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Grimbergen Tripel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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85
very good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 06-13-2002)
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Reviews by VWBuggirl:
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

This pours a straw color with a nice thick head that stayed for quite a while and left a ton of lacing when it did disappear. Looks promising.

As for the scent, it comes across very fruity at first and you can definitely smell the alcohol content which isn't too surprising given the alcohol content. This came across in the taste as well.

This isn't the best triple out there by any means, but worth trying. I would have another as it is tasty.

02-24-2011 00:57:13 | More by VWBuggirl
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Satyr179

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-09-2013 09:52:01 | More by Satyr179
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kaneel

France

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-25-2013 16:45:26 | More by kaneel
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innominat

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-24-2014 19:51:11 | More by innominat
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +4%

33 cl bottle, a bit past the best by date of 9/2012 but refrigerated since purchase. Served in a tulip glass. Pours crystal clear, yellow-gold, with lots of barely visible fine carbonation. It is and topped by a durable, semi-creamy white head.

Aroma: yeast-fruity-malty, rather typical for style if a bit subdued and, thankfully, without so much banana or clove as some. Some musty/yeasty aromatics are not appealing.

Taste: slightly spicy and nicely fruity. Excellent tart/sweet balance.

M: surprisingly full body; very smooth; very good lively carbonation; slightly dry, particularly in the finish.

O: excellent example of the style, and reassuring that this Belgian brew remains intact after, apparently, a brewery takeover by Heineken. Very high drinkability.

04-06-2013 23:32:25 | More by chinchill
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Like a blond pilsener, white head and all.

S - Fresh citrus hops, a little pine and some sweetness.

T - Coriander, sweet and bitter in the finish.

M - A beautiful mouth feeling, fresh and light to medium carbonation, light sticky and bitter in the finish.

O - A nice, fresh tasting triple for now and then in the sun - delightful!

11-15-2011 19:41:36 | More by Mar02x
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

A smooth balanced triple that went excellently with heavy stew. Not strongly yeasty, it was not too hoppy, nor too spicey, which was appreciated by the tongue. Warming and clean finish. Orange, clove, honey fruit, wine-like taste, mellow. Take notice, my fellows, this is Underated.

05-16-2004 03:18:11 | More by Sammy
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CWVegas

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

10-09-2013 22:18:00 | More by CWVegas
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sfprint

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

A: Out of control head, moderate carbonation, light gold.

S: Yeast and malt are well blended. Very hefeweizen-esque. Lemony rind on the top.

T: Alcohol is apparent but not overt, actually quite masked for the ABV. Very neutral triple. Yeast and malt are well blended in the taste as well. Warm.

M: Astringent, lightly carbonated, smooth

D: Ok. Not outstanding but decent, standard.

12-01-2010 02:38:54 | More by sfprint
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GentleKnight1

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

08-11-2014 14:09:15 | More by GentleKnight1
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Bierschenker

Belgium

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

The head is white and not so nice, too rough. But it evolves to a solid cream head and it doesn’t decrease.
A golden cloudy beer with streams of bubbles running through.
The scent could be described is rather mellow. Sweet hops, malt, carrots.
Taste is soft for a tripel, fresh hops sticking out with strong malt. Sort of vegetable taste (potato and carrot). Yeast in the background.
Aftertaste is the continuation of the yeast and malt. Resembles a mozzarella and olive oil sandwich.

Good to poor down once and again, but not worldshocking.

