Trippel Belgian Style Ale

Tripel New Belgium Brewing Company

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale, a Belgian-style Tripel by New Belgium Brewing Company

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Trippel Belgian Style Ale is a Belgian-style Tripel brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance

The Tripel pours a cloudy golden hue and is topped by a finger-thick cap of white froth that dissipates rapidly. The reduction leaves a thin ring of fine bubbles circling the glass and a spittle of residue.

Aroma

The aroma blends grain with floral hops and is backed by spicy phenols and fruity esters.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of bready malt that transitions to a bite of floral hops and orange citrus; spiced with coriander. A sweet dollop of banana rounds out the tasting.

Mouthfeel

Its feel has a smooth draw and crisp, dry finish. Medium body and moderately-high carbonation. The alcohol lends the finish a moderate warming sensation.

Overall

Its appearance is disappointing. The aroma isn’t particularly strong but it’s pleasant, complex, and appropriate for the style. The feel could use a little more carbonation and the alcohol isn’t hidden as expected. But the palate is the highlight for this Tripel. Its sweet and spicy flavors are strong and complex. Sure, the Trippel Belgian Style Ale doesn’t measure up to the better brews across the pond, but it’s still enjoyable.

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About the Tripel

The Belgian Tripel originated at the Trappist monastery Westmalle. Its color ranges from deep gold to copper with good clarity and effervescence. Its feel should be around medium with high carbonation and high attenuation for a seemingly dry finish. Though high in alcohol, the booze should be masked well. Its palate and aroma are spicy, fruity, with a well-rounded malt character and moderate bitterness. Comparatively, the Tripel is darker and fuller than the Belgian Strong Pale Ale with more pronounced phenols than esters. And it’s not as strong or full as the Belgian Strong Dark Ale or Quadrupel.