Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV
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1.93/5 rDev -50.5%
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.
12-20-2012 04:34:56 | More by Mitchster
2.8/5 rDev -28.2%
Poured into a snifter from a 750 Bottle.
A- Poured a light copper with a large amount of frothy white head.
S- Banana notes, some apple, and a bit of spice. A tad bit of grassy notes.
T- Starts with toned down fruits, pears, apple. Not a lot of flavor in the malt sweetness, and it turns into a spice that leaves a cloyingly bitter astringent aftertaste on the tongue. Not very pleasant
M/D- Mouth feel is thick and syrupy but with the aftertaste, the beer is not very pleasant to drink. That said the alcohol is well masked.
01-22-2011 13:54:21 | More by Someguy1989
3.03/5 rDev -22.3%
Pours a clear dark honey color with a small white head. Minimal lacing is left on the glass.
Sweet honey and graham cracker are the main aromas.
Somewhat fruity, perhaps pear, and spicy tasting, with cloves in there as well. A sweet finish with only the slightest hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel was a bit dry, with a slightly thin body. There was moderate carbonation.
Tripels are one of my favorite styles, yet this beer was only average at best in it's class. Nothing offensive about it, but there are far better examples out there.
02-26-2010 01:27:39 | More by JBogan
3.18/5 rDev -18.5%
A: pours a clear yellow with one finger of white head that recedes into a foamy ring with no lacing.
S: Bubblegum and banana dominate the nose with some slight spice and yeast aromas mixed in.
T: Again, bubblegum and banana are very prevalent, but the slightly bitter and bready yeast characters are a bit stronger on the palate than in the nose.
M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light enough in body, but really needs some more carbonation to achieve that nice crispness of a good tripel.
O: A fairly mediocre triple that is too sweet and needs a higher attenuation. The aromas and the flavors are both simple and lacking the complexity of a good tripel.
12-09-2011 02:10:54 | More by n2185
3.18/5 rDev -18.5%
Poured into an Orval chalice on 9/25/12
Best before 03 14
The color is a lightly hazed medium shade of amber. Foam is smooth and fairly dense, but reaches only a half a finger. The head drops a tad, but retention is very impressive; it holds the entire time. Lace does catch until halfway through the glass, but, when it does, the foam leaves solid sheets.
Lots of light fruits in the aroma, some ripe and some fermented. Apple, pear, orange and lemon pie. I don't believe I've encountered gruut before, but it's very strong here; it kind of strikes me as a cross between pepper, clove, prairie grass, herbs, tea and cinnamon. Toasty, lightly buttered grains peak out from time to time.
The gruut is in fine form in working the palate. White pepper, a myriad of grassy tones and spices are all over from start to finish. The middle finds a decent helping of toasted grains and some buttery notions. Faintly sweet. Fruit is less apparent than I might have imagined, adding only a modest, tangy element to the underside of the beer. Earthy, musty overtones emerge with warmth. Pepper lingers as alcohol builds on the finish.
Everything about the feel of this beer is ridiculously smooth. The body is a delicately-moving medium with a mild silkiness; carbonation is robust and fluffy nearly to the point of hilarity. Silly as it may sound, my first though was, this is like drinking air (or a cloud). Letting the beer meander about finds a more pointed feel; quick sips, though, retain the initial, smooth feel.
Overall, this is pretty enjoyable. It's not the best Tripel, but easy enough to drink and has some interesting things going on. This is on my list to revisit sooner than later. Worth checking out.
09-26-2012 06:22:57 | More by Ryan011235
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a glass chalice.
Pours golden with a thin white head that doesn't retain well, soon becoming a small slowly vanishing patch. Lacing doesn't stick. I was hoping that subsequent pours would produce a better head and some lacing, but to little avail.
The smell is herbal, somewhat dusty, with orange peel and some grainy aroma.
The taste is of sweet graininess. Orange peel and slight banana give some fruitiness, especially as it progresses. It began chilled, and warming to room temperature helped a bit, but still was hardly worth the wait, progressing only to mediocre, in my opinion. An herbal touch balances it enough to give a semi-sweet finish.
Light bodied with carbonation that is more sharp, even towards harsh, than effervescent. Alcohol is well-covered.
