Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Smells & looks like apple juice. Gold in color with almost zero head. Spicy & dry to the palate. Has that typical New Belgium metallic taste to it. Pitiful. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Pour is cloudy orange with a nice fluffy and dense off white head...smell is a little disappointing...straw, yeast, a little cookie dough...not overwhelming...fantastically easy to drink, I think because there wasn’t a whole lot going on....a little watery with a fizzy rather flavorless mouthfeel...sweetness, orange rind, clove, maybe some pepper...sticky sweet finish... RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Pours golden and slightly hazy. Thin white head that disappears quickly. Belgian biscuit aroma. Moderately carbonated, maybe a bit too much. Nice balance, maybe a bit thin on the malt though. Bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall a pretty decent Trippel. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
picked this one up in san fran.spilled the trippel into a chimay glass.it foamed up a wonderful white head that coated the trappist glass and gave off a yellow swampy head as well.when i brought the glass up to my nose i recieved a gift of straw,belgian yeast,and that signature bisket like aroma that new belgium in known for.i then dipped the glass to get my first sip of this already impressive abbey.i was stunned....i took in a nice blend of hay,belgian yeast,malts,and that lovely new belgium bisket flavor.this could very well be the best trippel i have ever laid my palate on. jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2004
very impressive. it’s available at almost every store. Beautiful aroma with a better taste. on sale for $5.99...what a deal.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
If certain steps could be taken to improve my happiness, and that of doubtless others, I can assure you that one would be to get more of this fantastic brew around and about us, in unfailing supply!
Appearance: a slightly hazy, bright golden hue, and a large, luscious creamy white head, that remains for a spell, then dwindles.
Aroma: an explosion of fruit and spice, a gorgeous blend, a veritable fruit salad up in the nose! Tropical fruits, mango, banana, peach, apricot, citrus: yup, all that! A heavenly delight, swimming in sparkling sweetness!
On the tongue, a burst, no a blizzard of hoppiness, a dervish dance on the tongue, flooding the senses! Excellent, generous texture. Rich, sweet malt, though never to the point of cloying. Candied, honeyed sweetness and spice abounds in this happy ale, and the flavor lasts and lasts, every portion of the experience compounding it’s overall effect.
One of my favorite American beers. Now why doesn’t Trippel have the cult status of Fat Tire, that’s the next topic for the Armchair Philosophers Club...
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Do not let the golden color of this beer fool you. Like most other Trippels, this brew drinks very easy and the color belies the alcohol content. Yeast, fruity esters, and a little bit of grass and hoppiness. The flavors are quite intriguing, malt and perhaps vanilla (did this beer see some oak?), citrus from hops, and a hint of spice. Quite a brew, and one of their best. flemdawg (562) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Shared this bottle thanks to ClarkVV with walleye, redmosquito, and a Kuhnhenn brother. Golden color with a white head that dissapated rather fast and left little lacing. A slight sour/vinegar aroma with some yeast esters as well. There were also some slight fruit smells that I couldn’t distinguish. A bitter sweet taste. Sugary tastes balanced out with some hoppy bitterness. There was also that yeasty taste in there. A bit of a sour finish. Not too bad. ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a very mildly hazy, yellow, some very light orange tints. Small white head, fairly rapidly dissipating, with slight lacing. At first I thought this was just as filtered as their other beers, but then read that there is a yeast injection. Whatever, it’s still filtered. Aroma is light honeydew melon, lemons, sponge cake, mild belgian yeast, vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly yeasty and has a bit more citrus and hop bite to it than expected. But overall, it is still quite tame and mild. Little bit of thinning on the very end. Some esters, but they are very muted. Body is pretty smooth with a bit of alcohol giving it a fuzzy palate. Moderate carbonation, medium body. I enjoy trippels with more aggressive yeast and less filtration. FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Light Amber color, eggshell head. Aroma is distinct and sour (not its best feature) flavor is cirus and brown sugar but clears form the palate very quickly. not the norm but a nice americanized beliian ale.