish thanks to the alchohol bite. I like the overall feel of the beer and for less than $4 a bomber it is cheaper than most triples but I just thought it lacked the depth of a top notch tripel.

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Photo of beertunes
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into sturdy chalice. Leaves a medium head with light-to- faint lacing. A dark straw leaning towards gold color. Faint spice and citrus aroma. Not as spicy or citrusy as others of the style. Taste is not overly distinctive. Lingering stickiness on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is OK, not as smooth as others of the style. That said it would be easy to quaff several of these at a gathering. This would be good to use as a "training wheel" beer to introduce others to the style.

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

Poured from Growler a hazy medium gold witha largish head of foam that sharank fairly slowly leaving just a fine broken layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell is all nice and yeasty and fruity with undertones of sweet malt.

The taste is very fruity up front..dark fruit is hitting my taste buds very nicely. That's followed by a healthy yeast taste and a good clove and banana presence that builds on the complexity of this Trippel. It finishes fairly dry but I can still pull some malt sweetness out of it. Very good. I've been drinking the bottles for a long time and they never disappoint me but this fresh tap in a Growler really brings out the best in this brew. And all for under US$10 and that includes the Growler itself! Oh. and It would be remiss of me not to say that the 8.5%abv is hidden very well..just some warming once it's gone down.

Bottom line: A very tasty Trippel that is very good in bottles but is even better on draft. I highly recommend it.

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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 wordemupg
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into tulip 25/9/13 thanks BINGEBOT for the bottle

A clear golden yellow with lots of tiny suspended particles being moved around by bubbles of all sizes and speeds, a finger of foam sits for a few sips leaving some random spots of lace

S coriander, peppery spice, dry cereal and faint banana, a little bubblegum, clove, yeast, orange peal and booze, smells like a triple

T a little candied pineapple and much more spice then the nose, other then that everything I smells more or less there just a little toned down

M slightly syrupy, enough bubbles to please, a little heat, spice lingers on the finish

O went down with ease and pretty solid beer, less spice and I think this one would be great

I'd drink this again if available in my neck of the woods at the right price, worth a try for sure and for spice lovers this one might tickle your fancy

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours crystal clear gold under a 2” fluffy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass as it goes down. S: Fruit, coriander, traces of banana, peach, light bread, perfumey hop. T: Bread, biscuit, citrus, spice, peach, banana, pepper. F: Highly effervescent, above medium carbonation – medium body made larger with the carbonation. Slight warming. O: A nice Belgian style trippel.

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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