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Bornem Triple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Bornem TripleBornem Triple

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489 Ratings

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 12-10-2001)
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Photo of jneiswender


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored out of a small bottle into a tulip glass and served cool

Initially thick head that dissipates quickly. Gold body and white head

Herbal sugar smell

Herbs, parsley cilantro and sweet grain

Very well carbonated

Not a bad beer but a bit monochromatic. Okay and would not say no to it but wouldn't seek it out

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 21:13:50 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy light orange-amber color with a huge and thick foamy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is a quite delicious, consisting of a heavy sweet aroma of banana, orange, apple, and bubblegum. Along with this smells comes a yeast cake aroma mixed with spices of clove and coriander. A light grassy and hay aroma are there as well with a light alcohol booziness giving a very nice and sweet triple smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly sweet flavor with flavors of apple, pear, and orange. A yeasty flavor is present upfront with it remaining a base taste throughout the flavor profile. The bready flavor transitions to a more cracker like flavor as the taste moves on, with the sweeter flavors dwindling from the start to the middle of the taste. While the sweet dwindle some, they make a resurgence toward the end being joined by some bubblegum sweetness. All while this occurs, some light spice flavors of coriander and clove come to the tongue. Other flavors comes as well around this time with a moderate booziness as well as some grassy and astringent flavors coming to the tongue. The astringent get moderately intense at the end, mixing with the now sweet, crackery and spiced flavor to leave a somewhat odd triple flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side and is composed of lots of lighter/tiny carbonation bubbles. While a slightly thinner body may have been a bit more complementing of the mix of sweet, astringent, and spice, the higher carbonation was rather good for the flavor profile helping make a decent feel overall.

Overall – A little too much astringentness and an odd mix of cracker and sweet at the end of the taste. Overall an alright drinking brew however and at least worth giving a try to.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:41:04 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of BeerDocT


3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An old friend of mine, one of the first tripels I ever purchased. More than happy to purchase this again once I saw it at Mink's off Delk Rd. in ATL.

Using the old La Trappe goblet again.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a completely translucent, shimmering gold. Decent 1/2" head quickly dissipated leaving the requisite foam. Lacing is good. Beautiful in the glass.

Smell 3.5: Very subdued bouquet. I get a sense of alkaline mixed with maybe a note of barley but that is it.

Taste 4.25: Nice. Front is slightly sweet, but more on the dry side. Middle is smooth and has a nice big hit of malt before fading back down into a silky, dry sensation in the center of the palate. Finish is where I tasted a pleasant biscuit malt, mixed with a noble hop; this is all very smooth and somewhat dry. Aftertaste is short, clipped and pleasant with a brief sensation (not taste!) of alcohol in the very top of the palate. I have never had a tripel this dry with the taste of alcohol so completely hidden.

Mouthfeel 3.75: A bit too conditioned for my taste, it was, nonetheless, enjoyable.

Overall 4.0: Dry, delicious and dangerously sessionable, this tripel will sneak up on you and rob you of all your Belgian francs. Or euros. Or both. Fantastic as a sipper, its dryness would allow it to be paired with almost any food of which you can conceive. Excellent work (once again) by the maestro brewers at Van Steenberge Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:25:17 | More by BeerDocT
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large pillow of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, a thin head in between and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of apples and pears present in the nose along with notes of honey, the latter of which seems to subside a little as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is fruity with notes of apples, candi sugar and pears along with bits of honey and a light amount of associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: This beer tastes a lot fruiter compared to other beers in the style but is quite drinkable because any traces of alcohol are well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:32:52 | More by metter98
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Rhode Island

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: really thick head that lingers long after its peak, tenacious lacing, light golden body.

S: slight medicinal sweetness, not very pungent at all.

T: dry sweetness; lemon water light citrus, cherries, vanilla.

M: not much to note here; soft but doesn't stick around too long. lingering fructose sweetness.

O: A solid beer for an off night.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 06:25:07 | More by NEdward
Photo of argock


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz brown stubby bottle into a Bornem chalice/goblet at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC). Reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy golden with 1-2 fingers of white, tightly bubbled head with good retention but spare lacing.

