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RATINGS: 1498   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2005
In the bottle. I once thought very highly of this until I began drinking good tripels. Pours a golden yellow with a very big pillowy white head. Looks like a tripel. Aroma is yeasty and meaty. Flavor and body are lacking any real defining complexities. Strong alcohol bite at the end with some bitterness, but overall, not anywhere near the beer that their Abbey is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (6531) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
12 oz bottle. Poured a light copper, rather clear, and with a large fluffy white head. Left heavy lacing all the way to the bottom. Aroma of soft floral hops, sweet caramel malt, and cloves. Flavor is very spicy with hints of cloves and yeast. Rather prominant alcoholic finish for a moderately high alcohol content. Mouthfeel is creamy with soft carbonation. Overall I think that this one just misses the mark a little for a triple, it seems to be missing some of the yeastyness and body that I crave in a triple. Would be a little more drinkable were it not for the finish, as the alcohol really seemed to become exaggerated while it warmed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 Soft somewhat musty aroma though there is some fruity sweetness. Golden body with a small but lively white head. Bannana and pear flavors in the fore. Slightly yeasty through the middle and it is very soft on the palate and rounded with a toned down alcohol presence for its abv.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Crystal clear, pale golden colour, thin white head. Light honeyish aroma, some light spiciness, peach/pear fruitiness. Flavour is quite light and refreshing, apple, pear, peach and the same sweet honeyish notes that I smelled earlier. A touch of bubble gum and a bit of alcoholic as it warms. Light bready sweetness in here as well. Some light spicy notes blend nicely with a touch of yeastiness. Thanks legion242!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (277) - 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 (1550) - 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 (9827) - 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 (8270) - .....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!


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