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Grimbergen Tripel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Grimbergen TripelGrimbergen Tripel

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very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

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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Photo of Jeffo


2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 10:47:16 | More by Jeffo
Photo of endovelico


3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes, 19-01-2009. Poured into red wine like glass. Reviewed under low to medium artificial light. Best before date: 29-1-2010.

Appearance: 3 thinger rocky white head, that eventually implodes leaving a wall of foam on the glass. Perceived effervescence is high. Golden to Yellow Hazy homogenous brew.

Aroma: Nose is of malt, orange, citrus and banana. Low nose Strength. Subtle and balanced.

Taste: Taste is of banana, citrus, noble like hops and Kettle like caramelization flavours. Honey like sweetness.

Palate: Medium body. Well balanced. Medium Bitterness. Finishes Sweet. Medium Carbonation. I love the Bitterness/Sweetness balance.

Drinkability: Great drinkability considering the ABV, alcohol is extremely well balanced with other elements.

On a final note: Overall a good Tripel, which resembles an even mix between a Duvel-like Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Piraat/Judas-like Belgian Strong Pale Ale regarding its overall profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:18:25 | More by endovelico
Photo of cvfish


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden color that produces a white fluffy head that retained well and laced the glass nicely

S - Malts, some nutty scents, apples and pears

T - Tastes very similar to the scents, but the toasted malts come out stronger and the hops really shine

M - Thick bodied creamy taste, medium carbonation

D - Another good example of a triple, another great beer that can be enjoyed again and again

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 02:26:50 | More by cvfish
Photo of batty


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bought and drank in Spain, June 2008

look: slightly cloudy, golden with a bright white substantial head with medium density, drops to thin film that stays. leaves pretty nice lace as well.

s: orangey-apple, citrus, peach, and a bit of pepper, quite remarkable and strong.

t: peppery-citrus sweet, throwing me back to some hoeggarden days for a second.. but moves quickly to a strong bitter to balance well, orange peel and sweet malt. touch of alcohol but hides it well for a 9%. End a bit sticky sweet, but fades reasonably fast leaving a touch of citrus.

m: thick bodied and good carbonation

d: bit overly sticky sweet, at least for my taste to keep going on them, but i finished this nicely. could continue.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 15:20:03 | More by batty
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 15:30:44 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of AlexLMS


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very slightly hazy pale orange colour. The head is white, low, and frothy with an impaired retention and some lacing.
Aroma: combination of honey, yeast, spices and alcohol.
Taste: sweet almost cloying. Alcohol presence, honey, fruits and spices. Weak hop presence.
Mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy. Medium to high carbonation, high but well disguised alcoholic strength (9%) and a full body.
Finish: sweet alcohol aftertaste.

Overall: not the best Grimbergen, but interesting nevertheless. This one could use more hops to become a more balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 15:12:54 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of thierrynantes


3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 22:34:39 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 16:18:50 | More by biegaman
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 19:54:21 | More by therica
Photo of Daredevil


2.95/5  rDev -22%
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 ...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 19:12:41 | More by Daredevil
Photo of Absumaster


3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 18:10:43 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Vancer


4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 18:00:22 | More by Vancer
Photo of Bierschenker


3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.65/5  rDev +23%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 16:26:20 | More by Solomon420
Photo of texashammer


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 13:01:05 | More by texashammer
Photo of BEERchitect


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 18:16:11 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of dauss


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 16:58:02 | More by dauss
Photo of chorizoandeggs


4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is what made me want to review beers on this site. I've had this on tap and out of the bottle. Both were pleasant experiences without a doubt.

Upon opening the bottle, I did not notice anything spectacularly different. It had a nice copperish color and was rather lacking in body in comparison to some other tripels I have had. There was no distinct aroma that set it apart but upon letting it hit my tongue, I was definitely pleased. This beer definitely agreed with me and I came back for 2 more. I recommend this brew to anybody. It is definitely a hard find.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 21:13:13 | More by chorizoandeggs
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 21:47:42 | More by Goldorak
Photo of BrewMaster


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured beautifully. It looked gorgeous with its delicate bubbles resting carefully atop one another. Perfect moderate head that very slowly thinned to a velvet ring around the top.

Aroma was almost like a white wine with honey. It reminded me of a mead I had the night before. Taste is sweet with molasses, clove, honey, and a tiny bit of cinnamon.

It feels smooth and leaves a thick coating of sweetness in the mouth. It is a good beer for sure but it not like most Belgian tripels. I would have to say it is a little bit out of character for this style. Definately worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 06:25:41 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 03:18:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of tjd25


4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 21:25:28 | More by tjd25
Photo of RBorsato


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 16:54:26 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Gusler


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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'

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 17:59:15 | More by Gusler
Photo of stoutman


4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 14:15:29 | More by stoutman
Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.