Not the greatest example of the style, by any means. It only hints at the style, and has a general blandness to it... That's not to say it's "bad", certainly not "offensive", but there are too many great brews of this style coming out of Belgium to have this one again (unless you really want something of the style and it's the only one you can find, I suppose). The grainy maltiness just dominates too much (and even that is mild-ish), and is just lacking in general compared to other examples.
04-20-2010 22:41:07 | More by jwc215
3.25/5 rDev -16.7%
Had on tap at The Independent in Tampa, FL.
Thin patch of white foam atop a clear golden body. Not much of a looker. Faint aromas of fruit, with some lemon, apricot, and sour apple. The taste is somewhat of an improvement, with ample sour apple and apricot. Not a very complex Tripel. This lacks effervescence largely from the get-go, rather flat.
I should have known not to get this, for I didn't enjoy the Dubbel much at all. This was little better, and might have been slightly abetted by being on tap. Nothing special and not worth the $7/glass.
11-12-2011 16:34:45 | More by Gehrig
3.3/5 rDev -15.4%
750ml into a tulip. Opened with an explosive PoP. Pours a crystal clear, new penny copper color, frothy dense white head, sticky lacing. Gorgeous
Yeasty aroma, a blend of light fruits, apricots and white raisins with a phenolic undertone.
Taste begins with complex sugary fruits then significant phenols kickstart the aftertaste and is joined by a solvent alcohol ruining a promising beginning. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Improves considerably with warmth.
05-22-2011 04:58:04 | More by impending
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
Pours amber with a large, lasting, white head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, wheat, faint lemon and soft funky notes. Somewhat plain.
Similar flavours, with the addition of some soft booze. Pretty drinkable stuff.
Nice high carbonation suits the beer well.
04-27-2012 02:08:00 | More by CrazyDavros
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
Poured from a bottle into a Leffe chalice.
Pours a murky medium straw with a decent head that recedes and laces minimally.
Aroma is light grain, candy sugar and light citrus and tropical fruits. Yeast is fruity and slightly dusty or funky, but not prominent.
Flavor is pale malt sweetness with a bit of a pineapple rider. Candy sugar takes the front and is interrupted by phenolic alcohol. Finishes boozey and sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium with harsh bubbled carbonation. Finishes sticky on the lips. Carbonation is quite harsh and active.
Overall a decent tripel, but not something I would go out of my way for.
05-28-2010 23:51:36 | More by wheatyweiss
3.4/5 rDev -12.8%
A: Caged cork, huge pop (I flinched), lots of snap, crackle, & pop to the giant white head that falls super fast. Rich golden with a touch of peach, bright and clear with lots & lots of rising bubbles. It keeps a rig but leaves just a few random splats of lace. A touch of haze from the second pour out the bomber.
S: Broad range of fruit ( but not all that strong) – banana, ripe apples & pears, hints of citrus and tropical fruit, and a background note of something tart like cherry. Hint of spice & background bit of sweet pils malt. Unfortunately, all of this is overwhelmed by a brothy, meaty, & nutty yeast note that is only a ghost bit funky. I don’t see a layer of dead yeast, it is clear, & it is well with the best by date. Weird, distracting, and not attractive. A touch of honey arrives, and the meat fades, as this warms.
T: This is a bit better. Sugar cookie pils with hints of biscuit & toasty grain, and some faint dough way in the background on the back end. Fruits are more apples & pears – especially the skins – and less banana. Citrus and tropical fruit are pretty much gone except for a hint of mango. Phenolics are stronger – cloves and a bit earthy & peppery. Odd yeast note is more earthy with a hint of barnyard, but the meaty character is still present. Some spice from alcohol, but otherwise it is pretty much not apparent. Grassy & herbal hops, but not all that bitter nor forward in character. This would be a 4.0 if I did not have to try and ignore the chicken soup aspect.
M: Just a hair over medium body. It may actually be bigger, but the firm & active carbonation lightens and livens it a bit. A hint of sugary sweetness, but it is really quite attenuated and dry. Spicy alcohol and background hops provide a drying finish. Ghost hint of warming. Lingering feel is both astringent & dry, and a touch coating and soapy.
D: Okay, but is would be a whole lot better without the brothy aspect. Even for that it is still fairly drinkable. And the alcohol hits quick and strong from all the carbonation – like champagne. Other than the strange chicken soup character this is very good. It’s alright, but I’m not impressed. Maybe I need to try a younger bottle, but this one says good until 6/9/12.
03-22-2012 19:05:26 | More by SickGnar
Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
87 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.