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RATINGS: 1494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Trippel Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain. The Three Graces hand-painted on the label are Zeuss daughters Aglaia (splendor), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer). In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, our bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (265) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a large frothy white head producing good lacing. Lots of floaties. The aroma is very sweet and fruity with an overwhelming presence of artificial banana and bubble gum while coffee and apple make timid appearances. Smooth malts reveal themselves in the flavor, notably some toasted caramel that pleasantly flirts with the apples. The finish is dry with a slight alcohol burn and a hoppy bitterness. I would have rated this much higher the first time I tried it, but since then the Chimay and Karmeliet have severly underclassed this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1498) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Ever since I saw an eccentric accomplice of mine adorned in a full suit of armor made entirely of New Belgium six pack cardboard I knew I had to give their beers a try. With that impression fresh in my memory, I chose to first try the New Beligum Trippel upon the reccomendation of my distinctly (and forgivably) French friend. The beer experience begins before the bottle is opened. New Belgium chose a great color scheme for their beer labels. It maintains a sense of moderate pedantic selectiveness while frolicking with a theme of festive colors. Color choice and aesthetics aside, the beer pours a soothing gold. Its not quite copper and its not quite amber, but I imagine its the color wealthy magnates would dream in if they could choose. Before the beer reaches the bottom of the bottle it pours very clear, but the yeast at the bottom drains out at the end, cluttering the clarity. The aromatic qualities suit the beer, but bely the taste. My nose is still untrained in the art of dissecting smells, but I was able to retrieve a slight whiff of banana, not unlike like being downwind of a Central American plantation. The fruity ester is not enough to scream "Banana Fosters", but enough to think fondly of a mild banana smoothie. At first taste Im looking for that same banana odor, but cant catch much of it. Instead I notice a poorly veiled alcohol taste. Fortunately it contrasts well with what banana flavor exists. More important and more prevalent in the taste is strong but succinct hops that jumps in at the end to steal the show. The exchange of flavors is always a welcome addition to any beer, provided the eclectic mix of tastes complement each other. The Trippel style is apparently a lighter beer. Its easy nature hardly induces lofty thought, but is great for a relaxing lounge setting with an informal tinge. Perhaps a sophisticated college gathering? Also, good for drinking under an autumnal tree during a mediocre sunset. Bring It up to your eye like a great oversized monocle it makes a great lens to view the world through. All the landscape, glowing with an treasure touch.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9380) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
This blonde ale poured with a generous white head, eliciting a floral fruity aroma. The flavor was sweet, with banana esters and a slightly bitter finish. There was a highlly carbonated mouthfeel, and also a noticeable candy sugar taste. This is a nice example of the Tripel style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (8142) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 Not a bad brew at all, quite enjoyable! Pours Orange-marmalade color. and it has a sweet intoxicating honey smell. Pretty head with some lacing left behind. Not bad from New Belgium! .. . Tim used to love this shit!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Hazy golden color with a medium head. Sweet yeasty aromas of fruit and spices. Floral hops balance out the sweet malts and vanilla flavors. Smooth, with a slight bitter aftertaste, but pretty good overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Totally transparent and magnifying gold in color with a cloistered bubble sheet that encompasses about two-thirds of the width of the head. Aroma is rocking and woeful simultaneously - sourdough, pale malt, wet dog, corn flakes, sugarless banana crme, cloves and lemons. Flavor gently dances in. Cloves, pepper and coriander precede a pale malt profile, accentuated with a sour baguette crust persona. A hint at citric characteristics, but they never come full circle. Musky, with eclectic elements of cumin and cornstarch. Waxy palate and medium-bodied. Balance seems a bit off at first, then comes together ten minutes post-pour, and then its out of whack again, bringing in some dactylic alcohol. Finishes like lemon butter on sourdough. Glad to have tried it. Thanks to CaptainCougar for the bottle!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shadey (2084) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Gold pour with a big rocky white head. Aroma is mild and slightly malty with some spice. Flavor has some spice and alcohol with a sweet finish. Palate has too much alcohol burn. Trippels have been turning me off lately. The style seems overwhelmed with alcohol except for a few wonderful exceptions.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7056) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 I am not very familiar with this brewer as they are not available in my state, fortunately my wife was able to bring me a couple of bottles from a trip out west. I love Abby Tripels in general so I was excited to try this one. Sampled from an attractive 12 oz bottle this beer poured a cloudy bright golden color with a huge yellow-white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet with a strong yeasty presence and a hint of pear. The flavor is sweet and fruity with pear and apricot elements undertoned with a yeasty presence. The finish is tangy and fruity. I wish I could get some more of this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Surprisingly light in color with a tight, lively head. Salt cured meat dominates the doughy aroma. Prickly mouthfeel doesnt fit the style for me - I want my Trippels creamy and smooth. More bacon, overripe banana, bourbon and plums in the body. Good, but thin throughout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Detected a bread doughy aroma. I guess that would be simular toa moldy floral aroma maybe. Dark golden color with small white head. Somewhat of a sour citrus lime flavor to this beer. Little harsh on the palate but drinkable.


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