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Grimbergen Tripel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 06-13-2002

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by sfprint:
Photo of sfprint
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Mar02x
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bierschenker
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Solomon420
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Goldorak
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RuudJH
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Squelch
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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'

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 Oct 2012: beautiful sunny day in the Dutch tourist town of Valkenburg. We sat on some random bar terrace and the beer menu had this on it.

33cl Bottle, best before the end of July 2013: poured into a Grimbergen chalice.

Good clean golden looks: full white crown at first, soon a wisp and collar.

Floral hop nose with mild fruit hints and some yeast esters.

The taste is an OK blend of those floral hops and some hidden malt semi-sweetness. The alcohol and yeast also play a part in ensuring this is one of brand Grimbergen's better beers.

Body depth isn't too deep, but it does fine if you consider this as a light bodied Triple. Just above Mr Average.

Photo of marc77
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The crystal clear golden hued brew is topped by a slowly receding porcelain - white head that leaves sparse lace. Vinous, sherry - like aroma w/ notes of clove, peppery alcohol & a hint of cardboard from oxidation. Barely perceptible heaty fusels are there as well. Spicy and sweet pepper upfront in flavor, ensued by raw honey - like sweetness and yeasty mustiness. Clove dominates towards the end of the sip (or gulp) The relatively dry finish consists of a quickly fading phenolic note. Hop bitterness is only an afterthought-- malt sweetness is prominent, but not at all cloying. Alcohol warmth emerges subtley and delayed. Grimbergen Triple is dry, delcious and typically complex. If this bottle had aged a bit better it would've been superlative.

Photo of Douberd
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a wide glass. Its colour is deep golden yellow. Not many bubbles in. Head was okay, didn't saty long though. Taste is bitter-sweet. The body is thin with average carbonation. I didn't hate it and it didn't become my favorite tripel . Overall an average.

Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden beer with a big, bubbly head and little visible carbonation.

Smell is spicy and malty. Some fusels and alcoholic whiffs. The smell is light sweet and herbal with nutmeg and cloves.

Taste is sickly sweet with spicy cloves. Malt is present and gives the beer a slight honey and husky taste. Fusels give the beer a solvent/ acetone taste, goose bumbs on my back. The beer appears to be kind of thin in mouthfeel. Bitterness is almost not in here, which I think should be in a tripel. What to expect from a tripel with the ingredient: anti-oxidant? It says it all I think.

Photo of RBorsato
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark-ish golden with a subdued white head that essentially disappears. Little to no carbonation or lace. Nice balanced aroma: Primarily fruity (orange), light yeatiness, and light hoppiness. Nice balanced flavor but primarily a strong fruitiness. Suprisingly light bodied for strength but overall medium with a warming finish.

Would like to find a fresher bottle but also remember it being a solid but not outstanding Tripel in past tastings.

Label States: "Belgian Special Amber Abbey Ale" "Anno 1128"

(11.16 oz / 330 ml) (old)

Photo of dqrull
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a big head that dies o ut slowly, leaving shitloads of sexy dry lacing.

Smells fruity, green grapes, apples, almost liek applemust, some belgian yeast as well, really refreshing.

Taste is also really refreshing, much thanks to a slight tartness, and a little watery finish, that I cant decide wether its good or bad, it has some metallic feel in the end as well. And well, up to the end that I just described, there are about the same sensations in the taste as in the smell, green fruits, apples most prominently, slightly subdued by the yeast compared to in the smell, but tasty.

A light to medium body, with light soft carbonation.

Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fine dense head on an orange copper color. IIt fades slowly but never disappears. Tiny bubbles move around in the hazy body. The smell is very yeasty, a veil of citrus, a note of roasted malts and a winy aspect. Grapes combine with darker malts to give a hint of caramel in the taste. Maybe an oak flavor too. Citrus is noticeable, but not excessively. The alcohol and the poweful hops combine to give the brew a herbal flavor, together with a warm and persistent mouthfeel, smooth but a bit thicker on the end. This beer has a well balanced taste, but the 9% alcohol make it hard to sip on it for a long time. It would be interesting to pair it with some food.

Photo of dauss
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had it at A La Mort Subite in Brussels.

Appearance: a bronzed golden yellow color. A large white head rests on top. The color is darker than other tripels.

Smell: lighty yeasty with a phenolic spiciness, and a strong malt backbone. Its very pleasant.

Taste: thick full bodied. Malty sweetness with a touch of phenols is quite strong, but finishes really dry, but a thick malt body just lingers on and on.

Notes: not quite as light and effervescent, but I enjoyed this one a lot. Must be a different interpretation of a tripel.

Photo of texashammer
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clean, clear yellow with moderate head. smells of slight alcohol, yeast, light hops, and tropical fruit and banana. slightly rich with fruit flavors, mostly banana, perhaps some tropical like pineapple. but not really full-flavored. light body. too light for a tripel.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good tripel. Aromas are estery, alcoholic, and Belgian souring. Has good sweet candy, fruity, and spicy flavors. Body reveals typical sugar coating and alcoholic heat. Finishes warm, sweet, and drying. No real standout qualities that proves that it is better than most Belgian Tripels, but does have some flaws. it's a wee bit grainy to the flavor and mouthfeel. The alcohol becomes a little phenolic and medicinal. It may have been an older beer, but I did get some cardboard flavors up front. Even with noticable errors, I will drink again.

Photo of arturorg
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Golden with a big foamy head, looks well bodied when poured.

S: Hops, banana, vanilla, a little bit soapy, sweet.

T: Same as the smell, but taste a little bit like copper, it has some carbonation feel, it's a little bit warming but the alcohol it's very well masked.

Overall it's a good beer, can have another one any time.

Photo of jhtipton
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Started with about 3 inches of head in my favorite Coors Banquet beer tasting pilsner glass. It dissipated to about 2 inches head quickly leaving a web of white lacing in the glass. Nice malty fruity flavour and medium golden hue. Continuous bombardment of bubbles as I. Never finished for some reason. Updated 2/20/12. Still a great triple for the money Grimbergen does have one stronger than this but this is by far the smoothest of their lineup overall a wonderful triple that I will try again.

Photo of John
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yawn...another delicious Belgian tripel :) The usual suspects are present in the all the beer's characteristics color, aroma, flavor, all dead on for the style. It's fruity, rich, strong and satisfying.

Photo of stoutman
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange/golden brown, somewhat hazy brown color. Huge head, doesn't stay too long, though. Yeasty aroma. Somewhat sweet palate. Spicy flavour with faint notes of peat or is it wood? The alcohol lurks in the background but never gets too dominant. Dee-licious!! I could drink this again!

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Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.