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Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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237 Ratings

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Absumaster on 07-17-2008)
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Photo of crewfan16
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The whole line of Steenbrugge brews were on sale at the local bottle shop, so I picked up the trippel. This one came in a bomber and was poured into a Stella Artois glass

a- pours a slightly hazy dark gold color. an inch of fluffy white head settled slowly. seems slightly light for the style.

s- sweetness, Belgian yeast, fruitiness as well, maybe raisin and some banana. some clove perhaps

t- lots of belgian yeast, some dark sugar and caramel, raisin again. finishes with some herbal bitterness which I can assume is the "Gruut" that the bottle talks about. flavors seem a tad light for the style

m- i really like the feel of this beer. nice carbonation jumps the flavors around, its extremely drinkable, and finishes nicely. 8.7% abv is not detectable.

overall, this is a nice tripel. it seems a tad light in its flavors for the style, but extremely drinkable and tasty. Not quite up there with some of the great tripels, but i picked it up for $4 a bomber, and at that price, its very solid.

crewfan16, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light gold color w/ a massive 4 finger off white head, which lingers for a while. Massive amounts of carbonation and lacing on this beer. Very light in color, easy to see through, although not completely clear. This is a young beer- best before 1/2014.

S- Barley malt, yeast, clove, pepper, spice. Reminds me of another Belgian tripel, but I can't put my finger on what. Slight sweet smell comes out as well. Definitely on the reserved side, although everything is pretty balanced. Nice.

T- All the smells come out in the taste, along with a slight bitterness to the beer. Slight alcohol burn as well, but only 8.7% ABV. This isn't quite as nice as the nose, but I bet it would age really well. Definitely not one of the best tripels I've had, but solid nonetheless.

M- Bitter bite followed by alcohol burn. This would most definitely mellow out with age. Still, not among the best for the style.

O- This is a good tripel, but nowhere near world class. Still, it goes down pretty easily, and is worth checking it out if you're a fan of the style. I probably won't pick this one up again though.

jayhawk73, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

avalon07, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy pale amber brew, a white solid head with little lacing. Good curtains.

The aromas are sweet dried fruits, apricots and mango.

Tastes sweet as well, sugar, bread, fruit, peaches and some lemon zest.

High carbonation, smooth and soothing texture, a big body.

A nourishing and well tasting fruit soup.

rarbring, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of impending
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

impending, May 22, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden color, completely transparent, with no sediment or haze. small amount of white foamy head.

S: Belgian yeast, sweet apple, straw, dandelion, and other herbal / floral scents.

T: Belgian yeast is the first and foremost flavor, but there was a ton of floral flavor rushing in behind it. Honeysuckle, rose, champagne and sparkling apple cider.

M: Very champagne/cider-like texture. Not much else to say. Bubbly and medium-to-light body.

D: Its a bit too light and saccharine sweet with all of the floral scents and flavors. My wife completely disagrees.

jnn4v, May 21, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this Steenbrugge tripel from a friend for ma birthday. He knows i am a triple lover.

Poured in my small Westvleteren beerglass this beer looks ok but not spectacular. A bit darkyellow fluid with only little carbonation. The is a half finger head which disappears rather quick. No smell at all i would say but that is not true,

The taste is good, no question about that. A bit dry but not too much. Soft and round taste with some citrus and spices. Good mouthfeel. Overall a good tripel beer.

Brabander, May 08, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this brewery.Poures a nice medium gold and builds an enormous head, due to good carbonation. It leaves fast and the lacing is minimal.
Smelling the beer I notice apple, little peach, bread , grain.
The taste is very complex and the front gives away bread, grain mixed with apples and peach, maybe a hint of banana. In the middle the malt adds honey notes and sweetness. At the end the hops keep everything in check and produce a great balance.
Prickly mouthfeel makes this beer very enjoyable.
Great beer, will buy it again and try to taste more from this brewery!

