Lupulus - Brasserie Les Trois Fourquets

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Les Trois Fourquets visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Suds on 03-22-2009

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam.

Cloudy blonde with cratered head.
Loads of musky, skunky, grassy hops on the nose.
Sourdough and whole grain loaf, a coriander herbal hit, and lemon rind hops.
Grainy end and hay linger.
Lt-med and round.

Good blonde qualities but with stupid amounts of hoppiness; I wouldn't have pegged this as any kind of tripel. (Where's the yeast?) Delivers on the name but without being a Belgian IPA, either. A crisp, grassy Belgian pale ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at L'Autre Oeuil in Aylmer. Fun to get this hard-to-find.Light yellow coloured body with bubbly head. Very lacey. Above average carbonation.Yeasty bite to it, good drinkability and edgy, a good supper accompaniment. Above average full mouthfeel.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle; Poured a lightly hazy clear light yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of lightly overcooked vegetable with grass and hay is not as awesome as I was expecting. Taste is a nice enough mix between some hay and grass with a solid malt backbone. I was expecting more hops based on the name and less overcooked vegetable. A bit of of a disappointment.

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real light color, almost pinot grigio white, but fills the glass with a nice lemon orb glowing color, and an opaque appearance. Nice small rising column of carbonation in the middle, with a nice matching bright white rocky head. THick hard top with shampoo like retention and hanging on long.

Mild subtle aroma. Not much sweetness or hints of hop or much of anything. Mild bread yeast dough, maybe some honey but that's about it.

Mouthfeel off the bat is what I first notice on first sip. Big and heavily carbonated. Lots of quinine tonic water like feel and aromas. A bit gaseous. Body is really not big and thick enough to support this and it becomes distracting. Some spicy notes and warm malts with classic honey sucrose action in the mid palate.

Overall not bad, but the big carbonation on this really took down my enjoyment of it quite a bit.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, light to medium straw amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, apple and pear, Belgian yeast, light grassy hops and a bit of skunkiness; slightly floral. Flavor is light caramel, apple and pear juice, clove, Belgian yeast, light citrus, lots going on here. Starts semi-sweet and dries out to an almost medicinal herbal and hop bitterness with an odd, but pleasant aromatic basalmic component. Medium bodied with peppery, active carbonation. An unusually flavored tripel, with complex and interesting flavors that develop throughout the taste. The aromatic aldahyde flavor is unusual, but fits with the other flavors as well as the clove and hop bitternss. I enjoyed tasting this and trying to figure it out. More citrus develops over time. Unusual, but nice drinking tripel. I will buy this again.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that took a long time to die down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out somewhat spicy and seems to transition to notes of pale malts and hints of alcohol. The spices reappear and linger through the finish.
M: It feels quite dry on the palate and not that heavy (a light- to medium-body is perceived) because a high amount of carbonation seems to lighten things up. The spiciness seems to prickle your tongue a little.
O: By the taste of alcohol, you can definitely tell that this beer is strong, but the high amount of carbonation helps to lighten up the body and make this a little more in the way of being drinkable.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

27th May 2012: On tap at the Lupulus brewery's restaurant, "Les 3 Fourquets"; poured into one of their 25 cl chalices. I had two of them during my stay.

Light blond/yellow body with a hazy look and a good solid head on top of each glass.

Yeasty nose with not much else to report smell wise.

The taste was refreshing and yeasty (like the aroma) with a fruity hop feel in the flavour: bitter but with some sweetness giving the beer a pleasant balance.

Very different to most Belgian Tripels I've encounted but most enjoyable.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose bubbly evokes bitter citrus and some spice. The body is complete, both slightly sweet, slightly acidic and slightly bitter, which gives it a real balance. Hops are aromatic and earthy. The post-taste is bitter and dry, highlighted by flavors of citrus quite substantial. A good triple indeed conventional in its taste but, in addition to having a strong balance drunk relatively easily.

In any case, it is not a Belgian IPA but a TRIPLE. In addition to being written on the bottle, this is how the brewer names his creation, his beer.