S: Malt sweetness, honeylike, dominates the aroma, although the herbal, earthy, floral hops are somewhat more forward than expected. Yeast esters are pretty fruity with pear, banana, and juicy apple notes.

T: The flavors are malty with some candylike sweetness with light fruit flavors like the aroma profile with golden apple and pear character. Hops are not a big player with only a suble herbal undercurrent and moderate bitterness. Alcohol is not overbearing.

M: A bit too hefty and not as crisp and dry as it should be. Carbonation is a bit too low which doesn't help.

O: Not bad but pretty mid-tier as far as tripels go.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:24:13 | More by argock
Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold in color. Good clarity. Head is washy. More like a thin foam slather. Still very presentable.

Spicy phenols, thick white bread, grassiness, pilsner malt, apple, grain, and light banana. Nice aroma. Supple maltiness and a flittering expression of aged hops.

Apple-y esters, spicy yeast, grainy malts with nuances of rye, and a fair amount of breadiness. Banana is a softer tone that doesn't go unforgotten. Booziness plays off of the spice/carbonation zippiness. A rather satisfying slow-gulper with a wonderfully milky and weighty body. Sizzled finish is mouthfeel's other 'thumbs up'.

A tasty tripel that doesn't want to punch you in the jaw with alcohol presence. All of the phenols and yeast flavors are in the right place. Mouthfeel is excellent. A winner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 16:14:25 | More by thecheapies
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South Africa

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably my favourite Belgian Ale. I can only get bottles but have never had a bad one to date.

Golden clear appearance with good foamy head. Great nose and even better taste. In my opinion this is better than any other Belgian Ale, Dubbel or Triple than I've had with the possible exception of DT.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 09:31:34 | More by brendan123
Photo of Murrhey


2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 330ml bottle into a snifter at high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger white fluffy head with very active carbonation. It's a living beer in front of me. Large bubbles on the outside with tiny ones inside. Creamy golden color with low clarity. Not a great looking beer.

S- Oh god. Smells like vomit. That's the first note I'm getting. Not sure if that's overcooked malts or what. Once I get that first note out of my mind, golden malts, candi sugar. Better after I get over my personal weirdness.

T- Boozy, creamy, and sugary. Not incredibly complex, but smooth flavors. Sweet and slightly fruity.

M- Creamy. Thick bodied. Best part of the beer so far.

O- Not good. I don't like Tripels but still, I did not like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 05:07:49 | More by Murrhey
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bornem Triple Abbey Ale has a thick, spongy, white head and a hazy (which, becomes even hazier when one swishes and pours in the caked, bottom contents), very bubbly, golden appearance. Decent lacing is left behind. The aroma is fairly harsh- dank, musty grain husk (think Camo Black Ice), some sweetness, a bit of fruitiness (pineapple?), and sugar. Flavor is of alcohol, inexpensive champagne, pepper, pineapple juice, sugar, malt, and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit slick, and Bornem Triple Abbey Ale finishes mostly dry, sweet, drinkable, and substantial. Overall, this is a beer that lets one know "where it’s at", and is not for the weak or faint-hearted. Overall, I think it’s just macho and great. Definitely one not to miss!


Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 14:34:41 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330cl bottle, poured into Leffe Chalice.

A: Golden colour, clear, one finger head, great retention + lacing

S: Pronounced phenol and esters.

T: Phenol, esters, mollases, slightly fruity. Had more sweetness than other triples, hid the booze very well apart from a slight burn at the finish.

M: Smooth, light body, well carbonated.

O: Lacked a bit of depth but scores lots of points for the look, aroma and for how well the booze was hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 14:17:23 | More by jonb5
Photo of Flounder57


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

It is a clear golden straw yellow with great clarity and tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. It poured a one finger puffy white head that has reduced to a thin layer.

I can smell apples, pears, boozy alcohol, vanilla, and spices. I can taste everything plus the alcohol is nice and warming. There is some yeasty esters, Belgian candy, and a bit spiciness. Flavors seem a bit light from what I am used to.

This beer is smooth, low to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit boozy, and a little watery on the palate. This was an alright triple in my opinion. Very drinkable, but I was expecting more flavors and aromas from what I am used to and also the cleanliness that comes with those characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 06:15:18 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Guden


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A- A light hazy pilsner malt color with a huge brilliantly white head with great retention and thick spots of lacing.

