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Pater Lieven Tripel - Brouwerij Van den Bossche

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Pater Lieven TripelPater Lieven Tripel

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BA SCORE
84
good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van den Bossche visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-31-2002)
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Reviews by WoogityBoogity:
Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

WoogityBoogity, Nov 29, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Zakk, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of kaimcm
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a tulip glass. best before 16/3/07.

A: real purtty. big gorgeous rocky dish soap head. slight haze to the deep golden body. a bit of lacing.

S: yeast, apples, peaches, some white grapes

T: soft and smooth up front. yeast and sugar hit first, followed by plenty of fruit. peaches, grapes, green apples, some citric qualities as well. as the fruit fades, dryness pulls through. a little woody, a little coriander-esque. mid palate theres even a little bubble gum quality. finishes pretty dry and a touch tart. superb balance between the opening sugar and finishing dryness. rock.

M: oh so soft and luscious. near perfect mouthfeel.

D: i give it a 5. nuff said.

i love this big little beer to death. it seems to be a sleeper in the triple category, so expertly crafted but relatively unknown. i paired with a dinner of steak tips, peppers, onions in a pineapple salsa sauce that (all modesty aside) was one of the best things ive ever cooked. along side two aged dry cheeses. all went exceptionally well. cheers.

kaimcm, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from Chris at Ebenezer's Pub. His duty is to further my beer education, and he's doing an exceptional job (if in central Maine, Ebenezer's is a must stop). This bottle had a best before end of 2007 on the label. It was a clear gold color with a thick head. A nice sweet, yeasty aroma. Wonderful taste. Yeast up front, then some fruit, some spice. Nicely tart and well-carbonated. A great Belgian; I could drink a bunch of these.

lordofthewiens, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Slender 11.2 oz brown bottle with a “Best Before End” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Head retention has some problems, color is a shade or two darker than the usual Triple. Orange golden hue is a touch hazy.

Smell: Phenolic and fruity. Sweet and spicy alcohol. Suggestions of melon and mango, peppery undertones from the phenols and alcoholic esters.

Taste: Medium body with a light syrupy mouth feel. Carbonation is a bit stiff with a solid crispness. Malt sweetness hits with a sweet grain and refined honey flavour. Warming alcohol is a little quick to flex its strength with esters of sweetness and spiciness that throw around fruity and peppery flavours. Fruity flavours range from pear to mango to melon. Yeast flings a nuttiness into the palate. Hops are a tad leafy with a mellow yet balancing bitterness. The malt still holds strong through it all and in the finish it still prevails with a dry grainy, almost grassy, flavour.

Notes: A good triple, not as stellar as others but still worth a visit. Still big enough to pair up with smelly gourmet cheese and pumpernickel bread.

Jason, Mar 31, 2002
Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, best before date was not readable..(faded)...this one poured with ALOT of sediment. Hazy light almond in color with a bright white head. Good retention and lace. Mouthfeel abit prickly and fairly high carbonation. Flavors nice and warm. Orange, candi sugars, yeast, nutty, bready, citrus..adds up to decent complexity. Alcohol noted. I'd like to try this again but would search for a fresher bottle.

Billolick, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Marius, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of deebo
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

deebo, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of beerkittycat
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

beerkittycat, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Shovelbum
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a towering head of airy white foam over a clear deep golden body. Head slwoly recedes, but leaves little lace. Aromas of tangy earth, coriander, pepper and other herbs as well as sawdust and a slight hint of citrus. The flavors ride into the mouth on a healthy dose of carbonation. Subdued yet sweet caramel provides the base, while other flavors of pepper, coriander, earth and a slight yeastiness offer an interesting concert of accents. A healthy crisp bitterness adds balance. Lean to medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Crisp and light upfront in the mouth, but finishes smooth and clean.

This tripel seems to be a more balanced example of the style due to its lack of an over the top sweetness providing the more subtle earthy and herbal flavors to really come through. Refreshing and extremely easy drinking with a healthy dose of complexity to boot. A fine ale.

