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St Martin Tripel - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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St Martin TripelSt Martin Tripel

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BA SCORE
83
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Brunehaut visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AndyAvalanche on 02-12-2010)
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Reviews by Blindpigbiz:
Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

Out-of-control yeast is easily lifted by the carbonation to instantly cloud this brew's ap- pearance as soon as the cap was popped; excellent head retention though. Dried apples, eucalyptus, musty yeast and dried grass in the nose. Dry, dry and dry. Maltiness tastes of crackers, husky animal feed and hay. Quick splash of tropical fruit within the spike of alco- holic warmth. Hops? Light bitterness and a vague flavor that disappears quickly is all that is said from the vining flower. Ends dry, a little yeasty and husky.

It just does not have the spark that many other Tripels hold; aside from the yeast, it is easy to sip.

Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By way of BBF 2011. 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage. Poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit skin color. Lacing is stringy, spotty, and patchy with very good cling. Pretty.

Nose is coriander, citrus, Belgian yeast, cane sugar, and a hint of band-aid Brett character. Some soapiness also. Moderately aromatic and appropriate.

Opens clove, Belgian yeast, citrus, and a nice spiciness. Cane sugar towards the middle sweetens this one a bit. More spiciness at the back with pineapple, orange, and lemon rind. Finish is sugar and clove with the same aftertaste. Pretty standard for the style if a bit uninteresting.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and lively going down. Filmy finish with a watery and slightly lingering aftertaste. Decent.

Another average to slightly above average offering from this brewery. Again, they do the standard well and represent the styles almost to the T. But their offerings are, on a whole, a bit plain.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of n2185
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a hazy yellow with 3 fingers of white head that recedes into a dense white cap with some lacing.

S: light spice notes of coriander and clove followed by some banana and bubblegum notes. There are some light fruit aromas in there as well along with a light bready aroma.

T: some spice notes at first followed by some lightly bitter yeast flavors. Very slight alcohol burn with a watery finish. Very bland.

M: light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is nicely light and crisp.

O: this could be a very good tripel, but it's so dang bland that I can't enjoy it. It just seems to lack any real flavor.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 9% ABV, D 09 notched on the label.

Thanks to John and Dan from Beechwood for giving me a bottle of this after the Milwaukee Brewfest.

A - Beautiful goldenrod yellow in color and completely clear with a dense cloud-like white head. Two fingers tall and moderately retained, it doesn't leave a whole lot of lace left over.

S - An intoxicatingly sweet Belgian candi sugar and crystal malt nose bursts out with a little lemon citrus zip to the middle. Silky Belgian yeast and spice esters flourish with a nice balance. There is also a slight something I can't put my finger on here.

T - The taste isn't a far cry from the aroma but it's lacking in the areas that really count. Smooth crystal malts and low Belgian candi sugar open the flavor profile up to a following of light Belgian yeast and low earthy tones.

M - Medium-bodied and sweet with a tongue-coating silky-smoothness. Well-carbonated and further inviting in feel.

D - A decent tripel that really draws me in during the aroma but falls kind of short in the flavor profile. Good nonetheless, it's a nice knockaround Belgian brew.

Photo of gmelcar
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 sammy806
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of StoutHunter
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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 jmann40
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of patre_tim
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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 JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 crossovert
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11,2 oz bottle.

It pours a nice cloudy golden peach color with a massive white head. As it recedes it leaves some nice lacing.

This is a pretty fragrant tripel. It has a ton of honey and orange notes. Very yeast and tangy.

The taste is classic tripel. It has a nice spiciness to it, a ton of sweetness, and a smooth fruitiness.

It is a simple but enjoyable take at the style.

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled Dec. 2009.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Produced a good fluffy white head with great retention behind it. Left behind tiny clumps of lacing behind.

(S)- A dry biscuit-like wheat/hay/straw thing. Bits of a floral-like vanilla clay at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Bits of lemon and banana in front of a sweet honey-like core. Bits of dry biscuit/wheat in there. Finishes in an earthy clay.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A tad bit sweet for the style, but everything else is great. Rather smooth and crisp.

(D)- A solid example of the style. A bit too sweet, but still has a great flavor and feel to it. Definitely a sleeper for the style/a diamond in the rough so to speak. Very enjoyable and a delightful surprise.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Kind of a mid-level recommendation from my NoVa Whole Foods guru, so I'm not sure how this is gonna go. It pours a kinda hazy light-amber-gold, with some yeast in suspension and a half-finger of sudsy white foam on top. The nose comprises lemon zest, pepper, clove, cardamom, banana, and Belgian yeast. The taste tones down the lemon in favor of tangelo and hoppy florality. The body is a heavy light, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a solid tripel, not bad at all, though a bit on the pricey side.

Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of beers that explode out of the bottle. Of course, there is a huge head and it does leave a thick coating of lace. Very cloudy. Pale gold color.

The aroma is of mild yeast and lighter malt.

Light sourness to an otherwise malty brew. Nice spiciness covers the alcohol warmth which shows up in the swallow.

I like this tripel more than most. It's refreshing and complex.

Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of tart malt, yeast, slight citrus, and pale hop. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, sweet malt, yeast, slight citrus, a wheat. Overall, the high carbonation hurts, but otherwise a good Tripel.

Photo of bskrtz
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 11.2 ounce bottle @ 42 degrees into glass St Bernardus challis

A) Thick hazy straw-gold liquid with billowy white muffin top head. Lot's of yeasties with some sediment settling at the bottom.

S) Sweet apricot jam & sour dough mash. Orange citrus and spice. Spectacular.

T) Sweet and citrusy with toned down bitter hops. Candy cane sugar, sweet caramel, raisons. It's all there. Some spice but the alcohol is barely apparent. But it's there too.... This is an excellent triple.

M) Creamy & thick with effervescent fizz carbonation from bottle conditioning. Very smooth but complex.

D) With the alcohol so high, it's difficult to drink a few at one time, but I sure would like to.

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St Martin Tripel from Brasserie De Brunehaut
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.