Bornem Triple - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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583 Ratings

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 12-10-2001

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Reviews by BeerDocT:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 Popsinc
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden pour with slight cloudiness. The head is huge and frothy. It looks great.

The nose seems rather dull. I'm having trouble detecting very much except to say that there is a slight sweetness there.The taste of the beer starts out very dry and bland, maybe a little wheaty. Towards the end it develops some sweetness and a touch of tanginess that i detect at the back of my mouth. Nice mouthfeel, i like this sort of lively & bubbly type tripel.

Overall it was not a bad beer, quite drinkable actually. The only problem i have is that as far as tripels go, it's not nearly the best example out there.

Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A modest head atop a very cloudy light orange ale.

Smell – The spices are big in this aroma. Huge coriander along with tons of white pepper and a few others. Beneath that there’s some solid malt scents, but this is all about the spices.

Taste – Tastes more like a BSPA than an Abbey Trippel. The spices are big on the tongue, supported by an excellent malt base. There’s a little yeast in there to mix things up and a light orange sweetness, but the spices lead the way here. It finishes with a little dryness. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel – Good, live carbonation and a medium to full body characterize this ale.

Drinkability – Nothing wrong with this one. Why it has a < 4 rating after 40 reviews I do not know.

Comments – This tasted more like a BSPA, and there was absolutely not a hint of alcohol in this 9.0 ABV bottle. I was overwhelmed by this underappreciated ale.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Masterfully poured into a St. Bernie chalice at Maduro a bright light hay, transparent, with an uber thick, white creamy crown. Huge head and a great aroma to go with it. Unrippened orange peal aroma reminds me of the fruit of a prickly ash tree. Dry green apple cider is also huge in the nose. Not all that complex but damn lovely. Taste matches but at a lesser degree. Nice dry, light feel. Bubbly. Very drinkable.

Photo of steelerguy
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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 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.

Photo of Todd
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml short, stubby brown bottle. No freshness date.

A semi-hazy golden brew topped with a white wisp of a head; lacking, no retention. Light phenols, chalk and a pear-ish fruity aroma. Fairly malty, sugary sweet, ripe fruits (like apricot), touch of burnt sugar, creamy mouthfeel and a massive alcohol profile; spicy and warm. More spice from an herbal/phenol character. A bit dry and crisp in the middle. Notes of lemon grass. Musty yeast character toward the finish with some bread crust and yeast flavours and bitter/dry raw grass.

A bit one-dimensional and average for the style, but still a tasty and powerful Tripel.

Photo of grynder33
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew looked like apple juice in my glass.Had a fruity malt aroma, typical of this style, on the tongue it had a fruit sweetness but thinner then I expected. Lacked the complexity that most other triples have. A little tartness became evident in the middle, came in for a somewhat dry finish. Unless its on sale , I'll probaly won't buy it again.

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 330ml/11.2oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy light golden yellow color with an excellent, huge white head. Its head is thick and frothy with stiff rocky peaks that last forever.

Smell: The aroma is fruity and sweet with a nutty malt character and strong funky yeast. There is even a hint of coconut as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor starts off dry, with earthy yeast that turns malty, sweet and fruity. There is a slight hazelnut flavor along with tropical fruit notes and even a light coconut flavor as well. Hops add a light bitterness and herbal flavor to the finish. Its alcohol adds a pleasant warmth and sophistication to this smooth textured, medium bodied ale.

Notes: This is a very good triple that has a standout flavor that I really enjoyed.

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 Jason
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml short brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Lots of bubbles, an almost champagne-like carbonation. Big foamy rocky head stays two fingers deep for a while. Hazed dusty golden hue.

Smell: Apple skin, old lemon peel, ripe pear, musty phenol and a chalky yeast are in the aroma with a faint bitterness as well.

Taste & Mouth-feel: Nearly a bone dry maltiness off of a strong crispness. Moderate body. Mild acidic twang. Bitterness plays back and forth from phenol to yeast to hop and even alcohol. Maltiness is a bit one way and the yeast lingers on forever. Hops are there with bitterness yet faded in flavour, thick herbal phenol ends up being quite clean. Vague fruitiness and a warming alcohol are the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: A modest brew, still a flavourful brew just not a brew that will knock your socks off. Worth a try though and it should certainly be treated like a dry champagne.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little, stubby bottle pours a hazy, apricot body with a shortlived, offwhite, head that fades into some attractive, draping, sheet lace down the goblet.
Fine aroma is dominated by tropical fruits, beginning with mango, followed by banana, finished off with ruby red grapefruit, producing an overall bouquet resembling Juicy Fruit chewing gum.
Mouthfeel features a typical, Belgian, explosion of carbonation that softens as it warms, producing a smooth, medium body.
Taste features an amalgam of tropical fruits, think Juicy Fruit(again), pineapple, mango, and mango. Yeast is very subdued in this one, offering only a soft, musty, note. Alcohol is cleverly concealed, but reveals itself in a warming note midway through.
Nothing heavy duty, or industrial strength here, to overwhelm the senses. Just a dandy example of a solid, Belgian Tripel, that is an easy and fine sipping ale. Very pleasant, and significantly better than their Dubbel.

Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale house NYC, always interestind in trying a new Belgian, I gave this one a go...Pours very light, dull yellowish and cloudy, well deeloped white head, leaves nicely developed lacing. Nose was lemony and fresh. This beer was suprisingly light and thin for a triple. Notes of lemons, wheat, sort of like a creamsicle. Finished crisp and tart. Not my favorite triple, seemed more like a tart wheat beer. Of course it was pleasant and very drinkable, to hold its own as a triple they would need to kick up the malt bill, add some more candi sugar,spices and yeast phenolics.