06-22-2006 18:18:36 | More by Bierschenker
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Solomon420

California

4.65/5  rDev +22.7%

Okay, to start off, I am only rating this beer within the realm of the particular style: Tripel

If you like Tripels, you will like this one, full of flavour from the first sip of lacy head goodness to the last drop full of yeasty greatness. I have to say though that the mood or setting you are in will play a large roll in the rating, when I had this beer I was in a great mood sitting in a restaurant in Steenbergen, Holland. I had just had a delicious meal of beef medallions and white aspargus soup. This beer paired great with that meal by the way.
Unfortunately I didnt pour the beer, it was poured for me into the Grimbergen Tripel goblet glass. The head was nice and fluffy, a bit caramel off white color,. which stayed with the beer the entire time I enjoyed it. The smell was awesome, as I let the beer breathe for a few minutes whilst I just looked at it :) I dont like to use rate the smell with using particular fruit names, but this beer did have a nice mellow fruit smell to it, maybe a bit "citrusy" smell to it, but not in the taste. Which was great. Its very easy to drink and the aftertaste is mellow and smooth. Some tripels will hold too much of that alcohol taste even after you drink it, but this one was quite pleasent to drink. I liked it so much that I had 2 more after dinner sitting on the terrace watching all the cyclists ride by. Definately a great Tripel, and one that I would love to find more of when I return to Holland next year!

06-21-2006 16:26:20 | More by Solomon420
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

Appearance: Clear and golden, with a nice, thick and full head, just the way a tripel should look like.

Smell: I wouldn't call it a smell, or an aroma, but more of a vapor that envelops the nose, almost like solvent or paint thinner, but with a melon type sweetness somewhere in there.

Taste: Yeasty, with a warm alcohol aura and residual sweetness. I enjoyed it, but didn't go head over heels for it.

02-25-2005 21:47:42 | More by Goldorak
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corneliusfontaine

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-18-2013 15:24:33 | More by corneliusfontaine
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-29-2013 22:38:50 | More by crosenkrantz
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frontalot

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

01-12-2014 20:36:28 | More by frontalot
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Eir

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-06-2013 16:59:54 | More by Eir
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desint

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-24-2013 11:07:59 | More by desint
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%

Yellow color beer. It is golden. Massive head. Sticky. Aroma is fruity and floral. Medium intensity. Taste is fruity... Apple? Refreshing. Nice triple. It isn't complex but so easy to drink. Again a good introductory beer... But not something for the people in search of huge sensation. A good one. Nothing more, nothing less.

10-08-2011 18:36:58 | More by ZorPrime
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Gregaroo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-13-2014 21:57:21 | More by Gregaroo
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev +5%

This is a clear golden coloured triple, with little carbonation but a fluffy head.
The smell is rather floral with some herbs, I guess soft hops.
The taste is rather sweet and malty. The hops are only mildly bitter, which makes this a very drinkable mainstream triple. It's alcohol is not dominant, adding to the mouthfeel.
This is pretty good stuff. I'd recommend it.

10-22-2009 16:18:10 | More by RuudJH
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%

Appearance: Crystal clear. Super white head. Wonderful lacing. Excellent

Smell: near perfect to style aromas. no hops, all malt and candi sugar.

Taste: Light, refreshing. lemony with slight candi sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Very effervescent. perfect mouthfeel

Overall: one of the best tripel's I've had. Will look for it again.

08-05-2011 19:36:46 | More by Squelch
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Harkrank

Sweden

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-23-2011 20:51:49 | More by Harkrank
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Will_F

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-01-2014 20:43:31 | More by Will_F
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Gusler

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Grimbergen Tripel ale pours a medium bodied clear but slightly dark amber color, the head a light beige, which dissipates rather quickly leaving a sheet of lace upon the chalice. Upon the pour, a brandy like aroma is noticed quickly, the aroma is spectacular I must admit. Hints of fruit and malt are also noticed, the start is sweet, the middle a mixture of citrus tartness and the malt sweetness, that finishes, wine dry and some what astringent. I noticed little hop presence, although I know its there the complex aroma of malts, fruity esters, seem to hide the hops. Carbonation is moderate to high and crisp, and the dry finish adds much to the palate of this beer. At 9.0 percent ABV, this beer is sneakily potent, as there is no alcohol related bitterness, just a nice warm feeling in the 'tummy'

10-15-2003 17:59:15 | More by Gusler
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Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.