Photo of mmager
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark golden yellow. Pours with a one finger head that dissipates in a few minutes leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Large amounts of sediment, even with a careful first pour.

S: Very little apparent alcohol. Notable hop presence, though not overwhelming. Almost an earthy note to the hop character. No citrus, and very little or no apparent spice character. Clearly evident caramel malt.

M: Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Not heavy or coating.

T: Initial sharp character, almost a faint sour taste. Very little malt backbone. Again a bit of an earthy hop character. Long bitterness in the finish, though not overwhelming.

D: Fine, doesn't really feel particularly high alcohol. The light body makes it a bit more drinkable, and the hops are not so strong as to make it tiring.

Overall, it's an alright beer. Fantastic? No. I guess I was just expecting a bit more from a beer that's supposed to be a Belgian ode to hops. It was neither strongly hoppy nor particularly Belgian in its character. Fine, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden, yellow beer with a settling head and large chuncks of yeast swirling around.

Smell is spicy and has a strong pilsnermalty smell, as well as a light sulfuric smell. Some notes of straw and coriander.

Taste is light and spicy. There are notes of straw, complemented by a nice and sublte noble hoppy aroma. The beer is nicely balanced between the light maltiness and the hops. The yeast adds another layer of sublte tastes. The drinkability is good, but not too high.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, best buy date 2011. Initially a bit of a gusher when I popped the cap, nothing outrageous. Pours a hazy golden color with a thin, fizzy, off-white head, lots of sediment. Aroma is pale malts, straw, caramel, wood, and spices. Flavor is caramel, pale malts, grass, spices, grapes, dark fruit, wood, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium, bitter, oily texture. Good beer, lots of flavor.

Photo of Demi
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Alright for the style, but not a fan.

Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml bottle, this brew pours a dark golden color - very cloudy. It has a nice soapy white head, although the retention could be a little better. The aroma a is a mix of spicy phenols and fresh hops. It's very spicy, and just a little hot to the nose...which didn't seem quite right...could be better in that department. The taste, however, is solid. Sweet and peppery, herbal and bitter, yeasty and fruity. This brew has a lot going on in the flavor. Relatively full mouthfeel, and a bit less carbonated than expected. All in all, a fine brew, but nothing to get overly excited about.

Photo of flagmantho
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1.5L bottle into an Achouffe tulip. A friend brought this back from Belgium and was kind enough to share.

Appearance: medium gold with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence and a thick white head with good retention. Nice!

Smell: sweet malt with a nice load of grassy hops. Nice pear character with a little graininess. Quite good indeed.

Taste: sweet and smooth malt with a nice pear character and a strong grassy hoppiness, much like in the aroma. There's a perfumey, almost soapy quality here too, but in my mind it really helps fill out the sweet fruitiness of the malt. Bitterness is strong for the style but smooth on the palate. Some may find it a bit too sweet, but I think it's totally appropriate for a tripel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a mammoth carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Awesome!

Overall: a deliciously hopped tripel. Glad I got to try this beer.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Hazy dark yellow with a very large white foamy head. Low visible carbonation. Head recedes relatively quickly.

S: Pilsner malt, Belgian fruity esters (apple and grape primarily), some grassy hops that remind me of drying hay.

T: Light cracker and pilsner malts, hop bitterness, Belgian yeast esters. The sweet/dry/bitter combination of flavors is a lot to work through. End is strangely vinous dry plus the hop bitterness.

M: Medium body, not as much carbonation as it looked. Alcohol a bit more noticeable than the ABV would lead you to expect.

O: Kinda weird. Not awful. Defies any style, so it's difficult to judge - but in the end just not my preference.

Photo of 3sheets2wind
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer smells good and it looks good, but it is simply too sweet. This is common for tripels, but this would benefit from additional fermentation. I would definitely try the same beer with a brett infusion. Sourer or drier would improve what it already has going for it. Beer is very light gold color and pours with a firm white head. It smells like Orval (hoo baby) but the cloying sweetness prevents this beer from joining such sublime company. Not a bad beer and decent price ($9 for a 75cL bomber), but I will not be getting this again.

Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas on 4/7/2013. Pours a golden-yellow with a frothy, bright white head that slowly dissipates, leaving thick strands of lacing as the brew recedes. Nose is light, floral and bright with a hint of honey and melon. Taste is delicate and floral with a a subtle sweetness and just a kiss of light malt at the back. Mouthfeel is light and lively - soft with a pleasant, mild acidity interspersed from start to finish and a semi-dry finish. Overall, for a simple, delicate beer, I found this offering surprisingly nuanced, despite the 8.5% abv; which is quite deceptive. Best enjoyed fresh in my opinion.

Photo of Howler89
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

So... This beer is pretty wild. And confusing. Pours the cloudy blonde shade with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. The smell isn't too aggressive. Citrusy hops but with minimal presence. The taste is more impressive. Sleek and crisp hops that cut your palate like a finely sharpened samurai sword. Minimal finish but it isn't terminal, at least in this case. A good beer that really makes minimal sense. All I know is.... this is not a tripel. If I was calling it anything I would call it Belgian strong pale ale. But it might not even be that exactly with this weird hop character. THe GF is pickin up white wine and I think that makes sense especially considering the crispness of the hops. A distant cousin of a refined dry riesling with extensive carbonation and hop character. Whatever I give up. Cheers.

Photo of Brabander
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a gift from my buddy Matt (CRooney5787) which he gave me the last time we were in Belgium together. Thanks Matt!

This was a 75 cl bottle, best before december 2014.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer is cloudy yellow with four fingers head. There are thousands of particles floating in the beer so i guess this is an unfiltered beer.

The smell is ok but there is a chemical smell which comes in my nose, like benzol. Not much but it is there.

Taste is good, quit crisp with citrus fruit. Drank it together with Mrs. Brabander.

Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

On draught at The Beer Hour in Antwerp. Very nice light floral character. This drinks a lot more like a saison than a trippel to me, which I love. Very quaffable, and bit on the understated side but that makes it all the more drinkable, as does the light body and soft yet dry finish.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's fine. Obligatory review. Nothing special. Light for a tripel. Not particularly engaging. Doesn't feel appropriate for the style.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

Straw yellow body with a gargantuan white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, floral notes, lemon. Lovely lemon character. Tart rind with a beautiful blend of subtle bittering hops and a bouquet of floral essences. Mineral and earth notes with a hint of spice. Delicious.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

interesting beer here, the hop heavy side of belgian brewing. very pale pour, almost white, frosted wheat color, some yeast clouding it up, but heady and as lacy as any beer. huge snow drifts of foam on the edges of the glass the whole way. the nose has a little hops to it, not much bitterness, but a light fruity thing happening. the base beer is light, amazing its as strong as it is, hard to get that from it. its got the classic belgium green bottle skunk to it, i don't know why they all keep using them, but its off a little from that and its not old. light malt base, i have to believe there is wheat in this, probably some belgian pils too. the yeast is light. not as ester heavy as others, but picks up where the hops leave off, drying it right out. its shockingly strong for how light it is, but not as hoppy as i expected at all. its real simple, elegant beer, but the stale green bottle thing is a killer for me. i can see this being amazing on tap at the brewery.

Photo of Dentist666
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,75l corked bottle. Poured into tulip.
Hazy yellow beer with huge white head, nice retention.
Smell is rather sour, yeasty, malty, hints of spices and herbal hops, unpleasant in common.
Taste is a bit better, than the smell, plain malty and lemony with yeasty finish and herbal hops in tow, dried apples somewhere on the back of a tongue. First sip is extremely alcoholic, then the beer goes much better. Like Lupulus brune drunk out earlier, this one opens up its hop facets later after third, fourth and so on sips.

Photo of ksimons
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

About three fingers worth of white rocky head with a pale yellow gold color. Not much to the smell, a bit of pale malt and maybe some faint spices. Taste is better than the smell would suggest. A pale bready malt backbone with sweet fruits, Belgian yeast, and a spicey finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Overall maybe not the best Tripel, but it is very refreshing on a hot day.

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