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Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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BA SCORE
87
very good

263 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 19
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 07-17-2008

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Ratings: 263 | Reviews: 94
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow gold, white head, persistent, with moderate lacing.

S - Poached pears or baked apples, allspice and cloves, a touch of sourness, and creme brulee.

T - Applesauce. Spicy baked fruit notes. A bit of grassiness.

M - A bit prickly. Carbonation. Not much drying in the close.

O - A much more pale tripel than most I've had. The fruit notes are front and center, pleasant, and the beer is quite drinkable. High ABV is kept well hidden.

Photo of Olegophren
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

outstanding tripel! no words^ just try one!

Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%

Peaches, pear skin, green apple, sweet Belgian candi sugar, clove, and musty yeast notes form the aroma. Flavor follows suit, with peach nectar dominating and pear accompanying tart apple on a bed of sweet malt. The finish is fairly dry, peppery, and a touch bitter. Earthy hops linger in the aftertaste. Ends up being overly sweet as it warms, but that could be due to age.

Photo of breakingbland
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft

Taste is OK. The mouthfeel is thin.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An absolute favorite Belgian tripel. Pour a brilliant yellowish amber with effervescent bubbles that die down to a nice pooling layer of white foam and some clinging lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugars, light citrus fruits of pear, green grapes, and a light fresh bread aroma. VERY NICE. Flavors is up front Belgian candy malts, light white pepper and herbal spiciness on the back with a slight bittering hops rounding this brew out nicely with alcohol warmth kicking in on the aftertaste. Highly carbonated mouthfeel makes this a very enjoyable Belgian tripel. CHEERS!

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a relatively strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. It's an attractive tripel.

Smell: sweet with a clean malt aroma and a nice fruitiness with a hint of pear, my favorite aroma in a tripel. There's also a soapy, floral aroma that I like; perhaps this is due to the spicing of the beer (the label says "ale with spices"), but I can't call out a particular spice by name.

Taste: light malt with a lighter fruitiness than the aroma and a distinct chalkiness, which I like; but, there's a little bit of alcoholic heat, which works at cross-purposes for me. Good, but could be a little smoother, I think.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Gotta love this in a tripel!

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit. I feel like there's something in the flavor, whether it's a bitterness from the spicing or an alcoholic heat, which negatively impacts its smoothness. Still, it's a drinkable tripel I'd be happy to have again.

Photo of MRO70
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visual: Wheat straw with a slight haze, almost a dark gold. Nice thick head.

Aroma: Hints of fruity citrus, preferably grape, coupled with a coppery essence. Very flowery bouquet with spices

Taste: More sweet than bitter but definitely a presence of bitterness, also with peppery sweet and spicy flavor.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium body with a clean aftertaste at the back of the palate. Light, refreshing carbonation with a creamy sensation.

Overall: Excellent Belgian beer that captures many of the style's best qualities of a sweet and spicy touch.

I love this beer!

Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden extremely carbonated body with an off-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Clove, spicy and yeast aromas. A hint of bubblegum as it warms. T: Bready malt flavors lead to spicy middle & a clean, dry finish. Spiced presence is notable and distinct.
M: Smooth, clean and dry.
O: Excellent Belgian Tripel.

Photo of threeviews
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle with no freshness date (yet has been cellared in proper conditions for over a year) into a 16oz St. Bernardus branded chalice.

A- Initial (and conservative) pour reveals a beautiful orange/apricot hued beer with minimal haze and a 1/2 finger white, head with sea foam-like consistency. Nearly perfect for the Tripel style. 4.75

S- An absolutely inviting aroma for a Tripel! A wonderful fruity bouquet comprising of pear, apricot green grape, apple skins, honeydew along with a orange/lemon zest...some pineapple comes though as the beer warms. 4.75

T- Equal parts sweet and tart. The tartness is that of a 'green grape' quality, reminiscent of a white wine. The sweetness is only perceived for a moment before the spicy and dry finish takes over, much like an oak barrel aged Chardonnay wine. Despite the (as far as Tripels go) a relatively modest 8.7% ABV, you do feel a warming sensation as it goes down. 4.25

