Grimbergen Tripel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 143
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle sample in the Saint-Gery district of Brussels. A best before of 22/11/2008, enjoyed 10/08/2007.

Larger in some patches than others, the Grimbergen Tripel holds a curiously uneven bounty of head. The body is a nice golden colour. It boasts more clarity than usual for a tripel, and for one reason of another doesn't share quite the same resemblance as other Belgian, leading examples of the style. A tad pale and far too clear.

The bouquet is lovely. A malty base balanced with wheat and complimented by a heavy dose of dry orange rind, coriander and other light spices. There is far more citrus in the nose than is usual. It's a refreshing smell (dosed more in citrus than in heavy malts and alcohol)

A light mouthfeel with a grainy, almost grassy, finish. The presence of 9% does manage to sneak up at times, but cannot really be tasted at all. There seems to be a taste of sugar that rings out, especially in the aftertaste, which seems to add a little something. A drying grape taste mixed in with a hint of hops and straw wheat. The flavours are a tad lighter than most of its Belgian counterparts, but makes out to be a little more quaffable.

I enjoyed this more than my score might let on. While this might not be one Belgium's best tripels it is nevertheless highly, highly enjoyable. I really like the Grimbergen lineup and this may be one of the strongest of the bunch. Recommended. (1,411 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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' (804 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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) (537 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (331 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A weak white head was the only reason it didn’t rate a 5 on presentation. But what head there was really had endurance, and let nice rings. Another great bottle conditioned brew, with little poor dead yeasties on the bottom.

Musty fruits and sugar cane in the aroma, which came across superbly in the tastes. A real fruit basket in there – plum, apricot, raisons, and a couple cherries. Highly carbonated, a dry finisher.

No trace what-so-ever of the 9%, this was an excellent representative of the Tripel. Man, would luv to have more!

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer. (709 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
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. (1,410 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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! (833 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (603 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the importer in beijing

golden with gem-like amber hue, almost clear despite being bottle conditioned with yeast at the bottom of the bottle. abundant head is foamy and rocky, gradually fading to a bumpy layer. lacing is airy, but manages to stick for the most part.

aroma starts out with gentle amalgam of fruity and phenolic scents. toasted malt can be perceived, plus some nuttiness to the yeast. spice notes are faint but bring up the rear.

flavor is similar to, but a bit more complex and definitely stronger than, the blonde. sweetness and phenolic notes are more subdued and balanced with malt and hop character, which in themselves are more pronounced. although it would have earned an even higher score if the hops were stronger still...

pairs decently with a runny, nearly-rotten camembert. ;)

feel is almost a bit thin, but is smoother than the blonde as well. lively carbonation.

alcohol manages to stay hidden. decent. (942 characters)

Photo of John
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (203 characters)

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

For a Tripel, this is nearly a lightweight version-- which we very much enjoyed.

Bottle purchased in Leuven Belgium in January 2006, hand-carried home and consumed August 2007 in the USA.

We were concerned how the 1-1/2 year aging would affect this beer. No negatives noted, amazing. And it didn't seem to have become suddenly more potent, either, unlike many aged beers.

A- very nice golden-yellow, modest but lacing head.

S- a light springtime-scent of florals and spices, little malt odor.

T- very well-balanced, a bit of a surprise in that at 9%ABV there's little alcohol bite, it's not overpowering in any particular flavors nor overall, but just a very very nice Blonde in any category. It just happens to qualify in the Tripel category. Malt present but not overwhelming. Very little bitters, just enough to balance. Even at the bottle's finish, the residual malt and yeast was nearly minimal.

M- very comfortable, with a mild residual honey-floral-spice lingering but not annoying.

D- absolutely. (1,025 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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 (354 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of stoutman
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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! (285 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (368 characters)

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Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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