Steenbrugge Tripel - Brouwerij Palm NV
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3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2013 00:43:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Sampled at the World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Appearance: Somewhat hazy yellow color with a huge head... spilled all over the place during the pour.
Smell: Well, it's a Tripel. Banana, crackery, a slight "Belgian" aroma.
Taste: Quite good. I haven't had TOO many Tripels, but this one's pretty good. The downfall with this one, I think, is that it's just too "warm." I've had Tripels with considerably higher ABVs that haven't felt so warming... this almost feels like 10% or higher. If it weren't for that significant warming, I'd give it a higher rating. As it is though, it's still a Tripel worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2013 17:55:57 | More by Alextricity
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a very pale yellow. Two-and-a-half finger head of loose, fluffy eggshell white foam sets up like meringue and then slowly falls, leaving generous lace rings around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a light goldenrod in color and moderately opaque, with lots of effervescence rising from the bottom throughout the glass. Half way through the glass and there's still a fine covering of very tight bubbles solidly across the surface.
S - Honey, pears, bubblegum, lemongrass. A touch of white pepper sneaks into the nose. Light and pleasant, but easy to acquire. After warming, malts move forward along with a touch of light caramel.
T - A bit darker than the nose, but consistent with it. Apples, white raisins, and apricots with a dash of lemon. Light malts and yeast. In the middle, hints of banana and clove appear, reminiscent of solid German hefeweizen. Black pepper and a touch of cinnamon along with herbs that suggest thyme, caraway, and oregano mix together in the back end to provide a bitter balance to the fruits. ABV is very well-integrated and hidden, almost dangerously so.
M - Rather fizzy but easy to drink. Nice body - somewhat on the light side, almost delicate, but not at all watery thin. Components are well-integrated. Finish is fairly dry, rather short, and clean. Over the length of the glass, the spices, especially the pepper, start to accumulate and linger, and this becomes unpleasant.
O - I like the nose more than the taste, as I found the spices and herbs in the back end to be somewhat distracting from what I most enjoy about Tripels: their malts and fruits. If the taste would have been truer to its nose, this would be a winner. Towards the end of the glass, the pepper and cinnamon started to echo in the finish, like a ringing in the ears after a very loud concert. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, by all means, try this, because it's made from quality ingredients and quite tasty. Personally, however, I need to follow this with something that will turn off the spices that have accumulated and aren't going away on their own.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2013 08:30:25 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I picked up a bottle of Palm's Steenbrugge Tripel last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for some Tripel's that I haven't tried before and the price was right so I decided to give it a chance, so lets see how it goes. Best before 3/16/15. Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle into a Belgian tulip.
A- The label looks nice, its got that old school and trapist like look to it, it looks classy. It poured a nice and hazy golden yellow color that took on some orange hues when held to the light with over four fingers worth of fluffy creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left a tons of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the color was good and the head and lacing were very good, I have no complaints at all.
S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a candied sugar like aroma and was followed by a very earthy and grassy aroma that reminded me of straw and wet hay, with a real slight barn yard funk like aroma. There's also some lemon peel aromas with some yeasty esters coming through with a real slight bubblegum like aroma. On the finish there's some more earthy aromas and a pretty noticeable herbal aromas. The aroma is nice, but isn't very Tripel like, it remind me of Orval, or a funky saison that I once had, it's nice but it's pretty unusual for a Tripel.
T- The taste seems to be a lot different from the aroma and much truer to style, it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight candied sugar like taste to it and was followed by a good amount of malts that impart some bready and sweet malt flavors followed by some earthy and slightly herbal flavors. Up next comes a nice medium banana flavor with some yeasty esters and a really slight amount of bubblegum. On the finish there's a slight lemon and herbal flavor, with a lower amount of bitterness and it had a sweet and yeasty aftertaste. This was a good tasting Tripel, it was fairly true to the style even with the absence of hops, the light herbal flavors worked well in this beer and the alcohol was hidden nicely.
M- Fairly smooth, a little dry, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it didn't have that slightly fizzy carbonation that a lot of Tripels seem to have.
Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of the style, it didn't feel like that when I got to the aroma of this beer, but everything else seemed pretty in line for the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not filling, the alcohol was hidden well and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I think one bottle would be the right amount for me, the flavors might start to wear on me if I drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the flavor and the appearance, they were both pretty good and were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad, but it seemed a little out of place and it wasn't true to style. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice and affordable Tripel, it was priced really well and I would recommend anybody that likes Tripels give this beer a try. All in all, i was happy with this beer, I got a little worried when I saw that this was a gruit and had no hops, and I got even more worried when I smelled it, but when I got to the taste it came together nicely and it had most of the flavors that I expected. Good job Palm, you guys can be hit or miss for me but this one was pretty solid and it has sparked an interest to try some of the other Steenbrugge bee. It's not a favorite Tripel but it's far from my least favorite.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2013 03:53:09 | More by StoutHunter
Steenbrugge Tripel from Brouwerij Palm NV
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.