Review: Trippel, New Belgium Brewing Co.

Trippel
New Belgium Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, Colorado

Stats:
• Style: Belgian Ale
• Bitterness: 25 IBU
• ABV: 7.8%
• Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

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. 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.”— New Belgium Website

Random thoughts:  Trippel is part of New Belgium's Explore Series, which is a foray into a new beer style (IPA), and a reintroduction of three Belgian ales (Mothership, Trippel, and Abbey).  You might not immediately recognize them as being from NB as the labeling is a bit different from their typical water colored designs. I liked Ranger, so I thought I'd try another one in this series.

The tasting:  Trippel has a clear, light golden color.  Aroma is spicy, but not strong or overpowering.  I didn't smell the hops, as they suggest in the description.  Body is light.  I immediately tasted the fruity flavors that are common in Belgians and also picked up a bit of the coriander spice flavor.  I really liked it for the first few sips, but then not so much halfway through the beer.  I can't see myself drinking more than one of these at a time—due the the mix of fruity & spicy flavors.  However,  I do think I might enjoy it more with food.  It's not the kind of beer I would drink by itself.  After it warmed up a bit, the higher alcohol content was noticeable.  Trippel did leave a long-lingering aftertaste, which was not offensive—but unwanted.

The rating:   Three stars.   Good. I’d drink it again if someone gave it to me.  While I'm not entirely crazy about Trippel, it did pique my interest in sampling Mothership and Abbey (others in the Explore series).

2 comments:

coolee said...

I as a Belgian think this trippel from new Belgium Brewery is a super tasting beer in this style and i think most Americans still have to get used to this delicious style -non offensive hops like the IPA and a well rounded warm and flavourful delight. It is outstanding and can compete with the real Belgian trippels > Good Job!!

Sanjay said...

I cringe when I read some of my early reviews! This was probably the first Trippel I ever tasted. Thanks for your feedback. I'll have to revisit this one!

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