Tripel Van De Garre - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 144
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Popsinc on 11-03-2003

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in the lovely 'Staminee De Garre' many times: this review is of one taken on 17 Oct 2012: poured into the usual goblet shaped glass.

Old gold body with huge foaming head that subsided enough to see I'd been poured more than it intitially looked.

A malty fruit basket of smells hit the nose: they carried on into the taste as well. Add a yeasty feel and a musty nudge to the flavours and you're about there.

Smooth and easy to drink: the alcohol well hidden, goes nicely with the cheese given along side the beer when in De Garre.

Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped in at De Garre in Brugge on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It took a few tries before we got the address right. It was served on a tray with some cheese and this was the perfect afternoon snack. Brewed by Van steenberge for De Garre as their house beer, this is a delightful tripel. A creamy, rich, lasting head with tonnes of lacing on their unique glass. This isn't a first class tripel, but it hit the spot that day. It was fruity, with lots of malt character and finished very sweet. Alcohol is well hidden. Body is cloudy, golden yellow in colour. Recommended if you're in Brugge.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during the annual Belgian fest event.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive enough, showcasing honey, orange citrus, vanilla and light cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with light bitterness on the finish that helps to counter the moderate sweetness. The beer is otherwise medium bodied at most, and was a bit thin I thought for the abv. The beer finishes well, with some moderate sweetness and drying hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is well disguised, and I was surprised to see the 10.5% abv.

While nothing extraordinairy, this was still a very nice tripel from Van Steenberge.

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie Beck, 2.19.12, $13 for 10 oz. pour. OUCH. Should have waited to Max's Belgian Fest the next day, though it did go rather well with the delicious Carbonnade.

Finger and a half pure white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Clear orange gold, minimal visible carbonation. Taste is dry fruit, peaches, a bit of honey sweetness balanced by dry munich malt. Nose mirrors taste. Mouthfeel medium, good effervescence, ABV well hidden. I understand this is rather rare, but I'd rather have a Westmalle.

Photo of beerpirates
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a magnum bottle ( 1.5 L ) into a white wine glass

Cloudy orange yellow beer, enormous white creamy head, stable and adhesive. Aroma: malts, yeast, hops, candi sugar, and good deal of alcohol (not surprising).
MF: soft carbon, full body.
Taste: sweet malts and alcohol sweetness, countered by a fair amount of hop bitters, somewhat fruity. Numbing alcohol in the back of the throat.
Aftertaste: hops, some fruityness, grapefruit and exotic fruits. A very hoppy and tasty beer!

Photo of EPICAC
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at De Garre in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden-orange with a three-finger, off-white head with excellent retention that leaves intact sheets of lace as it fades.

Smell: Has a nice fruity smell with a blend of bananas and sour apple with a bit of pepper.

Taste: Light, but fruity with sweet bananas and sour apples. The fruitiness is balanced nicely with some spiciness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, creamy, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Very well balanced, but watch out for the alcohol.

Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in goblet. Poured a lightly hazy golden-honey color with over 2 inches of fluffy and rocky white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a very example of the expected spice and yeast over a solid grain base. Same on the tongue, all the anticipated flavors of the style, grain spice and yeast, just very well defined and bold.

The body was good, however I found it to be a bit thicker and stickier than typical. Drinkability was excellent. If time had allowed, I would have had another one immediately.

Overall, a very well-done example of one of my favorite styles. A must try if you see it.

Photo of jgasparine
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The house tripel at Staminee de Garre

A- Poured into a chalice with a thick foamy white head, which was very well retained. Absolutely lovely lacing throughout. The body was a slightly hazy, mildly carbonated, golden color. Looks wonderful.

S- Impressions of pale, and perhaps some Munich malt; some Belgian yeast esters, some candi sugar, and some rich doughy aromas as well. It's like fresh bread dough!

T- It starts out quite nice in the mouth, like fresh dough you would use to make sweet rolls. You get some pale malt, candi sugar, some Belgian yeastiness... but then as you move onto the finish, it becomes quickly dry and metallic. The metallic is a bit of a turn-off, and downgrades the Taste rating accordingly.

