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Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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94 Reviews

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 276
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Absumaster on 07-17-2008

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Photo of Mitchster
1.94/5  rDev -49.5%
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.

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Photo of Someguy1989
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JBogan
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of n2185
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of impending
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle. Brewed by Palm.

Pours a nice golden color, a bit deeper than a German pils with a large, billowing bright white head. No lacing.

Smell is average for a tripel, it is nice and fruity and yeasty but it seems a bit too filtered and nice. There are hints of the breadlike malts as well.

It again, tastes like an average tripel, nice spiciness, the hops are very noticeable and citrusy, and the malt is a nice backing, not bad. There is some nice bitterness here.

It is too carbonated though, the mouthfeel is sharp and biting.

It isn't too bad of a brew, sort of middle of the road for tripels.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, bubbly white head. Very active carbonation is noticeable in the glass. Looks like every other tripel I've run across. Nothing sets it apart really.

S: Nice aromas of spices, alcohol, and citrus. A little on the sudued side as far as Belgian tripels go, but it still smells pretty nice.

T: This is where this beer comes alive. Notes of brandy, peach, coriander, lemon, orange, mineral water, and grassy European hops immediately make their presence known. Finishes dry and spicy with mineral, orange, lemon, and coriander notes.

M: Could be a little better. The ridiculously active carbonation gets in the way of the thick, luscious feeling this beer generates. Average at best, but could be outstanding if the carbonation were not so distracting.

O: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. I just wish the carbonation were toned down a bit so that the gorgeous aromas and flavors could meld with the substantial mouthfeel more effectively.

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Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased at Trader Joe's (!) PDX, $5.99, shared with buddy 11.29.10.

3/4 finger white head, very quick dissipation, with fairly good lacing. Clear orangish-yellow body, multiple streams of carbonation. Nose has the typical tripel profile, big on the curacao orange peel but the coriander is a bit subsumed, a wee bit of floral hops on the back end. Taste mirrors the nose, this is on the sweet side for style. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side of medium, but surprisingly the finish wasn't very dry. Drinkability is ok, but there are too many other good tripels out there, I'd rather pony up the overage and have a Westmalle.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't the big spice bomb that I usually associate with the tripel style, which made it unique and a touch novel. This beer is far maltier than any other tripels, and still has enough spice to keep things interesting. A little different than my previous experiences with tripels, but still good.

Appearance was a golden color with a pretty minor amount of head for a tripel. Aroma was very faintly spicey - clove and all-spice. Flavor was a bit puckery and full of fruity overtones, with a sweet spice finish. Booze is evident in the flavor, but not unpleasant. Mouthfeel was dry and clean. Pretty good, and recommendable.

I had this on-tap at the BXL Belgian cafe in midtown Manhattan.

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Photo of Vixie
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a thick off white head. A bit more orange than most triples I have seen, but a nice looking beer.

Smell is fruity with a bit of yeast. Seems to be hint of lemon, and the yeast gives it a smell like bread.

Taste has a bit of citrus in it, not surprising from the smell. There is a hint of pepper as well, and finishes with a bit of hops at the finish.

Little thin for the style, but decent.

A decent triple, but not a great one. Goes down very easy, and is a nice beer. I picked up a 750ml bottle at a bargain basement price, but would not have complained if I had paid full price.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

June 2012 Best by Date; Sampled July 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a nice amount of lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a rich gold hue that has a touch of copper to it. When held up to the light the beer shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, bright, rich gold color. The aroma is quite fruit focused with notes of ripe pear, Macintosh apple and perhaps some fruit white grape notes. A touch of grassy grain character comes through after things settle down, but this remains a fairly straight forward smelling Tripel.

The beer is sweet tasting, though not cloying as there is some peppery carbonation, a touch of hop bitterness and some higher alcohol spiciness that helps to balance the sweetness. This flavor has a solid fruit contribution, and though it is not at the same level as the nose I still taste notes of ripe melon, a touch of kiwi fruit, aromatic pear and some sweet apple notes. There is a touch of earthy spiciness in the finish as well as a spicy clove note that tends to linger a bit on the palate along with some warming alcohol notes. This is light and drinkable for a beer of this strength, though it could perhaps use a touch lighter body.

