Honey Orange Tripel | New Belgium Brewing

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3.93/5
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Honey Orange TripelHoney Orange Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
For this recipe, our brewers drew inspiration from Belgian Golden Strong Ale, a style we love. We sought out the very best ingredients, sourcing wild honey from the African Bronze Honey Company, a member of the Fair Trade Federation and a certified B-Corp. The Seville orange peel is freshly ground 24 hours prior to the day we brew by the Old Town Spice Shop, less than one mile from our Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery. In the end, we created a big, sweet and citrusy Belgian-style Tripel with thoughtfully sourced ingredients.

Added by superspak on 04-30-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,607
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
92
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
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3
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rseanchardy
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very boozy crisp clean taste. Strong aftertaste on alcohol. A smooth beer with citrus notes.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of doktorhops
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey: Sold. Oran… sold! Tripel: *ding-ding* double sold! Well this was an Instabuy of a brew that New Belgium has come up with – all three of the things in the name I love and would buy if any one of those things were mentioned in a beers name (well not so much orange, I’m getting a bit of fatigue from all these orange-flavoured beers – I’m looking at you Sidecar!). Regardless I’ve been liking pretty much everything New Belgium that I can get my hands on [not Citradelic – that was a step too far (red car)] so of course I’m going to give this Honey Orange Tripel a review. Question is will they succeed with the Belgian yeast as previous American-brewed Tripels I’ve had have been ordinary with their yeast regime, let’s find out!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a hazed golden-amber body with a rather boisterous 3 centimetre cream-coloured head that slowly dissolves leaving lashings of generous lace and a thin blanket of bubbles forming on top. This is one of the best brews I’ve seen in a while, top-shelf stuff. 9/10.

S: Aroma is upfront with spices: clove, cardamom, coriander seed and a touch of nutmeg. Following this is orange-peel and a touch of honey with a lingering bubble-gum character. So far spot-on a Tripel aroma, though there’s more than a hint of booze on the nose and that’s no surprise being on the higher end of the Tripel spectrum at 10% ABV. 8/10.

T: Woah! All aboard the sugar train, next stop candi-rock mountain! Yep, it’s a sugar-bomb, with waaaay too much sweetness coming through in a cavalcade of honey, candi sugar and bubble-gum that will make you book in your next dentist appointment asap. The spice profile does pretty well too – adding in the above noted spices (clove, cardamom, coriander seed and nutmeg) with that orange-peel notably absent. Touch of booze noticed in the background though nothing OTT. Apart from this being overly sweet there’s a decent Tripel in there. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with a thin but dense carbonation which, TBH, just makes it cloy a bit like an unstoppable sugar train. 7/10.

D: Still this is one of the better US Tripels I’ve tried, because let’s face it: Belgian beers are tough to brew. Case in point with this brew: just a bit less sugar might make it better, but it’ll also make the alcohol more noticeable – it’s a fine line to walk. New Belgium didn’t nail it, but they also didn’t fail it. 7/10.

Food match: Let’s go Belgian and say moules-frites (mussels with chips) then.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 28JUL19
Bottled Conditioned

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves a nice medium size island, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of orange, honey (sweet), licorice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with a really nice touch of orange, honey, licorice. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Been awhile since I've had something from this brewery.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an only slightly cloudy honey gold with a thin white head that recedes rather quickly leaving spotty lacing. Aroma is coriander, clove and faint orange rind. Flavor is sweet honey in addition to the nose, also some ripe banana. No hop bitterness. Feel is medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. Overall a very tasty beer that hides its 10% ABV too well.

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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 5/19/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some clarity to it; small white head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle and balanced with banana and bubblegum leading the way. Some black pepper. Malts and yeasts do their thing. The flavors are bold. More banana and bubblegum. Some black pepper and spices in the finish. Raw honey is there. The orange is hard to pick up, but I'm not saying it's not there. It's slightly sweet, but nothing crazy. Yeasts do their thing. Strong malt backbone. Some mild alcohol flavors in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid Tripel. It's more or less what you would expect from an "American Tripel". It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Brewed with pale, Pilsner and Munich malts, Seville orange peel and wild honey. Hopped with Nugget, Styrian, Savinjski Goldings hops. Fermented with Trappist ale yeast.
10% ABV. 25 Ibu

Pours out to a very slightly hazy pale golden, forming a beautiful creamy white head with excellent retention and beautiful solid sheets of lace. The nose smells of tropical fruit, classic pineapple, bananas and fruity esters. I suspect the duvel or chimay strain. The mouth feel is somewhat syrupy, finishing dry with a medium Dense body. The taste opens with pineapple followed by bananas, then a strong black pepper and alcohol burn. Quite boozy. I don't pick up any orange or honey. There is a certain ruddiness in the mouth feel and in the aftertaste. Faint oxidation. Odd tartness/acidity, metallic twang and some harsh higher alcohols in the aftertaste.

I have to say, I am very rarely disappointed in anything new Belgium makes but this beer is kind of a stinker. It's harsh and the flavors do not sit well together. There are many off flavors that should not be there. I'm going to be hard-pressed to finish this 12 ounce bottle. It looks nice and smells nice but definitely does not taste or feel nice. I would definitely not buy it again.

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Honey Orange Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 92 ratings