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Steenbrugge Abbey Tripel - Brouwerij De Gouden Boom

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BA SCORE
88
very good

10 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Gouden Boom visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-30-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dolem98:
Photo of dolem98
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Highlights:
-Beautiful white lace.
-Incredibly drinkable for the abv.
-Complex smell- strong fruit smell, apricot most noticeable
-I get a dark fruit taste like figs. I love the contrast between the smell and taste.

Why does the bottle say to serve at 40-44 degrees F? I had it quite a bit warmer.

dolem98, Oct 25, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown reused Westmalle bottle with raised glass, label is glued over. Drink before date on back label.

Appearance: Hazy pale gold with a thick creamy bone coloured lace.

Smell: Ripe granny smith apples, raw honey with faint whiffs of mace or all spice. More complex fruit goes even further with hints of mango and star fruit.

Taste: Insistent carbonation delivers a sharp bite to the palate. On the dry side with a moderate body. Candied fruit with a touch of raw honey and dry malt character are the predominant flavours tasted. Hops are quite noticeable with a straight up bitterness that goes hand and hand with the medicinal phenolic / nutty flavours from the yeast. A warming and lively alcohol gets sweet and spicy on the tongue with exotic fruit and allspice that lingers with an astringent grain far into the finish.

Notes: Deceiving moderate body and dry finish makes for easy drinking though at 8.5% abv this is not a brew you would want to guzzle like cheap pilsner. I fine Tripel with a boldness that is hard to match.

Jason, Dec 30, 2000
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy, yellowish gold with a densely creamy bright white head that reduces to a solid 1/4" that holds throughout the glass. The lace rises another 1/4" from the surface in solid sheets that give the appearance of distant white mountains around a valley. Very nice. The body is light with a very fine and highly effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue with a light zest. The aroma expresses a sugary & bready malt similar to cookie dough with some vanilla and a light background spice. The flavor is fruity (green grapes) and spicy upfront, revealing a sweetish, bready and lightly earthy malt. It finishes with a lingering maltiness, some mild bitterness, and a light spice. Unfortunately, the alcohol is clearly present throughout, and can at times be distracting. A really nice beer that's quite interesting, rich, and full of character.

NeroFiddled, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of IronDjinn
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 330ml brown bottle, orange and gold leaf label has a medieval style illumination image of some saint or bishop on it--nice touch. Pours out a hazy deep gold hue, thickish chunky white head, fair amount of lacing. Aroma starts out doughy with figs and dates, but then contains an acidic apple strudel character, a sharpish bite. Flavour has a big type of spicy date bread up front, then passes into a more vinous cidery sharpness, with a faint dried fruit finish. The alcohol is not well masked and can be tasted behind this rather complex flavour profile, which lessens the appeal of it for me. Thick full mouthfeel that continues the motif of a liquid bread, this definitely would have tided the monks over during Lent, and left them satiated. I find myself working on finishing this rather than eagerly quaffing it. Very interesting profile, but I'm not so eager to go back for more.

IronDjinn, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color. Thick white head 1/2 inch and very sticky and lasting. Caramel smell with sour lemon in the sinus. Clean sweet taste with a touch of metalic (tin) sharpness on the tongue. Slight oak barrel woody finish. Medium mouth. Interesting overall. Looks alot better than it tastes...

frank4sail, May 06, 2004
Photo of marc77
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark blonde hue with a light turbidity. Porcelain white, stiff, cratered head leaves Belgian lace. The aroma is comprised of dominate notes of doughy malt, sweet biscuits and black pepper, with secondary notes of green apple and mellow clove. Rounded, chewy maltose like sweetness bathes the palate initially, then is complemented by suggestions of raw, fresh honey and rustic bread with an emphasis on the crust. Stately fruitiness slides in mid palate, consisting of mild, candied lemon citrus and ripe, white grape. Hop bitterness, although restrained, offsets malt appropriately, preventing cloying sweetness. Relatively full bodied, with an agreeably dextrinous mouthfeel that approaches creamy. Finishes mostly clean, with subtle, fleeting hints of clove and peppery alcohol. A delicious tripel, with yeast derived character more mild than the norm, but with malt backbone comparatively more firm, and pronounced. Mellow, smooth, and superbly drinkable all around. Deserves a 750 ml portion size. This is a tease.

marc77, May 13, 2003
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one surprised me... it poured a clear yellow, and I expected it to be cloudy. It did have a pretty big head that lasted for some time.

Like their dubbel, this one has a slight metallic aroma to it. There were also aromatic hops and pine scents, but the metallic was there in the backround.

The taste was pretty darn good... mild maltiness, slightly sweet, slightly fruity (apples or pears), and quite warming. I enjoyed it.

connecticutpoet, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of paterlodie
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring this one in your glass makes you see how great a lot of carbon dioxide can be. Nice and perfectly clear beer with a huge white head make it a good presentation. Smell is unbelievably fruity& spicy due too yeast and koreander( i guess) and with that still some malts and hops to be smelled. Taste is very well balanced& complex too. Malty, candy sugar and the fruits are majorly there in this dry brew together with some hops for a dry finish. Good beer!

paterlodie, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of dogfooddog
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This yellow beer pours with a 15% white head. 33cl bottle 12/08/08 euro-style.

Nose is moderately malty, some hoppish notes in there too but secondary.

This is a malty beer. typical belgian tripel notes are absent. What I get is some hoppy bitterness with a very pronounced malt character. I have read previous reviews and get none of the fruity notes mentioned by some reviewers. In general character this greatly resembles the dubbel I reviewed recently. I do wonder if any brewery changes have caused a change in the nature or character of this beer.

aftertaste is unexceptional, mildly bitter and very malted.

dogfooddog, May 01, 2006
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -2.7%

tbeq00, Nov 28, 2011
Steenbrugge Abbey Tripel from Brouwerij De Gouden Boom
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.