Tröegs LaGrave - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 113 | FT: 4
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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 by fourstringer:
Photo of fourstringer
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged 375 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. No identifiable date.

A: Hazy to cloudy, honey-colored body. 1 finger of sudsy white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast. Fruit forward with apple, pear, grape and peach notes. Light, bready pale malt. Indistinct spice. Vanilla. Candi sugar.

T: Fruity sweetness initially with the prompt onset of noble-type hope bitterness. Builds to a level above-average for the style. Finishes semi-dry. Lingering citrus and bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol consistent with 8% ABV.

M: High carbonation with a moderate body. Spritzy and prickly, but apt for the style.

O: Legit Belgian-style tripel from a brewery I hold in fairly high regard. The hopping feels American, but the depth is good and the fruit notes are quite nice. Pretty well done.

Prost!

More User Reviews:
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 tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, straw yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: apples and hay

Taste: honey, and Belgian spices, apples, and hay.

Mouthfeel: sweet with a funkiness, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: An above average triple with nice apple and hay flavorings. Tasty, but I have had better in the style. Certainly worth a try, but I will reach for other favorites.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Troegs LaGrave

It's Troegs baby yeah !

Poured into . . . I don't know . . . It's one of those tall Belgian style tulip glasses

A: Deep yellow to light orange with a thick, foamy, creamy white head

S: Wheat, lemon, pear and some spicy funk too.

M: Smooth . . . Not to familiar with trippels but rhis one is smooth and easy.

O: I like it. As I usually do when it comes to Troegs. I probably won't be back but I won't say never. Glad I picked it up and you will too.

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 Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with some light brown highlights. The white head is huge and pillowy. Crazy head retention. Lovely lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet from the candi sugar. There is a strong hay/oak scent from the yeast. Perhaps a touch of clove and farmhouse. There is a lemon and pear fruitiness.

The taste is sweet and spicy. Lightly bready malt and candi sugar provide the sweet base for this beer. The yeast adds some clove, pepper and hay notes. Some juicyfruit flavors. The hops are grassy but not very strong.

Moderate feel with intense carbonation; burns the palate a bit. Sweet but there is just enough hop balance to prevent from being cloying. Sticky in the finish.

I thought this was a well made tripel. Definitely one of the better ones from an American brewer. It is a tad on the sweet side.

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the corked bottle into a pint glass. 4/20

Pours musty, dark bronze with heavy white foam - over an inch of shrink resistant foam. Bright floral citrus fragrance. Bold carbonated flavor, belgian backed, chalky/yeasty. Slight grittiness. Bottle carbonation makes the carbonation a bit to punchy. A burper for sure.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer from Troegs Brewing. LaGrave pours with a thick head that simmers down to constant thin foam layer of tightly laced bubbles. Smells of banana, and sweet baked bread with an herbal astringency coming through on the nose. Hops are a bit up front with nice malt background and excellent carbonated mouth feel from the yeast with an open fermentation taste that is not overly sour or Flemish. Pears, apples, and sweet bread, excellent flavor profile that keeps improving with each sip. Light hop character and sweet Belgian candy sugar on the aftertaste. Very nice from one of my favorite brewers.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (

A: Strong foamy head that is there on even a light, normal pour down the side. Nice blonde color. Excellent and beautiful head that is thick and fluffy. Just beautiful.

S: Surprising, but there isn't too much to say here. It is very muted and subtle. Just that characteristic Belgian note, especially of the Belgian candi sugar.

T: Lots of base alcohol notes. I feel like this one might need to age or mellow just a bit. It is very pungent and flavorful, but there is just an edge of alcohol to it, that kind of hurts it in my opinion. I don't mind a burn every now and then as long as it goes with it (like from barrel aging). This tastes like Troegs wants it to be, a nice base Belgian beer as a Tripel.

M: Effervescent and bubbly.

O: It is great for what it is, and the price is great for a four pack of bottle conditioned C&C bottles. I was super surprised to see it in the stores, and then looked it up to find out it is year round, but that is probably due to the new bottling line upgrades at Troegs. It gives you a peek into what their Splinter series was/is/will be like. I wish it had a bottled on date, but it is bottle conditioned so that helps.

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 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 philbe311
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Standard pour yields three plus fingers worth of big chunky airy snow white colored froth comprised of huge sized bubbles with a slightly rocky top... Rock star retention... The color is an exceedingly pale and slightly dull medium gold... Loaded with small bubble sized carbonation some of which rises in streaks and some of which swirls around... Some gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - All the expected players are present... A slightly sweet Belgian yeast... A crisp subtle spiciness lingers beneath the surface... Lots of earthy and grassy notes... Crisp apple... Ripe pears... Perhaps some sweet green grapes... Excellent balance and very nice complexity... Each whiff yields a slightly new dimension...