S- Big pear and sour apple aroma coming straight out of the bottle before even poured into the glass. Light spicy coriander and clove character and a bit of banana and mint can also be found in the mix.

T- A yeasty spicy character is there, but nothing too strong, a light biscuity malt flavor is the main taste with a bit of banana and bitterness on the end. Not nearly as interesting as I would've liked.

M- Medium bodied, this one seems moderately thick for the style but the effervescent carbonation makes it feel creamy and very good for the style.

O- Despite the great body and nice smell the beer is a bit listless in the flavor department. It's an easy drinker but I would've liked more complex spices.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:38:03 | More by Guden
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:08:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours hazy golden with a quickly dissipating white head. However, a finger length of white head remains atop the beer without much in the way of lacing. Plenty of tiny streaming bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom and side of the glass. There are fruity aromas. I detect green apple and pear. There is some sweetness from the malt and the candi sugar as well. It smells like a typical, but decent tripel. There is a nice malt backbone to this beer, brining some solid bread flavor. The fruit flavors are a bit more subdued, but the apple and pear are definitely there. The alcohol is detectable in the flavor as well. The body is full with strong carbonation. The beer is smooth, but lacks the typical tripel dryness. The alcohol is very warming and this definitely is a sipper. This is a good beer that did not quite live up to its potential.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 23:54:28 | More by acevenom
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice golden honey color, but with very little head and it faded fast leaving no lace. Carbonation was also on the low side.

S - Green apple, spice, Belgian yeast, smells like a decent tripel.

T - Lots of spice, an astringent quality, some esters, and finishes a bit boozy.

M - Very thin, like a tripel should be but lacks the carbonation expected...no pop. A little warmth at the end which is nice, but it better be there considering the boozy finish.

O - Was excited to try this, but it turned out to be nothing special. A disappointment after a great surprise a couple days ago with a Tripel Karmeliet.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 22:11:28 | More by steelerguy
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3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real murky brown, and faint yellow, but a strange faint pea soup green. Rising carbonation from the glass, opaque, and a shocking white soapy head, forms nicely, but slowly falls.

Nose is a faint green apple. A nice fruit pear action on this with a mild sweetness. Pretty nice, not blown away by it, but the pear on this seems nice so I call not bad, but a bit of alcohol on this also.

A little bit wet in the palate for feel, but also a real fleeting taste as well. Flavor seem to disappear very quickly and doesn't hint of what is on the nose. Warming heat in the belly, but also slightly hot and not masked on the palate (even for a Triple)

Overall I would prefer other Tripels over this one. Not terrible, but really not that great either.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:01:08 | More by smakawhat
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, honey color with two fingers of off-white head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Light spice, floral notes and some cider. Seems almost like a saison.

T: Starts with light fruit, then dives into a peppery biscuit. Finishes with faint cider notes. Also a little metal on the finish that detracts from the flavor. Fortunately, the metal fades after the first few sips. Towards the end of the glass, the floral aromas enter the flavor, with rose and lavender.

M: Carbonation is soda-like in quality. Fairly light body with an astringent finish.

O: Not bad, but with so many great tripels out there, I think this is one I would not buy very often. Still, worth a try, you might find it suits your tastes better than mine.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:45:18 | More by AmericanGothic
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - light/pale orange/brown, can't say tan because it's a little more vibrant. about 1.5" pure white head that settles to a film for the rest of the glass. beer is a little hazy. minimal lacing

s - as it warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent. pretty sweet (honey) smelling and citrusy. smells a lot like a white wine with citrus because of the sweetness and alcohol.

t - carb/citrus bite up front, goes to sweetness, and finishes with a very smooth bitterness. flavors flow very well together

m - very light and bubbly for the alcohol content. smooth and wine-like.

o - the aromas exploded after letting the beer sit out for a little while to warm up. this is a delicious tripel and i pretty much finished the whole glass during this review. if someone asked me if they should try this tripel, i would absolutely say yes. i think it is quite light, but still captures all of the elements of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:58:05 | More by Doshkin
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged (accidentally) for almost a year in the back of the fridge. BB date of 08/03/12. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden-straw colour with a huge foam head that is quite bubbly. Recedes slowly to a ring of creamier foam, with good lacing down the glass.