M- Highly carbonated with a medium body. The spicy and "tannic" finish makes this beer quite refreshing and devastatingly drinkable. 4.5

O- Although Tripels rank in my top three beer styles, I did not have much expectation being that this is brewed with gruut/gruit as opposed to hops. However, this beer was an absolute joy to consume (the bottle was a relatively quick study as a result of the time it took to consume)...so color me absolutely impressed by the Steenbrugge Tripel. There is no question that I will purchase this again, but next time I will be certain to find a bottle reflecting a 'Best Before' date...but being that my review is of an older bottle, I can say with confidence that this beer ages very well. 4.5

Photo of dacrza1
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 23, 2013... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: a Game of Thrones reading evening... APPEARANCE: pours a slightly copper, malty golden body; lively effervescence; thick,, foamy two-finger white head that keeps its resilience; lacing is formidable... AROMA: bouquet is light, hoppy, floral with light citrus--mostly peach--and apple as well--quite an air to it!... PALATE: full-bodied; immediately warming at the throat; active and anxious in the teeth--clearly not disguising its intentions...TASTE: grape accents early grant a surprising start; smooth, mellow hops make for a surprisingly casual finish; coriander and some nameless funk round out the flavor...OVERALL: a bright, uplifting strength to this beer lends spirit to the religious overtones of the label; situated among the other beers of this mix pack, the "Best of Belgium" proclamation holds some substance--not the best tripel I've tasted, but more than holds its own...

Photo of JCBears
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Wow just beautiful it is like a perfect combo of everything yes I said perfect. Beautiful hints of amber.

smell: It just hits you perfectly. I would have to say something obscene to fully describe it but wonderful you fall into it. A little bit fruity and aromatic. It is worth it just for the smell

taste: Bold, it hits you with the aroma and bam there you are. A bit fruity like bananas. Has a bit of a bight surprisingly but not to shabby.

mouthfeel: Stays with you in fact the bitters take over for a potent bitter taste long after the sip is gone.

overall: Not bad, I am certainly not disappointed and if this is your type of beer you will be jumping over angry wives to get one. It make me want to try more Belgians if nothing else

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an aroma that is much better than the flavor in my opinion.

Photo of Alextricity
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Appearance: Somewhat hazy yellow color with a huge head... spilled all over the place during the pour.

Smell: Well, it's a Tripel. Banana, crackery, a slight "Belgian" aroma.

Taste: Quite good. I haven't had TOO many Tripels, but this one's pretty good. The downfall with this one, I think, is that it's just too "warm." I've had Tripels with considerably higher ABVs that haven't felt so warming... this almost feels like 10% or higher. If it weren't for that significant warming, I'd give it a higher rating. As it is though, it's still a Tripel worth trying.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very pale yellow. Two-and-a-half finger head of loose, fluffy eggshell white foam sets up like meringue and then slowly falls, leaving generous lace rings around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a light goldenrod in color and moderately opaque, with lots of effervescence rising from the bottom throughout the glass. Half way through the glass and there's still a fine covering of very tight bubbles solidly across the surface.

S - Honey, pears, bubblegum, lemongrass. A touch of white pepper sneaks into the nose. Light and pleasant, but easy to acquire. After warming, malts move forward along with a touch of light caramel.

T - A bit darker than the nose, but consistent with it. Apples, white raisins, and apricots with a dash of lemon. Light malts and yeast. In the middle, hints of banana and clove appear, reminiscent of solid German hefeweizen. Black pepper and a touch of cinnamon along with herbs that suggest thyme, caraway, and oregano mix together in the back end to provide a bitter balance to the fruits. ABV is very well-integrated and hidden, almost dangerously so.

M - Rather fizzy but easy to drink. Nice body - somewhat on the light side, almost delicate, but not at all watery thin. Components are well-integrated. Finish is fairly dry, rather short, and clean. Over the length of the glass, the spices, especially the pepper, start to accumulate and linger, and this becomes unpleasant.

