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Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV

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BA SCORE
88
very good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Absumaster on 07-17-2008)
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Photo of camhelffrich
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

camhelffrich, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

flagmantho, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of countrybat
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

countrybat, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Canada_Dan, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of MRO70
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visual: Wheat straw with a slight haze, almost a dark gold. Nice thick head.

Aroma: Hints of fruity citrus, preferably grape, coupled with a coppery essence. Very flowery bouquet with spices

Taste: More sweet than bitter but definitely a presence of bitterness, also with peppery sweet and spicy flavor.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium body with a clean aftertaste at the back of the palate. Light, refreshing carbonation with a creamy sensation.

Overall: Excellent Belgian beer that captures many of the style's best qualities of a sweet and spicy touch.

I love this beer!

MRO70, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of Paincane
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden extremely carbonated body with an off-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Clove, spicy and yeast aromas. A hint of bubblegum as it warms. T: Bready malt flavors lead to spicy middle & a clean, dry finish. Spiced presence is notable and distinct.
M: Smooth, clean and dry.
O: Excellent Belgian Tripel.

Paincane, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Steve_Trick, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

AMCPhD, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

EmmetD, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

wilfmaster, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

SnifterLifter, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tbeer40, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Griffith, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

wonothesane42, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BeerBeast, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

gtermi, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Jose9e, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

cavemanlawyer1999, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BJSmit, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Lehighace06, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of threeviews
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle with no freshness date (yet has been cellared in proper conditions for over a year) into a 16oz St. Bernardus branded chalice.

A- Initial (and conservative) pour reveals a beautiful orange/apricot hued beer with minimal haze and a 1/2 finger white, head with sea foam-like consistency. Nearly perfect for the Tripel style. 4.75

S- An absolutely inviting aroma for a Tripel! A wonderful fruity bouquet comprising of pear, apricot green grape, apple skins, honeydew along with a orange/lemon zest...some pineapple comes though as the beer warms. 4.75

T- Equal parts sweet and tart. The tartness is that of a 'green grape' quality, reminiscent of a white wine. The sweetness is only perceived for a moment before the spicy and dry finish takes over, much like an oak barrel aged Chardonnay wine. Despite the (as far as Tripels go) a relatively modest 8.7% ABV, you do feel a warming sensation as it goes down. 4.25

M- Highly carbonated with a medium body. The spicy and "tannic" finish makes this beer quite refreshing and devastatingly drinkable. 4.5

O- Although Tripels rank in my top three beer styles, I did not have much expectation being that this is brewed with gruut/gruit as opposed to hops. However, this beer was an absolute joy to consume (the bottle was a relatively quick study as a result of the time it took to consume)...so color me absolutely impressed by the Steenbrugge Tripel. There is no question that I will purchase this again, but next time I will be certain to find a bottle reflecting a 'Best Before' date...but being that my review is of an older bottle, I can say with confidence that this beer ages very well. 4.5

threeviews, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jkball01, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

swgwilt, Jan 14, 2014
Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
88 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.