Shovelbum, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of MaevaS
4/5  rDev +8.1%

MaevaS, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin head that retains well, pushed on by plenty of bubbles, and the color is very nice dark gold.

Aroma: Honey, hops, fruit, a trace of yeast. Even a slight heat is detected, which might be expected at 8%, but it's not intense.

Flavor is certainly sweet, a million fruits come to mind, but it's balanced with ample spiciness and a mild, pleasant burn in the finish. Maltier than most tripels I've had, but it's not any kind of sweet overkill, and the interesting finish has a kind of intensity that answers its softer characteristics.

Nothing wrong with this tripel. Not the best Belgium has to offer, tripel or otherwise, but that's mighty tough competition. Taking it for what it is, a sweet tripel, it's a delight. Good dessert beer.

Metalmonk, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of mattfancett
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

mattfancett, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another likeable triple. Pleasant fruity yeast aroma. Reasonable head in glass. A fruity yeasty,quite drinkable, though medium mouthfeel not very full. Above average beer and enjoyable with light varied dinner. Underrated as a triple does not need high hops and bitterness too. On the sweeter side.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured to leave its loose sediment behind (even in long-standing bottles), it's a brilliantly clear amber-gold with yellow and gold highlights beneath a tenacious, creamy head of off-white foam. The yeast pour, however, clouds it immensely and thus darkens it to a very deep amber. Very fine bubbles stream upwards, helping to maintain its head; and it holds quite well and leaves walls of lace that don't stick to the glass throughout, but rather stay just above the surface of the beer as its level goes down. It's actually quite nice. The lace appears almost as mountains in the distance. The nose is sweetly bready with a touch of vanilla (cookie dough!), some candy, and a floral note; and that character follows over into the flavor with the addition of some honey and dark fruit. The alcohol makes a minor showing but never hinders, and actually adds a bit of character in its delicately peppery suggestion. The hop bitterness is obviously quite subdued - there's just enough to keep it from becoming cloying - but it seems as if there might be some slight herbal quality added in the flavor. And despite it's effervescence, the very fine and natural carbonation leaves it just lightly crisp before warming to become airy and smooth in the mouth. Quite enjoyable, and very drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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!!

SpeedwayJim, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Ciocanelu, May 23, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

HalfFull, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Gmann, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of hotstuff
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When this brew was poured it had a large white head that consisted of fine-medium bubbles. The body was gold and the lacing was poor. There was some carbonation observed with this brew. The aroma was both spicy and fruity. This brew had a smooth taste to it with a slight bitterness noted.

hotstuff, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of CortexBomb
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice hazy dark brown / off orange with a large frothy head on top, while the scent is sweet with a hint of floral effects also present.

Flavor is very yeasty, with a decent twinge of peppery bitter that lurks about throughout, some alcohol, and the vague rememberence of dark fruits. This isn't bad, but it pales in comparison to the other Belgians I've had, and was much more 'shallow' than I expected.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both slightly above average.

A decent brew, but not worth the price.

CortexBomb, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of TWStandley
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

TWStandley, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle shared with Phatz and JohnnyM2002.

A: The ale is a goldenrod color. The bottle popped with a loud sound and was pretty vigorous head-wise. The glass slowly dissapated to a small white ring around the glass and some lacing.

S: The aroma is a very sweet honey flavor with a yeasty kick and no hint of alcohol.

T: The flavor is disturbingly sweet. There is no coriander element to add a hint of spicy heat. The tripel starts out with a honey and clove sweetness and slowly turning sweeter, if that is possible! The ale finishes with an intensely sweet honey and sugary fruit flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is almost, but not quite, cloyingly sweet. I wish that there were a little more spice-wise to add some peppery heat.

D: I am glad that I had two other people to split this bottle with, as I don;t think that I could have gotten through the whole thing, it is just too sweet.

akorsak, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

n2185, Feb 25, 2012
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Pater Lieven Tripel from Brouwerij Van den Bossche
84 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.