Tripel De Ripple - Brugge Brasserie

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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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 rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a glowing hazy body of warm orange with a thin film of snow white foam sitting on top. There is a nice bit of lacing with each sip even as the head fades to a thick ring around the glass.

S- This beer has a nice slightly sweet perfume note with a hint of bitter green at the finish. The bitterness is soft enough that it doesn’t have a hop flavor but does balance the sweetness. As the beer warms there are notes of red apple skins and a faint bubble gum note that is quite pleasant.

T- The flavor of light sweet caramel malt blends with flavors of pear juice and a note of circuits peanut candy and a bright red apple hint. The finish has a light bitter green finish with a note of black pepper and a faint fusel taste, which is quite nice.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a light alcohol heat at the finish which really cleans the sweetness of the palate.

D- This beer has some nice complexity and some nice twist that many average triples don’t have. I can see why this is an award winner. In a world of so many average triples that are big on the sweet and big on the heat this beer has some nice depth and balance.

Photo of BigJim5021
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous hazy copperish-orange with a bubbly white head. Active carbonation keeps a nice ring going the whole time you slug this sucker down. No lacing, though.

The smell is wonderfully potent. Yes, it's typical of a good tripel (spicy and fruity), but shouldn't it be? No indication of the booze-level either.

Flavor, on the other hand, gives you a bit of a hint as far as the booze content is concerned. The alcohol isn't quite as masked as in a La Fin Du Monde or Allagash, but that's not to say that it's a bad thing either. The main flavor components are the clove-like spiciness and the fruity esters. There's actually a touch of hop bitterness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is good, with very lively carbonation. Pretty much right where it should be.

It's nice to see yet another quality brewery doing their thing in my home state. It's even nicer to see them doing it Belgian style. I just wish that more brewers of Belgian style ales (here in the states) would embrace six packs (or four packs) so that we didn't always have to rely on 750 ml bottles to get the job done.

Photo of heliosphann
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of charlesw
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of Preismj
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in proper glassware. Cloudy yellow color, nice foamy white head. Head disappears quickly eventually leaving some lace on the sides of the glass. Nice fruity, spicy aroma. Slightly tart, spicy, along with the typical Belgian yeasty character. High carbonation, light body. This is a very drinkable beer. Finishes slightly dry. Very nice indeed. I believe that it was around 7 % ABV, so this could eventually catch up to you.

Photo of bolojm
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is golden in color, slightly coudy/hazy with a good, thick head. The aroma is complex with mild phenolics, pears, spices. On the palate, this is a wonderful beer, the malt and yeast character are in great balance. Low hop bitterness, little-to-no hop flavor. At over 9% ABV, there is no perceived booziness to this beer...fantastic!

Photo of Indybeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice head that slowly faded, that left lots of nice lacing on the glass. Nice fruity/spicy aroma rose from my glass, that smell that lets you know its a belgian. Taste is sweet with a spicyness that really make this go down smooth. Enough malt character to make this such an easy drinking beer. But after a couple of these you know there is some potentcy here! Very well done Ted!

Photo of youngblood
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of Umbra
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light gold brew, served in a tulip with very little head and virtually no lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma.
The aroma comes through in the flavor, with good amounds of banana and orange. A faint amount of hoppiness in the front and a hint of sour on the finish. ETOH cuts into the mouthfeel, but its other attributes make it pretty drinkable while sitting outside and hanging with the locals.

Photo of BlackAngus
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a goblet. An orangish-yellow color, cloudy, with a rich white head that quickly faded to a ring.

Smell was estery, with lots of banana character and citrus. You can tell this is a Belgian from across the room.

Taste was fantastic, with the fruity characters balanced very well with the hops, and a touch of spiciness. I'm guessing coriander, but I can't be sure. Some citrus notes, here, too. Heavenly.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, lightly carbed. Very pleasant.

I could drink this until I fell over. Highly drinkable, I didn't notice an alcohol flavor at all. Highly recommended.

Photo of DCon
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Photo of mcallister
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing is the quality of Brugge beers. An orange juice appearance. Cloudy with a loosely cojoined white head that fades quickly. A really unique looking tripel. Bright and lively.

Lovely fruit aromas with some banana and bubblegum. Stone fruits and some tropical notes. Peach, tangerine, melon, with a hint of clove. Very nice.

Light, fruity, and lip smacking. Could be bigger in body however. Rich bubblegum with a lemony orange rind twist. Spicey mid palate and good clove on the finish. Nice alcohol burn in the chest. Just a damn tastey tripel.

Photo of number1bum
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of cnally
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local beer in a bottle? Sign me up. Kahn's stocks three Brugge beers now, good to know.

The look is a golden haze, firm white head that dissipates without much retention.

Fruity aroma, smells very sweet. Big time apple scents, like standing in an apple orchard.

Huge apple flavor. Mild malt aftertaste. The hops play their music in the background here.

Fizzy, fuzzy, sticky feel.

Good overall product, big alcohol impact. The flavor of alcohol is pretty prevalent - but I really like that. More importantly, if you don't prefer the high alcohol taste - it doesn't get in the way of the other flavors. It balances quite nicely.

Photo of JamesS
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It had a nice light gold coloring, with little head and lacing. The aroma was very sweet and fruity, notably banana and orange. The taste starts hoppy and finishes a little sweet and sour, with a nice banana taste in-between; alcohol was also quite notable in the taste of this one. The mouthfeel was just rough, but not bad considering its high ABV.

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
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

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of wingedeel
4.02/5  rDev -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.

Photo of baos
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at Vandivier Spirits #1 in Franklin.

Decent head on pour that completely disappears. Nice light orange pekoe tea color.

Big and boozy, a bit of pink bubble gum and banana. Maybe a hint of clove. Those candy sugars are very nice with a bit of sweet breadiness.

Get a bit of those clover beeswax hops that goes into a raisin-bread-liqueur. This beer really grows on you first swish and one is rather taken aback then it warms on you palate it gets better with each draw from the jar. After you are about half way through the bottle take a few really deep breaths to appreciate all the aromas and flavors of this girl. She'll get you goin.

Very full body on this girl, perfectly proportioned, i'm talking a motherfucking baby factory.

A bit boozy but hey we're not little babies anymore. A one!

Photo of roadhouse
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Three Floyds as part of the Indiana Beer Week.

Appeared a very nice golden yellow. Not much of a head by the time I got it, but there was a bit of lacing.

Aroma was spicy, with some sweet notes, most likely from candi sugar, and a bit of bubble gum/banana esters.

Flavor was spicy and sweet. Like the aroma the spice was dominant, then sweetness and then banana. What hurt this was the harsh solvent-like alcohol at the finish that burned the throat as it went down.

Mouthfeel was medium - good except for the burn.

I was pretty disappointed with it. I could not have brought myself to drink another due to the harsh alcohol taste that was present. It probably would be great without that quality.

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