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Grimbergen Tripel - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ZorPrime
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%

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 Squelch
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

Squelch, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%

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 rvdoorn
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%

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 austinbroker
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

austinbroker, May 24, 2011
Photo of VWBuggirl
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

VWBuggirl, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of sfprint
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

sfprint, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of benfons
3.6/5  rDev -5%

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

benfons, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of arturorg
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

arturorg, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of jhtipton
4.13/5  rDev +9%

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.

jhtipton, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

eduardolinhalis, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

benclimbs, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

canucklehead, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

gyllstromk, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of dqrull
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

dqrull, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Nickls, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

RuudJH, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of OskarL
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

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!

OskarL, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of kevinglin
3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

kevinglin, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%

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 endovelico
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

endovelico, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

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

cvfish, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of batty
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

batty, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

tai4ji2x, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

AlexLMS, Feb 29, 2008
Grimbergen Tripel from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
85 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.