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St Martin Tripel - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
83
good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AndyAvalanche on 02-12-2010

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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 47
Photo of Wanne
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a golden color, that stays clear unless you pour the last bit in it. The yeast will make it cloudy. Smells refreshing, with some citrus and hop aromas. Combination of malt and citrus accents makes for an enjoyable, easy-to-drink beer and the nice bitterness of the hops makes it refreshing.

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of alcohol, some fruits. Taste is fruits, malts, alcohol, light spices, more alcohol as it warms. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

we need more belgian beer on tap here in colorado, i know its for sale, but bars seem to stay away from it, especially the lesser known brands, but this is great beer, and although i infrequently crave a tripel, this hit the spot for me. tons of head, classic belgian look, just a little haze to this blonde beauty. the nose is candy sugar and belgian yeast, less grainy than other tripels, but this one seems really yeast driven. creamy in the mouth, punctuated mellowness with jivey bubbles and a lathering texture from the wheat, really cool there. the flavor has an herbal quality behind the sugar, which is light but there. bright fruity notes of white grape and orange zest in the background as well. this isnt my favorite tripel, but it serves as a benchmark for the style i think, and has one of the best mouthfeels of any i have had. slight vinegar tang on the back end is a little out of place, but the residual sugar is under control and its not hotly alcoholic. tasty stuff this time of year.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle

Brasserie De Brunehaut St. Martin Triple changed the color of my clear tulip glass to a slightly cloudy golden hue. The fine carbonation bubbles rushed to the nice 2-finger white bubbly head that was produced. The head also left a generous amount of lacing behind. The nose is dominated by light fruit, and a bready and yeasty aroma. The taste is very similar to the nose with candy sugar, bananas, a touch of honey and yeast noted. Mouth feel is medium bodied, a little sticky while also being creamy. A light alcohol warming at the back of the palate is also noticed.

Overall, an enjoyable Belgian Triple, however, not the best available. It is lacking some of the complexity of other great triples

Photo of Dentist666
4.15/5  rDev +14%

Poured into snifter.
Hazy amber beer with fluffy off-white head, ok resistance. Nice floral and fruity aroma - orange, honey. Taste is not very bad - heavy, yeasty, rather dry with significant bitterness in the finish, high carbonation, alcohol is well-hidden. A beer with a character, requiring further comprehension.

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml, squat bottle, now produced by the 'Abbaye de Saint-Martin', it would seem.

This beer pours a glassy, bright medium apricot amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy and creamy melted marshmallow off-white head, which leaves some sudsy, chunky swaths of bulbous cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat biscuity pale malt, zesty yeast, further clove and lemon pepper spice, a somewhat tart red apple and bosc pear fruitiness, and a softly astringent, yet sweet at the same time alcohol warmth. The taste is gritty, grainy pale and almost wheaty malt, acrid earthy yeast, mixed pepper, clove and ginger spice, a subtle lemon citrus tartness, ethereal banana chips, apple flesh, and a loitering, lingering, and ready to pounce metallic booziness.

The bubbles are fairly active, in the form of a tight, palate-tickling frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and smooth by the same metric - i.e. not so much, what with that hanging dagger of alcohol and all. It finishes strangely on the dry side, as the spice, yeast, and booze collude to trample any lingering malt aspirations.

Yup, this is the sort of thing that first put me way off of Tripels upon first contact a number of years ago, a perception that persisted for a good while afterwards, fairly or not. Now, once I've more or less warmed up from my side, due to exposure to a number of subtle offerings from the proverbial other side, we come full circle. While this may have the hallmarks of the style, the threat of alcohol from cradle to grave just makes me switch off.

Photo of choyhosoi
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. This one has a nice bubbly head with some decent lacing. The color is a hazy yellow/orange with a nice sweet smell. The smell of fruit comes to mind when you inhale. The taste is bubbly with a little bite that could be smoother. I will probably like this more as I drink it. Enjoy.

