Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV
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4.65/5 rDev +19.2%
On tap at venti's
Beautiful blond pour with light lacey head.
Nice estery nose with a zest of spiciness
Flavor was great a touch lighter on carb than I would expect, however, this beer was still fantastic. The ester and spice combination was divine and the beer was very drinkable. I would say this was one of the best Belgians that I have tasted.
Hops come out in a smooth finish that is semi dry and helps finish this great beer
02-26-2011 17:28:59 | More by BobMagruder
4.6/5 rDev +17.9%
This Tripel is unique due to the fact it's brewed with Gruut or Gruit...an herbal mixture that was the beers hops before brewers started using hops in beer.
Rushing gold color, highly active flow, crytal-white bubbly head and a crazy gyser-like center.
the aroma has rich, hearty, earthy and herbal notes all over the place. Spicey lager-yeast aroma, sour-earthy, corn, wild fruits and pepper. Very complex aroma that really is very nice.
The flavor has sour-earthy yeast that is very complex with multiple layers. Subtle dried fruits and a hint of pepper. The gruut adds futhur herbal depth to an already deep earthy punch. The malt is light and crisp with dry bready notes that falls into perfect balance for this style.
The feel is usually one of the best aspects of Belgian-brewed "bottle fermented" style beers, lush, snappy, zippy bite that is dry but goes down very smooth.
Overall, a classic and really unique.
06-23-2011 21:30:13 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.58/5 rDev +17.4%
This is great beer when you factor in the price for a case. Tasty, crisp, with an ABV of 8.7% that comes across in a relaxing fashion, I could drink this all afternoon. Correction: I am going to drink this all afternoon...
If you like tripels and pick this up you will become a fan. Wow, still can't believe this case was under 60 bucks. Amazing.
12-30-2011 18:58:27 | More by AlexanderCsamaj
4.49/5 rDev +15.1%
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
11-05-2013 18:30:50 | More by JCBears
4.47/5 rDev +14.6%
Completely unique brew yet reminiscent of the really good shit. Gruut is gut! To date, second only, in my book, to St. Bernardus Tripel (which costs too much), and La Fin Du Monde. Yet, the more I drink it, the more it moves into #1. This beer does no wrong.
12-29-2011 23:35:31 | More by tetsuoni
4.45/5 rDev +14.1%
A - On tap @ Union Zbrewhouse, 12 oz pour, $6. Minimal head in UBH fashion. Crystal clear oak tan blends into the bar.
S - nice and clean, sweet citrus.
T - very tasty. Cherries and bananas lead off. Finish is a tad bitter but not objectionable.
D - Oh yeah! I can drink these all night (if I'm not driving). I love trips and this is very good. Glad to see Palm expanding a bit here in States.
01-21-2011 20:56:26 | More by beer4colin
4.45/5 rDev +14.1%
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
01-24-2014 19:25:56 | More by threeviews
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
(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.
02-05-2010 19:25:56 | More by pmcadamis
Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
87 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.