Honey Orange Tripel | New Belgium Brewing

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Honey Orange TripelHoney Orange Tripel
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3.9/5
Very Good
66 Ratings
Honey Orange TripelHoney Orange Tripel
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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:
#13,279
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
66
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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Photo of jr5639
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lead in your pencil, hair on your ass with an orange zest to it!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 3/17/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange, peach, pear, lemon, apricot, red apple, citrus peel, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, orange peel, bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big orange, peach, pear, lemon, apricot, red apple, citrus peel, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light peppery yeast spiciness and herbal/floral/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of orange, peach, pear, lemon, apricot, red apple, citrus peel, peppercorn, light banana/clove, honey, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, orange peel, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 10%, with a touch of booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey, orange peel, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Awesome balance of yeast complexity, honey, orange peel, and rich pale/Munich malts; not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV. A really enjoyable offering and spot on style example. Very similar to their base Trippel as expected.

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Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is underrated by reviewers on this site.

Pours a clear copper amber color with less than a 1/2 head in an Orval Trappist glass.

Light spice and fruit aroma.

Excellent taste: licorice, fruit, spice, orange peel and honey.

Good bitterness in the finish with a spicy, fruit taste.

Overall: one of the better American Tripels I have tasted in a while. The African honey and the ground orange peel from the Old Town Spice Shop in Fort Collins add a lot of character.

Better colder 45℉ although the brewer recommends 50-55.

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Photo of bplabernie
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a mostly opaque copper orange color with a medium white head and several fingers of lacing on the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S: Sweet honey, mixed a very light orange, followed by a strong spciness, pepper and clove from the yeast. Smells a little overly sweet.

T: A strong pepper and clove Belgian yeast is forefront, with a sweet note of honey upfront that drys out a little bit in the finish. Don't get much orange but rather sweet before it drys out in the finish

F: Full body, slightly spritz carbonation.

O: Don't get a lot of orange and it is a little sweet for my liking from the honey but still decent.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had intended to drink, review & rate this one as part of yesterday's New New Holland/Belgium Beer Sunday (Week 698), but the New Holland beers really came on strong. Oh well, no time like the present!

From the Bottle: "Belgian-style ale brewed with wild African honey & fresh ground Seville orange peel"; "Bottle Conditioned"; "A deliciously sweet & citrusy traditional Belgian-Style Ale fermented with wild honey from the African Bronze Honey Company and fresh ground Seville orange peel sourced locally from the Old Town Spice Shop, Fort Collins, Colorado."; "100% Employee Owned".

I Pop!ped the cap & despite not seeing any lees on the punt, I went with a slow, gentle pour as I always do when a beer is marked as "bottle conditioned". Once it was sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention that left behind a load of sticky lacing as it fell. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity & The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus could not get here fast enough to indulge themselves in a taste. Nose was undoubtedly a Tripel, based on the yeasty nose, but the honey & orange adjuncts were too light to be noticeable. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was VERY spicy, slightly phenolic, and definitely a Tripel, but where were the vaunted adjuncts? 8=( Had the honey fermented out? I should still have been able to taste it. Was the orange too light or overpowered by the yeast? I felt like Tim the Toolman - "More power!" They need to amp up these flavors if they are going to give them marquee status. Finish was very dry and a great example of a Tripel, but it lacked its very special adjuncts, IMHO. YMMV.

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Photo of sozz2
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bohuggabee
2.38/5  rDev -39%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

for a 14$ six pack i am dramatically underwhelmed at my first drink. expecting honey, and orange, of a citrus style mead mixed with beer. i get a thick flavor that is no different than the regular tripel. most expensive beer i've ever bought, and i feel ripped off. i give the look a 5 because it looks good. the smell is less than unique so its a 2. taste is a 2 because i can't taste orange or honey but it does have a good flavor of thick proportions. but should be a standard 10$ beer.. feel is a 4 because 10% is a strong beer...overall its 2 because the price doesn't justify the means. i read other reviews and people say the orange is in the finish. but thats far from the truth.

maybe i raised my expectations too high...maybe i wanted a mead/beer that was supposed to bridge the area between honey wine and good beer. but this beer ran right through me. i took my first piss halfway through the first beer....i even emptied before i started drinking it

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Photo of REVZEB
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's start with the obvious, how is this beer 10%? Wow does not taste like it at all. Parent rave about this beer and brought me some to try. I really like how the honey bonds with the belgian yeast and malt. Traditional spices are not as potent as normal but a fun take. Orange is in the finish, but I wish it was a bit more prevalent. Perfect for springtime!

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Photo of Commandophile
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a thin bright white head. Smell is pleasant with sweet and citrus notes. Initial taste is sweet and boozy, with a slight citrus finish. Your can feel the 10%abv warm your throat afterwards and it's not as heavy as anticipated, overall a well done style

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Photo of robebo44
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/2/18 draft @ New Belgium Asheville

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Photo of Dillinger
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Honey Orange Tripel, 10% ABV. Pours orange with a one finger white head. Nose is mostly honey, but some indistinct citrus. Taste is sweet honey, orange, a bit of yeast, and only slight bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of kinggimp
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sallymckoobalube
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly-representative golden clear with a nice head and fairly remarkably lacing especially for the ABV. Nice looking brew.

Aromas are a little heavy on the spice (clove and coriander) and end up being somewhat medicinal. Yeast is there, but rather muted. Orange and honey are nicely in balance.

The taste skews a little medicinal as well, with heavy emphasis on the spice. Rather sweet, but not as boozy to me as expected given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid. Not too thick and heavy and rather well carbonated.'

Overall a solid but not quite spectacular take on the style.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and creamy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a good bit on the surface. The beer itself is a nice golden orange with a bit of brown to it. It has a good metallic hue to it.

The smell is good. It has as fairly dominate Belgian yeast note and spices that mix deliciously with the sweet honey. The taste has the same notes but the honey comes out a bit stronger; making the beer a bit sweeter. There is a good sweet and bitter orange in the finish.

The feel is good. It's heavy and very smooth. It has a nice and biting carbonation.

Overall, a pretty sweet and delicious beer worth getting.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csnyder83
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -3.8%
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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Honey Orange Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 66 ratings