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Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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BA SCORE
86
very good

93 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 273
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Absumaster on 07-17-2008

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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. (1,711 characters)

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

On tap at Tyler's in Durham.

It pours a nice translucent yellow with a tight small white head. The smell is balance (like every Tripel), a bit of pepper and sweetness. The big thing is that it goes down smooth and easy (easier than any other Tripel). Light and balanced, with a nice yeast presence that doesnt over complicate things.

Its exactly what a Tripel should be, nothing more, nothing less. (401 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 BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: A dark gold, light bubbles, (white) head was monstrous at first well over two fingers.

Smell: Yeast to the fullest.

Taste: Like the smell, it scream yeast. Not too complex but done just right where you truly enjoy drinking this beer.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, sharp texture.

Overall: Well done, seriously this beer does not disappoint. Bought it locally and seriously surprised me, Salud! (433 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 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. (610 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 330 ml, bought in a bar where the stupid barman didn't want to sell me the bottle unless he opened it first. Anyway, I brought it home and had it here.
Colour is honey like, with two finger head.
Aroma is fruity, bananas, apples.
Taste is sweet and fruity also, the high alcohol bites pleasantly on the tongue.
Average carbonation, medium thickness on the body. (371 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 Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy gold with a thick white head that dies down to nothing and leaves laces down the glass.

S: Cirtus, tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, a little bit of raisin.

T: Much like the aroma, tropical fruit, citrus, alcohol, a little peach and a nice alcohol burn in the finish.

M: Medium body with a less than normal tripel carbonation. There's still a bit of peppery feel to it, but less that others.

O: A very good tripel. Good flavors, nice aroma, decent feel. Definitely a solid tripel. (491 characters)

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. (2,246 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in to a goblet. No bottle date.

Cloudy gold color. One finger of bubbly head that dissapeared quickly. No lacing left behind.

Very sweet banana and bubblegum. Sweet malt, toffee, and some yeasty esters.

Toffee and honey. Fruit, like clementines and pineapple. Bread, bubblegum and cotton candy. Yeasty bitterness and a bit of booze. A bit overly sweet.

Pretty heavy in body for a tripel. The mouthfeel is kind of syrupy but there is a and mild carbonation that broke up the consistency, though it did feel a bit under carbonated. Finishes with a sweet and syrupy coating in the mouth.

The bottle was pretty cheap (around $8 for the 750ml) and drinkable, but the mouthfeel and the sweetness kind of took away from the things I liked about the beer. Worth the try and I'll probably try it again, but not anytime soon. (840 characters)

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

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

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

Taste
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

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

Overall
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 (551 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 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 AlexanderCsamaj
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (347 characters)

Photo of tetsuoni
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (258 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 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 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. (685 characters)

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. (551 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 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 skypup
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchase 2be in Brugge, Belgium.

.33L Bottle served in tulip glass.

A- Cloudy, Deep Brown. Poured in two stages, lots of course, bubbly head. not much retention but lots of lacing.

S- Yeast, nutmeg and clove.

T- Initially very yeasty, with a hint of sour citrus and spices. Has a mulled quality. mellows to a mild bitterness.

M- Full bodied; medium carbonation.

D- This is a pretty good beer. I had this beer on tap in Belgium as well and it didn't dissapoint in the bottle either. (495 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 Mar02x
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer with thanks to by brother in law Maarten. He is becoming a new BA soon I guess.

A - A nice inviting golden color with a fluffy head. Some carbonation bubbles are trying to get to the top.

S - Pine, citrus, yeast a very inviting smell.

T - A good decent triple, malts, floral hops mixed with spices make a real good body with is in its turn full of flavor. The body is not to thin and not to thick.

M - A good medium carbonation, up front even a bit high. The fluid is slightly sticky and the alcohol in the finish is warming and pleasant.

O - A nice triple, worth buying, fresh in taste and very drinkable with a decent body. (649 characters)

Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.