Photo of TheBrewo
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

We pour a brew of cidery, golden brown caramel. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of creamy white bubbles, showing okay retention, but nice reproducibility. Lacing is ridged, corded, and patterned, lying thick around the glass. Thick haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active, comprised of near microscopic bubbles. The nose smells of rice and corn tortillas, adjuncty metallics, refried beans, heavy banana and bubblegum ester sweetness, orange peel citrics, lightly salted butterscotch, fusel vodka booziness, shoe polish chemical bite, golden Belgian yeast, and pale and cheaply wheaty malts. Our first impression is that the malt bill is rather cheap and adjuncty, taking significant legitimacy away from its representation of the style. As we sip, the flavor opens with Belgian yeast, sweet Belgian and dry German wheatiness, white rice, celery, butterscotch sweetness, apple cider and lemon juiciness, and massive tinny metallics. The middle comes to a peak with warming, fusel booze, white sugar, adjuncty wheaty grain, green apple acetaldehyde character, sunflower nectar florals, black pepper and cinnamon spice, dirty cloven phenols, floral potpourri, and vanilla buttercream cupcake icing. The end washes through with vodka, lemon hand wipes, chalk, Mott’s apple juice, red wine dryness, continued adjuncts of rice and stark aluminum metallics, bubblegum esters, browned banana bread, sour yeasty twang, tin, popcorn salts and butters, and whole grain bread crust. The aftertaste breathes of honey cloy, gravel, mineral water, adjuncts, wheat table crackers, straw, white sugar, heavy Belgian malt mash albeit cheap filler grain, dry paper towels, corn flour, and vinyl plastics. The body is medium but chewy enough, and the carbonation is medium to high, with pleasant prickle. Each sip gives full slurp, smack, cream, and froth. The mouth is left fully coated and foamed, with mild pucker secondary to the booze and to the metallics. The abv is fine, but the beer drinks on the slower, sipper side.

Overall, the strongest component of this beer was its appearance, followed by its aroma. Really, we found great trouble with this one. The flavors and aromas are cloyingly sweet, so much so that the centerpiece grain is mocked and burdened by the accessory ingredients. While there is fleeting semblance to the style, again, this drive is lost, and you are left with sweaty, adjuncty echoes across your palate and your memory. It is always fun to try a new brew for us from a new brewery, but other than that, it is hard to get excited about anything this tripel has to offer.

Photo of patre_tim
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden filtered, tones of carbonation, 3 fingers of white foamy head, great retention, nice lacing.

S: Skunk, malt, smells surprisingly like an AA Lager to me. Oregano oil. Some phenols coming through, but really, I am wondering if I got duped, and hoping the taste will surprise me. A bit of tropical fruits like pineapple on the 5th sniff.

T: Okay, there it is. Phenols galore, light candy sugar, first I am more reminded of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale rather than a Tripel, Duvel comes to mind, some Belgian yeasts, then a rusty metallic flavour comes in and lingers near the end. Some tropical fruits, again pineapple.

M: Medium light somewhat syrupy body, tones of large bubbly carbonation. Relatively dry.

O: Like the taste which surpasses the smell. Okay look, love the bottle, and love that it’s a definite Belgian displayed in the foamy head and in the taste. Definitely not up to par with other Tripels like the Trappists and abbeys’.

Photo of billy_scott_28
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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i love this shit '

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell: ginger and lemongrass

Taste: extremely effervescent with huge hits of green apples and champagne with a cantaloupe aftertaste

Very simply flavors that a reminiscent of a Sunday brunch mixed drink however, I am a huge fan of odd beers and this one definitely has a place in my mind as being one of the curiosities.

I actually paired this with an everything omelette with sharp cheddar, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, and bacon--always bacon

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy gold pour, lots of head from dropping upon popping the cap (doh!).
smell is a bit floral, yeast(?), spice...
taste is thge same, a little bitter, strange taste masks the alcohol.
overall, a decent brew but definitely much better from other belgiums. good to try the varieties, but always come back to the standards.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

St. Martin tripel

A - slightly cloudy marigold hue with over 3 fingers worth of snow white foam. It quickly dissipates to a thick ring around the glass leaving spotty lacing behind.

S - aroma is fairly intense. Lots of spice character. Notes of clove and pepper are most prominent followed by hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Underneath are hints of ripe banana peel and cake batter.

T - sweet doughy malt profile up front. Peppery Spice notes slowly swell to the surface as the beer warms on the tounge. Hints of cinnamon as well. Quite of bit of fruit character in the form of bananas and hints of orange peel and possibly some lemon zest. Quick spicy finish.

M - high spritzy carbonation. Medium bodied with a slightly flabby and watery feel.

