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Tripel De Ripple - Brugge Brasserie

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 117
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brugge Brasserie visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Indybeer on 04-22-2005

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was brownish in color.

Smell - The aroma was lemony with grainy impressions of yeast.

Taste - My initial impression was a lemony butterscotch. Also present were pear, sweet berries, and biscuits. The aftertaste is pleasant with notes of sweet fruit.

Mouthfeel - The tripel was sticky, lending itself to linger in the mouth.

Overall - For a tripel, this was a little different. However, I really enjoyed the interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Beric
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap, 16oz goblet
Served: 10 May 2014

Appearance: A soft copperish, golden brown. Almost looked more like apple juice than beer. No head to speak of, likely due to the alcohol content.

Smell: Sweet notes of banana-like wheat, pear, and white wine.

Taste: A marvelously complex brew with assertions of white fruits, white wine, and a banana-like softness. This tripel is much sweeter than others I've had, though this did not effect the taste detrimentally. Alcohol completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Though this is a big, boozy beer, the beer drank lighter than I was anticipating.

Overall: A great beer and one I would highly recommend.

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Photo of neococo
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first and only try of tripel de ripple. The color and flavor reminds me of butterscotch. I couldn't notice the alcohol content in the taste at all. It paired really well with the amazing mussels at Bruge. I had not really tried a tripel before, so trying this beer has made me want to find out more about Tripels and find something that is as good as this one.
Any suggestions from anyone who thinks they know a beer similar to this one that is available nationwide, please let me know!

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brugge.

A - Pours yellow, white head, pretty clear, thin collar, wisps.

S - Fruity sweetness, spice, pear, citrus peel. The booze is really well hidden and the sweetness and citrus notes really come together on the nose.

T - Really fruity and sweet, the booze is more present here then on the nose, light spice, yeast is well-integrated and not too much or not to little (as I see from previous batches). Finish is fruity sweetness and light spice.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, smooth, sweet finish.

O - A nice Tripel, but not sure if I would go to this beer all that often with the nice selection of sours that they have. Good to try once in a while, but not a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – A nice translucent golden tan with a slightly yellowed head. A nice creamy lacing is present.

S – Faint odor of toffee and yeast with some slight citrus. Alcohol is very present.

T – Some pear and a bit of toffee and vanilla near the end. Big alcohol, but works with this big bodied beer.

M – Medium bodied brew with a fairly high carbonation. Boozy, but I like it with this brew.

0 – A nice take on a Tripel. Everything at the Brugge exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brugge Brasserie last weekend. Served in a goblet.

Poured a nice golden color with a good white head and plenty of lacing on the way down. The nose carried nice notes of pear and green apple in addition to light pepper and a bit of alcohol. Fruit throughout. The flavor carried too much booze and not enough of the yeast character, though there were still nice notes of ripe pear. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation, though there was far too much of an alcohol character. Pretty good, but too boozy.

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Photo of Preismj
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: strong haze in this yellow tripel. wheat look to it. nice head retention with a quarter inch white head. thicker than I'd expect on a swirl...syrupy look to it.

s: light clove aroma, vanilla and toffee in here as well. not strong odors here.

t: nice clove and freshly baked cookie taste to it. Belgian yeast strain definitely used in this one. nutmeg, cinnamon perhaps. variety of spice, but like the nose, they aren't too strong. the yeast takes center stage with a light fruit profile at the end. Apple or pear perhaps.

m: creamy and rich. nice carbonation. coats well and is crisp. good finish on it.

o: flavors and smell could be stronger, but the belgian yeast strain gets to shine here and tastes like a biscotti. very solid tripel but could have used a touch more punch.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy yellow color with a thin white head on top. The head stuck around for a little while. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and and floral on the nose. The taste had a yeasty fruitiness to it along with the lightly spiced aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thin but it could have been much worse. Overall this beer was good and would be willing to check it out again one day.

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Photo of DCon
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Brugge Brasserie in Indianapolis, IN for $5.25. Tapped from the Brass Tree Looking Handle with No Label (None of them did) into a Clear Chalice glass and enjoyed this and the Harvey @ Brugge. This was my second brewpub in Indianapolis.

Aroma- Starts with a strong pear and medium banana smell with notes of spiciness. May have too high of an alcohol aroma but it fell short when the bananas and light citrus took over the nose.

Appearance- Received with a hazy, dark gold (light orange) color body and a 1 finger head. Very creamy head and leaves nice lacing behind.

Flavor- Starts with a spicy, medium amount of malt flavor and then an orange peel flavor. The finish has a huge bitterness but was ready for this!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High amount of Carbonation, and leaves orange peel on the palate. Has a medium alcohol taste and this seems appropriate.

Overall Impression- One of the best Tripels I might have ever had! Perfect body, almost resembles a Golden ale but much more complexity. I could only enjoy one of these and the limit is 1 anyways at this place. Will be coming back to Brugge soon!

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Photo of kjc51478
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appearance was orangish color with light, frothy head.

S: Aroma is pear, some citrus, and yeast.

