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Tröegs LaGrave - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs LaGraveTröegs LaGrave

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 479
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.65%
Wants: 19
Gots: 134 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 10-23-2013

Inspired by nature's untamed beauty, LaGrave (pronounced \l?-gräv\) is the first of our 12.7-oz. corked and caged bottle releases. Bottle conditioned and highly carbonated, this Triple Golden Ale is steeped in the tradition of strong ales originally brewed in Belgium. The unique Belgian yeast forms the bedrock of LaGrave’s complex flavors. Strong and alluring at 8% ABV, LaGrave boasts a sweet, fruity flavor with a well-rounded mouthfeel and semi-dry, lingering bitter finish.
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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 479
Photo of ajilllau
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells of cider & has a cider look. Tasted sweet and of apples and pears. A great fall type beer and I would definitely put this beer on draft in the fall.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy dark straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light fruity nose and flavor is some sweetness, peachy, some bitterness at finish. $4.59 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very very very good beer.its a bright hazy golden color with a sparkling crip head.amazing aroma on this beer, it isn't too spicy of a yeast.enjoy in a snifter most certainly,too delicate to be sipped from bottle.very fruity on the tongue some crisp taste pear,light notes of cloves,Granny Smith apples.nice bubbly mouthfeel almost champagne-esque..I've drank this beer before and I knew what I was getting into,I truly feel like this is an underrated beer and encourage people to give it a chance.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy light orange color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: belgian yeast and some spices hit the nose.

Taste: pear, clove, some lemon zest, belgian yeast, black pepper, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: an enjoyable ale that is slow sipping but satisfying.

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Photo of EMV
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 12 oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

L: Pours a cloudy deep golden color. 3 fingers of creamy white head with ample retention. Nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeasts... complex and fruity, banana and nutmeg.

T/F: Fruits and spices... a nice malt sweetness and a dash of honey. Citrus and banana, and what you'd expect from the style. A bit creamy on the mouthfeel.

O: A very nice light Tripel, and nice to have one made so close to home.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured form bottle to tulip. Nicely carbonated, with an overflow if fluffy, active, eggshell head that takes its time dissipating to a centimeter cap with great retention. Some little spots of lacing. Hazy tangerine in appearance, with some sediment present. Looks appealing. Aroma is light spice and clove, bubblegum and fleshy-fruit, pears and apples. Taste follows with the tiniest of bites, not a lot if nicks on the tongue from spices. Smooth, almost syrupy feel. Not the best I've had, but not bad either.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is straw and hazy with a half an inch head.

Aroma is funky farmhouse with a slight fruity note like over ripe peaches.

Fruity stays with the taste nice malty body. Notes of honey.

Light for a Belgian triple but nice for a Belgian golden

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/9/15 at 67 degrees into snifter
Aroma of apple
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), white frothy/fizzy, diminishing to irregular frothy layer
Lacing -none
Body light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor fruity from yeast esters; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Really nice white, fluffy head. Cloudy and golden
S: Warm, earthy caramel and toasted malt
T: Has a bit of sweetness but not nearly the amount I expected
F: Lots of carbonation and way too thin for a tripel. Not bad, just isn't full bodied enough for the style
O: Really nice beer, but it's not a tripel. Classify this as a Belgian golden ale and then I'll give it good reviews

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Photo of wrogers19971
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tröegs Brewing Company LaGrave Tripel Golden Ale. Clove, banana, earthy hop profile and a mild sour finish!! Awesome Stuff and definitely worth searching out!!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: clear; medium gold in color; with a careful pour, a 2 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thick, rocky cap; OK lacing; a big steady stream of bubbles rising;

S: coriander and orange peel; a little spiciness in the background;

T: coriander and orange peel up front; a nice amount of spiciness comes in at mid-palate and stays to the end; light to medium bitterness at the finish; as it continued to warm, banana came out;

M; soft; light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; very dry finish; ABV is warming, but doesn't interfere;

O: nice, complex flavors; true to style;

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Photo of username
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-14-15. Hard to make out the specific day, it is smudgy.

Moderate pour into over-sized wine. Decided to not pour the yeasty floaters. Nice golden color, fairly hazy. Some lacing.

