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Brugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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 chinchill:
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:43:02 | More by chinchill
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-06-2014 03:31:07 | More by Latarnik
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-26-2014 18:29:27 | More by mille_K
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-20-2014 21:33:43 | More by Hayley_86
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4/5  rDev +13%

06-18-2014 18:28:13 | More by Wessel
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-26-2014 19:32:41 | More by supermeniscus
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-06-2014 19:06:13 | More by ant1
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-06-2014 22:27:20 | More by Saind
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

12-21-2013 05:43:22 | More by mjtiernan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-10-2013 18:47:47 | More by byronic
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

10-31-2013 19:31:50 | More by dcmchew
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-30-2013 07:05:01 | More by Quafftastic
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3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:05:07 | More by jlindros
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +13%

09-19-2013 22:21:14 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

09-16-2013 13:58:53 | More by od_sf
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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 06:28:23 | More by SmashPants
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4/5  rDev +13%

08-18-2013 15:06:37 | More by corneliusfontaine
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's very bizarre to see a Tripel served in a weizen glass - just further evidence that Brouwerij Palm - whose flagship ale I consider a bad imitation of one of Belgium's worst beers, Stella Artois - doesn't really "get" their country's rich brewing heritage. Brugge Tripel, however, with its hazy golden colour and abundance of head, looks traditional (even if its branded glass is not).

The aroma, too, is pretty par-for-the-course for the style, brandishing sweetish cereal grain, orchard fruit esters and a prevalent yeasty spice. There's footprints of toasty amber malt but they're hard to fully make out given the densely aromatic strain of Belgian yeast; it's a perfume so strong I'm surprised you can't see vapors of it.

The taste continues with yeasty spice and lightly-honeyed malt, but also showcases candied or dried notes of apple, pear and peach. There's also a higher appreciation of dried herbs. A style like this (which showcases fruit, grain, savory and spicy notes) is what makes beer so fascinating; four basic ingredients can create an infinite number of complex flavours.

Tripels drink with a deceiving lightness; this one especially looks (and by and large drinks) as light as any pale ale or pilsner but turns out to be much more satiating. Bubbles with sports car pep, ample malt and extroverted yeast manage to fulfill the appetite as well as pacify the mind - you really start to appreciate how gratifying it is once you feel your head get heavy.

Indeed, Tripels enclose another paradox: they are easy and effortless to drink despite startlingly high alcohol content. Brugge Tripel may not offer the intricacy of flavour or sublime drinking experience that the best Belgian examples can (Karmeliet, Westmalle, Het Anker, etc), but in this final category (approachability), it is every bit as agreeable as the others.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:12:41 | More by biegaman
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-20-2013 01:47:50 | More by jborg
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-03-2013 13:47:38 | More by JamLand
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3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle (dated April 15, 2014) into matching pils-style glass. Reviewed from notes dated May 24, 2013.

A-The beer is mostly clear with a light golden color. There is a lot of chunky carbonation visible, but the white-colored head is thin, albeit with good retention.

S-I smell medicinal, sweet alcohol with apple and pear flavors being accompanied by yeast scents of dough and overripe banana. The alcohol is penetrating and aggressive.

T-The taste follows the smell with a lots of fruity, sweet alcohol notes playing against a mild yeast of dough and banana. There is just a slight grassy straw kick to balance the sweetness.

M-The carbonation is assertive, especially for a Belgian beer. The high level of carbonation makes for a light, thin feeling beer, despite the high ABV and sweet flavors.

O-This is not the worst beer I've had, but there are certainly better tripels. The flavors are pretty one-dimensional (and alcoholic) and the surprisingly aggressive carbonation detracts from the drinkability. I understand that tripels can be rustic and aggressive, but the good ones have charm, too, and this mostly brew misses that element.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 22:20:15 | More by spoony
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3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Au Brasseur in Brussels, and served in its own glass. It actually looks like a weizen glass! On to the beer:

This tripel is paler golden colored with good lace from a head which retains well. An aroma of fruit, sugar, and citrus provide a solid to good base for the nose to please itself. The first impression upon tasting it is the flavor of heated liquid sugar. Some citrus, primarily orange, comes across to diversify the flavor. A slight grassy hop note is there too. The beer is surprisingly light and airy in the body, with easy approachable carbonation.

I think it was ironic that I was in Brugge just hours before I tried this beer in the nation's capital. A fine tripel to have no matter what city you're in.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 22:12:28 | More by DoubleJ
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Brugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
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