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Tröegs LaGrave - Tröegs Brewing Company

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88
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 16
Gots: 106 | 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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Ratings: 431 | Reviews: 68
Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of hopsputin
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of nbkgman
3.44/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of Salamanderking42
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good blend of a tripel and a golden ae

Photo of SebD
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of CHickman
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Photo of bmeehan
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Scottyboy
4.73/5  rDev +21%
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!!!

Photo of DarthVorador
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
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!

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of ericheise
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A gorgeous triple ale that cloudy just like it should be. Pours a deep amber all cloudy from a 12.7 oz corked bottle that delivers that strong Belgium ale aroma at just whiff. I could drink this one all night - and I just might! This is my first venture with Tröegs and I am delighted and impressed. Cheers!

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +2.3%

- triple golden ale served in duvel chalice.

A: (4.0) Even with the most gentlest of pours at a 45 degree angle, a monstrous head develops with a dull sea-shell coloring consuming the majority of volume in the vessel. Wild yeast. The head had a pourous texture, sponge like, standing a staggering 3+ fingers in height with a great resilience. A glass consuming effervesce rages within a glazed pumpkin orange coloring with a dense nature. Fat chunks of foamy lace adhere in a splatter fashion on the vessel's walls.

S: (3.5) Wheaty-orange scent, soft, maybe diluted beneath the foam monster. Touch of dry barnyard wood, tart yeastiness, with some dried wheat. A bit of candy-orange sweetness arrives late.

T: (4.0) Flavor was fruity, pear with some lightly dry candy orange sweetness. Dry wheat, fruit of apricot, apple and canteloupe. Banana yeastiness, spicy hop and alcohol warmth.

M: (3.75) Light mouthful, dry fruitiness, creamy wheat, soft feel and soft carbonation factor.

O: (4.0) Overall its been way to long since i've enjoyed a good tripel. where have you been. Spot on interpretation and yeast character, fruity, with an solid outstanding flavor. Must try.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%

Appearance: dark straw yellow hinting towards orange. a nice foamy 3 finger white head that fades slowly and leaves just a little bit of lacing behind 4/5

Smell: banana, strong clove, peppery phenols, alcohol. maybe a little bit of extra fruit, possibly citrus. 3/5

Taste: opens with harsh spicy phenols, along with overly strong cloves. some banana and a little bit of citrus. nobles hops are present towards the end. strong alcohol. 3/5

Mouthfeel: pretty significant. ends a bit bitter. fairly dry as well 3.5/5

Overall: its got all the flavors of a trippel but on the harsh side. the alcohol is too present even for the relatively low abv. Maybe you could argue to cellar out the harshness. I think there are way too many great trippels out there for me to give that a try. 3.14/5

Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark straw with lots of white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with sweet candi sugar and earthy caramel.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and fresh cut hay, with some spicy Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar and earthy caramel. It had a clean earthy sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a great tripel, with delicate and delicious scent and taste. The body was just right, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol. So it was easy to drink, although could be sipped. Probably not for aging, perfectly fit to drink fresh. Solid brew.

Photo of Joe_Duvel
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic tripel. I loved it. Really great representation of the style, yet still having a unique taste to it to set it apart. I hope this is not a one time brew , because I'd love to have a four pack of this in my cellar along with other tripels I like to have around on a rotating basis - Unibroue, Chimay, Weyerbacher, Westmalle, Gulden Draak. Definitely try it if you like Belgian style tripels.

Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy dull yellow in color. Forms a very large, very stable off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant, though I am pulling a lot of carbonation. Lots of yeasty esters. A little band-aid in the mix. Some lighter grassy or herbal hops.

T: The taste is likewise pleasant. Slight sweetness, with notes of pale malts, rock candy, yeast, bread, green apple, and some mild esters.

M: Medium bodied. Moderately high carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice beer and an accurate representation of the style. One of the better Troegs beers I've come across in some time.

Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Solid easy pop off the cork with a bit of pulling.

Slightly opaque body, classic orb glowing lemon if a little dark with some brown hues slightly. Nice solid rising carbonation in the middle, and firing strong. Head is creamy and fluffy, nice bright white and has good repopulation along the collar with solid creamed retention. Great looking and a classic tripel appearance.

Initial aromatic seem small. Sense of florality, and a bit of lemon, but nothing hinting at tripel large qualities. A good sense of wine aromatics a bit which is nice, but also some peanut butter quality slightly it seems.

The peanut is noticeable on this one. Sweet peanut butter and some sensing malts with sucrose. A bit of a sweet sandwich, with not much bread action to come with it. Some light fruity quality more towards sugars than hinting or given esters.

Overall it's ok, but also hardly reminds me of any true Belgian character. The beer also doesn't seem to have that classic large and big character I associate with this style. It comes off more as a slightly fruity large blonde ale instead.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Right off the bat, I love the packaging of this beer. Wish more corked beers came in a 12.7 oz format.

A - Yellow/amber with an average head from a pretty slow pour into a chalice. A thin film remains on the beer throughout the duration of it, but no lacing at all, which you would like to see in a Belgian style beer.

S - Tons of banana with some pepper. If I did a blind smell test on this, I might confuse it for a hefeweizen.

T - Medium bodied with lots of fruitiness and a slight pepper kick.

M - Dry and moderately bitter, but there is a chalky finish that is not too pleasant.

O - With a few tweaks, I could see this beer really improving. Mainly, dialing down the banana and adding some citrus to it. I love Troegs and hope they keep putting out quality brews. This wasn't my favorite of theirs, or of the style, but it is a damn solid offering. I could see this pairing really well with some cured meats. And big ups to them for not packaging this in a 25 oz. bottle. Love the smaller corked bottle.

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/26/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Outstanding and spot on appearance. Aromas of big peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Sizable yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding tripel style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - I would best describe the color as a murky dark yellow with a fluffy white head.

Smell - In the aroma, I detect dry bread and hints of banana. There is also a certain hay-like quality to the aroma.

Taste - This is a dry tripel with a slight hoppy presence. There is something about the initial impression that reminds me of club soda. Perhaps it is the dryness and the high level of carbonation. Notes of sour banana, dark fruits, and sourdough strike the taste buds. The finish is dry with the carbonation brushing away any sweet notes.

Mouthfeel - I felt as though the carbonation were a little too intense. The carbonation sweeps much of the sweetness away, leaving the aftertaste of a gin and tonic.

Overall - I have trouble vouching or accessibility on this one, but I was able to enjoy it via the trade route. I am glad I have another bottle.

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: murky medium-golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured several fingers of pillowy white foam with great retention. Love it!

Smell: malty aroma with a little bit of pear and just a little apple. Fruity, but not overdone; there's also a hint of chalkiness that I like. I haven't had a good tripel in awhile, so this is music to my nose (I'm not good at metaphors).

Taste: malty with a little bit of breadiness in there; the fruit is even less present than in the aroma. Not at all bad, but it does lack some of the complexity and brightness that I liked in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, giant carbonation that provides a wonderful creaminess. Bam!

Overall: if only this tripel tasted a little bit more like its aroma, I would rate it as one of the best American tripels around.

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Tröegs LaGrave from Tröegs Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.