T - The expected flavors are present, but are a bit more muddled than the aromas... The spiciness is dialed up a notch on the palate... There are some light pepper notes... Perhaps a hint of sage... Just a kiss of clove... The Belgian yeast component is dialed down a bit and is much less sweet than expected... The crisp fruit notes of apple and pear are also slightly dialed back... There may even be a slight woody component... A slightly dank and earthy bitterness rises on the deep finish and lingers...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Sturdy... Crisp... A touch of dryness throughout that crescendos a bit on the finish... Light to moderate carbonation...

D - A very nice Tripel and wonderful initial 375ml crown and corked offering from Troegs... Not my favorite Tripel, but a very enjoyable one... Personally I'd like to see the sweetness dialed up slightly... That would go a long way in taking this brew to the next level... Slightly less than the sum of its parts, but I'll gladly revisit, recommend, and support this excellent brew from my local brewery...

Photo of Dodo2step
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P- Troegs Brewery

A- pale yellow color with goldenrod tints. A nice one finger frothy head that sticks to my mug. Looks inviting and it is also quite clear.

S- strong fruity esters of pear and orange dominate the nose first. Earth wheat malts round it out as well as faint hints of banana.

F- strong Belgian flavor with pear, banana and yeasty malts.

M- smooth Belgian and very tasty. The carbonation is a tad overboard but other than another excellent brew by troegs. The fruity esters linger in the mouth as well which gives a good aftertaste.

O- great beer and would love more. an above average Belgian from an American brewery!

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 Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazed medium gold body, fluffy ivory head will be as big as you let it - watch your pour!

S: sweet fruit grains and yeast; vaguely lemony background, some herbal notes, some floral notes

T: sweet up front, with various tropical and orchard fruit impressions; some odd herbal/medicinal notes mid-palate, but with a drying finish that cleans up nicely

M: medium body, ample fuzzy carbonation, smooth but lively

O: a decent tripel - probably not gonna displace any favorites, but a worthwhile contribution to the genre

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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I have to admit for the 4 dollar single this caught my eye. I am even more excited that they will be releasing other singles like this which is a great way to tick without downing a whole bomber.

A - well the carbonation is massive enough making a solid inch of head that eventually settles to a mild very sticky lace ring.
S - Honey sweetness, very little spice or cloves, some mild hops in the background.
T - It drinks pretty well for a triple so it makes me wonder the heavy spice or dry yeast body is. Not overall sweet but it does have some crisp bite to it. Balanced.
M - It has a very medium body I have been sipping and enjoying but it is drinking on par with the ABV.

Overall this is a fairly great Trippel ale I like the balanced hops to malts and the easy going coriander spice. Worth picking up just to try.

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 gonzo000
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a. Holy head, Batman! As advertised, there is a lot of head. I made the mistake of a normal pour, and ended up with 50% head that looked like dish soap bubbles. (DOH!)
Color was golden. Nice once balanced.

s. Bread yeast, malt.

t. Sweet honey on front - sweet bread in middle with malt/yeast/slight alcohol on finish. Alcohol hidden well.

m. Outstanding mouthfeel. Constant carbonation from the yeast. Very drinkable.

o. Overall this beer falls short of outstanding, but not by much. I would revisit.

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 ppoitras
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Corked and caged. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

Pours into a Tree house Brewing tulip, forming a 1 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head just keeps frothing on, with super thick coating lace. Aroma is lightly spicy with a pale sweetness.

Taste starts sweet, fruitiness in the middle, spicing and some light hops bite on the close. Touch of alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Kind of surprised by this one, really goes nicely.

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 jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing hazy sediment laden apple juice tan colored.

Nose some Belgian golden malts, a little candi sugar, lots of esters with apple and pear like with spices as well, a bit of phenols as well that start to get a little too strong as it warms, hint of apple skin and lemon zest.

Taste starts with biscuity grainy malts, like raw barley flavors, toasted grainy blond malt, straw, etc. Fair sweetness with a little candi sugar with some warming booze and a little fusel. Plenty of esters too, apple and pear, mild spices, etc, little grape skin. But also phenols, phenolic booze with a little chemically note. Some spicy hops cut through towards the end, little chewy spicy hop that doesn't seem to belong but somehow blends in. Finish gets quite bitter with those spicy hops, bit more warming booze, some phenolic booze, mild esters as well.

Mouth is med bod, some warming booze, lots of effervescent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing too special, nice esters, phenolic notes are nice but then get a little chemically unfortuantely, booze is about wher eit should be, carb is nice but maybe a bit too much, I like the early big grainy straw and raw barley flavors, but also not a big fan of the spicy hop back end. So mixed but decent.

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 sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. the beer pours a bright gold color with some suspended sediment and a thin bleached white head of .5 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer and some wispy islands.
Aroma is white grapes and bready yeast and scones, I also get a little light booze and a small amount of general funk.
First sip reveals average body with very fine and very tingly carbonation. This carbonation enhances the texture on each sip and makes it even more enjoyable for the sampling.
Flavor is white grape and sweet malt with a little musty funk. Very dry finish.
The beer is a sweet one but gives no hint of alcohol on the flavor profile. I am enjoying this bottle and Im glad I have a few more.

Nice job Troegs!

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