O - I like the nose more than the taste, as I found the spices and herbs in the back end to be somewhat distracting from what I most enjoy about Tripels: their malts and fruits. If the taste would have been truer to its nose, this would be a winner. Towards the end of the glass, the pepper and cinnamon started to echo in the finish, like a ringing in the ears after a very loud concert. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, by all means, try this, because it's made from quality ingredients and quite tasty. Personally, however, I need to follow this with something that will turn off the spices that have accumulated and aren't going away on their own.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Palm's Steenbrugge Tripel last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for some Tripel's that I haven't tried before and the price was right so I decided to give it a chance, so lets see how it goes. Best before 3/16/15. Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, its got that old school and trapist like look to it, it looks classy. It poured a nice and hazy golden yellow color that took on some orange hues when held to the light with over four fingers worth of fluffy creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left a tons of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the color was good and the head and lacing were very good, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a candied sugar like aroma and was followed by a very earthy and grassy aroma that reminded me of straw and wet hay, with a real slight barn yard funk like aroma. There's also some lemon peel aromas with some yeasty esters coming through with a real slight bubblegum like aroma. On the finish there's some more earthy aromas and a pretty noticeable herbal aromas. The aroma is nice, but isn't very Tripel like, it remind me of Orval, or a funky saison that I once had, it's nice but it's pretty unusual for a Tripel.

T- The taste seems to be a lot different from the aroma and much truer to style, it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight candied sugar like taste to it and was followed by a good amount of malts that impart some bready and sweet malt flavors followed by some earthy and slightly herbal flavors. Up next comes a nice medium banana flavor with some yeasty esters and a really slight amount of bubblegum. On the finish there's a slight lemon and herbal flavor, with a lower amount of bitterness and it had a sweet and yeasty aftertaste. This was a good tasting Tripel, it was fairly true to the style even with the absence of hops, the light herbal flavors worked well in this beer and the alcohol was hidden nicely.

M- Fairly smooth, a little dry, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it didn't have that slightly fizzy carbonation that a lot of Tripels seem to have.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of the style, it didn't feel like that when I got to the aroma of this beer, but everything else seemed pretty in line for the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not filling, the alcohol was hidden well and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I think one bottle would be the right amount for me, the flavors might start to wear on me if I drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the flavor and the appearance, they were both pretty good and were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad, but it seemed a little out of place and it wasn't true to style. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice and affordable Tripel, it was priced really well and I would recommend anybody that likes Tripels give this beer a try. All in all, i was happy with this beer, I got a little worried when I saw that this was a gruit and had no hops, and I got even more worried when I smelled it, but when I got to the taste it came together nicely and it had most of the flavors that I expected. Good job Palm, you guys can be hit or miss for me but this one was pretty solid and it has sparked an interest to try some of the other Steenbrugge bee. It's not a favorite Tripel but it's far from my least favorite.

Photo of HabiMendes
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This clear, golden Tripel has an extremely fruity aroma, with tones of orange, apple, and banana, with background floral tones. I thought that the banana smell dominated all the others, showing itself as excessive. The hops are not present in the aroma, but the alcohol is. The fruitness is also apparent in the taste, and the hops could be more evident to harmonize better with the fruitness. The aftertaste, displaying European hops, is too short. Unbalanced Tripel, that goes reasonably with style (see grades), but not impressive.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is honey amber. A tall head that pours quite dense and loosens as it fades leaving a good amount of lace.
Aroma I feel is the weak point because though there is a nice nose it isn't very pronounced.
Malts, spices yeast and a bit of hops come through but barely.
Drinks thin over the palate with effervescent giddiness. Flavored with malts, yeast and some spicy hops. Finishes dry and semi-bitter.
A good tripel and excels nicely.

Photo of Chrysostom
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I just had a $15 of Koningshoeven Quadupel Oak Aged before this - or, more like half of one - which was severely disappointing, bordering on undrinkable, and a Chimay "Special 2012" Blue Label before that. I'm still mostly sober, and this review is live - not from notes of any sort, but puzzled out as I drink the potable in question.

This is my first ever bottle of this beer. It goes without saying my ratings are subject to revision upon additional bottles being consumed. I've been disappointed with new beers recently.

