Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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BA SCORE
86
very good

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THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 271
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (640 characters)

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 (584 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strongly flavored with pepper and fruit notes, the descript flavors of spiced pears, confectioner's sugar, and lemon zest are just a few flavors yet to explore.

This Tripel Ale pours with a zesty sprite with carbonation that billows into a rocky white topping that promptly adorns the crown of the chalice. With intricate pockets of foam, the beer leaves a pattern of the session behind.

Aromas of softly kilned pilsner malt, powdered sugar, and a sugar cookie scent kicks off the aromas. But the elegant estery, peppery profile come together in a way that reminds me of spiced pears, apple pie, and brandy.

Flavors follow up with a honey suckle-like thin floral taste, with also a soft candied lemon favor that seems to overtake the bready complexion of flavor. The balance holds true even with the lemony, peppery note deep within the session. Hop bitterness strikes late with an earthy, peppery bite that helps to crispen the beer and offer a dry citrus flavor that's so appreciated in aftertaste.

Medium-full at first because of the expansive carbonation. But after the creamy and spritzy carbonation subsides, the peppery bite and supple sweetness begins to coat the palate and mid portion of the tongue with a dryish feel and developing cotton candy fleeting sweetness that proves satisfying and rich. But the finish of lemony bite, peppery heat, and alcholic warmth all offer an element of elegance with 9% power. Both masculine and finess at the same time... so we all win! (1,486 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Steenbrugge Tripel

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellowish gold with a densely creamy bright white head that reduces to a solid quarter inch and then holds throughout the glass. The lace rises in solid sheets from the surface, and although it drops it always leaves the appearance of distant white mountains around a valley.

Smell: The aroma delivers a sugary, bready malt with a soft note of vanilla that leaves it reminiscent of cookie dough, fruit, and light spice (alcohol, clove, black pepper).

Taste: The flavor is fruity (green grapes, apple) and spicy upfront, revealing a sweetish, bready and lightly earthy maltiness across the middle, and finishing with a lingering sweet bready malt, hop bitterness, and light spice. Unfortunately, the alcohol is clearly present throughout and can at times be distracting.

Mouthfeel: The body is light with a very fine and highly effervescent carbonation that caresses the tongue with a light zest.

Drinkability: A really nice beer that's quite interesting, rich, and full of character. (1,034 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large 2 finger fluffy head that fades at a med pace, lots of lacing, crystal clear orange honey colored.

Nose brings the usual, citrus and light orange rind, spices, bit of Belgian golden malts, light booze and esters, hints of Belgian yeast fruit with the spices.

Taste starts sweet, again light candi sugar, Belgian malts, then a decent wallop of booze and some light esters with that. Booze is very warming and tingly, feusel alcohols. Then light citrus and orange rind, hint of spices and a nice fruit from the Belgian yeast. Fruits bring light white raisin, dried apricot, fig, and some bitterness. Finish brings more bitterness, spices, sticky sweetness but slightly dry, and more booze.

Moth is a bit bigger bodied, nice carb, lots of booze.

Overall not bad, good fruits and spices, malts, sweetness, but the booze and feusel alcohols are a bit much. (869 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange gold with a nice frothy crème head. Nose is inky dough with minor spices on there as well. Flavor is good. Nicely meshed sweet tones work with a barely noticed alcohol presence that goes away as the beer warms. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is about right, though slightly biting. Overall, this is a pretty nice tripel. I can't really say there are a load of complexities here, but I certainly enjoy drinking it. (448 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly available at a little Italian restaurant in Newton, MA.

Straw-gold color with a mild chill haze. Moderate head that settles in a few minutes. Leaves little lace.

Relatively dry smell for a tripel. There's a touch of alcohol and no notable hop.