S: Orchard fruits of apple and pear, tropical fruits of pineapple and banana, clove, yeast, faint honey, and picking up some pepper. Quite a fruity bouquet (...that sounded fruity) which is enticing, but the alcohol aroma I feel is a bit too distinct and separated from the other aromas in this.

T: Tropical fruit is at the forefront with a tart, almost abrasive pineapple quality, that is followed by clove and pepper. Faint notes of banana. However, I find there's a bit of an off/artificial quality to this, and it might be originating from the sweetness. Can't put my finger on it, but regardless I don't find it terribly off putting.

M: Full mouthfeel with an oily texture, and high carbonation which are both about average considering the style.

D: Despite the above setbacks, still a decent tripel. Not something I would revisit again... unless it came in the same assorted holiday 6-pack as Gulden Draak ;)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 03:06:18 | More by Digimaika2
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated BB 08/03/12 poured into a Duvel tulip at ~ 7C

A: Straw yellow with a touch of haze and a decent white head that leaves some lacing. Lots of carbonation coming off the base of the glass.
S: Intriguing muskiness and a bit of pear with a hint of spiciness (perhaps black pepper?)
T: Much maltier and sweeter than I was expecting for a tripel. Light caramel, hints of fruit. Mainly apple juice and sweetness, not at all what I was expecting, especially after just having had a Triple Karmeliet...
M: Way too sweet for a beer that should be dry. Lingers...
O: To call this average is an insult to a well made triple, but it is an average beer. If I were grading this solely to style (which I never do), it would be worse.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:18:07 | More by kjyost
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

whoa, this is an active one. golden hue large foamy white head with tons of retention. crockery sweetness, clove, and hint of alcohol in the nose. taste is well rounded sweet crackery, slight biscuit. light clove and pepper, this style is not terribly drinkable, but this is a nice sipper on a chilly damp night.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:18:24 | More by UDbeernut
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Belgian beer. Poured it into my De Koninck goblet and it created a lovely bit of white head.
I didn't get any lace, as it went down, but I didn't really miss that, either.
This is a much sweeter trippel than I'm used to and was expecting.
Hop presence is minimal and carbonation is active but a bit on the lower side.
All in all, a fine choice with my meal, and I'd definitely have another one another time!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 15:55:06 | More by MAB
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Stamped "06/DI"...June?

A: A grand head fizzles and fades out, leaving only cloudy wisps of its former glory. The beer is a dull, straw yellow that's translucent but too murky to see though.

S: Medicinal/cough syrupy vibe melts into sweet anise. Faint fruit, bananas and maraschino cherries. Hints of yeast.

T: Definitely intriguing. Carbonated and spritely. The cough syrup taste is there briefly but then gone for good to be replaced by light, zesty grain. Tarter than anticipated, with a sour sort of aftertaste that is not unpleasant, but a bit off-putting.

M: Pleasant, drying, tingly, and fun. Not as heavy as I feared it might be.

O: I saw this at the store and bought it because I'd never seen one before. I wish I'd read the reviews first. It's far from bad, but it's a very disappointing tripel and, in my opinion, not worth five dollars. I can't recommend it, but nor do I have heavy criticism.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:10:01 | More by AgentMunky
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a fruity/citrus nose, smelling primarily of flowers (especially roses) and wildflower honey straight from the honeycomb, with a hint of sugary champagne.

On the tongue, the ale comes across as dry, but immensely flavorful, with fruit and champagne flavors swirling together. The first flavors, however, are almost sour, like apple ciders or light Flemish ales. The sugars take a while to show up, but when they do the ale changes characteristics, and lights up in the mouth to produce lovely flowery flavors, like rose hips. Light fruity flavors (banana, pear) accompany this, resting on top of an even lighter toasted grain base. The sugars last a good while into the aftertaste, and keep company with the dry hoppy finish.

Overall, I found this a good ale, though I was surprised at how dry and flowery it came across, as I was expecting far more sugars. Definitely worth trying, as this nicely expands the range of flavors available for Trippels in a nuanced, balanced, very drinkable package.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 22:02:01 | More by jondeelee
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Bornem Triple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.