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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: 274
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website
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 ggourde
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bit of chill haze that cleared up to show an effervescent tawny gold. A good head that left the typical Belgian lace. I caught a whiff of bananas but there wasn't much smell (I am starting to wonder if my nose is weak). Good mouthfeel, the bubbles and alcohol make it creamy and make if feel almost full-bodied, but I reckon it's actually on the light side of medium. Very fruity with a slightly dry/bitter aftertaste. Definitely drinking this again. (456 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 mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL amber champagne bottle, with cork, cage and foil. Brewed with hops, gruut, and a smoky, phenolic yeast strain; bottle-conditioned and best before 6/9/12. Pours golden orange, with brilliant clarity (probably the most clear conditioned beer I've ever seen), lots of carbonation, and two fingers of white, crackly froth that doesn't deposit much lace, but it does try. It is quite aromatic, phenolic for sure, floral and perfumy, spicy, fruity and tropical, with notes of pale malt and chalky yeast. Tastes of sweet malt, orange and spice, herbal and floral notes, peppery/spicy phenols, a dash of hops and a mild lingering bitterness on top of a light, moderately-carbonated and dry body. Easy to drink, smooth, unique, quite flavorful, and well-balanced. Perhaps a touch too bitter, but that's just nitpicking. An interesting take on the style that I would recommend to any fan of Belgian beers. (902 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 CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- A crystal clear golden ale pours to a two finger white head which recedes slowly to a thick froth, leaving ample lacing.

S -- Tropical fruits, honey, sour cherries, and some spicy booziness.

T -- Rich, malty grain and honey on the front; herbal hop tones, faint biscuit flavors, a mild nuttiness, lightly bitter and spicy.

M -- Full in body and carbonation, resinous with a lingering dryness.

D -- Very nice brew, worth a pickup and a revisit. (452 characters)

Photo of emsroth
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Good until 4/2014, so this is a young bier!

App: Beautiful, clear, light gold. Darker than a pilsener: blond ale color. Head that stays and stays with great lace.

Smell: Definitely smoky, as they say on their website. Apparently from the yeast strain. VERY cool! Besides that there is a retrained grape skin aroma. A touch of rosemary and lemon.

Taste: What can only be described as a lemon-custard sweetness and creaminess. The hops hit hard and fast with dry herbal notes, but they never go overboard with bitterness. (I do, perhaps, wish for a touch more bitterness).

Full mouthfeel with a prominent, but balanced hop character. But the dryness almost finishes too thin. The mouthfeel starts thick and ends thin, which is weird.

Reminiscent of Westmalle's tripel, but a bit more reserved all around. Perhaps the age of the bier is related. I will have to have it more aged.

A very odd scent. Definitely smokier than some smoked biers. Not what I look for in a tripel but still nice and worth seeking out. (1,027 characters)

Photo of crewfan16
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,110 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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (309 characters)

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.
cheers
jd (466 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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! (583 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of BobMagruder
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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 (432 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 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 ElijahCSkuggs
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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!!! (1,174 characters)

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. (529 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of beer4colin
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (396 characters)

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. (1,312 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (897 characters)

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