Tripel Van De Garre - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.48/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
With a tremendous amount of fan-fare, its rare to see a Belgian Tripel as a real standout beer. Anxious to find out why this one excels, it already impresses with a magnum-size bottle- corked and caged.
With a pop and a pour, the ale layers into the snifter with a bright golden body and a creamy column of froth that rises with a gentle swirl. Its cottony-white foam retains the session effortlessly and trickles the glass with spotty lace. Its light haze sings the praises of its unfiltered and refermented character.
Vivid aromas of honeysuckle, fresh baking bread and light confections surprises the nose with its fruit and fauna. Oranges, apples, lemons, bananas and light peach provide a burst of ripeness that is the perfect counterpart to spices and hops. Freshly cracked white pepper, mild coriander, paradise seed and slim clove blend into a damp hay for a curious earthen note heading into taste.
Its soft succulents wraps around the tongue with light and crisp bread. As the sweetness folds into the mix, its subtle taste of cookie dough and marzipan approaches nutty and light toasted proportions. Its fruit and spice middle is met with light marzipan and citrus peels that bounces off of exotic lemongrass spice before diving into a lightly bitter finish, laced with fresh straw and hay.
Medium bodied, the ale is zesty with ample carbonation that gives rise to the beer's underlying white wine acidity. As it wisps away the sweetness, the malts seem to vanish right off of the tongue like powdered sugar. What's left behind is dry bread, earthen bitterness and wine-like echoes.
I think that the allure of the beer is that is a more whimsically sweetened Belgian Tripel that resembles more of a Strong Golden Ale except with the high effervescence of Tripel. I rather enjoy the lighter earthy flavors and the softer sweetness that this ale provides- making it worthy of its high praise.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2013 18:44:03 | More by BEERchitect
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Goblet served at brasserie V in Madison wisconsin
look is a hazy amber-orange, with a ring of foam. smell is delicious: apples, citrus, banana, clove. feel is a little slick and oily, but the taste....oh the taste. apple/pear citrus, with a little clove and spice in the finish. the 12% is completely imperceptible.
glad I was able to try this
Serving type: on-tap
08-19-2013 18:49:55 | More by jimmah120
5/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer was the crown jewel of my beer adventure through Europe. It was served in a bar, De Garre, that was hidden in an alley way near downtown Brugee Belgium. I was with my professor who had been to Brugge six times before he finally found De Garre. The beer is only served on tap in this location and you are only allowed to have three glasses of their beer before they cut you off because you won't be able to appreciate the masterpiece of the beer they have made.
I only say all this to add to hype I had going into trying this beer.
The appearance: the beer is served in the Garre glass ware that reminds me of a oversized bourbon sniffer. The color is a clear golden nectar. The beer looks to have a large head, but it seems to help protect the beer.
The smell wasn't overpowering but you realized what you are about to drink. There isn't a alcohol smell at all.
Taste: the beer had a crisp taste and had a full body flavor of the different bouquets.
Mouthfeel: a little bubbly but smooth. Had light creamy texture.
Overall: the beer had a had a large hype for going in and I feel like it lived up to it.
Serving type: on-tap
07-12-2013 20:36:56 | More by Abbo
3.11/5 rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
25 cl. draft at ‘t Waagstuk as ‘t Waagstuk. Although it has a separate entry on BA. This is just a label beer and the same beer as Tripel Van De Garre. A beer which in turn probably differs not much from other Van Steenberge offerings.
Appearance: Hazy orange with a creamy white head.
Smell and taste: Slightly sweet with lots of yeast and citric notes. Picking up also some herbs and some spices. Notes of tangerines, nice chunk of dried Turkish fruits, touch banana and booze.
Body: average, slightly lively.
It is okay but not particularly distinguishable from a whole other slew of Belgian beers and not particularly to my liking. Just another semi-macro offering. This just felt massively over-hyped to me – a case of marketing and limited availability driving the hype train. Lots of better and more interesting triples out there.
Serving type: on-tap
07-12-2013 13:35:41 | More by 77black_ships
Tripel Van De Garre from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
97 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.