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St Martin Tripel - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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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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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.

StoutHunter, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

david131, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of intensify
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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)

intensify, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

superspak, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2012
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.

chinchill, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of TicoCali
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

TicoCali, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Rusty18
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Rusty18, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +10.2%

RichH55, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of DeezGunz14
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DeezGunz14, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Jwale73, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

StJamesGate, Oct 14, 2011
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.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 26, 2011
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.

n2185, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of adman08
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

adman08, May 11, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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 jayhawk73
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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....

jayhawk73, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of ms11781
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
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 mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

mmmbeer, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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 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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
St Martin Tripel from Brasserie De Brunehaut
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.