(As with all my reviews, contra some sites and some guidelines, I review according to style, ala BJCP, modified by personal preferences [contra BJCP], not according solely to personal taste.)

Without my normal, customary little introductory anecdote/story, without further ado, a review:

Presentation: 750mL bottle, corked and caged and wrapped in foil like champagne, poured in to a Chimay goblet/chalice. Served chilled, around 40-45ºF, warming as I write the review and sip. Bought around July through August of last year. $8.99 for a 750mL bottle. Thank you to Blacklick Wine and Spirits in Columbus, Ohio.

A: Bright golden colour, very clear for the style with the slightest haze (the yeast has settled nicely in to the bottom after I've aged this for nearly a year), with an absolutely ridiculously massive, fluffy head indicative of extreme carbonation, even on a gentle pour. The slightest bit of vigour on the pour giveth a head which be larger than the liquid beer. It looks like a Champagne the colour of apple juice, and, frankly, delicious. Lacing is non-existent even on a massive, three-finger head. Some white lees present in the transparent beer on the last pour.

S: Some barnyard funk and wet dog right off the bat, strongly reminiscent of Orval, with pretty strong undercurrents of bread and yeast, surprising for such a clear beer. There is absolutely, and I repeat absolutely, no alcohol character whatsoever present in the nose, which is surprising, again, for an 8.7% beer, especially served strongly chilled, bordering on cold. Some earthy hop, but little malt, is present in the nose.

T: This surprises me with how good it is. Light spicy flavours, reminiscent, again, of Orval: veritably savouring of Orval. Strong funk, again, like Orval. The spice is similar to that present in a Rochecfort, although here much attenuated. Huge amounts of bread and toast, yet again surprising me, for the fifth time (?) in this review, due to the clarity of the beer. Has notes of the ill-defined "Saison" style, just as Orval has.

Citrus on the front of the palate, an extremely dry, toasty (as in toasted bread or croutons) back-palate, which is quite refreshing. As is standard with Belgians, neither malt nor hops are the dominant flavour (even if the dominant ingredients), but the malt on this is by far predominant over the hops - although the hops are not meek, and make their presence known. Hoppier than most Tripels.

Mild floral (lilac and lavender) notes throughout. There is no alcohol whatsoever noticeable on the palate. This may be the least alcoholic-tasting high-ABV beer I've ever had. Moderately complex. Not as complex as a St Bernardus, or an Orval, but still pretty complex. I think I've teased out the main threads of taste, but not nearly all of them.

M: High carbonation. Astringent, yet dry and smooth. Clean. Champagne-like. The mouthfeel is the highlight of this surprisingly-good beer. Somewhere between 4.75 and 5 on the mouthfeel. It blends well with everything else.

D: Moderate. Complex, yet refreshing, yet again still high in alcohol. One could drink too many of these without becoming (too) tired of the taste, but it would be inadvisable. Not compulsively drinkable like a Chimay or St Bernardus, but quite above-average drinkability for a brew of comparable complexity and flavour.

O: This is a good, close to great, beer. As you have observed, the words "reminiscent of Orval" and "surprised" run throughout my review. For what it is (and, of course, it is what it is), Orval and surprise are my general take-away from this.

It hits the "Tripel" style on the head, with the addition of funky characteristics such as are present in Orval and some other Trappists. There seems to be a bit of a funky Saison-like character to this beer, as well. It's not as clean as the Tripel offerings from St Bernardus, Chimay, or Westmalle; all of the aforementioned are complex, but none have the Orval-like funk of this beer. It far exceeded my expectations. 90/100 for the style.

One and three-quarters thumbs up (I'm a bit more reserved than Siskel and Ebert), with a definite and enthusiastic "buy" recommendation from me, especially for $8.99/750mL. This beer could be sold for the standard "Trappist price" of $11.99/750mL and gather no untoward gazes. It's worth a try, especially if you like this style, Saison, or Orval.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gastama hostel bar in Lille.

Pours clear gold with a soapy long lasting white head that laces the glass. Unending stream of bubbles float through the glass.