Classic tripel flavors. A definite yeast presence but no bite. The swallow features warming alcohol with a short aftertaste. Full bodied. Nothing extreme about this one, but it would be easy to drink this regularly. (476 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,292 characters)

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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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). (1,273 characters)

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 (1,573 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Steenbrugge Tripel

Pours a clear golden color, with over an inch of soapy foam. Aroma is yeast driven and somewhat fruity. In the taste, small dry fruitiness, with white grape and green apple skin notes. No hint of the abv, and the herbal bitterness is so mild it is barely percievable. A little sweet, but quite easy drinking and satisfying. Light bodied feel, champagne like. Overall, this is a good triple which I would definitely visit again. (447 characters)

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. (351 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Slight hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Fruity, spicy nose and flavor is tart fruit with hints of sweetness. Higher ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH. (293 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

This is a beer I enjoyed a few times as I returned to the world of craft after a long hiatus; it helped to introduce me to the tripel style and was easily available at the corner liquor store. There are certainly plenty of nicer options for this style but this one isn’t too bad in a pinch.

It’s a clear amber colored beer with an excellent fluffy head. Retention and lacing are decent. The nose is very yeasty and spicy, with clove and coriander prominent. A touch of malty sweetness and some fruity esters (orange/lemon/sour apple) also discernible.

Flavor is a bit sweet and fruity, with cookie-like malts and very faintly grassy hop notes. A bit of yeasty spiciness, orange peel, and a trace of booze underneath. On the simple side for the style but not bad; perhaps a touch overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is quite good, decently creamy with spritzy carbonation; maybe a little on the high side.

I probably won’t be going back to this one, as a handful of bottles are probably enough and there are quite a few options I have yet to try or review in this category. Still, it’s an acceptable option if unexceptional. (1,145 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this at my local D's for $6.50. Seen elsewhere for at least $9.99 I happily picked it up.

A - Very nice carbonation, bubbly witch a solid inch and a half of head. Color is a nice clear yellow and head is not very sticky.

S - Bright fruit notes of pear and apple and in the glass I am getting a fruity bubblegum smell of mild yeasts.

T - Quite good actually. The flavors are light but they work it sort of taste like a champagne only with more pear and apple flavors. Yeast is also mild and fruity with a nice clean finish.

M - Light to medium the ABV is almost none existent. Tasty. Only a slight warming after half the bottle consumed.

Overall a very drinkable tripel that is worth a try especially at under 7 dollars a bomber. Recommended. (767 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of fizzy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma - lots of tropical fruits - and some malt as well.

T: Tasted of cherries, some light fruit (mangoes), malt and yeast. Phenols were present, but not overwhelmingly so. For the style, this flavor was much lighter and fruitier, but not any less appealing.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While it doesn't exactly conform to the tripel style, this is a light, refreshing tasty beer. (608 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold and a solid one finger head (nice pour) that dies slow and leaves lace on top of, at first smell, typical orange/citric and yeast/wheat twang Belgians give off. Digging further I uncover some spicy notes, touches of earthy hops and some caramel but also fruity sweetness. It is smooth and easy to drink this as at times it seems light and creamy, but there is some nice action going on and it is evenly balanced. There is a touch of peppery spiciness w/ earthy hops for the dryness and crisp finish, but this bitterness is countered by a plush wheat twang and some fruit flavors that could be tropical, or at least pear/apple (cherry?) and some sugary/caramel sweetness. ABV well-hidden and just an easy to drink beer that should please any fan of style. (778 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at My Place in Newtown, CT this one is a clear light golden color with a modest white head and vague dots of lacing. The aroma brings wheat liquor and bright oak. Nothing special but okay. The flavor offers crisp wheat and mild lemony bubblegum. This is a nice blend in a medium bodied brew with polite, fine carbonation that encourages the drinking process. Very substantial yet very drinkable. I liked it! (415 characters)

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. (254 characters)

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. (988 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%

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. (374 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a rather small white head that dissipated into an uneven ring. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Floral scents mix with honey and clove/pepper spice. Some light tropical fruit as well. The taste is a bit different from the aroma, has a much earthy aroma, which is most likely from the gruut. The flavor is of a pale malt, hint of lemon, with a herbal bitterness and floral/honey sweetness. Doesn't quite taste like your traditional tripel though it is pleasant. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation; finishes both sweet and bitter. A unique tripel, sweet yet bitter, herbal and floral. The sweetness seems out of place every once in a while. Definitely worth a try. Some of the flavors might get cloying. (799 characters)

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Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
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