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St Martin Tripel - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
83
good

47 Reviews
THE BROS
76
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 95
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 95
Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of adman08
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Light straw color, slightly cloudy with decent head.
S-Obvious aromas of bananas with a hint of spice.
T-Strong flavor of bananas, slight spice with some sweetness.
M-Not too thick, not too thin, good carbonation.
Overall, very tasty. More bananas than spice but still a good representation of the style. Very good beer overall. (331 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a two finger white head. The smell is that of fruit, lemon, spice, w/ a light zing to it. Slight malt as well. The taste is nice. Sweet fruit, lemon, malt, yeast, and alcohol in the taste. The mouthfeel is nice- very zesty and light followed by alcohol and yeast. Very easy drinking beer, although the alcohol will catch up w/ you. Not my favorite tripel, but a solid beer.... (407 characters)

Photo of ms11781
2.32/5  rDev -36.4%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Belgian stubby with a notched date on the label; brewed with three malts and three hops. A big gusher here, and no subsequent hope of proper decanting. It is frothy and highly carbonated, with a yellowed gold hue and a bone-white head that leaves lots of lacing. Pleasant aroma yields pale malt, yeast (orange and papaya), and a touch of hops. Similar flavor, with earthy yeast, fruit, green/spicy hops and noticeable alcohol riding a medium to full, highly carbonated body. Perhaps not very much like a tripel, but it is pleasant enough and easy to drink. (563 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (1,208 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the style I love, done well. Fluffy white meringue type head. Underneath is a honey color with a slightly musky smell, a hint of citrus, and just enough carbonation. The taste is sweet and grainy. Rounded off with a warming alcohol and hearty thickness that lets you know, this is beer! (294 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a thin and bubbly off-white head. Sweet malts waft to the nose immediately, mixed with some prominent light fruits (orange, pears, lemon) some vanilla, and Belgian yeast. Tastes just a tad sour initially, and is quickly followed by more malty sweetness. Vanilla creaminess fills the palate. Butterscotch at cloves exist. There's a faint grainy and somewhat chalky aftertaste. Alcohol is palpable, but well blended, and most welcomed. Haven't had a great Tripel in a while, and this one reminds me why this is one of my favorite styles. (565 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  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. (556 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  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. (380 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,048 characters)

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St Martin Tripel from Brasserie De Brunehaut
83 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.