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Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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BA SCORE
85
very good

72 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 107
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-31-2002

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Reviews: 72 | Hads: 107
Photo of JaimeLondon
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

Belgian triple of an ocher somewhat transparent color and a whitey foam. A bit turbid and with visible efervescence.
Big maltiness on the nose, some belgian yeast and honey tones.
Taste is similar, just a bit fruity and with a nice bitterness. Alcohol is not evident, but as an 8%.. yeah you can feel it.
Body is ok, carbonation a bit higher than average. (356 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter.
Clear golden/amber beer with modest off-white head, dissipating quickly to remnants on the surface. Smell is straight and typical as hell, malty, fruity, yeasty, predictable. So is a taste, imprisoned in classic organoleptic limits (252 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium burnished gold amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light apple family and stone fruit, clove; spicy and mildly floral, classic tripel. Flavor is sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast, light stone and apple fruit, mild clove. Finishes subdued with light, sweet fruit and malt, muted clove and spices. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The aroma was classic tripel, nicely spicy, but the flavor is sweeter and the spicing is surprisingly mild. Although clearly a tripel, leans in the direction of a spicy dubbel. I enjoyed this, but it is slightly off style. (682 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16th Dec 2012: on-tap in the Antwerp Gollem.

Slight haze to my golden/yellow bodied beer, on top a thin white head, it was larger when poured but by the time it arrived at the table it had sunk into it's self somewhat.

Fairly sweet malt and fruity nose, this also carried on into the taste.

The beer has something about it that I like: the yeast content sits well with the alcohol and although it might be a bit sweet for some it certainly hit the spot with me.

Complex and interesting: never seen it on-tap before or since. (528 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pop of carbonation from a 330 ml. capped bottle, yet with no over foaming as occurs on occasion with what I assume is a bottle conditioned Tripel. Pours a clear golden with a nearly white cap of foam and shows strong retention and lacing, classic.

Nose offers a pronounced and inviting yeast character along with some lemony spice. Aroma expands with warming and lacks any negative factors.

Taste is solid with a pleasant grainy character mingling with some lemony hops and some hop spice. Finish is dry with a lingering cracker texture.

Pleasant feel though arguably a bit thin but not unexpected given the dry finish. A bit of warming diminishes my concerns in this regard however. Smooth and supple on average and with very little alcohol presence.

Overall a solid Tripel on the appearance and aroma, lacking a bit perhaps in nuance versus the stalwarts of the style with regards to taste and feel. Still worth seeking out and a top tier brew. (955 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Some faint spice notes up front followed by strong aromas of white grapes and pears. There are notes of bubblegum mixed in with a yeasty aroma on the finish.

T: Spices at first followed by some faint fruit and bubblegum flavors. A sweet bready flavor brings up the finish with a slightly fruity aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and attenuated.

O: A pretty decent tripel overall, though not great. I'd like a bit more depth and balance in both flavor and aroma along with a crisper body. (669 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with three fingers of frothy ivory head. Body is completely clear and free of haze.

Smell: very sweet aroma with a decent malty character and some candylike apple and melon fruit flavors. Nice, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Taste: sweet and bright with a very good malty flavor. Taste is a bit less sweet than the aroma with a good malt quality, and a little bit less fruity as well. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a colossal carbonation. Creaminess is nearly excellent; if this beer had a little bit more body then it might have enough carbonation to be basically perfect.

Overall: a good tripel, if a bit sweet. Not as complex as a good tripel ought to be, I really do like the quality of the beer's malt character. (801 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. I found an old dusty bottle at a local liquor store. It's faded, but I think this bottle expires three years ago in 2008. (the beer it clearly still good.) I don't care for expiration dates on high ABV beers, a born on date would be more helpful.

Highly carbonated beer. Pours slightly hazy dark straw color, with lots of head that quickly dissipates. Smells of interesting yeast aromas. Peppery, zesty, almost strawberry smells and flavors coming from the yeast. Very acidic, perhaps from the high carbonation. Body is thin, which is expected in this style. High alcohol content is masked quite well. Warming to the esophagus but overall a smooth beer. Drinking this beer I almost forget about hops, bitterness and hop profile is very mild. This is a very drinkable example of Belgian yeast. Expensive, but I would have it again. (848 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy tan in color. Slight head. Medium lacing

Smell: Smells of aromatic esters. This beer is definitely begian.

