Brugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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BA SCORE
81
good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 05-12-2007)
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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BeerIsland
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*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.

Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mjtiernan
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Mar02x
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CigarInspector
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of atigerlife
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerpirates
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16%

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Brugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
81 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.