Honey Orange Tripel is a Belgian-style Tripel by New Belgium Brewing Company that blends sweet candied orange and honey with a light citrus and spices.

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Honey Orange Tripel is a Belgian-style Tripel brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Honey Orange Tripel by New Belgium Brewing Company

Packaging art for the Honey Orange Tripel by New Belgium Brewing Company

What You Need to Know

The Honey Orange Tripel features wild honey that was sourced from the African Bronze Honey Company while orange peel was added from fresh Seville oranges. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Tripel pours a nearly opaque golden hue that is topped by a thin layer of bubbly white froth. The head shows little retention and its rapid reduction leaves but a thin collar of bubbles. Ample sediment in suspension is observed in the glass.

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Aroma

The aroma is yeasty with lemon citrus and peppercorn.

Flavor

Doughy bread leads the palate that transitions to a mild bitterness of orange citrus, spiced with clove and pepper. The bitterness lingers through the finish and is mellowed by sweet candied orange and honey.

Label art for the Honey Orange Tripel by New Belgium Brewing Company

Label art for the Honey Orange Tripel by New Belgium Brewing Company

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth and its sweetness coats the mouth. Medium-full body with a shade over moderate carbonation. Its finish is dry and warming.

Overall

This Tripel’s appearance is disappointing. The aroma is faint but pleasant. The feel could use a little more carbonation but its high alcohol content is managed fairly well. Its palate is initially too sweet for the style but strikes a better balance as the beer warms. Regardless, considering its concept, it works. The Honey Orange Tripel may not inspire you to give up your Westmalle, but it’s still a pretty good brew.

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