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Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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Steenbrugge TripelSteenbrugge Tripel

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BA SCORE
87
very good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 12
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Absumaster on 07-17-2008)
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Beer review # 1000... whoo hoo!)

A - Clear bright orange-honey with a three finger white head that's not as tight as it could be, but is very pretty despite it's loose bubbles. Big sheets of lace wash down the side of the big globe snifter after a swirl, and head retention is pretty good.

S - Green apple skin, sliced mangos and peaches, honeycomb breakfast cereal, and dry champagne. White grape juice (like that non-alcoholic champagne or "sparkling grape juice" you can buy for kids to toast with on New Years Eve). Green and leafy with a big time green grape character, some more complex herbal and perfumed notes come out with additional sniffing. Awesome complexity. This is very lively and refreshing to my nose.

T - Sweeter and darker than the lively and "spritzy" nose would suggest, this has an almond, honey, molasses, and sweet butter base with overlying hints of exotic flowers (Hawaiian Islands come to mind), bitter herbs and greens, and something in the background that almost reminds me of Capri Sun in the little foil pouch. This one has more than a hint of FUNK to it... might there be a little brettanomyces in the mix? The lingering aftertaste is super-stinky-cheese-funky and keeps me coming back for another sip.

M - Medium bodied ad firm. This is a wiry and taught brew that isn't so much muscular as it is ripped (less Arnold Schwarzeneger and more Bruce Lee). Finishes with an astringent "bitter greens" note that is very much like bitter arugula in a nice salad.

D - This is a very, very unique and interesting brew and I'm glad that I saved something odd and special for my 1000th review, but I can't help feel that this one would have been damn near perfect if they used hops instead of the ancient Gruut / herbal stuff they used in this one. I like the historical and educational "taste back in time" but as far as beer goes, there is a reason that hops have replaced other herbs as a preservative/bittering agent... they just plain taste better. All in all, this one is definitely something worth seeking out for the experience, but I've had more drinkable and more well-rounded tripels.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 19:25:56 | More by pmcadamis
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camhelffrich

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-05-2014 23:18:03 | More by camhelffrich
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flagmantho

Washington

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 02:39:39 | More by flagmantho
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countrybat

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-07-2014 22:59:45 | More by countrybat
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-04-2014 18:28:46 | More by Canada_Dan
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MRO70

California

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 04:24:55 | More by MRO70
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Paincane

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 21:55:41 | More by Paincane
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-30-2014 15:01:08 | More by Latarnik
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Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-17-2014 19:35:33 | More by Steve_Trick
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-07-2014 22:06:52 | More by EmmetD
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wilfmaster

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-05-2014 02:53:43 | More by wilfmaster
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-29-2014 11:57:58 | More by Griffith
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-24-2014 23:25:51 | More by wonothesane42
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Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-23-2014 01:34:57 | More by BeerBeast
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ArtZan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-12-2014 20:23:15 | More by ArtZan
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gtermi

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-28-2014 08:36:32 | More by gtermi
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Jose9e

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-26-2014 21:10:38 | More by Jose9e
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cavemanlawyer1999

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-23-2014 07:05:33 | More by cavemanlawyer1999
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BJSmit

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-28-2014 14:46:30 | More by BJSmit
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-25-2014 21:35:03 | More by Lehighace06
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 19:25:56 | More by threeviews
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-14-2014 04:18:09 | More by jkball01
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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
87 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.