Smells like a weak Tripel. Some rotting banana funk, raisins and/or currants. Agitation unlocks what can only be described as a canned chicken noodle soup aroma. Nothing ultimately noteworthy.

Tastes like a weak Tripel, rather, a watered-down Tripel. There is a sweet, floral, berry-like dimension to it, but I feel it could be more strongly expressed.

Feel is as exactly as advertised. Nice and balanced – not too heavy, not too light. Leans to the dry side. Lingering bitterness indeed.

A lot is going on with this brew. I am disappointed by the smell and taste ultimately. It isn't so that the smell or taste isn't complex and interesting, they just aren't potent enough compared to other Tripels, or some IPAs/DIPAs for that matter. On the other hand, the feel is fantastic. Almost too drinkable.

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful brew, boozy, fruity, yeasty nose, and a body and flavor that follow.

Sweet, dry, short finish; slight kiss of hops. One of the better American-made Tripels I've ever tried.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a pale, hazy yellow color. there is a darker grainy color right below the head (probably shadow) lots of bubbles streaming up. 1.5 finger frothy white head that looks almost cloud-like

s: banana, green apple, oats, some sweet banana, pears, and caramel. theres a slightly grainy backbone here that helps to balance out the sweetness in the aroma. nicely balanced aroma

t: follows the nose pretty spot on. banana, pear, green apple dance on the front of the tongue. theres a nice grainy/caramel sweetness that follows the sweet fruit providing the backbone of the beer. beer finishes crisp and sweet

m: its a medium mouthfeel that is on the lighter side due to the carbonation. carbonation is on the lower side of medium, but has enough to make the sweetness of the beer pop and balance it out

o: this is a really enjoyable beer. it has a nice mix of flavors providing a smooth, yet delicious, flavor. carbonation is nice as well. fairly nice representation of the style

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Photo of nbkgman
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an interesting head - very white and creamy which remained the entire time, as did the carbonation. The first sip was a little bit like a sour beer but the taste grew on me. The Belgian yeast is very prevalent.

The color was an off golden look which was slightly cloudy. The foamy head from when poured coated the side of the glass as you drank the beer.

Not a bad trple ale by any means, but there are better ones out there. As I always feel, it never hurts to try something new. You never know what you may come across.

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Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with a heavy orange hue. Heavy haze with tons of yeasty floaties. Poured with a hug, dense white foam. Good head retention. Ripe, mellow orange citrus, over ripe apple and banana with peppery phenolics and smooth, sweet booziness at the end. Medium light floral hop aromas find their way through the myriad of belgian aromas. Medium bodied with soft yet effervescent carbonation. Light creaminess following the carbination near the finish along with pleasant boozy warmth. Banana and ripe apple flavors followed by coriander and medium light hop bitterness. Mellow, malty, boozy sweetness at the end. Finished medium dry with a brief lingering bittness. Overall a very drinkable, complex beer. Balance tilted toward fruity esters in the aroma and toward spicy phenolics in the flavor with a pleasant, warm, sweet boozines. Cheers. Love Troegs!

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Photo of SebD
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful deep hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, wheat, coriander, cloves, light pepper and some banana. Very similar to a Hefe.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast upfront, wheat malts, light coriander, peppery spices (cloves) banana and faint grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Another great offering from Tröegs!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CHickman
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cork and it poured very cloudy orange gold color into a chalice which produced a thick creamy/foamy 1-2 finger eggshell colored head that had a ton of bubbles in it and brown specs throughout the head which dissipated very slowly and good foamy lacing that stuck to the side and formed a very good looking head. The carbonation was very active and raced up the brew, swirling the sediment like a geyser of yeast spinning about.

Aroma is a mix of yeast, earthy spices like pepper, coriander and mild allspice, orange peel, candied sugar, tree bark, light funk, fruit like apple, pear and banana, and some cracker or malt that’s like a wheat bread. Phenol alcohol or light booze comes through at times, but the soft fruit and earthy must combo make this a nice one to inhale and replicate a product of Belgium quite well.

