Honey Orange Tripel | New Belgium Brewing

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Honey Orange TripelHoney Orange Tripel
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Honey Orange TripelHoney Orange Tripel

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 04-30-2017

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of MJSFS
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csnyder83
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour, hazy golden, little head, some lacing. Nose of Belgian ester, some citrus. Taste is spot on Belgian beer de meil, great balance of honey and orange on top of a top notch base.

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Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: very hazy yellow brown in color with a lightly tan head.

S: Sweet with some malt, and a nice Belgian yeast character.

T: Fruity with notes of fig, and dark fruits, a touch of spice and perhaps a hint of orange peel. Not picking up a lot of the citrus, but there is a nice Belgian character, perhaps a touch boozy.

M: Medium in body with a touch of syrup, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Overall a bit tasty, but I am missing the honey and orange, I suppose in a side by side with their standard tripel might reveal a little field trip to flavor town, but right now it's a pretty basic American take on a Belgian brew.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbe311
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer pours a very lightly hazed golden color with a small white head of foam. The head fades rather fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The smell is imaculate!! Huge aromas of honey, candied sugar, orange, and yeast excite the nose. Along with these delisious smells comes some very inviting aromas of a light grass, some lemon and a bit of caramel and cracker. Overall the smell is superb!!
Taste - The taste begins with a very bready and cracker like flavor that has notes of orange and honey upfront. While there is orange and honey, the flavor is not too sweet, but instead is ruled by the cracker and the bread. As the flavor advances a bit more honey, candied sugar, and orange comes to the tongue, along with some light yeast and grassy and floral hop. With a hit of booziness at the end one is left with a somewhat more malty (well for a triple) and rather warming, but agreeable taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- For a triple the body is slightly thicker with a carbonation level that is rather light. Overall the feel did do good for accentuating the bready/cracker and sweet flavors of the brew, but it also accentuated the booze and lacked the crisp refreshingness of a triple.
Overall- The smell of this brew is amazing. Everything else somewhat pales in comparison to the nose however. There is no doubt that this is good brew , but I am sorta a triple fanatic and this one, while I thought might have promise to be an American Triple of fame, did not deliver all I wanted. It was very good, but not supurb...

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Photo of madelf66
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing "Honey Orange Tripel"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 37934 02DEC18 ..."
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Very nice appearance with a frothy head of creamy white atop a slightly hazy golden orange body. The aroma suggests sweet golden malt and Belgian yeast with a clear note of clove and some general "spiciness" with a touch of pepper, perhaps there's some coriander there as well. The flavor follows, not too sweet, and not too malty, but with generous portions of both. There's definitely some orange to it, and what I'm thinking I'm finding here as well is honey although I'm not quite sure if it's actually coming from honey or not. Overall I would say it's honeyish though, although you can use that descriptor for beers that aren't brewed with honey. Whether this 'honey' is actually from honey or not I don't know but in all honesty i think it works well with the orange. It's moderately bitter, and the alcohol only has a presence, meaning it doesn't really stand out anywhere but mainly stays in the background. How strong is it? 10%? That's not bad. Well brewed. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. I thought it would have a little more carbonation being a Tripel, but it's still OK. The head has dropped but there's some nice lacing left behind. It finishes sweetish with some honey and orange lingering, but also some peppery spiciness and a light spritz of alcohol to help dry it. Overall it's an interesting and charming Tripel. I'd suggest it's worth trying.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden honey color, big head, lots of rising bubbles. Smells of Belgian candy and bananas. Tastes of orange and sugar with a bite of alcohol and hops. Very light feel, overall quite nice.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Alesmith tulip

L: Slightly hazed golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Yeasty... sweet honey and mild citrus. Smells like a Belgian tripel.

T/F: Light grains... Sweet honey... lemon and orange citrus. Yeast complexity... banana and spice. Medium to light bodied with effervescent carbonation. The finish is yeast and clove.

O: A surprisingly good tripel from New Belgium. I'm not usually a fan of their brews but they really hit on this one. It has the yeast/Belgian character I was hoping for, and the honey and citrus add a mild boost. Overall very pleased.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TonyLema1
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear, gold color, not much head, minimal lacing
S: wonderful Belgian yeast, and a candied sweetness
T: faint orange taste, a little honey, sweetness at the end
F: a little boozy, a little sweet
O: I normally don’t like fruit added to my triples, but this enjoyable

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Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tjb14
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Inpraiseoffolly
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Yeah, America! New Belgium made a good faithful to the style, tripple. And where did they go from there? Added orange and honey to expand the flavor palate and aroma . Good on its own ,guessing it would be good with a desert. The Belgian yeasts and light malts form a solid flavor base. If you don't like a touch of sweetness in your brew stay away. Just a bit of hops to keep it honest . Warning ! Warning ! You'll barely taste the alcohol ... if I hadn't seen the 10 percent ABV ,I would've sworn 4.5 to 5! Drink it in a chalice if you can to enjoy the scents.

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Photo of dwilkins
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - lightly orange-ish yellow, with very fine bubbles. Nice thin layer of heavy white foam that persists.
S - Some honey like notes and very light orange aroma.
T - Honey up front, light, dry finish with just a hint of rich orange
F - Initially feels heavy body ans syrupy, but leaves no heavy feel on swallowing
A wonderfully subtle contribution from orange and honey, backs up this solid tripel. Even though it is a heavy hitter, there is no heat or alcohol taste. A sneaky beer that might be better called "The velvet hammer"

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

About a 9-10 on the SRM color index.About 3/4" white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells like Orange ,lemon zest,vanilla,pear, Belgian type yeast.(banana/?) Taste is fruity pear,orange, with a hop bite, the hop bite gets washed away with delicious honey. Feels amazingly well balanced. Nice carbonation, finishes smooth. Not too slick. Really enjoyable. I really get pear. It must be the Belgian yeast. I don't relate to the low ratings. I would give this style examlpe a definite recommendation. The beer guy who actually is very knowledgeable recommended this to me.

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Photo of brewerang
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was disappointed with this brew. There is a lot of alcohol on the nose and the honey doesn't mesh well with the Belgian yeast flavors, resulting in some astringency. This is an overcomplicated tripel and it left me wishing I had purchased some St. Bernardus or Tripel Karmeliet instead. Interesting, but I won't visit again.

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Photo of Curt3
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bear Naked Growler, Montpelier, VT.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a sturdy looking woody orange color glossy haze with a clean cut cap of a slim white head. Dissipated finely to leave a touch of lace running here and there.
The aroma melded some floral sweetness to some orange pulp sweetness. Honey is there, but quaint. Crushed white pepper rounded out the rest of the flavor with some Belgian candy and spices.
The flavor started sweet and seemed to roam into a fine blend of the prior mentioned aromas, sweetly between the floral, orange, honey and Belgian character. White pepper along with the Belgian spice melded gently in the grand scheme of it all. Aftertaste was a conglomeration of a fine blend of all that I mentioned.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good and the ABV felt good for what was projected by the brewer.
Overall, a fine tripel from New Belgium with some nice creative additions to make this one worthy for me to come back to.

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Photo of NathanBeets
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very bland look to this brew.

Complex nose to a complex beer.

I really can’t crack what the nose brings, but it is nice.

Other than the scent of the brew nothing sticks out to me.

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Photo of travelguy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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