Wednesday, December 14, 2005

New Belgium Trippel Belgian Style Ale

New Belgium is a brewery out of Fort Collins, Colorado that produces some great brews..including the popular Fat Tire. The brewery is quite eco-concious and is actually wind powered and employee owned. Unfortunately...they don't distribute east of the Mississippi at all...


The New Belgium Trippel pours from the bottle a nice darker golden orange color with a thin tightly bubbled white head atop the brew. Aromas are a nice mix of light fruit and spice upfront with a yeasty aroma that has notes of pepper, banana and bubblegum. Floral, herbal hops are well integrated to the aroma as well. An interesting aroma that brings you into the brew.

First sip brings a light, clean strudy maltiness that is quickly accompanied by a wave of light fruity flavors...banana, apple and a tasty peppery spiciness. Slightly bready yeastiness throughout with a nice snap of herbal, flowery hoppiness on the way down. Overall a nice interpretation of a tripel that's creamy, fairly sweet and easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel has a nice body and steady carbonation that keeps it lively. There's only a hint of alcohol on the finish. I could see myself having a few of these in a sitting. Easily one of my favorites from the year round New Belgium line. Now if only I could get it in Illinois! Thanks to mentor for the hookup.

Overall I gave this brew a 3.9 out of 5.

New Belgium might be up to something new...check it out at www.newbelgium.com