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St Martin Tripel - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
83
good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
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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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of ms11781
2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden, light yellow color with a huge, fizzy white head. Head is slow to dissipate but eventually becomes a 1/2 finger foamy, white cap. Decent lacing left on glass.

Smells sweet and fruity up front. Ripe green apples are prominent, along with some other fruity aromas. Belgian yeast comes through along with a sweet, almost sugary aroma.

Taste is nowhere near the nose. Quite bland compared to the aromas. A slight fruit character shows up but there's not much to it. In fact, a slight candied sugar flavor comes up at the end but that about it. Really not much flavor at all.

Light body with light but lively carbonation that feels prickly on the tongue. Goes down smooth with a slight aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on.

Drinkability is low with this one. The nose is pretty good but the taste is severely lacking. Perhaps the nose makes the lack of flavor stand out that much more or maybe the lack of flavor makes a decent nose smell great. Although the beer is not completely undrinkable, it is devoid of much flavor.

ms11781, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of TicoCali
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

TicoCali, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

TheBrewo, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of jk3
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

jk3, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into New Belgium snifter. Bottled a year ago. Thanks to my uncle for this Christmas present.

A: Pours a clear golden apple-juice color with a fairly large and frothy bright white head that slowly receded into a thin film that left streaks of bubbly lacing. Head is not nearly as rocky and billowing as I would have liked, the retention sucks, and the lacing disappears very quickly. Bottom of the bottle yielded no yeast, not sure what others are talking about.
S: I get weird notes of nail polish remover and pepper. I'm picking up just a hint of yeast.
T: Notes of sweet golden fruits, Belgian spices, and peppery crackery yeast. Despite this, it's not very rich or complex, and the fruit is a touch synthetic tasting. I get lots of apple juice, maybe some pear, hints of spearmint and pepper. Aftertaste is very sweet and fairly dry.
M: A much lighter, thinner body than I would like, but I'm not surprised given the lack of head and lively carbonation. What carb is there is prickly though, and the mouthfeel is a tad astringent and sharp from a large acetone-like alcohol presence.
D: Definitely not a great example of the style. Could use more of everything except for alcohol presence.

scottfrie, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of n2185
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

n2185, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

StoutHunter, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Chemister
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Chemister, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Rusty18
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Rusty18, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of aflies
3/5  rDev -17.6%

aflies, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.6%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of RRC03
3/5  rDev -17.6%

RRC03, Nov 20, 2013
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.

Rifugium, May 26, 2012
Photo of rinhaak
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a rich butterscotch hue with a gigantic head. This bottle (which hadn't been shaken and was sitting perfectly still for several weeks), poured almost like a champagne once it was opened, with foam gently flowing down the side of the bottle.

Not only does this beer pour like champagne, but also has a mouthfeel very similar to champagne: light in the mouth and fairly thin, it is very highly carbonated.

This beer has a very strong nose with Belgian yeasts, bananas, cloves, and ripe fruit. There is also a bit of a generic stale beer smell.

With the first sip I was struck with a tangy - almost sour - rust or copper taste. This bite diminished the longer the beer sat but was always present on some level. There are also hints of straw and strawberry, bread dough, and very subtle Belgian yeasts. This isn't a strong flavor and is really rather mild. To its credit, there was no booziness and it goes down very quickly and easily.

St. Martin's Tripel is a fine beer, though I wouldn't recommend paying very much for it or going out of your way to track it down.

rinhaak, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. I've never been a fan of how this style looks, but for the style it looks pretty good. Has a nice orange color, no clarity whatsoever. It has a white head that pours out pretty thick initially, but goes away fairly quickly. It still provides decent lacing to it. When held up to the light it looks as if it's glowing. The smell is pretty good, a step above average. The Belgian yeast stands out initially a little doughy attached to with the malts. Then there's a little bit of hop flavor with some subtle notes of tropical fruit, it's all not very strong and it has a slight metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is ok, the flavors don't mesh all to wall together and it has a earthy mouthfeel that has sort of a dirty bitter finish that doesn't really go away. The drinkability factor is a little better than the mouthfeel. I expected a little more from this, but certainly not the worste beer of this style I've tried. I'll probably try it again closer towards the summertime, maybe I'll be a little more impressed.

AndyAvalanche, Feb 12, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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

brentk56, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Teleweizen2, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

TX-Badger, Jul 23, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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’.

patre_tim, Jul 25, 2013
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St Martin Tripel from Brasserie De Brunehaut
83 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.