O - decent belgian style ale. Mouthfeel wasnt great but it had a nice nose and some decent depth of flavor.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a thick head. Dissipates to heavy lacing. Bottle foamed over on opening. Floral, sweet fruit, malt with a bit of sour aroma. Taste follows aroma, but an odd, off-putting flavor on finish that I can't put my finger on. Gets a bit better with warming, although there is an acrid aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. I'd probably opt for other tripels.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a 750mL bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - This pours a cloudy straw yellow with very light white head at the top.

S - On the nose I light fruits, citrus, yeast, and a slight spice.

T - On the palate I some banana like flavors, reminding more of a hefeweizen than a tripel. Interesting, on the finish I get some spice and a little citrus, orange and lemon.

M - Medium-bodied and it seemed to be pretty highly carbonated.

O - An interesting beer, not overly complex for a Belgian Tripel. it had a good flavor, and I enjoyed it, but it is not the first tripel on the shelf I'm going to be going for in the future.

Photo of hotsudge
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden colour with a light bubble filled head. The head is short and fades quickly. After the head fades you are left with a mirky looking film on the top.

S - a slight spice and sweet nose, reminding me of banana bread for some reason - could just be the day...

T - again, I'm reminenising about banana bread... slight hint of cloves, spice with a small amount of sweet. A light tasting triple in comparison to other triples.

M - light in my mouth, a slight tingle at first with the spice notes hitting first and finishing sweeter.

O - a nice easy drinking tripel. Worth drinking again but not the best triple out there. It's lacking some of the complexities required of a great tripel.

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Cloudy golden-yellow pour with a small white head that retained and laced fairly well. Aroma of grains, yeast, fruit esters. Taste is bready with pear and a touch of berry, light notes of candi sugar and spice. Light-medium body, fairly dry and slightly acidic in the finish. Not too bad, but not great.

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich light-golden hue with a good haze and two fingers of creamy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: rich malt aroma which is rather sweet and has a hint of graininess to it to break up the sweetness. There seems to be a mild noble hop character to the aroma as well. I rather like it.

Taste: rich malt at the beginning followed by a rather harsh alcohol burn. Malt fades into a graininess toward the end and bitterness is present, if to a low extent. Overall the flavor seems harsh and ham-fisted, and I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a huge creaminess. I just wish I liked the flavor as much as the excellent texture.

Overall: this beer has a lot going for it; unfortunately, it falls a bit short in the flavor department. If the flaws (hotness of alcohol, harshness of finish) could be mitigated, this would be one great tripel.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Brasserie De Brunehaut's St Martin Tripel a couple weeks ago for $9.49 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new Tripel to try on my quest for the best Tripel, this one caught my eye and the price was right, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it got a nice classic and clean look to it. The cork came out with a loud popping noise with a little smoke. It poured a slightly golden yellow color that was pretty cloudy and it took on an orange/gold color when held to the light. It had four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This was a really good looking Tripel, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off nice and citrusy with some orange and lemon rind aromas, next comes the malts which have a lower amount of sweetness and impart some grainy and bready aromas along with some slight caramel and toffee aromas. Towards the end I get a light amount of some spicy Belgian yeast with a slight alcohol aroma, there was also a noticeable skunky aroma. The aroma wasn't that great, I wish the yeast stuck out a little more and it wasn't a little skunky, it's not nearly as nice and fragrant as my favorite Tripel's.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, it starts off with a good amount of malts that are much sweeter then they were in the aroma and have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some grainy and bready flavors along with a lighter amount of toffee, caramel, and candied sugar flavors. After that I get slight tart and tangy lemon rind flavor followed by a lighter skunky flavor. On the finish I get a slight amount of alcohol and some earthy flavors with a lower amount of bitterness that was a little tart and it had a sweet malty aftertaste. The flavors was just ok at best, it needed some spicy yeast to balance out all the other flavors.

M- Somewhat smooth, crisp, dry, medium bodied, and it had a higher amount of prickly carbonation. It could have been a little smoother but other then that the mouthfeel was on par for the style.

