De Graal Tripel - Brouwerij De Graal

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De Graal TripelDe Graal Tripel

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85
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-21-2005

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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by CHADMC3:
Photo of CHADMC3
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden yellow with orange hues beneath the foamy, pure-white head that patiently dissolves to leave a sticky lacing.

Aromas are of lemon zest, yeast, citrus hops, sour apple, and grapes rising from the glass. Candy sugar and honey seem to appear as it warms.

Flavors consist of candied sugar, yeast, apples, and apricots. It becomes a bit floral as it warms as well, perhaps the hops.

Medium in body with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

A decent tripel overall, perhaps not as crisp and clean as some of its counterparts with more subdued aromas as well, but overall worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kraken
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle , shared with my brother. Beer poured a light golden amber with obvious sedimentt. Best before June 09. Smells as if it has been brewed with honey nose also has a bit a hop profile. Fairly light beer for 9% abv. Taste is very interesting, a very light malt profile. Fairly hoppy, very sweet and smooth, grassy. Light to moderate sweetness substancial hop bitterness in the finish . Drinknablility is fairly good, I think more then one would be to many. This is by far the hoppiest triple that I have ever had. I don't know if I would call this a triple, but its good

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A light yellow hazy fluid with a thick white head.

S - A fresh hoppy smell with a little pine and a vague corn like scent.

T - A touch of sweetness, malt and a heavy yeast taste, not bad though. Quite excellent even, the hop makes it bitter and piny.

M - Creamy with a medium carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

O - A nice rather dry tripel.

Photo of bditty187
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is not retired; it is imported by Shelton Brothers.

Slightly hazy, white gold in hue with a kiss of orange. White head, at the apex the foam was a half finger tall. Head retention was excellent; the bubbles were slow to fade to a tight cap that lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was spotty and not really noteworthy. Still, on the whole, this is a great looking beer!

Soft nose; grainy with some hints of fruit and honey. Lemon, oranges, apricots, and bananas... it smells sweet. Beyond the fruitiness and vague maltiness this bouquet isn't saying much. I find it too muted to be a good Triple, too quite, too restrained. I find it boring but others might dig it more than I. I was hoping for more and I surely expect more.

Again, soft palate... but it is tasty. Warming sweetness with some honey, vanilla, vague fruitiness (lemon zest, oranges) before hops arrive. Light bitterness, enough to balance the grainy-sweet malt. Compared to other Triples and compared to my personal "guideline" I think De Graal falls short. I'd like more bitterness, a more pronounced malt backbone and generally cleaner and crisper.

Medium-light in body, moderately-low carbonation... the mouthfeel is a bit thin for me.

Way too easy to drink... I finished my 750ml too quick. This is not a compliment. I should what/need to sip on a Triple. I should enjoy every ounce. I should find depth and complexity. I was left wanting. Forgettable. Even though it is inexpensive compared to other Belgian Triples I would rather pay a dollar or two more and get a world class beer. Purchased in Omaha.

Photo of Pete1991
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer with a smooth finish.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in May 2008, price not recorded.

Pours a slightly chill hazed golden yellow, with a dense rocky head that is quite attractive. Towards the end of the bottle, the yeast particles cloud up the beer quite a bit.

Aroma is tripel-like sweet fruits (apricot, pineapple, peach), but generally weak compared to many examples of the style.

Flavor includes the aroms, awith the sharp pepper ending that is so common. Alcohol burn is present (moreso than I like), but not overpowering. A pungent yeast ending.

Overall this is enjoyable, and since I haven't had a tripel in a while, I liked it even more for that reason. But honestly, I can't say I like this one as much as some of the others.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on jan´12. Golden color, foggy appearance. White froth. Close, slowly dissipated, crown. Candies, sugar & hints of cinnamon to the nose. Sweet upfront, mildy malty flavor. Peppery, spicy & soft warming sensation. Velvet palate.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crisp honey color with a average sized, tight, creamy very white head. Really nice retention with a thick, creamy lace.

S - Very tripel smelling. Belgian malt, yeast and candi sugar. Golden fruit with pear, apple, touches of mango, apricot and pineapple. Quite spicy with clove being strongest. More fruity esters the more I smell it.

T - Quite a spicy and hoppy tripel. Belgian malt, yeast, and candi sugar all present. Clove and other spices along with alcohol give it a bit of a kick. A good amount of fruit that is similar to the nose. Golden fruit and some tropical fruit.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a good level of carbonation. Fairly drying and a little thin.

