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Grimbergen Tripel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stcules on 06-13-2002)
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Anatole, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a massive 3+ finger medium looking fluffy pillowy white head with great retention. Massive amounts of carbonation everywhere. Colour is a golden amber yellow. The head sticks around forever and a thick cap remains until the end, leaving some decent chunky thin lacing down the sides.

SMELL: A strong nose of toasted malt, ripe red apples and pears as well. A spiciness from the alcohol comes through too. A decent robust nose.

TASTE: Some toasted malt up front, which gives way to ripe red apples and pears again. A slight touch of sweet honey in there too. Finishes with spices and a hint of alcohol at the end. The initial taste is lacking somewhat, but the aftertaste of toasted and sweet malt is strong and long lasting. It's somewhat too sweet and overpowering, which makes it a bit of a chore.

PALATE: Medium body with higher end carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down decently smooth and finishes with a delayed scratch at the back of the throat. Ends somewhat astringent on the palate.

OVERALL: This one was a bit of a disappointment. Triples can definitely be sweet, but this one had too sweet of an aftertaste to really be enjoyable. This was a poorer example of a triple than their double is an example of a double. I'd definitely go for their double again, but I'd have to pass on this one.

Jeffo, May 05, 2009
Photo of Douberd
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Douberd, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Daredevil
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

when poured in a glass, this brew could easily be mistaken with an unfiltered lager ... the only difference being an extremely high carbonation and a persistent foam ...
tastewise it is closer to a barley wine, albeigh lacking the creamy texture ... it is rather fruity (bananas, pears) and ends with an (at least for me) unpleasant bitter sweet- sourness ...

P.S.: Triple is not a style which I fancy, so my review might be a bit overly negative ...

Daredevil, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of kaneel
3/5  rDev -20.8%

kaneel, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Harkrank
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -20.8%

GRUUMSH, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Brabander
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I came back today from the abbey of Saint Sixtus where i picked up two crates of the 12. With me was my buddy CRooney5787 who also got two crates. Came home and looked in my fridge. Hey, a Grimbergen! That's years ago i had this one and now i find this one in my fridge. Let's see if the taste is still as poor as it was.

Yep, it is still the same taste; nothing spectacular. Let's start the review. Poured in my Struise glass this bees looks OK. Nice three finger head with a variety of bullbles, bigger and smaller. Bottle is best before januari 2012.

Decent carbonation. The smell is not very inviting, a bit twisted dryish and some hints of citrus.

Taste is not spectacular. A bit too carbonated and that burns on the lips. It is a drinkable beer but there are loads of other triples you could better try. The best? Westmalle!

Brabander, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

ZorPrime, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a Dutch supermarket.
Look: Poured a golden amber color with a huge white head.
Smell: Malty, fruity (pine apple), honey cloves and some very light sourness.
Taste: Yeast, sweet malts, caramel and fruits (orange), with a dry spicy aftertaste. Sweet in general
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium body
Overall: Not my favorite tripel, too sweet

rvdoorn, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

BlackHaddock, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of desint
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of Absumaster
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Absumaster, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Dbr
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Dbr, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Sirre
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Sirre, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Goldorak
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Goldorak, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of texashammer
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

texashammer, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of thierrynantes
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance: bronze color, with white foam head.
Smell : spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : in the mouth, bodied and malty, sweet, slight bitterness
Drinkability: a good abbey beer in the style Belgian triplel

Review translated from french 5-24-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Bierschenker
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Bierschenker, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of corneliusfontaine
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

corneliusfontaine, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of crosenkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

crosenkrantz, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Jose9e, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of hopkrid
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

hopkrid, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

patre_tim, Friday at 10:17 PM
Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

safaricook, Oct 07, 2012
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Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.