Smells nutty, yeasty, and fruity with pear, apple, and other general fruitiness.

Heavy malt flavors on this yet some herbal and slightly bitter hoppiness is there as well. The fruity flavors are there with some peppery spice.

Smooth and wonderful mouthfeel.

The hop level seems to separate it a tad from other tripels out there. Worth a try.

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A golden beauty in the glass with pristine clarity. Unexpectedly clean looking. Foam collar ranges only a few millimeters.

Spicy, bready, and apple-y. Sting of booze, some quince, and a limoncello hint. Not off-the-chain as far as complexity.

Bready and spicy with more influence of apple, pear, and white grape. Toned-down booze. Yeast is a little peppery with notes of clove and banana. Tasty.

Super-velvety and languid. Not ruffled with carbonation, like some tripels. A little heavy-sitting. A satisfying afternoon beer, in feel.

Good beer. A tripel of the intermediate level. Doesn't reach too far, but the execution is here.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden and clear with a 2 inch persistent head - good lace.
Bananas, faint bubble gum, spice, yeast all in the nose.
Fruity (banana again), hot, spice, finishes dry.
Medium bodied, smooth, mid to high carbonation.
Overall a good beer - true to the style and enjoyable.

Photo of Mitchster
1.94/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack for $20 at BevCo. "Ale brewed with spices, refermentation in the bottle" 8.7% ABV.

Pours out to a clear pale straw golden, forming a voluminous white soapy head with very good retention and lacing no thanks in part to it's very brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs. Aroma of nail polish remover immediately hits the nose, followed by DMS. Mouthfeel is effervescent , exploding upon the tongue and filling the mouth with foam. Medium bodied likely due to lots of cane sugar. The taste is not good. Acetone, tons of banana (isoamyl acetate) and either DMS or actual corn. Boozy. Poorly fermented. I'm not getting any distinct spices but coriander is the most common in a triple. Finishes bone dry with a firm bitterness, which is peculiar for a triple....more along the lines of a Golden Strong. The aftertaste is of saccharin, nail polish remover and corn tortillas. Ugh.

Not a very good triple in my book. Boozy, loaded with fusels, DMS, wierd bitterness. Probably the worst tripel I've had in a long time. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, and I'll be giving these other bottles away to friends.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 4/1/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation; this is a great looking tripel. Aromas of big apple, pear, grape, honey, apricot, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, candi sugar, bread, and light yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of apple, pear, apricot, grape, clove, light pepper, grass, floral, earth, honey, bread, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, floral, earth, honey, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity; with a great malt and spicy yeast ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and foamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Tripel! Great flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and easy to sip on. A very enjoyable offering; and very much in line to what I like to see in the style.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation and just a small amount of visible white yeast sediment. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas of pale malts with candi sugar, light fruits (pear), and spices (pepper and clove). Additionally there is just a hint of vanilla.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell, there is a moderate presence of pale malts with some light fruit sweetness (green apple, white grape, and pear) along with some candi sugar. After that, there are note of pepper and clove spices along with just a hint of vanilla. Light notes of lemon that leads into a light to moderate amount of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink, the fairly high ABV is well hidden. Not the greatest example of the style but still an enjoyable brew. This beer was a nice distraction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when we had no power so beer reviews could only be done during daylight (and not entered until after the fact).

Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle notching indicates good till April 2014?

A very soapy white head is poured and produced, lots of large bubbles with some surprising retention. Body is a crystal clear orange pale amber, rising column of bubbles coming up in the middle, this is very nice looking, with the body being the most impressive.

Bouquet is quite mild. Soft sugary Belgian candy, light malts, a nice touch of clove like sweetness. Kind if subtle, almost reminds me of Leffe territory, but I can dig this.

A real sharp sweetness, hits the palate in the middle, combining with a real nice tight carbonation. Good sparkling quality, and a mild sense of sweetness on the finish. VEry crisp and dry for a tripel, but a good richness of malt and alcohol sweet without boozy character.

A pretty solid tripel, quite unexpected to me for this one.

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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
87 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.