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Grimbergen Tripel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +5%

Appearance – Yellowy gold sort of colour, fine carbon streams. Supports a creamy white head that lasts pretty well.
Smell – Smells of yeast and malts with typical fruit aromas. Light clove and banana but not as strong as some in this style, personally I like that.
Taste – Good sweet sour balance with nice apple peach and banana with spicy pepper and clove taste.
Mouthfeel – Very dry finish but very full bodied with nice carbon tingle.
Overall – Very soft on the pallet this beer smells like an Amstel but drinks like a mild Leffe. Sweet but not overly so this beer tastes great and is good for a session. So mild and pleasant I think anybody could drain a keg without complaint.

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

A very nice tripel indeed. Velvety and light, yet with enough oomph to deliver a hearty flavor to the palate. Light tangerine with a billowing white head. Clove, spices, hint of wine, pears, orange peels and apples. The alcohol is well hidden until you swallow and it creeps down your throat. Well carbonated and lively. Very nice.

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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.

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Photo of Radome
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium straw color, crystal clear. Head is white, fluffy and very active. It nearly jetted out the top of my goblet after only pouring half the beer. It quickly settled to a layer 1 cm thick or less but with very thick lacing.

S - The aroma is of pilsner malt, lemon and a bit of orange peel, but somehow the citrus does not give a fresh, clean impression. No hops that I can detect. There may be a spice hanging out on the edge of my perception.

T - Strong pilsner malt flavor. Spiciness that is probably from yeast rather than a spice addition. There is a low-to-moderate hops bitterness and slight hops flavor. Not much complexity or depth of flavor.

M - Moderate to thick body. Carbonation is present, but soft somehow. A small bit of bite from alcohol, but not overly boozy. Somewhat cloying mouthfeel in the aftertaste.

O - This is a decent Belgian ale, but not a classic of the Tripel style.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light aroma, but slightly stronger taste. Pours with thick, fluffy head, as expected for the style. Butterscotch, mildly sweet aromas, taste is buttery, caramel. Sweet lingering aftertaste. pretty good for the style.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a snifter

pours like a hazy yellow straw with a huge four fingered white bubbly head, wonderful retention, lots of nice lacing.

smells of light fruits such as apricot and plum, honey as well, perhaps a bit of an off character as well, almost soapy or metallic like.

the same light fruits, a good amount of bitterness and dryness at the finish, but this same soapy/metallic characteristic which was in the nose.

carbonation nicely cuts the sweetness and make for a nice mouthfeel, but that off-flavor brings it down a serious notch.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Brabander
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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!

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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

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Photo of austinbroker
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in Brugge, Belgium. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a New Belgium Brewing Company Goblet, I also poured a Reinaert Tripel next to this one for comparison. I enjoyed the Grimbergen tripel more than the Reinaert.

Large head, lots of lacing, a yellow/amber light colored beer, just a shade lighter than the Reinaert that I poured. Smells fruity, and tastes much the same. It's a lot sweeter than it is bitter. Very smooth, I don't notice the abv of 9%. Very drinkable and worth a try. I enjoyed more than the Reinaert Tripel.

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

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.

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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.

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Photo of benfons
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice thick head, golden colour, nice pillars of bubbles rising up :perfect

S: hops, some spices (coriander clove) apple honey

T: Hops, spices, honey, a hint of lime with a soapy feel to it.

M/D: The soapy feel is bothering, enough body, alcohol level correct

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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.

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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.

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

0.33l bottle poured in a its own chalice

A: Nice cloudy yellow-gold color with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention. It disappears leaving a lot of lacings
S: Sweet. Strong dark fruits smell. Grapes and plums are evident. Also malts, cloves, honey and the traditional Belgium yeasts. Alcohol can be felt in the end (Reminds a liquor made of apricots or plums)
T: Again grapes and plums. Sweet as a good Belgium Triple should be with a nice bitter end. Reminds me a Strong Ale like Duvel but more molasses and spicy
M: Creamy full body with a high carbonation
D: Good. Delicious Triple. Recommended

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Photo of benclimbs
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours yellow straw coloured with a very large head, great retention and tons of lacing - looks like a classic triple

smell is typical honey, ripe apricot and bannana notes - but has a slight nasty skunky character to it, just a bit, but takes away from an otherwise nice smelling beer

taste is typical for a triple at the first notes, ripe light fruit at first but finishes a tad bitter and dry for me, some minerally metalic stuff at the end that isnt so nice

mouthfeel is great, and goes down quite smooth and easy, carbonation is right where it should be.

an ok triple, but not a favourite.

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

Had this beer for about 5 years in the cellar so it ws interesting to finally open it. Beer has really dried up and the lack of fruit and dryish finish actually works as the beer hold together very well. I still could taste some fruit but it now has a champagne yeasty flavour coupled with some hops. Nice beer that ages quite well

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a thick rocky head. Nose is pineapple, cantaloupe, bubblegum, spiciness, honey, with a tangy sweetness rounded out by some cloves. Nice sweet body, (evokes Leffe), with a tasty clove finish. The 9% is well hidden in this excellent tripel.

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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.

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

A - Poured with a generous two finger bubbly and frothy pure white head; clear, light orangey-yellow hue; decent head retention

S - Nice spiciness; not nearly as sweet/sugary in the aroma as others in the style; hint of vanilla; touch of booze as well; sweet fresh fruits (green grapes and pears)

T - Pretty solid taste; but not nearly as complex as others in the range; light sweetness; faintly yeasty; flavorful vanilla note; nice enough; warming

M - Lightish, and a little sticky; very prickly and lively carbonation and very much within the style range

D - Nice drinking, and just enough of the booze in the aroma to keep one honest in not drinking it too quickly.

Overall, a nicely done Tripel and hits on most all markers for a great example of the style. Definitely worth a look.

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Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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