Taste has more booze up front and a blast of musty yeast that is complex and a blend similar to the nose with earthy spices like pepper, coriander, tea leaf, dry marijuana or oregano, mild allspice and clove. There seems to be either floral or citrus hops jumping out with orange peel, lemon zest and some grapefruit bitterness, followed by candied sugar, peat moss, funk, fruit like apple, pear and rotting green/white grapes, and some buttery cracker or malt/wheat bread toast. Seems like a farmhouse ale or saison from the nice yeast and possibly wild yeast additions, this is sweet yet dry and flavorful. It allows the 8% ABV to come through almost like a warning, but it adds a nice element to the overall brew.

Mouthfeel is zesty and fizzy, but it slides down creamy and smooth; nice contradictions as it kept my interest and trailed off slightly bitter and chalky dry. I got this bottle at the brewery over the summer of 2014 and it seems to have aged very well as I t

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Photo of bmeehan
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heed the bottle's warning: pour it slowly and carefully. Everything about the beer is above average, but it leaves just a hint of aftertaste that isn't as smooth as the rest of it. It's a very good beer from a cool little brewery, and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Scottyboy
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pale yellow. Poured from corked and caged bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Wonderful white head, very similar to Duvel although not as thick. Great carbonation with good lacing clinging to glass.
S - Initially hit me with grassy/hay fragrance w/ the traditional candied Belgian yeast fragrance that you immediately recognize as typically Belgium.
T - Magnificent. I can taste the hops and is balanced nicely with the malts but the prevailing taste is the yeast. Overall very smooth, delicious and finishes superbly dry - the big ABV does not overwhelm this superb ale.
F - Big mouthfeel - warm yet rather refreshing w/ a bit of the bitter aftertaste lingering.
O - I think this is going to be my favorite Troegs offering. I hope I can obtain this great ale at one of my distributors. Troegs has a winner w/ this release. Bravo!!!

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Its been a long time since I had a tripel, thought I'd give this one a try. 4 pack of corked & caged 12.7 oz. Bottles. Poured into tumbler.
A: hazy golden with a MASSIVE snow white head that lingers for quite some time. Excellent lacing.
S: slightly sweet malt & yeast. Hints of clove & spice almost like a Hefeweizen.
T: rich but balanced malt & some yeast, very "Belgium". Finishes DRY, very " un-Belgium". Interesting... The alcohol is WELL hidden, also a trait I've noticed with good Tripels.
M: well carbonated and lite, as the style should be.
O: this beer is awesome. Extremely drinkable despite the 8% abv. I will be picking this one up again!

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12.7 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head and some floaties in the glass. Smell is of yeast, some spices. Taste is spices, fruits, alcohol is present, good, but less flavorful then expected for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Appearance is a medium to dark golden color that is slightly hazy. Head is abundant on a fairly conservative pour that is a white as day. Head recedes rather quickly.

Smell is yeasty with clove and huge fruit smells. Some candy sweetness and slight musty notes with some straw and hay.

Taste starts off with huge fruit flavors of pear, apple, banana and peach mixed with some hay and grassy notes with a huge amount of yeast and clove. Candy sweetness really takes over mid palate but gets squashed on the finish with the bitter earthy and pine hops. Finish is bone dry. Really nice beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and coating, a bit prickly and sticky with very little alcohol poking through. Carbonation drinks very nicely.

Overall this is a terrific American take on a tripel that ends dry with hops rather than sweet like a traditional Belgian tripel. I really liked this beer and will buy it again.

PS: Loved the small corked and caged bottles.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this beer a lot, it has a couple of cool things going for it. one is that its a cool sort of hybrid on the yeast front, with elements of the classic belgian strains and all their fruity intensity, and also saison yeast, more funky and spicy, and super super dry. the other thing is that seems to be a rather authentic take on the style, blonde and bubbly, grain and yeast driven, delicate for its size, all of that, but instead of being candy sugar sweet in the finish, its very very dry. the rapid fire carbonation helps that along too, but there isnt much sweetness left here in this tripel, a really nice feature. its also pretty light in body for what it is, and at 8% av instead of say 11% abv, i can easily have a few of them. well done by troegs here, this exceeded expectations.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with lots of particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of spices and hints of candi sugar and fruits, the latter of which becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is rather complex and has strong flavors of musty yeast with hints of candi sugar and fruit. The finish has some spicy flavors as well as hints of alcohol. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The high amount of carbonation in this beer really helps to "lighten" things up and cut through the base of this tripel. This is a good American version of the Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

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Tröegs LaGrave from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.