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St Martin Tripel - Brasserie De Brunehaut

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BA SCORE
83
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

Photo of bskrtz
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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St Martin Tripel from Brasserie De Brunehaut
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.