D - Alcohol and spice a little strong to be overly drinkable, but I really enjoyed drinking this. Goes down easy.

Notes: A pretty good tripel. Pretty spicy with some tropical fruit as well. I got this out of the bargain bin and was very happy about it because it is a nice tripel. A go-to beer or prime example of the style, no, but a nice beer.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. A one finger head falls to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: sweet malts, yeast, and a bit of a fruity sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: the malt level is big and sweet but is nicely balanced with a hearty bitterness. Green grapes, honey, and yeast round it out with a big pepper spice arriving late. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, lightly crisp and dry at the end. Long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a nice tripel that anyone would enjoy. Slow sipping beer but enjoyable.

Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an active bright gold color with excellent, pillowy white head. This beer has very good head retention and excellent lacing as well. In other words, this beer looks damn good. The nose is likewise pretty attractive, with some nice honey cherry, but with some noticeable peppery bitterness as well. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, though there is a bit more hoppiness that helps to buoy the moderate sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with good length and a smooth finish. Drinkability is very impressive in this beer. It went down far too easily for a 9% abv. beer.

All in all, this is a very nice, hoppy style tripel. It reminds me somewhat of Duvel and is definitely a beer I would order again.

Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/26/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with a date strip on the side. Best by July, 2009. This beer is not retired. Poured into my St. Feullien chalice.

Appearance- Mid range golden colored pour with super fine bubbles rising to the surface. Large one inch plus head, somewhat creamy in texture. Leaves a light frothy covering over the contents. Lacing is very nice and has almost comlete sheeting within the glass.

Smell- Scents of corriander, yeast, powdered sugar and bitter hops.

Taste- This is one hoppy tripel! Mild sweetness at the beginning of each sip from the candied sugar with corriander and some white pepper coming into play afterwards. A serious drying bitter hoppiness follows and maintains into and through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- As stated above, good amount of dryness and a lasting bitter aftertaste. The only thing that brings this beer down a bit is it's biting, sharp and heavy carbonation. Almost Duvel-like in nature.

Drinkability- I really enjoyed this beer, although I think it should be listed under the belgian IPA category. Whatever it is, it's very flavorful, quenching and a hopheads dream for the style.

Photo of churchillps
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer definitely isn't retired. Just picked up this 22oz bottle with a new label design and poured it into a Duvel glass.

A: Poured with a ton of thick head. Golden color with an abundance of yeast floating around. Nice crisp color, bright and vibrant.

S: Bananas and citrus first come to mind, followed by a hint of hops and sweet malt.

T: Very sweet throughout. Starts sweet, a lot of fruit flavor, continues into a subtle hop note and finishes with a strong sweet malted flavor that lingers at the front of the palate.

M/D: Nice and smooth. Medium bodied, nice lather left on the tongue, but some (including me at times) could be turned off by the ton of black yeast sediment floating.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty standard version of a tripel. Pours a dark hazy blonde color with small to moderate head. The smell is over powering of hops and not much else. The taste is similar to that, with too much hops and no other flavors to entice you. Its a little like an IPA with the hops, but I wish there was more to it.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz bottle - Pours a rather cloudy pale/yellow color with small quickly dissipating head. Average carbonation. Smells super sweet with some bread and fruity yeast notes. First sip is very bready and biting with a welcomed mild tartness. Extremely tasty. A nice bitter finish.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber with an initially puffy white head that quickly recedes to a creamy, even mousse. This beer is obviously unfiltered, as little chunks of yeast are suspended in the liquid. Little streams of bubbles are also easily spotted once the beer settles in the glass.

S: The smell is a bit nondescript. Aromas of citrus, caramel, spice, and pungent, lactic yeast make their presence known after a couple of seconds, gradually becoming stronger once the beer begins to warm.

T: Strong notes of lemon, bitter orange, caramel, pepper, herbs, hay, oak, and lactic, pungent yeast are immediately evident on the palate. I also detected flavors reminiscent of candy sugar, coriander, and ginger. The finish is tart and fruity with lemon, orange, hay, and lactic yeast notes.

M: Full bodied and dryish, but very smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is a bit restrained for the style, but the alcohol is exceptionally subdued. One of the more drinkable Belgian tripels I've run across, this beer is very well balanced.