Photo of Byeast
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured golden and bubbly. Massive head on this one at first that shriks to 1/4 inch. Smells pretty good with some pear- banana and alcohol as well as some other sweet citrus like smells. Taste is citrusy and alcoholic. Also kinda spicy and hoppy. Medium thin mouthfeel. Seems pretty drinkable , but a little to sweet for my taste. Still a very good beer though. Also , 9% ABV makes it quite a pleasant tasting. Id stay at their abbey any day . ( as long as they served these strong ales)

Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour looks just like champagne with a thicker white head. Aroma of white grapes, apples, sour yeast, and alcohol. Tart, bitter flavor was unexpected but not bad. Apples, grain, and bready prevalent. Missing the nice banana/bubblegum. There are better trippels out there.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a hazy straw-golden with a huge rocky white head that settles nicely into a thin layer. Obviously moderately carbonated. Wonderful estery aromas of lemon, pear, and apricot blends nicely with malts that remind me of graham crackers. Moderate hop aroma of perfumy and flowery hops a little overwhelming here and a bit solvent-like smell in the background is noticeable as it warms. Velvety mouthfeel bursts with flavors of esters like what was found in the aroma but once again there is a bit of a solvent-like hard alcoholic warmth lurking in there as well as a bit of a vegetal asparagus-like flavor. Rosy hop flavors and a slight hop bitterness don't quite balance the malts here so it finishes quite sweet. I really wanted to like this beer more because it had great complexity in flavor and aroma, but there were some off-putting flavors and aromas plus the hops didn't quite balance the sweetness. Perhaps it was just this bottle so I would definately try this beer again.

Photo of BadBadger
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This triple pours a beautiful golden color from the bottle. A large foamy head arises and stays around for some time. The smell is malty, yeasty, and fruity. The taste parallels the smell. A realy nice belgian. No unmasked alcohol, so beware the ensuing buzz. Enjoy!

Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moving up higher in the Van Steenberge ABV chain...

Hazy and slightly greenish pineapple appearance, head is bright white. Laces more minimally than others, in slipping rings. Bright smell, cut with a white wine-like aroma. Flavor is more muted than I expected and combines with lesser carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Yeasty and vinous late and on further sips, more consistant front to back. Aftertaste has grape like juiciness and settles in the stomach like Chardonney, including more alcohol power. Tripels this "wine-like" are just not my style, some similarities to Piraat on this one.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Ever since trying the Bornem Double, I have been really excited to track down the Triple. This beer pours a cloudy deep yellowish orange, with a thick white head. The aroma is sweet with some decently strong fruit esters (figs I think). At first sip, a very sweet sharpness is evident, and the aftertaste tickles the tongue with the 9% alcohol and fruit esters that blend nicely. Overall very enjoyable, but with the high alcohol these are intended to be enjoyed one at a time, a slow sipper.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler 6-pack. Different label than BA photo. Served in a flared wine glass.

A - clear light golden with a huge rich near-white head that lingers. Appears strongly carbonated.

S - Spicy, mainly cloves, and floral. Higher ABV partly apparent.

T - a little sweet, but not unpleasantly so. More clove than I prefer, though nothing like a Leffe (I wrote in the original review), but upon revisiting I find goodbalance and not enough spicing to mask the flavors of malt and hops.

M - good carbonation; could perhaps be lower. Light body

O - approaches average for a Belgian tripel.

Photo of glid02
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy one-finger white head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with a good amount of light fruits - pears, some bananas, with a hint of golden raisins - and a small amount of spiciness. As it warms the alcohol becomes apparent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet malt flavors up front are joined shortly by pears, golden raisins, and hints of green apple that grow slightly tart throughout the sip. A small amount of spiciness comes out near the end of the sip before an ending that leaves fruit flavors lingering. As with the aroma, the alcohol becomes a factor as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass although I'm not sure I'd order another.

Overall this was a tripel that had everything but just not in the right amounts. The flavors never seemed to pop and the ending wasn't crisp enough. However, it's far from being a bad beer. Worth a shot if you like the style.

Photo of rastaman
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, with a big fluffy lasting head. Aroma kinda reminds me of Duvel. Lightly flowery, with some subtle yeast. Mouthfeel is quite soft, and a bit rounder and fuller than the their dubbel. A bit fizzy, and perhaps a little thin and uncomplex, but its quite drinkable.

Photo of degerbah
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a small amount of head. The aroma is great. Very fruity with a character similar to a white wine. The taste is a flat out dissapointment. There is a lot of off flavors that aren't covered up by the fruit or spices. Basically its a big dissapointment of a beer with way too much going wrong.

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml squat bottle, just a few days past its best before date - but at 9% ABV, pfft.

This beer pours a clear, medium frozen golden yellow colour, with three chubby-ass fingers of puffy, tight, and yet thinly foamy eggshell white head, which leaves a toppled paint can splash of ebbing lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of white grape juice, sweet grainy pale malt, gritty yeast, generic table pepper, muted coriander, green apples, and a floral, mostly perfumed hoppiness. The taste is more of the same - semi-sweet grainy, slightly besotted bready pale malt, soft Belgian yeast, floral apple and crushed grapes, with a sly, duly warming, and edgy booziness.

The carbonation is zingy and tingly, but not particularly strong, the body a decent medium weight, and sugary smooth, the underlying alcohol tugging at the cuffs. It finishes sweet - more woozy malt and Yukaflux fruit, the perfumed essence settling into a cruise pattern.

I surely have never had a beer that so reminded me of that gauntlet one must run when entering the women's section of a big department store - boozy, floral, and strained. There is little comfort in this offering, the alcohol too metallic and bracing instead of subtly integrated, and the fruitiness wrapped up in its own eau de toilette nightmare.

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