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St Martin Tripel - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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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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Photo of sweemzander
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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

A gusher. Lively dark brass with a few floaties and rocky French vanilla head that leaves chunky trailers. Lemon meringue, yeast, wildflower and waxberry nose.
Country white loaf, lemon curd and a touch of yellow plum up front, jammy carambola in the middle and winter spice to end.
Gingerbread finish and tingly sherbet linger. Soft, round, very creamy, slight burn.

Dated 10/08.

Don't know if that's a bottling or expiration date, but either way, this had 3 years in the cellar. And I suspect this turned an average tripel into a good one. Smooth and mellow, with big fruit. Almost afraid to try this fresh.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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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.

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

Pale golden color with slight haze and enormous head at first, but it recedes to a modest layer with ample lacing. Nose isn't stellar, but has some decent esters and lemony citrus. Alcohol is a little too apparent on the palate, but it is followed by some ripe tropical fruity flavors that go well into the finish. Would be more easy drinking if it wasn't for the bitchslap of alcohol on the palate.

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Photo of n2185
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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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’.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with brown throughout. White somewhat fizzy head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is malt and yeast, citrus/lemon, hint of hops and vanilla.
Taste is malt, alcohol bloom, vanilla and banana.
Warming all over, fairly full-bodied with a light but sharp effervescence up front. Quite nice, fuller feel than expected.

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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.

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St Martin Tripel from Brasserie De Brunehaut
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