O: I find this to be an excellent tripel, and a beer that I would not mind revisiting in the very near future. I love the complex of spicy, pungent yeast and tart, citrusy hop flavors that this beer so skillfully displays. If you've grown tired of the more readily available abbey ales, give this one a go.

Photo of wl0307
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been a year since I first tried this beer. The colour of the beer label has been changed from brown to red, and still being brewed (NOT retired, stupid computer system!). BB 09/2007, served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: bright golden hue with tiny bits of yeast sediments floating in the nectar; the beer head comes thick and tightly foamy, sustaining very well indeed; constantly lively carbonation, not OTT.
S: intensely sour-sweet fruit-estery aroma of sweet lemon+orange, apricot... intertwined harmoniously with a flow of mixed spiciness composed of ginger, coriander and white-pepper, against a creamy yet assertively sugary malty backbone with a light touch of phenol and a slightly musty edge. Not bad at all, albeit very dense and sweet...
T: bitter yeastiness and effervescent fizziness hit the palate upfront, slightly overpowering for the tastebuds and clouding other flavours... gradually the tangy, citric fruity elements develop, giving way quickly to very dry and semi-bitter hoppiness, mildly sweet pale malts and raw nuts, and a lingering aftertaste of peppery and gingery spiciness; a tinge of phenol also at presence at the very end of the palate, but kept to the minimum just like on the aroma. Soothingly dry, bitter and sour finish along with a mild kiss of alc. and plenty of lingering woody yeasts and hops to chew.
M&D: the fizziness comes way too intrusive... luckily it does soften quickly enough, and the latter half of the palate witnesses the better part of the flavour and complex interaction b/w yeastiness and malts. A full-bodied, yeasty and very dry-hoppy example of Tripel, it could've been better if ridding itself of the sharply fizzy texture and densely sweet edge of aroma.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty amber (verging on yeasty topaz) with a wonderful head of alabaster colored suds. This is the best De Graal lid, by far, of the three that I've seen so far. The foam resembles vanilla mousse as it melts and does a nice job decorating the sides of the glass.

It smells like Tripel contains added spices, which is cheating as far as I'm concerned. Well, maybe not cheating, but unnecessary when Belgian tripels are some of the best smelling beers in all the world. In addition to sugary golden fruit, I'll go with coriander and clove. Pleasant enough, but far from great.

De Graal Tripel is better beer than Dubbel and Speciale (a BSDA). However, I still haven't decided whether it deserves a higher taste score. Some sips say 'yes' and others say 'no'. Whatever spices were added, they weren't added with a very heavy hand. Coriander is likely, along with clove and white pepper esters from the yeast.

Other flavors include golden fruit (apples and pears), which is typically how tripels taste to my palate. There's a bit of lemon peel and some grassy bitterness as well. However, things are pretty balanced overall from a sweet-bitter-spicy standpoint. In the end, the 4.0 taste score is barely earned.

This beer also has the best mouthfeel of all three ales from this brewery. It still isn't up to snuff if we're comparing it to the heavy hitters of the style. More creaminess and more volume would go a long way, which means more and better bubbles.

Tripel is actually decent beer and is a pleasant surprise after two less than outstanding offerings from Brouwerij De Graal. Having said that, since there's a wealth of great Belgian tripels available (almost) no matter where you live, I can't bring myself to recommend this one.

Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice 750 ml bottle. Poured a medium yellow with a nice white heat.

The nose is true to the type with fruits and spice.

Taste is very nice with pear and apple. Some butterscotch or something like it was also present. Mouthfeel was very heavy or thick tasting but I found this an interesting turn for a Tripel. I had no problem drinking this and would have another.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow body with a smallish, white head. Some sediment rolling around in there, too.

Smell: Belgian malts coated in candi sugar, honey, spices, hunks of fruit, and even some flower petals.

Taste: Pale maltiness augmented with a kick of candi sugar sweetness. Fruity tastes of lemons and pears. A tad floral. Spoonful of orange blossom honey. The tiniest pinch of Chinese Five Spice. Mild hop bitterness. Slight yeastiness. I must say the 9% ABV is well hidden. Sweetish, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high, effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability: My my, that's not half bad! Reasonably tasty and surprisingly easy to drink down.

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De Graal Tripel from Brouwerij De Graal
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