Overall I wasn't too impressed with this beer and I thought it wasn't a great example of a Tripel, it started off ok but with some off flavors and hardly any yeast presence, it really holds this beer back. It was somewhat drinkable, it went down smooth enough, but the flavors were a little off and could not hold my attention, splitting this bottle is more then enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty damn good and had lots of fluffy white head. What I liked least about this beer was the lack luster aroma and flavor, it just wasn't firing on all cylinders. I don't think I would buy this beer again, it was priced good, but it didn't impress me and there are many other Tripel's that I would rather have, I wouldn't recommend this Tripel. I just wasn't a fan of this beer, there were too many things that were out of place with this beer, it needs some work. Looks like the quest for the best Tripel continues.... nothing to see here. I didn't like the other beer I had from this brewery so I might be staying away from them for a while, I guess not all Belgian Tripel's are great.

Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden yellow with quite a bit of carbonation that creates a billowy white head that settles to a modest and creamy covering.

S- White bread, candied light fruits, a bit of a Belgian kick, and some alcohol. Sweet and aromatic. The alcohol definitely sticks out.

T- Sweet malt, light fruit, a touch of horse blanket, and a definite alcohol dryness and warmth on the finish.

M- The body is smooth and creamy but that doesn't last long due to the alcohol warmth and dryness that quickly makes the beer almost seem to evaporate and leave a bit of numbness on the palate.

O- A very enjoyable take on the style. The alcohol is definitely apparent, but it does not detract from the beer as a whole. Definitely worth trying for fans of the style.

Photo of intensify
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip.

P- Golden body with a hazy fog making it hard to see through the crystal clear glass. 2 finger head with fair retention not to mention the "D" etched on the glass is probably helping the head stay afloat and healthy.

S- Orange peel, lemon zest, bread & biscuit, caramel and a hint of booze.

T- Bready, malty, tangy and suprisingly no presence of booze in the taste.

M- Medium bodied with leaves small traces of the flavour behind. I wish it would have been a bit more explosive in the finish but it is still above average throughout the whole sip.

Overall: something about this Tripel screams "Duvel" to me, or maybe my taste buds and senses are hallucinating. Either way, it is very tasty and a sipper.. ( if you can drink this slow that is)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle into chalice, bottle date of 5/2011 notched. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, and plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining a nice head. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, citrus, pepper, biscuit, banana, tart grains, and yeast spices. Decent aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of lemon, biscuit, clove, citrus, grass, apricot, tart grain, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of pepper, biscuit, citrus, tart grain, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. A little to grainy for my liking, but still well balanced. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel as expected for the style. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Smooth to drink for 9%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall a very solid and balanced tripel. A bit too much tart grainy breadiness, but I still enjoyed it.

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw-gold with a sizable, frothy, off-white head. Leaves as much lacing as I've ever seen in a beer of this style.

The yeasty-bready-fruity-grassy smell is paired with a yeasty-wheaty-fruity taste that is more sour than sweet. Both the aroma and the flavor have somewhat lower levels of banana and clove than those found in many Belgian blondes. Hints of coriander and lemon. T

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, if a bit fuller than average for style. The carbonation is a bit aggressive.

Overall: OK, but a large step down in quality from their Brune.

Photo of brentk56
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that leaves a reasonable amount of lacing behind

Smell: Rather meaty aromatics, oddly enough, with a hint of yeasty phenols

Taste: Opens with a range of flavors, including toffee, banana, clove, coriander; by mid-palate, grassy pineapple and lemon elements creep into the picture; a bit of honey, candi sugar and fusel alcohol appear, after the swallow, and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Fortunately, the beer tastes a lot better than it smells and, while there is not bad and has a range of complexity, it just is not near the top echelon of tripels

Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my St. Carolus chalice. Bottled in 2010 notched on the label. Pours a translucent straw-gold with a slight orange hue and a loose, half inch, off-white head that dissipates into a shallow 1/8th inch froth. A few residual arcs of lacing are exposed during the tasting. Nose doesn't give much away - fairly clean with a grassy character a hint of lemon and a suggestion of coriander and clove. Taste consistent with nose - flavors are fairly muted and just don't pop. Nothing really stands out in the flavor profile. There's also a slight buttery quality that reveals itself towards the back and lingers lightly between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation that leaves a residual prickle across the tongue. Overall, a somewhat lackluster Tripel. Not bad, but at this price point ($10.99), I would go with Tripel Karmeliet hands down.

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St Martin Tripel from Brasserie De Brunehaut
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