M- A medium, perhaps medium-plus body. Just a little bit of unattenuated sugar there, which gives it a little bit of graininess. The carbonation is nice, soft and constant.

D- I would love to have a second glass, but the metallic notes on the mouth would keep me from a third glass.

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at De Garre restaurant.

Big creamy 2+ finger head fades very slowly in the unique oversized tulip with a thick glencairn like base they served it in, frothy lacing, semi clear golden straw color.

Nose is very familiar to what I've been drinking all day in Brugge. Blond Belgian malts, slight sweetness, some boozey esters with apple and pear which come on a bit more that the other beers I've been drinking today, a bit of a creamy fluffy vanilla ice cream like thing going on.

Taste again similar, golden Belgian malts, light pilsner straw wheat like toasty character, sweet candi sugar, juicy malt, light earthy grassy bitter hop, light nutty flavor even, booze characters is the dominant feature, coming on with strong warmth, slight tingle, nice fruity esters, and even a faint phenolic flavor, apple and pear and slight chemically acetyl character. Finish is long drier but still semi sweet, lingering Belgian malts and sweet flavors, more booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall Big beer but lighter in color and malt, would be a good cold rainy night beer, like it is tonight, good booze characters with esters and faint phenols, nice sweet malts, etc.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(11% ABV so tread lightly.)

The beer was crystal clear with a white frothy head which lasted very well to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity and nicely spicy with strong pepper and an estery fruit chracter and a caramel malt.

The flavor was lightly spicy with a low caramel and light malt presnece. The flavor almost had a pineapple characteristic.

The finish was dry with a strong peppery character long into the aftertaste. The body was meidum and the moderate carbonation lent a creamy mouthfeel. The beer gave a nice warming presence after consumption. Actually a very good tripel. Be careful with this one at 11%.

Served in a Garre glass, at Garre in Brugge of course, on 9/13/06 and 9/14/06.

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Meridian Pint DC into a tulip glass. Man I've been wanting this beer for ages!

A real nice super creamy white head, meringue and whipped with lots of staying power off the pour, sits on a body that is truly crystal clear brass and bronze. Nice slow rising carbonation, and lots of sticky lacing while drinking. The body color may not be my fav, but the head and all the parts are here looking real good.

Nose is sort of basic, but real solid. The only letdown. Classic candy sweetness mixing with not much else, no fruit sense, but clean with a hint of thick vinous body perhaps coming.

Palate is rich and juicy, with a vinous character. Pinot Grigio sensation lime, a wonderful wine like sweetness on the finish, maybe even some faint under ripe green pear. Coating throughout on the palate, with a good malt but also hiding the abv quite nicely.

Overall pretty impressive, not sure if it's the best one I've had, but I would love to have a bottle of this for comparisons.

Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville NC

A- pours clear and golden with a small creamy white head with lace that sticks to the sides the entire way down as it settles

S- lots of fruity aromas up front of dried apple, ripe pear, peach and banana. Fresh baked bread aroma kicks in mid-palate with some peppery notes and clove. Earthy aromas and wet hay finish out the aroma

T- dry and fruity up front with big notes of banana and clove, lightly toasted fresh bread notes kick in, adding some sweet doughy notes. Peppery notes with citrus, lemongrass and hay close out the flavor, leaving a dry finish

M- medium body and carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish

O- sweet and creamy with nice banana and pear notes. Definitely one of the better Belgian Tripel's that I've had a chance to try

Photo of jimmah120
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of MDDMD
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-spices, caramel, bananas

T-yeasty bread, bananas, caramel, spices, hints of lemon

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a delicious Tripel for sipping and savoring, nice balance and flavor

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never thought i'd get to try this stateside, thanks Alex for sharing this rare bottling.
Review from written notes.

Served from a magnum into a mini pint glass. Managed a couple pours before the bottle was emptied.