T: Taste is similar with pear, banana, and slight citrus with a doughy yeast flavor and slight floral hop bitterness.

M: Palate is medium-bodied, soft carbonation, smooth texture, and slight bitter finish.

O: Nice Tripel at a great local brew pub.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub into a tulip. The biggest review beer with a good review, I gave this one a try first. Let down...Pours an ugly dark gold, muddied. A light off white head that only rises a weak finger, but sticks for awhile...A dead and boring aroma, light floral yeast and banana...The taste is strong belgian yeast, way way to much. Light floral notes, alcohol really comes through on the finish.

This was the least impressive of the beers we drank. I would not recommend this beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy copper color but was virtually headless, with just a strip of bubbles around the circumference

Smell: Sweet doughy malt, candi sugar, white pepper and pears

Taste: Opens with a sweet candi sugar and cookie dough flavor that adds a spicy, pear and clove dimension by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet pear and spice flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body without the necessary carbonation for the style

Drinkability: This is a tough style for Americans to pull off and while this is not quite there, particularly in the mouthfeel, it is still tasty enough

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple."

--Willy Wonka

Rich honey gold with a fine yeasty haze and a massive crown of tan colored froth that is Belgianesque in size, though not in texture. The head is extremely stubborn and doesn't do much in the glass decoration department. The beer itself, though, looks good enough for a good score.

Much more than half the battle for an American-brewed, Belgian-style tripel is to smell (and taste) like an authentic, Belgian-brewed tripel. Tripel de Ripple does. It's less golden fruity and more spicy than most, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out on the palate.

Taste buds agree with nose, but they aren't as impressed. At least part of the problem is a mouthfeel that needs a lot of help (see below). More malt and better alcohol masking would have been good places to start. More candi sugar that escaped consumption by the yeast would have helped as well.

Sweet, bitter and tangy are roughly equivalent, which leads to a balance that is more boring than commendable. Flavors include crisp pears and apples, less clove spiciness than expected, and a shot of Absolut. Actually, the mild alcohol heat is starting to fade with time and warming. Either that or my tongue is beginning to become numb.

The mouthfeel improves enough by mid-bottle to earn an above average score. It gains a little creaminess and the initial fizziness settles down and begins to add some volume. This is probably the area that needs the most work.

A tripel brewed in Terre Haute, Indiana by a brewery that sounds Belgian is interesting right off the bat. Even though Tripel de Ripple isn't the most outstanding version of the style brewed in American, it has its moments. It just doesn't have enough of them. My thanks to wadsey for the bottle.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a deep golden yellow color. One and a half finger light white colored head. This stays for a short period before leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Very sweet smelling. Nice fruity malts in there mix with honey and banana in the middle of the aroma. Light hops thrown in there in the backend along with some spicing.

T- This is where the beer knocks one out of the park. Nice apple flavors along with some spices. The sweet malts kick in and mix well with the bitter hops in this beer. The balance is almost perfect with it leaving to the sweet malts more than anything.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation for the entire beer. Light bitter hops and tons of sweetness are what is left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Light drying in the mouth after sips.

D- This beer has a sweetness to it that I enjoy. Not too overly sweet but nevertheless this was a one and done for me. I did enjoy it and others should seek it out.

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Photo of bruachan
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has a hazy orange color with good head

Sweet coriander aroma. to be truthful, this as much a wit. give me more hop!

Very sweet with witlike flavors. i would really prefer it to be drier. nice spices: white pepper at the finish I'd like more hop here, too, please

Needs intensified carbonation or more bitterness to cut the sweetness. Bitterness lingers but doesn't cut through enough

to be honest, it's not really a tripel, but it is fresh and fuckin tasty. and served in appropriate glassware goblet!

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Photo of heliosphann
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brugge Brasserie. Served in a goblet.

A: Very small head that's gone quickly. Looks a murky, golden orange.

S: Lots of spiciness. Corriander, orange peel, etc... Almost smells like a Wit rather than a Triple. Sweetness is also very dominant.

T: Much like the smell, spicy sweetness is the 400lb gorilla here. The sweetness is almost too pronounced. Some hops towards the end with a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a average. There is also some stickiness.

D: The almost 10% ABV is really well hidden, but the heavy sweetness makes it a little hard to have more than one serving.

I've had this several times on draft and even in a bottle. This was supposedly a fresh batch and I think this beer does better with some age on it. Overall a nice take on a Belgian Triple. I'll have to revisit this in a bottle and do a sister review.

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Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle courtesy of bdigital, poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden orange underneath a big creamy white head that stays on as a healthy cap for the entirety of the session. No lacing to be found though the body clears up completely as it warms.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of sweet Belgian yeasts and sugar coated light fruits, definitely some apples and pears in there. Some spiciness and a bit of dry earthy character as well.

The taste is all over the place and has a big sweet fruit backbone that has not only apples and pears but some bananas as well. There is also a more noticeable spiciness, especially in the finish. The alcohol is also more present than I would like and the finish is an odd mix of super sweet sugars and dry spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and almost syrupy over time with the sugars really coming through on the palate.