Taste: Very nice. Slight ester flavor of nuts and bananas.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. unnoticable alcohol which is nice given the high abv.

drinkability: not a chugger. This one stands out from others I've had. Will drink again. (369 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For volunteering at Belgian Beer Fest 2010. 11.2oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger semi-fine white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear light orange-peach. Lacing is spotty and stringy in parts with little stick.

S: Nose is surprise!, fruity with a ton of spice and Belgian yeast. Hints of peach, apricot, strawberry, and pineapple. Tropical. Cane sugar sweetness also present. Aromatic and enjoyable.

T: Subtle boozy sweetness upfront. Sweet peaches and pineapple, cane sugar, a slight bit of citrus, Belgian yeast, and clove and other spices in the middle. Finish is yeasty and tempered. Very little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied bodied and amply carbonated. Lively and coarse in the mouth. Airy and non-sticky. Finish is subtle and there's little aftertaste.

D: Pretty much what I'd expect from a tripel. This one brings a rather unique tropical fruit combination that strays from the norm but is appreciated. Readily available so give this one a try!! (1,030 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours quite a bit darker than you would expect for the style. A little less than a finger of white head. A burnt copper color.

S: Lots of sweetness. Lots of candi sugar. Not that complex in the nose. A touch of spices.

T: Fairly clean malt. The sugar kills this beer as it drowns everything else out. The alcohol is fairly well masked until the finish. Not really estery which is the hallmark of the style.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Probably the best part of this beer.

D: A one and done for me. Decent enough but there are much better examples of the style out there. (573 characters)

Photo of Brabander
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a tripel lover i was curious how this one would taste. I can not remember that i ever drank this one before i got on BA.

Let's go! Poured in my westy glass the beer looks ok. A nice creamy white head and a goldenyellow fluid with carbonation, some bigger bubbles.

Then the smell....not the best smell, not even neutral. I cannot describe the smell very well but it's not pleasant.

The taste is very dry and some citrus in the back.

Don't buy this one if you want to try a tripel for the first time. (505 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bright orange with a mild cloudiness and and tight off white bubbles. no particularly sweet overly nose is floral pineapple... palate is citrus lemon tea and citrus fruit with candied qualities... mild pepper, clove and dry carbonation. somewhat simple and one dimensional but there is little room for error if you like it. (325 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Westmalle Chalice

A - Pours a hazey marmalaide colur with a white fluffy head tha retains well.

S - Plenty of sugars and orange spice aromas.

T - Spicey pepper flavours with orange citrus and some raisin.

M - Low carbonation and medium body.

D - A solid triple that is a must try. (300 characters)

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark blonde body, clear in apperance - probably due to lees sedimentation on bottom from cellaring. Pours tall white collar of foam, semi-long lasting.

S - Complex malt, zesty citrus and fruit esters. Mild phenolic with almost layer of hop character.

T - Sweet profile from malt transitions into fruity sensation of citrus. Clove and pepper phenols are compensating to middle balance, and very hidden bitterness of hop flavor on dry finish.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. No warming from ABV.

D - Very intriguing and fruity Triple style. (553 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a murky golden color with a tight fizzy head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is of tart apple skins and musty yeast phenols. Nothing special about the aroma. The taste of green apples but not that tart, light candi sugar and pineapple fruitness, light spice, some floral honey, and a light malt presence. The brew has a light to moderate feel, plenty of fizzy carbonation, finishes sweet but not cloying. An easy drinking tripel, good balance. No crazy flavors but still a well made beer. (543 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of tart malt and fruit. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt up front, high sweetness levels next, slight dry spiciness in the middle, and some hops in the finish. (338 characters)

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very respectable beer. Pours a cloudy orange color, citrus in the smell (notably lemon), and a slight citrus in the taste. The ABV is very well hidden making this a very sessionable beer.

Overall I think this beer would make a good gateway beer into appreciating hefe's and tripels. (293 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : blond/amber color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : swet, somewhat round and fruity with a spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Triple. (262 characters)

Photo of erikm25
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden brown and hazy orange. Very heavy in color with slight dark molasses hue. The head was very fluffy and white like a massive cloud that receded rather quickly.

