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Brugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Brugge TripelBrugge Tripel

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 05-12-2007)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle: standard 330mL bornw bottle, a standard Belgian label that is a touch better than the usual Belgian.

Appearance: a hazy amber-orange colour with the usual one-finger, thick off-white head that slowly drops to a rocky cap.

Aroma: toffee and some heavy caramels here, plenty of brown sugar also. Pretty darn good on the nose.

Taste: drops a little here in my opinion - simply not as motuh-filling as the aroma led me to believe. The stewed apple, caramel and toffee characteristics are all still there, hwoever they are a bit muted.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with a dry finish that suits the style well.

Mouth feel: a bit flat - I think this is what is affecting the flavour on the palate. Lower carbonation with a somewhat watery medium body.

Overall: at well over AU$125 per case, this one is simply not worth it. Better versions out there for similar or even lower price.

09-08-2013 06:28:23 | More by SmashPants
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

08-15-2014 21:48:21 | More by petewheeler
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

*nice gold in the glass with a pretty head that hung in there. pretty lacing

*mild nose, lightly floral

*a bit of bubble gum on the tongue, candy malts toward the end

*very easy to drink, conditioning is fine

*I like this item considering it's been in the garage for over a year. Brought back from Belgium by my daughter as a very thoughtful gift.

06-18-2010 01:24:03 | More by BeerIsland
Photo of ant1


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-06-2014 19:06:13 | More by ant1
Photo of NilocRellim


4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-17-2012 20:18:27 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

12-21-2013 05:43:22 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a clear golden with ample, but not durable, head.

The aroma is light and fruity.
The flavor is unique, with more resemblance to a pils than expected.

M - a bit odd but certainly not objectionable; semi-dry.

O - not as complex, challenging or idiosyncratic as expected from a Belgian tripel.

05-03-2011 01:43:02 | More by chinchill
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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%

My brother in law shared this beer with me. Slowly he is getting into beers, so keep on going and surprise me Maarten.

A - An clear amber colored beer with on top a off white head

S - Fruity and spicy along with some citrus and yeast.

T - Spicy tones go hand in hand with fresh fruits.

M - A high carbonation is a killer for this beer. In the end comes a medium bitterness.

O - What can I say; just another triple, nothing is really out of balance (except the carbonation though) here. After one glass you have had enough.

12-26-2011 13:19:18 | More by Mar02x
Photo of Filosoof


4.53/5  rDev +27.2%

Steenbrugge Tripel and Brugge Tripel are exactly the same. See the website of Palm Breweries: http://www.palm.be/nl/vergelijken.php?merken_biersoort%5B%5D=10&merken_biersoort%5B%5D=13&sent=false

In that view it is strange that Brugge Tripel scores an B- (3.38), while Steenbrugge Tripel scores an B+ (3.83).

This beer is a real surprise to me.

L: The looks are great, like many other tripels.
S: But what is that smell? There's a great funky, earthy, brett/kriek-alike background smell that makes this tripel very, very interesting.
T: in line of the smell; ending with a nice accord; quite round, but not so round and sweet like Gouden Carolus or Tripel Karmeliet. Better!
M: good carbonation. perfect alcohol (8.7%).
O: can it compete with Westmalle Tripel. I think so!

11-15-2011 13:45:24 | More by Filosoof
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-03-2013 13:47:38 | More by JamLand
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

08-18-2013 15:06:37 | More by corneliusfontaine
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%

From the 750 ml. corked bottle which soarded across the room when I popped it open. Sampled on January 2, 2011. The pour is a nice looking orange-yellow with about an inch if fluffy, white head that settles to a thin ring after a few moments. Poured into a wine glass so thew carbonation flows upward frorm the center like a funnel. Yeast and wheat greet the nose followed by herbs and ripe fruit. The full mouthfeel coats the tongue. The taste has a thin but sour hoppy ending with pleasing yeasts and malts in the mouth. I paid $6.99 for the bottle and it is cleayl competitive with some of its more expensive counterparts.

01-02-2011 19:53:13 | More by puboflyons
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3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

Oringinally Brugse Tripel brewed by De Gouden Boom (and now retired in BeerAdvocate), this one has been rebuilt and is now brewed by Palm, and is widely available in the touristy areas of northern Belgium (and perhaps other places too, but I haven't seen). Note that this beer has a number of reviews placed in the Brugse Tripel notation, but new reviews are not being accepted.

33 cl bottle, this was my last beer of my wife's and my recent trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. This one is basically an average tripel- not bad or terrible, just ok. An overly sweet rich malt base that is very lacking in the spciy herbal peppery complexity that makes a great tripel. Easily drinkable, almost more like a highly alcoholic Belgian pale ale than a tripel.