Hopfenpeter, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of BobZ
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One half of a 750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow in color normal for the style. A very nice rich billowy head to a 1/2" and hangs around. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet with some spice, mild phenols but I would say spice is dominant.

Taste: Again, fits the basic tripel profile only mildly sweet up front, but this sweetness gets stronger as the beer warms (in a pleasant way, not at all cloying). Nice hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, very smooth.

Drinkability: Very solid (surprisingly so) example of the style. Reasonably sessionable.
I'd buy this one again.

BobZ, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of BobMagruder
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

BobMagruder, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

jdhilt, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed anything in a while due to these stupid jerk nasal polyps I have, but I feel like reviewing this beer. So, with that said, my smell critique will be incredibly wavery.

The look of the beer is nice, and for a triple it's rather clear. Usually they're a bit more foggy, but this is kinda transparent and of the copper/gold variety. A nice, white head at first, that settles down into spotty and still nice retention. Average lacing.

Smell...yeah. Well, thankfully for this beer, it's extremely potent. Aromatic and alluring to say the least. Sweet and pungent smelling, with hard fruit notes.

Taste is great, and it's less filling! Akin to the smell, it's strong with it's fruit characters. Sweet, sparkly feel that goes down dry and slightly prickly. This medium to full body beer delivers a very satisfying taste and feel for sure.

I don't know if I'll be buying this one the next time I hit up Julio's, but I can't certainly say if you enjoy Tripels, there is no reason for you not to try this beer. Good stuff.

p.s. On the site you search for it Steenbrugge - one word. But on the bottle, Steen is on top with Brugge below it. Not two words? Bah!!!

ElijahCSkuggs, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Someguy1989
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Someguy1989, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of SuperSpy
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a Corsendonk glass.

A - Golden and crystal clear. This is beautiful. The clarity makes it possible to watch the constant stream of bubbles rise to the top and create a big, white, rocky head. The only thing keeping this beer from getting a 5 is the mediocre lacing.

S - Sour cherries, apples, and a spicy, peppery aroma.

T/M - Smooth and medium-light bodied thanks to the carbonation. A little on the dry side, but just barely. The flavor is spicy with a hint of lemon peel, grass and apple. It fools me into thinking it's going to be sweet but then finishes with a bitter spiciness that is pleasant and subtle.

D - A very good Tripel and a very good beer. I regret splitting this bottle with the wife.

SuperSpy, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of beer4colin
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beer4colin, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of number1bum
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

number1bum, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Brimming with a white head, a mountain that rises above the rim of the glass. Very active carbonation puts on a show within the rich, golden-colored brew. Big aroma of cherries, mangoes and red delicious apples meets spicy alcohol and nutty yeast. The body acts bigger than it actually is, as it is lifted by the creamy smoothness. Light, raw honey, malt flavor; grass with a slight biscuit tone in the back. Modest hopping leaves some bitterness and herbal flavors to play with. Alcohol waltzes in with a mild warmth, fruitiness of papaya and a faint spice. The phenols rest on the finish, which helps to balance any sweetness that tries to get out of line.

An old friend revisited, it brings back very fond memories of long afternoon sessions in cafés eating pots of mussels and drinking Tripels. On target to style, a real joy to sip.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml ( with a different label than shown) from "Habits" S.Salem. $6.99. Nice dark golden beer,with a fluffy,thick almost pure white head. Good aromas,spicy,sweet candy, sour apple( yes sour) slight barnyard. Taste is similar but no real sourness..until the end then its a crab-apple type bitter-sour. Smmooth peppery spicy,yeast driven flavours..some "bubble gum"too. Ok on the tongue..not too thin its OK Overall i enjoyed this one..kinda subdued for a tripel but i like it.

Reidrover, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

jdense, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

RuudJH, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

wheatyweiss, May 28, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

jwc215, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of JBogan
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

JBogan, Feb 26, 2010
Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
88 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.