Soft hazy orange, almost a pastel tone, with energetic trails of champagne carbonation. The fluffy foam settles, leaving a ring of lacing to decorate the edges. A steady pour generated two fingers of stiff, dense foam.

Dreamy aroma of tangerine, tropical fruit, banana creme pie, vanilla wafers, marzipan, and spun sugar.

Dominating fruit flavors, sweet but not cloying. Some mild clove/spice phenolics in the back, estery Belgian yeast throwing off some banana esters. Soft and very creamy feel, this is a dream to drink. A slight bite initially, but it quickly yields to the creamy confection qualities. As it warms, the alcohol becomes slightly perceptible, versus being invisible when served chilled.

Overall very smooth and balanced, this makes me want to seek out other Tripels, which isn't a style i'm usually into. Thanks again Alex!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at De Garre in its proper snifter. On to the beer:

Part of the experience is the presentation. The golden color can be appreciated, but the super thick head which is poured at De Garre leaves a blanket of lace around the glass provides a talking point that cannot be ignored. The aroma is impressive as well, brining pine, pineapple, citrus, and toasted sugar. It's also a little boozy.

Flavorful tripel. Going along the route of a tropical flavor and booze, it brings lots of pineapple and alcohol to taste. Nutmeg and white pepper provide opposition to its two focal points. Should the mouthfeel be anotehr talking point? It's full bodied and velvety is texture, and seems to coat the mouth with itself.

A classic tripel. Yes, there are a few other tripels which I prefer, but there's something to be said about having this beer served at its house and in its own unique manner.

Photo of gyllstromk
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at De Garre. The menu at De Garre starts with a long ode to the Tripel van der Garre, and there are nice descriptions of the process of creating it. The building is beautiful and the clientele is a mix of locals, random tourists, and folks who traveled there just for the tripel (the nice couple next to us were from Antwerp, and travel here for the beer).

Overall you cannot help but be absorbed in the charm and history of the place, and making any unbiased review is impossible. I would not treat my numeric "rating" as anything other than dummy placeholders so that I could write the following description.

The De Garre was presumably served from tap but I cannot confirm. A pale color is capped by 2 inches of foam which I assume must be nitrogenized, as the bubbles are fine like Guinness. The head remains throughout the beer.

Aroma is not atypical for a tripel: phenols and a bit of malt sweetness. There seemed to be a hint of juniper on the nose. The flavor is a nice malt body with a dry finish that highlights the kiss of alcoholic sweetness. There is a slight bitterness on the finish.

They serve with cheese cubes but I recommend buying the cheese plate as well. The combination of flavors with this beer is a great experience.

From the menu (what little of the Dutch I could read) it seems that this beer is actually 11%, and they limit customers to 3. I believe this is true because my wife and I had one each, and really felt the alcohol when we left . If truly 11%, this beer does an amazing job of masking the alcohol.

I highly recommend this beer because of the entire experience. Go to De Garre and try it yourself!

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a tulip. Decently priced for a beer that is only served in a few bars IN THE WORLD. There are moments when I'm drinking where I turn slightly reflective, I've had some of the top beers on everyone's lists but even a random long shot beer like this, that I can find it in a pub, just shocks me to no end. A long time want of mine, falls right in my lap. Thank you Churchkey, you really bring the tasty.

Beer is yellow, mild haze but basically clear, great tight white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is tea like, sweet, nice sharp yeast character, sweet and clean.

Beer is dry, very effervescent in the mouth, good finish, a mild spiciness on the midpalate of the beer, it is almost like the beer is jumping off of my tongue, the more I drink the better it gets. I would drink a lot of this beer indifferent to the damage it is doing to my liver.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Garre restaurant.

A: Comes in a great-looking goblet. The body is a hazy golden / apricot color, clear body except for the generous carbonation up the center. It sustains an enormous white head that never vanishes, leaving washes of thick lacing during each sip.

S: Bananas, sour apples, pear, orange, and surprisingly strong phenolic character (pepper, clove).