05-12-2007 17:45:55 | More by Dukeofearl
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-02-2014 22:12:36 | More by desint
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United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottle, Brown 33cl. Brewed on the old Gouden Boom site by Palm.

Best by 13 April 2008, drank 20 may 2008, a little behind the BBD.

Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip glass.

Good deep amber, dirty old gold colour with a full slighty off-white head. Very little sediment got into the glass, but what did could be clearly seen through the otherwise misty body of the beer.

Aroma of Toffee Apples and Candy Floss, was I at the fair?

The taste tells you this is serious stuff, the alcohol is there straight away. Is it dry, bitter and sweet at the same time? Maybe, it doesn't carry the Candy Floss into the taste, but toffee and cooking apples are in there.

The mouthfeel isn't right, it isn't watery, but it isn't rich, thick or creamy in any sence of those words either. A kind of alcoholic mix containing a headache making formula.

Not sure about this, I've had it in Brugge and liked it a lot more than I did during the tasting, if I have another under reviewing conditions and it is a different drink I'll re-do my review.

05-20-2008 19:58:30 | More by BlackHaddock
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-09-2013 00:24:13 | More by pknyc
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

08-19-2014 20:02:55 | More by CigarInspector
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a golden/orange color with a creamy, slightly off-white, head. Good head retention. Small carbonation seen rising. Good lacing.

Aroma of citrus, malt, spices and some sort of sweet/sour thing going on.

Tastes of alcohol, fermented fruit, somewhat medicinal. Rather simple and lacking flavor.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and is reasonably cleansing.

Overall, a pretty decent brew. Can't drink too many, but nice to sit around and drink. Lacking in character, but not offensive.

07-28-2007 19:18:13 | More by atigerlife
Photo of pin


4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-05-2013 06:52:04 | More by pin
Photo of SmokinSmyth


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

I had this while grilling chicken in the rain. It pours to a nice color, not much head, though. A nice golden color in the glass. A bit of honey in the taste, and the typical sweetness I find once you get past 8.0% ABV. It feels good in the mouth and is very drinkable.

10-02-2010 18:18:51 | More by SmokinSmyth
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

33cl Bottle.

Very hazy deep orange amber with a huge lively orange-tinted head that shows fantastic retention. Aromas of vanilla yoghurt, spices, cherries. Sweet vanilla and toast flavours, spicy, cherry fruit. Peppery finish, mild bitterness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, full-bodied.
I really liked this one.

03-03-2012 20:45:56 | More by beerpirates
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-19-2013 22:21:14 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a hazy golden colour. Creamy head poured big and foamy with a meringue like topping which then faded to light wispy covering. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles drift to the surface.. very little lacing..

Aroma - Spicy Belgian yeastiness, strong slightly tropical fruits (pineapples, oranges, some strawberries, limes), peppery, some vanilla notes, freshly cut grass, marzipan, floral honey, sea salt notes...

Taste - Nice biscuity malts and Belgian yeast, good fruitiness (apples, oranges, some pears, light pineapples), good pepperiness, alcohol is just noticeable, honey / sugary sweetness, light anise, medicinal, fresh bread, some almond traces...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... dangerously drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good if fairly run of the mill Tripel... certainly worth a try though...

06-15-2009 14:25:16 | More by mdagnew
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-22-2012 05:47:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.56/5  rDev 0%

Oh boy did I love Brugge the city. Here is a beer named after it for a brewery that used to be ther I believe... brought back from Belgium so hopefully better than the US imported version.

Pours a ridiculous 3+ finger head that forces me to stop pouring about 2/3 of the way through, bubbly airy over carbonated head fades at a med pace wtih spotty lacing, over a very clear golden blond beer.

Nose brings Belgian golden malts, a sweet malt base with a touch of blond candy, a bit of light candi sugar as well. That's followed quickly by loads of esters, peppery spices, and a phenolic booze. Typical phenols, mild spices with a banana fruity esters, and hint of wheat I think, as well as a bit of orange peel.

taste starts again with the sweetness, sweet candy malt flavors, a Belgian blond malt with a touch of a caramely flavor, candi sugar is there, and touch of a syrupy white molasses like. Also bit of wheat and toasty flavors. Booze comes right through with more phenols, a slight chemical phenol and pure fusel alcohol flavors. Next is the esters, plenty more esters, a little peppery light spices, some fruity ester flavors, more banana, and a bit of orange peel with all that. There is a bitterness from the orange peel and some tannins from the esters I think that add a weird bitterness that is a bit unpleasant. The finish is dry but sticky, more almost anestesizing booze, sticky candi sugar, esters and phenolic booze lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, way too much carbonation and too much booze too for only 8.7%.

Overall not bad, just gets too boozy and overcarbonated and really gets a bit too much overall.

09-22-2013 20:05:07 | More by jlindros
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Brugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.