This is the best of the Steenbrugge beers I have had so far. This still isn't a great example of the style though, it could use more spiciness and some more fermentation character & nice malt backbone (appropriate for the style of course) would be nice as well, but it is serviceable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of number1bum
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with one finger of off-white head. Settles to only a patchy, wispy lace. Retention is somewhat poor for a tripel; lacing is minimal with almost no stick on the sides.

Nose is pretty floral, with an almost perfumey quality to it. Pretty fruity too, in a yeast derived, estery sort of way. Apple stands out to me. It's sugary sweet as well.

Taste is not quite as fruity as the nose implied, although there is still an apple-like flavor going on. It has a sugary sweetness but also a bit of a bite, a sort of odd, seemingly not hop derived bitterness. A touch grainy, with a biscuit malt quality as well. Touch of grassy and herbal flavor as well. The bitterness in the finish really starts to wear on me. Just a touch of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with pretty active carbonation. Has a nice slickness to it but then it dries right out in the finish. The odd bitterness leaves a weird aftertaste on the tongue that I'm not terribly fond of.

This is a pretty solid tripel although the bitterness is odd and gets a little tiresome. It's just a weird bitterness, hard to describe; not hoppy, semi-grainy, just strange. Maybe that's from the gruut ingredient they mention? I have no idea. I don't love that component. Interesting, but not my kind of tripel really.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.7%. Golden colour, slightly hazy, pours very fizzy with a huge to moderate head. Strong and pleasant aroma of spices, Belgian yeast and fruit (cider apples, oranges). Fizzy mouthfeel. The flavour is fairly sweet with notes of spices, white candi sugar, yeast and some fruit, noticeable hops in the finish.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear golden liquid that is topped by a massive head; while the retention is good, the lacing is not particularly impressive

Smell: Sugar cookie malt, Red Delicious apples, bubblegum and spicy phenols

Taste: Sugar cookies, up front, with Red Delicious apples and bubblegum developing; by mid-palate, the spicy phenols take over the profile, and dominate the finish, though the sweet and fruity favors linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, slightly prickly, carbonation

Overall: Decent enough, but not in the top echelon of tripels

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Photo of MrMichael
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color was really nice. A rich honey-gold topped with a bit of pale-straw head

A good amount of hops that smelled nice, but there wasn't a whole lot else going on in the nose.

A good crisp, clean flavor. Like the smell, it was good but I didn't get much complexity. There was a lingering alcohol in the aftertaste

A very fine carbonation. Very effervescent. I liked it.

I'm fairly new to Belgians and Tripels, and I liked this one. It's not going to be my new favorite, but I would gladly drink it again

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Photo of RuudJH
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tripel enriched with gruit. 33 cl. bottle, bb 12 may 2012.

Dark golden colour, nice head.
Fresh fruity smell, and also a lot of the expected gardensmell, Foliage and floral too.
Taste doesn't deliver as well as the smell: the balance between bitterness and sweet is ok, but the real flavours are gone very quickly.

Overall it's a reasonable ale: balanced, with both hops and other spices it's interesting for sure.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent gold with a fluffy white cap that quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of bananas, candy sugar, pils malt, touches of spice and dried apricots.
Taste if of the mentioned aromas with a fruity and floral blast pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, and sugary.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this bottle on 5th Oct 2008, best by date 03/07/11. This is the rebirth of the former Brugge Tripel, brewed by PALM at De Gouden Boom, Bruges (now an apartment development!). The former brew was 8.2% but this one (as already posted) is upped to 8.7% ABV. Purchased as a box of 24 bottles from realbeers.ie.

Poured into a Straffe Hendrick glass a clear amber body with an (at first) generous whitish head thinning down to a thin head. Bubbles rising. Modest lacing on glass.
Smell was subdued pilsner type hops with some caramel-like sweetish maltiness.

The first taste was a bit strange; not too sweet with an unidentified aftertaste. As it warmed and aired it revealed itself to be a solid enough
tripel, without the spicy complexity of a Westmalle tripel but the alcohol is disguised making it an easy-to-drink brew. Smooth syrupy (but not cloying) mouthfeel. Nice beer!

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Photo of arkanu
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems to me the carbonation is much higher that it should have been. On the bright side, the alcohol feel is well hidden.
Big head does not last too long, or at least that's how it was with my bottle. Overall, feels a bit overrated to me, but I'm under no circumstances an expert on the matter.

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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.