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Grimbergen Tripel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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85
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 06-13-2002)
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:57:13 | More by VWBuggirl
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sfprint

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:38:54 | More by sfprint
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benfons

Belgium

3.6/5  rDev -5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 21:04:03 | More by benfons
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arturorg

Spain

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 15:20:55 | More by arturorg
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jhtipton

Spain

4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 23:26:34 | More by jhtipton
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 21:13:32 | More by eduardolinhalis
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benclimbs

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 13:15:19 | More by benclimbs
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 22:25:09 | More by canucklehead
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 20:34:46 | More by gyllstromk
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dqrull

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 18:44:07 | More by dqrull
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 21:08:05 | More by Nickls
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 16:18:10 | More by RuudJH
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OskarL

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear golden, carbonated and leaves a head.

Smell - Fruity, oranges and spices.

Taste - Citrus, malt, banana, some yeast and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and a bit dry, although a bit thin for a tripel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 16:36:09 | More by OskarL
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kevinglin

Germany

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

Served on tap in a large, wide-mouth goblet at Clichy's Tavern in Paris, France.

Brilliantly clear golden with a one-finger head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was somewhat musty with a spicy smokiness. Taste was bready, again musty, and maybe a twinge of horsehair? Medium light body with a semi-dry finish. Overall, this was a pretty good beer that I enjoyed. If you enjoy Belgian brews, recommend you give this one a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2009 07:58:54 | More by kevinglin
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Jeffo

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Portugal

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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
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batty

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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
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AlexLMS

Portugal

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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
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thierrynantes

France

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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
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therica

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
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Daredevil

Switzerland

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 ...

Serving type: bottle

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

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 18:10:43 | More by Absumaster
Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.