T: Everything in the nose comes out here. Begins with a beautiful fruit character of bananas and oranges, but exhibits green apples and pear in the mid-taste. I also taste biscuit at times. The banana reawakens in the finish and aftertaste, with a burst of pepper and clove to liven up the palate.

M: Lightly drying finish. Medium-bodied, slightly prickly with medium-high carbonation.

D: Dangerously drinkable. Too bad it's only available here; it's apparently their house tripel. Good stuff.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at De Garre.

Comes out with a voluminous slightly off-white? head. Michael Jackson lacing aka the best.

Peppery spice, pear, some sweetness, a little flowery.

Yeasty, peppery spice, light fruit.

So smooth. Carbonation is great on the tongue. Medium-full body. Some alcohol heat is present.

Photo of BucBasil
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a branded tulip at De Garre in Bruges.

A: Pure orange with an off-white head. 3 fingers of head with great retention.

S: Like a tripel should smell. Spicy clove, slight banana bread, yeast, and citrus.

T: Silky smooth with bubble gum dominant along with some spices and slight banana flavor. Typical taste, but verrry well done.

M: Amazingly smooth - can't do better.

D: Dangerous at 11%. Alcohol undetectable and I had a few. Then I stood up. Wow.

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nanoslug for carrying this magnum all the way back from Brugge. This is the 25th anniversary bottling (unlike the 20th in the picture). Served in my Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a few fingers of eggshell foam that dissipates to a think cap and leaves spotty lacing behind. The body is a hazy peaches & cream color.

S - Light booze, grapes, starfruit(!), banana, cloves, malted wheat. Very rich & complex.

T - The booze is better hidden here, and the flavor profile is more smoothed out. There's more wheat and caramel malt and a little less spice. The fruit flavors mingle with some nice estery character from the alcohol. The taste is more of a 4.25 for me, but I rounded up and bumped down the appearance (which was borderline 4.5).

M - Light tingly carbonation, a touch of heat after half a glass. The body is medium-light and seems a little thin for a 10.5% beer.

D - This will get you wrecked. It's a delicious quick-drinking high ABV beer. I was worried that a few of us wouldn't be up for killing the magnum, but it actually ran out quite quickly. I'd love to try it on-tap at the source - I somehow missed this place when I was in Brugge last summer.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's ...

Poured with a massive foamy white head over a clear burnt gold body with lots of lacing

Aromas are huge - lots of fermented grape / white wine, with apricot, and Belgian yeast.

Flavors tame some of the vinous qualities, but still come thru strong. Floral hops, old apple, slight barnyard funk, and Chardonnay.

Mouthfeel is wicked smooth. Carbonation is low, but it's by no means thick. Slick and smooth going down.

Beautiful triple... A perfect gateway beer for the white wine connosieur.

Photo of FosterJM
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

456th review on BA
Draft to De Garre glass

App- This was a vibrant orange with yellow and some amber highlights. Gigantic 3 finger head that lasted forever. Sticky lace all over and a puddle of head throughout the beer.

Smell- A very good smelling beer. Lots of yeast, candied sugar and some mustiness.

Taste- This thing was just great. It was the color and smell of a Triple but had the taste of a small quad. Lots of candied fruit and a bigness if that makes sense to you.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. It left some sweetness and some candy flavors on the palate.

Drink- Every beer drinker should try this beer. Hands down. Great beer. I am shocked this only has 24 reviews. I want to go back and have a couple more glasses and then a growler(I can't) and then a case of bottles. So good.

Photo of garuda
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Arrives in the Garre snifter, hazed deep gold in color, with a mountainous white head that retains and laces well. Impressive.

S/T - Layers of sweet complexity unfold through the drink. Candy sugar, touch of green apple, banana, lemongrass, and only a little bit of yeasty funk. Abv stays well hidden, with only a warming sensation and never tasted outright.

M - Considering the abv, stays light and fluffy across the palate, finishing crisp and dry.

O - Spectacular, best tripel I've had yet. I wouldn't hesitate getting it again.

Tripel Van De Garre from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
97 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.