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St Martin Tripel - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
82
good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
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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chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:51:50 | More by chinchill
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TicoCali

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-11-2012 03:49:14 | More by TicoCali
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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -72.4%

12-22-2011 20:49:28 | More by Marc33
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Rusty18

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-08-2011 20:34:42 | More by Rusty18
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-02-2011 03:03:34 | More by RichH55
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DeezGunz14

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-19-2011 20:12:40 | More by DeezGunz14
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:04:19 | More by brentk56
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 00:37:35 | More by Jwale73
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-15-2011 03:17:26 | More by Lawnboy33
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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 10:20:20 | More by StJamesGate
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:46:01 | More by SpeedwayJim
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n2185

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:00:02 | More by n2185
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adman08

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:20:51 | More by adman08
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 13:42:37 | More by rinhaak
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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....

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:46:03 | More by jayhawk73
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ms11781

Massachusetts

2.17/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 05:46:02 | More by ms11781
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 15:44:54 | More by mmmbeer
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scottfrie

California

2.75/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 03:31:21 | More by scottfrie
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:02:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
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OttoPeeWee

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 23:46:04 | More by OttoPeeWee
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bskrtz

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:22:45 | More by bskrtz
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 00:38:35 | More by stephens101
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 22:44:15 | More by TMoney2591
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 18:14:02 | More by PorterLambic
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 04:07:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
St Martin Tripel from Brasserie De Brunehaut
82 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.