S: Relatively fruity and tarty with a hint of hops. Some nice malty and wheaty sweetness. There are some other smells that lurk out like oak and peppers and plum. Alcohol was faint but still noticeable.

T: Immediately noticed a spiced pepper taste. Some almond as well and while the smell points towards dark fruit there was a lighter fruit taste that became apparent here (pear and mango). An earthy and woody taste with the right dash of fruity spices.

M: Very round and well carbonated.

D: I enjoyed this tripel very much. The alcohol was there but it was not overpowering and this did make it very easy to drink quickly. Thicker in taste while still leaning on the sweeter side. (864 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange,decent head and a small off and on foamy lace.
The aroma is fruits(pineapple,tropical) and alcohol.
The taste started sweet with many fruit hints and malts.The the tones of honey and syrup with some mild alcohol taste.
The feel was sticky,syrupy and still smooth enough to make the balance odd yet interesting.At times it almost felt creamy.Medium carbonation and a medium body feel.

Notes: While this may have not been amongst the finest of Tripels I have had; I felt it was solid enough to say I would have it again.It was actually a lot different than what I have in mind for a Tripel.
That said,I drank it and I liked it.The End. (647 characters)

Photo of beerkittycat
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very hazy amber-gold with a tight off-white head that barely settles for the duration. Aroma is full of that familiar lemon and spice common with Tripels. Taste is much like the aroma with a big hit of malt that reminds me of buttery graham cracker crust. All that malt gives this beer a medium-full mouthfeel. Buuuurrrp! It's quite effervescent. Almost too carbonated. This is a decent Tripel but I've had better examples and the heavy haze was a bit off-putting. (480 characters)

Photo of TStandley13
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into glass, chilled.

A - Hazy, orange/gold color. Head is perfectly white, nothing bragable.

S - light, less alcohol smell than most tripels I have tried. Some flowery smells, and a few spices

T - Sweet and sugary, not very citric tasting. Definetely appearance of a yeasty flavor. Fruity.

M - Smooth, carbonation is a tad heavy, light in the mouth.

D - Nothing really stands out in this brew, but its still very drinkable and tasty. Similar to all mid- level tripels. (480 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Polished tangerine with multiple bubble streams zipping up to a lovely looking lid of ivory colored foam. Most tripels aren't this orange. It will be interesting to see if the flavor is impacted by what looks to be some amount of toasted malt. A second pour results in a yeasty cloudiness and an even more characterful head.

Unfortunately, the aroma is sour fruity more than sweet and spicy. If it comes across that way on the palate, then I probably won't be thrilled with Pater Lieven Tripel. Several more sniffs nail it down to a woody vinegariness. Not good.

The beer tastes pretty much like it smells, but for some reason, it's slightly more tolerable on the taste buds. Accent on *slightly*. It almost tastes like an ounce of Flanders oud bruin was added just prior to bottling. That would explain the darker color too.

What in the world did Brouwerij Van den Bossche do to get PLT to taste this way? Did they age it in balsamic vinegar barrels? Sugar syrup-saturated bananas that have started to rot and unripe apricots contribute to the flavor profile as well. On second thought, the flavor is no better than the nose. Since the 'best by' date is 6-17-08, age shouldn't be a factor.

The mouthfeel is both light-medium and stickyslick. It's as if corn syrup was added to the kettles after fermentation. The carbonation is boisterous enough, but is fizzy and short-lived. There's no hint of expansiveness.

Kerst Pater Special Winter Ale (Christmas Ale) was pretty good. Buffalo Belgian Stout was a disappointment, but was still drinkable. Pater Lieven Tripel is much too strange and too sour for its own good. I love most Belgian tripels, but can't stomach this one. Pass. (1,683 characters)

Photo of tkach
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this in the store and it looked like an interesting one to try.

Upon pouring I found it to be a cloudy dark golden color with very nice head. Although it is cloudy it looks crisp and clean.

The smell was sweet and aromatic with an ever so slight zing to it, similar to many oh the beers from Belgium I have had.

Taste was pretty delicious, it has a rich thick malty taste to it which I love.

Mouthfeel was thick with the perfect amount of carbonation for the flavor. It left a nice afterbite that keeps the flavor locked in your mouth for a while.

The drinkability was ok. I found it better than average but it was something I would want to savor the flavor of so it works well when you are in a small relaxing social place, perfect for a long european lunch with close friends! (790 characters)

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Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.