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Bornem Triple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
82
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575 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 12-10-2001

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Ratings: 575 | Reviews: 388
Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged four years to perfection

Photo of Jetlag767
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a lace hanging on as it dissipates pretty quick. Slightly sweet, typical for a triple, nice golden hue with extensive effervescent properties. A pretty descent triple.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale gold with effervescence streaming upward from the bottom at the goblet stem point of attachment producing 1.5 fingers of white, moderately lasting, foamy head that leaves rings & strings of lacing. Aroma is pale malt, Belgian yeast spice & fruity esters, especially dried apricots & a little over ripe banana, also a hint of honey & vinous grape (white wine).Taste is similar pale malt, yeast & honey with a superb fruitiness & a sourness that imparts a hint of white wine & acetone. Finishes clean, juicy & fruity with a hint of spice producing a drying fruity aftertaste. Small amount of bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, juicy but lively from carbonation.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-look pretty thick head nice but a little heady for my taste gold brown color
-very sweet and with fruit hints
- taste is very sweet and smooth with very very mellow fruit
-over carbonated than i prefer
-overall a fun beer sweet and almost like a treat

Photo of stokebob
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from beers of Europe

Photo of stephens101
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice presentation with a fully, retentive white froth. Golden orange in color.

Somewhat complex aroma has notes of orange, lemon, vanilla cake and yeast, but seems oddly dull.

Spicy, vegetal and desultory. Some light fruits and phenols. Tame.

Light in body. Alcohol is dim but becomes more prominent as it warms. Overall dry with a tiny, creamy core.

A functional beer which is great for simple hand tools, but a much less desired characteristic for beer.

Photo of superspak
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into chalice, N29ID bottle code. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a small foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. Minimal glass lacing and some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and solid complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid tripel style. All around solid complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A fairly enjoyable offering.

Photo of constantine_272
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a light golden with a light yeast haze. The last bit poured out reinforced the sediment haze. A inch or so of big bubbled foam rose up, but mostly reverted to a thin layer of white bubbles.

S: Light straw and golden wheat. Yeasty be easiness. Slight graphite.

T: Starts off mildly sweet with a honey and wheat note again. Earthy wormwood comes through the sweetness. Mild taste of decomposing fresh grass clippings. Some fruitiness with apple and orange. very mild bittering finishes with a longer lingering sweetness.

M: Somewhat light but with a longer lingering syrupy sweetness. Aftertaste is long and salty.

O: A little ligher than I expected, but nice and easy and approachable. Don't really notice the 9% alcohol.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle marked 090M 03 23 at 55 degrees into snifter
Aroma of apples
Head average (4 cm), white, creamy/fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 1 cm ring with partial layer
Lacing Ok, some islands of various size
Body golden, slight haze from yeast
Flavor begins with yeasty phenolics and some alcohol. This fades to a light hop bitterness. No spicyness, no diacetyl. Slow stomach burn.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Kind of a “meh” tripel, OK but not exciting. Worth trying once.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Brouwerij Van Steenberge's Bornem Triple that my brother is sharing with me. I haven't been too impressed with the beers that came in this mixed Belgian Six pack and this is the last one that I have yet to try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown Belgian style 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, it's just about the same as the other Bornem beers and I don't think it's eye catching. It poured a nice orange color that took on more of a burn orange color when held to the light and it had a little over two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking Tripel, it was just a little dark for the style, but other than it looked fine.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a little bit of a candied sugar like aroma to and it's followed by some fruity aromas being the first to show up and they impart a apple skin and apple juice like aromas with some orange like aromas showing up in the background. Up next come the malts which impart some sweet malt, toasted and caramel like aromas and the yeast only imparts a medium estery aroma and there's also a musty basement aroma. This beer didn't have a great aroma and it's not really what I look for in the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that still has a slight candied sugar aroma to and its followed by the fruity aspect being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with an apple skin flavor seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the yeast which isn't as musty this time, but it still is bland and a little estery and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts and caramel flavors seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a light boozy flavor with hardly any bitterness and it had a apple skin, apple juice, sweet malt and caramel like aftertaste. The taste was just a little better than the aroma, but it still isn't true to style.

M- Not the smoothest, a little crisp, a little sticky, slightly boozy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I don't think it was a good example of the style, it didn't really have a single aspect that I thought was really well done or true to style, if I tried it blind I would know for sure it's a Belgian, but I don't think I would be able to guess that it's a Tripe. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, a little crisp, a little sticky, slightly boozy, a little filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, half the bottle is a little too much for me and there's no way that I would want another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't great, but it was still the highlight and the truest to style aspect of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and aroma, they were the downfall of this beer and they were both bland and not true to style. I might buy this beer again if I know for sure it's fresh but other than that I don't think I will be revisiting it any time soon and I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all I wasn't a fan of this beer, I wasn't expecting anything too special since the other Bornem beers weren't that great, but I was at least hoping this would taste like a Tripel and I was disappointed that it did not. This is one of the crappier Tripel's I've had, but it still isn't as bad as that Bornem Amber that I had to drain pour. This one seems like it needs a lot of work, better luck next time guys.

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of NEdward
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of argock
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of brendan123
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of Murrhey
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

RJT

Photo of jonb5
3.93/5  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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Guden
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of acevenom
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Bornem Triple from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.