There is probably a little bit too much non-integrated stuff going on in this one to really impress me - spicy yeast, lemony hops, lots of sugar, light fruits. I think the ingredients are there, and it's definitely a good beer and I'd go out of my way to try something else from this brewery.

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Photo of charlesw
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale cloudy orangy amber with a huge white head. Head is gone so fast it makes your head spin!

Smells lightly of the oil from an orange peel (when you fold it and make them spray out) and musty laundry. A bit of Orangina in there (maybe that's just the bubbling from all of that head). Coriander.

An interesting dry/sweet/spiced/not experience in the mouth. I want to say that it's dry for a trip but many of the flavors I find are sweet - candi sugar and coriander. Big astringency (over-extraction. Boy, do I know that one. Sucks, man) and some citric bitterness. Bananas. Oh, good grief, but bananas. Whoa.

Rich and thick yet carbonated enough that it's not too syrupy. So, yeah. They get knocked on appearance 'cause it's too carbonated but that very same extra carbonation helps greatly with the mouthfeel. I mean, without it this would be an undrinkable syrupy mess. Tough situation to be in. I suppose that ideally I'd knock down both the carbonation and malt temp - take the mouth down and not overcarbonate.

It's OK. Certainly good to compare the different things out there. It's unfortunate that it just seems there's so little going on in the flavor.

Oh, and, hey, the bottle rocks.

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Photo of youngblood
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This thing is not the prettiest tripel I've ever seen, but it's certainly not awful to look at. Very golden, honey-like color to this. Head is not much to speak of, disapates very quickly to the outer regions of the beer surface. This smells quite nice. Bit of pepper, spice, and some sweet fruits (bit of raison, some peach), yeast, and alcohol. Has some spiciness (cloves?) followed by some alcohol bite on initial sip. Pepper and fruit undertones follow. Quite complex, something to analyze and enjoy. Feels a bit creamy on the tongue. Strong ABV that goes down smoothly can make this a dangerous one.

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Photo of wingedeel
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Trion in New Haven.

A little lighter and less sweet than many " real" Belgian beers, and a little thinner in the mouthfeel department.

That is not to say it is a bad beer however. Nice citrus flavors mask the alcohol, and the beer does achieve the musty characteristics of many other Belgian beers. This is also quite drinkable, I certainly had no trouble finishing the 16 ouncer served at The Trion.

While not fantastic, I would certainly have this again. A solid Indiana Belgian style offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded brown touched orange with a decent off white head that doesn't seem to stay. Nose is dough, spices, and citrus in minor quantities. Sort of faint, but there enough to notice it. Citrus really starts to show when it gets warmer. Orange to be more precise. Pretty well balanced flavor I have to say. Good level of dough, minor spices, and firm citrus. I like this tripel quite a bit. If it was readily available, that'd be a good thing.

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

A: Slightly hazy gold color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated. Laced in even rings.

S: Big citrus and light fruits. Some malts. A grape aroma (like cider?) lingered.

T: Very yeasty. Sweet citrus with a hefty hop bitterness.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for a tripel.

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Photo of number1bum
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After beating BeerTruth in a game of intelligence, this was my prize. Thanks dumbass.

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a quickly rising, fizzy white head. Head settles pretty quickly and keeps a mostly full lace, although not much stick save for a thick rimjob.

Smell is quite spicy and also a bit tart, at least initially. The tartness seems to fade out as it warms up a bit, but it's a zesty lemon aroma when it's there. Nose is dominated by loads of pepper, though; this is one spicy yeast strain. Also a bit on the earthy side, and there's a dash of graham cracker sweetness in there, as well.

Taste is also quite peppery and it's also remarkably dry. There is very little residual sweetness in this beer; it's dry and peppery with a bit of a grainy note. There is some fruit, as well; some lemon zest, in particular. No sign of the tartness that originally was there in the nose, however. What sweetness there is I'd call a honey graham cracker sort of flavor. I'm not sure if it's hop in origin or what but there is a tea leaf-like character here, as well. Finishes with an ashy sort of dryness and some mild white pepper left on the tongue. I keep remarking on the amount of pepper in this beer, but it is important to note that while it is pervasive it is never overpowering; it's ever-present but subtle enough to not get obnoxious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty crisp in addition to being so dry.

The more I drank this the more I liked it. It's not highly complex but it's complex enough to be interesting, and it's tasty to boot. On a continuum from dry to sweet I think few tripels would go further to the left than this. I was actually in the mood for something more on the dry side, though, so this really hit the spot. It's very peppery but never too peppery. I found it to be very drinkable and enjoyable, and it's something I would certainly come back to it.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample at IBG Winterfest 2009.

A - Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate sour citrus and yeast aroma.

T - Medium to heavy sweet & sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - This beer met my expectations.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thick, foamy, pillowy, white head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled fruity (pear and apple) with some spicy notes.

T - It almost tasted like a cider with its strong fruity flavors. It had some peppery spices and subtle yeasty flavors, too.

M - It was pretty sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good tripel. I am curious to try other offerings from Brugge Brasserie.

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Tripel De Ripple from Brugge Brasserie
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.